Excerpt from 'Memoir of a Debulked Woman' by Susan Gubar

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"When I heard the diagnosis of ovarian cancer on November 5, 2008, I assumed it was a death sentence. Lying on a gurney in a hospital hallway, I concentrated on accepting my impending...
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Excerpt from Patricia Ellis Herr's 'Up'

Friday, May 11, 2012

The following is an excerpt from "Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure" by Patricia Ellis Herr. You can also listen to The Takeaway's interview with Herr and her daughter...
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Excerpt from John Irving's 'In One Person'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I’m going to begin by telling you about Miss Frost. While I say to everyone that I became a writer because I read a certain novel by Charles Dickens at the formative age of fifteen, t...
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Letter: My social studies class think girls who posted about murder deserved expulsion

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Karen Washington, a social studies teacher at Watertown High School in Massachusetts, sent us this message in response to Monday's story about a group of girls who were expelled for talking on Facebook about killing several peers and a teacher. Ms. Washington used the story as the foundation for a classroom discussion. She describes what her students had to say.

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Listeners Respond: Advice for College Graduates

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

We had a great response to today's conversation about this year's crop of college graduates. Check out this collection of responses from viewers, who called, texted, and posted advice for those facing the job market for the first time.

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Bumper Music with The Replacements

Friday, May 04, 2012

What better way to start the weekend than with the iconic '80s alternative/punk band The Replacements. Today we heard "Kiss Me on the Bus."

Here is the rest of the playlist: 

Vitamin String Quartet – Dissident  

The Who – Pinball Wizard

R.E.M. – Leave

The Replacements – Kiss me On the Bus

Bonobo – Sleepy Seven

Broken Social Scene – Romance to the Grave

Budos Band – Monkey See Monkey Go

Gil Scott Heron – Almost Lost Detroit

Leos Janacek – String Quarter Number 2

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Tell Us About Your Family Tree

Friday, May 04, 2012

You've been telling us about your family trees and just how gnarled and suprising they can get. What surprises in your family's history have you uncovered? You can add them in the comments below:

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A Listener Responds: Technology Helped Me Get Over My Stutter

Friday, April 27, 2012

After we aired the segment "Lonely in a Digital Age" on Wednesday, we got lots of responses from listeners. Many agreed with our guest, Sherry Turkle, who argued that our digital-saturated society has sacrificed conversation in favor of connection. However, we also heard from those who believe that digital innovations have allowed them to communicate in ways previously impossible.

Lauren Howie is a 26-year-old leasing consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a speech impediment, and she told us how technology has helped her communicate.

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The Danger Assessment

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Danger Assessment was created by Jacquelyn Campbell, Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. The Assessment is a screen that helps police, advocates, judges and others determine the likelihood that an abuser will murder his or her partner.


Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Ph.D., R.N. Copyright, 2003; www.dangerassessment.com

Several risk factors have been associated with increased risk of homicides (murders) of women and men in violent relationships. We cannot predict what will happen in your case, but we would like you to be aware of the danger of homicide in situations of abuse and for you to see how many of the risk factors apply to your situation.

Using the calendar, please mark the approximate dates during the past year when you were abused by your partner or ex partner. Write on that date how bad the incident was according to the following scale:

1. Slapping, pushing; no injuries and/or lasting pain
2. Punching, kicking; bruises, cuts, and/or continuing pain
3. "Beating up"; severe contusions, burns, broken bones
4. Threat to use weapon; head injury, internal injury, permanent injury
5. Use of weapon; wounds from weapon
(If any of the descriptions for the higher number apply, use the higher number.)

Mark Yes or No for each of the following. ("He" refers to your husband, partner, ex-husband, ex- partner, or whoever is currently physically hurting you.)
___1. Has the physical violence increased in severity or frequency over the past year?
___2. Does he own a gun?
___3. Have you left him after living together during the past year? 3a. (If have never lived with him, check here___)
___4. Is he unemployed?
___5. Has he ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a lethal weapon? (If yes, was the weapon a gun?____)
___6. Does he threaten to kill you?
___7. Has he avoided being arrested for domestic violence?
___8. Do you have a child that is not his?
___9. Has he ever forced you to have sex when you did not wish to do so?
___10. Does he ever try to choke you?
___11. Does he use illegal drugs? By drugs, I mean "uppers" or amphetamines, “meth”, speed, angel dust, cocaine, "crack", street drugs or ___mixtures.
___12. Is he an alcoholic or problem drinker?
___13. Does he control most or all of your daily activities? For instance: does he tell you who you can be friends with, when you can see your family, how much money you can use, or when you can take the car? (If he tries, but you do not let him, check here: ____)
___14. Is he violently and constantly jealous of you? (For instance, does he say "If I can't have you, no one can.")
___15. Have you ever been beaten by him while you were pregnant? (If you have never been pregnant by him, check here: ____)
___16. Has he ever threatened or tried to commit suicide?
___17. Does he threaten to harm your children?
___18. Do you believe he is capable of killing you?
___19. Does he follow or spy on you, leave threatening notes or messages, destroy your property, or call you when you don’t want him to?
___20. Have you ever threatened or tried to commit suicide?

____ Total "Yes" Answers

Thank you. Please talk to your nurse, advocate or counselor about what the Danger Assessment means in terms of your situation.

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Walmart Responds to Bribery Allegations

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Walmart has issued a press release in response to allegations that they bribed Mexican officials.

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Excerpt: 'Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile'

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Were it not for the subway, New York as it is today would not exist. At a crucial time in the city's history, the engineers of this ingenious subterranean railroad cleared the streets of impossible congestion and decanted the population of the teeming, insalubrious tenements of the Lower EastSide to the farthest corners of the boroughs. Because it was able to move so many people so quickly, the subway became the ultimate urban density amplifier, allowing the apartment buildings and office towers of Manhattan to be built side-by-side, and turning a 26-square-mile island of gneiss, marble, and schist into one of the world's greatest metropolises, where millions could live and trade services, goods, and ideas swiftly and efficiently.

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Excerpt: "The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Problem and What We Can Do About It"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The fact is that income inequality is real; it’s been rising for more than twenty-five years. —President George W. Bush, January 2007

During the past thirty-three years the difference in America between being rich and being middle class became much more pronounced. People with high incomes consumed an ever-larger share of the nation’s total income, while people in the middle saw their share shrink. For most of this time the phenomenon attracted little attention from the general public and the press because it occurred in increments over one third of a century. During the previous five decades—from the early 1930s through most of the 1970s—the precise opposite had occurred. The share of the nation’s income that went to the wealthy had either shrunk or remained stable. At the first signs, during the early 1980s, that this was no longer happening, economists figured they were witnessing a fluke, an inexplicable but temporary phenomenon, or perhaps an artifact of faulty statistics. But they weren’t. A democratization of incomes that Americans had long taken for granted as a happy fact of modern life was reversing itself. Eventually it was the steady growth in income in equality that Americans took for granted. The divergent fortunes of the rich and the middle class became such a fact of everyday life that people seldom noticed it, except perhaps to observe now and then with a shrug that life was unfair.

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Bumper Music with Ian Dury and The Blockheads

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Today's track list features Ian Dury and The Blockheads, which were active from 1977 until Dury's death in 2000. Now they're simply known as The Blockheads. The video above, from BBC Four, shows Dury and the Blockheads performing one of their best-known songs, What a Waste. It doesn't have a date, but it looks to be circa 1978. 

Resistencia Suburbana – Taxman

Junior Parker – Taxman

Soulive – Taxman

R.E.M. – Laughing

Tool – Reflection

Umphrey’s McGee – Pequod

Patrick O’Hearn – So Flows the Current

The Blockheads – What a Waste

Caribou – Jamelia

Him – Universal Peoples

Talkdemonic – Starry Dynamo

Trey Anastastio Band – Sidewalks of San Francisco

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Bumper Music for April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Usually these bumper music lists are just made up of established artists, but thanks to our new listener music project, we featured David A. Arnott and his track, Brown Baby. Check it out.

David A. Arnott – Brown Baby

Beastie Boys – Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament

Pinback – Soaked

Caribou – Great Canadian Weekend

Malko Malko – Silks

Mercury Program – Arrived/Departed

The Brutalist School – Like Powder

Paco De Lucia – Chanela

Bruce Hornsby – Song B

Scenic – Skylight

Ugress – Hovercraft Expedition

Bambi Molesters – The Kiss Off

Aphex Twin – Hexagons

Dalek – Tarnished

Nicolas Jarr – Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust

Isis – Dulcinea

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Scientists Identify Most Relaxing Song Ever Produced

Monday, April 16, 2012


Here are the top 10 most relaxing tunes:
1. Marconi Union - Weightless
2. Airstream - Electra
3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4. Enya - Watermark
5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go
7. All Saints - Pure Shores
8. Adele – Someone Like You
9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly


Your take: What music keeps you calm? Comment here or go to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

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Bumper Music: Luscious Jackson Reunion Edition

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Luscious Jackson, featured in the video above, broke up in 2000 to spend more time with their families. They've since reunited, and you can listen to one of their new tracks here. In other bumper music news, today's show featured Empirical Evidence, by Wounded Buffalo Theory. The Takeaway's director, is the drummer (and then some) for Wounded Buffalo Theory.

Bob Mould – Sunspots

Garaj Majal – Of a Simple Mind

The Disco Biscuits – Aceetobee

Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye

Django Rhinehart – Stormy Weather

Four Tet – Plastic People

Paul Weller – Steam

Widespread Panic – Raise the Roof

Wounded Buffalo Theory – Empirical Evidence

The Bad Plus – Human Behavior

Dalek – Tarnished

Papercuts – Do What You Will

Lusine – Operation Costs

Broken Social Scene – 7/4 Shoreline

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JOBS Act Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Raise Money

Monday, April 09, 2012

Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which included many policies intended to help small and emerging businesses grow into larger, more successful companies.

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John Hockenberry Needs Your Advice

Monday, April 09, 2012

After a conversation with filmmaker Lena Dunham about her new HBO show "Girls", John Hockenberry asks for some advice: should he tell his 13-year-old daughters about "Girls"?

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Bumper Music for April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A lot of good stuff here, including the video of Devo above. There's actually an entire YouTube channel devoted to Devo videos, aptly titled DEVOvision. But I digress, because the geek in me just loves Tom Lehrer singing The Elements, which you may have heard on today's show.

The Philadelphia Experiment – Ain’t it the Truth

Cloud Cult – We Made Up Your Mind For You

SISE – Beyond Outside

Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running

The Donnas – Drive My Car

Moe – Macintyre Range

David Bowie – Bring me the Disco King

Boards of Canada – Kid for Today

Malko Malko – Isopod

Beats Antique – There Ya Go

Crystal Method – London

Devo – Freedom of Choice

Don Cherry – Malkauns

Tom Lehrer – The Elements

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Bumper Music for April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tortoise – The Equator

Bonobo – Days to Come

Underworld – Twist

Black Uhuru – Happiness

Soul Asylum – Misery

Calexico – El Gatillo

The Samual Jackson 5 – Eye Eat Lotus

Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming

Mr. Scruff – Get a Move On

Igor Stravinksy – Rite of Spring

The Ventures – Pipeline

Blind Melon – Three is a Magic Number

Light Asylum – End of Days

Beirut – In the Mausoluem

Liquid Tension Experiment – Osmosis

Andrew Bird – Anonanimal

Minus The Bear – The Game Need Me

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