Video: Should I be sad, sober and serious about Blagojevich?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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The Takeaway for Wednesday, December 31, 2008 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Headlines; Blagojevich nominates a new Illinois Senator
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, December 30, 2008 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Headlines; Tensions continue to rise between Hamas and Israel; Reactions to violence from the global community
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10 Tips: How to recover from holiday clutter

Monday, December 29, 2008

Listen to Meaghan O'Neill's suggestions for greening up your holiday cleanup.

Nationwide, there was a lot of focus this year on how to green up your holiday season, and with good reason: Half the country is broke, the atmosphere is falling apart, and many of us are plain done with the stress of running ourselves ragged to buy gifts that nobody really wants just so we can fulfill the tradition of giving and receiving. At TreeHugger and Planet Green, we offered dozens of solutions to Christmas-as-usual, hundreds of green holiday gifts, and even recipes to make your holiday a little brighter and lighter.

One of the main things we talk about is dematerializing the holidays; that is, choosing gifts that are small, experiential, or consumable, such as tickets to a ballet, a spa gift certificate, or donations in your giftee's name. Still, there's much to be said for the cheeriness of holiday décor and thoughtful gift-giving, but when the gifts are unwrapped and the tree comes down, the question remains: What to do with all the stuff that's literally littering our homes?

In the United States, our waste stream increases by about 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's, bringing the total amount of stuff we toss out to more than 25 million tons. With landfills being one of the top sources of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, it pays to pay attention to how to we dispose of the extraneous stuff we gather at this time of year. With that in mind, here are 10 solutions for dealing with post-holiday clutter...

1. Mulch that tree. If you've chosen to use a live tree this year, make sure it's disposed of properly. If your city doesn't have a curbside pickup program, find out where you can deliver it so it can be mulched or used for landscaping, not landfill. For info about your area, check out Earth 911.

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The most interesting day in modern NFL history

Monday, December 29, 2008

Listen to Jeff Beresford-Howe discuss the eventful NFL Sunday on The Takeaway.

Yesterday may have been the single most interesting day in the modern history of the NFL, and it was certainly the most amazing final day of the season in any sport in a long time. Any one of the following would be a big story, but all of them in the span of about 12 hours?
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The Takeaway for Monday, December 29, 2008 (Early Edition)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Headlines; Israeli airstrikes kill more than 300 in Gaza; Tensions rise as Pakistani troops move to Indian border
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The Takeaway for Friday, December 26, 2008 (Early Edition)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Headlines; The Republican Party looks for a new vision, or perhaps an old one to restore
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The Takeaway for Thursday, December 25, 2008 (Early Edition)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Headlines; The Obama administration's plan to make economic promises a reality in 2009
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, December 24, 2008 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Headlines; Despite pledges of transparency, the bailout remains opaque
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Video: "Giving All My Money to the Man" by The Singing CPA

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


"Giving All My Money to the Man" by Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA

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Across the country, state governments are trying to cope with severe budgetary shortages. The solution: taxes! Whether you call them fee hikes or revenue enhancements, we are seeing ideas that range from a real bummer to downright odd. Everything is on the table to increase tax revenues including sugary drinks and iTunes downloads. The Takeaway invited Steven Zelin, a certified public accountant in New York City who calls himself "The Singing CPA," to write a holiday-themed song about the current state of affairs.

Listen to Steven Zelin on The Takeaway.

To download an mp3 of the soon-to-be hit "Giving All My Money to the Man" click here.

Still want more from the Singing CPA? Check out his music on Amazon.com and on his Web site, thesingingcpa.com.
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Video: Femi's Fab Five

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Takeaway’s news anchor Femi Oke remembers the five top stories that made the team smile in 2008.


The Singing Ambassador: Producer Kent DePinto talks about booking the U.S. ambassador for Paraguay for his newly discovered singing talent.

Banjo brain surgery: Femi Oke talks about Eddie Adcock, the musician who played his banjo while having brain surgery.


Grease Is the Word: When producer Noel King found out that thieves were stealing grease from restaurants, she did some detective work to find a real Grease Detective.


Joking with Terrance McKnight: The Takeaway’s music contributor Terrance McKnight tells all about the moment when he suddenly lost the power of speech.


Milking a story: Newswriter Stephanie Hughes recalls her first day on the job and an unforgettable story about P.E.T.A. and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Gold-flecked cake or a third baseman?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Pitch-perfect as usual, major league baseball management gathers in Las Vegas this weekend for the annual Winter Meeting tradefest. The venue is the Bellagio Hotel, a place where there are Picassos in the dining room, caviar fusion facials help keep you hydrated in the harsh desert air and you can ...
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Marci Alboher: Slashing By Necessity

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Marci Alboher is a freelance writer/journalist/author/blogger/speaker who focuses on career and workplace trends. She talks about how to diversify your career portfolio in these tough times.
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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Viva la Huelga!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Viva la Huelga! (No, not a placekicker for the Houston Texans)

The NFL has reached an uncomfortable point in its struggle to stay on the vanguard of socialism, i.e., to have every team in the league make the exact same amount of money and finish at or near 8-8.

If the playoff races ended today, marquee names around the league like New England, Dallas, Philadelphia and Green Bay would all miss the playoffs. (more...)

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Kathy Peel: The unexpected benefits of dealing with tight finances

Monday, November 24, 2008

Despite glum financial forecasts, many families are taking the challenge head on — making sacrifices and implementing cost-saving strategies. Melissa Tarun, mother of two from Helotes, Texas, painlessly whacked around $1,700 from her family's annual budget. Cuts included:

  • Cancel seven magazine subscriptions: save $84.
  • Cancel unlimited access video rental plan: save $156.
  • Cancel premium cable channel: save $120
  • Don't renew season passes to area amusement parks: $300
  • Fewer haircuts for the two girls and fewer highlighting sessions for moms: save $452.
  • Sack lunches instead of buying lunch at school. $277.

Melissa says, "Our 'sacrifices' really aren't that at all. I mean, we gave up a "premium" channel! And a redundant satellite radio system." ...(continue reading)

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Q&A: Alvin Hall takes your questions on personal finance and debt

Friday, November 21, 2008

Financial educator and author Alvin Hall took your questions on personal finance and debt on Friday, November 21, 2008.

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Lisa Margonelli: Spoiler alert! The plot of the oil opera

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I like to think of the oil market as an opera, where big dramas get played out by colorful outsized characters ranging from OPEC, China and Russia to currency hedgers, militias in Nigeria and choruses of American commuters, among others. The opera metaphor also works to explain how the market gets carried away on symphonic swirls of emotion that lead to a price of $145 a barrel in July before falling to below $50 a barrel. (continued ...)
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