Your Economic Stimulus Plan: What do you need for an economic boost?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 truly reflect the needs of Americans? Tell us what you need for a personal economic boost and contribute to The Takeaway's Economic Stimulus Plan of 2009.
Maybe you need a home loan, tuition or credit cards paid off. Tell us and we'll do two things: First, we'll automatically add it to a "user-generated" bill, The Takeaway's Economic Stimulus Plan of 2009. Second, we'll have our powerful cadre of lobbyists influence members of Congress to — Oh, budget cuts...

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Ten unusual technologies that may power the future

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

While green investors are throwing money at solar, wind and nuclear technology, researchers are exploring some innovative and surprisingly attractive alternatives to the alternatives.

Read our top ten list, including notes on the possible impacts of the technologies in 2020 from The Energy Roadmap's Garry Golden.

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For the algae company Bionavitas, one problem solved for making biofuels

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


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Sen. Grassley is still opposed to Obama's stimulus bill on The Takeaway

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate's Finance Committee, stopped by The Takeaway today to explain his resistance to President Obama's proposed stimulus bill. Click through for a transcript of the interview. Or, if you missed it, click here to listen to his interview.
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, February 3, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Headlines; Senate replacements
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John Hockenberry, powered by biofuel

Tuesday, February 03, 2009



The Takeaway is on a Power Trip, taking an in-depth look at the future of energy: technologies, ideas, innovators, and your stories about the one thing that you won't give up to save energy.

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Introducing the New Energy Economy

Monday, February 02, 2009

All this week, The Takeaway is on a Power Trip, taking an in-depth look at the future of energy: technologies, ideas, innovators, and your stories about saving energy.

Political and industrial leaders are now in near consensus: The world must change how it produces and consumes energy to address the geopolitical and environmental challenges of our current energy systems. The transition will take decades, but the vision is starting to come into focus.

Continue reading...

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The Takeaway for Monday, February 2, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, February 02, 2009

Headlines; economic news
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Poll: Your best names for a "bad bank"

Friday, January 30, 2009

We're asking you, Takeaway listeners, to create names for a "bad bank," a financial institution that will buy up "toxic assets." Vote on other listeners' names, then add your own!

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Ten reasons to root for the Arizona Cardinals

Friday, January 30, 2009

Yes, the Arizona Cardinals will be the underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLII (as they have been throughout the playoffs), but there are a number of reasons to root for the red shirts on Sunday.

Not convinced? Here are the top ten reasons to love the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Takeaway for Friday, January 30, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Headlines; Bad banks, good idea?
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The Takeaway for Thursday, January 29, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Headlines; Stimulus bill
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A book list from our listeners

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In honor of John Updike's lifelong passion for books and reading, we asked our listeners what they were reading these days. Here are some of their responses. Add your own selections below.

Music Quickens Time by Daniel Barenboim
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Thayer's Life of Beethoven
The Art of Etching by Ernest Lumsden
The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Caucasia by Danzy Senna
The American by Henry James
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
A&P by John Updike
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Twilight by Stephenie Myers
My African Horse Problem by William F.S. Miles
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 by Thomas E. Ricks
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb
Rabbit Run by John Updike
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Welcome to the World Economic Forum, please leave a message

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A message from the welcoming committee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

For the actual news from Davos, listen to our segment with the New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin.

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The Takeaway for Wednesday, January 28, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Headlines; Iraqi elections
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, January 27, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Headlines; News from Washington, D.C.
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White House role in slashing stimulus bill transit funding questioned

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Who's responsible for allocations in the stimulus package? Who decided that roads would get $30 billion, transit would get $9 billion, and that the "smart grid" would get $11 billion? According to transit advocates who've talked with House transportation committee chair James Oberstar, D-Minn., it was Lawrence Summers, director of the White House's National Economic Council.

ShovelWatch is a joint project of the non-profit investigative journalism organization ProPublica, The Takeaway and WNYC Radio.
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The Takeaway for Monday, January 26, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Headlines; Washington review
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Qualifying my "true belief" in President Barack Obama

Friday, January 23, 2009

The 20-year-old single "Don't Believe the Hype" by hip-hop icons Public Enemy has been a constant thought of mine in days up and through the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. The seminal political rap tune instructs black Americans, and others, to look beyond contrived media stereotypes to explore the complexities of black males and the negotiation of social and political spaces.

Having this lyrical tome — however dated — as a backdrop in considering the celebration of so many blacks on the election of President Obama can be helpful.

In cutting to the quick of Obama, there is an appreciation of him as articulate (I hated that reference to me by condescending teachers in school), self-disclosing and a brilliant, disciplined political mind. His list of personal and professional positives represents much of the best in the black community. And to see him appreciated so grandly gives us, and obviously many others, a sense of hope that we can be seen beyond the boxes that so often separate us from being seen as whole.

This is not to say that Mr. President is all-the-way on point. He is a politician. One who has manipulated circumstance, situation and stakeholders in ways that politicians do, and that's OK as long as there is an understanding of it all.

Just before the election of Mr. Obama to the presidency I opined that I'd sipped the Kool-Aid. I explained that I was a true believer, but only halfway. As with many who experience marginalization in this country, I believe in the ideal of American democracy — I dare say many black folk do. However that ideal has not been, nor is it now bound in one individual, no matter how cool and competent.

So, with President Obama there is true belief. His social standing and thoroughness gives us an opportunity to bet on black. He has allowed Us to step forward in this pivotal point in history.

Nonetheless, 'politics' is still 'politricks,' and we'd be wise to consider the words of Chuck D.

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