Arwa Gunja

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Finding Family Through a Dark Legacy of Slavery

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tess Taylor and Gayle Jessup White were living separate lives on separate sides of the country, when the two women discovered they were related, through not just anyone, but through the Thomas Jefferson family line.

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Illegal Silicone Injections Put Women's Lives at Risk

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A number of Texas-based spa technicians and owners have been arrested in the last few months for giving women illegal silicone injections. Veronica Zaragovia, state reporter for KUT Austin, explains the "butt pumping" fad.

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The Truth About High School Social Hierarchies

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A new study from researchers at the University of California at Davis and Penn State shows that high school social hierarchies are much more complicated and nuanced than previously thought.

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A Survivor's Quest to Support Other Refugees

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Eugenie Mukeshimana narrowly escaped death during the Rwandan genocide. Today she strives to give immigrant genocide survivors the legal and social help they need to rebuild their lives.

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View from the Eastern Bloc: Poland

Friday, April 04, 2014

All this week, The Takeaway is speaking with people who grew up in the Eastern Bloc and asking them to reflect on the crisis today in Ukraine. Today, the voice of someone who grew up under communism in Poland.

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Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In the decade after 9/11, nearly 1,000 veterans became victims of the administration designed to help them. The Department of Veterans Affairs paid more than $200 million in wrongful death claims.

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Views from The Eastern Bloc: Bulgaria

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today, the voice of someone who grew up under communism in Bulgaria, watched the transition to democracy, and is now observing the crisis in Ukraine from the United States, reflects on her home country and weighs in on the political turmoil in Crimea.

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Ghosts of Russian History Still Alive in Europe

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

As Russia flexes its muscles in Ukraine, the present looks all too familiar to the past for many in Europe. For many, the ghosts of Russian history are still alive in the region today. 

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Inside Hobby Lobby's 'Hypocrisy'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

An analysis of documents finds that Hobby Lobby's employee 401k retirement plan holds more than $73 million in mutual funds with companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs used in abortions. 

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House Passes Last Minute 'Doc Fix' Bill

Friday, March 28, 2014

Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.

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Water Shortages Spark Fights Over Access to H2O

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom. 

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The Confused Legacy of Westboro's Fred Phelps

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fred Phelps, the founder and anti-gay preacher at Westboro Baptist Church, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Phelps was a disbarred civil rights lawyer and ran for local offices several times. After several unsuccessful runs, he shifted his focus to mostly protesting. Recently, one of his estranged sons said his father had been excommunicated from the church. Today Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, describes the confused legacy of Phelps and that of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Isolation & Fear Inside Rikers Island

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."

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Inside the Paralympics: Ice Sled Hockey

Friday, March 14, 2014

It is finally a joyous day for the Americans in the U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry: The U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team defeated the Canadians 3 to 0 in yesterday's semifinals. Team USA's preparation and grit has certainly paid off. The Paralympic sled hockey players bring a fierce athleticism to the ice, with flips and turns that seem to defy nature. Nikko Landeros is a key player for the U.S.

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Inside the Paralympics: Wheelchair Curling

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wheelchair curling is one of the five unique sports in the Winter Paralympics. You might have a hard time finding someone who loves the sport more than Team USA wheelchair curler James Joseph, or "Jimmy Jam" as he is called by his teammates. After surviving a vehicular accident in 1987, Jimmy continued to pursue his passion for sports. The 51-year-old athlete says that curling is "in his blood."

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Inside the Paralympics: Snowboarding

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Snowboarding makes its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games this year in Sochi. The inclusion of the sport is crucial to the growth of the Paralympic movement, which strives to gain more viewers, athletes, and supporters. Athlete Cristina Albert  is making her first-ever appearance at the Games as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Snowboard Team. She joins The Takeaway to tell her inspiring journey to the top of her sport.

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Music Identity from SXSW to Seattle

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Three music minds from public radio stations around the country give their thoughts on what music best captures their states' musical identities. Plus an update from SXSW.

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Inside the Paralympics: The Biathlon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Paralympic Winter Games offer an opportunity for people with a wide range of disabilities to compete in adjusted versions of popular Olympic sports. As part of our week dedicated to America's Paralympians, The Takeaway speaks to Kevin Burton, a U.S. Paralympic Biathlete, who breaks down how he's able to navigate the kilometers of courses and shoot a rifle all while being visually impaired. He discusses what inspired him to become a competitive athlete.

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'House of Cards' Story Mirrors Real D.C. Vote

Monday, March 10, 2014

The battle between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over a military sexual assault bill sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season Two of "House of Cards." 

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Inside the Paralympics: Downhill Skiing

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ralph Green, the first African-American man to make the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team, says he's proudly representing both his country and his hometown of Brooklyn.

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