Brian Cox, a leading British physicist and science broadcaster on the BBC, says scientists need to realize that if they don't step up like Galileo to argue against distortion and myth they will lose the war for truth—even if they win the battle of being correct. "We're trying to understand the natural world and the world that is out there—that has nothing to do with whether you're a Democrat or a Republican," he says. Professor Cox joins The Takeaway to explain why it is so important to make science apolitical.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped Edward Snowden break news of the NSA’s mas surveillance apparatus, has found himself in the middle one of the year’s biggest news stories. In this second half of a two-part interview with The Takeaway, Greenwald shifts his focus from national security issues to the meaning of responsible journalism. “The public will ultimately judge what it is that I do just like anybody else who’s acting in a way that affects public life, and I think that’s how it should be,” he says.
“I think what we did made the threat much, much worse, and at the same time, destroyed many of the freedoms that we’ve all been taught define what the United States is all about,” says the investigative journalist.
Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.
While the world may be waiting to see how the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran shakes out, people in Iran's auto industry are far more anxious to see U.S. sanctions lifted and the revival of the car market. The Paykan, a homely little car, may just be a bridge between two divided nations. Shahin Armin, a seasoned expert in all things Paykan, joins The Takeaway to discuss what sanctions have done to Iran's auto industry.
There must be something in the water in Washington, D.C.—it's another day and another bipartisan deal has gone through. House Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a budget deal a whole 35 days before the January 15 deadline when the government would run out of money. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, breaks down what's in the deal.
Race is embedded the fabric of American culture, and racial categories and their implications persist today. In "A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America," Jacqueline Jones, professor of history at the University of Texas, Austin, argues against our continued use of racial categories—at least in the ways Americans have used these categories since the country's founding.
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Composer Steven Mackey was only 7-years-old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. But he still has vivid memories from the tragedy, and he wrote the musical piece "One Red Rose" in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination. "One Red Rose" was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Yellow Barn, and the Nasher Center. It premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2013 and is being performed in Dallas this weekend by The Brentano string quartet.
Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago, more than 30,000 people in the United States have died from gunfire, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Slate. Kathleen Horan is a reporter at WNYC Radio. She profiled 10 children killed by gunfire in New York City in the past year in an attempt to put a face, a voice and a story to these statistics. Kathleen joins us today to discuss her findings.
The Federal Communications Commission is poised to make a decision on whether to lift the ban on cell phones in flight. Now the cell phone proposition has flight crews up in arms—and passengers aren't so sure how they feel about it, either. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler, looks at the changes ahead, and what we can expect as the holiday travel season kicks off.
Every 11 years the sun switches it's magnetic poles in the culmination of it's solar cycle. We are quickly approaching this planetary event, but scientists are curious about some unusual behavior this time around. Some of the sun's activity, including the intensity of it's sunspots and the placement of it's magnetic field, are behaving in ways not seen for over a century. The Takeaway is joined by Todd Hoeksema, director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University, who explains more about this interesting event.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans are struggling to find common ground over the budget, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act. But Angus King, an Independent Senator from Maine, is trying to heal the breach by taking the middle road in partisan battles. Senator King joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how Congress should come together on the budget battle, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act.
This week the Retro Report documentary team looks back at the 2003 case of the Detroit Sleeper Cell. It was considered one of the most important post 9/11 terrorism cases, and it involved four men of Arab decent believed to be plotting attacks against an American airbase in Turkey and a hospital in Jordan. But a federal judge and the nation would soon learn that the men were innocent and were victims of a system eager for terrorism prosecutions. Retro Report producer Peter Klein joins The Takeaway to explain.
President Barack Obama announced yesterday insurance companies can reinstate healthcare plans that were cancelled, or maintain existing plans that would otherwise have been cancelled by January 1st. But maintaining plans that would otherwise be deemed substandard could add additional complications for insurance companies. Julie Appleby, Reporter for Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to break down this policy shift.
After promises from President Barack Obama that Americans would be able to keep their health insurances plan if they like them, the president has come out to apologize for healthcare plan cancellations. The Obama Administration pivoted on Thursday, saying that states and insurers can extend current policies canceled under the new healthcare law for one year. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is with us to explain the changes coming from the administration.
While it is illegal for employers to reject applicants solely because they may have a criminal record, the practice is widespread. Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines.com, recently wrote an article for The Nation called "Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life." He joins The Takeaway to discuss why our society should be interested in the employment of people with a criminal history and the positive effects it could have.
Musician Vijay Iyer is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer and one of this year's recipients of a MacArthur Genius Grant. He has a new album out with poet/performer Mike Ladd called “Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dream Project.” The album features songs, poetry, and rap by American veterans of color and the music tells the stories of war and returning home. Vijay Iyer joins The Takeaway to discuss how he is giving a voice to the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On November 22, the nation will pause to reflect on the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As historian Robert Caro says in "American Experience: JFK," a new documentary by Takeaway partner WGBH, "We will never know whether he would have been a great president—I'd bet on him, but we didn't have that chance." In the wake of Kennedy's untimely death, we are left with puzzle pieces that do not make a complete picture of a presidency.
A woman in India is raped every 20 minutes, according to the National Crime Records Bureau in India. One organization is trying to change those numbers. Jameela Nishat runs the Shaheen Resource Center for Women in Hyderabad's Old City. Her organization attempts to aid and empower women—particularly those in Muslim and Dalit communities—to reclaim their lives.