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.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering extending the Americans with Disabilities Act to help bolster international support for disability rights. Judith E. Heumann, the Special Adviser for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, joins The Takeaway to explains why some Republicans are opposed to a United Nations disabilities treaty being considered by the Senate.
Do we finally have scientific proof that life could exist beyond planet Earth? Sara Seager, exoplanet astronomer at MIT, discusses new data that shows the possibility of billions of habitable Earth-size planets in the cosmos.
The hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors has plead guilty to insider trading violations and will pay a $1.2 billion penalty-- the largest fine of its kind in history. The Takeaway is joined by Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for The Guardian U.S. to discuss the latest details of this developing story.
Acclaimed musician Vijay Iyer was recently named a MacArthur Fellow, in part, for his contributions to changing conceptions of modern-day jazz. Now, he's expanded his artistry through a new collaborative project with veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the new album, "Holding It Down: The ...
Everyone has a story that as a kid, made the hairs on their neck stand up -- and often, those stories live with us throughout adulthood. Author of scary fiction for children, R.L. Stine, has written several scary series for children, including Goosebumps, Fear Street and The Nightmare Room. He discusses the role that fear plays in children's lives.
Joshua Greene, author of “Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them,” joins The Takeaway to discuss how our collective groupings affect the moral decisions we make.
Mohammed Mubarak, a 27-year-old architect who recently completed his military service in the Egyptian military, and Mohga Morsy, a 23-year-old lawyer, are both visiting the U.S. as Shafik Gabr Fellows. The program invites young leaders to travel to Egypt and the U.S. to promote cross cultural understanding. Together Mubarak and Morsy provide their outlook for Egypt's future and the way forward during this period of great uncertainty.
While the science behind climate change may still be controversial in some circles, it's come increasingly difficult to deny that the planet is growing warmer. And though scientists are cautious when it comes to cause and effect, most experts agree there is a link between climate change and storms like Hurricane Sandy. Science Friday's Ira Flatow examines the lessons learned, and the link between climate change and extreme weather.
Yesterday marked 10 years since former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's arrest, in October 2003. Khodorkovsky maintains that his subsequent trial and sentencing were politically motivated, serving as punishment for his vocal opposition to what he saw as corruption in the Russian government. Pavel Khodorkovsky, Mikhail’s son, joins The Takeaway.
As Congress negotiates with President Barack Obama, and thousands of furloughed federal workers anxiously await a return to the office, Senate Chaplain Barry Black counsels compromise and compassion to his lawmaking flock. Today on The Takeaway, Senate Chaplain Black explores the role of faith in Congress, and discusses the federal shutdown.
There's a world that exists exclusively below the ice, extending thousands of feet in elevation on Mount Hood in Oregon—it's a world ade up of three recently discovered glacial caves. Amelia Templeton is a reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Earthfix Project. She describes her descent into Mount Hood's glacial caves and OPB's multimedia project, "Thin Ice: Exploring Mount Hood's Glacier Caves."
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act requires all financial institutions around the world to report to the IRS the earnings and assets of U.S. citizens living abroad in an effort to crack down on tax evasion. But complying with the law is long, complicated, and expensive—and as a result, more Americans abroad are relinquishing their U.S. citizenship. Ruth Freeborn, an American living in Canada, and Jackie Bugnion, tax team director at American Citizens Abroad, explain why.
Colorado is now a state changed forever from ruthless floods as the mountains absorb torrential rains in 15 counties across the state. Larimer and Boulder Counties have so far been the hardest-hit. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the rescue efforts in the state is Kirk Mitchell, reporter for the Denver Post.
In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her revolutionary work on women and the law, the President and Congress' role in war, and privacy versus technology. Justice Ginsburg talks at length about her career, her position as the second female justice on the nation's highest court and her start as a litigator and a strategic champion of women's rights.
Earlier today, France said it would put forth a proposal that would secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles in the form of a binding U.N. resolution. But that's not something Russia would support. To see how President Obama may navigate the Syria puzzle, we're joined now by Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W. Bush.