Arwa Gunja

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Retro Report: A Look Back at the Detroit Sleeper Cell Case

Monday, November 18, 2013

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.

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What Do the New ACA Developments Mean?

Friday, November 15, 2013

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.

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In Pivot, Obama Allows Americans to Keep Canceled Policies for 1 Year

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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.

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Have A Criminal Record & Want A Job? Look Elsewhere.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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.

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Musician Vijay Iyer Gives Voice to Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

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Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of JFK's Legacy

Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

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In India, Changing Mindsets to Empower Women

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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.  

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Senate Considers Extending Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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.

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Billions of Earth-Like Planets in the Galaxy

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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.

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SAC Pays Record $1.2 Billion Insider Trading Fine

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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.

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Vijay Iyer Mixes Music with the Voices of Veterans

Friday, November 01, 2013

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 ...

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R.L. Stine On the Role of Fear for Children

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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 GoosebumpsFear Street and The Nightmare Room. He discusses the role that fear plays in children's lives.

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Tribal America and Moral Decision-Making

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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.

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Young Egyptians Discuss Their Country's Future

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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.

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Science Friday's Ira Flatow on Extreme Weather One Year After Sandy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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. 

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky: The Case that Defines Russian Justice

Friday, October 25, 2013

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.

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Senate Chaplain Preaches Compromise, Forgiveness During Shutdown

Friday, October 11, 2013

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.

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Discovering Mount Hood's Glacial Caves

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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."

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Why Americans Abroad are Giving Up U.S. Citizenship

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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.

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Colorado Floods Continue to Ravage the State

Monday, September 16, 2013

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.

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