The American South holds 37 percent of the U.S. population, but over half of all new HIV diagnoses occur there. A new documentary called "deepsouth" sheds light on the people living in the most quiet corners of the region. The film's director, Lisa Biagiotti, joins The Takeaway to discuss her film and why the South is the leading geographic region for HIV/AIDS.
Ever since the name "Trayvon Martin" entered the public consciousness in March 2012 there has been one prevailing theme in the media and around the water cooler: Race. Though it isn't the focus inside the courtroom, it continues to surface. JeffriAnne Wilder is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. She joins The Takeaway to discuss how race has played out in the Zimmerman trial so far and how it might affect the trial.
In recent days the tables have turned in Egypt. Thousands of Morsi supporters have taken to the streets, both in Egypt and here in the United States, with hundreds in Egypt facing injuries and even death. Gehad Elhaddad is the official spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. He gives his unique take on the unrest in Egypt, and what he thinks the future holds.
Artist Jackie Sumell was outraged when she learned that a Louisiana state prisoner named Herman Wallace has lived in solitary confinement 23 hours a day for more than 40 years now. He is believed to be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States. Angad Balla's documentary airing tonight on PBS, "Herman's House," follows Jackie as she raises awareness of long-term solitary confinement through art.
More than 40 people have been killed in a shoot out today near military barracks in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were staging a sit-in outside the facility where they believe former President Mohamed Morsi is being held. Bloody photos and video images appeared on television and social media showing several bodies lying on the ground, and doctors and medical personnel attending to the wounded. Joining us to discuss this Kristen Chick, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. She is on the ground in Cairo.
The explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line left three dead and many more injured. Two days after the tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions. Todd Zwillich and Callie Crossley update us on the situation in Washington and in Boston. Eric Schmitt, a national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains the mechanics of the Boston bombs.
Explosions tore through the large crowds at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, claiming three lives and injuring hundreds. Four hours into the race at around 2:50 p.m., two bombs detonated in rapid succession near the finish line, triggering confusion and panic as people attempted to flee.
Yesterday a new day dawned on Massachusetts, as John Kerry bid farewell to his post as U.S. senator. His replacement, William "Mo" Cowan, will serve until a permanent successor is chosen in the June 25th special election. Callie Crossley, host of Boston Public Radio, shares more about Cowan and his selection.
This week, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan travel to Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. The United States' debt is announced on Thursday, and a judge is expected to rule on the voter identification law in Philadelphia.
Both campaigns responded to the Colorado shooting by pulling their ads in the state which could mean a week of toned-down campaigning. But then again, it might not.
Public companies are releasing their second quarter earnings reports this week. They're a key indicator of how the economy is doing. Meanwhile, Republicans are stilling planning their strategy for repealing Obamacare.
This week on the agenda: Greek election fallout, a federal reserve meeting, ongoing presidential campaigning, and the Vagina Monologues.
Exploring the news for the week ahead are Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, and Marcus Mabry, editor at large at The International Herald Tribune, the international edition of our partner, The New York Times.
Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, explore the stories for the week ahead, including George Zimmerman's arraignment in court, the John Edwards trial, and Facebook's campaign to justify the company's projected IPO.
Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, explore the stories for the week ahead, including the shootings in Tulsa, Trayvon Martin developments, jury selection for John Edwards trial, and inflation reports.
GOP Presidential candidates take the fight for the nomination to Illinois, while the Senate takes up the JOBS Act, a business de-regulation bill that SEC Chair Mary Schapiro warns would expose investors to fraud. The U.N. Security council meets to discuss the future of Afghanistan, while American officials debate the American role in the country. Finally, the Transportation Security Administration announces new regulations for elderly passengers as the owners of the Mets go to trial over money they made in the Madoff scandal.
Gas prices are going up and it's turning into a campaign issue. Gas prices have already risen 25 cents since the start of the year, putting them at $3.25 a gallon, a record high for this time of year. Occupy organizers turn their attention towards the more than 2 million people in prisons with what they're calling National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is in Egypt trying to resolve a diplomatic dispute over American NGO workers in Egypt charged with using illegal funding to incite revolution.
This week Congress returns from recess and Republican presidential hopefuls step up campaigning in South Carolina. Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, along with other major companies, will announce earning reports. Myrtle Beach's visitors bureau welcomes the six GOP candidates for a debate with a 525-ton sand sculpture of their likenesses; meanwhile, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert mulls throwing his hat into the ring.
As Greece negotiates a new unity government, Europe watches closely for signs of a widening crisis. In the U.S. a deadline for members of a congressional "Super Committee" to reach an agreement approaches. Meanwhile, a new book by Bill Clinton comes out this week, and it reportedly criticizes President Obama's decision not to raise the debt ceiling in 2010 when the Democrats still controlled the House of Representatives.
The Congressional "super committee," put in charge of finding $1.2 trillion to cut from the deficit, have mostly been a top secret committee that have shared very little about their meetings. As the super committee continues to find cuts in the deficit, a number of economic indicators are set to be released this week, including new home sales and GDP figures. Also on the agenda for this week, the Pentagon is set to release a report on the role of women soldiers in the military and whether or not they should be allowed to serve in combat roles. And after President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year, there could be some fallout, especially among Republicans, on Capitol Hill.