Femi Oke

News host and Reporter for The Takeaway

Femi Oke appears in the following:

Christmas Gifts Gone Wild

Friday, December 12, 2008

Takeaway culture correspondent Mary Elizabeth Williams looks off the beaten track to find you some of the coolest Christmas gifts around.

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Layoffs hit the virtual world as Reuters closes its Second Life bureau

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Virtual reality world Second Life loses a news bureau.

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Unconventional polls

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The most accurate polls around might be a little on the unconventional side: Halloween mask sales, schoolchildren, coffee cups, and cookies.

Mary Beth Williams hits the streets of New York to look at this year's "Xtreme" polls:

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Friday, October 24, 2008

The 2008 CMJ Music Marathon has attracted more than 1,000 artists. The annual New York music festival has a national reputation for showcasing new bands. Takeaway musician Jack Grace put his twenty years of experience of playing at CMJ to good use this week. After spending a few nights checking out the groups who are getting all the music industry buzz, he reports back on this year's "it" band.


Oil reserves bring billions into Nigeria, but also conflict with MEND

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nigeria is the fifth-largest supplier of crude oil to the United States. (The United States is Nigeria's biggest single export market.) Behind this lucrative business relationship, however, is a wild backdrop of conflict in Nigeria’s oil fields. The region is poor and undeveloped, but oil exports make Nigeria one of the richest countries in Africa. Militants pushing for a share of this oil wealth and environmental remediation have resorted to blowing up pipelines, taking foreign hostages and fighting government troops. Commander Fara Dagogo is a member of the biggest rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND. The commander talks with The Takeaway about why he is sabotaging his country’s oil production.


Musician Terence Blanchard uses jazz to rebuild New Orleans

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Terence Blanchard is a prolific composer and musician. He’s written film scores for over thirty movies including, “Malcolm X”, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”, “Inside Man” and “Miracle At St. Anna”, Spike Lee’s upcoming film about the lives of four African-American soldiers fighting in World War 2. Three years ago Blanchard was working on the score of “Inside Man” in Los Angeles when he turned on the television and saw hurricane Katrina hit his home city of New Orleans. Recovering from the disaster and rebuilding and reinvigorating the Crescent City has been his passion ever since. Terence Blanchard joins The Takeaway on the eve of the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, to talk about how he’s using music to rebuild the city he loves.


The conflict in Georgia sends shudders through former Russian satellite states

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Guests: Peter Semneby, the European Union’s special representative for the South Caucasus


The Phelps Effect

Friday, August 15, 2008

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Tameka, age 9, and Kayarah, age 8, love to watch the Olympic swim team so much they have picnics around the television and watch the competitions — even in Spanish! They are two members of a new generation of young swimmers being inspired by Michael Phelps at the Beijing Summer Olympics. Swim coach Offitt Porter is having trouble getting his swim team to practice; all they want to do is rush home to watch the US Olympic swim team. This is “The Phelps Effect,” with which one athlete has inspired children around the country.


Doctors talk about the state of research and treatment at AIDS conference

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City runs August 3 to 8, 2008. This year’s conference coincided with the startling revelation that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had underestimated new HIV cases by 40 percent.


You're on candid camera... and making a music video

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Takeaway speaks with British rock band The Get Out Clause. They've made innovative use of CCTV cameras in their home city of Manchester to create a music video for their new song.


Taxis toil over oil

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gas prices in America have jumped to an average of more than $4 a gallon for the first time. But gas prices aren’t just a problem in the United States. The Takeaway hears from taxi drivers from around the world, whose job depends on the price of gasoline.


Phoenix Lander reaches Mars, begins search for life in polar ice

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Phoenix Mars Lander launched Aug. 4, 2007, in a quest to find life on Mars. After a 10-month journey, the lander successfully touched down on the planet's northern polar surface last night. CNN's technology and environment correspondent Miles O'Brien has been at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since Friday. He joins us live from Pasadena, Calif.

Pictured: The Phoenix Lander's Delta 2 launch vehicle taking off; an artist's rendering of the lander itself, and one of the very first images sent back from the lander this morning after its successful touchdown last night.

Left to right: Sid Leach; Corby Waste, JPL; NASA/JPL/CalTech/University of Arizona


Polar bear 'endangered' decision approaches

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The battle over global warming is being fought over a large white mammal — the polar bear. The polar bear's habitat is melting away and a collection of environmental groups including Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity have come together to pressure the government to list polar bears as an endangered species.