The first U.S. Navy ship arrived in Haiti yesterday morning. A large aircraft carrier is set to arrive off the coast today, with 14 helicopters and relief supplies. But right now, the situationon the ground is grim. We hear from Christina Boyle a reporter for The Daily News who landed in Port-au-Prince last night.
A Hatian radio host has been offering updates of yesterday's earthquake via Twitter.
On Tuesday night, New York Haitians gathered to exchange news, share information and watch TV together as they tried anxiously to get more news from home. Femi Oke spoke with Haitians in New York City.
Last Thanksgiving, a crowd of thousands crushed into a Wal-Mart store in search of holiday sales, killing a 34-year old man. That incident has made stores around the country look at ways to keep customers and staff safe this shopping season. Takeaway Correspondent Femi Oke goes back to the Green Acres Mall - the scene of last year's accident - to check in with shoppers and the mall's new safety measures.
I am in Brooklyn spending my lunch hour with Michelle Obama, and we’ve just been evicted from Starbucks! The manager on duty obviously didn’t appreciate the First Lady’s warm grin, head that can rotate 360 degrees and powerful arms. Sadly the First Lady I’m spending time with is only six inches tall, so I dropped her into my bag and slunk out of the coffee shop. (...continue reading)
Mark Moffa shaves a cast in the Prosthetics lab of the VA Medical Center in New York.
Mark Moffa is lovingly caressing the leg of a Vietnam vet. His fingers linger on a little imperfection, so he gently shaves it smooth. It’s okay; you haven’t accidentally stumbled upon an R rated war blog! Mark makes and fits prosthetic limbs, and the leg he is tenderly touching is made out of plaster of Paris. (...click through to continue reading and hear our interview with Department Chief John Loosen)
The latest unemployment numbers are out, and as expected they rose. The unemployment rate is now at 10.2 percent, and 190,000 jobs were lost in October. The numbers are surprising and reveal that the recovery on Wall Street is not reaching most of America. But buried in those data are startling numbers of older workers who are being hit hard by the rise in unemployment. Louise Story, business reporter for the The New York Times, brings us the story. The Takeaway's correspondent Femi Oke went to the New York State Labor Office yesterday to talk to older workers among the job hunters there.
All this morning, we've been talking about scary movies and what's got you shivering in your seat. We've compiled a mash-up of our listeners' scary movie suggestions.
Almost 6 million people are currently unemployed in the United States. Trying to get a job in a volatile job market is proving so difficult that some job searchers are turning to professional help. The Takeaway's Femi Oke joined a networking club to meet job hunters who’ve decided they need to spend some money to land their next job.
Femi Oke talks with Gail King, Ms. New York Senior 2009 and newly-crowned Ms. Senior America 2009, in our studio. King is a twenty-year cancer survivor, has a masters degree from Stony Brook University and taught high school English for 35 years.
The Ms. Senior America Pageant is not exactly your grandmother’s pageant ... because your grandmother could be in it! For 38 years the pageant has been promoting the idea that seniors are active, vibrant and useful members of society. Every year, state queens compete for the title of Ms. Senior America. The Takeaway’s Femi Oke reports from the 2009 pageant, held at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
To find out more about senior pageants: www.senioramerica.org
The Takeaway's Femi Oke visited a town hall on health care reform that was unlike any other: part poetry slam, part politics. We bring you some of the voices from a health care debate of a different kind.
Hear Dina Smith sing her own adaptation of the classic "If I Were a Rich Man."
Hear 19-year-old James Jaydon Woodard read his untitled poem, incorporating themes of fast food and ill health, both mental and physical.
Hear 19-year-old Yafreici Peralta read her poem "Wealth Care."
More than a hundred members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are meeting in Copenhagen to take a look at the final four presentations from four global cities that each want to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Representatives from Madrid, Chicago, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro will each be making 45-minute presentations to the IOC members; the committee will vote in secret later this afternoon.
We talk first with Alex Capstick, BBC sports correspondent, on the scene in Copenhagen. Then it's back to our own Femi Oke, who reports that Chicago and Rio are really the only two contenders, and both cities are ready to talk a big game to go for Olympic gold. And finally, to get the mood in Chicago, we turn to Lynette Kalsnes, arts and culture reporter with WBEZ.
We talk with 76-year-old Arnold Howe, who is waiting in line in Boston to pay his respects to Senator Kennedy. Arnold was one year behind Kennedy at Harvard and graduated with the Class of 1955. Kennedy helped him get his first job when businesses weren't hiring blacks.
Police in California have been searching a house where a woman was apparently held prisoner for 18 years after being abducted as an 11-year-old. The police say the abducted woman, Jaycee Dugard, and her two children – allegedly fathered by her captor, convicted sex-offender Philip Garrido – had been living in concealed outbuildings and tents. Police also say the children have never been to school or seen a doctor.
In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard was forced into a car on her way to school and not heard of again... until she walked into a San Francisco police station earlier this week with her alleged abductor and their children. Following this extraordinary case is Clint Van Zandt, a former FBI profiler who served as a special agent with the FBI for 25 years. He’s now President of Van Zandt Associates, a risk and threat assessment group.
The U.S. Open tennis championship starts on Monday and we're seeing doubles. Tennis champions Bob and Mike Bryan tell us about defending their doubles title at the U.S. Open. We ask them about how being twins helps them as doubles partners on the court, and also about the rock band they just formed.
Web Bonus! Watch Bob and Mike test their tennis ESP against John and Femi:
Click through for the two classic video snippets John referenced in the opening moments of the segment.
It's Friday, which is when we review the biggest movies coming out over the weekend. We speak to Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday about two highly anticipated films: Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock", about a man who inadvertently sets off events that lead to the fabled music event; and a documentary by R.J. Cutler called "The September Issue," about Vogue Magazine and its notorious editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Watch Anna Wintour's much talked-about appearance on David Letterman from earlier this week:
Those who loved Senator Ted Kennedy are standing in line to pay their respects, even at this early hour. Kennedy lies in repose at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. We talk with Sean Corcoran, a senior reporter from WCAI who is in Boston collecting stories from people gathering there. We also talk with Robert from Oakville, Connecticut who drove up with his 14-year-old grandson Ryan.