Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines last month, killing nearly 6,000 people and injuring more than 26,000. In the aftermath of the crisis, relief workers headed to the region to try and help millions of people affected by the storm. Dr. Selwyn Mahon, a disaster medicine fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, reflects on his experience in the devastated city of Tacloban.
The State of Missouri has a controversial new protocol for executions, put in place only last month, and about to be put into practice for the first time this week. It is now illegal for the state to name the manufacturer, supplier, or compounding pharmacy who is selling the execution drug to the state. Political reporter Chris McDaniel has been covering the controversy for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments surrounding the death penalty in Missouri.
Lonni Sue Johnson suffers from what's called profound amnesia. She can't form new memories or bring up old memories. But while her brain doesn't work the way it should, it does give us profound clues about how our brains work and can be improved. Michael Lemonick is a contributor to Time Magazine, where his piece about Johnson "The Muse of Memory" is published this week.
A new, provocative art project in Boston seeks to raise awareness of homelessness. Christopher Hope and Kenji Nakayama have started a program called “Signs for the Homeless,” which invites artists in Massachusetts to give the drab cardboard signs of the local homeless colorful makeovers. A Cambridge, MA street worker, Hope talks about a provocative art project that's trying to raise awareness of homelessness.
Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, along with columnist Glenn Greenwald, helped Edward Snowden expose the NSA. Peter Maass, an investigative reporter, recently conducted an interview with Snowden, who is an international fugitive, that will be published in the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine. Here Maass tells the story behind Snowden's leaks.
On Tuesday, the State Department advised all Americans in Yemen to leave the country because of "the continued potential for terrorist attacks." Yalda Hakim, a BBC World News correspondent, has done extensive reporting in Yemen for BBC World News. Gregory Johnsen is author of “The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia.” Johnsen and Hakim join The Takeaway to provide an update on combating the war on terror in Yemen.
Opponents of a controversial new Texas abortion measure, like Lillian Ortiz, a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, says the law disproportionately affects poor women, especially Latinas. But Texas State Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican from Dallas, supported the measure and says there is no basis behind the argument that Texas' law disproportionately affects poor women, and particularly those of color.
According to the C.D.C., a woman’s chances of having a baby "decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30." Dr. Anne Steiner says that's an exaggeration, and that while fertility does decline with age, most women who want to conceive in their 30s will be able to. Erin White-Ulvi is a new mom who says that her doctor advised her to start thinking about having children when she was 29-years-old, warning that her fertility would soon be declining.
The issue of rampant sexual abuse within the military has been back in the headlines in recent weeks, but a similar story of abuse within a big American institution is getting less play in the news. Just last week former USA Swimming coach Rick Curl was convicted of sexually abusing Kelly Currin, one of his swimmers. Currin alleges that officials within U.S. swimming knew about the abuse and did nothing. Katherine Starr, Olympic Swimmer and Founder and President of Safe4Athletes, weighs in.
While implementation of the Affordable Care Act differs from state to state, Colorado has mostly embraced the ACA, tailoring the law to fit the state's needs. Dr. Michael Pramenko, a family physician from Grand Junction, Colorado, offers his perspective on how the law will affect his practice and his patients.
The Obama administration has said that the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges are very good news for people who don't have affordable insurance coverage through their workplaces or have been in and out of the market. But is it good news for independent health care providers? One provider says that because of the ACA, his practice is losing revenue.
Chinua Achebe, the famed Nigerian writer, died today at age 82. He was a political figure, an essayist, and a voice of the African experience in the 20th century. His book "Things Fall Apart" started a global conversation that is still going on.
In an era when the Violence Against Women Act has proven to be hugely divisive, and budgets are being slashed because of the sequester, the Department of Justice has awarded millions in grant money to domestic violence prevention programs.
3D printing is a dynamic new technology that promises to revolutionize how we manufacture and create things. Still in its early stages of development, it’s already being used to make chocolate, guns, and even body parts. How does it work and where does it go from here? Lawrence Bonasser is a professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell. Max Lobovsky is the founder of FormLabs, a start-up company that is creating a more affordable professional 3D printer.
Experienced as John Kerry is with diplomacy, negotiating foreign policy in regions volatile to the U.S. will not be an easy task. Journalist Stephen Kinzer offers a few theories for how Kerry will confront the crises of the moment, including Iran and the ever-expanding drone war.
Pre-trial hearings start today in Guantanamo in the case against the alleged mastermind of the September 11, terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg has been following the hearings at the war crimes court at Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
It's been 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Historian and novelist A.J. Verdelle talks about what this meant for the millions who were freed.
Senator Scott Brown may have lost his seat to Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, but his campaign has new life. With John Kerry well on his way to head up the State Department, Brown has a chance to fill his empty seat. Political writer David Bernstein discusses who might be Brown's challenger.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad continues to loose his grip on power. How much longer will he be able to hold on, and at what cost? Robin Wright is a journalist who has been covering the Middle East since 1973.
State and local governments are easily stereotyped as bureaucratic and slow-moving, particularly since the recession and its aftermath forced many states to slash budgets and reduce staff. And yet, even in the aftermath of a recession, some states implement new policies much faster than others. Frederick Boehmke, professor of political science at the University of Iowa, measured state innovation in a new study. He and his co-author declared California the most innovative state, and Mississippi as the least innovative.