Actor Brian Cox says today's conversations surrounding debt and fiscal policy help him get into character for his portrayal of the Dickensian Scrooge. Cox will be playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a radio drama of the Christmas Carol tonight.
Labor activists in Michigan could face a historic defeat this week against a "right-to-work" bill that lawmakers have reconvened over today, and which Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has pledged to sign. United Auto Workers president Bob King discusses what this means for the nation's future with labor.
The US Labor Department releases its monthly employment numbers this morning. With every job lost or gained, there’s at least one economist wagging his or her finger about how the value of a college education is more and more important in today's tough job market. But Sharon Virts Mozer, the CEO of FCi Federal who has created over 1,000 jobs, believes that most employers overestimate the power of a four year degree.
A middle class is emerging in Latin America, but does more opportunity exist in the United States for Latinos? Or less? Eileen Diaz-McConnell, an associate professor at Arizona State University, specializes in Latino demographics, particularly on homeownership rates, a central part of any American dream definition.
Hurricane Sandy affected millions of people on the East Coast, hitting New York and New Jersey especially hard. The storm hit home for us here at The Takeaway. Our senior producer, Jen Poyant, lives in Arverne, Queens near the Rockaways, one of the hardest hit parts of New York City.
David Goodman, a reporter for our partner The New York Times, explains what happened at a hospital in New York after it lost primary and backup power.
After Ann Coulter tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens published “An Open Letter to Ann Coulter." In his letter, he pleads with Coulter to reconsider her usage of the R-word and its negative connotations. He writes that Coulter “assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult."
C.J. Chivers, correspondent for our partner The New York Times, has just returned from a reporting trip in Syria. He followed a group of Syrian rebels and the development of military tactics, including the booby trapping of ammunition, while he was there.
The death toll from a fungal meningitis outbreak continues to climb across the country, and at least 15 people have died. It all started at a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. How are those pharmacies regulated?
Hermene Hartman was an enthusiastic supporter of President Obama in 2008. Earlier this month we spoke with Ms. Hartman about how she thinks there has been "disappointment in Barack Obama as an African American" and that "there’s been no focus and deliberation with the black community." Her comments elicited a widespread backlash.
Sometimes we’re madly in love with our candidates, but sometimes that love fades. That's been the case for Hermene Hartman, an Obama supporter from Chicago.
Actress Olivia Wilde talks about growing up with parents who worked as journalists in conflict zones and how that inspired her role in the new PBS series, "Half the Sky."
There are 165 schools in the United States that are so rigorous and desired that you have to pass an exam to get in. Is this a model that could eventually trickle down to all sorts of schools?
The presidential campaigns only have 41 days left to get to every corner of every battle ground state and get out the vote. That effort includes Virginia, where Obama holds a slight lead. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich took a political road trip through the state to find out what locals are saying about the race.
David Simon and Eric Overmeyer, co-creators of "Treme," have been working for years now to figure out how to tell the story of New Orleans in a way that isn't voyeuristic or cliched. The HBO series begins its third season this Sunday, and the show is evolving in its portrayal of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Since the drawdown of troops began last summer, the American mission in Afghanistan has been clear: train Afghan troops. But after a string of deadly attacks on NATO personnel by rogue Afghan security forces, that mission, at least temporarily, has changed.
Vulnerability: it's when we feel fragile, uncertain, and isolated. But there's a power hidden within vulnerability. Embracing those emotions can radically change our lives, says Brené Brown.
Eleven years after September 11th, the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world is, in many ways, fraught with tension. The recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, helps put this latest moment of protest and religious furor into historical context.
We remember many things about that surreal, traumatic day. Many of us think back to the crisp, blue September sky. We recall where we were and what we were doing as the planes hit the towers, the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Arctic sea ice continues to shrink at record levels because of climate change. With polar ice melting at record rates, there is a strong desire to document the vanishing icebergs before they are lost forever. The Takeaway speaks with iceberg and storm photographer Camille Seaman about her painstaking efforts to capture the loss.