John Light

John Light is a radio journalist based in New York.

John Light appears in the following:

The Art of the Convention Speech

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Historically, candidates have used the publicity afforded by the national conventions as an opportunity to define, or to redefine, their campaign to the American public. The Takeaway takes a look back at notable speeches of conventions past.

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Congressman John Mica on Republican Partisanship and Compromise

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From the Republican National Convention, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich speaks with John Mica, the Republican head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who has represented Florida’s 7th District on the state's east coast since 1993.

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Floridians Set to Weather Tropical Storm Isaac

Monday, August 27, 2012

Even though it’s causing a hassle for Tampa’s many visitors this week, hurricanes aren’t that out of the ordinary for Floridians — and the storm won’t actually make landfall until it hits Mississippi and Louisiana tomorrow morning.

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The Agenda: Todd Zwillich and Anna Sale Report from Tampa

Monday, August 27, 2012

With tropical storm Isaac progressing towards hurricane status, the Republican National Convention has condensed the convention to fit into Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Organizers had scheduled one message for each of the four convention days — but with one less day, they'll have to cut one of their messages.

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Following the Money at the Political National Conventions

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The political conventions are approaching, and hundreds of millions of dollars are flooding into Charlotte, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida. This money isn’t all from the candidates, nor is it from the party’s national leaderships. So where does it come from?

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What Can the GOP Do About Akin? What Should They Do?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Akin continues to insist that he will stay in the race. “The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I’m not a quitter. And my belief is we’re going to take this thing forward. And by the grace of God we’re going to win this race,” Akin said on Mike Huckabee’s radio show yesterday.

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Remembering Eccentric Comedian Phyllis Diller

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Phyllis Diller’s stand up was a staple of nightclubs and television during the 1950s and early 1960s, a time when female comics were extremely rare. She passed away yesterday in her home in Los Angeles, at the age of 95. In adjective-packed obits, journalists described her as “sassy,” “outlandish,” and “tart-tongued.”

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George Gilder on 'Wealth and Poverty' and its Influence Today

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Paul Ryan is perhaps best known as the architect of the leading Republican plan to balance the budget. The book that may very well have influenced his economic ideals is George Gilder’s "Wealth and Poverty," a book regarded as the intellectual guide for Reaganomics and the Reagan White House in the 1980s.

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On the Ground: Reporting from Rebel Headquarters in Aleppo

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

In recent New Yorker articles, staff writer Jon Lee Anderson describes a country torn by civil war without clear factions. The campaign by President Bashar al-Assad against the rebels has been going on for 17 months, with some estimates placing the death toll at around 20,000.

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Chinese Take to the Streets as Tensions Rise With Japan

Monday, August 20, 2012

A dispute over a chain of uninhabited islands known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkakus in Japan has lead to rising tensions between the two countries. The New York Times reports groups of protesters in China number in the tens of thousands.

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NATO Creates New Policies in Wake of Afghan Attacks

Monday, August 20, 2012

Six Marines were killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, allegedly by Afghan soldiers they were serving alongside. These Marines are among 31 American and NATO soldiers killed this year alone by Afghan allies. In response, NATO is implementing several new policies to protect its troops.

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Wisconsinites React to the Romney-Ryan Ticket

Monday, August 13, 2012

To most of America, Mitt Romney’s new running mate is still a relatively fresh face, but some voters have known Rep. Paul Ryan for over a decade. What do they have to say about him? 

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Listeners Respond: The Electric Guitar Turns 75

Monday, August 13, 2012

To celebrate the 75th birthday of the electric guitar on Friday, we spoke with Rudy Pensa, a guitar expert and the owner of Rudy’s Music in Manhattan. Rudy and Todd Zwillich, who was guest-hosting on Friday, worked their way through the history of the electric guitar.

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Olympics Recap, Paralympics, and Rio 2016

Monday, August 13, 2012

The closing ceremony for the Olympics was last night, but the Paralympics are still to come. They begin in London on August 29 and continue until September 9. All the while, Rio De Janeiro is preparing to host the Olympics in 2016.

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When Power Grids are Too Big To Fail

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It’s been three days since the power failure began in India, and the outage has grown into the largest ever. So what determines whether or not a power grid works or fails? Could what happened in India happen to us?

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Fed Considers Moves to Lower Unemployment

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The financial recovery is happening very, very gradually, and the Federal Reserve's policy-making committee predicted in June that without any changes in the organization’s behavior, unemployment would decrease by only a small margin in the second half of the year if, in fact, it decreases at all. 

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Has the American Retirement System Failed?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It’s been 30 years since the Individual Retirement Account model, or the 401(k), became the standard way for Americans to save for retirement. And it has failed — or so says Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economics at the New School for Social Research.

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Private Colleges: Not Much Bang for Your Buck

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The education system costs way more than it should, and doesn’t work nearly as well as it should, says a new report by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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Ask Angy: Advice for Undocumented Immigrants in America

Monday, July 30, 2012

Angy Rivera came to the U.S. when she was three years old as an undocumented immigrant. Angy’s 21 now and writes the first and only undocumented immigrant advice column, "Ask Angy," where she responds to questions about “coming out” as undocumented.

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The Great Game for Influence Over Central Asia

Monday, July 30, 2012

Two centuries ago, Russia and Britain fought a war of influence over a region that rarely makes headlines: Central Asia. Today, a new game of influence is taking place in that same region, this time between the U.S., Russia and China. 

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