There are several new releases today, including the long-awaited super-hero movie “The Avengers,” the all-star senior citizens’ ensemble “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and the dance documentary “First Position.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.
Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week, we'll hear more about Newt Gingrich pulling out of the Presidential race; Richard Grenell, the openly gay foreign policy spokesperson who resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign just days after joining it; and Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage. Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. And Farai Chideya is ajournalist and blogger.
During the past several elections, we’ve heard a lot about Latino voters and how candidates are trying to win their support. But why do we hear so little about Asian-American voters? Christine Chen talks about these statistics, and what might change them. Tony Nam is an Asian American in Queens, New York who has never voted in a national election.
Police in Saudi Arabia have announced that Shaima Jastaniah, the Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving last summer, has been offered a reprieve. Explaining the decision and its context is Eman Al Nafjan. She's a proponent of the women’s driving movement and the author of Saudiwoman’s Weblog.
A new plan from Facebook encourages everyone on the social network to advertise their donor status on their pages, along with their birth dates and schools. Could the plan be a slippery slope linking medical information and social media? Jeff Jarvis is professor of journalism at City University of New York. Art Caplan is a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
In this week's Movie Date, Rafer bemoans what he considers the death of the romantic comedy. Kristen, as you'd expect, tell him to stop being a negative Nancy. It's all in honor of "The Five Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.
Entering a nursing home is a decision that many of us will make for ourselves and for the people we love. And when we make that decision, it’s with the hope that the highest level of care and professionalism will be administered. But for Alison Weingartner, this wasn’t exactly the case. She joins the program along with Kay Lazar, a health reporter for the Boston Globe who’s been covering Weingartner’s case.
Presidential campaign slogans: we’ve come to know them, love them, loathe them, and in some cases, completely forget them. Some slogans, like Warren G. Harding’s "Cox and Cocktails," sound perplexing in hindsight. And then there’s President Obama’s new slogan, simply “Forward.” Kathleen Hall Jamieson specializes in political language and rhetoric.
It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at the Takeaway. And there are plenty of big ones today, from the romantic comedy "Five Year Engagement" to the claymation kids movie "Pirates: Band of Misfits." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.
"Girls," written by and starring Lena Dunham, was initially the subject of overwhelming praise for telling the story of twenty-something New York females in a new way. But in the two weeks since the series premiered, "Girls" went from being praised to being the object of overwhelming vitriol. From the blogosphere to the New York Times, critics have asked: Why does this show, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York in 2012, have an entirely white cast? Russell Robinson is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of a study on race, ethnicity and gender casting in Hollywood. Melissa Silverstein is the editor of Women and Hollywood and the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival.
And according to our partner the BBC, the contract for a project called "Solar Orbiter" is set to be signed today. A project of the European Space Agency, the Solar Orbiter will get closer to the sun than any satellite up until now. Dr. Michio Kaku knows a lot about outer space and about future possibilities. A theoretical physicist, he’s the author of the New York Times bestseller "Physics of the Future." He’s here to walk us through what we might learn from this new space project.
Today is the third day of the federal corruption trial of former Senator John Edwards, who is charged with violating campaign finance law. Edwards allegedly used money given to him by wealthy supporters to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter and their subsequent love child while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Yesterday, the defense cross-examined Edwards' former aide Andrew Young – who had testified that Edwards directed him to use funds from donors to take care of Ms. Hunter. Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, was in the courtroom yesterday.
Today the Supreme Court will consider whether Arizona’s approach to illegal immigration clashes with federal law. If they decide it does, what else will states be able do to address their concerns over illegal immigration?
Many of us spend hours with our smartphones and computers, texting and emailing. We peruse social networking sites, updating our followers several times a day on our moods and thoughts. In many ways, it seems we have greater safeguards against loneliness than we ever have. But Professor Sherry Turkle wonders if, in the age of digital saturation, we’ve sacrificed conversation for mere connection.
Each year, more than 25,000 undocumented immigrants are apprehended as they attempt to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. In most cases, we hear very few details about these apprehensions. But in one case, the details — which are especially gruesome — have become widely circulated.
He's got to be strong. He's got to be able to build a barn and get along with children. Being able to play a sultry, sexy musical instrument also helps. In case it wasn't apparent already, this week we're talking about Kristen's fantasy man. And also some movie called "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron. Let Kristen and Rafer's sultry voices and razor-sharp smarts woo you in this week's podcast.
The open road: it’s part of the American dream. Or, at least, it used to be. A new study finds that 16- to 34-year-olds without driver’s licenses rose to 26 percent in 2010 from 21 percent a decade earlier. At the same time, biking, walking, and other driving alternatives rose among young people in the past decade. Tony Dutzik is a senior policy analyst at the Frontier Group and co-author of the study. Takeaway listener Emily is a 25-year-old who rarely drives, and didn't get her license until she was 19.
Friday has come again, which means another movie weekend is upon us. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take to their critical perch as our intrepid Movie Date team.
Latino and Hispanic: they're terms that a lot of Americans are asked to choose between when identifying themselves on the census, in official paperwork, and in everyday conversation. But according to a new poll by the Pew Hispanic Center, most adults of Latin American descent prefer not to use either. Instead, the respondents said they preferred to identify themselves by their country of origin.
Yesterday, Dick Clark passed away. But the stamp he left on the world is still very much apparent. We remember him today with two people who know his story well. John Jackson is the author of “American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire.” And Lew Klein was the executive producer of American Bandstand, who hired Dick Clark fresh out of college.