This summer, The Takeaway is embarking on a virtual road trip and around the country to some of America’s greatest music cities. Our tour guides will include some of the most popular recording artists and experts from each town. Giving us the aural experience of Brooklyn is Reggie Watts.
In our lifetime, we’re exposed to thousands of images of women in the media. More often than not, these images are tweaked, trimmed, smoothed over, and made to look, well, not quite like women actually look. This week, Seventeen magazine released their “Body Peace Treaty” which promises to “celebrate every kind of beauty” and “never alter the shape of a girl’s face or body.”
In this special Independence Day-week edition, Kristen and Rafer show their patriotism by reviewing three movies, Oliver Stone's "Savages," "Katy Perry: Part of me," and "The Amazing Spiderman."
Last year the women's soccer team from Iran was prevented from playing a qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics because they refused to remove their hijabs before kickoff. Female Muslim soccer players often find themselves in the same predicament on their local fields, even in North America. But all that might change, thanks to a new decision by the International Federation of Association Football.
In "The Amazing Spider-Man," Peter Parker searches for clues to why his parents disappeared when he was so young, and runs afoul of his father's former partner, Dr. Curt Connors. "Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D" takes a look at the pop star's life on and off stage, including her religious family's opinions of her career. And "Savages," Oliver Stone's latest, follows two California marijuana farmers as they face off against a Mexican drug cartel.
Summer time has arrived and Americans are itching, not only from the mosquito bites but for a vacation. But when it comes to a few days off from the daily grind, not everyone agrees about whether or not to bring the kids along.
When Marine Sergeant Christian Ellis returned home from Iraq, he joined the 2.2 million Americans living with post traumatic stress disorder. He suffered for years until a friend challenged him to transform his experiences into a work of art that might heal his wounds, and maybe others’ as well.
The document that marks our Independence Day is, of course, the Declaration of Independence. But there’s another document worth looking at today, written by another founding father, that tells a story not just of liberty, but of religious tolerance.
It’s a song that’s so infectious, so a part of the American vernacular, it’s hard not to whistle along. For nearly a decade, it served as the opening theme to The Andy Griffith Show. No doubt, many of us whistled it when we heard of Andy Griffith’s passing yesterday.
Exactly 75 years ago today, Amelia Earhart disappeared during her historic attempt to circle the globe. Now investigators have evidence that suggests Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan were marooned castaways on a deserted island after their plane crashed.
This week’s big releases include "Magic Mike," "Ted," and "People Like Us." Rafer Guzman is the movie critic for Newsday and co-host of the Movie Date podcast with Kristen Meinzer, the Takeaway's culture producer.
Kristen and Rafer bare it all in this edition of Movie Date...all their feelings about "Magic Mike," that is. Also, a TED talk about "Ted" -- Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's first film.
Less than 14 percent of sexual assaults in the U.S. military are reported, and less than one tenth of one percent result in criminal convictions. A new documentary, "The Invisible War," focuses on our military's rape epidemic and what must be done to stop it.
Pointy objects and surprising leads abound in this week's Movie Date. But will the arrows of "Brave" or the silver kitchenware of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" be enough to sway Kristen and Rafer? And we're all wondering who would win in a scuffle: undead-stalking president or bow-wielding princess? Lincoln has the height advantage...
At last! After nearly 20 years and over a dozen films, Pixar is releasing their first film featuring a female lead. It’s called “Brave” and it’s being lauded by many critics as a film that’s both “strong” and “feminist.” But is it just another princess movie?
In a woman’s life, there are many rites of passage: her first period, her first time falling in love, and her first time being hired for a job. And if she makes it past the ripe old age of 25, she very likely has one more rite of passage that lasts for the next two decades. And if she doesn't hit this milestone, she gets asked over and over again: “Why don’t you have children?”
In a reality television scene dominated by “Jersey Shore” and “The Bachelor,” Sundance’s new series “Push Girls,” breaks the mold. “Push Girls” follows four disabled friends as they navigate work, relationships, and everyday activities from the view of a wheelchair. Two stars of "Push Girls," Angela Rockwood and Tiphany Adams, discuss their new show.
Reality television tells a million stories, of bachelorettes, adventurers, singers, dancers, family planning, and friends for life. In some cases, reality shows tell all these stories at the same time. That’s certainly the case with the new Sundance series “Push Girls.” But there is one thing that’s a little different about this series…all four women highlighted in the show are paralyzed from the neck down. Two of the stars of "Push Girls" - Angela Rockwood and Tiphany Adams - tell us more about themselves and the show.
Much of the witness testimony in the trial of accused child sex offender and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was difficult to hear, but not just for its content. More shocking, perhaps, was the lingering question: Why didn’t the witnesses report what they saw?
Ever since 1776, America has acknowledged July Fourth as our day of independence. But there’s another independence day — today, June 19 — that’s acknowledged by many others as our true day of freedom. Why? Because it was on this date in 1865 that slavery in the United States ended.