Business Takeout: Louise Story tells us about a controversial new procedure at the Dallas Morning News and several other papers owned by the A.H. Belo Corporation, which asks some journalists to run their stories by the paper's sales department as well as by editors.
Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses what's at stake for international soccer teams at the much anticipated World Cup draw, scheduled for later today in Cape Town, South Africa.
"The Waiting Room" Takeout: The Takeaway is staying connected to Americans seeking healthcare with "The Waiting Room," a multimedia project and film documentary that collects interviews with patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland California. Hear Producer/Director Peter Nicks on the genesis of "The Waiting Room." Here's a recent video from the project:
Auto Takeout: We check in with Paul Eisenstein of The Detroit Bureau, who's out at the LA Auto Show. He's got the latest news on GM's new products (small is, apparently, once again becoming beautiful) and their hunt for a new CEO after the surprise ousting of Fritz Henderson.
Business Takeout: Bank of America has permission to pay back the $45 billion it received in federal bailout money. Louise Story of The New York Times says BofA and the government have their own reasons for wanting to move past the bailout.
Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says all eyes will be on college football this weekend when powerhouses Florida and Alabama go head-to-head for the SEC championship.
Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to President Obama's speech and plans for the war in Afghanistan, as well as our piece on vinyl records.
Money Takeout: Louise Story of The New York Times explains why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is taking steps to slow down the re-confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich offers a wrap-up of Capitol Hill news you may have missed. The focus this week is on our Afghanistan strategy, Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing, health care reform, and the never-ending saga of the White House party crashers.
Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich says now that President Obama has laid out his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, another war is beginning: the fight over how we're going to pay for it.
Business Takeout: Louise Story of The New York Times looks at the hard line on debt some governors may take, and tells us what trade-offs that means for cash-strapped state budgets.
Sports Takeout: Now that the Florida Highway Patrol has declared Tiger Woods' car accident a single-car accident worthy of a $164 ticket and 4 points, we ask Ibrahim Abdul-Matin how this will play out for golf's public image.
Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich tells us that for the first time in history, a disclosure on the amount of money that Congress spends on itself is available online. Todd took a look at some of the nearly 3,400 pages that cover the quarter from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2009.
Business Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter for our partner The New York Times, takes a look at Congress' stalled efforts to pass financial regulatory reform.
Sports Takeout: Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses the latest developments in golf champion Tiger Woods' strange and eventful Thanksgiving weekend.
The Obama administration will go on the offensive this week, pressuring banks to help more U.S. homeowners bring down their mortgage payments. The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) is intended to help homeowners cut the amount of interest they are paying on their mortgages. But consumers face two big hurdles. First, many homeowners are having difficulty gaining access to the HAMP program. One such homeowner is Takeaway listener Julie Gonzales, who joins us from Royal Oak, Mich. She applied for HAMP and was turned down. Second, those who are able to enter the trial modification program are finding it difficult to make their modifications permanent. Louise Story, finance reporter for our partner The New York Times, says that while the Obama administration says banks aren't doing a good enough job helping homeowners, the banks are fighting back. They say the government's plan is flawed, and that most consumers need a lot more then just reduced interest payments.
Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us for a look back at Thanksgiving's football games and those coming up over the weekend.
Business Takeout: The New York Times' finance reporter, Louise Story, explains why the risky derivatives market needs reform, and why banks and bankers seem to want to prevent that reform from happening.
WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:Julie Mason, White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner, discusses the security aspects of some high profile party crashers who snuck past the Secret Service and into the big tent of the White House's state dinner Tuesday night.
FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: The New York Times' Louise Story discusses the tremors in world financial markets as Dubai announces it needs to postpone some of its debt payments.
CONSUMER TAKEOUT: Our own Femi Oke is out at a local Wal-Mart store, reporting on Black Friday's lines.
Business Takeout: Louise Story of The New York Times says the FDIC insurance fund that protects your bank deposits has fallen a smidge below zero: $8.2 billion, in round numbers. Take heart, though -- there's a plan.
Dinner Takeout: Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society, was a guest at President Obama's first state dinner. She joins us to talk about the event.
Listener Takeout: Listeners tell us their stories of dealing with TMI in the workplace and long term care for family members.
Business Takeout: Forget Mac vs PC; the newest fight in tech is NewsCorp v. Google. Louise Story of The New York Times tells us about media giant NewsCorp's move towards Microsoft's "Bing" search engine: It's the first time a major company has turned down Google placement and said they don't want to be so "googleable."
Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has the latest on Monday Night Football, which pitted the Houston Texans against the Tennessee Titans.
Listener Takeout: Stories of how Takeaway listeners have had to ration their own health care keep coming in, as do topics to avoid at Thanksgiving ... Plus Karen, a Utahn soccer fan, auditions for Ibrahim's job as sports contributor.
Money Takeout: A new Harvard study proves what most of us could have guessed: the executives of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns are still rich, even though they lost $900 million in stocks with the two bankruptcies. Louise Story, of The New York Times, explains.
Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks NASCAR's record-making Jimmie Johnson, and responds to a listener's comment on football helmets.
Listener Takeout: We hear more reactions to Oprah's announcement that she'll end her show in 2011.
Finance Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story joins us this morning to talk about private companies buying at-risk mortgages at a discount, sharing the profit with the home owners, and shifting the risk to taxpayer-backed federal agencies. (Read the full story at The New York Times.)
Sports Takeout: Our sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, looks at the weekend's games and the undefeated records of the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
Business Takeout: The House Financial Services Committee passed a measure yesterday that would let the government break up large banks, even if they're healthy. New York Times reporter Louise Story tells us why.
Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes a look at baseball's Managers of the year and attempts to predict who could win the NL Cy Young Award.
Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich was at a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday where Attorney General Eric Holder defended his decision to try confessed 9/11 'mastermind' Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York.
Business Takeout: Retailers are struggling this holiday season, but luxury sellers like Saks Fifth Avenue are cutting inventory, so consumers can't count on blowout sales. New York Times reporter Louise Story explains this novel approach.
Listeners: We received a lot of responses to yesterday's story about a physicians' group recommending people wait for particular cancer screenings.