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In a speech delivered at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed the question: "What's next for Conservatives?" It's a pertinent question, as GOP poll numbers have tanked following the government shutdown earlier this month. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent explains where the GOP stands.
Author Lawrence Hill's new book, “Blood: The Stuff of Life," examines the bodily fluid through its social and scientific history highlighting the power we ascribe to blood and our evolving understanding of it. The book begins with a gory story of Hill seeing his own blood for the first time as a child.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, President Barack Obama laid down a new set of foreign policy priorities. The Arab-Israeli conflict made the cut, as did mitigating the civil war in Syria. Noticeably missing from the president’s list of top priorities was Egypt, a crucial and long held U.S. ally in the Middle East. Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, weighs in on the changing dynamics between the two countries.
Fourteen Caribbean nations are asking the former colonial powers of Britain, France and the Netherlands to pay for the damage they inflicted through years of slavery and racism. Joining to weigh in on this issue is Staceyann Chin, a Jamaican-American writer and activist who lived in Jamaica until she was 24-years-old. Martyn Day is a senior partner at Leigh Day, the British law firm litigating on behalf of Caribbean countries. He joins the program to explain the legal aspects of the case.
A full 1 in 4 millennials claim no religious affiliation. How do religious leaders feel about this shift? And what are they doing to try to attract young people back into the religious fold? For answers, we turn to Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Ohio; Pastor Dennis Baril of the Community Covenant Church in Massachusetts; and Imam Mustafa Umar with the Islamic Institute of Orange County, CA.
As part of our series "Young Nation Under God?," The Takeaway will host a live online chat today from 2-3 PM Eastern. The chat will focus on the changing role religion plays in American society, particularly for the millennial generation (ages 18-30). The live chat will be moderated our host John Hockenberry and Lisa Pearce, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. Together John and Lisa will answer your questions and examine religion in America.
Although 1 in 4 millennials claim no religious affiliation, 84 percent of all Americans still identify with an organized religion. What is behind this change between the generations? And what does it mean for America's future? We get the answers from Krista Tippett, the host of On Being, a radio show that explores religion and spirituality in our daily life.
According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a full 1 in 4 millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, do not affiliate with any faith. They haven't just lapsed in observance, but have chosen to leave organized religion altogether. Three young Christians turned atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church. Emily Peterson, Daniel Munoz, Amber van Natten all grew up in traditional christian households but now identify as atheists and humanists.
This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.
The Pew Research Center has found that Americans ages 18 to 30 are significantly less religious than older Americans. Current data shows that "millennials," people born after 1980, are unaffiliated with any religious group. The Takeaway is joined by Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, to discuss the data behind religion and how it affects American culture today.
32 percent of young American Jews identify as Jewish but describe themselves as having no religion. Today, young people are more likely to define their Jewish identity by ancestry, ethnicity, or culture. What does it mean to be Jewish? Three young Jewish Americans, Adam Chandler, Michael Yashinsky, and Sarah Seltzer, share their stories.
Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has beaten the odds in his red state, pushing through the Affordable Care and the Medicaid expansion program, and having the state run its own state run exchanges. This move has made Kentucky the only Southern state that to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Beshear joins The Takeaway to discuss how a deeply conservative Southern state came to adopt the ACA, and why he believes it will be a job creator.
Peter Nicks is the the director of "The Waiting Room," a documentary film and social media project that follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Through his project, he met Warren Steptore, who was uninsured and suffering from dental issues. Warren is covered by the V.A., but because there isn't one close to him he often resorts to the ER for treatment.
This week, the United States Department of Justice sued North Carolina over the state's restrictive new voting law. Among other things, the law requires voters to use special government IDs, cuts back on early voting, and eliminates same day voter registration. Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina and Kareem Crayton is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina law school.
The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.
A team of chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Syria yesterday to begin their mission of securing, removing, and destroying all 1,000 tons of the country’s chemical weapons. Michael Luhan is the spokesperson for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He explains the logistical and political challenges the organization faces as it begins dismantling the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpiles this week.
Working for the government used to mean job security, but that's not the case for about 800,000 federal workers who are now furloughed because of the government shutdown. These workers are unsure when they will return to work or receive a pay check. Chris Butler is an electronics technician for the Navy and the Vice President of IFPTE, the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers.
Just like the general public, experts are divided on how they believe the ACA will work in practice. Ezekiel Emanuel is an oncologist and former Obama administration adviser on healthcare. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Together they debate the new healthcare rollout.
Despite the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act is here. What will implementation really be like? Will there be challenges? How will the law impact minorities? Joining us to discuss all of this is Mayra Alvarez, Associate Director of Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human services. Welcome to the program.