While athletes from around the world gear up for the summer Olympics, competitors of another sort have been polishing their moves for the national Skee-Ball championship. This weekend in Brooklyn, 64 of the country’s best skee-ball rollers face off at the Brewskee-Ball National Championship, a weekend-long festival of beer, bands, foods and skeeball. Eric Pavony, Skee-E-O and founder of Brewskee-Ball, the first ever national Skee-Ball League explains what the competition will entail.
Earlier this month, JPMorgan disclosed that it lost at least $3 billion in trading as a result of sheer mismanagement. The news ignited a fresh debate on financial regulation – specifically on the Volcker rule, a measure Dimon had vocally opposed. Yet it's not certain the final Volcker rule would prohibit the kind of trades that led to JP Morgan's losses. So how are banking regulations written in the first place?
Our panel of social, political and pop-cultural experts to tell us about the stories you may have missed this week.
Just days after Facebook’s initial public offering serious allegations are surfacing about whether the IPO was dramatically mishandled by Morgan Stanley. Henry Blodget, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider explains how what was supposed to be Morgan Stanley’s crowning achievement is beginning to look like a major misjudgment.
Egyptians go to the polls today to vote for a president, marking the first time the country's citizens will freely elect a president since coming under military dictatorship 60 years ago. A lot has changed in the country since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February of 2011 – so much so that it's not even clear what the new president's powers will be. Joining us from Cairo is Hugh Sykes, correspondent for our partner the BBC.
Donna Summer died yesterday at the age of 63. She held many titles, including Disco Queen, Grammy winner, number one chart topper, and of course, gay icon. But as a born-again Christian, Summer’s relationship with her gay fans wasn’t always an easy one. At one point, she found herself the subject of controversy over anti-gay comments she made during the AIDS epidemic.
You’ve probably heard of Alcoholics Anonymous. Maybe you’ve heard of Narcotics Anonymous, or Gamblers Anonymous. But have you ever heard about Clutterers Anonymous? Or Online Gamers Anonymous? Probably not. For Genevieve Smith, the twelve-step program in her life was another one of these lesser-known groups: Underearners Anonymous.
Since joining the Atlanta Braves in 2009, organ player Matthew Kaminski has earned a reputation for the his highly personalized — and often playful — introductory music he gives players up to bat. Many of his best ideas come from Braves fans, who inundate him with their suggestions on Twitter.
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's daring escape from house arrest late last month set off a round of diplomatic tug-of-war between Chinese and American officials attempting to conduct high level strategic talks. After at first agreeing to stay in China, Chen changed his mind, publicly declaring his desire to leave the country last week. Details of Chen’s travels to the U.S. have not been finalized, but behind the scenes, intense negotiations and preparations continue. Jerome Cohen has been working to help make arrangements for Chen to travel to the US to study at NYU, and has been in touch with Chen regularly.
President Obama’s public declaration of his support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts yesterday, could have a polarizing effect this campaign season, invigorating some voters and potentially alienating others. Gay campaign political activists and campaign donors are among those with a strong reaction to the news. The Takeaway spoke to one top Obama bundler, Dana Perelman, who said he was "exhilarated" by the President’s announcement. From the other end of the gay community came a slightly different reaction. R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans called the timing of the president's announcement "callous."
There’s a new twist in the developing story of a thwarted terrorist plot orchestrated by Al Qaeda in Yemen. The would-be suicide bomber tasked with blowing up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for The New York Times, explains.
You see it in movies all the time, and on the stage of life. Accomplished women being silenced by louder, more dominant men. And now there’s proof of just how often this happens – not just among attention-hungry celebrities, but in ordinary boardrooms. Tori Brescoll, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale, analyzed male and female behavior on the Senate floor and asked more than 200 men and women to describe how they respond to powerful women in the workplace. She joins us now to explain her findings.
It was a moment perfectly staged for an American audience: In a speech that neatly coincided with the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama addressed the country from Bagram Air Base after secretly traveling to Afghanistan. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the President's address.
According to a new survey from Ameriprise Financial, just one in four baby boomers are saving for their retirement. Instead, many are putting their money towards helping their aging parents and adult children. Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, explains the pinch boomers are finding themselves in. Takeaway listener Mark Niedt in Denver explains why he has been helping support his adult children.
Adis Medunjanin, a 28-year-old man a naturalized citizen born in Bosnia, was convicted of a host of terrorism charges connected to an plotting suicide attacks in the New York subways. Bob Hennelly, contributing editor for politics and investigations for Takeaway co-producer WNYC has been following the trial.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner arrive in China Wednesday morning. Ahead of their visit, American diplomats reportedly met with officials at the Chinese Foreign Ministry to quickly reach an agreement on what to do about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times explains the strain Chen's position is putting on U.S.-China relations.
It’s being billed as "a day without the 99%" and it coincides with May Day — a day traditionally associated with worker's rights around the world. Today, leaders of the Occupy movement hope to put their cause back into the spotlight. Janet Byrne, editor of The Occupy Handbook puts today's planned strikes in context while Brigid Bergin, reporter for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, checks in from Bryant Park.
If wind speeds aren’t prohibitive Monday, a steel column will be lifted on top of the existing framework of 1 World Trade Center, making it New York’s new tallest building. WNYC digital producer Stephen Nessen spent a lot of time on the site of 1WTC this summer. He explains what it took to make a structure this massive.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the release of the April jobs report on Friday will provide an important picture of the status of the recovery. Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio look at what's in store for the week.
In March, Joseph Kony jumped into the national spotlight when a YouTube video about his Christian militia, the Lord’s Resistance Army, went viral. Six months earlier, however, American troops were quietly deployed to northern Uganda to fight the LRA. Dan Damon, host of the BBC’s World Update reports on the difficulties facing US Africa Command (AFRICOM) in their hunt for Kony.