The modem. The rotary phone. "You've Got Mail!" These are sounds you may not hear much longer. The Takeaway is joining the BBC World Service in a project called Save Our Sounds. From all over the globe, people are sending in sound clips that they think should be saved. BBC Producer Kate Arkless Gray joins John and Femi to talk about the project. Send us your sound here. You can also follow the project on Twitter.
The foreclosure crisis is not just about subprime mortgages anymore. Because of job losses and rising health care costs, homeowners who were once able to keep up with their payments are beginning to fall behind. Shannon Riggs, a homeowner from Norfolk, Virginia, who almost lost her home after her husband lost his job, tells The Takeaway her story. And Anya Kamenetz, Staff Writer for Fast Company magazine and author of “Generation Debt,” will look at what options homeowners have, and how the Obama administration can better address the problem.
"Let's not forget, foreclosures don't just affect the homeowner, they affect your neighbors they affect property values for entire cities."
— Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company magazine on foreclosures
Protests rocked the streets of Iran throughout the weekend, as citizens reacted to the apparent victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country's presidential election. Many had hoped that a Mir Hossein Mousavi would ease repression and create a better relationship with the outside world. Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of "Soul of Iran: A Nation's Journey to Freedom," joins The Takeaway with a look at what comes next for Iran.
Residents of two Miami neighborhoods have been terrorized by a string of gruesome cat killings over the past month. On Sunday, police arrested a local teenager and charged him with the crimes. The Takeaway talks to Miami Herald Reporter Jose Pagliery about an the cat serial killings that have disturbed the whole city.
***UPDATE*** Miami-Dade police have made an arrest in this case. Tyler Hayes Weinman, an 18-year old who divided his time between the two neighborhoods where the killings took place, was taken into police custody and charged with 19 counts of felony animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary. Each of the felony counts carries a minimum mandatory fine of $5,000, six months in prison and psychological counseling.
It’s election day in Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing a tough challenge from Mir Hossein Mousavi, a moderate former prime minister. Outsiders may see this as an ideological choice for Iranians, but in fact there are basic pocketbook issues at stake. The economy is in serious trouble, with unemployment at 17 percent and inflation over 23 percent, according to Iran’s Central Bank. Joining The Takeaway to take a look at the election are Afshin Molavi, a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of “Soul of Iran: A Nation’s Journey to Freedom,” and Radman Rabii, a Mousavi supporter.
"These elections have exposed serious rifts within the ruling leadership, but they've also excited the public like no other election before."
— Afshin Molavi, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, on Iranian elections
The Obama administration has announced the appointment of a compensation czar who will regulate executive pay at seven of the largest companies getting TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) funds. He will also develop a compensation structure for 80 smaller companies. The man who is taking on that job is Kenneth Feinberg, a Washington, D.C. attorney who was in charge of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He joins The Takeaway to tell us about his plans. (Click through to read the interview.)
"Let everybody know exactly what we're doing, why we're making these decisions, why we feel they're the right decisions, and let the public then decide for themselves with full disclosure." — Compensation overseer Kenneth Feinberg
On Monday New York State Senate Republicans staged a coup against the Democratic majority. In response, the Democrats refused to unlock the gates to the Senate chamber, and state business has come to a standstill. Rex Smith, Editor of the Albany Times-Union, joins The Takeaway with a look at the New York state government's chaos.
Watch footage from the floor of the Senate in the video below.
Today the Senate is likely to pass a bill allowing the FDA to regulate tobacco. A similar measure passed the House in April. The bill bans all kinds of flavored cigarettes except menthol, which are disproportionately smoked by African Americans. Representative Donna Christensen, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust, and Bill Robinson, Executive Director of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, join John and Farai with a look at how the bill may affect the health of African-Americans.
In 22 cities around the country, Shriners' Hospitals for Children provide top-of-the-line care to anyone under the age of 18 for absolutely free—they accept no government funding or insurance payments. But the organization's endowment has been devastated by the economic crisis, and the membership is voting in early July on a proposal to close six hospitals. Parents of patients at the threatened hospitals are signing petitions and holding fundraisers to try and save the hospitals. Bob Houden, spokesperson for the Shriners Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, which could be closed, and Laura Marinucci, the parent of a Shriners patient who founded Save our Shriners, join The Takeaway to talk about this potential latest casualty of the recession.
Last night the Tony Awards honored the best of Broadway. How is New York theatre weathering the economic downturn? Jesse Green, who reports on culture for New York Magazine, joins John to take a look at what won, what lost, and what didn’t even get acknowledged.
Watch last night's opening number in the video below.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the unemployment numbers for May this morning. The numbers may give a sense of how quickly the U.S. can expect economic recovery. David Leonhardt, who writes about the economy for The New York Times, joins The Takeaway with an analysis.
"The history of stimulus packages is they work, they do create jobs, they don't just disappear into the ether. But they're not going to create enough jobs to get rid of the effects of this recession." —New York Times reporter David Leonhardt on unemployment
American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been detained in North Korea since March, after they were accused of illegally crossing the border from China. Their trial was supposed to begin yesterday. If convicted, they could face 10 years of hard labor. The women’s families remained silent for the first two months of their captivity, but this week family members were on the Today Show, Larry King Live, and other programs, appealing for the journalists' release.
Steve Romano, a Former Chief Negotiator for the FBI and now a Senior Advisor with the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, joins The Takeaway to talk about how experts advise families what to say to the press when a loved one is held captive.
Here is some footage of vigils being held for the captive journalists.
President Obama received a standing ovation after his speech yesterday in Cairo calling for a “new beginning” between the U.S. and the Muslim world. But was the response around the Muslim world as enthusiastic? Asra Nomani, a Professor of Journalism at Georgetown University, and Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian journalist who writes for the International Herald Tribune, join The Takeaway to take a look at what the Arab press is saying about the speech.
The video below shows a reaction from the Al Jazeera network.
The New Deal brought us the CCC, the TVA, and the WPA. All thanks to FDR. And today’s stimulus comes along with its own bumper crop of acronyms, like SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the TIGER Team. (That’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, in case you didn't know.) Wall Street Journal reporter Louise Radnofsky had to read the entire stimulus bill for her job, and she started to keep track of the ever-growing list of new acronyms, some of them pretty ridiculous. She joins John and Andrea with a look how acronyms get in the way of government transparency.
There are more than seven million Muslims in the United States, and they overwhelming supported President Obama in the election. To learn about what they anticipated, and what they heard, in today's speech, John and Andrea talk with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, a Takeaway contributor, Hanien Hassan Hannesy, a resident of Egypt, and Asra Nomani, journalism professor at Georgetown University and author of Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam. Peter Awn, director of the Middle East studies program at Columbia University, is also offering commentary.
The issue of immigration reform has been pushed aside recently by the economic crisis, but now it's back on center stage. This week a coalition of reform advocacy groups is beginning a campaign to push for comprehensive immigration reform. President Obama has announced that he will meet with congressional leaders to take up the issue on Monday. Tamar Jacoby, President of ImmigrationWorks USA, joins The Takeaway to look at the push for immigration reform.
In 2002, Saudi King Abdullah proposed a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinian territories. In exchange for peace with the Arab world, Israel would withdraw from the occupied territories and a Palestinian state would be established. Harvard Law Professor and author of "The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State," Noah Feldman joins The Takeaway for a look at what parts of the so-called Arab Peace Initiative the Obama administration is likely to embrace.
"President Bush was so heavily criticized, regionally and globally for not paying attention to the Middle East, that President Obama has to engage even though his advisers and people in the region all know that the odds of success right now are extremely low."
General Motors is expected to file for bankruptcy this morning, leaving thousands of workers in Detroit worried about what will happen next. To talk about this American business milestone is Jerome Vaughn, the news and program director at WDET Detroit Public Radio.
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor grew up in the projects in the Bronx, then went on to Princeton and Yale Law School before working as a Manhattan DA and then a federal judge. Yale Law Professor and novelist Stephen Carter was in Sotomayor's law school class, now he teaches some of her opinions in her own classes. He'll join John and Farai to share his professional—and personal—perspective on the nominee. Also joining the conversation is Jenny Rivera who clerked for Sotomayor in 1993 and is now a law professor at the City University of New York Law School.
Click here for a slideshow of pictures from Sotomayor's life.
Teenagers send thousands upon thousands of text messages each month (some as many as 24,000!). So researchers are beginning to wonder: what’s the effect of the furious finger work? Reporter Katie Hafner joins The Takeaway with answers.