Rupert Allman joined The Takeaway as part of the partnership with the BBC. He was appointed Executive Producer in September 2012.
He is an award-winning producer with an international reputation for creativity and innovation. His awards include three Sony Gold Awards, the highest honor given to those in the UK radio industry. His previous projects before joining New York Public Radio included time in Washington, DC & in London. He oversaw Presidential election coverage for the BBC Radio in 2000, 2004, and 2008. He was Election Editor for the BBC and launched a number of new programs targeted at a domestic and international audience.
He is an advocate for, and passionate about, the use of social media and the role it plays in the 21st newsroom. He led some of the first multi-platform programs in London, taking some of the early work done in the United States back to the United Kingdom. He is a versatile leader who has been trusted to manage some of the most prestigious and challenging broadcast events over the past 15 years, including the Olympic Games, the Soccer World Cup, and Gulf Wars 1 and 2. He is a past judge and host for the UK’s Radio Festival. He is now leading the team at The Takeaway in New York.
It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Gaza, Ukraine, plane crashes and an ebola outbreak, just to name a few. Sometimes, simply taking a vacation from the news seems like the only way to preserve some sanity.
Yesterday, Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez literally left his mark during the World Cup when he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. A process has now started that, in all likelihood, will end with Suarez being kicked out of the tournament.
We're just a day away from the start of the 2014 World Cup. Before we flood our local bars this year to root on the U.S. soccer team, we have some pro tips from a real, British soccer fan.
The coach of the U.S. World Cup soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, is better known in Europe than in the country he now calls home. He recently sat down the BBC's Peter Bowes to discuss his own legacy as an athlete and his vision for the US team.
President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo today, the first stop on his week-long trip through Southeast Asia. At the top of his agenda are the rising tensions between Japan and China.
Amid celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, Rosa Parks' belongings are trapped in a Harlem warehouse, and important pieces of her legacy have remained hidden from public view.
The New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says the administration's criminal leak investigations have "put a chill on national security reporting in Washington."
As the crisis in Crimea continues to escalate, the threat of a new balkanization is fostering a sense of insecurity across the West. Rodger Baker, vice president of Asia-Pacific analysis at the global intelligence research firm Stratfor, explores Russia's occupation of Crimea. Though the conflict can have long-term geopolitical impacts, there is also a great deal of fear emerging in the Crimean peninsula for ethnic minorities. Natalia Antelava, a reporter for the BBC, The New Yorker and PRI's The World, explains.
Broadcaster James Brown has witnessed the rise of the NFL, and he's seen the Super Bowl become America's most watched and loved sporting event. But he's also seen downfalls in the league when it comes to players' health. This weekend, 100 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48. Ahead of the big game, J.B. weighs in on the league's approach to the safety and well-being of its players.
More and more signs indicate that the 2014 Olympics will be not just a showcase of Russia's security forces, but a showcase for Russian President Vladimir Putin's broader ambitions in Europe. General Wesley Clark was the NATO Supreme Commander back in the 90's. In a wide ranging conversation, General Clark says Putin's ambitions with Ukraine were apparent more than two decades ago. Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, also weighs in on the latest news coming out of Ukraine.
While Olympic Games often attract critics -- as London and Beijing residents can attest -- the road to Sochi may be the most corrupt yet. The new BBC documentary "The Putin Project" examines the corruption and disruption in Russia as the country prepares for the 2014 Olympic Games. Lucy Ash, an investigative reporter for the BBC, and Anastasia Uspenskaya, BBC Russian Service reporter, discuss the documentary and what lies ahead for Russia and the world as the Sochi Opening Ceremonies approach.
The South Dallas Concert Choir has produced a remarkable project to honor the life of President John F. Kennedy, and some history that was never made. The project is called "Unspoken Speech" and it's based on the last speech that Kennedy had prepared—and was on his way to deliver—before he was assassinated. Jowanda Jordan, the director of the choir, joins us today to discuss this music project and a piece of history that never got to happen.
Two new, distinct art projects are trying to reclaim the city of Dallas' reputation by casting a new narrative. The first is called "Dallas Love"—a rebuff to those who dubbed Dallas "the city of hate." Karen Blessen is its Executive Director. The second is a documentary film, directed by Quin Matthews, called “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination.” Blessen and Matthews join The Takeaway to discuss their own memories of Kennedy's death and how the city is responding some 50 years later.
Earlier today, France said it would put forth a proposal that would secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles in the form of a binding U.N. resolution. But that's not something Russia would support. To see how President Obama may navigate the Syria puzzle, we're joined now by Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W. Bush.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has introduced a plan that would block pornography on most computers, smartphones and tablets. Does the effort contribute to Internet policing or get in the way of free speech? Joining the program to discuss the measure are Cindy Gallop, an advertising agency legend and founder of Make Love Not Porn; and Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston and founder of Stop Porn Culture.
If Congress were to come up with a new formula in the wake of the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, what factors would it take into account? On today's show, we examine the regions that look almost nothing like they did in 1965, and what places might change even more in the next five to 10 years. To help walk us through this we welcome Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project.
Congress holds the first hearing today into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for unwarranted scrutiny. Over a series of hearings, the House Ways and Means Committee will question current and former officials about the screening of applications for tax-exempt status.
A series of deadly storms tore through an area of North Texas late Wednesday night. Today will be a day of tragedy and cleanup for hundreds of families facing the loss of loved ones, injuries, or even homelessness.