T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 

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Nikki Giovanni on Langston Hughes' 'Conversation With the Future'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.

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What Does the Bergdahl Swap Mean to Afghans?

Friday, June 06, 2014

What are people saying about the Bowe Bergdahl deal in Afghanistan? Are regular Afghans afraid of these prisoners returning to their country, or are they responding with more of a shrug? Afghanistan's biggest media mogul weighs in.

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Modern Slavery? Domestic Workers Fight For Fairness

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Labor laws of 18 states exclude home care workers from their state minimum wage laws. As the number of domestic care workers increases nationwide, the number of people working these jobs, without fair pay or protections, is only increasing.

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VA Scandal Drives Senators Towards Reform

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Veterans Affairs scandal has caused outrage across the political spectrum. But lately, Republicans and Democrats alike have been crying for reform. This week, senators are introducing a bill that aims to fix some of the endemic problems with the veteran healthcare system. 

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Hope Fades in Ukraine as Conflict Intensifies

Friday, May 02, 2014

According to the Kremlin, all hope may be lost for an internationally negotiated deal in Ukraine. With national elections in just a few weeks, will Ukraine really be prepared to hold a free and fair vote?

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A Look at the Project Congress Actually Agrees On

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Even when it seems like there is nothing Congress can agree upon, our representatives have come together to conclude that the broken structure that houses them—1,300 cracks and all—is something that absolutely needs to be fixed.

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Views from The Eastern Bloc: Bulgaria

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today, the voice of someone who grew up under communism in Bulgaria, watched the transition to democracy, and is now observing the crisis in Ukraine from the United States, reflects on her home country and weighs in on the political turmoil in Crimea.

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C.I.A. Pays AT&T for Big Data

Friday, November 08, 2013

The New York Times has reported that AT&T is selling personal customer information to the C.I.A. for more than $10 million a year. There are no subpoenas or court orders involved. The reason? To assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo Law School and the author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age."

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Trial Begins for Fort Hood Army Base Shooting Suspect

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Four years ago this November, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on soldiers at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring many more. Today, Major Hasan’s trial begins. The Army has already spent more than $5 million on the case. But there are other reasons why this case is unprecedented. Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor and defense lawyer and a professor at the South Texas College of Law, explains.

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Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

It's thought that Albert Einsten once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Well, Einstein’s endorsement of the cluttered desk now has the backing of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Ryan Rahinel is the author of a new study on orderliness, decision-making and creativity. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings about messy desks and the research behind it.

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Yankees' A-Rod, 12 Other Players Receive MLB Suspensions

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Yesterday, 12 players involved in the Biogenesis scandal each agreed to a 50-game suspension. Alex Rodriguez received a harsher penalty, banning him through the 2014 season, though he plans to appeal the 211-game suspension. Under league rules, he is allowed to play until an arbitrator decides the case. Jay Goldberg spent 15 years as a sports agent. He joins us to break down the consequences of the suspension for A-Rod, the MLB, and baseball fans.

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Washington Post Sale: The End of a Family Dynasty?

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Washington Post announced on Monday that is selling ownership of the paper to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million. The Graham family has owned control and editorial leadership of the Post for the last 80 years. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, political features writer for our partner The New York Times, says she was floored when she heard the news. Today Stolberg joins us to talk about the sale of a family dynasty.

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A Journey From Mythology to Reality: The Impacts of PTSD on Identity

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This week we're exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for many, PTSD is about identity. For screenwriter Matt Cook, his identity changed after the 9/11 attacks, after serving in the war in Iraq and then going back to the battlefield as a civilian. He recently wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan for Texas Monthy magazine, which showcases a journey from movie mythology to his own grim reality.

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A New Chapter for Iran & the United States?

Monday, August 05, 2013

Has there been a reset in the U.S. Iran relationship? Yesterday's inauguration of the newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani was a chance to assure Iranian and U.S. leaders that an opportunity for real change exists now. Joining us to discuss this is Amir Paivar, Business Correspondent with BBC Persian TV.

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TVs Stay Dark Amid Time Warner, CBS Dispute

Monday, August 05, 2013

You and your television set may be caught in a standoff between the Time Warner Cable and CBS Television. Time Warner's current contract with CBS expired this weekend, blocking out CBS stations, and cable networks owned by CBS, in large parts of New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Jon Lafayette, Business Editor for Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, joins us to examine the stalemate and what's next for the media giants.

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McConnell Faces Off With Tea Party, Democratic Candidates at Fancy Farm

Monday, August 05, 2013

The fate of next year’s Kentucky senate race—and that of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell—might be tied to his oratorical performance at a picnic that took place on Saturday in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. The event has developed into a crucial test of political power in Kentucky. Gabe Bullard, Director of News and Editorial Strategy at WFPL, reports on how the candidates fared.

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U.S. May End Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Monday, August 05, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry explained in an interview with Pakistani television that the U.S. could end drone strikes in the country in the near future. But there are those who claim that the U.S. and Pakistan have both benefited from the use of drones. C. Christine Fair, Professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, explains why.

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U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts

Monday, August 05, 2013

Over the weekend, a terrorism threat prompted the United States to close dozens of American diplomatic posts in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. In addition to closing embassies, the Department of State issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens abroad. On Sunday the State Department extended the closure of some diplomatic posts. Joining us to discuss the closures is Mark Mazzetti, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Monday, August 05, 2013

Christine Montross, assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown University, is a practicing psychiatrist who focuses on the most severe cases. Her patients ingest knives, nails and light-bulbs, and suffer from seizures and hallucinations and experience psychosis. She’s the author of “Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis.” She joins The Takeaway to discuss mental illness over the last 100 years and the strides that still need to be made.

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