Todd Zwillich has been reporting from Washington, DC for close to 15 years. Todd's first byline was as a science and medicine reporter in the trade press, but it didn't take long for him to find his way to Capitol Hill. Todd worked for several years for Reuters, wrote about new research for Science and covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the British Lancet. He found his way to radio in 2006, becoming a public radio reporter on Capitol Hill. He covered the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions for WAMU in Washington and several other public radio stations. Todd first appeared on the The Takeaway when it was in pilot and joined the show as Washington Correspondent in 2009.
Kathleen Sebelius announced that she will resign from her position as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. What does the shake-up mean for the ACA and midterm elections?
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the impacts of a changing environment are here to stay. The panel concluded that global warming is real, it's affecting every continent, and time is of the essence.
Also on Today's Show: Wisconsin has long been heralded as a place ahead of its time when it comes to environmentalism. But all that might change...Could an American who was convicted decades ago for spying for Israel be a key bargaining chip in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
CEO Mary Barra testifies before Congress today as her company recalls yet another 1.3 million vehicles because of problems with electronic power-steering. Why the auto-maker's future might have more to do with lawmakers than car buyers.
Think of a place that carries a lot of meaning. Can you put that place into words? Our friends at WLRN in Miami are teaming with O, Miami, a regional poetry festival, to get members of their community to share poems about the places they care about with the hashtag #ThisIsWhere.
Stephen Colbert tried to make fun of racists by making a racist joke. It didn't go over well on Twitter. Here's the story behind the latest "weaponized hashtag."
The United Nations' top court—the International Court of Justice—has ruled that Japan must stop its whale hunts in the waters of the Antarctic. This is a battle that has been brewing between the Japanese and anti-whaling activists for decades.
March 31 is the deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance. The White House reports that 6 million people have signed up for coverage so far, but some of the most important groups for the ACA—minorities—have yet to get on board.
Space might be closer than you think. By the end of 2016, a private company, World View, plans to bring tourists to the brink of outer space in a high-altitude balloon.
Also on Today's Show: How did the United States enter into such a dire debt crisis? What went wrong?...In the 1980s and 1990s, reports first started to emerge about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. This week’s Retro Report examines the bishops who covered up the crimes.
Also on Today's Show President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah will meet in Riyadh today, during a period of time when the U.S. is importing the least crude oil from the region in two decades...Reviews of the new films hitting the box office...
Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.
The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case that will determine whether for-profit corporations must provide insurance coverage for contraception.
Also on Today's Show: Searching the seabed for the missing airliner is a daunting task, as Mike Purcell knows well. In 2011, Purcell led sea search operations for the mission that found Air France flight 447 in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean...President Barack Obama’s pick for Surgeon General is facing tough opposition from the NRA that could ultimately tank his nomination. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws.
Also on Today's Show: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are experiencing a disagreement over what to do about the Ukraine crisis...It's been more than a month since protests broke out in Venezuela, with no signs of ending soon. With violent clashes taking place between opposition and government forces, some worry the country may be on the brink of an even bloodier battle...The Takeaway's Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases.
Also on Today's Show: Each year, Americans generate more than 10 million tons of electronic waste and three quarters of these discarded gadgets go straight to the trash...Last week, eight Democrats joined a large group of Republicans in voting against confirmation for Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer who was being tapped to head up the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit...Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, decodes the latest, most ridiculous lingo being tossed around at the SXSW interactive conference this week.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair the Senate Intelligence Committee, has launched a scathing attack about the behavior of the very agency she has spent years defending: The CIA. Senator Feinstein says the CIA has been spying on Congress. Other than what this means for the separation of powers, she says the agency has been involved in a catalog of cover-ups, intimidation and smears. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, has been on the ground in D.C. following these developments.
Is the Ukraine crisis a reassertion of Russian pride and is Crimea becoming the symbol of Russia's reemergence as an empire in Eastern Europe? Many on Capitol Hill and in academia have long argued that the moment would come when Russia would try to get back some of what it lost after the fall of the Soviet Union—is this new crisis an "I told you so" moment from the voices in D.C. who never believed the Cold War is over? Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, and Michael Hirsh, Chief Correspondent for the National Journal, join The Takeaway to explain.
Russian forces in Crimea, violent protests in Kiev, escalating tensions between West and East. Here's a breakdown of the proposals Congressional leaders are crafting in response to the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
After four decades representing the 33rd district in the state of California, Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman has decided that this term will be his final one. Some like Big Tobacco and the fossil fuel industry will no doubt be glad to see Waxman say goodbye—he fought and won big battles to sanction or regulate those industries during his time in Congress. He sat down recently with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich to discuss his pioneering battles and the legacy he hopes to leave behind in Washington.