Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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.

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Actor Oscar Nuñez Believes The Future Is Bright for Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For Nuñez, this historic policy shift is deeply personal. He was born in Cuba, brought up in the United States, and his parents even went to school with Fidel Castro.

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What U.S.-Cuba Relations Mean for Baseball

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuba has a long history with the sport of baseball.  Here we explore what impact a new diplomatic relationship with Cuba have for Major League Baseball.

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Sony Has Set a 'Horrible' Precedent

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cyberwar expert Peter Singer says that Sony and American cinema companies that refuse to show the movie have done everything exactly wrong.

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The Health Concerns Behind NY's Fracking Ban

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited public health risks when he announced a ban on fracking in the state yesterday. We take a closer look at the research on the health effects of fracking.


Goodbye, Nation: A Farewell to 'The Colbert Report'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As Stephen Colbert bids adieu to "The Colbert Report," On the Media's Brooke Gladstone weighs in the host's wide-ranging impact, from the network news to politics to satire.

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Cuba, The U.S. & The Poetry of Reconciliation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco, the restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations is like the reunion of two twins who've been separated. He reflects on what this moment means to him.


Serial's Hard Lessons About Criminal Justice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today, "Serial" concludes its first season. While the story of Adnan Syed has captivated millions of listeners, it's also exposed flaws in the American criminal justice system. 

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Warren, Bush & Clinton: The New Politics of 2016?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Many are hoping that Senator Elizabeth Warren will run for president in 2016—a role many believe Hillary Clinton is hoping to fill. And now Jeb Bush is considering a presidential run.

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Michele Bachmann Waves Goodbye to Washington

Friday, December 12, 2014

A conservative firebrand, Representative Michele Bachmann quickly became a force in Congress and around the nation in her eight years as representative for Minnesota's 6th District.


Elizabeth Warren Takes on Dems in Spending Fight

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lawmakers are hoping to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid another government shutdown—and it could prove to be a big political moment for Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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Kerry Asks for Unfettered War Against ISIS

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

While everyone was focused on the torture report, Sec. of State John Kerry testified before Congress and said that the president wants virtually no restrictions to fight against ISIS.

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The CIA Torture Report: A 'Gut Check Moment' for U.S. Democracy

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The report, which includes several disturbing findings, finds that "the interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others."

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Calls For Reform As Military Sexual Violence Persists

Friday, December 05, 2014

A Pentagon report released this week shows that 62 percent of people who reported sexual assault or rape in the military were retaliated against.

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Why the GOP Doesn't Want Another Shutdown

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The federal government’s funding expires on December 11th. House Speaker John Boehner wants to avoid a shutdown, but some hardliners are eager for a budget fight.

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Why the White House Isn't Fighting Police Militarization

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A closer look at the White House's apparent reluctance to revise a policy that puts military weapons into the hands of community police departments.

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The Politics Behind Your Thanksgiving Meal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich tells us how the corporations that bring you Thanksgiving dinner are going nuts with the political action committees again this year.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

Monday, November 24, 2014

After less than two years on the job Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has stepped down amidst growing pressure from the Obama Administration.

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Remembering D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mayor Barry, who died Sunday at the age of 78, leaves behind a complicated legacy. He faced personal scandals, but he's also remembered as a trailblazing civil rights leader.


Immigration & A Changing America: Your Conversation

Friday, November 21, 2014

President Obama finally announced his long-expected executive action on immigration. The politicians have had their say—how do you feel about the plan? Join the discussion here.

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The Hostage Question: Time to Talk to the Enemy?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In the aftermath of the execution of an American hostage by the Islamic State, President Obama will reportedly review the country's policy on negotiating with terrorists. 

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