From the unusual origins of Craigslist's "Missed Connections" to the science behind eHarmony, we take a look at the tech powering online dating sites.
Chicago's Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is working to prove that the old way maybe isn't always best. At Sarah E. Goode, students attend high school for six years, graduating with a high school diploma and an associate's degree. Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor at Time Magazine reported on this story in a cover story for the latest edition of the magazine. Stan Litow, IBM vice president of corporate citizenship and one of the innovators behind the Sarah E. Goode school explains what his dreams for this model look like.
Also On Today's Show: Alaska has been experiencing abnormally warm weather this winter, which is presenting all sorts of challenges and even dangers...A federal lawsuit reveals that the corn refinery and sugar industries secretly funded Washington-based non profits and experts to grab market share and promote health risks of the opposing party's products.
Thanks to a fragile but extended truce, the United Nations has been helping move hundreds out of the old city of Homs, but thousands of Syrians—including children, the sick and the injured—remain. Dina Elkassaby is in the Syrian capital of Damascus. She works for the U.N.'s World Food Program and describes how her aid agency is working to assist evacuees amid the cease-fire.
Ice and a nasty wintry mix is causing major problems in states from Louisiana to North Carolina, effectively shutting down roads, closing schools, and cancelling flights nationwide. According to reports, the sleet, snow and freezing rain has left more than 100,000 homes and businesses without power. To get a sense of how people are coping, The Takeaway turns to Joshua Stewart, Morning Edition Host for Georgia Public Broadcasting; Pat Duggins, News Director for Alabama Public Radio; and Kearns Little the co-owner of Little Hardware in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Last year, more than 5 billion school lunches were served to over 30 million students across the country through The National School Lunch Program. In total, more than 224 billion lunches have been served since the program’s start. But with every lunch comes new criticism of the program. Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition and Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has given this issue much thought. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the main obstacles to better lunches and what the lunch program of the future should look like.
The top dogs have been separated from the under dogs, crowning one canine best in show. This year there were nearly 3,000 entrants from around the world at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. But in the end, the judges could crown only one and they selected a 5-year-old wire fox terrier named Sky, giving that breed its 14th win in the 138th edition of Westminster. Here to tell us more about the winner, the losers, and the headline makers is Sarah Montague, WNYC’s resident dog expert.
One day away from the opening ceremonies at the 2014 olympics and many still wonder: is Sochi safe? President Barack Obama says Americans are fine to go to the games. But Representative Bill Keating (D-MA) is less than sure. He explains his concerns over the upcoming games from the lack of information sharing between the US and Russia to the limited privacy from the Russian government.
The power of the Tea Party continues to divide and fracture House Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has decided to stand strong and push forward with immigration reform, but the Tea Party has made it clear they will fight back against legislation. What is on the table for immigration reform this time around? And what is at the heart of the GOP split? For answers, we go to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
In advance of the State of the Union on Tuesday, we're creating a Takeaway to do list called "SOTU To Do,"—and we need your help. What should be on Obama's to do list? Tweet us @TheTakeaway using #SOTUToDo and we'll make our own, listener-sponsored to do list for the president. But first, Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich examines the topics President Barack Obama will likely cover on Tuesday.
Though heavy snowfalls can conjure feelings of frustration for commuters, a bed of freshly packed snow can also bring back memories of days passed when thick snow meant a day at home from school. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, gives us some of his best snow day memories. Lester Laminack is the author of the children's book "Snow Day!" When he's not writing books he's a professor of education at Western Carolina University. He joins The Takeaway to explain how snow days bring back childhood memories.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced a new bill that takes up some of the issues identified in the Supreme Court’s June decision in Shelby Counter v. Holder. Joining The Takeaway to explain the aspects of the new bill are Erin O’Brien, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, who has been following the politics behind the proposed update to the Voting Rights Act.
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It looks like things may continue to worsen for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie before they improve. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has revealed that the Christie administration held Hurricane Sandy recovery money hostage, tying the aid to her support for a real estate development project. Joining The Takeaway for an update on Bridgegate is New Jersey Public Radio reporter Matt Katz.
While most meteorologists focus on weather patterns, we also know that the Sun's behavior plays a role in regulating winter temperatures. The word "sleepy" is being used about the Sun right now—the likes of which has not been seen for about 100 years. David Hathaway is Solar Astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He explains the latest solar cycle and what impacts it could have on climate change.
Wealth can be a tool for investment, for development and even for change. But wealth can also be an end in itself—becoming an addiction. That was the case for Sam Polk, a former hedge fund manager. In his last year on Wall Street, Polk earned a $3.6 million bonus. He felt it wasn't enough. Today, Polk explores why Americans love and possibly have an addiction to money.
Also On Today's Show: The Seattle Seahawks denied the San Francisco 49ers a return trip to the Super Bowl. William Rhoden, sports columnist for our partner The New York Times, provides a look at what’s in store for the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos as they head to the Super Bowl. In a divided Congress and an election year, lawmakers are practically sprinting for the exits, with several announcing their plans to retire. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what the departures could mean for 2014.
President Barack Obama has announced a major overhaul of the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance practices. The president said that in order for the nation's intelligence community to be effective over the long haul, the trust of the American people must be maintained. To maintain that trust, the president said he would end the vast collection of phone data “as it exists” today. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, Todd Zwillich breaks it down with further NSA analysis from Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright.
Cryptologists have their own opinions about how best to protect the American public. And because they design many of the privacy programs that the National Security Agency has thwarted, they have a unique perspective on how best to reform the agency. Joseph Bonneau, a cryptologist and winner of the NSA's Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper award for his work on passwords and encryption, discusses his profession's long history of conflict with the NSA.
On Today's Show: Congress finally revealed the new spending deal. This deal comes in at just over $1 trillion dollars...The National Security Agency has access to almost 100,000 computers around the globe. And it's able to spy on these computers and attack them even when they're not hooked up to the internet...Author and journalist David Satter was expelled from Russia this week after attempting to renew his visa. Satter is the first journalist to be banned from Russia since the Cold War over two decades ago.