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.
Also on Today's Show: What role should international institutions play in helping Ukraine's troubled economy amid the political upheaval? ... A look at how congress might respond to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's proposal to reduce troop numbers to pre-World War II levels ... Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that would further criminalize homosexuality. Will this harsh legislation jeopardize U.S.-Uganda relations?
In Tennessee, a vote was held over the weekend that many believe could be a nail in the coffin for organized labor. Workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant voted against joining the United Auto Workers union—the move was opposed every step of the way by the state's governor and other members of the GOP. Kristin Dziczek, director of the Industry & Labor Group at the Center for Automotive Research, joins The Takeaway to describe why this vote caused such a fight. Andy Berke, the Mayor of Chattanooga, also weighs in.
Also on Today's Show: Over the weekend, Olympians broke records and broke down. Mary Pilon, sports reporter for our partner The New York Times, is on site at the Sochi Games and fills us in on the highs and lows. The Takeaway's Olympic series, "How Do They Do That?," continues. Resident Olympic Physicist Eric Goff, and Curt Schreiner, a three-time Olympian and director of the Saratoga Biathlon Club, gives us the ins and outs of the grueling sport.
In honor of President's Day, we take two historical looks at the American presidency. First Mark Forsyth looks back at the word's humble origins and traces just how it came to have the heft it has today. The second recounts how a small angry mammal changed the course of history. WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady says that President Jimmy Carter's bizarre encounter with a crazed swimming rabbit on a Georgia lake crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head.
Early Friday morning, Netflix released the entire second season of its show "House of Cards." Though Netflix refuses to release the viewership numbers, when looking at the hype online, and the estimates by one internet provider that 15 percent of their Netflix subscribers watched the show over the weekend, it's safe to say that the show is a hit. But just how realistic is the show about a corrupt majority whip? A real former whip—Congressman David Bonior—joins us today to share his insights.
Over the last few years, technology has transformed how we understand and consume the news. A few decades ago, most of us read the morning paper or tuned in to the evening news, but those habits have changed with the growth of the internet and cable. As the news audience splinters, author Alain de Botton worries that the public isn't getting the whole picture. In his new book, "The News: A User's Manual," he argues that we need better training on how to consume and decode the news.
Also on Today's Show: At least half a dozen states are looking to change their laws around alcohol this year, including allowing grocery stores in some states to sell either liquor and/or wine, reducing taxes, and eliminating mandatory “Sunday closing,” among other things...Our Movie Date team reviews this weekend’s releases, which include: “Winter’s Tale,” “Robocop,” “Endless Love,” and “About Last Night.”
How do we make love last? Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and professor at the Center for Human Evolution Studies at Rutgers, explains her recent research on the scientific underpinnings of long-lasting romance. The Takeaway also gets relationship advice from one couple, Jack Connelly and Bob Gaither, who began dating 37 years ago, in the late 1970s. At that time, they truly defied the odds as a gay couple and an interracial couple. They share their story, along with the relationship lessons they've learned over the past few decades together.
Kansas state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to cite their religious beliefs and deny services or goods to a gay couple getting married or entering a civil union. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Kansas State Representative Barbara Bollier, one of 19 Republican House members to vote against the bill. And Allen Rostron, a professor of constitutional law at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Red-headed women are often perceived as fiery and dangerous. But their male counterparts are associated with different stereotypes - they're clownish, weak and maybe a bit hefty. Scott Harris, director of "Being Ginger," and Anne Margaret Daniel, a professor and blogger for the Huffington Post who specializes in the social history of red-heads, discuss why people across the world judge those with red hair.