Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: Washington, Money, Haiti

Thursday, January 14, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Lawmakers in Washington have been deadlocked in negotiations to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the Healthcare bill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the negotiations that have made some Democrats really sour.
  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: Leaders from the big four Wall Street banks were summoned to Capitol Hill yesterday. We speak with New York Times finance reporter Louise Story about these hearings.
  • HAITI TAKEOUT: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke yesterday, saying recovery and aid workers are facing "a disaster of yet unknown magnitude" with conservative estimates of a death toll in the high thousands.

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Takeouts: Sen. Reid's Gaffe, Cardinals Top Packers, Cold Weather

Monday, January 11, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich on how comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from 2008 could hurt him in 2010.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses last night's highest scoring playoff game in NFL history, in which the Arizona Cardinals overcame the Green Bay Packers in overtime, 51-45.
  • Weather Takeout: For much of the past couple weeks much of the country has been shivering as frigid temperatures sweep through, especially down south and in Florida where it has affected crops, tropical fish and other wildlife that have had to be saved from frigid waters. Robert Oravec, from the National Weather Service, joins us to look at how much more of the deep-freeze to expect.

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Takeouts: Security Statements, Listener Responses

Friday, January 08, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich was at the White House yesterday, and gives us his read on statements by Homeland Security advisor John Brennan and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to stories on security, cable television, and legal rights for dolphins.

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Intelligence Report on Christmas Day Plot Released

Friday, January 08, 2010

According to an unclassified intelligence report released by the White House on Thursday, several security agencies failed to act on available information that could have prevented the Christmas Day bomber from boarding the plane. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich and Emile Nakhleh, former senior intelligence officer and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA, discuss what went wrong and the recommendations for improvements announced by the administration.

 

Read the White House Unclassified Review at The New York Times

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Takeouts: 'Cadillac' Plans, Dawson to Hall of Fame, Dolphins

Thursday, January 07, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: President Obama has taken sides in a debate over one aspect of health care reform: whether to tax high-cost insurance coverage, sometimes called "Cadillac plans." Many labor unions oppose the idea, but the president is backing it. Todd Zwillich has the details.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about Andre Dawson's induction into Baseball's Hall of Fame, and the NBA's suspension of Gilbert Arenas.
  • Personhood Takeout: We've known for a long time that dolphins are very smart creatures. Our guest says that's an argument for giving them legal rights as "non-human persons." We're joined by Lori Marino, neuroscientist and senior lecturer in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program at Emory University. [Read "Are Dolphins People, Too?", from The Week]

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President Calls Out Security 'Screw-Up'

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

President Obama said intelligence officials failed to connect the dots to prevent the Christmas Day almost-bomber from boarding a Northwest flight in Amsterdam bound for Detroit. We talk with our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about yesterday's meeting between the president and intelligence agencies, and with Michael Hurley, the senior counsel on the 9/11 Commission, about what went wrong and how intelligence officials can better communicate to prevent terrorism plots in the future.

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Takeouts: 2008 Health Spending, Google Phone, Bowl Games

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich "wonks out" as he goes behind the report showing that Americans spent $2.3 trillion on health care in 2008: 17 percent of our economy.
  • Mobile Tech Takeout: Will Google's new phone change the way cell phone providers do business?  Wired.com's John Abell tells us why Google's as yet unreleased Nexus One smart phone is already affecting the mobile marketplace.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin looks back at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and previews the FedEx Orange Bowl between No. 10 Iowa and No. 9 Georgia Tech.

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Takeouts: Congress & Security, Unemployment, College Football

Monday, January 04, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: When the President and Congress finish up their winter vacations, they will return home to a very different national security landscape.  Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins the show to explain how lawmakers are going to have to play catchup to an evolving war on terror.
  • Jobs Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter with our partners at The New York Times, discusses an unmployment report due out later this week that is expected to show a drop in job losses last month.
  • Sports Takeout: Nando DiFino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, reviews the weekend's college football bowl games and previews Monday night's "Tostitos Fiesta Bowl" between Boise State and TCU.

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Takeouts: Bernanke, TSA Nominee, Broncos

Monday, January 04, 2010

  • Fed Takeout: Louise Story, financial reporter for our partner, The New York Times, talks about Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech in Atlanta yesterday, where he said faulty regulation, not the Fed's interest rates policy, is to blame for the housing bubble.
  • Washington Takeout:  Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains how, in the wake of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas day, the routine appointment of a Director to the TSA will now be conducted under intense scrutiny.
  • Sports Takeout: Kim Constantinesco is a blogger for predominantlyorange.com, a Denver Broncos fan site, and she joins us to discuss the Broncos' last game of the season and their playoff fate.

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Remixing the Holidays: Twisted Sister, 'Twisted Christmas'

Friday, December 25, 2009

If you love guitar solos with your eggnog and mistletoe, then you're probably familiar with Twisted Sister's holiday album "Twisted Christmas." Dee Snider and Jay Jay French – lead singer and founding member of Twisted Sister – tell us about how this album came to be. They also share with us some of their favorite Christmas songs (full lists below). It's all for the final day of our week-long music series, "Remixing the Holidays."

JAY JAY’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS:

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (The Ronettes)
  • The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Dean Martin)
  • Run, Run Rudolph (Chuck Berry)
  • Also, any songs from:
  • Christmas With The Rat Pack
  • The Phil Spector Christmas Album

DEE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS:

  • The Magic of Christmas (Celine Dion)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)
  • O, Come All Ye Faithful
  • White Christmas
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • Silver Bells
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  • Deck the Halls
  • The Christmas Song
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Unwed Mothers in the Gaza Strip

Friday, December 25, 2009

BBC correspondent Christopher Landau traveled to the Gaza Strip, where he reported on the lives of unwed mothers - and their children - in the region. He joins us with his account.

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Takeaway Listeners Sing the Songs of Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2009

All week long, our listeners called into 877-8-MY-TAKE and sang us their favorite Christmas tunes, and we share them with all of you.

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A Priest's Permission to Steal

Friday, December 25, 2009

    A priest is stirring a bit of controversy in the U.K. over what he said in his sermon earlier this week. Rev. Tim Jones, the parish priest for Saint Lawrence and Saint Hilda in York, told his congregation that under certain circumstances it is okay to steal.

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      Takeouts: Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday, New Movies, NFL Preview

      Friday, December 25, 2009

      • First Family Takeout: Politico's Carol Lee is traveling with the Obamas as they go on vacation to President Obama's boyhood home, Oahu.
      • Film Takeout: Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman runs down the new holiday films: "Sherlock Holmes," "It's Complicated," and "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus."
      • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the upcoming weekend in the NFL. The playoffs are coming!

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      The Indian Ocean Tsunami, Five Years Later

      Friday, December 25, 2009

      Tomorrow, December 26, is the 5-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. How have things changed since 2004? Indeed, have things changed? The BBC's Karishma Vaswani reports on the progress Indonesia's Aceh province. We also talk with Christoph Gorder, Vice President of Emergency Response with Americares, about what's still needed for the region to fully recover.

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      Senate Health Bill Passed; Road for Reform Still Bumpy

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and Carrie Budoff Brown, health reporter for Politico, join us to talk about the next steps for the Democrats' top legislative priority: reconciliation with the House bill and keeping their fractious caucus together.

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      President on Senate Health Care Reform Passage

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Jeff Young, reporter for The Hill, joins us as President Obama speaks briefly about the Senate's just passed version of health care reform.

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      Takeouts: 'Midnight' Mass at 10 p.m., Listeners Sing

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      • Rome Takeout: The Pope will break tradition by holding Christmas Eve Mass two hours early, at 10 p.m. instead of midnight. We speak with David Willey, BBC Vatican correspondent, about why 82-year-old Pope Benedict might be making the change.
      • Listeners' Takeout: We hear listeners croon more of their favorite holiday music.

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      Senate Passes Health Care Reform ... Now What?

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      The Senate passed its version of the health care bill, but there is still much work to be done before the President signs a reconciled bill into law. We talk with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and John Stanton, Senate reporter for Roll Call, about how the upcoming negotiations between the House and Senate negotiations will affect the end result of health care reform.

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      Remixing the Holidays: Sen. Orrin Hatch pens Hannukah Hit

      Thursday, December 24, 2009

      Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) might not be the first person you think of when you think of memorable holiday ditties, but you might have heard his latest magnum opus, a Hannukah song called "Eight Days of Hannukah." Sen. Hatch has been a prolific composer for years in his spare time – from Christian rock to patriotic ballads – but calls this song his "gift to the Jewish people." (He's Mormon.) He and his co-writer, Madeline Stone, join us to talk about their favorite Christmas songs, and how to write music for faiths that aren't your own.

      Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo.

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