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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.