Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

University of Alabama Shooter's Past Reveals Strange Details

Monday, February 15, 2010

Amy Bishop, who was charged with killing three people at the University of Alabama, may face the death penalty or life in prison. The Harvard-educated professor had been denied tenure and opened fire on her colleagues. New York Times reporter, Shaila Dewan gives us the details on the strange twists behind the violent story.

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The Westminster Kennel Club and Why We Love Dogs

Monday, February 15, 2010

Today, the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show begins.  173 breeds are competing for Best in Show, including three new breeds. What is it about our canine friends that we humans find so captivating? And have our doggie obsessions gone too far?

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In Afghanistan, Waiting for Gen. McChrystal's 'Government in a Box'

Monday, February 15, 2010

Allied forces continue to fight in Marjah, Afghanistan as they attempt to clear hundreds of Taliban fighters out of the region.  But what happens once the offensive is over? 

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Takeouts: Afghans React to Marjah Offensive, Hollywood Sign's New Message, Wall Street Lurks Behind Greece's Woes

Monday, February 15, 2010

  • AFGHANISTAN: Emal Pasarly, editor at the BBC Pashtu service gives us insight into how ordinary Afghans are responding to the joint offensive in their country.
  • HOLLYWOOD LAND: The Trust for Public Land covered the Hollywood sign with a sheet saying, "Save the Peak" to raise awareness about a plan to cover the Cahuenga Peak with luxury houses being built. Sam Hodder from the Trust for Public Land joins us to talk about why they are doing this and how much money they need to raise to conserve the land.
  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: New York Times Wall Street and finance contributor Louise Story details Wall Street's involvement in the current financial woes of European countries like Greece, Portugal and Italy. 

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Illegal Immigration on the Decline, Impact in Florida

Monday, February 15, 2010

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. has declined by one million since 2008, with states like California, Florida, Arizona, New York and New Jersey seeing the largest drops. The economic recession has made it difficult for many undocumented immigrants to find work and make enough money to send to their families in their country of origin.

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Are the Olympics Moving too Fast?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vancouver, British Columbia, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, pulled out all the stops for this year's games — spending approximately $100 million to construct newer, bigger and faster courses for the world’s finest athletes.  But we're discovering bigger isn’t always better.  

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Autism Facts, Autism Fiction

Monday, February 15, 2010

New studies and rumors fly almost every week on what (allegedly) causes autism and what "cures" it. At the same time, autism studies (including the frequently-cited Wakefield study linking MMR vaccines to autism in 1998) occasionally get retracted. What's true and what's not? Dr. Perri Klass and Dr. Eileen Costello, pediatricians and co-authors of "Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In - When to Worry and When Not to Worry," distinguish autism facts from autism fiction.

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Doggie Concierge Explains 5-Star Treatment for Dogs

Monday, February 15, 2010

You may never feel like you get your money's worth at a hotel again. New York's Hotel Pennsylvania in midtown Manhattan serves as the lodging for the dogs who participate in the Westminster Dog Show. From the moment the four-legged animals enter the lobby, they are greeted with goodies ... and we don't mean doggie treats.

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This Week's Agenda: Dalai Lama's White House Visit, US-Islamic World Forum

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's our weekly look at the news to watch out for with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson, BBC political correspondent.

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The Waiting Room: Singing to Patients at a California Hospital

Monday, February 15, 2010

Far away from the halls of Congress, the conversation about what’s right and what’s wrong with health care rages on. We've been dropping in on conversations about health care thanks to a multimedia project called "The Waiting Room." Today, we visit patients and their family members in the waiting room of Highland Hospital, a county facility in Oakland, Ca.

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Takeouts: Dalai Lama's Presidential Treatment, Olympics Update

Monday, February 15, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: We talk to Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times who describes the political cost of the president's upcoming meeting with Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  New York Times' sports reporter John Branch joins us from Vancouver with the latest Olympic news and previews the week of winter sports ahead.

branch@nytimes.com.

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NATO-Led Offensive Continues in Afghanistan

Monday, February 15, 2010

U.S., U.K. and Afghan forces continue a military assault against Taliban fighters in Marjah, Afghanistan this morning. Plans for the offensive were widely discussed by U.S. and NATO commanders before the operation began, in an attempt to warn civilians in the area and limit civilian casualties. But on Sunday, two coalition rockets missed their mark, killing 12 civilians. We look at how coalition forces are doing in this critical operation with Jeffrey Dressler an Afghanistan expert with the Institute for the Study of War and Global Post correspondent, Jean MacKenzie, who is on the ground in Afghanistan.

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Takeouts: Mourning in Haiti, Jobs Bill

Friday, February 12, 2010

  • National Day of Mourning in Haiti: Gepsie Metellus, executive director of Sant La, a Haitian Neighborhood Center in Miami talks about the impact of the earthquake on Haitians throughout the world.
  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us the latest on whether we'll see a bipartisan jobs bill.

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Power Players with Todd Zwillich

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich spends most of his days chasing down lawmakers in the halls of the House and Senate. Each week we bring you some of his conversations.

Today, Arizona Republican Jon Kyl, who is responsible for keeping his party members in line as the Senate's Minority Whip. Todd asks Sen. Kyl why his party is continuing to rebuff President Obama's attempts at bipartisan outreach.

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Remembering Charlie Wilson

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Tex) died yesterday at 76.  A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Mr. Wilson was best known for funding CIA support for the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in the 1980s, and of course, the movie, "Charlie Wilson's War."  We hear about Charlie Wilson's legacy with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, and then with former CIA operative, Mike Scheuer.

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Takeouts: Health, Beetles, Roadblocks for Congress

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says that the feet of snow that blanket Capitol Hill isn't the only thing slowing Congressional appointments to a halt
  • Health Takeout: Brazillian health officials are distributing 55 million condoms during Carnival. We talk with BBC reporter Paulo Cabral about the efforts to combat HIV and AIDS during the annual festival.
  • Beetles Takeout: A species of beetles is eating away at trees, leaving them dead in forests around the country. We talk with Richard Hofstetter, a forest entomologist, about the noisy techniques he's using to save the trees.

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Takeouts: China is World's Top Exporter, President Obama's Surprise Press Conference, Listeners' Tips on Weight Loss

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

  • Money Takeout: Yesterday, China unseated Germany’s long held position as the world’s top exporter.  New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story analyzes the country's achievement and predicts what may be in store for its booming economic engine.
  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich examines President Obama's unexpected press conference yesterday, where he made another call for bipartisanship on the Hill.
  • Listeners Takeout: Listeners give us their tips on how to get healthy and stay in shape.    

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The Local Influence of Rep. John Murtha

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

John Murtha died yesterday at 77. He is being remembered as a national figure, but Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich brings us more about his influence in his home district of Johnstown, PA.

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Takeouts: Remembering John Murtha, 2010 Olympics

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich helps us remember Pennsylvania Congressman John P. Murtha, who died yesterday at 77.
  • Sports Takeout: The 2010 Olympic Games kick off this week in Vancouver and Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us to profile figure skater Johnny Weir.   

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TAKEOUTS: Terrorism, Business, Your Political Party

Monday, February 08, 2010

  • TERRORISM: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich goes back to Sarah Palin's comments on terrorism at the Tea party keynote convention.
  • BUSINESS: New York Times financial reporter Louise Story tells us how Goldman Sachs pushed A.I.G. over the edge.
  • RESPONSES: We've been asking listeners to suggest a name and a platform for a new political party. We hear some more suggestions.

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