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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Janet Yellen and the Future of the Fed | Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles | As Election Season Heats Up, Mayors Run Unchallenged in Many Cities | Bill McKibben on Confronting Climate Change | Are Bicycle Shares Good for Business? | With Generational Shift, the Sharing Economy Flourishes | A Story of Kidnapping and Survival in Somalia

Should Starbucks Ban Guns From Its Coffee Shops?

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. The coffee chain moved away from its neutral stance on guns in its stores Wednesday, publicly requesting that customers not bring weapons into its coffee shops. The Takeaway wants to hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Take our mini poll here.

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Janet Yellen and the Future of the Fed

Janet Yellen is the new presumptive front-runner for chair of the Federal Reserve. But who is Janet Yellen? And how might she change the Fed if she's put in charge? Susan M. Phillips has some insights to share. She served on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 1991 to 1998, overlapping with Janet Yellen during Yellen’s first appointment from 1994-1997.

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Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles

October is looming, and if Congress doesn’t approve new spending bills the federal government will shut down. If this fight sounds familiar, that's because it is. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the budget battle is Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Rep. Westmoreland serves Georgia's third congressional district and sits on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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As Election Season Heats Up, Mayors Run Unchallenged in Many Cities

It’s election year in many U.S. cities as candidates run in mayoral elections around the country. But are local elections with only one serious candidate a sign of an ailing democracy? Melissa Sanchez is a reporter for El Nuevo Herald in Miami. Jeanne Bonner is a Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter. They join The Takeaway to discuss the mayoral contests in their respective cities and what happened to the other candidates.

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Bill McKibben on Confronting Climate Change

The effects of climate change are growing more frequent and more aggressive. Environmentalist Bill McKibben's new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist," tells two parallel stories of what it means to confront our warming planet on both the local and global levels, from protecting a bee colony through the seasons, to fighting fossil fuels.

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Are Bicycle Shares Good for Business?

How have bike share programs affected business for bicycle shops? Charlie McCorkell is the owner of Bicycle Habitat in New York City and Ashanti Austin is the co-owner of the Hub Bike Co-op in Minneapolis. While both agree that bike share is a positive force in their community, the impact on business has been quite different.

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With Generational Shifts, The New Sharing Economy Flourishes

In the new sharing economy, consumers can easily rent or share everything from bikes to luxury clothing. Arun Sundararajan, professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, says the new investment in renting is fueled by the rise of the internet and urbanization. The millennialtendency to rent caught the eye of Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that allows its customers to rent luxury clothes for a tenth of the retail price. 

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A Story of Kidnapping and Survival in Somalia

It was August 23, 2008 when journalist Amanda Lindhout and her partner Nigel Brennen were were kidnapped in Somalia.They remained in captivity for 460 days. Amanda Lindhout is the author of a new book about her experience called “A House in the Sky” and she joins The Takeaway to discuss her experience.

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