The Takeaway Weekender: A Dream of Peace, A Vacation From The News, and A Prescription for Play

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

How much time did you spend outside when you were a kid? (Chris Van Lennep Photo/Shutterstock)

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! Our weekend podcast consists of a round up of the week's best interviews and top stories. Catch up on the news you missed with some of these must-hear stories.

It's already been a deadly week in Gaza, and civilians on both sides are wondering if a permanent solution can be reached. Ambassador Martin Indyk recently stepped down as U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He reflects on the current war in Gaza, and whether a path to peace is possible.

This week, it seemed like one horrifically bad news story after another dominated the headlines. How do you cope when the news gets grim and overwhelming? The New Yorker’s John Cassidy reflects on what happens when we check out from the news cycle for a little while, or for longer.

What makes a company American? A trend is catching hold among large corporations in the United Sates, and it's consequences could be devastating for the corporate tax base. U.S. companies are increasingly deciding to relocate overseas to cut their tax bills. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin says he wants to stop these businesses from deserting America.

Almost 40 years ago, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office. Director Peter Kunhardt and Historian Ken Hughes discuss their new HBO documentary, "Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words." The film chronicles the many different sides of President Nixon, through thousands of hours of recently declassified audiotapes recorded in the Nixon White House.

In an effort to promote better health for children and prevent chronic illness, Massachusetts General Hospital has been collaborating on a pilot program called “Outdoors Rx,” which trains pediatricians to write prescriptions for kids to participate in outdoor activities. Dr. Christina Scirica, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston, and WGBH news reporter Adam Reilly, weigh in on the program.

All music in this week's editon of The Takeaway Weekender is by The Sometime Boys and Jay Cowit. You can follow our guest host Todd Zwillich below.

Hosted by:

John Hockenberry and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Jay Cowit


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Jill Gleim from Ipswich, MA.

On today's show, Mr. Hockenberry asked listened to comments re: something about most influential aspect on their lives, (something like). A woman called in to mention male supremacy and how it effects women in their everyday. Thank you for playing it and would it be possible to get the exact perfectly worded statement. I love the takeaway, sometimes listening 2wce in one day. Thank you for an amazingly thoughtful show.

Jan. 16 2015 08:48 PM

My theory is that the great number of TOYS that have been invented, perfected, etc. for boys and girls over the last couple of decades provides more play, thus extending the play years, before the adult years!

Sep. 11 2014 12:56 PM

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