The State of the Affordable Care Act | Study Abroad: A Rite of Passage or a Waste? | The True Story Behind the McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit

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Monday, October 21, 2013

The State of the Affordable Care Act | DOJ Reaches $13B Deal With JP Morgan | Refugees Suffer as Fighting in Syria Drags On | Retro Report: The True Story Behind the McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit | Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the Evolution of the African American People | Study Abroad: A Rite of Passage or a Waste? | An Imam, a Rabbi and a Minister on Religion's Changing Role

The State of the Affordable Care Act

The healthcare exchanges officially launched on October 1st,  and according to Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post, at least 200,000 Americans have already applied for health insurance through their state exchange. But glitches in the Obamacare computer system severely delayed many applications. Kliff examines the state of the exchanges and the future of the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.

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DOJ Reaches $13B Deal With JP Morgan

After weeks of tough negotiating over a settlement, it seems there is a done deal between the Department of Justice and the bank JP Morgan Chase—a record $13 billion deal. The settlement fines JP Morgan for it's mortgage practices, but it also frames a debate going forward on what risks large banks should be taking with other people's money. Joining us to discuss this is William Cohan, a former managing director at JP Morgan Chase.

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Refugees Suffer as Fighting in Syria Drags On

The refugee crisis in Syria has caused more than 6 million Syrians to flee their country or be displaced within their nation. And now the World Health Organization says it's received reports of a suspected polio outbreak in Syria. There's concern the disease will be hard to control amid civil unrest. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the crisis in Syria is David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee and Britain’s former Foreign Secretary.

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Retro Report: The True Story Behind the Spilled McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit

The Takeaway travels back in time with our friends at Retro Report, a documentary team focused on shedding new light on stories from the news archives. Today’s report takes us back to 1992 when 79-year-old Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a fateful cup of coffee from a McDonald's drive-through. Lieback's coffee spilled onto her lap, and she sued the fast food chain. Retro Report producer Bonnie Bertram reflects on the case, and explains the details of her investigations.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the Evolution of the African American People on Film

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose newest five-part documentary is called “The African Americans,” discusses the the recent depictions of African Americans on film - from "Django Unchained" to "Twelve Years A Slave."

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Study Abroad: A Rite of Passage or a Waste?

Is studying abroad a necessary experience or a waste of money? Mark Salisbury is one of the authors of the monograph "Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose: Study Abroad in a New Global Century." Curtis S. Chin, the United States ambassador to the Asian Development Bank from 2007 to 2010, is the managing director of RiverPeak Group, an advisory firm. They join The Takeaway to weigh the costs and benefits of study abroad programs.

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Faith Leaders Respond to Religion's Changing Role

A full 1 in 4 millennials claim no religious affiliation. How do religious leaders feel about this shift? And what are they doing to try to attract young people back into the religious fold? For answers, we turn to Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Ohio; Pastor Dennis Baril of the Community Covenant Church in Massachusetts; and Imam Mustafa Umar with the Islamic Institute of Orange County, CA.

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