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Monday, November 11, 2013

Two young boys look at the devastation in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

Philippines Devastated After Super Typhoon Haiyan | With Half a Million Displaced After Haiyan, Relief Effort Begins in Philippines | Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of JFK's Legacy | VA Trims Veterans Benefits Backlog | On Veterans Day, Advice for Veterans From Veterans | Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer Gives Voice to War Veterans

Philippines Devastated After Super Typhoon Haiyan

About 10,000 are feared dead in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. The storm has affected some 4.5 million people. U.S. officials have sent about 90 U.S. Marines and sailors to the Philippines to assist in relief efforts, and the United Nations is also stepping up operations. Joining The Takeaway to explain what's happening on the ground in the Philippines is Orla Fagan, Humanitarian Affairs Officer for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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U.S. Filipino Community Comes Together to Help From Afar

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, blasted ashore in the Philippines over the weekend and left thousands dead and displaced as many as a half million people. Alex Montances is trying to get news about his family, who all in one of the hardest hit areas. Dr. Rommel Rivera has spent the weekend working with the Filipino community in the United States—he's been trying to connect with those affected, and has been working on fundraising for relief efforts.

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Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of JFK's Legacy

On November 22, the nation will pause to reflect on the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As historian Robert Caro says in "American Experience: JFK," a new documentary by Takeaway partner WGBH, "We will never know whether he would have been a great president—I'd bet on him, but we didn't have that chance." In the wake of Kennedy's untimely death, we are left with puzzle pieces that do not make a complete picture of a presidency.

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VA Trims Veterans Benefits Backlog

Disabilities incurred during combat last a lifetime though, and yet a lifetime is what it feels like to be a part of the backlog of veterans awaiting disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But since this spring there has been remarkable success in addressing and decreasing the backlog. Joining The Takeaway is Aaron Glantz, reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, who documented the backlog at its worst and has watched the improvement all this year.

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On Veterans Day, Advice for Veterans From Veterans

Veterans face a myriad of challenges when they return from service, and no one better understands these barriers—and how to overcome them—than veterans themselves. Jason Wasieleski, a former Army medic who served in Afghanistan in 2012, and David Retske, a former UAV pilot who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, share their advice for returning veterans and discuss what they wish they had known when they returned from service.

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Musician Vijay Iyer Gives Voice to Veterans

Musician Vijay Iyer is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer and one of this year's recipients of a MacArthur Genius Grant. He has a new album out with poet/performer Mike Ladd called “Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dream Project.” The album features songs, poetry, and rap by American veterans of color and the music tells the stories of war and returning home. Vijay Iyer joins The Takeaway to discuss how he is giving a voice to the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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