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Friday, November 15, 2013

An image portraying former First Lady Jackie Kennedy as the "second shooter" in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Michal Lisowski)

What Do the New ACA Developments Mean? | China Relaxes Decades-Long One-Child Policy | A Look Ahead After the Devastation of Haiyan | Examining The Fed Under Janet Yellen's Stewardship | Scandals Around Toronto's Mayor Threaten City's Image | New Movie Releases: 'Best Man Holiday' and 'Nebraska' | Art of the Assassination: JFK and the Art That His Death Inspired 

What Do the New ACA Developments Mean?

President Barack Obama announced yesterday insurance companies can reinstate healthcare plans that were cancelled, or maintain existing plans that would otherwise have been cancelled by January 1st. But maintaining plans that would otherwise be deemed substandard could add additional complications for insurance companies. Julie Appleby, Reporter for Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to break down this policy shift.

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China Relaxes Decades-Long One-Child Policy

For decades, the family structure in China has been limited by the nation's one-child policy. But yesterday the Chinese news agency Xinhua announced yesterday that the nation will loosen its one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if one of the two parents is an only child. Shirong Chen, Managing Editor at Foremost 4 Media Limited and former China Editor at BBC Global News, joins The Takeaway to explain the cultural and political significance of this shift in Chinese policy.

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A Look Ahead After the Devastation of Haiyan

As rescue and aid efforts continue on the ground in the Philippines, the rest of the world has been reacting to the devastating storm nearly a week after its landfall. Perhaps few know the country’s ability to maneuver out of crises better than former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Bosworth. Ambassador Bosworth was in the Philippines from 1984 to 1987 and witnessed a tumultuous shift in regimes and the country's transition to democracy.

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Examining The Fed Under Janet Yellen's Stewardship

Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s nominee for chair of the Federal Reserve, gave a passionate defense of stimulus efforts in Senate hearings Thursday. If confirmed, Yellen, who currently holds the number two post at the Fed, is expected to reinforce many of the policies current Chairman Ben Bernanke has put in place. But there are some significant ways in which her economic philosophies differ from Bernanke’s.  Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for The Guardian U.S. explains.

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New Movie Releases: 'Best Man Holiday' and 'Nebraska'

Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, they look at the holiday reunion movie “The Best Man Holiday” and “Nebraska,” which is already getting some Oscar buzz. In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Scandals Around Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Threaten City's Image

Most Americans have probably heard the soundbite that's been echoing around the world. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted last week. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it ? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately a year ago." Stephen Marche, novelist and contributing editor for Esquire is a Toronto native. He recently wrote an op-ed in our partner The New York Times about the image of Toronto under Ford.

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Art of the Assassination: JFK and the Art That His Death Inspired

In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, people have found themselves horrified, fascinated and mystified by the story. Some have explored those feelings through writing, others though film and music. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, KERA News is presenting an ongoing series on how artists have responded to JFK’s death. Jerome Weeks, Art & Seek Producer and Reporter at KERA in Dallas, joins The Takeaway to explain how the Kennedy assassination lives on in pop culture.

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