Today's Highlights | March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

In this satellite handout image provided by NOAA, shows the entry of a large area of low pressure, from the Polar Vortex, into the Northern U.S. January 6, 2014. (NOAA/Getty)

Also on Today's Show

Begins at 13:24: On Tuesday, President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget that calls for spending cuts, more than $1 trillion in new taxes to slow borrowing over the next decade, and more than $55 billion in new spending. Peter Edelman, author of "So Rich, So Poor - Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America" and a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, tells us whether Obama’s budget addresses income inequality.

Begins at 20:34: Ever since the dawn of manufacturing and mass production, corporations have tried to design their factories to be just as efficient as they can be. New Tech City Host Manoush Zomorodi has got some workplace tips from Toyota’s factory productivity specialist, and the results are surprisingly low-tech.

Begins at 24:45: It looks like scientists have discovered a positive twist on the polar vortex: It’s killing destructive insects that cost the U.S. government and homeowners billions each year. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Richard Primack, a professor of biology at Boston University who is currently investigating the impact of climate change on plants, birds and insects.


Peter Edelman, Richard Primack and Manoush Zomorodi


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]


Please, please, please, stop saying "global warming". I haven't heard any reputable source use this term in ages, and I thought we had moved past it, but it seems you didn't get the memo. Calling it "global warming" perpetuates popular misconceptions about the nature of current climatic phenomena, and provides naysayers and critics an easy target. "Climate change" is a much more accurate and scientifically accepted term, and I hope you will use it accordingly in the future.

Mar. 19 2014 03:53 PM
Jon from Portland, Maine

Very well put Larry. Probably all three at the same bloody time. Personally I am always struck by our nation's, and probably the world's obsession with "richness" and power, and at the same time the unwillingness to admit the grotesque lengths to which people will go to protect and earn it. As well, I heard someone say recently that you have to be a bit, if not truly crazy, to be extremely successful. Is it just now easier now to function or be accepted in everyday society with megalomaniacal tendancies? What happened to humility, noblesse oblise, and empathy as tenants of a successful society? We're all dirt in the end anyway.

Mar. 05 2014 11:28 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

It is hard to end poverty in this country because there are people who don't want it to end. I'm assuming there is a lot of money to be made by keeping people at poverty levels.


Could wealthy people feel so bad about themselves that the only way to feel good is to know that others are suffering?

It would be part of a collective unconscious.


Is evolutionary biology poking its head into economics and trying to eliminate competition by keeping people down?

Mar. 05 2014 01:54 PM

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