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    Music In Their Own Words: Sylvan Esso

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 14:16

    Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn — the duo behind the electronic pop outfit, Sylvan Esso — have been creative partners for over a decade. Their fourth and latest album, "No Rules Sandy," sees them attempt to shed the pressures of global fame, get out of their own heads, and break the rules they realized had been holding them back.  "No Rules Sandy" was created primarily over the course of three weeks in LA, the fastest Sylvan Esso has ever made a record — spontaneous and instinctive. The album gets a physical release on January 20th. "With this one, the rules that were being disregarded were both editorial rules, but also just trying to go where the joy is," Amelia Meath told The Takeaway.   

    North Carolina's Status as Abortion Safe Haven In Jeopardy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 13:28

    The North Carolina General Assembly convened last week for the start of its new legislative session. Republicans sit on the cusp of a supermajority that would give them the power to override any veto handed down from the Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. And they've got their eyes set on abortion. Some of that support could come from the Democratic side of the house. In 2019 and 2021 two abortion restriction bills were vetoed by the Governor, but not before receiving support from members of the Democratic caucus. Members Republicans once more hope will provide support for future abortion restriction bills. Pew Research shows North Carolinians, are almost evenly split on their views regarding abortion –  49 percent believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 45 percent believe the opposite – the state's status as a safe haven for abortion could be in jeopardy.

    23 MAYORS IN 2023: Craig Greenberg, Louisville, Kentucky

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 15:51

    We're beginning our “23 Mayors in 2023” series and heading to Louisville, Kentucky!  Mayor Craig Greenberg was elected in November, and just took office after a campaign in which he survived a politically motivated shooting at his campaign office.   His background is as a lawyer and an entrepreneur who co-founded a luxury hotel chain and served as its CEO for a number of years.  And while he's a relative newcomer in the political arena, he's no stranger to a good skirmish. He also is a majority owner of Ohio Valley Wrestling, a professional wrestling organization. He enters his new role as mayor of a city which has deep mistrust of its police force, stemming from Breonna Taylor's killing, and stretching further into the past.  We speak with Mayor Craig Greenberg about how he plans to address gun violence and policing, and hear about some of his hopes and dreams for Louisville, Kentucky.

    House Republicans Face Off With Democrats Again Over Raising the Nation's Debt Ceiling

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 13:16

    Lawmakers in the 118th Congress now face a clash in the House of Representatives that could bring the American economy to the brink of crisis — the fight over raising the debt ceiling. In a letter sent to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that the United States government will reach its debt limit of about $31.4 trillion, today — on Thursday Jan 19… after that, the Treasury Department will have to start taking QUOTE: “extraordinary measures” to prevent the United States from defaulting, but those measures will be exhausted by early June. House Republicans are using their new majority and the threat of the debt default to leverage the Biden Administration and Democrats to make deep spending cuts, but Democrats have said they refuse to negotiate when it comes to raising the debt ceiling.  The debt ceiling is the government's borrowing limit to pay for the nation's existing bills. And if the debt ceiling isn't raised, and the country defaults on payments, experts warn that it would be globally catastrophic. For more on this we talk with Jeff Stein, White House economics reporter for the Washington Post.

    Egg-onomics: Why are the Eggs so Expensive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 26:38

    In December, the index for eggs rose 11.1 percent, meaning there was some serious “egg-flation.” Eggs saw the highest month-over-month inflation of any expenditure category, so why are the prices of eggs going up? Chickens. The egg, bird, and the food have played multiple roles in the lives of African American women. Chickens have provided food and a source of income for many Black families, and helped women define and exert themselves in a hostile and racist society. The chicken and the egg have a long legacy and history in America that might "BEAK" your interest.  We speak with Thérèse Nelson, chef and founder of Black Culinary History. Kenny Torrella, staff writer at Vox and author of the newsletter Meat/Less, tells us it's more than just supply chain issues– chickens are finding themselves in a tough and "PECK-uliar" circumstance. And we hear from Beth Hoffman, journalist, farmer, and author of Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America.   

    Why Does Broadway Keep Doing Drag?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 19:17

    A musical adaptation of the 1959 movie, "Some Like It Hot," is now on Broadway. The movie has been acclaimed as one of the best comedy films of all time, but much of that comedy relies on the trope of men using drag as a disguise. It's a trope that Broadway is no stranger to, as evidenced by recent adaptations of "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Tootsie." The "Some Like It Hot" musical attempts to alleviate this tension between historic and often harmful portrayals of drag and the rich reality of drag as art, self-expression, and everything in between. But can a revision of an old story featuring harmful stereotypes ever truly be a vehicle for authentic representation?  We speak with J. Harrison Ghee, star of Some Like It Hot, about the show's new take on his character. We learn about the evolution of drag in theater from Domenick Scudera, professor of theater at Ursinus College. And we talk with Miss Peppermint — drag star, actress and ambassador for Trans Justice at the ACLU — about her experience as a trans woman working on Broadway and in the drag industry during this time of rising hatred against drag performers and gender non-conforming folks.

    Cop City

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 29:08

    In Atlanta, Georgia, community activists remain locked in a nearly 2-year struggle against the development of a massive police training center in a forest just outside the city, dubbed "cop city."  Only weeks after George Floyd's murder in 2020 and the 2020 police killing of Rayshard Brooks, calls to "demilitarize" and "defund the police" amassed all over the country. It was difficult for Atlanta, as it was for many cities across the country. The city's 14 percent increase  in homicides was accompanied by several, tragic, high-profile murders just as the voters were facing a choice of who would serve as the next mayor. The race and runoff were dominated by these public perceptions of crime and questions about how candidates would respond became central.  In September 2021, the Atlanta City Council approved plans to grant a ground lease to the Atlanta Police Foundation for a $90 million dollar police training facility to be built on 85 acres of land near Southeast Atlanta, located in a lower-income, predominantly Black area not represented on Atlanta's City Council. A local firm conducted a survey of residents near the proposed site and found 98% of respondents opposed the project. The approval was also granted despite strong opposition from community groups who oppose this substantial allocation of public resources to Atlanta police.  Additionally, the land slated for development has a fraught history, having formerly served as the Old Atlanta Prison Farm where inmates were subjected to abusive, "slave-like" conditions. Digital producer Zachary Bynum reports from Atlanta, talking with activists, organizers, and elected officials from the city to determine what this all means about policing, land stewardship, and power in the struggle for the future of Atlanta's South River Forest. Editor's note: We reached out to the Atlanta Police Foundation for comment and we have not yet received a response. If we do, we will post it here.

    The Sounds of Blackness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 20:13

    Negro spirituals and Freedom songs carry within them expressions of joy, pain and the realities of living as a Black person in the United States. These songs provided the sonic background of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, a new sound provides the sonic background in the ongoing movement for Black liberation and agency: Trap music. Trap music traces its roots to the heart of the Black American south. It's part of the continuing evolution of Hip-Hop in America with lyrics that paint a picture of surviving a system that entraps while pursuing the “American Dream”. We discuss music as a form of Black expression from the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement to Trap music's existence as a route to self-determination and the path it carves on the journey of Black liberation.

    Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow on The Big Payback

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 16:25

    The Big Payback is a new documentary film that chronicles the efforts for reparations on both the national level with H.R. 40 through Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and on the local level in Evanston, Illinois by following the work of Alderman Ruth Rue Simmons. Co-Directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow talk about their film which makes its television premiere on PBS' Independent Lens on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  

    Over 10,000 NYC Nurses On Strike

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023 11:24

    More than 10,000 nurses at five hospital facilities across New York City are on strike today. They're protesting staffing shortages and demanding wage increases and better working conditions as they head into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, hospitals have scaled back services, canceled some elective surgeries, and are diverting the majority of ambulances to other hospitals. We speak with Nancy Hagans, President of the New York State Nurses Association and a frontline nurse at Maimonides Medical Center, about the strike and working conditions.

    What's the 411 on 411?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023 9:01

    411, the number that embedded itself into our vocabulary as a synonym for “information” is going the way of the dinosaur. AT&T announced the end of the service this month for their landline customers. It's a move that impacts three million subscribers. We're talking about the history of 411, what it means to say goodbye to the service and who's impacted by its end. We get the 411 from Associate Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire, Josh Lauer.  To read the full transcript, see above. 

    New FDA Rules on Medication Abortion Are Still Full of Red Tape

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 11:09

    It's been more than six months since The Supreme Court's opinion in Dobbs overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Since then, anti-abortion activists have continued to try and restrict access to abortion care, even in states where abortion is legal. And The Food and Drug Administration and its oversight of the abortion medication, Mifepristone, has been one of their targets.  Medication abortions account for half of abortions in the United States, and Mifepristone is the first of two pills used in the method, for use in up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.Last week, the FDA issued new rules on Mifepristone, making it easier for people to access from retail pharmacies, with a prescription from a specially certified health provider. Previous to these new rules, patients could only receive the medication in-person at a specially-certified clinic, or through a telemedicine appointment and have the medication mailed to them through a certified mail-order pharmacy. This latest move by the FDA could expand access to abortion care, at least in states that don't already restrict abortions or the drugs for medical abortions. We speak with Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health who says this is a step forward, but there is still a lot of bureaucratic hoops that pharmacies have to jump through to provide the medication, and she says this is yet another case of “abortion exceptionalism.”

    The New 9-8-8 Hotline Has Seen a Surge of Callers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 8:48

    The new federally mandated mental health assistance and suicide prevention hotline, 9-8-8, launched in July. Since July, according to data from SAMHSA, calls and texts to the lifeline have risen significantly before the adoption of 9-8-8. But questions still remain whether state and local authorities have the infrastructure to provide services for this great demand. We hear from Dan Gorenstein, executive producer and host of the podcast Tradeoffs, who provides updates on how things are going with 9-8-8 thus far.

    The Art of Hammer Throwing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 13:31

    Last summer, Janeé Kassanavoid made history as the first Native American woman to medal at the World Athletics Track & Field Championship in Oregon.  Kassanavoid is a professional track & field athlete, member of Comanche Nation, and a Women's hammer throwing for Team USA and we spoke to her about what this feat meant to her, her identity as an indigenous woman in sports, and about her side passion: the culinary arts.     

    When Women's Survival is Criminalized

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 19:54

    Many women who encounter domestic abuse and are caught up in our criminal legal system are punished — both for when they fight back and when they don't. "Criminalized survival" refers to this highly gendered and racialized phenomenon, and we see it in stories of self-defense, like Tracy McCarter and Pieper Lewis. Criminalized survival is also, in many states, essentially codified into law with "failure to protect" laws that punish parents who allegedly did not protect their children from abuse they were aware was occuring. An unprecedented Mother Jones investigation found that in Oklahoma, where this practice is especially prevalent, 90% of people incarcerated for the crime are women. We speak with one of them, who was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison while her abuser got a lesser sentence. For more on her story, see the Mother Jones investigation: "She Never Hurt Her Kids. So Why Is a Mother Serving More Time Than the Man Who Abused Her Daughter?"  We're also joined by Dr. Alisa Bierria, Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and a co-founder of Survived & Punished, to unpack the larger cultural mindset of misogyny and misogynoir that makes women responsible for other people's actions, but also punishes them if they are not deemed "good victims." Correction: The recording states that in Oklahoma 90% of people charged with the crime are women. In fact, 90% of the people incarcerated for the crime are women.

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner's No Longer Hiding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 8:15

    Emmy nominated actor and Grammy award winning poet and musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner has spent over 40 years sharing parts of himself with the public. His latest album Hiding in Plain View is also nominated for a Grammy and it's some of his most vulnerable work to date. In it, he shares reflections on his journey to radical self-acceptance and explores his hopes and dreams surrounding Black masculinity and Black futures. 

    Afghan Girls Refuse to Give Up on Education

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 13:42

    It's been more than 3 weeks since the Taliban government in Afghanistan announced that women were banned from attending colleges and universities. It's yet another gut-wrenching — but not unexpected — reversal of the regime's initial promises to respect women's rights. The college ban effectively means that the highest level of education most Afghan girls will now be able to receive is 6th grade. We speak with Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), a girls' boarding school, about Afghan women and girls' determination to continue their educations. SOLA is now based in Rwanda, having moved after the Taliban's rise to power in Afghanistan in 2021.

    Communities Grapple with Legacy of Water Contamination

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 12:45

    When Derek Lowen was 14, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and underwent surgery to remove a tumor the size of a baseball from his brain. He soon discovered that he was one of many Tartan High School students in Oakdale, Minnesota, to be suffering from cancer. In the 18 years since, Derek and the rest of the Twin Cities East Metro community have been left to wonder how much a local manufacturing plant has to do with it.  Manufacturing giant 3M dumped industrial waste in the area surrounding its Cottage Grove, MN plant for decades — some of which contained PFAs, so-called "forever chemicals" that have been linked to adverse health effects including decreased fertility, decreased immunity, and certain cancers. The state settled a lawsuit against 3M in 2018 without establishing a definitive link between stories like Derek's and the plant. But recently, more states have followed MN's lead, suing companies alleged to be responsible for PFAs contamination. In December 2022, 3M announced it would end the production and use of PFAs by the end of 2025. We speak with Chloe Johnson, environmental reporter at the Star Tribune, about the scope of PFAs pollution and the lingering impacts on Minnesota residents. For more accounts from residents, read the Minnesota Reformer's story, "There Must Be Something in the Water." 3M responded to The Takeaway's request for comments with the following statement: "Information about 3M's decision to end PFAS manufacturing is available in our Dec. 20 news release and can be found here. As noted in the release: “We plan to put our innovation to work toward a future less reliant upon PFAS. We said we would stop PFAS production and work to remove PFAS from our products by the end of 2025. Our decision is based on careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of the evolving external landscape, including multiple factors such as accelerating regulatory trends focused on reducing or eliminating the presence of PFAS in the environment and changing stakeholder expectations. This is a moment that demands the kind of innovation 3M is known for. While PFAS can be safely made and used, we also see an opportunity to lead in a rapidly evolving external regulatory and business landscape to make the greatest impact for those we serve.” It is incorrect to characterize our work solely “as a result of publicity and/or lawsuits”. 3M announced our proactive investment in technologies to achieve our corporate environmental goals in February 2021, which includes efforts to reduce the amount of water used overall in our operations. We have installed state of the art technology at all of our PFAS manufacturing sites and are committed to remediating PFAS where we are responsible. On remediation and litigation: 3M will continue to remediate PFAS and address litigation by defending ourselves in court or through negotiated resolutions, all as appropriate. 3M acted responsibly in connection with products containing PFAS and will vigorously defend its record of environmental stewardship. On health science: 3M is committed to sharing our knowledge about health science to help people better understand this important topic. For more information on research and clinical studies related to fluorochemistries, especially PFOS and PFOA, please click here."

    Margaret Cho is Livid!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 15:57

    Margaret Cho began her comedy career 40 years ago. Now, after groundbreaking TV shows, Off-Broadway debuts, sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, Grammy nominations, Films, and Reality TV shows– just to name a few– the outspoken Comedian is celebrating 40 years with a comedy tour: Margaret Cho is Live & Livid. To read the full transcript, see above.

    Brazil's Democracy Under Siege

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 19:33

    On Sunday, thousands of supporters of Brazil's far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro attacked the nation's highest seats of power in the capital Brasília, just a week after President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was inaugurated on Jan. 1. They were protesting what they falsely claim was a stolen election. Pro-Bolsonaro protesters stormed Brazil's Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in striking similarities to the U.S.'s Jan 6. Insurrection. We speak to Mac Margolis, contributing columnist focusing on Brazilian and Latin American politics for The Washington Post Global Opinions, and author of Last New World: The Conquest of the Amazon Frontier, and Yascha Mounk, professor of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University, and author of The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure. To read the full transcript, see above.

    Wrongful Convictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 9:06

    "Wrongful Conviction with Maggie Freleng" is a podcast that features intimate conversations with men and women who have spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Some have been fully exonerated and reunited with family and friends while others continue to languish in prison with some even facing execution on death row. MHP talks with Maggie about wrongful convictions.   

    Reparations for Black America Is Becoming More than A Possibility

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 13:29

    Last week, marked the 100-year anniversary of the race riots of 1923 in Rosewood, FL. After a white woman accused a Black man of assaulting her, a white mob destroyed the town and displaced hundreds of Black middle- and working-class families. This rural town was one of several Black communities in the US that suffered racial violence and destruction, and the violence resulted in the loss of economic opportunity and inequality for generations of people of color.  The massacre was dramatized in the 1997 film “Rosewood” by director John Singleton. Direct descendants of the families who once lived in Rosewood led the fight for reparations in the 1990s and are continuing to fight to reclaim their families' legacies. In St. Paul, Minnesota (the same state where George Floyd was killed by police) the fight for reparations to address systemic racism is happening as well.  The state of Minnesota has the third largest racial wealth gap in the nation, and the state's income gap is the 5th largest. When it comes to health disparities, Black and Indigenous babies in Minnesota die at a rate twice that of White babies. According to the 2021 State of Black Minnesota Report, Black residents lived 7 years less than white residents. In response, the city of St. Paul moved forward with its plan to address systemic inequities and racism against Black residents through the formation of a permanent 11-member reparations commission. The group will work to advise the city council on measures to address systemic racism faced by Black residents in the city. Trahern Crews, a social justice advocate who was a Co-Convenor of the St. Paul Recovery Act Legislative Advisory Committee, and Councilmember Jane Prince, St. Paul City Council member for Ward 7, join us to discuss this new commission and why reparations are still necessary today. 

    What's Going On in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 11:02

    Earlier this week, Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives backed Democratic State Representative Mark Rozzi as their candidate of choice for Pennsylvania House Speaker. The move shocked many analysts across the state, given that Pennsylvania Republicans had a slight numeric advantage going into this deliberation. Gillian McGoldrick, Harrisburg Reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins us to discuss this surprising bi-partisan collaboration.   

    Off to the Race in Kentucky

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 11:18

    The race for Kentucky governor is one of the most closely watched contests in the nation. The popular incumbent, Democrat Andy Beshear, hopes to repeat his upset victory of 2019 against a crowded primary field of twelve Republican hopefuls.  Running to secure the Republican nomination is Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron whose platform includes his support of the state's near-total abortion ban. If Governor Beshear is reelected, his strategy could provide insights to other Democrats running in highly Republican and conservative states. We speak with Divya Karthikeyen, Capitol Reporter at Kentucky Public Radio. To read the full transcript, see above. 

    Taking Care of the Caregivers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 12:01

     The CDC reports “25-percent of U-S adults” serve as caregivers to those who need support and assistance. Caregivers need support, too. Without a network of support, they face burnout and high levels of stress. We talk with Karen Warner Schueler, author of The Sudden Caregiver about what it means to be a caregiver, and how those who support others can find the support they need for themselves.

    Is Facebook Responsible in Ethiopia?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 11:31

    Two Ethiopians recently filed a lawsuit against Meta, Facebook's parent company, alleging that the company not only allowed hate speech to spread online during the country's recent civil war — it prioritized hate speech. Facebook's content moderation practices have been under scrutiny for years, particularly after whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed internal documents that showed Facebook was well aware that its practices for finding and removing hate speech in a number of countries — including Ethiopia — were severely lacking. Will the recent peace deal also mean a reckoning for the social media giant?  We speak with Berhan Taye, a Practitioner Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab of Stanford University, researching digital rights and social justice. She's based in Nairobi, Kenya.  Meta answered The Takeaway's request for comment with the following statement: "We have strict rules which outline what is and isn't allowed on Facebook and Instagram. Hate speech and incitement to violence are against these rules and we invest heavily in teams and technology to help us find and remove this content. Our safety and integrity work in Ethiopia is guided by feedback from local civil society organizations and international institutions. We employ staff with local knowledge and expertise and continue to develop our capabilities to catch violating content in the most widely spoken languages in the country, including Amharic, Oromo, Somali and Tigrinya." To read the full transcript, see above.

    What if the January 6th Insurrectionists Succeeded?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 11:34

    As the two-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection approaches, the new graphic novel 1/6 explores a dystopian alternate history: What if the insurrectionists had been successful and violently overturned the election? We speak with co-author Alan Jenkins, professor of practice at Harvard Law School and co-author of the graphic novel 1/6, about the premise, inspiration, and characters in this alternative historical fiction graphic novel.

    Convictions and Consequences for Jan 6. Foot-Soldiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 13:19

    It's been two years since the January 6th, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former president Trump who were attempting to stop the election certification process of Joe Biden's presidency. Since then, over 900 participants in the mob have been charged with various crimes for their actions that day. The majority have received months of jail time or probation, though a number have caught more severe charges and sentences for offenses such as attacking police officers, obstructing Congress, and seditious conspiracy. The investigation has become the biggest criminal inquiry in the history of the Department of Justice, and federal investigators have signaled they're in it for the long haul. We're joined by Alan Feuer, criminal justice reporter covering far-right extremism and political violence at the New York Times. To read the full transcript, see above.

    The House Still Has No Speaker

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 13:00

    As of Thursday morning, there is still no speaker of the House. This is the third day of the House of Representatives' new two-year session, and so far, it is in a state of limbo. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California failed to secure his bid for House speaker on six separate ballots, which prevents House members from being sworn in or working on any legislative business. In the 2022 midterms, Republicans' won such a slim majority in the House, that choosing a speaker requires near consensus among the party's members. But the nearly unprecedented chaos that has ensued this week suggests that there may not be a single Republican party. Instead, the GOP just might be the big tent gathering spot for several loosely affiliated coalitions. A majority of the 20 conservative defectors who are holding the House hostage are part of the House's right-wing Freedom Caucus. For more we spoke with Nicole Hemmer, political historian at Vanderbilt University and author of "Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s."  To read the full transcript, see above.

    Healing Trauma Through Nature in Wildcat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 15:34

    The documentary Wildcat follows a pair of conservationists attempting to teach an orphaned ocelot how to adapt to the wild and live on its own. We speak with one of the film's stars, Harry Turner, an ex-British solider who originally went to the Amazon to rehabilitate from combat. We talk about the documentary and Harry's experience in the Amazon.  

    2023's Most Anticipated Pop Culture Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 15:19

    The year just started, but there are already so many “most-anticipated” releases across all of popular culture. If you're feeling overwhelmed about what to watch and listen to, don't worry. The Takeaway has you covered.  We sit down with two pop culture experts to parse through the movies, music, and tv shows that have to be on your radar this year. Hunter Harris, writer of the Hung Up newsletter, and Larisha Paul, staff writer at Rolling Stone, join us to walk you through 2023's most exciting pop culture releases. 

    Capitalism, Violence, and Sports as Spectacle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 13:28

    Earlier this week, Damar Hamlin, safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed following what appeared to be a routine tackle during a high-stakes football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He received medical treatment on the field for nearly 10 minutes before being rushed to the local hospital. It took the NFL over an hour to suspend the game as coaches and members of both teams refused to play on. We speak with Nathan Kalman-Lamb, assistant professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, author of Game Misconduct: Injury, Fandom, and the Business of Sport, and co-host of The End of Sport Podcast about the capitalistic underpinnings of violent sports, the role of spectators in the "commodity spectacle" of sports, and the social coercion that pushes athletes to put their bodies, and lives, on the line in the name of entertainment. Read the full transcript above.

    Congress (In)Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 12:44

    The 118th U.S. Congress convenes today as one of the most diverse and the youngest in recent congressional history. House Minority leader Hakeem Jeffries follows in the footsteps of Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Kevin McCarthy battles for votes to become House Majority leader. We discuss legislative opportunities for the new Congress and take a closer look at incoming freshmen members with national political reporter Eugene Scott of the Washington Post.

    Assessing the Health of Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 20:25

    This week is the two-year anniversary of the January 6th 20-21 assault on the United States congress. We take a moment to look at the state of Democracy here in the United States and abroad, along with steps that can be taken to shore up the democratic system. We're joined by Susan Stokes, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago and Director of the Chicago Center on Democracy and writer, filmmaker and Black studies scholar Charlene Carruthers.

    The Health of the Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 15:28

    The health of the economy is important, or so we've been told. The economy is measured by GDP, Gross Domestic Product, which only measures the value of goods and services produced. And surprisingly, there is no scope for the positive or negative effects on real people's lives. To talk more about this we speak with Dirk Philipsen, Associate Research Professor of economic history at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. 

    Replay: Understanding An Intersectional Framework of Economic Justice for People Living With Disabilities

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 20:17

    As many as 23 million people in the United States are struggling with long Covid. The sometimes debilitating symptoms include brain fog, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and depression or anxiety.  But almost a year after the Biden administration released guidance stating that people with long Covid can be included under the Americans with Disabilities Act, receiving benefits has been a struggle. Even before the pandemic, roughly one in four Americans were living with a disability. And while people with disabilities are more likely overall to experience financial difficulties…that is particularly true for people of color with disabilities. According to The Century Foundation, one in four Black disabled people were living in poverty as of 2020. That's compared to one in seven white disabled people.At the end of May, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion held a hearing on financial inequities for people with disabilities, including those with long Covid. Disability rights advocate and Century Foundation fellow, Vilissa Thompson testified at the hearing, and spoke with us more about the economic barriers that people with a disability face and gave us an intersectional framework for understanding economic justice for people living with a disability.

    Replay: Mason, Tennessee is Fighting for its Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 29:33

    Mason, Tennessee is a small, predominantly Black town of approximately 1,300 residents situated about 40 miles northeast of Memphis in West Tennessee.  The city has struggled with financial mismanagement in the past, but is expected to benefit from a major new economic investment, an electric vehicle plant being built by Ford Motor Company just a few miles away. Recently the Tennessee Comptroller, Jason Mumpower, tried to forcibly take control over the town's finances. We explore the fight Mason is taking on for its financial autonomy. We speak with: Virginia Rivers, Vice-Mayor of Mason, Tennessee Gloria Sweet-Love, President of the Tennessee State Conference NAACP John Marshall, judicial magistrate in Memphis, Tennessee, amateur historian, and sixth generation Mason native Otis Sanford, political columnist for The Daily Memphian and a journalism professor at the University of Memphis Music from this episode by: The Memphis Jug Band Milton Ruiz, J. Cowit (, I Think Like Midnight ( Hannis Brown (  The Sometime Boys (

    Replay: Debunking Gender Roles in the Animal Kingdom

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 21:02

    According to zoologist Lucy Cooke, scientists have traditionally defined females in the animal kingdom with Victorian, sexist stereotypes. In her new book, “Bitch: On the Female of the Species,” Cooke debunks these outdated notions using examples throughout the animal kingdom of females breaking out of their passive roles and displaying aggression, competitiveness, and promiscuity. We spoke with Lucy Cooke about looking at female animals with a new lens, one that shows that males and females are not as different as previously thought.

    Replay: The Painful Echoes of Racist Violence in the 20th Century

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 13:09

    This past weekend, a gunman who appears to have been motivated by white supremacy shot and killed ten people in Buffalo, New York, where he traveled to target the city's Black community. The tragic shooting is one of several disturbing massacres motivated by hate that have occurred in recent years. But the history of race based violence dates back to the beginning of what is now the United States, and some of the recent racially motivated attacks call to mind the racist violence that targeted Black communities in the early 20th century. The Takeaway speaks with Jelani Cobb, historian, staff writer at The New Yorker and incoming dean at the Columbia Journalism School.

    Replay: How to Reimagine Judging

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 15:50

    Judges have been historically resistant to most kinds of reforms, according to a new report from the Square One Project at Columbia University. The author of the report, Judge Nancy Gertner, argues that judges must be actively involved in revolutionizing the justice system. She also offers up six key recommendations for reimagining judging, including improvements to judicial selection and community engagement. 

    Replay: Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 15:37

    In 2017, Andrea Jenkins became the first black openly transgender woman elected to office in the United States. This year, she became the first openly transgender city council president in Minneapolis. We spoke to her for our Black History Month series, Black.Queer.Rising.

    Replay: Lizz Winstead on Operation Save Abortion

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 29:26

    This past Sunday, Operation Save Abortion tackled the question: what can one person do after the Dobbs vs. Jackson decision took away the constitutional right to abortion?  The Takeaway attended the day of learning, action and fundraising. We hear from five of the panelists and Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and founder and Chief Creative Officer of Abortion Access Front, to discuss Operation Save Abortion, the movement for abortion access, and securing reproductive justice for all.

    Takeaway Bookclub: All This Could Be Different

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 14:58

    In this last installment of The Takeaway Holiday Book Club we speak with Sarah Thankam (Thun-gum) Matthews about her debut novel, All This Could Be Different.

    Take Me Out's Jesse Williams Talks Broadway, Baseball and Being Brave

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 15:21

    You may know Jesse Williams from his years starring as the self-proclaimed pretty-boy otolaryngologist Jackson Avery on Shonda Rhimes' hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Or maybe you know him from his extensive catalog of television roles, like on Little Fires Everywhere or Power. You might also know him as a fierce advocate against police brutality. But you've never seen him like this.  Williams has taken the stage as Darren Lemming in the Broadway revival of TAKE ME OUT, a play by Richard Greenberg. In the play, Lemming is a biracial baseball player whose life becomes infinitely more complicated after he decides to come out to the world as gay. Williams is now on his second run of the show, currently staged at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre until February 5th. He joins The Takeaway to talk about some of our favorite words that start with a B: Broadway, bravery and baseball. 

    'Tis the Season... of Sickness

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 13:55

    The "tripledemic" is surging, there's a medicine shortage, China has ended its “zero COVID” policy, and public health institutions are under attack from activists and policy makers.  We speak with Gregg Gonsalves, The Nation's public health correspondent, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, and associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health about what it all means for our ability to act now, and in future public health crises.

    How Trains Left Indelible Tracks on American Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 12:46

    All aboard the Takeaway Train! It's time for the final installment of our mini-series on how trains built America. We'll explore just a few of the many ways that just a few of the many ways that trains have impacted pretty much every aspect of modern life — films, music, food, religious practices, even our sense of time and space. We'll hear from some familiar voices, some new ones, and from Takeaway listeners themselves as we try to answer the enduring question: why do we love trains so much? In the first episode, we heard stories of train laborers, from those who laid the tracks to those who keep the trains running today. Listen to that episode here: "How Trains Built America's Labor Movement." In the second episode, we heard more about how trains were prominent sites in America's long struggle for racial justice. Listen to that episode here:"How Trains Became Engines of Freedom."    

    Hope on the Horizon: Combating Rising Suicide Rates in Black and Latino Communities

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 24:23

    The death of beloved dancer and host Stephen “Twitch” Boss took many by surprise. It once again thrusts the always present yet rarely covered reality of suicide by Black and Brown people back into the mainstream. We discuss suicidality within Black and Brown communities, the disparities that exist and the help that's available. Michael Lindsey, Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work, NYU School of Social Work and Kiara Alvarez, Bloomberg Assistant professor of American Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health join us to discuss.

    How Trains Became Engines of Freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 23:20

    Americans love trains, and so does The Takeaway! So we're telling the stories of how trains built America. Today, we go inside the trains and explore the experiences of passengers riding the rails in the 20th and 21st centuries. We hear how trains were sites of civil rights struggles long before the 1960s, with Miriam Thaggert, associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo and author of "Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad." And we speak with Jarred Johnson, executive director of Transit Matters in Boston, about how the struggle to ensure that trains are engines of freedom for all Americans continues to the present day throughout the country's public transit systems.  Check out the first episode in this mini-series, "How How Trains Built America's Labor Movement."

    Takeaway Book Club: Fight Like Hell

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 12:45

    By some measures, 2022 was the year in labor organizing. Workers at  Starbucks and Amazon secured historic victories. Our  Takeaway Book Club selection for Tuesday is "Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor." We talk with the author, Kim Kelly, labor columnist for Teen Vogue.  We also take a look at the 2022 words of the year. Merriam Webster's word of the year for 2022 is “gaslighting.” Oxford's is “goblin mode.” We take a look at these words of the year and hear from Team Takeaway on their selections for word of 2022.

    The Clear Takeaway from the January 6th Committee

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 12:53

    On Monday, the January 6th committee referred former president Donald Trump to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution on four charges including: inciting an insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States and the obstruction of an act of Congress. We speak with Hunter Walker, investigative reporter with Talking Points Memo and co-author of "The Breach: The Untold Story of the Investigation into January 6th," about the referrals and the likelihood of actual charges.

    Texas Jury Convicted Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 16:05

    After a recent series of convictions against police officers who killed unarmed Black Americans, including the officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson, questions still linger about what police accountability actually looks like. While convictions can bring a sense of resolution, they don't transform the cultures of police forces. We're joined by Andrea Ritchie, a co-founder of Interrupting Criminalization and co-author of No More Police: A Case for Abolition with Mariame Kaba, to better understand this sometimes-nebulous idea of police accountability. 

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