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The Takeaway is a podcast of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (Dallas, Texas) that is focused on equipping you with the tools and habits that you need to live faithfully in the world. We’ll be sharing tips for taking care of yourself during troubling times, ways to coach yourself through a tough spot. Adulting requires spiritual strength. In the words of Ruth Ann Harnisch, “All leadership begins with the leadership of self.

Caroline Braskamp

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    Janai Nelson on the Future of the NAACP LDF 2021-12-01

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 60:09

    Janai Nelson on the Future of the NAACP LDF Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund joins us to discuss the banning of books that teach a truthful version of history, and how she will lead the NAACP LDF in Spring of 2022 after the departure of current president, Sherrilyn Ifill.  Abortion Is Back in the Supreme Court As the justices hear arguments, advocates are gathering  outside the Court to express their support or opposition to abortion rights. The Takeaway spoke with one of those advocates, Dr. Dawn God-bolt, policy director at the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Her organization filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only remaining abortion provider in Mississippi. The Urgency of Addressing Global Inequalities on World AIDS Day This year's World AIDS Day theme is End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics. While the Joint United Nations AIDS program believes we can end the AIDS pandemic by 2030, we will not be able to do so without addressing the inequalities of awareness, infection rates, access to healthcare, and treatment around the world. We discuss the impact of those inequities with Dr. Steven Thrasher, professor at Northwestern University and author of the upcoming book, The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide. Comedian Lizz Winstead on Bringing a Satirical Lens to the Fight for Abortion Rights Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead joins The Takeaway to discuss her work for abortion access and the two recent abortion cases before the Supreme Court. She also talks about her organization Abortion Access Front and their new weekly Youtube show, Feminist Buzzkills Live! For transcripts, see full segment pages.

    SCOTUS To Decide the Fate of Reproductive Rights 2021-11-30

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 56:44

    SCOTUS To Decide the Fate of Reproductive Rights This week, the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments for a Mississippi case that challenges legal precedent set by Roe v. Wade. If SCOTUS sides with the State of Mississippi, nearly five decades of abortion law will almost immediately be undone, and the effects would be swift and consequential as there are nearly 21 other states with "trigger laws" intended to criminalize a woman's right to choose. We heard from some listeners what Roe v. Wade means to them, and we sat down with Melissa Murray, Law Professor at NYU, faculty director of the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network, and co-host of the legal podcast “Strict Scrutiny.” Environmental Defenders Are Being Killed, Threatened for Protecting Their Land According to a report by Global Witness, an environment and human rights watchdog, 2020 was the deadliest year on record for environment and land defenders around the world. On average more than four people a week were killed as a result of their work. And these numbers almost certainly underestimate the true scope of the violence. Much of this brutality occurred in Central and South America and more than one third of the victims are Indigenous persons. President Josefina Tunki of the Shuar Arutam People (PSHA) and Herlin Odicio, leader of the Kakataibo people in the central Peruvian Amazon joined the Takeaway to discuss.   BOOK: A Field Guide to White Supremacy A Field Guide to White Supremacy creates a roadmap for understanding the existence of extremism and white supremacy in the United States and why it continues to persist. Co-Editor Kathleen Belew and Jamelle Bouie, one of the many leading thinkers contributing to the text, join us to discuss the new book. George McGovern's Impact on Today's Political System To understand the current polarization of our political system, we need to look at political campaigns in history. In the podcast, Of The People, creator and producer Ben Bradford focuses his lens first on the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While anti-Vietnam war protestors demonstrated outside the convention, party bosses selected pro-war vice presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, who had not won a single primary. At the same time, South Dakota freshman Senator George McGovern decided to run for president. We speak with Ben Bradford about how the trajectory of McGovern's campaign impacted our political system. Transformational Takeaway Today, we honor the lifetime and legacy of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who composed scores for groundbreaking musicals like Into the Woods, Westside Story, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Stephen Sondheim  For transcripts, see full segment pages.   

    Multiple Guilty Verdicts for the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery 2021-11-29

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 46:33

    Multiple Guilty Verdicts for the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery Nicole Lewis, senior editor of Jurisprudence at Slate, discusses guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder case. The Omicron Variant and Vaccine Inequity Dr. Bhakti Hansoti, an associate professor of emergency medicine and international health at Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg School of Public Health will join us to discuss the latest. Eating Leftovers in Style Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful joins The Takeaway to talk about how to make use of leftovers in style. And we also talk with him about his pasta, cascatelli, which was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best inventions of 2021. Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis Talks About 'Fierce Love' She is the author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World and the host of the “Love.Period.” Podcast and she left our listeners with a timely message about the power of love and radical acceptance.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    The Takeaway Thanksgiving Special 2021-11-25

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 42:34

     What Kneeling in Protest Means To a New Generation of Athletes Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation, talks to The Takeaway about his new book, The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World.  The Takeaway talked with Zirin about the long history of activism by athletes and what this new generation risked as they stood up for equality by taking a knee. "High on the Hog" Celebrates Black Food Culture In the new Netflix series “High on the Hog,” host and food writer Stephen Satterfield traces the history and significance of African American foodways. The show is based on a book of the same name by the renowned historian and cookbook author Dr. Jessica B. Harris. We're joined by Osayi Endolyn, a James Beard Award-winning writer and co-author of "The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food," for more on Black food culture.  In His New Book, Chef Bryant Terry Explores Black Foodways Earlier this year, the Netflix series “High on the Hog” brought the stories of the Black people who have shaped U.S. food culture past and present to a mainstream audience. It turns out there's a lot of appetite right now in recognizing and celebrating Black foodways and culinary traditions.     For transcripts, see individual segment pages.  

    Gender Affirmation and Intergenerational Conversation 2021-11-24

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 44:53

    A few weeks ago we hosted a special Takeaway live on Facebook that served as holiday preparation. You can watch the full event here. We spoke with Dr. Monique Morris, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media, and Bré Rivera, writer and co-creator of The Femme Queen Chronicle about how we hold space for challenging but necessary conversations around gender identity with our loved ones as we all come together for the holidays.  We also heard from our listeners and staff on what their holiday plans are as we encounter another holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Managing our Mental Health During the Holiday Season 2021-11-23

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 53:47

    Managing our Mental Health During the Holiday Season Looking ahead to the second year of holidays during the pandemic, we speak with Dr. Vaile Wright, Senior Director of Health Care Innovation at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wright discusses how to identify signs of depression and anxiety and the importance of creating a coping plan so that we can better manage our mental health during the holidays this year. How to Cope With Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season Covid-19 has claimed more than 5 million lives globally.  That means many families have an empty chair at the holiday table this year. Including many families in our Takeaway community of listeners. Dr. Sonya Lott is a licensed psychologist specializing in prolonged grief, and she spoke to The Takeaway to help us through coping with grief and loss during the holidays.  COVID-19 Is Surging Across Europe Because of the rise in cases, some governments have had to put in place new COVID restrictions, including lockdowns for the unvaccinated, prompting backlash -- and even large protests in countries like Austria and Belgium. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer at The Atlantic.  What is Therapeutic Choice? Does medical freedom and choice cover those not wanting to get the Covid-19 vaccine or those resisting the Covid-19 Mandates? We talk about this and more with Lewis Grossman, author of Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in America. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.   

    Can the U.S Legal System Deliver Justice? 2021-11-22

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 47:08

    Can the U.S Legal System Deliver Justice? Two recent cases bring that question into the forefront. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt spared the life of Julius Jones by commuting his death sentence four hours before his execution. Jones will spend the rest of his life in jail despite his claims of innocence and ineffective counsel. Kyle Rittenhouse who killed two people and maimed another was found not guilty on all charges because he claimed self defense. Paul Butler, the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center joins us to discuss the two cases, and the true meaning of justice under our current legal system.  The U.S. Has a Nursing Crisis The pandemic has placed intense stress on nurses nationwide, leading many to consider leaving the profession altogether. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses in the United States, and Leo-Felix Jurado, professor and chairperson at the William Paterson University Department of Nursing.  Netflix Adapts Popular Anime Show "Cowboy Bebop" to Live Action  Part science fiction, part Neo-noir, with a splash of slapstick comedy, the anime series "Cowboy Bebop" follows a ragtag group of bounty hunters, called cowboys, as they track down fugitives across space in a dystopian future. Adapting animated stories like “Cowboy Bebop” into live action is no easy feat. Anime especially, since it has a pretty unique visual and storytelling style that doesn't necessarily translate well to live actors. That's according to Shirley Li, staff writer covering culture for The Atlantic. The Takeaway recently spoke with her and Jeff Yang, cultural critic and co-author of the forthcoming book Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, about the new live action “Cowboy Bebop” series.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.    

    The Latest from the January 6 Commission 2021-11-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 45:32

    The Latest from the January 6 Commission We speak with legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney about subpoenas, executive privilege, and the latest developments from the investigation of the January 6 insurrection. In Special Session, Florida Legislature Passes COVID-19 Vaccine Bills This isn't the first time Governor DeSantis has targeted COVID-related mandates. Since the start of the pandemic, he's aggressively fought public health measures, even suing the Biden administration over its vaccine requirement for federal contractors. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Lawrence Mower, reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald.  Financial Assistance Fund For Undocumented Workers Set To Run Out Of Money In New York, nearly 350 thousand people have filed claims for the fund. But over two-thirds of it has already been issued to over 130 thousand people. That means that thousands of people who applied likely won't see any of the benefits. Advocates are calling for the funds to be renewed, but some have been met with opposition from lawmakers at the state level, leaving it unclear whether undocumented workers get another chance for pandemic relief. Here to discuss the Excluded Workers Fund and what's to come of it were Bianca Guerrero, the Campaign Coordinator of the Fund Excluded Workers' Coalition and Amy Torres, Executive Director at the New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice.  Why Transgender Day of Remembrance is Especially Significant This Year Saturday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual vigil which honors the memory of those murdered in acts of anti-transgender violence. Orion Rummler, is a Reporter on the breaking news team at The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. He joined us to talk about the significance of Transgender Day of Remembrance and recent legislation that impacts trans people. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Water 2021-11-18

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 45:40

    In this week's Deep Dive with Dorian Warren, Melissa and Dorian take an in-depth look at water insecurity, access and cleanliness. They start off with Sera Young, associate professor anthropology and global health at northwestern University. Then Josina Morita, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Cook County about how the infrastructure bill will aid in improving water systems.  Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation and Bidtah Becker, Associate attorney with the Navajo tribal utility authority join for a discussion of water issues in Indian Country, with a specific focus on Navajo Nation. Reverend Roslyn Bouier, executive director of the Brightmoor Connection Client Choice Food Pantry explains how water shut offs affect the citizens of Brightmoor in Detroit, Michigan.  And finally Tom Mueller, research assistant professor of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma will discuss how water insecurity and plumbing poverty affects rural area.  Some music from this episode by: I Think Like Midnight ( & The Sometime Boys (

    A Look at the Rittenhouse Jury 2021-11-17

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 45:04

    A Look at the Rittenhouse Jury We speak with Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and legal analyst on MSNBC, about the jury selection process and the importance of racial equality within juries. What's at Stake as Julius Jones's Execution Day Nears We speak with Oklahoma-based attorney Kelli Masters, who was part of Jones's legal delegation during his September commutation hearing. Masters was initially skeptical about Jones's innocence, but after reviewing the evidence, was convinced that Jones was wrongfully convicted. Left to Die in Texas Jail Custody The Texas Observer, a non-profit investigative newsroom, reviewed more than 400 Texas Ranger investigations of jail deaths over the past decade. In their investigation, the Texas Observer found that of the ​​more than 1,100 people who have died in jail custody in Texas since 2010, the majority were pre-trial detainees, people like Sandra Bland, who were never convicted of their alleged crime. We spoke with Mike Barajas, a staff writer for the Texas Observer. He is one of the writers of the special report, "Locked Up and Left to Die" for the Texas Observer. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.    

    Do Climate Summits Like COP26 Really Matter? 2021-11-16

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 43:58

    Do Climate Summits Like COP26 Really Matter? The summit was seen as one of the most important international climate negotiations in recent history. But how effective are these kinds of summits? And do the outcomes even matter? The Takeaway talks about that and more with Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University and author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back our Planet.  Israeli Military Surveillance Program Targets And Monitors Palestinians Using Facial Recognition Technology An Israeli surveillance program, rolled out over the past two years, uses facial recognition technology to monitor and surveil the Palestinian population. To discuss the surveillance program, implications to Palestinian society and what the future of surveillance technology could look like in other parts of the world, we spoke with The Washington Post's Silicon Valley Correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin and Yousef Munayyer, nonresident senior fellow at Arab Center in DC. Aging While Queer: Aging with HIV In this segment, we talk to Tez Anderson, a long-term survivor of HIV, activist and founder of the first and largest group in the world focused on long-term HIV survivors and older adults aging with HIV, Let's Kick ASS (Aids Survivor Syndrome). For transcripts, see individual segment pages.      

    Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People 2021-11-15

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 45:46

    Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People A global investigation of leaked documents called the Pandora Papers, published in October by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), exposed hidden financial secrets of some of the world's richest and most powerful people.  South Dakota emerged as the top state in the US as a destination for wealthy and powerful people around the world to store millions of dollars in secretive trust funds. We talk to Casey Michel, author of “American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World's Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History,” about how South Dakota became an offshore tax haven, what it means, who benefits and who does it harm. COVID Isn't Just a Crisis. It's an Era. When the vaccine became available earlier this year, many thought the end was in sight. But COVID-19 has stuck around and is even surging in some parts of the world like Europe. So when will this pandemic end? Will there even be a clear end? The Takeaway talks to Professor Allan Brandt, a historian of science and medicine at Harvard University, about the lessons we might learn from past pandemics.  Portugal Enters the Endemic Phase of the Pandemic In Portugal, almost 100 percent of people over the age of 50 are vaccinated. For those between ages 25 and 49, the vaccination rate is 95 percent; it's 88 percent for those between 12 and 17. So what lessons can other countries learn from Portugal? For that and more, The Takeaway spoke to Eric Sylvers, staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on the Ongoing Fight Against COVID-19 Vaccination rates are high in Indian Country. But tribes like the Navajo Nation have seen recent increases in Covid-19 cases. Tribal leaders are placing some of the blame on neighboring cities and states that have not enacted strict Covid restrictions, and where vaccination rates remain lower. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joins The Takeaway to discuss how his tribe is tackling these latest challenges. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Thirteen Republicans Voted for the Infrastructure Bill. Now They're Facing Backlash. 2021-11-12

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 44:19

    Thirteen Republicans Voted for the Infrastructure Bill. Now They're Facing Backlash. After months of back and forth in Congress, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last Friday. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill now goes to President Biden's desk, where he's expected to sign it into law. The passage of the bill was ultimately a bipartisan effort, with 13 Republicans voting “yes” alongside their Democratic counterparts in the House.For those 13 Republicans, the days since the vote haven't been the easiest. They're facing backlash from fellow Republicans, including former president Donald Trump who said they should be “ashamed of themselves” for “helping the Democrats.” Arab Americans Are 'White' On The Census. But Should They Be? Boston mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George, like many other Arab Americans, chose to identify publicly as a person of color. But the thing is, Arab Americans are considered “white” on government forms. We spoke with historian and professor of American studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC) Sarah Gualtieri and Maya Berry, the executive director at the Arab American Institute.  Redistricting and Voting Rights Redistricting is underway in many states, and as lawmakers draw new political lines for their state and congressional seats, it could leave masses of voters without a voice in their elections. The Takeaway looks at redistricting and voting rights with Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights. Ari, always great to have you here. For segment transcripts, see individual segment pages.  

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Sex Work 2021-11-11

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 51:18

    In this week's Deep Dive with Dorian Warren, Melissa and Dorian take an in-depth look at sex work and how it's been criminalized in the United States, starting off with journalist and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant, who discusses the history of criminalizing sex work in the U.S. Then Cecilia Gentili, principal consultant and founder of Trans Equity Consulting, and LaLa B. Holston-Zannell, trans justice campaign manager in the National Advocacy Department at the ACLU, explain the idea of sex work as work and why some advocates are calling for full decriminalization. Yasmin Vafa, executive director of Rights 4 Girls, discusses concerns that sex work increases opportunities for sex trafficking, particularly the trafficking of children.   RJ Thompson, managing director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, helps break down some of the stigma surrounding sex work as well as how and why male sex workers are often left out of conversations around sex work. And finally Elexus Jionde, author, content creator and founder of Intelexual Media, explores how technology, digital communication and the “realites” of the virtual world will continue to shape the future of sex work. Some of the music on this podcast was made by Touque (, Hannis Brown (, James Perry, and j. cowit (     

    Disproportionate Use-of-Force Against Black Girls 2021-11-10

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 46:27

    Disproportionate Use-of-Force Against Black Girls  We talk to Brianna Stuart who suffered at the hands of police officers after she was hit by an elderly driver while riding her bicycle. We then discuss Brianna's case and use-of-force instances among Black girls with Abbie VanSickle, staff writer at the The Marshall Project. Court Updates on Racial Justice Cases Across the Country Oklahoma. Georgia. Wisconsin — these places represent three cases that highlight the American criminal justice and the problem with racial injustice. Professor Michael Eric Dyson on "Entertaining Race" Professor Michael Eric Dyson joins The Takeaway to discuss his new book, “Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America,” that collects essays from over the course of his career. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Are Millennials Afraid of Gen Z in the Workplace? 2021-11-09

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 45:52

    Are Millennials Afraid of Gen Z in the Workplace? There are at least four generations now in the workplace: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z. Last week in one of The Takeaways editorial meetings, a producer brought up a recent New York Times Article by Emma Goldberg titled “The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them.” And it got our team talking about generational differences in the workplace. We asked our listeners if they felt a generational divide in their workplaces and then we interrogated the idea of generations and whether they're really affecting workplace dynamics with Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert, author of the book “The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace,” and a proud gen-Xer. International Travel To US Open Again Amid A Wave of Flight Cancellations After 20 months of an international travel ban because of the pandemic, the Biden administration is opening up travel into the U.S. for tourists from more than 30 countries. That includes visitors coming from South Africa, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and more. Here to discuss mass cancellations and what to expect during holiday travel is CNBC airlines reporter Leslie Josephs.  Behind the Fight to Reinstate Parole in Illinois Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and journalist Ben Austen co-host the podcast “Some of My Best Friends Are.” They joined The Takeaway to discuss a recent episode of their show examining systems of parole in and outside the United States. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage? 2021-11-08

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 43:13

    What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage? Truckers are the foundation of the US Economy, hauling more than 70 percent of goods coast to coast across American highways. And right now the trucking industry is short by as many as 80,000 drivers. The Takeaway takes a look at the causes and impacts of a truck driver shortage by speaking to long-haul truckers Gretchen Waters and Tierra Allen (also known as The Sassy Trucker on social media), and also Jennifer Smith, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering logistics and the supply chain, who spoke to several truck drivers in a report looking at the driver shortage.   How A 2-Week Hunger Strike By New York City Cab Drivers Lead To Expansive Debt Relief After campaigning for better debt relief from the city through a 2-week long hunger strike, taxi drivers in New York City were granted a deal that would adjust their loans. We speak with Bhairavi Desai, the president of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, about the agreement that was reached and the challenges that remain for drivers. Aging While Queer in Puerto Rico After living in Massachusetts to attend university, Wilfred Labiosa returned to his native Puerto Rico, where he established support services for the LGBTQ community similar to those he discovered in Massachusetts. Queer elders in Puerto Rico face isolation, discrimination, and depression. Wilfred discusses how his organization, Waves Ahead, is working to address these issues. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Rep. Katie Porter on Building Trust with Voters 2021-11-05

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 46:46

    Rep. Katie Porter on Building Trust with Voters Rep. Katie Porter, the white board carrying Congresswoman from California joins us to discuss everything from paid family leave to the difficult task of getting people to trust Congress. Key Takeaways from COP26 Climate Summit This week, world leaders began meeting at a UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, known as COP26. This is seen as one of the most important international climate negotiations as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit a record high this year, after trending downward last year due to the pandemic. Umair Irfan, senior staff writer covering climate change and energy at VOX, joins The Takeaway to discuss the key takeaways from the COP26 summit, what commitments have been made, and where countries still fall short.  Asian Americans Secure Historic Political Wins Across The Country To get a better understanding of the issues that members of the AAPI community really care about and more on the week's historic wins, we spoke with Jane Junn, a professor at the University of Southern California, and Arun Venugopal, a senior reporter in the Race and Justice Unit at WNYC.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Passing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 59:26

    This month, "Passing," a new film by writer and director Rebecca Hall premieres on Netflix.  Adapted from Nella Larsen's 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel of the same name, "Passing" is shot in black and white. It's a complex film likely to revive old debates and provoke new conversations around unresolved and still unspoken meanings of race, class, gender, power, identity, and resistance. For this week's Deep Dive, Melissa and co-host Dorian Warren use the film as a jumping off point to explore the thorny questions raised by the concept of passing. Joining Melissa and Dorian to discuss her film and her family's history with passing is Rebecca Hall. Adding context on the history of passing is Allyson Hobbs, associate professor of U.S. History and the Director of African and African American Studies at Stanford University and author of "A Chosen Exile." Karla Holloway, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Duke University and author of Legal Fictions and A Death in Harlem: A Novel , discusses how race has been socially constructed over time. Brit Bennett, author of "The Vanishing Half," explains how she explored colorism in her 2020 novel. Lauren Michele Jackson, assistant professor of English at Northwestern University and a contributing writer at The New Yorker, discusses the idea of "Blackfishing," which is when white people and even more notably white women, attempt transgressing racial boundaries by adopting a performance of Blackness through darkening their skin excessively, wearing hairstyles and clothing trends that have been pioneered by Black people. Bliss Broyard, author of the award-winning memoir, "One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life- A Story of Race and Family Secrets," talks about finding out in her mid twenties that her father had passed as white for most of his life. And finally, Dean Moncel, a freelance writer based in Switzerland and Aryah Lester, deputy director of the Transgender Strategy Center, join the show to discuss the ways passing emerges around gender and sexuality.  

    A Look at Tuesday's Elections 2021-11-03

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 44:24

    A Look at Tuesday's Elections  We were joined by political commentator and host of Breaking Points, Krystal Ball and political scientist and Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University Dr. Christina Greer to break down the biggest election results and what it all means.  Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman discusses Election 2021 Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman joins us to discuss election wins and losses, her thoughts on the winner of the New Jersey Governor's race and how she and others are working to better the country across party lines through the Renew America Movement PAC. Mayors Campaign on Public Safety and Policing Last year New York officials shifted roughly $1 billion from the police department, but then added $200 million this year. Eric Adams, the former police officer who will be the city's next mayor, campaigned on fighting crime. The Takeaway took a look at mayoral races across the country from Buffalo to Seattle with Tim Craig, National Correspondent for the Washington Post. Investigation Finds More Than 400 Unarmed Drivers Or Passengers Killed At Traffic Stops In The Last Five Years Meanwhile, only five officers have been convicted of crimes in those killings, according to a review of publicly reported cases. The investigation went on to find that at least $125 million dollars have been spent by local governments across the country to resolve legal claims in about 40 cases, with dozens more ongoing. We discussed the findings of this investigation with David Kirkpatrick, an investigative reporter with the New York Times.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Skeptical Supreme Court Could Determine Future of Abortion Care Nationwide 2021-11-02

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 50:02

    Skeptical Supreme Court Could Determine Future of Abortion Care Nationwide This Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for three hours on legal challenges to the Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks.These arguments took place after the court fast-tracked their docket to hear two separate cases on the issue: one by abortion providers and the other by the US Department of Justice. We speak with NYU professor Melissa Murray about what she took away from Monday's arguments. The Evolution of Abortion Plot Lines on Primetime Television For decades, abortion on TV was overdramatized and depicted as “debate in narrative form,” writes doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Tanya Melendez for Vox. She joined The Takeaway to discuss how plot lines involving abortion have evolved on television and what those depictions have meant for public attitudes about abortion. Aging While Queer: Pat and Paulette Martin on Finding Love Later in Life In our ongoing series, Aging while Queer, we've been exploring the lives and labors of members of the LGBTQ community living in their later years. This week we spoke with Pat and Paulette Martin. They discuss the challenges of coming out of the closet, the significance of marriage equality, and how they give back to their community.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.     

    CDC Expected to Give the Green Light on Covid Vaccine for Kids Aged 5 to 11 2021-11-01

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 51:17

    CDC Expected to Give the Green Light on Covid Vaccine for Kids Aged 5 to 11 We asked listeners to send in questions about the vaccine in anticipation of the CDC's recommendation, and we invited Dr. Bhakti Hansoti, Director for the Center for Global Emergency Care and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, to field those questions and provide the latest information.  How The Ancient Festival Of Día de Muertos Is Lost In Corporate Marketing Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient holiday rooted in Mexican culture and celebrated across Latin America and in the diaspora. The festival signifies when the gateway between the living and the dead is said to open, and is meant to honor and remember loved ones who passed on in life with "ofrendas," or offerings, like candles, food and photos. We spoke with Juan Aguirre of Mano a Mano on the true meaning of Día de Muertos. “Going for Broke,” Looks at Financial Instability in the United States with Personal Stories The COVID-19 pandemic magnified financial instability and widened margins of economic inequality in the United States. A recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that 38 percent of households across the nation faced serious financial problems in the past few months. The Takeaway speaks with Ray Suarez, the host of “Going for Broke.”  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    The Inscrutable Senator Kyrsten Sinema 2021-10-29

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 43:41

    The Inscrutable Senator Kyrsten Sinema During Sinema's brief time in office, she has gained a reputation for being particularly inscrutable. She is known for rarely holding town halls with constituents or taking questions from the press. Last week, five members of Senator Kyrsten Sinema's Veterans Advisory Council publicly stepped down, calling her “one of the principal obstacles to progress.” The Takeaway talks to one of those members, Sylvia González Andersh, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, to get some more insight on Kyrsten Sinema. Delays in Reconciliation Deal Hamper Biden's Trip to Europe President Biden is traveling through Europe this weekend, for a trip that includes meeting with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Rome and the UN's climate summit, COP26. Anthony Adragna, Congressional reporter for POLITICO and author of the Congress Minutes, POLITICO's guide to what's happening on Capitol Hill, joined The Takeaway to discuss. The State of Black Women's Representation in American Politics In 2021, there are a record number of  Black women serving in state legislatures. More Black women than ever before contested for and won Congressional seats in 2020.  But after the Governor of California appointed a man to fill the former Senate seat of Vice President Kamala Harris, there is now not a single Black woman in the U.S. Senate. For more on all this, The Takeaway spoke to Kimberly Peeler-Allen, a visiting practitioner at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and co-founder of Higher Heights,  a group focused on Black women's political power as voters and representatives. The Implications of Private Military Training Complexes in North Carolina After the riots at the Capitol on January 6th, we learned that a number of the insurrectionists had received training at private, tactical training sites. Laura Flanders, host of The Laura Flanders Show, spoke to residents and council members in North Carolina who have seen these military complexes set up shop in their communities. Our host speaks with Laura and Christina Davis McCoy, secretary of the Hoke County NAACP about the rise in private military training sites, the greater implications, and what residents can do to keep them out of their backyards. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    A Look at the Worker Shortage in the Food Service Industry 2021-10-28

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 51:32

    A Look at the Worker Shortage in the Food Service Industry We hear from several restaurant owners managing these issues. We hear from Gregory León, owner and chef at Amilinda in Milwaukee, Marcos Carbajal, co-owner of Carnitas Uruapan, which has two locations in Chicago, and Susannah Koteen, Proprietor of Lido in Harlem.The Takeaway also looks at how Covid exposed the systemic inequalities in the restaurant industry with Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and author of "Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning." University of Pittsburgh Faculty Ally with Steelworkers to Unionize After Years-Long Campaign We spoke with Paul E. Johnson, assistant professor of communication at University of Pittsburgh and member of the union organizing committee to find out more about how this unionization came to be. Trick or Treat: Creepy Movies to Get You Ready for Halloween Kristen Meinzer is a culture critic and author of "How To Be Fine" and Rafer Guzman is a film critic for Newsday. Together Kristen and Rafer are the co-hosts of the podcast, Movie Therapy, and they joined The Takeaway to give their picks for the best Halloween movies you might not have seen. See the segment page for Kristen's picks! For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: The American Death Penalty 2021-10-27

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 50:21

    For the third installment of the Takeaway Deep Dive, host Melissa Harris-Perry and friend/collaborator Dorian Warren are tackling the important topic of the American Death Penalty. Joining our hosts to discuss the racial and class inequalities infecting application of the Death Penalty is Samuel Spital, Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. They speak with Sabrina Butler Smith, the first woman exonerated from death row, about her experience of being wrongly convicted of murdering her infant and sent to death row in Mississippi. We also get a look from a victim's perspective through a conversation with Jennifer Pinckney, Widow of Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Dylan Roof murdered her husband, Rev Clementa Pickney. Finally, the hosts explore the processes and procedures of putting inmates to death with Lynden Harris, Director of Hidden Voices and Editor of "Right Here, Right Now: Life Stories from America's Death Row" and Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty activist, spiritual advisor to men and women on death row, and author of "Dead Man Walking," "The Death of Innocents," and "The River of Fire."  For transcript, see segment page. 

    The Role Facebook Played in the Attack on the U.S. Capitol 2021-10-26

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 43:47

    The Role Facebook Played in the Attack on the U.S. Capitol This week, Facebook is facing its latest round of scrutiny after a collaboration involving journalists from 17 American newsrooms started publishing a series of stories that they are calling The Facebook Papers. These newsrooms are sifting through thousands of pages of internal documents initially obtained by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who testified earlier this month before a Senate subcommittee. The New York Times report shows that employees repeatedly raised red flags about the mismanagement of content and far-right groups. For more on this, The Takeaway speaks with Ryan Mac, technology reporter at The New York Times. Admissions and the Value of Higher Education A conversation about the college admissions process and the value of higher education with Jeff Selingo, author of the book Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Howard Students Protest University Living Conditions Students are protesting poor housing conditions at the well-known, historically Black university. For Black people, proper housing has been an issue since the country was founded. Biden Administration Dials Back Promise to Invest in HBCUs President Biden promised to allocate $20 billion exclusively to HBCUs, but since the reconciliation process it's now more like $2 billion.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.   

    Cost of Naloxone Soars as Overdose-Related Deaths Surge 2021-10-25

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 53:40

    Cost of Naloxone Soars as Overdose-Related Deaths Surge As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged communities across the U.S., another epidemic was quietly unfolding in the background: the opioid overdose crisis. For the past two decades, the drug epidemic has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the country. Recent data indicates that things have gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC, around 100,000 people died of overdoses during the first year of the pandemic, the majority of which were opioid-related. That's a 30 percent increase from the year before. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Melody Schreiber, a contributor to the Guardian US and editor of the book What We Didn't Expect: Personal Stories About Premature Birth.  How 'Dopesick' Creator Danny Strong Brought the Opioid Epidemic to the Screen The new Hulu miniseries “Dopesick” takes a comprehensive overview of the opioid epidemic, following the rise of Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, while also spotlighting the communities whose members have dealt with opioid addiction. Danny Strong joined The Takeaway to discuss why he brought this story to the screen and what he wants people to learn about the opioid epidemic. Affirming Housing for LGBTQ-SGL Elders For the second installment of our Aging While Queer series, Dr. Imani Woody joined to discuss the importance of affirming housing for LGBTQ-SGL elders and how Mary's House is due to open its doors in 2023 after over a decade of planning and fund-raising. As a long-time advocate for marginalized populations, Dr. Imani decided to create a safe space for the aging members of the LGBTQ-SLG (same-gender-loving) community.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Outgoing Congressman David Price Weighs in on Reconciliation Compromises 2021-10-22

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 52:07

    Outgoing Congressman David Price Weighs in on Reconciliation Compromises This week, Democratic Congressman David Price of North Carolina announced his retirement after decades in office. He joined The Takeaway to discuss the present and future of his party. How Corporate Lobbying Influences Lawmakers Democrats are still in the process of negotiating their social spending bill which is proposed to spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years to pay for huge investments in climate change, child care, education and health care. For a look at lobbying on Capitol Hill, The Takeaway talks with Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow at New America and author of “The Business of America is Lobbying.”  New Poll Shows Black Adults Are Increasingly Dissatisfied With The Direction Of The Country A new poll found that Black adults have become increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed. To discuss the findings of the latest poll, we spoke with Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and the head of the Black to the Future Action Fund. Labor Is Having a Moment  Workers at several prominent companies across the U.S. have been going on strike in recent weeks. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Steven Greenhouse, former New York Times labor reporter and the author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    Why Offshore Oil Drilling is So Bad For The Environment 2021-10-21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 40:27

    Why Offshore Oil Drilling is So Bad For The Environment On October 1, a ruptured pipeline resulted in 25,000 gallons of crude spilling into the Pacific Ocean near Orange County, California. While the spill wasn't as bad as initially feared, it reignited a debate over offshore drilling. California has an aging pipeline infrastructure with questionable federal oversight. And this wasn't the only large oil spill this year. Less than a month ago, after Hurricane Ida, a federal satellite detected the most oil spills from space in the Gulf of Mexico after a weather event. The federal government started using satellites to track spills and leaks starting a decade ago. The Takeaway spoke with Catherine Kilduff, Senior Attorney at The Center for Biological Diversity, and Wilma Subra, who deals with environmental human health issues, on behalf of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. Biden Administration Plans to Rein In "Forever Chemicals" On Monday, the Biden administration unveiled its plans to rein in so-called “forever chemicals,” or PFAS. PFAS refers to a group of more than 4,000 toxic chemicals that don't break down in the environment. PFAS are found in everything from our drinking water to our cookware. Even some rain jackets and cosmetics contain PFAS. But PFAS are also hazardous for our health. In fact, they've been linked with certain cancers, thyroid disease, and other health impacts, too. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Pat Rizzuto, chemicals reporter with Bloomberg Law.  Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Are Now Running 24/7 Last week, President Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles will move towards operating 24/7 to address the shipping delays that have led to nationwide supply chain disruptions this year. The Port of Long Beach has also expanded its operations towards a 24/7 schedule in an attempt to solve the supply chain issue. The Takeaway hears from Dr. Afif El-Hasan, Physician-in-Charge at Kaiser Permanente San Juan Capistrano Medical Offices and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, as well as Mario Cordero, the executive director of the Port of Long Beach. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.   

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Child Care 2021-10-20

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 47:38

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Child Care In this installment of The Takeaway Deep Dive, we tackle the very personal system of child care. Affordable child care is often inadequately addressed in the United States. That was laid bare during the height of the pandemic which exposed the inequities of a system that is in need of drastic changes and repair. Joining our hosts to discuss what changes need to be made to the child care system is Aqeela Muntaqim, Michigan Deputy Director of Mothering Justice, and Karen D'Souza, a writer at Ed Source, an organization that works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. Sept. 16, 2021, file photo Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo) The Shadow Pandemic: Covid Creates Population of Orphaned Children A devastating number of children have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid, and they lack the financial and emotional support they need. Federal statistics are not yet available on how many U.S. children went into foster care last year; however, researchers estimate COVID-19 drove a 15% increase in orphaned children. JoNel Aleccia, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, discusses the impact of Covid on our children and the need for more support. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.     

    The Story of Jelani Day 2021-10-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 48:02

    The Story of Jelani Day In August, Jelani Day went missing and his car was found with no license plates or keys several days after he was reported missing. Ten days later, Jelani's body was found in the Illinois River 60 miles from his campus in a town where less than 1 percent of the population is Black and he had no known connections. It's important to note that Jelani was an avid swimmer who'd competed on his school's swim team. The Takeaway talks with Linda Foster, President of the Bloomington-Normal NAACP and James E. Wright II, assistant professor at Florida State University, specializing in policing, about the story of Jelani Day. Jury Selection in the Trial of Ahmaud Arbery's Accused Killers Began Monday Like the murder of George Floyd and so many others, Arbery's death sparked a wave of racial justice uprisings across the U.S. in the summer of 2020. It also prompted the state of Georgia to make changes to its criminal justice law, including the passage of a hate crimes statute. For more on the trial, The Takeaway spoke to Nicole Lewis, senior editor of Jurisprudence at Slate.  Christian Missionaries Held Captive by Haitian Gang 17 Christian missionaries building an orphanage in Haiti remain captive after they were abducted by the 400 Mawozo gang on Saturday, October 16th. Kidnappings in Haiti continue to rise counting 328 during the first 8 months of 2021. We discuss the situation in Haiti leading up to the kidnappings and what we can anticipate with Jaqueline Charles, Caribbean and Haitian correspondent for the Miami Herald. The Life and Legacy of Colin Powell Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, passed away on Monday due to complications from Covid-19 at the age of 84. Powell, a 4-star Army general, was also the first black national security advisor and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. We look back at his life of public service and his role in leading the U.S. into the Iraq War. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    The Global Supply Chain Is A Mess 2021-10-18

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 52:38

    The Global Supply Chain Is A Mess  One of the continuing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the disruption of supply chains. The global supply chain is slowing down at a time when demand is high. The Takeaway spoke to Derek Thompson, staff writer for The Atlantic, about the complex issues causing shortages on store shelves and slowdowns in services. Are Toys Becoming More Gender Neutral? Last week, LEGO — the world's largest toy maker — announced it would make its toys more gender neutral. And earlier this month, the state of California passed a law requiring large retailers to display toys and childcare items in gender-neutral ways. All of this comes as the debate intensifies over whether toys create and perpetuate gender stereotypes. We spoke with Elizabeth Sweet, assistant professor of sociology at San Jose State University to look at both developments, the history of gendered toys, the push to make toys more gender neutral, and more. Terence Blanchard is First Black Composer at Metropolitan Opera House Terence Blanchard joined today's show.You may already be familiar with Terence Blanchard as a 6-time Grammy winner, jazz trumpet player and composer of over 40 film scores, earning him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominee for Best Original Score for Spike Lee's 2018 film, BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard also happens to write operas. He composed Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on Charles Blow's memoir of the same title, and it is the first opera by a Black composer to be housed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    State Politics Heating Up Across Country 2021-10-15

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 47:42

    State Politics Heating Up Across Country Jessica Taylor, the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report, and Zach Montellaro, state politics reporter at POLITICO take a look at state politics and gubernatorial races around the country where candidates are debating issues around education, police reform, and abortion rights. New Analyses Show Potential Undercount of Black Population During 2020 Census The findings have brought up concerns that some jurisdictions and civil rights leaders have had about lower-than-expected totals in the 2020 Census. “This might be our greatest undercount since 1960, or 1950,” said Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president and chief executive of the National Urban League, which sued the bureau last year to stop the count from ending early. Morial joined us to discuss the undercount and the far-reaching implications it could have.  The Experience of Resettling as an Afghan Refugee Fifty-five thousand. That's how many Afghans have relocated to the U.S. since mid-August.According to the Department of Homeland Security, about 40 percent are eligible for special immigrant visas because of the work they did aiding U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. But for other Afghan evacuees, it's unclear what their legal status will be. Many entered the country not as traditional refugees, but instead under a temporary legal process known as parole. That means many of these refugees currently don't have a direct pathway to permanent residency. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Naheed Samadi-Bahram, Women for Afghan Women's U.S. Country Director. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    What's Not So Funny About Dave Chappelle 2021-10-14

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 51:49

    What's Not So Funny About Dave Chappelle The backlash against Dave Chappelle's recent comedy special for Netflix continues with many Transgender individuals and groups speaking out against it. We're joined by Aryah Lester, deputy director of the Transgender Strategy Center and MX Dahlia Belle, a writer and comedian who penned "Dear Dave Chappelle, Transgender Comedians Can Take A Joke, But Why Are Yours So Unfunny” joined us to discuss the controversy and what Chappelle can and should do better. Aging While Queer Michael Adams is the CEO of SAGE, the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. He discusses the many unique challenges facing our LGBTQ+ elders and what SAGE is doing to provide a life of dignity for this underserved community. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Political Cruelty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 30:36

    Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana/The Takeaway) The Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Political Cruelty Most of us tend to think of cruelty as individual actions motivated by personal hatreds, but Professor Cristina Beltran offers up a definition of civic and political cruelty. Beltran's interest in cruelty was prompted by seeing and hearing what was happening at rallies for Donald Trump a few years ago. For the first Takeaway Deep Dive, host Melissa Harris-Perry and friend/collaborator Dorian Warren explore the phenomenon of political cruelty.   Additional segments: San Fransisco Program Intends to Make Jury Pools More Diverse Julius Jones Awaits Clemency Hearing For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    New Report Sheds Light on Police Foundations 2021-10-12

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 49:48

    New Report Sheds Light on Police Foundations The new Police Foundation Report from Color of Change, exposes how corporations support Black Lives Matter on one hand and are also giving private money to police foundations. There's no record of how that money is being used to fund police departments around the country which are often a threat to black and brown lives. Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns for Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization joins us to discuss their campaign for accountability and transparency as steps to ensure and redefine public safety. Adults Jailed Black Children for a Crime That Doesn't Exist New reporting from Meribah Knight, Nashville Public Radio and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica investigates Rutherford County, Tennessee where Black children are being jailed at an alarming rate. The investigation explores the arrest of four young girls after a YouTube video surfaced of three boys fighting on the school playground of Hobgood Elementary School. We talk to reporter Meribah Knight about the story of why these kids get arrested at alarming rates and what's being done to stop it.  Newark Replaces Nearly All of Its Lead Pipes Two years ago, lead pipes tainted the drinking water of Newark, New Jersey. The city faced a water crisis on par with what has happened in places like Flint, Michigan, and a number of other cities across the U.S. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Karen Yi, reporter covering New Jersey for WNYC.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson on the Joy of Bringing "Lackawanna Blues" to Broadway Writer, director, and actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson's one-man show Lackawanna Blues tells the story of Santiago-Hudson's childhood and finds him embodying the many characters who populated his youth, including Nanny, the woman who raised him. The Takeaway spoke with Santiago-Hudson about putting on the show during the pandemic and what his dreams are for the next stages in his career. For transcripts, see individual segments pages. 

    Debt Ceiling Deal Extended but For How Long? 2021-10-08

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 43:48

    Debt Ceiling Deal Extended but For How Long? Join us for this week's political round up with Michael Steele, former Lt. Gov. of Maryland and previous chair of the RNC and Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, co-host of podcast FAQ NYC, and author of the book “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream." Michael and Christina share their thoughts about the debt ceiling extension and reproductive rights as well as the state of voting rights and the Democrat and Republican strategies ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Why New York State Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas is Fighting for Immigration Reform New York State Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas traveled to D.C. this week and was arrested while participating in that peaceful protest. She joined The Takeaway today to talk about why she's fighting for immigration reform. Jason Rezaian Discuss his new podcast 544 Days Jason Rezaian joins us to discuss his new Spotify Original Podcast 544 Days which chronicles his time in an Iranian prison and what it took to get him out. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Daniel Alarcón On Spanish-Language Media 2021-10-07

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 53:16

    Daniel Alarcón On Spanish-Language Media Celebrated podcaster and writer Daniel Alarcón. Alarcón is the Executive Producer and host of NPR's Spanish language podcast Radio Ambulante. His podcast — which he started in 2012 — features a mix of investigative journalism and interviews, and covers a wide range of topics, from the refugee crisis in Venezuela to “killer bees” in Brazil. Alarcón is also a contributing writer at the New Yorker, a novelist, and he teaches at the Columbia Journalism School. His work dives deep into the social and cultural ties that connect Spanish-speaking populations across the United States and Central and South America. The Takeaway speaks to Alarcón about the importance of Spanish-language media and more. When it Comes to Identity Which Word Wins? Afro-Latinidad, Latino, Latinx and Hispanic are just a few of the terms used to identify people from a large portion of the world including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. But which one of these is right? Michele Reid-Vazquez, an associate professor in the department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, who also serves as the director of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, and Ed Morales a journalist and author of Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture joined to discuss.  U.S. Officials Announce That 23 Species Should Be Declared Extinct Last week, U.S. wildlife officials recommended that 22 animals and one plant within the United States and Guam be marked extinct and gone forever. In total, the extinctions include eight freshwater mussels, 11 birds, two fish, a bat, and a plant. Within the next decade, the issue could get worse due to climate change, but especially due to people taking over or changing habitats and diminishing global biodiversity. For more on this extinction and biodiversity crisis, The Takeaway spoke with Catrin Einhorn, who covers wildlife and extinction for The New York Times. Preview of the Upcoming SCOTUS Term Ian Millhiser, a senior correspondent at Vox, discusses some of the cases the Supreme Court is hearing this term. Its conservative leaning court will consider the fate of abortion rights, gun control, and the power Congress has over government agencies like the EPA and the Department of Labor. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.   

    Whistleblower Exposes Facebook's Prioritization of Profit Over People 2021-10-06

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 49:05

    Whistleblower Exposes Facebook's Prioritization of Profit Over People The Takeaway discussed Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's testimony and about regulating big tech with Cecilia Kang, a national technology reporter for The New York Times. She is the co-author of “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination.”  The Hidden Biases of Search Engine Algorithms  Dr. Safiya Noble is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Gender Studies and African American Studies and she's also the author of a best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. In her research, she has extensively detailed the negative impacts that come from rarely having women of color, particularly Black women, programming algorithms for popular search engines. Dr. Noble joined The Takeaway to discuss her research. Afro-Latino Representation in Children's Books Many Afro-Latinos are taking up the call to make sure the next generation sees representations of themselves in one of the first places they experience images and stories, in children's books. The Takeaway talks with Sulma Arzu Brown, author of "Pelo Malo, No Existe" (Bad Hair Does Not Exist), Charles Esperanza, author of "Boogie Boogie, Y'all," and Yesenia Moises, author of "Stella's Stellar Hair." For transcripts, see individual segment pages.  

    Detainees Detail Troubling Conditions within New York City Jails 2021-10-05

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 48:50

    Detainees Detail Troubling Conditions within New York City Jails At least 12 people detained in New York City's jail facilities have died this year, amid rising Covid-19 cases and a reported spike in violence and self-harm. At the end of September, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured the Rikers Island jail complex and claimed that the changes the city has made within Rikers are already having a “real impact.” George Joseph, law enforcement reporter for WNYC, has been reporting on conditions within Rikers and he joined The Takeaway to discuss the latest. What Does a Political Leader Look Like? Far too often the images we see in the world around us reinforce a gendered vision of the political world.We asked our listeners what comes to mind when they think of the word "political leader." Evoking narrow, gender-specific definitions of political leadership has very real consequences. We speak with Zoe Oxley, researcher at Union College and author of a new study about girls and political leadership. Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message Award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author Keisha Blain joins us to discuss her new book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America and the relevance of the civil and voting rights icon today. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.  

    Anita Hill's Fight to end Gender-based Violence 2021-10-04

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 29:45

    Anita Hill's Fight to end Gender-based Violence We talk to Professor Anita Hill about her new book, Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence. For transcript, see individual segment page.    

    Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown 2021-10-01

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 47:02

    Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown  Congress has been racing to avoid a government shutdown. Thursday was the final day for lawmakers to pass a funding bill to prevent the government from that fate, and luckily, the House and Senate passed a stopgap measure before the midnight deadline. Also on Thursday, President Joe Biden's massive trillion dollar infrastructure bill got its final vote in the House. Plus, Democrats and Republicans are still split on whether or not to raise the debt ceiling. Nicholas Wu, Congressional reporter for POLITICO, and Pablo Manriquez, Capitol Hill correspondent for Latino Rebels, explained the latest in politics.  Climate Change Influences Voters' Urgency in German Election On Monday, Germans cast the largest share of votes for the Social Democrats, led by Olaf Scholz instead of supporting Armin Laschet, the successor in Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic party. So why did the German people opt for change? We get answers and analysis from Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer for The Atlantic. Dangerous Smoke from West Coast Wildfires is Affecting the Whole Country A recent analysis of federal satellite imagery by NPR's California Newsroom and Stanford University's Environmental Change and Human Outcomes Lab found that dangerous smoke from West Coast wildfires is being carried thousands of miles across the country, and the number of days that some communities are exposed to this toxic smoke is increasing. A reality that could impact all of our health. The Takeaway spoke with Alison Saldanha, an investigative data reporter for NPR's California Newsroom. For transcripts, see full segment pages.    

    Is Noise Pollution a Public Health Crisis? 2021-09-30

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 46:46

    Is Noise Pollution a Public Health Crisis? Rick Neitzel, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, joined The Takeaway to discuss the toll of noise on our bodies and the environment, and what can be done to mitigate the harm. Music or Noise?: The Story of Go-Go in a Gentrifying Neighborhood in D.C.  In 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill that made go-go the official music of D.C. after a resident from a luxury apartment building across the street from a Metro PCS phone store known for loudly bumping go-go music — a funky, hip-hop music rooted in Black culture which was born in D.C. The resident allegedly threatened to sue the owner of Metro PCS, which is T-Mobile. This summer, D.C. officials unveiled a go-go themed mural on the side of that same apartment building where the 2019 noise complaint was made. Natalie Hopkinson, an Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Media Studies at Howard University and co-Founder of “Don't Mute DC” Movement, talks with The Takeaway all about go-go.  Allure's New and First Black Editor-in-Chief We talk with Jessica Cruel the new and first Black editor-in-chief of Allure magazine about her new gig, diversifying the coverage in the beauty game, and her plans for the magazine going forward. The Importance of Mentoring for Black Girls Susan L. Taylor founder and CEO of the National Cares Mentoring Movement and Dr. Monique Morris, CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, joined me to discuss the importance of mentoring young Black girls at the individual level and at the community level to provide the proper foundation for them to succeed.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    Surviving R. Kelly Show Runner Discusses Verdict 2021-09-29

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 56:11

    Surviving R. Kelly Show Runner Discusses Verdict On Monday, A New York jury found R&B singer R. Kelly guilty on all 9 counts against him which included racketeering and sex trafficking charges. We speak with dream hampton, showrunner and executive producer of the docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” about what this conviction means to her and Kelly's numerous victims. Grassroots Organizers Reimagine Public Safety in San Antonio The Takeaway speaks with Ananda Tomas, the current Executive Director for ACT 4 SA about reimagining public safety in San Antonio.  Civil Rights Activist Desmond Meade Named MacArthur "Genius" Like in previous years, the work of this year's fellows reflect the political, scientific, and cultural landscape of the past year. They're doing everything from forecasting viruses to excavating the history of racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with  one of this year's MacArthur fellows. Desmond Meade is a civil rights activist and executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Today's Transformational Takeaway Learn more about Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest active National Park Ranger.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    Planned Parenthood's Alexis McGill-Johnson on the Women's Health Protection Act 2021-09-28

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 44:13

    Planned Parenthood's Alexis McGill-Johnson on the Women's Health Protection Act On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Women's Health Protection Act, which would make abortion access a federal right and override the growing number of abortion bans that have been passed at the state level, including SB-8 in Texas. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Alexis McGill-Johnson, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. What is the Black Maternal Health Momnibus? The Takeaway is joined by Professor Monica McLemore,  Professor of Nursing, UC San Francisco about the Black Maternal Health Momnibus package and a conversation about the big picture of racial disparities within reproductive health care. What Reproductive Justice Looks Like for the Latinx Community 16 percent of Latinas have not visited a doctor in the last two years. Latinas are the group of women most likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer. And, because of higher poverty rates and lower rates of insurance coverage, Latinas have less access to contraception, and more than 50 percent of pregnancies among Latinas are unintended. Despite these startling inequalities, Latinx communities are often excluded from mainstream conversations about reproductive health. The Takeaway spoke with Lupe M. Rodríguez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    What Kneeling in Protest Means To a New Generation of Athletes 2021-09-27

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 47:58

    What Kneeling in Protest Means To a New Generation of Athletes Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation, talks to The Takeaway about his new book, The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World.  The Takeaway talked with Zirin about the long history of activism by athletes and what this new generation risked as they stood up for equality by taking a knee. State Legislation Seeks to Restrict Rights of Transgender Athletes Texas is just one of many states that have placed restrictions on transgender student athletes in recent years. In total, at least 30 states have introduced similar legislation, with eight having passed these laws. For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to Katie Barnes, features writer at ESPN.  How Sports Media Coverage Affects An Athlete's Power We take a look at the ways sports media coverage or the lack of it, affects the power that athletes have when they seek to make change through activism. Amira Rose Davis, Co-Host of the feminist sports podcast “Burn it All Down” and Bradford William Davis, an investigations reporter for Insider join us to discuss the way this is seen on both a local and national level. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    President Biden's Foreign Policy Agenda 2021-09-24

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 50:14

    President Biden's Foreign Policy Agenda On Tuesday, President Joe Biden declared a quote “new era” for U.S. diplomacy in his first speech as U.S. president to the United Nations General Assembly. President Biden repeatedly sought to reassure U.S. allies that his presidency would not echo the chaos of Trump's four years in office. For that and more, The Takeaway spoke to Robin Wright,  columnist at The New Yorker and Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow, and Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The Uproar Over Treatment of Haitian Migrants Continues According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of Haitians in Del Rio, Texas is down to about 7,000 as deportations continue. Some Haitians have turned back to Mexico, or they've been moved to another area for processing. Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress visited the border on Thursday and joined to discuss what he saw there. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

    “Other Than Honorably” Discharged LGBTQ Veterans Could Be Eligible for VA Benefits 2021-09-23

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 45:44

    “Other Than Honorably” Discharged LGBTQ Veterans Could Be Eligible for VA Benefits  The Takeaway talks to two LGBTQ veterans about the VA's guidance. Jennifer Dane, is the CEO and executive director of the Modern Military Association of America, and Richard Brookshire, is the Board Chair and co-founder of the Black Veterans Project. He also wrote this piece for the New York Times Magazine, "Serving in the Army as a Queer Black Man Opened My Eyes to Racism in America." Afghanistan's Healthcare System is on the Verge of Collapse Deepmala Mahla, Vice President of humanitarian affairs for CARE, an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger, joins us to discuss this potential disaster. Reforming the System from Within  The Takeaway spoke with Joel Fitzgerald Sr.,  Waterloo's first Black chief of police whose reforms are facing backlash. We' re also joined by Roy Austin, former federal prosecutor and former defense attorney, and Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University, former prosecutor and author of Choke Hold: Policing Black Men. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Border Patrol's Inhumane Treatment of Haitian Migrants 2021-09-22

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 49:11

    Border Patrol's Inhumane Treatment of Haitian Migrants The Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into the treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S. border after images and video surfaced showing inhumane treatment by Border Patrol Agents. The footage shows agents on horseback chasing migrants and uttering expletives in their direction. We talk with Jenn Budd, a former senior patrol agent with the US border patrol who is now an immigrant rights activist and Franciscka Lucien, executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Ethiopia Ethiopia is nearly a year into a conflict in the northern Tigray region that began last November between the Ethiopian government, forces from neighboring Eritrea, and opposing forces from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). There are reports of human rights abuses and sexual violence against civilians and refugees perpetrated by all parties involved in the conflict. Thousands of people have been killed, more than 2 million have been displaced, and for months the UN has been warning of the risk of a humanitarian crisis due to famine and starvation. Pfizer Announces Vaccine Safe and Effective for Children Ages 5 to 11 The Takeaway speaks to Dr. Miriam Laufer, pediatrics infectious disease specialist at the  University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health expert, about the importance of vaccinating children, the process of authorizing the vaccine, vaccine trials for even younger children, and more.  For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    Redistricting Battle Heats Up Across the U.S. 2021-09-21

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 45:47

    Redistricting Battle Heats Up Across the U.S. Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, joined The Takeaway to talk redistricting and gerrymandering around the country, as well as the districts and states to watch in the coming months.  A Look At Colorado's Independent Redistricting Commission  Today's focus is on Colorado, where voters in 2018 widely supported two constitutional amendments that gave independent commissions the responsibility to determine political districts instead of the Colorado legislature. Due to population growth in Colorado, the state will be gaining an 8th congressional district. Twelve commissioners on the Congressional Redistricting Commission are currently determining what that new map will look like. The Takeaway talks with one of those commissioners about Colorado's redistricting process. Commissioner Jolie Brawner, is the vice chair of the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission. First Americans Museum Opens in Oklahoma City Allison Herrera, Indigenous Affairs reporter for KOSU and heather ahtone, senior curator for the First Americans Museum and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation speak with The Takeaway about the work that went into putting the First Americans Museum together. Where are the 710 missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Wyoming? Mary Kathryn Nagle, a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma joins us to discuss the complex reasons contributing to why indigenous women and girls go missing at such an alarming rate. For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    What is Citizenship? 2021-09-20

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 45:44

    What is Citizenship? The white grievances aired on January 6th and in the election of Donald Trump can be traced much further back to the founding of the United States and who was originally allowed to be a citizen. But it's not just the right that places these limits around citizenship. Under former President Obama and President Biden, restrictive immigration policies have spotlighted the lack of humanity in how our government treats people from beyond our borders. The Takeaway speaks with historian Mae Ngai about how notions of U.S. citizenship have changed over time. France Pulls Ambassador Out of U.S. Over Submarine Dispute France pulled its ambassador to the U.S. out of Washington, D.C., and compared the Biden administration to its predecessors. The matter at hand: a submarine deal with Australia worth hundreds of billions of dollars. France had been set to make the sale until the U.S. came in to strike its own deal to sell nuclear powered submarines to our friends down under. France's foreign minister called the move “a stab in the back.” For more on this, The Takeaway spoke with Ryan Heath, host of POLITICO's “Global Insider” podcast and newsletter.  Boston Mayoral Race Heats Up Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, both daughters of immigrants and longtime city councilors, placed first and second respectively in last week's preliminary mayoral runoff election. For more on the Boston mayoral race, The Takeaway spoke to Saraya Wintersmith, reporter covering Boston City Hall for GBH News. Is Rest Possible for Black Bodies Past Death? The Atlantic magazine's Inheritance project takes a look at American history, black life and the resilience of memory. In the the chapter entitled “What the Body Holds,” journalist Latria Graham talks with us about her piece, “The Dark Underside of Representations of Slavery” which focuses on the fight by Tamara Lanier to get the images of her ancestors Renty and Delia back from the Harvard University archives. She alleges Harvard's licensing of the images amounts to forcing her relatives to continue to work for the university, never giving them a true sense of rest. For transcripts, see individual segment pages. 

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