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.
We learn more about Uvalde and the people who live there. We spoke with Texas state senator Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, about the devastating school shooting that took place at Robb Elementary on Tuesday, May 24.
On Tuesday a gunman killed at least 19 children, 1 teacher, and at least 1 other adult in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. These precious children were killed while simply attending school are now among the thousands of young people injured or killed by guns during the past year. In fact, analysis of CDC data recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that in 2020 firearms became the leading cause of death for young Americans. In December, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a public health advisory on the youth mental health crisis that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The rate of death by self-inflicted gunshot wound has risen faster among adolescents and teens than any other group. We speak to Dr. Michael Lindsey, Executive Director at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University, to better understand death by suicide and its connection of the mental health of young people. A school shooting like this is an enraging act of violence which can lead young people who are already struggling, to feel even more vulnerable, distraught, or hopeless. We spoke to three young people who have faced mental health challenges and have all become advocates for their own well-being and that of their peers, before the mass shooting in Uvalde, and we think that this event makes it even more crucial to keep thinking about the emotional well-being and mental health of young people. We heard from Diana Chao, founder and executive director of Letters to Strangers, Juan Acosta, mental health advocate, and Charlie Lucas, co-founder of the notOK app.
On Tuesday, an 18 year old gunman shot and killed at least 21 people, including 19 children and 2 adults, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Uvalde is a majority Latino-town slightly over an hour outside of San Antonio. The shooting is the deadliest to occur at an elementary school since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. We spoke to professor of sociology and psychiatry Jonathan Metzl to discuss the toll that school shootings take on the mental health of children nationwide.
A Strange Loop already won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020 following its off-Broadway run; now, the Broadway show is up for 11 Tony Awards–the most-nominated production of the year. We speak with playwright and composer Michael R. Jackson about his groundbreaking musical, which poignantly tackles themes of queerness, race, religion and AIDS with humor and heart. The original Broadway cast recording comes out June 10.
Loneliness and social isolation are growing public health concerns among older Americans. Loneliness is not only detrimental to mental health, but also contributes to physical health risks including strokes, worsened diabetes and frailty. We spoke with Dr. Carla Perissinotto about the causes of loneliness for older adults, what we get wrong about it, and what interventions can address the crisis of loneliness. We also hear from Wanda Dobson, a 69-year old woman in New York City and employee with the Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults program, on her own experience with loss, loneliness and healing.
The critically acclaimed show Love on the Spectrum premiered on Netflix this month with its first U.S.-based season. The docu-reality series takes us inside the lives of autistic adults as they date and look for love. Director and showrunner Cian O'Clery and show participant Dani join us to talk about making the show and trying to find love in front of the camera.
Social media and dating apps have fundamentally changed the culture of sex, and this impacts how young adults are shaping their personal relationships today. In her new book, The Current Collegiate Hookup Culture, online dating researcher Aditi Paul talks about the “new” culture of sex on college campuses.
With the recent leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court suggesting the court may overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion, privacy experts are concerned about digital surveillance and digital privacy in a post-Roe world. Smartphone apps and internet search engines can track data and locations leaving a data footprint if someone is searching for reproductive healthcare or abortion care. We speak with Cynthia Conti-Cook, civil rights attorney and current Technology Fellow on the Ford Foundation's Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team, and Yveka Pierre, Senior Litigation Counsel at If/When/How, about our digital privacy.
As another class of Gen-Z graduates, they are taking one more step into adulthood. But still, our nation is divided by racial violence, economic inequality and disappearing reproductive rights. For this reason, The Takeaway takes a Deep Dive into Gen-Z: Who are they and what do they want? To give us a better idea we talked to Cathy Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Philip N. Cohen, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Sociology at The University of Maryland. Cathy Cohen is the principal investigator and founder of the GenForward Survey. One of the biggest concerns for Gen-Z is economic security. As the older part of this cohort enters the workforce we discussed what work they want to do as well as what work should do for them. We speak with 20-year-old Parker Lacewell who's facing these questions as well as Terry Nguyen, a reporter for The Goods at Vox who covers consumer and internet trends, and technology. We also looked into how Gen-Z utilizes technology to do everything from organizing to quitting their jobs. We spoke with Pamela Aronson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn about what their use of technology tells us about their hopes for the future. WNYC's Radio Rookies Rainier Harris and Folashade Olatunde joined to discuss their concerns for their generation. Activist, strategist, influencer and founder of the Gen Z Girl Gang, Deja Foxx told us how her cohort uses the power of social media to affect change in the world. And, we had the privilege of listening in on a conversation between Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and her Mom, Janice Johnson Dias, author of Parent Like It Matters. They discussed everything from college, to the massacre in Buffalo to the future of reproductive rights.
From the 1870s into the 1990s, the Canadian government and Catholic churches ran a vast network of boarding schools called "Indian residential schools," where Indigenous children were taken and forced to assimilate into white Canadian culture. Countless children suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse in these institutions, and survivors and their families are wrestling with the repercussions to this day. Connie Walker, the host of the podcast Stolen: Surviving St. Michael's, speaks with us about her own family's experience with a residential school, which she uncovered while reporting the new second season of the show, and what the U.S. can learn from Canada's attempted reckoning with this past. Cover for the podcast "Stolen," from Gimlet Media/Spotify (Gimlet Media/Spotify)
This weekend, rapper and poet Omar Offendum will be performing a show he wrote called “Little Syria” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In it, Offendum uses music to tell the story of the Little Syria neighborhood of Manhattan, which flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century, before many of its residents were displaced by construction and left for Brooklyn. The Takeaway speaks with Offendum about how he approached telling this history on stage.
Valarie Kaur is a civil rights activist, author of "See No Stranger" and leader of the Revolutionary Love Project. She joined us to reflect on her work that addresses hate crimes against Muslim and Sikh Americans, and how it connects to the racist attacks from this past weekend in Buffalo.
Last weekend's racist attack at a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo has had significant ramifications for a part of Buffalo's East Side, a neighborhood which has historically struggled with food insecurity. Tops is the lone supermarket in this part of Buffalo's East Side, and it is now temporarily closed. The attack highlights how the city's legacy of institutionalized racism and segregation has given rise to food access and inequities in the communities affected. In the aftermath, community-based providers are stepping in to address the food insecurity that continues to plague low-income communities of color. We speak with Allison DeHonney, Founder and CEO of Buffalo Go Green, whose organization is working to address food inequities in Buffalo's East Side, and Craig Willingham, Managing Director for CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute.
In response to a number of mass shootings and incidents of gun violence across the country this past weekend, including the Buffalo massacre, some cities instituted curfews. Policymakers are also having their perennial conversation on gun control. The Takeaway speaks with Dr. Jonathan Metzl about the history and future of curfews and gun regulations in the U.S.
Natasha Warikoo, Professor of Sociology at Tufts University spent time in a privileged suburb on the East Coast doing research for her book “Race at The Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools.” In a majority white town she calls Woodcrest, the Asian population is growing, and the Asian students consistently out-perform the white students there. We speak with Natasha about the competition between white and Asian students at Woodcrest and in suburbs like it. We also discuss where this leaves students whose opportunities are limited due to the lack of resources and access. “Race at The Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools” by Natasha Warikoo (The University of Chicago Press)
The shooting in Buffalo is being investigated as a hate crime, and given the gunman's racist writings all indications are that he targeted the Black community. We're joined by Jack McDevitt, Professor of the Practice in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University, to explore the connection between racism in America and hate crimes, and consider why explicit racism has declined over time, yet racist hate crimes have recently hit a 12-year high. We also consider when the switch happens from people holding racist views, to acting them out in lethal ways.
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.
Reverend Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church. 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. Reverend Jacqui Lewis a regular of the show and she always leaves our listeners with a timely message about the power of love and radical acceptance. We spoke with the Reverend Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church about how she's making sense of the tragic Buffalo massacre.
In her new film, "Try Harder," Debbie Lum takes viewers through the reality of the American college application process and the intersections of race, class, educational opportunity and attainment. The documentary focuses on students who attend Lowell High School in San Francisco California, a school known for academic excellence. Asians represent the majority of the student body, but all of the students at Lowell high school face intense pressure from their families and peers to get into the most competitive colleges.
Since the 1970s white evangelicals have become increasingly powerful in American elections and increasingly influential in American policy making. We explore the history, contemporary power, and likely future of white evangelicals in American politics with Anthea Butler, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, and Randall Balmer, professor of religion at Dartmouth College and author of several books including Evangelicalism in America and Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right.
Comedian Matt Rogers is well known as co-host of the podcast “Las Culturistas” with Bowen Yang. On the show, Rogers and Yang dissect everything from the Real Housewives franchise to Taylor Swift to the Oscar frontrunners. The podcast has a devoted following, and this spring, Rogers is set to break out on screen in the Showtimes series, “I Love That for You,” and the Hulu movie, “Fire Island.” Rogers joins The Takeaway to talk about his new roles and weigh in on some of the pieces of pop culture that most excite him today.
Recent results from a survey conducted by the Women Mayors Network indicates that nearly all mayors report experiences with threat and harassment. The problem is particularly acute for women and women of color mayors. We speak with Heidi Gerbracht, Founder and director of the Equity Agenda and Co-founder of the Women Mayors Network, about what this reveals about the health of our democracy.
This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that they will be phasing visitations back in for people being held at their detention facilities. In-person visitations from family, friends, and advocates have been halted since the start of the pandemic based on Covid-19 concerns, according to ICE. Unlike ICE, the federal prison system allowed visitations to resume starting in October 2020. The move is a promising sign for people being held by ICE and their loves ones, but the fact that it took so long reveals the extent to which the needs of ICE detainees are often ignored by the federal government. The Takeaway speaks with Luis Romero, assistant professor in the department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University, with a focus on immigration enforcement, about the importance of visitation for those held in ICE detention and other changes that immigrant rights advocates want ICE to make.
On Thursday, May 12th, astronomers announced that they finally had proof of a super massive black hole in The Milky Way after years of speculation. The Event Horizon Telescope Team shared an image of the black hole named Sagittarius A*, which is 4 million times the mass of our sun. We speak with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women's and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire and author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, to talk about Sagittarius A* and the significance of this discovery. Music in this Segment by Sarah Mucho: (https://sarahmucho.bandcamp.com/track/black-hole-sun)
An ongoing Associated Press investigation into the Federal Bureau of Prisons is uncovering rampant employee misconduct, coverups, under-staffing and neglect across the agency's 122 prisons. We speak with The Marshall Project reporter, Keri Blakinger, and president of the AFGE Local 506 union for correctional officers, Joe Rojas, about the corruption and abuse and how that impacts the lives of employees and incarcerated people.
There are plans underway in Michigan to create the first spaceport in the Midwest. The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, also known as MAMA, has announced a plan to create a spaceport with three potential sites, including a vertical launch site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on an estate known as Granot Loma which sits on the edge of Lake Superior. However, Residents who live near that proposed vertical launch site at Granot Loma are concerned about environmental effects to the area and what it would mean to have a commercial spaceflight industry in their backyards. We spoke with David Rompf, a New Yorker contributor who wrote about the Michigan Launch Initiative in his recent article, “The Plan to Make Michigan the Next Space State.” We also spoke with local resident who is concerned about the location of the proposed launch site, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, near Lake superior, Dennis Ferraro, the President of the nonprofit Citizens For a Safe and Clean Lake Superior. We reached out to MAMA for comment and received a response from their spokesperson Mary Ann Sabo. She took issue with the New Yorker piece and said the organization was disappointed by our decision to speak with David Rompf, saying “We have declined the opportunity to participate in an interview since it's clear we won't be treated fairly.”
Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on May 11 while reporting on a raid in the West Bank by Israeli army forces. Her colleagues and eyewitnesses allege they were attacked by the Israeli Defense Forces while clearly identified as press. The Israeli military initially suggested that Abu Akleh might have been killed in crossfire, before walking back this stance. The United Nations and journalists and humanitarian groups around the world are calling for an independent investigation and examination of Israeli authorities' treatment of journalists. Rob Mahoney, executive director of the Committee to Project Journalists, speaks with us about the situation.
Since pandemic eviction moratoriums and other tenant predictions have lapsed, eviction rates have risen to nearly pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, some states and cities have in place "Right to Counsel" laws, guaranteeing legal representation in court to those facing eviction. We hear from Caroyln Headlam, organizer with the Ithaca Tenants Union in upstate New York, and Lauren Springer, tenant leader with Catholic Migration Services, as well as a member of the Steering Committee of the Right to Counsel New York City Coalition, about what they're seeing in housing courts in their areas. Then, we speak with Marika Dias, Managing Director at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center in New York City and Ora Prochovnick, Director of Litigation & Policy at the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco, about the importance of Right to Counsel rights for tenants who are facing eviction. Full Rent Stabilization Association statement: After forecasting an eviction tsunami that never materialized, the advocates are at it again – with legal services providers warning that tenants will have to represent themselves because of a shortage of public defenders. The facts tell a different story. Housing Court continues to operate in a limited capacity, with a hybrid of virtual and in-person appearances. Most housing courtrooms are hearing only 25-40 cases per day virtually, compared to about 45-60 pre-pandemic," said Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents 25,000 diverse owners and managers of more than one million apartments that house over 2.5 million New Yorkers in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. "Not all of the pending eviction cases are eligible for free legal services because not all tenants fall at or below 200% of the poverty level ($23,000 annual income for an individual, and $49,000 for a four-person household), and it is still not known how many of these cases will ultimately be discontinued based on tenants having received rental assistance or having otherwise paid the rent," Strasburg continued. "With Housing Court operating on limited calendars and public defenders representing a fraction of the existing cases – coupled with the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program having stayed eviction for tens of thousands of tenants – why are legal services providers failing to meet their contractual obligation with the City of New York in delivering taxpayer-funded, right-to-counsel services to needy families? Are they manufacturing this crisis to cover up their failures and clog court calendars? Or worse, further delaying proceedings that would enable tenants and owners to resolve problems, and connect families to government-funded rent assistance programs that keep them in their homes and provide owners with the rent-arrears needed to maintain their buildings and pay city property taxes?" Strasburg further stated. "Property owners have been prevented from fully asserting their rights in court for over two years. If legal services providers cannot meet their contractual obligation with New York City and provide these legal services to qualifying tenants, then New York City should reallocate funds and hire private counsel to alleviate the burden from legal services providers and ensure that New York's most financially distressed tenants have representation in court. For decades, the Assigned Counsel Plan – also referred to as 18B Panel attorneys – has provided legal services to indigent persons throughout the city by compensating private attorneys in criminal and family law matters. If legal services providers insist that they are unable to provide the free legal services New York City is paying them to provide, there is no reason why an 18B Panel could not be established for landlord-tenant matters. This would ensure that cases in Housing Court start moving again, while also ensuring that those tenants who qualify get the legal representation as required by law," Strasburg said.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a groundbreaking resource by and for transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive communities, is publishing a second edition. We speak with Kelsey Pacha, board president of the nonprofit Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, about the book's impact, the increasing need for information about gender-expansive communities in the face of anti-trans policies, and how far trans representation has come in the past eight years.
WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained by Russian authorities for more than two and a half months now. News on Griner's situation has trickled out slowly from the U.S. State Department. And while the pace of these updates has frustrated many of Griner's fans, last week an announcement was made that could be critical in her case. The State Department announced that they are now classifying her as “wrongfully detained.” This means that Griner's case will now be handled by the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, who will work towards her release. The Takeaway speaks with Dani Gilbert, assistant professor of military and strategic studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, about what to expect in Griner's case going forward.
Noga Arikha, philosopher and science humanist, explored the intersection of neurology and psychiatry in her book “The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind." In her book, Arikha described the patients she observed in a neuropsychiatry unit of Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital for 18 months. She joins us to discuss her findings and thoughts about memory, self-awareness, and identity.
Humor can serve as an effective tool in exposing the hypocrisy and absurdity in politics. Lizz Winstead, political satirist, co-founder of The Daily Show, and co-founder of Abortion Access Front, discusses how Abortion AF uses humor to educate and fight restrictive abortion laws in this country.
Climate scientists and activists were cautiously optimistic when Joe Biden promised to ban new permits for oil and gas drilling on federal land during his 2020 campaign. But two years in, the Biden administration is under strong pressure to respond to rising gas prices due to the war in Ukraine. In mid-April, the Department of the Interior announced it would resume leasing federal lands to gas and oil companies for drilling—mere days after a United Nations report warned that the climate crisis is more dire than ever, and governments haven't been doing enough to stop global temperatures from rising. Zoya Teirstein, a climate policy reporter for Grist, explains why this move won't actually do much to lower gas prices for Americans in the short term, and why the Biden administration's climate agenda is moving too slowly to prevent irreparable environmental harm.
Right now, the American Southwest is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record — the past 22 years are considered the worst dry-spell in 12,000 years. Since much of the West is experiencing this megadrought, and many Californians face water restrictions, conserving water is important step. But while conservation may mitigate water shortage, it is not a permanent solution to the problem of limited sources of water, especially in Southern California. That means we're going to have to get inventive here. One solution to creating a new source of drinking water could be to use recycled wastewater — recycling the water from our sinks and showers, and even toilets, to use as drinking water. And although this might seem like an unsavory solution to our water woes, this process is already being used around the world, and even in Orange County, California, which has the world's largest wastewater recycling facility. So could could recycling wastewater be the future of our drinking water? For more, we speak with Dr. Daniel McCurry, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California.
Lake Mary Jane is on the outskirts of greater Orlando, and it, along with one human co-plaintiff, is suing for its right to exist. The legal argument is rooted in the “Rights of Nature” movement, which centers on the idea that objects of the natural environment and ecosystems should be entitled to the rights of personhood in order to be preserved and to protect against pollution. We speak with Chuck O'Neal, an environmental activist and the co-plaintiff in the case, as well as Steven Meyers, the lawyer representing Lake Mary Jane.
As we approach 1 million Covid-19 deaths in the U.S., The Takeaway considers how Covid has changed the way our world sounds. In cities like New York, the early days of the pandemic were marked by sounds like unrelenting ambulance sirens, celebratory pot clanging to honor health care workers, and eerie silence in once-crowded places. Radio hosts Brian Lehrer, host of The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC in New York, and Austin Cross, host of mid-day All Things Considered on KPCC in Los Angeles, joined to talk about the sounds that made an impact during the pandemic.
Stephanie Foo's memoir What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma tells her story of her childhood, where she suffered abuse and abandonment from her parents, and how those experiences led her to suffer from complex PTSD. Complex PTSD differs from regular PTSD, as it is caused when someone is exposed to a traumatic event repeatedly, over the course of years. Complex PTSD also doesn't officially exist in the DSM-5, and so there is relatively little literature on the issue. We speak with Stephanie Foo about her childhood trauma, her coming to terms with her Complex PTSD diagnoses, and how she's worked to overcome it.
While various trackers put the United States near 1 million deaths due to Covid, the numbers are most likely much higher, according to the CDC. Fatalities around the world are close to 15 million. In spite of this staggering death toll, chief medical adviser to the president Dr. Anthony Fauci says we are no longer in a pandemic phase here in the U.S.. Access to vaccines, boosters, and antiviral medications have also shifted attitudes and behaviors. To discuss what we have learned these past two years and what we need to do to prepare for the next pandemic, we speak with Dr. Bhakti Hansoti, associate professor of emergency medicine and international health at Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Motherhood and its many meanings and expectations are created and experienced within the particular realities of our society and history. And to better understand some of our shared national history with mothering we sat down with Professor Michele Goodwin of the University of California-Irvine who is author of the book Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood. "Policing the Womb" by Prof. Michele Goodwin brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies. (Cambridge University Press)
According to a 2020 study by The Williams Insitute, an LGBT think tank at UCLA Law School, 19% of transgender adults are parents. Many are parents to biological children. But for transgender people who choose to adopt or foster, the process can be particularly challenging. Laws vary by state, and while 28 states prohibit adoption discrimination on the basis of gender identity, 19 states do not. Octavia Lewis is a transgender Health Coordinator at Montefiore Health System and she's navigated the foster and adoption systems in New York state. The Takeaway spoke with her about her constantly evolving relationship with motherhood.
We discuss what motherhood looks like when mothers and children are separated by borders, and how these families challenge Western stereotypes about what "good" motherhood is. We speak with Gabrielle Oliveira, associate professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and the author of "Motherhood Across Borders: Immigrants and their Children in Mexico and in New York City."
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, over half of the women who are in federal prisons and 80% of women in jails are mothers. The National Bail Out Collective is an organization fighting for pretrial reform to remove these mothers and caregivers from behind bars instead of allowing them to sit in jail cells while awaiting adjudication. The National Bail Out Collective also coordinates Mama's Day Bailouts to bail out Black mothers and caregivers on Mother's Day. We speak with Rodreshia Russaw, Executive Director of The Ordinary People Society and Qiana Johnson, Founder of Life After Release about their work to support incarcerated women and mothers and their participation in Mama's Day Bailout.
Julius Jones was convicted in the 1999 killing of Paul Howell in Oklahoma and was sentenced to death. He proclaims that he is innocent and first saw Howell on T.V. when his death was reported on the news. After new evidence and a long legal fight, on November 18th, the day that Jones was set to be executed, Governor Kevin Stitt commuted his sentence to life without the possibility of parole less than four hours before he was set to be executed. We speak with Antoinette Jones, the sister of Julius Jones and Reverend Cece Jones-Davis, the campaign founder/director of Justice for Julius to discuss the latest in Julius' case and their ongoing fight to prove his innocence.
But the truth is, that almost all of us, even the richest and most well-off, benefit from government services and programs. There are services that most of us can recognize as government programs: food stamps, welfare, Pell Grants, Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security retirement benefits. Maybe you've used some of these. But there are also not so visible government programs that we might benefit from without realizing. These are usually hidden in the tax code or through subsidies through private organizations. These include the home-mortgage-interest deduction and tax exemptions you may get on employer-provided health and retirement benefits. You might have used some of these as well without even knowing it. We speak with Suzanne Mettler, a professor of government at Cornell University, calls this the "submerged state." She is also the author of the book “The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy.”
J.D. Vance won the Ohio Republican Senate primary after an endorsement from Donald Trump signaling that the Republican party may still be beholden to Trump and his loyal followers. While the battle over the Republican party plays out state to state, both Democrats and Republicans fight over state and congressional maps, which have been redrawn after the 2020 census. We look at primary elections across the country and how redistricting may impact the results with Amy Walter, Editor-in-Chief of The Cook Political Report.
On our special May the Fourth episode, we start the show talking to two NASA astronauts about their experiences in space. We speak with Chris Hadfield, who was an astronaut with NASA for 21 years, a colonel in the Canadian air force, and he is also an educator, a musician, and Chris was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space in 2001 and is the only Canadian to command a space station. He retired from NASA in 2013, and since then, he helps run several space companies, and has become known around the world for his internet presence and videos that have made space science fun and accessible. He's also an author of several books and his most recent novel, “The Apollo Murders” is a Cold War-era thriller. We also speak with Sunita Williams, an astronaut at NASA and the second female commander of the International Space Station. She's also been training commercial space crews for private companies like SpaceX and Boeing. She spent 322 days in space aboard the International Space Station and performed 7 spacewalks, spending a total of 29 hours and 17 minutes strolling around in the cosmos.
May the forth be with you today, on this May 4th! Stormtroopers pose at world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photos) Culture critic Maya Phillips has been a major Star Wars fan since she first saw the original trilogy on VHS as a kid. She even has a soft spot for some aspects of the prequels! But as she's gotten older, some of her opinions on the franchise have soured, both when it comes to its politics and the recycling of ideas that has taken place since Disney acquired Star Wars. We speak with Phillips about her connection to Star Wars and whether the franchise can be saved.
This Thursday, Paramount+ is bringing viewers back onboard the USS Enterprise with the new series, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." Actor Celia Rose Gooding stars in the series as Uhura. The role was originated by Nichelle Nichols in the original "Star Trek" television series when it premiered in 1966. Gooding joined The Takeaway to discuss taking on the role of Uhura and how she sees it fitting into her burgeoning career in entertainment.
The news is monumental in every sense: a historic legal development, an unprecedented violation of Court protocol, and a decision that will have stunning consequences for women all across the country. The Politico reporting by Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward includes a link to the draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito back in February. It's a draft opinion that decisively reverses Roe v. Wade and the legal precedent it set nearly 50 years ago. We spoke with Prof. Melissa Murray of NYU School of Law and cohost of the legal podcast Strict Scrutiny and OB/GYN, abortion provider, and founder of Pegasus Health Justice Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi about their reaction to these recent developments and what this leaked opinion indicates for the future of reproductive rights.
It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but more than two years into the pandemic, many teachers are struggling to find the light in a darkened tunnel. According to the National Education Association, a nationwide teacher shortage and widespread burnout have a significant number of teachers considering leaving the profession entirely. Recent cases have also underscored the ways in which both liberal and conservative leaning educators feel constrained by their districts. We speak with Prudence Carter, Professor of Sociology at Brown University about what this moment represents for teachers nationwide. For this story, The Takeaway also spoke with Rachel Stonecipher, a former teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. After it was discovered that the school had removed "LGBTQ safe-space" stickers from classroom doors, Stonecipher and other teachers sent an email to administrators asking for an explanation. Shortly after, the Irving Independent School District placed Stonecipher on administrative leave. Later, in April of 2022, the district declined to renew Stonecipher's contract, which she believes was, in part, done in response to her stand on the “safe-space" stickers. The Takeaway reached out to the Irving Independent School District in response to this story and received a statement dated April 22 that reads in part: “[O]n April 18, 2022, the Irving ISD Board voted on both renewals and terminations...[t]hese Board votes impact contracts for the 2022-2023 school year. No teacher contracts were terminated with immediate effect.”