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The Takeaway

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A fresh alternative in daily news featuring critical conversations, live reports from the field, and listener participation. The Takeaway provides a breadth and depth of world, national, and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

Most Recent Episodes

Politics with Amy Walter: Texodus: Can Democrats Turn the Lone Star State Blue?

A number of Republicans in the House have announced their retirements... and turns out many are in suburban districts, where the GOP's support has been dwindling. In June, we saw one of the more high-profile Republican retirements when Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who represents Indiana's 5th congressional district, announced that she would not seek reelection. In fact, 4 of the 11 retirements are Congressman in Texas. This on top of 5 Texas Republican retirements in 2018 and two districts where Democrats flipped the seat. Could this turn Texas — a historically red state — blue, or at least purple? This week, we break down these Republican retirements. Guests: Brendan Buck is a partner at Seven Letter Communications and the former chief communications advisor and counselor to Speaker Paul Ryan. Susan Brooks (R), represents Indiana's 5th congressional district. Pete Sessions (R), former Congressman from Texas. Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.

Politics with Amy Walter: Texodus: Can Democrats Turn the Lone Star State Blue?

Podcast: ICE Raids In Mississippi Last Week Left Some Children Without Parents 2019-08-15

ICE Raids In Mississippi Last Week Left Some Children Without Parents Raids like this can be scaring for many children. The Historical Precedent for Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule U.S. immigration policy has long been governed by the notion of who deserves to be admitted into the country, and who deserves citizenship. Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Legacy of 'Apocalypse Now,' Forty Years Later "Apocalypse Now" continues to shape the way younger generations in the U.S. think about and relate to the Vietnam War. But the film is only concerned with the American side of the story. Other segments: Trouble with the Stock Market. What Does This Tell Us About the U.S. Economy? Could this be a sign of an upcoming economic crisis? How Would Imposing More China Tariffs Impact Independent Toy Stores? Ann Kinzle, the owner of two independent toy stores in Chicago, said the tariffs could hurt her business.

Podcast: ICE Raids In Mississippi Last Week Left Some Children Without Parents 2019-08-15

Podcast: Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York's Child Victims Act Takes E...

Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York's Child Victims Act Takes Effect For the next year, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York can sue people and institutions, no matter how long it has been. What a Deadly Explosion in Russia Could Mean for the Nuclear Arms Race Last Thursday, at least seven people were killed in Russia in what appears to have been an explosion involving a nuclear-propelled missile. Contracts Signed by Former Puerto Rican Governor May Go Under Review. Will This Lead to Change? The new governor of the island has already canceled one contract to fix the island's power grid. Why Ambulance Bills are So High, and So Unexpected There's been a lot of talk in Washington about the high cost of medical care, but one of the biggest sources of surprisingly high bills is from ambulances.

Podcast: Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York's Child Victims Act Takes E...

Podcast: Police and Protesters Clash at Hong Kong Airport 2019-08-13

Police and Protesters Clash at Hong Kong Airport Thousands of protesters descended on the international airport in Hong Kong over the weekend and successfully shut the airport down. SoulCycle Becomes Latest Brand to Reckon with a Social Media Boycott Stephen Ross, chairman of the parent company of SoulCycle and Equinox, came under fire last week for throwing a fundraiser for President Trump. Other Segments: What's the Link Between Our Gut and Our Health? Recent research shows that antibiotics and the food we eat play a huge part in maintaining the bacteria in our gut...and could also play a big role in determining how much we weigh. What Climate Change Means for Food Production Last week, the UN released a report warning of the long term effects of climate change on our food supply.

Podcast: What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein's Victims Now? 2019-08-12

What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein's Victims Now? On Saturday morning, guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility discovered the body of Jeffrey Epstein, who has apparently died by suicide. Issue of Suicides in U.S. Jails Extends Far Beyond Jeffrey Epstein Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide dominated headlines over the weekend, and his high-profile case is just a part of the much bigger picture of suicides in jails across the country. The Racial Divide of Breastfeeding in the U.S. In the U.S., white, educated women are more likely to breastfeed and for longer periods. Some reasons for that are deeply rooted in our nation's history. Other Segments: U.S.-China Trade War Enters Dangerous New Chapter The Trump administration labeled the Chinese government a "currency manipulator" following a weakening of its currency.

Podcast: What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein's Victims Now? 2019-08-12

Ferguson: Five Years Later (A Takeaway Special Podcast)

Reflecting on Ferguson, Five Years Later It's been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson's New Generation of Activists Michael Brown's death, and the protests that followed, inspired a new generation of activists in and around Ferguson. Former Police Captain Shares His Experiences of Ferguson Captain Ron Johnson, a veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, led police operations in Ferguson for the weeks and months of protests following Michael Brown's death.

Politics with Amy Walter: The Past and Present of Gun Control

Last weekend, there were two mass shootings in the span of 13 hours. In El Paso, 22 were killed in what federal authorities are considering a domestic terrorist attack. And in Dayton, nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the city's Oregon district. After horrific events like these, there's always questions like "Will lawmakers take action?" and "Will this time be different?" While there has been some small movement in the wake of the Parkland and Las Vegas mass shootings, the issue of gun control is largely at a standstill. This week, we're revisiting the last time major gun control legislation was signed into law. Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed two major gun control bills, but the votes didn't line up exactly as you'd expect. The Brady Bill, which was signed in 1993, didn't go into effect until February 1994, and that was followed by the Assault Weapons Ban later that year. Plus, we take a look at the complex world of absentee ballots. Last week, a new round of charges were filed against a political operative in North Carolina. He's being investigated for alleged voter fraud related to his handling of absentee ballots during the 2016 and 2018 elections. We also break down another voter fraud scandal in Brooks County, Georgia, from 2010. Guests: Hank Brown (R), former Senator from Colorado Glen Browder (D), former Congressman from Alabama German Lopez, senior correspondent at Vox Professor Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Steve Harrison, political reporter for WFAE Jon Ward, national political correspondent with Yahoo News Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University

Podcast: Rethinking Public Spaces in the Wake of Mass Shootings 2019-08-08

Rethinking Public Spaces in the Wake of Mass Shootings As mass shootings continue to happen in public spaces, many people in the United States say their sense of safety has been deeply shaken. A Leadership Crisis in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has ruled that the new governor, Pedro R. Pierluisi, was sworn in last week on unconstitutional grounds. Venezuela Hit with More U.S. Sanctions as Humanitarian Crisis Worsens The latest sanctions come more than three months after opposition leader Juan Guaidó's attempted coup stalled. Other Segments: Ferguson's New Generation of Activists Michael Brown's death, and the protests that followed, inspired a new generation of activists in and around Ferguson. Former Police Captain Shares His Experiences of Ferguson Captain Ron Johnson, a veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, led police operations in Ferguson for the weeks and months of protests following Michael Brown's death.

Podcast: Rethinking Public Spaces in the Wake of Mass Shootings 2019-08-08

Podcast: The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings 2019-08-07

The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings The American Psychiatric Association said that gun violence is a public health crisis and that "the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent." Toni Morrison's Legacy Listeners reflect on the work and life of author Toni Morrison. SNL Writer Julio Torres Steps in Front of the Camera to Show Viewers His Favorite Shapes This week, Saturday Night Live writer Julio Torres is out with "My Favorite Shapes," a stand-up special that highlights his delightfully absurd sensibilities. Other Segments: Reflecting on Ferguson, Five Years Later It's been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. India Revokes Kashmir's Autonomy The region is now under a complete news and communication blackout while much of India celebrates.

Podcast: The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings 2019-08-07

Podcast: The Physical and Psychological Toll of Surviving a Mass Shooting 2019-08-06

The Physical and Psychological Toll of Surviving a Mass Shooting While much of the media coverage on mass shootings is focused on death tolls, the recovery process for survivors of mass shootings tends to get overlooked. Can We Reduce Domestic Terrorism in the U.S.? In remarks from the White House on Monday, President Trump talked about possible tools to detect mass shooters before they strike. How Are You Processing the Mass Shootings? Listeners react to the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Other Segments: Saudi Arabia Will Expand the Rights of Women But the announcement comes at a time when Saudi Arabia and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are under intense scrutiny for their record of human rights abuses. Has Anything Changed in Flint? Like in 2016, the 2020 presidential candidates continue to talk about and visit Flint, yet many residents still don't have safe water. The Hidden Failings of Family Medical Leave The Family Medical Leave Act, which mandates 12 weeks of unpaid leave, is more difficult to benefit from than one might imagine.

Podcast: The Physical and Psychological Toll of Surviving a Mass Shooting 2019-08-06

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