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The Story of Jelani Day 2021-10-19
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.
Oct 19
48 min
The Global Supply Chain Is A Mess 2021-10-18
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. 
Oct 18
52 min
State Politics Heating Up Across Country 2021-10-15
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. 
Oct 15
47 min
What's Not So Funny About Dave Chappelle 2021-10-14
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.
Oct 14
51 min
Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Political Cruelty
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.
Oct 13
30 min
New Report Sheds Light on Police Foundations 2021-10-12
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. 
Oct 12
49 min
Debt Ceiling Deal Extended but For How Long? 2021-10-08
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.
Oct 8
43 min
Daniel Alarcón On Spanish-Language Media 2021-10-07
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.   
Oct 7
53 min
Whistleblower Exposes Facebook's Prioritization of Profit Over People 2021-10-06
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.  
Oct 6
49 min
Detainees Detail Troubling Conditions within New York City Jails 2021-10-05
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.  
Oct 5
48 min
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