April 3, 2020
NOTE: This is an evolving story, our Politics host Amy Walter be keeping up with it and tweeting her analysis throughout the weekend. You can find Amy at @amyewalter or click her Twitter thread below for all of the latest:  Just now: WI Gov. Evers (D) calls for special session to turn the 4/7 primary into all vote-by-mail. According to MKE Journal’s @MollyBeck , GOP legislature has rejected it & “WI polls will be open on Tues. & people will be voting in person.” 1/ — amy walter (@amyewalter) April 3, 2020 On Tuesday, April 7th, Wisconsin will hold its primary election in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. While 15 states have postponed their primaries, officials in Wisconsin have decided to move forward with the race rather than leave local elected positions in limbo. Patrick Marley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, State Representative Tyler August, and Congresswoman Gwen Moore join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the decision to host an election during the coronavirus pandemic.   Also, Austin Mayor Steve Adler shares what it's like to govern during a pandemic in a blue city within a red state.  Finally, Chryl Laird, Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College and author of "Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior," shares why Black Americans are such a loyal voting bloc for Democrats.  Check out our ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic here.
April 2, 2020
Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities In American Indian communities, the coronavirus outbreak has exposed a number of longstanding public health inequities. What's the Role of Palliative Care During a Pandemic? Before the spread of COVID-19, palliative care was already in short supply.  The Challenges India Faces Amid Coronavirus Lockdown Last week, India followed the lead of many countries facing the coronavirus pandemic by locking down the country.  Joking from a Distance: Stand-Up Comedian Dan Ahdoot on Social Distancing with His Parents Comedian Dan Ahdoot was about to get his big break on the Netflix sitcom ‘The Crew’ when filming was halted in March. Since then, he’s been staying with his parents on Long Island.
April 1, 2020
"An Open License To Pollute": EPA Relaxes Regulations Citing Coronavirus  The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it is relaxing environmental regulations for companies including factories and power plants. How African Americans, and African Immigrants, Are Fighting Against Undercounts The 2020 census will have a significant impact on the distribution of political, and economic, resources for years to come. But the rollout has been mired in controversy and confusion. In Latest Move to Push for Power Transition, Justice Dept. Charges Venezuela's Maduro with "Narco-Terrorism" The charges allege Maduro has been leading the "Cartel of the Suns" in Venezuela, to traffic cocaine into the United States. Joking from a Distance: Karen Chee on Writing for Late Night from Bed 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' writer Karen Chee returns to The Takeaway to discuss how she's adjusting to creating new material without leaving her room.
March 30, 2020
The Looming Crisis of COVID-19 in America's Jails and Prisons  A coronavirus outbreak in the correctional system could cause chaos for thousands of inmates across the country. Emissions Are Going Down Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, What Does That Mean for Climate Change? Are there unintended climate benefits from the coronavirus pandemic? Or is this just a temporary dip in emissions that will be inconsequential in the long run? Joking from a Distance: Roy Wood Jr. on Fundraising for Comedy Venues During COVID-19 Stand-up comic and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. joins The Takeaway to talk about using Instagram Live to raise money for comedy clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
March 27, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on every aspect of life. Hospitals and health care workers are overwhelmed as the number of those infected grows every day. The global economy has been upended and entire industries have come to a halt leaving millions without jobs. As Americans wait for a coordinated federal response, small business owners are running out of resources to keep their livelihoods afloat and their employees on the payroll. Lenore Estrada is the founder of Three Babes Bakeshop in San Francisco and the Executive Director of SF New Deal. She's had to lay off most of her employees and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in business. She joined Politics to share how things have changed since the start of the economic downturn.  Congressman Colin Allred of Texas weighs in on the $2 trillion stimulus package out of Washington this week. Among many things, the stimulus package is supposed to provide relief for small businesses struggling to adapt to the loss in traffic. The Washington Post's Paul Kane covered the 2008 financial crisis in addition to the ongoing one. He joins Amy Walter to analyze the details of the stimulus package and how Democrats are working to ensure there are checks on assistance for large corporations.  First responders are putting their lives on the line throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. James Augustine is the Medical Director of South Fulton, Georgia. He describes how first responders are adjusting to the realities of the pandemic.  Finally, Anita Dunn, senior adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, shares how campaigning has changed as a result of the pandemic. 
March 26, 2020
Faith Communities Find Creative Ways to Congregate Amid Pandemic Places of worship are transitioning to creative ways of holding services that protect their congregations from the spread of the coronavirus. What COVID-19 Means for VA Clinics in the U.S. For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has had to deal with crisis after crisis. As COVID-19 spreads across the country, the VA is once again finding itself in hot water.  Joking from a Distance: Maria Bamford on Workshopping New Material Online As part of a series of check-ins with different comedians, The Takeaway speaks with stand-up comic Maria Bamford about workshopping her material in a moment of social distancing.
March 25, 2020
The Big Challenges Latin America Faces with Coronavirus In Latin America, the reported number of cases has remained low, and not all governments are taking precautions. Some leaders don’t seem to be taking the risks very seriously, either.  How Coronavirus is Affecting the Primaries As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the campaign for President of the United States. But it looks different than just a few weeks ago. Online Games Like Animal Crossing are Giving People Ways to Still Gather and Socialize Video games like Nintendo's, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, are giving people opportunities to hang out in virtual spaces when they can't in real life.  Bonus: What PG&E's Involuntary Manslaughter Guilty Plea Means for the Company's Future On Monday, California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric announced that they’ll plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for their role in the 2018 Camp Fire.
March 24, 2020
How Effectively is the Media Covering Trump's Handling of COVID-19? Most television and radio news outlets are airing President Trump's coronavirus press briefings, despite the president's tendency to put out misleading information. Immigration Advocates Call on ICE to Release Detainees Immigration advocates and attorneys have called on ICE to release migrants and asylum seekers who are at risk of contracting COVID-19.  Nurses Call for More Protective Gear, Training in the U.S.  In some parts of the country, nurses are already struggling to secure the equipment and training they need to safely care for their patients.  Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega on Motherhood and Social Isolation Host Tanzina Vega gives us an update from her home in Queens, New York, where she is on maternity leave.
March 23, 2020
Across the Globe, Health Care Workers Are On the Front Lines of Pandemic In the U.S., health care workers are sounding the alarm on severe equipment shortages in the country. COVID-19: Are Rural Hospitals Prepared for the Pandemic? For years, rural healthcare facilities have struggled to stay afloat. How COVID-19 is Putting More Strain on Homeless Shelters The rapid acceleration of coronavirus is stressing an already overcrowded shelter system.  How Sex Workers Are Impacted by COVID-19 A look at how sex workers are impacted by COVID-19.
March 20, 2020
This week, a look at the way coronavirus is reshaping our worldview. Louisiana was the first state to postpone their primary contest as a result of the ongoing public health pandemic. Several states have since followed its lead. Louisiana's Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin joins Politics to explain the reasoning behind the decision to move their primary. The global economy has slowed considerably as communities attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus. Economist and Howard University professor Andria Smythe describes the tools that policymakers are using to soften the economic blow.  Wendy Parmet, professor of law and the director of Northeastern University's Center for Health Policy and Law in Boston, discusses the power that state and local governments have to deal with a public health crisis.  During times of crisis, people look to the President. A strong show of leadership has the power to calm nerves and reassure audiences that everything will be okay. Professor Barbara Perry is the Presidential Studies Director at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Professor Perry weighs in on what the role of the president has been historically and what lessons can be applied to the ongoing pandemic.  Check out our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here. 
March 19, 2020
Amazon's Sales Are Up But Their Workers Don't Feel Safe Americans are hunkering down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As people spend more time at home trying to avoid contact, they’re also shopping online more. In Africa, Number of Reported Coronavirus Cases is On the Rise On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said Africa should “prepare for the worst” as the disease continues to spread across the region. Keep Calm and Stream On Let’s talk about entertainment in the age of COVID-19.
March 18, 2020
Puerto Rico's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic Governor Wanda Vazquez has issued stricter guidelines to citizens on the island than we have seen anywhere on the mainland U.S., with a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. How Much Will Workers Benefit from a Congressional Stimulus Package? From paid sick leave to $1,000 checks, The Takeaway looks at what potential stimulus packages from Congress could mean for workers across the country. DOJ Drops Charges Against Russian Firms Implicated in 2016 Election Interference You might have missed what the Department of Justice did this week: they dropped charges against two Russian firms accused of funding efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. U.S. Soccer President Resigns Following Equal Pay Backlash The U.S. women's soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit, and the Soccer Federation's response has left them in hot water.  
March 17, 2020
The Takeaway Answers Your Coronavirus Questions The Takeaway gave your questions to two people who have been following this pandemic closely.  Keep Calm and Shop On People across the nation may be noticing empty shelves in supermarkets, but experts say don't panic, there's enough food for all. The Best Artists Who Won't Get Their Big Breaks at This Year's SXSW Austin’s South by Southwest festival is one of many cultural events that was called off this year due to COVID-19, meaning that a number of artists won't get to break out this year. Primaries Still Held in Three States Today Despite Coronavirus Concerns Arizona, Illinois, and Florida held primary elections today as the nation shuts down to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
March 16, 2020
Can Travel Bans Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus?  What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Our Mental Health As the U.S. and other countries struggle to contain COVID-19, there’s an epidemic of another sort taking place: mass anxiety. Local Officials Ease Water Shut-off Rules Amid Coronavirus Pandemic As the spread of the coronavirus continues across the U.S., leaders in some cities are taking action to make sure all residents have access to running water. NASA is Accepting Applications for New Astronauts: Extensive Travel Required  NASA is taking applications for astronauts for the first time in four years. These new astronauts are likely to be part of future expeditions to the Moon and Mars. Bonus: How is the Coronavirus Impacting the 2020 Census? To find out how the coronavirus could impact the census count, The Takeaway speaks wither with census expert Terri Ann Lowenthal.
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus has caused the cancellation of major sporting events, religious services, and other mass gatherings. It's even forced presidential contenders to rethink the way they campaign as people begin self-isolating. This week, Politics with Amy Walter takes a look at how the pandemic is reverberating across politics. Michigan will have an outsized role come November. This is why Biden's performance in the swing state mattered a great deal during Tuesday's primary where he won every county in the state. Maya King of Politico, Ruby Cramer of BuzzFeed News, and Democratic strategist Joel Payne join us to discuss the primary results and what it means for the future of Bernie Sanders' campaign.  Mayor Michael Taylor of Sterling Heights in Macomb County Michigan has voted for Republicans his whole life, but that changed ahead of his state's primary. Although Macomb County supported President Obama twice, it flipped for Trump in 2016. The county has traditionally been a bellwether in elections: whoever wins this blue-collar county wins the state. Mayor Taylor shares why he can no longer support Trump. In the midst of election season, Jessica Huseman of ProPublica's Electionland project analyzes what about the election process has changed since 2016 and how that will affect turnout.   Plus, Reid Wilson, national correspondent at The Hill and author of "Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak," joins Politics to discuss the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Check out our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus outbreak here.
March 12, 2020
As the Threat of the Coronavirus Grows, President Trump Addresses the Nation President Trump addresses the nation as the threat of the coronavirus grows. For Low-Income Americans, Coronavirus is Difficult to Avoid Though nobody is immune to coronavirus, it is expected to have a disproportionate impact on lower-income communities.  How the Coronavirus is Affecting Washington's Homeless Population Washington State is dealing with one of the most serious COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. One population is especially vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness. Bonus: Trump Endorses Jeff Sessions' Opponent in Alabama Senate Race President Trump has endorsed former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville over his former Attorney General.  "Democracy Can Be Lost": Writer David Simon on Adapting 'The Plot Against America' in 2020 The political ascendancy of Donald Trump convinced writer David Simon that Philip Roth's 2005 novel "The Plot Against America" was worth adapting for television. 
March 11, 2020
Italy Issues Nationwide Lockdown Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak The death toll there has now reached more than 600, with a total of roughly 10,000 cases. Is the Coronavirus Changing How We Look At Public Spaces? More public spaces and events continue to close as the number of coronavirus cases increase, creating a fearful atmosphere in these areas. Primary Results Are In and Joe Biden Leads Joe Biden once again has a stellar turnout, this could almost ensure his nomination as the Democratic candidate. Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker Sees a Changing Landscape for LGBTQ Politicians The Takeaway speaks with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker about her experience as an openly gay mayor in a red state and how she's thinking about this moment in American politics.
March 10, 2020
Bernie Sanders Dominates in the Muslim Vote  It’s the second big contest of the Democratic primary and there’s a lot at stake. For Bernie Sanders, it’s a chance to show that he’s still competitive in this primary.  'A Day Without Us': Mexican Women Strike to Protest Femicide Women in Mexico's capital turned out for one of the largest protests in years on International Women's Day to call attention to gender-based violence. The Environmental Impact of Plastic Bag Bans On Sunday, New York’s ban on plastic bags went into effect. The Takeaway speaks with two experts about how effective plastic bag bans are for the environment and consumer waste habits. Bonus: The High-Stakes in the L.A. County District Attorney Race L.A. County is home to the largest prosecutor's office in the U.S., and its district attorney race has high-stakes for criminal justice reform in the area.  U.S. in Midst of Major School Nurse Shortage More than half of U.S. schools no longer have a full-time school nurse. 
March 9, 2020
Communities of Faith Grapple With the Coronavirus As the coronavirus continues to spread around the country and the world, places of worship are grappling with how to continue their services, while also protecting their congregations. Trump Appoints Rep. Mark Meadows to Chief of Staff Outgoing Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina will take over as chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney who has been acting in that role since January 2019.  What Elizabeth Warren Means for the Future of Women in Politics  Senator Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential bid last Thursday. 
March 6, 2020
Joe Biden, the one-time frontrunner turned underdog is now the frontrunner again. While Bernie Sanders, the one-time underdog turned frontrunner, is once again in the fight for his political survival. We hear from various constituencies across the Democratic spectrum about how they're feeling now that the race has narrowed. Our voices include Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, Domingo Garcia, national president of LULAC, Lanae Erickson, senior vice president at Third Way, and Aracely Jimenez, deputy communications director of Sunrise Movement.  While the attention has been on the fight happening on the Democratic side, President Trump certainly hasn't been sitting on the sidelines. Politico's Alex Isenstadt discusses Trump's reelection strategy. Also on the show, a look at the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus outbreak with Yasmeen Abutaleb, a health policy reporter at The Washington Post. Plus, a conversation with Joshua Geltzer of Georgetown's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection about the lost words of the 14th Amendment and what they could mean for voting rights in this country.   
March 5, 2020
How Will the Coronavirus Affect Schools? Some countries have already shut school doors and sent all students home to wait out the virus. Can closing schools help contain this outbreak?  As October Deadline Approaches, U.S. Residents Scramble to Get Real IDs U.S. residents will need a Real ID, or another form of federally compliant identification, to fly domestically or to enter federal buildings starting this October.  In Developing Countries, Space Programs Take Flight Countries like Ethiopia, India, Angola, and South Africa have begun launching objects into space. Bonus: UC Santa Cruz Graduate Students Fight for Higher Wages Graduate students at the University of California at Santa Cruz are striking for higher wages. Last Friday, the university responded by firing dozens of the students. Obama Era Policy Made Surge in Deportation of Cubans Under Trump Possible The Obama administration's decision to end the decades-old wet foot, dry foot policy paved the way for the rising numbers of deported Cuban nationals.
March 4, 2020
Super Tuesday Brings Democratic Primary into Sharper Focus Joe Biden had a dominant showing on Super Tuesday, meaning that the shape of the race for the Democratic nomination is finally coming into focus. Abortion Is Back Before the Supreme Court Today, oral arguments begin in the Supreme Court for June Medical Services v. Russo. Census 2020: How Native American Officials Are Working Towards an Accurate Count During the 2010 census, Native Americans living on tribal lands were dramatically undercounted. The Takeaway speaks with two tribal citizens working to prevent an undercount in 2020. Bonus: Will the Interest Rate Cut Stem a Potential Coronavirus Recession? The hope of the interest rate cut was to boost spending and counteract the potential economic downturn from the coronavirus. But there’s no guarantee it will work. Texas Has Closed More Polling Stations Than Any Other State The closure of polling stations across Texas has disproportionately affected voters of color.
March 3, 2020
What Pete Buttigieg's Candidacy Means for LGBTQ Representation On Sunday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg left the presidential race.  Why Many Restaurant Workers Will Go to Work Sick   For many restaurant workers, taking a sick day could mean losing wages, or worse. What Does the U.S.-Afghanistan Peace Deal Mean for Afghan Women's Rights?  The U.S. signed a deal with Afghanistan over the weekend that signals the end of the longest war in American history. 18-years of conflict in the region may soon be over.
March 2, 2020
The Coronavirus Keeps Spreading, So Does The Misinformation The coronavirus keeps spreading. The first two U.S. deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend in Washington State. A Census Expert Answers Your Questions  The nationwide rollout of the 2020 census is just weeks away. The Takeaway answers your lingering questions.  Why Aren't More Jewish Voters Supporting Bloomberg and Sanders? It is the first time in history there are two Jewish candidates running for president, yet neither Mike Bloomberg or Bernie Sanders are leading with the Jewish vote. Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt Tells a Story of Friendship in the Oregon Territory in 'First Cow' 'First Cow,' a new film from director Kelly Reichardt, is set in the Oregon territory in the 1820s, but its subtle approach sets it apart from the conventional Hollywood western. 
February 28, 2020
On Saturday, primary voters in South Carolina will decide which nominee has earned their votes. While Vice President Joe Biden is polling ahead of his rivals in the state, his lackluster performance in Iowa and New Hampshire has called into question his electability. Just a few days later, national attention will shift toward the 14 states casting ballots on Super Tuesday. Darren Sands of BuzzFeed News, Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight, and Meg Kinnard of AP join Politics to discuss. Voters in Texas will choose their candidate on Super Tuesday. Abby Livingston of The Texas Tribune weighs in on how some Democrats are feeling about the likelihood of Bernie Sanders as the nominee.  Plus, Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post provides analysis regarding reports of Russian interference in the 2020 election process. Finally, a look at the impact of coronavirus on global markets with Reuters' Heather Timmons. 
February 27, 2020
How President Trump Fits into the Global Rise of Authoritarian Leaders The term “authoritarian” is being used to describe President Trump more frequently in some U.S. media. But is that an appropriate label? Why Innocent People Admit to Crimes They Didn't Commit Wrongful convictions and false confessions are more common than we think.  Census 2020: Addressing Cybersecurity Threats to the First Online Census 2020 will be the first time ever that most people will use digital technology to fill out the census, opening up the process to a number of potential cybersecurity threats.
February 26, 2020
Emergence of Sanders as Front-Runner Highlights Potential Fractures on the Left After a dominant win in Nevada, Bernie Sanders is the candidate to beat in the primaries. But his current strength has also highlighted potential fractures within the Democratic Party.  Supreme Court Rules Border Patrol Agent Can't Be Sued for Killing A Mexican Teenager The court ruled that allowing the family of 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez to sue the Border Patrol agent that shot him could undermine border security. Local News Rethinks Its Use of Mugshots For the last decade, online mugshot galleries have become an easy source of revenue for struggling newsrooms. Top U.S. Officials Send Mixed Messages on Risk of Coronavirus As verified cases across the Middle East and Europe, officials in the U.S. are not only figuring out how to address the virus, but how to address the public.
February 25, 2020
What Harvey Weinstein's Rape Conviction Means for the #MeToo Movement Weinstein’s case has become synonymous with the #MeToo era. Yesterday’s verdict is a historic moment for the women at the center of this trial and survivors everywhere. Guns and Domestic Violence: Lisette Johnson's Testimony Lisette Johnson was shot four times by her husband in 2009 and survived, and has since become an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence.  Remembering the First Civil Rights Era Sit-in in Alabama The Takeaway speaks with St. John Dixon, who took part in the first sit-in against segregation in the state of Alabama on February 25, 1960. Appalachia Grapples with Extreme Flooding The region is also still recovering from some of the worst flooding on record from 2016. 
February 24, 2020
Trump Administration Targets U.S. Intelligence Community Last week, President Donald Trump announced Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as the acting director of national intelligence.  Census 2020: Making Latino Communities Heard in Texas Texas lawmakers declined to fund census outreach efforts in their state, which could lead to an undercount in 2020, particularly among Latino communities. Guns and Domestic Violence: Overview In the United States, domestic violence incidents involving guns are on the rise, and women are especially vulnerable. Can Baseball Survive This Cheating Scandal? The Houston Astros were caught using cameras to read opposing teams' signs to give their hitters an advantage.
February 23, 2020
The Nevada caucuses were held on Saturday. Senator Bernie Sanders easily claimed victory, proving he can build a broad coalition of voters.  Host Amy Walter discusses the results of the Silver State with Joel Payne, a Democratic strategist; Tara Golshan, 2020 reporter at HuffPost Politics; and Zach Montellaro, campaign reporter for Politico. 
February 21, 2020
Democratic strategist Joel Payne, Maya King from Politico, and Jon Ralston from The Nevada Independent join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss Saturday's caucus in Nevada and how candidates fared this week.  On Wednesday, Michael Bloomberg joined his rivals in Nevada for his first debate as a presidential candidate. The former mayor has positioned himself as a moderate businessman alternative to President Donald Trump. While he's spent millions on highly-produced advertisements, his debate performance has caused some to question whether the appeal from his ads translates into a candidate that could beat President Trump. Rosie Gray from BuzzFeed News shares some insights from the campaign trail.  On Super Tuesday, California's 415 Democratic delegates will be up for grabs. But as of writing, more than one million voters have already submitted their ballots. Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc. shares how campaigns are trying to sway voters ahead of March 3rd.  Also, a look at the role Latino voters will play in the Democratic primary and beyond. We hear from Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Mark Hugo Lopez from the Pew Research Center, and Dr. Stephen Nuño-Perez from Latino Decisions. 
February 20, 2020
Climate Change Finds Its Way onto the Debate Stage in Nevada Studies have also shown that Latino voters are more engaged with the issue of climate change than other voting groups. Why Aren't There More Famous Female Magicians? Sexism and social biases have historically prevented female magicians from becoming as famous as male magicians. Indigenous-Led Pipeline Protests Bring Canada to a Standstill For two weeks now, activists across Canada have blockaded rail lines and ports to protest the construction of a natural gas pipeline on Wet’suwet’en First Nation territory. A Honduran Girl, Separated from Her Family for Six Years In 2013, a 10-year-old Honduran girl requested asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. After being placed into the system, their family never heard from her again.
February 19, 2020
Mixed Messages As Secretary Pompeo Visits Africa It’s only the second visit by a Secretary of State during this administration. California to Apologize to Japanese Americans for Internment Camps The state of California is issuing an apology in the form of a bipartisan bill that’s expected to pass today.  Bankruptcy Filing Complicates Future of Abuse Cases Against the Boy Scouts of America On Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy filing has raised concerns about what the move means for the future of sexual abuse cases against the group. 
February 18, 2020
Census 2020: How Community Leaders in Oklahoma Are Working to Prevent an Undercount Oklahoma is one of several states that has allocated no funds to the rollout of the 2020 census, leaving non-profit organizations to pick up the slack. Black Dance Creators Are Not Getting The Credit They Deserve The video game Fortnite and influencers on TikTok make massive profits from using dances made by black creators without even crediting them.   The Amazon's Priest Shortage Reignites Debate over Celibacy in the Catholic Church In some of the most remote areas of the Amazon, Catholics will sometimes have to wait months between masses, sometimes years. 
February 17, 2020
Trump Administration Escalates Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities It will deploy dozens of border patrol agents in cities that have pushed back against its immigration enforcement policies, including Los Angeles and Houston.   Why Public Transportation Is Such an Important Site of Civil Rights Protest Transportation has long been a staging ground for civil rights protests. And U.S. history is filled with the stories of those who stood up to discrimination on public transit. The Exploitative Contracts Between Strippers and Strip Clubs Genea Sky fell from a 15-foot pole in Dallas. As a contract worker, she cannot access workers compensation or employee insurance. 
February 14, 2020
Andrew Prokop of Vox, Adam Harris of The Atlantic, and Philip Bump of The Washington Post join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the results from New Hampshire, Senator Bernie Sander's perceived lead, and Attorney General William Barr's handling of sentencing recommendations for Roger J. Stone. Also, The Democratic Party of Nevada is trying to avoid the tech issues that disrupted the final result of the Iowa caucuses. Rebecca Katz of New Deal Strategies and Megan Messerly of The Nevada Independent weigh in on the process and how candidates are making their case to voters in the final days before the caucuses.  Finally, Maya King of Politico and Errin Haines of The 19th* join Amy Walter to discuss how presidential hopefuls are modifying their messages to court black voters. 
February 12, 2020
What Bernie Sander's New Hampshire Victory Means for the Democratic Primary Sen. Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. The Takeaway's Amy Walter weighs in on what the results mean for the weeks ahead. Is Abortion the Litmus Test for Democrats Today? At Friday's debate in New Hampshire, almost all the candidates went out of their way to reaffirm their support of abortion. Siba, a Standard Poodle, Wins 144th Westminster Dog Show Siba, a standard poodle, was crowned "Best in Show" at the 144th West Minister Dog Show in New York on Tuesday.
February 11, 2020
Coronavirus Continues to Spread Despite Mass Quarantines in China As the number of confirmed infections continues to climb in China, how effective has quarantine been?  'Birds of Prey' Director Cathy Yan on Crafting Her Own Vision of Gotham City The Takeaway speaks with Cathy Yan about helming 'Birds of Prey' and why studios are finally acknowledging that the fan base for superhero movies extends far beyond teenage boys. The National Archives Is Deleting Records About Trump’s ICE Policies In 2017 the Archives agreed to let Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials delete or destroy documents that detail the sexual abuse and death of undocumented immigrants
February 10, 2020
Will Radical Resistance Movements Shaking up the Globe Reach the U.S.? Protests in the U.S. have typically focused on changing "the system," rather than overthrowing it. Gayle King Comes Under Fire for Interview About Kobe Bryant's Legacy This taps into longstanding cultural expectations of black women and the black family, and the priority of upholding and defending black men. Should We Be Concerned About Election Security in the U.S.? The problems with the Iowa caucuses have led to new concerns about voting system vulnerabilities across the country.  New Hampshire Voters Ready for Primary on TuesdayTomorrow, all eyes will be on New Hampshire as the state readies for the country’s first presidential primary.
February 7, 2020
On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire will cast their votes in the first primary contest of the 2020 election. Typically, the candidate who emerged as the winner in Iowa would slingshot to New Hampshire where the momentum picks up or gets checked, but a delay in the final tally has muddled the outlook. Priscilla Thompson, 2020 campaign embed with NBC and Josh Rogers, Politics Reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss.  Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Amy Kennedy, weighed in on how The Party plans on engaging the state's contingent of Democratic voters. Dante Scala, professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire explains the impact the Iowa caucuses have on voters on Tuesday.  David Weigel of The Washington Post weighs in on the State of the Union Address and the Senate's vote to acquit President Trump on two articles of impeachment.  Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe for free to our podcast via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this segment with you on the go. Want to comment on this story? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or Twitter.  
February 6, 2020
Following Acquittal, What's Next for the Democrats? Rep. Steve Israel argues that Democrats should continue to expose Trump's misdeeds and focus on November. The Murky Waters of Social Media and "Objectivity" in Newsrooms Is there even such a thing as "objectivity?" Prada to Address Racist Incidents in Landmark Settlement In late 2018, luxury fashion house Prada came under fire for a racist window display in its flagship shop in SoHo.  Student Homelessness is at an All-Time High In the 2017-2018 school year, more than 1.5 million public school children had experienced homelessness.
February 5, 2020
President Trump's State of the Union: Immigration, Economy, 2020 Elections The President avoided one major topic: impeachment. Fear of the Coronavirus Spurs Surge in Xenophobia and Anti-Chinese Sentiment The long standing stereotype of the sick foreigner is playing into how we are dealing with the Coronavirus. Veteran Journalist Diane Rehm on the Right-to-Die Movement In her new book "When My Times Comes," Rehm explores the highly divisive field of medical aid in dying.  The Growing Support for Aid-in-Dying Legislation But there is a lot of confusion around what aid-in-dying actually entails, and what it means for the rights of patients who are terminally ill and their families.   
February 4, 2020
Iowa Caucus: Is It Time to Overhaul the System? After months of campaigning, the Iowa caucuses are finally over, well almost over.  CTE: The State of the Science Another NFL season is over, but chronic traumatic encephalopathy, often associated with repeated head injuries from football, remains in the news. In "The Other Latif," a Reporter Investigates His Namesake at Guantánamo Bay Radiolab's director of research Latif Nasser discovers that there's someone else who shares his unusual name: detainee 244 at Guantánamo Bay. Trump Administration Reverses Land Mine Policy   Last week, the Trump administration eased restrictions on the deployment of land mines by the U.S. military.
February 3, 2020
Trump Administration Expands Controversial Travel Ban On Friday, President Trump expanded the ban to include six new countries: Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar. Miscarriages, a Common Issue We Don't Discuss Miscarriage has long been a sensitive topic, The Takeaway takes an in-depth look at the impact it can have on women.   Taika Waititi Breaks Down the Process Behind 'Jojo Rabbit' The Takeaway speaks with Taika Waititi about the risks of making a comedy about Nazi Germany with 'Jojo Rabbit,' and balancing big-budget blockbusters with more personal indie films. The Challenges of Caucusing with a Child In Iowa, many parents—especially women—who want to caucus today will run into a familiar problem: childcare.
February 1, 2020
In the second installment of Politics with Amy Walter from Iowa, we contextualize the caucuses set to take place on Monday. Democratic Strategist Matt Paul fills us in on why many voters are undecided until the last minute and what it will take to convince them to get behind a candidate. Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Troy Price and Iowa Public Radio's politics reporter Clay Masters explain how the caucus process has changed since 2016. Iowa State University student Megan Johansen explains why she's supporting Pete Buttigieg.  Also, Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords explains how the national conversation surrounding gun control has shifted, even in the suburbs.  ICYMI: Check out the first installment from Iowa here.    
January 30, 2020
The Questioning Phase of the Impeachment Trial Begins Senators began questioning House Managers and President Trump’s attorneys about the president’s conduct with Ukraine. Despite Its Troubled History, the Border Patrol is Training Kids to Apprehend Migrants The Border Patrol has been training teens for years to take part in law enforcement work. Why Boris Johnson and Trump are Butting Heads on Trade While much of the rhetoric around Brexit has been about isolationism, the split also means that Britain has to create new trade agreements with countries around the world. How Filmmakers are Reckoning with #MeToo on the Big Screen The film that is loosely based on the Harvey Weinstein story, "The Assistant", hits theaters on Friday. The Takeaway looks at how filmmakers are reckoning with #MeToo on the big screen.
January 29, 2020
Trump Unveils So-Called Peace Plan for the Middle East On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his long-awaited plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The Harvey Weinstein Trial is Moving Quickly And the defense has worked to undermine the allegations by pointing to one victim’s continued contact with Weinstein after the alleged assault. Could "She" Be President? A Look at Pronoun Bias in Politics Presidential candidates have been using female pronouns to talk about the presidency. Turns out we may all be biased against the “she” pronoun in that context. The Devastating Family Toll of Suicide by Firearm Karyl Chastain Beal lost her daughter Arlene to suicide by firearm back in the 1990s. Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria is a Growing Threat Recent studies from the World Health Organization and the United Nations say that resistant bacteria and the decline of antibiotic development could soon lead to a global crisis. 
January 28, 2020
Is the World Prepared for the Next Pandemic? As fears over the spread of the coronavirus continue to spread, it raises questions about how prepared countries around the world are for the next pandemic. World's Largest Money Manager to Make Investment Decisions Based on Climate Change The world’s largest money manager, BlackRock, announced recently that it plans to make climate change a central part of its investment strategy. What Exactly is the Relationship Between India's Prime Minister Modi and President Trump? Late last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the U.S. for a massive rally in Texas, and next month President Trump will visit India for a similar event. Trump Administration Issues Rollback of U.S. Waterways Protections  Last Thursday, the Trump administration finalized a new rule rolling back environmental protections of streams, wetlands, and groundwater across the country.
January 27, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Verbally Attacks NPR Host Mary Louise Kelly It’s just the latest example of the Trump administration demonizing members of the news media. The Life and Legacy of Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant was one of 9 killed during a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. How to Write About Experiences Other Than Your Own After the controversy around "American Dirt," we wanted to discuss how people can successfully write about identities and experiences outside of their own. Thousands from the South Asian Diaspora Protest India's New Citizenship Law As protests in India continue against a law that grants citizenship based on religion, the South Asian diaspora has also taken to the streets to join the fight.  
January 24, 2020
This week, Politics with Amy Walter took a trip to Iowa to get a sense of how voters are feeling ahead of the upcoming caucuses. We asked politicians, economists, pollsters, and caucusgoers about what issues are important to them and which candidate could deliver the White House to Democrats. The issues of foremost concern included race, healthcare, labor protections, hyper-polarization, climate change, and defeating President Trump.  J. Ann Selzer, whose poll is considered the “gold standard,” walks us through her latest data set and what to make of this incredibly close race.  From Waterloo, we heard from Mayor Quentin Hart, who has endorsed former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Pastor Frantz Whitfield, a supporter of Vice President Joe Biden, about the calculus behind their endorsements. Dave Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University, explained the economy of the state which holds an outsized influence on the rest of the primary season.    
January 23, 2020
House Managers Begin Their Case Against President Trump Each of the seven House managers will present different aspects of the case. Women are Leading Protests Against Controversial Citizenship Law in India In India, people are still protesting a law passed over a month ago that many see as discriminatory against Muslims because it grants citizenship based on religion. Glenn Greenwald Responds to Accusations of Cybercrimes by the Brazilian Government The Brazilian government alleges that Greenwald helped hack the cellphones of public officials. Greenwald joins The Takeaway to discuss the charges against him. The Threats That Journalists Face for Reporting on the Government As civil unrest and protests have grown, in places like Hong Kong, Chile, and Lebanon, governments have cracked down on reporters as well as protesters. The Rise of "Abortion Reversal" Laws In 2019, the U.S. saw an unprecedented number of laws aimed at limiting people’s right to abortion.
January 22, 2020
Mexican Officials Attempt to Stop Migrant Caravan, Indicative of U.S. Pressure on Mexico The Mexican National Guard deployed tear gas on the migrant caravan at the Mexico-Guatemala border. Seeking Asylum: From the Southern Border to Japan The asylum system, designed by major countries to deal with people fleeing persecution, is broken, everywhere. New State Bills and Laws Could Have Lasting Impact on LGBTQ Community  While Utah's law banning conversation therapy goes into effect today, a dozen of states have proposed new bills that many believe are discriminatory against transgender minors.  Actor BD Wong and Writer Teresa Hsiao on Bringing Asian American Stories to the Small Screen Awkwafina stars in a new sitcom based on her own life called 'Awkwafina is Nora from Queens.' Actor BD Wong and executive producer Teresa Hsiao discuss bringing the story to television.
January 21, 2020
Iowa Prepares to Caucus as Impeachment Trial Kicks Off How The Trumps and Kushners Got Rich Off Federal Policies President Trump is no stranger to using his influence to seek favors. It’s a strategy that is not out of the ordinary in the world where he made his fortune, New York real estate. In Puerto Rico, Fallout Over Unused Aid Raises Questions about Government Mismanagement Over the weekend, a video went viral on social media, showing a warehouse full of unused disaster supplies in the city of Ponce. The Barriers to Finding Mental Healthcare While Black Only a quarter of Black Americans seek out care, compared with 40% of white people.
January 20, 2020
Richmond Braces for Major Rally Against Gun Control Thousands of gun rights activists are expected to rally against a series of proposed gun control laws in Virginia. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Surveilled by the FBI. Today, Law Enforcement Still Tracks Black Activists The FBI and law enforcement agencies have come under fire for their surveillance practices of Black activists. Bad Boys Director Adil El Arbi on Taking the Leap from Belgium to Hollywood The FBI and law enforcement agencies have come under fire for their surveillance practices of Black activists. A New Wave of Progressive Prosecutors and the Barriers They Face Many left-leaning district attorneys are seeking reforms that are seeing pushback. The Quiet Rise of Meth Overdoses During the Opioid Epidemic There is now a rise in the number of deaths and overdoses from methamphetamine and cocaine.
January 17, 2020
With caucus and primary season around the corner, it’s only a matter of time until candidates shift gears and begin expanding their campaigns in battleground states. Come November, voters in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin will play a critical role in determining what party will take the White House. Although Pennsylvania handed President Obama victories in 2008 and 2012, voters decided to take a chance on President Trump in 2016, awarding him 20 electoral votes. This week, Politics with Amy Walter traveled to Pennsylvania to hear from politicians in the state about the lessons learned from 2016 and what’s at stake in 2020. Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Dwight Evans, and Philadelphia Councilmember Kendra Brooks sat down with Amy Walter.  Plus, Jerome Dillard, the State Director for Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO), highlights the implications of failing to engage disenfranchised voters. Also, the New York Times’ Margot Sanger-Katz explains the Republican-led lawsuit that attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and what that means for the 20 million Americans that would lose coverage.  Finally, Steve Mistler, Chief Political Correspondent of Maine Public Radio, weighs in on Senator Susan Collins’ legacy and how it might change in light of the ongoing impeachment trial.
January 16, 2020
Why Some Newspapers Are Rethinking Presidential Endorsements Some newspapers are rethinking not only their endorsement process, but their entire editorial and opinion sections altogether. Rapper Killer Mike on the Political Issues that Matter to Him in 2020 The Takeaway talks to rapper Killer Mike about his activism, starting back when he was a teen, and gets his take on the 2020 candidate field. Trump Administration Ends Delay in Puerto Rico Relief Funding The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been delaying Puerto Rico from accessing about $8 billion of relief funding for nearly a year.
January 15, 2020
The United Methodist Church May Split Over LGBTQ Issues — Here's What May Happen The "traditionalist" faction of the UMC may split from the Church, leading to an international conundrum. Are Workplaces Ready for Salary Talk? Talking about money has historically been seen as taboo, especially for women. A Rift Within the Romance Novel Industry Romance is the publishing world’s most lucrative genre.  Bloomberg's Spending Spree in the 2020 Race Pollsters are watching whether Bloomberg’s ad campaign has the potential to overshadow candidates who have more of a grassroots following.
January 14, 2020
Anti-Regime Protests Break Out in Iran Over Shot Down Ukrainian Jet Citizens are expressing outrage over the government previously lying about having shot down the passenger plane. International Olympic Committee Bans Politics Protesting at the Summer Games The IOC has renounced the legacy of political protests at the Olympics and has decided to ban demonstrations from within the games.  Why are the Oscars Still So White? Five years after the hashtag began, the Oscars nominees still lack diversity. Texas Governor Says the State Will No Longer Resettle Refugees Under a new Trump directive, states have the ability to decide whether or not they resettle refugees.
January 13, 2020
Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Puerto Rico A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico on Saturday morning. Can Solar Energy Solve Puerto Rico's Energy Crisis? Last week’s earthquake in Puerto Rico caused widespread power outages on the Island that left hundreds of thousands of residents without electricity for days. The Legacy of Colonialism in Caribbean Tourism The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world, yet the majority of the money made doesn't stay on the islands. How the Politics of Gun Control Has Flipped In Virginia, Democrats flipped the House and Senate in November, and now hold full control of the state government for the first time in a generation.
January 10, 2020
Against the background of impeachment, heightened tensions with Iran, and the Iowa Caucuses, Astead Herndon of The New York Times and Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight join Politics with Amy Walter to provide an update on the state of the Democratic Primary. Plus, Thanassis Cambanis of the Century Foundation analyzes the future of the US-Iran relationship in light of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and Andrew Clevenger of CQ Roll Call provides context about the War Powers Resolution.    
January 9, 2020
What's the Relationship between Journalism and Patriotism? As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalate, a familiar debate is resurfacing on cable news. The NFL's Rooney Rule is Not Working Like it Was Intended To The Rooney Rule was created to help minorities get more head coaching opportunities in the NFL, it hasn't exactly worked as intended.  An Environmental Rule Change That Ignores Climate Change Federal agencies would no longer have to take climate change into account when measuring the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects. Elizabeth Warren Goes After the Latinx Vote When Julián Castro dropped out of the 2020 race, he joined team Warren, which has been trying to close a gap with Latino voters. A link to the West Side story will be available here soon.
January 8, 2020
Iran Retaliates, Firing Missiles Into Iraq On Tuesday, Iran’s military fired over a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house U.S. soldiers. What Lawmakers are Saying About the US-Iran Conflict Plus, a look at what Congress is busy with these next few weeks. Child Care on the Campaign Trail For many women running for office, paying for child care is a major hurdle. Is Willpower the Secret to Keeping New Year's Resolutions? More and more psychologists are questioning the role of willpower in accomplishing our goals.  Alleged War Criminals from Guatemala's Civil War are Evading Justice — By Living in the U.S. Some have been deported back to Guatemala, where they are facing trials for human rights abuses.
January 7, 2020
Are the Iranian People United Behind Their Government?  The media portrayal of Iran shows the country united behind its government. But just how accurate is that viewpoint? Another Look at the US-Iran Conflict from Iranian Americans Two Iranian Americans joined The Takeaway again to give their perspective on the escalating conflict. Two Years Into the Time's Up Movement, Has Hollywood Changed? Does the world of entertainment look better, and safer, because of the movement? "It's What I Call a Massacre:" Violence in Mississippi Prisons Leaves Inmates Dead, Families in the Dark There have been at least five inmates confirmed dead. But advocates and prisoners worry there may be more. Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico Millions of Puerto Ricans woke up to a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. 
January 6, 2020
The Aftermath of Soleimani's Death Since the U.S. Airstrike How is President's Trump decision to assassinate a top Iranian commander playing out in Washington? How Tribal Experts Are Shaping the Federal Government's Wildfire Strategy In recent years, the federal government has been deferring more to tribal experts who say that intentionally setting prescribed fires is the best way to lessen damage from wildfires. Why Some Foster Children Stay in Motels, Offices, and Institutions About 56,000 foster children were living in congregate care as of 2013, according to the federal Children’s Bureau. Weinstein's Criminal Trial Begins With a Long Jury Selection Process The former movie mogul is in Manhattan for proceedings expected to last six weeks, and much of the focus will be on jury selection.
January 3, 2020
In his 1957 book, Citadel, journalist William White refers to the Senate as “the world’s most exclusive club.” But for many high-profile Democrats, it's a club that seems to have gone out of style. In April, Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who narrowly lost the race for governor of Georgia in 2018, announced that she is not running for Senate. Joaquin Castro in Texas, Ambassador Susan Rice in Maine, Congresswoman Cindy Axne and former Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa have all made the same decision. Then, there's the Democrats who have decided to run for president instead: John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, and Beto O’Rourke who rose to prominence in 2018 when he challenged Texas Senator Ted Cruz. What's going on here?  Jennifer Duffy, a political analyst covering US Senate and Governor's races for the Cook Political Report, explains why for some Democrats the Senate seems to have lost its allure. Frances Lee, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, tells us how we got a Senate in the first place.  Osita Nwanevu, a staff writer at the New Yorker covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C., and Logan Dobson, a Republican strategist and the former director of Data and Analytics for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, debate equal state representation in the U.S Senate.  
January 2, 2020
How Local and Federal Policies are Criminalizing Homelessness Homelessness is on the rise throughout the country, and so is its criminalization. A Look Ahead at U.S. Foreign Policy in 2020 2019 had an overwhelming amount of national news that may have caused us to lose sight of the important foreign policy issues. The Danger of Migrant Protection Protocols and What to Expect from U.S. Immigration Policy in 2020 The U.S. immigration protocols that force migrants to wait for their asylum hearing court date in Mexican border towns are extremely dangerous for asylum seekers.  The "Party of Five" Reboot Tackles Family Separation The new version centers around the Mexican-American siblings whose immigrant parents get deported to Mexico.
January 1, 2020
While the lines in comedy are changing at the moment, not everyone is feeling limited by these new rules. As with much of the media landscape, women of color are severely underrepresented on stand-up and improv stages. But as the barriers to entry shift, some are finding their voices heard in a way that seemed impossible five or ten years ago. As part of a new series, The Takeaway is going to explore this complicated moment in comedy. We’ll speak to some of the women of color stand-ups and sketch comedy stars who shaped the comedy world into what it is today. And we'll hear from younger comics on what the landscape looks like for them. One question at the center of it all: whose moment is it in comedy today? Headlining the Biggest Sketch Comedy Shows of the 90s The Takeaway speaks with comedians Ellen Cleghorne and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh about breaking out on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color. Margaret Cho on Pushing the Boundaries of the Comedy World Margaret Cho joins The Takeaway to discuss the comedy scene and the lonely moments as the "only Asian American woman out there."  Cristela Alonzo on Finding Her Voice Through Comedy Stand-up comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo is the latest guest in our series on women of color in comedy.  What Does the Comedy World Look Like for Young Women of Color? Karen Chee and Ayo Edebiri are up-and-coming comedians. They represent the future of comedy.
December 31, 2019
New York Ends 2019 in a Week of Rampant Anti-Semitism A week of anti-semitic attacks in New York City culminated in five people being stabbed at a Hanukkah party outside the city Saturday night.  January 1: More Than Just News Year's Day For many U.S. immigrants and refugees, January 1st is more than just the start of the calendar new year. How TV Shows Have Reflected Political Moments This Decade From optimism to cynicism — how TV reflected political moments in Washington.
December 30, 2019
Despite Billions in Aid, Farm Bankruptcies Are on the Rise Farm bankruptcies are up 24 percent from last year, the highest level the farming industry has seen since 2011. It Could Be Another 257 Years Before Women Are Paid the Same as Men That's 50 years longer than what was predicted just last year.  The Highs and Lows of 2019 Movies Film critic Rafer Guzman weighs in on some overlooked highlights from 2019, and also talks about his least favorite movies of the year. Aung San Suu Kyi's Fall From Grace: Nobel Peace Prize to Denying Genocide  The leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has become the first Noble Peace Prize winner to defend against accusations of genocide.  New Copyrighted Works Entering the Public Domain in 2020 A new batch of copyrighted material will enter the public domain on New Year's Day. 
December 24, 2019
Smartphone Surveillance in the Digital Age Across the globe, dozens of companies can now log the precise locations of millions of consumers through their mobile phones. Joe Biden's Comments on Stuttering Takes on a National Conversation In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden talked about mentoring a boy with a speech impediment much like his own, thrusting stuttering into the current national conversation. New Film, "Clemency," Looks at Death Row From a Warden's Eyes The death row drama shows how those carrying out state-sanctioned killings are often left traumatized and isolated. Saudi Arabia Escapes Accountability for Jamal Khashoggi's Murder The Saudi Arabian criminal court has sentenced five people to death for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, but are they hiding something? 
December 23, 2019
One Year After The First Step Act Has the law achieved what it set out to do? How Migrant Communities Throughout History Have Grappled With American Christmas Hanukkah in the U.S. evolved alongside Christmas. This is Not the Queer Representation You're Looking For Many are calling out the most recent Star Wars for teasing LGBTQ representation and then not following through in a meaningful way.
December 22, 2019
On Thursday, presidential candidates seeking the Democratic nomination gathered in Los Angeles for the sixth debate. Maya King of Politico and Kevin Robillard of HuffPost join Politics with Amy Walter with analysis of the state of the Democratic primary field. Also, Toluse Olorunnipa of The Washington Post recaps President Trump's time in office as we head into 2020 and Jesse Paul of the Colorado Sun weighs in on how vulnerable Republicans in the Senate are thinking about 2020.  Plus, Nader Hashemi of the Center for Middle East Studies and Senator Chris Murphy provide context regarding the past and present of the United State's relationship with Saudi Arabia.  Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe for free to our podcast via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this segment with you on the go. Want to comment on this story? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or Twitter.
December 21, 2019
While the lines in comedy are changing at the moment, not everyone is feeling limited by these new rules. As with much of the media landscape, women of color are severely underrepresented on stand-up and improv stages. But as the barriers to entry shift, some are finding their voices heard in a way that seemed impossible five or ten years ago. As part of a new series, The Takeaway is going to explore this complicated moment in comedy. We’ll speak to some of the women of color stand-ups and sketch comedy stars who shaped the comedy world into what it is today. And we'll hear from younger comics on what the landscape looks like for them. One question at the center of it all: whose moment is it in comedy today? Headlining the Biggest Sketch Comedy Shows of the 90s The Takeaway speaks with comedians Ellen Cleghorne and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh about breaking out on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color. Margaret Cho on Pushing the Boundaries of the Comedy World Margaret Cho joins The Takeaway to discuss the comedy scene and the lonely moments as the "only Asian American woman out there."  Cristela Alonzo on Finding Her Voice Through Comedy Stand-up comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo is the latest guest in our series on women of color in comedy.  What Does the Comedy World Look Like for Young Women of Color? Karen Chee and Ayo Edebiri are up-and-coming comedians. They represent the future of comedy.
December 19, 2019
What's Next for Donald Trump? Donald Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. What's next? Why A Non-Alcoholic Bar Appeals To Drinkers and Non-Drinkers Alike There is a growing movement of people promoting the benefits of sobriety and drinking in moderation
December 18, 2019
Judges in Wisconsin and Georgia Approve Mass Voter Roll Purges Hundreds of thousands of voters could soon be ineligible to vote in Wisconsin and Georgia.  The World's Largest Democracy Is Protesting Anger over a new citizenship law that would endanger Muslims in India is causing mass unrest. 
December 17, 2019
Tenants Left in a State of Precarity as Mysterious Shell Companies Buy Millions of Homes Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is now suing to determine who owns all these homes. Federal Government to Crack Down on Robocalls Americans received more than 5 billion robocalls in November alone, according to the robocall blocking app YouCall. "Richard Jewell" and Female Journalists in Hollywood The new film is coming under fire for its portrayal of real-life reporter Kathy Scruggs. 
December 16, 2019
What Trump's Executive Order Means for Anti-Semitism in the U.S. Last Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aiming to curb anti-semitism in the U.S. Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party Win Big In U.K. General Election The Conservative Party had a landslide victory in the U.K.'s general election last week. Arrest of a Journalist and Activist Raises Concerns of Free Speech Crackdown in Nigeria Omoyele Sowore was re-arrested on December 6 by Nigerian security forces, less than a day after making bail.  
December 13, 2019
This week, Nick Fandos joined Politics with Amy Walter to share the latest about the House's impeachment vote. But while the national media has been saturated with impeachment, Democratic candidates are focused on Iowa, where voters will cast their ballots in the new year. Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director of End Citizens United and Michael McAdams, National Press Secretary of the National Republican Congressional Committee, weigh in on how the two parties vision impeachment playing out in 2020 and the messages they're relaying to their separate bases.  Also, The Washington Post's Heather Long discusses why it's rare to hear about the loss of administrative jobs that were primarily held by women. The president of the Voter Participation Center, Page Gardner, explains why presidential candidates should harness the voting power of unmarried women.
December 12, 2019
 A Look at the Toxic Company Culture at Away The luggage and lifestyle brand is just the latest millennial tech company to be called out for its cutthroat work culture. Racial Discrimination in the World of Banking The New York Times has published audio recordings of a former NFL player being discriminated against at a JPMorgan branch.  Why Defrauded Students Still Can't Get Debt Relief Tens of thousands of students across the country have been defrauded by for-profit colleges.
December 11, 2019
USMCA to Become the New NAFTA The governments of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, announced the passing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in Mexico City on Tuesday. The High Costs of Rising Seas Last Wednesday, officials in the Florida Keys said it might be too expensive to protect some of the island from rising seas brought by climate change.  Russia Banned from International Sports Competitions for Four Years On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from competing in the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, among other major sporting events. Dollar Stores Continue to Boom as More Cities Implement Measures to Prevent Further Developments Forth Worth, Texas, has become the most recent city to pass an ordinance that will limit the number of dollar stores that can be developed. 
December 10, 2019
Explosive Investigation Shows U.S. Officials Mislead the Public About "Unwinnable" War In Afghanistan for Years  Since 2001, U.S. officials have been misleading the public with a public charade of a successful war effort, but behind the scenes, a different story was playing out.  Should Foster Care Be Reduced, Or Reformed? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, last year the number of children in foster care decreased for the first time since 2011. House Judiciary Chair Announces Articles of Impeachment The charges are twofold: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
December 9, 2019
by José Olivares A warning to listeners: some of the audio in this story is disturbing and hard to listen to. An exclusive Takeaway and The Intercept investigation shows that correctional staff at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center skirted rules when dealing with a migrant with mental illness. The detainee, a 40-year-old undocumented Mexican migrant, killed himself after spending 21 days in solitary confinement in July 2018. The investigation shows that correctional staff at the Stewart Detention Center did not follow the ICE national detention standards during the classification process, the disciplinary process and even on the night he killed himself. The migrant, Efraín Romero de la Rosa, took his own life at the Stewart Detention Facility in Georgia, which is run by the private corrections company CoreCivic. He had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia. The solitary confinement cell in which Efraín Romero de la Rosa took his own life. (GBI Investigation Photo) While in ICE custody, Efraín was placed in solitary confinement for 15 days, was later placed on suicide watch and, separately, spent time at a mental health institution for over a month. On his return to Stewart to continue immigration proceedings, correctional staff neglected to recognize his mental illness and classify him accordingly. Staff had noted his fixation on death, repeatedly telling staff he would "die three terrible deaths," and telling other detainees he was a "prophet." Yet, CoreCivic's correctional staff sent Efraín to solitary confinement for 30 days. None of the disciplinary records released by CoreCivic in response to courtroom discovery demands and provided by family attorney Andrew Free make mention of his worsening mental illness. The Takeaway and The Intercept accessed hundreds of pages of records, photos, audio with witnesses and correctional staff, and 18 hours of security footage from within the facility. Efraín’s story helps the public gain insight at the tangled and opaque world of ICE detention. As the Trump Administration continues to round up migrants at an increasing pace, more people diagnosed with mental illness will inevitably be placed in ICE detention. You can listen to the entire investigation by clicking "play" above. You can read the detailed investigation on The Intercept here. A special thank you to Cindi Kim, Associate General Counsel at New York Public Radio. For The Takeaway, Deidre Depke, Ellen Frankman, Lee Hill, Arwa Gunja and Jim Schachter edited; Jay Cowit sound designed and composed the score. For The Intercept, Ali Gharib edited the story, Ariel Zambelich was the visual designer, and Travis Mannon and Lauren Feeney made the accompanying film.
December 6, 2019
The road to the White House is rarely a linear path. That was abundantly clear this week when Senator Kamala Harris announced that she was suspending her campaign. The announcement came as a surprise to many because at the time of launch, Senator Harris was one to watch. Political reporters Darren Sands, Laura Barron-Lopez, and Maya King join us to discuss the end of her campaign and what challenges the Democratic Party faces in putting forth the best candidate.  Also, Congressman Krishnamoorthi provides an update on the impeachment inquiry. Finally, Caitlin Zaloom and Alia Wong describe how college went from being accessible to burdensome and expensive.   
December 5, 2019
A New Trump Rule Could Cut Food Stamp Benefits for 700,000 The Trump administration announced a series of rule changes last year, and on Wednesday, the final rule was announced.  How Does Mississippi Felony Voting Rights Compare to the Rest of the Country? Nearly one of every 10 adults in Mississippi has been convicted of a felony and lost the right to vote. The Double Standard In How The Media Covers 2020 Democratic Candidates How the media helped shape which candidates made it this far... and who didn't. Consulting Firm McKinsey & Company Aided ICE to Implement Trump Administration's Immigration Policies A new investigation examines how the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, helped ICE carry out President Trump's immigration policies.  Northwestern University Student Paper Sparks Debate About Student and Professional Journalism Recent events at Northwestern University have sparked a debate about student journalism. 
December 4, 2019
NATO's Struggle to Define Its Future To commemorate its 70th anniversary, leaders of the 29 member countries are gathering in London this week.  "Porgy and Bess" and the Legacy of Black Opera "Porgy and Bess" is the most renowned Opera for black singers, but should it still be in 2019? President Trump is Allowing States to Ban Refugees—Utah is Asking for More Earlier this fall, President Trump gave states and cities the authority to veto refugee resettlements. But the Governor of Utah is asking the president for more refugees, not fewer. In North Carolina, the Fight Over the Drawing of Congressional District Lines Appears to Have Come to an End On Monday a panel of judges ruled that the latest congressional map, which was drawn by the Republican controlled legislature, will stand for the 2020 election. Georgia Governor Clashes With Trump Over Interim Senator Pick Kemp’s choice of businesswoman Kelly Loeffler drew criticism from Republicans, because the President has expressed interest for another candidate, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins Concerns Over Trump's U.K. Visit So Close to U.K. Election President Trump is in London attending the NATO summit amidst concerns of his sway on upcoming elections.
December 3, 2019
Why the Framers Empowered Congress to Impeach the President With so few examples of impeachment in our history, it can become unclear what exactly impeachable conduct is, and what the framers intended with it. When Black Critics Examine Black Art A number of black critics have received pushback on social media for their criticism of the new film "Queen & Slim." Unprecedented Violence and Hundreds Dead in Iran's Protests At least 180 people were killed in a violent crackdown that resulted in Iranian security forces opening fire on unarmed protesters.  Trump Launches Task Force to Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women The National Justice Institute estimates that 84 percent of Native American women experience violence in their lifetime.
December 2, 2019
The Dangers of Working in Amazon Warehouses New reporting found that Amazon's average serious injury rate was more than double the national average for its industry.
November 29, 2019
Scientists have painted a bleak picture of the future if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we’ve already started to witness the fallout of a warming planet. Politics with Amy Walter looks at the role climate change is playing across politics and at the vulnerable communities that stand to lose the most.  Our coverage this week is part of a collaboration with 250 other media organizations called “Covering Climate Now.”  President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 fresh off of giving campaign speeches that promised to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement and bring back coal jobs. Just over two years later, we look at whether or not he's made good on those promises. Guests: Rachel Cleetus, Policy director with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists Kendra Pierre-Louis, Climate reporter for The New York Times Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor of New Jersey and Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Zahra Hirji, Climate reporter for BuzzFeed News Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive (D) for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Leandra Mira, Pittsburgh climate activist Comment from Shell: "Shell received its Air Quality Permit in 2015 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, with oversight from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.  In line with its permitting requirements, Shell will meet the regulatory standards created to protect people and the environment."
November 27, 2019
How Will Bloomberg News Cover Bloomberg the Candidate? Mike Bloomberg announced he is running for president and some are worried about how Bloomberg News will cover his candidacy. Adding Indigenous Ingredients to the Thanksgiving Table There has been a resurgence of dishes championed by Native American and indigenous cooks and chefs that are breaking into the mainstream. How the Alcatraz Occupation of 1969 Sparked the Native American Civil Rights Movement Fifty years ago this month, a group of Native American activists launched a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Is Thanksgiving a Time for Speaking Out, or Keeping the Peace? With the impeachment proceedings dominating the news, the Democratic candidates campaigning and debating, this year, it seems impossible to avoid politics. Continuing Concerns About Political Ads on Social Media Twitter announced it was banning political ads. But Facebook has continued to take a more hands-off approach.
November 26, 2019
New Initiative Seeks to Bridge Prosecution Empathy Gap A new initiative signed by 40 progressive district attorneys pledges to have prosecutors visit correctional centers in an effort to instill more empathy in the sentencing process. Sentencing of School Shooter Reignites Conversation About Life Without Parole for Juveniles The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison. The American Plastics Renaissance: Big Oil's Plan B  The expansion of fracking in the U.S. has paved the way for a renaissance in American plastics manufacturing. When You're Over 50 in Hollywood The Good Liar, a thriller released earlier this month, stars septuagenarians Ian McKellen as a con artist and Helen Mirren as his target.
November 25, 2019
Trump's Recent Pardons Cause Rift within the Military President Donald Trump recently pardoned three military officers who were convicted or accused of war crimes.  The Decline of Local News In the past 15 years, more than 2,000 newspapers have shuttered across the United States.  What does the future hold for Israeli politics? With Prime Minister Netanyahu being indicted on corruption charges as the U.S. reverses its stance on the illegality of Israeli settlements, what's in store for Israeli politics?   Why Disabled Workers Can Get Paid Less Than Minimum Wage Most Americans might not know that federal law allows certain employers to pay people with disabilities far less than the minimum wage, trapping them in poverty.  
November 22, 2019
Not that long ago, state government was seen as one of the last places for functional governing. But, over the last 10 years, state politics have become as polarized as Washington, DC.  At the same time, 2020 Democratic candidates for president are debating which approach they should take to governing. Some, like former Vice President Joe Biden, argue that voters want a return to a more pragmatic style of governing. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are less interested in bringing GOP legislators to the table than they are in bringing a grass-roots revolution to Washington.  Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley joins us to discuss what it's like to govern in the minority. Governing reporter Alan Greenblatt weighs in about how state legislatures have become increasingly entrenched in party politics.  Political analysts Joel Payne and Ty Mastdrof join us for analysis of the last debate. Plus, New York Times congressional reporter Nick Fandos fills us in on the latest surrounding the impeachment inquiry.    
November 21, 2019
Two More Witnesses Testify at Public Hearings Fiona Hill, the former top Russia adviser to the Trump White House, and David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, are at Capitol Hill this morning.  The Legacy of Pay-to-Play Ambassador Appointments President Donald Trump has raised some eyebrows over his nominees for cushy ambassadorships abroad. HBCU's and Other Minority-Serving Institutions Set to Lose $255 Million in Funding Over D.C. Deadlock The Department of Education says funding will go through for the rest of the year but planning for next year is stalled amid concerns that programs will be cut and staff laid off. Indigenous Communities Get Unequal Recovery Aid After a Natural Disaster U.S. citizens on average receive $26 per person from the federal government, but tribal citizens only get about $3 per person, per year.
November 20, 2019
Sondland Testimony Implicates Key Trump Administration Officials Gordon Sondland, the former ambassador to the European Union, gave riveting testimony today in the impeachment hearing that has rocked the nations.   The Legacy of Julian Assange Yesterday, Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation of rape and sexual assault allegations against Julian Assange. 99% of Native American Languages are in Danger of Going Extinct  Despite efforts to preserve them, many indigenous languages in the United States are at risk of going extinct. Nearly Two Thousand Dams at Risk for Failure in the U.S. An investigation from the Associated Press found that almost 1,700 dams pose potential risk for failure in 44 states and Puerto Rico.  Racism Pushed Chinese Americans to Leave the U.S. En Masse in the 20th Century During a time that people flocked to the U.S. for a better life, second and third generation Chinese Americans chose to leave and pursue the same dream in China.    
November 19, 2019
Here Comes the Second Round of Public Impeachment Hearings The House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from eight more witnesses over the next three days. As Impeachment Hearings Go On, a War Rages In Ukraine The military aid that was the subject of President Trump's call with President Zelensky foretells the larger conflict happening in the eastern block. EPA to Limit Science Used for Public Health Regulations The EPA plans to adopt a new rule that would limit the scientific and medical research the government uses for public health regulations.  Leaked Documents Provide New Insight into China's Crackdown on Ethnic Minorities An investigation from the New York Times unveiled new insight into China’s mass detention of as many as a million ethnic minorities in the western region of Xinjiang.
November 18, 2019
Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War Mexico and the United States are in an embittered battle with drug cartels, but some are calling into question its effectiveness as well as the media coverage.   Mark Ruffalo and Todd Haynes Tackle Corporate Corruption in 'Dark Waters' Actor Mark Ruffalo and director Todd Haynes sit down with The Takeaway to discuss bringing the true story of a decades-long legal fight against chemical giant DuPont. New Study Shows Two Million Americans Lack Access to Running Water and Toilet As federal investment in the U.S.'s water infrastructure continues to shrink, the scope of this crisis is projected to grow. Despite Trump's Efforts, Louisiana Re-Elects Democratic Governor This weekend, Louisiana residents re-elected incumbent governor John Bel Edwards.
November 15, 2019
This week marked a shift in the ongoing impeachment inquiry as the first round of televised testimony began on Wednesday. Marie Yovanovitch, the well-respected former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until May of this year became the third televised testimony on Friday. Yovanovitch believes she was removed from her post by President Trump because as she sees it, she was impeding his - and Rudy Guiliani’s - personal political agenda.   While the televised inquiry didn't reveal much new information, it provided an opportunity for those watching from home to hear from long-time government civil servants involved in Ukrainian foreign policy. Amanda Terkel from HuffPost and Anita Kumar from Politico join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the latest on impeachment. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson weighs in on public opinion surrounding the President and the inquiry. Barbara Perry of the University of Virginia's Miller Center describes how social media and the 24-hour news cycle changes how Americans metabolize impeachment. Alan Frumin walks us through the rules that govern impeachment proceedings.   
November 14, 2019
The Divide Within The State Department Wednesday's public impeachment hearings saw the Trump administration take a two tracked-approach to foreign policy on Ukraine. What Evo Morales's Resignation Means for Bolivia President Evo Morales, the first indigenous leader of Bolivia, has stepped down following allegations of election fraud. 'Lionheart' Oscar Snub: A Consequence of Imperialism?  The disqualification of the Nigerian film "Lionheart" from the Best International Feature Film category has ignited a conversation about the history of colonialism. Two Monumental Cases are Being Argued at the Supreme Court This week, while all eyes have been focused on the impeachment hearings in the House, two monumental cases are being argued at the Supreme Court.  
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