November 13, 2019
Day 1 of the Public Impeachment Hearings  The House of Representatives kicks off the first round of televised impeachment hearings. Trump Plans to Shrink the National Security Council These latest changes to the NSC come right in the middle of impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
November 12, 2019
Public Impeachment Hearings Pose New Challenge for the Media On Wednesday, televised impeachment hearings begin in the House of Representatives. Flint Water Crisis Finds Its Way into the Classroom It’s been five years since the Flint water crisis was thrust into the national spotlight. How Universities are Addressing Slavery and Reparations Georgetown, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Virginia Theological Seminary are creating scholarships, while Harvard, Yale, and Brown have admitted to benefiting from the slave trade.
November 8, 2019
A recent study from Pew Research found that white people who identify as Christians represent about two-thirds of all Republicans. Meanwhile, Americans unaffiliated with any religion, and racial minorities who identify as Christians, now each make up a bigger share of the Democratic coalition. This week, we take a look at how people of faith are balancing their religious beliefs with politics. The Atlantic's Emma Green explains what Democrats misunderstood about religious voters in 2016. Reverend Joe Darby of Nichols Chapel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina talks to us about what he's hearing from his congregation in the early-primary state. Pastor Bart Barber of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas joins us to discuss Evangelical support for President Trump in 2016. Doug Pagitt, pastor and executive director of Vote Common Good, discusses his campaign to ask Evangelicals and Christians to consider Democratic candidates.  Finally, Congresswoman Elaine Luria of Virginia's second district joins us to discuss the ongoing impeachment inquiry and the implications of televised testimony.   
November 7, 2019
How a Florida County Followed Trump's Call to Cancel "Fake News" The board of commissioners for Citrus County, Florida recently rejected a library's request to renew its New York Times subscription, with one commissioner calling the daily "fake news." Is the Term "Latinx" Unifying, or Divisive? One term that recently made its way into the demographic lexicon is getting lots of attention, and pushback: Latinx. How Law Enforcement Discretion Prevents Migrant Victims of Crime from Accessing U-Visas A new Reveal investigation shows the complexities of the U-Visa process. Could New Evidence Free Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed? Rodney Reed has spent two decades on death row for a murder he maintains he did not commit. New evidence has led to urgent calls to give him a reprieve.  
November 6, 2019
OK Boomer and the Generational Divide Those two words have become the latest catchphrase for a younger generation expressing its frustration with their older counterparts.  Democrats Win Control In Kentucky Andy Bashear won a tight vote against opponent incumbent Republican Matt Bevin. Mississippi Gubernatorial Race Highlights a Jim Crow-Era Electoral Law A tight gubernatorial race Mississippi ignites a conversation about the states electoral process. Are 'Opportunity Zone' Tax Breaks a Giveaway For the Rich? Roughly 12 percent of census tracts around the country are being reclassified as opportunity zones, including almost all of Puerto Rico. 
November 5, 2019
How Swing State Unemployment Numbers May Help Us Understand 2020 Is the pendulum beginning to swing towards a rise in unemployment? New HBO Documentary Highlights the 85 Year Legacy of the Apollo Theater The famous Harlem theater and its amateur night was the gateway for some of the country's greatest musicians and comedians.  A Shakeup on America's Public Lands The Bureau of Land Management plans to move its headquarters from Washington, DC to Grand Junction, Colorado. California Wildfires are Contained, but Air Pollution Lingers After the California fires, dangerous conditions continue to pose a health hazard, particularly in the form of air pollution. Can Breathalyzers Actually Make People Safer? A look at how breathalyzers in cars factor into efforts to curb the high numbers of DUIs in the U.S. today.
November 4, 2019
Georgia's Voter Purges Raise Voter Suppression Concerns State officials announced they will purge more than 300,000 names from voter rolls. How Big Business Killed Deadspin An editorial decision to "stick to sports" turned into mass exodus at Deadspin, leaving the popular site with no staff remaining.   'Harriet' Attempts to Capture the Life of an American Icon 'Harriet' is the first Hollywood feature film to center around the life of Harriet Tubman. But the casting of British actress Cynthia Erivo as Tubman has generated controversy. How California's Housing Crisis is Worsening Wildfire Damage Developers are building cheaper housing on land prone to wildfire damage. A Temporary Ban to Trump's Health Care Requirements for Immigrants A judge issued a temporary ban on a Trump administration immigration policy, which would have required immigrants to prove they have health insurance, or the ability to afford it.
November 1, 2019
The rocketing cost of prescription drug prices makes the burdensome healthcare landscape more difficult to navigate for the millions of Americans that rely on a prescription. One thing that voters, regardless of party, have agreed on is that the cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. is way too high. Americans spend significantly more on prescription drugs when compared to any other country. But, why? Senator Amy Klobuchar joins Politics with Amy Walter to discuss her work in Washington on reducing the cost of prescription drugs. Sarah Kliff of The New York Times and Yasmeen Abutaleb of The Washington Post join us to discuss why there's been such little movement on this subject, even though there's broad support for reform. Finally, Nick Fandos, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, joins us to discuss the House's vote to authorize a resolution to establish the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. 
October 31, 2019
Is There a Rift Between Trump and the Military? This week, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified before Congress about his concerns that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. The Movement to Decriminalize Sex Work The push for decriminalization is gaining national attention, with proposed legislation on the line. Boeing's CEO Finally Answers to Lawmakers Lawmakers have been holding hearings for months to get to the bottom of what went wrong. How Right-Wing Industry Leaders are Re-Shaping the Interior Department  Industry leaders proposed a plan to commercialize camping grounds and raise the entrance fees.
October 30, 2019
Understanding the Key Witnesses in the Impeachment Investigation Testifying in the inquiry can mean taking on big risks and incurring high costs.  The Bravery of Journalists in Ukraine Ukraine can be a difficult place for journalists. Journalists Nastya Stanko and Anna Babinets share their experiences covering crime, corruption, and war in the country.  Panel Decides Some Chimps Won't Be Moved to Sanctuary Though research on the endangered animals has been banned, a panel of veterinarians decided that some chimpanzees will have to retire in labs. Honduran Mother Wins Asylum Case. Will her Daughter, Who was Deported, Be Able to Come to the U.S.? In March, WNYC's Beth Fertig brought us the story of Ana and Susan. We hear news of Ana's asylum win. Americans are Losing Faith in the Government and Democracy  Studies show that more Americans are saying they distrust the government and in extreme cases would consider an alternative to democracy.  
October 29, 2019
Wildfires are Sweeping Through Northern and Southern California The Kincaid Fire in Sonoma County and the Getty Fire in Los Angeles are causing massive amounts of damage and forcing thousands to evacuate the area. Representative Katie Hill Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Representative Hill was a rising star in the Democratic freshman class, but now she's leaving Congress. What happened? The Supervillain on HBO's 'Watchmen' Is Racism  The new HBO series based on the graphic novel is gaining a lot of attention for the way it tackles race issues and politics.  Millions of Schoolchildren Are Now Under Digital Surveillance  Companies use AI to track what students are typing in their emails, chats, Google docs, and any other school platforms.
October 28, 2019
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader, Killed in US Military Raid  On Sunday morning, President Trump declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, dead at a press conference in the White House. New York Sues Exxon in Historic Climate Change Case A trial began last week in which Exxon Mobil is accused of misleading investors — and the public — about how climate change regulations would affect its operations. Disney Unlocks the Vault, but 'Song of the South' Remains Behind Closed Doors Disney is set to launch a new streaming service, giving audiences access to a range of the studio's films, but one controversial title will remain locked away: "Song of the South." Chicago Teachers Strike Strike Enters Second Week About 300,000 Chicago public school children are missing class for the 8th day on Monday, as the teacher’s strike continues. 
October 25, 2019
What began as a love affair is now a relationship on the rocks. This week on Politics with Amy Walter, a look at the relationship between Democrats and big tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.  When it comes to big tech, the conversation has shifted from if they should be regulated to how and by whom. For a long time, these tech giants grew quickly and quietly beyond what many of us could’ve imagined. As a result, incredible wealth and power started to concentrate in Silicon Valley, largely unchecked by Congress. Tim Wu, the author of The Curse of Bigness and a professor at Columbia University, explains how big tech companies became embedded in the social and economic fabric of our country. Senator Mark Warner is one of a growing number of Democrats who are critical of how much power big tech has amassed, and he shares his ideas on how to rein them in on today's show. Representative Ro Khanna, the Democrat who represents Silicon Valley in Congress, walks us through the adversarial nature of the relationship between Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Plus, Cecilia Kang, a tech reporter at the New York Times, gives an update on the antitrust investigations going on. Finally, journalist and author Charles Duhigg explains the spectacular growth of Amazon, from its early days as an online retailer to the tech giant it is today.   
October 24, 2019
The Republican Response to the Impeachment Inquiry We hear from a Republican strategist on the ongoing impeachment inquiry. How the Media Covered Hillary Clinton's Emails The Clinton email scandal has been put to bed with a new State Department report, but the media didn't treat it the way it did the rest of the email story. Houston Astros Controversy Highlights Problems within the MLB An Astros assistant general manager yelled profane language at several female reporters in the Astros clubhouse over the weekend. Other segments: HUD Officials Admit to Withholding Funding from Puerto Rico Last week, officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development admitted that they purposefully delayed sending hurricane relief to Puerto Rico. Some Parents Are Saying "No" to Homework Many parents and teachers think homework needs to be reduced, or even eliminated, for elementary school children.  
October 23, 2019
In the U.S., the Number of Uninsured Children is On the Rise More than one million U.S. children disappeared from the rolls of Medicaid and CHIP between December 2017 and June 2019. Why Unregulated Gun Sales Flourish Online Guns and gun parts are sold openly on some of the internet's biggest platforms. Diversity Initiatives Fall Short in the Workplace Organizations across the country are increasingly turning to diversity and inclusion initiatives, in an effort to develop a culture of inclusion in the workplace.
October 22, 2019
The Key Factors for Protests Around the World At the heart of many of these protests are the increasing level of inequality and distrust, and disgust, with the inner workings of government. Four Pharmaceutical Companies Avoid Their Day in Federal Court with Settlement  The deal came hours before what would have been the first federal opioid trial was set to begin.  Your Halloween Chocolate Most Likely Comes from Child Labor in West Africa Most of the cocoa cultivated in West Africa uses child labor. Justin Trudeau Wins a Second Term as Canadian Prime Minister But his diminished standing in government could have implications for the passage of the USMCA. Will Impeachment Bring People to the Streets? If impeachment proceedings go on behind closed doors, will the public support it?
October 21, 2019
Civil Servants, Marginalized for Years, are Pushing Back The Trump administration’s attack on career diplomats and intelligence officials started as soon as he came into office. But now, civil servants are talking to Congress. California Becomes First State to Mandate Late Start Times for Middle Schools and High Schools  Experts say late start times are medically and academically beneficial for students, but changing school start times can cause many headaches.  Chicago Teachers Strike for Social Justice This strike is notable because the emphasis is on smaller class sizes, more support staff, nurses, and even housing.
October 18, 2019
The midterm elections of 2018 served as a rude awakening for Republicans who watched their majority slip away in the House. Many Americans that had supported Donald Trump in 2016 decided to support moderate Democrats. In 2019, a record number of incumbent Republican retirements poses another challenge for the GOP. Winning back the seats in districts that Trump carried in 2016 is a priority for Republicans and the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry might give them the support to do so. On the latest episode of Politics with Amy Walter, Parker Poling from the National Republican Congressional Committee and Dave Wasserman from The Cook Political Report join us to discuss the role impeachment will play in drumming up Republican candidates in 2020. Plus, Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for The Cook Political Report, provides an update on upcoming Senate races.  Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of Texas tells us what she's hearing from her constituents about the impeachment inquiry. Elena Schneider, a national politics reporter for Politico, provides an update on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's debate performance and his ability to fundraise.  Finally, Politics with Amy Walter reflects on the legacy of Congressman Elijah Cummings.
October 17, 2019
The Legacy of Elijah Cummings On Thursday, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland died from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.” Living at the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Immigration October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While domestic violence affects all kinds of people, immigrant women face a unique set of challenges in getting help and support.  It's Not Just the Glass Ceiling — Career Barriers for Women Start at the Management Level Women of color are especially affected by what a new report calls the "broken rung" of the corporate ladder. Ohio Purges Voters Amid Growing Concerns of Voter Suppression Across the U.S. Voter suppression is a longstanding issue in Ohio, and advocates say this case demonstrates the danger posed to voters ahead of 2020.
October 16, 2019
The Latest: Pence and Pompeo Head to Syria Yesterday, the White House announced that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were headed to Syria, as part of a delegation to negotiate a ceasefire agreement. Evangelical Voters and Trump: Will the Turkish Offensive in Syria Mark a Change? Some evangelicals have cast doubt on President Trump's actions, but they may still support him. From 'The Irishman' to 'Gemini Man': Is De-Aging Technology Worth the Cost?   Hollywood has been working to improve the digital process of de-aging actors. Two new movies put the latest technology to the test. Mob Killings of Minorities in India is on the Rise  Mob attacks of Muslims and other Indian minority groups have been on the rise since Prime Minister Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party took power in 2014.  Democrats Face Off in Fourth Presidential Debate A surging Elizabeth Warren was a target for the crowded field.
October 15, 2019
Trump's Rhetoric Towards the Press has Real-World Implications The Takeaway is joined by a journalist covering Washington and the Committee to Protect Journalists to discuss the implications of President Trump's attitude towards the press.  Tensions Grow Between the Trump Administration and Fox News Is the relationship between the president and his favorite network changing? Officer Fatally Shoots Black Woman During Welfare Check: "If Your Safe Space Isn't Your Home, Then Where Is It?" Fort Worth police officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson through her window without announcing himself. Chicago Tackles Gun Violence with Community Outreach The city is trying to reduce gun violence by identifying and working with the most vulnerable community members using counseling, nonviolence training, and conflict mediation. New EPA Water Rule Attempts to Deliver Safer Drinking Water But the rule does fall short of removing all lead water pipes.
October 14, 2019
How Will Congress Move Forward on Impeachment, with the Trump Admin Failing to Cooperate? Some have called this a "constitutional crisis" — but are we at that moment yet? Anti-Semitism Continues to Rise Throughout the Country  Acts of anti-Semitism have continued to rise throughout the nation and have doubled in Massachusetts.  Sesame Street is Teaching Children About Addiction Sesame Street is now taking on the topic of addiction in an effort to speak to the many children who are impacted by parents with substance abuse disorders. Other segments: Listen: Kurdish Diaspora in the U.S. Reacts to Turkey's Invasion of Northern Syria Kurdish people see Trump's move as a major betrayal to their community.
October 11, 2019
Even though Congress is technically on recess, it has been a busy week in the nation’s capital. The week started with a letter from White House Counsel Patrick Cipollone to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, informing the House leader that the White House was not going to participate in an impeachment inquiry that it considered unconstitutional. Resistance to the impeachment inquiry escalated when the White House refused to let the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, testify to Congress. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, joined Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the latest on the impeachment inquiry and how the House will continue their investigation without a cooperating White House.  Also, Eugene Kiely and Erika Franklin Fowler discuss the implications of political digital advertising for 2020. Congresswoman Katherine Clark weighs in about the House Democratic Caucus and efforts to prioritize the issue of gun violence. Finally, Peter Beinart shares why the presidency might skip generation X.  
October 10, 2019
Turkey Begins Offensive in Northern Syria: What Will Happen to the Kurds? President Trump has been criticized for turning his back on the Kurdish people in the region. Millions Without Power in California  The state’s largest utility, PG&E, started cutting electricity as a precaution against wildfires. Despite Criticism, Atlanta Braves Are Resistant to Change Ryan Helsley, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and citizen of the Cherokee Nation called out the Atlanta Braves "tomahawk chop," but the Braves have been reluctant to change. Pregnancy Discrimination is Still Pervasive in the Workplace Decades after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnancy discrimination is still pervasive in the workplace.  Palm Oil Production Linked to Massive Forest Fires in Indonesia The U.S. has largely contributed to the growth of this palm oil industry.
October 9, 2019
Grappling with Gun Control in Washington and Kansas City Gun reform legislation in Washington stalls, and a mass shooting occurred in Kansas City, Kansas.  The Expectations of Forgiveness from Black Americans in the Aftermath of Violence The end of Amber Guyger's trial sparked a conversation on the perceived responsibility of black people to be the moral compass. How are Polls Shaping the Impeachment Inquiry? Can a news story get so big that it influences polling?
October 8, 2019
Peter Navarro Talks Upcoming Trade Negotiations with China "Truly a Trump miracle," the Assistant to the President on Trade says about the state of the U.S. economy. Separating Fact from Fiction on Tariffs with China China has hit back with its own retaliatory tariffs, and it’s unclear how far this trade war will go. Trial Date Set for Five Alleged 9/11 Terrorists at Guantanamo. What Will Be the Challenges? Aside from the upcoming trial, there are particular challenges for the Guantanamo base and prison. NBA-China Relationship Rocky After Rockets Manager Tweets in Support of Hong Kong China’s billion-dollar NBA fan base is enraged and threatening to cut ties. Other segments: United Auto Workers Begin their Fourth Week of Strikes  As the strike continues, there is a growing concern over the larger economic impact the strike could have in General Motors's home state of Michigan.
October 7, 2019
Trump Administration Moves Ahead with Major Foreign Policy Overhauls Amid Impeachment Inquiry  Even as the Ukraine scandal embroils the White House, President Trump has continued to press forward with an often unpredictable approach to foreign policy. Why Have Civilian Casualties Gone Up During the Trump Administration?  Civilian casualties have risen in many of the conflicts the U.S. is involved in since President Trump took office. Will Smart Speakers Be the New Normal? Products with smart speakers have become very popular with consumers, but they have also been criticized for the way that they erode privacy and hand over personal information to Amazon. Other segments: How Facebook Fostered Digital Age Discrimination  The EEOC recently ruled that certain companies using targeted job ads on Facebook violated civil rights law by restricting ads based on age.
October 4, 2019
This week, new information about President Trump’s interactions with foreign governments have rattled Washington, D.C.  While the White House works on beating back the impeachment inquiry, members of Congress are home in their districts checking in with constituents. This task might prove difficult for those representing districts that have supported the president in the past, like Democratic Congresswoman Elaine Luria from Virginia. Representative Luria joined Politics with Amy Walter to discuss why she decided to support the impeachment inquiry and the response she's received from constituents in a district that voted for Donald Trump in 2016.  DC-based reporters Yamiche Alcindor of PBS and MSNBC and Rachael Bade of The Washington Post contextualize the ongoing impeachment proceedings. Tim Alberta from Politico chronicles the transformation of the Republican Party and historian Timothy Naftali demonstrates the role of bipartisanship during past impeachments.  Amy's Final Take This week, we also got our first polls taken since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House was starting a formal impeachment inquiry. Here’s what they show: Even as support for impeachment has grown, opinions about how the president is doing his job are virtually unchanged. In other words, as we’ve seen over the last 2 plus years, voters are pretty locked into how they feel about this president and there’s nothing that has been able to alter that.  This is different from what we saw back during the Nixon impeachment. Back then, as support for impeachment rose, Nixon’s approval rating dropped. While support for impeaching Trump is basically at the same point it was with Nixon in 1974, Trump’s job approval rating is 41 percent Nixon’s was just 25 percent.  It is a testament to just how much more polarized the electorate is today than it was 45 years ago. And, a reminder that even as more and more information about Trump’s interactions with Ukraine are revealed — much of it is getting to Americans through partisan, biased filters like social media and cable news - making it harder and harder for any sort of ‘consensus’ to be found either among members of Congress - or the electorate.  And, we end up where we’ve been all along. A divided country, more deeply and firmly entrenched than ever. And, those who aren’t as politically engaged or aligned, struggling to make sense of it all. Opening music: I Think Like Midnight
October 3, 2019
U.S. Asylum Policy is Sending Migrants to Mexico, Where They Face Kidnapping, Assault and Violence The Migrant Protection Protocols policy sends asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for their day in court. Can 'Joker' Turn Internet Outrage into Box Office Success? The Takeaway speaks with Newsday’s Rafer Guzman and New York Magazine’s Alison Willmore about "Joker" and whether the outrage surrounding its release is overblown or justified. Other segments: Bahamas Continues Hurricane Dorian Recovery Efforts as Haitians Worry About their Future in the Country It has been one month since Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas. As the country recovers, deep-seated anti-Haitian sentiments are once again bubbling to the surface.
October 2, 2019
Trump Inc. Explores Web of Connections Between President Trump and Ukraine Even before he became president, Donald Trump had ties with the former Soviet Republic. "It's Fueled My Fire": Formerly-Imprisoned Journalist Reflects One Year Since Khashoggi's Death Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian reflects on his colleague Jamal Khashoggi's legacy. Robbie Robertson on His New Album "Sinematic" Since leaving The Band in the 1970s, Robbie Robertson has put out multiple solo albums and written a memoir. This month, Robertson released his latest solo record, Sinematic.  Other segments: Harvard Can Continue to Consider Race in Admissions, Federal Judge Rules Using affirmative action in the admissions process does not violate any laws. Amber Guyger's Conviction and the Argument For Self-Defense The former Dallas police officer was found guilty of killing her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment last year.
October 1, 2019
Last week, Joseph Maguire, Acting Director of National Intelligence, testified before Congress, as part of the impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats against President Trump. "I want to stress that I believe the whistleblower and the Inspector General, have acted in good faith throughout," Maguire said. "I have every reason to believe, that they have done everything by the book, and followed the law." The inquiry revolves around the Ukraine controversy, in which President Trump asked the Ukranian government to investigate political rival Joe Biden’s son. But at the center of this saga is a whistleblower report that the Trump Administration allegedly attempted to suppress. On Monday, the president told reporters his administration is trying to find out more about the whistleblower, saying his administration was "trying to find out about a whistleblower." Last week, Trump implicitly threatened the whistleblower, in leaked audio published by The L.A. Times, calling them a "spy." "The spies and treason — we used to handle it a little differently than we do now," Trump said. This public display by the President and others has brought about questions of the treatment of whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors. In many cases, whistleblowers face retaliation for speaking up about potential misconduct. Tom Mueller, journalist and author of the forthcoming book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud, joins The Takeaway to discuss the risks whistleblowers face when speaking out about state and corporate wrongdoings. But sometimes speaking up and blowing the whistle can save lives — and may be worth the risks. For two other Takeaway guests, moral and ethical dilemmas are not just abstract concepts. These are daily battles they have been going through since they first blew the whistle in their respective departments. Robert MacLean is a twice-fired TSA Federal Air Marshal, who blew the whistle on practices by the Department of Homeland Security back in 2003. MacLean found out the DHS would be cutting Federal Air Marshal personnel on long-distance flights that were at risk of terrorist attacks. Brandon Coleman is a former counselor with the Department of Veterans Affairs, who blew the whistle in 2015 about the lack of treatment for suicidal veterans within the VA. Coleman documented the VA’s neglect of suicidal veterans in Phoenix, who were often not being given necessary treatment. As a veteran himself, Coleman also found out VA staff were inappropriately accessing his own records.
September 30, 2019
How Should the Media Be Covering Impeachment?  The latest Trump administration scandal has pushed the impeachment news cycle into overdrive, as mainstream media and right-wing outlets battle over control of the narrative. A Growing Catalog of Hate Symbols The Anti-Defamation League added 36 entries to its online catalog of extremist symbols, from logos of extremist groups to numbers that carry secret codes.
September 27, 2019
This week, President Donald Trump was accused of enlisting the President of Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Vice President Joe Biden. A whistleblower's complaint alleges that the White House tried to hide the transcript of the conversation between the two leaders. For many, the allegations leveled against President Trump this week broke the dam. Several Democrats from purple districts who previously had not supported impeachment decided to back an impeachment inquiry announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday. Shortly after, an unclassified version of the whistleblower's complaint was released and the acting Director of National Intelligence went before Congress.  Purple-district Democrat, Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, joined Politics with Amy Walter to discuss what changed his mind on the impeachment inquiry.  Guests: Representative Colin Allred, Democrat, Texas-32 John Bresnahan, Congressional Bureau Chief for Politico Margaret Taylor, Senior Editor and Counsel at Lawfare Doug Heye, Republican Strategist and CNN Contributor  Joel Payne, Democratic Strategist and Former Aide to Harry Reid
September 26, 2019
The Changing Landscape of Impeachment Today, the acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying to Congress about the whistleblower complaint that started this all. What the Republicans Think About the Push for Impeachment The Republican response to the latest news about Ukraine, the whistleblower complaint, and moves to impeach President Trump. The National Conversation Around Sexual Assault, One Year Since the Kavanaugh Hearings Ana Maria Archila's confrontation of Senator Jeff Flake became a rallying cry for women across the country and still resonates a year later. 
September 24, 2019
More Democrats Call for Impeachment Amid Whistleblower Reports Two members of Congress join to discuss whether or not impeachment is inevitable. Athletes and Sexual Assault: Why Survivors Should be Centered in the Conversation It is a tremendous risk for women to publicly come forward with their experiences of sexual assault. How Libraries Are Bridging the Digital Divide When people don’t have internet at home, or don't know how to use digital tools, they turn to their local libraries. Other segments: President Trump's Fraught Relationship with Ukraine There's a lot of confusion over what exactly Ukraine's role is.
September 23, 2019
The New Wave of Corporate Activism More and more businesses are taking a stand on everything from gun control to climate change. Is There Anything Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Can't Do? The Takeaway speaks to NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about how he’s managed to find success in such a wide range of professional fields.
September 20, 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."
September 19, 2019
From Resilience to Resistance: The Toll of Hurricane Maria, Two Years Later This Friday marks two years since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico.  The Art of Tackling Climate Change The Takeaway sits down with three artists who are working to incorporate climate change into their work. Electoral Stalemate Leaves Israel's Political Future in Question Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or challenger Benny Gantz have enough votes to form a government.
September 18, 2019
How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections? Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris have brought Asian American identity into a new national focus. 2020 Republican Candidate Mark Sanford Condemns Primary Cancellations  Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford believes the cancelation of Republican primaries in four states is anti-American.  More Local TV Meteorologists are Discussing Climate Change Over the past few years, a growing number of local TV meteorologists have been discussing climate change as part of their regular weather forecasts. Other segments: Where Does the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Stand? New tensions come almost a year after Saudi Arabia killed The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The High Price of Fast Delivery: Amazon Contractors are Crashing, But the Company Does Not Take Responsibility A new report shows how the web of Amazon contractors makes it difficult to track crash data.
September 17, 2019
The Trump Administration's Federal Court Strategy: 150 Judges Confirmed So Far What does the Democrats' strategy look like in the lead-up to 2020? Nationwide Efforts to Track Police Officers who Lie on the Job In cities like Seattle, St. Louis, and Houston, newly elected prosecutors are building more expansive databases to track dishonest officers. Ecological Grief: a Barely Understood Consequence of Climate Change As the natural environment is changed by a warming planet, indigenous communities often suffer disproportionately. Other segments:  A New California Bill is a Game-Changer for the Gig Economy Uber and Lyft have vowed to spend $30 million to fight the bill.
September 16, 2019
Climate Change is Making Children Anxious And they want to do something about it. Revisiting the Groundbreaking Career of Actor Raúl Juliá The PBS documentary “Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage” paints a portrait of a trailblazing Latino performer, who consistently emphasized his Puerto Rican identity in his acting roles. Other segments: How does the UAW Strike Compare with Past Union Actions? The UAW previously went on strike in 2007 and, notably, 1970. How does today's strike compare? The Companies Profiting from the Militarization of the U.S.-Border A new report points to the companies' profits — and their potential influence in Washington.
September 13, 2019
The third Democratic primary debate is behind us now--all three hours of it. On Thursday night, the top ten polling Democratic candidates met in Houston, Texas. And for the first time, frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders shared a single stage. So, did anything from the latest debate reshape the battle for the nomination? That’s the question at the center of today's show. We also look at how the caucus process works in Nevada and what we might expect in the first primary state, New Hampshire. Finally, a conversation about the Democrats and impeachment, in light of the House Judiciary Committee vote this week to move forward with an impeachment inquiry.  Guests: Claire Malone, senior politics writer for FiveThirtyEight Joel Payne, former aide to the Hillary Clinton Campaign  Issac Dovere, staff writer at The Atlantic Shelby Wiltz, caucus director for the Nevada State Democratic Party Rebecca Katz, founding partner of New Deal Strategies Karen Hicks, founder and CEO of Civix Strategy Group Kyle Cheney, Congress reporter for Politico 
September 12, 2019
Why Are People Leaving Some of Biggest U.S. Metro Areas? New data from the Census Bureau shows that populations are declining in some of the biggest metro areas in the country, like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Who Was the Mysterious Spy in Russia, Feeding Secrets to the CIA? The spy was removed by the CIA from Russia in 2017. How "Hustlers" Is Changing the Portrayal of Strippers in Hollywood The film's writer and director, Lorene Scafaria, hired the stripper Jacqueline Francis to consult on the movie. Jacqueline ensured that the film dealt with the subject honestly. Other segments: Benjamin Netanyahu Pledges to Annex the West Bank Israel's prime minister announced Tuesday that he will move to annex part of the occupied West Bank if he wins the election next week. Your Donations to Charities Are Lining the Pockets of a Las Vegas Telemarketer Las Vegas telemarketer Richard Zeitlin and his companies have taken nearly 90 percent of what they've raised for for charities and super PACS.
September 11, 2019
How States Are Holding Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Accountable States across the country are holding manufacturers and distributors of opioids accountable for their role in creating what they say is an epidemic. U.S. Jails and Prisons Failing to Provide Treatment for Opioid Addiction Incarcerated people are 40 times more likely to overdose upon release. California Bill Would Allow Student Athletes To Be Paid For Endorsements And Likeness Rights The Fair Pay To Play Act passed through the State Assembly on Monday and has already passed through the Senate. Other Segments: What North Carolina's Special Election Means for 2020 The Takeaway also looks at John Bolton's exit and what that might mean for Trump’s foreign policy and the 2020 election.
September 10, 2019
Has a New Norm Been Broken with the NOAA Controversy? Millions of Americans were looking to the federal government for life-saving information about Hurricane Dorian. They got a political fiasco. The Eleventh Hour Fight Over Fate of California's Privacy Bill Legislators have until the end of the week to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act. What is the United States Doing About Food Waste? European countries have more effective federal legislation to reduce food waste than the U.S.   Other segments: British Parliament Suspended for Five Weeks as Halloween Brexit Deadline Looms The deadline to finalize a Brexit deal with the European Union is October 31st. But a weeks-long suspension of Parliament is now in effect, leaving little time to finalize a new plan. What Would a "Safe Third Country" Agreement Between the U.S. and Honduras Mean for the Asylum Crisis? The alleged 'Safe Third Country' agreement speaks volumes of the U.S.-Honduras relationship.
September 9, 2019
U.S.-Taliban Talks Stall Days Before September 11th Anniversary On Saturday, President Trump said he was canceling a secret meeting at Camp David between U.S., Taliban, and Afghan officials. The Takeaway looks at what's next for the negotiations. FTC Fines YouTube for Violating Child Privacy  YouTube was collecting information from children to help target them with ads.  The One Where We Talk About Friends (Sorry, We Had To) It’s been 25 years since the world met Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica, and Phoebe. Other segments: The Secret Life of Credit Card Data  A single swipe of your credit card hands your data over to at least a half dozen different types of companies. Bahamas in Desperate Need of Relief After Hurricane Dorian The death toll continues to climb as the true nature of the storm's devastation comes into relief.
September 6, 2019
Amy Walter's take: There’s something of a consensus-building within the so-called mainstream political media that it’s only a matter of time before Biden’s Teflon shield is deflated. His debate performances have been shaky. He is not as quick on his feet as the other candidates. And, he’s spent most of the campaign on defense - either explaining past votes, or changing long-held positions on policy.  But, it also seems to me that many in the political class may be underestimating the staying power of a flawed - but popular and well-known - candidate. In 2016, for example, the assumption among the political elites - me included - was that once the summer ended, so would Trump’s hold on the lead in the GOP race. Voters would start to get serious about electability and stability and would reject this unorthodox candidate. Obviously, we know that didn’t happen.  This isn’t to say that Biden’s destined to win the nomination. But, just that his staying power may be more durable than we think. He’s built up a lot of goodwill over his many years in office that no one else can claim.  Guests: Annie Linskey, National politics reporter for The Washington Post Josh Jamerson, National politics reporter for The Wall Street Journal Elaina Plott, White House correspondent for The Atlantic Matt Paul, Democratic Strategist based in Des Moines   
September 5, 2019
Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems? Hundreds of patients with severe respiratory illnesses have reported using e-cigarette products. The Legacy of Venus and Serena Williams  Serena Williams won her 100th singles victory at the Open, despite reports that she injured her ankle just days before.  Pro-Beijing Counter-Protesters in the U.S. Clash with Pro-Hong Kong Protesters What do these clashes tell us about the protests' future? Other segments:  North Carolina Judges Rule Republican-Drawn Legislative District Map Is Unconstitutional  Three North Carolina judges gave the Republican state legislature until September 18th to redraw the map.  When Can the Government Separate a Parent from Child at the Border?  Beth Fertig is a senior reporter with WNYC and she told us one father’s story.
September 4, 2019
What's Happening at the NRA? For the last year, the National Rifle Association has been in turmoil, from financial uncertainty and legal disputes to leadership struggles and the shuttering of NRATV. Congressman Lacy Clay Demands Action After 12 Children Shot to Death in St. Louis Missouri Governor Mike Parson refused to address gun violence in a special legislative session. Domestic Workers are Still Fighting for Basic Labor Rights  Domestic workers don't have basic labor rights like paid sick time. The Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights Act, introduced in July, is trying to change that.  Need for Home Care Workers Grows, But They're Exploited These positions are among the hardest and lowest paid in the country. Other segments: Methane Regulation Rollbacks Meet Resistance from Oil and Gas Companies Environmental organizations, climate scientists and public health groups, as well as oil and gas companies, have all spoken out against this rollback. 
September 3, 2019
What's the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change? Some experts say hurricanes like Dorian are becoming more intense due to global warming.   Hong Kong Students are Heading Back to School, But Protesters Still Aren't Backing Down Authorities in mainland China had hoped the demonstrations would die down by the fall. Rural Communities Struggle to Continue Providing Emergency Medical Services In the rural United States, communities depend on emergency medical services, but operating an ambulance in these areas comes with a unique set of challenges.  Why are Workplace Menopause Polices Being Pushed For in the UK and Not the US? Politicians in the UK have been calling for workplace's to have menopause policies and awareness, that's not the case in the US.  More Than a Century After 'The Jungle,' Meatpacking Industry Still Relies on Immigrants On Labor Day, the horrifying realities of being an undocumented immigrant worker in the meatpacking industry.  U.S.-Born Latinos Struggle to Gain Visibility in Hollywood A new report outlines the bleak state of Latino representation in the film industry, but the research also undersells the lack of opportunity for U.S.-born Latinos in Hollywood.
September 2, 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 Ghraib edited the story, Ariel Zambelich was the visual designer, and Travis Mannon and Lauren Feeney made the accompanying film.
August 30, 2019
In the episode before Labor Day, we look at the rise and fall of the labor movement, particularly unions. By collectively bargaining for better work conditions, unions elevated the middle class. Over the years, many unions have watched their membership numbers decline. As a result of a few Supreme Court decisions, a loss in manufacturing jobs, and a lack of increased federal protections, the influence of unions was reduced. As we edge closer to 2020, candidates hoping to win the Democratic nomination have made rebuilding the middle class the central tenant of their candidacies. So, what role will unions and organized labor play in 2020? Plus, we look at domestic workers and caregivers and how they've been left out of the conversation when it comes to labor protections. Guests:Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada ALF-CIO Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Dave Jamieson, Labor Reporter at the Huffington Post Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
August 29, 2019
In Kashmir and Elsewhere, Digital Authoritarianism is on the Rise  Kashmir's blackout has meant that millions of people in the state have not been able to communicate with the outside world, so reports on conditions in Kashmir have been scarce.  Rohingya Babies Born In Bangladeshi Refugee Camps Around the second anniversary of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh, we look at the babies that have been left stateless.  U.S. Soccer Fans Rebel Against the Banning of Political Speech in the Stands For 33 minutes, many fans of the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders stayed silent. Then, the anti-fascist banners came out. South Asian Actors Are Finally Getting Hollywood Leads -- No Accent Required 2019 has seen a spread of movies starring South Asian actors. Is it a sign of a shift, or just a blip?
August 28, 2019
Growing Concerns about U.S. Election System Ahead of 2020 On Monday, vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission Matthew Petersen announced his resignation.  Will Brazil's Far-Right President Fight Raging Fires in the Amazon? Brazil’s space research center reported a 77 percent increase in fires in the Amazon. Climate scientists worry that large parts of this rain forest will not be recoverable. Leakers are Making Bank by Uploading Bootlegs and Fake Songs to Music Streaming Services Streaming services are struggling with the fact that unscrupulous posters are gaming their platforms to make tens of thousands of dollars off of stolen music. You Can Now Track Gun Suspects in Chicago  The Chicago Police Department has launched a controversial new online tool that lets the public track people who have been arrested for gun-related offenses. It Could Get Harder to Prove Housing Discrimination The rule change would make it almost impossible to sue for housing discrimination if an algorithm is involved — but algorithms aren't free from bias. 
August 27, 2019
The Rise of the Term "Identity Politics" The term “identity politics” is often reserved for when candidates talk about issues that affect minority communities, but not for coded appeals to white voters. Newark Announces Plan to Get the Lead Out of its Water But after years of confusion over the true scale of the problem, residents remain skeptical. 'It's Not Really Going to Support My Children': The Fight to Keep Child Support in the Family In many states, child support payments go to the government if a parent is on welfare. Beyond 1619: Slavery Under the Spanish Crown Under the Spanish crown, slavery dates back a full century before 1619. How the U.S. Prison System Fails Those With Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is far more common in jails and prisons than in the general population.
August 26, 2019
What Does Andrew Luck's Retirement Mean for the NFL? The Indianapolis Colts quarterback announced his retirement over the weekend.  Rising Temperatures are Creating Dangerous Conditions for Workers Over 800 workers died in the U.S. from heat exposure between 1992 and 2017. Other segments: Climate Change is Affecting Farm Workers  And as global temperatures rise, Californian farmers have been moving north, seeking better working conditions and a slightly cooler climate. In Texas, Homelessness Crisis Highlights "Housing First" Approach Austin moved to decriminalize homelessness, leading to a Texas-sized debate over housing policy.
August 23, 2019
The ongoing trade war with China, a weakened global economy, and a lack of investment by companies indicates that a recession might be looming. President Trump has spent his first term saying that the economy is in better shape than ever before, but is that really the case? Who stands to suffer most during another recession? Has the trade war with China fulfilled President Trump's objective for the economy? Also, when it comes to understanding economic opportunity in Africa, the continent is still largely overlooked by the West. We look at the African Continental Free Trade Area and the opportunities it could unlock.  Finally, a conversation with the political heavy-hitter from New Hampshire that Democratic hopefuls are trying to woo. This episode was guest hosted by Duarte Geraldino.  Guests: Nancy Cook, White House Reporter, POLITICO  Andria Smythe, Assistant Professor of Economics at Howard University David Luke, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Howard French, Journalism Professor at Columbia University and former New York Times foreign bureau chief in Africa and China Carlos Cardona, Laconia Democratic Party Chair
August 22, 2019
The History Behind President Trump's Accusations of "Disloyalty" Against Jewish Americans  On Tuesday, President Trump said that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is either guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty," an anti-Semitic trope that dates back centuries. New Trump Rules would Detain Migrant Families and Children Indefinitely What does this mean for migrant families and children in government custody? Sports from Grade School to College: The Rise of "Pay to Play" As sports get more expensive, lower and middle-income children are dropping off while their wealthier peers get into the game. Other segments: The Risks of Denying the Flu Vaccine to Migrant Children The government will not administer the flu vaccine to families in detention camps, despite the fact that several children in detention facilities have died as a result of the flu.
August 21, 2019
How the Trump Administration is Affecting Women's Health Care Beyond Abortion The lightning rod of Planned Parenthood and access to abortion could be overshadowing more widespread cuts to programs servicing women's health. "In God We Trust": Louisiana Tests the Legal Limits of Religious Speech in Public Schools In Louisiana, a 2018 law will go into effect this coming school year, requiring all schools to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in every building.  Other segments:  Telepsychiatry in Schools Could Help More Children Have Access to Mental Health Treatment  Telemedicine is allowing psychiatrists to help children in rural and urban areas where there is a lack of mental health professionals.  Brexit Negotiations Remain at a Standstill as Boris Johnson Prepares for G7 Summit On Saturday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will head to France for the G7 Summit, a meeting that's likely to highlight growing divides between several of the leaders in attendance.
August 20, 2019
1619: The Truth About 400 Years of Slavery Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States.  1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap Sandy Darity breaks down the long term economic consequences of the aftermath of slavery and ties it into the racial wealth gap that we’re seeing today. 1619: How Slavery Has Impacted the Empathy Gap in our Country Scholar Clint Smith explains why we don’t show the same empathy to those who suffer the consequences of our country’s actions against African Americans even today. Read the 1619 Project here. Guests:  Dr. Ibram X Kendi Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers William Darity, who goes by Sandy. Clint Smith
August 19, 2019
Homelessness is on the Rise, Despite Efforts at Intervention While homelessness as a whole has been going down since 2007, in the 2017-2018 years, there was a slight increase in homelessness nationwide.  The Backlash Against Jay-Z's Partnership with the NFL The rapper’s company will serve as the “entertainment strategist” for the football league, and many are calling into question Jay-Z’s motives. USCIS Backlog Leaves Thousands of Immigrants In Limbo More than 90 percent of people seeking U.S. visas are waiting in line. Other segments:  NYPD Officer Fired for Prohibited Chokehold in Eric Garner's Death Eric Garner’s death in 2014 helped spark the national movement against police brutality. The Tense Relationship Between Trump And Labor Unions Labor leaders are split on how to handle a president who says he supports them but passes policies that don't.
August 16, 2019
A number of Republicans in the House have announced their retirements... and turns out many are in suburban districts, where the GOP’s support has been dwindling. In June we saw one of the more high profile Republican retirements when Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who represents Indiana’s 5th congressional district announced that she would not seek reelection. In fact, 4 of the 11 retirements are Congressman in Texas. This on top of 5 Texas Republican retirements in 2018 and two districts where Democrats flipped the seat. Could this turn Texas -- a historically red state -- blue, or at least purple? This week, we break down these Republican retirements. Guests: Brendan Buck is a partner at Seven Letter Communications and the former chief communications advisor and counselor to Speaker Paul Ryan. Susan Brooks (R), represents Indiana’s 5th congressional district.  Pete Sessions (R), former Congressman from Texas. Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.
August 15, 2019
ICE Raids In Mississippi Last Week Left Some Children Without Parents Raids like this can be scaring for many children.  The Historical Precedent for Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule U.S. immigration policy has long been governed by the notion of who deserves to be admitted into the country, and who deserves citizenship. Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Legacy of 'Apocalypse Now,' Forty Years Later "Apocalypse Now" continues to shape the way younger generations in the U.S. think about and relate to the Vietnam War. But the film is only concerned with the American side of the story. Other segments: Trouble with the Stock Market. What Does This Tell Us About the U.S. Economy? Could this be a sign of an upcoming economic crisis? How Would Imposing More China Tariffs Impact Independent Toy Stores? Ann Kinzle, the owner of two independent toy stores in Chicago, said the tariffs could hurt her business. 
August 14, 2019
Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York's Child Victims Act Takes Effect For the next year, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York can sue people and institutions, no matter how long it has been. What a Deadly Explosion in Russia Could Mean for the Nuclear Arms Race Last Thursday, at least seven people were killed in Russia in what appears to have been an explosion involving a nuclear-propelled missile.  Contracts Signed by Former Puerto Rican Governor May Go Under Review. Will This Lead to Change? The new governor of the island has already canceled one contract to fix the island's power grid. Why Ambulance Bills are So High, and So Unexpected There’s been a lot of talk in Washington about the high cost of medical care, but one of the biggest sources of surprisingly high bills is from ambulances.
August 13, 2019
Police and Protesters Clash at Hong Kong Airport Thousands of protesters descended on the international airport in Hong Kong over the weekend and successfully shut the airport down. SoulCycle Becomes Latest Brand to Reckon with a Social Media Boycott Stephen Ross, chairman of the parent company of SoulCycle and Equinox, came under fire last week for throwing a fundraiser for President Trump. Other Segments: What's the Link Between Our Gut and Our Health? Recent research shows that antibiotics and the food we eat play a huge part in maintaining the bacteria in our gut…and could also play a big role in determining how much we weigh. What Climate Change Means for Food Production Last week, the UN released a report warning of the long term effects of climate change on our food supply.
August 12, 2019
What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein's Victims Now? On Saturday morning, guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility discovered the body of Jeffrey Epstein, who has apparently died by suicide. Issue of Suicides in U.S. Jails Extends Far Beyond Jeffrey Epstein Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide dominated headlines over the weekend, and his high-profile case is just a part of the much bigger picture of suicides in jails across the country. The Racial Divide of Breastfeeding in the U.S. In the U.S., white, educated women are more likely to breastfeed and for longer periods. Some reasons for that are deeply rooted in our nation’s history. Other Segments: U.S.-China Trade War Enters Dangerous New Chapter The Trump administration labeled the Chinese government a "currency manipulator" following a weakening of its currency.
August 10, 2019
Reflecting on Ferguson, Five Years Later It's been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson's New Generation of Activists Michael Brown's death, and the protests that followed, inspired a new generation of activists in and around Ferguson. Former Police Captain Shares His Experiences of Ferguson Captain Ron Johnson, a veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, led police operations in Ferguson for the weeks and months of protests following Michael Brown's death.
August 9, 2019
Last weekend, there were two mass shootings in the span of 13 hours. In El Paso, 22 were killed in what federal authorities are considering a domestic terrorist attack. And in Dayton, nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the city’s Oregon district. After horrific events like these, there's always questions like "Will lawmakers take action?" and "Will this time be different?" While there has been some small movement in the wake of the Parkland and Las Vegas mass shootings, the issue of gun control is largely at a standstill.   This week, we're revisiting the last time major gun control legislation was signed into law. Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed two major gun control bills, but the votes didn’t line up exactly as you’d expect. The Brady Bill, which was signed in 1993, didn’t go into effect until February 1994, and that was followed by the Assault Weapons Ban later that year.   Plus, we take a look at the complex world of absentee ballots. Last week, a new round of charges were filed against a political operative in North Carolina. He's being investigated for alleged voter fraud related to his handling of absentee ballots during the 2016 and 2018 elections. We also break down another voter fraud scandal in Brooks County, Georgia, from 2010.  Guests: Hank Brown (R), former Senator from Colorado Glen Browder (D), former Congressman from Alabama German Lopez, senior correspondent at Vox Professor Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Steve Harrison, political reporter for WFAE Jon Ward, national political correspondent with Yahoo News Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University   
August 8, 2019
Rethinking Public Spaces in the Wake of Mass Shootings As mass shootings continue to happen in public spaces, many people in the United States say their sense of safety has been deeply shaken. A Leadership Crisis in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court has ruled that the new governor, Pedro R. Pierluisi, was sworn in last week on unconstitutional grounds. Venezuela Hit with More U.S. Sanctions as Humanitarian Crisis Worsens The latest sanctions come more than three months after opposition leader Juan Guaidó's attempted coup stalled. Other Segments: Ferguson's New Generation of Activists Michael Brown's death, and the protests that followed, inspired a new generation of activists in and around Ferguson. Former Police Captain Shares His Experiences of Ferguson Captain Ron Johnson, a veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, led police operations in Ferguson for the weeks and months of protests following Michael Brown's death.
August 7, 2019
The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings The American Psychiatric Association said that gun violence is a public health crisis and that “the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent." Toni Morrison's Legacy Listeners reflect on the work and life of author Toni Morrison. SNL Writer Julio Torres Steps in Front of the Camera to Show Viewers His Favorite Shapes This week, Saturday Night Live writer Julio Torres is out with "My Favorite Shapes," a stand-up special that highlights his delightfully absurd sensibilities. Other Segments: Reflecting on Ferguson, Five Years Later It's been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. India Revokes Kashmir's Autonomy The region is now under a complete news and communication blackout while much of India celebrates.
August 6, 2019
The Physical and Psychological Toll of Surviving a Mass Shooting While much of the media coverage on mass shootings is focused on death tolls, the recovery process for survivors of mass shootings tends to get overlooked. Can We Reduce Domestic Terrorism in the U.S.? In remarks from the White House on Monday, President Trump talked about possible tools to detect mass shooters before they strike. How Are You Processing the Mass Shootings? Listeners react to the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Other Segments: Saudi Arabia Will Expand the Rights of Women But the announcement comes at a time when Saudi Arabia and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are under intense scrutiny for their record of human rights abuses. Has Anything Changed in Flint? Like in 2016, the 2020 presidential candidates continue to talk about and visit Flint, yet many residents still don't have safe water. The Hidden Failings of Family Medical Leave The Family Medical Leave Act, which mandates 12 weeks of unpaid leave, is more difficult to benefit from than one might imagine.
August 5, 2019
Tragedy Strikes in El Paso and Dayton  Over the weekend, two mass shootings marked a week full of domestic terrorism in the country.   "Erased from Public Memory": The History of Anti-Latino Violence in the U.S. There is a historical precedent to the shooting in El Paso and people living in the border. Black Homeownership Drops to Lowest Level in 50 Years At the same time, the Trump administration is trying to weaken the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Other news:  Why Aren't There More Female Esports Competitors? As esports becomes more popular, the gender divide amongst its competitors is becoming more apparent. The Political Future of Puerto Rico Today marks the first week of a new era for Puerto Rico without Ricardo Roselló as its leader, following his resignation on Friday.
August 2, 2019
This week, Politics with Amy Walter is coming to you from Detroit. The city has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the week as it hosted the latest round of democratic debates. But why Detroit? Because — Michigan. President Donald Trump won Michigan by just over 10,000 votes in 2016. But Democrats are hoping to put the state firmly back in their column. After a strong showing in the 2018 midterms, Democrats are feeling hopeful. Republicans say there's still a lot of support for President Trump — even in the counties, the Democrats were able to flip.  Guests: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D), representing Michigan's 12th District Lavora Barnes, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D), representing Michigan's 11th District Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a progressive activist who ran against Whitmer in the primary Congressman Paul Mitchell (R), representing Michigan's 10th District Jamie Roe, a Michigan-based Republican strategist
August 1, 2019
Coal Miners, Protesting Unpaid Wages, Block Train Tracks On July 1st, the mining company BlackJewel LLC, the 6th largest coal producer in the country, filed for bankruptcy, and the fate of its 1,700 employees remains unclear. Remembering the Red Summer, 100 Years Later Black communities faced unprecedented violence during the Red Summer of 1919, and responded with activism that laid the groundwork for modern protest movements.  Hannah Gadsby on Breaking Comedy Rules and Creating New Ones in "Douglas" Hannah Gadsby sits down with The Takeaway to talk about managing audience expectations, discussing her recent autism diagnosis on stage, and channeling anger through her work. Other segments: Both Police and Protesters are Grappling with Technology Amid Hong Kong Protests After weeks of demonstrations, tension is escalating. How Did the CNN Debates Address Race and Inequality? CNN held the second of two Democratic presidential debates in Detroit Wednesday night.
July 31, 2019
How the Political Crisis in Puerto Rico is Unifying the Puerto Rican Diaspora The protests in Puerto Rico have served to lift up the voices of groups that were typically underrepresented on the island: LGBTQ people, women, and members of the diaspora. Democratic Debates in Detroit and Where Black Voters Stand in 2020 Democrats lost many black voters in 2016. The Democratic debates in Detroit, a majority-black city, could show how Democrats plan to get those votes back in 2020. Did Katy Perry Steal A Song? A Forensic Musicologist Weighs In A jury decided this week that Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" infringed on the copyright of Christian rap group. Other segments:  US Nuclear's Secret Plan to Leverage Trump's Saudi Ties into a Comeback Congress is investigating the plan, which would export nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia, and could be in violation of U.S. law.
July 30, 2019
Departure of Dan Coats Signals New Direction for Intelligence Agencies Heading into 2020 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be stepping down next month, after a tenure that saw him clash with President Trump over Russian election meddling. Police Departments are Struggling to Help Officers With Their Mental Health, But It's Not Always Welcome Police departments around the country are trying to break the culture of silence around mental health struggles. Other segments:  FEMA Reinstates Restrictions to Puerto Rico's Access to Federal Aid  FEMA Press Secretary Lizzie Litzow said the decision was made because of Puerto Rico's leadership changes and history of financial irregularities and mismanagement. Tinder Now Issues Alerts to LGBTQ Users Entering Countries Where Same-Sex Relationships are Criminalized Tinder has warned LGBTQ users to exercise caution when connecting to people in these countries as law enforcement has been known to use the app for entrapment. 
July 29, 2019
Muslim Politicians Hold First National Gathering As Islamophobia Continues To Rise The number of Muslim candidates has risen significantly since President Trump was elected in 2016. What does the Guatemalan "Safe Third Country" Agreement Mean? Immigration Policy Changes, Explained An update on recent immigration and asylum policy changes. Woman Set to Replace Rosselló Doesn't Want the Job  Puerto Rico's Secretary of Justice is next in line to run the government, but she faces legal and ethical dilemmas of her own. Why Law Enforcement Loves Amazon's Doorbell Camera, Ring  New reports have come out that show how local police departments are collaborating with Ring and Ring users, which is worrying privacy advocates.  Other segments:  As Indigenous Protections Erode Under Bolsonaro, Brazilian Miners Murder Tribal Leader  Last week, a group of Brazilian miners invaded indigenous land and fatally stabbed a leader of the Waiãpi tribe.  The End of "Orange Is the New Black" Netflix released the show's seventh and final season on July 26.
July 26, 2019
Much of the coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony this week focused on optics, with pundits on both sides framing the hearings as either beneficial or damaging to a particular political narrative. But where the hearings may have lacked in made-for-TV soundbites, Mueller's comments reiterated the fact that the United States remains under attack from a foreign adversary, one that seeks to undermine our faith in the foundational principles of democracy. We hear from cybersecurity experts about how this problem goes far deeper than just election meddling, and what needs to be done to address the continuing threat. Plus, we take a look at the growing amount of student debt owed in the US, which passed a staggering $1.5 trillion in 2018. With more and more students struggling to pay for a college education, what are political leaders, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, doing to address this crisis? Guests: Suzanne Spaulding, former Under Secretary for cyber and infrastructure protection at the US Department of Homeland Security. Lisa Kaplan, founder of the Alethea Group. M.H. Miller, editor at The New York Times, and author of a forthcoming book about his experience with student debt. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, a reporter covering the economics of education for The Washington Post.
July 25, 2019
'The People Have Spoken': Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns The historic protests on the island have shaken the political establishment on the island. More Than 3 Million People Could Lose Food Stamps Under New USDA Rules A proposal by the Trump administration could leave millions facing hunger. Tarantino's Treatment of Women in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Beyond Director Quentin Tarantino is out with a new movie that raises familiar questions about his treatment of women and female characters. Other segments:  California Prepares for the Worst of Fire Season PG&E, Northern California's biggest utility, is under a microscope after being held responsible for some of the most devastating fires over the last two years. 
July 24, 2019
You can find all of our coverage of the Mueller report here. Database Shows that Drug Companies Distributed 76 Billion Opioid Pills in 7 Years As a result, major drug companies will face the first of many lawsuits in October. New US Budget Deal Avoids Massive Cuts at the Cost of Trillion-Dollar Deficits Congress has just a few days to pass the budget and avoid a looming fiscal crisis. U.S. Government Hospitals Put Native Americans at Particular Risk for Opioid Use The Department of Health and Human Services released a scathing report on the Indian Health Service and its role in the opioid epidemic. USDA Indefinitely Suspends Report on Bee Population The survey collected data that helped beekeepers, farmers, and scientists better understand the declining bee population. 
July 23, 2019
Should 2020 Democrats Appeal to Moderates or Progressives? Some members of the House have been calling for Democratic candidates to appeal to the center, and for outspoken progressive lawmakers to tone down their rhetoric.  The State of Election Security on the Eve of Mueller's Testimony  The redacted Mueller Report warned that Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was the beginning. Puerto Rican Musician iLe Demands Resignation of Gov. Rosselló, Co-Writing Protest Song A new song by Residente, iLe and Bad Bunny has been deemed the "anthem" of this moment in Puerto Rican history. Other segments:  Tensions Continue to Grow Between the West and Iran  The British and the U.S. have announced plans to increase their military presence in the Strait of Hormuz after months of escalating incidents.
July 22, 2019
How Puerto Rico's Colonial Roots is Influencing the Political Unrest Today is the 10th day of demonstrations in Puerto Rico calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. How Puerto Rican Student Activists Envision the Future of the Island With the increased political turmoil in Puerto Rico, we wanted to hear how politically active students on the island are processing this political crisis.  Are Deepfakes the Next Fake News? Deepfakes, or video and audio that's manipulated using artificial intelligence, raises concerns about the spread of disinformation, especially heading into the 2020 election.  Trees are an Immediate, Cost-Effective Solution to Battling Rising Temperatures Global temperature is rising and heat waves are getting worse. One straightforward way to make things better: plant trees.  Other segments: Mumbai's Annual Monsoon Problem The city's aging infrastructure and rapid development means Mumbai residents face constant disruptions because of flooding during the rainy season.  As Floodwaters Recede in South Asia, Concern Grows Over Rest of Monsoon Season  Extreme weather tied to climate change has made this year's monsoon more unpredictable. 
July 19, 2019
After a bruising political week in which President Trump's feud with "The Squad" reached a fever pitch, Amy Walter reflects on how both Republicans and Democrats could be alienating crucial voters ahead of the 2020 elections. Plus, we look at the yawning generation gap, as voters from different eras compete for political relevance. With the U.S. electorate divided along generational lines, there are transformational demographic trends already having clear impacts on the way 2020 presidential candidates are trying to appeal to voters. But while the Baby Boomer bloc is increasingly eclipsed by the combined numbers of Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z, so far it's an open question whether or not the influence of younger voters will have the final say in determining the results of the Democratic primary, or the general election. This week, we look at the different generations active in U.S. politics, and try to figure out the forces at play in deciding the country's future. Guests: Dave Weigel, national political reporter for The Washington Post Paul Taylor, author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown Clare Malone, senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight Manuel Pastor, professor of sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California
July 18, 2019
The Political Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico  Pressure is continuing to mount on Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, following a scandal over the weekend in which nearly 900 pages of his private chat messages were leaked. Two Voices from the Puerto Rican Diaspora Talk About the Crisis on the Island As protests break out on the island, we hear from Puerto Ricans on the mainland. How Trump Is Reshaping the Courts It’s two and a half years into his presidency, and President Trump has dramatically reshaped the nation’s courts. The Familial and Cultural Resonance of Cookbooks The internet has made looking up recipes easier than ever, yet the growing sales of physical cookbooks show we still prefer holding something tangible. European Commission Elects Ursula Von Der Leyen as First Female President Ursula von der Leyen, former German defense minister, will play a key role in the US-EU relations, on issues like trade, G-20 meetings, climate change, and the Iran deal.
July 17, 2019
Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner's Death On the fifth anniversary of Garner's death by chokehold, a roundtable discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved. The Inequity of Sex Offender Registries  The recent revelation's about Jeffrey Epstein's sex crimes demonstrates many of the problems within sex offender registries.  What 007 and Ariel Tell Us About Hollywood  Two recent casting choices give black women leading roles in iconic movie franchises.  Sudan Protests Continue Amid Ongoing Talks Between Military Council and Civilian Opposition On Wednesday, an agreement was reached to establish a council while the country waits for elections.
July 16, 2019
Trump Administration Makes Dramatic Change to U.S. Asylum Policy Starting today, migrants who do not seek asylum in at least one other country they cross through before reaching the U.S. cannot request asylum here. What the Media Gets Wrong About Racism What Trump's racist tweets, and the media's response to them, say about the experiences of women of color in the United States.  Other segments: With Voting On the Line, Some Florida State Attorneys Are Addressing Onerous Court Fines  Some State Attorneys in Florida are looking for ways to turn court fines and fees into community service to give more Floridians the right to vote. The Latest on the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Race In the United Kingdom, a Conservative Party leadership race is underway to determine who will become the country’s next prime minister. 
July 15, 2019
Political Scandals are Shaking Up Puerto Rico. What Exactly is Happening? Two former top government officials were arrested and the governor is embroiled in his own scandal. We break down the situation. Centers for Unaccompanied Migrant Children Expand While media attention has been focused on the adult and family migrant facilities near the border, the number of shelters for unaccompanied children and babies continues to expand.  Why Some Amazon Workers Are Striking Today Today is Amazon Prime Day, but this year, workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, plan a six-hour work stoppage. It's the first of its kind in the U.S. Other segments: New Orleans Residents Survey the Damage After a Weekend of Heavy Rainfall The Takeaway checks in with a New Orleans community member to hear how residents are dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. France Moves to Impose a "Digital Tax" on Big U.S. Tech France may be the first to pass a so-called “digital” tax on major US-based tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
July 13, 2019
The ongoing migrant crisis is getting worse, as the Department of Homeland Security is running out of room to house the increasing number of migrants detained at the border. And when evidence of the conditions dominated the news cycle earlier this month, the outrage prompted lawmakers to get involved. But how that involvement played out became the latest point of contention between factions within the Democratic Party. The Senate passed a spending bill aimed at alleviating what the Trump administration said was a lack of funding to properly house detained migrants. But the Democratic-controlled House, wary of writing a blank check without strict limits on how that money would be spent, sent a revised bill back to the Senate. But when that bill died with Mitch McConnell, the conservative-leaning "Problem Solvers" caucus of the House Democrats signaled that they were willing to pass the Senate's no-strings-attached bill, with or without the support of Speaker Pelosi. When Pelosi ultimately sided with the Problem Solvers, it set off a backlash among the party's progressive wing, most notably Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, known collectively as "The Squad." And the outrage breathed new life into a long-simmering division between The Squad and Party leadership. This week, Amy examines how deep these divisions go, and whether or not party unity is possible heading into 2020. Also, Representative Seth Moulton from Massachusetts, who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, joins Amy for her Candidate Talk series. Guests: Ryan Grim, the DC bureau chief at The Intercept, and the author of We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement Seth Moulton, Represents Massachusetts's Sixth District in the House of Representatives, Democratic presidential candidate Heidi Heitkamp, former Senator from North Dakota Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, author of the book The Red and the Blue Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, author of Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy
July 12, 2019
Amy sits down with Representative Seth Moulton who announced in April that he is running for president. He's one of the few combat veterans seeking the Democratic nomination, having served as a Marine in Iraq over the course of four deployments. Moulton has been a vocal critic of Democratic leadership, wanting to see a new generation take the helm. He made waves in challenging Nancy Pelosi's leadership spot, in an unsuccessful bid for House Speaker in 2018. Moulton did not qualify for the first debate and is unlikely to appear for the second round later this month in Detroit.
July 11, 2019
U.S. Hispanic Population is at All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing We analyze the U.S. Hispanic population demographically, economically, and politically, and look into what this means for the Latino vote in 2020. Chicago Defender Ends Print Run The Chicago Defender is one of the most important black publications in U.S. history and it will now only publish its content online. Director Lulu Wang on Negotiating Different Parts of Her Identity in "The Farewell" When filmmaker Lulu Wang’s grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer six years ago, Wang's family chose not to tell her grandmother that she had been given just months to live. Other segments:  Michael Johnson is Released 25-Years Early After Being Convicted of Violating HIV Criminalization Law Michael Johnson was sentenced to nearly 31-years in prison for not telling his partners he had HIV. His trial and release are making people take another look at HIV criminalization laws. France Télécom Executives Face Up to a Year in Prison for Creating Work Conditions That Led to 35 Suicides The trial of seven former France Télécom executives, charged with creating work conditions that led 35 of their employees to die by suicide, will be over Friday. 
July 10, 2019
Native Leaders Invite 2020 Candidates to Presidential Forum The forum will be hosted by Native organizations in Sioux County to talk about issues specifically related to Native Americans. Joy of World Cup Victory Contrasts with Fight for Equal Pay As the US women's soccer team celebrated their fourth World Cup win with a ticker tape parade in New York, the players continue to fight for equal pay and more investment in the sport. Farai Chideya on the Broken Adoption System in the U.S. The journalist and author has had three adoptions fall through. Other segments: The Iranian Diplomat Behind the Nuclear Deal, Now Caught in the Middle  Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was integral to the 2015 nuclear deal. But now he's under fire from hardliners on both sides.  Can Cities Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis?  There is an undeniable affordable housing crisis in this country. But when local leaders try to step in and solve this problem, there’s often big time pushback from local residents.
July 9, 2019
Even With Insurance, the Cost of Health Care Remains a Crushing Burden Meanwhile, a US Circuit Court of Appeals is once again hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare. A Look At Rising Drug Prices Prescription drugs are becoming increasingly unaffordable, making the issue one of the most important of the 2020 presidential race.  Congress Raises Concerns Over Facebook's Planned Cryptocurrency  Last week, congressional leaders asked Facebook to stop the development of its new cryptocurrency until they can assess the risks and opportunities for regulation. Other segments:  Digital 'Fingerprinting' Is The Next Generation Tracking Technology When you browse the web, advertisers can use this technology to store your location and identity. As Iran and the U.S. Escalate Tensions, Europe is Caught In the Middle Iran’s breach on uranium enrichment leaves France, Germany, and Britain in a difficult position over what to do in response.
July 8, 2019
Recent tensions within the Democratic Party played out this weekend when Nancy Pelosi called out progressive Democratic politicians in an interview with the New York Times.
July 3, 2019
We speak with a former Border Patrol agent about the evolution of the agency and its culture, and how people are recruited and retained.
July 2, 2019
Across the globe, tourism is on the rise, and our planet is feeling it. By some estimates, global tourism accounts for nearly 10 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. 
July 1, 2019
Donald Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to step onto North Korean soil. Was it a step toward peace and cooperation, or toward nuclear appeasement?
June 28, 2019
At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, Amy hosted back-to-back post-debate discussions with a panel of influential writers. We'll hear excerpts from the conversation, in an effort to provide analysis of the first Democratic debates of the 2020 presidential campaign. We also talk with two academics to discuss how their policy work could be used in tandem with politics to bring about change in areas of technology and inequality. Finally, Amy reflects on the LGBTQ movement, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Guests: Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (and How Republicans Can Keep Up) Rich Lowry, editor-in-chief of National Review Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post and a member of its editorial board; he also hosts the “Cape Up” podcast Raj Chetty, professor of economics at Harvard University, and the director of Opportunity Insights Ramesh Srinivasan, professor and director of the Digital Cultures Lab at UCLA Ilene Chaiken, co-creator of The L Word and executive producer of Empire
June 27, 2019
Life After Overdose, Part 4: The Future We conclude our series "Life After Overdose" with a look at what life is like today for Lauren and April, and what comes next for each of them.  Comedian Ramy Youssef Finds the Humor in Stories We Aren't Supposed to Laugh About Ramy Youssef sits down with The Takeaway to discuss his personal approach to writing jokes about some very taboo subjects. Stonewall in 50 Acts with Trans Activists of Color Taking Center Stage The plays aim to address the contributions and impact of people of color and trans people who have been largely erased from contemporary depictions of Stonewall. Other segments: Climate Change Was a Top Issue at Democratic Primary Debate in Miami The Democratic primary debates kicked off in Miami, a city at the forefront of climate change in the country. The Supreme Court's Decisions on Representation in Government  Two legal analysts break down today's rulings from the Supreme Court, which both have an impact on representation in government. 
June 26, 2019
Two Iranian American Voices Give Perspective to US-Iran Conflict  Two Iranian-Americans who have witnessed how the relationship between the U.S. and Iran have impacted Iranians living in the U.S. and back in Iran gave their perspective on the conflict. Life After Overdose, Part 3: Families In the third part of our series "Life After Overdose": how families are impacted when a loved one is addicted, overdoses, and survives. Journalists Detained at Border Told to Turn Over Devices with Confidential Source Info CBP agents took the laptop of Rolling Stone contributing editor, and interrogated him about its contents for hours. For some journalists, it's a common occurrence. Tragic Photograph of Border Drowning Puts Spotlight on Migrants Trying to Reach US A photograph of a father and daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande shows the desperation in the midst of stricter immigration policies in the U.S. and Mexico.
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