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


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






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The Lasting Impacts of Family Separation

Under the Trump Administration's “Zero Tolerance” family separation border policy, over 5,600 children were separated from their families. Despite efforts from the Biden Administration to reunite families, anywhere from 700 hundred to 1000 children have still not officially been reunited with their families. We speak with Caitlin Dickerson, staff writer for The Atlantic, whose latest investigative piece “The Secret History of Family Separation,”—which took 18 months to report and spans...


The Gullah-Geechee Community Is Fighting To Keep Its Culture and Heritage Alive

The Gullah (also known as Geechee or Gullah-Geechee) are descendants of enslaved West and Central Africans who were brought on slave ships to the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Their descendants retained many of their ancestors’ African traditions reflected in their arts and culture, food, and religion. In 2006, Congress designated the Atlantic shores and sea islands from North Carolina to Florida, “The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.” One of...


Texas Sends Immigrants to NYC

Since August 5th, hundreds of asylum seekers and migrants have arrived in New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal from the US-Mexico border in Texas. The buses were sent by Texas state leadership under Governor Greg Abbott, who claims that this is the city’s chance to put its "sanctuary city" status into practice. We speak with Arun Venugopal, race and justice reporter for WNYC and Gothamist, about the circumstances these travelers are now facing.


Insensitive Lyrics Are Only Part of the Problem for This Black, Disabled Activist

The world has been captivated by Beyoncé’s 7th studio album RENAISSANCE ever since it dropped nearly two weeks ago. And while many have relished in the excitement of the new era Beyoncé has ushered in, it hasn’t been without some controversy. Amidst a crediting conflict primarily between artist Kelis and music producer Pharrell, another issue arose. Some disability advocates took issue with a song lyric containing the word 'spaz' in the track “Heated.” It’s a word rooted in the word...


Many Black NFL Retirees Now Qualify for Compensation in Concussion Lawsuits

Last week, a settlement administrator uploaded a report showing that hundreds of Black former NFL players now qualify for compensation from the league, following adjustments to dementia tests that eliminated the discriminatory practice known as “race-norming.” Following a civil rights lawsuit by two former players, the NFL said last year that they would stop applying lower cognitive base scores to Black players compared with white players. The Takeaway spoke with former NFL running back and...


Wyoming Voters Back Trump Candidate While Alaska Continues to Count Ballots

Liz Cheney lost her seat in Wyoming, and Sarah Palin returned to fill the late Don Young’s congressional seat in Alaska in the special election. We speak with national correspondent for the New York Times, Trip Gabriel, about the these primaries and next week's races in Florida and New York.


The People Who Make Death Their Life's Work

What do you think happens to us after we die? Not our essences, our inner beings, our souls — whichever term you prefer — but our bodies. Who takes care of us, from the time we are found to the time we are laid in the ground? The people who tend to our bereavements, our burials, and our bodies do work that is largely invisible, allowing the rest of us to maintain our distance from a painful and difficult concept. "But the bodies have to go somewhere," writes journalist Hayley Campbell, in...


The Dangerous Journey Across the Mediterranean

Since 2014, nearly 25,000 people have gone missing in the Mediterranean. It is one of the most deadly migration routes in the world. Many of these migrants and refugees have already risked dangerous journeys across harsh terrains and conflict zones rife with traffickers on their way to the sea, from their home countries in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. When they reach the coast, they are crowded onto small inflatable rafts or rickety wooden boats that are ill-equipped to handle the...


Southern Baptist Convention Promises Transparency During DOJ Investigation

Months after Guidepost Solutions exposed the mishandling of sexual abuse reports within the Southern Baptist Convention, the DOJ has subpoenaed documents as part of its own investigation of the SBC. We speak with staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle, Robert Downen, about the significance of the DOJ’s investigation.


"Kabul Falling" as Told by Afghans

One year ago, on August, 15, 2021, the capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul fell into Taliban control amidst the U.S.’s withdrawal after 20 years of occupation in the country. Democracy had failed in Afghanistan. As the entire world watched, Afghans raced to escape the country, risking their safety and lives. The new podcast Kabul Falling recounts the story of how Kabul fell, told by Afghans who lived through it; some who escaped, some who were left behind. We speak with British-Afghan...


Jet-Setters Over 50

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of job openings in the leisure and hospitality industry has consistently hovered around 10% since June of 2021, the highest out of all industries it tracks. Many businesses are turning to older adults to fill those shifts and sweetening the deal with better travel benefits. We hear from Maria Boyd-Scott, a 60-year old part-time ramp agent at an airline, about her experience. And we speak with Debra Kamin, a journalist who...


How Efforts to Ban Books Impact Public Libraries

The American Library Association tracked 729 book bans across the country targeting more than 1500 books in 2021–a record since the organization started counting, more than 20 years ago. Most of the books that have been targeted concern race, slavery or LGBTQ topics. We speak with Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, about book banning and protecting our libraries.


The Real Women Behind "A League of Their Own"

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was created in 1943 during World War II, as many of the male athletes were fighting abroad. Until it ended in 1954, the league provided women with an opportunity to play a professional sport for a decent salary. The league was the inspiration for the 1992 film A League of Their Own, and now it's getting a reboot as a new television series, also called A League of Their Own. We speak with historian Kat Williams, professor of women's history...

Dispatches from Ukraine

Nearly six months into Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, the repercussions of the war are being felt across the globe, with disrupted supply chains, weakened economies, and shifted geopolitical relationships. And then there’s the human toll. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 5,400 Ukrainian civilian deaths since the start of the war. Intense fighting has made reporting difficult, though, and the agency believes that the true numbers are much higher. And...


Play with Team Takeaway

Experts like Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of the "The Happiness Lab" podcast says one of the important components of play is engaging in an activity solely for the joy of doing so. All last week, we talked about the immeasurable value of play on The Takeaway. Check out some of the stories: Two Comics on Finding Laughter in the Golden Years The Savannah Bananas Play Ball The Creator Behind Internet Mini-Musicals See You in the Ropes! Of...


The Science of the Hijacked Brain

The human mind is awe-inspiring. Its complex, yet coordinated, web of 86 billion neurons all fire together to help us breath, talk, walk, and experience everyday life. But the mind is also vulnerable. It takes only a few microscopic molecules out of place to completely disrupt our personalities, shift our perception of reality, and dramatically alter our ability to think and reason. We spoke with Sara Manning Peskin, assistant professor of clinical neurology at the University of...


Getting Existential with a Physicist

Could there be infinite versions of us, spinning off into their own universes from every choice we make? Is all of time happening all at once? Do we have free will? "When we try to answer such big questions about our existence, we basically have three options. That's religion, philosophy and physics," Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder told The Takeaway. "And of those three, I think physics has made the biggest progress in the past century." Sabine Hossenfelder, a physicist at the Frankfurt Institute...


Poet and Activist Naomi Ortiz Talks About Ecojustice and Self Care

At the end of July, the Ford Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced a new cohort of Disability Futures Fellows. The fellows are supported by a grant designed to spotlight a group of visual and performing artists and writers who live with disabilities. We spoke with one of the new fellows, Naomi Ortiz, who is a poet, writer, and visual artist whose intersectional work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice, climate action, and relationship with place. They are...


Abortion is on the Ballot

There are a record number of abortion measures on the ballot for the November midterm elections. Voters in Vermont, California, Kentucky and Montana will decide on respective abortion measures in their states. A proposed Constitutional amendment in Kentucky would amend the state constitution to explicitly ban the right to abortion. Proposals in Vermont, California, and likely in Michigan, would have the opposite effect, enshrining abortion rights in their state constitutions. And a ballot...


The Radical History of Abortion Rights in Kansas

Last Tuesday, voters in Kansas rejected a proposal to amend the state’s constitution to say there is no right to abortion. Kansas is one of the most solidly Republican states in the union, having chosen the Republican candidate in all but one presidential election since 1940. But data from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office shows that more people voted in the abortion referendum than in any primary election in state history, and the margin of victory was substantial: 59% voted against...