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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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Replay: The Intersection of Sustainable Farming and Decarceration

Of the 52,000 farms in North Carolina, one farm stands out as doing more than growing produce and raising livestock. GrowingChange, a non-profit organization that converts decommissioned rural prisons into farms and education centers where local, at-risk young people learn about animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture. Noran Sanford, Executive Director and Founder of GrowingChange, and youth leader Jaheim McRae join us to talk about the history of GrowingChange, its impact in North...


Replay: The Making of Claudie, The American Girl Doll

New York Times Bestselling author, Brit Bennett, brought the newest American Girl Doll, “Claudie Wells” to life. Claudie is the franchises’ fourth Black girl doll, growing up in 1920s Harlem during the creative boom of Harlem Renaissance. She spoke with The Takeaway about the making of Claudie, and the responsibility to balance historical accuracy with the playfulness of American Girl Dolls.


Replay: Indigenous Children are Overrepresented in Minnesota's Foster Care System

The foster care system is supposed to provide temporary housing and assistance to children whose families may be in a time of crisis. And while it is a system that is often overburdened and under-resourced, something more troubling seems to be happening in Minnesota where indigenous children are overrepresented in the foster system at a rate of 15 times that of their population. Over the course of eight months, Jessica Washington, a reporter with the Fuller Project spoke with Native...


The Takeaway calls Butterball to the Rescue

Butterball Talk-Line Supervisor Bill Nolan talks with us about all things Turkey from tips on cooking to avoiding common Thanksgiving Day cooking problems. For full transcript, see above.


Top Chefs Share Thanksgiving Secrets

Chef and media darling Carla Hall joins us to talk about all of her favorite foods and things for Thanksgiving. Also, The Takeaway has you covered with recommendations from some top chefs who talk about their favorite Thanksgiving foods and share some of their go-to recipes. We’ll hear from Chefs Samin Nosrat, author of the James Beard Award-winning book Salt, Fat Acid Heat; Pati Jinich, host of the 3x James Beard Award-winning PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table; and the 2018 James Beard...


Thanksgiving Gratitude with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, but in the chaos of day-to-day life, it can sometimes be difficult to find something to be thankful for during challenging times. So, we talk to Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World, host of the “Love.Period.” podcast, and senior minister of New York City's Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village to find out what she's giving thanks for this holiday...

Ukrainians Are Bracing For Winter

Recently, Russia has been ramping up its attack on Ukrainian civilians and civilian infrastructures using airstrikes to target power plants, water works, and natural gas facilities. With a cold, Ukrainian winter looming, these are all attempts to make ordinary Ukrainians suffer and break their resolve. This week, the World Health Organization estimated that 10 million Ukrainians—about one fourth of the country—is without electricity. And they warn that the winter will be life threatening for...


"The Hair Tales" Explores Black Womens' Stories

The experiences of Black womanhood in America are often bound up with a hyper-awareness of how one's natural hair could be perceived — and all the simultaneous trauma and joy that comes with it. A new docuseries, The Hair Tales, uses the complex world of Black hair as a portal to explore Black women’s cultural contributions, unique identities, and dynamic humanity. The six-part series is now available on-demand on OWN and streaming on Hulu. We're joined by the show's creator and...


Colorado Shooting Leaves LGBTQ+ Community Reeling

On Saturday night, a gunman entered Club Q in Colorado Springs and opened fire. Before he was subdued by patrons, he managed to kill 5 people and injured more than two dozen. That gunman is now charged with 5 counts of murder and 5 counts of bias motivated crime causing bodily injury. Dr. Jonathan Metzl, professor of Sociology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society joins us to talk about the aftermath of the 601st mass shooting in the United States...


Tech Journalist Talks Twitter Takeover

Since taking over Twitter on October 27, Elon Musk has fired top executives, reinstated former president Donald Trump's account, laid off over half of Twitter's 7500 employees, and set guidelines for a new cut-throat work culture. The Takeaway was joined by tech journalist Alex Kantrowitz, Host of the Big Technology podcast and a contributor to CNBC, to discuss an update on Elon Musk’s twitter takeover, employee layoffs, and the future viability of the social media app.


First Public Video Reveals Force-Feeding of Detainees in Federal Custody

A new report from The Intercept looks at the story of Ajay Kumar, an asylum-seeker from India, who was detained in an ICE Detention center. When Kumar went on hunger strike to demand his release, a judge allowed the U.S. Government to force-feed him – and this is the first time a video of a detainee being force-fed in federal custody has been released to the public. This is a practice that is widely condemned by medical professionals and the United Nations has said that force feeding inside...


LAME DUCK: What's Next for President Biden and His Agenda?

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on the Monday before the Midterms, had President Biden’s approval rating at just 39-percent. And that unpopularity had Democrats bracing for a red wave. The red wave never came though. In fact, Democrats had the best midterm performance by a President’s party in decades. We speak with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and explore what President Biden's newfound momentum can mean for his agenda in the lame duck session, and...


LAME DUCK: What’s on the Agenda for Congress

On Wednesday, Republicans won their 218th seat in the Congress, flipping control of the House of Representatives even with several races still uncalled. Then on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her plans to step down as House Speaker after leading Democrats for two decades, though she will still remain in Congress as a Representative from California. House Republicans nominated current Minority leader Kevin McCarthy to become the new speaker, pending a vote on the House floor in...


Farai Chideya on the Aftermath of the 2022 Midterms

Farai Chideya, creator and host of the syndicated public radio show/podcast Our Body Politic, joins us to discuss the aftermath of the 2022 Midterm elections including: wins by her fellow Baltimorean Governor-elect Wes Moore as the first Black Governor of Maryland, and Florida’s Maxwell Alejandro Frost who is just 25-years-old. For full transcript, see above.


Congress's Broken Promise of Representation for Cherokee Nation

On Wednesday, members of the Cherokee Nation traveled to DC for a historic Congressional hearing. Nearly 200 years after the Treaty of New Echota and the Trail of Tears displaced their ancestors, the Cherokee Nation is asking for Congress to fulfill its end of that treaty: a promise to seat a non-voting delegate in the House. The hearing was the first step in that process. In 2019, the Cherokee Nation nominated Kimberly Teehee to be its delegate. But Native representation is unprecedented...


The Realities of Race in Assisted Reproduction

Assisted reproduction clinics have seen a sharp rise in the number of Black folks seeking their services during the pandemic. But many face a barrier even before pregnancy that they weren’t even aware of: a shortage of Black sperm donors. For many, having a Black donor is a primary concern in building families that reflect their cultures and identities. And while the best current scientific evidence indicates there’s no genetic basis for the idea of race, that doesn't mean it doesn't matter...


Jamie McCallum Says the Pandemic Reignited a Labor Movement

In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic––when health risks and isolation protocol felt ever changing––there was one nightly routine New Yorkers could rely on. Residents gathered outside of their homes every evening to cheer for the "essential” workers. The nurses, health care professionals, or grocery store employees, who risked their own health to keep critical operations running for others. It was the sound of recognition for a labor force often overlooked. And the deathly...


A Shadow Looms Over Qatar For The World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is expected to draw a record breaking 5 billion viewers. Play kicks off Sunday and all eyes are on the host nation Qatar. This year's World Cup has been embroiled in controversy from the start, with allegations of corruption and bribery in the process of FIFA awarding the bid to Qatar. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Human rights organizations have called out Qatar over human rights violations against migrant workers who have been building the infrastructure...


Georgia Heads to a Runoff...Again

Georgians have less than four weeks before their next election since neither Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock or his challenger Republican Herschel Walker earned 50% or more of the vote, which under state law forces a runoff election. On December 6th the state will once again set out to decide who will fill the Senate seat. We take a look at the sprint to the election finish line with Stephen Fowler, a political reporter at Georgia Public Broadcasting, and host of the Battleground: Ballot...


Takeaway Report: A Teen Vogue State of the (Youth)ion

Teen Vogue hosted it's 5th annual Teen Vogue Summit at Goya Studios in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. "Everybody is just trying to be cool, but there's no such thing as cool," said Karissa Mitchell, Senior Beauty and Fashion Editor of Teen Vogue after hosting a panel of changemakers in the beauty industry. Karissa said she put the panel together " inspire the teenagers that are coming up in today's society that you're fine just the way you are. And just don't panic when it comes to...