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Politics with Amy Walter: The Political Power of Teachers

May 17th, 2019

49:26

It feels like every day someone new announces they are running for President. But Andrew Yang, the founder of the fellowship program for recent …

Politics with Amy Walter: "The World's Most Exclusive Club"

May 10th, 2019

47:23

In his 1957 book, Citadel, journalist William White refers to the Senate as “the world’s most exclusive club.” But for many high-profile Democrats, it's a club that seems to have gone out of style. In April, Stacey …

Podcast: 2019-05-09 Checking the Checks and Balances

May 9th, 2019

28:14

Checking the Checks and Balances

As the fight between House Democrats and the White House continues to escalate, are the checks and balances between the branches of the government working? 

China Attempts to Undercut …

Podcast: 2019-05-07 Celebrating One Year of Tanzina Vega

May 7th, 2019

45:40

One year ago today, Tanzina Vega made her debut as the host of The Takeaway. At the time, she outlined three gaps in the United States that she felt …

Politics with Amy Walter: The Trump Administration Hopes "It's the Economy, Stupid" Holds True in 2020

May 3rd, 2019

46:56

"It’s the economy, stupid."

James Carville is the Democratic strategist who famously coined that phrase while working on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992. He meant people vote with their pocketbooks. In …

Podcast: 2019-05-02 AG William Barr Refuses to Testify Before House Panel

May 2nd, 2019

29:39

AG William Barr Refuses to Testify Before House Panel

After testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr is refusing to testify before the House on Thursday.

Labor Dept. …

Podcast: 2019-04-30 Guantanamo Bay May Soon Need Hospice Care

April 30th, 2019

26:38

Guantanamo Bay May Soon Need Hospice Care

With no end in sight, the Pentagon is having to consider how Guantanamo Bay will provide treatment for …

Politics with Amy Walter: "The X Factor": Will Joe Biden Reshape the Race?

April 26th, 2019

46:36

Joe Biden officially announced that he is running for the nation's top job on Thursday. As candidate number 20, he is entering a historically crowded race. Does he have what it takes to stand out from the pack? 

We …

Podcast: 2019-04-25 The Debate Over Felon Disenfranchisement

April 25th, 2019

32:28

The Debate Over Felon Disenfranchisement

The debate over felon disenfranchisement is playing out across the country, where a patchwork map of state laws means things look different in Maine than they do in Iowa or in …

Can Social Security Be Saved?

April 24th, 2019

30:55

Can Social Security Be Saved?

A new report has extended Social Security's lifetime by one year, but the program is still on track to become insolvent …

Politics with Amy Walter: The Mueller Report is Not the End, It's Just the Beginning

April 19th, 2019

46:01

It’s been a long (almost) two years but the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russia, and obstruction of justice has …

Measles Cases Continue to Grow. Here's How We Got Here.

April 17th, 2019

30:57

Measles Cases Continue to Grow. Here's How We Got Here.

Public health, freedom of religion and politics converge in the history of fighting over …

Candidate Talk: Cory Booker

April 12th, 2019

47:21

On February 1st, the start of Black History month, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced he was running for president. Since then, he’s been on the campaign trail and announced that he raised $5 million. This …

Politics with Amy Walter: Those Who Draw the Lines...Have the Power

April 5th, 2019

45:30

On this week's Politics with Amy Walter: The fight over redistricting and who gets to wield the pen.

Slay the Dragon,” chronicles the challenges to …

Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal

April 4th, 2019

31:53

Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal

There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence.

The Death of the …

Making Reparations Work in America

April 3rd, 2019

37:51

Making Reparations Work in America

2020 candidates are speaking up about reparations. But this debate goes far beyond being a political talking point.

How to Win Wisconsin

March 29th, 2019

45:00

In 2016, Donald Trump cracked the so-called blue wall in the industrial Midwest winning Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. This week on Politics …

Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Partisan Gerrymandering

March 27th, 2019

41:40

Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Partisan Gerrymandering

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard two cases involving the design of congressional maps. …

The Mueller Report is In; What Does it Mean?

March 25th, 2019

30:47

The Mueller Report is In; What Does it Mean?

Attorney General William Barr released a letter to Congress detailing the Mueller Report's key findings.

Amy Walter on Congress's Next Moves

Amy Walter joins us to talk about …

Politics with Amy Walter: The Democratic National Committee's 2020 Transformation

March 22nd, 2019

46:59

After all the drama in 2016, the Democratic National Committee has reformed the nomination process. Today on Politics with Amy Walter from The …

How Transportation Can be a Means for Segregation

March 19th, 2019

27:04

How Transportation Can be a Means for Segregation 

Voters will decide whether to add a train line from Atlanta to Gwinnett county, a suburban area …

Senate Republicans Split From Trump, What Does This Moment Mean for the Future of the GOP?

March 15th, 2019

46:33

Two things happened on the Hill this week. The most high profile of course came on Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate voted with Democrats

CEO of Company Housing Migrant Children Detainees Steps Down

March 13th, 2019

37:03

CEO of Company Housing Migrant Children Detainees Steps Down

The C.E.O. of Southwest Key, a private company that houses the plurality of migrant children in U.S. shelters, has resigned after facing scrutiny from a …

Divide Over Israel Remains After House Passes Generic "Anti-Hate" Measure

March 8th, 2019

47:17

Divide Over Israel Remains After House Passes Generic "Anti-Hate" Measure

After initial plans to condemn anti-Semitism more specifically were scrapped, the U.S. House of Representatives' Democratic leadership opted for …

Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants Diminish

March 7th, 2019

40:22

Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants Diminish

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new data on migrant crossings at the border, revealing a system overwhelmed by more unauthorized crossings than seen …

Medical Breakthrough Prompts Reflection for People Living with HIV

March 6th, 2019

24:19

For only the second time since the AIDS epidemic began, a patient is in long-term remission from H.I.V.

The anonymous “London patient” appears to have been infection-free for the past year and a half, after receiving a …

Voices from Alabama: Working Through the Aftermath of a Deadly Storm

March 5th, 2019

35:00

Voices from Alabama: Working Through the Aftermath of a Deadly Storm

23 are confirmed dead after tornadoes struck Alabama on Sunday. The Takeaway hears from local leaders on how the community is working together in the …

Politics with Amy Walter: To Impeach or Not to Impeach?

March 1st, 2019

37:18

Amy Walter talked to Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, who serves on both the Committee On Oversight And Reform and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he was in both the …

How Deutsche Bank Became Trump's Biggest Lender

February 28th, 2019

35:40

Examining Michael Jackson's Legacy Through the Lens of His Accusers

A new HBO documentary chronicles the lives of two men who say that Michael Jackson abused them as children.

Mayoral Elections Set the Stage for a New …

How Michael Cohen Went from Loyal Attorney to Key Trump Critic

February 27th, 2019

44:10

How Michael Cohen Went from Loyal Attorney to Key Trump Critic

Michael Cohen was once one of Donald Trump's fiercest supporters. Today, he's expected to bring revelations to the House Oversight Committee. What led to …

Hail to the Veep: Unpacking Vice Presidential History

February 18th, 2019

36:55

Hail to the Veep: Unpacking Vice Presidential History

On this President’s Day, The Takeaway looks at the role of the vice president in U.S. history …

Some Are Striking, Some Are Leaving: One Teacher on the State of His Profession Today

February 12th, 2019

36:01

Lawmakers Reach a Tentative Framework to Avert Another Shutdown 

President Trump may not accept the deal, but it outlines a potential compromise only three weeks after furloughed federal employees returned to work. 

Over 700 Victims: New Report Exposes Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches

February 11th, 2019

35:01

Over 700 Victims: New Report Exposes Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches

An investigation from the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News shines a light at disturbing sexual abuse in Southern Baptist …

The Biggest Threats to America Today, According to You

February 6th, 2019

33:34

The Biggest Threats to America Today, According to You

What are the major threats facing America today? You told us: they don't necessarily match …

How a Hate Crime Reverberates Through a Community

January 31st, 2019

37:53

How a Hate Crime Reverberates Through a Community 

Empire star Jussie Smollett told police that his attackers shouted “this is MAGA …

Two Years Later, So-Called "Muslim Ban" Continues To Separate Families

January 29th, 2019

34:37

Two Years Later, So-Called "Muslim Ban" Continues To Separate Families

According to information obtained from the State Department, very few people from the blocked countries have received waivers to enter the U.S. 

Growing Protests and Cries of 'Coup' in Venezuela

January 24th, 2019

31:17

Growing Protests and Cries of 'Coup' in Venezuela

In Venezuela, protests to unseat President Nicolas Maduro continue to spread after President Trump …

The Shutdown's Effect on the Opioid Epidemic

January 23rd, 2019

37:34

The Shutdown's Effect on the Opioid Epidemic

It's the 33rd day of the partial government shutdown. Across the country, the lack of federal funding has affected government employees, Native communities, Americans relying …

Vote, But Your Civic Engagement Doesn't End There

January 21st, 2019

46:01

Millions of Americans voted last Election Day. But millions of others participate in our democracy every day in small ways. While 7 in 10 Americans …

Communities Fill the Gaps Created by Shutdown

January 17th, 2019

30:59

Communities Fill the Gaps Created by Shutdown

The Takeaway hears from reporters in Arizona, Texas, and Alaska about the impact of the shutdown on their communities and how local charities and businesses are stepping up …

As Shutdown Drags On, Can Americans Afford to Go Without a Paycheck?

January 9th, 2019

30:42

As Shutdown Drags On, Can Americans Afford to Go Without a Paycheck?

There isn't good data on the number of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, but the truth is, many Americans have lived that way at some point in …

Big Pharma Raises Prescription Prices, Undercutting Trump's Presidential Pledge

January 3rd, 2019

30:31

Big Pharma Raises Prescription Prices, Undercutting Trump's Presidential Pledge

With 28 pharmaceutical companies set to raise prices in January, Americans will continue to pay more for prescription medications than any …

Inside the Big Business of Migrant Detention

January 2nd, 2019

35:32

Inside the Big Business of Migrant Detention

A new investigation shows just how lucrative the big business of immigration detention is for private prisons.

For Americans Over 50, Losing Work Can Mean Financial Ruin

A …

2019 News Preview: Stories to Watch in the Year Ahead

January 1st, 2019

46:24

Today, on a special New Year's day edition of The Takeaway we’ll look at what 2019 has in store when it comes to some of the biggest issues affecting our country and our world—everything from climate change to domestic …

As Distrust Grows, Who's Going to Lead?

December 28th, 2018

47:18

As Distrust Grows, Who's Going to Lead? 

An hour-long look on American leadership begins with a look at just how dire the leadership and trust crisis is, and the historical analogies. 

How Grassroots Leadership is …

New Report Says the VA Underspent on Suicide Prevention Outreach

December 26th, 2018

33:01

New Report Says the VA Underspent on Suicide Prevention Outreach

A new report just out from the Government Accountability Office says the VA has failed on a massive scale to address the problem of veteran suicide.

Making America Kinder, One Smile at a Time

December 25th, 2018

48:06

For the past few weeks, The Takeaway has been featuring stories of good deeds big and small from our listeners for our series America the Kind. So we’ve gathered them all together — plus some bonus stories you haven’t …

Escaping D.C.'s Real Life Political Drama With a Fictional One

December 22nd, 2018

25:16

There are countless political dramas and comedies to choose from, but with Washington D.C. feeling a bit like a reality show is there still room for …

Does the GOP Have a Woman Problem?

December 21st, 2018

35:14

Democrats won with women by 19 points in the 2018 midterm elections. Efforts to recruit new women candidates to the Republican Party have faltered …

A Bipartisan Moment for Criminal Justice Reform

December 20th, 2018

33:26

A Bipartisan Moment for Criminal Justice Reform

This week we spotted that rarest of beasts in Washington: a bipartisan moment, and just in time for …

Trump Foundation to Shut Down After Agreement

December 19th, 2018

26:18

Trump Foundation to Shut Down After Agreement 

The Trump Foundation is shutting down after an agreement was reached with New York Attorney General …

New Senate Reports Detail Extent of Russian Meddling Campaign

December 18th, 2018

45:48

New Senate Reports Detail Extent of Russian Meddling Campaign

The reports show that Russian meddlers took advantage of a deep knowledge of how to wedge American voters further apart.

Budapest Erupts in Protests Over …

Putting Together the Pieces of Mueller's Investigation Puzzle

December 14th, 2018

45:43

It's been a rapid fire few days in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian collusion during the run-up to the 2016 …

Theresa May Stays, as a Messy Brexit Continues

December 13th, 2018

29:45

Theresa May Stays, as a Messy Brexit Continues

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no confidence vote called by members of her own Conservative Party, as the messy Brexit story continues to …

Inside the Power of ICE

December 7th, 2018

52:22

In this hour, we take a look at the creation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and how in just fifteen years it’s gone from an agency with wide …

Politics with Amy Walter: Pentagon's First-Ever Audit Exposes Massive Accounting Fraud

November 30th, 2018

15:16

The military budget is at its highest level since World War II, but where exactly does all that money go and what wars are we even fighting these days? In this episode, Amy Walter finds out how much is being spent and …

Politics with Amy Walter: Family, Friendship and Politics Collide on Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2018

27:10

Sure, it’s nice to gather everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving. But depending on the family, there can be just as much laughter as there is screaming …

The History of Thanksgiving Food, from the First Venison to Your Modern Day Table

November 22nd, 2018

47:22

The History of Thanksgiving Food, from the First Venison to Your Modern Day Table

Why do we eat what we eat on this day? Food historian and writer Sandy Oliver takes us back to the beginning, and we hear from you about …

The Camp Fire Creates a Humanitarian Crisis

November 19th, 2018

35:25

The Camp Fire Creates a Humanitarian Crisis

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Northern California, where more than 10,000 families have lost …

Politics with Amy Walter: The Money Behind the Midterms

November 16th, 2018

48:12

Counting on Election Integrity in Florida

Machine meltdowns, recounts and who's responsible? 

The Money Behind the Midterms

More than $5 billion was spent by candidates alone in this year's midterm elections, …

Amazon Comes to the Neighborhood

November 14th, 2018

35:32

Amazon Comes to the Neighborhood 

On Tuesday, Amazon named Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia as the cite of their HQ2 locations. So what are the terms of the deal?

Scotland Aims to Stamp Out Homophobia …

Doctors On Gun Violence: "This Is Our Lane"

November 13th, 2018

33:19

Doctors On Gun Violence: "This Is Our Lane" 

The NRA told doctors to "stay in their lane," and not take on the issue of gun violence. Doctors said: …

Devastating Fires Rage Throughout California

November 12th, 2018

38:34

Devastating Fires Rage Throughout California

The Camp Fire has already been marked as the deadliest fire in recent California history.

Trial Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question Enters Second Week

The State of New …

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