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Politics with Amy Walter: There's a Generational Divide Upending U.S. Politics

July 19th, 2019

47:31

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 …

Podcast: The Political Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico 2019-07-18

July 18th, 2019

36:11

The Political Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico 

Pressure is continuing to mount on Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, following a scandal over …

Politics with Amy Walter: Democrats Divided

July 13th, 2019

47:23

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 …

Candidate Talk: Seth Moulton

July 12th, 2019

13:40

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 …

Podcast: Native Leaders Invite 2020 Candidates to Presidential Forum 2019-07-10

July 10th, 2019

35:49

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 …

Podcast: Rifts Emerge Between Progressive and Moderate Democrats Heading into 2020 2019-07-08

July 8th, 2019

36:44

Recent tensions within the Democratic Party played out this weekend when Nancy Pelosi called out progressive Democratic politicians in an interview …

Podcast: A Former Border Patrol Agent on the Culture of CBP 2019-07-03

July 3rd, 2019

37:02

We speak with a former Border Patrol agent about the evolution of the agency and its culture, and how people are recruited and retained.

Podcast: What Does Responsible Tourism Look Like? 2019-07-02

July 2nd, 2019

28:34

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. 

Podcast: A Small Step for Trump, A Giant Leap for North Korea 2019-07-01

July 1st, 2019

33:30

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?

Politics with Amy Walter: Unpacking the Democratic Debates from the Aspen Ideas Festival

June 28th, 2019

46:53

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 …

Podcast: Life After Overdose, Part 4: The Future 2019-06-27

June 27th, 2019

33:13

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 …

Podcast: Two Iranian American Voices Give Perspective to US-Iran Conflict 2019-06-26

June 26th, 2019

39:58

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 …

Politics with Amy Walter: Digital Ads and the Wild West of Political Campaigning

June 23rd, 2019

46:37

As U.S. voters increasingly spend more of their lives online, political campaigns and other outside groups are trying to figure out how best to meet …

Podcast: Tensions Between U.S. and Iran Heighten 2019-06-18

June 18th, 2019

30:44

Tensions Between U.S. and Iran Heighten

A lead architect for the Iran nuclear deal discusses what went wrong, and the current state of tensions between the U.S. and Iran. 

Supreme Court to Take Up Case on Race and …

Politics with Amy Walter: Democratic Socialism is Having a Moment; Will Voters be Receptive to its Message?

June 14th, 2019

44:57

Throughout most of the 20th century and beyond, the term "socialism" has carried a lot of baggage in U.S. political history. Socialism itself has …

Podcast: Border Patrol Camera Data Hacked, Released 2019-06-12

June 12th, 2019

35:36

Border Patrol Camera Data Hacked, Released

This week, Customs and Border Protection announced that hackers had stolen license plate images and …

Podcast: Is the U.S. Immigration Policy 'Inhumane?' 2019-06-10

June 10th, 2019

38:25

Is the U.S. Immigration Policy 'Inhumane?' 

Last week, the Trump administration announced that it will cut funding for soccer and education programs …

Politics with Amy Walter: The Impact of Black Voters: “When We Show Up, We Transform How Power Operates”

June 7th, 2019

45:45

When it comes to elections there’s always a key voting bloc that gets the media attention. If candidate X wins the FILL IN THE BLANK they’ll win the election.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard a lot about the Latino …

Podcast: Ransomware Attack Leaves Baltimore Locked out of City Hall 2019-06-04

June 4th, 2019

31:28

Ransomware Attack Leaves Baltimore Locked out of City Hall

Baltimore is the latest high-profile victim in a long string of attacks on soft targets like city governments and small businesses.

Canadian National Inquiry: …

Podcast: Rethinking the Response to Mass Shootings 2019-06-03

June 3rd, 2019

37:48

Rethinking the Response to Mass Shootings

After a mass shooting in Virginia Beach left 12 people dead, The Takeaway examines how government officials, the public, and the media respond to mass shootings in this moment.

Celebrating One Year of Amy Walter

May 31st, 2019

45:07

Five times in history, the candidate elected president of the United States was not the winner of the national popular vote. With two of those five …

Podcast: Mueller Speaks, Says 'The Report Is My Testimony' 2019-05-29

May 29th, 2019

30:13

Mueller Speaks, Says 'The Report Is My Testimony' 

Robert Mueller gave his first and last statement as special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Porn Literacy Courses Are …

Podcast: E.U. Elections Results Reveal a Continent Divided 2019-05-28

May 28th, 2019

30:08

E.U. Elections Results Reveal a Continent Divided

With the highest number of votes cast in more than 20 years, the once predominant centrist parties …

Homefront: Stories from Military Families

May 27th, 2019

47:07

Today, on Memorial Day, The Takeaway has a special hour devoted to America’s military families and the unique challenges they face and the sacrifices …

The Juggle Is Real: Navigating Life In Your 40s

May 25th, 2019

43:27

 If you're in your 40s and more tired than you've ever been because you are juggling life, money, aging parents, aging yourself, not wanting to play games any more etc. raise your hand. 🖐🏼 How are you coping?

— …

Politics with Amy Walter: The Evolution of the Executive

May 24th, 2019

47:19

Every president leaves their mark on the office of the presidency.

The office of the presidency also leaves its mark on every person who holds it.

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 …

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 …

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