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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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Election Security: How Vulnerable are Voting Machines to Hacking?

With the midterms right around the corner, The Takeaway has an in-depth look at the state of election security. A former government intelligence analyst weighs in on the vulnerabilities and potential threats to our nation’s voting systems. During the 2016 elections, Colorado was one of multiple states targeted in a Russian interference campaign. Colorado Secretary of State, Wayne Williams, discusses efforts since then, to protect the state’s voting systems. Government forces in Afghanistan...


At Least 40 Children Dead in Yemen after Saudi-led Airstrike

Last week a school bus carrying children in northern Yemen was struck by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike. More than 40 children are believed to have been killed and dozens injured. We discuss the attack and the latest details about the conflict in Yemen, with a reporter in the nation’s capital; a recent report by Forbes alleges that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stole million of dollars from former employees and associates; the group behind the deadly Charlottesville “Unite the...


Why Don't More Americans Vote?

On this week that marks the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, The Takeaway looks at what it was meant to do, the state of voting rights across the country, and why so many Americans who are eligible to vote are still kept from doing so. We also hear from a political scientist who has the numbers and the research pointing to reasons so many millions of Americans willingly steer clear of the polls on election day. Later in the hour, we hear from someone who lost their...


Where We Are One Year After Charlottesville

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. We discuss the strength of hate groups and extremist organizations, with the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. Earlier this week, voters in St. Louis, Missouri ousted a longtime county prosecutor who had been criticized for his investigation into the police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, four years ago today. Latino actor, Jay...


Puerto Rico Signs Contract with Private Prison Company to Relocate Inmates to Arizona

We take a look at a plan underway in Puerto Rico to transfer some of the island’s prison population to a privately run prison in Arizona; a conversation with the co-vice chair of the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Task force about why the Justice Department felt the need to address this issue now; the latest from Manafort Trial; a look at the record number of Muslim candidates in this primary season; and a conversation with two community leaders about how Washington, DC is...


Yes, Climate Change is to Blame for Devastating California Wildfires. But Societal Growth is As Well.

We take a look at the factors contributing to the especially deadly nature of California’s massive wildfires this year; Chicago experienced a deadly weekend of gun violence. Dozens of shootings took place, mostly in the city’s south and west side neighborhoods. We hear from a local pastor about reaction from the communities impacted; In collaboration with The Marshall Project, we take a look at a case concerning whether prisoners have the right to freedom of speech and to avoid becoming...


Inside the Rally

President Trump has held more than two dozen political rallies since winning election. We explore the psychology and history behind these types of rallies; the trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort resumed today in Alexandria, Virginia; we hear from one of the grandmothers participating in a nationwide protest movement called “Grannies Respond”. She explains the group’s motivation for traveling down to the US-Mexico border; we speak with the co-host of a new...


Politics with Amy Walter: Trump's Continued Campaign

Today's Politics with Amy Walter: At the top, a look at why Trump is continuing to rally, as well as how they’re being used to further, or detract attention from, the policies he’s enacting in Washington. Then, a look at the rise of female veterans running for political office. There are 32 female veterans running for both the House and Senate, and a majority of them are Democrats. If 2018 is the year of the woman, will it also become the year of the female veteran? This hour explores why...


Judge Orders a Stop to Forcibly Drugging Migrant Children

On Monday, a judge ordered the federal government to stop drugging immigrant children without proper consent and to remove them from the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas; a look at police call logs documenting reports of sexual abuse at immigrant and non immigrant youth shelters across the U.S.; we wrap up our series with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health outcomes; we conclude our AIDS coverage for the week with a look at the challenges facing indigenous communities; a look at...


We Almost Fixed Climate Change. Why Couldn't We?

2018 has been a hot, wet, fiery summer around the world. From record temperatures in China, to wildfires across the western United States, Sweden and Greece, and devastating floods in India and Japan. Today, we take a look back at the decade between 1979 and 1989 that was the key window for the U.S. to address climate change; a discussion on how the fight is playing out over blueprints for 3-D printed guns; we continue our look at AIDS with a closer inspection of the epidemic among black...


Paul Manafort's Trial Begins as First in Mueller Investigation

Paul Manafort’s trial kicks off today in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. We give you a preview of what to expect; a look at the TSA program spying on Americans during domestic flights; we hear from the Senior Science Advisor for UNAIDS about how far we’ve come, and what’s still left to do; a look at the intersection of race and class and politics; and we continue our series on the intersection of race, place, and health.


100 Days: What is Facebook's Plan for the 2018 Midterms?

We take a look at what Facebook says they are doing to protect their users ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and how that effort is going; an explanation on how WhatsApp is propagating mob violence in India; a larger discussion on how the MeToo movement has been changing circumstances in the past few months; a look at the election in Pakistan and what it means for the region; and we kick off our series with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how place affects health outcomes.


Michael Cohen Claims President Trump Had Prior Knowledge of Trump Tower Meeting

According to President Trump's former personal attorney, the president knew in advance of a meeting where Russians were expected to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, Jr. We assess just how much we should take from all of this; a look at what really matters ahead of midterms; a discussion on the inroads made this week between President Trump and the European Commission President to eliminate tariffs that hamper trade across the Atlantic; and for the second half of the show, we...


As Government Rushes to Reunify Separated Families, Questions Remain About Parents Already Deported

Today, is the deadline the U.S. government set for family reunification, after implementing the family separation policy of “zero tolerance.” We take a look at where the government is in terms of family reunification; a look at whether or not the “zero tolerance” policy has been a deterrent to people looking to cross; we hear from a congressman about what Latino leadership on the issue of family separation and immigration more broadly looks like in Washington today and what other Latino...


Farmers Get Relief as Tariffs Hit Home

We take a look at the newly announced $12 billion aid package for farmers negatively impacted by tariffs; we discuss the case of an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who was detained by ICE last month after making a food delivery to a military base in Brooklyn, New York; a look at 120 years since the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico; and we end the hour with a discussion on how to deal with frustration on the job.


Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New Veterans Affairs Secretary

Longtime government official Robert Wilkie will head the Department of Veterans Affairs after the Senate confirmed his nomination on Monday. We take a look at the future of the Veterans Affairs in light of the confirmation; a look inside wartime prisons detaining suspected ISIS fighters; a discussion on the Tronc layoffs at The Daily News and what the move means both for news consumers but what it also reveals more broadly about consolidation within the industry; a look at a reverse...


Affirmative Action Hangs in the Balance

After President Trump's rollback of Obama-era affirmative action guidelines, and Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, race-based college admissions could become a thing of the past. We have a big look at affirmative action, how it works, what attitudes around it are and how those attitudes are changing; a look at the Carter Page FISA application for wire-tapping and surveillance; a reporter discusses the county and city's efforts to deal with the booming homeless population in Los...


Trump-Russia Summit Fallout Continues As Putin Gets Invite to D.C.

Friday host of The Takeaway Amy Walter talks with Chris Painter, the U.S’s former top cyber diplomat and General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, about what the implication's of this second meeting might be for the United States; Republican leaders had harsh words for Trump at the start of the week. That changed as the week wore on; and for the rest of the hour, we focus on the fight for suburban districts in the lead up to the Midterm election. Among the key districts...


Mythmaking and MS-13: Americans in Fear of an Exaggerated Threat

We take a big look at MS-13 in light of new data that shows Americans fears about the street gang; a look at a new tool police departments are using that allows them to better measure resident feelings about the job they are doing; a Democratic Congressman explains why he is speaking out specifically against newsprint tariffs; 90 percent of us either hate cooking or feel lukewarm about it. What's a grocery store to do?; and a look at two big films out this summer centered on issues of race.


Four Members of DHS Advisory Council Resign in Protest Over Treatment of Migrant Families

On Monday, four members of the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council resigned over what they described as the Trump administration's "morally repugnant" treatment of migrant families crossing the US-Mexico Border; as families that were previously separated at the U.S.-Mexico border begin to be reunited, we are seeing the chilling effects on the children's mental health; one Puerto Rican restaurant in New York City showcases its legacy and culture through its food, and passes its...