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John Hockenberry

The Takeaway is a national afternoon news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up on your day and prepare for what's ahead. Host John Hockenberry, along with the The New York Times and WGBH Boston, invites listeners every afternoon to learn more and be part of the American conversation.



  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:00am

    "Friendship" is the new novel from author Emily Gould. This book has been selected as the sixth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Below you'll find a description of the book provided by the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    "Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at thirty, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is a Midwestern striver still mourning a years-old romantic catastrophe. Amy is an East Coast princess whose luck and charm have too long allowed her to cruise through life.

    "Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-twenties: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant.

    "As Bev and Amy are dragged, kicking and screaming, into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.

    "'Friendship,' Emily Gould’s debut novel, traces the evolution of a friendship with humor and wry sympathy. Gould examines the relationship between two women who want to help each other but sometimes can’t help themselves; who want to make good decisions but sometimes fall prey to their own worst impulses; whose generous intentions are sometimes overwhelmed by petty concerns.

    "This is a novel about the way we speak and live today; about the ways we disappoint and betray one another. At once a meditation on the modern meaning of maturity and a timeless portrait of the underexamined bond that exists between friends, this exacting and truthful novel is a revelation."

    -Farrar, Straus and Giroux

  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:00am

    "The Book of Unknown Americans" is the latest novel from author Cristina Henriquez. This book has been selected as the fifth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Below you will find a description of the book provided by the publisher, Random House.

    "A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

    "Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

    "When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It’s also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel’s core.

    "Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.

    "Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality."

    -Random House

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 2:34pm

    Rafer thinks it's a week for people on film to take personal responsibility for their lives. But not all of them seem up for the task.

    The members of the Altman family need to tell the truth and make peace with each other in "This is Where I Leave You." A podcaster needs to face a strange challenger in "Tusk." A former cop must commit crimes to fight crimes in "A Walk Among the Tombstones." And a group of teenage boys must take control of their lives and free themselves of what cages them in "The Maze Runner."

    Finally, Simon Pegg discusses the importance of taking personal responsibility for one's happiness, when he sits down with Kristen to discuss his new film, "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

    Subscribe to the Movie Date podcast, like Movie Date on Facebook, follow Kristen on Twitter, and leave a message for Rafer and Kristen anytime at 571-7MOVIES (571-766-8437).

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 2:05pm

    In the wake of the outrage, speculation, and debate over football star Ray Rice assaulting his wife and the NFL's policies on domestic violence, another voice has emerged.

    Dewan Smith-Williams has come forward with her own story of abuse at the hands of her husband, former NFL player Wally Williams, who played for the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens, and the New Orleans Saints between 1993 and 2003.

    While he was playing for the Saints, Dewan says Wally was often intoxicated and violent towards her, and when she sought help from the League that was supposed to protect her, it became clear that her husband and the game, not their family, were the NFL's priority.

    Dewan Smith-Williams and Wally Williams are currently separated and living in different states. The Takeaway reached out to Wally Williams, the NFL and the New Orleans Saints, who Williams played for at the time of the abuse, and did not hear back from him or the League. The New Orleans Saints responded that they have no comment.

    “The NFL's goal was to protect the brand, it wasn’t to protect my husband from himself and his high risk behavior,” says Dewan. “I was told no one is going to want to listen to me, no one wants to hear what the 'F' you want to say, no one is going to believe you.”

    She continues: “We fall in love with the person and it is hard to admit you have failed—I mean who lets someone punch you in the face and then marries them a month later?”

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 12:27pm

    Alibaba went public today and the Chinese e-commerce giant reportedly raised $21.8 billion—the biggest initial public offering ever in United States history. 

    The company is valued at at least $168 billion. When it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, shares jumped 36 percent from $68 a share to $92.70 a share. 

    Alibaba, which is China's largest internet venture, claims a complicated portfolio of different companies centered around a lucrative online market place where companies can sell products directly to customers. Think Amazon meets eBay with UPS and FedEx thrown in.

    Robert Armstrong, head of the Lex column at The Financial Times, weighs in on the company's future.