The Takeaway on WFAE

Weekday afternoons at 2
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.



  • Monday, March 30, 2015 10:49am

    Over 60% of Utah's residents are members of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a faith that forbids the use of drugs including alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Yet, Utah has one of the highest rates of prescription drug addiction in the country, with an average of 21 state residents dying from pain medication abuse each month. It's a figure that rivals, and at times overtakes, motor vehicle crash deaths. 

    The issue has had a shattering effect on the Latter-day Saints community as Mindy Vincent, a therapist at a drug recovery center in Salt Lake City, can attest. Her sister, Maline, died August of last year from prescription pain medication overuse. Reporter Andrea Smardon from KUER Radio in Salt Lake City followed the Vincent family as they continue to grieve and struggle with addiction in their family. 

    Glen Hanson, Director of the Utah Addiction Center, joins us on the program to discuss how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is addressing the issue. He says that the church has been trying to raise more awareness on prescription pain medication abuse for years now. Cathy Vincent, Mindy and Maline's mother, spoke with their bishop as well, and he's promised to organize an event on opiate addiction later this year. 


  • Monday, March 30, 2015 10:31am

    This week, millions of high school seniors across the country anxiously await the reply of colleges of universities, hoping to join the estimated 21 million students who enrolled last Fall.

    Not everyone will get into their first choice. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni writes that colleges are experiencing record numbers of applications. And for many aiming for top tier universities, think Harvard, Yale, even Cornell, that rejection may be imminent. While it might feel like that rejection will haunt you forever, is it really such a cause for concern?

    Joining the Takeaway for a round table discussion are two students who navigated the application process and dealt with rejection first hand. Leora Lieberman is a public health graduate student at the University of Florida and Muath Alawi is a junior an Binghamton University. Both set their sights high when applying and were rejected from their top schools. But they also say they've learned a lot from that experience, and they're doing just fine today.

  • Monday, March 30, 2015 10:23am

    In January the United States Olympic Committee picked the city of Boston for its official bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USOC chose Boston over Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. 

    Given its success you might expect that Boston 2024, the private group seeking to bring the Olympics to Boston, would be out on the international stage, promoting the city as the best possible place in the world to hold the prestigious event. Instead, in the face of dwindling local support for its effort, Boston 2024 has said it will seek a referendum in Massachusetts on whether Boston should submit a final bid to host the Olympics. According to a recent poll, only about a third of Boston-area residents want the Games.

    Boston's experience, may bring back memories of those in Denver, Colorado who attempted to bring the 1976 Winter Olympics to the city, but ultimately failed.

    The Takeaway talks with Evan Falchuk, a former Massachusetts’ gubernatorial candidate and chairman of the United Independent Party, who has long been calling for a binding statewide voter referendum on Boston’s bid for the Olympics. 

  • Monday, March 30, 2015 10:22am

    Last Thursday, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed a bill that allows businesses to deny service to same sex couples based on the Christian belief that homosexuality is a religious offense.

    Outrage exploded from members of the LGBT community, many of whom like the law targets them. On the other hand, Governor Pence says critics of the law are attacking the right to religious freedom. "Indiana steps forward to protect the privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith," Pence told ABC. "This avalanche of intolerance that's been poured on our state is just outrageous."

    Joining us from Indianapolis is Brandon Smith, statehouse reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting.

  • Monday, March 30, 2015 9:23am

    23-year-old Remi Kolawole's music has been taking Australia by storm for the past couple of years, and now he's starting to splash onto American shores.

    Among the myriad topics Remi tackles in his music, race and culture are prominent in his latest album, "Raw X Infinity." Born in Canberra, Australia to a Nigerian immigrant father and a Tanzanian-Australian mother, Remi references his heritage in songs like "Nigerian Sunrise," "Melbourne Sunset," and "Ode to Ignorance."

    Recently, he's turned an eye to his father's home country, where violence and the actions of terror group Boko Haram has been harrying the presidential election. Remi joins us today talk about his music and how recent Nigerian politics have been influencing his work.