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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.
Friday, December 6, 2013 4:52pm
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the intersections of music and film in three new releases: "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen brothers' film about a 1960s folk singer trying to make it big; "Out of the Furnace," starring Woody Harrelson, Christian Bale, and Casey Affleck; and "Sound of Music Live," the live television staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical made famous by Julie Andrews.
They also embark on some movie therapy with a listener who wants help with tracking down quality lesbian-themed films. And, as always, there's movie trivia.
Friday, December 6, 2013 12:00am
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” Nelson Mandela once said.
Today, the world mourns the loss of the great Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who spent 27 years in prison and emerged to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid. He died quietly in his home yesterday at the age of 95.
On this day, The Takeaway remembers Mandela—a man who was all at once a peacemaker, a statesman and a champion of reconciliation with influence that reached far beyond South Africa. On this sad day filled with hope, we hear from Mandela in his own words, testimony from those touched by him, those who knew him, and those who are in his debt.
Madiba's compatriot, Denis Goldberg, served alongside Mandela throughout the anti-apartheid movement. Goldberg, a white South African, was also tried alongside Mandela in 1963. Both men, along with five others, were sentenced to four life sentences for their political activism. Goldberg says they spent 22 years in prison not dreaming of victory, fame or being president someday.
Ntshepeng Motema is a 29-year-old freelance South African journalist. Even though she only met Nelson Mandela once briefly, she—like so many other South Africans—feels like she knew him from a very young age and offers a remembrance of Madiba.
Even though he is gone, Mandela's voice and words are very much with us. We hear from him in his own words, listening back to some of his greatest speeches.
Also weighing in is Verne Harris, who has been Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He’s the head of memory programming at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation and he shares the ways Mandela's legacy will be preserved.
Our own John Hockenberry also pays tribute to the man from a remote village in South Africa that became a symbol of justice and freedom for all people.
Help us remember Nelson Mandela by answering this: What one word best sums up Mandela? And why? Share your thoughts in the comments, tweet us or post on Facebook. You can also give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.
Photo Slideshow: The Life & Times of Mandela
Thursday, December 5, 2013 6:26pm
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the revered leader who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead the nation out of decades of apartheid, has died at the age of 95.
Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, was known across the globe for his message of reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness.
"Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa—and moved all of us," President Barack Obama said. "Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived—a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice."
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said. "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."
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Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:52pm
In 2012, the seven largest fast food corporations—including McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell—made $7.4 billion in profits. Their employees earned an average of $8.69, barely a dollar more than minimum wage.
Today, fast food workers in 100 cities are striking for a $15 an hour wage and the right to form a union without interference.
It's a movement that's been growing for over a year. In November 2012, more than 200 fast food workers protested at more than 20 restaurants in New York City. It was the first mass walkout in the history of the nation's fast food industry.
Today The Takeaway hears from two fast food workers about what it's like working in the industry.
Naquasia LeGrand is a cashier at KFC who earns just $7.70 an hour. And Eduardo Shoy is a delivery man for KFC and Pizza Hut, as well as a forklift operator at JFK airport.
Angelo Amador is the Vice President of Workforce and Labor Policy at the National Restaurant Association. He is on the opposite side of the debate, opposing the wage hike.In 2012....the 7 largest fast food corporations...you know the ones...McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell...made 7.4 BILLION dollars in profits....Their employees...earned an average of 8 dollars and 69 cents....barely a dollar more than minimum wage...Today...fast food workers in 100 cities are striking...in a call for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference....It's a movement that's been growing for over a year...In November 2012, more than 200 fast food workers protested at more than 20 restaurants in New York City. It was the first mass walkout in the history of the nation's fast food industry....Joining me now is Angelo, Amador, Vice President of Workforce and Labor Policy at the National Restaurant Association. They are opposed to the wage hike.....Now we will hear from two fast food workers on what it's like working in the industry. Naquasia LeGrand is a cashier at KFC...she's making just 7 dollars and 70 cents an hour...and has received only a 20 cent raise in the two years she's been working there...She joins us here in the studio following a strike this morning at a midtown McDonald'
Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:29am
President Barack Obama has revived his populist message. At the Center for American Progress yesterday, the president made his case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality.
"I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American," the president said.
Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as the president dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him.
A new poll from Harvard University 's Institute of Politics finds that 47 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 would vote to recall the president from office. A majority—57 percent—are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act, the president's defining domestic achievement. The GOP shouldn't necessarily celebrate, though: 52 percent told pollsters that they would recall "all members of Congress."
Overall, millennials are concerned about their future, worried about employment, ballooning students loans, and economic uncertainty.
Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, and a millennial herself, examines how the president's message about income inequality resonates with the youngest voters, and what policies might quell the fears of the millennial generation.