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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.

    Politics with Amy Walter: Processing a New Kind of Election Night

    Politics with Amy Walter: Processing a New Kind of Election Night

    The surge in absentee ballots because of the coronavirus could mean the outcome of the presidential race remains undetermined for weeks after the first Tuesday in November. Recently, The New York Times published a piece about what the media may not understand about covering election night 2020.

    The way election night coverage has unfolded in the past makes this new reality particularly tough to understand. But just because the exit poll data and electoral college tally that we are used to seeing populate our screens may not all be there by the time we go to bed does not mean there's something sinister going on. 

    Caitlin Conant, Political Director of CBS News and Rick Klein, the Political Director of ABC News describe how they're preparing both their newsrooms and the American people for election night.  

    This week, Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would join him on the Democratic presidential ballot as his vice president. Black women have been among the most loyal supporters of the Democratic Party, even though they're underrepresented in positions of power within the party. The Biden-Harris ticket is historic, especially as notable women in media and politics announced that they would be paying special attention to the way the media covers them. Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama reacts to the news. 

    On this show, we've been following how elections and campaigns have changed because of the pandemic. Among the most notable differences is the way campaigns interact with voters since large gatherings have been discouraged. Americans for Prosperity Action, a conservative organization linked to the Koch network, is knocking on doors in swing states in support of Republicans running in senate and congressional races. Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, shares what he's learning from voters at the doors.

    • 46 min
    Has the Media Gotten Better at Covering Female Politicians? 2020-08-13

    Has the Media Gotten Better at Covering Female Politicians? 2020-08-13

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    • 46 min
    Kamala Harris Chosen As Joe Biden's Running Mate 2020-08-12

    Kamala Harris Chosen As Joe Biden's Running Mate 2020-08-12

    For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    • 46 min
    How the Lebanese Diaspora is Processing Beirut's Deadly Explosion 2020-08-11

    How the Lebanese Diaspora is Processing Beirut's Deadly Explosion 2020-08-11

    For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    • 46 min
    An Economic and Political Analysis of Trump's Unilateral Stimulus Measures 2020-08-10

    An Economic and Political Analysis of Trump's Unilateral Stimulus Measures 2020-08-10

    For transcripts, see individual segment pages.

    • 46 min
    Politics with Amy Walter: In Pursuit of a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Politics with Amy Walter: In Pursuit of a Coronavirus Vaccine

    While many countries have curbed their total number of coronavirus cases, the US has recorded more than four and a half million, and more than 160,000 deaths. Inadequate national leadership has caused one of the easiest and simplest solutions to curbing the spread of the disease, mask wearing, to become the latest front in the culture wars 

    The White House has spread not only conflicting messages about the severity of the virus but also conspiracy theories about the science and the solutions to stopping the pandemic. 

    With no certainty to the end of the pandemic, many are relying on a vaccine as the only way back to the way things were but even a vaccine comes with its own set of issues. Finding a way to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine in addition to convincing Americans that it is safe and effective could be an uphill battle. Communicating transparently is especially important with communities of color who have been disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus.  

    Guests:

    Umair Irfan, Staff Writer at Vox

    Carolyn Johnson, Science Reporter at The Washington Post

    Dr. Jesse Goodman, Professor at Georgetown University and the Former Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration

    Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum

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