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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.

    Abortion is on the Ballot

    Abortion is on the Ballot

    There are a record number of abortion measures on the ballot for the November midterm elections. Voters in Vermont, California, Kentucky and Montana will decide on respective abortion measures in their states. A proposed Constitutional amendment in Kentucky would amend the state constitution to explicitly ban the right to abortion. Proposals in Vermont, California, and likely in Michigan, would have the opposite effect, enshrining abortion rights in their state constitutions. And a ballot measure in Montana would establish personhood for infants born alive after attempted abortions.

    We speak with Vox politics reporter, Nicole Narea, for more on the various measures. 

    • 9 min
    The Radical History of Abortion Rights in Kansas

    The Radical History of Abortion Rights in Kansas

    Last Tuesday, voters in Kansas rejected a proposal to amend the state’s constitution to say there is no right to abortion. 

    Kansas is one of the most solidly Republican states in the union, having chosen the Republican candidate in all but one presidential election since 1940. But data from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office shows that more people voted in the abortion referendum than in any primary election in state history, and the margin of victory was substantial: 59% voted against amending the constitution to ban abortion.

    For many, the outcome was surprising. But those who know Kansas more intimately understand that the roots of this outcome are deeply ingrained in the history and politics of the state. 

    The Takeaway spoke with Thomas Frank, author of the 2004 book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” about how the state’s political history is reflected in this outcome. 

    The Takeaway also was joined by Representative Stephanie Clayton, House Minority Whip in the Kansas State Legislature. Clayton discussed how a more conservative framing for the state’s ballot measure on abortion rights ended up being a winning strategy for Democrats and moderate Republicans.

    • 22 min
    Poet and Activist Naomi Ortiz Talks About Ecojustice and Self Care

    Poet and Activist Naomi Ortiz Talks About Ecojustice and Self Care

    At the end of July, the Ford Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced a new cohort of Disability Futures Fellows. The fellows are supported by a grant designed to spotlight a group of visual and performing artists and writers who live with disabilities.

    We spoke with one of the new fellows, Naomi Ortiz, who is a poet, writer, and visual artist whose intersectional work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice, climate action, and relationship with place. They are also the author of the book, "Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice" and the forthcoming book, "Rituals for Climate Change: A Crip Struggle for Ecojustice."

     

    • 25 min
    Understanding Underground Fungi May Help Mitigate Climate Change

    Understanding Underground Fungi May Help Mitigate Climate Change

    Fungi under the soil plays an important role in forestry growth and capturing carbon, and it turns out understanding unknown territory of underground fungi networks could be critical for climate change mitigation efforts.

    We spoke with Colin Averill (AiVE-rall), lead scientist at the Crowther lab at ETH Zurich and Co founder of The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks to understand why we should adopt a “fungi first” approach to climate change.

     

    • 14 min
    Spreading the Research on Monkeypox

    Spreading the Research on Monkeypox

    Last week, the Biden administration declared a public health emergency over the spread of the monkeypox virus in the United States. There are currently more than 7,500 known cases in the country, with more than 90% occurring among men who reported recently having had sex or other intimate contact with other men. After the public health emergency declaration, Alondra Nelson, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and several of her colleagues published a statement in partnership with leaders from twenty other countries calling for research around monkeypox to be shared openly among academics from different nations. We speak with Deputy Director Nelson about the importance of sharing this research.

    • 13 min
    Can Dimming the Sun Prevent Climate Catastrophe?

    Can Dimming the Sun Prevent Climate Catastrophe?

    The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that the earth’s temperature will rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040 if we don’t curb our greenhouse gas emissions. But what if there was another way — what if we could simply shade the planet from the sun's hot rays? It sounds like something right out of a science fiction movie, but research into making it a reality has recently won some powerful financial backers. Solar geo-engineering, as the idea is called, doesn't just pose environmental and technological challenges, but also questions of international cooperation and governance. 

    Dr. Alan Robock, Distinguished Professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, joined us to explain the research, the technology, and the unintended consequences.

    • 16 min

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