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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.

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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.

    Music In Their Own Words: Fleet Foxes

    Music In Their Own Words: Fleet Foxes

    The indie folk-rock band Fleet Foxes released their first EP in 2008, and since then have evolved from a fixture of the Pacific Northwest music scene into an internationally-acclaimed ensemble known for their richly-layered sounds and resonant, timeless lyrics. Their latest album, Shore (2020), was nominated for a Grammy.

    Lead vocalist and principal songwriter Robin Pecknold recently released the book, "Wading in Waist-High Water: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes." It collects his entire catalogue of lyrics, with notes on his creative inspirations and approaches. He joined The Takeaway to give a window into his songwriting process.

    "Compiling and notating the lyrics here was maybe the first time I'd read them together. And one thing I kept noticing was the preponderance of question marks," Pecknold writes. 

    "To me, a song is good if it is asking interesting questions. And a song is done when those questions are no longer confusing the song's maker." 

    • 15 min
    How Moore v. Harper Could Reshape Democracy

    How Moore v. Harper Could Reshape Democracy

    The Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Moore v. Harper this week, a case that involves North Carolina’s Republican led-state legislatures efforts to pass gerrymandered maps.  After the 2020 Census, North Carolina’s Supreme Court threw out maps that had been drawn by the state legislature.  In this case, Republican members of the North Carolina legislature are suing, arguing that the Constitution gives them sole authority to administer federal elections. The ruling will have important implications for the structure of American democracy.  

    We speak with Allison Riggs, co-executive director and chief counsel for voting rights for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, about the latest proceedings in the case, and the potential implications of The Supreme Court's decision.

    • 20 min
    Warnock Wins in 2022 Georgia Runoff

    Warnock Wins in 2022 Georgia Runoff

    After four more weeks of campaigning and tens of millions more advertising dollars, the last Senate seat has been decided. Incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker with just over 51% percent of the vote.  

    This long and hard-fought U.S. Senate race has proven to be the most expensive of the 2022 midterm cycle.

    Voters had a minimum of five early voting days last week – and after a lawsuit, some counties in Georgia opened precincts for Saturday voting after Thanksgiving. This means that by Tuesday, more than 1.8 million voters in Georgia had already cast their ballots through early voting or mail-in ballots.

    But for some folks there is just nothing like casting your ballot, in person, on election day.

    Our Digital Producer Zachary Bynum is a Georgia voter himself, and he went out to vote yesterday in Savannah during his lunch hour, so we heard from him. Then, we dig into Georgia politics with Stephen Fowler, reporter for GPB News covering state and local politics and host of the Battleground: Ballot Box podcast.

    • 12 min
    Reverend Al Sharpton is "Loudmouth"

    Reverend Al Sharpton is "Loudmouth"

    The new movie Loudmouth highlights the career and activism of Sharpton from the late 1980s through the death of George Floyd.

    Director Josh Alexander and Rev. Al Sharpton join us to discuss the film and Sharpton’s life.

    • 16 min
    SHElection!: Student Edition

    SHElection!: Student Edition

    We talk with three of Melissa Harris-Perry’s students from Wake Forest University, Cole, Haley and Emma, about their experience following SHElection! for a class assignment and the politics of gender discrimination they faced when a TikTok they created for the assignment went viral.

    • 13 min
    SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in 303 Creative LLC vs. Elenis

    SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in 303 Creative LLC vs. Elenis

    The Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday in the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis. Justices will consider whether a Colorado-based web designer is obligated by the state’s law to design wedding websites for same-sex couples.

    The evangelical Christian web designer is opposed to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. She is challenging the Colorado law on the basis of free speech. Lawyers for the evangelical Christian web designer contend that Colorado law violates the 1st Amendment by making her engage in speech with which she does not agree.

    We speak with Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and co-author of the upcoming book, Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice.

    • 18 min

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Melissa Harris-Perry Keeps It Real

I first saw Ms. Perry at The New School in New York where she was a member of a panel with Chris Hayes, Eric Foner, and Katrina Vanden Heuvel. She keeps issues of dire importance to the vast underclass front and center, but she does it with panache, intelligence, and a great reserve of patience for a society that too often is dangerously indifferent to the majority of its members. Without people like her, determined, capable, honest reporters of the growing national crises we face each day we would be in a very sorrowful state indeed. Kudos to her, and her staff, for the good work they do to right ourselves for the common good.

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I have long been a fan of public intellectual Melissa Harris-Perry. I watched her MSNBC show weekly when it ran in the early to mid 2010s and was thrilled when she was named host of The Takeaway. She doesn’t disappoint. Her interviews are warm, thoughtful, bold, and unapologetic in naming racial justice, gender, disability rights, the importance of healthcare access (including abortion), democracy reform, and otherwise. Great range of topics and guests. Highly recommend.

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