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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.

    His Name Was Tyre Nichols

    His Name Was Tyre Nichols

    His name was Tyre Nichols. 

    He was 29 years old, the youngest of four children. Father to a 4-year-old son. Tyree loved to skateboard. He was just 80 yards away from his mother’s house when he was stopped by Memphis police. Tyre called out to his mother as he was being beaten by five Memphis police officers. 

    On the evening of January 7, Memphis police stopped Tyre while he was driving. Initially, the police report indicated Tyre was stopped for reckless driving. But after extensive, initial review the Memphis chief of police indicated there was no proof of probable cause for the traffic stop. He died in the hospital three days after that traffic stop.

    On Friday evening, the City of Memphis released video footage of the traffic stop. It is hard to watch. The video shows five officers pepper spraying, beating, kicking, punching, shocking, and dragging Tyre. The five officers were fired 2 weeks ago. On Thursday, they were indicted on multiple felony charges, including second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.For more, we spoke with Aaron Morrison, the national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press.

    • 13 min
    Transformative Takeaway: Saving NOLA's Bike Share Program

    Transformative Takeaway: Saving NOLA's Bike Share Program

    New Orleans launched their bike share program, Blue Bikes, in 2017 in partnership with a for-profit bike share company called Social Bicycles, beginning with 700 pedal bicycles. Geoff Coats was hired to run the program. 

    Soon after, Uber bought out Social Bicycles (which by then had changed its name to Jump) and Blue Bikes flourished: by 2020, the fleet size was upgraded and almost doubled to 1,350 pedal assist e-bikes. But then, the pandemic hit. Uber paused the program, and then spun it off to Lime, a scooter company and competitor.  Lime, using the bikes as leverage, approached the city and asked to replace the bikes with electric scooters.  The city balked, and almost overnight, the bikes disappeared from the city streets, and the bike share program was defunct by June 2020. While this could have been the end of bike sharing in NOLA, Geoff Coats devised a plan to resurrect the program.  He organized with community leaders, organizations, and sponsors and eventually developed a non-profit entity, Blue Krewe to operate Blue Bikes, eventually receiving approval from the city to relaunch as a community-based bike sharing program.  In September 2021, after over a year of New Orleans not having a bike sharing program, Blue Bikes went back online.

    Since relaunch, Blue Krewe has overseen over 300-thousand trips, and have refocused the mission of NOLA's bike share program to be more aligned with the city’s mission of providing an affordable and equitable transportation alternative.

    We speak with Geoff Coats, CEO of Blue Krewe, about reviving the city's bike share program.

    • 8 min
    Reflecting on History and Remembering Victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Reflecting on History and Remembering Victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day in 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated.

    The Remembrance Day is a day to commemorate the 6 million Jewish lives that were lost at the hands of the Nazi German regime, and the millions of other Europeans the Nazis saw as racially inferior. This included Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti populations, people with disabilities, and Polish people.But this commemoration of 78 years since the end of World War II can’t be separated from the fact that recently some high profile celebrities and politicians have made antisemitic remarks, and there’s been a rising trend of harassment, vandalism and violence directed against Jews.According to the Anti-Defamation League, Antisemitic incidents reached an all-time high in the US in 2021.

    We hear from Toby Levy, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, and Jack Kliger, the President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust about rising antisemitism and the importance of reflecting on history and remembering victims and survivors.

    Then, we hear from Mattie Kahn, writer and author of the forthcoming book, Young and Restless, about the story of her great uncle Arthur Kahn, the first Jewish victim of the Holocaust

    • 28 min
    Why Titus Kaphar Won't "Shut Up and Paint"

    Why Titus Kaphar Won't "Shut Up and Paint"

    The paintings produced by artist Titus Kaphar have become some of the most coveted pieces of art in America. His paintings – which reimagine the people included in American history – are displayed in museums from Seattle to New York City, and at auction, they’ve fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    But the message of the Michigan-born artist’s work – which critically examines how art historically excludes Black and Brown faces – is a source of discomfort for many art collectors, dealers, and museums in the U.S. And despite pressure to keep his artwork apolitical, Titus says his refusal to be silent gets at the heart of how he defines the word “artist.”

    We talk to Titus Kaphar about his paintings, and we discuss the painter’s venture into a different medium in his documentary, Shut Up and Paint.

    • 15 min
    Gun Violence in 2023: 40 Mass Shootings in 26 Days

    Gun Violence in 2023: 40 Mass Shootings in 26 Days

    We are 26 days into 2023, and the United States has already experienced 40 mass shootings, as of today Thursday morning. 

    California, a state with some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, has suffered three mass shootings in less than a week. In Monterey Park, California on Saturday, a man with a gun killed 11 people, and injured nine. On Monday, there were two more shootings. In Half Moon Bay, a man killed seven people, and injured one. And in Oakland, another armed individual killed one person and injured seven people in a shooting at a gas station that night.

    According to the Gun Violence Archive, so far this year, in these 26 days of January, there have been nearly 3,000 gun related deaths - a number that includes deaths by suicides, homicide, defensive and unintentional shootings.

    So what can we do about it? We speak with Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America about guns and gun reform in America.

    • 13 min
    Cop City: Forest Defender Killed by Police in Forest Raid

    Cop City: Forest Defender Killed by Police in Forest Raid

    In a recent interview on The Takeaway, Kamau Franklin said, "What seems to be underreported is that even at the beginning of the protest against Cop City, when people were doing demonstrations and marches on city sidewalks, we would have at the end of those demonstrations, police jumping in the middle of them and arresting people for just standing or talking after demonstrations. And they've come in during demonstrations. They've used pepper spray. They've violently thrown people to the ground. Folks have been arrested. This is pre the charges of domestic terrorism." 

    Activists view cop city as proof of the ongoing militarization of the police.

    Bulldozers and police raids made their way through Weelaunee People’s Park last Wednesday after police killed protester Manuel Terán AKA Tortuguita. Officials say Manuel fired first, but activists doubt the official account from police. The GBI director says there is no body cam footage from the incident and the Georgia Department of Public Safety released a press release saying they would not be releasing the identity of the trooper who was struck in the abdomen for concerns for "for the protection of life, safety, and public property."

    Local activists are calling for an independent wrongful death investigation.

    In the aftermath, protests happened across the country this past weekend and more protesters around the South River Forest have been arrested on “domestic terrorism” charges. 

    For more, we checked in with Founder of Community Movement Builders Kamau Franklin and Sean, a participant in the Defend the Atlanta Forest movement, for an update on “cop city.” We also spoke with City Councilmember At-Large Michael Julian Bond who supports the development of cop city.

    To keep up with our coverage of cop city, check our recent segment.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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658 Ratings

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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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…her style and stories are vital esp the deep dives.

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Brilliant and Thoughtful

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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