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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.

    A Check-In With an Abortion Provider in Texas

    A Check-In With an Abortion Provider in Texas

    In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, we check in with Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, an OB-GYN, abortion provider in Texas and founder Pegasus Health Justice Center. 

    Even before the ruling, thirteen states had “trigger” laws that enacted bans contingent on Roe being overturned and nine states had pre-existing bans which presumably go back in effect now that Roe has been overturned. Texas has both, and Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health, along with other providers, stopped providing abortions as of Friday, based upon Attorney General Ken Paxton’s statement that “abortion providers could be criminally liable for providing abortions starting today.”

    We spoke with Dr. Moayedi about where things go from here.

     

    • 21 min
    Gun Control: Where We Are and Where We're Going

    Gun Control: Where We Are and Where We're Going

    In a week of monumental developments in gun rights, both houses of Congress passed bi-partisan gun control regulation that President Biden signed into law over the weekend. It comes in the wake of the tragic mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, and marks the first time Congress has made significant progress on gun control since 1994. But it wasn’t all good news for gun control advocates: in a 6-3 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court found that New York’s concealed carry law was unconstitutional. That law required individuals to show a “proper cause” and a special need to defend themselves in order to carry a handgun in public.

    We speak with a constitutional law professor and gun law expert Jacob Charles, the executive director of Duke University’s Center for Firearms Law, about what these developments will mean for gun laws and guns on the street.

    • 11 min
    Musician Bartees Strange Takes Nothing for Granted

    Musician Bartees Strange Takes Nothing for Granted

    Musician Bartees Strange broke out in the fall of 2020, when he released the album Live Forever to critical acclaim.

    This month, he’s out with a new album, Farm to Table, which finds Strange celebrating everything he’s achieved, while taking his music in new sonic directions. 

    The Takeaway spoke with Strange about his journey from a childhood in western Oklahoma to a career playing stages across the world.

    • 16 min
    SCOTUS Overturns Roe v Wade

    SCOTUS Overturns Roe v Wade

    The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the much anticipated case Dobbs. V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The decision has two parts. All of the court’s conservative justice ruled in a 6 to 3 decision to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks. In a second portion of the decision explicitly overturning Roe v. Wade, the court decision was 5 to 4, as chief Justice John Roberts joined with the more liberal members of the court. 

    The outcome overrules Roe v. Wade and ends federal recognition of a constitutional right to an abortion after nearly 50 years. 

    We speak with Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law, and Melissa Murray, Law Professor at NYU, faculty director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and co-host of the legal podcast called “Strict Scrutiny.” 

     

    • 19 min
    Reproductive Care After the End of Roe

    Reproductive Care After the End of Roe

    We speak with Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill-Johnson about the ramifications of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe vs. Wade and what reproductive healthcare organizations will be doing in the wake of the decision.

    • 8 min
    Does It Matter If We Were "Born This Way"?

    Does It Matter If We Were "Born This Way"?

    "We were born this way" was the unofficial mantra of the movement for LGBTQ rights in the 1970s and 1980s—a counter to the idea that people "choose" to be lesbian or gay or bisexual or transgender. But the message raises as many questions as it answers. We speak with Dr. Lisa Diamond, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah, about how this language took root in our culture and what the science actually says about it. Then, Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU, explains how "born this way" language became entrenched in our legal system's treatment of constitutional rights, and how we might strive for a world with more nuance.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
614 Ratings

614 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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Not Investigative Enough

Utilizes too much “newspeak” and doesn’t give enough time to the important stories it gives an entire 8 minutes to, after intro and ads.

When the topic is of personal interest to the host, much more passion and enthusiasm is given to those stories. This is, of course, at the expense of equally important stories, that are often being left up to “experts” and “authorities,” whether capable or prepared to provide adequate comment or information on the topic, or not. Minimization and misinformation are the result of externalizing the news coverage to any willing commentators. Platforming pitches for insufficient or downright ignorant “solution” for each social problem.

This podcast is far from “progressive” and is insincere in it’s goals. Much better podcast before current host.
It’s just a centrist corporate mouthpiece that rarely gets it right, and I’m happy to get coverage on these topics on Today in Focus (The Guardian), Post Reports, The Slow Newscast, The Daily (NYT), There Are No Girls on the Internet, The New Abnormal (The Daily Beast), and even other daily NPR podcasts like Here & Now and 1A every chance I get. Every time I try to give this podcast a new go, I find myself getting more upset with the messaging than feeling compassion for the subject matter being covered — and that’s extremely unusual for me. It’s just too corporate and mistakenly depends on political pundits and so-called “experts” to do the reporting for the host. It’s not reporting if no reporting on behalf of the publisher, goes into it.

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Melissa Harris Perry!

An outstanding commentator and interviewer. So good to hear Melissa Harris Perry’s brilliant voice on NPR. Keep the diversity trend going.

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