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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.

The Takeaway WNYC and PRX

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    • 4.3 • 709 Ratings

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.

    One Final Farewell

    One Final Farewell

    Our host and our staff have remained dedicated to one thing: bringing you, the listeners, a quality news and information show. 

    Unfortunately, in February, The Takeaway staff found out that WNYC executives planned to cancel the show. The last day of the show was June 2nd, 2023. No official press release or external communications from NYPR mentions the end of the show, so in this episode, we address it head on with our former executive producer and current Executive Editor for GBH News, Lee Hill.

    Then, to celebrate the end of the show, we heard from the incredible people who have been making the show, both past and present.

    We want to say to all of you, thank you for being apart of the conversation and our community. The work of public radio is daunting, challenging, and often unrewarded. So, that's why we want you to remember this podcast as our final farewell. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Producer Appreciation Weeks: David Escobar

    Producer Appreciation Weeks: David Escobar

    Rounding out our Producer Appreciation Weeks, intern David Escobar and host Melissa Harris-Perry look back at some of the stories he’s produced for The Takeaway:

    Does The Indian Child Welfare Act Hang in Peril?; An Enduring American Pastime: The State Fair; Working Out the Four-Day Work Week; Healing Trauma Through Nature in Wildcat; How A Doll Became a Queer Icon in M3GAN

    "David Escobar is a senior at Fordham University, double majoring in Journalism and Digital Technology & Emerging Media. His first memories of public radio started back in his hometown of San Francisco, where he remembers constantly listening to his local NPR-affiliate KQED in the car with his family. David began at WFUV in 2022, anchoring the midday newscasts at the station.

    Now David hosts the “Fordham Conversations'' public affairs program, where he taps into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world. His passion lies in political and cultural issues around the country, especially in New York City.

    David also regularly hosts WFUV’s “What’s What,” the station’s daily news podcast."

    • 44 min
    Showing Some Appreciation to David Gebel

    Showing Some Appreciation to David Gebel

    David Gebel spent many years working as a singer and actor, and in between shows would work as a temp at various corporate jobs.

    Little did he know that all those acquired office skills would help him end up at WNYC, initially supporting Radiolab, and then expanding his work to also include supporting The Takeaway and the podcast More Perfect.

    David focuses on the paperwork, the scheduling and the business support tasks, so that everyone else can focus on making great audio, but David was also incremental in shaping our "Aging While Queer" special series project and a number of other listener-involved segments. We are sending him lots of love and appreciation for all the incredible work he's done on The Takeaway.

    • 5 min
    Producer Appreciation Weeks: Zachary Bynum

    Producer Appreciation Weeks: Zachary Bynum

    "Atlanta influences everything." 

    As part of our Producer Appreciation Weeks, Host Melissa Harris-Perry talks with the professionals behind the scenes who bring you the stories you love. 

    Digital producer Zachary Bynum is a resident of Atlanta who's worked remotely with The Takeaway for the last 2 years. He produces, edits, and publishes all of our social media content, webpages, and podcasts.

    Zachary has also produced some enterprising coverage on the show, so today we are revisiting some of his favorite segments he produced:

    Cop City; Takeaway Report: A Teen Vogue State of the (Youth)ion; Dragphobia is on The Rise; Exploring Consumer Protection: The Kroger-Albertsons Merger; Black.Queer.Rising.:Moore Kismet (they/them) & George M. Johson (they/them)

    You can follow Zachary on Instagram and Twitter: @__zaby (2 underscores)

    You can pitch him here: zbynum360@gmail.com 

    Subscribe: Linktree: zabywrites 

    • 43 min
    Producer Appreciation Weeks: Monica Morales-Garcia

    Producer Appreciation Weeks: Monica Morales-Garcia

    As part of our goodbye to The Takeaway, Melissa Harris-Perry sits down with the beautiful folks behind the scenes who make the show happen every day! Today, we're highlighting the work of producer,  Monica Morales-Garcia, by listening back to a few of her favorite segments:

    "Black Maternal Health Week Comes to an End""Hospice Care Is Plagued by Exploitation""Brittney Johnson is Spellbinding""Keyla Monterroso Mejia is Taking the Lead""Now, Who Speaks [non-English]?

     Monica joined The Takeaway in 2022, after a year-long audio fellowship at the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, the longest running national Latino news and cultural public radio program. Where she produced long-form narrative stories like, "Chisme: An Ancestral Language,"  and "The Little Black Dress: A Hidden History."

    As an independent journalist and producer Monica has worked on, 30 Años: An Oral History of Latino USA, and has produced and fact-checked at Our Body Politic, the public radio show created and hosted Farai Chideya.  


    • 46 min
    Producer Appreciation Weeks: Cat Sposato

    Producer Appreciation Weeks: Cat Sposato

    As part of our farewell to The Takeaway, host Melissa Harris-Perry sits down with the people behind the scenes who make The Takeaway happen. Today, we're taking a look at some of the work done by Cat Sposato while here on the show. Some of her favorite segments include:

    Unpacking the Parkland Shooter VerdictA Conversation with MacArthur Fellow Kiese LaymonHurricanes, Puerto Rico and Bad Bunny's "El Apagón"The Polarizing Popularity of Pickleball

    Cat joined The Takeaway team in September 2022, while in the final semester of her Master's program at New York University's Journalism Institute. Previously, she's worked at NPR Music and their Alt.Latino podcast, and covered entertainment for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Her work has been featured in V Magazine and VMAN. In her spare time, she runs a Substack newsletter called Pop-Closure, where she rants and raves about all of the moments across our culture that she cannot get over. 

    Originally from Passaic, New Jersey, Cat is passionate about telling the stories of communities like hers. 

    You can find more of her work on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter at @CatVeryPopular and at catmariesposato.com

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
709 Ratings

709 Ratings

Katsulet ,

I miss you!!

Don’t know the backstory, but listening to your show nearly daily had become something I looked forward to. Our station has replaced your time slot with Freshair. It is lovely and inspiring, but airs 2x each day, so I would rather have the opportunity to listen to both. Hope you are all faring well and that you may return in some form or fashion soon!!!

Zamalama69 ,

From the same people who made NYC unsafe

*hack job
*one sided

George1988 ,

Love this show

I’m so sad it’s over, I recently started following this show on podcasts because I wanted to finish episodes I started hearing in the car. I really enjoyed that The Takeaway talked about interesting topics that were a little off the beaten path. They shared different perspectives and I really enjoyed it.

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