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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.

    Immigration Policy Past and Present

    Immigration Policy Past and Present

    During his first days in office, President Biden suspended the Migrant Protection Protocols, or the ‘remain in Mexico’ program, which required migrants to wait in Mexico instead of crossing the border into the United States while the United States government adjudicated their cases. Republicans in Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration, and a federal judge in Texas ruled that MPP be reinstated with approval from Mexico. Now, SCOTUS will decide whether the Biden Department of Homeland Security can, in fact, legally suspend the program. We discuss immigration policy under Biden and the upcoming SCOTUS decision with CBS News immigration reporter, Camilo Montoya-Galvez.

    • 7 min
    U.S. Border Policy is Dangerous by Design

    U.S. Border Policy is Dangerous by Design

    On Monday, an abandoned truck on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, was found on the side of a desolate road.  Responders discovered a tragedy: dozens of migrants, trapped in the back of the truck in deadly heat.  The death toll is now over 50 people, with several survivors still in hospitals fighting for their lives.

    We speak with Jason De León, professor of anthropology at UCLA and director of the Undocumented Migration Project, who studies clandestine border crossings, about how and why tragedies like this happen.

    • 12 min
    The Overturning of Roe Could Make Fertility Treatments Like IVF More Complicated

    The Overturning of Roe Could Make Fertility Treatments Like IVF More Complicated

    The Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and ending the constitutional right to abortion, could have meaningful repercussions on assisted reproductive technology, including in vitro fertilization, also known as IVF. IVF is one of the most widely known forms of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Assisted reproduction plays a role in 2 percent of all births in the United States.

    Some fertility experts worry that the existing language in state laws could complicate or even limit the choices of would-be parents.

    Guests:Dr. Kim Thornton, Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF. Dr. Thornton, thanks for being with us. Dr. Louise King, an ethicist and surgeon who serves as Director of Reproductive Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics,  and Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

    • 24 min
    Polar Bears Face an Uncertain Future With Climate Change

    Polar Bears Face an Uncertain Future With Climate Change

    Researchers at the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington have recently a population of polar bears in Southeast Greenland that appear to be adapting their hunting habits to climate change induced impacts on their environment.  Polar bears typically hunt seals from the edge of sea ice, however due to climate change the sea ice is breaking up earlier and earlier in the spring, shortening the hunting season for polar bears. According to the new research paper titled "Glacial ice supports a distinct and undocumented polar bear subpopulation persisting in late 21st-century sea-ice conditions" published in Science, a particular population of polar bears in Southeast Greenland has begun supplementing their hunting from the sea ice environment to freshwater ice melt environments, from calving glaciers.

    We speak with Kristin Laidre, principal researcher for the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington, to hear what this finding means for polar bears' ability to survive through the climate crisis.

     

    • 8 min
    What Democrats Didn't Do for Abortion Rights

    What Democrats Didn't Do for Abortion Rights

    Both the Democratic and Republican parties have been using abortion as a wedge issue to generate votes for decades, but with the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe vs. Wade, many Democratic voters are questioning whether the party did enough to prevent the loss of the constitutional right to abortion. We speak with Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine's The Cut and the author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.

     

    • 25 min
    Monkeypox and Covid: What We Need to Know

    Monkeypox and Covid: What We Need to Know

    Cases of the monkeypox virus have been spreading in several countries, including the U.S.. Many of those contracting the virus are gay and bisexual men, although the virus is believed to be spreading through close physical contact but not sexual transmission. New York City recently made monkeypox vaccines available to men who have sex with men, but the city has not had enough supply to meet demand among those seeking to get vaccinated. We speak with epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves about monkeypox and then get an update from him on where we’re at in this point in the Covid pandemic.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
615 Ratings

615 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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