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Last weekend in Chicago, the music festival Lollapalooza was the hottest ticket in town. A crowd of roughly 100,000 people packed into the city’s Grant Park for each day of the festival, where headliners included Young Thug, Tyler the Creator, and Megan Thee Stallion. According to festival organizers, 90 percent of attendees last Thursday showed pr…
 
Last month, a Catholic news organization outed a priest as gay, and he was forced to resign. The publication reportedly used location data collected and sold by an app to reverse identify the priest. So, what does that mean? Basically, by cross referencing location data from a location-based hookup app the priest was using on his phone, the news or…
 
Tuesday is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. It marks how far into the year Black women would need to work in order to equal the pay of non-Hispanic white men at the end of the previous year. Black women make 63 cents to every dollar of non-Hispanic white men. While Black women in tech fare much better at 92 cents for every dollar they only occupy 3 per…
 
Last week, on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Biden Administration released guidance explaining that “long COVID” can be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. People experiencing long COVID have long-term symptoms like brain fog, heart problems, trouble with memory, chronic pain, fatigue, and more,…
 
Over the past week, several major private sector employers, including Disney and Walmart, have announced that they will be requiring vaccinations for certain groups of their employees. Disney is still in the process of negotiating a vaccination requirement for its union employees, but Walmart has held off on requiring its store and warehouse worker…
 
For a long time, severe headaches like migraines and cluster headaches have been under-researched by the scientific establishment, even though tens of millions suffer from them in the U.S. and globally But that’s starting to change as scientists work to advance our understanding, all the while new treatments like CGRP become available to those who …
 
Weeks after the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, many questions remain about who was behind his killing and what their motivations may have been. The president’s widow, Martine Moïse, is one of the people intent on finding out what really happened that resulted in her husband’s murder. She recently gave her first interview followin…
 
Protests began in Tunisia on July 25 amid public turmoil over a dangerous coronavirus surge in the country, a failing economy, and widespread public anger at the government. In response, President Kais Saied dismissed the country’s prime minister, froze parliament for 30 days, and instituted a nationwide curfew. Security forces also stormed the new…
 
New information released Friday in a CDC report has thrown a number of assumptions about the future of COVID-19 in the U.S. into disarray. Although the vaccines remain highly effective, particularly against severe cases and death from the virus, vaccinated people may be able to spread the virus, according to the federal agency. The latest research,…
 
On September 5th, 2021, several of the CARES ACT unemployment benefits are set to expire. But many Republican-led states have already halted the extra $300 per month unemployment insurance payments. In two of these states, Indiana and Maryland, the courts sided with the unemployed workers and the states were forced to pay the additional benefits. O…
 
The pandemic had the potential to bring about complete economic devastation for millions of people in the United States. According to research by Pew, more than 9 million U.S. workers lost their jobs during the first three quarters of 2020. To try to curb that financial damage, lawmakers have passed a range of government aid including stimulus chec…
 
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives held its first hearing on the January 6th insurrection and heard testimony from four Capitol Police officers who dealt with rioters during the attack. The hearing took place despite opposition from most Congressional Republicans, who have resisted Democrats’ attempts to examine the causes of the riot, includ…
 
This week, the Senate voted to move forward with a bipartisan infrastructure deal, which is seen as a political win. However, it faced the threat of a filibuster just a week ago. While infrastructure is seeing progress, the filibuster still looms large when it comes to voting rights, police reform and a multitude of issues. Adam Jentleson, author o…
 
The recent decisions by Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka to withdraw from their sporting events to focus on their mental health shines a light on the grueling and often intense training and scrutiny young women go through when participating at an elite level in sports. Chloe Angyal, a contributing editor at Marie Claire and author of TURNING POINTE: Ho…
 
The decision this week by gymnast Simone Biles to not compete in the Olympic Team Finals or the all around individual competition in order to prioritize her mental health has left many wondering why. Former Olympian and gold medalist Dominique Dawes joins The Takeaway to give an insider perspective on the pressure young women gymnasts face and why …
 
The second season of the beloved television show Ted Lasso recently premiered on Apple TV+. In the show, actor Jason Sudeikis plays the title character — a college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach an English Premier League soccer team. Despite knowing nothing about the sport, Lasso wins over almost everyone he meets with his earnest…
 
This is the first Summer Olympics since Larry Nassar’s highly publicized sentencing in 2018 for decades of sexual abuse of some of America’s leading Olympic women gymnasts. There have also been allegations of sexual assault in the Olympic Village in Rio in 2016, and allegations against a U.S. fencer who is currently competing in Tokyo. Since 2016, …
 
The historic protests that began in Cuba on July 11 were the largest seen in the country in decades. Multi-generations of Cubans took to the streets in the thousands across the island nation chanting “Patria y vida”—meaning "homeland and life"—protesting the severe economic crisis, and also restrictions on civil liberties. The demonstrations were i…
 
At the height of the recent protests in Cuba, more than a million Cubans could access the internet despite attempts by the Cuban government to block them from social media platforms. The main reason was because of censorship circumvention software. Keith McManamen, strategic analyst with Psiphon, explains to The Takeaway how they created their tech…
 
On Tuesday, testimony began before the Congressional Select Committee convened to investigate the violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The committee heard from four law enforcement officers on duty that day, including U.S. Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn, who described rioters shouting racist epithets at him while in uniform. Inter…
 
This summer marks 50 years since the war on drugs began under President Richard Nixon. But the opioid overdose epidemic continues to ravage the country, and incarceration—especially of Black people—has skyrocketed over the past 5 decades. The Takeaway speaks with Aaron Morrison, the national race and ethnicity writer for Associated Press, about the…
 
COVID-19 cases in the United States are on the rise. According to STAT, July has seen cases increase at the fastest pace since last winter. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the CDC is actively considering bringing back the mask mandate. But masks have been heavily politicized, and most people just don’t like wearing them. Th…
 
On Tuesday, the House select committee tasked with investigating the events that occurred at the Capitol on January 6 will hold its first hearing. Four police officers will give the first public testimony before the select committee. Ahead of these testimonies, Just Security published a list of topics, questions, and potential witnesses that the co…
 
Over the weekend, civil rights leader Bob Moses died at the age of 86. Moses was instrumental in registering voters in Mississippi in the 1960s as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and was a chief coordinator for Freedom Summer in 1964 which brought hundreds of volunteers to the state. He then went out to found the Algebra …
 
The federal ban on evictions is set to expire at the end of July. But 14% of renters are still behind on their payments and in big cities rent is up by 24% from last year. The Treasury Department is set to announce that it distributed $1.5 billion in rental assistance this month, but states and cities have struggled with getting that assistance to …
 
Black and Latinx LGBTQ Southerners are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Data from the U.S. Trans Survey show that 1 in 3 trans Louisianans report experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives. The House of Tulip is a New Orleans-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing this crisis. They are buying and restoring homes t…
 
The United States Postal Service is facing continued backlash over its proposed 10-year plan which will slow down mail delivery. The Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the post office, recently criticized the proposal saying there’s no basis that the change in service standards will improve the financial situation of the USPS, and there’s…
 
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will be complete as of August 31st. But coming home is not the end of combat for many service men and women. Many veterans of the war in Afghanistan will face physical, emotional, and financial battles for decades. Joining us to discuss the road ahead is Tim Kudo, a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan; Rep. C…
 
Six months into Biden’s presidency, The Takeaway looks at what the administration has accomplished, what has slipped through the cracks, and what the future holds. To discuss this further, The Takeaway hosts a roundtable discussion with Joel Payne, former aide to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and CBS News political contributor. He also recently l…
 
Throughout the pandemic, there’s been a split amongst those in conservative politics who support vaccines, and those who don’t. But resistance to the vaccine and vaccine hesitancy has been mainly found amongst Republican voters. In the past week, however, there’s been a notable shift in conservative media—with a significant number of high profile m…
 
The climate crisis sometimes seems so insurmountable that it leaves many with a feeling of “what can I do?” Katharine Wilkinson, co-editor of All We Can Save and co-host of “A Matter of Degrees” podcast, joined The Takeaway to discuss immediate, actionable steps that all of us can take in the fight against climate change.…
 
In recent weeks, cities across the West shattered record high temperatures from Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah. There are more than 70 large fires burning across 13 states in the western US according to The National Interagency Fire Center. Smoke from those fires has made it all the way to the East Coast blanketing the US with poor air qu…
 
Last month, a 12-story condominium in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed, killing 97 people. In the aftermath, survivors have not only had to deal with their catastrophic loss, but also the increasingly complicated world of insurance. According to the New York Times, the Surfside collapse is creating new unrest in Florida’s already shaky insura…
 
After being postponed last year and despite the continued risk of COVID-19 the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to take place this Friday. According to the New York Times, as of Tuesday there are more than two dozen COVID-19 infections among people involved with the games, including athletes. And in Japan, an estimated 62% of th…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens around the world, one of the lesser known consequences has been its impact on the global supply chain. Many key suppliers located in places like Korea and Vietnam are halting production all together because of recent outbreaks in their respective regions. Tonya Garcia, news editor and consumer retail reporter for Ma…
 
Zaila Avant-garde, the winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, was the first Black American to win the spelling bee. But although Zaila was the only Black girl in the finals, it turns out there is a robust community of extraordinary Black Girl spellers taking on the world one latin root at a time. Cana Gerald-Hasan, a middle school studen…
 
For years, activists have been calling for stronger federal assistance for people with disabilities. People with disabilities are more vulnerable to poverty. Data from the last decade show that a full two-thirds of those experiencing long-term poverty have a disability. One reason is that supplemental security income or SSI, our national program fo…
 
On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it had repatriated Abdul Latif Nasser out of the Guantánamo Bay prison complex to his home country of Morocco. Nasser had been held at Guantánamo for nearly two decades. U.S. officials have accused him of fighting with the Taliban against the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2001. But Nasser was nev…
 
The Bucks' NBA Finals have put the City of Milwaukee in the spotlight, where the Bucks will play the Phoenix Suns tonight in Game 6 of the Finals. For the first time in 50 years, the Bucks have a chance at the championship title. If they win Tuesday night, the Bucks will clinch the victory in their home city. And this means a lot to a whole lot of …
 
New York City became the first jurisdiction to officially observe Disability Pride Month in July 2015 to honor the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since then, cities and towns across the U.S. have celebrated Disability Pride Month every July, though it has yet to be established formally at the federal level. …
 
Four of the largest tech companies—Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple—are potentially facing six separate bills which aim to crack down on their oversized influence on the industry. These bills are in the early stages and are not yet up for votes, but they have bipartisan support which is a rare occurrence in the nation’s capital. The focus of the…
 
It’s no joke, it’s really been 25 years since the start of "The Daily Show." On Monday evening the OG’s are reuniting in a reunion special at 9pm ET on Comedy Central. Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the program joins us to discuss how it all began and what makes the show and its brand of political satire relevant today.…
 
In the two weeks since Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination, there are still unanswered questions about who the mercenaries allegedly involved in the killing are, what their motives were, and how they gained access to the president. On Monday morning, Claude Joseph, who has been acting as Prime Minister and the country’s interim leader i…
 
Last week, New Yorker writer Helen Rosner published an article revealing that for his new documentary “Roadrunner,” filmmaker Morgan Neville used AI technology to create audio simulating the voice of the late Anthony Bourdain reading an email he wrote to a friend. The decision was sharply criticized by many on social media, particularly because vie…
 
On Thursday, a confirmation hearing was held for Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, President Biden’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gonzalez currently serves as sheriff in Texas’s Harris County, where he’s had a complicated relationship with ICE. Although conservatives have criticized him for opting out of a partnership with ICE that would…
 
During the 2020 primaries, it was anyone’s guess who the Democratic presidential nominee would be. That is until Representative James Clyburn’s pivotal endorsement of President Joe Biden before South Carolina’s 2020 Democratic primary. Rep. Clyburn, the House Majority Whip and number three Democrat in the House, is now in talks with his Senate coll…
 
As cities and states across the country reopen, inflation is on the rise. In June, the Consumer Price Index, the main tool used for measuring inflation, came in at 5.4 percent over last year, the largest jump in 13 years. The Takeaway speaks with Heather Long from the Washington Post and Trevon Logan from the Ohio State University about how long we…
 
Last November, a war broke out in Ethiopia between rebel forces in the Tigray region and the Ethiopian government. Thousands have died in the conflict over the past eight months. Earlier this week rebel forces claimed that they captured Alamata, the major town in the southern part of Tigray. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he would repel …
 
In response to the reckoning over systemic racism prompted by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, many industries grappled with their role in perpetuating racism. Among those was the fashion industry. Designers, editors, stylists, and casting directors in the industry have long been accused of holding thin cisgender white women up as…
 
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