The Takeaway

Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to noon
John Hockenberry

The Takeaway is the national morning news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up, start your day, and prepare for what's ahead. Host John Hockenberry, along with the The New York Times and WGBH Boston, invites listeners every morning to learn more and be part of the American conversation.

The show is a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston.

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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:00pm

    1. The U.S. & Cuba: A Historic Shift | 2. Jeb Bush Stirs Political Déjà Vu | 3. Will the Taliban School Attack Spur Real Change? | 4. Sony Hackers Threaten '9/11-Like' Attack Over Franco-Rogen Flick

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 11:00pm

    1. Taliban School Attack Kills More Than 100 | 2. Cargoland: Automation Threatens Human Dockworkers | 3. Why Women Are Opting Out of The Workforce | 4. 'Silent Night' Tops List of Most Recorded Holiday Songs

  • Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:00pm

    1. Sydney Siege Ends After 16 Hours of Terror | 2. Cargoland: Inside America's Busiest Waterfront | 3. Founding Fathers' Time Capsule Unearthed | 4. In the Midst of World War I, a Christmas Truce

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 11:00pm

    This weekend The Takeaway explores the CIA torture report and the firestorm of debate that it has ignited among policy makers, the intelligence community, and the American public.

    After a long political fight, the Senate released its report on the CIA's use of torture during the George W. Bush Administration this week, triggering a firestorm of debate among policy makers, the intelligence community, and the American public.

    The report found that the CIA lied to the White House and Congress about the number of "black site" prisons, the intelligence derived from torture, the level of violence inflicted on detainees, and that enhanced interrogation techniques lead to information that found Osama bin Laden, among other things.

    To what extent does this deception damage the relationship with the CIA and it's overseers in Congress and at the White House? Who, if anyone, should be held accountable? And how might this information impact detainees currently held at Guantánamo Bay?

    For answers, The Takeaway turns to a panel of distinguished guests:

    Robert Baer is a former CIA Operative based in the Middle East and author of the book "The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins." He says that intelligence agencies routinely lie to Congress and the White House.

    Retired Brigadier General David Irvine, spent 18 years with the Sixth U.S. Army Intelligence School, teaching prisoner-of-war interrogation and military law. He says that far from making America safer, the CIA's misuse of power has made Americans less safe than ever.

    Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, says that President Barack Obama should prosecute or pardon President Bush and members of his administration to establish, with finality, that torture is illegal.

    David Nevin serves as lead defense counsel for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He's defended Mohammed at Guantanamo Bay since 2008, and he tells The Takeaway what questions he would ask former Vice President Dick Cheney if he were to take the stand in KSM's trial.

    Listeners in The Takeaway community also reached out to us to share their thoughts and opinions on the newly released Senate report on CIA torture. What do you think of the report? Comment or call us at 1-877-869-8253.