Insight with Beth Ruyak is taking a sabbatical for the month of March to do some behind the scenes renovations. We’ll be back on Tuesday, April 2 with all-new shows. In place of Insight this month we’re airing The Takeaway, a news and cultural show produced by WNYC. Let us know what you think of The Takeaway!
July 22, 2019
Today is the 10th day of demonstrations in Puerto Rico calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
With the increased political turmoil in Puerto Rico, we wanted to hear how politically active students on the island are processing this political crisis.
Deepfakes, or video and audio that's manipulated using artificial intelligence, raises concerns about the spread of disinformation, especially heading into the 2020 election.
Global temperature is rising and heat waves are getting worse. One straightforward way to make things better: plant trees.
The city's aging infrastructure and rapid development means Mumbai residents face constant disruptions because of flooding during the rainy season.
Extreme weather tied to climate change has made this year's monsoon more unpredictable.
July 19, 2019
After a bruising political week in which President Trump's feud with "The Squad" reached a fever pitch, Amy Walter reflects on how both Republicans and Democrats could be alienating crucial voters ahead of the 2020 elections.
Plus, we look at the yawning generation gap, as voters from different eras compete for political relevance.
With the U.S. electorate divided along generational lines, there are transformational demographic trends already having clear impacts on the way 2020 presidential candidates are trying to appeal to voters. But while the Baby Boomer bloc is increasingly eclipsed by the combined numbers of Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z, so far it's an open question whether or not the influence of younger voters will have the final say in determining the results of the Democratic primary, or the general election.
This week, we look at the different generations active in U.S. politics, and try to figure out the forces at play in deciding the country's future.
Dave Weigel, national political reporter for The Washington Post
Paul Taylor, author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown
Clare Malone, senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight
Manuel Pastor, professor of sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California
July 18, 2019
Pressure is continuing to mount on Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, following a scandal over the weekend in which nearly 900 pages of his private chat messages were leaked.
As protests break out on the island, we hear from Puerto Ricans on the mainland.
It’s two and a half years into his presidency, and President Trump has dramatically reshaped the nation’s courts.
The internet has made looking up recipes easier than ever, yet the growing sales of physical cookbooks show we still prefer holding something tangible.
Ursula von der Leyen, former German defense minister, will play a key role in the US-EU relations, on issues like trade, G-20 meetings, climate change, and the Iran deal.
July 17, 2019
On the fifth anniversary of Garner's death by chokehold, a roundtable discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved.
The recent revelation's about Jeffrey Epstein's sex crimes demonstrates many of the problems within sex offender registries.
Two recent casting choices give black women leading roles in iconic movie franchises.
On Wednesday, an agreement was reached to establish a council while the country waits for elections.
July 16, 2019
Starting today, migrants who do not seek asylum in at least one other country they cross through before reaching the U.S. cannot request asylum here.
What Trump's racist tweets, and the media's response to them, say about the experiences of women of color in the United States.
Some State Attorneys in Florida are looking for ways to turn court fines and fees into community service to give more Floridians the right to vote.
In the United Kingdom, a Conservative Party leadership race is underway to determine who will become the country’s next prime minister.
July 15, 2019
Two former top government officials were arrested and the governor is embroiled in his own scandal. We break down the situation.
While media attention has been focused on the adult and family migrant facilities near the border, the number of shelters for unaccompanied children and babies continues to expand.
Today is Amazon Prime Day, but this year, workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, plan a six-hour work stoppage. It's the first of its kind in the U.S.
The Takeaway checks in with a New Orleans community member to hear how residents are dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry.
France may be the first to pass a so-called “digital” tax on major US-based tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
July 13, 2019
The ongoing migrant crisis is getting worse, as the Department of Homeland Security is running out of room to house the increasing number of migrants detained at the border. And when evidence of the conditions dominated the news cycle earlier this month, the outrage prompted lawmakers to get involved. But how that involvement played out became the latest point of contention between factions within the Democratic Party.
The Senate passed a spending bill aimed at alleviating what the Trump administration said was a lack of funding to properly house detained migrants. But the Democratic-controlled House, wary of writing a blank check without strict limits on how that money would be spent, sent a revised bill back to the Senate. But when that bill died with Mitch McConnell, the conservative-leaning "Problem Solvers" caucus of the House Democrats signaled that they were willing to pass the Senate's no-strings-attached bill, with or without the support of Speaker Pelosi.
When Pelosi ultimately sided with the Problem Solvers, it set off a backlash among the party's progressive wing, most notably Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, known collectively as "The Squad." And the outrage breathed new life into a long-simmering division between The Squad and Party leadership.
This week, Amy examines how deep these divisions go, and whether or not party unity is possible heading into 2020.
Also, Representative Seth Moulton from Massachusetts, who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, joins Amy for her Candidate Talk series.
Ryan Grim, the DC bureau chief at The Intercept, and the author of We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement
Seth Moulton, Represents Massachusetts's Sixth District in the House of Representatives, Democratic presidential candidate
Heidi Heitkamp, former Senator from North Dakota
Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, author of the book The Red and the Blue
Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, author of Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy
July 12, 2019
Amy sits down with Representative Seth Moulton who announced in April that he is running for president. He's one of the few combat veterans seeking the Democratic nomination, having served as a Marine in Iraq over the course of four deployments.
Moulton has been a vocal critic of Democratic leadership, wanting to see a new generation take the helm. He made waves in challenging Nancy Pelosi's leadership spot, in an unsuccessful bid for House Speaker in 2018. Moulton did not qualify for the first debate and is unlikely to appear for the second round later this month in Detroit.
July 11, 2019
We analyze the U.S. Hispanic population demographically, economically, and politically, and look into what this means for the Latino vote in 2020.
The Chicago Defender is one of the most important black publications in U.S. history and it will now only publish its content online.
When filmmaker Lulu Wang’s grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer six years ago, Wang's family chose not to tell her grandmother that she had been given just months to live.
Michael Johnson was sentenced to nearly 31-years in prison for not telling his partners he had HIV. His trial and release are making people take another look at HIV criminalization laws.
The trial of seven former France Télécom executives, charged with creating work conditions that led 35 of their employees to die by suicide, will be over Friday.
July 10, 2019
The forum will be hosted by Native organizations in Sioux County to talk about issues specifically related to Native Americans.
As the US women's soccer team celebrated their fourth World Cup win with a ticker tape parade in New York, the players continue to fight for equal pay and more investment in the sport.
The journalist and author has had three adoptions fall through.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was integral to the 2015 nuclear deal. But now he's under fire from hardliners on both sides.
There is an undeniable affordable housing crisis in this country. But when local leaders try to step in and solve this problem, there’s often big time pushback from local residents.