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!
December 12, 2019
The luggage and lifestyle brand is just the latest millennial tech company to be called out for its cutthroat work culture.
The New York Times has published audio recordings of a former NFL player being discriminated against at a JPMorgan branch.
Tens of thousands of students across the country have been defrauded by for-profit colleges.
December 11, 2019
The governments of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, announced the passing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in Mexico City on Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, officials in the Florida Keys said it might be too expensive to protect some of the island from rising seas brought by climate change.
On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from competing in the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, among other major sporting events.
Forth Worth, Texas, has become the most recent city to pass an ordinance that will limit the number of dollar stores that can be developed.
Explosive Investigation Shows U.S. Officials Mislead the Public About "Unwinnable" War In Afghanistan for Years 2019-12-10
December 10, 2019
Since 2001, U.S. officials have been misleading the public with a public charade of a successful war effort, but behind the scenes, a different story was playing out.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, last year the number of children in foster care decreased for the first time since 2011.
The charges are twofold: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Rebroadcast: Correction Staff at ICE Jail Skirted Rules with Mentally Ill Detainee who Hanged Himself 2019-12-09
December 9, 2019
by José Olivares
A warning to listeners: some of the audio in this story is disturbing and hard to listen to.
An exclusive Takeaway and The Intercept investigation shows that correctional staff at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center skirted rules when dealing with a migrant with mental illness. The detainee, a 40-year-old undocumented Mexican migrant, killed himself after spending 21 days in solitary confinement in July 2018.
The investigation shows that correctional staff at the Stewart Detention Center did not follow the ICE national detention standards during the classification process, the disciplinary process and even on the night he killed himself.
The migrant, Efraín Romero de la Rosa, took his own life at the Stewart Detention Facility in Georgia, which is run by the private corrections company CoreCivic. He had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia.
While in ICE custody, Efraín was placed in solitary confinement for 15 days, was later placed on suicide watch and, separately, spent time at a mental health institution for over a month. On his return to Stewart to continue immigration proceedings, correctional staff neglected to recognize his mental illness and classify him accordingly.
Staff had noted his fixation on death, repeatedly telling staff he would "die three terrible deaths," and telling other detainees he was a "prophet."
Yet, CoreCivic's correctional staff sent Efraín to solitary confinement for 30 days. None of the disciplinary records released by CoreCivic in response to courtroom discovery demands and provided by family attorney Andrew Free make mention of his worsening mental illness.
The Takeaway and The Intercept accessed hundreds of pages of records, photos, audio with witnesses and correctional staff, and 18 hours of security footage from within the facility.
Efraín’s story helps the public gain insight at the tangled and opaque world of ICE detention. As the Trump Administration continues to round up migrants at an increasing pace, more people diagnosed with mental illness will inevitably be placed in ICE detention.
You can listen to the entire investigation by clicking "play" above.
You can read the detailed investigation on The Intercept here.
A special thank you to Cindi Kim, Associate General Counsel at New York Public Radio. For The Takeaway, Deidre Depke, Ellen Frankman, Lee Hill, Arwa Gunja and Jim Schachter edited; Jay Cowit sound designed and composed the score.
For The Intercept, Ali Gharib edited the story, Ariel Zambelich was the visual designer, and Travis Mannon and Lauren Feeney made the accompanying film.
December 6, 2019
The road to the White House is rarely a linear path. That was abundantly clear this week when Senator Kamala Harris announced that she was suspending her campaign. The announcement came as a surprise to many because at the time of launch, Senator Harris was one to watch. Political reporters Darren Sands, Laura Barron-Lopez, and Maya King join us to discuss the end of her campaign and what challenges the Democratic Party faces in putting forth the best candidate.
December 5, 2019
The Trump administration announced a series of rule changes last year, and on Wednesday, the final rule was announced.
Nearly one of every 10 adults in Mississippi has been convicted of a felony and lost the right to vote.
How the media helped shape which candidates made it this far... and who didn't.
A new investigation examines how the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, helped ICE carry out President Trump's immigration policies.
Recent events at Northwestern University have sparked a debate about student journalism.
December 4, 2019
To commemorate its 70th anniversary, leaders of the 29 member countries are gathering in London this week.
"Porgy and Bess" is the most renowned Opera for black singers, but should it still be in 2019?
Earlier this fall, President Trump gave states and cities the authority to veto refugee resettlements. But the Governor of Utah is asking the president for more refugees, not fewer.
On Monday a panel of judges ruled that the latest congressional map, which was drawn by the Republican controlled legislature, will stand for the 2020 election.
Kemp’s choice of businesswoman Kelly Loeffler drew criticism from Republicans, because the President has expressed interest for another candidate, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins
President Trump is in London attending the NATO summit amidst concerns of his sway on upcoming elections.
December 3, 2019
With so few examples of impeachment in our history, it can become unclear what exactly impeachable conduct is, and what the framers intended with it.
A number of black critics have received pushback on social media for their criticism of the new film "Queen & Slim."
At least 180 people were killed in a violent crackdown that resulted in Iranian security forces opening fire on unarmed protesters.
The National Justice Institute estimates that 84 percent of Native American women experience violence in their lifetime.
December 2, 2019
New reporting found that Amazon's average serious injury rate was more than double the national average for its industry.
Millions of Americans are using dating apps to find love. Do the companies who own these apps have a moral or legal responsibility to screen users who are registered as sex offenders?
November 29, 2019
Scientists have painted a bleak picture of the future if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we’ve already started to witness the fallout of a warming planet. Politics with Amy Walter looks at the role climate change is playing across politics and at the vulnerable communities that stand to lose the most.
Our coverage this week is part of a collaboration with 250 other media organizations called “Covering Climate Now.”
President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 fresh off of giving campaign speeches that promised to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement and bring back coal jobs. Just over two years later, we look at whether or not he's made good on those promises.
Rachel Cleetus, Policy director with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Kendra Pierre-Louis, Climate reporter for The New York Times
Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor of New Jersey and Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Zahra Hirji, Climate reporter for BuzzFeed News
Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive (D) for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Leandra Mira, Pittsburgh climate activist
Comment from Shell:
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