The Takeaway

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The Takeaway
The Takeaway logo.png
Genre News: Global news, National USA News, analysis, commentary, interviews, discussion, perspectives, breaking news, UG content
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WNYC New York Public Radio
Syndicates PRI Public Radio International
Hosted by Todd Zwillich
Created by PRI Public Radio International & WNYC New York Public Radio
Executive producer(s) Arwa Gunja
Recording studio New York, NY
Original release 2008 – present
Audio format Stereophonic

The Takeaway is a morning radio news program co-created and co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC. Its editorial partners include The New York Times, and WGBH-FM. In addition to co-producing/co-creating the program, PRI also distributes the program nationwide to its affiliated stations, the program debuted on WNYC in New York,[1] WGBH in Boston, and WEAA in Baltimore.


The program's stated intent is to deliver news and cultural stories through a conversational and personality-driven format,[2] the program launched on April 28, 2008.[3] On January 25, 2010, a new schedule at flagship station WNYC-FM moved the show to WNYC-AM and increased the length to four hours,[4] on September 3, 2012, the show was reduced to one hour.[5]


The show initially launched with Adaora Udoji and John Hockenberry as co-hosts. Udoji left the show after its first year, at the beginning of May 2009. Celeste Headlee took over for Udoji, co-hosting from 2009 to August 2012.

Hockenberry anchored until August 2017, stepping down without an appointed replacement.[6] Currently, the show is anchored by interim hosts Todd Zwillich, Indira Lakshmanan, and the former PBS NewsHour reporter Ray Suarez.[7]


The program has received major philanthropic support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,[8] the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,[9] Rockefeller Foundation, and the Skoll Foundation.[10]


With the program's debut, public radio had more than one program available throughout the morning drive across time zones for the first time, the format of the program was influenced by discussions at the Stanford Joint Program in Design.[11] It has a different tone and approach from NPR's Morning Edition, delivering national and international news and cultural stories through a conversational and personality-driven format rather than a magazine, packaged pieces format like Morning Edition, the web presence of the program allows listeners to respond immediately to news and participate in editorial decision-making, as well as building a significant online community around the content.

Effective September 2012, with an expiration of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant and limited uptake at public radio stations, The Takeaway was reduced to one hour, feeding at 9 a.m. Eastern with an updated hour feeding at 12 noon Eastern for the Pacific Time Zone and midday Eastern markets. WGBH Boston airs the program every weekday at 10 am and 2 pm Eastern.[12]


The difference between the expectations of public radio listeners and the tone of the program initially led to a negative response from some listeners.[13][14][15][16] However, the program has attracted a more diverse audience, with African American listenership exceeding public radio averages by 60%.[17] It's also received multiple awards, including The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Community Lifeline Award (shared with WNYC for coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012) and the 2011 Radio and Television Digital News Association/UNITY Award (for their series "Fluid Identities").

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To date, the program has approximately 200 carrying stations across the country.


In 2011, The Takeaway dismissed part-time freelancer Caitlin Curran, after she'd participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests. According to WNYC's company guidelines: "Individuals may not participate in an advocacy manner in events involving causes or issues that New York Public Radio covers or may cover." At the time, The Takeaway was covering the protests extensively. The dismissal was widely criticized.[18]


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