One of the things that my father wrote in his speeches was how happy he was that this man who had never been able to hold down a job came to him and asked him for a raise.

Debra Solomon on her father, Aaron Solomon, who was one of the first advocates of disability rights in the United States. Listen to the interview.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on our show yesterday that “Most of the people that were hit in Gaza deserved it, as they were just armed terrorists.”


Hey guys, it’s been great hanging out on Tumblr, but we’re heading home for a bit. From now on, go to our blog to find our extra interviews, audio clips, videos, book excerpts, quizes, and track lists from our show. And thanks.



Earl Scruggs, the man who reinvented the banjo as a solo virtuoso instrument, has died at the age of 88. Scruggs invented a style, the three finger picking style of banjo playing distinct from the ancient Clawhammer technique. Scruggs style is precise, rhythmic, dizzyingly fast and took the banjo from the back of the band and brought it down front.

The Takeaway pays tribute to Scruggs, who played his instrument like no one had ever before played it and changed music forever.


Today’s bumper music features music from music legend Earl Scruggs, who died yesterday at the age of 88 – check out the video of Scruggs playing with Steve Martin on Letterman.

Tommy Guerrero - Spider and the Monkey
Cut Copy - Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
Immaculate Machines - Small Talk
New Order - Regret
Temple of the Dog - Pushin’ Forward Back
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant - Thank You
Umphrey’s Magee - Anchor Drops
Brothers Past - Red Rover
Earl Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Earl Scruggs - Dear Old Dixie
Earl Scruggs - The Ballad of Jed Clampett 
Folk Implosion - Insinuation
Cave - High, I Am
Pickwick - Blackout
DJ Shadow - Dark Days
Caribou - Great Canadian Weekend
The Jamie Saft Trio - Baal-Peor
From Monuments to Masses - The First Five



From from the WGBH studios, John Hockenberry reacts to his conversation with filmmaker Jon Shenk and former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.


The first track below was put together by our talented director and remixologist Jay Cowit. It features President Obama and Phil Collins not caring anymore. Have a listen.

Phil Collins/Barack Obama – ObamaCare Anymore

Conversion Party – Let Us All

David Bowie – Bring Me the Disco King

Phenomenal Handclap Band – All of the Above

Karl Denson – Flute Down

El Ten Eleven – The 49th Day

Aphex Twin – Hexagons

Patrick O’Hearn – So Flows the Current

Frank Zappa – Sleep Dirt

Garaj Majal – Of a Simple Mind

Papercuts – White Are the Waves

Lusine – Operating Costs

Talkdemonic – Starry Dynamo

Tristeza - Bromas


During the show today Leah Warshaw wrote on our Facebook page: “Nice touch playing the score to Life Aquatic after the story about James Cameron descending into the Mariana Trench!” Thanks for noticing, Leah. That track is below. Above is “The Happening” by The Supremes. Diana Ross, the group’s lead singer, turns 68 today.

John Brion – Theme from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Quantic – Time is the Enemy

Bob Mould – Again and Again

Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling into Place

Konk – Baby Dee

Mark Mothersbaugh – Let Me Tell You About My Boat

The Brutalist School – Like Powder

The Slip – Even Rats

The Supremes – The Happening

Pinback – XIY

Booka Shade – Vertigo

Arcade Fire – Suburban War



How is Mitt Romney like John Boehner?

John Boehner the transportation bill has a lot in common with Mitt Romney, according to our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. They’re ready to close their respective deals (the transportation bill for Boehner and the nomination for Romney), but the party isn’t dealing.


Movie Date: ‘The Hunger Games’

The long-awaited ‘The Hunger Games’ is finally here! If you wanted to like the Twilight movies but thought Bella was kind of a wimp, this movie is for you. Protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads a cast of young adults through a fictional reality TV show in which children battle to the death. It’s an awesome take on the teen movie genre, but is this sci-fi flick about homicidal adolescents a good date movie?


Here’s how our bumper music works: our director (Jay Cowit) picks this great music to fit between the segments on our show, and then he emails me (web editor Alex Johnson) the list and I put it on Tumblr. Pretty simple. The only reason I point this out is that credit for finding all of this great stuff goes to Jay. Favorite today goes to the Budos Band and their track Monkey See Monkey Do. The video above is of Jimi Hendrix singing Hey Joe. 

Tortoise – Eros

Shearwater – Whipping Boy

Budos Band – Monkey See Monkey Do

Dungen – Fredag

Conversation Party – Let Us All

Flight of the Conchords – Business Time

Pinback – Soaked

Pet Shop Boys – Shopping

TriBeCaStan – Mopti

The Sometime Boys – Bluegrassy

Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe

Bernie Worrell – New Boss

Bonobo – Days to Come

Mozart - Molto Allegro in C minor

Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone