The Takeaway

Weekdays at 11 a.m.
John Hockenberry

"The Takeaway" is an hour-long midday news magazine that features unique conversations about topics of the day with both newsmakers and diverse voices.



  • Friday, July 11, 2014 11:00pm

    This weekend, we bring you a roundup of the powerful series we aired this week, "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer." Over the past 30 years, researchers have found a widening survival divide between black and white women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. A recent analysis of the 25 most populous American cities found that African-American women diagnosed with breast cancer are, on average, 40 percent more likely to die of the disease than their white counterparts. 

    The Takeaway’s series “Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer” shares the stories of three African-American women coping with the disease. Over the course of six months, they'll share their thoughts and fears, their struggles and triumphs, as their audio diaries capture the realities of a disease that will afflict more than 12 percent of American women at some point in their lives.

    We begin The Takeaway Weekender with Lisa Echols, who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, a city where the mortality rate for black women with breast cancer is twice that of white women.

    If you saw the 46-year-old mother of two on the streets of Memphis, you might never notice the weight of cancer that she carries. "We all go through tests in life, and this is my test," says Lisa. "At the end of passing my test, I will have a story to tell somebody."

    Then we hear from Crystal Miller, who was just 27-years-old when she felt a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancerous. But despite the diagnosis, Crystal remains the same young, bright New York woman she was before she got the news.

    Crystal was formally diagnosed just two days before Christmas in December of 2013, and The Takeaway sat down with her shortly following her completion of chemotherapy in June.

    Anita Coleman was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year, at the age of 54. A mother of two and a grandmother of three, Anita is in the midst of chemotherapy treatments at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Anita successfully fought the disease once before, in 2001. As she tells Takeaway host John Hockenberry, her diagnosis is less severe this time around.

    To get involved in the conversation join our group on Facebook, Under Her Skin.

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:00pm

    United Nations: Central American Children are Refugees | U.S. Intelligence Official Kicked Out of Germany | Listener Responses: The Childhood Event You Would Make a Movie About | Brazil's World Cup Defeat: A National Trauma?

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:00pm

    1. Water: A Human Right? | 2. Violence Escalates in Israel-Palestine Conflict | 3. Belfast to Boston: Oral History Goes Awry |  4. Fighting Breast Cancer for a Second Time: Anita Coleman's Advice for the Rookies

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:00pm
    1.Texas Bishop: We Contribute to Child Migrant Crisis | 2. Crystal Miller: 28 Years Old and Battling Breast Cancer | 3. What Germany's Win Means to a Die-Hard Fan | 4. Langston Hughes: In His Own Words
  • Monday, July 7, 2014 11:00pm

    1. Influx of Child Migrants Sees No Easy Solutions  |  2. Dr. Who Fans: Look Away Now | 3. Washington Welcomes Recreational Marijuana Sales | 4. The Fate of the Afghan Translators Who Aided the U.S. Military