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The Takeaway
Genre News: Global news, National USA News, analysis, commentary, interviews, discussion, perspectives, breaking news, UG content
Country  United States
Languages English
Home station WNYC New York Public Radio
Syndicates PRI Public Radio International
Hosts John Hockenberry
Creators PRI Public Radio International & WNYC New York Public Radio
Recording studio New York, NY
Air dates since 2008
Audio format Stereophonic
Podcast The Takeaway Podcast

The Takeaway is a morning drive radio news program co-created and co-produced by PRI- Public Radio International and WNYC-New York Public Radio with editorial partners the BBC World Service of the United Kingdom, The New York Times and WGBH Radio Boston of the United States. In addition to co-producing/co-creating the program, PRI also distributes the program nationwide to its affiliate stations.



The program's stated intent is to deliver news and cultural stories through a conversational and personality-driven format.[1] The program launched on April 28, 2008.[2]


Currently the program's primary hosts are John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee. It debuted on WNYC in New York [3], WGBH in Boston, WEAA in Baltimore. The show initially launched with Adaora Udoji as co host. Udoji left the show after its first year, at the beginning of May, 2009.


The program has received major philanthropic support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [4], the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [5], Rockefeller Foundation, and the Skoll Foundation [6].


With the program's debut, public radio had more than one program available throughout 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 [7]. 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.

Listeners can also participate in feedback and the conversation for "The Takeaway" by joining "The Mix," [8]. According to host comments and the website, the Mix offers users a way to participate with the program creators and comment on issues and topics of the day. Some listener call ins are also featured on the broadcast. On a dedicated section of the user comments blog, there is a space for users to listeners to talk and even vent complaints about the new program, its hosts, and topics.


In a lively exchange about the program, hosts described it similar to Howard Stern's radio show in a the New York Magazine interview [9](published April 27, 2008). Hockenberry said: "I really think that, you know, Howard Stern is a model here." Hockenberry and Udoji go on to say "We gotta find a Baba Booey." The program website talks about marrying solid journalism with a more conversational tone, an approach attempted previously by NPR's Bryant Park Project. . The difference between the expectations of public radio listeners and the tone of the program has led to a negative response from some listeners who have responded on the show's response page for show feedback[10], to carrying stations, [11] and on independent online blogs [12][13][14][15]. This phenomenon of initial negative response by some listeners to programming and schedule changes on stations is not new. According to quoted industry sources, many changes in schedules elicit less than positive responses in by some listeners for a variety of reasons, including not liking a change in their schedules or preferring previous programming due to host, tone or style.[16] . As the program finishes its first year, comments on "The Mix" on many daily topics are wide ranging. Some comments remain critical in the program critique area of The Mix.

Broadcast partners

To date, the program has approximately 35 carrying stations across the country. [17]


  1. ^ PRI.ORG | PRI and WNYC Radio's 'The Takeaway' to Launch
  2. ^ PRI.ORG | 'The Takeaway' Debuts
  3. ^ WNYC - The Takeaway: FAQ
  4. ^ CPB: Corporation for Public Broadcasting Announces Funding Support for PRI and WNYC Radio's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji
  5. ^ PRI.ORG | PRI receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant
  6. ^ PRI.ORG | PRI partners with Skoll Foundation
  7. ^ "Fast Company"
  8. ^ "The Mix"
  9. ^ New York Magazine interview with Hockenberry and Udoji
  10. ^ "The Mix"
  11. ^ Click on Mail Box |"WCAI-FM Emails"
  12. ^ "Nostalgic Rumblings - a radio blog"
  13. ^ "Commentary by Skipp Porteus"
  14. ^ ""
  15. ^ "The Errant Aesthete"
  16. ^ Changing schedules previous programming in public radio usually means facing anger as listeners will express their desire for different hosts, program topics, etc. |
  17. ^ "List of Carrying Stations"

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