Give Our Take

Give Our Take

Our take on the headlines, current events, politics, and pop culture. Occasionally speaking with community leaders and change-makers.


April 18, 2023 29 mins
Check out our latest episode where we discuss a variety of news stories. We start by reflecting on the end of the longest-running Broadway show ever, The Phantom of the Opera, after 35 years and over 13,000 performances. We also cover the recent flooding in Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis' controversial decision to sign a six-week abortion ban. Additionally, we share updates on the tragic shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl in Kan...
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In this episode, we discuss the recent mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, where a former bank employee killed at least five people and injured nine. Additionally, we explore the recent court rulings on the availability of Mifepristone, which has been confusing, to say the least. Analyzing other headlines: Clarence Thomas is in hot water, we discuss the Consumer Price Index release for March, and Dylan Mulvaney's amazing new spo...
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March 28, 2023 31 mins
In this week's episode, we cover protests going on in both Israel and France. Our nation mourns again after another horrific school shooting in Nashville. Pennsylvania has a water problem... maybe.
TikTok's CEO gets grilled, and emerges as a "hero of the people."

These stories and more...

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Lane Moore is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author, writer, director, actor, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist living in New York, New York. She is here to talk about her second and latest book, out April 25th: You Will Find Your People, which uncovers the complex, frightening, and often vulnerable process of building real, healthy friendships and finally creating your chosen family.

We then dive into the biggest n...
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March 14, 2023 32 mins
It was a big night for Everything Everywhere All At Once which had 7 Oscar wins, including the coveted award for Best Picture. We break down some of the other big moments.

In the banking world, customers and tech startups were shaken over the weekend by the collapse of Silicon Valley and Signature Bank.
Thankfully the Federal Government stepped in and announced that people and companies would in fact have access to their funds.

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March 7, 2023 28 mins
In this week's headlines:
Yet another Ohio train derailment - thankfully this one wasn't carrying hazmat.
In some more positive news: After decades in the making, the UN agrees to protect the seas with the UN High Seas Treaty.
CPAC was this weekend, we talk about who was there, and who was notably absent.
Locally in NYC, Mayor Adams had his constituents scratching their heads after his separation of Church and State remark.
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February 28, 2023 33 mins
From an update on SCOTUS and student debt relief to the Dilbert creator's racist rant. We touch upon a wide array of topics this week.

Congrats to Michelle Yeoh, and the entire cast of Everything Everywhere All At Once on winning big at the SAG Awards this weekend.

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February 21, 2023 28 mins
President Biden takes a pit stop in Ukraine, Marjorie Taylor Greene wants another divorce, John Fetterman does what’s right, and we discuss kids' book rewrites. All that, and more... plus our Good News (Donations) Corner!


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After taking years off from music, Rihanna rose to the occasion *literally, and handled the halftime show with poise, subtlety, and with a new addition!
RiRi wasn't the only one flying high this weekend - with more UAPs making headlines.
In other, more disturbing news, three more chemicals have been found on the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in Ohio just over a week ago which has the potential to cause harm... we discuss.
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In this week's episode, we recap Music's Biggest Night (The Grammys.) Congrats to Beyoncé on becoming the most decorated artist in Grammy history, to Kim Petras on becoming the first transgender woman to take home an award, to Lizzo, Harry, and Bonnie Rait!

Speaking of performances, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down after entering U.S. airspace.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks struck southeastern Turk...
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In honor of our favorite Golden Girl, we dragged the podcasting kit out of hibernation and did our first in-person pod of 2023. Happy Birthday, Jaki!

This week we cover all the latest news & current events:
  • Good news for women as access to contraception becomes more accessible
  • And for the first time, top spots on the Senate and House Appropriations committees are all held by women
  • Five officers have been charged in connection...
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Celebration turned into tragedy at a Lunar New Year celebration in California over the weekend.
In Florida, the Department of Education has rejected an advanced placement course covering African American Studies.
Overseas, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is stepping down, citing the need for a better work-life balance. At only 37, Ardern became the world's youngest female leader in 2017.

Back in the states, The Sundance F...
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"On this week's episode of 'Give Our Take,' we recognize MLK Day as a day of service and speak about The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, commonly known as The King Center, founded by Coretta Scott King.
We also dive into the controversy surrounding ChatGPT: helpful tool? Or a new way to plagiarize? Plus, what one student invented as a way to detect whether text is A.I.-written.

A new study from the Inte...
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In this week's episode, Jaki and Wendy offer an update on Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills, who has made some significant steps in his recovery.
Next, we turn our attention to the situation in Brazil, where an insurrection occurred in the country's capital, Brasília, feeling very reminiscent of what happened on January 6th in the United States two years ago.
Kevin McCarthy has finally been elected as the house speaker after a recor...
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Happy New Year friends!
We're excited to bring you our first news recap of the new year, and in it - we discuss some new laws that have gone into effect.
In the market for a new vehicle? Some new incentives may have you considering going electric.
Here in NYC, we saw the first legal marijuana recreational dispensary open in the Village.

There were quite a few notable losses in just the last week alone: from Soccor legend, Pelé, to ...
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December 27, 2022 33 mins
We hope you all had a wonderful long Holiday weekend. In this week's episode, winter weather made travel challenging nationwide, stranding thousands of holiday-makers.
Speaking of cold holidays, busloads of migrants were left outside of VP, Kamala Harris' home, some very unprepared for the freezing weather.
In other DC news, the House passed a $1.7 billion dollar bill to fund the federal government. And speaking of the government: ...
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December 20, 2022 25 mins
Yesterday, Argentina won their third World Cup - now soccer (or rather football) fans, can turn their attention to the Women's World Cup, which is taking place in just a few months.

Also on this week's pod, the crypto world continues to crumble, and we discuss Donald Trump's "trading cards" and those shocked to discover that these are not tangible items arriving on their doorstep for Christmas.

Elon continues to tout free speech by...
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December 13, 2022 29 mins
Safely back on the ground after Wendy's belated aerial birthday party, Jaki and Wendy discuss a wide array of topics during this week's episode:

From the widespread, impactful, wintery weather blowing through our nation, to some good clean energy news.

Also in this episode, Brittney Griner is back on U.S. soil, and we give an update on debt relief forgiveness.

The Golden Globe nominations are out and are thankfully a bit more divers...
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December 6, 2022 32 mins
Wendy is still battling sickness post-Covid, but we made the most of her energy to cover the Georgia midterms, the NY Times Iran headline that needed a deeper dive, and updates on China’s Covid regulations. Before the good news corner, we share some Trump headlines, the sad news of a Sesame Street neighbor passing, and much much more.
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November 29, 2022 31 mins
But it didn't get us down. The Give Our Take ladies have perfect attendance when breaking down the headlines (all thanks to technology.) This week's episode covers the protests in China over strict lockdowns, which are interfering with people's access to life-saving services.
Regarding governing here, another record-breaking turnout for early voting in Georgia, with the election just days away.
Some good news for marriage equality:...
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