01/24/17: Horror in Oklahoma, Trump Tackles TPP, The Brutality of Slavery
January 23, 2017•45 min
Coming up on today's show: The Takeaway visits Cushing, Oklahoma, the pipeline crossroads of the world. It’s here that the market price for oil is set. It’s also a town that’s been experiencing a shakeup, literally. On November 7th, 2016, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Cushing — a record for Oklahoma. Here to weigh in is Bob Noltensmeyer, Cushing emergency manager and a local business owner. Residents in the Sooner State hope that Oklahoma will play a large role in the U.S. and global energy market under President Trump. Joe Wertz, a reporter for State Impact Oklahoma, explains. J.D. Strong — head of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, former director of the Water Resources Board and former Oklahoma secretary of the environment — has worked with Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's EPA pick, for the past six years. Strong doesn't believe Pruitt is out to destroy the EPA, but he wants to bring more balance between state and federal government influence when it comes to protecting the environment. President Trump has been busy signing executive orders and confirming cabinet members. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us up to speed on the latest from the Beltway. Former President Barack Obama worked hard to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership with dozens of countries. But on Monday, President Trump signed an executive order to withdraw from the TPP and says he will also overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Ian Lee, a professor of strategic management and international business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, explains how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may approach the negotiations. Ziva Branstetter, editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma-based non-profit news service The Frontier, and Andrew Cohen, commentary editor at The Marshall Project, look at corruption within the sheriff’s office and prison system in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where inmate deaths and severe incidents of prisoner abuse are commonplace. In a new book, "The Price for Their Pound of Flesh," author Daina Ramey Berry puts a price tag on slavery, and explores how slaves were used as commodities through every stage of life in early America. Ramey Berry is also a professor of history at University of Texas at Austin. Subscribe to The Takeaway's podcast using iTunes or your favorite podcast client so you'll always have the latest episode. Get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.