The Takeaway
The Takeaway

Fighting for Women, The CIA and WikiLeaks, An Escape From Auschwitz

March 7, 201745 min
Coming up on today's show: On International Women’s Day, The Takeaway looks back at the history of this global event and how it is marked differently around the world with Kavita Ramdas, a feminist activist and philanthropic adviser. How has political divisiveness in the United States shaped female positions on gender politics and feminism? Marjorie Spruill, a history professor at the University of South Carolina and author of the book, "Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics," weighs in.  On Tuesday, Wikileaks a batch of documents that allegedly tie the CIA to software surveillance tools to access smartphones, computers, and internet-connected televisions. For details on this story we turn to Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec, a threat intelligence firm based in Augusta, Georgia. President Donald Trump's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will place a greater burden on older Americans, who could see premiums rise by more than $3,000 a year. Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, explains.  Rod Rosenstein went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as the president’s nominee for deputy attorney general. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the election, Rosenstein will oversee that investigation. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what you need to know.  Lisa Dickey, author of "Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia," has traveled through Russia three times since the fall of the Soviet Union. She discusses how the attitudes have changed between 1995 and 2017.  In 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat tell this story in the new book, "Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz."   

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