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Happy Birthday Jaki! 🥳 First In-Person Pod of 2023

Year Of The Rabbit, Sundance Controvesy, & More

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 Film Festival was host to some off-screen drama over accessibility. And in other movie news, James Cameron is a boss at the box office. Avatar: The Way of Water, topped $2 billion at the box office this weekend - becoming just the sixth movie in history to reach the milestone. (He has two other films in the top 6!)

In sports, the Bills' season is officially over, but they are still winners, with Damar Hamlin making miraculous steps in his recovery and being able to appear at the playoff game to support his teammates.

And Good News for reproductive health if you live in New York.

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A King's Legacy, Gas Stove Chaos, ChatGPT Crackdown, Biden's Docs, And A Super Bowl Hero

"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 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that 12.7% of childhood asthma in the US is attributable to gas stove use, and while we are certainly keeping our eye on this... it has become the most clickbait-y headline of the week.

The Biden administration is in hot water - it looks like classified documents have been found from his VP days, and the President’s personal attorneys are cooperating with the Archives and the Department of Justice.
Republicans are using the incident to draw parallels to the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago, where they found more than 300 classified documents 45 brought to his beach house.

Finally, in your Good News Corner: An update on the Buffalo hero who saved neighbors during the storm - he's going to the Super Bowl!

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Fifteenth Time's A Charm, Bees Are Getting Vaccinated, And More...

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 record-breaking 15 votes. We discuss the implications of his appointment for the future of the house.
In more lighthearted news, Prince Harry has just released a new book, "Spare," and the royal family doesn't appear to appreciate his airing of dirty laundry.
Finally, in a heartwarming update, bees are getting vaccinated! Researchers have developed a vaccine to protect bees from diseases that can decimate their populations, helping to ensure the survival of these important pollinators.

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Happy New Year, Greta Wins The Internet 🏆

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 Barbara Walters, Pope Benedict XVI, and Vivienne Westwood. We speak about each of their contributions to their respective fields.

In money news, some of our favorite billionaires suffered some losses last year, with Elon Musk losing more than anyone - $200 billion.
Andrew Tate lost his freedom, but Greta Thunberg won the internet.

In your Good News Corner, we talk about strangers upstate who stepped it up to help their neighbors.

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Holiday Fun, But Travel Undone

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:
Could TikTok be banned on government devices? Could it lead to a full TikTok ban? We discuss.

Locally here in NY, we discuss a political figure who may have embellished his LinkedIn profile.
As always, we round up the episode with your Good News Corner.
Thank you to YOU, our loyal listeners for tuning in each week. We appreciate you so much -- thanks for being the best part of 2022, and we can't wait to go over the headlines for you next year.

Jaki & Wendy

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World Cup Committee Wrap Up

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 suspending journalist accounts on the bird site, and turns to the internet: should he step down as CEO?

In your Good News Corner, New York State takes a step toward ending the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state.

Thank you to each and every one of our incredible listeners. We couldn't do this pod without you. Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday, and we can't wait to bring you more news in the new year.

Love,
Jaki & Wendy


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Cold Forecast And Griner Home At Last

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 diverse this year. We cover this year's notable nods (and snubs.)

In other headlines: You might want to wear your mask as we head into the holidays with the “Tripledemic” - Covid, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus on the uptick. Karen Bass is sworn in as mayor of our nation's second-largest city, and Time's 'Person of the Year' is...


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Last Midterm And Iran Concern

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.

It Was A Very Covid Thanksgiving

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: a bipartisan agreement is making its way to the floor.
And as for those royal teddy bears from the Queen's funeral? All going to children in need ahead of the holiday season.

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