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The Takeaway And Science Friday Debut On VPR

Vermont Public Radio debuts two new weekday afternoon programs the week of August 4; The Takeaway with John Hockenberry at 2 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and Science Friday with Ira Flatow at 2 p.m. on Friday.

The Takeaway helps listeners get a better grip on what’s happening around the country and around the world with in-the-moment discussions, sharp analysis, and stories not heard elsewhere. Newsmakers, experts and people affected by the news all are part of the conversation.

Host John Hockenberry returned to public radio after 15 years with ABC and NBC, where he hosted Dateline. He has also reported from several locations in the Middle East. He’s won four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Casey Medal.

Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday with Ira Flatow has been public radio’s source for news about science, technology and the curiosities all around for more than 22 years.

Host Ira Flatow is a veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist. He has discussed cutting-edge science stories on a range of programs, including the four-part PBS series Big Ideas. For six years Flatow was host and writer for the Emmy award-winning Newton's Apple on PBS, and he has been a science reporter for CBS, Westinghouse, and CNBC. He's also the author of numerous books, most recently Present at the Future.

The programs replace NPR’s Tell Me More, which ended production on August 1.

“Our midday listeners have expressed a desire for a change of pace from traditional news programs in the afternoons,” said Franny Bastian, director of programming and production. “We chose The Takeaway because it provides news and cultural stories in a conversational and personable way. Science Friday has been requested often by our listeners over the years. It's an informative and fun program that we're excited to offer.”