"The Takeaway is a one-hour daily news show that reveals unexpected insights into the day’s news, fills a need for greater context, and interacts with audiences in a way that no other public radio news program offers. “The Takeaway” convenes conversations across social divides to give listeners not just the information, but the complex, nuanced perspectives they need for understanding and participation. It features voices of Americans from all walks of life who may have different struggles and challenges but often speak to the same desires, dreams, and hopes for the future of their families and communities. It does not shy away from big and complicated stories; through exceptional sound design and production, the show breaks down complex policy and connects listeners with stories that touch their lives and their experiences.

“The Takeaway” is produced in partnership with its national audience and, as a true multiplatform show on-air, online and on social media, delivers context and analysis to help better understand the day’s news. It encourages and equips its audience to take part in the American conversation. By putting the listener experience at the heart of its mission, “The Takeaway” provides an opportunity to broaden and diversify public radio’s audience.

“The Takeaway” is led by a new generation of public radio creators, producers and reporters who contribute to the editorial direction, develop the content and form the heartbeat of the show. This team works closely with stations to tell stories that are most pressing for communities at the local level.

“The Takeaway” is a co-production of PRX and WNYC, in collaboration with WGBH Radio Boston. The program follows the standard public radio clock so there is substantial opportunity for local inserts.

PRX and WNYC Studios in collaboration with WGBH Radio, Boston

Executive Producer
Lee Hill

Melissa Harris-Perry

Program Feed Schedule
Content Depot -
 Live with subsequent file transfers at 0900 ET and 1200 ET for use throughout the day.


Number of programs
Ongoing, weekday 

Broadcast rights
"The Takeaway" is available to all public radio stations; non-PRX affiliate stations wishing to broadcast "The Takeaway" will be charged an annual administrative/ marketing fee in addition to quarterly carriage fees. Stations must air the full hour of the program, excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series. Prior to carrying this series, stations must contact their PRX Station Services contact. 

Listener inquiries: 1.877.8 my take (869.8253) or mytake@thetakeaway.org 

Program website: www.thetakeaway.org

Program Highlights

  • In Fall 2020, “The Takeaway” had more weekly listeners than Fall 2019 which fortifies their position as critical listening, important for both processing the urgency of the changing world we live in and a reliable source of sanity when everything feels too chaotic

  • The show’s weekly cume and AQH increased in Fall 2020, bringing a weekly audience that is 1% above their Fall 2019 numbers. This is particularly impressive compared to other news content, which is still 8-9% below F19 cume.

  • “The Takeaway” is carried in all ten Top 10 DMA markets and is available in 91% of the US 


Production Team

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Melissa Harris-Perry
Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. There she teaches courses on American politics at the intersections of race, place, and gender.

Professor Harris-Perry is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to advance justice through intersectional scholarship and action. Along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry is co-creator and co-host of the podcast System Check. In partnership with her husband, James Perry, she is principal of the Perry Partnership offering both private and political consulting.

From 2012-2016, she hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was awarded the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism. She has served as editor-at-large Elle.com and for ZORA. She continues to serve as contributing editor for The Nation.

Professor Harris-Perry is an award-winning author and sought after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. Professor Harris-Perry has been awarded honorary degrees from many universities including Meadville Lombard Theological School, Winston-Salem State University, Eckerd College, New York University, and Ithaca College.

She and her family live in North Carolina.



Lee Hill
Lee Hill is the executive producer of The Takeaway, where he is responsible for the show’s daily content and its relationship with stations and its co-owner PRX. Prior to joining WNYC and The Takeaway, he was a founding editor of Inside Energy, a Colorado-based journalism collaboration between NPR and PBS stations where he oversaw engagement. Prior to that, Lee worked at Colorado Public Radio in Denver as a Public Insight Network (PIN) analyst and reporter, where he reported on the experiences of everyday Coloradans on stories ranging from wildfires to gun policy, to marijuana legalization and racial inequities, and the 2012 presidential race. At CPR, he was also deputy digital editor and helped to oversee the re-design of CPR.org. In 2013, he was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. And in 2016, he received the National Association of Black Journalists' "Salute to Excellence Award" for Digital Innovation.

Lee is a 2003 graduate of Howard University, where he studied journalism and economics.



Last Updated 7/22/21

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