How The US Uses Its Embassies to Intercept Allied Countries’ Phone Calls

Monday, October 28, 2013

On Sunday night, Glenn Greenwald published another revelation about the US spying on an allied European country - Spain, this time. But what you might’ve missed was an explanation of how this is even possible.

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Shed Light on DHS!

Friday, October 25, 2013

As we've discussed here and here on OTM, the Department of Homeland Security has been unresponsive to journalists' questions about policies related to the rights and treatments of American citizens at airports and border ports of entry into the U.S. As former Congressman Lee Hamilton told Brooke, the best way to get answers from DHS is for constituents to put pressure on their elected representatives. And now you can use the tool below to do just that!

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The Most Famous Scream

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's very nearly Halloween. Very spooky. In honor of that dark holiday, we're sharing a classic OTM piece. It's a look at the most famous scream in Hollywood, the Willhelm. (Transcripts are over here, but what kind of monster would listen to a transcript of a piece about screams?) 



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Happy Friday, Folks!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Friday! Here are some thrilling links to help you ride out these last hours of workweek banality. 

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How To Eavesdrop On A Former NSA Chief On A Train

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former NSA head Michael Hayden took the train today. He spent his time on the phone, giving interviews to reporters in which he asked to be identified only as an anonymous former senior administration official. 

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The Winner of the On the Media Hat Giveaway!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, we ran a contest where we gave away a hat knitted by our host and managing editor Brooke Gladstone to one randomly selected new subscriber to our weekly newsletter. Here's a picture of one of Brooke's hats being modeled by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. Doesn't it flatter?!:

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The US Keeps Getting Caught Spying on Allies

Thursday, October 24, 2013

On Monday morning, I wrote that allegations the NSA had intercepted French phone calls weren't actually very important. My logic was that allies spy on each other routinely. When they get caught, there’s a lot of ceremonial outrage and apology that amounts to very little.

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Everyone On Twitter Is Changing Their Name For Halloween

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's silly, but fun.

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On Second Thought, Facebook Would Prefer You Didn't Post Your Beheading Videos

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wait, what? Facebook has once again updated its policy on beheading videos: they’re not allowed.

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Facebook Lifts A Ban On Beheading Videos

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The BBC reports Facebook has lifted a blanket ban on beheading videos the company introduced back in May. 

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#4 - The Unicorn

Monday, October 21, 2013

Millions of Americans don't use the internet at all. Some don't have access because of poverty, geography, or age. But some just never logged on. This week, Alex goes on a quest to find a unicorn -- someone who lives a life just like his, but entirely without internet.

 

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We Are Never Ever Going To Stop Online Dating

Monday, October 21, 2013

Can't something be seen as a little sad and still be pretty popular?

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Rise of the Death Clocks

Friday, October 18, 2013

Here’s a trend you maybe wouldn't have expected to take off: apps that tell you how soon you you and your loved ones will likely die.

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Airbnb to NYC Hosts: Keep Calm and Be As Vague As Possible

Friday, October 18, 2013

New York Airbnb hosts are caught in an uncomfortable situation right now.

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Buzzfeed Minus GIFs

Friday, October 18, 2013

Buzzfeed is getting mocked this week, which is not a new phenomenon. What is new is a Tumblr called Buzzfeed Articles Without The GIFs ,which points out that Buzzfeed listicles, sans pictures, are just paragraphs of silly, vapid sentences. 

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The War On Podcasts

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Via Ars, news that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is pursuing a patent troll who's been targeting podcasters. 

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