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6 Months Later...

Friday, November 27, 2015

A special hour on the past, present and uncertain future of the USA Patriot Act.

The Language of Terror

Friday, November 20, 2015

Examining the words, memes, and misdirection that muddy the media -- and our perspective -- on Islam and the Arab world.

Feel This

Friday, November 13, 2015

Student protests in Missouri, new and old attempts to inspire empathy, embracing the "hate read", moving on from the click, and more.

What Did Exxon Know?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ExxonMobil is under investigation by the NY Attorney General for potentially misleading shareholders. How does the case compare to the federal prosecution of Big Tobacco in the 1990s?
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Friday, November 06, 2015

GOP presidential candidates try to reassert control over the debate process; in praise of the gotcha question; and the future of media with Alec Baldwin.

Two Angry Men

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Bob talks with Alec Baldwin about all things media.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Examining the trope of the political "outsider"; the relationship between polls and media coverage of candidates; the movie Spotlight; and the "Ferguson Effect". 

Bacon Bits

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The WHO classified high consumption of processed meats like bacon and sausage as a class one risk factor for colorectal cancer. But contrary to headlines, it's NOT the same as smoking.
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Friday, October 23, 2015

A farewell to coverage of Joe Biden's non-existent presidential campaign. Plus: the misleading language of drone warfare; a film examines Dan Rather's downfall at CBS; and more.

George Takei Has A Play

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bob speaks with Star Trek star and multimedia phenomenon, George Takei.
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Porn Politik

Friday, October 16, 2015

A requiem for Playboy's nudes. Plus: Bernie Sanders versus the media, a major privacy case in Europe, and more.

Bench Press

Friday, October 09, 2015

An hour on the Supreme Court, an institution as secretive as it is powerful -- and how we understand it. Plus: shopping for plaintiffs, press influence on the court, and a song.

We Got Scooped: SCOTUS Edition

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

This week's show is all going to be all about the Supreme Court, and we were excited about a particular segment on transparency... until the Court made it totally obsolete on Monday.
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Podcast Extra: After Oregon

Saturday, October 03, 2015

In 2011, a reporter asked for Oregon's gun ownership stats. The legislature quickly made that data private. Plus: a father explains why his son's killer shouldn't be named by the press.
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The Cancer Show

Friday, October 02, 2015

A deep dive into cancer: in the media, in language, and in our mind's eye. 

That Facebook Disclaimer? Ignore It.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

You've probably seen the declaration of privacy status making the rounds on Facebook. Trouble is, the post doesn't actually do anything. It's a hoax, and an old one at that.
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Pope-ular Opinion

Friday, September 25, 2015

A reminder that the pope is not a politician, why the AP won't use "climate change denier", polling on abortion, and more.

Pope Primer

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

On the occasion of Pope Francis's U.S. tour, we offer a primer on the pontiff. 
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Facts, Schmacts

Friday, September 18, 2015

The role of journalists when they play debate moderator, debunking viral images of the refugee crisis, and exposing Exxon's flip floppery.

Enter and Return

Friday, September 11, 2015

On the language debate surrounding the Mediterranean crisis, debunking migration myths both foreign and domestic, and a visit to the 9/11 museum.