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The Privacy Show

Friday, January 04, 2013

A special hour on privacy - license plate readers, national security letters, surveilling yourself so the government doesn't have to, and OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman on just how much we misunderstand our privacy online.

The Television Show!

Friday, December 28, 2012

An update to On the Media's look at the world of television, originally aired in May, including how the industry is coping with changing consumer habits, the future of the communal viewing experience, and reality TV's reality problem.

The Surprising History of Gun Control, School Shooting Myths, and More

Friday, December 21, 2012

The surprising history of the gun control narrative, the media myths of past school shootings, and the problem when the media speculate on the mental health of shooters.

Depictions of Torture in "Zero Dark Thirty," John McAfee's Media Manipulations, and More

Friday, December 14, 2012

Criticism over "Zero Dark Thirty"'s portrayal of torture, John McAfee's ability to exploit the press' fascination with him, and the media errors of the past year.

Photographing Tragedy, the Risk of Killer Robots, and More

Friday, December 07, 2012

The ethics of photographing human tragedy, studying the risk of a robot uprising, and one man's attempt to be the trendiest guy in New York.

A Stolen Face, The Leveson Report, and More

Friday, November 30, 2012

A tragic case of mistaken identity, the conclusion of the Leveson Inquiry, and whistleblowers rejoice!

Publishing: Adapt or Die

Friday, November 23, 2012

On the Media's annual look at the publishing industry, including fears of Amazon becoming a monopoly and the little publishing house standing up to it.

Seduced by Petraeus, Israel's Twitter Offensive, and More

Friday, November 16, 2012

How journalists were seduced by Petraeus, ten years of sunshine laws in Mexico, and the Israel Defense Forces blogging their assault on Gaza in real time.

Assessing Obama's First Term, Covering China's 'Election,' and More

Friday, November 09, 2012

The absurd exercise of covering China's election, redefining what it means to be 'online,' and an OTM report card on Obama's first four years.

Misinformation Around Sandy, Calling the Election, and More

Friday, November 02, 2012

Separating fact from fiction during Sandy, calling the presidential election in the final days of the campaign, and why Clark Kent is leaving The Daily Planet.

The Facebook Show

Friday, October 26, 2012

An Austrian man who got Facebook to give him everything they had on him, a writer whose rapist friended her on Facebook, the value of a "Like."

The Taliban's Media Problem, Ending Newspaper Political Endorsements, and More

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Taliban's new war on journalists, ending political endorsements in newspapers, and the potential for the Red Bull Stratos jump to be more than a marketing stunt.

All About Elections

Friday, October 12, 2012

This week On the Media focuses on elections, including why voters make the decisions they do, and how campaigns try to influence them.

Anatomy of a Publicity Stunt, The Problem with 'Muslim Rage', and more

Friday, October 05, 2012

Breaking down David Blaine's latest publicity stunt, Nate Silver on predictions, and how the media got the "Muslim Rage" story all wrong.

Russia's Broadening Definition of Treason, Manipulating Science Journalists, and More

Friday, September 28, 2012

Russia tries to broaden its definition of high treason, one journalist's quest to get the media to stop referring to immigrants as "illegal," and the upcoming presidential debates.

Just The Facts, Please

Friday, September 21, 2012

This week's show is dedicated to the search for truth. Or, in journalism terms, fact-checking.

Does NPR Have a Liberal Bias?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Brooke talks to NPR listeners, pollsters, media watchers, and This American Life's Ira Glass in search of an answer to the question: does NPR have a liberal bias?

Covering Conventions, the Legacy of Sun Myung Moon, and More

Friday, September 07, 2012

Covering the totally predictable conventions, why political journalists are tired of this campaign season, and a service that gauges the hostility of your emails.

Fact-Checkers in the Spotlight, Why Nigerian Prince Scams Work, And More.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fact-checkers, and facts, become the targets of criticism, the reason why scammers tell you they're from Nigeria, and Florida's weirdness explained.


No More Tailoring Political Messages, Communicating the Libyan Revolution, and More

Friday, August 24, 2012

The end of politicians tailoring their messages based on audience, license plate tracking nationwide, and following up with the people communicating the Libyan revolution one year later.