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Ayn Rand's Political Influence, Presidential Political Ad Season, and More

Friday, August 17, 2012

Talking about Ayn Rand's influence on Paul Ryan and the political landscape at large, half-truths and outright lies in this season's political advertising, remembering Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, and a website that tracks all the homicides in Washington D.C.

Losing Everything to Hackers, the Pussy Riot Trial and More

Friday, August 10, 2012

How one journalist lost his digital life to hackers, how worried you should be about Cyberwar, and the fascinating trial of punk band Pussy Riot in Russia. 

NBC's Olympics Woes, Posthumous Outing, and More

Friday, August 03, 2012

Criticism for how NBC is broadcasting the Olympics, the difference between venture capital and private equity, and revealing a public person's sexual orientation after death

Olympic Branding Police, Confessions of a Media Manipulator, and More

Friday, July 27, 2012

Syrian rebels appealing to donors through videos online, extreme measures to protect Olympic sponsorships, and a self proclaimed media manipulator tells all.

Richard Nixon: Transparency Champion, Endangered Sounds, and more

Friday, July 20, 2012

The death of the Disclose Act in the Senate, journalists getting quote approval from presidential campaigns before publication, an app that identifies the organizations behind political ads using sound alone, and an online museum that preserves endangered sounds.

Romney's Bain Departure Date, E-books That Read You, And More...

Friday, July 13, 2012

A website that lets you argue with a complete stranger about politics over the phone, how online books sellers can monitor you reading a book WHILE you read it, and Bob examines his practice of binge-watching TV shows.

CNN's Big Mistake, Buzzfeed's Big Success and More

Friday, July 06, 2012

Bob looks at why some news organizations find it more important to be first than to be right, the benefits and risks of storing information in the 'cloud,' and the secret to Buzzfeed's success. Also, the history of the TV pitchman. 

The Data Show

Friday, June 29, 2012

Data. We’re awash in it, we make it, we save it, computers crunch it at an unprecedented rate. Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad talks with Brooke about how data inform us and can lead us astray.

Mexican Media: Es Muy Complicado

Friday, June 22, 2012

This week, Brooke is joined by WNYC reporter Marianne McCune as OTM reports from Mexico! This hour features stories on the relationship between media and politics—and the youth-led movement that's fed up with it; the difficulties for journalists reporting in areas run by the drug cartels; and the image problem Mexico faces on the international stage. As we heard time and again while in Mexico: when it comes to the Mexican media, "it's very complicated."

Public Relations for Dictators, Photographing Death, and More

Friday, June 15, 2012

The PR firms that work for dictators, a reporter decides whether to put the camera down, and a Lexicon Valley installment about an algorithm that detects anachronisms in Mad Men and Downton Abbey.

Drone 'Secrets,' The Right To Petition, and Ray Bradbury

Friday, June 08, 2012

The importance of your right to petition your leaders in person, the 'secret' classified drone strike program and Ray Bradbury passes away.

Tallying Civilian Drone Casualties, China's Influence on Hollywood, and More

Friday, June 01, 2012

How the US government differentiates between civilian and combatant casualties of drone strikes, the lengths Hollywood will go to please the Chinese government, and the "genericide" of Google.

Television's Trying Times

Friday, May 25, 2012

On the Media explores the world of television, including how the industry is coping with changing consumer habits, the future of the communal viewing experience, and television on the web.

Phone Calls in the Age of the Text Message, A New Speech Law in Libya, and More

Friday, May 18, 2012

Why we are spending less time on the phone, a new Libyan law that makes it a crime to glorify the Gaddafi regime, and a Liberian journalist who dares to tell the stories that her community doesn't want told.

Obama's Historic Statement, the False Statistic on "Boomerang" Kids, and More

Friday, May 11, 2012

The low-key Republican response to Obama's historic statement, the false statistic about grown kids moving back in with their parents, and the AP holds back from reporting a story at the request of the government.

Political Misdirection, A Raid on Palestinian TV, and More

Friday, May 04, 2012

The White House's attempt to distract us from bad economic news, a new FCC disclosure rule that may be meaningless, and a fight over broadcast frequencies in the Middle East.

The Ongoing Impact of Kony 2012, Fact Checking Gossip and More

Friday, April 27, 2012

Debating Kony 2012's impact, teaching journalists safety in combat zones, fact checking gossip, and an formula to predict celebrity breakups.

Publishing: Adapt or Die

Friday, April 20, 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, a Pulitzer snub for fiction, and the problem of knock-off books.

Reporting in North Korea, Open Season for Political Scandals, and More

Friday, April 13, 2012

The trickiness of reporting on North Korea, the beginning of the political scandal season, and the media myth of failing schools.

Obama's Lesson for the Media, the First Cell Phone Call, and More

Friday, April 06, 2012

Misconceptions about the link between gas prices and the presidency, President Obama criticizes the media for false balance, and the anniversary of the first cell phone call.