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The Media Crisis in Egypt, Instant Replay and More

Friday, January 31, 2014


TLDR #13 - Managing a Monster

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Slender Man is the internet's monster - the subject of countless remixes, tributes, and parodies. He's so ubiquitous he feels like he's been around for ages, like folklore. But Slender Man has an owner and a point of origin. Alex talks to Eric Knudsen, the creator of Slender Man.

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TLDR #12 - Hunting For YouTube's Saddest Comments

Sunday, January 26, 2014

YouTube's infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There's no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky. Mark spends hours scouring the comments section on YouTube, and occasionally, scattered in the dross, he finds small poignant stories for his site Sad Youtube.

 

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Snowden's Beliefs, Banning the word "Nazi" in Israel, and More

Friday, January 24, 2014

A look at whether the motivation of leakers matters, Israel's push to ban the word "Nazi," and new frontiers in child porn law.

Obama’s NSA Surveillance Orders, the Uncertain Future of Net Neutrality, and more

Friday, January 17, 2014

President Obama announces changes to the NSA's surveillance practices, the first U.S. case to consider libel on Twitter could set a precedent for defamation on social media, and a devastating blow to net neutrality.

TLDR #11 - RIP Vile Rat

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This episode of TLDR contains some explicit language.

On September 11th, 2012, gunmen attacked two American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans. Sean Smith, one of the four killed in the attack, was an IT manager in the real world, but online, he was Vile Rat, a hugely influential diplomat in the video game Eve Online. Alex talks to Sean's friend Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco about who Sean was both in Eve and in the real world.

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The Myth of 'Blue Monday,' The Campaign for Creationism, and a Lying Cyborg Telemarketer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Journalists converge on two of their favorite wintertime topics, extreme weather and 'Blue Monday.' The FBI re-brands itself and much more.

TLDR #10 - One Hundred Songs In a Day

Thursday, January 09, 2014

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.

Matt Farley is a musician who’s gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. PJ visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works.

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The Biggest Media Errors of 2013, the Never Ending Debate about Benghazi, and More

Friday, January 03, 2014

Annual roundup of the biggest media mistakes of the last year, why we won't stop arguing about Benghazi anytime soon, and confessions of a click-bait blogger.

The Past, Present, and Future of Ownership

Friday, December 27, 2013

A special hour, originally aired in March, on our changing understanding of ownership and how it is affected by the law. An author and professor who encourages creative writing through plagiarism, 3D printing, fan fiction & fair use, and the strange tale of who owns "The Happy Birthday Song."

The NSA's PR Offensive, The State of Hyperlocal Reporting, and More

Friday, December 20, 2013

The NSA's PR offensive, a White House task force recommends reforms to the NSA's data collection behavior, and hyperlocal reporting suffers as AOL's Patch scales back.

The Media Savvy Pope, Overblown "Selfie-Gate," and More

Friday, December 13, 2013

Why the media love the Pope, the photographer who took the infamous Obama "selfie" photos, and marijuana journalism.

TLDR #9 - The Second Life of Marion Stokes

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Marion Stokes was a hoarder. When she died last year, her family had to figure out what to do with 9 separate residences and 3 storage locations full of stuff - everything from tens of thousands of books to decades-old Apple computers. This is the story of how they found a home for the strangest artifact in her collection — 140,000 videocassettes filled with 35 years of round-the-clock cable TV news.

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Covering the Newtown Shooting Anniversary, Fighting Revenge Porn, and More

Friday, December 06, 2013

Why residents of Newtown, CT want the media to stay away on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, the battle between the FDA and genetic testing service 23 & Me, and one mother's fight with the most hated man on the internet.

TLDR #8 - The Pace Picante Salsa Robot Has Gone Haywire

Thursday, December 05, 2013

This episode of TLDR contains some explicit language.

This has been a crazy season for internet hoaxes. This week, we investigated one we actually deeply enjoyed being fooled by -- about a social media bot for Pace Picante Salsa going insane and inadvertently revealing an entire world of corporate conspiracy. We talk to the comedian behind the hoax, Randy Liedtke, who has his own very funny podcast called The Bone Zone.

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Inside NFL Football, The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson, and More

Friday, November 29, 2013

The men behind the games you see on Sundays, the journalist who played a crucial role in breaking baseball's color barrier,  and a loquacious former NBA star.

TLDR - What Does TLDR Mean?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hello! We are taking a week off the podcast to work on some special things that you will like a lot. This episode is a Best Of*, in case you have a friend who hasn't gotten a chance to check us out who you might like to share TLDR with. It also includes an answer to one of our show's enduring mysteries - just what the hell TLDR stands for.

Thanks for listening, and if you like the show, subscribe to it on iTunes. If you want other people to hear it, please rate and review it! If you want to check out our previous episodes on our website, you can listen here. If you like our theme song, you can hear more by Breakmaster Cylinder here.

*Yes, we know that it takes some pretty unmitigated gall to run a clip show two months after launching a podcast.

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Economics of Thanksgiving Dinner, Going Viral Pre-Internet, and More

Friday, November 22, 2013

The media's annual reporting on rising Thanksgiving dinner costs, the NSA's chilling effects on journalists, and how things went viral before the internet.

TLDR #7 - It's Rating Men

Friday, November 15, 2013

Lulu is an app that lets women rate guys they've slept with. Was he willing to commit? Was he gassy? The ratings are anonymous, and men can't see their profiles.

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Premature Predictions for 2016, Guns as Free Speech, and More

Friday, November 15, 2013

Why the media are already speculating on the 2016 elections, carrying guns as a form of free speech, and the unwavering obsession with JFK after all these years.