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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.

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*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.

Murdoch's Media Empire, NFL Bullying and More

Friday, November 08, 2013

A peek inside Rupert Murdoch's media empire, the evolving NFL bullying story, and reporting on rape in India.

TLDR #6 - Ghost Town

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Before the Internet as we know it today, there were text-based bulletin board systems all over the country that people could dial into. One of those systems, M-net, happened to live in Alex's backyard, and it was his internet home base for the better part of a decade. Alex went back this week and found out that it's actually still running.

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Misleading Obamacare Promises, The Original 'Nigerian' Scam Letter, and More

Friday, November 01, 2013

The media start challenging Obama's "you can keep it" promise about health care, a man who challenged hackers to hack him, and a predecessor to "Nigerian" scam emails.

TLDR #5 - Goodbye, Secret, Invisible Internet

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Up until this fall, there was a secret internet. You probably heard about one part of it, the Silk Road, but that was just one secret website among many. This week, we talk to Gawker's Adrian Chen about the rest of the dark part of the internet, and how it's been damaged by the Silk Road arrests.

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A Major Data Breach, the Media Spotlight on Victims of Tragedy, and More

Friday, October 25, 2013

A major credit bureau accidentally sells its data to identity thieves, the difficulty of reporting around DHS opacity, and the good and bad that comes with putting victims of tragedy in the media spotlight.

TLDR #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.

This episode is included in the TLDR #smartbinge podcast playlist at wnyc.org/smartbinge

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The Government Shutdown's Damage, Brooke's DNA, and More

Friday, October 18, 2013

The long term cost of the shutdown is ignored by the media, Glenn Greenwald's new investigative reporting outfit, and Brooke shares the results of her mail-order DNA test.

Obama and the Press, a Wikileaks movie, and Brooke Talks with an iPhone.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A close look at government transparency under President Obama. Also, Sherlock Holmes Becomes Julian Assange and a declassification engine.  

Coverage of the Government Shutdown, Tweeting TV Audiences, and More

Friday, October 04, 2013

A look at the media coverage - both here and abroad - of the government shutdown, how social media is recreating the old television viewing experience, and California's attempts to legislate the internet.

TLDR #3 - JOKES.TXT

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Daniel Drucker's father died earlier this year. Daniel was excavating stuff on his Dad's computer when he found a file called JOKES.TXT. It was filled with thirty one punchlines to jokes, but not the jokes themselves. So he turned to the internet for help.

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Obamacare Messaging, Fake Reviews Online, and More

Friday, September 27, 2013

Conflicting messaging on Obamacare, why people leave fake reviews online, and India's effort to create the largest national ID program in history.

TLDR #2 - Stereotyped

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Christopher Hermelin has a project called "The Roving Typist," where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become a meme.

 

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TLDR #1.5 - The Bonkers Conclusion of Pronunciation Book

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Consider this a mini-episode. The final update to episode 1 of TLDRWe all found out on Monday that Pronunciation Book (along with the Twitter account horse_ebooks) were part of a collaborative stunt between Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender to promote their art project Alternate Reality Game, Bear Stearns BravoThe Daily Dot's Gaby Dunn, who we spoke to for our original story, figured out that Bakkila was the guy behind Pronunciation Book months ago. In order to convince her not to publish her story, Bakkila manipulated Dunn with a very elaborate series of lies. Weirdly, many of the people in her life were in on those lies, in varying capacities. We did a follow-up interview with Gaby about living her own personal version of the Truman Show, and you should listen because it is bonkers. 

 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook, Detainment at US Borders, and More

Friday, September 20, 2013

Brooke looks at ways for news consumers to filter bad information during big events, producer Sarah Abdurrahman talks about being detained at the US border as a US citizen without explanation, and Clive Thompson talks about his new book Smarter Than You Think.

TLDR #1 - Something is Going to Happen in 7 Days

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the TLDR podcast! Thanks for listening, and please check out the TLDR blog at tldr.onthemedia.org. In this episode - a YouTube channel dedicated to pronouncing words suddenly starts issuing ominous warnings, and a reporter tries to get to the bottom of it. 

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