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Covering a missing airplane, Copyright in outer space, and more

Friday, March 14, 2014

How the media are covering the story of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, the re-birth of the First Amendment, and copyright law in outer space.

TLDR #18 - The Army's Robot Recruiter

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sgt. Star is the army’s robot. Specifically, he’s a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist in the US Army. So how do we feel about that? Alex talks to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to figure out if we're better or worse off for having a Siri who can talk us into going to war.

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The Crisis in Crimea, Dissent on Russia Today, Streaming Media and More

Friday, March 07, 2014

The effort to preserve journalistic freedom during the Crimean crisis. Plus, Bob Garfield issues a special report on the streaming video revolution.

TLDR #17 - Hey, Guess What? I Found Truth For Us

Monday, March 03, 2014

Last fall, TLDR covered a bunch of hoaxes. Some we liked, most we didn't. On this episode, we talk to Paulo Ordoveza and Adrienne LaFrance, a couple of people who have devoted themselves to trying to debunk the innumerable falsehoods flying around the internet.

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Secrecy at the Border

Friday, February 28, 2014

A look at the suspension of rights at the border, murkiness of border policies, and lack of answers from the federal government.

TLDR #16 - *Win a Million Dollar Mansion From Your HOME COMPUTER*

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Sweepers" are people who spend their free time entering hundreds of online sweepstakes -- the contests most of us skip because we're sure they're all scams. It turns out, we're wrong. Some people win big. Reporter Laura Mayer takes us into the online sweepstakes universe.

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Protests in Ukraine, A Broadband Behemoth, and A Vile Rat

Friday, February 21, 2014

Remarkable images from protests in Kiev, a Pentagon Vietnam War commemoration website, and the proposed Comcast -Time Warner merger.

TLDR #15 - Internet Time

Monday, February 17, 2014

In 1998 Swatch tried to completely reinvent our concept of time. Swatch Internet Time (or .beat time) would have been a new way to conceive of moments. There'd be no time zones, and also, no hours, minutes, or seconds. PJ talks to Gizmodo's Eric Limer and Swatch Creative Director Carlo Giordanetti about Swatch's plan to create time's version of Esperanto.

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Bridgegate, Inside the TSA, Japan's Beethoven's Fall from Grace, and More

Friday, February 14, 2014

A look at Chris Christie's struggle to control his own narrative, an inside look into the TSA, and a musical scandal at the Olympics.

TLDR #14 - The Knowledge

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the U.S. play a game called "Last Man." The goal is to be the last person in America to find out who won the Super Bowl. TLDR Sports reporter Lisa Pollak followed the game this year, and found out just how hard information was to avoid in the internet age.

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Crushing Dissent in Sochi, Banning the R-Word, and More

Friday, February 07, 2014

A look at media dissent in Sochi, scrubbing the R-word from the Washington Redskins, and Game Theory on Jeopardy.

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.