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Friday, November 08, 2013
A peek inside Rupert Murdoch's media empire, the evolving NFL bullying story, and reporting on rape in India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Friday, October 11, 2013
A close look at government transparency under President Obama. Also, Sherlock Holmes Becomes Julian Assange and a declassification engine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Consider this a mini-episode. The final update to episode 1 of TLDR. We 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 Bravo. The 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.
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.
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.
Friday, September 13, 2013
A shift in the discussion about air strikes in Syria, a look at civil liberties 12 years after September 11, and why the Internet is obsessed with cats.
Friday, September 06, 2013
The media's cautious coverage of Syria, a look inside the sordid world of Washington D.C., and the pact between Hollywood and Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Friday, August 30, 2013
This week, an encore of our special hour on the incredible volume of media available to consumers, and the incredible difficulty of making money for creators.
Friday, August 23, 2013
This week, Brooke talks to Ethan Zuckerman about where foreign reporting has been and where it's going. Also, an encore broadcast of Brooke's reporting trip to Mexico in June of 2012.
Friday, August 16, 2013
How Edward Snowden leaked information to the press, and the new baseline for online journalistic best practice, NPR's Ombudsman releases a scathing report on an NPR series, a reporter doing seven years of reporting on foot, and a pre-launch visit to the new Al Jazeera America.