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Does NPR Have a Liberal Bias?

Friday, September 14, 2012

This week, a full hour of highlights from our exploration of liberal bias and public media, which we conducted in March of 2011. Brooke talks to NPR listeners, pollsters, media watchers, and This American Life's Ira Glass in search of an answer to the question: does NPR have a liberal bias?

Covering Conventions, the Legacy of Sun Myung Moon, and More

Friday, September 07, 2012

Covering the totally predictable conventions, why political journalists are tired of this campaign season, and a service that gauges the hostility of your emails.

Fact-Checkers in the Spotlight, Why Nigerian Prince Scams Work, And More.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fact-checkers, and facts, become the targets of criticism, the reason why scammers tell you they're from Nigeria, and Florida's weirdness explained.

 

No More Tailoring Political Messages, Communicating the Libyan Revolution, and More

Friday, August 24, 2012

The end of politicians tailoring their messages based on audience, license plate tracking nationwide, and following up with the people communicating the Libyan revolution one year later.

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.