August 11, 2006

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Friday, August 11, 2006

What the Connecticut primary means about Internet organizing, and conspiracy theorizing from Mexico City to Ground Zero.

Ned’s Roots

Connecticut Democrat Ned Lamont’s primary victory on Tuesday has been widely heralded as the first major win for the online liberal advocacy community. But how much credit do the so-called “net-roots” really deserve? Brooke speaks with Internet theorist and NYU telecom professor Clay Shirky about the political web in its ...

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No Secrets Allowed

A few months ago, a former Pentagon analyst was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for violating his security clearance by sharing government secrets with a couple of AIPAC lobbyists. But the lobbyists are also being prosecuted, even though they had no security clearance to violate. On Thursday, ...

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Paranoia Strikes Deep

More than a third of Americans believe the government had a part in the 9/11 attacks, according to a recent poll by Scripps Howard. And the underground success of the film “Loose Change,” which argues the attack was an inside job, suggests that fringe conspiracy theories are gradually taking root ...

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Poll Tacks

In other public opinion poll news, a recent Harris poll found that despite all evidence to the contrary, an increasing percentage of Americans believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to war. Bob talks to Harris Poll chairman Humphrey Taylor about how the truth sometimes merely gets ...

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Mexican Standoff

A partial recount is underway in Mexico’s July presidential elections –the closest in the nation’s history. But that’s little consolation to candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He’s alleging widespread vote fraud, and as evidence points to video footage collected by Luis Mandoki, a Mexican-born Hollywood director who was working on ...

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Witness Stand

Last summer, activist and freelance journalist Josh Wolf took part in an anti-globalization protest in San Francisco. A police car was vandalized and a policeman injured, and Wolf caught it all on tape. He received a subpoena for the entirety of his footage, but refused, and is now in jail ...

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Hot for Teacher

The heat has broken in New York City, and among those breathing a sigh of relief is sociologist Eric Klinenberg. His book on the fatal Chicago heat wave of 1995 earned him huge popularity among media looking for a seasonal quote. And because so many news organizations are based in ...

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Working It

This summer, Hollywood is offering us close-ups of a variety of American workplaces, ranging from the silly to the sadistic. Tinseltown has always had a weird perspective on real life, which for most of us consists in large part of work life. WNYC’s Sara Fishko reflects on the daily grind ...

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