June 30, 2006

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Friday, June 30, 2006

President Bush’s speech outlining the administration’s shift in Middle East policy drew big headlines across the world this week.

Bank Shots

The press took a tongue-lashing from politicos this week for reporting how the government tracked terrorists through the global banking industry. Bob talks with Heather Mac Donald, of the Manhattan Institute, who believes the New York Times in particular is a national security threat. Not so, says Scott Armstrong of ...

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Capture the Flag

In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that state laws banning the desecration of the American flag were unconstitutional. Thus began a massive effort to change the Constitution. This week, the Senate once again took up the proposal. But with tensions on the issue so high, it’s easy to forget that ...

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Accentuate the Negative

Midterm election season is almost upon us, and so we can safely expect that the tenor of TV advertising is about to take a negative turn. Attack ads are regularly condemned as a plague on the body politic, but in a new book, political scientist John Geer argues that negative ...

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Russian Dressing

If you were a Russian watching state television news last June, you might have seen a diverse group of New Yorkers demonstrating at Ground Zero against Chechen militants. The protesters weren’t incensed, but rather cash-strapped, and all had been paid hourly for their participation. It was a media moment staged ...

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Letters

Listeners weigh in on Mike Pesca’s Duke Lacrosse scandal piece and our interview with outgoing NPR ombud Jeffrey Dvorkin.

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Turning the Page

A recent industry report showed that in 2005, book production declined for the first time since 1999, and data indicates that books are spending less time on the bestseller list. Technology-induced growing pains, to be sure. But Clive Thompson, a writer for Wired magazine, tells Brooke that the same technology ...

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The Bookseller

When John Shors completed his first novel, Beneath a Marble Sky: A Novel of the Taj Majal, he fully comprehended the cutthroat nature of the book publishing industry. In lieu of a set-in-stone book deal or any sort of name recognition, Shors set to making a buzz for himself: he’s ...

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