December 8, 2006

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Show summary: Bush cements his image as the decider. Plus, the popular image of spies... and penguins.

The Decider

Through much of George Bush's tenure, a common narrative has suggested that the president surrounds himself with smart advisors who really make the tough decisions. Recently, a new press narrative has emerged. Ron Suskind, Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer discuss Bush’s changing image.

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Flipping the Bird

Last summer, the documentary “March of the Penguins” made the bird a darling of the Christian Right. Now, with “Happy Feet,” the penguin finds itself a symbol of the environmental movement. Bob takes a look at the politics of the penguin.

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Heat Deflector

If you ask Senator James Inhofe, outgoing chair of the committee for environmental oversight, who’s most at fault for global warming problems, he’s less likely to point at the energy industry than at the media industry. New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin explains why ...

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

A few years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court started releasing same-day audio recordings of selected oral arguments. We get reactions from two legal correspondents. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick wants all the tapes or none at all, but NPR’s Nina Totenberg says more tape means more headaches.

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Les Misunderstood

Watch out BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, there’s a new 24-hour news channel in town. “France 24” launched this week. Journalism professor Jack Doppelt talks about the commercial viability of exporting Frenchness to the world.

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Spying Dull, Bureaucratic!

The poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has news consumers transfixed in a state of suspenseful Cold War nostalgia. A couple of years ago, NPR's Jim Zarroli filed this report on spies – real and imaginary.

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