December 15, 2006

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Show summary: Atheists in the press, Pinochet's propaganda and Luddite spies.

God No!

No longer content to silently disavow religion, the so-called New Atheists are on the offensive. Borrowing tactics from the faithful, nonbelievers have taken to proselytizing in books and in the media. And yes, they’re even in foxholes.

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Operation Colombo

In the wake of Augusto Pinochet’s death, U.S. media are debating how the dictator should be remembered. The National Security Archive’s Peter Kornbluh discusses an especially sinister chapter in Pinochet's dealings with his own country's media.

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Great Britain’s Groupthink

A new study concludes that the British press toed the government line in the first month of the Iraq war. Study author Peter Goddard shares some of the findings. And London-based journalist John Pilger explains why he isn’t surprised.

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Rummy Folds

Donald Rumsfeld, in his final hours steering the ship of war, admits he might have given the whole affair a better name. OTM weighs in.

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Intelligence Quotient

Since 9/11, U.S. intelligence agencies have faced tremendous pressure to overhaul their notoriously old-fashioned tech infrastructure. New York Times Magazine contributing writer Clive Thompson explains that spies are upgrading their tools, but says the rest of us have a serious head start.

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Collector's Edition

A new review of British intellectual property laws suggests that copyrights for recordings should not be extended from 50 years to 95 years. Last year, OTM’s Rex Doane reported on how European copyright law determines which old recordings get re-released here.

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