December 22, 2006

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Show Summary: Unpacking "troop surge" and the N-word. Also, how the civil rights movement was covered, and a fond look at Christmas specials of yore.

Surge Overkill

President Bush is dismissing calls for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, reportedly favoring instead a plan for troop increases. We consider the semantics of the “surge” debate with the American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Kagan and Foreign Affairs Magazine editor Gideon Rose.


The Long Slog

Almost every news outlet focuses some of its coverage on Iraq. But a new website is devoting itself entirely to news from that country. Ex-CNN chief Eason Jordan talks about his new project,


The Misfortunes of Strangers

The search for three climbers lost on Mt. Hood consumed a vast amount of airtime this week, even by cable news standards. Bob explains how a tragic storm in Oregon ushered in a perfect storm for TV coverage.


The Race Beat

In the 1950s, the mainstream American press had very little experience covering segregation and its impacts. In a new book, The Race Beat, Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff tell the story of how the civil rights struggle gradually made its way onto the front pages.


The N-Word

If there's anything positive to come out of actor Michael Richards' recent racist rant , it's that people are once again discussing the limits of the N-word. Who can use it? How has its meaning changed over time? WNYC's Radio Rookie Veralyn Williams explores the complexities ...

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Regrets Only

In a 24-hour media world, mistakes are bound to happen. Craig Silverman is doing his best to document them all on his website, "Regret the Error." Silverman offers up the best in this year's media goofs.

Listen to the best of last year's journalistic errors


The Specials

Since they were first broadcast some four decades ago, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have become as much a part of the season as tinsel and mistletoe. Reporters Alex Goldmark and Rachel McCarthy explore what makes the classic Christmas specials so... ...


Troubadour of Truthiness

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has nominated himself to represent “You,” the winners of Time Magazine's person-of-the-year honors. He kids of course, but Brooke suggests there is some truthiness to it, too.


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