November 4, 2005

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Friday, November 04, 2005


The BBC World Service has announced plans to close ten of its foreign language services, almost all of them in Eastern Europe, in order to start an Arabic TV service in the Middle East. Is the move purely a response to marketplace considerations? Or are there other factors at work ...


Foxify This

Have you been itching to watch Fox News personality Shepard Smith, but don't have the cable access necessary to tune him in? Don't worry - Shep and his Fox News cohorts could soon be coming to you free and over the air. Fox News is getting into the broadcast news ...


Flix for Warniks

Many films about war have strong anti-war messages. But when real soldiers need to get psyched up for battle, they often pop these very movies into the DVD player. And the films' intended message is lost in the cinematic smoke. Brooke talks to Lawrence Weschler, who wrote about the "trouble ...


Real Gore

When it comes to murder mysteries, good writing is all in the details. How do authors unfamiliar with real-life gore get the particulars just right? By asking an expert, of course. Dr. Robb Bettiker, an infectious disease specialist and advisor to would-be mystery writers, joins Brooke to discuss the bridge ...


So You Wanna Be in Pictures?

Do you want to be on TV, but don't have the talent, time, connections, or money? Then reality TV might be the way to go. Still in need of a shortcut? Just fill out an application at, a talent clearinghouse that offers casting directors a searchable database of aspiring ...


Good Grief

The recording industry is hurting. And what began as a bit of malaise in the early days of Napster is beginning to look like a chronic wasting disease. Forrester Research media analyst Josh Bernoff says that the music business is responding to its dire straits just as a person would ...



Listeners weigh in on PhRMA's literary endeavor and our story on the past and future of the nightly news.


Kept it at the Movies

Last month, Ted Peshak passed away. You might not recognize the name, but if you came of age just after World War II, there's a good chance you're familiar with one of his "hygiene films." The ten-minute black and white films, often screened in classrooms, illustrated the dangers of shyness ...


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