October 21, 2005

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Serious self-analysis at the New York Times, and Katrina leaves an odd alliance of broadcasters in its wake.

Self Analysis

The New York Times and reporter Judith Miller have become a mysterious sideshow to the CIA leak investigation set to conclude next week. Something of an explanation began last week with 9,000 words of newsprint. The stories answered several questions, but raised a great deal more. Bob takes a closer ...

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Letters

Listeners respond to our stories on food porn and cranked up coverage of the meth epidemic.

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Big Pharma, Big Phiction

When the American pharmaceutical industry looks north, it sees a great menace. And so a staffer at PhRMA had the bright idea of commissioning a novel about terrorists who taint the supply of Canadian generics. When PhRMA bosses found out about the book, they weren't so thrilled, but it was ...

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Up from the Wreckage

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, radio stations throughout the region were devastated along with everything else. But an unprecedented collaboration emerged from the wreckage. Within hours of the storm, rival radio conglomerates Clear Channel and Entercom had formed United Radio Broadcasters of New Orleans, 75 miles away in ...

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Bringing it Home

Journalist and historian Alvin Josephy Jr. died this week at the age of 90. He's most remembered for his writing on Indians of the American West. But in his earlier life as a reporter, he was best known as one of very few correspondents recording the sounds of World War ...

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Dropping the Ball

In her first tournament as a golf professional, 16-year-old sensation Michelle Wie finished fourth in the Samsung World Championship - that is, until a Sports Illustrated reporter turned her in to officials for breaking a rule. She was promptly disqualified. But didn't the reporter break the rules, too, by becoming ...

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Serial for Dinner

This month, millions of Muslims are following their break-the-fast meals with an evening in front of the TV, watching one of the dozens of mini-series broadcast throughout the Arab world for Ramadan. In recent years, the series have chased after viewers by taking on current events and historical allegory. Bob ...

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The Darkest Night

Just as Arab-language broadcasters know that people stay in during Ramadan, American broadcasters assume that people go out on Saturday night. Once a time for testing offbeat and experimental shows, now Saturday is a wasteland of reruns, movies and college football. NBC executive Mitch Metcalf tells Brooke that in the ...

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