February 9, 2007

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Show Summary: The Giuliani Beat... remembering the Khmer Rouge... and why helicopters matter.

Bird Shot

Helicopters are falling in Baghdad, and making big headlines here at home. Why do chopper crashes resonate so loudly in the news? We parse the cultural significance of helicopters with reporter Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down.

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Friction Tape

Two images of combat surfaced in recent weeks, one recorded by the military and the other by a journalist. Do they lionize American soldiers or depict them as savages? Is documentation of war fundamentally an antiwar act? It seems the truth is ...

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Letters

Listeners respond to last week’s piece about spitting on war veterans.

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Budget Deficit

It’s that time of year again, when reporters pore over the president’s budget proposal, trying to make sense of it all. But economist and media critic Dean Baker says their stories amount to a lot of gobbledygook for all but the wonkiest of readers.

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Home Field Disadvantage

Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is known as “America’s Mayor.” But reporters who covered him as Gotham’s mayor know there’s more to Rudy than one day in the rubble. Newsday’s Ellis Henican and The Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett talk about covering Giuliani.

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Commerce Claws

50-year Congressional veteran John Dingell (D-MI) took over leadership of the Commerce Committee last month. He tells us he’s none too happy with the FCC’s recent performance. And he plans to tell the commissioners why in a public hearing next week.

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Fact? Check!

Bob mulls over the Justice Department’s rules for investigating leaks to the media. Turns out the investigation itself is proof positive that the leak is authentic.

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You Must Remember This

In the 28 years since the fall of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, a skeptical generation has come of age, too young to remember the horror of Pol Pot’s regime. Megan Williams reports on a new effort to help them understand those years in hell.

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