September 16, 2005

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Senate confirmation hearings as theater, a historical review. And, why some reporters can’t stay in the war, while others can’t stay away.

Advertise and Consent

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts gave what most observers agreed was an ace performance on the Hill this week. But it often seemed that his Senate interrogators were trying to steal the spotlight for themselves. In the Republic's earlier days, was the process any less theatrical? Bob discusses the history ...


To Bork

Brooke muses over the word that takes its meaning from a onetime Supreme Court nominee, whose unsuccessful bid for the bench earned him a place in Webster's: to bork.


In the Firing Line

Despite a relatively high casualty number among Iraq-based journalists, major U.S. news outlets feel compelled to remain in the region. Loren Jenkins, senior editor for NPR's foreign desk, tells Brooke that he's never seen a situation quite this dangerous for the media. And former ABC News correspondent Richard Gizbert talks ...


On the Warpath

While one journalist may have lost his job for refusing to report from a war zone, another is making a virtual career of it. For its first venture into original journalism, Yahoo! has teamed up with battle-hardened correspondent Kevin Sites, who will travel the world's war zones for one year ...


War is Hell

Veteran reporter Chris Hedges tells Brooke about his addiction to the drug he calls war. In his 15 years of reporting, Hedges was imprisoned in Sudan, expelled from Libya, ambushed in Central America, and shot at in Kosovo. His book, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, explores how ...


Mums of the World

Before suspects were taken into custody in the July 21st London bombings, the media frenzy was well under way. But immediately after the arrests, civil liberties groups complained that the sensational coverage was jeopardizing the suspects' right to a fair trial. The fact that Fleet Street capitulated to those complaints ...


Jive Turkey

In an interview last year on WNYC, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk was optimistic about the democratizing effects on Turkey of a possible entry into the European Union. Until last month, that is, when Pamuk was arrested for speaking about his country's role in the Armenian genocide and its struggle with ...


My Sin, My Soul... Whose Lolita?

Lolita follows the travails of an older man obsessed with a young girl, and was first published … in 1916? 42 years before Vladimir Nabokov's novel, a short story by Heinz von Lichberg titled "Lolita" was published in Germany. Was Nabokov a plagiarist? Or did he suffer from cryptomnesia? Brooke ...

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