March 16, 2007

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Show Summary: Politics at Justice, payola and internet radio, and Bill Gates speaks.

The Gonzales 85

If 8 prosecutors were fired because they weren’t hard enough on Democrats, does that mean the other 85 were? Maybe. Communications professor John Cragan has found that Bush’s Justice Dept. has prosecuted 7 times as many Dems as Republicans.

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Please Please Me

U.S. attorneys, and the Attorney General for that matter, serve “at the pleasure of the president.” Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains the phrase, and grades the media's usage of it.

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"Mistakes Were Made"

That's how Attorney General Alberto Gonzales characterized his department's handling of the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys. Bob anatomizes Washington's favorite non-apology apology.

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Pay for Play

Payola - bribes paid to DJ’s to play certain songs - is as old as radio. Recently, the FCC tried to address the problem by fining the four biggest radio station groups. Industry watcher Paul Porter says the more payola changes, the more it ...

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Bowing Before the Royalty

Radio webcasting has proven to be a real alternative to the stultifying sameness of broadcast radio. But a new set of royalty fees could put many internet radio stations out of business. Media attorney David Oxenford explains the cost to online listeners.

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Clip Joint

This week, Viacom sued Google, claiming intellectual property infringement by YouTube. Will the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act protect “Goo-Tube?” Is the future of user-generated web media at stake? NYU’s Siva Vaidhyanathan explains.

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Bill of Goods?

A paperless world! TV online! Microsoft founder Bill Gates sits down with Bob and shares his vision for the future.

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Health Craze

Brain Awareness Week is drawing to a close... but National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week is right around the corner! Endometriosis, for its part, gets the whole month. Bob explores the phenomenon of government-sponsored awareness.

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