June 10, 2005

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Friday, June 10, 2005

The Los Angeles Times re-imagines the editorial so now you too can be the voice of the paper. Plus, what zombie movies tell us about our inner selves.

Didn't Get the Memo

At a joint media appearance by Tony Blair and George Bush this week, a Reuters reporter asked about the Downing Street Memo, which allegedly proves the Bush administration was planning for war eight months before the invasion. And suddenly the memo was in play in the American press - even ...


Snap, Crackle…

A certain anxiety has been visible for some time in the headlines of the nation's hottest real estate markets. Namely, how long can housing prices keep going up? Bob talks with Slate.com columnist Daniel Gross about media coverage of what many fear to be a housing bubble, and why everyone ...


Seminal Influence

In 2001, Slate.com deputy editor David Plotz set out to tell the tale of a millionaire businessman turned modern eugenicist, who wanted to impregnate young women with the sperm of Nobel prize-winning men. But Plotz himself became part of the narrative when he brought together family members, helping to propel ...


Uncertain Grasp

In the previous interview with David Plotz, you might have noticed that Bob invoked the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. He used it to convey the idea that observers necessarily affect the outcome of whatever they observe. But it turns out that Bob's fluency with science analogies is somewhat lacking, and a ...

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Silence = Death

In much of Africa, the media's role in combating HIV/AIDS has been confined for many years to the bloodless recitation of government statistics - reporting that's done little to increase public awareness. Enter Internews, a group that trains local journalists to better understand the underlying science of the epidemic and ...


Volumes of Harm

What does The Communist Manifesto have in common with The Feminine Mystique? Both are among the top ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries, as determined by a panel of conservative thinkers assembled by Human Events Magazine. Herb London, president of the Hudson Institute, was among the ...


Data Crunch

Conventional wisdom holds that too much TV watching is bad for you. But how bad is it, exactly? And is some programming less unhealthy than others? Luckily, scientists worldwide are hard at work determining the precise effects of television on the human subject. In the interest of keeping listeners up ...


After School Specials

Once upon a time, latchkey kids could curl up to the TV for dramatized versions of the more vexing issues of adolescence. Bullying, parental divorce, teen pregnancy, and the dangers of drugs were just some of the topics addressed in ABC's After School Specials, which aired from 1972 through 1988. ...


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