April 6, 2007

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Show Summary: The press responds to hostages in Tehran and Palestine, evangelical media then and now, and Mark Twain has Walt Whitman's back.

Better to Give than to Receive

The 15 British naval officers detained in Iran went home this week, but they stayed in headlines. The L.A. Times' Borzou Daragahi says Iran’s image may have been bolstered by the ordeal, at least in the Mideast press.

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Strip Search

BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza last month. It's generated some outrage from western journalists, but even more from those in Palestine. Reuters reporter Nidal al-Mughrabi discusses the Palestinian response to Johnston's abduction.

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Dead Lock

EMI has agreed to drop the digital locks that have become standard for online music. Other music companies have argued the locks prevent piracy, but critics say they prevent consumers from freely using their purchases. Endgadget editor Ryan Block discusses the industry's attempts to secure its ...

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Kingdom Come

11 years ago, the first Left Behind novel hit bookstores. 43 million copies later, the final installment in the apocalyptic narrative has been published. Co-author Jerry Jenkins talks about fictionalizing Scripture to save readers' souls.

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Hear Their Roar

Evangelical youth leader Ron Luce thinks the secular media is demonically-inspired, and he’s fighting fire with fire. Religion writer Jeff Sharlet describes BattleCry, Luce’s angry attempt to infiltrate enemy bastions like MTV and Hollywood.

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Gone to Zell

Billionaire Sam Zell is taking over at the Tribune Company, parent of the L.A. Times. But who should own newspapers? Companies? Families? Very rich guys? L.A. Times media critic Tim Rutten says that behind every great newspaper is a great family.

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Letters

Listeners react to our April Fools' Day hoax. That's right, there is no forthcoming sitcom called Jihad to Be There. We made it up.

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The Obscenity Defense

When Leaves of Grass was deemed obscene in 1882, Mark Twain wrote a defense of Walt Whitman’s “noble work.” Now, Twain's essay is being published for the first time, in the Virginia Quarterly Review. University of Iowa professor Ed Folsom calls it classic Twain satire.

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