April 20, 2007

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Show Summary: The debate over the Virginia Tech shooter video, ad-free Sao Paolo, and the uses and abuses of LSD.

Ratings vs. Reputation

NBC News’s decision to broadcast Cho Seung-Hui’s final message earned the network major ratings, and a heap of criticism. But you had to look north of the border to find a major news outlet that didn’t follow NBC’s lead. CBC editor in chief Tony Burman explains ...

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Me is for Media

If Cho was acutely aware of his media image, so were many VT students who narrated their experience to the world. Thomas de Zengotita, author of Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in it, talks about the fusion of reality and representation.

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The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Chinese market is irresistible to many U.S. internet companies. But the price of doing business there is compliance with the authoritarian government. Internet law scholar Jonathan Zittrain discusses a new lawsuit against Yahoo on behalf of a jailed dissident.

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Clearing The Air

In January, South America’s largest city officially banned outdoor advertising. Billboards, neon signs, bus-stop ads, even the Goodyear blimp - all were suddenly illegal. Folha de Sao Paulo reporter Vinicius Galvao describes seeing his city as though for the first time.

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The Art of War

The mission of a Marine combat artist, dating back to World War I, is “Go to war, do art.” Combat artist Sergeant Kristopher Battles talks about the challenge of drawing a picture while escaping sniper fire.

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Letters

Listeners respond to our coverage of Don Imus and high culture in low places.

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Punctuation Infatuation

All the blame and none of the glory – that’s the life of a newspaper copy editor. So why become one? Let New York Times chief copy editor Merrill Perlman count the reasons.

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Eating to Live

LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold this week became the first food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. While his most memorable meal was in France, he says he can more often be found haunting the taco stands of East Los Angeles.

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Acid Reflux

64 years ago, Dr. Albert Hofmann embarked on the first intentional acid trip, when he ingested 250 µg and set out from his lab on a bicycle. On the anniversary of Bicycle Day, Acid Dreams author Martin Lee reflects on the uses and misuses ...

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