May 4, 2007

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Show Summary: The Iraqi government's silence on civilian dead, new threats to military bloggers, and the mixed messages of Bollywood.

Secrets & Lies

In 2002, a handful of lawmakers were privy to classified intel about Iraqi WMD. Behind closed doors, there was uncertainty. But in public, Bush officials told a different story. Senator Dick Durbin explains why he didn’t blow the whistle when it might have made a difference.

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Losing Count

Estimates of civilians killed in Iraq range from 60,000 to 600,000. Now the Iraqi government is clamping down on the last remaining source for official numbers. L.A. Times Baghdad correspondent Tina Susman says her paper is keeping count anyway.
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Blog Out

Since the beginning of the Iraq war, blogs by soldiers and marines have provided one of the clearest pictures of life as a grunt. Now, the Army is cracking down on military blogs. Retired paratrooper and blogger Matthew Burden says it’s a death sentence for combat blogging. But ...

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Through the Looking Glass

This year’s winner in the prestigious World Press Photo Contest is from last year’s war in Lebanon. It’s a complicated image, and has been misunderstood by more than one caption writer. Spencer Platt talks about how his photo came into being.

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Looking Good On Paper

Rupert Murdoch has made a serious bid for the Dow Jones Company. For years, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal has dismissed suitors, but analysts believe it may finally entertain offers. New Republic editor Franklin Foer explains what's at stake.

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Riot Gears

15 years ago, riots raged across Los Angeles and TV screens worldwide. Much of the media portrayed the riots as a response to the beating of Rodney King. But historian Mike Davis says that simple narrative did L.A. another injustice: it ignored the reality on the ground.

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Bollywood Sirens

For some Indians, Richard Gere’s awkward embrace with Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was not just offensive, it was criminal. NYU professor Tejaswini Ganti says the incident plays into the mixed messages about Indian women perpetuated by Bollywood.

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Writing for Their Rights

In Gwalior, India, women with no journalistic training, and often no education, are writing about their grievances in the newspaper Mahila Paksh. New Delhi-based reporter Mridu Khullar says their reporting has led to extraordinary changes.

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