April 22, 2005

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Friday, April 22, 2005

The new food pyramid and more...

See No Terror, Hear No Terror

The State Department has abruptly stopped publishing its annual report on international terrorism. The move follows news that the number of terrorist attacks in 2004 represented a 20-year high. U.S. officials say the report's methodology needs retooling. But others accuse the State Department of squelching information that contradicts the President's ...


Prometheus Unbound

After the FCC cracked down on a pirate radio station in Philadelphia several years back, the pirates decided to become players. They reinvented themselves as the Prometheus Radio Project to lobby for the rights of community broadcasters around the country. Seven years later, Prometheus is still at work in Washington, ...


The Sound Salvation

A Christian station here, a Christian station there. But together, religious broadcasters account for well over half of the low-power FM licenses granted by the FCC. And now, they've banded together to create de facto networks. Does this sort of large-scale mobilization by religious broadcasters defeat the intent of low-power ...


Hearing Voices

God? Satan? The dead? Those are just a few of the explanations listeners came up with to account for the voices they heard in the early days of radio. The dial was rife with charismatic voices that worked the medium like a revival hall, captivating their far-flung congregations with the ...


Plame Endgame

This week, the U.S. Circuit Court in Washington D.C. denied the appeals of Time Magazine's Matt Cooper and The New York Times' Judith Miller, both convicted of contempt last year after refusing to divulge their sources to a grand jury. Bob and Brooke reflect on the latest developments in the ...


The Internet Forever

Nine years ago, Brewster Kahle embarked on a project of massive proportion - archiving the Internet. When Bob checked in on how the project is going, he learned that it has grown even more massive. Kahle doesn't want to archive just the Internet, he wants universal access to all information. ...


Table for Twelve

This week, the USDA unveiled a brand new food pyramid. Or rather, twelve new pyramids - the new icon is actually a stand-in for a web-based system that customizes dietary recommendations as per a person's age, weight, and fitness. Without Internet access, the pyramid doesn't communicate much at all. Except, ...


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