June 15, 2007

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Show Summary: Getting the story wrong in Samarra, and in Somalia. Also, the enduring allure of Tintin... and Googley eyes are watching you.

Struck Gold

On Wednesday, a sacred Shiite shrine in Samarra was bombed for the second time. The first bombing famously triggered a wave of reprisals, and thus became a turning point in the war. Or did it? Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks says that narrative was mostly Bush ...


The Hidden Horn

One of the most active fronts in the Pentagon’s "War on Terror" is Somalia. But you’d never know it from the news coverage. The International Crisis Group’s Colin Thomas-Jensen talks about why Somalia is often overlooked by U.S. media.

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Shadow of Watergate

35 years ago, five men were caught breaking into the Watergate Hotel. The burglary would give Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein the story of a lifetime, and help change the role of the press. Alicia Shepard, author of a new book on Watergate, ...

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In its reporting on Watergate, the Washington Post made Barry Sussman its special editor on the scandal. We asked him about the current scandal roiling Washington -- the firing of the "Gonzales Eight." Sussman says the press faces a similar problem now as it did ...

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You Know How To Whistle, Don't You?

Recently, whistle-blowers converged for their first ever conference in the capital. The festivities celebrated the evolution of whistle-blowing from a solitary act-of-conscience to a veritable subculture. New Republic editor Eve Fairbanks brings us news from the front lines of informing.

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Street Photographer

Thanks to Google, we now have instant access to detailed photographic images of nearly every street in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and San Francisco. Tech and business consultant David Evans weighs in on whether “street view” is expanding our world or paving the way for ...

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In viewership terms, Google-owned YouTube is now competitive with TV networks. But with new media comes new questions, like how will Google define the separation between editorial and ad content? Political analystPeter Leyden says the answer is being determined as the campaign itself unfolds.

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Tintin in the World

Between 1929 and 1976, Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, AKA Hergé, penned the Tintin series. On the occasion of Hergé’s 100th birthday, cartoonist R. Sikoryak talks about why the books, hugely popular around the world, never gained a mass following in the U.S.

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