July 6, 2007

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Show Summary: A Rwandan love story, corporate green-washing, and why people agree to be humiliated on TV.

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Us

The Freedom of Information Act was supposed to give Americans timely access to government records. But 40 years after it went into effect, there are huge FOIA backlogs in most federal agencies. The National Security Archive’s Meredith Fuchs says a culture of secrecy is ...

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Love in the Time of Reconciliation

More than a decade after the Rwandan genocide, reconciliation comes in forms not only political and diplomatic, but also artistic. Michael Kavanagh reports on a radio soap opera in Kigali – a Shakespearean love story complete with murder, thievery, a Romeo, and his Juliet.

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Letters

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It's Easy Being Green

Touting a commitment to the environment has become a lucrative strategy for the unlikeliest of industries. And greenwashing ads are where corporate America sells its enviro-conscience. Corporate watchdog John Stauber explains the lack of regulation that lets any company wrap itself in green.

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Mad Science

In the early ‘90s, the Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, a faux grassroots organization, started casting doubt on global warming. Big Oil was behind the effort. And as Guardian columnist George Monbiot explains, Big Tobacco was too.

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The Weather Underground

The Weather Channel, long a stalwart of straight-ahead weather reporting, has decided to start comprehensively following the story of climate change. The channel’s resident climatologist Heidi Cullen argues that all TV meteorologists should integrate climate change science into every weather report.

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Release Getters

Before TV programs can air images of people who have just been arrested or experienced some other embarrassing spectacle, they have to get a release from that person. Why would anyone agree to sign? Bob puts the question to the professional signature hounds.

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Star Reporter

As a long-time Rolling Stone writer and MTV VJ, Jancee Dunn penned a sort of field manual for teasing out that crucial quote from A-list celebrities. Dunn talks about her memoir, But Enough About Me: How a Small Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet ...

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