January 28, 2005

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Friday, January 28, 2005

A review of the controversial reign of FCC Chief Michael Powell… Also, the semantics of Social Security. Plus, reporters who tell government secrets.

In Like A Lion

Last week brought the announcement that Michael Powell, lightning-rod chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for the past 4 years, would be leaving the FCC. Bob takes a look back at his stormy tenure.


Bush Gets Personal

As the Bush administration gears up for a protracted Social Security overhaul fight, its first battle appears to be one of semantics. The President used to use ‘privatization’ to describe aspects of his social security plan but it seems that word has negative connotations, so ‘personal’ has taken its place. ...


The Loudest Secret

This past Sunday, the Washington Post exposed extremely secret Pentagon operations in an article on the front page. The article, about the Pentagon’s secret incursions on CIA turf, is largely based on anonymous sources and secret documents. The article’s author, Barton Gellman, joins Bob to discuss the delicate process whereby ...


Names Will Never Hurt Me

In a new book, called “Code Names,” William Arkin discloses and explains some three thousand military code names, many of them still classified. These are secret names for secret programs and plans, related to weapons agreements with foreign nations, undercover counter insurgency units, or when and how to use American ...


Beaten To The Punch

This week the ACLU released thousands of pages of Pentagon documents detailing further serious abuse of Iraqi prisoners by their American captors. The Army says it has aggressively investigated these allegations, but the ACLU believes that the documents suggest otherwise. Agree or disagree, you have to give ACLU credit for ...


Digital Illiteracy

This week a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that only one in six users of internet search engines can tell the difference between “unbiased” search results and paid advertisements. Most people can tell the difference between, say, a television show and infomercials. But digital literacy, ...


Not Your Parents Aptitude Test

Educational Testing Service, the company that brought you the rank anxiety of the SAT’s, this month rolled out its newest exam – a test of digital information literacy. ETS believes that college students rely increasingly on digital information, forgoing those old-fashioned trips to the library. And if academic habits have ...


Stop The Adness!!!

With the EU threatening to ban all advertising of junk food to kids and our own Centers for Disease Control deep into a study on the links between advertising and obesity, the kids junk food marketing lobby is organizing to defend their “First Amendment right to advertise.” Bob talks to ...



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