September 7, 2007

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Show Summary: Oprah enters politics, porn loses its mojo as a tech innovator & the Russians are hacking!


The celebrity endorsement is not exactly new to politics, but then there’s never been a celebrity quite like Oprah Winfrey, who, until now, has never publicly backed a politician. USC history professor Steve Ross says that Barack Obama may have won over the most influential ...

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Padding the Trail

Oprah may have an air of gravitas, but what about the campaign coverage itself? National Journal columnist William Powers argues that – for a variety of reasons – the soft feature has become the entrée of political reporting and the hard policy story, the side dish.

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Ad Nauseam

When advertising companies team up with pharmaceutical companies, the result can be sickening. For example, when the sleep drug Lunesta hit the market, so did an epidemic of sleeplessness. In her new book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, Shannon Brownlee ...

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The Truth of False

Good myths die hard. Recent psychological studies suggest journalists' attempts to set the record straight may in fact be perpetuating falsehoods. Shankar Vedantam, columnist at the Washington Post, explains.

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Pakistan's Summer Blockbuster

Tensions in Pakistan between Islamic extremists and President Pervez Musharraf's coalition of so-called "enlightened moderates" may be coming to a head. The Christian Science Monitor's Shahan Mufti says that a new hit movie, "In the Name of God," represents both the clash and a ...


Seller Beware

A few months ago, Universal Music Group filed suit in federal court against California resident Troy Augusto, who makes a living selling used CDs on eBay. Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Fred von Lohmann explains why the suit threatens a century-old tenet of copyright law known as ...

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A group of Russian computer hackers, called the Dream Coders Team, are selling a user-friendly hacking kit. It’s called M-Pack and comes complete with one year of customer service. Are the days of the underground, anti-establishment, renegade hacker over? Technology reporter Robert Lemos says that ...


The Sex Drive

From early photography to the VCR to streaming video, innovations in communications technology have often been driven by porn. But sex and tech Wired correspondent Regina Lynn argues that porn may be losing its innovation mojo, at least online.

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