September 28, 2007

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Show Summary: News organizations try to cover global stories with very little access, the United Nations as off Broadway theater, and nuclear power gets an image makeover.

Open Secret

On September 6th Israel launched secret air strikes against Syria. Or did they? Over three weeks later none of the governments reportedly involved, Israel, the U.S. or Syria, have officially confirmed the action, much less the details. Keith Richburg, foreign editor of The Washington Post, explains how hard it is ...

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The Outsiders

Images of Burmese monks protesting their country’s military dictatorship reverberated around the world this week. But with foreign journalists banned from the country and government censors working overtime, information has come increasingly at a premium. Exiled Burmese editor Sein Win explains how he’s getting, and checking, the story.


Demagogues in New York

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the most visible dignitary to address the United Nations this week. Columbia University Professor Edward Luck explains that Ahmadinejad is part of a long list of demagogues who have turned their U.N. address into a theatrical production.


Yes Nukes?

With climate change looming large in the national consciousness, nuclear energy is experiencing a PR makeover. This Monday saw the first proposal for new reactors in America since the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979. We look into the evolution of nuclear energy's image.

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Pride and President

In January, President Bush granted an interview to NPR’s Juan Williams. Last week, the White House rang to offer Williams a second sit-down but NPR declined. Why? NPR’s Ellen Weiss explains.

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Manga Diplomacy

Manga is Japan’s ubiquitous art form; a kind of comic book equivalent that illustrates everything from tax preparation to hard-core fantasy. But it is its growing success outside Japan that’s highlighted its new utility, what Japanese politicians are calling ‘manga diplomacy.’ Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica, explains why ...

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War Stories

Hollywood films helped Americans cope with the long and harsh realities of World War Two. That tradition continues today. Hollywood is still telling stories about the Second World War, even as it produces several films about the current war. WNYC’s Sara Fishko reports.

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Dem Bums

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the last game played by the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Journalists Michael Shapiro, Neil J. Sullivan and Len Shapiro reflect on the days when Dem Bums left Brooklyn and headed west.

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