October 12, 2007

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Show Summary: Brian De Palma on Redacted; the federal shield law moves through the Senate; celeb profiles contaminate journalism

Parsing Privilege

A bill offering a federal shield law just might go to the House floor for a vote this week. Which means that U.S. journalists are closer than ever to having legal protection for their conversations with sources. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak explains.

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Citizenship Papers

How will citizen journalists affect the media’s ongoing struggle to evolve or risk becoming obsolete? Who bears responsibility for a crowd-sourced story? Where’s the profit in it? Bob investigates.

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Picking Up the Pieces

This week a dozen-and-a-half news organizations formed the Chauncey Bailey Project – to continue the work of the Bay Area journalist killed in August. Editorial coordinator Robert Rosenthal says reporters will not be cowed into silence.

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Profiles in Courage

Magazines are dying by their own hand, says columnist Ron Rosenbaum, done in by the celebrity profile and all that it entails. But despair not, glossy-paged salvation lies in a simple solution – the write-around.

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Giving Pause

We all use filler words like um or uh but it’s rare that we hear them in movies, news broadcasts or … uh … this show. Author Michael Erard explains that verbal blunders and hesitations reveal more than we think.

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Redacted Redacted

Director Brian De Palma clashed with producers of his controversial new Iraq war film, Redacted, over their decision to censor portions of real photos from the end of the movie. We speak with De Palma and legal scholar James Boyle.

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Arab Image Ltd.

From the seducing tribesman to the controlling sheik to the bomb-wielding terrorist, Hollywood has consistently broad brushed Arabs with caricature and cliché. But can an Arab be an American film hero? Hollywood is starting to believe that he can.

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