October 26, 2007

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Show Summary: California burning; news as art at the New York York Times Building; and a new documentary tackles LARPing

The Fire Next Time

The news this week was filled with images of devastating fires ripping through Southern California. But Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear, explains that fires, floods and other natural disasters, while newsworthy, are anything but new in SoCal.

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Please Don’t Share

Many Comcast customers attempting to file share online are being thwarted by ... you guessed ... Comcast. It’s exactly the type of activity that net neutrality advocates warned us could happen. AP reporter Peter Svensson explains.

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Strike and Spare

Barring a last minute resolution, Hollywood writers will strike November 1st over revenue sharing for online distribution of TV programs. Time arts reporter Rebecca Winters Keegan says this could mean more game shows, reruns and late-night Top Two lists.

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Occult Classics

The amount of supernatural-themed TV shows this season is a little ... supernatural. But New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley says we’ve always looked to the paranormal for entertainment and the current spike might be happening for a reason.

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The Role of a Lifetime

Do you LARP? Live Action Role-Playing is the subject of “Darkon,” a documentary about people who don costumes and characters and make believe. But co-director Andrew Neel says that LARPing, while partly escapism, is in fact a ticket to reality.

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Colbert 2008

Faux presidential candidate Stephen Colbert is getting as much attention as the serious contenders and even outscoring many of them in the polls. Brooke takes a look at Colbert's White House bid.

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News Programming

Isn’t it about time your nightly news was delivered by an avatar? No that's not already the case! But it could be in the future. Thanks to a new project called News At Seven. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee explains.

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Moveable Type

The clanging noises of manual typewriters, teletype machines and rotary phones are long gone from the modern newsroom. But those sounds still exist in the New York Times' new building as part of a giant art installation called Moveable Type. Brooke talks with the artists and a big ...

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