November 2, 2007

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Show Summary: Karen Hughs resigns; the myth of Che Guevarra; and the obsession with polls.

Heckuva Job

Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes announced her resignation this week. Her tenure brought funds and attention to public diplomacy, but America’s image abroad is worse than ever. Price Floyd, who served as director of media affairs under Hughes, grades her ...

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The drug-resistant infection MRSA has been all over the headlines, ever since scientists documented the prevalence of the disease. Experts are glad the issue is getting attention, but they’re not all sure it’s the right kind of attention. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

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2! 4! 6! 8! Who Do We Consolidate?

It’s been a busy week at the FCC. In a decision which affects millions of cable subscribers, they ruled against exclusive deals between cable companies and apartment owners. They also held public hearings on media consolidation. Broadcasting and Cable’s John Eggerton explains the stakes.

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Guerilla Marketing

40 years after his death, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara remains a ubiquitous symbol of anti-imperialism, defiant martyrdom and radical chic. Biographer Jon Lee Anderson explains Che’s ongoing appeal and the struggle to add flesh to the bones of an enduring myth.

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Your Brain on Commercials

Deep inside Brooke’s mind, there’s a serious aversion to raw chicken. At least that’s what we discovered when the co-founders of the EmSense Corporation stopped by the OTM offices to test her moment-by-moment physical responses to a couple of commercials.

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The Fed, the Mobster, the Mistress and the Reporter

The case against former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio, alleged co-conspirator in four mafia murders, ended abruptly last week after Village Voice reporter Tom Robbins showed up at court with exculpatory evidence. Robbins dug up two ten-year-old cassette tapes that impeached the credibility of the prosecution's star witness, and ...

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The most viewed clip on YouTube has 62 million views, but the most-discussed clip has over 200,000 comments. The New York Times' Virginia Heffernan says virtual novels are forming on YouTube's comment section and that the conversation has surprising depth.

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Why Don't You Marry It?

On the occasion of a new Zogby poll of internet users/lovers, Bob muses on an unlikely romance in 1’s and 0’s.

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