January 11, 2008

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Show Summary: reporting recession, the death of the Daily Worker and a year of murders

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

On Wednesday morning, reporters, pundits and pollsters marveled at how little voters had heeded their New Hampshire primary predictions. But Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, argues that campaign coverage is bound to fail because of the flawed structure of covering the ...

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A Year of Murders

Last February we spoke with L.A. Times crime reporter Jill Leovy, who started a blog called the Homicide Report. Her goal: to chronicle every murder in the county of Los Angeles. One year and more than 800 homicides later, Leovy is optimistic.

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Death Ray

If you watch movies on DVD, you’re using an outdated technology. But no single high-definition disc has emerged as the replacement to the inferior DVD, mainly because of a battle between two competing formats: Sony’s Blu-ray and Toshiba’s HD-DVD. Shane Buettner of Home Theater Magazine ...

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The Internets

If there’s one essential quality of the world-wide web it's that it is, well, world-wide. But recent moves by the body that governs the net may be opening the door to individual webs, starting with countries like China and Russia. Tim Wu, professor of internet and ...

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The R-Word

With a tricky definition and a lag-time to compile statistics, it may take up to a year to know if we are indeed in a recession right now. In the meantime, the media speculate. Critics from the left and right weigh in ...

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Take It As Red

Founded in 1924, the Daily Worker – which ceased to be a daily 50 years ago – was the de facto house organ of American Communism. Historian Vernon Pedersen says the paper was strident and ideological, yes, but also an important cultural artifact.

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