February 1, 2008

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Show Summary: how earmarks became pork; the politics of high fashion; and betting on the election

Relationship Angst

John McCain and the press have been through a lot together – obsessive love, a bittersweet break-up, an attempt to work things out again. Mainstream media is torn. For conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, however, McCain is nothing short of a bête noire.

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Earmarks: The Other White Meat

Earmarks were brought to the center of the political spotlight this week in President Bush's State of the Union speech. Once an insider term pertaining to the process of allocating funds, it is now a dirty word synonymous with pork. The Washington Post's Jonathan ...


Tallying Delegates

As results come in from the various presidential primaries, media tend to focus on the popular vote. But primaries are actually a race for delegates. Tim Noah, senior writer for Slate, explains why media have traditionally shied away from number-crunching and why this year may see a

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Marketplace of Ideas

Political futures markets have long been regarded as good forecasters of real outcomes, drawing as they do on the wisdom of crowds. But Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek, wouldn’t bet on it. He says they’re not so much forecasting as they are reacting.

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To Blog Or Not To Blog?

Why is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban debating journalistic ethics on his blog? Well, he agreed to an interview with GQ Magazine and was upset that reporter Will Leitch blogged about him later. Leitch, who also edits the sports blog

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Listener Mail

Bob and Brooke read from a few of your letters.


Influence Peddler

The idea of influencers - i.e. trendsetting social connectors - was one of the stickiest ideas in a book full of them, Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller The Tipping Point. But writer Clive Thompson says the idea is based on shaky science, and that when it comes to ...


Political Threads

Models wearing designs from John Galliano's Fall 2008 Mens collection looked as if they’d stepped out of Abu Ghraib prison and onto Paris runways. Do the designs fetishize torture? RISD professor Kathleen McDermott says Galliano is following in a long tradition of designers who use ...

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