March 14, 2008

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Show Summary: Seymour Hersh on breaking the My Lai story; the prototypical war photographer; and mourning the end of The Wire.

40 Years Later: Hersh on My Lai

On March 16, 1968 U.S. soldiers entered the South Vietnamese village of My Lai and killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in what became the most notorious atrocity of the war. Forty years later, New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh walks us through the on-the-ground reporting behind his

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Anti-American Ambivalence

While global opinion polls suggest that anti-Americanism is on the rise, Washingtonpost.com correspondent Amar Bakshi says international sentiment has complex undertones of suspicion, admiration, and fear. Bakshi spent the last eight months surveying popular feelings towards America for the foreign affairs blog PostGlobal.

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Shutter to Think

Robert Capa was the prototypical war photographer of the mass media age; a dashing, self-made innovator with an appetite for action and grace on the front lines. A trove of his photos, long thought lost, has recently been found and International Center for Photography director Buzz Hartshorn explains their significance.

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A Thousand Words

Novelist Jim Lewis once believed that photographs were a necessary part of any wartime tale. Fallujah, however, changed all that. Lewis told us in 2004 that graphic documentation of violence doesn't help anyone understand the story.

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Sweet and Lowbrow

Many readers and bloggers have decried The Atlantic’s decision to feature Britney Spears on the venerable magazine’s April cover. David Samuels wrote the Spears story and says that covering the paparazzi who cover the fallen pop star is a quintessential Atlantic piece.

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At the Wire's End

The series finale of "The Wire" aired last weekend. The media loved the show for its realistic depiction of an ailing American city but OTM's Mark Phillips takes a look at what happened when "The Wire" turned its attention back on the media.

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