March 28, 2008

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Show Summary: The past and present of the Olympic brand; a conflict of interest at ESPN; and Bhutanese journalists learn how to cover their country's first election.

See It My Way

The story of China and Tibet is muddied by propaganda from both sides. Everyone sees it their own way, including the West.

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Branding the Games

The group Dream for Darfur is trying to save lives in Darfur, Sudan by branding the Beijing Games as the "Genocide Olympics." Dream for Darfur’s executive director Jill Savitt talks about taking on the Olympic brand.


Bound for Glory

Despite the modern Olympics rhetoric about peace through sport, its history is rife with politics and protest. Olympic historian David Wallechinsky explains how the Games became a contest for attention.

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Under The Gun

Think the 2nd Amendment provides individuals legal protection for the ‘right to bear arms’? You’re not alone, but for decades Supreme Court opinion has run to the contrary. Slate's legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick explains why the High Court and the public haven’t been on the ...

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Extra! Extra! We Still Want News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism released its annual State of the News Media report and the state of the news is strong. There is an audience! Of course, the business model could use some work.

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Crying Foul

ESPN has grown into the biggest force in sports broadcasting. But John Ourand, a reporter with the Sports Business Journal, says other networks, the various sports leagues, and even advertisers believe that ESPN, in fact, does more harm than good.

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An update on the merger of satellite radio monoliths XM and Sirius. Plus, listeners weigh in about our program marking the fifth year of the Iraq war.

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Ballot Initiative

Bhutan held its first-ever parliamentary elections this week - on orders to democratize by the King. Andrea Bernstein, political director of WNYC, traveled to the Himalayan nation to train journalists unschooled in the art of political reporting.

::: :: : Slideshow: Elections in Bhutan : :: ...

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Prank Calling

Professional hoaxer Alan Abel has spent a lifetime pulling pranks on the media, like his campaign to clothe naked animals or his character Omar the Beggar. Abel’s antics are preserved in the documentary, now on DVD, Abel Raises Cain.

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