May 2, 2008

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Show Summary: the women of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints fight back; segregated search engines; and a look back on the history of LSD.

Illegal Sects

The story of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been irresistible to the news media for weeks, with images of FLDS women living as though in another century. But now the sister wives are fighting back in a very 21st century way. Salt ...

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Under Murdoch's Watch

Rupert Murdoch has had several months to exert influence over his new property, The Wall Street Journal. Many see the modifications to the paper and his grab for Newsday as a direct attack on The New York Times but Slate's Jack Shafer says the speculation is ...

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Search is the New Black

Rushmore Drive is a new search engine designed to return results targeted to black people. CEO Johnny Taylor explains why segregated search makes sense and web entrepreneur Omar Wasow gives a status report on the state of the black internet.

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The Pleasure Principle

Consuming the same media as your peers is what social scientists call homophily, better known as ‘birds of a feather flock together’. Ethan Zuckerman, blogger and internet theorist, has been trying to fight this instinct online. He offers techniques for surprising and challenging readers with news ...

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Correction and Letters

Brooke and Bob read a few of your letters and comments.


Sex, Drugs, and Video Games

This week's release of Grand Theft Auto IV provoked a frenzy of media coverage heralding the game's design, touting the record-breaking sales and of course, examining the threat the game poses to our children. But Lawrence Kutner has authored a new book suggesting violent video ...

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Acid Reflux

65 years ago, Dr. Albert Hofmann embarked on the first intentional acid trip, when he ingested 250 µg and set out from his lab on a bicycle. On the occasion of Hofmann’s death this week, we rerun this interview with Acid Dreams author Martin ...

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