November 26, 2004

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Friday, November 26, 2004


Theo Van Gogh, earworms and much, much more!!


Early this month, filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was brutally slain in Amsterdam. A Dutch-Moroccan Muslim extremist stands accused of killing Van Gogh because of a film he made critical of women's status under Islam. The murder has led many Dutch citizens, politicians, and journalists to reconsider their long tradition of ...


All About Dan

On Tuesday, veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather announced that he will soon be leaving the anchor chair. Over the course of his 24 years behind the evening news desk, Rather's critics have found plenty to take issue with. But where some see bias, Brooke sees the sincere, if overly raw, ...


Payola Persists

In 1960, legendary disc jockey Alan Freed was indicted for accepting music industry money in exchange for radio air time. The scandal sparked anti-"payola" legislation, but loopholes have persisted. Last month, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer launched an investigation into modern forms of pay-for-play by the major record labels. ...


Driven to Download

Even though more than 7,000 illegal music downloaders have been sued by the industry, there are indications that more people are file sharing than ever before. Ever since the early days of Napster, file sharers have blamed the commercial unavailability of quality music for their turn to the peer-to-peer services. ...



Most people - music lovers or not - know the dastardly feeling of getting a tune lodged in your head, and not being able to get it out. Brazilians call such tunes chiclete de ouvido, or "ear chewing gum." Here they're known as "earworms." Brooke offers this rumination on the ...


Nashville Bob

How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launch pad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you're trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah, ...


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