August 13, 2004

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Friday, August 13, 2004


National preparedness month and the media!

People Get Ready

September has been dubbed National Preparedness Month, and features a slate of events intended to raise public awareness about what to do in the case of a terrorist attack. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will inaugurate the month will an official announcement on…September 9th? Blogger Bob Harris tells Brooke that ...


Shepherding the Flock

If homeland security officials were to stop doing their jobs until after the election, so as not to be perceived as being politically-motivated, would we really be better off? That's how DHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Susan Neely responds to accusations that her agency is shilling for the GOP. ...


This is Only a Test

Most of us still remember the old weekly test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Its ungodly tone and stern warning that "this is only a test" was a nice way to say “no, the ICBMs are not on the way." In the post-Cold War era the possibility of nuclear war ...



Listeners weigh in on medical journal conflicts of interest, and we give an update on the continuing series of mea culpas by news organizations looking back at the run-up to war.


Honor Lost

Since it was published a year ago, the book "Forbidden Love" (or "Honor Lost" as it is titled in the US) has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Norma Khouri's memoir shed light on the prevalence of "honor-killing" in Jordan, a practice that according to Khouri takes the lives ...


Hoaxer Loses His Head

A few months ago, some pranksters in San Francisco set out to test the virility of video "evidence" in the era of terrorism. They filmed some grainy footage of what appeared to be a hostage beheading, and posted it on some file-sharing websites. The video languished until last week, when ...


We Don't Need No Stinking I-Visas

Over the past year and a half, some 20 foreign journalists have been detained and deported by immigration authorities upon arrival in the U.S. Their crime was that they came without what's known as an Information Visa. The rule requiring journalists to procure "I-Visas" has been on the books for ...


Twelve Angry (& Televised) Men

For the first time ever, Supreme Court judges in three different states have allowed a camera crew inside the jury room of a capital murder case to tape the often heart-wrenching deliberations therein. The result is the seven-part series "In the Jury Room," which started airing on ABC this week. ...


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