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Friday, May 07, 2004


How the prison abuse story plays in Iraq and Godzilla turns 50.

The Scandal, From There

The scandal over treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib Prison shows no sign of dying down here in the U.S. And thanks to the new ubiquity of satellite television, the infamous images continue to resonate throughout the Arab world as well. Bob speaks with Knight Ridder Baghdad Bureau Chief Hannah ...


Digging Our Own Grave

In the months after 9-11, the U.S. government dismantled the Arabic- service of the Voice of America, and replaced it with Radio Sawa - a station heavy on the Britney and short on the news. For veteran journalist and international media adviser Stephen Schwartz, it was just another in a ...


Classified: Suspicious

The photos from Abu Ghraib have left an indelible impression around the world, but only in the military's own report into the matter does the full picture become clear. This week, the Taguba report was widely available online, leaving little doubt in the minds of many that responsibility stretches far ...


Premie Punditry

Is the mainstream media prematurely writing off the chances of John Kerry for President? Salon writer Tim Grieve thinks so. As he tells Bob, recent coverage of Kerry is strikingly similar to the coverage that Bill Clinton received in 1992. And like his Democratic predecessor, Grieve says, Kerry still has ...


The Wizard of Lizard

Is selling a presidential candidate to the electorate the same as selling a car to consumers? Maybe not, but according to one marketing consultant, in both cases Americans are going to be buying for the same basic reasons. Clotaire Rapaille has helped dozens of Fortune 500 companies market their wares ...



Brooke and Bob read from listeners' letters.


Moralize This!

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: a DVD player now on sale rearranges movies to suit your own moral standards. Using technology developed by a company called Clearplay, the player skips scenes of nudity, violence, and drug use, and mutes bad language. If you like violence but can't stand nudity, you can program ...


Godzilla Lives

Five decades since he first stomped across the silver screen, the rampaging reptile is still going strong. To commemorate the great lizard's golden anniversary, a restored print of the original Japanese version is now stomping through selected theatres across the country. Many critics say it's far less campy than the ...


My Sin, My Soul…Whose Lolita?

The story of Lolita is one of the most important works in the 20th-century canon. It follows the travails of an older man obsessed with a younger girl, and was first published…in 1916? That's right, 42 years before Vladimir Nabokov's novel, a short story by Heinz von Lichberg titled "Lolita" ...


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