November 28, 2003

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Friday, November 28, 2003


A reporter who was in Rwanda at the time of the genocide, struggles to tell the story of what he saw.

C-Span Baghdad

In yet another attempt to circumvent what it sees as the media's endless doting on "bad news" from Iraq, the Bush administration is developing what it calls "C-Span Baghdad." The network will feature a constant stream of whatever the US government wants Americans to see: press conferences, briefings, and in ...


Springtime in Kabul

After the Taliban were driven from power in Afghanistan, all forms of media rushed in to fill the cultural vacuum that had existed for years. A number of the publications that have surfaced so far are being funded by a new organization called the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan. Waheed ...


What's the Deal

After the FCC decided this summer that media companies would be allowed to reach 45% of the national TV audience, many lawmakers objected, insisting that the cap should remain at 35%. This week, Congress and the White House agreed on a compromise ownership limit of 39%. But many critics, including ...


Mom & Dad

If you grew up in small-town America during the forties or fifties, there's a good chance that your first exposure to cinematic taboo came in the guise of the sex-hygiene film. And most exploitation aficionados will agree that "Mom & Dad" was the king of the genre. Exploitation historian Joe ...


Playboy’s Legacy

This year, Playboy Magazine celebrates its 50th birthday. In 1972, author Gay Talese wrote about Playboy's impact on American society in his book "Thy Neighbor's Wife." He joins Bob to discuss the ways the magazine has shaped American values and furthered the cause of press freedom.


The Bunny at Fifty

From its initial publication in Hugh Hefner's Chicago kitchen, to its current status as the world's premiere men's magazine, Playboy has become a permanent part of our cultural landscape. Brooke speaks with creator Hugh Hefner about feminism, the sexual revolution, and how Playboy factors into it all, fifty years later.


Sex & Technology

In many ways, pornography plays a pivotal role in the development of communications technology. Brooke ties it all together, and discusses the history of pornography as an engine of technological progress.


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