September 19, 2003

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Friday, September 19, 2003


Amid all the reporting from Iraq, we've rarely seen the face of the enemy. One reporter recently went behind their lines and brought back a portrait.

Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds

A remarkable shift appears to be underway in America's mainstream press. Since September 11th, news organizations have dutifully reported the pronouncements of the administration, while efforts to point out the inconsistencies therein were largely relegated to commentators and Op-Ed pages. But when President Bush declared this week that there was ...


Eyes (and Ears) of the Storm

As it whirled toward shore this week, Hurricane Isabel churned up fear and pounded down rain into the homes of tens of millions…of TV watchers. The weather coverage climaxed on Thursday, as reporters did their best to remain upright throughout the duration of their stand-ups. Bob checks in with one ...


The World Press

Two years after the September 11th attacks, the sympathy expressed around the world for the U.S. has largely dissipated. A quick flip through the major newspapers of other countries is a sober reminder that billions of people are getting very different versions of the news than are Americans. Bob talks ...


Facing the Enemy

The tally of Americans killed in combat since the official end of the war in Iraq stands near 80, and the number grows almost daily, but this is a war in which we know very little about "the enemy." Several weeks ago, reporter Hannah Allam set out to learn more ...



Brooke and Bob read from listeners' letters.


Borderline Journalism

Over the past decade, more than 100 girls and women have been raped, murdered, and disappeared around the Mexican border town of Juarez. But the case remains far from solved, and many believe law enforcement officials are bending over backwards to stymie the investigation. In the absence of thoroughgoing police-work, ...


True Crime

Crime writing abounds on the newsstands and it's a genre that includes some of today's most compelling writing, covering a diverse spectrum of subjects from a tale of an aging pimp in Las Vegas to a body farm in Tennessee. Bob speaks with Otto Penzler, the co-editor of the just-released ...


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