July 18, 2003

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Friday, July 18, 2003


A conversation with the new editor of the New York Times and more.

Keller Steps Up

Two years after being conspicuously passed over for the top job at the New York Times, Bill Keller was named Executive Editor of the paper this week. He replaces Howell Raines, who resigned in disgrace last month in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal, but who maintains that he ...


On Top of the Wire

The Times isn't the only major news organization with a new chief. Last month, Tom Curley took over as President and C.E.O. of the Associated Press. Curley comes to the A.P. from USA Today, where he served as the paper's President and Publisher. He tells Bob how things are going ...


Too Many Cooks

What's wrong with trying to introduce a fair and balanced perspective into school textbooks? Nothing, argues Diane Ravitch, author of The Language Police. But somewhere along the line, admirable intentions devolved into widespread self-censorship on the part of textbook authors, who have found themselves under increasing pressure from interest groups ...


Gender Detector

Who penned the words you are reading now - a man, or a woman? With the help of a newly developed computer algorithm, you'd have a good chance of guessing correctly. The program analyzes a writer's use of simple words like "you," "the," and "with" - and has an 80 ...


Friend of a Friend

Would it be possible to create a family tree consisting of friends rather than relatives? What would it look like? The growing ranks of people registered on social networking websites like Friendster.com are getting a glimpse. Friendster maps out the connections within groups of friends, and in doing so provides ...


The Seeds of Mistrust

For many years, the government and the media have regarded each other with mutual distrust. But the antagonism reached a new high with the Watergate scandal, and many say that the wounded relationship has never really recovered. Brooke brings us back in time to the early 1970's, to the years ...


Watergate's Screenwriter

Thirty years ago this summer, millions of Americans tuned in to daily congressional hearings, and watched the Watergate plot unfold like a Perry Mason trial. The role of Perry Mason was played by Sam Dash, Chief Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. He tells Brooke that the drama of the ...


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