July 4, 2008

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Show Summary: Tyranny in Zimbabwe, the evangelical avant-garde and border radio


Zimbabwe is no longer, as The New York Times put it back in 1999, “sliding into tyranny.” It has long since arrived. Freelance correspondent Joshua Hammer, who traveled to the country earlier this year, says it’s still possible to do journalism, that is if you pose ...

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The Eat Beat

Food prices are soaring and cupboards are empty the world over. No longer consigned to the features page, food has become the political and economic story of the day. Paul Roberts, author of The End of Food, assesses whether American journalists are ready to cover it.

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Empty Pews

Former Dallas Morning News religion reporter Christine Wicker set out to write a book about the growing influence and strength of evangelical churches. But she found a community more fractured and less numerous than typically reported by the media. She explains that numbers for evangelicals in the U.S. ...


The Evangelical Elite

Religion author Jeff Sharlet argues that if mega-churches and televangelists receive too much attention by the media, the influence of an elite group of evangelicals receives too little. Sharlet says that a group known simply as "The Family" has powerful sway among some of Washington's top lawmakers, and ...


Talking A Red Streak

On the eve of his 20th anniversary, Rush Limbaugh has re-upped his contract - 400 million dollars over the next eight years. With at least 14 million listeners a week, and a political muscle flexed as recently as this spring’s primary season, Rushbo is at the top of his game. ...

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Clay Felker, RIP

A word from Bob about the founding editor of New York magazine who died this week.


The X Factor

For over 50 years, outlaw American radio broadcasters exploited a legal loophole and aired powerful pirate radio from the Mexican side of the border. So called ‘border blasters’ - or ‘X stations’ - were true innovators whose influence continues to be felt today. OTM’s Jamie York tells the story.

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