April 25, 2003

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Dispatch from an (Ex-)Embed, Week 7

Last time Brooke spoke with NPR's John Burnett, he had just arrived in Baghdad and was about to leave his military assignment. Since then, he's finally had the chance to speak with ordinary Iraqis, and get a different perspective on the war. On the eve of his departure to the ...

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(Un)Questionable Source

Plenty of eyebrows were raised this week after The New York Times ran a front-page story about incriminating revelations by an Iraqi chemical weapons scientist. In the article, reporter Judith Miller wrote that "the terms of her accreditation" prevented her from interviewing the scientist, and required that she submit her ...

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Letters

Brooke and Bob read from listeners' letters.

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Trading Liberties

The government's war on terrorism has left plenty of collateral damage in its wake, especially when it comes to Americans' basic freedoms. So far, it seems that citizens are willing to sacrifice some civil liberties in exchange for national security. But as Bob examines the trade-offs that have already been ...

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Civil Liberties Safe Zones

Across the country, towns and cities are taking a stand against the U.S. Patriot Act, on the grounds that it poses egregious affronts to civil liberties. Helping to organize the national movement is the Bill of Rights Defense Committee of Florence, Massachusetts. The group's director, Nancy Talanian, tells Brooke why ...

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What Epidemic?

Despite the rapid spread of SARS in China, until recently there was a virtual media blackout about the disease there. Earlier this week, the International Press Institute condemned China's suppression of reporting about the SARS epidemic. Bob discusses China's handling of the crisis with UC Berkeley J-School Dean Orville Schell.

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Zapping SARS

Hong Kong's government recently countered an Internet rumor about the spread of SARS by sending millions of corrective announcements via cell phone text messages. Thus was a panic, fueled by high-tech communications technology, defused by an even higher tech solution. Xeni Jardin wrote about the phenomenon for Wired News. She ...

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Versions of the Holocaust

Twenty-five years ago this month, a ground-breaking mini-series about the Holocaust was broadcast on network television. Since then, numerous movies have been made about the Holocaust, but their treatments of the subject have varied widely. WNYC's Sara Fishko traces the evolution of the Holocaust film over the past quarter-century.

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