January 24, 2003

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Friday, January 24, 2003


Gay NFL and political astroturf....

McCain Back in the Saddle

The Congressional leadership swap returned veteran lawmaker John McCain to the helm of the Senate Commerce Committee. What will Senator McCain's chairmanship mean for the contentious future of media regulation? Brooke speculates with Cable World reporter Alicia Mundy.


Beyond B-E-T

With Black Entertainment Television dominating the airwaves of television targeted at African Americans, some producers have been frustrated by their lack of distribution options. Now, Comcast and Radio One are starting a new cable channel aimed at African Americans. Actor, producer, and studio owner Tim Reid talks with Bob about ...


The Two Jaspers

In 1998, James Byrd Jr., an African American man, was chained to a truck and dragged to death by three white men in Jasper, Texas. This week, PBS revisited the racially-motivated murder by airing a documentary called "The Two Towns of Jasper." It's the product of a collaboration between two ...


Foreign Film Strikes Back

Despite the critical hype around some recent foreign films, movies from abroad bring in only a tiny fraction of box-office revenues. Once upon a time foreign films were much more popular in American theaters. On The Media's Paul Ingles looks back at the heyday of foreign films and gives a ...


Political Astroturf

Recently, identical letters to the editor in support of President Bush's economy policies have been cropping up in newspapers across the country. It's the latest example of an advocacy strategy used by special interest groups to give their message the appearance of a grassroots campaign. Declan McCullagh of CNET's News.com ...


Will Free Books Sell?

The world's largest technical publisher is releasing a new series of computer books on the web…for free. It's the largest ever application of Open Source software principles to mainstream book publishing. Prentice Hall editor Mark Taub and series editor Bruce Perens explain the "share and share alike" business model to ...


In the Locker-Room Closet

On the eve of Super Bowl XXXVII, sportswriters have analyzed the year-in-football from virtually every possible angle. But one story has been conspicuously absent from the sports pages. On the Media's John Solomon examines the media's superficial coverage of gays in professional sports.


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