August 15, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Show Summary: A show dedicated to investigative reporting and the journalists whose job it is to break big scoops.

Shining a Light

We devote the show this week to the illustrious past and perilous future of investigative reporting. How will investigative stories fare in an era of layoffs and slashed newsrooms budgets? Reporter and UC Berkeley professor Lowell Bergman, Stephen Engelberg of the investigative nonprofit ProPublica and The ...

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Full of Surprises

When Washington Post intelligence reporter Dana Priest began investigating prisoner treatment in Afghanistan after 9/11, she had no idea the trail would lead her to uncovering the Bush administration’s 'black sites' program - secret U.S. prisons for extra-legal interrogation of ‘enemy combatants.’ Priest details her scoop ...


40 Years Later: Hersh on My Lai

On March 16, 1968 U.S. soldiers entered the South Vietnamese village of My Lai and killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in what became the most notorious atrocity of the war. Last March, we spoke with New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh about the on-the-ground reporting behind his Pulitzer Prize ...

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Stirring Up the Past

For two decades now, Jackson Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell has been reinvestigating old Civil Rights era crimes and helping bring their perpetrators to justice. Mitchell updates us on the progress he's made on some big cases and explains how he gets criminals to tell him their stories.

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Celluloid Heroes

Filmmakers have long been fascinated by the idea of the grizzled reporter chasing a scoop. In the silent era, titles like “The Daring of Diana” and “The Final Extra” treated journalism as adventure – and it’s no different in the modern age. Joe Saltzman, director of the


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