August 1, 2008

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Show Summary: China's failed attempt at openness pre-Olympics, the CIA recruiting journalists, people powered search engines.

Olympic Trials

A report released Monday by Amnesty International alleged that Chinese media repression, arrests of dissidents and other human rights abuses have not eased in anticipation of the world's focus on Beijing. These embarrassments would seem to undermine China's dream of showcasing its economic miracle for the world. But ...

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NBC's Olympics Experiment

NBC News has called its Olympic coverage "the most ambitious single media project in history." But the real ambition is in how NBC plans to experiment with Olympics ratings in the hopes of changing the advertising business model on network TV. Grant Robertson of Toronto’s Globe and Mail

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Classified Report(er)

WNYC staffers Elaine Rivera and Corey Takahashi went to the Unity ’08 Journalists’ convention last week and weren’t they surprised when their neighbor at the next table turned out to be the CIA! Hear what convention-goers made of the Agency’s presence.

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Last Days in Iraq

Freelance photographer Zoriah Miller was disembedded from the Marine Corps this summer after taking photographs of dead US Marines and posting them to his blog. Miller says despite following every rule of embedded journalists, the Marine Corps leadership sought to ban him from being an embed for life.

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Project: OTM T-Shirt

Dear Listeners, Please design our T-shirt. We're serious this time! Read the rules. Submit your designs. Await the glory.



On the Move

Depending on who you ask, the organization is a potent advocate for progressive political ideas, a divisive partisan protest group or an ineffectual lobby whose knack for getting media attention is far greater than its influence on Capitol Hill. Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation,


FAQ Check

We've all become semi-experts in using search engines and search terms to get information on the web. But how easy is it to ask a question in normal language and get the right answer? Several new services are trying to do just that. OTM producer Mark Phillips ...

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