August 29, 2008

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Show Summary: Cable news talks about and over the DNC; The first couple of health care ads return to the small screen; What even you don't know about your racial bias

The Best Most Fair Trusted Headquarters for Politics!

Cable news covered and perhaps smothered the historic Democratic National Convention this week. Brooke emerged from the coverage with a bit of a headache.

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Those Who Came Before

Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan and countless other black women fought at great risk to make their voices heard in our democracy. Princeton University African American studies professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell says Barack Obama would have been wise to acknowledge their words and their deeds.

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Hidden Persuaders

For years now, psychologists at universities across the country have been studying bias, and tests show that we're often unaware of our own hidden agenda. Professor Tony Greenwald describes the Implicit Association Test.

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Harry and Louise Part Deux

Remember Harry and Louise? They were really worried about the Clinton health care plan in 1993. They're worried again! But this time, for entirely new reasons. WNYC's Fred Mogul explains.

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Full of Gas

Energy independence should be a topic for wide-ranging discussion about science, economics and lifestyle. But David Fiderer, an energy banker and Huffington Post blogger, says reporters are allowing politicians to hijack the conversation, making it about left and right all the while leaving reality out of the picture.

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OTM Beshirted

After months of competition and weeks of Bob going shirtless the OTM T-shirt contest has finally concluded. Phil Mastman is our proud winner and he joins us to bask in the white-hot glory and explain his design.

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Press Time

There's no shortage of contests that outsource the design process to the masses. But the website Cafe Press has become the open-source catalog for t-shirts, posters and a variety of merchandise stamped with designs thought up by the people. Cafe Press co-founder Fred Durham explains how ...

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Summer of '68

Amid coverage this week of the DNC were remembrances of another historic gathering of Democrats – 40 years ago in Chicago. Mark Kurlansky, author of “1968: The Year that Rocked the World,” remembers the prevailing narrative of the day.

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