October 3, 2008

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Show Summary: the veep debate, online search habits and blogger insurance

He Said, She Said

It was billed as nothing less than an epic battle - Palin v. Biden. Expectations were raised and lowered, gaffes and non-answers were played and replayed, moderators were accused of bias. But according to Mark Jurkowitz, associate director of the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the ...

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Becoming the President

There’s a long tradition in comedy of parodying politicians with their own words, accents and mannerisms. Vaughn Meader made a brief career out of satirizing the Kennedys back in the ’60s and David Frye created the quintessential Nixon. Impressionist Jim Morris talks about the ...

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The Trust Deficit

The country has weighed an 800 plus billion-dollar bill against fear of the economic unknown and in doing so has had to decide whom to believe. Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut compares public perceptions of the government and the press to the level of trust it takes ...

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Past is Present

During The Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Americans that their faith and confidence was key to recovery. Is that the case this time around? Columbia University Provost and historian Alan Brinkley discusses some lessons of past crises.

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Weird Science

For nearly a decade, NPR's David Kestenbaum covered science. Before that, he was a physicist. But just last month, he switched beats to ... the economy. Needless to say, the days of irrefutable facts and axiomatic equations are over. Kestenbaum talks about the challenges of the economics beat.

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The Calculated Risk of Blogging

Every time bloggers hit publish they risk being sued for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy or defamation. While the risk seems small, groups like the Media Bloggers Association say frivolous lawsuits are chilling free speech in the blogosphere. So MBA founder Robert Cox has helped start ...

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Hulu Hoopla

In just 5 months, the website Hulu has become one of the top destinations on the web for full episodes of network television shows. And unlike most other video sites, Hulu is legal. CEO Jason Kilar explains why his approach to content and advertising is the ...

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Virtual Vice

Are social networking sites now more popular than porn? Why do Viagra searches spike after the Superbowl? Bill Tancer, author of Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters, did the research.

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Manga Diplomacy

Manga is Japan’s ubiquitous art form; a kind of comic book equivalent that illustrates everything from tax preparation to hard-core fantasy. But it is its growing success outside Japan that’s highlighted a new utility, what Japanese politicians are calling ‘manga diplomacy.’ Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica, explains why ...

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