November 14, 2008

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Show Summary: Bloomberg News sues the Federal Reserve; Detroit's decline and our collective psyche; The Supreme Court weighs in on Enya in the courtroom

Show Me The Money

After months of asking The Federal Reserve to disclose the details of two trillion dollars in government loans to troubled financial institutions, Bloomberg News is suing The Fed under the Freedom of Information Act. Bloomberg News editor in chief Matt Winkler says taxpayers should know where their money ...

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The Marrying Kind

Last week’s Proposition 8 in California and this week’s same-sex vows in Connecticut have been about one thing: whose loving unions can legally be described as ‘marriage.’ Bob speaks with EJ Graff, author of What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, about ...

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Drive American

This week, struggling automakers learned they won't be getting a piece of the bailout for now. The auto industry and financial experts are debating the economic effects of a possible bankruptcy in this cornerstone of American manufacturing. But what about the effect on our collective psyche? USA Today's ...

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A Perfect Vehicle for Criticism

If the car has a special place in the American psyche then the oft-maligned car critic is the force behind that narrative. In 2004, Brooke reflected on the business of car criticism with the Oscar Wilde of auto reviewers, the Los Angeles Times' car critic Dan Neil, shortly ...


Fool’s Errand

In light of two big media hoaxes this week, the fake New York Times distributed around the country and the fake source of the Sarah Palin Africa story, we decided to replay our 2007 conversation with author Robert Love. Love chronicles some of history's more memorable ...

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Enya Gets Played

This week, the Supreme Court declined to review a case about whether it was legal to play Enya under a video montage of a murder victim’s life. Such "victim impact statements" serve as testimony submitted during the sentencing phase of a criminal trial. Public defender Evan ...

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Hot Off the Press

In 1951, Grove Press was a tiny, almost-defunct publisher with just three titles in its catalogue. But then Barney Rosset took over and, with a few choice books, helped push America past its Puritanical roots and into the sexual revolution. Rosset, who will be

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