November 21, 2008

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Show Summary: Journalist Michael Lewis on the unintended consequences of his book Liar's Poker; the future of the Bloomberg News empire; why outlandish studies make their way into scientific journals.

Risk and Return

For financial journalist Michael Lewis the desolation emanating from Wall Street is all too familiar. He’s edited a new book Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity that returns to five of the most recent market meltdowns and analyzes what reporters thought was happening before, during ...

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3 Step Guide

After two terms of the famously opaque Bush White House, secrecy watchdog groups like the National Security Archive have high hopes for the new administration. Archive General Counsel Meredith Fuchs describes three steps Obama can take on day one of his presidency to bring some transparency ...


Banking On News

Bloomberg LP has quietly grown from an indispensable financial information provider to a global media company. And according to Seth Mnookin's story in December's Vanity Fair; Bloomberg News has a business model that could weather the economic storm.

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The Still Small Voice

Small, web-only, not-for-profit newsrooms are springing up around the country and scooping much larger dailies with nuts-and-bolts reporting. Voice of San Diego, for example, has managed to uncover a handful of government scandals in the past few years with a staff of only ten. Executive editor ...

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Remembering to Remember

Rarely a week goes by without news media using an anniversary peg for stories and this week is no different. The Jonestown massacre, a mass poisoning of over 900 members of Peoples Temple, occurred 30 years ago this Tuesday. Tim Reiterman, a reporter who has

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Bad Study Habits

Most studies published in scientific journals, it turns out, are either exaggerated or wrong. How come? According to epidemiologist John Ionnidis, editors of science journals are no different than everyone else in media. Sensationalism sells.

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

For Netflix, and a host of other online companies, being able to recommend another film, book or song you might like has become the holy grail of Internet business. As the New York Times Magazine’s Clive Thompson explains, the information is so valuable that ...

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