February 27, 2009

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Friday, February 27, 2009

The Pentagon reverses an 18 year old ban on photographing the war dead, new developments in a case that could decide the future legality of leaks, and the anniversary of one of the first major food scares of American history.

The True Cost of War

Since 1991 the Pentagon has officially banned media from photographing flag-draped coffins arriving at Dover Air Force Base. That changed Thursday afternoon when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced a shift in policy. Salon’s national correspondent Mark Benjamin discusses the value of publicizing the true cost of war.

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The Week in Leaks

This week, an appeals court issued some major decisions in the AIPAC lobbyists case which could determine the future legality of leaking classified information to reporters or anyone else. The Federation of American Scientists' Steven Aftergood explains why anyone who's ever pursued, heard ...

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The Apple, Jacked

Twenty years ago this week 60 Minutes introduced much of the country to Alar, a chemical used to make apples ripen on time. They argued that Alar was also an unregulated carcinogen, after which a panic ensued. Food journalist Michael Pollan argues that the fallout ...

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Breaking the Case

Nearly a year and a half ago, a group of news organizations formed the Chauncey Bailey Project to continue the work of the Bay Area journalist killed in 2007. The Project's executive editor Robert Rosenthal talks about some of the developments in the last year-and-a-half, including revelations about ...

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Letters

Brooke and Bob read some letters and comments and offer a correction.

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WWGD

With an economy in turmoil and virtually every form of media facing disruptive new technology, many are looking for an alternative business model. Blogger and Internet evangelist Jeff Jarvis has a simple answer: Do what Google does. In his new book he explains why Google's philosophy ...

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Boxed In

Last week Boxee, a company whose new software makes it easier than ever to watch internet video, was ordered by Hulu to stop using their content. Journalist Paul Smalera says this won't be the last shot fired in the battle for TV-internet convergence.

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Tomorrow's Tonight

Conan O'Brien is poised to take his place as the new host of The Tonight Show. But as Bob explains, 11:30 PM on NBC isn't what it used to be.

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