August 9, 2002

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Friday, August 09, 2002


What the month of August can bring out in journalists, and a report on a revealing television show airing in Hungary.

Front Page: Saudis the Enemy?

A leaked Pentagon briefing describing long-time American ally Saudi Arabia as an adversary to the war on terrorism wound up on the front page of the Washington Post this week. Bob talks to Post military correspondent Thomas Ricks about the reporting process.


August Doldrums Spur August Anxiety

With Congress off and most newsmakers on vacation, August is known as a sluggish - and unpredictable - month for journalists. Reporters scramble for anything newsworthy or scramble after a big story that sneaks up from behind. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Boston Globe columnist Thomas Oliphant.


The Bard of Basketball

Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn died on Tuesday at the age of 85. Hearn spent 42 years calling basketball games, popularizing terms like “double dribble” and “slam dunk.” OTM Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca looks back.


TV Violence Good for Kids?

Conventional wisdom says that the violence on TV leads to more aggressive kids. Gerard Jones, however, feels that seeing violence actually helps the development of children. Sorry, Mr. Rogers. The former screenwriter and comic-book author presents his case to Bob.



If your morning television is not quite revealing enough, you might want to look to Eastern Europe. In post-Communist Hungary, Anett “Anettka” Feher is no Katie Couric, and she is teaching up-and-coming TV stars her tricks of the trade. Drew Bacsi reports from Budapest.



Brooke and Bob read listener responses to the last few OTM shows.


Digital TV Mandate

Television makers are fighting this week's FCC ruling that all televisions contain digital tuners within 5 years. Will consumers be forced to pay for a feature irrelevant to the majority of viewers? Brooke and Stereophile's Michael Fremer discuss the FCC mandate.


The Out-of-Town Review

New York critics usually wait until opening night in Manhattan to review Broadway plays, and skip assessing their out-of-town debuts out of respect to the theatre process. So a recent review of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” Chicago-opening in Newsday has stirred up a fury among producers. Brooke talks to New ...


Pentagon Reporter at 91

Raymond Cromley is the oldest member of the press corps at the Pentagon. At 91, he still attends all the briefings and takes notes - though he hasn’t published an article since Clinton’s first term. Bob visits Cromley at his cubicle in the Pentagon.


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