July 5, 2002

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Friday, July 05, 2002


Newspapers take sides on capital punishment, PSAs reminding Americans to love freedom, and Bob Garfield trying to be the next big hit in country music.

Newspapers Taking Sides

Reporters who support the recent federal court rulings against capital punishment seem afraid to say what they really believe - that this is a step closer to what they hope will be the eventual outlaw of the death penalty entirely. That’s the opinion of Slate.com’s William Saletan, who speaks to ...


Louima Cop Coverage

New York policeman Charles Schwarz’s denial that he had any direct involvement in the beating of Abner Louima got heavy coverage, even after he was convicted. Did the media attention help pressure the judge to retry his case? Host Mike Pesca talks to Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker.


Freedom in 30 Seconds

The people who brought us Smokey the Bear and the Crash Test Dummies are now bringing us "freedom." In new public service announcements sponsored by the Ad Council, Americans are reminded to embrace, acknowledge, and love the country’s hallmark freedoms. Brooke talks with ad director Phil Dusenberry.


The World’s Flags Rated

When flipping through a world atlas, one man had a vision: to rate the flags of each country based on their appearance. He set up guidelines and went to it: Japan got an A (simple and elegant), America a C+ (too many stars), and Northern Mariana Islands an F (apparently ...


Hispanic Media

Durham, North Carolina isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about Mexican immigrants. Yet the city has become a Mecca for experiments media designed to serve the needs of its newest population. Some saw it as a business opportunity, others as an advocacy platform. Reporter Leda Hartman ...


Nashville Bob

How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launchpad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you’re trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah and ...

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