May 17, 2002

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Friday, May 17, 2002

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Coverage of the Middle-East by the U.S. media catches flak at home, also: the journalistic ethics of Spiderman and Superman.

Protesting Middle East Coverage

Upset at what they see as an anti-Israel bias in Middle East coverage, several Jewish organizations across the country have organized protests against their local newspaper or national broadcasters. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Fred Ehrman, who has prompted a one-month boycott against the New York Times, and Gary Rosenblatt, ...

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Letters

Host Bob Garfield reads listener responses to previous shows with Brooke.

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Randal Demurs

The International Criminal Tribunal has always relied heavily on voluntary testimony from reporters, aid workers and governments alike. The key word here being voluntary. Last week, former Washington Post reporter Jonathan Randal became the first journalist in the history of the court to be issued with a subpoena to testify. ...

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XM Radio

The arrival of digital satellite radio on the scene seven months ago caused a minor stir in the radio world. Would people ditch their standard radios to pay a monthly fee for hundreds of varied channels that they can listen to anywhere in the country? The jury’s still out, but ...

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Dancing Baby No More

As we bid farewell to the FOX series Ally McBeal on Monday, we also say goodbye to all the media hype and pop-psychology critics used to explain the show’s success. So how are the media explaining McBeal’s short-lived seat on the cultural icon throne? Bob chats with New York Times ...

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The Grand-Old-Fiesta Show

The Republican National Committee is launching a Spanish-language TV “news magazine” show to court the traditionally Democratic Hispanic vote. But can a program that has a decidedly non-partisan sponsor be relied upon to bring objective news to the Spanish-speaking community? Bob talks to Sharon Castillo, RNC Director of Communications and ...

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Superhero Journalism Ethics

Both Superman and Spider-Man have day jobs at their local newspaper - Clark Kent is a reporter at The Daily Planet, and Peter Parker a photographer for The Daily Bugle. Their bosses figure out how to cover a city with a costumed crime-fighter, while trusting Kent and Parker’s ability to ...

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Marketing Prescription Drugs

Claritin, Viagra, Lipitor, Celebrex, Prilosec, Xenical. In the last five years, drug commercials have become TV regulars and drug brands have become household names. Bob investigates the potential side effects of advertising prescription drugs.

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