April 13, 2002

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Saturday, April 13, 2002


Restrictions on the press in the Middle East, the rise of the word terrorist, and the ultimate question: what's to be done about Speedy Gonzalez?

Middle East Press Restrictions

When it comes to coverage of the Middle East, criticism of press bias always looms in the back of reporters’ mind. Since Israel’s recent attempts to limit coverage in the region, there’s been a new complaint to worry about: biased coverage of press restrictions. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Joel ...


The T-Word

People everywhere may be afraid of terrorists, but now journalists seem to be afraid of even using the word. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press have all ditched the t-word in reference to violence in the Middle East lately; but before Sept. 11, they had no problem ...



Brooke and Bob read viewer responses to last week’s show.


Library Gag Order

The USA PATRIOT Act has made it easier for the FBI to obtain a search warrant to seize records at libraries and bookstores. Now, not only can the Feds take checkout records, Internet sign-out sheets and entire computers, but librarians and booksellers can’t tell anyone about it. Bob chats with ...


Bomb-Making Books

Some book distributors specialize in cookbooks, others in science fiction. Michael Hoy’s catalog features how-to books on building bombs, making drugs, and exacting revenge. Hoy’s books show that the most heated debate between freedom of speech and national security occurs at the extreme edge of the libertarian movement. Bob asks ...


The Rukeyser Shuffle

Louis Rukeyser is relocating his financial news show to CNBC this week. “Rukeyser’s Wall Street” will look exactly like the PBS show that canned him, complete with enhanced underwriting, and will even be offered for distribution on PBS. But if the underwriting spots pass muster on both commercial and non-commercial ...


Mr. Rejecto

Mr. Rejecto Most actors get used to hearing don’t-call-us-we’ll-call-you at the end of auditions, but many of them never tire of the variations with which directors can say no thanks. If there are 50 ways to leave your lover, then there are 500 ways to get rejected from an acting ...


Celine Dion’s Singing Crashes Computers

Yes, the French-Canadian diva’s latest CD has built-in copyright protection software that won’t allow you to copy-or even listen to-her love ballads on your PC. And if a bill in Congress gets enough votes, consumers won’t be able to copy any new CDs they buy. Brooke talks to NPR Cultural ...


Why Adults Hate Kids TV

From giggling, plum-colored dinosaurs to cardigan-donning, slow-talking gentlemen, children’s television characters have always had an unsettling effect on adults. Why do parents despise the shows their kids love? Reporter (and parent of a four-year-old) Aaron Gell investigates.


Speedy Gonzalez

The Cartoon Network has heeded the advice of sensitivity watchdogs by taking off Speedy Gonzalez reruns that perpetuate Mexican stereotypes. There’s one problem, though: many Mexicans love watching Speedy; to them, he’s more cultural icon than mean-spirited typecast. Brooke chats with comedian Adrian Villegas about Speedy and the gang.


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