February 16, 2002

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Saturday, February 16, 2002


The stir caused by the phrase "axis of evil", and the outrage scientists are expressing over misuse of their work by the media.

Viral Marketing

Barflies with low self-esteem have another reason to pout: the attractive stranger offering to buy you a drink may only be part of a campaign designed to enhance the image of a new beverage. Disguising ads as everyday interactions may sound Orwellian, but it proves to be pretty effective in ...


World Press “Axis” Reax

The phrase “axis of evil” has caused quite a stir since President Bush uttered it in his State of the Union Address. The supposed coalition of Iraq, Iran and North Korea made for great pundit fodder in America,but has seriously worried the foreign press. Host Bob Garfield checks in with ...


Afghans Want Media

Add one more item to the list of needs that a newly revamped Afghanistan must provide its citizens: a national broadcaster. A BBC assessment team sent to Afghanistan by the UN discovered that Afghans rank dependable news right up there with food and shelter. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to BBC ...


Auntie Beeb

Are you a news anchor sick of the hair-and-makeup-obsessed world of American television? Then head to the BBC, where a newsperson’s image takes a backseat to journalism skills. Generally Americans don’t fare well at the Beeb though; only one Yank has ever anchored the news there. Bob talks to that ...


Slate Loses Its Leader

It seemed like a case of strange bedfellows when liberal media icon Michael Kinsley agreed to help start up Bill Gates’ online magazine Slate.com for Microsoft. Six years later, it’s hard to think of the web ‘zine without the well-traveled editor. We had better get used to it though, because ...


Gandhi Sells Out, Sells Drinks

Mahatma Gandhi’s image can now be used to pitch products in commercials, thanks to an agreement between his estate and a licensing firm. Sure, he’d make a nice spokesperson for TV spots to the masses, but how would the peacemaker fare as an in-person promoter?


Kosovo Nightmares

Sometimes when covering a war zone, reporters employ the locals as guides, or "fixers," to help them navigate unknown territory and customs. Newsday reporter Matthew McAllester covered Kosovo during the war in 1999. In his book "Beyond the Mountains of the Damned," he admits that in the course of reporting ...


Scientists Cry Foul!

When scientists reported earlier this year that Antarctica is actually getting cooler, they made sure to remind journalists that their findings do not conflict with global warming theories. Despite this, columnists across the country held up the study as proof that global warming fears are exaggerated. Bob talks to Peter ...


Condit Courts the Grey Lady

So far California Congressman Gary Condit has two opponents in his bid for re-election: fellow Democrat Dennis Cardoza and The Media. A flurry of journalists still searching for answers about intern Chandra Levy’s disappearance hound the politician, but he refuses to divulge anything personal. Bob talks to New York Times ...



Brooke and Bob read listener emails about previous shows. This week, some congrats, a few scolds, and a mea culpa.


The Sims

The video game series of simulated reality known as The Sims does more than construct digitized worlds where humans can play god. The games also create a community of obsessed players who flock to online message boards to trade tips and philosophize on the realities and dilemmas of Sim-society. OTM’s ...


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