April 24, 2009

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Talking about torture without using the word "torture"; getting inside the mind of someone getting inside the mind of someone on TV; some of our favorite past segments.

7 Letter Word

While some in the media wondered if Obama flip-flopped when it comes to prosecuting Bush Administration officials who authorized torture, the White House tried to get its media message straight ... all without actually using the T-word. Columbia University law professor and Harper's Magazine ...

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Inside Their Heads

This week law enforcement arrested a medical student accused of being the so-called "Craigslist Killer." Never mind that details were scant, morning television was quick to bring in profiling experts to fill us in on everything going on inside the suspect's head. So we called in ...

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The Sound of Pain

The release of Bush-era memos and the declassification of a Senate Armed Services Committee report has brought to light more lurid details of the interrogation techniques – waterboarding, sleep deprivation, forced nudity - used on U.S. detainees. Writer David Peisner describes another all too common interrogation tool - popular music.

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Belated Honor

The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday to the great excitement of many in the journalism industry. None of the awards, however, carried the same amount of intrigue as the one claimed two years ago by Jahangir Razmi, an Iranian photographer who had actually won the award 27 years ...

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Punctuation Infatuation

All the blame and none of the glory – that’s the life of a newspaper copy editor. So why become one? Let former New York Times chief copy editor Merrill Perlman count the reasons.

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Food Fight

For decades, the consumption of news has complicated our consumption of food. So says Michael Pollan, professor of science and environmental journalism. He explains how health studies, the reporters who love them and especially food labels have left us poorly fed and informed.

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Grading on the Curve

Americans overwhelmed by a glut of nutritional suggestions may have hope. The food industry is searching for a new way to standardize such information. The University of Washington's Adam Drewnowski has created his own 100-point system for rating food, which may find its way to your ...

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Bugging Out

New York Times reporter David Segal says stories about bedbugs generally follow a hyperbolic pattern: They’re back. They’re everywhere. They suck your blood and ruin your life. Segal talks about the hysterical coverage and explains why a bedbug story is every editor’s dream.

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