September 1, 2001

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Saturday, September 01, 2001


What's the number one channel in prime time? That plus saying goodbye to Mr. Rogers.

Lifetime #1 In Prime Time

In the fast-paced, music-packed, sport-pumped world of basic cable, it is soft-focused women’s programming that is this year’s winner. The service that grabbed the number one spot for a basic cable service in prime time is not MTV, not CNN, not ESPN. It’s Lifetime. Brooke talks to TV Guide columnist ...


Fighting for The First Amendment

This week, journalists are fighting on several fronts to protect their first amendment freedoms. In Washington, a reporter’s phone records are subpoenaed by the Justice Department. In Houston, a novice crime writer sits in prison after refusing to turn over her notes to federal prosecutors. And on Capitol Hill, news ...


Mike’s Pockets

On the Media’s Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca empties his mental “pockets” and shares his often random, and always insightful, media observations. Like Jesse Helms, Kweisi Mfume and Jennifer Santigo.


Mr. Rogers Retires

After over 30 years of calming and comforting kids across America, Mr. Rogers has left the neighborhood. This week, Fred Rogers donned his sweater and removed his shoes for the last time. Brooke reflects on the loss of this popular children’s program.


Anti-Drug News Programming

After influencing network dramas and sitcom scripts, the White House Office of Drug Policy took its anti-drug message to the newsroom. Bob talks to reporter Dan Forbes about the how the White House’s drug policy permeated the news media.



Women may be the first to criticize the formulaic, victim-oriented melodrama of Lifetime programming, but for many, watching Lifetime is a guilty pleasure. Reporter Sarah Montegue gets to the bottom of Lifetime’s appeal.


Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest is getting a new editor and she’s on a mission to make the Digest the baby boomer’s pocket-size guide to America. Bob talks to Reader’s Digest’s editor-to-be, Jackie Leo.


Word Watch: End of the Day

In this installment of our ongoing series, reporter Tony Maciulis finds out when the end of the day really is.


High School Papers On Line

In an increasing constrained environment, students are taking their papers out of print and on line, where the laws of censorship regarding high school journalism are much less clear. On The Media’s Alicia Zuckman reports.


Media Diet

It’s a well-known fact that teenagers are big consumers, and media is just another part of many teens’ daily diet. On The Media asks sixteen-year-old Janeese Nieves of the South Bronx to disgorge the contents of her daily media intake.


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