August 11, 2001

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Saturday, August 11, 2001


This week, On the Media explores the new weapons of choice in the Middle East: words. Also, which TV characters should be considered female role models?

War of Words in the Middle East

As violence spreads in the Middle East, the new weapons of choice are words. Bob talks to Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, about loaded language and war reporting.


Official Secrets

The media and the intelligence community are butting heads in Washington over a controversial measure that would give the government greater power to prosecute officials who disclose its secrets. Host Brooke Gladstone discusses the proposal and its impact with National Security Archive founder Scott Armstrong and former CIA General Counsel ...



Brooke and Bob respond to listener letters.


George Harrison

When journalist and self-confessed Beatles fanatic Martin Lewis heard the news that George Harrison was close to death, he smelled a rat. Something just didn't add up: If the news was true, why hadn't Harrison told his closest friends, Ringo and Paul? Lewis demanded to hear the tapes of the ...


TV's Heroes

The recently released Feminist Primetime Report by National Organization for Women recommended the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and "Felicity" for their feminist themes and portrayals. Amanda Fazzone of The New Republic objected to NOW’s upbeat assessment of the two teen dramas, but 15-year-old Maxine Kaplan says NOW is ...


Word Watch: Luddite

This week’s installment in our regular “Wordwatch” feature: “Luddite.” Brooke discovered that the word’s meaning has evolved over the last century, from violence-prone saboteur to passive technophobe.


Clinton's Big Book Deal

Book publisher Knopf hit it big when it won the bidding war over President Clinton’s memoir. Knopf also paid big - reportedly $10 million. The question is - how will the master of spin spin this one? Bob talks to Washington literary agent Rafe Sagalyn about the financial and the ...


Book Scan

While bestsellers are supposed to be based on book sales, bestseller lists seemed to be based on something far less fixed. Now, a new, more accurate system to measure book sales has been developed by Book Scan. Brooke gets to the bottom of what makes a “bestseller” with Sara Nelson, ...



Have you heard that Chevrolet ad that Sheryl Crow sings on? Guess again - that ain't Sheryl Crow. Ad agencies that want the feel of a famous pop song but can't get the rights sometimes try to get as close as they can without being sued. Bob takes a look ...


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