July 28, 2001

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Saturday, July 28, 2001


MTV turns 20, a look at the lives of Mayan scribes, and saying goodbye to the man who, quite literally, wrote the book on the media.


From the supermarket to the Super Bowl, cameras are everywhere, ready to catch you at your worst. If that wasn’t enough, shows like Spy TV make money off the public humiliation of private citizens. It’s not surprising, then, that a Lou Harris poll last year revealed over 90 percent of ...


Changing of the Editorial Guard

Two of the most influential newspapers in the nation are getting new bosses for their editorial pages. How will new editorial leadership affect the national debate? Host Brooke Gladstone talks to the newly named Editor of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Pages, Paul Gigot. Host Bob Garfield talks to incoming ...


Mayan Scribes

You think it’s tough being a publicist for a movie star today? Try working PR for an ancient Mayan ruler who believes he is a god. It’s no picnic. Mayan scribes, it turns out, had a fascinating role in the society they wrote about. Brooke talks with archaeologist Kevin Johnston ...


MTV Grows Up

Adolescence was far from awkward for this cable TV outlet. On its 20th anniversary, MTV has not only survived its teenage years, but influenced a generation of filmmakers, broadcasting and advertising executives, not to mention more than one generation of teenagers. Bob talks to New York Times pop music critic ...


MTV: Pulling Back the Curtain on Pulling Back the Curtain

A few years ago, marketers began to send kids the message: You matter. Your tastes matter. Your discretionary income matters. Naturally, the kids agreed and sat back as a hundred forms of media competed for their attention. MTV won. On the Media’s Producer-At-Large, Mike Pesca, looks at the behind-the-behind-the phenomenon ...


The Art of Price is Right

The Price of Right has been fascinating daytime TV watchers faithfully for 28 years. Of course, Bob Barker’s consumer paradise is easy pickings for the criticism of the art world. So painter David Jung has devoted an exhibit to the game show. Peter Breslow reports on the place where art, ...


AM Apes

This weekend Planet of the Apes hit the big screen. With the new movie, a string of old movies, a TV series, and several devoted websites, it seems we humans know all there is to know about that ape-run planet. But one thing has been left out - what do ...



Last week on On the Media, New York Times medical correspondent Dr. Lawrence Altman criticized a company called Abiomed for placing a news blackout on the recent implantation of its newly developed artificial heart. This week, On the Media invites Abiomed to respond to its critics.


Erik Barnouw

Eric Barnouw died last week at the age of 93. With stints in advertising, radio, film, writing, and scholarship, Barnouw was perhaps the most-qualified to publish a three-volume history of broadcasting in America. Brooke talks with broadcast historian Patricia Zimmerman about Barnouw’s legacy.


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