May 19, 2001

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Saturday, May 19, 2001


The appeal of urban culture, the question of what is appropriate reporting when a child is on trial, and OTM takes a whack at making an Alcatel commercial.

Mainstreaming Urban Culture

Over the last two decades hip hop music has moved from underground to over ground, becoming one of the most popular music genres in America, second only to rock. The mainstreaming of hip hop has created not only an new cultural aesthetic, but a new advertising market. Brooke investigates the ...


Scott Shuger

In a fiercely competitive news industry, giving credit for a scoop is a touchy topic. Host Bob Garfield talks to’s Scott Shuger about why newspapers hesitate to report stories they do not break.



This week the TV Networks showcased their fall programming for advertisers, investors and TV critics in the annual series of parties and presentations called the “upfronts.” Host Brooke Gladstone talk to TV Guide’s Max Robbins about the good, the bad, and the unexpected at this year’s upfronts.


The Brazill Trial

24 hour news channels and TV talking heads have set their sights on their next news prey: the trial of 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill. The cameras are rolling and the pundits are on message, but what kind of coverage is appropriate when a child is on trial?


Dead Celebrities

In advertising, famous dead people have a life of their own. With the advent of digital technology, advertisers can use the images of dead celebrities to sell their products, if the price is right and the heirs are willing. Bob takes a look at this controversial marketing trend.


Intellectual Property

In an age of rapid technological innovation and information architects, technology often collides with free speech in a way that impacts everything from the First Amendment to home movies. Brooke talks to NPR cultural correspondent Rick Carr about the De-CSS case, the latest legal controversy over intellectual property rights.


Esquire Fudges Facts

Celebrity profiles are the stock and trade of most major magazines, and while these profiles are not hard news, the people who write them are still called reporters. In this month’s Esquire magazine, the cover story on rock star Michael Stipe contains both fact and fiction. Bob talks to Esquire ...


Covering Strikes

When Hollywood actors and screenwriters threaten to strike, it’s front page news. When bus drivers and janitors strike, it rarely makes the back page. Bob talks to George Packer, author of Blood of the Liberal and Lights, Camera Strike in the Sunday edition of New York Times Magazine,about covering labor ...


Ethnic Press

While New York City has long been known for its ethnic restaurants, advertisers have just started to take notice of its ethnic newspapers. On The Media’s Amy Eddings reports.


Bonus Commercial Track!

A commercial Alcatel never really made....


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