March 31, 2001

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Saturday, March 31, 2001

Should audiences be as concerned about foundation grants as they are about corporate money?

Foundations and Public Broadcasting

Foundations provide around 5 percent of public broadcasting's budget. Audiences may not be as concerned about these grants, but foundations also have agendas. Melinda Penkava investigates.

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Indian Sting

The Indian government is reeling in the aftermath of a journalist-run sting operation that exposed corruption in the highest levels of government. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Tarun Tejpal, head of the web-based news service in India that recorded hours of videotape of government officials on the take.


San Francisco Newspaper War

When the owners of the San Francisco Examiner bought the rival paper the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chronicle’s new owners brought the Examiner’s staff along with it. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Phil Bronstein, former editor of the Examiner and current executive editor of the Chronicle, about whether San Francisco ...


Congress and E-Mail

A report put out by the Congressional Management Foundation and George Washington University reveals that despite the computer revolution, the U.S. Congress still relies on snail mail. Most members of Congress will only reply to e-mail requests through the U.S. mail, and some are under the impression that using e-mail ...



Bob responds to letters from On The Media listeners.


Trust Us

Public relations people know that the best way to get you to buy is to put the pitch in the mouth of someone you trust...a neutral party, better yet, an expert. With more and more scientists dependent on corporate dollars, are there any real experts? Brooke asks John Stauber, co-author ...


RJ Cutler

Last year, documentarian RJ Cutler turned the same cameras he had previously used to capture Bill Clinton in "The Spin Room" on a group of teenagers at an all-American high school. He sold the concept to Fox Network who showed four episodes and then promptly cancelled the series. American High ...


Mary Richards Statue

Fictional news producer Mary Richards made news recently in Minneapolis. The character, played by Mary Tyler Moore, is being offered in the form of a bronze statue to the city she made famous. Reporter Marisa Helms has the story.



Many Hollywood films are not considered Oscar-worthy, but you’d never know it by the critical “acclaim” quoted in their advertising. Bob takes a critical look at the creation of movie blurbs.


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