February 10, 2001

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Saturday, February 10, 2001


Al Gore takes a whack at teaching at J-School. And OTM talks sex.

Al Gore Goes to J School

This week the former VP taught his first class as a Visiting Professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. On the big day, journalists gathered outside the school to catch a quote from departing students. But when the school placed a gag order on Gore’s students, the media got ...


Al Gore Master Class

The Columbia School of Journalism may have made Professor Gore’s lecture off the record, but nobody said anything about his office hours. On The Media listens in as Al shares his wisdom.


Journalist Spies

In the movies spies are always searching for the perfect cover. What better way to gather information than to pose as a reporter? If you think that’s too obvious to seem realistic, think again. The British Secret Service has been accused of doing just that.

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Sex on TV

According to a study released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation, over two-thirds of TV programs have sexual content, up from 50% two years ago. Brooke ponders the proliferation of sexual images on television.


Dating Shows

From The Dating Game to Blind Date, dating shows have withstood the test of time - and Nielsen ratings - to become a regular feature of prime time television. This Valentine’s Day week, On The Media’s Alisha Zuckman traces this modern mating ritual back to its more innocent origins.


Left Behind

The sci-fi flick Left Behind” is out in theaters this month. Based on the idea of the second coming of Christ, the Left Behind book series has sold 33 million copies. The video based on the books was one of the top releases in 2000. But the feature film faces ...



On The Media airs its dirty laundry and reads listener letters.


Olive Garden

When the culinary media king TV Food Network went to bed with the Italian restaurant chain Olive Garden, Ironminds.com’s Food Critic and Managing Editor James Morrow felt betrayal…so Bob took him out to a big Italian meal and let him vent.


Cinematic Selves

Real people can be made real famous by their cinematic portrayals. Unlike Erin Brockevich, not all people portrayed in movies become household names, but their lives do change. Brooke talks to Jerry Stahl, the real person behind Ben Stiller’s character in the 1998 movie “Permanent Midnight,” about life after the ...



You’ve heard him in dozens of movies, but you can’t quite place his name. That’s because he’s not an actor, he’s a sound effect, and among sound editors he’s legendary. On The Media’s David Serchuk reports.


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