August 7, 2009

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Friday, August 07, 2009

The YouTube-ization of health care hecklers; the military and the media; the psychology of reporters who die for their stories.

Everyone's Favorite Radical

Town hall meetings across America this week erupted in raucous protests. Many on the left dismissed the protests as political astro-turfing, straight from the playbook of right wing operatives. But according to The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, the protestors' tactics are the legacy of left-wing ...

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The Revolution Will Be YouTubed

The group Freedom Works, chaired by former House majority leader Dick Armey, has been instrumental in organizing the town hall protests we've seen on YouTube and cable news. The protests have been criticized for being heavy on angry mob, and light on concerned citizen but Freedom Works' Adam ...

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A Local Paper's War Story

The Gazette of Colorado Springs recently published a series about the psychological struggles of a group of Iraq War veterans who'd been arrested for violent crimes at home. But while doing that reporting, journalist Dave Philipps uncovered another story about war crimes committed in Iraq. Philipps explains why ...

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On the Front Lines

Matt Mabe is one of the few people who know what it's like to be on both sides of the strained marriage between the military and the media. He left the army in 2007 to become a reporter and he was recently recalled to duty as ...

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Psychology of Sacrifice

What drives a journalist, like Russia's Anna Politkovskaya, to risk their life to pursue a story? Reporter Terry Gould profiled 7 slain journalists in 5 countries to try to answer that question. He found a common psychology among those who know they'll be killed ...

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What's In a Name?

The titles of our most beloved books have stories of their own to tell. Bob talks with Gary Dexter, author of Why Not Catch 21?: The Stories Behind the Titles about the surprising origin stories behind classics like Catch-22, Fahrenheit 451, and Alice in Wonderland.

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