December 11, 2009

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Show Summary: climate change doubt spikes up

Hot Mail

Representatives from 192 countries gathered this week in Copenhagen to search for common ground on global warming. But the debate in the media was about thousands of leaked emails from scientists that suggest data was knowingly fudged. New York Times environmental reporter Andrew Revkin ...

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The Heat of Battle

For years, George Monbiot has written for the British newspaper The Guardian about the dangers of man-made climate change and how the denial industry sows confusion. But when he wrote recently "we're losing," it seemed a surprising admission. He explains why, despite scientific consensus, much of the public ...

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Follow for Now

Why are the psychological sales tactics of, say, selling soap, not used by those who want you to care about Darfur? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wondered this after failing to get his readers interested in the developing world. But that was then. Kristof explains how he’s now using ...

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Open to Scrutiny

This week the White House announced its Open Government Directive - a set of rules and recommendations governing how federal agencies should make data public and easy to access. John Wonderlich, policy director at the Sunlight Foundation, says releasing this data could have meaningful ...

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The Long Arm of Tyranny

Since this summer’s presidential elections, Iran has responded to dissent with a heavy hand inside the country. Now, new reporting by the Wall Street Journal has uncovered the government’s suppression of dissent outside the country as well. WSJ deputy Middle East bureau chief Farnaz Fassihi explains.

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Under Lock and Key

Every December, the Committee to Protect Journalists compiles a list of reporters, editors and photographers worldwide in jail for practicing journalism. CPJ executive director Joel Simon says that freelancers and bloggers proved especially vulnerable this year.


Indians Abroad

The depiction of the Non Resident Indian, or NRI, in Indian films has changed a lot over the years. In his lifetime, WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal, an Indian-American born in Texas, says he's seen the portrayal shift from the garishly dressed cousin visiting from abroad to respectable men ...

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