January 14, 2011

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Political Rhetoric in the Wake of the Tucson Shooting

After the shooting in Tucson last weekend, pundits across the political spectrum took a renewed look at the hyperbolic and oftentimes violent rhetoric that marks our modern political discourse. Brooke looks at the way the media responded to this tragedy.

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Does It Matter Why He Did It?

There's been no evidence to link today’s toxic political environment with Jared Loughner’s decision to use his gun last weekend. But the question persists: what has the aggressive rhetoric — peddled by mainstream candidates and media outlets and not just militant fringe groups — done to our society?

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Political Satire Iranian-American Style

A new Voice of America TV show has hit a nerve with Iranians inside and outside Iran. It's called "Parazit" (which means static in Persian) and it's a weekly half-hour of political satire often compared to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The show's ...

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10 Years of Wikipedia

Wikipedia, the free, web-based, crowd-sourced, multi-lingual encyclopedia, turns 10 years old this month. Brooke talks to Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, about the challenges of maintaining an online democracy that doesn't descend into chaos, and also about what it's like to be targeted by Stephen Colbert's horde ...

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The Making of Blue Valentine

Way back in 2003, screenwriter Cami Delavigne told us about the mission to drum up attention and cash for a little-known screenplay she'd co-written. A mere seven-and-a-half years later, "Blue Valentine" has opened to rave reviews. Cami is back to talk about the very ...

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Public Imagination

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. did what he’d done countless times before, he began building a sermon. And in his sermons King relied on improvisation - drawing on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift – and a tradition ...

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