March 11, 2011

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Friday, March 11, 2011

NPR under fire

Oy, What a Week for NPR

It was a rough week in a tough season for public radio, starting five months ago with the mishandled firing of NPR news analyst Juan Williams, and ending with the resignation of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller. Brooke and Bob look back. Way back.

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Take the Public Out of Public Broadcasting

In October 2010, Republican incumbent Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina wrote an op-ed in the Washington Examiner titled, "Let NPR fend for itself on the market." Well, let’s discuss. In a time of reckless deficit spending, should government money for public broadcasting, however small, get the ax? Reason.com editor-in-chief ...

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Keeping the Public in Public Broadcasting

Around the same time that Senator DeMint wrote his op-ed in the Examiner, New America Foundation president Steve Coll wrote one in the Washington Post, arguing that the U.S. should rethink much of its media policy, starting with an increase in funding for public media. After all, says Coll, PBS ...

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The Bias Bias

So, is NPR liberal leaning? Are public radio employees broadcasting a bunch of leftist propaganda? This American Life host Ira Glass issues a challenge.

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Your Tweets May Be Betraying You

When you use your smartphone to take a photo or use social media platforms like Twitter, the messages you send are frequently encoded with your GPS coordiantes. Yiannis Kakavas, a programmer in Germany, has created a program called Creepy that aggregates all the data you send you out, and lets ...

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How to Jam GPS

New Scientist contributor David Hambling wrote recently about how easy it is to evade GPS -- it's possible to buy your own jammer for as little as $30. The only problem? Many more everyday technologies rely on GPS than you might realize.

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On the Trail of Stuxnet

Last year, somebody somewhere – possibly a government, possibly several governments – unleashed one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware ever created, specially designed apparently to target Iran’s uranium enrichment program. In a gripping narrative in Vanity Fair, author Michael Joseph Gross follows the trail of the so-called ...

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