Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman announced his candidacy this week. Political reporter Dave Weigel says that Huntsman's only constituency is the press, and that for a Republican candidate, that's more of a kiss of death then a boon.
Last week after the Republican presidential debate the conventional wisdom was clear – Michelle Bachmann had transformed herself into a viable candidate for president. Whether or not that’s true, it raised some questions for our guest host Mike Pesca. Who forms the conventional wisdom, how has that changed over time and what, exactly, is it? Mike talks to Politico’s Mike Allen, Time’s Mark Halperin, The New Republic’s Franklin Foer, Republican operative Mark McKinnon and Washington Post political reporter Dana Millbank about political conventional wisdom.
This week, former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas published a story in The New York Times Magazine revealing that he has been living and working illegally in the U.S. Immigration issues aside, the coming out story has raised questions about whether a journalist can work with integrity while living a lie. New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren explains why they decided to publish the piece and Vargas' former boss, San Francisco Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein says he felt dupedwhen he found out the truth.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is increasing the number of possible endings for website addresses. There are currently 22 generic domains, including .com, .gov and .edu, but with the new rules, anything can go after the dot—for a price. The initial cost of one of these new top level domains is $185,000, plus an annual fee of $25,000 to maintain the domain. Wired.com writer Ryan Singel explains the significance of the change.
The New York Times' media editor Bruce Headlam is one of the stars of the new documentary Page One, which follows the Times’s media desk for a year at the paper. Guest host Mike Pesca talks to Headlam about the documentary and about some of the stories viewers get to see the Times chase down in the film.
The cartoon editor of the New Yorker, Bob Mankoff, is collaborating with humor researchers to figure out just what makes a cartoon caption funny. Mankoff discusses their findings, along with his own insights into the art and science of humor.
The music world lost a legend last week when Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died at the age of 69. NPR Music's Ann Powers talks about the symbolism of one of rock's great sidemen.