June 24, 2011

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Friday, June 24, 2011

The rules of cyber war, how "conventional wisdom" comes to be, and remembering E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons. Guest hosted by Mike Pesca.

The Press Favorite

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.

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The Conventional Wisdom

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.

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Journalist Jose Vargas' Illegal Immigration Revelation

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.

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Pentagon gets Rules of Cyber-War

Amidst the recent flurry of news coverage on hacks and hackers, President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that set down the rules-of-war for cyber attacks. James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says that while the actual threat of cyber warfare has been widely exaggerated many countries around the world are adopting policies to combat such attacks.

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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.

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Page One

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.

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The Secret Science (Or Is It Art?) Of Cartooning

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.


Remembering Clarence Clemons

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.

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