On the Media: September 2, 2011

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Friday, September 02, 2011

How the government handles information that's in the public domain but remains classified, the increasing frequency of scientific paper retractions, measuring the hype around hurricane Irene.

Classification Conundrum

How should the government handle information that is both secret and no longer secret?  It's a problem agencies like the CIA and FBI have long grappled with, but it's made all the more complicated by groups like Wikileaks who make classified information available for the public.  The New York Times' Scott Shane talks about the government's classification dilemma.

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The Leak at WikiLeaks

This week WikiLeaks released the largest number of US diplomatic cables to date, but the release has been overshadowed by an unredacted leak of its entire cache of cables. Bob talks to Atlantic Wire writer Adam Clark Estes about who's blaming who for the leak at WikiLeaks and what this could mean for WikiLeaks in the future.

Song: Lead Us To The End

Artist: The Quantic Soul Orchestra

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A Storm That Earned Its Hype

Last weekend's coverage of Irene proved that a hurricane isn't just a meteorological event, it's also a huge media event. The most dire media predictions for the storm's impact didn't come to pass, causing some to say the storm was over hyped by the media. Brooke talks with the New York Times' Nate Silver, who says the numbers show that Irene may have actually been under-hyped.

Song: Walla Illa

Artist: Tinawiren

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Scientific Retractions on the Rise

When a paper released by a scientific journal turns out to be wrong – either due to human error or intentional fraud – the journal’s editors often will issue a retraction advising scientists to disregard the research. A recent Wall Street Journal study has found the number of such retractions to be soaring. We asked Wired Magazine science writer Jonah Lehrer what he thinks is going on.

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Retraction Watch

There's often a really interesting story behind a retraction. That's what Ivan Oransky told us. He's a doctor and journalist and founder, along with Adam Marcus, of a blog called Retraction Watch. They monitor scientific journals and investigate why articles were retracted. They uncovered serious ethical breaches at a variety of journals. We asked Oransky to tell us about some of the stories he's covered this year.

Song: Lead Us To The End

Artist: The Quantic Soul Orchestra

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When Television Characters Graduate

Most television writers don’t like change.  If your formula isn’t broken, why fix it?  But if your show is set in high-school, there is one shark you absolutely must jump: graduation.   Kevin Fallon wrote about this conundrum for The Atlantic’s entertainment blog, where he examined how different shows have tried to keep the formula -- and the cast -- once they leave high school behind. 

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Remembering Stetson Kennedy

Author, Journalist, historian, and activist Stetson Kennedy began his long career collecting oral histories for the US government's Federal Writer's Project during the great depression. Kennedy passed away last Saturday at the age of 94. Peggy Bulger, director of the American Folklife division of the Library of Congress, talks to Bob about Kennedy's life and accomplishments.

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