Occupy Wall Street and More

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Paying attention to Occupy Wall Street, jumping the gun on reporting the Amanda Knox verdict, and a look back at Steve Jobs and Apple's iconic advertising.

Occupy Wall Street

The world watches as Occupy Wall Street approaches its fourth week of protests in lower Manhattan and similar demonstrations pop up around the country—but this new-found media attention was slow to catch on.  Brooke speaks with Bill Dobbs, a press representative for OWS about what they are doing to generate media coverage.  Then Brooke speaks with Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, about what needs to happen before protests are transformed into a movement.

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Al Qaeda Loses Its English Voice

Last Friday, an American drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, two leading Al Qaeda propagandists. Both were US citizens and spoke fluent English, which they utilized in their effort to recruit new members from the west.  Bob spoke with Jarret Brachman, author of Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice, about the significance of losing Khan and al-Awlaki for Al Qaeda.

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The Loss of a Valuable Journalistic Tool

For years, health care reporters have employed a government database called the National Practitioner Data Bank, containing information on malpractice payouts.  The public version of the database hides the names of physicians, but after a reporter was able to identify an anonymous doctor, the public database was taken offline.  Bob talks to Charles Ornstein of the Association of Health Care Journalists about why the database is important, and attempts by journalists to regain access to it.

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Daily Mail Misreports Amanda Knox Verdict

In England, The Daily Mail misreported the Amanda Knox verdict, stating that her appeal had been denied and she would remain in jail. The article was complete with quotes from prosecutors and a detailed description of Knox and her family's reactions. Brooke spoke with Tim Ireland, a media blogger, who wrote about the incident for the Daily Mail Watch, and had an email exchange with the article's author.

 

Music:

Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - Cancao Do Deserto

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Teen Fiction Shies Away from Gay Characters

Writers Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith co-authored Stranger, a post-apocalyptic teen novel.  Despite the popularity of the genre, the authors say they can't find a publisher because one of the book's main characters is gay.  Brooke talks to Brown about the publishing industry's aversion to gay characters in teen fiction.

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Spoilers Don't Spoil Anything

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego says that, despite what we might expect, spoilers don't actually spoil our enjoyment of a story—at least not in books.  In fact, knowing the ending might even make us enjoy stories more.  Brooke spoke to Jonah Lehrer of Wired, who wrote about the study.

 

Music:

William Tyler - Tears and Saints

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Steve Jobs and Apple's Innovative Advertising

Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs died this week at the age of 56. Bob remembers the tech giant, and discusses Apple's iconic "1984" Super Bowl commercial, which he says is one of the best advertisements ever made. 

 

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Beatles - Revolution

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