The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street and More

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Friday, October 14, 2011

The Tea Party attempts to vilify Occupy Wall Street, the Mormon church launches a PR campaign, swearing on TV as a comedic device, radical literature for children.

The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

The media have drawn a lot of comparisons between the nascent "Occupy" protests and the Tea Party. But the Tea Party–or parts of it–objects to that comparison.  Brooke spoke to Politico’s Ken Vogel, who says some members of the Tea Party have launched a media campaign against Occupy Wall Street.

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"I'm a Mormon" Media Campaign

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—otherwise known as the Mormon Church—is expanding a national media campaign to dispel misconceptions the public might have about its members. Brooke spoke with Ron Wilson, the church's manager for internet and advertising, about the campaign and the misconceptions it hopes to correct.


The Heath Brothers - "Smilin' Billy"

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New Supreme Court Session Begins

The latest session of the Supreme Court began on October 3rd, and, as usual, the court will be hearing cases on the First Amendment, surveillance, copyright - all topics we regularly cover at On the Media. Brooke talks to The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak about some of the cases on the Supreme Court docket, and their potential ramifications.

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In Defense of the Bl**p

Some see bleeping obscenities out of broadcast television as censorship. Others see it as a very necessary means of protecting children. OTM producer Chris Neary has a different defense of bleeping - that it's an invaluable comedic device. He spoke with Michael Schur, the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, who says that the conviction of the person being bleeped is the key to laughs.


Anika - "Officer Officer"

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Rebel Books

Through the ages, children's books have been used to entertain, educate, socialize and indoctrinate. People often disagree (strongly and loudly), however, about whether a given book is educating or indoctrinating. Brooke spoke with Philip Nel, who co-edited a new anthology called Tales for Little Rebels, a review of radical children's literature from the 20th century.


Oddisee - "Chocolate City Dreaming"

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Media Skepticism About Iran Assassination Plot

The US government says it has thwarted an Iranian attempt to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, but some in the media have questioned the plausibility of the story. Brooke spoke to The Atlantic associate editor Max Fisher, who says the media are displaying an appropriate amount of skepticism in their reporting.


Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - "Cancao Do Deserto"

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Real and Unreal in Professional Wrestling

In a recent episode of the professional wrestling program WWE Raw, wrestling superstars, divas, referees, and announcers "walked off" the job to protest what they claimed were unsafe working conditions. In real-life, pro wrestlers might have cause for labor agitation: the WWE hires wrestlers as independent contractors and therefore does not provide Social Security or health insurance benefits. Brooke spoke to Deadspin writer David Shoemaker about the chance of life imitating art in professional wrestling.

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