Occupy Everything and More

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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Occupy protests go global, the shifting meaning of the word "occupy," and Bob Garfield reports from South Africa on its state-run media, and the world of South African political satire.

The Media, the President, and the Horse Race

This week, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study called "The Media Primary," which followed positive and negative coverage of presidential candidates from 11,500 sources. They found that President Obama received nearly four times as much negative press as he did positive press. Mark Jurkowitz of the Project for Excellence in Journalism talks to Brooke about the study, and what these numbers mean.

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The Media's Contentious Relationship with Presidents

Robert Lichter, of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University has run studies similar to Pew's for decades, and has found that by and large, the press is incredibly critical of presidents. Brooke talks to Lichter about how other presidents have fared in the media compared to Obama in Pew's recently released study.

J Dilla - "Runnin'"

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The Foreign Press On Occupy Wall Street

The American press has begun playing closer attention to Occupy Wall Street. But what does the foreign press make of it? Brooke spoke with TheAtlantic.com contributor Heather Horn about foreign press coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Horn says the foreign press was quick to take the protests seriously and quick to connect them with protests around the world.

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Word Watch: Occupy

As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread around the world, they have changed the meaning and usage of the word "Occupy." Ben Zimmer, executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and former "On Language" columnist for the New York Times, tracks how the word's meaning has shifted over just the last month.

Nicolas Jaar – "Problems with the Sun"

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South Africa's Uncertain Political Future

Seventeen years after the fall of apartheid, South Africa's ANC government has failed to provide basic services to the people of South Africa. Andrew Meldrum of GlobalPost reported from southern Africa for almost three decades. He says he's afraid that the rhetoric of a young firebrand Julius Malema may speak to people's discontent and help usher in an era of real instability in South Africa. 

Blockhead – "Attack the Doctor"

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State-owned Media in South Africa

Under Apartheid rule, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was notorious as a megaphone of the ruling National Party. Now with three major TV channels and several radio stations broadcasting in 11 languages, the SABC continues to dominate the broadcast media market. With new media legislation in the pipeline, some are accusing the ANC government of employing the Apartheid-era control tactics. Bob talks to a smattering of journalists and media watchdogs on the ground in Johannesburg.

Sam Amidon – "Prodigal Son"

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Political Satire in South Africa

Pieter-Dirk Uys and Jonathan Shapiro are satirists with different mediums, but a similar mission. Shapiro is a political cartoonist who publishes under the name Zapiro. Uys is a performer whose character Evita Bezuidenhout is billed as the most famous white woman in South Africa. Bob talks to the two about their work under apartheid, when their criticism of the government was as constant as it was ruthless.

Vusi Mahlasela – "Two Birds"

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