Covering the NBA Lockout and More

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Friday, November 18, 2011

The challenges faced by sports journalists covering the NBA lockout, a new attitude in the Middle East against regimes killing their own people and the story of a joke Facebook game that became more popular than its designer ever imagined.

Occupy Wall Street after Zuccotti Park

Much of the reporting on the eviction of occupiers from Zuccotti Park this week focused on what happens next -- can the movement survive without a physical location? Sasha Costanza-Chock is an MIT professor who has been studying the protests. He talks to Brooke about what the future holds for OWS and about how the protestors are organizing digitally in new ways.

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Proposing a Constitutional Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

Massachusetts congressman Jim McGovern, believing that there is too much corporate influence in politics, has proposed a drastic and most likely futile bill to attempt to amend the Consitution to exclude corporations as "people". Bob talks to Congressman McGovern about why he chose to take this step.

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The Trouble With NBA Lockout Coverage

The negotiations between NBA players and NBA owners broke down this week - pushing the league to the precipice of missing an entire season of games. What started as a sports story has become a complicated labor story. Brooke talks with NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca about the difficulties the lockout poses for sports reporter who know a lot about how to cover a game but less about protracted labor negotiations. 

Trombone Shorty - Right to Complain

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Arab Governments No Longer Ignoring Regional Atrocities

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is becoming increasingly isolated.  Eight months into the Syrian uprising, with estimates of more than 3,500 people killed, the Arab League voted to suspend Syria's membership in the organization.  Bob speaks with Foreign Policy blogger Marc Lynch, who says the idea that Assad would lose legitimacy among fellow Arab leaders for killing his own people may seem obvious, but it is actually a revolutionary shift in the regional mentality.

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Freedom Of Information Laws Around the World

Over the last year the Associated Press has tried to answer a simple question: Of the more the 100 countries with freedom-of-information laws on the books, how many actually work?  These laws are increasingly popular, but Martha Mendoza, the AP’s lead reporter on the project tells Brooke that when it comes to compliance talk is cheap.

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Freedom Of Information Laws in India

India instituted a Right to Information law a few years ago that's very similar to the Freedom of Information Act in the US. The law has worked well as an anti-corruption tool but there's only problem. Some of the people who've used it have been killed afterwards. Bloomberg reporter Mejul Srivasta talks to Bob about how India is trying to protect its whistleblowers.

Tortoise - Gigantes (Mark Ernestus Version)

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Six Weeks of Superbetter

In September, we spoke to game designer Jane McGonigal about her game Superbetter, which was designed to help players recover from injury and illness. On the Media producer Alex Goldman, who was hit by a car in May, played the game for the last six weeks and blogged about his experiences on our website. Brooke talks to Alex and Jane about how they played the game.

CLICK HERE to read On the Media Producer Alex's Goldman's blog entries about using Superbetter.

Vangelis - Chariots of Fire

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Cow Clicker

Video game designer Ian Bogost creates 'serious' video games designed to make you think. One of those games, however, has become an unlikely success. It's called 'Cow Clicker' and though it started as a parody of Farmville-style social networking games - it came to be taken very seriously by a group of gamers who found it endlessly fun. OTM producer PJ Vogt reports on what happens when your creations take on a life of their own.

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