Kony 2012 Backlash, Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads, and More

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Assessing the viral Kony 2012 campaign, new legislation in Mexico that makes attacks on journalists a federal offense, and using graphic imagery to discourage smoking.

What To Make of Kony 2012

The internet film KONY 2012, which calls for the capture of Joseph Kony - the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, has received tens of millions views on YouTube. Reaching an incredible number of people has brought the film, and the organization that produced it, under criticism however. Brooke speaks with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who says that despite some faults, the film might help bring about change. 

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The Kony that Ugandans Know

Musa Okwonga is a writer and musician of Ugandan descent, he wrote about the Kony 2012 phenomena for British newspaper The Independent.  He grew up hearing about Kony and he talks to Brooke about the sudden attention that Kony’s received and whether the video’s benefits make up for its shortcomings.


Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal - Oscarine


Calculating Body Counts

So often our understanding and prosecution of monsters like Joseph Kony comes down to a rigorous appraisal of their crimes – chief among them body counts.  And the person who is most often charged with determining body counts for international criminal courts and war crimes tribunals is statistician Patrick Ball.  Ball talks to Bob about why accuracy is paramount when it comes to tabulating & reporting the worst crimes against humanity.


Adrian Younge - Turn Down the Sound


An Amendment to Protect Mexican Journalists

This week, the Mexican Senate approved a constitutional amendment that would give the federal government jurisdiction over murders of journalists, taking over that responsibility from local officials who are often either ineffective, corrupt, or both. Brooke speaks with Eugenio Herrera, the General Counsel for Groupo Reforma, the largest newspaper publisher in Mexico about the amendment. 

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Mexico's El Diario Pleads with Drug Cartels

In 2010, after another staff journalist had been killed by the drug cartels, the Ciudad Juarez newspaper El Diario published a front page editorial – it’s title was ‘What Do You Want From Us?”  Brooke spoke with El Diario editor Gerardo Rodriguez about his plaintive, angry and very public question for the cartels.

Oddisee - All Along the River


CDC's Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are unleashing a new ad campaign that graphically depicts the consequences of smoking. The campaign, called "Tips From Former Smokers," is the first of its kind by the federal government.  Bob speaks to CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden about the new commercials.

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Tobacco's Freedom of Silence

A few weeks ago a federal judge struck down the Food and Drug Administration’s attempts at imposing graphic anti-smoking photos on cigarette packages.  The judge found that the photos violated a rare form of protected speech - the right to not say anything at all.  Chicago Tribune columnist and editorial writer Steve Chapman talks to Bob about freedom of speech and freedom of silence.


White Rabbits - Heavy Metal

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The NEW "Choice of a New Generation"

For years, Pepsi was the "Choice of a New Generation." The iconic tagline was used in Pepsi advertisements throughout the 1980s, but now the breakfast cereal company MOM Brands is repurposing the phrase to market its Better Oats instant oatmeal. Bob speaks to MOM Brands corporate communications manager Linda Fisher about using an old tagline for a new product.


Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax

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