Brooke Gladstone

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New Variety on Network Evening News

Friday, October 28, 2011

One explanation that's been given for the increase in network news viewership is the variety of choices now available among the three major newscasts.  Brooke spoke with Andrew Tyndall, who monitors the nightly newscasts of ABC, NBC and CBS on the Tyndall Report website.  He says the days of the interchangeable newscast are over.

Ludwig van Beethoven - "Symphony No. 9 Mvt. 2, Scherzo"

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Audiences Returning to Network TV News

Friday, October 28, 2011

For years, network television news has seen a steady decline in viewership.  But new Nielsen ratings show an increase in audience numbers for the first time in a decade.  Brooke spoke to NewsLab Executive Director Deborah Potter about the new signs of life for network TV news.

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The Government vs. the Freedom of Information Act

Friday, October 28, 2011

Currently, the government can avoid Freedom of Information Act requests in certain narrow circumstances by refusing to confirm or deny the existence of documents.  But new rules proposed by the Department of Justice would allow the government to lie to requesters, saying that documents don't exist even when they do. Brooke talks to Michael German, Policy Council for the American Civil Liberties Union, about this proposed rule change.

Smog - "Held"

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Spoilers Don't Spoil Anything

Friday, October 07, 2011

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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Teen Fiction Shies Away from Gay Characters

Friday, October 07, 2011

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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