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Gavel to Gavel

Friday, January 02, 2015

The 1991 trial of a young woman named Pamela Smart was the first to be covered on TV, gavel to gavel.

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The History of Beats

Friday, December 26, 2014

You’d think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn’t really take off until a little over a century ago.

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The State House Beat

Friday, December 26, 2014

Two-thirds of audited daily papers do not assign a single reporter to cover the State House. 

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Cosby Coverage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates about a 2008 magazine piece he wrote about Bill Cosby. 

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Survivor Library

Friday, November 14, 2014

In 1959, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now.  

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'Subversives'

Friday, November 14, 2014

In 1981, student journalist Seth Rosenfeld began researching the FBI's misconduct in its investigations of 1960s student protests at UC Berkeley.

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The Suicide Letter

Friday, November 14, 2014

The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. 

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The Medium is the Message at 50

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. 

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McLuhanisms, 50 Years Later

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brooke speaks to Nicholas Carr about how Marshall McLuhan's theories have held up, 50 years later.

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Regretting the Error

Friday, October 10, 2014

Last week, frequent OTM guest Craig Silverman characterized a video incorrectly while talking with Brooke. 

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Nothing But The Truth

Friday, October 03, 2014

The splintering image of the Secret Service, why rumors are more interesting than fact, and an atheist tome for kids.

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Gary Webb and the CIA

Friday, October 03, 2014

In 1996, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published a series of articles that connected the CIA, the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, and the exploding crack trade in Los Angeles. 

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The USS Pueblo Propaganda War

Friday, September 26, 2014

In 1968, an American spy ship was captured by North Korea, and its 82 crew members became propaganda pawns on television and radio worldwide. 

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The History of Beats

Friday, September 12, 2014

You’d think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn’t really take off until a little over a century ago.

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The State House Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two-thirds of audited daily papers do not assign a single reporter to cover the State House. 

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Rod Blagojevich Meets His Match

Friday, September 12, 2014

How one reporter was in the right place at the right time to uncover the story of a lifetime.

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The Labor Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

As the power of the unions declined, so did the number of labor reporters covering them.

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The Obit Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

There’s a saying from the early days of newspapers that goes “everyone gets to be in the paper twice: when they’re born, and when they die.”

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TLDR #15 - Internet Time

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In 1998 Swatch tried to completely reinvent our concept of time. Swatch Internet Time (or .beat time) would have been a new way to conceive of moments.
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Gavel to Gavel

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jeremiah Zagar, director of the documentary "Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart," speaks with Brooke about the role the media played in first trial to be covered gavel-to gavel. 

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