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Greeks, Dingoes, and Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

On the popular misconceptions surrounding the Greek debt crisis, women whose lives were mistold by the media, and humor, both robotic and Soviet.

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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

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Did Science Fiction Predict the Future of Journalism?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Brooke speaks with journalist Loren Ghiglione, who believes he might have found some answers about the future of journalism in the science fiction of the past.

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If We Knew Then...

Friday, May 22, 2015

A surprisingly difficult -- and misleading -- question about the Iraq War, the police bombing that no one remembers, and the struggle of ownership in the age of the "Internet of Things."

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Who Remembers the MOVE Bombing?

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1985, Philadelphia police bombed a city block and killed 11 people. This month, NPR's Gene Demby reported on the anniversary and discovered much of his audience had never heard of it.

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The Wrong Hypothetical Question

Friday, May 22, 2015

In interviews over the past two weeks, 2016 hopefuls are facing a bad hypothetical question on Iraq: "knowing what we know now" would they have authorized the 2003 invasion?

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$pread, For and By Sex Workers

Friday, May 01, 2015

Brooke speaks with two former editors of $pread, a magazine by and for sex workers that folded in 2011, about their new anthology and what the media gets wrong about sex work.

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Staring Into the Abyss

Friday, March 13, 2015

Brooke follows up on her conversation with Radiolab, and explores our longstanding fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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Cashing in on Ferguson, That Letter to Iran, and Nihilism's Allure

Friday, March 13, 2015

Has constant media presence turned the town of Ferguson into a symbol and a brand? Also, Brooke charts the history of nihilism.

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The Damage Has Been Done

Friday, March 06, 2015

With the release of their latest propaganda video featuring an apparent destruction of the Mosul Museum, ISIS got the art world fumed.

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What Radio Can Teach The Internet

Friday, February 27, 2015

Net neutrality is a 21st century concern, but the policy debate that erupted between FCC chairs, business and citizens echoes an eerily similar fray— from 70 years ago.

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Black, White and Red All Over

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Wilmington Race Riots of 1898 were galvanized by racism in the local press. More than a century later, two newspapers apologized. 

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The Legacy of Lynching

Friday, February 13, 2015

This week, 700 new victims were added to the tally of over 3,200 African-Americans lynched in the Jim Crow era South. Bryan Stevenson says we've got the legacy of lynching wrong, too.

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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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