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Howard Dean's Scream, Revisited

Friday, February 05, 2016

A "Dean Scream" is shorthand for a campaign disaster. But did Howard Dean's 2004 shriek even happen the way it's remembered? And did it really doom him? FiveThirtyEight investigates.

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When Is Undercover Reporting Justified?

Friday, January 29, 2016

A look at the successes and failures of undercover reporters throughout history.

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Our Quinceañera

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Celebrate the show's 15th birthday by listening to some vintage OTM, in which we celebrate our 10th birthday.
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Why The Media Missed Bernie Sanders

Friday, January 22, 2016

Since he launched his campaign, Bernie Sanders has been called many things. Until recently, "serious candidate" wasn't one of them. Dylan Byers on the media's Bernie problem.

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The Wunderkind of the Free Culture Movement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A new book traces the life and death of Aaron Swartz alongside the history of copyright in America. 

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, January 01, 2016

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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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, January 01, 2016

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

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Polling & Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship

Friday, December 18, 2015

What if the problem with polling isn't bad polls but polls in general? The New Yorker's Jill Lepore on the history of polling and why skepticism is, and has always been, necessary.

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So You've Got a Demagogue

Friday, December 11, 2015

Donald Trump may be breaking the current political mold, but history has always anticipated characters like him. Here's what we can learn from the rise and fall of demagogues past.

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A Recent History of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Though this election season feels particularly falsity-filled, we've been on this road for a long time. Here's a brief history of political lies and how Trump has broken the mold.

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A Taxonomy of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Kicking off our deep dive into deception with a taxonomy of the political lie.

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Lies, Lies, Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

A brief history of political lies; a psychological look at why and how we lie; and whether we're really as divided as we think. 

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Present At The Creation

Friday, November 27, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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Debate Demands

Friday, November 06, 2015

Republican presidential candidates trying to reassert control over future debates were roundly mocked for their demands.

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A Brief History Of The Political "Outsider"

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Pundits are proclaiming this the year of the political "outsider." Same as it ever was.
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Running As An 'Outsider': An American Tradition

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pundits are surprised at the draw of "outsider" candidates like Trump, Carson, Fiorina, and Sanders this year. They shouldn't be.

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The Truth Behind "Truth"

Friday, October 23, 2015

The film "Truth" relives the bungled CBS report on President George W. Bush's national guard record, and how it brought down the careers of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes. 

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Truth(ish)

Friday, October 23, 2015

A farewell to coverage of Joe Biden's non-existent presidential campaign. Plus: the misleading language of drone warfare; a film examines Dan Rather's downfall at CBS; and more.

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Playboy Covers Up

Friday, October 16, 2015

Playboy strips what made it iconic: the nude pictorial. In our requiem for the Playmate centerfold, we look back at the history and cultural impact of the magazine. 

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Forgotten US History: The Mexican "Repatriations" of the 1930s

Friday, September 11, 2015

An estimated one million people were expelled to Mexico during the Great Depression, 60 percent of whom were US citizens. We hear how the anti-immigrant policies echo today's rhetoric.

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