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Mat Honan's Epic Hacking

Friday, August 10, 2012

In the space of just a few hours, hackers managed to remotely delete Wired reporter Mat Honan's iPad, iPhone, even the hard drive on his computer. Brooke talks to Mat about the surprisingly simple means by which the hackers were able to devastate his online life.

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Assessing the True Threat of Cyberwar

Friday, August 10, 2012

Last week, a massive, seemingly bi-partisan Cyber Security bill was filibustered in the Senate. The bill would have outlined voluntary standards to protect critical infrastructure from "cyber attack." There has been plenty of drum beating about the threat of cyber warfare, but just how realistic is the threat of an attack that could wreak havoc on our national infrastructure? On the Media producer Alex Goldman investigates.

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Following Politicians' Deleted Tweets

Friday, August 10, 2012

It makes sense to assume an off-key tweet will disappear by itself in the ever-expanding Twitter-verse without consequence.  But some politicians don’t risk it, and delete tweets that might get spun into gaffes.  Enter the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops site, which keeps track of politicians’ tweets, lest a cover-up slip through the cracks.  Bob talks with Tom Lee who’s in charge of the project.

 

Errors - Tusk

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Will the Phone Hacking Scandal Bring Down The British Government?

Friday, April 27, 2012

In Britain’s inquiry into the Murdochs this week the big revelation was a trove of 163 emails highlighting a cozy relationship between the office of the UK culture minister and one of James Murdoch’s closest aides. Daily Beast reporter Peter Jukes talks to Bob about the latest travails of the ...

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Malaysia's Freedom of Speech, Online and Off

Friday, December 09, 2011

There’s an amazing array of media in Malaysia, in sundry languages and formats, but one thing unites nearly all of them – they’re strictly censored by the Malaysian government.  But through a quirk of history there’s one notable exception where real reporting can be read and it’s a big one; the internet.  OTM producer Jamie York talks to journalism professor Zaharom Nain, free media advocate Masjaliza Hamzah and malaysiakini co-founder Steven Gan about the effects of speech, free and censored, in Malaysia.

Jamie's story was reported from Malaysia on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project.

Muzik Tarian Malaysia - Gambus Mahligai

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One Cambodian Journalist's Search for Justice

Friday, December 09, 2011

From 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge killed approximately 1.7 million Cambodians.  In the years since motive and any kind of justice have been hard to come by.  But one journalist has been slowly, patiently befriending ex-Khmer Rouge killers and coaxing confessions out of them – on camera.  Bob speaks with Thet Sambath about his one man truth and reconciliation project and the resulting film: Enemies of the People.

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Fox News Asking the Tough Questions

Friday, December 09, 2011

This primary season has seen Republican candidates sweating under the bright cable news lights at Fox News. We've seen contentious moments and tough interviews on the network. Bob speaks with New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman who says that this change in tone is a very conscious choice by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. 

Shabazz Palaces - Endeavors for Never

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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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Occupy Wall Street and More

Friday, October 07, 2011

Paying attention to Occupy Wall Street, jumping the gun on reporting the Amanda Knox verdict, and a look back at Steve Jobs and Apple's iconic advertising.

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Prosecuting the Irvine 11

Friday, September 30, 2011

In February of last year, a group of Muslim students on the University of California Irvine campus disrupted a speech by Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the US. The university punished the students, but the "Irvine 11" also faced criminal charges, and last Friday 10 of them were convicted of conspiracy and disturbance of a meeting.  Bob spoke with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who explained why his office decided to prosecute, and with the Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, who says the student outburst was not protected by the First Amendment, but prosecuting them went too far.

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The Upside of Legal Advertising

Friday, September 16, 2011

Late night ads for lawyers on TV seem like the lowest form of advertising - they prey on the weak and sleep deprived, encouraging them to monetize their misery by starting frivolous lawsuits. But might they actually serve a purpose? Bob talks to legal experts as well as the grandfather of legal advertising, and finds that even the sleaziest ad does something for the common good.

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Hams Travel to South Sudan

Friday, September 16, 2011

When South Sudan became an independent nation this year, amateur radio enthusiasts (a.k.a. 'hams') were excited. For them, South Sudan was one more far-off place to communicate with. The only problem? Few people in South Sudan knew much about amateur radio. Bob spoke with ham operator Paul Ewing, who travelled to South Sudan to solve that problem.

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The Leak at WikiLeaks

Friday, September 02, 2011

This week WikiLeaks released the largest number of US diplomatic cables to date, but the release has been overshadowed by an unredacted leak of its entire cache of cables. Bob talks to Atlantic Wire writer Adam Clark Estes about who's blaming who for the leak at WikiLeaks and what this could mean for WikiLeaks in the future.

Song: Lead Us To The End

Artist: The Quantic Soul Orchestra

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Clearing The Air

Friday, May 30, 2008

In January 2007, South America’s largest city officially banned outdoor advertising. Billboards, neon signs, bus-stop ads, even the Goodyear blimp - all were suddenly illegal. Folha de Sao Paulo reporter Vinicius Galvao describes seeing his city as though for the first time.

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Sound Reasoning

Friday, May 30, 2008

The sound in the spaces around us has a history. Princeton University professor and author of The Soundscape of Modernity Emily Thompson studies that history. Thompson says that what we hear in the world and the way we listen result from architectural methods, technological innovations and even the ...

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Head Room

Friday, May 30, 2008

As technologies improve, we are increasingly living (and working and training) in a space that is, more or less, unreal. Brooke counts the virtues of a virtual world.

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The News Tower

Friday, May 30, 2008

In the past several years, two august institutions of journalism have built brand new headquarters with two very different philosophies. Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker, contrasts the shiny, glass-and-steel towers of The New York Times Co. and Bloomberg L.P.

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Building Hype

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ever notice that sophisticated architectural renderings make construction projects look impossibly attractive. Exactly, says Dwell senior editor Geoff Manaugh, who blogs at bldgblog.blogspot.com. That's precisely the point.

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Moveable Type

Friday, May 30, 2008

The clanging noises of manual typewriters, teletype machines and rotary phones are long gone from the modern newsroom. But those sounds still exist in the New York Times' new building as part of a giant art installation called Moveable Type. Brooke talks with the artists and a big ...

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May 30, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

Show summary: A special OTM devoted entirely to issues of space and media

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