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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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May 23, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Show Summary: The forces tugging at the book industry, an ATM-like machine for literature, and the rise of E-paper.

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The Long Tale

Friday, May 23, 2008

Two new translations of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace came out last fall. It seems everyone agrees that the 460,000-word novel is a masterpiece, but does anyone actually read it? Newsweek's Malcolm Jones says it's worth your time.

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Vanishing Reviews

Friday, May 23, 2008

Book review sections around the country are facing fewer pages, shorter reviews and pressure to include best sellers. But does anyone care? Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times book section, does. He says book reviews are struggling for survival.

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OTM's Novel Challenge Finale

Friday, May 23, 2008

We asked and we received. 1,000+ entries later, we conclude our novel challenge with a reading of our favorite 12-word novels submitted by you.

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Taking Fire

Friday, May 16, 2008

In last week’s clashes in Beirut, Hezbollah targeted the headquarters of the Al Mustaqbal television station and newspaper. But this wasn’t a simple case of media suppression. Rami Khouri, editor at large at the Daily Star in Lebanon, explains the political significance of the attacks.

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Best Seats in the House

Friday, May 16, 2008

With many reporters skipping White House press briefings in these waning days of the Bush administration, journalists from some very obscure news outlets are moving up to the front row. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank thinks that's as it should be.

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May 16, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Show Summary: Hezbollah targets the Lebanese media: the real definition of "green collar"; and Bob's hate love relationship with the new Newseum.

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Word Watch: Green Collar

Friday, May 16, 2008

The political candidates are starting to agree that "green collar jobs" are key to our economic and environmental future but they don't agree on the definition of a green collar job. Environmental leader Phil Angelides and reporter Russ Juskalian parse out what the term has come ...

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News as Muse

Friday, May 16, 2008

Join Bob as he visits the Newseum, a 250,000 square foot museum about news that has opened in Washington DC. After expressing a healthy share of cynicism about some Newseum artifacts, he finds some meaning in the 4-D movies, the news history gallery, and even the likeness of James Madison ...

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Just Say Know

Friday, May 16, 2008

Methamphetamine addiction has overwhelmed many western states. So in 2005 the Montana Meth Project was launched. The group approached the meth crisis as a consumer marketing problem and created a shocking ad campaign, which Executive Director Nitsa Zuppas claims has been a dramatic success.

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Real Noticias

Friday, May 16, 2008

As California's Spanish-speaking population continues to grow, so do ratings for the Spanish-language local news. Univision's broadcasts are the most watched in the city. Former L.A. Times reporter Joe Matthews compared Spanish and English local news broadcasts for six weeks and found that the Spanish-language broadcasts also led ...

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Feet Fight

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Associated Press has joined with Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS in a lawsuit against South Dakota over a law forbidding exit polling with in 100 feet of a voting place. South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson says exit polling can impinge on the voting ...

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Letter of the Law

Friday, May 09, 2008

Last November the FBI used a top secret National Security Letter to demand user information from the Internet Archive, an online library. Internet Archive co-founder Brewster Kahle decided not to comply. Instead he sued and the FBI backed down. Kahle describes what it's like to challenge ...

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Scott Bloch(ed)

Friday, May 09, 2008

The Office of the Special Counsel is supposed to protect government whistleblowers, but watchdog groups charge that under director Scott Bloch the agency has been ineffectual and worse. The FBI raided Bloch’s office this week amid these allegations. Jeff Ruch, director of Public Employees for Environmental ...

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Inside the Mind of a Talking Head

Friday, May 09, 2008

When news happens, and even when it doesn't, Rachel Maddow is there to discuss it. She has a radio show on Air America and often appears on MSNBC as a sidekick, guest, or panelist. Maddow gives a pundit's-eye-view of Tuesday's primary coverage and discusses the compromises of professional ...

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The Elite Beat

Friday, May 09, 2008

Barack Obama's success in this week's primary contests took place despite an all-out effort by the Clinton campaign to paint him as "elite." Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg describes how the meaning of elite has changed over the years and psychologist Drew Westen explains why being labeled an ...

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Search is the New Black

Friday, May 02, 2008

Rushmore Drive is a new search engine designed to return results targeted to black people. CEO Johnny Taylor explains why segregated search makes sense and web entrepreneur Omar Wasow gives a status report on the state of the black internet.

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The Pleasure Principle

Friday, May 02, 2008

Consuming the same media as your peers is what social scientists call homophily, better known as ‘birds of a feather flock together’. Ethan Zuckerman, blogger and internet theorist, has been trying to fight this instinct online. He offers techniques for surprising and challenging readers with news ...

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Correction and Letters

Friday, May 02, 2008

Brooke and Bob read a few of your letters and comments.

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