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You Can't Write This Stuff

Friday, April 11, 2008

Private investigator Anthony Pellicano is on trial in Federal District Court in Los Angeles. He's defending himself against charges of intimidating reporters on behalf of his high-powered Hollywood clients. With wiretapping, celebrities, and lots of money and intrigue, David Carr of The New York Times says the story ...

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Punditmonium

Friday, April 11, 2008

Gene Weingarten, writer for the Washington Post Magazine, got an idea: he would lock himself in a room for 24 hours straight with 5 TV's, 2 radios and a laptop all tuned to loud, opinionated pundits. After basically losing his mind, he tells us what he learned.

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How to Fix Tech Policy

Friday, April 11, 2008

What can the next president do to right the wrongs of the Bush Administration when it comes to technology policy? Columbia University law professor and co-author of Who Controls the Internet Tim Wu makes his recommendations regarding broadband, the FCC and government transparency through technology.

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The Last Shall Be First

Friday, April 11, 2008

Few of the ambitious plans, promised by dozens of U.S. cities, for municipal wireless internet service have materialized. That is, until Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle turned on lightning-fast, free internet this week to hundreds of residents of San Francisco's public housing projects. ...

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Battlefield Ethics

Friday, April 11, 2008

AP photographer Bilal Hussein has been held by U.S. authorities for two years on allegations that he had ties to Iraqi insurgents. This week, an Iraqi committee ordered Hussein to be freed, though U.S. authorities still haven't announced their plans for him. In the meantime, Bob asks

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April 11, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Show Summary: The reporter who broke the warrantless wiretapping story; technology recommendations for the next president; Pundimonium! 24 hours trapped in the world of punditry.

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Breaking the Wiretap

Friday, April 11, 2008

It's been over two years since New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau broke the NSA warrantless wiretapping story with James Risen. In his new book, Lichtblau explains the Woodward and Bernstein-like tale of exposing the program that's still surrounded in controversy and mystery.

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A Call to Rebels

Friday, April 04, 2008

For more than a decade, Rwandan rebels have been living at large in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Mike India, a one-man radio operation, spends his nights on the mic trying to convince them to lay down their arms and go home. Reporter Michael Kavanagh went to Congo for the ...

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Writing a Wrong

Friday, April 04, 2008

A group of Canadian Muslim students has filed a complaint under their country's Human Rights Act against Maclean's magazine for a piece they feel violated their human rights. The case has sparked a debate in Canada about press freedoms and multiculturalism. One of the students who ...

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Editors in Chief

Friday, April 04, 2008

For supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama the candidates' Wikipedia pages have become a key election battleground. The up-to-the-second nature of user-generated, user-corrected content means that an editor’s work is never done. The New Republic's Eve Fairbanks explains the political stakes of wiki-work.

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Al Jazeera's American Face

Friday, April 04, 2008

For the past two years, David Marash has been the face of Al Jazeera English as their Washington anchor. Recently Marash decided to leave the network, however, citing anti-American bias. He joins us to talk about his time there and his decision to depart.

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The Convenient Untruths

Friday, April 04, 2008

Psychologists have long known that humans have a remarkable ability to tune out facts that don't jibe with pre-existing beliefs. Farhad Manjoo, author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, says the natural draw toward "truthiness" has run amok in the modern media ...

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Pressing On

Friday, April 04, 2008

For some in the media, the race for the Democratic nomination is effectively over. Most outlets, however, continue to cover every twist and turn as if it all still matters. Slate political reporter Chris Beam, Atlantic associate editor Marc Ambinder and ABC News political director David ...

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Update

Friday, April 04, 2008

A new poll finds that for the first time in years, opinion of the U.S. abroad has improved. Now, 35% of respondents think the U.S. is a positive influence.

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April 4, 2008

Friday, April 04, 2008

Show Summary: Can a magazine piece be a human rights violation in Canada; and why are media still covering the race for the Democratic nomination?

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On The Media

March 28, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Show Summary: The past and present of the Olympic brand; a conflict of interest at ESPN; and Bhutanese journalists learn how to cover their country's first election.

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Under The Gun

Friday, March 28, 2008

Think the 2nd Amendment provides individuals legal protection for the ‘right to bear arms’? You’re not alone, but for decades Supreme Court opinion has run to the contrary. Slate's legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick explains why the High Court and the public haven’t been on the ...

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Crying Foul

Friday, March 28, 2008

ESPN has grown into the biggest force in sports broadcasting. But John Ourand, a reporter with the Sports Business Journal, says other networks, the various sports leagues, and even advertisers believe that ESPN, in fact, does more harm than good.

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Extra! Extra! We Still Want News

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Project for Excellence in Journalism released its annual State of the News Media report and the state of the news is strong. There is an audience! Of course, the business model could use some work.

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Letters

Friday, March 28, 2008

An update on the merger of satellite radio monoliths XM and Sirius. Plus, listeners weigh in about our program marking the fifth year of the Iraq war.

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