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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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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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This Magic Momentum

Friday, March 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton's victories this week barely dented Barack Obama’s delegate lead, but they did wonders for her momentum. That is if you believe in all that momentum stuff. Slate's Tim Noah says momentum is less a political reality than a narrative device for reporters.

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The No Talk Express

Friday, March 07, 2008

John McCain's contentious history with his hometown paper, The Arizona Republic, has included bitter exchanges and periods when McCain refused to talk with the paper at all. Politico’s media reporter Michael Calderone talks about the evolution of the relationship.

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NPR CEO O-U-T

Friday, March 07, 2008

After only 18 months as head of National Public Radio, CEO Ken Stern stepped down on Thursday by “mutual agreement” with the board. Current reporter Karen Everhart says Stern’s ideas about the direction of public radio, including an aggressive push into digital media, met with resistance from influential member stations.

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Life Squared

Friday, March 07, 2008

Last weekend, 23-year-old crossword puzzle phenom Tyler Hinman bested solvers from around the country to win the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for a fourth straight year. On the Media producer Mike Vuolo followed contestant Stella Daily to the competition in 2006 and came back with this ...

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Letters

Friday, March 07, 2008

Listeners weigh in on the upcoming conversion to digital TV and the recent death of William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Revenge of the Nerds

Friday, March 07, 2008

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax died this week. First published in 1974, the fantasy role playing game has been ridiculed as the pastime of supergeeks, but don't dismiss D&D. Time magazine columnist James Poniewozik says the game has had a profound influence on today's popular culture.

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March 7, 2008

Friday, March 07, 2008

Show Summary: McCain's rocky rapport with his hometown paper; beware the bedbug story!; and cruciverbalists compete

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The Long Arm of the Law

Friday, March 07, 2008

Making its way through the New York state legislature is the Libel Terrorism Protection Act. The bill aims to mitigate the impact of libel tourism, which former civil-rights attorney Samuel Abady believes undermines our First Amendment.

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People Power

Friday, February 29, 2008

There's a new era of online community and it's challenging our notions of entertainment, activism and audience. Clay Shirky’s new book, Here Comes Everybody, depicts this online world, driven by networks that grow and act in never-before-seen ways.

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Love Is On The Air

Friday, February 29, 2008

Do the media have a crush on Barack Obama? National Journal columnist William Powers thinks so. Powers says that while Hillary Clinton has to work to recast herself against a pre-written narrative, Barack Obama is virtually a media blank slate.

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The Early Word

Friday, February 29, 2008

Campaign correspondents tread a narrow path between political analysis and outright prognostication. Once quick to predict the future (Google these words: wrong about New Hampshire), are reporters now more circumspect? And is all coverage created equal? New York Magazine’s John Heilemann weighs in.

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A Shred of Evidence

Friday, February 29, 2008

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East German secret police scrambled to shred the records they'd been keeping on their citizens. German computer scientists are now digitally reassembling 600 million scraps of paper from life under the Stasi. Reporter Andrew Curry chronicled the process for ...

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Smurfiversary

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Smurfs turn 50 this year and this week the first season of the U.S. television series was released on DVD. Over the years, the little blue creatures have been criticized by feminists, embraced as Communists, and even used by UNICEF in a shocking ...

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Broadcasting to the Converted

Friday, February 29, 2008

If you still get your TV from over-the-air analog broadcast, you'll receive only static in less than a year - that is, unless you get a new TV or a converter box. The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro says there's widespread confusion even though it's not that ...

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WFB RIP

Friday, February 29, 2008

This week marked the passing of editor, publisher, columnist, author and TV host William F. Buckley Jr., one of the most prominent media figures of the 20th century. But to remember Buckley as just a media phenomenon may be giving him short shrift.

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What He Said

Friday, February 22, 2008

In the windy realm of political oratory, boosting words or cadence or even whole sentiments is nothing new. Did it stick, then, when the Clinton campaign invoked the P-word after Obama borrowed a few sentences from Gov. Deval Patrick? Copy that!

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Drawing Within the Lines

Friday, February 22, 2008

With an African-American and a woman battling for the Democratic nomination, editorial cartoonists face occasional criticism of racism or misogyny. Editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson explains that he still tries not to hold anything back. And Professor Elaine K. Miller describes the cartoons depicting 1984 ...

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February 22, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

Show Summary: The New York Times v McCain; Barack Obama's war of words; cartoonists and comedians struggle with satirizing Obama

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