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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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Meat Marketing

Friday, February 22, 2008

An undercover video of a downer cow being dragged into a slaughterhouse at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Company was featured in thousands of news stories this week. Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle explains why these images so successfully captured the media’s attention.

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Letters

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bob and Brooke read listener comments about last week's segment on the congressional walk-out.

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Obama's Debut

Friday, February 22, 2008

The one time Barack Obama appeared on "Saturday Night Live," he played himself (at a Halloween party hosted by the Clintons). This weekend, however, "SNL" will debut an Obama caricature that head writer Seth Myers says proved a challenge to create.

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Jungle Love

Friday, February 22, 2008

Fidel Castro resigned this week. Before his lengthy tenure began, New York Times reporter Herbert L. Matthews interviewed Castro in the jungle—and fell in love with his cause. Years later, reporter Anthony DePalma wrote about the exchange and joined us to talk about it.

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Haditha Untold

Friday, February 15, 2008

The story of Haditha is one of a massacre of Iraqi civilians at the hands of American Marines, a low point among low points of the War in Iraq. That was the first draft. However, two of the Marines are about to face Courts Martial. And the defense will try ...

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Instant Karma

Friday, February 15, 2008

In February of 1968 the Beatles traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritual leader who died early this month. New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn says that – despite its abrupt ending – the trip was a creative inspiration ...

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Sign Of The Times

Friday, February 15, 2008

For a half century this semaphoric arrangement of lines and letters has served as a stand-in for pacifists, civil rights activists, and counter-culturalists. Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin explains the origins and reinterpretations of this enduring symbol.

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Fight Or Flight

Friday, February 15, 2008

Frustrated with the liquid ban while flying? Too bad. Wondering why the Transportation Security Administration can strip search you? Good luck with that. That is, until now. The TSA has started a blog and security expert and TSA critic Bruce Schneier thinks it may usher in ...

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The Shows Go On

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Writers Guild of America voted this week to end a 100-day strike that left many television shows in limbo. So did they get what they bargained for? NPR’s Kim Masters says the Guild has successfully spun the deal as a victory.

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Pimp My News

Friday, February 15, 2008

MSNBC’s David Shuster, while not the only reporter in trouble for using a p-word this week, is the only one suspended for doing so. The Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar says Shuster’s suspension and NBC’s apologies may have more to do with Chris Matthews than a single ...

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February 15, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

Show Summary: Congress stages a walk out; a post writer's strike deal is struck; and the Transportation Security Administration sets up a blog.

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February 8, 2008

Friday, February 08, 2008

Show Summary: First Amendment: fact or fiction; hackers mark their turf; and an e-mail blunder ends up on the front page of the New York Times.

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Managing Oversight

Friday, February 08, 2008

The (now vacant) Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board wrapped up its first term with its second annual report. Has the 5-member panel been a genuine check on government power, as the 9/11 Commission had in mind? Lisa Graves, of the Center for National ...

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Oops! I E-mailed a Reporter

Friday, February 08, 2008

If you’re a partner at a powerful law firm and your client is in secret settlement talks, you really don't want to send a confidential e-mail to the wrong person - especially not a reporter. Guess what the New York Times' Alex Berenson found in his inbox? He ...

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Kenya's Fragile Press

Friday, February 08, 2008

In the midst of violence following a disputed presidential election, Kenya’s government banned all live radio and television broadcasts. This seemingly mild restriction has been surprisingly damaging to Kenya’s press, argues Ida Jooste of the media advocacy group Internews.

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Guarding Piracy

Friday, February 08, 2008

Movie and record companies claim combined annual losses in the billions due to file-sharing, pitting the entertainment industry against those who believe all content wants to be free. Wired Magazine senior writer Daniel Roth describes one recent battle in the ongoing piracy wars.

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Political Threads

Friday, February 01, 2008

Models wearing designs from John Galliano's Fall 2008 Mens collection looked as if they’d stepped out of Abu Ghraib prison and onto Paris runways. Do the designs fetishize torture? RISD professor Kathleen McDermott says Galliano is following in a long tradition of designers who use ...

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February 1, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

Show Summary: how earmarks became pork; the politics of high fashion; and betting on the election

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