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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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Earmarks: The Other White Meat

Friday, February 01, 2008

Earmarks were brought to the center of the political spotlight this week in President Bush's State of the Union speech. Once an insider term pertaining to the process of allocating funds, it is now a dirty word synonymous with pork. The Washington Post's Jonathan ...

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Tallying Delegates

Friday, February 01, 2008

As results come in from the various presidential primaries, media tend to focus on the popular vote. But primaries are actually a race for delegates. Tim Noah, senior writer for Slate, explains why media have traditionally shied away from number-crunching and why this year may see a

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Marketplace of Ideas

Friday, February 01, 2008

Political futures markets have long been regarded as good forecasters of real outcomes, drawing as they do on the wisdom of crowds. But Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek, wouldn’t bet on it. He says they’re not so much forecasting as they are reacting.

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Listener Mail

Friday, February 01, 2008

Bob and Brooke read from a few of your letters.

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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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Influence Peddler

Friday, February 01, 2008

The idea of influencers - i.e. trendsetting social connectors - was one of the stickiest ideas in a book full of them, Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller The Tipping Point. But writer Clive Thompson says the idea is based on shaky science, and that when it comes to ...

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The Young and the Reckless

Friday, January 25, 2008

When news broke that the Associated Press had on file an obituary for pop star Britney Spears, it stirred some controversy. By what calculus does a news organization nominate twentysomethings for the journalistic equivalent of a death pool? AP entertainment editor Jesse Washington explains.

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The War at Home

Friday, January 25, 2008

The first piece in the The New York Times“War Torn” series – about Iraq War veterans who’ve committed homicide here at home – sparked criticism and praise among the military and the blogosphere. It also contributed to the emerging narrative in the media about the Iraq War ...

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January 25, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Show Summary: the narrative of the returned soldier; the new FBI Most Wanted; and Bobby Fischer remembered

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Public Affairs

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sex, diamonds and rivalry. Just a few ingredients of the permanent reality show that is the personal life of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Daily Star opinion editor Michael Young says Sarkozy’s constant courting of the press may be vulgar but it’s working.

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The Politics of Exclusion

Friday, January 18, 2008

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich sued MSNBC after the station uninvited him from this week's Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Siding with the Ohio congressman, a judge threatened to block the debate from airing - but the Nevada Supreme Court reversed the decision. Rep. Kucinich ...

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Primary Colours

Friday, January 18, 2008

In Britain, where political apathy is as ubiquitous as Earl Grey, the media are awash in American politics. Daily Telegraph columnist Janet Daley says that despite the “supercilious skepticism of the BBC to genuine popular democracy,” Britons are transfixed.

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Tale of the Tapes

Friday, January 18, 2008

Both Iran and the U.S. released doctored videos recently of a January 6th confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz. The Washington Post's Bill Arkin says the awkwardly produced videos, plus a prankster called the ‘Filipino monkey,’ have overshadowed the real story in the media.

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Mission Impossible

Friday, January 18, 2008

President Bush returned this week from the Middle East, where he toured with a three-point agenda: peace, Iran and oil. According to The Week's Susan Caskie, editorials from the region were all in agreement – thumbs down.

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Trials and Tribulations

Friday, January 18, 2008

A study out this week found that manufacturers of antidepressants are publishing their successful clinical trials and burying their failures. For those that rely on antidepressants this is another reason to feel bad, but medical reporter Jeanne Lenzer explains why Pharma's selective memory has potential

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Twenty Years Later

Friday, January 18, 2008

For better or worse, reporters change the lives of the people they write about. For twenty years, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Roger Cohen believed that one of his stories had changed lives for the better. This year he discovered that he may have been wrong. Roger Cohen ...

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January 18, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Show Summary: Dennis Kucinich on being shut out of the MSNBC debate; 'Filipino monkey' makes mischief?; and the UK's fascination with the U.S. primaries

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Death Ray

Friday, January 11, 2008

If you watch movies on DVD, you’re using an outdated technology. But no single high-definition disc has emerged as the replacement to the inferior DVD, mainly because of a battle between two competing formats: Sony’s Blu-ray and Toshiba’s HD-DVD. Shane Buettner of Home Theater Magazine ...

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The Internets

Friday, January 11, 2008

If there’s one essential quality of the world-wide web it's that it is, well, world-wide. But recent moves by the body that governs the net may be opening the door to individual webs, starting with countries like China and Russia. Tim Wu, professor of internet and ...

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