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The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Friday, January 11, 2008

On Wednesday morning, reporters, pundits and pollsters marveled at how little voters had heeded their New Hampshire primary predictions. But Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, argues that campaign coverage is bound to fail because of the flawed structure of covering the ...

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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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The R-Word

Friday, January 11, 2008

With a tricky definition and a lag-time to compile statistics, it may take up to a year to know if we are indeed in a recession right now. In the meantime, the media speculate. Critics from the left and right weigh in ...

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Take It As Red

Friday, January 11, 2008

Founded in 1924, the Daily Worker – which ceased to be a daily 50 years ago – was the de facto house organ of American Communism. Historian Vernon Pedersen says the paper was strident and ideological, yes, but also an important cultural artifact.

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January 11, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Show Summary: reporting recession, the death of the Daily Worker and a year of murders

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Grading on the Curve

Friday, January 04, 2008

Americans overwhelmed by a glut of nutritional suggestions may have hope. The food industry is searching for a new way to standardize such information. The University of Washington's Adam Drewnowski has created his own 100-point system for rating food, which may find its way to your ...

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Strike Three

Friday, January 04, 2008

Now in its third month, the Writers Guild strike pits studio honchos against those who pen their programs – with advertisers caught in the middle. Jack Myers, of the Media Business Report, believes this game of chicken may last well into the summer.

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The Persistence of Memory

Friday, January 04, 2008

Computer scientist Gordon Bell is at the vanguard of a movement called "lifelogging," digitally recording every moment of his day in an effort to create a complete virtual memory of his life. But why? We talk with Bell and also technology writer Clive Thompson ...

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January 4, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008

Show Summary: Iowa's aftermath, Bhutto's martyrdom and writers (still) on strike

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Author-In-Chief

Friday, December 28, 2007

From Giuliani’s “Leadership” to Clinton’s “Living History,” having a book - or two or three - seems like a prerequisite for candidacy in 2008. Emily Heil of the congressional newspaper Roll Call has read a whole stack of them - so you don't have to.

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Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Friday, December 28, 2007

Michael Kinsley is a longtime columnist and editor, mostly of non-fiction. He also happens to think there’s much too much of the stuff and even he has trouble staying afloat in the sea of new books each year. Kinsley explains his predicament.

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The Lone Operator

Friday, December 21, 2007

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin helped push through two rulings this week - despite opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, pro-business lobbyists, media watchdogs and all of his fellow commissioners. Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times says the contentious rulings reflect Martin's ...

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The Neverending Story

Friday, December 21, 2007

New Jersey abolished its death penalty this week. An upcoming Supreme Court case may change the way states administer lethal injections. With the highest number of U.S. executions, Texas will be most affected by these developments, but as Bob reports, executions have become a grim routine ...

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December 21, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Show Summary: Keeping the presidential candidates and the networks honest, plus the grim routine of covering capital punishment in Texas.

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True That

Friday, December 21, 2007

It's that time of year, when presidential candidates' thoughts turn to misstatements of fact. But with more and more news outlets taking the pols to task for their public speeches and ads, might accuracy be gaining the upper hand? Brooks Jackson, director of factcheck.org, explains his ...

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December 14, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Show Summary: Brooke goes to New Hampshire, pre-primary; soldiers blog; and sneaky advertising.

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Vote First or Die

Friday, December 14, 2007

In the race to the ballot box the citizens of New Hampshire have long been first. In fact, it’s the law (okay, it’s their law). Brooke travels north to find out why the state is so determined to maintain its granite grip on the primacy of ...

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The Blog of War

Friday, December 14, 2007

Controversies erupted recently, at both the liberal New Republic and conservative National Review Online, involving soldiers-turned-writers whose work contained now-admitted inaccuracies. Military historian Robert Bateman weighs in on the history of war stories as told by warriors.

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Spur of the Moment

Friday, December 14, 2007

Can you find the word “sex” in these ice cubes? Yeah, neither can we. Fifty years ago the notion of subliminal advertising entered America’s collective consciousness and caused mass paranoia. But subliminal ads don’t work and never have. NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller explains.

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Head Space

Friday, December 14, 2007

In New York City a billboard emits highly focused sound that resonates within the skulls of passersby. It’s a novel way of advertising, a potentially terrifying intrusion and, according to technology writer Clive Thompson, the leading edge of a new civil rights battleground ...

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