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Shooting the War

Friday, April 11, 2003

For the past 20 years, Time Magazine photographer Anthony Suau has covered virtually every major war from the frontlines. But this time, he decided to document the war from the homefront. Suau tells Bob about the editorial filters that are shaping our perspective on the war, and about the ways ...

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Reporter Casualties

Friday, April 11, 2003

This week, U.S. strikes on buildings housing reporters in Baghdad left three journalists dead, raising the total number of journalists killed in the war to 12. Press representatives from all over the world, as well as the Committee to Protect Journalists, have condemned the "reckless" American attacks. CPJ Acting Director ...

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Dispatch from an Embed, Week 6

Friday, April 11, 2003

After nearly a month of living in the desert with U.S. troops, NPR reporter John Burnett has arrived in Baghdad. He is still officially embedded, but says the parameters of that arrangement are quickly breaking down. John shares his reflections on the past five weeks - and his anticipation about ...

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Picturing the War

Friday, April 11, 2003

Thousands of people have died since bombs started falling in Iraq, but the photos that have appeared in American newspapers and magazines have been relatively bloodless. Is it possible to accurately portray the brutality of war without showing graphic images of death? Brooke talks with the New York Times' new ...

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Target: Al-Jazeera

Friday, April 04, 2003

With its unflinching coverage of the war in Iraq, Al Jazeera is ruffling feathers on both sides of the conflict. The cable channel has already been ejected from the New York Stock Exchange and now in a strange twist, a correspondent has been booted from Iraq. Despite that, last week ...

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Armchair-Men of the News

Friday, April 04, 2003

In one of the war's more paradoxical twists, TV coverage has focused on generals in the newsroom as often as it has featured reporters on the battlefield. But while there's no doubt as to their military expertise, are the armchair generals in a position to offer critical analysis? Bob wonders ...

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Building Bridges to Baghdad

Friday, April 04, 2003

Two weeks before bombs started falling on Baghdad, documentary filmmaker Jon Alpert recorded a real-time conversation between a group of young Americans and their peers in Iraq. The result was "Bridge to Baghdad," a rare glimpse into the lives of regular Iraqis. Bob talks with Alpert about the production, and ...

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Indoctrination and Rejuvenation

Friday, April 04, 2003

It has been speculated that Saddam's regime shares fundamental traits with those of European totalitarian movements of the last century. Might it be possible, then, to better understand life in Iraq by looking back at the Nazi era? Brooke talks about overcoming indoctrination with Ottomar Rudolf, a Reed College professor ...

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Dispatch from an Embed, Week 5

Friday, April 04, 2003

Brooke checks in with NPR correspondent John Burnett, who has been re-assigned to an artillery division closer to the frontline. This week, he talks about the differences between his opportunities as an embedded reporter and those of the so-called 'unilaterals.'

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What We're Watching

Friday, April 04, 2003

Overall, Americans still appear to be mostly satisfied with television coverage of the war. But which channels are people turning to most often? And how much influence does the coverage have on people's opinions? Brooke gets some answers from Max Robbins from TV Guide, which recently conducted a poll of ...

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The War from Here

Friday, March 28, 2003

While the Pentagon's enthusiasm to put reporters on the battlefield in Iraq has raised a few eyebrows, the majority of civilian news consumers - both pro-war and anti-war - seem to be satisfied by the product. One thing is certain: never before have news consumers on the homefront been given ...

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Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Friday, March 28, 2003

A week into the war in Iraq, the picture we are getting from the domestic press is quite different from that portrayed by the foreign press. This gulf is especially large when it comes to the Middle Eastern media. United Press Chief Correspondent and inveterate media watcher Martin Walker is ...

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Wordsmiths of War

Friday, March 28, 2003

Somewhere deep within the Pentagon, decisions are made that shape the history books of the future. Battle plans these are not - this is the realm of the linguistic. "Operation Iraqi Freedom" is simply the latest example of public relations campaigning through war naming. But as Professor Conrad Crane of ...

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Dispatch from an Embed, Week 4

Friday, March 28, 2003

NPR correspondent John Burnett has been living with the Command Battalion of the 1st Marine Division near the Iraqi border for almost a month. But he continues to have new insights about his role as a journalist, and as a guest of the U.S. Marine Corps. How welcome are the ...

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Dispatch from an Embed, Week 3

Friday, March 21, 2003

The ground invasion of Iraq has begun, and this time journalists are along for the ride. NPR's John Burnett is embedded with the Command Battalion of the 1st Marine Division. In his weekly check-in with OTM, Burnett shares frank stories about some of the more personal issues affecting the reporters ...

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Streaming War

Friday, March 21, 2003

Millions of Americans are putting down their remote controls and tuning this war in on their computer screens. In addition to the mainstream media dot-coms, a number of lesser-known websites provide useful information about the unfolding events. Slate.com intern Avi Zenilman gives Bob a rundown of his favorites.

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The Baghdad Boot

Friday, March 21, 2003

In the end, Boston Globe editors didn't have to decide whether to leave their correspondent in Baghdad. The Iraqi government made that decision for them. Globe reporter David Filipov tells Brooke about getting expelled from Iraq for unauthorized use of his satellite phone.

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Dateline: Danger

Friday, March 21, 2003

A few days into the war, the Iraqi government is stepping up restrictions on the few Western reporters left in Baghdad, and threatening that they could be taken into "protective custody." Before the bombs started falling, the International Federation of Journalists appealed to military leaders on both sides to respect ...

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Pressing for Answers

Friday, March 14, 2003

In a rare prime-time press conference last week, President Bush again made his case for military action in Iraq. It left some observers scratching their heads and wondering who was to blame for the remarkable lack of information presented that evening - the Administration, or the media? Bob examines the ...

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Dispatch from an Embed #2

Friday, March 14, 2003

With war negotiations grinding to a halt at the UN, impatience is beginning to set in among some of the US troops deployed around Iraq. And, by some accounts, among the reporters embedded with the troops. Brooke checks in with NPR's John Burnett on his fourth day in the Kuwaiti ...

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