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ISIS and the Japanese Captives

Friday, January 23, 2015

The video from ISIS threatening to kill two Japanese captives within 72 hours has sent pacifist Japan into agony, horror, and self-examination. 

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On The Media

I Am a Real Person

Friday, January 23, 2015

When Time Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer got a call from a telemarketer, he knew the voice on the other end of the line wasn't right. She kept insisting she was, in fact, human.

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On The Media

Terror Reporting and Technological Paranoia

Friday, January 16, 2015

On the narratives we expect after a terrorist event, double standards for free speech in France, and the eerie technology of Black Mirror's not-so-distant future.

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Cat Fancy: Farewell, My Friend

Friday, December 19, 2014

This month the magazine world lost another one of its giants. Cat Fancy Magazine announced that it's ending in early 2015, after 50 years on newsstands and in cat lovers' hearts. 

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Feuding Ferret Magazines

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bob Garfield tells a David vs. Goliath story of dueling ferret magazines, from 2002. 

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Women Laughing Alone With Tablets

Monday, December 08, 2014

The new women laughing alone with salad is women laughing alone with tablets.
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Radio Ambulante

Friday, November 28, 2014

"Radio Ambulante" is a Spanish-language radio program that's been called "This Latin American Life".

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On The Media

Breaking Bad in Spanish, the "Hispanic Walter Cronkite", and More

Friday, November 28, 2014

An exploration of Hispanic media today

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Es La Hora: Hispanic Media in English

Friday, November 28, 2014

An overview of the Hispanic media landscape

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On The Media

The Mysterious Rehana

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with Emergent's Craig Silverman about 'Rehana' - a mysterious Kurdish volunteer fighter who became the propaganda object of both ISIS and its enemies. 

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A Dreary Mythbuster

Friday, October 31, 2014

We often hear that mass shootings are not on the rise, despite our gut feelings to the contrary. But new research finds they are, in fact, happening more often.   

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The Medium is the Message at 50

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. 

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Animating Anti-Extremism

Friday, September 26, 2014

With the gruesome ISIS propaganda war in full force, a home-grown cartoon character named Abdullah-X is the face of a grassroots approach to anti-extremism. 

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The Strange True Story of Dr. Selfie

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How I tried to break an app I was beta testing
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Staring into the Abyss

Friday, September 19, 2014

Brooke explores our long fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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Confronting the Unknown

Friday, September 19, 2014

Why most Americans fear ISIS, politicians and pundits stoking terror panic on the US-Mexico border, and Nihilism: now and forever. 

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TLDR #36 - The Mystery of Childish Gambino

Monday, September 15, 2014

TLDR explores the mystery of Childish Gambino's creation myth.
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#36 - The Mystery of Childish Gambino

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rapper Childish Gambino (a.k.a. actor Donald Glover) claims his rap pseudonym came from a Wu-Tang name generator. But investigating whether that's true led us on an odyssey of discovery.
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Bruce W. Bray Jr.

Friday, September 12, 2014

On the Media producer Chris Neary reports an obit of Bruce W. Bray Jr.

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TLDR #23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The curious story of a man who was thought to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
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