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TLDR #34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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#34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Monday, August 18, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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If They Gunned Me Down

Monday, August 11, 2014

On Twitter, people are using the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to respond to the way the media shows young black men killed by police.

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Robot Humor

Friday, August 08, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Why Are 2 Million People Still Signed up For AOL's Dial-Up Internet?

Friday, August 08, 2014

AOL released their latest financial report this week, and the biggest surprise for most people was that the company still makes a ton of money from subscriptions to dial-up internet. 

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TLDR #32 - An Imperfect Match

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid's users on bad dates.

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The Future History of the Newspaper Industry

Friday, August 01, 2014

For as long as the newspaper industry has existed, people have been prognosticating about what it would look like in the future. Last year Bob spoke with Matt Novak, the author of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog, about these predictions - some of which have been much more accurate than others.

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Technology Making Us "Smarter Than You Think"

Friday, August 01, 2014

With every advance in technology, skeptics lament the loss of a more meaningful and simpler time, arguing that attention spans are shrinking and critical thinking is corroding. But in his book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke spoke with Thompson last year about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, and Wikipedia pages have produced a unique human intelligence.

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Breaking News Consumers Handbook, Slow TV, and more

Friday, August 01, 2014

How to parse early coverage of breaking news events, Norway's slow TV phenomenon, and a report on the streaming-video revolution.

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#32 - An Imperfect Match

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some users of dating site OkCupid are upset at revelations that it was deliberately experimenting on its users by taking people who were bad matches and telling they were actually good for one another.

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The NYPD is Taking Twitter Classes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York Police officers are being taught how to use common sense on social media. 

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Silliness and Moral Indignation

Friday, July 25, 2014

Brooke examines how comedians like Jon Stewart, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert make us laugh by combining silliness and moral indignation.  

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TLDR #31 - Race Swap

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Internet you experience depends on who the Internet thinks you are.

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Reporting on the "Border Crisis" From El Salvador

Friday, July 18, 2014

The past several weeks have seen a surge in coverage of the crisis on the US-Mexico border, and the media abounds with critics of immigration reform who fault the Obama administration's lax policies. Bob talks with Carlos Dada, co-founder and editor of the El Salvadoran newspaper El Faro, who says that US critics are completely missing the point.

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#31 - Race Swap

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What happened when a black woman writer went online disguised as a white man? She got a lot fewer death threats, for one thing.

 

 

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A New Narrative on Israel-Palestine

Friday, July 11, 2014

The latest surge of violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel was fueled by a horrific series of events involving Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. Brooke talks with Philip Weiss, co-editor of Mondoweiss, about coverage of these recent events, and how the view of the conflict is shifting in the media. 

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TLDR #2 - Stereotyped

Monday, July 07, 2014

This is a repeat of TLDR #2.

Christopher Hermelin has a project called "The Roving Typist," where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become a meme.

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Es La Hora: Hispanic Media in English

Friday, July 04, 2014

An overview of the Hispanic media landscape, including a list of rules for how to discuss Hispanics without sucking (#NoMames). Bob and Brooke speak with Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, and Julio Ricardo Varela from the website Latino Rebels. You can find Latino Rebels' collection of #NoMames fails here.

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Radio Ambulante

Friday, July 04, 2014

"Radio Ambulante" is a Spanish-language radio program that's been called "This Latin American Life". Bob speaks with the show's host and executive producer Daniel Alarcón about the program and its goal of telling uniquely Latin American stories. Alarcón is also a novelist. You can find out more about his books here.

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

Friday, July 04, 2014

An exploration of Hispanic media today, including the remaking of popular American shows into Spanish, a conversation with Hispanic TV's star newscaster, and a challenge to Bob and Brooke to discuss it all without sucking.