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Terms of Engagement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mexican journalist reacts to Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo;  Bob checks back in with the Pentagon; and the history of copyright, from its dramatic birth to its uncertain future.

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Sean Of The Jungle

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo's capture by the Mexican government was quickly overshadowed by the revelation of his secret meeting with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. Bob weighs in.

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The Wunderkind of the Free Culture Movement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A new book traces the life and death of Aaron Swartz alongside the history of copyright in America. 

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Brooke on the Longform Podcast

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Max Linsky, co-host of the Longform Podcast, interviews Brooke about why she's a "tough" editor, how she resists boredom, and her unconventional introduction to journalism.
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Why the CDC Can't Research Gun Violence

Friday, January 08, 2016

A nearly twenty-year-old ban effectively prevents the CDC from researching gun violence, even though the Congressman who sponsored it, Jay Dickey, has called it a mistake. 

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Thoughts, Prayers, and Lots of Cash

Friday, January 08, 2016

A journalist reminds the public of the cozy and lucrative relationship between members of Congress and the seemingly all-powerful gun lobby.

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Common Sense

Friday, January 08, 2016

President Obama's plea for gun reforms relaunches a national conversation about America's relationship with firearms. We examine the tensions and myths that surround potential reform.

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Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, January 01, 2016

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

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Digital Dark Age

Friday, January 01, 2016

What if, either by the slow creep of technological obsolescence or sudden cosmic disaster, we were cut off from our electronic records? 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Health News Edition

Friday, December 25, 2015

A bogus study about chocolate and weight loss fooled several news outlets. Here, we present a thorough debunking of health news misreporting.

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Get Your Health Awareness!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The country’s health observances calendar is slated with more than 200 awareness days and weeks and months to satisfy even the choosiest of hypochondriacs.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Celebrity Expert Edition

Friday, December 25, 2015

Toxins, gluten, fad diets, cleanses...and how to separate fact from fiction.  

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What Does a Body Good?

Friday, December 25, 2015

"Food Babe" Vani Hari has petitioned to get the "yoga mat" out of Subway sandwiches and the synthetic coloring out of Kraft's macaroni & cheese. But her logic might be flawed.

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To Your Health!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The dodgy world of health news...from scary studies to celebrity-endorsed miracle cures.

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Munchausen by Internet

Friday, December 25, 2015

Taryn Harper Wright spends her spare time unraveling the efforts of people who fake illnesses online. 

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Polling & Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship

Friday, December 18, 2015

What if the problem with polling isn't bad polls but polls in general? The New Yorker's Jill Lepore on the history of polling and why skepticism is, and has always been, necessary.

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"Landmark" or "Fraud"?

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Paris climate change deal has been called both “landmark” and “a fraud". We search for clarity amid all the conflicting commentary. 

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Politically Correct

Friday, December 18, 2015

What you hear about the Paris climate agreement depends on whom you ask. Plus, how to spot an accurate election poll as the primaries edge closer. 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition

Friday, December 18, 2015

How can you to tell important polling headlines from bad ones? Our partnership with FiveThirtyEight continues with this look at how to interpret polling data as the primaries get closer.

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On Political Correctness

Friday, December 18, 2015

GOP candidates squared off against the real enemy during Tuesday's foreign policy-themed debate: political correctness.