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Case Closed

Friday, April 04, 2014

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not only presents dire evidence of global warming's impact, it also offers a different narrative about who is at risk, putting humans at the center of the story. Brooke talks with science journalist Cristine Russell about the IPCC's media-ready case.

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Punishing Propagandists, Covering Climate Change, and More

Friday, April 04, 2014

A conversation with former FCC commissioner Michael J. Copps, communicating climate change to the public, and EU sanctions against Russia's chief propagandist.

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Which Public Radio Hosts Are Our Hosts?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Brooke and Bob share their results from a number of quizzes - including Which Public Radio Host Are You? - and discuss what (if anything) they've learned about themselves and this viral sensation. 

By the way, we have our own quiz, too! Find out which 19th century media baron you are here

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The History of the Quiz

Friday, March 28, 2014

The BuzzFeed quiz is ubiquitous; it seems as irresistible as it is inescapable. But when did we first start taking quizzes? Writer Sarah Laskow recently embarked on a quest to find out. She takes Brooke through her search for the Ur Quiz.

Try On the Media's first (and maybe last) quiz: Which 19th Century Media Baron Are You?

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A Crisis of Cartographic Proportions

Friday, March 28, 2014

While Russia annexed Crimea with scarcely a shot fired, the crisis has grown heated between cartographers. An editing war broke out on Wikipedia's map of Russia, and National Geographic sparked outrage by suggesting it would map Crimea as Russian territory once the Kremlin made it official. Bob talks with Michael Blanding, author of the forthcoming book The Map Thief, about how map-making by nature is a risky geopolitical game.

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The World According to Google Maps

Friday, March 28, 2014

On Google Maps, Crimea is still a part of Ukraine, though Vladimir Putin is urging the mapping behemoth to redraw Russia's borders to include the Black Sea peninsula. Whatever Google decides, it’s sure to be politically and culturally fraught.

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Cold War 2.0, The Guardians of the Internet, and More

Friday, March 21, 2014

Russia's new propaganda war, not-so-private metadata, and the people with the keys to the internet.

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Russian Media Tropes, At Home and Abroad

Friday, March 21, 2014

Michael McFaul has just returned to Stanford University after a couple of tumultuous years in Moscow as the U.S. ambassador to Russia. He talks with Brooke about the tropes he saw in the Russian media while he was there, and what he's noticed in the American media since he's been back.

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Putin the Storyteller

Friday, March 21, 2014

What happened in Kiev was a Nazi coup, says the Russian Foreign Ministry, and it’s high time they liberate the Crimeans from the Ukrainian fascists. Why are the Russian people buying this story?

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Holding Algorithms Accountable

Friday, March 21, 2014

When an earthquake sent tremors through Los Angeles this week, an algorithm called Quakebot allowed the LA Times to release the news faster than any other media outlet. Bob talks with Nick Diakopoulos, a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School, about what reporters should keep in mind as algorithms increasingly play a role in newsrooms.

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Popcorn Time will not cause a piracy apocalypse

Monday, March 17, 2014

For the past week, tech sites have been reporting hysterically on a new app called Popcorn Time, which is being referred to as video piracy's "Napster moment." What it seems the press is missing is that video's Napster moment came and went a long time ago.

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What Became of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Friday, March 14, 2014

From terrorism to catastrophic structural failure to alien tractor beams, theories on the vanishing jetliner have come fast and furious. And one after another, they have themselves disappeared into nothingness. Bob reflects on how a story that lacks not only the “why,” but also the “what,” gets covered in the news.

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Copyright Law for Extraterrestrials

Friday, March 14, 2014

Somewhere at the edge of our heliosphere, billions of miles from Earth, the Voyager 1 spacecraft carries the sounds of a few musicians from our planet into the interstellar void. It also carries a legacy of extraterrestrial copyright law. Bob talks with The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross about the nature of intergalactic intellectual property.

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Covering a missing airplane, Copyright in outer space, and more

Friday, March 14, 2014

How the media are covering the story of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, the re-birth of the First Amendment, and copyright law in outer space.

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Twitter Cartography

Friday, March 14, 2014

With more than 240 million active users engaged in activities ranging from abetting revolutions to reporting tornadoes, Twitter’s cultural impact can’t be denied. But can we use it to chart how we actually communicate, not just with our own cohorts, but the world outside? Bob talks to Pew Research Center's Lee Rainie about mapping the informational ecosystem of Twitter.

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Jimmy Kimmel Will Keep Hoaxing, The Media Will Continue To Fall For It

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On our podcast a couple weeks ago, I posited that the reason we haven't seen a massive viral hoax so far this year is because people are becoming smarter about it. In an article I wrote last week, I actually included a paragraph about my suspicions that an app that was getting reported as legit was, in fact a hoax (and I was correct). The king of meaningless pranks, Jimmy Kimmel disagrees.

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In the Battle Over Aereo, CBS Explores the Nuclear Option

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has reportedly suggested the network would stop broadcasting if the streaming service Aereo wins a forthcoming Supreme Court case.

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The App That Allows Women to Rate Men Has Just Become A Lot More Man-Friendly

Friday, March 07, 2014

On the seventh episode of TLDR, PJ interviewed Maureen O'Connor about Lulu, an app which allows women to rate men based on a set of prescribed hashtags as innocuous as #loveshisfamily and #perfectgrammar, to those a little more...well, evocative, like #f**kedmeandchucked me, or #sleepsinthewetspot.

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The likely hoax app that requires you to be drunk before you can use it.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Livr is a new social networking app named for the organ you will be destroying while you use it. You see, you can only access Livr if your blood alcohol level is above a certain number.

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Dare to Stream

Friday, March 07, 2014

Bob goes to Hollywood to track down the future of television and locates it....in his laptop. A special report on streaming video.

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