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Black September

Friday, August 30, 2002

Six days and 29 years before Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich. Thanks to a large press corps in town for the games, terrorism had for the first reached time a massive global television audience. Bob looks back with Columbia University political science ...

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Farnsworth

Friday, August 02, 2002

Legend has it that Philo T. Farnsworth had the idea for television, with its alternating lines of resolution, while plowing the rows of a potato field. Though Farnsworth mastered technology, he was not a master of public relations, and his legacy has been overshadowed by the more publicity-adept David Sarnoff. ...

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The War Correspondent

Friday, July 12, 2002

Phillip Knightley’s new book The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Kosovo runs through 150 years of journalists in war zones. To Knightley, truth is often just as much a casualty as a slain soldier is during wartime. Brooke talks with him about ...

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Crackerjack

Friday, June 21, 2002

Since 1912, when they decided to insert a toy in every box, the makers of Crackerjack haven’t done much to promote their product. But the caramel-coated popcorn and peanut snack survived for more than a century, anyway, perhaps because of one fateful reference -- in the song “Take Me Out ...

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Bloody Sunday

Saturday, January 26, 2002

Reporters rarely get a second chance to correct the record. But British reporter Peter Pringle did three years ago when the British government decided to reopen the inquiry into Bloody Sunday, the massacre that took place in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland, thirty years ago this week. Brooke takes ...

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The First 48 Hours

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Looking back on 2001, the event that dwarfs the rest, of course, is the one that shook the country - and our own offices in lower Manhattan, to the core. OTM’s Producer at Large Mike Pesca assembled this look back at the first two days of coverage after the Twin ...

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The Queen

Saturday, December 22, 2001

It’s an English holiday tradition: the Queen’s annual speech of good will toward men broadcast on TV and radio every Christmas afternoon. The Brits, however, may be tiring of it, since viewership has plummeted in the past decade. OTM’s Gareth Mitchell reports from London.

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How Much Hitler?

Saturday, December 15, 2001

Since the war in Afghanistan began, up until this week, there was a virtual blackout of the words and image of Osama bin Laden in the U.S. media. It made Brooke wonder how bin Laden coverage compares to Hitler’s during World War II. Historian and archivist J. Fred McDonald discusses ...

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New York Exposed

Saturday, December 01, 2001

The Daily News is publishing a book of 80 years of photographs taken in New York City. Brooke talks to retired New York journalist Pete Hamill about the stories the photos tell, and the Big Apple’s history in black and white.

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Indoctrination and Rejuvenation

Saturday, November 24, 2001

Ottomar Rudolf was born into Nazi Germany and grew up in the Hitler Youth. Then one day he realized that everything he’d been taught was a lie. Brooke speaks to him about overcoming indoctrination.

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The History of Propaganda

Saturday, November 24, 2001

Brooke compares the current propaganda campaign by the Bush administration to US propaganda throughout the 20th Century and the role the media play in spreading the message of the government.

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The Origins of 24 Hour News

Saturday, November 17, 2001

The extraordinary coverage we saw on September 11th would not have been possible, if the medium had not been shaken awake by a monumental disaster 38 years ago this week. On The Media’s Sara Fishko prepared this recollection of a few days in November.

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Packaging Patriotism

Saturday, November 10, 2001

Pitching patriotism hasn’t always been as simple as it has been since 9-11. On the Media’s Mike Pesca explores the commodity that is love-of-country, and what makes people buy it.

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Our Nation’s Cultural Glue

Saturday, October 27, 2001

In a place as varied and as diverse as America, there is no single program that can qualify as a universally shared cultural experience. Even in our time of crisis, common threads that unite us are not all that easy to find. On the Media’s Sara Fishko looks back to ...

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For Irish Journalists, the "Troubles" Hit Home

Saturday, October 06, 2001

In Northern Ireland, thirty years of terror claimed another victim last Saturday. Reporter Martin O'Hagen specialized in the underworld in Belfast...and it was there that the Loyalist Red Hand Defenders, a Protestant paramilitary group, shot him dead in a drive-by attack. Brooke talks to O'Hagen's colleague Richard Sullivan, News Editor ...

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Attica Remembered

Saturday, September 08, 2001

Thirty years ago at the Attica correctional facility in upstate New York, a riot took place that resulted in the deaths of 39 men. During the uprising the inmates, whose demands included the freedom to worship and communicate with the outside world, called in observers and members of the press ...

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Crackerjack

Saturday, August 04, 2001

Since 1912, when they decided to insert a toy in every box, the makers of Crackerjack haven’t done much to promote their product. But the caramel-coated popcorn and peanut snack survived for more than a century, anyway, perhaps because of one fateful reference -- in the song “Take Me Out ...

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Mayan Scribes

Saturday, July 28, 2001

You think it’s tough being a publicist for a movie star today? Try working PR for an ancient Mayan ruler who believes he is a god. It’s no picnic. Mayan scribes, it turns out, had a fascinating role in the society they wrote about. Brooke talks with archaeologist Kevin Johnston ...

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MTV Grows Up

Saturday, July 28, 2001

Adolescence was far from awkward for this cable TV outlet. On its 20th anniversary, MTV has not only survived its teenage years, but influenced a generation of filmmakers, broadcasting and advertising executives, not to mention more than one generation of teenagers. Bob talks to New York Times pop music critic ...

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Pentagon Papers

Saturday, July 14, 2001

30 years ago, the Supreme Court decided it was okay that the New York Times published parts of the classified Pentagon Papers, allowing Americans to see the lies and secrets of government officials during the Vietnam War. Host Brooke Gladstone talks with Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the documents ...

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