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OTM Goes Inside Washington

Friday, August 29, 2014

On the Media travels to Washington, DC to investigate perception and reality, money and celebrity, and the evolving role of the media in the nation’s capital.

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Watchdogs in Tuxedos

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bob ends his DC journey on the red carpet of the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, where journalists rub elbows with the very people they cover.

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Dissecting the Media After Michael Brown

Friday, August 22, 2014

From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, how media coverage unspools. Also, the #ISISmediablackout after James Foley's murder, and how the music of reality TV manipulates viewers. 

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Live Coverage's Impact on the Ground

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brooke speaks to Brian Thouvenot, the News Director for Ferguson, Missouri's  KMOV-TV, about whether too much live coverage will lead to more violence on the ground.

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The Media Came to Town

Friday, August 22, 2014

How the tidal wave of media coverage in Ferguson, Missouri is impacting locals. 

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The Anatomy of Six Shootings

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brooke considers the pattern of the media's response to the killing of young unarmed African-Americans since the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

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Anonymous Distances Itself From Member Who Doxed The Wrong Cop

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hacker collective Anonymous is distancing itself from a member who posted the name of the wrong police officer in connection with the shooting of Michael Brown.
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Cameras in the Interrogation Room

Friday, August 15, 2014

A new Justice Department policy requires the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations.  Jennifer Mnookin says the power of video can interfere with objectivity.

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Tweets and Vines change Ferguson Coverage, Cameras in the Courtroom, and More

Friday, August 15, 2014

How a virtual livestream of tweets and vines after the Michael Brown shooting changed coverage, remembering the first gavel-gavel coverage of a court case, and fact and fiction on Shark Week.

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No, Ebola is NOT Coming to the U.S.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Contrary to what the media suggests, Ebola is not coming to the U.S. Bob talks with Dr. Daniel Bausch about what the media keeps missing. 

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The View from "Fergustan"

Friday, August 15, 2014

Since the death of Michael Brown by on Saturday, all eyes have been on the protests being held in Ferguson, Missouri. Brooke talks with Trymaine Lee from Ferguson. 

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How a St. Louis Suburb Became a War Zone

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Covering tragedies like the shooting death of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown are difficult for MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, but he feels a personal responsibility to continue. “As a black journalist who is tasked with trying to go out the stories about how we live and how we die, and how we overcome, and how our institutions have failed us, it does weigh on you. But if not me, who else?”

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The Army's Robot Recruiter

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war. 

This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.

Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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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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#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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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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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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Anti-Obamacare Ads (Really) Didn't Work

Friday, July 18, 2014

Spending on negative Obamacare ads eclipsed spending on positive ads by a remarkable 15-1 ratio. Brooke talks with Niam Yaraghi of the Brooking Institution, who says that anti-Obamacare ads actually drove up enrollment.  

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The End of 'Gun Report'

Friday, July 18, 2014

It was a New York Times blog that chronicled daily shootings across the country, in an effort to highlight victims of gun violence between highly-covered mass shootings. Co-author Jennifer Mascia recounts what it was like spending a year writing about every victim.

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A Breakthrough HIV Drug, Chronicling Gun Violence, and SIMS

Friday, July 18, 2014

How a pill called Truvada is changing the face of gay sex, reporting on every gun death in America, and why Central Americans continue to make the perilous journey north.