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The Right to Record Police

Friday, April 17, 2015

While bystander cellphone videos can shed light on police misconduct, the right to film the cops is not always guaranteed. 

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The Denialist Mystique

Friday, April 10, 2015

When a presidential candidate denies climate change, how do journalists balance truth-telling with the mandate of objectivity? 

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The Unreported Story, Part 1: The Burden of Proof

Friday, April 10, 2015

Inspired by a listener query, Bob investigates an explosive set of claims from Colombia and tries to figure out why the American press has remained mostly silent.

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Rolling Stone's Fallout at UVA

Friday, April 10, 2015

Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, tallies the damage done by the Rolling Stone story, "A Rape on Campus."

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The Cancer Show: Part 2

Friday, April 03, 2015

Stories of cancer: as told by Hollywood, Washington, and you and me. 

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Podcast Extra: Jon Ronson and Public Shaming

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WNYC
Brooke talks with Jon Ronson about his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed. 
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What Makes a Great Disease Story?

Friday, March 27, 2015

A rare muscle cancer made David Grover sick—and famous—when he was just a kid. But then the media moved on. 

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A Brief Biography of Cancer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, charts cancer’s 2,500 year history.

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Perception vs. Reality

Friday, March 27, 2015

The latest cancer cures, fundraising campaigns, and miraculous survival stories are ubiquitous in the news— but cancer coverage rarely reflects real-world cancer incidence rates. 

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The Cancer Show: Part I

Friday, March 27, 2015

A deep dive into cancer: in the media, in language, and in our mind's eye. 

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The War on Prevention

Friday, March 27, 2015

We tend to describe cancer with war metaphors: “battling” the disease, winning the “fight.” But this war language might actually be distorting how we think about cancer prevention.

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Speaking in Tongues

Friday, March 27, 2015

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be like entering a foreign land where you don't speak the language. 

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Uncorrected Rumors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Craig Silverman founded the website Emergent to track rumors in news media, and how the press deals with debunking them. The patterns are already emerging and they will make you sad.

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Islamoconsciousness

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the ongoing aftermath of the Chapel Hill shootings of three Muslim students, Bob canvasses a media climate come under great criticism.

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The Semantics of Terrorism

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bob talks with Scott Shane of the New York Times about the criticism of President Obama's language when describing acts of violent extremism.

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Homegrown Terror

Friday, February 20, 2015

A new Southern Poverty Law Center study aims to get homegrown terrorism, and especially the threat of so-called lone wolf American terrorists, back on the agenda. 

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Remembering David Carr, New York Times Media Critic

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bob remembers David Carr, whose candor and insight into the digital media world made him a trusted voice to fellow journalists and readers alike.

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On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy

Friday, February 06, 2015

A sneak peak of this week's OTM: Bob inoculates with a little history and a lot of common sense on the anti-vaccination "controversy."  
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Threat Assessment

Friday, February 06, 2015

The content of a new ISIS video shocks the world. Also, vaccinating children stokes faux controversy, again, and a new documentary has the Church of Scientology on the offensive.  

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ISIS Video Shocks Arab World

Friday, February 06, 2015

The ISIS video depicting Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive pierced through the violence fatigue of the Arab world, says FT correspondent Borzou Daragahi.

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