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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Stock Market Volatility Edition

Friday, August 28, 2015

When stocks go haywire, so do reporters. A breaking news consumer's handbook to help you make sense of senseless stock market coverage. 

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The Danger Of Reading The News

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon says many media organizations are putting readers in danger by publishing without encryption. 

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Flood of Lies

Friday, August 21, 2015

Revisiting the story of Sal and Mabel Mangano, nursing home owners who became media scapegoats for the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.

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Lies and Spies

Friday, August 21, 2015

Media scapegoats for the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, imagining a Trump presidency, and the NSA's "house philosopher."

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True Crime

Friday, August 07, 2015

A special hour on the enthralling genre of true crime. 

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Chasing Ghosts

Friday, August 07, 2015

Bob talks with Peter Nickeas whose job it is to drive around the city of Chicago all night reporting on shootings. 

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Havana, Hacks, and Shame Attacks

Friday, July 24, 2015

Revisiting the Elián González story as the US embassy reopens in Havana. Plus: Paul Ford examines the various issues raised by the Ashley Madison hack, and Jon Ronson on public shaming.

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"Black Twitter"

Friday, July 17, 2015

The LA Times just hired a reporter to cover Black Twitter. Dexter Thomas discusses his new assignment and what the media usually get wrong about this nebulous space in the Twitterverse. 

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The Numbers Don't Lie, Except When They Do

Friday, July 10, 2015

The media has been clamoring to understand what Donald Trump's "surge" in the polls means for the election. According to Bob it means one thing: the media is really bad with polls.

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Greeks, Dingoes, and Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

On the popular misconceptions surrounding the Greek debt crisis, women whose lives were mistold by the media, and humor, both robotic and Soviet.

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The Story Behind "The Dingo Ate My Baby"

Friday, July 03, 2015

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted of murdering her 9 week old infant daughter, and her cry for help became a global punch line. 

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Digital Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

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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Digital Dark Age

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What if, either by the slow creep of technological obsolescence or sudden cosmic disaster, we no longer could draw from the well of of knowledge accrued through the ages?
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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Bearing Witness Edition

Friday, June 12, 2015

As another disturbing video of police action goes viral, we provide a handbook for filming police encounters and bearing witness.

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Rap Lyric or Online Death Threat?

Friday, June 05, 2015

This week, the Supreme Court made its first ruling on a case about the nebulous world of violent online speech. 

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Word Watch: Officer-Involved Shooting

Friday, June 05, 2015

The police are involved in shootings every single day, but the headlines often obscure their role in violent incidents. 

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What's in the Bill?

Friday, May 29, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What exactly is in it again?

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This Week's Showdown: Freedom Act Vs. Patriot Act

Friday, May 29, 2015

 Three provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire this weekend, unless a gridlocked Congress manages to find a last minute solution.

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The Bill That Nobody Read

Friday, May 29, 2015

A special hour on the past, present and uncertain future of the USA Patriot Act.

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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