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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 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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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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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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A Hopeful Study... Debunked

Friday, May 22, 2015

A study found a short conversation with a gay person could make people more open to marriage equality, and the media reported it as a hopeful sign. But the findings were faked.

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The Case for Allowing Offensive Trademarks

Friday, May 22, 2015

Self-described "Chinatown dance rock band" The Slants is comprised solely of Asian-American musicians, but their trademark was denied because it's disparaging to... Asian-Americans.

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The Evolving Narrative of the NFL Concussion Debate

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 2007, a New York Times reporter brought national attention to NFL concussions with a front-page story about a Philadelphia Eagles player. But the story didn't stop there. 

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The Marketing of Muckraking

Friday, May 15, 2015

A New York Times exposé on labor abuses and health risks for New York City manicurists goes viral. We explore why. 

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Seymour Hersh, NYC Nail Salons, and Ebola-Free Liberia

Friday, May 15, 2015

Seymour Hersh on his claim the White House version of how Osama Bin Laden was killed is a lie, how a New York City nail salon expose went viral, and Liberia: finally Ebola-free. 

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Podcast Extra: Seymour Hersh

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

After publishing an account of the killing of Osama bin Laden contradicting the official narrative, Hersh is being called a kook and conspiracy theorist. Here's his response.
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The Seismologist's Dilemma

Friday, May 08, 2015

After a calamitous earthquake, what we crave is least obtainable: certainty.

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After An Earthquake, Body Cams, and Veep

Friday, May 08, 2015

What the media get wrong about earthquakes, surveillance the public loves and hates, and the creator of HBO's Veep.

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The Police Body Cam Conundrum

Friday, May 08, 2015

There is overwhelming support to outfit the nation's cops with body cameras. Theoretically, they promote accountability and transparency, but in practice it's much more complicated. 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Tectonic Edition

Friday, May 08, 2015

The post-disaster media coverage of last month's earthquake in Nepal followed a trajectory we'd seen repeated after other earth-shaking events. 

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$pread, For and By Sex Workers

Friday, May 01, 2015

Brooke speaks with two former editors of $pread, a magazine by and for sex workers that folded in 2011, about their new anthology and what the media gets wrong about sex work.

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8 Minutes

Friday, May 01, 2015

A new reality show, 8 Minutes, follows a pastor trying to talk women out of prostitution. Brooke speaks with a writer and activist about why many are calling the show exploitative.

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Unseen & Inscrutable

Friday, May 01, 2015

The deep historical roots of the Baltimore protests, shedding light on drone strikes, and combating sex worker stereotypes. 

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Shedding Light on Drones

Friday, May 01, 2015

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, discusses oversight of US drone programs and proposes how to make them more public. 

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Who Oversees the Drone Program?

Friday, May 01, 2015

News that a US drone strike killed two innocent Americans raised new questions about who really runs the program, and who oversees it. 

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Baltimore's Feedback Loop

Friday, May 01, 2015

The protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray evoke uprisings of the '60s, reminding us that the problems driving people to the streets today have profound historical roots. 

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