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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 Seismologist's Dilemma

Friday, May 08, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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 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 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 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

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Brooke talks with Jon Ronson about his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed. 
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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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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.