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Man Behind Spider-Man Unmasked

Saturday, May 04, 2002

Fans of the comic book may be a bit surprised at a credit in the upcoming Spider-Man movie: the web-slinging superhero was a creation of Marvel Comics head Stan Lee…and Steve Ditko. Why haven’t we heard of Ditko? Maybe because he’s refused to give interviews, and is a strict follower ...

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Howard Kurtz

Saturday, March 30, 2002

Bob chats with Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary of the CNN media program Reliable Sources.

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David Brock

Saturday, March 16, 2002

How does the media reward a journalist who admits to knowingly leaving in falsities in his investigative reports? They start by giving him a heap of publicity for his confession. So goes the story of David Brock, conservative crusader turned apologetic liberal who bemoans his earlier work as bogus rants ...

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Model Champions Human Rights, Sues Tabloid

Saturday, March 09, 2002

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has found a new way to stop British tabloids from publishing details of her personal life: claim a right to privacy based on new European human rights legislation. Her court case is being watched by a lot of gossip reporters, because a win for Campbell could mean ...

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Journalist or Diplomat?

Saturday, March 02, 2002

When New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman used his op-ed to float a Mid-East peace plan by the Saudi Crown Prince, some asked whether he was using his column to play diplomat. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Les Gelb - former Times columnist, editorial page editor, and Assistant Secretary of ...

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Danny Pearl and Howard K. Smith

Saturday, February 23, 2002

OTM pays tribute to two journalists who died this week: Wall Street journal reporter Daniel Pearl, killed by his kidnappers in Pakistan, and longtime broadcaster Howard K. Smith.

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Slate Loses Its Leader

Saturday, February 16, 2002

It seemed like a case of strange bedfellows when liberal media icon Michael Kinsley agreed to help start up Bill Gates’ online magazine Slate.com for Microsoft. Six years later, it’s hard to think of the web ‘zine without the well-traveled editor. We had better get used to it though, because ...

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Banning Chomsky

Saturday, February 09, 2002

U.S. ally Turkey is not exactly known for being overly protective of the free of speech of its own citizens. But that nation’s newest anti-terror law has snagged noted U.S. linguist and rarely uncontroversial political commentator Noam Chomsky, whose statements in an essay led to the arrest of his Turkish ...

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Henry Kloss

Saturday, February 09, 2002

Noted audio innovator Henry Kloss passed away Thursday. His stereo designs allowed speakers to shrink while sound quality expanded, and ushered in the era of the boom box. On the Media’s Jad Abumrad has an appreciation of the man who made sound portable.

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Cornel West’s CD

Saturday, January 05, 2002

During some time away from Harvard University, famed African American Studies Professor Cornel West cut a hip-hop album. His boss, President Lawrence Summers, dubbed West’s behavior “unbecoming of a Harvard professor.” Brooke and Bob discuss the implications of an academic spat.

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Pauline Kael

Saturday, December 01, 2001

Film critic Pauline Kael died recently at age 82. Her reviews built an eager audience for a new kind of American film. Brooke discusses Kael’s legacy with film critic David Edelstein and screenwriter and director Robert Towne.

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From Media-mogul Billionaire to Mayor Bloomberg

Saturday, November 10, 2001

Why did Michael Bloomberg’s election as the mayor of New York City catch so many reporters off guard? Michael Tomasky of New York Magazine explains.

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Jesse Ventura

Saturday, November 03, 2001

Citing the ongoing war against terrorism, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has drastically reduced his availability to the media and hunkered down inside his wood-paneled office at the state capitol. From Minnesota Public Radio, Michael Khoo reports.

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Surgeon General David Satcher

Saturday, October 20, 2001

In a week of relentless anthrax coverage, anxiety arose from the confusing and contradictory information flowing out of a variety of government offices. Brooke asks U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher how to calm the public when the information is very alarming

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Paris Match Journo Behind the Lines

Saturday, October 13, 2001

No sooner had feisty British tabloid reporter Yvonne Ridley been released and deported by the Taliban last week than another Western journalist was arrested. Michel Peyrard writes for Paris Match. The newseditor of that paper talks to Bob about negotiating with the Taliban for Peyrard’s release.

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Whither Columnists?

Saturday, October 06, 2001

Jacob Weisberg in his Slate magazine column wrote a critique of the President that wasn't exactly an homage. And he was, in turn, was criticized. But where does the commentator go now, if he - or she, in the case of Ann Coulter - can no longer commentate?

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Mr. Rogers Retires

Saturday, September 01, 2001

After over 30 years of calming and comforting kids across America, Mr. Rogers has left the neighborhood. This week, Fred Rogers donned his sweater and removed his shoes for the last time. Brooke reflects on the loss of this popular children’s program.

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BBC and the Royals

Saturday, August 18, 2001

With the Queen Mother in her hundreds, British news organizations are beginning to plan their coverage of her eventual death. The BBC, however, already knows what it's going to do; they have a special contract, established 50 years ago, with the Royal Family that guides its programming the day the ...

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George Harrison

Saturday, August 11, 2001

When journalist and self-confessed Beatles fanatic Martin Lewis heard the news that George Harrison was close to death, he smelled a rat. Something just didn't add up: If the news was true, why hadn't Harrison told his closest friends, Ringo and Paul? Lewis demanded to hear the tapes of the ...

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Haitian Journalist

Saturday, August 04, 2001

When a hero of Haitian radio, Jean Dominique, was shot to death in front of his station, the already fragile free press movement suffered a devasting blow. But Dominique’s widow, Michelle Montas, is pushing to make sure the investigation into her husband’s death goes forward, despite the challenges posed by ...

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