People In The News
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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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