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Looking Backward On The Presidency of Donald Trump

Friday, August 21, 2015

Looking back on the impossible but true election of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Adapted from the article by Jon Lovett for The Atlantic.

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Looking Backward On The Presidency Of Donald Trump

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Looking back on the impossible election and catastrophic reign of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Adapted from the article by Jon Lovett for The Atlantic.
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Lessig's More (And He Might Run For President)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Voters say they want electoral reform, so where's the groundswell? Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says he has a way to hack a referendum into the 2016 election. Okay, we'll bite.

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A Vulgar Spectacle

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fox makes a strange deal with Donald Trump. Plus, Ferguson a year later, and writer David Lipsky on the late David Foster Wallace.

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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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Flash-In-The-Pan Candidacies

Friday, July 31, 2015

"The political media did not create Donald Trump," says David Leonhardt of The New York Times. But still: how to explain media fervor over unserious candidates? 

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Send In The Clowns

Friday, July 31, 2015

The booms and busts of political reporting, a skeptical look into health and diet news, and an indie throwback film gets the red carpet treatment. 

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Our "Margin of Error"

Thursday, July 16, 2015

In which we set ourselves right on what "margin of error" in polling really means.
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Polls Are Stupid

Friday, July 10, 2015

With Donald Trump in first place, the media uses polls irresponsibly. Plus: how the Dominican press is covering a humanitarian crisis there; blocking ad-blockers; DuckDuckGo; and more.

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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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Behind the Myth of the Welfare Queen

Friday, July 03, 2015

The real story behind Linda Taylor, the woman who became immortalized as the infamous welfare queen. 

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The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece

Friday, July 03, 2015

Greece's financial house is in ruins, they're destroying the Eurozone, and it's all their fault. Or not.

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I'm Not A Scientist

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob raises an eyebrow at the perennial non-denial denial of climate change. 

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Drawing Politics

Friday, June 19, 2015

Middle Eastern cartoonist Khalid Albaih believes that cartoons can deliver vital political truths in a way that bypass restrictions on expression.

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Foreign & Domestic

Friday, June 19, 2015

Horror in Charleston, the subversive power of comedy, and the "I'm not a scientist" defense.

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Present at the Creation

Friday, May 29, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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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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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 Wrong Hypothetical Question

Friday, May 22, 2015

In interviews over the past two weeks, 2016 hopefuls are facing a bad hypothetical question on Iraq: "knowing what we know now" would they have authorized the 2003 invasion?

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