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A Surprise Ruling

Friday, December 20, 2013

On Monday, a DC District Court judge issued a surprise injunction against the NSA's massive metadata gathering. Bob talks with University of Chicago Law Professor Aziz Huq who says that even though the injunction has little chance of surviving appeal, it may still have an influence. 

Shigeto - Ringleader

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The Real Story of the Welfare Queen

Friday, December 20, 2013

In the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan told the story of a woman in Chicago who became known as the welfare queen, the embodiment of the problems with the welfare state. Like most myths, there’s some grain of truth embedded in this narrative: there was a woman in Chicago who was indicted on welfare fraud,  but her other crimes were far more grave. Brooke speaks with Josh Levin, executive editor of Slate, about his investigation of Linda Taylor, America’s original welfare queen.

Ike & Tina Turner - I Smell Trouble

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The NSA Gets a Report Card

Friday, December 20, 2013

This week, the White House released a 300-page report, which included a list of 46 recommendations to change the NSA’s surveillance techniques and increase transparency and oversight. Brooke talks with Richard Clarke, a member of the panel, about the group’s attempt to address the privacy concerns of Americans.

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An Online White House Petition Actually Worked!?

Friday, December 13, 2013

NPR reported yesterday on a deal between the FCC and cell phone companies that will continue to allow consumers to legally unlock their cellphones. Unlocking had been legal, then briefly illegal, and now it's ok again. 

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The Media Savvy Pope, Overblown "Selfie-Gate," and More

Friday, December 13, 2013

Why the media love the Pope, the photographer who took the infamous Obama "selfie" photos, and marijuana journalism.

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Frustration in the White House Press Corps

Friday, December 13, 2013

Frustration is growing in the White House press corps due to limited access to the "transparency" president. In a piece that originally aired in March, Bob goes to the White House to find out how the role of the press corps is changing under this media savvy administration.

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High Times for 'High Times'

Friday, December 13, 2013

Unlike The Denver Post, High Times is not a new comer to the marijuana game, having covered the beat for 39 years. Bob talks with High Times editor-in-chief Chris Simunek about how the magazine reports on the world of marijuana, and whether pot coverage going mainstream will change High Times. 

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Meet the Pot Editor

Friday, December 13, 2013

On January 1st, Colorado will be the first state to allow recreational marijuana use. To cover the story The Denver Post has hired a full-time pot editor to run a dedicated pot page. Ricardo Baca is his name and despite being a longtime, experienced journalist, he's spent the last few weeks enduring joke after joke about his new position. Bob talks with Baca about the new gig and all the jokes.

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President Obama Took a Funeral Selfie.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If you still think funeral selfies need defending, at the very least this is no longer something you can blame on millennials. Also, someone needs to track down this actual selfie.

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Here's a tiny story about JFK calling his Dad

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ted Sorenson on JFK

Ted Sorenson was John F. Kennedy's speechwriter and chief legislative aide. 

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Premature Predictions for 2016, Guns as Free Speech, and More

Friday, November 15, 2013

Why the media are already speculating on the 2016 elections, carrying guns as a form of free speech, and the unwavering obsession with JFK after all these years.

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Hypothetical Candidates

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chris Christie. Hillary Clinton. Rand Paul. Ted Cruz. Elizabeth Warren. This week saw a sharp spike in speculation for who would be President in 2017. Bob talks with the New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich about the media's fascination with hypothetical primaries three years away. 

Young Marble Giants - Final Day

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Shed Light on DHS!

Friday, October 25, 2013

As we've discussed here and here on OTM, the Department of Homeland Security has been unresponsive to journalists' questions about policies related to the rights and treatments of American citizens at airports and border ports of entry into the U.S. As former Congressman Lee Hamilton told Brooke, the best way to get answers from DHS is for constituents to put pressure on their elected representatives. And now you can use the tool below to do just that!

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Coverage of the Government Shutdown, Tweeting TV Audiences, and More

Friday, October 04, 2013

A look at the media coverage - both here and abroad - of the government shutdown, how social media is recreating the old television viewing experience, and California's attempts to legislate the internet.

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Compromise in a Polarized Political World

Friday, October 04, 2013

Political scientist Brendan Nyhan says the roots of the shutdown aren’t so much in a failure of leadership from John Boehner or Harry Reid or President Obama. Rather, he tells Bob, all three men are at the mercy of an increasingly polarized political landscape that makes compromise extremely difficult.

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Paid Partisans

Friday, October 04, 2013

A recent study found that people will more accurately describe political realities--even if it contradicts their own partisan views--if they are paid for their correct answers. Brooke speaks to Gregory Huber, one of the authors of the study, about their findings.

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Obamacare Messaging, Fake Reviews Online, and More

Friday, September 27, 2013

Conflicting messaging on Obamacare, why people leave fake reviews online, and India's effort to create the largest national ID program in history.

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Battling Messages on Obamacare

Friday, September 27, 2013

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next week with the opening of new health insurance exchanges. Brooke and Bob take a look at the messaging war, from the conservative ads advising people to "opt out," to the Obama administration's push to educate people about the new law, and the media's role in covering this protracted battle.

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