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Podcast Extra: After Oregon

Saturday, October 03, 2015

In 2011, a reporter asked for Oregon's gun ownership stats. The legislature quickly made that data private. Plus: a father explains why his son's killer shouldn't be named by the press.
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Understanding Abortion Polling

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pollster Tresa Undem explains why most polls don't tell us anything about how Americans really feel about abortion.

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The Pope Is Not a Politician

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pundits treat Pope Francis like a politician, even referring to his "approval ratings." But the Pope, as Bob notes, isn't running for anything. And his positions are not partisan.

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Pope-ular Opinion

Friday, September 25, 2015

A reminder that the pope is not a politician, why the AP won't use "climate change denier", polling on abortion, and more.

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At Vienna's Westbahnhof Station

Friday, September 18, 2015

Brooke visits Vienna's main train station to talk with refugees gathered there, and speaks with Vienna-based journalists about how the Austrian press is covering the migration crisis. 

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The Bitter Advertising of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Friday, September 04, 2015

With Congress voting this month on the Iran nuclear agreement, ads from opponents and supporters of the deal are filling the airwaves. Hear a fact-check of the rhetoric and messaging.

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Jorge Ramos Is a Real Journalist

Friday, August 28, 2015

After a confrontation with the GOP front-runner this week, some accused Jorge Ramos of being an advocate - not a journalist. They're wrong: he's both, and that's what his viewers want.

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Broad Questions

Friday, August 28, 2015

The push for a female libido pill reveals misunderstandings about female sexuality. Plus: Jorge Ramos is a real journalist; stock market misreporting; and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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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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