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Staring into the Abyss

Friday, September 19, 2014

Brooke explores our long fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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TLDR #37 - Every City Gets the Hero it Deserves

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Philadelphia Police's investigation of a hate crime finds an unlikely ally: a local anonymous sports blogger. 
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#37 - Every City Gets the Hero it Deserves

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Philadelphia Police's investigation of a hate crime finds an unlikely ally: a local anonymous sports blogger. 
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TLDR #36 - The Mystery of Childish Gambino

Monday, September 15, 2014

TLDR explores the mystery of Childish Gambino's creation myth.
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#36 - The Mystery of Childish Gambino

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rapper Childish Gambino (a.k.a. actor Donald Glover) claims his rap pseudonym came from a Wu-Tang name generator. But investigating whether that's true led us on an odyssey of discovery.
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Deadbeats

Friday, September 12, 2014

OTM looks at the great decline in beat reporting. 

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Brooke and Bob on the Decline of Beat Reporting

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bob remembers the best story he got while working the crime beat for a small newspaper in Pennsylvania.

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Bruce W. Bray Jr.

Friday, September 12, 2014

On the Media producer Chris Neary reports an obit of Bruce W. Bray Jr.

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TLDR #23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The curious story of a man who was thought to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
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HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bob speaks with Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald, and the creators of "Veep" and "House of Cards" about why Hollywood is shining a spotlight on DC.

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FRUSTRATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS

Friday, August 29, 2014

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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TLDR #34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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#34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Monday, August 18, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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Cameras in the Interrogation Room

Friday, August 15, 2014

A new Justice Department policy requires the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations.  Jennifer Mnookin says the power of video can interfere with objectivity.

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Joking With Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

Myq Kaplan is a comedian known for his "robotic" delivery of jokes. That made him the perfect candidate to compete with Manatee, a joke-telling robot. Brooke talks with Kaplan about how robots might someday co-opt his comedic style.

Music: Dan Magnan - Robots. Special thanks to @jonaswoost (Jonas Woost) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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#31 - Race Swap

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What happened when a black woman writer went online disguised as a white man? She got a lot fewer death threats, for one thing.

 

 

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On Passwords and Fearlessness and the Future

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today, Wall Street Journal technology columnist Christopher Mims boldly declared that the password is irrelevant and dying. How boldly, you probably weren't asking yourself? Well, so boldly that he posted his twitter password in the article.

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TLDR #2 - Stereotyped

Monday, July 07, 2014

This is a repeat of TLDR #2.

Christopher Hermelin has a project called "The Roving Typist," where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become a meme.

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TLDR #30 - The Russian Troll Army

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

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#30 - The Russian Troll Army

Thursday, June 26, 2014

To help sway public opinion, a company called the Internet Research Agency pays people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day.

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