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Errol Morris on Tabloid

Friday, November 25, 2011

In 1977 a former beauty queen with a 168 IQ named Joyce McKinney became British tabloid fodder when she supposedly kidnapped her Mormon boyfriend at gunpoint and for 4 days kept him as her sex slave.  She's the subject of Errol Morris' documentary Tabloid. Morris talked to Brooke in July of 2011 about what makes for tabloid fare, then and now.

 

10cc - The Things We do for Love

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The Love Triangle, Murder and Missing Head that Sparked a Tabloid War

Friday, November 25, 2011

In the summer of 1897, the story of a dismembered body and a sordid love triangle wasn't likely to dominate the papers. But William Randolph Hearst saw the story as an opportunity for his newly launched New York Evening Journal to beat out its major competition, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World: a tabloid war ensued.  In an interview that originally aired in July of 2011, Bob spoke with Paul Collins, author of The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars. Collins says that in their quest to cover the story, the papers employed tactics reminiscent of today's News of the World phone hacking scandal.

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Pulp Non-Fiction

Friday, November 25, 2011

For five scandal-ridden years in the mid 1950’s, Confidential was the most popular, pulpiest, dishiest, Hollywood-shaking gossip rag in the nation. And it insisted that its stories, no matter how sensational, be true. Confidential defied the studios, exposed the foibles of Hollywood brightest stars and laid the groundwork for our modern 24/7 celebrity culture. in an interview that originally aired in 2010, Henry Scott, author of the book Shocking True Story, tells Bob Confidential’s story.

 

Jerry Goldsmith - Badge of Honor

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