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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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A Karate Comedy Goes From Kickstarter to Cannes

Friday, July 31, 2015

A 30-minute 80s throwback film made a splash at this year's Festival de Cannes. Sideshow host Sean Rameswaram explains how the film went from Kickstarter to France and now to Hollywood.

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Marvel's Anti-Capitalist Crusade

Friday, July 31, 2015

Marvel's latest string of films feature a pervasive anti-capitalist message, even as the company rakes in millions at the box office. 

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A Skeptic's Guide to Health News and Diet Fads

Friday, July 31, 2015

A bogus study about chocolate and weight loss fooled several news outlets. Here, we present a thorough debunking of health news misreporting and bogus, celebrity-endorsed diet fads. 

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Take the OTM Health News Consumer Quiz

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Test your skeptical fortitude with our Health News Consumer Quiz - can you separate the real bogus health stories from the fake bogus health stories? 
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Summer Listens #4: The Anthem

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The fourth in our summer listening series.
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Inventing Fidel Castro

Friday, July 24, 2015

As the U.S. and Cuba normalize relations, we look back at a reporter's early coverage of Cuba's former leader, Fidel Castro.

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Jon Ronson And Public Shaming

Friday, July 24, 2015

In the digital era, we live in a world where everything is known and it cannot be unknown. Author Jon Ronson talks about how our keyboards have become a powerful weapon. 

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Havana, Hacks, and Shame Attacks

Friday, July 24, 2015

Revisiting the Elián González story as the US embassy reopens in Havana. Plus: Paul Ford examines the various issues raised by the Ashley Madison hack, and Jon Ronson on public shaming.

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A Custody Battle That Shaped Diplomacy

Friday, July 24, 2015

With embassies re-opening in Washington DC and Havana this week, we consider how coverage of the Elián González custody battle 15 years ago influenced US-Cuba relations today.

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What Can We Learn From Ashley Madison?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Writer and programmer Paul Ford ponders the Ashley Madison hack, and wonders if we'll ever actually learn how to keep our information safe online.

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Summer Listens #3: The World is a Morgue

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The third of our summer listening series.
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Oreo: A Comeback Story

Friday, July 17, 2015

“Oreo,” Fran Ross’s 1974 novel about a biracial teen’s search for her father, was a misfit for its times.  More than 40 years later, are audiences finally ready for this satirical tale?

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Years of Talk in One Conversation

Friday, July 17, 2015

One year after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, there's been a big push for a national conversation on race and policing. WNYC's Brian Lehrer actually hosted one. 

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"Black Twitter"

Friday, July 17, 2015

The LA Times just hired a reporter to cover Black Twitter. Dexter Thomas discusses his new assignment and what the media usually get wrong about this nebulous space in the Twitterverse. 

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The Birth of #BlackLivesMatter

Friday, July 17, 2015

It's been two years since the origin of the movement and slogan, born the night George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. We hear how it happened and what's changed.

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Reddit In Revolt

Friday, July 17, 2015

The resignation of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has prompted extensive discussion about the future of speech on the web.

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A National Conversation

Friday, July 17, 2015

Listening in on the national conversation about race, on Twitter and beyond. Plus, the re-release of a satirical novel about bi-racial identity, and upheaval at Reddit.

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Summer Listens #2: The Wilhelm Scream

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The second installment in our new summer listening series. 
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