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Pestilence In A Warming World

Friday, February 12, 2016

As our climate changes, so spread the breeding conditions for mosquitoes carrying diseases like Zika, bringing threats to regions that were previously immune.

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The Power of the Zika Poster Child

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Brazilian journalist says her country was slow to respond to the potential seriousness of Zika until it had a human face attached to it. But should those images be published at all?

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Reporting Zika, Without Panic

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last month, reporter Jonathan Katz was in Haiti when he got the Zika virus. But the mild, flu-like symptoms were nothing like the panicked U.S. coverage of the mysterious illness.

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What Do We Even Know About Zika?

Friday, February 12, 2016

An infectious disease specialist explains what scientists understand and don't understand about Zika, and how eradicating mosquitoes is harder than we might think. 

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Why One Mexican Journalist Said 'No' To An El Chapo Exclusive

Friday, January 15, 2016

A former editor of Mexico's leading newspaper, El Universal, recalls when editors rushed into his office to tell him that El Chapo was offering the paper an interview. 

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The Pentagon's Law of War Manual, Revisited

Friday, January 15, 2016

Five months after our initial conversation, we follow up with the Pentagon on the way their contentious Law of War Manual applies to journalists. 

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Sean Of The Jungle

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo's capture by the Mexican government was quickly overshadowed by the revelation of his secret meeting with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. Bob weighs in.

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Terms of Engagement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mexican journalist reacts to Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo;  Bob checks back in with the Pentagon; and the history of copyright, from its dramatic birth to its uncertain future.

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The Guardian Goes Positive

Friday, December 18, 2015

Eight months after The Guardian launched its "Keep It In The Ground" climate change campaign, it has shifted its focus from divestment to a less tangible but more optimistic goal: hope. 

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The Language of Terror

Friday, November 20, 2015

Examining the words, memes, and misdirection that muddy the media -- and our perspective -- on Islam and the Arab world.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Terrorism Edition

Friday, November 20, 2015

Drawing on reporters, terrorism experts, and the media's best and worst impulses, a Breaking News Consumer's Handbook for the coverage after an act of terror.

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Why Paris, And Not Beirut?

Friday, November 20, 2015

More than 40 people died in two ISIS bombings in Beirut just a day before the Paris attacks. A Lebanese journalist describes the different language used to describe the Beirut victims.

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Lessons Unlearned

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Paris attacks have been deemed "France's 9/11." But do the politics and rhetoric of this week reflect what we've learned in the 14 years since 9/11? 

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Dabiq Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2015

While we're watching continuous coverage of ISIS, they're also watching, and even publish politicians and pundits in their propaganda magazine, Dabiq.

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What Does It Mean to Have 'Boots On The Ground'?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Politicians and pundits have been using the phrase "boots on the ground" to declare limits in U.S. involvement in the Middle East. But what does that phrase mean, anyway?

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What Did Exxon Know?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ExxonMobil is under investigation by the NY Attorney General for potentially misleading shareholders. How does the case compare to the federal prosecution of Big Tobacco in the 1990s?
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Drone Language Decoded

Friday, October 23, 2015

Following the The Intercept's release of secret documents regarding the US drone program, a look at the vague, misleading language used by the Administration to describe drone attacks.

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Safe Harbor No More

Friday, October 16, 2015

A big decision from Europe's highest court offers some hope for the future... of privacy. 

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Gallup Quits the Horse Race

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bob talks to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, about the organization's decision to stop tracking the presidential primaries after nearly 80 years of polling the horse race. 

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"Those Who Reject Mainstream Climate Science"

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Associated Press Stylebook now urges journalists to avoid the terms "climate change denier" or "skeptic." An AP science reporter defends their preferred term, "doubter."