We all have our annual Thanksgiving traditions, and for the news
media it seems to be the annual reporting of the rising cost of the
holiday meal. Brooke speaks with Columbia Journalism Review's Ryan Chittum about how these annual reports come about, and how they are misleading to consumers.
Recent resignations at Bloomberg News and leaks about the company's reporting in China
have raised questions about what concessions news organizations
choose — or are forced to make — to sustain expensive foreign
reporting. The New York Times Edward Wong talks to Bob about
why financial reporting has become the biggest threat in the eyes of
China's ruling party, and why Western media might have less reason to be
worried than they think. Bonobo - Sapphire
In the wake of the information about the NSA leaked by former
government contractor Edward Snowden, the NSA has seen the volume of FOIA requests for the agency go through the roof.
Brooke talks with Pamela Phillips, the chief of the NSA Freedom of
Information Act and Privacy Act Office about how the agency is dealing
with the sudden influx of requests, and what kinds of requests are
PEN American Center, a writers’ organization, released a report last week titled “Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives US Writers to Self-Censor.”
The report found that, of the writers surveyed, a sizable percentage
were censoring their work, or altering their writing process, due to
fear of NSA surveillance. Bob talks toLA Times Book Critic David Ulin to find out what freedom of expression really means if our thinkers are constantly looking over their shoulders. Bach - Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major
The best selling book of all time is going digital. As a successful
mini-series and downloadable app, the Bible seems to be as popular as
ever. Brooke speaks with writer Thomas Larson about the importance of the spoken Word and the effect of new media on its "holiness".
The Infectious Texts project at
Northeastern University is making thousands of pre-Civil War newspapers
searchable. Bob talks with Ryan Cordell, a leader on the project,
about the mechanism behind text virality in the 1800’s and some of
what’s been discovered so far. Black Keys - Psychotic Girl
In television's younger days, going live was extremely difficult,
costly and rare. But 50 years ago, a monumental tragedy made live
coverage essential, no matter the cost, whenever a president left the
White House. WNYC’s Sara Fishko recollects those dreadful days in
November when everyone was paralyzed in front of the small screen.
On the same day of John F. Kennedy’s burial, a small gathering
committed the remains of Lee Harvey Oswald to the ground. Apart from the
immediate family, no mourners attended, leaving the task of carrying
the coffin to a few assembled strangers: the reporters covering the
story. Bob talks to retired Associated Press reporter Mike Cochran who
was one of Oswald’s pallbearers. Lúnasa - Black River
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