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Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

The "Department of Jokes"

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff on performing in the Soviet Union, where comics had to submit jokes to a Department of Humor for approval.

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The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece

Friday, July 03, 2015

Greece's financial house is in ruins, they're destroying the Eurozone, and it's all their fault. Or not.

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The Story Behind "The Dingo Ate My Baby"

Friday, July 03, 2015

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted of murdering her 9 week old infant daughter, and her cry for help became a global punch line. 

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

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Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

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A Healthy Dose of Information

Friday, June 19, 2015

Myths abound about the Supreme Court's imminent ruling on the Affordable Care Act.   

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Animating Anti-Extremism

Friday, June 19, 2015

A home-grown cartoon character named Abdullah-X is the face of a grassroots approach to anti-extremism.

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I'm Not A Scientist

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob raises an eyebrow at the perennial non-denial denial of climate change. 

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The Future of Storytelling Is Here

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bob takes a tour of an exhibit that lets him soar like bird, visit a refugee camp in Syria, and smell Goldilocks' porridge. 

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Word Watch: Officer-Involved Shooting

Friday, June 05, 2015

The police are involved in shootings every single day, but the headlines often obscure their role in violent incidents. 

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Librarians Vs. The Patriot Act

Friday, June 05, 2015

Once called the "library provision," Section 215 of the Patriot Act forced libraries to become headliners in the battle waged to protect American freedoms. 

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Worse Than Nothing

Friday, June 05, 2015

The author of a story about an inflammatory report from Colombia explains why he wishes his reporting never got picked up by outside news outlets. 

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Present at the Creation

Friday, May 29, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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What's in the Bill?

Friday, May 29, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What exactly is in it again?

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The Patriot Act, Encore

Friday, May 29, 2015

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, French legislators are considering a new law that looks a lot like what the US passed after 9/11.

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This Week's Showdown: Freedom Act Vs. Patriot Act

Friday, May 29, 2015

 Three provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire this weekend, unless a gridlocked Congress manages to find a last minute solution.

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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An NFL Rookie Leaves the Game

Friday, May 22, 2015

In March, a rising 24-year-old football star shocked the sports industry when he announced that he was retiring from the NFL because of the long-term dangers of concussions. 

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The Evolving Narrative of the NFL Concussion Debate

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 2007, a New York Times reporter brought national attention to NFL concussions with a front-page story about a Philadelphia Eagles player. But the story didn't stop there. 

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