Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
iPhone or Android/Mac or PC?
I was dragged into getting an iPhone but I kind of love it. You never hear about the arranged marriages where the couple is crazy about each other, but that’s me and my phone. And Mac for the same reason – it’s like a seeing-eye dog, unobtrusive, enormously helpful, seems to know what I’m thinking. You get the idea.
What word would the other producers use to describe you?
Carefree. And sarcastic.
What embarrasses you about your media diet?
The (now cancelled) ABC show Brothers and Sisters. It’s mostly a showcase for Sally Field’s crying that lights up a part of my brain that I don’t understand and don’t care to think too much about.
What would your cable news show be called?
“Random trivia and historical inaccuracies with Jamie York.”
What is your favorite thing about On the Media?
The way the staff here can take even my worst idea and spin that straw into gold.
In December of 2012, a brutal rape in Delhi, India started a fractious debate about crimes against women and--among Indian journalists--about how crimes against women should be reported. Jamie York went to India last summer and spoke to journalists Meena Menon, Meenal Baghel and Shoma Chaudhury and to attorney Vrinda Grover about how India’s female journalists are using this moment to inform a discussion they care deeply about.
Music: “Amar Sangeet” by Kashinath Mishra & Prabhakar Dhakde
Janet Cardiff’s 40 Part Motet is a complex reworking of a famous choral composition written 500 years ago, Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium.” In 2000, Cardiff recorded 40 individual vocalists singing “Spem in Alium,” each on a separate microphone, and the piece presents their voices through 40 separate speakers ...
India, infamous for its bureaucracy and corruption, has one of the strongest freedom of information laws in the world. OTM reporter Jamie York went to India to talk to Subhash Agrawal, Nikhil Dey, Aruna Roy, Shailesh Gandhi and Sowmya Kidambi (and to hear Shankar Singh sing) about the struggle to achieve the law and the power and pitfalls of such a transformative tool.
In a 2009 book called Imagining India, Indian tech billionaire Nandan Nilekani imagined a way to address India’s most vexing problems of corruption, poverty and lack of social services – a unique ID number for every Indian. 4 years later, India has undertaken the biggest ID program in human history. It’s called Aadhaar, and Nilekani oversees it. But trying to register 1.2 billion people, many for the first time, comes with serious privacy and data-collection concerns. OTM reporter Jamie York went to India to speak with Nilekani and lawyer Malavika Jayaram about the risk and reward of identifying every Indian.
Few pop singers have been as successful, as durable, and as wide-ranging as Linda Ronstadt. She was a country-rock ingénue in the late 1960s, a pop mainstay in the 1970s, and then in the '80s, when she might have gone stale, she sang opera, operetta, mariachi, country and bluegrass harmonies ...
There are sitcoms, there are dramas, and then there are the great shows that careen back and forth, making you laugh and cry and think — shows like Six Feet Under and The United States of Tara. Both were written in part by Jill Soloway, a successful TV writer whose first feature film, Afternoon Delight ...
There are not many artists, maybe none, with quite the star power of Vincent Van Gogh. Partly it’s the story: the mad genius, uncelebrated in his day, who had the ultimate posthumous reversal of fortune. But largely it’s the paintings he left behind when he died in 1890: singular, ahead of their time ...
Recently, Kurt talked with the research scientists who partnered with Google to develop the Ngram Viewer. The Ngram Viewer sifts through millions of digitized books and documents, looking for patterns in word usage across centuries. Kurt asked for listeners’ suggestions for Ngram queries ...
Actor Tony Hale is magnificent at playing a certain kind of emotionally stunted, buffoonish man-child dependent on an older woman. On the dark comedy series Arrested Development, he’s Buster Bluth, the mama’s boy who uses a prosthetic hook after a terrible accident involving a seal ...
Elmore Leonard died this week at age 87, with more than forty novels and sixty years of publication behind him. Stephen King once called Elmore Leonard “the great American writer” — not crime writer, just writer — but Leonard was inclined to be self-effacing. “Literary writers,” he told Kurt Andersen ...
In 1863, New York Tribune reporters Junius Browne and Albert Richardson were captured by the Confederate army in Vicksburg, Mississippi. What followed was an epic journey through an archipelago of Confederate prisons, a daring escape, and a perilous 300-mile trek to freedom. It's the subject of the book, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War Odyssey, due out at the end of the month. Author Peter Carlson takes Bob through the highs and lows of the adventure.
Music: Jim Taylor - Bonaparte's Retreat / Bonaparte's Charge / Bonaparte's March, Eastman Wind Ensemble - Liverpool Hornpipe, Craig Duncan - Dixie, Judy Collins - Battle Hymn of the Republic, Craig Duncan - Shiloh's Hill
Duck Duck Go is a small search engine based in Pennsylvania that is, according to Google at least, a Google competitor. OTM producer Chris Neary talks with Duck Duck Go founder Gabriel Weinberg, SearchEngineLand's Danny Sullivan, and a dedicated Duck Duck Go user about the site. Also, each of the OTM producers try Duck Duck Go, and only Duck Duck Go, for a week.
Theme from I Dream of Jeannie
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. did what he’d done countless times before: he began building a sermon. And in his sermons King relied on improvisation, drawing on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift — and a tradition — on full display in the "I Have A Dream" speech, but it’s also in conflict with the intellectual property laws that have been strenuously used by his estate since his death. In a segment originally aired in 2011, OTM producer Jamie York speaks with Drew Hansen, Keith Miller, Michael Eric Dyson and Lewis Hyde about King, imagination and the consequences of limiting access to art and ideas.
Charles Mingus - Prayer for Passive Resistance (Live at Antibes)
A few weeks ago, Brooke asked listeners to visit our Media Scrutiny Theater website, and gave the address with a "backslash", a mistake that turned out to be like nails on a chalk board for some of our listeners. OTM's acting Senior Producer Jamie York asks for your forgiveness, and vows to do better.
The Walkmen - Flamingos (For Colbert)
Data doesn’t always expose and explain, it can also lead us astray. OTM producer Jamie York looks at two time in the recent past when an overreliance on data has had disastrous consequences. Joe Flood, author of The Fires and Dennis Smith, author and veteran firefighter tell the story of the RAND Corporation and the fires in the Bronx in the 1970’s. And Scott Patterson, author of The Quants and Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short, explain how math and science whiz kids nearly destroyed Wall Street.