The Influencing Machine

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into the role three major banks played in the financial crisis. New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson talks about the inquiry. Plus: Dahlia Lithwick of Slate discusses some of the Supreme Court cases still awaiting resolution; the Freedom Rides at 50; and Brooke Gladstone from ‘On The Media’ explains her new book and the so-called “Influencing Machine.”

Supreme Court Wrap-Up

The Supreme Court typically announces its decisions in May and June. Senior editor at Slate Dahlia Lithwick, looks at some of the cases still awaiting resolution this term.

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The New Ageism

Margaret Morganroth Gullette, cultural critic, resident scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and author of Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America, talks about resistance to ageism.

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NYS vs. Banks?

Gretchen Morgenson, business writer for the New York Times and author of the new book Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, talks about the news that the New York Attorney General is preparing for an investigation into the banks' role in the financial crisis.

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Freedom Rides at 50

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the “freedom rides” by civil rights activists to protest segregation in the southern United States. Two original freedom riders, Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA)  and Hank Thomas, Chair of the 50 Anniversary Freedom Ride Foundation discuss the legacy of their activism.


Reporting Stories and Influencing People: 1 - The Influencing Machine

In a series of conversations, Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC’s On the Media, talks about her new book, The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, which is a work of graphic nonfiction explaining the history and workings of the media. Today: the media as an Influencing Machine, or as a mirror?

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