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Thursday, March 01, 2012

David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt from the liberal media organization Media Matters describe how Fox News has changed under the leadership of its president Roger Ailes. The BBC series A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a stone version of a belt worn by players of a Mesoamerican ballgame that was most likely used in rituals. On Backstory Jeremy Scahill, National Security Reporter for the Nation, talks about his recent trip to Yemen and why American counterterrorism policy there is increasingly unpopular.  


The Fox Effect

David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt of Media Matters for America, look at how Fox News president Roger Ailes has transformed the network. Their book The Fox Effect follows Ailes’ career as a media consultant for Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush to in his current position and his mission, which they say is to spread a partisan political agenda despite the widely held standards of objectivity in news reporting.

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Underreported Update: The Democratic Republic of Congo

In November, the Democratic Republic of Congo held presidential elections, even as the security situation there deteriorated. On today’s Underreported Update, Father Ferdinand Muhigirwa, the director of CEPAS (Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Sociale), the oldest think tank in Congo, describes what’s happened since the contested election. He also looks at suppression of protests in Kinshasa and escalation of violence in the eastern part of the country. We’ll also be joined by Akwe Amosu, the director of Africa advocacy at the Open Society Foundations.

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Backstory: Jeremy Scahill on Yemen

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Reporter for The Nation magazine, talks about the United States’ increasingly unpopular counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen.


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Object #9: Manhattan Schist

Who knew so many of our listeners were geology enthusiasts? Or that, to use a pun Leonard would probably dream up, they really know their schist? Charles Merguerian, chairman of the Geology Department at Hofstra University, seemed surprised and then pleased that New York City bedrock made the top ten of our list. He said “People always ask: What came first the chicken or the egg? But the answer is rocks. Rocks are so fundamental and basic to us and our existence that there is a natural tendency towards wanting to know about them.” (continue reading)

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Rutabagas with prettier, unrelated turnips in the background

Recipes and Ideas for Winter Vegetables

Yesterday Melissa Clark stopped by to get us inspired about winter vegetables. Here are a few of the recipes and tips that she shared, as well as a few from callers.


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