Shaking the Foundations

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Remy Stern, editor-in-chief of, former Politico reporter Helena Andrews, and Sree Sreenivasan, digital media professor at Columbia Journalism School, talk about dealing with the pressures of instant news sites and “hit counters.” Sam Bryan on his father Julien Bryan’s recently released DVD of “Siege,” which contains original footage of the siege of Warsaw in 1939. Marco Amenta talks about his film, “The Sicilian Girl.” Historian Anna McCarthy discusses the role that 1950's television played in the postwar American political landscape.

The Online Grind

In the world of instant news sites, there is immense pressure on reporters to break the story—even by just seconds. Sree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs and digital media professor at the Columbia Journalism School and contributing editor to, joins us along with Helena Andrews, a former Politico reporter adn author of Bitch Is the New Black, and Remy Stern, editor-in-chief of, discuss the pressures on online journalists, and how tools like "hit counters" and other instant feedback shapes their coverage.

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Sam Bryan on "Siege"

Sam Bryan talks about the film “Siege,” made by his father, American photojournalist Julien Bryan, during the Siege of Warsaw in September 1939. Bryan was the only neutral reporter left in the city after the German invasion of Poland that started World War II, and he shot footage of the massive destruction of Warsaw and its people. “Siege” has just been released on DVD. It's available at and at

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Marco Amenta's "The Sicilian Girl"

Marco Amenta talks about his film “The Sicilian Girl,” based on the true story of Rita Atria, a 17-year-old Sicilian whose father and brother were both Mafia members (and victims). Rita breaks the vow of silence that rules that world. “The Sicilian Girl” is playing at Film Forum August 4–17.


The Citizen Machine

Historian Anna McCarthy, associate professor of Cinema Studies at New York University, talks about the political history of television’s early years. Her book The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950s America, looks at how leaders from business and philanthropy, social reformers and public intellectuals were all concerned with TV’s potential to mold model American citizens.

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