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Improving the News; "Macbeth"; Bruce McCall on Billionaire Spending; Squirrels in NYC; Factory Farms

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kennedy School of Government professor Thomas E. Patterson argues that journalists today aren’t providing enough trustworthy and relevant reporting, and he suggests how we can make knowledge-based journalism a reality. Ethan Hawke, Anne-Marie Duff, and director Jack O’Brien talk about the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Macbeth.” Bruce McCall discusses collaborating with David Letterman on their satirical chronicle of the super-rich. We’ll find out how New York City became infested with gray squirrels. And we’ll look at how animals live—and die—in factory farms across America.

The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism

Thomas E. Patterson argues that today’s journalists are not providing trustworthy and relevant news and that reporters too often give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute “infotainment” for real news. In Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, Patterson looks at the problems with the press’s eroding quality, and he proposes a corrective. Patterson is a professor in the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Ethan Hawke, Anne-Marie Duff, and Jack O'Brien on "Macbeth"

Ethan Hawke, who plays Macbeth, and Anne-Marie Duff, who plays Lady Macbeth, talk about Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” along with director Jack O’Brien. It’s playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.

 

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Bruce McCall on Billionaires in the Wild

Bruce McCall talks about collaborating with David Letterman on an illustrated chronicle of satirical of the indulgences of the super-rich, This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild.

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The Gray Squirrel is Not a Native New Yorker

Gray squirrels may seem like they've always been in New York City, but they're actually a fairly recent immigrant. History Professor Etienne Benson  explains why the rodents were introduced into the city at the end of the 19th century.

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Animal Cruelty on Factory Farms

Every year nine billion broiler chickens, 250 million turkeys, 113 million pigs, and 33 million cows are raised and slaughtered in the United States. Paul Solotaroff discusses the conditions many of those animals live in—and how they are often killed—in his Rolling Stone investigation “In the Belly of the Beast.”

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