Friday, January 11, 2013
The rape and murder of a young woman in India has brought protesters to the streets. Both the national and international press have closely followed the public outrage and tepid response from government officials, turning out in full force to see the accused men in court on Monday. The swarm of journalists prompted a local judge to not only ban reporters from the courtroom, but also prohibit anyone from covering the trial. Brooke talks with New York Times reporter Niharika Mandhana about the repercussions of the ban, and about why the government would keep the trial off the public record.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Friday, November 09, 2012
As China's only national TV network, CCTV isn't just the domestic mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party; it's also a global for-profit corporation with over 1.2 billion viewers worldwide. Ying Zhu, a professor at the City University of New York, sits down with Brooke to talk about her groundbreaking new book, Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television.
B. Fleischmann - Lemmings
Monday, August 27, 2012
The investigation continues! The evils of horror comics are explicated by two contrasting witnesses, Dr. Fredric Wertham, a reserved psychiatrist, and William Gaines, the chief purveyor of such lurid publications as The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and Tales From the Crypt.
Friday, August 03, 2012
A year ago, the University of Wyoming’s Art Museum commissioned an outdoor sculpture from British artist Chris Drury. Carbon Sink was a 36-foot-diameter vortex of logs killed by pine beetles atop a bed of Wyoming coal. The artist said he wanted to draw a connection ...
Friday, June 01, 2012
Chinese censorship is nothing new. But recently the relationship between censor and dissident has grown more complicated as the government comes to accept that social media is no longer something it can simply take away from Chinese citizens. Brooke speaks with Slate's Jacob Weisberg, who recently traveled to China and spoke with some tech-savvy new dissidents.
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
Friday, May 04, 2012
In 1962, after just two matinees of "The Connection," the screenings were stopped, the theater closed, and the projectionist arrested, because the New York State Board of Regents had declared the film, about heroin addicts waiting for their dealer, to be obscene. Wendy Clarke, daughter of Shirley Clarke, the film's director, talks about the controversial film. She’s joined by Garry Goodrow, who played Ernie in it, and by Dennis Doros of Milestone Film & Video, which restored the film, "The Connection" opens May 4 at IFC Center.
Friday, March 02, 2012
The Iranian government is set to launch a "Halal Internet" this spring as an alternative to the greater World Wide Web. Bob speaks to Fast Company reporter Neal Ungerleider about the most ambitious attempt by a government to censor the internet since China's "Great Firewall."
Friday, January 27, 2012
Last week, public outrage forced congress to table some bills backed by Hollywood lobbyists that would have barred access to sites accused of piracy. But Hollywood’s influence extends well beyond the US Congress. Bob talks to Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has created a website called Global Chokepoints that tracks pending or existing legislation worldwide (often pushed by the US and Hollywood) that would kick people or websites off the internet.
Friday, December 23, 2011
This week the government advisory board overseen by the National Institutes of Health asked two science journals to redact details of a new study about the bird flu virus. The government’s worried that, in the wrong hands, the research could be used to cause a pandemic. Bruce Alberts, the editor of Science talks to Bob about why he’s complying – for now – with the government’s request.
tUnE-yArDs - Doorstep
Friday, December 09, 2011
When early film legend George Méliès made 1899's L'Affair Dreyfus, a movie about the controversial Dreyfus Affair in France, it inspired riots. The topic was so dangerous for so long in France that the film was banned for decades and wasn't aired again in the country until the 1970s. Brooke speaks with writer Susan Daitch, who wrote Paper Conspiracies, a novel about the impact of the Dreyfus Affair and the Méliès film.
Monday, August 15, 2011
After a homeless man was shot dead by Bay Area Rapid Transit system police last month, outraged citizens planned protests for last Thursday at a BART station, planning to organize via their mobile devices. To prevent the demonstrations, BART cut off cell phone service to its passengers. Many called this action censorship, and retaliated. The hacker group Anonymous broke into the BART website, defaced it and released user information to the public. Another protest is set to take place at a BART station today. How will BART handle it this time?
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Chinese state media is denying reports this morning that Jiang Zemin is dead. The 84-year-old became China's leader in 1989, and shepherded the country through its unprecedented economic boom before handing power to President Hu Jintao between 2002 and 2004. The BBC is reporting that internet searches for Jiang's name have been blocked. Martin Patience, correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest from Beijing.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Listen to the audio of a PEN World Voices Festival panel at the Standard Hotel. Writers and editors talked about the ways in which corporate publishing limited access to audiences, the pressure to mainstream, and editing as a form of censorship.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
We hear a lot of negative messages about culture and creativity in modern China. We hear about censorship and a lack of free speech, about internet restrictions (no Facebook) and too many bribes. But when it comes to music, TV, communication, and creativity in general – are our perceptions of China totally off base? And for that matter, what are modern Chinese people’s perceptions of America and our culture?
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Hollywood movies with any profanity must be cleaned up before they run on TV and on airplanes. We talked to an actor named Mark Sussman who specializes in dubbing over the smutty lines of Brad Pitt. Produced by Ben Adair and Ayala Ben-Yehuda of KPCC's Pacific Drift in ...
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Being criticized is never easy for a writer, but condemnation for Iranian filmmakers, novelists and poets can lead to censorship, prison or worse. Even a famous writer like Goli Taraghi can find herself condemned for allegedly slipping sexual messages into a simple children's story. We caught up with Taraghi ...