On The Media

A Historic Case for Prosecuting Journalists Who Report Leaks

Friday, August 02, 2013

Back in 1942, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel wrote an opinion that determined a journalist could be in violation of the Espionage Act for reporting leaked information. Bob speaks to Gabriel Schoenfeld, author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media and the Rule of Law about the Chicago Tribune reporter at the center of the case during WWII.

Jun Miyake - Lillies of the Valley

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Bill and Judith Moyers

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bill Moyers and his wife Judith Moyers were on the Lopate Show with their son William C. Moyers to talk about confronting and treating William's addictions to drugs and alcohol and William's new book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery. He shared a few of his favorite things with us.


The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years of Juan Gonzalez

Friday, January 11, 2013

Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News columnist, discusses his 25-year career at the Daily News, where he's covered everything from race relations to city corruption.

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On The Media

Taliban Declares War on Journalists

Friday, October 19, 2012

The widespread media coverage of Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousafzai seems to have come as a surprise to the Taliban, who are claiming the media are biased against them.  Brooke speaks to Pakistani journalist Mushtaq Yusufzai, who says the Taliban are planning attacks on journalists because they feel the media are ruining their reputation.

Andrew Pekler - Here Comes the Night

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On The Media

Tired of Covering the Campaigns

Friday, September 07, 2012

This is the time when most Americans start paying attention to the campaigns, but political reporters have been on the election beat for more than a year and, according to Politico's Dylan Byers, are just plain sick of it. Brooke Speaks to Dylan about why journalists can't wait for this election cycle to be over with.

Galaxie 500 - Summertime

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On Jonah

Friday, June 22, 2012


UPDATE: A more recent statement regarding Jonah Lehrer can be found here.

Recently, our friend and contributor Jonah Lehrer has come under fire for what some have called "self plagiarism."

The notion that Jonah is a "plagiarist" is beyond ridiculous.  And the way in which some journalists are jumping up and down, claiming he's no longer a "writer" but an "idea man" or an example of "male arrogance"...that's just plain ugly.  There are some useful conversations that can come from this, namely, what does it mean to be a print journalist in the 21st century? What are the rules?  I'll let the print journalists have that conversation.

What I personally hope doesn't get lost in all the hand waving is Jonah Lehrer's body of work. He's one of the most stunningly original voices I've ever encountered. I knew it the moment I first read Proust Was A Neuroscientist. That's why we've had Jonah on the show 17 times, by my count. And that's why we will have him on again, and again, because he explores and explains with the best of them. And we like to work with the best.

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On The Media

Covering the Apocalypse

Friday, June 08, 2012

Even if you're not among those who believe the world will end on 12/21/2012, it's gotta end sometime right? And if there are still journalists at the end, they'll need a game plan. At a recent journalism pow-wow, the role of journalists in two apocalyptic scenarios -- global pandemic and alien invasion -- were discussed with funny and useful results. Brooke speaks with Andrew Fitzgerald who suggested the topic.

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On The Media

Silencing the Messenger in Syria

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rami al Sayed, a citizen journalist in Homs who had been live streaming attacks on the city using his cell phone, was killed this week. Hours later, two foreign journalists, Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were killed in an apparent attack on a makeshift media center. Brooke and Bob talk about the distressing situation faced by anyone trying to report on Syria, from digital activist to professional journalist.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Journalism Under Fire

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses CPJ's annual report "Attacks on the Press 2011" and the deaths of two Western journalists yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Journalist Clare Morgana Gillis on Her Imprisonment in Gadhafi's Libya

Monday, November 14, 2011

On April 5, freelance journalist Clare Morgana Gillis was violently captured by loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi while reporting from the front lines of the Libyan conflict. She was captured alive, along with two other journalists, when gun-wielding loyalists surrounded the group near the eastern Libyan oil town of Brega. A South African photojournalist who was with the group at the time of the capture was shot and killed in the melee.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Meals While Covering War

Friday, October 07, 2011

Journalist and editor of Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of Food During Wartime by the World's Leading Correspondents, Matthew McAllester, discusses his new book of stories told by war correspondents about the importance of meals while covering conflict. Contributor to McAllester's book, senior staff writer for the Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East and author of Waiting for an Ordinary Day:The Unraveling of Life in Iraq, Farnaz Fassihi, joins the discussion. 

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The Takeaway

Tripoli's Rixos Hotel: A Prison for Journalists

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Rixos in Tripoli was once thought of as one of the finest luxury hotels in the city, but for about 35 foreign nationals monitoring the uprising in Libya, it's become a sort of gilded cage. Journalists from the U.S. and U.K., hotel staff, and even a former U.S. congressman are being kept under lock-and-key by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.


The Takeaway

John Burns on Libya's Present and Future

Monday, August 22, 2011

John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times, joins us live from London to discuss the situation in Libya. Burns recently spent several weeks in the hotel in Tripoli that is currently housing Western journalists. He speaks on the dangers facing foreign correspondents in the city, the hopeful and relieved mood of Libyans and both the nation's and Gadhafi's futures as the threat of the ICC looms over his head. 

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The Takeaway

'It Was a Nightmare,' Mother of Journalist Released by Gadhafi Forces

Thursday, May 19, 2011

After being held in detention for six weeks, the Libyan government announced on Wednesday that they will release four foreign journalists. Just a day earlier, the Libyan government had sentenced the journalists to one year of captivity on charges of illegally entering the country. And a fifth journalist, Dorothy Parvaz who works for Al Jazeera, arrived safely at the network’s headquarters in Doha after disappearing in Syria and being sent to Iran. We talk with Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, a reporter for the Global Post who was among the four detained in Libya.


The Takeaway

Chaos for Civilians in War-Torn Libya

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Most of the news out of Libya focuses on the battle between Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces and the Libyan rebels. But what about the civilians, the foreign aid workers and the journalists who have to live with the chaos war leaves behind? James Foley is a freelance journalist reporting from Libya. He was captured by Libyan security forces in April and has been detained in Brega ever since. His mother Diane Foley joins us to talk about her son’s detention and the turmoil in Libya.


The Takeaway

Rescued New York Times Journalist Details His Capture in Libya

Friday, April 01, 2011

For a nearly a week, four New York Times journalists working in East Libya were captured and held by pro-Gadhafi forces. They were tied up, often not permitted to speak, and beaten. "I have never been punched in the face before," journalist Lynsey Addario described. "This was the first time in my life I had a man look me in the eyes and punch me in the face — and especially when I was bound, hands and feet." Tyler Hicks, photographer for The New York Times, who was among the four held captive in Libya, tells his story.


The Takeaway

From Anderson Cooper to Christiane Amanpour: When Journalists Can't Bear Witness

Friday, February 04, 2011

A systemic crackdown on journalists by the Egyptian government has threatened reporters and news anchors - and in some cases, sent them fleeing for safety. Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, explains what's at stake if the news media are no longer there to bear witness to the increasingly volatile uprisings. 


It's A Free Country ®

TV Still Leads the Media Revolution in the Middle East

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Arab TV and Arab journalism in general is very much Arab. It looks at the world, and this is the great revolution in Arab journalism, the fact that Arabs suddenly, once Al Jazeera was launched, were seeing a relatively independent view of the world, of what was going on around them but through the prism of an Arab camera.

Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Arab Journalists

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Lawrence Pintak, author of The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil, talks about his new book, and the role of Arab journalists in the recent uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Journalists' Emails Exposed

Friday, December 03, 2010

Columbia Journalism Review staff writer Clint Hendler and Gawker columnist John Cook discuss their FOIA requests for correspondence between reporters and Governor Paterson's press secretaries and what they reveal, and Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, talks about having her own emails exposed.

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