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Harrison Salisbury, The Reporter as Witness to the Truth

Thursday, February 12, 2015

To be uppity, to be contradictory, is the essence of the American system of press freedom.
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On The Media

The Powers That Used To Be

Friday, August 29, 2014

In DC, the new media landscape is shifting the power to influence from traditional media outlets to some unlikely players.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Wall Street Journal Turns 125

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On the 125th anniversary of The Wall Street Journal, three editors talk about the paper's legacy, and its future.  

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On The Media

Digital Drama at the New York Times

Friday, May 23, 2014

The recently leaked New York Times innovation report reveals the paper's struggle to transition from print to digital on even the most basic level. Bob talks with Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, about the applicability of the report's findings to the newspaper industry at large.


Money Talking

Why Bezos Really Bought the Washington Post

Friday, August 09, 2013

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post this week for $250 million amounts to less than one percent of his net worth.


The Takeaway

Will Amazon's Bezos Transform the Newspaper Industry?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post this week for $250 million. There is speculation that Bezos has big plans for revamping the paper, which has suffered a 44 percent decline in operating revenue over the past six years. Alan D. Mutter, a media consultant and former newspaper editor, explains the opportunity Bezos has to re-envision what it might mean to be a newspaper in the digital age.


On The Media

The State of the News Media

Friday, March 22, 2013

This week, the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism released its annual “State of the News Media” report, detailing the health, or in this case the frailty, of mainstream US media online and off. The report contained a litany of grim statistics about the consumption and economics of news. Bob talks to Pew Associate Director Mark Jurkowitz, who says the situation isn’t is bleak as it could be.

Beastie Boys - Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament

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On The Media

The Surprising History of Gun Control, School Shooting Myths, and More

Friday, December 21, 2012

The surprising history of the gun control narrative, the media myths of past school shootings, and the problem when the media speculate on the mental health of shooters.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Reporting the Revolutionary War

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

America's leading Revolutionary War newspaper archivists Todd Andrlik explains how the Revolutionary War unfolded in the newspapers at the time, and how everyday people witnessed thousands of little moments form an epic conflict over 20 years. Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News is a collection of primary sources, mixed with modern analysis from 37 historians, showing how the American newspapers of the 18th century fanned the flames of rebellion, igniting the ideas of patriotism and liberty among average citizens who had never before been so strongly united.

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The Takeaway

Cleveland Plain Dealer Launches Campaign Against Cuts

Monday, November 12, 2012

The "Save The Plain Dealer" campaign began this weekend in Cleveland as journalists react to rumors about staff cuts and reduced publication of the paper which, like many newspapers, has fallen on difficult times.

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On The Media

Seattle Times Purchases Political Ads

Friday, November 02, 2012

The Seattle Times Company has undertaken an experiment it says will show newspapers deserve more political ad dollars: buying and publishing political ads on its own pages. Readers have seen full-page ads in favor of the Republican candidate for governor, as well as ads in support of a referendum that would legalize gay marriage. Bob Garfield speaks with Eli Sanders of Seattle's alt-weekly The Stranger, about why the ads have infuriated subscribers and the newspaper's staff, while leaving everyone else scratching their heads.

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On The Media

The End of Endorsements

Friday, October 19, 2012

If you read the local paper in Boston, Denver, or Sacramento, soon you’re likely to see endorsements for candidates cropping up on the editorial page. But if you get your news in Atlanta, Chicago, or Tuscaloosa, you probably won’t. In recent years, papers in these cities have gotten out of the endorsement business. Bob talks to Kevin Riley, editor of Georgia's largest newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, about his paper's decision to end editorial endorsements.

Ahmad Jamal - Tranquility

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On The Media

Sun Myung Moon

Friday, September 07, 2012

This week, Sun Myung Moon, media tycoon and spiritual leader of the Unification Church, died at the age of 92. In this interview from 2008, Bob talks John Gorenfeld, author of Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right and Built an American Kingdom about Moon's newspaper The Washington Times.

Strange Names - Broken Mirror

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“The Only Game in Town”

Thursday, August 23, 2012

David Sirota, contributing writer for Harper’s, talks about his article “The Only Game in Town.” He argues that after so many newspapers have gone out of business, the lack of competition means the newspapers left in some markets to have unprecedented influence—but they're not chasing scoops in the same way, they're cutting back on investigative journalism and legal vetting, and they end up supporting the business agenda of their owners. “The Only Game in Town” appears in the September issue of Harper’s magazine.

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The Takeaway

The Times-Picayune and the Death of the Daily Paper

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The daily paper: it used to be an American institution. But over the past few years, more and more towns and cities have been reducing their circulation. And beginning this fall, the largest city yet will no longer have their major daily. Yesterday, over 200 staff members there received their pink slips from New Orleans paper the Times-Picayune.

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On The Media

Predictions of a Newsosaur

Friday, December 30, 2011

Rather than just fixating on what went wrong for the press in 2011, we thought we'd look forward to what will most likely go wrong in 2012. Former newspaper editor and current blogger Alan Mutter tells Bob that for local legacy media companies, 2012 will be the year when the digital giants show up to take a much larger bite out of their market share.

New Country Rehab - Ramblin' Man

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On The Media

The Fed's Lending During the Crisis Revealed

Friday, December 02, 2011

After a long court battle, has obtained crucial details about Federal Reserve lending during the financial crisis. We now know which banks got what amount of money. That's information lawmakers didn't have when they were crafting financial regulations. Brooke spoke with Bloomberg's Bob Ivry, who says that if law makers had known more - the financial regulations we have now might look very different. 

Stateless – Ariel

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

In 2000, after the Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror Corporation, it became the most powerful collection of newspapers in the world. Veteran Tribune and Los Angeles Times editor James O'Shea looks at how the Tribune ended up diving into bankruptcy and public scandal. His book The Deal From Hell chronicles how news industry executives and editors made a series of flawed decisions that drove the newspapers to the brink of extinction.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

America's Greatest Newspaper Columns

Friday, September 30, 2011

Errol Louis, host of "Inside City Hall" on NY1, John Avlon, senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and Jesse Angelo, editor-in-chief of The Daily and executive editor of the New York Post, all co-editors of Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns, discuss the influence of the newspaper column on America's culture and history.

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On The Media

Pew Looks At The Local News Ecosystem

Friday, September 30, 2011

While studies have consistently shown TV news to be America’s number-one source of local information, a new Pew Study paints a far more nuanced picture of our local information ecosystem by breaking down local news into specific topics—from politics to restaurants. Brooke talks to Pew's Lee Rainie about what the study tells us.

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