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On The Media

Meet The Hummus, A Fake News Site for Muslim-Americans

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What’s so funny about being Muslim in America?  Depending on who you ask, quite a bit.  Inspired by the scope of Al-Jazeera and the irreverence of The Onion, three young Muslim-American men have launched their own culturally flavored fake news publication:  The Hummus.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Ruth Bourdain's Gastrohilarity

Friday, September 20, 2013

"A good wine should dance across the tongue, never twerk against the uvula," according to Ruth Bourdain. Learn more about the satirical mash-up of Ruth Riechl and Anthony Bourdain, and hear from the man behind the tweets.

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On The Media

Satirists and Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

On the Media's own PJ Vogt wrote a story for our new blog TLDR about the difficulty outlets like The Onion and The Daily Show are having finding humor in the situation in Syria as it becomes more complex. Bob talks to PJ about what the outlets are doing wrong, and how they can improve.

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The Takeaway

Satire, Syria & Late-Night Stumbles

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In entertainment the show must go on, but comedians are having some trouble with that old adage this week as the news out of Syria grows darker and more complex. Are comedians just baffled by how they should react, or have they taken sides on an issue that necessitates debate? With us to explain is P.J. Vogt, an On the Media producer and host of the new blog TLDR, which you can find at onthemedia.org.

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Studio 360

The Stench of Honolulu, by Jack Handey: Part 4

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Stench of Honolulu is the first novel by Jack Handey, the creator of Saturday Night Live’s “Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey.” In this final excerpt from the book, our narrator is attacked by natives shooting blowdarts. “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a blowdart hangover ...

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The Serious Stand-Up of S.J. Perelman

Friday, December 07, 2012

WNYC

"Dehydrating in front of an audience," at this 1957 Books and Authors Luncheon, well-known dramatist and writer S. J. Perelman gives a chilling verbal portrait of the writer's life.

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On The Media

Living by the Trends in the New York Times Style Section

Friday, December 07, 2012

The New York Times isn't just a source for news; its also the authority on the latest cultural trends—at least, so says Slate contributor and chronically un-hip Brooklynite Justin Peters. He recently used the Times' Style section as a blueprint for living the trendiest life possible. Brooke asks Justin about the results of this "scientific" experiment.

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The Truth

The Modern Prometheus

Friday, November 02, 2012

What happens when a corporation becomes a person? In this satire by Tony Award-winning playwright Greg Kotis, we follow a company called Geneva Mutual that becomes a sentient being. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Rachel Hamilton, Tom Ligon, Chet Siegel,...

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Operavore

Top Five Political Satires in Opera

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Saturday Night Live" and Comedy Central don’t have a monopoly on political satire. Commentary on the state of government has been showing up in for centuries in operas by Monteverdi to John Adams.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lizz Winstead on Election Season

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lizz Winstead, political satirist and co-creator of the Daily Show, offers her take on the presidential campaign, from the GOP primaries through last night's debate.

→ Event: Lizz Winstead's "Bang The Dumb" | November 5th Gramercy Theater

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Gore Vidal's Historical Novel 'Julian' and Its Modern Parallels

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WNYC

"I can talk for an hour without notes, but for 15 minutes, I have to read it. I shall look up occasionally to give an air of spontaneity." Thus, Gore Vidal begins one of his customarily suave and witty speeches, this one delivered at a Books and Authors Luncheon held on November 30, 1964.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Christopher Buckley's They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Christopher Buckley discusses his new novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, a political satire about lobbying, the media, weapons manufacturing, and our relationship with China.

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The Truth

Movie Mash-Ups

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

As we finish up some new stories for the podcast, here's a selection of three short pieces from the archives. These pieces are a little different than the stories we normally present on The Truth. They were all made by taking different characters from...

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On The Media

Political Satire in South Africa

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pieter-Dirk Uys and Jonathan Shapiro are satirists with different mediums, but a similar mission. Shapiro is a political cartoonist who publishes under the name Zapiro. Uys is a performer whose character Evita Bezuidenhout is billed as the most famous white woman in South Africa. Bob talks to the two about their work under apartheid, when their criticism of the government was as constant as it was ruthless.

Vusi Mahlasela - Two Birds

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On The Media

Cow Clicker

Friday, November 18, 2011

Video game designer Ian Bogost creates 'serious' video games designed to make you think. One of those games, however, has become an unlikely success. It's called 'Cow Clicker' and though it started as a parody of Farmville-style social networking games - it came to be taken very seriously by a group of gamers who found it endlessly fun. OTM producer PJ Vogt reports on what happens when your creations take on a life of their own.

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The Takeaway

French Satirical Magazine Attacked

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was firebomed early Wednesday, apparently in retaliation for publishing an issue "guest edited" by the Prophet Muhammad. The magazine, known for its irreverence and skewering of all cultural institutions, had published a special edition earlier in the day to "honor" the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisian elections under the name "Charia Hebdo," a reference to Sharia Law. Hugh Schofield, correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest.

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On The Media

Political Satire in South Africa

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pieter-Dirk Uys and Jonathan Shapiro are satirists with different mediums, but a similar mission. Shapiro is a political cartoonist who publishes under the name Zapiro. Uys is a performer whose character Evita Bezuidenhout is billed as the most famous white woman in South Africa. Bob talks to the two about their work under apartheid, when their criticism of the government was as constant as it was ruthless.

Vusi Mahlasela – "Two Birds"

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Studio 360

Talkin' Media Bias Blues

Friday, January 28, 2011

We all complain about the 24-7 news cycle, but nobody actually does anything about it. Except maybe Studio 360’s resident folksinger, Scott Blaszak.

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The Takeaway

'Machete': 'A Trash Mexploitation Flick' Worth Seeing

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

As the debate over immigration rages on in the political spotlight, and candidates all over the country use the sensitive topic as a platform to gain votes for coming November election, Robert Rodriguez’s new movie, "Machete" does the same. Op/Ed pages contributing editor for The Los Angeles Times and creator of  Ask A Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, joins us to discuss Rodriguez's film and its satirical look at the immigration issue, corruption in politics and drug trafficking. He also revels in the revenge fantasy.

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Studio 360

Svet and the City

Friday, May 28, 2010

You can call Svetlana Maksimovoskaya an entrepreneurial Russian immigrant. But it might be easier to just call her madam. Kurt talks to the proprietor of the St. Petersburg House of Discreet Pleasure, who's now the star of a new series on HDNet called "Svetlana." (She's ...

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