On The Media

Why The Tornado News Didn't Derail Scandal Coverage This Week

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Oklahoma tornado pressed pause on coverage of the scandal blitz, but only briefly. Blogger Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report found that the tornado filled 91% of the three network evening news hole on Monday, and all of it on Tuesday. But by Wednesday, Tornado coverage dropped to just a third, and scandal crept back in. Brooke talks to political scientist Brendan Nyhan about what it takes for a natural disaster to overwhelm scandal coverage. 

Yo La Tengo - Our Way To Fall

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Oil and Extremism: The Prescient Caution of Justice William O. Douglas

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


"We are heading up to one of the greatest crises, I think, in modern history." This prediction about oil and the Middle East was made in 1951 by none other than Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas at a Books and Authors Luncheon.

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On The Media

Forecasting Political Scandals

Friday, April 13, 2012

Brendan Nyhan is a Dartmouth political scientist who studies why scandals break when they do. According to Nyhan, before this month's GSA fiasco, President Obama had the longest streak of scandal-free coverage of any President in recent history. Nyhan tells Bob that according to his theory, we can expect the coming months to be full of scandal coverage.

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It's A Free Country ®

What's Up with Sex and Politics?

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's not just one's not that Newt Gingrich is on his third wife. It's that Newt Gingrich is on his third wife, and this is the wife he was having an affair with when she worked for the house of Representatives, when he was trying to impeach Bill Clinton for Monica Lewinsky and he's also got this $500,000 Tiffany bill. And there you are. It just goes on and on and on, it's not just one, did he or didn't he.

— Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Be Scandalous

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Laura Kipnis, professor at Northwestern University and the author of Against Love and How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior, gives us the hows and whys of American scandals in her new book.

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The Takeaway

The End of Combat Operations in Iraq; Orchestras Across America Face Deep Cuts; One in Six Americans On Federal Aid; The History and Purpose of Scandals

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The end of combat operations in Iraq, where do we go from here?; life in the ghost town of Pincher, Okla.; the Ptarmigan as a bellwether of climate change; the Detroit symphony orchestra faces deep cuts; one in six Americans on federal aid; the U.S. Open begins; listener opinions on Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally; Iraq veterans talk aobut what they achieved; a look at this year's only new bank; the social and cultural need for scandal.

The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nick Paumgarten on Eliot Spitzer

Friday, November 30, 2007

Nick Paumgarten on Eliot Spitzer's difficult first year as Governor of New York.