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Episode 4: What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brooke discusses the fourth episode of House of Cards with Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz.
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New Jersey News

Cracks In Christie's Post-Bridgegate Ethics Reform

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Allies installed in watchdog roles, an ethics panel disbanded, policies left unstrengthened. A year later, Bridgegate ethics reform in the governor's office is marked by unmet promises. 

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New Tech City

Is Braille Obsolete?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Touchscreen phones work so well for blind people that Braille may become obsolete. But advocates worry this could render the next generation "functionally illiterate."

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The Takeaway

I Never Want Kids. I'm Not Sorry.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed: that's how a lot of adults get pegged for their decision to forego parenthood. Not so fast. Our listeners weigh in on being childless by choice.

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The Takeaway

The Ted Cruz/John Lennon Mashup You Never Knew You Wanted

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz sounded a lot like John Lennon today when he announced that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. So we mashed his speech up with Lennon's "Imagine." 

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On The Media

Uncorrected Rumors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Craig Silverman founded the website Emergent to track rumors in news media, and how the press deals with debunking them. The patterns are already emerging and they will make you sad.

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On The Media

Climate Ch...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Even as Florida is threatened by rising sea levels, Gov. Rick Scott's administration has reportedly banned officials from using the term “climate change” for state business.

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On The Media

The Surveillance Stream

Friday, March 20, 2015

You've probably heard of the NSA's "Prism" program, which collects metadata. Wikimedia and other groups are now suing over a different surveillance apparatus called "upstream."

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On The Media

Is True Crime Jinxed?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Following the sensational conclusion of HBO's true crime series, "The Jinx," Bob discusses the fine line between interpretation and manipulation in documentary film.

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On The Media

Confession and Suppression

Friday, March 20, 2015

OTM examines the line between making great documentary and heeding the law. Plus, Florida officials suppressing the term "climate change," and Wikipedia vs. NSA.

On The Media

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Vs. NSA

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wikimedia Foundation is suing the NSA over its "upstream" spy program. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales discusses the "chilling effect" he says surveillance has on its users. 

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On The Media

Stephen Kim's Leak

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stephen Kim is in prison for speaking about a classified document with a reporter, but according to journalist Peter Maass the government threw the book at the wrong leaker. 

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On The Media

Episode 3: You Have Just Been Served

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brooke discusses the third episode of the season with two foreign policy experts. 
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The Takeaway

Israel, Palestine & The Two State Illusion

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Senator George Mitchell, former Middle East Envoy for President Obama from 2009 - 2011, weighs in on the importance of a two state solution for Israel and Palestine.
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New Tech City

A Parent's Guide to All That 'Ed Tech' In Your Kid's Classroom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We take a look at exactly what tech is in the classroom. Which leads to a bigger question: Why is this tech in the classroom? 

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The Takeaway

Final Take: My Kids Are Not Synthetic

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Takeaway Host John Hockenberry reflects on the controversial comments made by Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce about in vitro fertilization.

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On The Media

Treason, Stunt, or Idiocy?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The National Iranian American Council's Jamal Abdi discusses the potential fallout from the media's coverage of the open letter to Iran by forty-seven Senate Republicans.

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On The Media

In the Dust of This Planet

Friday, March 13, 2015

Radiolab host Jad Abumrad explores the philosophy that turned his brother-in-law's book cover into a celebrity fashion statement.

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On The Media

Staring Into the Abyss

Friday, March 13, 2015

Brooke follows up on her conversation with Radiolab, and explores our longstanding fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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On The Media

Cashing in on Ferguson, That Letter to Iran, and Nihilism's Allure

Friday, March 13, 2015

Has constant media presence turned the town of Ferguson into a symbol and a brand? Also, Brooke charts the history of nihilism.