When it comes to news reporting, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is among the most difficult and sensitive topics to cover. On today’s show, NPR’s ombudsman talks about the difficult task of achieving balanced reporting, and the role perception plays in interpreting the news. Plus, forget the fashion of New York City, London’s music scene, and the bright lights of Tokyo. Why South Korea may become the coolest place on the planet.
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- Edward Shumacher-Matos ended his three-year term as NPR's ombudsman on July 31st, but not before another bloody conflict erupted between Israel and West Gaza. As the ombudsman, he receives and investigates listener feedback. As the conflict heated up in July and August, hundreds of NPR listeners perceived pro-Israeli bias and many more saw the coverage as a pro-Palestinian.
- How the 2011 London riots inspired one woman to embark on a mission: to complete 366 days of kindness. Can benevolent gestures help a city heal? Producer Kristy McGuire brings us the story.
Riding the Wave of Korean Cool
- Korean movies, K-Pop music acts, games and TV shows in particular are proliferating and it could be Korea's gateway to become an international superpower. Euny Hong is the author of The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture.
If You Liked Snowpiercer, Check Out These Other Korean Films
- Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr discusses the creative films coming out of South Korea in the past decade. Burr's most recent book is Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame.
- You can see a list of Ty's Korean film recommendations at this link.
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