Word of Mouth
2:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Most Memorable Ads Of The Past 35 Years

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In 1978, a message about a new word processing system went out to about 400 users of Arpa-net…that’s the U.S. Government sponsored progenitor of the World Wide Web.  It was the first example of what we now know too well as internet spam. In 1978, the mad men era was snuffing out its last cigarette, the seeds of celebrity endorsements were bursting open, and dawn was about to break on digital. That same year, Ad Week launched.  The publication is marking its 35th anniversary with a look at some pivotal, shocking and subtle moments in the advertising industry.  

David Griner is a contributing editor at AdWeek.

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Word of Mouth
12:53 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Talking Heads Are About To Get Truth-Tested As Politifact Launches 'Punditfact'

Ann Coulter is just one talking head among those PunditFact will fact-check.
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PolitiFact won a Pulitzer Prize for fact-checking statements made by politicians, lobbyists and special interest groups.  Their new venture called PunditFact will cast a wider net to rate the veracity of talking heads, bloggers and columnists…a pretty big job in the blustery airspace of opinion journalism. 

Aaron Sharockman is Deputy Government and Politics Editor for the Tampa Bay Times. He is also a writer and editor for Politifact.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Pope 'Didn't Say Anything New.' Blogger Behind 'Joe. My. God.' Weighs In

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Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a spontaneous and startling frank press conference on a plane ride following his week-long trip to Brazil. In response to a question about gay priests, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

This stands in stark contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, who publicly and repeatedly stated that gay relationships were “evil” and “contrary to natural order.”

Here to talk about what might some are saying is a monumental shift for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church is Joe Jervis, the blogger behind “Joe. My. God.”, which covers LGBT issues, the media, and politics.

Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The De-Evolution Of Women's Magazines

From Ladies Home Journal: “Our first celebrity cover appeared in 1904, when John Singer Sargent sketched Ethel Barrymore.”

Magazines like Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal have been published since the late 19th century. In the late 1950s and early 60s, readers could find serialized fiction and serious non-fiction sandwiched between recipes for Jell-O salad and housework how-to’s. Now, high circulation women’s magazines hardly include long-form pieces at all, much less excerpted novels, or hard-hitting journalism.

Laura Vanderkam writes for City Journal.  Her article “Journey Through the Checkout Racks,” explores this shift in content found in women’s magazines, and what it means for its target audience.

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Word of Mouth
3:30 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Top 5 Characters That Got "Gender Swapped"

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After we explored the possibility of the next Doctor Who becoming a woman, we got to thinking about all the other characters we’ve come to love over the years that were supposed to be - or originally were - the opposite sex.

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Gender Swapped Characters.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Cut The Cord On Cable, Still Watch Your Favorite Shows...Legally

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Premium TV channels like HBO, Showtime, and AMC are pricey, and with  many programs available on Netflix, Hulu, and other online sources, viewers are cutting the cable cord.  Those hanging on say they want to watch what they want, when they want it.

Joining us to give us some practical tips on cutting the cord to premium cable was David Sirota, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and contributor to Salon, where he wrote about his own exodus from cable.

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Word of Mouth
9:57 am
Tue May 21, 2013

The #OKC Tornado On Twitter

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Brady Carlson joins us to talk about social media's reaction to the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

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Word of Mouth
10:03 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Why No "National Tragedy" Label For The New Orleans Shootings?

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From the Newtown shootings to the Boston marathon bombings, the last year has seen no shortage of tragic acts of violence that have dominated news coverage. But one story appeared as no more than a blip on the national news radar: that of a neighborhood mother’s day parade in New Orleans, where shots were fired and 19 people were wounded. Two suspects were arrested late last week, but for days, the incident stood as the largest mass shooting in the United States with perpetrators still at large – so why weren’t we bombarded with media coverage? Our guest is David Dennis Jr., a journalist and New Orleans native who wrote about the issue for the UK Guardian.

Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Is Journalism's "Golden Age" A Myth?

After every errant tweet from another major news outlet, or the announcement of fresh layoffs from another print newsroom, many shake their heads and talk about the good old days, before false reports of WMD’s and internet news aggregators. We remember a time when Edward R. Murrow and other icons of objectivity were our revered national watchdogs, serving up the newspaper column or TV broadcast at a time.   But what if our idealistic view of American journalism's "golden age" is nothing but a nostalgic myth?  Todd Gitlin teaches journalism and communications at Columbia University. His recent article “The Myth of Journalism’s Golden Age” was recently featured in the Utne Reader.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Crisis Coverage In Real Time.

Last week’s bombing and the search for the bombers kept many of us glued to the news, with constant updates on TV, radio, news web pages, and social media . But with all this immediacy comes split-second mistakes that seem to reverberate exponentially, leading some media watchers to call this the Age of Retraction. But others say such errors are nothing new, and there are definite pluses to this proliferation of information.


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Word of Mouth
11:18 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Media Obsession: Pageant Queens And Pornography

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Once upon a time, Miss America ranked alongside the Superbowl and the Academy Awards as one of the most anticipated broadcasts of the year. But in 2012, 2.8 million viewers watched the nation’s best-known pageant… more than twice that number tuned in to see the Downton Abbey third season premier.  

And yet, a recent story of a disgraced pageant queen has gone viral –attracting far more attention than she ever received by winning a pageant in the first place.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Uncertain Future Of Backyard News

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A number of major newspapers have stopped the presses in recent years. Meanwhile, community journalism sites have sprung up from Seattle to Springfield. Media gurus declared “hyperlocalism” to be the future of journalism and a path for out-of-work reporters. A few big ticket news outfits took that bet, including AOL, which launched in 2010. A few years on, hyper-local phenomenon takes many forms, with differing degrees of success. AOL reported losing $147 million dollars on Patch in 2011, so maybe news of town hall meetings, police blotter reports, and high school sports might not be as bankable as once thought.

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Word of Mouth
10:29 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The News That Got Buried Under The Fiscal Cliff

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The last few weeks of 2012 were dominated by media coverage of the fiscal cliff crisis. News outlets covered everything from the projected impact of the cliff to shouting matches between legislators. Lost in the mix throughout the crisis were important, but less sensational news stories. Joshua Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy and he joins us to talk about some of these backseat news items.

All Things Considered
5:22 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Nashua Telegraph Hopes To Keep "Voice" of Area If Sold

We’re starting 2013 with a big story in New Hampshire media – the owners of the Nashua Telegraph, the second largest daily in the state, are putting that newspaper up for sale.

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Word of Mouth
11:20 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Slow News Is Good News on GoKicker


A 2007 study by Harvard University found that the rank and file of “Generation Y” is consistently less engaged and less knowledgeable about current events than their elders. Former New York Times editor and entrepreneur, Holly Ojalvo, is looking to staunch the growing tide of current events ignorance.  She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of, a website that’s adapting the news cycle for the 35-and-younger set.

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