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Jul
04
2014

Dave Zirin on World Cup, Sarah Jaffe on Supreme Court

worldcup

Much of the world is tuned into the World Cup. And while the drama on the field is on our TV screens, what about the wrenching political and economic upheaval in host country Brazil that has inspired millions to protest? That's the World Cup story Dave Zirin has been reporting, he'll join us to talk about it.

Also this week: The Supreme Court rulings in Hobby Lobby and Harris, though reportedly narrow, may have far-reaching impacts. Particularly as both almost exclusively affect working women. We'll talk with Sarah Jaffe of In These Times.

Jul
01
2014

RACE LENS: White, White, Don't Tell Me

NPR's bumbling attempts at diversity

Tell Me More, Michel Martin, NPR

NPR's historic issue with its lack of diversity isn't likely to be fixed by their new boss.

Jul
01
2014

Extra! July/August 2014

Extra! July 2014

Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Who Gets to Speak on Cable News The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you by Peter Hart Spinning Away Israel 'Gaffes' Damage control for Christie and Kerry's inadvertent honesty by Alex Kane White, White Don't Tell Me NPR's bumbling attempts at diversity by Josmar Trujillo Study Confirms Our Wealth-Controlled Politics News suppressed by our wealth-controlled media by Steve Rendall and Janine Jackson It Will be Facebook's Virtual World Will we just live--and work-- in it? by J.F. Sargent

Jul
01
2014

The Assault on Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming

organic food

A massive PR effort tries to convince people not to care about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in food.

Jul
01
2014

The One-Sided Culture War Against Children

Left and right unite against ‘kids who want it all’

Trophies (cc photo: Brad K)

On topics related to children, even liberals tend to hold positions whose premises are deeply conservative.

Jul
01
2014

It Will Be Facebook's Virtual World

Will we just live -- and work -- in it?

Oculus Rift

Virtual reality is an idea that’s more poised for major social takeover than the lay-person might realize, and Facebook’s control over its future is, given the website’s relationship with its users, cause for concern.

Jul
01
2014

Spinning Away Israel 'Gaffes'

Damage control for Christie and Kerry's inadvertent honesty

John Kerry in Jerusalem (photo: State Department)

In recent months, media consumers have received a heavy dose of spin masking the reality of Israeli policy, as journalists rushed to cover Chris Christie's and John Kerry's utterances on the country.

Jul
01
2014

Study Confirms Our Wealth-Controlled Politics

News suppressed by our wealth-controlled media

Hundred-dollar bills (cc photo: Ervins Strauhmanis)

American democracy may be in worse shape than you think, according to a new university study. Researchers could find no sign that the public's views had any impact at all on public policy--while the influence of the wealthy was plainly evident.