The 2020 Democratic field is the most diverse ever, and five women are running to be the party’s presidential nominee. This week, we look at the sexist coverage of female candidates with a new Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Gender and Politics Edition. Then, a re-examination of a 90's tabloid spectacle, Lorena Gallo (Lorena Bobbitt), arrested for cutting her husband's penis off after he raped her. Plus, how Black History Month undermines black history.
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The Crave by Jelly Roll Morton
Juliet of Spirits by Nino Rota and Eugene Walter
Okami by Nicola Cruz
River Man by Brad Mehldaw Trio
Mai Nozipo by Kronos Quartet
A Century of Free Speech
For this week's pod extra, we feature a conversation from WNYC'S , a collection of essays by leading scholars, marking 100 years since the Supreme Court issued the three decisions that established the modern notion of free speech.
Whether it’s fake news or money in politics, we’re still arguing over the First Amendment, and their book lays out the origins of the argument just after the first World War.
The World's Biggest Problem
At Tuesday's State of the Union, President Trump continued to call for a wall at the southern border. Meanwhile, some Democrats point to the real crisis: climate change. A look at the messaging of urgency and hope around the Green New Deal. And, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg lays out his deep criticisms of Facebook. Then, a Facebook employee makes the case for one potential solution. Plus, a new documentary about Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin, two New York City reporters, who helped turn column writing into an art form.
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Mermelada by Como Las Movies I Am Not A Farmer by Bill Frisell Coconut Wireless by Moonalice Fallen Leaves by Marcos Ciscar Superstition by Sungha Jung Chez Le Photographe Du Motel by Miles Davis Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry by Raymond Scott
The Too-Good-To-Be-True Cancer Cure
Despite steadily declining rates of cancer deaths over the past two decades, cancer remains responsible for 1 in every 6 deaths worldwide. It’s a scourge. So when, this week, an Israeli company called Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies captured the news cycle with promises of a complete cure for cancer within the year, the story caught fire.
The company’s technology is called “MuTaTo” — that's multi-target toxin. And, to judge from the news media this week, it seems vetted, verified and veering us all toward a cancer-free future. Reports began in the and landing in local news outlets around the country and the globe.
A couple days into the fanfare, the skeptics started coming out: for one thing, as oncologist David Gorski points out in his blog “ . The too-good-to-be-true story appears to be just that, built on PR puffery. But who can resist a good cancer cure?
With Mutato in mind, for this week’s podcast extra, we revisit our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Health News edition, with Gary Schwitzer, publisher & founder of .
Misery in the Name of Liberty
The Venezuelan press has been facing repression for years. This week, On the Media explores how journalists in the country are struggling to cover the standoff between two men who claim to be president. Also, how both the history of American interventionism and the legacy of Simón Bolívar color coverage of Venezuela. Plus, a critical look at the images coming out of Chinese internment camps.
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Sueno en Paraguay by Chancha Via Circuito Mermelada by Como Las Movies Contradanza Del Espíritu by Roberto Fonseca La Canción Bolivariana by Alí Primera Slow Pulse Conga by William Pasley Mi Guitarrita by Manuel Silva Chrysanthemum Complex (Contagion OST) by Cliff Martinez Bizning Naxshimiz by Ayshemgul Memet, Shohrat Tursun & Ilyar Ayup