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24 Aug 2019

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The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

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    Empire State of Mind

    In a special hour this week, On the Media examines the history of US imperialism — and why the familiar US map hides the true story of our country. Brooke spends the hour with Northwestern University historian Daniel Immerwahr, author of How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States.

    This is Part 2 of our series "On American Expansion." This episode originally aired April 5th, 2019.



    Bill Frisell - Lost Night

    The O’Neil Brothers - Tribute to America

    Eileen Alannah - Original recording from 1908

    Ali Primera - Yankee Go Home

    Michael Andrews - The Artifact and Living

    Michael Andrews - Liquid Spear Waltz 

    Matt Farley - Bird Poop Song 

  • Posted on 23 Aug 2019

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    A History of Persuasion: Part 2

    Ted Kaczynski had been a boy genius. Then he became the Unabomber. After years of searching for him, the FBI finally caught him in his remote Montana cabin, along with thousands of pages of his writing. Those pages revealed Kaczynski's hatred towards a field of psychology called "behaviorism," the key to the link between him and James McConnell.

    This is part two of a three-part series from our colleagues at The Stakes. If you haven't heard part one, listen here first.

    In this episode, we hear from:

    - Philip Bradley, Harvard contemporary of Ted Kaczynski

    - Alston Chase, author of A Mind for Murder: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism

    - Donald Max Noel, former FBI agent and author of UNABOMBER: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski

    - Dr. Charles Seigerman, former student of James McConnell and Certified Neuropsychologist

    - Greg Stejskal, former FBI agent

    - Larry Stern, Professor of Sociology at Collin College

    Hosted by Kai Wright. Reported by Amanda Aronczyk.

  • Posted on 21 Aug 2019

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    A Civilization As Great As Ours

    The Indian government has revoked autonomy for the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. This week, a close look at how Hindu nationalists are rewriting Indian history in the world's largest democracy. Plus: what are the stories that America has told about itself? 

    1. Producer Asthaa Chaturvedi [@Pasthaaa] examines the ways Hindu nationalists have sought to rewrite history in and outside the classroom in an effort to glorify India's Hindu past, and what this movement means for a country founded on principles of multiculturalism. Listen

    2. What are the stories that America has told about itself? Historian Greg Grandin [@GregGrandin] talks about his book, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, and the old idea about limitless growth that influenced American policy and psychology. Listen

  • Posted on 16 Aug 2019

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    A History of Persuasion: Part 1

    Infinite scrolling. Push notifications. Autoplay. Our devices and apps were designed to keep us engaged and looking for as long as possible. Now, we’ve woken up from years on social media and our phones to discover we've been manipulated by unaccountable powers using persuasive psychological tricks. But this isn’t the first time.

    In this three-part series from our colleagues at The Stakes, a look at the winding story of the science of persuasion — and our collective reaction to it. In part one, a once-famous psychologist who became embroiled in controversy, and how the Unabomber tried to kill him. 

    We hear from:

    - Larry Stern, Professor of Sociology at Collin College

    - Nicklaus Suino, writer, martial arts expert, attorney and business consultant

    Hosted by Kai Wright. Reported by Amanda Aronczyk.

  • Posted on 14 Aug 2019

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    The Democracy We Think We Live In

    The pathways and origins of white nationalist thought were a matter of deadly importance in coverage of last weekend’s shootings. On this week’s On the Media, how mainstream punditry launders a tolerance for xenophobia. Also, the history of American presidents and media figures dismissing black and brown claims to power in a democracy. Plus, what calls for additional federal oversight in Puerto Rico mean for Puerto Ricans.

    1. Tom Scocca [@tomscocca], politics editor at Slate, on the journalists, writers and political figures who cater to America's racist id. Listen.

    2. Adam Serwer [@AdamSerwer], staff writer at The Atlantic, on the catastrophic, deadly idea that "only white people are fit for self-government." Listen.

    3. OTM producer Alana Casanova-Burgess [@AlanaLlama] reports on the conversations some Puerto Ricans are having in Puerto Rico in a historic moment for the island, including demands more democracy -- and what that means in a colonial context. Listen.


    Exurgency by Zoe Keating

  • Posted on 09 Aug 2019


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