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In covering acts of terror, like the gruesome Woolwich killing last week in
London, how should the press report the story without giving those responsible
the overwhelming amount of attention they seek? Bob considers the British
media's coverage of the Woolwich attack and the decision by most British outlets
to air the video of one suspect's diatribe.
There's a small group of men and women - "Deciders" - at big tech companies
like Google, Facebook, and Twitter who make decisions everyday about what
offensive speech is pulled from their sites. The huge scale of those sites gives
those Deciders enormous influence over the state of free speech on the web. Bob
speaks with George Washington University Law professor Jeffrey Rosen, who wrote
about the Deciders and their many decisions in The New Republic.
Journalist Paul Lukas runs a website called Uni Watch, which has a fairly
active cadre of commenters, including at least one relentless troll. To his
surprise, when Lukas asked the troll for an interview, the troll agreed. Bob talks to Lukas about his six
year relationship with his website's most persistent, most creative
Creating an interesting comment space can take a lot of time and energy. In
an interview from December, 2011, Bob speaks to The Atlantic senior
editor and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates about his approach to internet
comments and his own heavily moderated comment section.
What if your email service could tell you, before you even press send, just
how aggressive or angry your email is? In an interview from September of last
year, Bob talks to Josh Merchant, CTO and co-founder of Lymbix, a Canadian
software company whose program ToneCheck promises emotional spell-check for overheated
The name George Plimpton is synonymous with a kind of all-in participatory
journalism. Plimpton played quarterback for the Detroit Lions and triangle for
the New York Philharmonic, and was badly beaten in the ring by boxer Archie
Moore. Bob talks to Luke Poling, one of the creators of the new documentary
who George Plimpton was and how he got that way.
How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launch pad of dozens
of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you're trying to
make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice,
practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah, and a brilliant song,
just waiting for a record exec to bite. In this piece from 1996, Bob goes on a
journey to pen the next country music hit.
To hear the full piece, click here.