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Monday, November 4, 2013

On The Media: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook, Detainment at US Borders, and More

Brooke looks at ways for news consumers to filter bad information during big events, producer Sarah Abdurrahman talks about being detained at the US border as a US citizen without explanation, and Clive Thompson talks about his new book Smarter Than You Think.

The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

This week saw another breaking news event, the DC Navy Yard shooting, misreported by the press. Usually, we take time to point out how the media got it wrong and how they can do better next time. But this week we've decided to bring you a list of best practices that will help you, the media consumer, weed out bad information the next time an event like this takes place.
You can see our print version of the Breaking News Consumer's Handbook by following this link, or you can print it out as a PDF the next time there's a breaking news event.
John Zorn - Prelude 3: Prelude of Light

My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in my own country and Hate Border Patrol

Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her difficulty getting any answers from one of the least transparent agencies in the country.
William Tyler - Country of Illusion

Tracking Your Steps

Last week the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released a report stating that 74 percent of adult smart phone owners use their phones to get information based on their current location. As more websites and applications start picking up on this trend by launching mobile geo-navigation applications, Brooke talks to geographer Jim Thatcher about what data these apps are taking from our locations, and how is that data being used?
Night Thoughts - John Zorn

Technology Making Us "Smarter Than You Think"

With every advance in technology, skeptics lament the loss of a more meaningful and simpler time, arguing that attention spans are shrinking and critical thinking is corroding. But in his new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke talks with Thompson about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, Wikipedia pages – from the mundane to the informative – have produced a unique human intelligence.
Brad Mehldau - Blackbird

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