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This round of budget clashes are over (for now), but how should we
assess the damage done by these regular crises? Bob talks with Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon
who says that the real story of these political battles is the slow
motion, irreversible damage they're doing to America's financial
Two weeks ago we talked with James Fallows about rampant false
equivalency by newspapers in covering the federal government shutdown.
This week, Bob speaks with Andrew Tyndall of The Tyndall Report who
says broadcast news had its own weakness -- choosing anecdotal stories
of real people hurt by the shutdown over informative analysis.
Healthcare.gov launched in the beginning of the month to much
frustration, as hundreds of thousands of people flocked to buy insurance
from the online exchange. Because of technical glitches, the majority
of these users were turned away due to website problems. Bob talks to
programmer and Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Paul Ford who says while healthcare.gov was open for business at the beginning of the month, it’s failure may be attributed to its closed code.
This week, Glenn Greenwald, now a household name for his role in reporting the Edward Snowden leaks, announced he was leaving The Guardian for a "a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity." Brooke talks to pressthink.org's Jay Rosen about that opportunity and how it could differ from current journalistic endeavors.
Brooke and OTM producer PJ Vogt prepare to send their saliva off to
23andMe, a company that analyzes DNA information. Before they prepare
their samples, Brooke and PJ talk with OTM senior producer Katya Rogers,
and former OTM producer Jamie York about what they hope to find out
from their genetic testing, what they’re concerned about discovering,
and the value of having their genetic information online.
Brooke and OTM producer PJ Vogt get their genetic tests back and
reveal the results to each other. Then, to help them understand what
their results really mean, Brooke and PJ speak to geneticist Greg
Lennon, co-founder of SNPedia,
a wiki-pedia for genetic information that aims to make “DNA stuff”
real. Lennon answers some of Brooke and PJ’s pressing questions about
their results. Among other things, Brooke finds out she doesn’t have as
much Neanderthal in her genes as she hoped.