It’s the End of the World and We Know It

In our upcoming episode we’ll examine how science fiction has taken on the challenge of imagining life after global warming. There’s drought, flood, grievous loss and even some optimism. So with that in mind, we thought we’d whet your appetite for annihilation by replaying this interview Brooke did with author Ben Winters a few years back. In his trilogy “The Last Policeman” it isn’t the slow creep of  melting glaciers and devastating drought that heralds the end of the world, it’s an asteroid. All the action takes place in the 6 final months before the the date of impact which spurs responses ranging from frolicking on beaches to suicide to murder. But the central character in Winter’s trilogy is a policeman who just wants to do his job.  

The Slants Win the Day!

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a law denying federal trademark protection to names deemed disparaging is unconstitutional. Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the unanimous decision that “it offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.” The suit was brought by the Portland dance-rock band The Slants, a group of Asian-American musicians who have taken their name from an ethnic slur and worn it with pride. The musicians sued because when they tried to register trademark for their name, the US Patent and Trademark Office said, “The Slants? No no no no no no." Bob spoke to the founder of The Slants, Simon Tam, exactly 2 years ago, when the band had just lost its appeal at the Federal Circuit Court.


In the wake of the Manchester attack, tech companies are again under pressure to fight extremism online. A look at whether they’re really doing all that they can. Also, can reporters inform the public about terrorist attacks without supplying the very notoriety the killers crave? Plus: how the South is grappling with taking down monuments to the Confederacy -- and what to put in their place.

Shiny Objects

With an administration that seems to break new traditions every day, we look at the rapid-fire changes to the White House story about Comey's firing. What they mean for communications between the President and the public. Plus, some worry that the media are too reliant on old tricks to keep up. How is the press adapting? And, why local TV news may soon take on a more conservative agenda.

WATCH: Newscaster Learns of Her Husband’s Death During Live Broadcast

Indian newscaster, Supreet Kaur, went above and beyond the call of duty Saturday when, after learning of her husband’s death on live television, continued her broadcast without missing a beat. Kaur, a journalist with India’s IBC 24 channel was informed of her husband’s death in a car accident in the middle of her broadcast, India Express reported Sunday. “For a moment her voice trembled, but she collected herself and carried on reading the news till the bulletin got over 10 minutes later,” said Ravikant Mittal, IBC 24’s editor-in-chief, The New York Daily News reported. Kaur reportedly broke down immediately after she was finished. “It speaks volumes about her sense of duty and professionalism that she continued and kept her calm for another 10 minutes,’’ an IBC 24 editor told Indian Express. “The moment the cameras were off she began calling her relatives and broke down.” Watch the entire video Continue reading "WATCH: Newscaster Learns of Her Husband’s Death During Live Broadcast"

Report: ‘Obsessive’ Trump Records ‘Basically All of the Cable News’

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 10.06.17 AM In a recent edition of the Slate Trumpcast podcast, New York Magazine writer, Gabriel Sherman, made a stunning claim about the 45th president. According to Sherman, sources close to the White House told him that, in addition to the president’s already voracious diet of live television news, Donald Trump also records everything he misses from other networks to watch later. Sherman said the behavior was indicative of Trump’s “obsessive” need for media “validation.” Per Slate:
My sources in Trump world say basically a lot of Fox, but the other thing he does, from a source close to the White House told me that he does DVR basically all of the cable news. It’s kind of remarkable when you think about it, that someone would actually want to watch cable news on recording. Donald Trump, apparently he does. And when he goes back up to the residence at Continue reading "Report: ‘Obsessive’ Trump Records ‘Basically All of the Cable News’"

MediaShift Podcast #225: Trump Wants to Kill Big Bird; DOJ Indicts Russian Hackers of Yahoo; Dot Connector Studio’s Jessica Clark

In the news this week, President Trump’s first budget strips funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which could be devastating for small market local public stations. The Feds indicted four Russians for the massive hacking breach at Yahoo in 2014, compromising data for 500 million users. And European governments throw down the gauntlet for Facebook, Twitter and Google over hate speech and fake news. Our Metric of the Week is Snapchat Filter Metrics, and Jessica Clark of Dot Connector Studios joins us to talk about helping the Knight Foundation study their podcasting investments.  Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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