It's a must for any credible journalist to check any claims made in a story before it goes out to the public. In the heyday of newspapers, the big publishers even hired people whose job it was to simply check the facts. Today, fact checking has taken on a different role. Sites like PolitiFact and Factcheck.org focus on anyone involved in politics. But critics say that fact checking is used now to influence public opinion. Host Neal Conan talks to journalists from The Weekly Standard and The Washington Post about checking for truth and accuracy in American politics.
Later this month, film lovers and studio executives will travel to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. Since the festival began, it has become a premiere showcase for independent film from the United States and around the world. Host Neal Conan talks with Robert Redford about what attendees can expect at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Arab Spring Finale
It has been one year since the people of Tunisia and Egypt took to the streets to protest their governments in what has become known as the Arab Spring. The wave of demonstrations that spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa was met with government crackdowns and the intervention of troops. As a result of the uprisings, three countries — Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya — have overthrown their governments and have begun to form new ones. The president of Yemen has agreed to step down in the coming months. Violence continues in Syria and the uprising in Bahrain has been largely silenced. Neal Conan talks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Deborah Amos, and Kelly McEvers about covering the uprisings, what has happened since, and what the developments of the Arab Spring mean for the region and the U.S. going forward.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is the story of a mother whose son commits a massacre at his high school. Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton plays Eva, Kevin's mother, who has to live with the consequences of his actions. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Lionel Shriver. Host Neal Conan speaks with Swinton about the film and why she chose to take on this role.