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A lot of years ago now, I went to New York City to work for a season in NPR’s Manhattan bureau. I partnered with some great journalists there–Jim Zarroli, Mike Pesca–but it was Margot Adler who welcomed me, propped me up, and made...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
If you’ve ever been in desperate need of a job, you’ve probably been a victim of Career Induced Nausea (C.I.N.). This is a term I have coined regarding the phenomenon that occurs after you have been asked, “Where are you interning...
If you listen to NPR's Planet Money podcast, you know what they've been doing all year: following the production of a T-shirt – their T-shirt – from cotton to, well, T-shirt. Their reporting has spanned across continents, and is...
I'm loving Politico's brand new Morning Agriculture column. If you want a quick and easy way to keep up with farm and agriculture policy news, with a deep-politics, inside-the-Beltway focus, this is the read for you, too. The column comes out at 10...



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Aug 28, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.
Aug 28, 2014 — Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."
Aug 27, 2014 — Robert Siegel speaks to Patrick Kidd, the editor of The Times Diary, about the sounds of mechanical typewriters piped into the newsroom of The Times in London.
Aug 26, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.
Aug 26, 2014 — The beheading of James Foley by the Islamic State triggered debate. David Greene talks to Robert Hernandez, assistant professor at USC Annenberg, about censorship with new tech platforms like Twitter.


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Former ABC News anchor Peter Jennings
Former ABC News anchor Peter Jennings

Remembering Peter Jennings

ABC news anchor Peter Jennings died at the age of 67 last night of lung cancer. He was born in Toronto, and was co-anchor of CTV's national newscast before joining ABC in 1964. Though he spent most of his career in the U.S., and became an American citizen after the 9/11 attacks, he was no stranger to this region. Wil Hansen is a marketing and businesss consultant now, in Canton. In 1996 he was working at WTNY radio news in Watertown. He interviewed Peter Jennings in May of that year. Jennings was in Ottawa as part of a Good Morning America broadcast from there. Hansen shared his memories with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Bill Putnam on a mission in Baghdad

Photo-journalist Going Back to Iraq

More than 3000 soldiers from Fort Drum near Watertown will deploy to Iraq next week. The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has been training for the mission for months. On Monday during The 8 O'Clock Hour, David Sommerstein has a report on how the Army trains its soldiers to deal with the media, what they can and can't say, and how troops see the embedded reporters and cameramen on the battlefield. Today David's with us to talk about a deployment of a different sort. His friend, photojournalist Bill Putnam, is getting ready to return to Iraq as a freelance stringer for Time magazine. Last year, Putnam was sending us audio diaries from Baghdad, where he was stationed with an Army public affairs unit.  Go to full article

Watertown Firefighters Told Not to Photograph Fires

One of the biggest Watertown fires in recent memory took place earlier this month. It started at a machine shop at the former Black Cawson site. The oil-soaked old warehouse burned so hot that it melted fire hoses and burned for two days. Firefighters spent from July 2nd to July 4th at the scene.

During those two days, some firefighters took photographs of the fire. The photos were posted to a firefighters' website, where they attracted attention from the public. Now Watertown Fire Chief Daniel Gaumont has banned all firefighters from taking casual photos at fire scenes. He spoke to Gregory Warner about why.  Go to full article

Commentary: Reality TV Shows

Channel surfing, you might have happened on a recent entry in the seemingly endless lineup of reality TV shows. Commentator Tom French has found "Nanny-9-11", "Super Nanny"...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for Reversal of CPB Funding Cuts

Senator Clinton is also calling on Congress to restore funding for public broadcasting. She says it would undermine quality children's programming.  Go to full article

Rural America Draws More National Attention

Rural America has been getting more attention in the national media lately. Big news organizations like NPR and the New York Times say they're expanding coverage of America's...  Go to full article

Congress Considers Cuts to Public Broadcasting

A key House subcommittee is recommending deep cutbacks in federal funding for public television and radio.  Go to full article

Congress Proposes Severe Cuts for Public Broadcasting

Martha Foley talks with NCPR's general Manager, Ellen Rocco, about the latest news regarding 45% cuts to public radio and TV proposed in a U.S. House committee.  Go to full article

Hour 1: Special Call-in with NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin

Jeffrey Dvorkin, National Public Radio Ombudsman, takes questions from NCPR listeners on issues of media accountability, the independence of NPR News, quality of service,...  Go to full article
Mark Dye, <i>Watertown Daily Times</i> photojournalist

Iraq Through a Camera Lens: Watertown Daily Times photojournalist Mark Dye

Over the last year, Major Eric Olsen, a National Guard chaplain with the 2nd of the 108th infantry battalion, has sent weekly audio diaries from Iraq. Olsen is now one of...  Go to full article

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