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Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi has new a book that he describes as an “insider’s guide to the pressures at work in media." He says we’re exploiting people’s desire to root for their own team and hate the rest.

Nobody Speak

Jun 26, 2017

Monday, we're talking about what happens when the right to privacy comes up against a free press. Director Brian Knappenberger's film uses as a case study the trial over Hulk Hogan's sex tape. With the funding of an internet billionaire, Hogan sued and ruined the online tabloid Gawker. It’s a tawdry story, but the film explores the ways big money can silence the media. It’s called Nobody Speak. (Rebroadcast)

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In her latest book, media analyst Brooke Gladstone tries to understand the current landscape of “fact” and “truth” in the United States. Facts, she says are crucial for negotiation and compromise in a democracy. Truth, though, is subjective. So how have we reached a point where reality is so fractured? Gladstone joins Doug to talk about lies, the Trump administration, journalism, and why we all need to know more about each other's truth.

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Earlier this week, the Salt Lake Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of rape at several Utah universities. Their reporting on the subject began last year when a BYU student came forth with complaints about the school’s mistreatment of sexual assault victims. Further reporting uncovered more problems at other colleges, including numerous rape allegations against a Utah State University athlete. Thursday, the Tribune’s prize-winning reporters join us to discuss their investigation and its impact.

Journalist Dan Rather

Oct 10, 2014

Earlier this week, veteran news man Dan Rather was a guest at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah’s annual meeting. He sat down with Doug to talk about his influences, his more than 40 years of broadcasting and the state of journalism today. Friday, we’re broadcasting the conversation. Really, it’s Rather telling great stories – from his days at a small-town Texas radio station to covering JFK's assassination and reporting from war zones and the White House.

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For 15 years, the journalist Alex Blumberg enjoyed a pretty respectable career in public radio. He was an executive producer on This American Life, and he co-hosted NPR's Planet Money podcast. Given that success, why did he quit his day job, ditch public radio, and go it alone as a business entrepreneur? Don't worry, Blumberg hasn't gone too far afield. His new pursuit: it's a podcast company. He joins us Tuesday to explain his career change and to share his story of getting a startup off the ground.

The News

Sep 12, 2014
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Philosopher Alain de Botton gets his news the way many of us do these days: in bed, in the bath, in the car, at a desk. "News" is a force so powerful that de Botton says it's like a religion. It shapes our worldview, forms our ideas of right and wrong, and when we ignore it, we risk a sort of heresy. De Botton has written a book he calls a user's manual for the news and he joins us Friday for a conversation about what the news is, how it affects our lives and what it could one day be. [Rebroadcast]

Mad as Hell

Jun 27, 2014

Friday, Doug talks to New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff about the lasting influence of the wildly popular and incendiary 1976 feature film Network. According to Itzkoff, the film’s legacy is due in large part to the genius of screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, who poured into it all his angst, anxiety and paranoia. The result was a film that used one mass medium to indict another, while also assailing the degradation and emptiness of modern American life. His book is called Mad As Hell. (Rebroadcast)

In 1850, Salt Lake City welcomed the birth of its first newspaper. The Deseret News has been a part of Utah’s history ever since, making it the oldest gazette west of the Missouri River. The Salt Lake Tribune was a thorn in its competitor’s side for decades, especially in the early days, when its stated purpose was to oppose Brigham Young. Historian Will Bagley joins us Monday to explore the rivalrous and colorful histories of the two newspapers as their future together hangs in the balance. 

Over the weekend, a rally was held in Salt Lake to draw attention to the renegotiated working agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. The rally’s organizers, including Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis, allege the News is trying to “strangle” its longtime partner and competitor. Representatives from the News say they’re devoted to “multiple editorial voices.” Dabakis join us Tuesday as we take another look at the relationship between Utah’s two largest newspapers.