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Award-winning journalist and public radio veteran John Carroll gives his perspective on today's hottest topics.



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Presidential Fundraising

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 15:50:38 -0400

During June, Republican presidential candidate John McCain raised $22 million, while Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $52 million. Not surprisingly, their letters to potential contributors were quite different.

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Newspaper Obituaries

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 15:46:45 -0400

There are still some things only your daily newspaper can provide.

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Google

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:51:37 -0400

Google has granted powerful and instantaneous access to unlimited information. But is it affecting our ability to dig deeper?

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Amanpour White Ribbon

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:42:57 -0400

John Carroll examines the vast gray area between objectivity and subjectivity in journalism.

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Amy Winehouse

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 10:21:11 -0400

Why is it so captivating to watch this prodigious soul singer burn out before our eyes and ears?

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Obama Housing

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 13:40:56 -0400

Want to compare the value of TV vs. print in the arena of news media? John Carroll uses the presidential campaign as a litmus test.

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1960 World Series

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 13:17:13 -0400

John Carroll remembers the series that, for him, drove home just how exciting baseball can be.

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Nabokov

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 14:55:14 -0400

Nabokov fans can rejoice in Dmitri Nabokov's decision to go against the wishes of his late father, Vladimir Nabokov, to destroy his final, unfinished novel.

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Green Hotels

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:50:39 -0400

The sacrifices of being green

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Ignition Interlocks

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 17:49:14 -0400

Will drunken celebrities set a precedent for legislating the need for breathalyzers in all cars?

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FDA Tobacco

Wed, 28 May 2008 16:41:53 -0400

The FDA could take over the regulation of tobacco products.

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John Birch Society

Wed, 21 May 2008 16:36:55 -0400

The John Birch Society speaks out against the North American Union of Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

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Eight Belles

Wed, 14 May 2008 15:38:30 -0400

Remembering Eight Belles and another filly who broke down in 1975, Ruffian.

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Weight Watchers

Wed, 07 May 2008 12:09:17 -0400

Ads for the diet giant turn from the traditional advertising formula of selling need.

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Encyclopedia of Life

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 16:21:18 -0400

If it's alive, you'll someday be able to find it, cataloged at an ambitious new website-the Encyclopedia of Life.

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Charlie Rose

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:39:36 -0400

John Carroll discovers a hidden gem on YouTube.

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Mangled Phrases

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:51:50 -0400

Just like its cousin the mixed metaphor, the mangled phrase is becoming part of the media's vernacular.

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Ralph Nader

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 12:57:30 -0400

Ralph Nader is running for president. Again.

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Felix Feneon

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 11:43:03 -0400

At the turn of the 20th century, long before the advent of the Internet, French anarchist and art critic Felix Feneon was writing like a blogger.

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Hillary Rodham Nixon?

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 13:08:33 -0400

John Carroll is puzzled by the media's recent predilection for comparing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with former president Richard Nixon.

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Moonvertising

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 16:33:13 -0400

Aspiring to advertise big, one beer maker is shooting for the moon.

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W. C. Heinz

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:12:57 -0400

A tribute to the late WWII correspondent and sportswriter W.C. Heinz.

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Lawyer Ads

Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:03:52 -0500

The fox is guarding the hen house when it comes to regulations for lawyer ads.

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Perfect Song

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:18:12 -0500

At the very top of the pyramid of music for your desert island is the perfect song. John Carroll shares his pick.

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Green Bulbs

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:45:31 -0500

Are compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or "green" lightbulbs, really the brightest idea?

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Valentine's Day

Tue, 12 Feb 2008 15:34:46 -0500

If you're looking for a gift from the heart, just check your inbox.

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Earmuffs

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 14:57:19 -0500

John Carroll embarks on a wee journey through the history and evolution of earmuffs.

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Primary Numbers

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:38:46 -0500

Just how big is Super Duper Tuesday going to be? The news media can't seem to agree on the numbers.

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New York Museums

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 14:44:15 -0500

If you're considering visiting an art exhibit anytime soon, consider checking your cell phone at the door.

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BBC News

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 15:24:45 -0500

Is the BBC chasing down an audience it can't have?

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Ugly Houses

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:20:43 -0500

Ugly is the new beautiful when it comes to marketing real estate.

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New Year's Resolutions

Thu, 27 Dec 2007 09:52:08 -0500

Media makers listen up: John Carroll has few resolutions he'd like you to attend to this year.

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Frosty

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:23:03 -0500

Sure you can sing out all of Rudolph's fellow reindeer, but can you get beyond the opening words to "Frosty the Snowman"?

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Prescription Drugs

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:38:13 -0500

Pharmaceutical makers spend roughly $4 billion a year advertising directly to consumers. But there are some parts of their messaging that they don't want you to notice.

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Steinway Pianos

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 15:41:58 -0500

Steinway pianos rank alongside Stradivarius violins and Les Paul guitars as the most celebrated of musical instruments. And recent media attention has made the Steinway ever more popular.

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Gawker.com

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 14:46:55 -0500

In the case of gawker.com, the Web has become a place for all the news that's not fit to print.

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Black Mask

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 15:12:30 -0500

During an average week, roughly one-half of the top 10 Nielsen-rated television dramas are about forensic crime solving. But that's nothing new in American popular culture.

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Misinformation

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 14:54:59 -0500

Media makers often find it difficult to simply call a spade a spade.

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e.e. cummings

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 13:17:27 -0400

The State University of New York at Brockport's collection of paintings by 20th-century American poet e.e. cummings would be an amazing resource, if only it hadn't fallen into disrepair.

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Matt Drudge

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 13:06:58 -0400

John Carroll's take on the reigning king of cyber journalism.

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Front Groups

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 15:27:43 -0400

The motivation behind social advocacy ads is often a far cry from selfless.

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Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 14:12:16 -0400

John Carroll on the life and work of self-taught African American artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

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World War II Correspondents

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:54:54 -0400

Perhaps more than any other military conflict, WWII was known for its war correspondents.

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Charlie Parker

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 15:32:42 -0400

John Carroll rediscovers "The Bird."

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Huffington Post

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 15:04:06 -0400

The Huffington Post has become one of the first liberal media success stories.

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Campaign It Girls

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 15:03:18 -0400

Campaign songs YouTube style.

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LifeLock

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 15:54:34 -0400

Identity theft prevention service Lifelock is fighting to save its reputation.

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New and (Dis)improved

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 06:55:30 -0400

For many American consumers, the three most frightening words in the English language are "new and improved."

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New York Galleries

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:55:00 -0400

John Carroll hits the New York gallery scene.

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Emile Griffith

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 15:51:00 -0400

There's one fight boxer Emile Griffith still hasn't finished.

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Frost/Nixon

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 14:49:00 -0400

John Carroll's take on the 2007 Tony Award-winning play Frost/Nixon.

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Condoms

Thu, 12 Jul 2007 15:47:00 -0400

Why aren't there more condom ads on broadcast TV?

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Vivitrol

Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:44:16 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on how advertisers market problems for consumer drugs to solve.


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Blogola

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:39:38 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on trading swag for media buzz in the blogosphere.


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http://streams.wgbh.org/online/carroll/carr20070621.mp3




Smoking on Film

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 16:06:02 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on the politics surrounding cinematic cigarette use.


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http://streams.wgbh.org/online/carroll/carr20070614.mp3




133 Federal Street

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 17:21:37 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on the future of Boston's 133 Federal Street.


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Snooping Industry

Wed, 30 May 2007 17:22:21 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on spy gear for the average Joe Friday.


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http://streams.wgbh.org/online/carroll/carr20070531.mp3




LonelyGirl15

Wed, 23 May 2007 17:28:24 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on self-promotion on YouTube.


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http://streams.wgbh.org/online/carroll/carr20070524.mp3




Lefthanders

Thu, 17 May 2007 14:46:07 -0400

WGBH commentator John Carroll's take on left-handed politicking. As the 2008 presidential race heats up, political coverage routinely employs the time-honored on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand approach. And all that talk about the other hand could get a fellow to thinking about... lefthanders.


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