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Guest blogger Brian Horne writes on the OTM blog about 1980's subversive meta-media phenomenon Max Headroom - a character that began as a VJ in the UK, became a spokesperson for Coca-Cola, and eventually the subject of his own, media-centric dystopian sci-fi show.
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ProPublica's "Message Machine" is an attempt to track the ways in which campaigns are tailoring email pitches to different groups of voters. ProPublica noticed many variations on the same email from the Obama campaign a few months ago and 'Message Machine' will build on that observation by collecting a lot of those emails from all campaigns to create 'a broad understanding in real time of the new and sophisticated ways modern campaigns are targeting voters.'
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OTM Producer Jamie York with a great blog post about new data which argues that the U.S. dropped more bombs on one country in a 'secret' war then Allies dropped in all of WWII.
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Last week, On the Media did a story about how the figure of 85% of recent college graduates living at home is based on a more or less made up number. But this is not the only statistic about college graduates routinely cited by the media as a sign of the economic apocalypse.
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It's pledge week at WNYC, and we're asking our listeners for support. You can support the show by following the link below. A $60 pledge will get you the awesome On the Media ON [CAFFEINE] coffee mug. Thanks for your support and, as always, thanks for listening!
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Last month, we spoke to government transparency activist Carl Malamud about his plan to publish safety standards that are incorporated into law. These standards regulate things like water treatment, building design, even bike helmets, but since they are copyrighted by the industry organizations that write them, if you want to read them, you have to pay upwards of hundreds of dollars. Yesterday, Malamud published the first batch of these standards on his website, public.resource.org.
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This week in On the Media's staff picks - Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Aliens! Oh, and Roland Barthes - http://wny.cc/JNm4Ve
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A listener pointed us toward a fascinating story about how numerous publishers were fighting over the copyright to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in the years before American joined the Allies in WWII.
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If Cambodia got more bombs than he did, someone will have to mention that to him.
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A new documentary ‘Under African Skies’ is out that revisits Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland. The film reunites Simon with some of the contributing musicians and wades back into the political controversy surrounding the recording of the album, it’s runaway success and the subsequent tour.
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It's pledge season! Please consider giving money to your favorite weekly media analysis public radio show, whichever one that may be.
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This week in On the Media's staff picks: Klaus Nomi, Sherlock Holmes, Penny Lane and Rachel Ray.
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Unless you were dead or in jail yesterday, it was nearly impossible to miss the interview that President Obama did with ABC News about his support of same-sex marriage. ABC aired an excerpt from the interview at 3PM yesterday afternoon, but they were scooped by almost 10 minutes by Reuters Deputy Social Media Director (and former ABC employee) Matthew Keys.
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Fair enough. I think Alex was riffing on the line "If you miss this, you better be dead or in jail" from the Simpsons episode "Bart the Daredevil." http://www.snpp.com/episodes/7F06.html
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While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years.

Since OTM was re-launched in 2001, it has been one of NPR's fastest growing programs, heard on more than 300 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.