Ira Glass on the Art and Craft of Telling Great Radio Stories

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As television news continues its pathetic slide into the abyss of celebrity worship, political partisanship and 24-hour punditry, its encouraging to note that in one area of traditional broadcasting there is actually something of a renaissance going on.

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Italian Photographer Maurizio Galimberti Creates Cubist Polaroid Collages of Artists & Celebrities

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Five years ago Polaroid announced that they would no longer make analog instamatic film. At that moment, if one listened carefully, one could almost hear some of the 20th century’s most famous artists wail in despair, even from the grave. Ansel Adams loved Polaroid and shot some of his famous Yosemite images in that format first.

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Watch the New Pirate Bay Documentary Free Online

≡ Category: Film, Media, Technology |3 Comments

Last Friday night, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Moments later, the indie documentary became freely available online, which left the film’s director, Simon Klose, grinning, not grumbling. It makes sense when you consider the premise of the film.

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PBS Short Video “Bad Behavior Online” Takes on the Phenomenon of Cyberbullying

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Internet trolls are very touchy people. Sometimes their rage is targeted at public figures, institutions, or groups who do and say horrible things (the Westboro Baptist Church comes to mind). More often, the phenomenon of “trolling” is a free-for-all of absurdist online pranks or verbal abuse directed at anyone and everyone.

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Nate Silver (Sporting a Cookie Monster T-Shirt) Talks Serious Stats with Conan O’Brien

≡ Category: Media, Politics |1 Comment

Even if you hate or fear statistics, you’ve surely become more than aware in recent months of one particular statistician: Nate Silver.

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How a Crossword Puzzle is Made: Behind the Scenes with The New York Times

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If you still subscribe to old-fashioned print newspapers, chances are it’s because you like doing crossword puzzles and putting pen(cil) to paper.

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A Celebration of Retro Media: Vinyl, Cassettes, VHS, and Polaroid Too

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In going digital, we’ve gained some convenience. That’s undeniable. But we’ve lost much when it comes to aesthetics and quality too. (Neil Young makes that point again and again.

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Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham Unveil The New Yorker’s New iPhone App

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In 2010, when The New Yorker released its iPad app, Jason Schwartzman made the comic pitch. Now comes the new iPhone app, and it’s Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture filmmaker and Girls creator) doing the honors.

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The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela Retold with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

≡ Category: History, Media, Technology |1 Comment

Back in March, we told you about the launch of The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive, which makes available thousands of papers belonging to the man who galvanized the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, before eventually becoming the leader of the nation.

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Before Mad Men: Familiar and Forgotten Ads from 1950s to 1980s Now Online

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Before coming up with the slogan “Utz Are Better Than Nuts!” for the real-world Utz potato chip company on Mad Men, Don Draper and his crew had to study the competition, like this ad for Beech Nut or this one with Andy Griffith for General Foods.

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