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Mar 29
2010

Stand-up Economist

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , media , Ideas , humor , events , education , economy , carbon , author

Bruce Robinson

Economics has been called the “dismal science,” but Yoram Bauman is working to counter that image. He calls himself “the world’s first Stand-up Economist.”

Bauman joked about fiscal policy and talked about his book, The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa this past Saturday. It was an atypical presentation for that venue, as Yoram freely acknowledges that he dealt far more with the words than the pictures in that publication.

He enjoyed the collaboration, Bauman says, but it involved a great deal of back and forth between the two creative partners.

The two are now at work on a sequel that will focus on Macro-economics. In the meantime, here's a video clip of Bauman performing at a conference of economists.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9utlDdLhaTU 640x360]

Mar 26
2010

Three Minute Fiction

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Bruce Robinson

There are short stories, and then there’s “micro-fiction,” such as the ultra-brief vignettes featured in Weekend All Things Considered’s “Three-Minute Fiction” contests.

Approximately 15,000 writers have submitted their creations in the first three rounds of the 3-Minute Fiction contests, and Guy Raz says that, even among the finalists, only a fraction of them have ever had anything published

With this level of participation, the process of reading and judging all the entries has become a bigger job, but Raz says listeners to his program will be kept apprised of the process as it unfolds.

Details on how to submit a story for the fourth round of the contest (which will be judged by author Ann Patchett , right) , as well as samples of some of the best submissions from the previous rounds can be found at  3-Minute Fiction.

Long-time NPR listeners will recognize Guy Raz as a well-traveled reporter for the network (his professional bio appears below) . It was just about a year ago that he made the transition to hosting the weekend afternoon newsmagazines, which he says required him to make a considerable adjustment.

Guy Raz joined NPR as an intern in 1997 and became Berlin bureau chief in 2000. In 2003, he was moved to London as NPR's bureau chief. In 2004, Raz left NPR for two years to work as CNN's Jerusalem correspondent.

During his six years abroad, Raz reported from more than 40 countries with a focus on Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

His reporting has been part of two Alfred duPont Awards and one Peabody awarded to NPR. He's been a finalist for the Livingston Award four times. For his reporting from Germany, Raz was awarded both the RIAS Berlin prize and the Arthur F. Burns Award.

He has profiled and interviewed dozens of world leaders, including Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Shimon Peres, General David Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen.

As CNN's Jerusalem correspondent, Raz chronicled everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Israel's withdrawl from the Gaza Strip in 2005. In May 2004, he spent six weeks with U.S. forces in Najaf during a period of heavy fighting with Shiite insurgents.

In 2006, Raz produced a a five-part series called "The Language of our Times" which ran on All Things Considered. The stories attempted to turn words and terms like "Jihad" and "War on Terror" into "audio characters."

Raz's written work has appeared in Salon, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Mar 25
2010

Sylvia Poggioli

Posted by Bruce Robinson in war , technology , speaker , politics , news , media , journalism , international , history , government , events , current events

Bruce Robinson

As NPR’s Chief European Correspondent Sylvia Poggioli has covered momentous events there over the past 25 years. She has also observed some broad changes in the way journalism is conducted.

Even though there are fewer other foreign reporters working alongside her in Europe, Poggoili says the sharp cutbacks that have swept through American newspapers are just beginning to be felt among their European counterparts.

Somewhat ironically, Poggoili (seen at left with KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson outside the studio where this interview was recorded)  is practicing western-style First Amendment journalism in a nation where very little of that still exists. Most of the new media there. She notes, is either controlled by or subservient to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 22
2010

"Deadly Persuasion"

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Bruce Robinson

Advertising isn’t just annoying, contends industry critic  Jean Kilbourne, it can be genuinely harmful, especially in promoting additions to alcohol, tobacco or even just shopping.

Kilbourne observe that many of the most prolific advertisers are trying to promote regular consumption of their products, which although legal, are nonetheless highly addictive. So they are, essentially, working to promulgate addictions.

 

Politics is another area in which Kilbourne worried that the growing reliance on campaign advertising is inflicting powerful and distorting influence, implicitly facilitating corruption of candidates while discouraging public participation in the electoral process.

 

Those concerns have been exacerbated by the recent Supreme Court decision affirming “corporate personhood,” and striking down any limits on campaign spending by corporations. Kilboure fears that decision will have far-reaching and terribly destructive consequences.

Jean Kilbourne will deliver her presentation, “Deadly Persuasion” about advertising and how it tries to manipulate us, in the Sonoma State University Cooperage, Tuesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm. Here's a summary/preview:

What are advertisers really selling us?

Advertising is an over $200 billion a year industry. We are each exposed to over 3000 ads a day. Yet, remarkably, most of us believe we are not influenced by advertising. Ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. They tell us who we are and who we should be. Sometimes they sell addictions.

In her slide presentations, Jean Kilbourne examines images in advertising with the incisive wit and irony that have delighted and enlightened her audiences for years. With expert knowledge, insight, humor and commitment, she brings her audiences to see that, although ads may seem harmless and silly, they add up to a powerful form of cultural conditioning. She is known for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides, that encourages dialogue, and that moves and empowers people to take action in their own and in society’s interest.

She explores the relationship of media images to actual problems in the society, such as violence, the sexual abuse of children, rape and sexual harassment, pornography and censorship, teenage pregnancy, addiction, and eating disorders. She also educates her audiences about the primary purpose of the mass media, which is to deliver audiences to advertisers. The emphasis is on health and freedom — freedom from rigid sex roles, freedom from addiction, freedom from denial, and freedom from manipulation and censorship.

Mar 17
2010

"Eclipse of the Sunnis"

Posted by Bruce Robinson in women , war , religion , poverty , politics , news , media , land rights , journalism , international , immigration , homeless , families , employment , author

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One little-reported consequence of the war in Iraq has been the displacement of an estimated 2 million former citizens who have fled to neighboring nations or even further. Their story is the subject of Eclipse of the Sunnis,  a new book by NPR Mideast correspondent Deborah Amos.

Amos began covering the Middle East for NPR more than 20 years ago, and renewed her interest in the region following the 9/11 attacks. Even though she sees the Iraqi Sunnis as complicit in their own downfall, as instigators of the sectarian insurgency, she also believes their situation as an enormous population of displaced professional and middle class families is an important story, one she felt could best be told by presenting the human faces of some of those involved.

The split between Sunni and Shiite Muslims may appear to be the result of religious differences between two factions within Islam, but Deborah Amos cautions that this interpretation is a simplistic misreading of the complex geopolitics of the Middle East.

It’s a convenient shorthand to speak of the displaced Iraqis as “refugees,” but that, too, is an over implication, in Amos’s view. Because these are mostly middle class households, they are able to monitor events and their situation in ways that are completely unknown to most poverty-stricken refugees. But their circumstances leave them vulnerable to an eroding standard of living that may take generations to recover.

Amos writes about the significance of the Iraqi general election here.

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