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Presidential Fundraising

2008-08-06 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-08-06 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Google

2008-07-30 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-07-23 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Amy Winehouse

2008-07-17 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Obama Housing

2008-07-09 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-07-02 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Nabokov

2008-06-25 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-06-11 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

The sacrifices of being green

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Ignition Interlocks

2008-06-04 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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FDA Tobacco

2008-05-28 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

The FDA could take over the regulation of tobacco products.

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John Birch Society

2008-05-21 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Eight Belles

2008-05-14 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Weight Watchers

2008-05-07 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Encyclopedia of Life

2008-04-30 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-04-23 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

John Carroll discovers a hidden gem on YouTube.

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Mangled Phrases

2008-04-16 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Ralph Nader

2008-04-09 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

Ralph Nader is running for president. Again.

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Felix Feneon

2008-04-02 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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?

2008-03-26 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-03-19 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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W. C. Heinz

2008-03-12 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Lawyer Ads

2008-03-05 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Perfect Song

2008-02-27 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-02-20 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Valentine's Day

2008-02-12 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Earmuffs

2008-02-06 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Primary Numbers

2008-01-30 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2008-01-23 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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BBC News

2008-01-16 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Ugly Houses

2008-01-11 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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New Year's Resolutions

2007-12-27 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Frosty

2007-12-17 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2007-12-11 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2007-12-04 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2007-11-29 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

2007-11-16 :: John Carroll

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

2007-11-07 :: John Carroll

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

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e.e. cummings

2007-10-30 :: John Carroll

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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Futuristic Visions

2007-10-25 :: John Carroll

John Carroll visits the Paleo-Future blog.

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Matt Drudge

2007-10-19 :: John Carroll

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

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Front Groups

2007-10-11 :: John Carroll

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

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Jimmy Lee Sudduth

2007-10-04 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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World War II Correspondents

2007-09-27 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Charlie Parker

2007-09-20 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

John Carroll rediscovers "The Bird."

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Huffington Post

2007-09-13 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

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

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Campaign It Girls

2007-09-06 :: WGBH Educational Foundation

Campaign songs YouTube style.

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LifeLock

2007-08-23

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

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New and (Dis)improved

2007-08-16

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

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New York Galleries

2007-08-02

John Carroll hits the New York gallery scene.

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Emile Griffith

2007-07-25

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

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Frost/Nixon

2007-07-19

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

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Condoms

2007-07-12

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

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Vivitrol

2007-06-28

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

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Blogola

2007-06-19

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

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Smoking on Film

2007-06-13 :: John Carroll

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

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133 Federal Street

2007-06-06 :: John Carroll

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

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Snooping Industry

2007-05-30

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

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LonelyGirl15

2007-05-23

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

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Lefthanders

2007-05-17

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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