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A new report from the Pew Research Journalism Project takes a look at the good, bad and ugly of modern news media. Also, what do new promotions in the Murdoch media empire mean for the future of News Corp. and our entertainment and news? Plus: Leland Yee becomes the latest California legislator to be accused of criminal wrongdoing. We find out what the accusations are. We also talk vegetables: Broccoli has a reputation for being the most boring food. We talk to a man who wants to change that. Also, it’s been 40 years since Free to Be... You and Me aired on ABC. The show, music and book became a cultural phenomenon, despite a rather radical message for 1972 America.

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Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

State of the News Media 9 MIN, 26 SEC

The annual Pew Research Center’s report on the state of the media is out. As expected, there’s a big increase in digital news. 30% of Americans get their news from Facebook, but most Americans still get their news from TV.

Guests:
Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Center (@asmitch)

More:
State of the News Media 2014 Overview

Murdoch Moves 7 MIN, 34 SEC

In a surprise move, 83-year-old media mogul Rupert Murdoch is giving his two sons new positions in his companies, apparently setting them up to succeed him. Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert’s oldest son, was named non-executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox and the News Corp. today. Meanwhile Lachlan’s brother, James, has been promoted to co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox. The new appointments have big implications for the future of the Murdoch media empire.

Guests:
Ken Auletta, New Yorker (@kenauletta)

Rethinking Broccoli 8 MIN, 12 SEC

Broccoli has a reputation for being one of the most boring foods, even amongst its vegetable peers. But our foodie friend Dan Pashman says it’s time for a PR makeover for broccoli. He joins us to explain how we’re eating it wrong.

Guests:
Dan Pashman, Sporkful Podcast (@TheSporkful)

Free to Be... You and Me 12 MIN, 52 SEC

If you were a child in the 1970’s, you might remember the TV special Free To Be... You and Me that aired 40 years ago this month. The show was one part of a multi-media project that also included a record and a book. Free To Be was the brainchild of actress Marlo Thomas, and its goal was to encourage kids to defy gender stereotypes, which was fairly radical for 1972.

Guests:
Carol Hall, composer
Lori Rotskoff, cultural historian (@LoriRotskoff)

Leland Yee 8 MIN, 59 SEC

Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator from San Francisco, was arrested today in an FBI corruption investigation. His is only one of a string of arrests across San Francisco that have also netted infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Senator Yee is the third Democratic Senator this year to be targeted by the FBI’s ongoing corruption investigation. He is also running for Secretary of State.

Guests:
Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group (@Josh_Richman)
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio (@1KatieOrr)

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