- Newsmaker: Napster, the company that allows fans to swap music over the Internet for free, has stunned the recording industry again by making a deal with Bertelsmann, the conglomerate that owns BMG, one of the record companies that sued Napster for big money. Howard King, the attorney representing Metallica and Dr. Dre in their independent suits against Napster, considers the deal's affect on record labels, musicians, fans and piracy.
- Reporter's Notebook: The national press corps is supposed to lean left, but a recent study shows that political news, even on the Internet, was overwhelmingly negative. Oddly, Gore got far more negative coverage than Bush. Amy Mitchell is the Associate Director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. She explains why this is and speculates on what the study's results mean for educating the electorates of the future?
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
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