FROM David Carr
TV Debates: Moving the Needle in an Age of Fragmentation Despite $2.5 billion already spent on TV commercials, almost 70 million viewers tuned in to this year's first presidential debate , this year's biggest TV audience except for the Super Bowl. Given the recent hype, tonight's second confrontation might draw even more. In this fragmented age of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, what's the attraction? David Carr, business columnist and culture reporter at the New York Times , has some answers. If you're tuning in to tonight's town hall debate, why not join KCRW's live chat ?
New York Times on the Tribune Company's 'Bankrupt Culture' Real estate mogul Sam Zell had no media experience when he bought the Tribune Company , which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, TV and radio stations and other media properties. Less than a year later, the Tribune Company filed for the largest bankruptcy in the history of American media. Some 4200 people have lost their jobs. Others have left not for financial reasons but because of what today's New York Times calls a work culture featuring "sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective [that have] shocked and offended people throughout the company." David Carr wrote the story.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.