FROM Porter Bibb
Barack Obama, Technology and the Internet The Federal Communications Commission is best known for regulating phone companies and policing nudity and strong language on radio and TV. But to head his FCC, Barack Obama has chosen Julius Genachowski , the man who introduced Facebook and other Internet social networks to political campaigns. His priorities will include expanding broadband access to rural America and protecting the openness of the Internet. Is the FCC up to the task or, in the age of Facebook and Twitter , is it so out of touch that it should be abolished? What's Twitter all about anyway?
Sam Zell's Deal from Hell The "deal from Hell" is what Sam Zell calls his purchase of the Tribune Company , including the Los Angeles Times . BusinessWeek magazine calls is " one of the most disastrous the media world has ever seen." On this special rebroadcast of Politics of Culture, we hear how Zell's miscalculations will impact the paper and its long-suffering employees. Will Lewis speaks with former Los Angeles Times legal reporter Henry Weinstein, media merchant banker Porter Bibb and BusinessWeek's Emily Thornton.
The Writers' Strike Despite the presence of a federal mediator, yesterday's last minute talks between television and film writers and the Alliance of Film and Television producers went nowhere. Today members of the Writers Guild of America began carrying picket signs in New York and Los Angeles. Should the rest of the nation care? We hear how new media are changing the world of entertainment and America's cultural economy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?