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The Columbia Journalism Review has released its report on Rolling Stone magazine’s story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Their report concludes that there was a failure at every level of the magazine. We look more closely at the report and then ask, what makes rape such a difficult story to report on? Governor Jerry Brown is being criticized for not asking agricultural interests in the state to cut back on their water usage. Should he? Matthew Weiner, creator of the hit AMC series Mad Men, discusses the last season of the show, which debuted last night. And while Mad Men is one of the more prominent shows debuting new seasons right now, our TV folks break down what else is worth watching.

Banner Image: University of Virginia; Credit: Adam Fagen

UVA Rape Story Report 7 MIN, 57 SEC

Last November, Rolling Stone printed a shocking story of gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story received much attention across the country, adding to the chorus of voices demanding more accountability for sexual assault on college campuses. But subsequent investigation has found that the rape victim’s story doesn’t hold up. And a new report by the Columbia Journalism Review finds that Rolling Stone failed at almost every level in catching the fabrication before it was published.

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times (@ravisomaiya)

The Difficulties of Reporting on Rape 9 MIN, 31 SEC

While Rolling Stone magazine failed at an institutional level, the authors of the Columbia report write that, “of all crimes, rape is perhaps the toughest to cover.” What makes reporting on rape more difficult than reporting on other crimes? Outside this one example of failure, how are American journalists doing handling these kinds of stories?

Bruce Shapiro, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (@DartCenter)

Water Rights in California 9 MIN, 7 SEC

Governor Jerry Brown defended his water use restrictions yesterday on ABC’s This Week. Criticism has come from those in California who believe farmers who grow water-hungry crops should have to cut back on their usage as well. Brown claims historic water rights limit what restrictions could be imposed, but he left open the possibility for review in the future. Do the state’s archaic water rights make sense while a drought strains California’s dwindling resources?

Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California (@PPICnotes)

The Beginning of the End of 'Mad Men' 14 MIN, 54 SEC

For millions of viewers, last night’s season premiere of AMC’s Mad Men was the beginning of the end. Only six episodes remain of the hit drama that explored the lives and careers of Manhattan advertising workers, chief among them the enigmatic character Don Draper. We discuss the debut episode with the show’s creator, and some of the real life experiences that informed the fictional world he meticulously created.

Matthew Weiner, Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer

TV Roundup 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Mad Men isn’t the only show grabbing viewers' attention. AMC’s Better Call Saul, a spin-off of Breaking Bad, is wrapping up its first season tonight. Also, a lesser-known show called Outlander, which is based on a series of novels set in 18th century Scotland, begins a new season on Starz. We discuss those and the much talked about revival of Twin Peaks, which may now be heading to the valley of the damned.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Liz Shannon Miller, Indiewire (@lizlet)

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