Can You Hear Us Shouting into the Void? Here’s How We Do It…and Why

You have a choice. Will you listen to this podcast? Or will you choose one of the other millions of media sources clamoring for your attention? Your brain cells are weighing all sorts of factors, but it’s not easy. The world is increasingly trying to manipulate them, to overwhelm them, and Our American Discourse is smack in the middle of this tug-of-war. You want to know how we compete for your time? Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes? Today, you can find out.

In this episode, Jonathan Schwartz explains how we do what we do every time we broadcast over your smartphone—and how we fight the growing distractions and distortions that loom over the media landscape.

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All the President’s Men (40th Anniversary Edition)

Bernstein and Woodward published All the President’s Men a mere three months before Nixon’s resignation. We’re revisiting (or visiting for the first time) this classic work of political journalism in the wake of the many callbacks since the 2016 Presidential election. Are dirty tricks just part of politics? What role does the press play? Are there parallels to the Trump administration?

Featuring host Jeffery Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), and guests Aubrey Hicks (@AubreyHi), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), and Donnajean Ward (@DonnajeanWard).

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Bebitch Jeffe: Where We Stands Depends on Where We Sit

Our discussion of how race is depicted in media coverage of violent events continues. Today we hear from Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a Senior Fellow at USC Price and a long-time political analyst for NBC Los Angeles. Bebitch Jeffe lends us her perspective today as both faculty and a member of the media.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we can do…

Schweitzer: Seek out Diverse Perspectives and Sources of Information

Our discussion of the prevalence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media continues. Today’s response is from Professor Lisa Schweitzer, who specializes in urban studies, particularly empirical analysis of social justice, environment, and transport in cities.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we can do better to address biases in how…

Lewis: Acknowledge Different Interpretations of Events

Today we’re continuing our discussion of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We have been asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at recognizing and overcoming this prejudice. Our…