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  • Disaster

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 5/27/10

    When Haiti's capital was recently flattened in a massive earthquake, the world's media marshaled their forces and descended on the disaster zone. In this episode, IFC travels throughout Haiti--from devastated Port-au-Prince to the beautiful, untouched countryside--with Andrew Berends, a photojournalist and documentarian who's worked in Iraq and was kidnapped in Nigeria while working on his film, "Delta Boys," an exploration of the Niger Delta and the growing militancy in the country. Interwoven into Andrew's stories are those of other journalists who share their different takes and approaches on how to cover a disaster. We hear from CNN's local "fixer," who spent three weeks filming his own activity as he guided Anderson Cooper and Ivan Watson around his shattered hometown. We meet up with Dan Rather, who has just returned from the country with hours of footage, and Daniel Morel, a Haitian photojournalist who takes a critical view of the international media's reporting. He thinks their job is simply to observe.moreless
  • Greed

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 5/26/10

    IFC meets up with former New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff in his hometown of Detroit, where Charlie moved back two years earlier to work for the Detroit News. Now, the paper's bankrupt, the Metro Desk is empty and Detroit is being swarmed daily by the national media as the epicenter of America's economic collapse. In reaction, Charlie takes the Detroit experience and turns it inside out: Detroit isn't a bellwether, it is America's future. He visits New York for a tour of a Wall Street trading floor to try to understand how the nation's financial services community played a role in our country's current decline. Talking with Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi, we learn how the media, overall, doesn't understand Wall Street and therefore can't substantively report on it. In Washington, D.C., Charlie storms into offices looking for answers, finding that the only guy who will talk to him is one U.S. Senator not running for reelection.moreless
  • War

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 5/25/10

    Journalist Nir Rosen returns to Afghanistan (where he was once kidnapped by the Taliban) to unravel an unspoken angle of America's strategy for winning the war: Reconstruction. Doing what the media so rarely does, Nir follows the money, traveling first to a massive new power plant just outside Kabul. Built with $300M in U.S. taxpayer money, the investigative journalist learns that the plant was ill-conceived and unsustainable and, as it turns out, the company that built it - New Jersey-based Louis Berger Group - is one of America's top recipients of reconstruction money, despite their consistently faulty dams, roads, schools and clinics. After talking with Afghan Parliament members and Afghani people, Nir returns to Washington, D.C. to get answers. Why has America poured $51 billion since 2002 into rebuilding a country with such miserable results? He confronts Louis Berger and the U.S. Government officials who keep signing their checks.moreless
  • Fear

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 5/24/10

    IFC follows political reporter Max Blumenthal deep into the heart of the Tea Party movement to uncover what makes them tick. Among his findings are that the conservative "grassroots uprising" might not be as organic as it seems. Opening with President Obama's election, this episode recaps the disintegration of political discourse as hope yielded to fear within the conservative party and Tea Partiers took to the streets. Max travels to Montgomery, Alabama to meet protesters first-hand and, back in New York, he discovers that the entire movement might be orchestrated by a consortium of highly connected GOP pressure groups.moreless
  • Government and the Media

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 5/31/09

    News program; Gideon Yago hosts. Yago covers issues surrounding the Fairness Doctrine; Obama and the press.
  • Economics of News

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 5/24/09

    News program; Gideon Yago hosts. Gideon questions how news can survive in today's economy and how economic coverage both failed and succeeded in the lead up to the present state of affairs.
  • Agendas

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 5/17/09

    News program; Gideon Yago hosts. Gideon looks at the debate over clean coal and how it is dominated by two competing PR campaigns that obscure the real questions of issue.
  • Crossing the Line

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 5/10/09

    News program; Gideon Yago hosts. Features interview with Randy Cohen, writer of "The Ethicist" column in The Sunday Times Magazine. This episode also explores the ethics of news magazine shows.
  • News of the World

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 5/3/09

    News program; Gideon Yago hosts. Features interview with Rome Hartman. This episode takes a look at the conflict in Georgia. Also, why Americans can't easily get the Al Jazeera television news channel.
  • Episode 106: Nice New News!

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 12/23/08

    Gideon Yago hosts this thought-provoking episode that examines the current state of investigative journalism and how it affects our perceptions of the world around us.
  • Episode 105: Anatomy of a Story

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 12/16/08

    News program. Gideon Yago hosts. This episode follows a Spanish language reporter from El Diario as she criss-crosses the country on a Greyhound bus seeking out Latino stories. The show also looks at how the narrative of the drug war has been played and replayed in the press. Regular segments include "Media Encyclopedia", a "News Junkie" animation and an interview with documentary filmmaker, Alex Gibney.moreless
  • Episode 104: Unreliable Sources

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 12/9/08

    The first part of this episode critiques the press coverage of the looming economic crisis on Wall Street. The feature piece looks at how New York's three major daily papers failed to critically cover the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, and is a case study in how big business controls the news. Other segments include a new "Media Encyclopedia", a one-time 'Who's Your Daddy' animated segment revealing the money and power structure of Cablevision, the company that owns Rainbow Media and IFC, and an interview with "The Yes Men", a pair of media provocateurs.moreless
  • Episode 103: Dumbing It Down

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 12/2/08

    News program. Gideon Yago hosts. This episode details a behavioral experiment conducted by a Boston neuroscientist that looks at the mental and emotional effects of pundit-driven news. Regular segments include "Media Encyclopedia", a "News Junkie" animation that proposes news should be personalized so people pay more attention to it and a an interview with Dan Rather.moreless
  • Episode 102: The Frontlines of Journalism

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 11/25/08

    News program. Gideon Yago hosts. This episode follows Iraqi war photo-journalist Ben Lowy as he captures the conflict, people, occupation and reconstruction of this war-torn country. The show also looks at how the Bush administration used propaganda in the form of the embed program and the military analyst program to sell the war to the American people through the aid of the media. Regular segments include a "Media Encyclopedia" look at the notion of "The Tease", "News Junkie" animation about the media's tendency to label things as "gates", and features an interview with Valerie Plame-Wilson.moreless
  • Episode 101: Taboos in News

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 11/18/08

    News program. Gideon Yago hosts. This episode examines specific media obsessions as well as off-limit topics in news reporting. First it follows Larry Garrison, the producer-broker of abducted white girl stories, as he goes about generating a media frenzy around a small handful of such cases. The show also looks at how the pro-Israel lobby influences the narrative in press coverage of Israel and US-Israel relations. "Media Encyclopedia" examines the uses of the word "Allegedly", features a "News Junkie" animated piece on ethnicity in the news, and an interview with Tucker Carlson.moreless
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