Revisiting the Documentary, "Navalny"
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1d ago
  Russia's jailed opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has died in prison. Navalny had been living behind bars since shortly after landing in Moscow in January of 2021. He had been returning home following months of recovery in Europe, after he fell violently sick on a flight between Siberia and Moscow.  In the months following Navalny’s poisoning, Christo Grozev, former lead Russia investigator at Bellingcat, was stuck in Vienna with filmmaker Daniel Roher. The two had just been booted from Ukraine, where they had been trying to film an investigation. Grozev suddenly had a lot of ..read more
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What to Make of the Flood of Coverage About President Biden's Age
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by WNYC Studios
6d ago
On February 8th, special counsel Robert Hur's report on his investigation into classified document found at President Biden's residencies became available to the public. And while the report's headline—no charges would be brought against the president—was a win for Biden, Hur's description of the president's memory lit anew conversations about his age in the press. This week, Micah hears from Judd Legum, founder and author of the newsletter Popular Information, Charan Ranganath, a professor of psychology at University of California, Davis, and Jack Shafer, Politic ..read more
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Jon Stewart's Back at The Daily Show
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by WNYC Studios
6d ago
After nine long years away, Jon Stewart made a biting, triumphant return to The Daily Show desk on Monday evening. That first night, he drew nearly 2 million viewers, the most for a Daily Show installment in almost six years. There was much speculation from critics about how well his pioneering form of political comedy would have aged, especially in such a changed political landscape, but even his critics agreed that he was hilarious, bracing, and smart. The show's focus was on the coverage of Biden’s age, Stewart arguing that now, it's even more importa ..read more
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Bobi Wine is Fighting for Democracy in Uganda
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by WNYC Studios
6d ago
Bobi Wine became famous as a music star in Uganda. But when he was awakened to the brutality of President Yoweri Museveni's government, he turned his focus to political activism, eventually going on to win a seat in Parliament and run for president against Museveni. Wine has been able to use his music and social media to get his message out in a country where the media is tightly controlled by the government. His campaign to become president and the brutal crackdown he and his supporters faced is captured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Bobi Wine: The People's President. Brooke speaks ..read more
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Why The New York Amsterdam News Is Partnering With an AI Startup
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by WNYC Studios
1w ago
In December, a start-up called Latimer AI announced a licensing agreement with the largest and oldest Black newspaper in New York City, The New York Amsterdam News. As part of their deal, Latimer will train its AI tool (a large language model, or LLM, in the style of ChatGPT) on the archive of the paper. This week, Brooke speaks to the editor-in-chief and publisher of The New York Amsterdam News, Elinor Tatum, about her shared goal with Latimer to tackle bias in the AI landscape. This is a segment from our February 9, 2024 show, If You Can’t Beat ’Em… Join ’Em? Journalism in an AI World ..read more
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If You Can’t Beat ’Em… Join ’Em? Journalism in an AI World
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by WNYC Studios
1w ago
In December, the New York Times sued OpenAI for allegedly using the paper’s articles to train chatbots. On this week’s On the Media, a look at how media outlets are trying to survive in this era of generative AI. Plus, why New York’s oldest Black newspaper is joining forces with an AI startup to address biases in the technology.  1. Kate Knibbs [@Knibbs], senior writer at Wired, on AI clickbait flooding the internet. Listen. 2. John Herrman [@jwherrman], tech columnist for New York Magazine, on the love-hate relationship between AI companies and journalism. Listen. 3 ..read more
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AI-Generated Conspiracy Theories Are Flooding TikTok
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by WNYC Studios
1w ago
This week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ban scam robocalls that use AI-generated voices, after such a call falsely told Democratic voters not to vote in the New Hampshire Democratic primary a few weeks ago. The bogus call reached as many as 25,000 phones across the state. The episode highlights how effective and effortless these AI tricks have become, and how those charged with combating them are always one step behind. Similarly, at TikTok, videos of conspiracy theories are reaching millions of users and generating serious cash. This w ..read more
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News Outlets Contend With AI
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by WNYC Studios
1w ago
Journalism has entered an era of love-hate relationships with AI. In December, The New York Times became the first major media organization to take an AI company to court when it sued Open AI, the creator of ChatGPT, and Microsoft for copyright infringement. Last year, OpenAI inked major deals with Axel Springer, the parent company of Politico and Business Insider, as well as the Associated Press. Now OpenAI is reportedly in talks with CNN, the Fox Corporation, and Time to license their work. News Corp CEO Robert Thomson said in an earnings release earlier this week that the company much ..read more
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Meet the Serbian DJ Running an AI Clickbait Business
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by WNYC Studios
1w ago
Before it shut down in 2018, the Hairpin was known as a smart blog written by and for women. Recently, Wired tech reporter Kate Knibbs learned that the site had mysteriously relaunched with a slate of bizarre, AI-generated articles. She managed to track down the new owner of the site, a Serbian entrepreneur named Nebojša Vujinović (also known as DJ Vujo) for a Wired piece titled, “Confessions of an AI Clickbait Kingpin.” In this segment, Micah Loewinger speaks with Vujinović and Knibbs about the growth and ethics of AI-generated content ..read more
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Naomi Klein's Trip to the Mirror World
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by WNYC Studios
2w ago
Naomi Klein has been confused for writer Naomi Wolf for much of her career. Wolf rose to prominence with the book The Beauty Myth in the 90s, establishing herself as a bestselling feminist, liberal writer. Klein, on the other hand, wrote acclaimed critiques of capitalism such as No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. To say Klein is often mistaken for Wolf is an understatement. In the interview she did just before ours, a TV host mistakenly called her by Wolf's name. The confusion is incessant on social media, and escalated when Wolf became notorious as a ..read more
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