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In NPR And AP Cosby Interviews, A 'No Comment' That Said Everything

After rape allegations against him gained renewed scrutiny in October, Bill Cosby stayed quiet. NPR had one of the first chances to get that silence on record, and led AP to reconsider its coverage.

All Things Considered

'Fake Sheikh' Accused Of Tricking Sources Into Making News

A new BBC documentary shines a bright light on the so-called "Fake Sheikh," an infamous British tabloid writer who posed as a Middle Eastern sheikh and enticed people into sometimes illegal behavior.

Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

Morning Edition

'Orange County Register' Reporters Deliver The News

The century old daily has asked for volunteers in the newsroom after a cost-cutting change in distributors. The job description for reporters, in addition to reporting, distribute up to 600 papers.

Uber Exec In Hot Water After Suggesting A Journalist Smear Campaign

A senior vice president of the ride-service company has issued an apology after news broke of his comments about digging up info about reporters' personal lives.

Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise

Bill Cosby's silence when asked by an NPR anchor about rape allegations made big media news. The ongoing controversy may also hint at a generational divide between his fans and his latest critics.

Morning Edition

StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize

Each year TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the prize to one exceptional individual. Since Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, nearly 100,000 Americans have participated.

Morning Edition

Bill Cosby Remains Silent On Sexual Assault Allegations

Cosby is weathering allegations by a former Cosby Show actress who says he drugged and raped her in 1985. Cosby, a guest on Weekend Edition Saturday, refused to answer questions about the allegations.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Words Matter, So Here's 'Word Matters'

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott about the language NPR uses and why.

Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

As founding judge Randy Jackson announces his departure from American Idol, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says he embodies all that's wrong with a pioneering show that's become a pop culture cliche.

Living 'Hand To Mouth' In Modern American Poverty

November 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

Encryption: Tech Companies And The Government At Odds Over Personal Privacy

November 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Scott Brown Rejoins Fox News After Senate Bid

November 21, 2014
New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, with his wife Gail Huff, left, concedes defeat to incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen at his election night party in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 4. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Scott Brown had been a Fox News contributor after he lost his Massachusetts U.S. Senate bid to Elizabeth Warren.

True Stories Of The Real 'Pioneer Girl'

November 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

Week In The News: Immigration Reform, Israeli Tensions, Mike Nichols Dead At 83

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On College Campuses, The Danger Of Playing It Safe With Ideas

November 21, 2014
The very idea of a so-called "safe space" on college campuses, intellectually and emotionally speaking, is anathema to what the academic experience should be: a vigorous exchange of ideas, even ones that might upset some people. Pictured: Filmmaker and writer Aishah Shahidah Simmons, who teaches in the women’s and LGBT studies program at Temple University, where she offers students "trigger warnings" about potentially upsetting material. Students on college campuses across the country are increasingly asking their professors to provide such warnings for course content that might trigger adverse responses in individuals who have been sexually assaulted, touched by suicide, or involved in other traumatic situations. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The very idea of a so-called “safe space” on college campuses, intellectually and emotionally speaking, is anathema to what the academic experience should be: a vigorous exchange of ideas, even ones that might upset some people.

Remembering Mike Nichols And The Cinematic Landmark That Was ‘The Graduate’

November 21, 2014
The late director Mike Nichols, recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, on the red carpet outside the ceremony in Culver City, California, on June 26, 2010. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

A tribute to the late director who, with his film “The Graduate,” invented the modern rock video.

Award-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83

November 20, 2014
This April 1, 2013 file photo shows director Mike Nichols at the "Lucky Guy" opening night in New York. (Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)

Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as “The Graduate,” “Angels in America” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” has died. He was 83.

When Sideshows Take Center Stage

November 20, 2014
A shot from the AMC reality series, "Freakshow." (Jessica Brooks / AMC)

From TV to Broadway, circus sideshows — freak shows — are having a big cultural moment. What’s the history behind the comeback?

Guitarist Joe Perry On His ‘Life In And Out Of Aerosmith’

November 19, 2014
Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry (Courtesy Joe Perry)

Joe Perry talks with Radio Boston’s Sacha Pfeiffer about his new memoir, which chronicles the Allston-born band’s four decades together.

NBC Drops New Bill Cosby Sitcom Amid Rape Allegations

November 19, 2014
Bill Cosby speaks at the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation)

The move follows Netflix’ decision to shelve a Cosby stand-up special, after a number of women publicly accused him of sexual assault.

Nebraska Mayor: Executive Action On Immigration Would ‘Frustrate’ Some

November 19, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 30, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

Fremont Mayor Scott Getzschman describes his community is the only one in the U.S. that requires renters to certify their citizenship.

How Media Companies Are Responding To The Bill Cosby Rape Allegations

November 19, 2014
Bill Cosby attends the 7th annual 'Stand Up For Heroes' event at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Netflix has decided to shelve a Cosby stand-up special and NBC is facing mounting pressure to can a sitcom project in the works.

Times Square’s Largest And Most Expensive Digital Billboard

November 18, 2014
The largest digital billboard in Times Square in New York City. (Clear Channel Outdoor/Facebook)

The ad stands eight stories tall and is nearly as long as a football field, in the most touristed intersection in New York City.

Bentley Students Try A ‘Digital Fast,’ Swear Off Technology For 48 Hours

November 17, 2014
Students at Bentley University had to put away their smart phones, computers, and other digital devices for a 48-hour digital fast. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Bentley University Professor Jeff Stern, who teaches a class on media and society, recently had his students take on digital cleanse.

Social Media Buzz: From A TV Anchor’s Suit To Anonymous

November 17, 2014
Karl Stefanovic, an Australian morning show host, wore the same suit for one year to highlight how his female co-anchors receive more criticism about their appearance (screenshot)

We look at some of the news reverberating online, including a story that shows no one notices what male TV anchors wear.

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