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Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last

Two of journalism's greats died within a couple days of each other — Ben Bradlee and Frank Mankiewicz. NPR's Scott Simon remembers them for their shared gifts of charm, wit and street smarts.

All Things Considered

Former NPR Head Remembered For His Humor, Love Of Baseball.

Robert Siegel offers his personal memories of former NPR President Frank Mankiewicz, who died Thursday at age 90. Mankiewicz was also remembered for being Sen. Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign manager.

Morning Edition

Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to Robert Kennedy and presidential campaign manager for George McGovern, died Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The journalist and former president of NPR was 90.

All Things Considered

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

As executive editor, Ben Bradlee led The Washington Post to national acclaim. He was best known as a champion of ambitious reporters and stylish writers, goading them to new heights. He died Tuesday.

Morning Edition

Inside Larry King's Complicated Mind, As Shown In Late-Night Tweets

A couple of nights ago, in the pre-dawn hours, Larry King took his Twitter followers on a personal tour of the inside of his own head. It all started at 1:40 a.m. with a simple declaration.

Morning Edition

The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

Morning Edition

Ben Bradlee, Who Led 'Washington Post' To New Heights, Dies At 93

As editor, Bradlee led the newspaper to national eminence with charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House.

Morning Edition

Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

All Things Considered

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.

Race And The Charles Stuart Case, 25 Years Later

October 24, 2014
Attorney Richard Clayman is flanked by the brothers and sisters of Charles Stuart during a Boston news conference on Jan. 12, 1990, where he told the media they were unaware of Charles Stuart's plan to kill his pregnant wife, Carol. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker reflects on a crime — and botched investigation — that shocked the city 25 years ago this week.

Amazon’s Political Sitcom ‘Alpha House’ Launches Second Season

October 24, 2014

The show, from the creator of the “Doonesbury” comic strip, centers on four U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.

The 'Whiplash' Of Artistic Success

October 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

October 23, 2014
Poster for the documentary, "E-TEAM" (Big Mouth Productions / Red Light Films/Facebook

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

#GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making

October 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

The Legacy Of Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee

October 22, 2014
A file picture taken on May 6, 1973 in Paris shows former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon.  Bradlee, who died of natural causes at his Washington home on October 21, 2014 at age 93, leaves a lasting legacy at the Post and in the wider media, and has been hailed as a genius and for having "the courage of an army." Bradlee's reign as editor saw the Post win the Pulitzer Prize for its Watergate stories, and the respected newspaper also played a role in the successful legal challenge to the publication of the Pentagon Papers revealing the political maneuvers leading up to the Vietnam War. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER        (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Boston-born Bradlee led the Post during some of the most tumultuous times in modern U.S. politics.

How Ben Bradlee Re-Shaped America’s Newspapers

October 22, 2014
A picture taken on May 6, 1973 in Paris shows former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down U.S. President Richard Nixon. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

As the editor who directed the Watergate coverage, Bradlee left an indelible mark on the newspaper industry.

Reporter’s Notebook: Back From Monrovia

October 22, 2014
Aid workers from the Liberian Medical Renaissance League stage an Ebola awareness event on October 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia.(John Moore/Getty Images)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien has just returned from his third visit to Liberia’s capital, covering the Ebola outbreak.

Nick Kristof Wants You To Change The World

October 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

WBUR Presents: ‘Fast Forward: David Carr Talks With Jill Abramson’

October 22, 2014
Jill Abramson: "I felt that I had devoted my career to telling the truth, and the truth was that I was fired, so it just seemed -- what else? I wasn't going to -- my kids are 31 and 29. I wasn't going to say, 'I've decided to step down to spend more time with my family.'" Pictured: Jill Abramson and David Carr at Boston University's Tsai Performance Center, October 20, 2014. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

I felt that I had devoted my career to telling the truth, and the truth was that I was fired, so it just seemed — what else? I wasn’t going to — my kids are 31 and 29. I wasn’t going to say, ‘I’ve decided to step down to spend more time with my family.’

‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ Is Out On Blu-Ray

October 21, 2014
Actor Paul Reubens 'Pee-wee Herman' speaks onstage at the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

NPR’s Eric Deggans discusses the cult classic TV show and what it means when something shot on film is digitally remastered.

Jill Abramson Announces Plans For News Startup

October 21, 2014
Jill Abramson is pictured at the WBUR event on Oct. 20, 2014. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The former New York Times executive editor said her goal is to create a news outlet that favors quality over quantity.

Shakespeare’s Globe Arrives In Boston For Production Of ‘King Lear’

October 21, 2014
Joseph Marcell and Rawiri Paratene perform in "King Lear." (Courtesy Ellie Kurttz)

This week in Boston, Shakespeare’s Globe, the London-based theater company, is performing King Lear in a production presented by ArtsEmerson.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

October 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Jill Abramson Announces Startup Plans In Wide-Ranging WBUR Conversation With David Carr

October 21, 2014
Former New York Times executive Jill Abramson, and New York Times reporter David Carr talk at a WBUR event, where it was revealed that Abramson is working on a news startup.

The former executive editor of The New York Times announced she’s working on a news startup with journalist Steven Brill.

HGTV Is A Hit With Affluent Women Viewers

October 20, 2014
Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers pose at HGTVs The Lodge at CMA Music Fest 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HGTV)

Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times explains the channel’s recipe for success, and why it’s so popular among affluent women.

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