Boston Phoenix reporter JAMES ROBINSON was interviewed by NPR's John Hockenberry this morning on PRI/WNYC's "The Takeaway," which devoted a 10-minute segment to Robinson's blockbuster story on how Boston police used digital forensics to track down Philip Markoff, the Craigslist Killer. The story has been our most widely-shared on social media this year, and also spawned a spinoff story about one specific piece of the electronic breadcrumb trail: a subpoena of Markoff's Facebook profile that appears to be the first example of such a subpoena ever to surface publicly.
Tonight, THIS AMERICAN LIFE is devoting an entire episode to debunking the most popular story it has ever run: a January story that was an excerpt of the monologuist MIKE DAISEY's one-man show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. The piece concerned Daisey's story of his trip to visit the Chinese factories where Apple products are made, and of abuses the Daisey claimed to have first-hand knowledge of.
year I attend the Goldsmith Prize presentation for investigative
reporting at Harvard. The ceremony – hosted by the Kennedy School
of Government's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public
Policy – is always inspirational, and has certainly pushed me to
bust balls and pursue tougher stories in my own career.
It's been over three years since credit markets started shaking with the early tremors of the subprime crisis, and two years since that spread into a marketwide collapse. Prosecutors, regulators, Congress and journalists have spent the year uncovering the financial shenanigans that brought the market to its knees.
Apparently someone over at NPR has been trolling our website for story ideas. First, they took a shot at our film critic Peter Keough for taking a shot at Scott Pilgrim fanboys. For their second Phoenix namedrop in a week, we turn to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,
NPR's weekly news quiz show. In a reoccurring segment
entitled "Who's Carl This Time?", the show's official scorekeeper Carl
Kasell rattles off quotes and one lucky contestant gets to guess what
timely news story he's referencing in his quote.
Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis will be on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program this afternoon from 2:40 to 3 pm, talking about the importance of voting and taking calls from listeners.
Inspired by a piece I wrote about "RickeyPAC" (see "Who's Your Rickey?",
October 17), and based on the effort of a group of friends of mine to
convince another friend to vote, NPR is including our effort in their
coverage of the run-up to the presidential election.