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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, January-February

All Things Considerate: How NPR Makes Tavis Smiley Sound like Linda Wertheimer
LAST MAY, I HAD THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE in an NPR fellowship for young journalists interested in public radio. There were eight of us in all, each of whom worked with a mentor to produce a story that would become part of a Web-based news magazine....
Deep in the Heart of Darkness: Under George W. Bush, the Worse of Two Texas Traditions Is Shaping America
WHEN LYNDON JOHNSON WAS president between 1963 and 1969, the world grew familiar with the "Western White House"--the Johnson ranch on the Pedernales River west of Austin, in the heart of his beloved central Texan hill country. Three decades later,...
Hollywood and Whine: Why Are Democrats Helping the Entertainment Industry Stamp out New Technologies That Fuel Economic Growth?
IT'S A POLITICAL TALE AS OLD AS CAPITOL Hill: A lumbering industry selects a certain corporate-friendly party to be its Beltway patsy. In exchange for the requisite campaign donations and other perks, members of said party use their clout to push through...
Hot Flash, Cold Cash: How a Once-Respected Women's Group Went through the Change-With the Help of Drug Industry Money
LAST APRIL, SEVERAL HUNDRED BLACK-TIE and couture-clad worthies crowded into the ornate ballroom of the Washington Ritz-Carlton for one more dinner on the spring charity circuit. This one seemed especially well-suited for the usual crowd of congressmen's...
License to Kill: How the GOP Helped John Allen Muhammad Get a Sniper Rifle
BULL'S EYE SHOOTER SUPPLY IS A warehouse-sized gull store near the waterfront in Tacoma, Wash. Boasting the Puget Sound's largest selection of firearms and ammunition, the store is a mecca for area sportsmen, who come to browse the latest hunting rifles...
No Good Deed. (Letters)
Gregg Easterbrook's is an entirely distorted and misleading review of Peter Singer's book on globalization ("The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number," November). I am currently using the book in a philosophy class I'm teaching, and it will be clear...
Reagan's Liberal Legacy: What the New Literature on the Gipper Won't Tell You
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, Nancy Reagan has quietly, been alerting friends and family that the health of her husband Ronald Reagan, the nation's 40th president, is failing rapidly due to Alzheimer's. Reagan will turn 92 on Feb. 6, and the signs...
Remote Controlled
VIEWERS BEWARE: ACCORDING to Hollywood; if you've ever hit fast forward on a VCR or used the mute button on a TV, you're a thief. "Your contract with the network when you get the show is you're going to watch the spots," Jamie Kellner, the CEO of Turner...
The Washington Monthly's Monthly Journalism Award
GAUTUM NAIK "Last Requests: The Grim Mission Of a Swiss Group: Visitors' Suicides" The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2002 By intertwining profiles of a Swiss euthanasia advocacy group and a terminally ill 66-year-old Frenchwoman, Gautam Naik...
Tilting at Windmills: Rummy's Doomed Reform Saddam the Sissy Woodward the Protector Broadway's Bad Review the Jameson's of Toxic Waste
FOR YEARS THIS COLUMN HAS delighted in exposing one flaw of continuing medical education programs. Many of them are merely fronts for a vacation, with far more time spent on the ski slope, golf course, tennis court, and beach than in the classroom....
Vice Grip: Dick Cheney Is a Man of Principles. Disastrous Principles
EARLY LAST DECEMBER, VICE PRESIdent Dick Cheney was dispatched to inform his old friend, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, that he was being let go. O'Neill, the president's advisers felt, had made too many missteps, given too much bad advice, uttered...