William Powers

  • The Canary's Song

    Other presidents had ways of at least seeming to be humble. George W. Bush doesn't.

  • Politics on the Brain

    As this week's Washington hoopla demonstrated, politics is n ow a full-on national obsession.

  • The Massless Media

    With the mass media losing their audience to smaller, more targeted outlets, we may be headed for an era of noisy, contentious press reminiscent of the 1800s

  • What's That Racket?

    American radio is a wasteland of ideology-driven talk. What it lacks is heart, and the desire to listen and learn

  • Pyle On

    Don't look for war with Iraq to produce the next Ernie Pyle, no matter how much embedding goes on

  • Civilian Casualties: A Media Primer

    Five guidelines for assessing news reports of civilian casualties

  • Darkness and Light

    Embedded journalists are giving the Iraq story a visceral immediacy that's been lacking from coverage of recent wars.

  • The War Glut

    When the question is war, the news trade's most essential job, after reporting facts, is making sense of them.

  • Tragedy Becomes Us

    We don't just report the horror of tragedy anymore, we wallow in it

  • The Poodle Speaks

    Foreign critics are barking up the wrong tree when they complain about U.S. news media coverage of Iraq

  • A Soft, Cracking Sound

    The selling of war with Iraq is not going as well as the White House wants us to believe

  • After Ann

    Like Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Ann Landers's column brought people together. It will be hard to replace.

  • Weird Science

    The Clonaid story is driving the news people crazy because it's both a Zany Cult story and a Serious Science story.

  • All Too Human

    The respectable media are fascinated with famous people who seem headed for trouble but are not there yet

  • The Corrections

    The once-genteel media world has become a place where somebody is always waiting to pounce on your errors

  • Goodwill Lacking

    Dole's sense of humor and his heroism kept political and media feelings warm

  • Vive la Difference

    The recent news about the International Herald Tribune says something about its two owners

  • Bias, Anyone?

    Surprising, perhaps, but blatant liberal bias in the media's election post-mortems has been hard to find

  • The Play's Not the Thing

    Google's News Machine: What happens when you take humans out of the story-selection process?

  • High, Low Jack

    None of the media's recent idols has fallen from as lofty a perch as Jack Welch's.


A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.



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