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A weekly podcast focused on discussing the issues that impact how information is delivered, how we consume it, and how that affects our interactions with each other.

    Objectivity, Bias, and Doing Journalism Well, Pt. 2 with Tom Rosenstiel

    Objectivity, Bias, and Doing Journalism Well, Pt. 2 with Tom Rosenstiel

    In this episode, we continue our conversation with Tom Rosenstiel, journalist, press critic, and co-author of the seminal book on Journalism, The Elements of Journalism, which is now in its third edition. Rosenstiel is also the author of ten other books, including four novels. He is currently the Eleanor Merrill visiting professor on the future of journalism at the Phillip Merrill college of journalism at the University of Maryland.


    In Part 1 of our conversation, we focused on many issues affecting U-S journalism, including the health of the industry and how things have shifted.


    We also discussed the role of politics, and the diminishing of local news, on the health of the journalism industry.


    In addition, we began our conversation about the role of objectivity and bias in journalism - what those words were meant to mean, and what they’ve become, as well as a discussion of opinion versus opinion journalism.


    Rosenstiel reminds us that opinion journalists are indeed journalists who were trained in the art of doing journalism well.


    We continue our conversation on objectivity and bias, as well as how journalism can play a more effective role in better informing the public.

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    The state of local journalism in the U.S. with Tom Rosenstiel

    The state of local journalism in the U.S. with Tom Rosenstiel

    In this episode, we explore the state of journalism in the U.S., including the challenges we face, as well as where we can find hope for a future of robust journalism that holds power to account and helps us understand our world – both near and far.


    My guest is Tom Rosenstiel - journalist, press critic, and co-author of the seminal book on Journalism, The Elements of Journalism, which is now in its third edition. Rosenstiel is also the author of ten other books, including four novels.


    He is currently the Eleanor Merrill visiting professor on the future of journalism at the Phillip Merrill college of journalism at the University of Maryland.


    This is part 1 of our conversation you can hear part 2 next week.

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    The Debt Ceiling and its Role in Congressional Politics, with UC Berkeley Economist Barry Eichengreen

    The Debt Ceiling and its Role in Congressional Politics, with UC Berkeley Economist Barry Eichengreen

    In this episode, we explore the debt ceiling - what it is, why it exists, and why it keeps coming up in Congressional negotiations and wrangling.


    My guest is Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at UC Berkeley, and co-author of In Defense of Public Debt, and How to Achieve Inclusive Growth.

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    Bringing Attention to Missing People of Color, with BAMFI co-founder Derrica Wilson

    Bringing Attention to Missing People of Color, with BAMFI co-founder Derrica Wilson

    In this episode, we discuss the disparity in attention in the U.S., when it comes to missing people of color.


    My guest is Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black & Missing Foundation (BAMFI). They work with families of missing loved ones to help them connect with law enforcement, news media, and other resources, in an effort to bring attention to - and find - those who are missing.


    For more information, go to BAMFI.org.


    List of people missing in California: https://blackandmissinginc.com/search/

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    Making the U.S. Tax System Work Better, with Annette Nellen

    Making the U.S. Tax System Work Better, with Annette Nellen

    In this episode, we discuss the state of U-S tax policy, as well as some ideas for how to overhaul the system to make it more equitable, efficient, and coherent.


    We also discuss some current tax structures… and their practical impacts on the items we buy… the money we make… and who bears an unequal share of the tax burden.


    My guest is Annette Nellen, Tax Professor and Director of the Graduate Tax Program at San Jose State University.


    This is part two of our conversation. You can hear Part 1 at news-in-context-dot-net.


    Professor Nellen also writes the Blog 21st Century Taxation.


    For more information on the topics discussed in this episode and Pt. 2, check out these resources:


    Treasury Resources on Taxes and Society
    https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/taxes/pages/taxes-society.aspx



    Some information on income distribution:
    Joint Committee on Taxation,  Present Law And Background On The Taxation Of High Income And High Wealth Taxpayers, 5/10/21
    https://www.jct.gov/publications/2021/jcx-24-21/

    Chicago Booth Review, Never mind the 1 percent, Let's talk about the 0.01 percent, by Gold
    https://review.chicagobooth.edu/economics/2017/article/never-mind-1-percent-lets-talk-about-001-percent






    Links to tax reform hearings on the 117th Congress (and earlier)
    https://www.sjsu.edu/people/annette.nellen/website/117th-hearings.htm



    Simpson-Bowles report of 2010
    https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/moment-truth-report-national-commission-fiscal-responsibility-and-reform-december-2010



    President Bush's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform (2005) (home mortgage deduction proposal is on page 70 of chapters 5 - 7)
    https://govinfo.library.unt.edu/taxreformpanel/



    My 21st Century Taxation website and blog
    http://www.21stcenturytaxation.com/
    http://21stcenturytaxation.blogspot.com/

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    The History and State of Tax Policy in the U.S. with Annette Nellen, Pt. 1

    The History and State of Tax Policy in the U.S. with Annette Nellen, Pt. 1

    In this episode, we explore taxes in the US, including how tax policy has evolved and devolved over the course of U-S history, what taxes are meant to be for, and how we can help the general public engage in discussions and decisions involving tax policy.


    My guest is Annette Nellen - Tax Professor and Director of the Graduate Tax Program at San Jose State University. Professor Nellen also writes the Blog 21st Century Taxation.


    For more information on the topics discussed in this episode and Pt. 2, check out these resources:


    Treasury Resources on Taxes and Society
    https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/taxes/pages/taxes-society.aspx



    Some information on income distribution:
    Joint Committee on Taxation,  Present Law And Background On The Taxation Of High Income And High Wealth Taxpayers, 5/10/21
    https://www.jct.gov/publications/2021/jcx-24-21/

    Chicago Booth Review, Never mind the 1 percent, Let's talk about the 0.01 percent, by Gold
    https://review.chicagobooth.edu/economics/2017/article/never-mind-1-percent-lets-talk-about-001-percent






    Links to tax reform hearings on the 117th Congress (and earlier)
    https://www.sjsu.edu/people/annette.nellen/website/117th-hearings.htm



    Simpson-Bowles report of 2010
    https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/moment-truth-report-national-commission-fiscal-responsibility-and-reform-december-2010



    President Bush's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform (2005) (home mortgage deduction proposal is on page 70 of chapters 5 - 7)
    https://govinfo.library.unt.edu/taxreformpanel/



    My 21st Century Taxation website and blog
    http://www.21stcenturytaxation.com/
    http://21stcenturytaxation.blogspot.com/

    • 29 min

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This podcast is excellently produced and the content is so valuable. Just in the first podcast, I learned about the economic forces that limit good journalism. So, as consumers we have to make sure for ourselves to understand the context of the news story.

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