March 30, 2012 A Morning Edition interview about an anti-abortion movie labeled a "Christian" film provoked a backlash from progressive Christians. But what do you do when that is the name of the genre and politically conservative Christians appear to have a lock on the Christian name? What is a Christian anyway, and what do they believe? Oh, and what would Jesus do?
March 22, 2012 Many listeners said Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me insulted Catholics when it joked Pope Benedict XVI was a gay icon. The sensitivity is understandable, but much depends on your acceptance of homosexuality, which most Catholics in fact do. Humor lightens the tension of a nation caught in social transition.
March 21, 2012 Whether the burnings are "accidental" is unproven. NPR's calling it that buys the military's frame, some complained. Not calling it that suggests ill intention and provokes more violence, others argued. Investigations continue; the press is lost. Suggestions appreciated.
March 16, 2012 A segment on All Things Considered about the founder behind the 5-Hour Energy drink raised concerns among listeners about conflict of interest and a violation of NPR's new ethics handbook on disclosures. The real problem? The handbook. At some point, you just have to trust.
March 15, 2012 Some listeners said a report on the cost of emotional trauma following the Fukushima disaster underplayed the danger of nuclear power. Science correspondent Richard Harris explains the editorial decisions.
March 1, 2012 When Nina Totenberg asked if someone was a "nutcase," listeners objected. Mental health experts say that so much of the language used by the media, and by all of us, stigmatizes people with temporary or chronic mental illnesses, affecting their ability to get jobs and housing. But can political correctness go too far?
February 28, 2012 NPR is constantly hammered for allegedly being liberal, but last week I met with Ralph Nader to hear his complaints. He thinks NPR is not just too conservative, but that what liberals it does have on the air are too middle-of-the road. How can I measure this?
February 17, 2012 E.J. Dionne and David Brooks debated the issue of religious freedom versus the Obama Administration's insurance mandate and both sided with the Catholic bishops. But as some listeners complained, neither is a woman. We looked at the gender voices in all of NPR's coverage on the issue. Read on.
February 10, 2012 A listener compares the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the Jewish Holocaust under the Nazis and raises the question of what to call the camps used in both experiences. At stake is the power of words in framing our actions, past and future.
February 9, 2012 NPR stories feature warnings if the producers believe some listeners will find the content offensive or inappropriate for children. But one listener questions whether NPR is just prudish about sex. We review the last six months and get a response from the senior producer in charge.
February 6, 2012 How far can a social media journalist go in sending graphic videos of children and violence? NPR's near-legendary Andy Carvin got push-back yesterday for gruesome Syrian images that he re-Tweeted. Carvin argues that the rules of social and traditional media are different. Do we need to be reminded of the cost of war?
January 31, 2012 A biology professor pleas for a return to the proper use of "data" as a plural noun. But in the world of ever-changing language and fashion, is it too late to turn back time? If we could find a way....
January 27, 2012 A Morning Edition report said that the Arab Spring "uprising" in Bahrain has "definitely failed." Yet, unrest continues. So is the "revolution" over? Or are reports of its death greatly exaggerated? The newsroom is divided. Join the discussion.
January 20, 2012 Sure, reporters should correct false statements by politicians and others, but that is not always possible on daily deadline stories. So what to do? The NYT ombudsman has been widely mocked for asking, but many of the critics know not of what they speak. Journalism has gotten better, not worse.
January 20, 2012 A selection of reactions to last week's post about whether NPR should correct a report about Iran's nuclear program. I said no—and stand by that conclusion—but many still disagree. Where do you fall in the debate?