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Help! My favorite news website no longer delights me.

Is there a news/culture website that's like Slate used to be? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Sep 25, 2014 - 8 answers

How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?

I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Cultural Literacy 101

For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Apr 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Civil unrest news source without any fluff, bias, or distraction

I'm looking for any website that provides up to date unbiased news, reports and footage of political upheaval and civil unrest. For example (applicable to today), like many other news websites it would have up to date material on what's happening in the Ukraine - but (unlike many news websites) also what is happening in Venezuela right now, plus Syria (as some media news outlets have stopped their coverage and moved onto other situations). [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for American politics and news podcasts, radio programs or blogs

Now that NPR's It's All Politics is ending, I need a new podcast that focuses on American politics and national news. I love podcasts like PRI's The World and BBC Newshour, but I want something that only focuses on American stories. I already listen to Slate's Political Gabfest. Does anyone here have any other suggestions? I'm also looking for high quality blogs that are frequently updated. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by shoreline on Aug 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Podcasts about world events?

I would like to be more informed about world events. Can you recommend some podcasts that I can listen to? I'd like to have a variety of perspectives (both politically and geographically) but the main thing is that they are BOTH entertaining and informative. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Jun 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Current Events in a College Course

What's the best way to incorporate current events into an intro-level college course? [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on May 9, 2012 - 15 answers

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world?

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com on Jan 31, 2012 - 43 answers

Creating a "healthy, well rounded" World News Media Diet.

News broadcasting biases? Creating a "healthy, well rounded" world news media diet. [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on May 2, 2011 - 7 answers

News about any and all countries?

What, if any, English-speaking website will give me news about all of the world's nations? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Dec 5, 2010 - 16 answers

The Truth about Honor Killings?

I am looking for some truth about honor killings...and some insight or clarification rather on Obama's agenda concerning Islam. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jun 11, 2009 - 24 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Need RIght To Use Rush Limbaugh Photo

How/where do I obtain the right to LEGALLY use a photo of Rush Limbaugh? I don't have a particular photo in mind, but can not find an organization/individual to grant the right to use any photo. After the recent flap over the Obama photo...
posted by toucano on Mar 4, 2009 - 16 answers

What's Obama up to?

What are some good blogs or other news sources concerned solely or mostly with "what the president is doing" (politically; not what he had for breakfast)? Basically, I'm curious about keeping up with Obama's acts as president -- orders signed, deals forged, initiatives taken, stuff like that. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Jan 21, 2009 - 17 answers

How can I become less ignorant regarding current events, without having to read dry, third-person-omniscient points of view?

How can I become less ignorant regarding current events, without having to read dry, third-person-omniscient points of view? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Jan 4, 2009 - 25 answers

Current Events Forum?

Can anyone recommend a good current events discussion forum? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Oct 21, 2008 - 8 answers

News footage for web video: where can I get it, and for how much?

News footage for use in a video to be distributed over the web: where can I get it, and for how much? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade on Apr 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Any online sources of full resolution videos of the Democratic debates?

I'm gonna try to cut together a little political viral video and would love to get my hands on high quality video of the recent democratic debates. Does anyone know of a source on the net to download full resolution (720x480) quicktimes of the debates, or has anyone out there taped or tivo'ed the debates in the greater Los Angeles area who would let me either copy/borrow what you recorded? Thanks ahead of time for your help.
posted by ranchocalamari on Nov 19, 2007 - 4 answers

a news site with historical data linkouts?

I find that I don't read enough news. When I look at the headlines I am lost about the history of the situation. Does anyone know of a news site that has the news with good historical link-outs to give me a broader understanding of the situation?
posted by lukeomalley on Feb 13, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me get a handle on current politics!

Where can I find intelligent, non-partisan (or, failing that, bi-partisan) explanation of the recent Military Commissions Act of 2006. [more inside]
posted by hatsix on Oct 19, 2006 - 6 answers

What happened to the Tax Reform report?

Did the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform radically change their plans at the last minute? I read through the first few chapters of their report (released November 1), and then googled to try to find some independent analysis. Several of the top links are angry articles from around October 14, talking about how the panel is going to recommend nothing more than a couple of minor tweaks to programs to pay for repealing the AMT, and won't "seek a wholesale reform of our tax code." But the report that came out on November 1 seems to recommend drastic changes, essentially throwing out most of the existing tax code and rewriting it from scratch. (Not that that's a bad thing.) What happened between October 14 and November 1?
posted by designbot on Nov 4, 2005 - 6 answers

Current events timeline?

I'm looking for some timelines that chart recent/current events - for instance, a timeline that logs the major news stories in the months leading up to the 2004 election; or, a timeline that charts important stories in the war on terror since/before 9/11. Doesn't have to be links, could just be headlines. thanks for any suggestions
posted by greggish on Aug 30, 2005 - 9 answers

The current state of Iraq from Iraqi perspectives?

I want to know more about how Iraq is recovering, but I'd like news and info from the perspective of common Iraqi citizens. All the news stories are either about the insurgent battles, polls and data solely used for political purposes by western partisan groups, or the new government solely in its relation to US withdrawl. [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Aug 10, 2005 - 9 answers

I've never read the paper and now at 30+ want to educate myself on Politics, Gov, Current Events, World History, etc. Where to start?

I'm over 30 and probably know as much or less about history, politics/ gov, and current events as my 7 year old niece. Now, I want to be aware and don't know where to begin. I've tried just "merging in" but the references, terms, and names are lost on me. I need a starting point that will give me a framework or bird's eye view to start from and build on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2005 - 27 answers

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