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New York Reacts to the Repeal of Prop 8 in California...

New Yorkers Protest original Prop 8 vote May, 2009.  Image by David Shankman On February 8, 2012 the federal courts in California ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional.   The courts dismissal of the  gay marriage ban was received well by many New Yorkers, voters in a state that legalized Gay marriage this past year.  Yet, how do New Yorker’s religious beliefs affect their response?  We’ve their answers below....
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Aimlessness and Aggression

Aimless Interview:  Citizen Radio Interviews Comic Janeane Garofalo. Parts 2-7 I found this interview to be aimless because there was no investigative impulse to the questioning.  The interviewers were interviewing someone that they obviously held in high regard and with whom they already seemed to agree.  This type of interview ends up falling into a cyclical trap where both the interviewer and the interviewee end up reifying their own position.  The questions were leading and indirect, and although they were thoughtful at times, they were more of the interviewer’s attempt to find the words to even ask their question.  The detriment of this type of interview is that it assumes the listener has both the same points of reference and already agrees with both the interviewer and the interviewee.   Antagonistic Interview:Mike Francesca Interviews Darrelle Revis http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/21/interview-with-darrelle-revis-gets-heated-jets-corner-hangs-up-on-wfans-mike-francesa/ I found this interview antagonistic because the interview basically put forth his opinion and phrased questions so the interviewee, a Jets cornerback, would only be able to agree or disagree with him.  It didn’t seem like Francesca was looking to get a straight answer out of the interviewee from the get go, but was only attempting to get verbal confirmation for a position he’d already taken.  Instead of asking questions, he resorts to betting that his position is correct, and then laughs at the interviewee.  If he were conducting a good interview he would ask him questions, provide referential evidence, and attempt to illicit a response.  Instead the interview basically devolves into each participant in the interview saying “I’m right,” and refusing to actually conduct a conversation.  Francesca eventually alienated Revis to the point he hung up.  I understand the urge to provoke in an attempt to get an honest reaction, but at a certain point he should have backed off so that the interview could continue....
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News Analysis for Wednesday Feb. 15.

Here is my analysis of new programming provided by four different radio outlets. The BBC Newshour – The Newshour focused primarily on three separates stories over the course of an hour. The entire program had a less scripted feel than either NPR’s Morning Edition or 1010 Wins programing.  Each story was longer than the majority of radio pieces I’m used to and I found my attention wandering as a result.  These stories were dictated by the host, who seemed to present audio clips as though it were a conversation he was having directly with multiple sources in the field.  Each individual’s clip went on for some time, with only minor interjections from the host.  The program was also organized from breaking, event news to lighter cultural news toward the end.  The program relied heavily on voice with almost no additional sound, which I found unnerving.  The most interesting characteristic of the program was it’s attempt to sound investigative in the moment, as though the host were just calling people up and trying to find out exactly what happened, and what people thought about the story.  They opened with the world even of the Honduran prison fire.   NPR – Morning Edition was snappier than the Newshour, with multiple hosts and dozens of stories.  Each story fit within the 2:30 to 5:00 mark, and flowed logically from one story to the next.  If a story began with jobs, and Obama was figured in the discussion, the next story was on his administration. Stories seemed strung together and not just set down within the same time slot.  Morning Edition seemed to use more sound bites that were obviously gathered before the show.  The program didn’t have the same conversational tone as the Newshour and seemed to fall in line with a more print-ish style of “reporting.”  This program also utilized more reporter summary and ambient sound, which I felt made the transition from information to clips smoother.  They opened with an American focused story as opposed to major world news.   1010 Wins – 1010 Wins scares me.  I hadn’t heard of it before I moved to New York and it still seems too abrupt to handle before noon.  Their specific formula: news, traffic, weather, sports, business makes it hard for me to pay attention to individual stories.  I tend to just classify the story in its category and wait for news that I’m interested in.  The tenor of the production seems somewhat like an add from the fifties.  It relies more heavily in created sound such as ticker-tape and dramatic tones as opposed to ambient or pure conversation.  Almost everyone on the show, reporters or clips sounds like its its from another era.  It also seems like they have more ads than the other programs but this might be due to individual online presentations. KEX – Oregon Public Broadcasting.  This station’s news program seems to follow the same production ideas as NPR, but with a stronger emphasis on Oregon specific news.  They also have a traffic program and use a more produced sounds, running the beginnings of songs in between stories and certain sounds related to topics being discussed.  Frequently revisited a story regarding light rail from a few different perspectives.  Also utilized call-in on air interviews which I actually didn’t hear on any of the other programs and seems like a characteristic of more community oriented programming. This is from an story that NPR did last week, it captured...
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Times Square Discription

A shopping cart rattles and creaks then goes abruptly silent.  A group of women and children shriek and spin around.  Dozens of pedestrians turn to the noise. A zombie is loose in Times Square.  Made up in white and black face paint, dressed in a ragged lab coat, the man pushing the cart laughs and hands the woman a card.  “Don’t be scared,” he says pushing the shopping cart through the group he’s startled, “come see…” his voice trails off.  He pushes the cart away. The women and their daughters laugh off their fright and turn the corner, further reactions lost among the crowd.    The corner returns to its usual bustle and fractured conversations.  “Shut the hell up,” says a teen girl to her friend.  “You should have heard the phone call says a man in grey suit.  The zombie is quickly...
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Wrecks and Rescue: Kodiak Public Radio

Kodiak Public Radio offers programing like Eleven Fishermen Safe After Boats Ground, Sink which provides essential information for people in the community.  This piece of audio outlines two boat wrecks and the rescue of their crews.  The information provided in this broadcast is essential because it informs the public where and under what conditions the ships ran aground, under what circumstances the individuals involved were rescued, and what actions were taken by the coast guard and other ships on the water.  This knowledge lets the public know what exactly occurred in regards to the wrecks and provides information so that similar situations can be avoided, community members can be aware of each other’s safety, and the public is informed how the coast guard and other boats will react in similar situations.  Useful information in an island location. The story can be heard at KMXT, under the January 25...