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Covering the MLB Lockout and Announcer Musical Chairs With the Washington Post’s Ben Strauss

Ben Strauss joins Bryan to discuss baseball’s return

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Ukraine’s Media Strategy, Russia’s Ban on Journalism, and the Ongoing Coverage of the War in Ukraine

Bryan and David discuss how media coverage affects perceptions of the war

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CBS News’s Margaret Brennan on Covering Ukraine, TV News During a War, and Hosting ‘Face the Nation’

Margaret joins Bryan following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to talk through the ongoing war in Ukraine and break down the preparation and execution involved in ‘Face the Nation’

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CNN and More on the Coverage of Ukraine

Bryan and David discuss media reports about the invasion

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Watching the Coverage of the Invasion of Ukraine

Bryan and David discuss first impressions of videos and photos being aired, talk through the type of cable news coverage we’re seeing in comparison to the papers, and then specifically dissect CNN’s coverage of the events

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Russia and Ukraine Coverage, NBA Locker Rooms, and RIP P.J. O’Rourke

Bryan and David respond to coverage about Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine and discuss Adam Silver’s recent comments about restricting locker room access

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Trashy Tabloids and True Crime With Clare Malone and the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle

Bryan, Clare, and John talk Bennifer, the evolution of celebrity, and writing songs vs. novels

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The Glory Days of Entertainment Weekly and Covering the Olympics With Ty Burr, Owen Gleiberman, and Jason Gay

Bryan also weighs in on why it’s important for reporters to be on site, even in a pandemic

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Super Bowl Instant Reaction Show

Bryan and David discuss commercials and Al Michaels’s calls

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Live From Radio Row With Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and ESPN’s Adam Schefter

Mad Dog discusses his career and the difference between local and national radio before Schefter joins the show to break down his and Jeff Darlington’s Tom Brady retirement news and go through Schefter’s past Super Bowl experiences

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Live From Radio Row! Plus, Palin vs. NYT.

Bryan and David discuss the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, the Radio Row hierarchy, and the quid pro quos attached to the week before breaking down the ongoing Sarah Palin vs. New York Times libel trial

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Al Michaels Revisits the 10 Super Bowls He Called

The sportscaster also discusses working with the late John Madden

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Takes on Tony Romo, the Halftime Show Invasion, Sideline Reports, and Tom Brady’s Retirement U-turn

Bryan and David also look forward to the bevy of hastily assembled Bengals and Rams profiles being written for Super Bowl week

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The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson on Latin America, War Reporting, and ‘Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life’

The reporter joins Bryan to reflect on his career

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More Weekend Football Notes, Media News From Chicago, and the Profile Location of the Week

Bryan and David discuss Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, and coverage of the NFL playoffs

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Carl Bernstein on His First Job, Newspaper Love, a Great Prank, and Scandals That Are “Worse Than Watergate”

Bernstein also talks about the newsroom in the ’60s, what it was like covering the Kennedy vs. Nixon presidential election, and more

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TV Football Breakdown, Media Piss Test, and Netflix Sports Docs

Bryan and David break down media moments from wild-card weekend

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NPR Departures, Awards Season SEO, and Wordle-Loving Reporters

Bryan and David also discuss the Postgame Question of the Week, posed to Stetson Bennett IV after Monday’s college football national championship game

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RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week

Plus, reacting to Nick Kristof’s attempt to run for governor in Oregon

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Mina Kimes on How We Cover Aaron Rodgers

Bryan also discusses The New York Times’ purchase of The Athletic

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Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More

Bryan and David also discuss the release of a People magazine issue that highlights Betty White’s 100th birthday

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John Madden’s Legacy With Jason Gay

Bryan and Jason remember the coach and sportscaster

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J.R. Moehringer on Writing ‘The Tender Bar,’ the Art of Memoir, and His Career Writing for Newspapers

Moehringer touches on why he wrote the book, the significance of the bar Pelicans, and how it was received by the individuals featured

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The Athletic and The New York Times. Plus: The Year in Media.

Bryan and David reflect on 2021, with awards ranging from Sports Media Story of the Year to Disgraceful Exit of the Year

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How to Create a Longform Podcast With Joel Anderson

Bryan and Joel discuss ‘Slow Burn’ and the differences between print and podcast

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Pat McAfee, Chris Wallace, a Texas Sportswriting Legend, and More

Bryan and David also discuss ‘80s and ‘90s commercial fiction power rankings

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Farewell, Chris Cuomo. Plus: Can Recipes Be Plagiarized?

Bryan and David discuss the anchor’s firing and what it means for CNN

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How to Cover COVID With Dan Diamond

The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond shares his experience becoming a journalist, reflects on the COVID-19 coverage since the beginning of the pandemic, and touches on the new COVID-19 variant, omicron

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Exit, the Omicron Variant, and More

Bryan and David discuss how Dorsey’s exit will affect Facebook and the broader media landscape before reacting to news coverage of the latest major coronavirus variant

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How to Write a Children’s Book With Jeff Kinney, Author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

Kinney discusses his creative process and shares what it’s like going on book tours for children

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The Tom Brady Doc, Fox Resignations, and Who’s “on Steroids”

Plus, breaking down Scottie Pippen’s response to ‘The Last Dance’

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Jeffrey Wright on ‘The French Dispatch,’ Tweeting the News, and Playing Colin Powell

Wright also dishes on the details of a Wes Anderson script and finding inspiration in James Baldwin