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Episode 119: Is Bill Simmons going to leave ESPN?

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We discuss editorial independence at ESPN and the three week suspension of Bill Simmons from ESPN.

Bill Simmons was suspended a week longer than Ray Rice was initially suspended. Ray Rice knocked his fiancé out cold, and Simmons criticized the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation and suspension. Should a podcaster be able to call a sports league commissioner a liar? What if your own reporters show that he is lying?

We also discuss if Simmons will be leaving ESPN next year and taking the Grantland staff with him. Also, has 538 taken a step back since moving from The New York Times to ESPN? We discuss.

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Episode 104: Vox.com vs. FiveThirtyEight

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Spoiler: We kick off the show discussing TV watching and spoilers. Is it possible to have an Internet connection and not get a show spoiled if you can’t watch the show live?

Our main topic is our thoughts on Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight, the two new big journalism startups. There is a lot to like. And a lot not to like.

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Episode 103: I’m being poked in virtual reality

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We discuss Facebook buying Oculus, the maker of the virtual reality headset Rift.

The original Oculus Rift was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and intended as a way to make playing video games more immersive. Now, we enter into a virtual world where your friends can poke you whenever they feel like it. We think.

Should those original backers get some money from this $2 billion sale to Facebook? Should a company that is eventually going to seek VC money and to be bought out by a large company ever engage on crowdfunding?

We also discuss criticisms that 538 and Vox.com are too white and male.

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Episode 91: Responsive Web design

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We discuss responsive Web design. Should all websites be responsive? But first, what exactly is responsive design?

When is it the right time to make a responsive Website? What about making a dedicated mobile website, tablet site and desktop version instead of going with a responsive website?

We also discuss Nate Silver building his dream team of data journalists at ESPN.

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Episode 90: Is there a glass ceiling for new media at The New York Times?

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Another week and another top talent at The New York Times has left. This has been a banner year for talent leaving The New York Times.

Is The New York Times suffering a brain drain?

Turnover is natural, and in many ways a good thing. So, it’s important not to overreact when people leave. But with so much top talent leaving The New York Times in one year, this may be beyond turnover.

What caught our attention are all of NYT staffers with Web, social and new media skills that have left this year.  Is there a glass ceiling for new media talent at The New York Times?

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Episode 86: Nate Silver returns

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We discuss the return of Nate Silver.

His first piece since leaving The New York Times appeared on Grantland, part of ESPN’s digital presence. Despite being about the government shutdown, it did not appear on ABCNews.com.

We also discuss Google downgrading mugshot websites in search results after The New York Times came asking about the practice of charging people money to have their mugshots removed from the Web. Why did Google step in now and change its search results when it hasn’t done so in the past for some other ethically-challenged websites?

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Episode 79: Chromecast and Nate Silver going to ESPN/ABC News

We discuss Google’s Chromecast, and whether or not it’s worth picking up.

It is afterall $35, so it really can’t hurt to pick it up. But if you already own a Roku or an Apple TV, what does this device do that your device doesn’t do? But, again, it’s a $35 streaming TV device. It’s the cheapest way to get Netflix to your TV.

We also discuss Nate Silver going to ESPN and ABC News and why we think that happened. This is a big move.

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Episode 54: 2012 Presidential Election Special

We talk about the 2012 Presidential Election, specifically focusing on fact checkers and data analysts. Are they the future of political journalism (or even the present)?

What’s the future of PolitiFact? Did they jump the shark? And is Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight the future of political journalism? Or is Silver way off base?

We discuss. And we make predictions for the presidential election. What do you think will happen?

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