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  1. Pastamahn

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    So I'll admit I'm pretty bad at keeping current with today's news, but decided I am going to put some effort into keeping up to date. I feel like there's so many places to look I get a little overwhelmed as to where I should start. What are you favorite news sources that you use and would recommend?
     
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    Fox because it's fair and balanced
     
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    BBC. And NPR has 5 minute news podcasts that they update every hour, I really like those.
     
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    Google BBC's world service, their radio roundups are pretty good. NPR can be very america-centric. If you want to be up to date on health policy type stuff, the New York Times op-ed sections usually do a good job of explaining things in understandable terms.
     
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    I read the Wall Street Journal (or Financial Times depending on where I am) and The Economist regularly. BBC and The Atlantic are good, while the New York Times is alright.
     
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    NPR and The Young Turks. The latter tends to focus on sociopolitical issues.
     
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    yeah once colbert report was done, I stopped paying attention to news
     
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    Have you tried john oliver
     
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    Start with the Economist, then I suggest adding in the new Yorker and atlantic. Excellent magazines. Reading the economist cover-to-cover every week covers everything in mainstream news and more. There's a student 12 week intro offer for about 12 bucks. If you like it you can subscribe for a full year for about 70. Such a great deal.

    Cool part about the economist is that it seems that about 1/5 issues have a science-related cover article on controversial medical topics. Physician-assisted suicide, drug clinical trials, gene editing are three major ones I can remember just from this summer alone.
     
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    When I do look for news it's through NPR. It's the only site that consistently limits it's bias in reporting and considers points from multiple political POVs.
     
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    NPR is good. I read the material online rather than listening. I can't stand some of the hoity-toity sounding pseudo-intellectual radio personalities in my area.
     
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    I like reddit as much as every other internet user, but this is potentially a really bad place to get news if it's interviews you are brushing up for. Reddit skews extremely liberal/socialist/libertarian, and the 70 year old doctor that's going to interview you? Probably not the same skew. If you want to avoid offending your audience, I'd recommend going with a more neutral news source and forming your own opinions, not co-opting internet strangers'.
     
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    But the radio podcasts like This American Life an RadioLab are insufferable.
     
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    I'm not brushing up for interviews. It's just a source of entertainment that I enjoy. Of course, if I was, I'd visit a more neutral news source as you said.
     
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    Ah, makes sense. If we're talking entertaining, I really like FiveThirtyEight. It's a stats based news source that makes for easy reading.
     
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    antiwar.com

    They spin it, just like everyone else, but you get the nuts and bolts with the spin, something NPR, BBC, the Atlantic, and the Economist mostly fail at.
     
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    For entertainment purposes, get on Donald Trump's twitter feed. It makes Fox look down right factual
     
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    I keep NPR in the car, and it is always in the background at my home. We have various medical stuff laying around and some printed magazines (used up some low frequent flier miles that were about to expire). Did get a nice digital subscription to Scientific America. and NYT for interesting series or op-eds (5 articles free per month, but you can browse the headlines for free).
     
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    I don't listen to podcasts, so I wouldn't know.
     
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    99 percent invisible is a great podcast! It's about the things we don't think about, but make a significant impact on society/history/professions.
     
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    Al Jazeera America.
     
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    I'm not sure if this is sarcastic, but AJ used to be a fantastic news source and very unbiased, until the the Qatari monarchy pretty much took over the editorial staff.
     
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    Not sarcastic at all. I usually have it on/reading it with coffee in the morning
     
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    I get most of my news from Reddit (incidentally) or Al-Jazeera (purposefully).

    There are few news sources without significant bias, but it isn't that big of a deal so long as you recognize the bias.
     
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    BBC and Spanish language news are good when I can bear to listen to news of the world and local events respectively.
    NPR is good most of the time.
     
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    Like many above NPR+Economist+BBC. I don't really do TV news since it's total garbage. I'll watch the presidential debates though.
     
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    BBC
     
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    THE YOUNG TURKS !
     
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    NY Times
    Time Magazine
    NPR
    www.electoral-vote.com
    www.strategypage.com (these guys are at least 6 months ahead of the main-stream media on military events and trends worldwide)


     
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    I have a subscription to Time magazine (30$ for the year and you get an issue each week).

    I like getting mail so that is always a plus. I'm also on the computer filling out applications, at work, and reading so I like to give my eyes a break from the computer screen and read something hard copy.
     
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    The Young Turks on youtube, I think they partner with Al Jazeera.
     
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    you believe in crumple horn snorkack too
     
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    Someone's been talking to the Lovegood's...
     
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    fox, then i cross check what they say to get the full picture. Prettier women on that channel :kiss:
     
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    CNN. Weather channel (potential hurricane coming our way), SI, local for major stories, then reddit, BBC, and Etrade.

    On 2nd thought - I'm 2.5 weeks from MCAT. There is life outside the library?!?!
     
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    Don't bother. They're overly edited, pandering recordings of people with really weird names whispering wetly, directly into your ear canal.
     
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    Let's be real here. The real dream is to be a producer or regular contributor for This American Life. So excited for Serial to come back this fall!!!

    And I get my news mostly from NPR. I always listen to morning edition on the bus/train to work.
     
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    The New York Times -- I'm actually conservative but the writing quality is just so much higher plus it prevents me from only reading what I want to read
     
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    This made me laugh really loudly.
     
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    *wet mouth noises* "Hello, *wet breathing* I'm your host Zachariah Galifanakas and you're listening to Pretentious Generic Talk Radio Show on WNYC".....

    -___-
     
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    Economist, BBC, the Skimm (hehehe)
     
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    sometimes: NYTimes and whatever is trending on Facebook hahaha
     
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    No they dont they are independent
     
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