The Scramble: David Folkenflik, Smart Guns, and Bearden

May 5, 2014

Rupert Murdoch at the Vanity Fair party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival
Credit David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons

This hour on The Scramble our superguest is David Folkenflik. I don't have to tell you who David Folkenflik is, do I? I mean, you're public radio listeners. The superguest always sets the agenda, and David wants to talk about new journalism start-ups like Vox, Five-Thirty Eight, First Look,  and about what middle-aged digital brand names like Slate are doing to survive. 

David is something of an expert on Rupert Murdoch, which is fortuitous, because the dark lord of journalism is making news today after his Kentucky Derby date with Rand Paul. 

Later in the show we look at smart guns -- just like regular handguns, but only one person can fire them. It seems like an interesting idea, but one gun dealer tried to sell them and got death threats. 

Finally, we talk about the strange story of two Romare Bearden murals you never knew existed. 

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