Ted Koppel http://wdiy.org en A Writer Who Defied The System In 'The Zhivago Affair' http://wdiy.org/post/writer-who-defied-system-zhivago-affair What appeared in Soviet newspapers, magazines and books during the 1950s was processed through so many layers of censorship, that what ultimately emerged was mostly propaganda. Writers and poets who defied the system, went unpublished, lost their jobs and often their homes. Many were sent to the gulag, or died in the cellars of the KGB.<p>During the worst terror of the Stalin years, Boris Pasternak, the author of <em>Dr. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Ted Koppel 43074 at http://wdiy.org It Still Feels Good To Yell: I'm 'Mad As Hell' http://wdiy.org/post/book-review-mad-hell It may have been "mad" as in angry or "mad" as in deranged. Either way, almost 40 years ago, screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky anticipated the future of television news. He envisioned a nasty, profit-oriented industry that would literally kill for ratings. (<em>Network</em> was — after all — satire, not a documentary.) Dave Itzkoff's account of how the brilliant, stubborn and pugnacious Chafesky did his research, wrote his script and, ultimately, imposed his vision on the film is elegantly executed.<p>Still, I came away knowing much more about how the film was made than why. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Ted Koppel 35373 at http://wdiy.org It Still Feels Good To Yell: I'm 'Mad As Hell' 'Stringer': Finding Your Feet In The Chaos Of Congo http://wdiy.org/post/stringer-finding-your-feet-chaos-congo In journalism, a stringer is a freelance reporter or photographer who gets paid on the basis of each story or picture sold. So, much of the time there's no regular salary, no living allowance, and often, no travel subsidy. It's a tough way to make a living; especially since the competition in a major market like New York or London is prohibitively fierce. The trick for a young journalist is to find a location rich in material but light on the competitive side; the more poverty-stricken, dirty, corrupt and dangerous, the better. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Ted Koppel 33216 at http://wdiy.org 'Stringer': Finding Your Feet In The Chaos Of Congo