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Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant. So, yes, fake news is a big problem. These stories have gotten a lot of attention, with headlines claiming Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump in November's election and sites like American News sharing misleading stories or taking quotes out of...

Univision Communications Inc., the parent company to the nation's leading Spanish-language broadcast channel, has acquired a controlling stake in the satirical news site The Onion, NPR has learned. The agreement between two seemingly disparate media outfits was described to NPR by a person with direct involvement in the negotiations. A second person who was briefed on the deal by Univision executives also confirmed its broad strokes. The amount of money involved in the deal was not disclosed....

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11/06/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois Communications professor Robert McChesney, co-author of DOLLAROCRACY . Can changes in our political system be made to take back control of what the authors call “the favored few?” What is big money’s influence on journalism? Does it affect election outcomes? Learn more on Wednesday’s Topical Currents .

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08/26/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents . We discuss the digital revolution in regard to parents and children. We love our screens: be they smartphones, laptops or tablets and worlds of communication, information and games they offer. But how does this affect the new generation of children . . . and parents? We speak with Harvard University’s Catherine Steiner-Adair , about her book, THE BIG DISCONNECT: Protecting Childhood and Family...

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02/14/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with communications expert Liel Lowndes , author of HOW TO CREATE CHEMISTRY WITH ANYONE. Evolution, genetics and past experiences are factors in relationships. And more. Linda Gasseneheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker discuss Valentine’s Day champagnes & cognacs. Also, the legendary Martha Stewart . . . she’s in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with her...