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Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 19, 2009

Play by Play, May 15, 2009

Plays for A to Z
Theater in town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 12, 2009


Reviews of Spring Awakening at the Colonial; Jerry Springer: The Opera at SpeakEasy
Unlike its predecessor, the over-hyped Rent , Spring Awakening is the genuine item: a Tony-winning amalgam of theater and pop music that smells like teen fusion.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2009

Fair is foul

What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 17, 2008

Does not compute

Will our next president be a geek hero or a guy who doesn’t e-mail?
Though he’s infamous for his aversion to computers, McCain is actually no Luddite.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 30, 2008

Smoke screens

Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2008

The week in boners

Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008

TV on the radio

Press releases
Folks from WGME Channel 13 (the Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate in town) will be doing both live and recorded segments for WGAN.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 04, 2008

The Gray Lady, the FCC, and indecency

Freedom watch
Phoenix readers must think I’m obsessed with four-letter locker-room words, but I’m really not.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 26, 2008

The briefly indecent Boston Globe

Freedom watch
It was startling to see the Boston Globe ’s online edition publish a Reuters wire-service article on Monday, March 17, containing the words “fuck” and “shit.”
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 19, 2008

Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008

See no evil

What’s on the videotape Dan Conley won’t make public? Plus, winners in the Times ’ McCain mess.
An intriguing battle pitting government against the press is currently percolating on the North Shore and here in Boston.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 27, 2008

Comcast plays dirty

Seat-fillers "bused in" for net neutrality hearings
The Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School was full past capacity Monday morning.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 26, 2008

The Kristol method

Why is a Murdoch man working for the competition ?
Journalistic atrocity or savvy hire?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 09, 2008

Challenging Voldemedia

Potter activists
Is Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin working under the Imperius Curse?
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 20, 2007

Throw, don't tell

Letters to the Boston editor
It is all too apparent that the Provincetown Police Department is in crisis.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 10, 2007

WCLZ bought by Saga Communications

WCLZ is the first of those stations to be re-sold, though all of them will eventually be sold off.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 29, 2007

In praise of four-letter words

Or why the FCC should go fuck itself
The perversity of today’s FCC is that by being vague it can be more effectively chilling, censorious, and repressive.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 29, 2007

Left, right, wrong

Letters to the Boston editor, August 10, 2007
Regarding “Dirty Politics”: surely Peter Keough can appreciate a good piece of balanced cinematic tomfoolery.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 08, 2007

When Rupert came to Boston

Revisiting the lessons of Murdoch’s Herald
Just how badly will Rupert Murdoch screw up the Wall Street Journal ?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 08, 2007

O Positive

Can an Oprah endorsement deliver her fans to the Obama camp?
Although the press covers them pantingly, endorsements often mean little — if anything — in presidential politics.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 25, 2007

New bill may offer a lift to BSR and other small broadcasters

This makes it one of the rare stations whose programming is driven by taste rather than the bottom line.
By JESSICA KERRY  |  July 25, 2007

Why ‘fairness’ fails

The excesses of right-wing talk radio have sparked a move to re-impose an equal-time doctrine. It’s a bad idea.
Anyone who has ever sampled the auditory sewer that is right-wing talk radio can understand the impulse to reinstate the so-called “fairness doctrine.”
By EDITORIAL  |  July 25, 2007

Speech therapy

The Muzzles through the ages: 10 years of First Ammendment deterioration
The Muzzle Awards have been chronicling the worst Free Speech violations for a decade. Here are some of the lowlights from the past 10 years.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 03, 2007

This is Radio Clash

Politics and other mistakes
Portland state senator Ethan Strimling has caught some flack for his decision to continue working as a talk-show host on WGAN radio.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 13, 2007

Putting the public back in public radio

GM Joe O'Conner says WRNI will rise or fall on the support of Rhode Islanders
While he has globetrotting experience in reporting on an array of Big Stories, Joe O’Connor faces a more painstaking challenge while working from his smallish office at WRNI.
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 12, 2007

Futures of WCLZ, WCYI, WTOS in limbo

Portland buzz
Local radio station 98.9 WCLZ is going up for sale, and its future is unknown.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 06, 2007

Imus’s downfall is a setback for free speech

Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but you lost something last week.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 18, 2007

Off-color TV party

One of WLNE’s new would-be owners has a checkered past
A lot of cash is a requirement for an FCC broadcast license, but there are a few other hurdles.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 21, 2007

American classic

Charlie Louvin returns
How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 06, 2007

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