Beijing or Bust?

The Beijing Olympics, broadcast in the U.S. exclusively by
NBC Universal, is poised to be the most watched Olympics in history, with a
record 114 million American viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen media
research. However, NBC’s ratings obscure controversies surrounding the quality
of the coverage. Many feel that China’s
“coming out party” should serve as an occasion for the international community
to learn about, and critically evaluate, the Dragon’s path to development.


Bob Costas, host of NBC’s Beijing Games coverage
Image Courtesy of Gizmodo

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Paramount’s Past

Saunter down the main street of Paramount Ranch and you get the odd feeling that you’ve been here before. That sheriff’s office and the swinging door of the saloon look familiar, don’t they? Before the all-star BioBlitz team came to town, stars of a different variety filled this ageless ranch. More than 100 classic western films were shot here in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. … Continue reading Paramount’s Past

Global Grover … and Oscar and Elmo, Too

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to … Plaza Sésamo? Sesame Street, a mainstay of American children’s television, has gone global–in a big way. The show is now in 130 countries, including South Africa (Takalani Sesame), China (Zhima Jie), Bangladesh (Sisimpur), and Mexico (Plaza Sésamo). As a recent CNN report says, “Sesame Street may have different settings, but it has a … Continue reading Global Grover … and Oscar and Elmo, Too

What Does “CSI” Have to Do With Geography?

Some of you have wondered why National Geographic asked a question about the television show CSI on the Roper survey. This question reads “Which of these cities is the setting for the original television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation?” The four possible answers are San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Los Angeles. (The correct answer is Las Vegas.) On this blog, and in e-mails, several … Continue reading What Does “CSI” Have to Do With Geography?