Reading List for March 23, 2018

Game Show Panelists: A History In a 2004 article in the New York Times, Josh Ozersky briefly traces the evolution of the populations of game shows and decides (correctly) that the 70s were probably the best era.

The $64,000 Question: How Did a 1950s Quiz Show Scandal Ensnare a Tennessee Minister? In a 1989 article in the Los Angeles Times, Harold Rosenberg writes about the sad life of Stoney Jackson, a man who was one of the contestant accomplices in the 50s’ quiz show scandals.


All the Answers In a 2008 article in the New Yorker, Charles Van Doren dishes about the time he was an active participant in the cheating scandals on the incredibly popular TV quiz shows of the day.

A Bitter Pill In a 2000 article on The Chicago Reader, Joy Bergmann exhaustively covers the Tylenol Murders in Chicago in 1986 and the sole suspect who emerged but was never prosecuted or indicted for the crime.

The Tylenol Mafia In a 2011 follow-up to A Bitter Pill, Joy Bergman interviews a man who has built a case that undermines the madman-in-the-store poisoner theory the police focused on and that Johnson and Johnson covered up a possible poisoning in their supply chain.

Perfectly Boring In an article in the Oxford American, Will Stephenson looks into the life of photographer William Eggleston and its interconnection with his extraordinarily bohemian friend who died mysteriously, dentist TC Boring. Waaay more fascinating than I’ve made it sound.

Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee Deep In Trash On Collectors Weekly, Hunter Oatman-Stanford interviews the New York Sanitation Department’s Anthropologist In Residence, who is the author of a book on the first people to tackle New York astoundingly dirty corners in the 19th century.

I Made Steve Bannon’s Psychological Warfare Tool: Meet the Data War’s Whistleblower In The Guardian, Carol Cadwalladr interviews Christopher Wylie, 20-something creator of the program to psychologically manipulate millions of American voters through their profiles created from their illegally-obtained Facebook data.

Adam Winkler On How Corporations Won Their Civil Rights On Corporate Crime Reporting, Adam Winkler traces the evolution of corporate personhood in the United States.

Mihailis Diamantis On the Character Theory Of Corporate Punishment Corporate Crime Reporting interviews law professor Mihailis Diamantis about an overlooked idea for alternative to fines for sentencing criminal corporations – forcing them to restructure into socially responsible entities.


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