Things We Like

Just a fun list of things we love in DC, our favorite books, movies and other things that catch our eye. Check them out and see for yourself.
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Two Washington Post editors take a clear-eyed look at the state of journalism in America and don’t like what they see: entertainment valued over public policy, gossip and sensationalism moving to Page 1 of even the most serious publications, and most of all, the trivialization of virtually all broadcast news. Full of telling details and quotes.

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Definitely check this out. Every business day subscribers – for free – receive an email containing a brief excerpt from a nonfiction book. It may be old or new; history, philosophy, biography, politics; from a famous book or an unknown one – but it is always interesting, and usually fascinating.

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in the world of high-priced lobbyists, no non-fiction book can explain it better than this novel by the late William F. Buckley, Jr.’s son. The book offers a satirical look at the intersection of lobbying and public relations by chronicling the professional and personal life of Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the fictitious-but-all-too-familiar Academy of Tobacco Studies.

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David Murray, Joel Schwartz and S. Robert Lichter wade through the murky world of science reporting to uncover bungled numbers, contradictory statements and unexplainable conclusions in this biting media primer. They concluded that you can't always trust what you see or read in the media. Their incriminating case studies are sure to educate news consumers while at the same time, entertain the critics.

Rasika: This is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. Indian, yes, but not like anything you’ve ever had. It has a gleaming high-tech décor that reflects its modern, amazingly creative approach to Indian dishes that may sound familiar. The crispy spinach alone – spinach – is worth the trip. Even our staffers who say they don’t like Indian food love it. The only problem: one if its two locations is far too close to our office. Come see us, and we’ll introduce you to it.

The Newseum may be the world’s only major museum focused on journalism – its history, its evolution into electronic and social media, and in particular, its impact on U.S. history and politics. For anyone interested in communication, it’s a must-see stop in Washington.

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