The automaker Acura issued an apology Wednesday after the casting call sheet for its Superbowl commercial with Jerry Seinfeld leaked on the web. The commercial makers called for an African-American who was "not too dark." The same day, two Nashville men filed a class action lawsuit against ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, accusing the company of blocking minority contestants on the reality-TV dating franchise. Audie Cornish talks to Tampa Bay Times commentator and TV critic Eric Deggans about what the incidents say about racial sensitivity in our culture.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York City Police Department transformed itself into an aggressive domestic intelligence unit and monitored hundreds of Muslims in their mosques, workplaces and schools. Journalist Matt Apuzzo, who helped uncover the story, just won a Pulitzer Prize.
Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown selects two articles about the nature of journalism in the digital age and a book collecting the writing of expatriate Americans, including reporters living in Berlin in the 1930s.
The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were announced by Columbia University on Monday. Among the reporting winners are the staff of the Tuscaloosa News for its coverage of a tornado that ripped through the city last year, and Sara Ganim and the staff of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., for breaking the Penn State sex scandal. There was no fiction prize awarded this year.
Days after it was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, reports have emerged that Instagram now has more than 40 million users in its photo-sharing community. The gain, which was derived from the service's API, represents a 10 million spike in Instagram's users in the past 10 days, according to Venture Beat.
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