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How do humans come to believe all the impossible things we believe? The answers, one story at a time.


Mar 9, 2018

Fake. Real. Accurate. True. They're the keywords in any debate about representation, the sticky wicket famously represented by Belgian surrealist René Magritte in his painting The Treachery of Images (1929): a flat, cartoonish depiction of a tobacco pipe squats atop the deliciously polemical fiat "This is not a pipe." In this episode, Mark Johnson, from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism, walks us through the process of representing a news story with a photograph, and Brian recalls the image of President Trump tossing rolls of paper towels to a crowd in Puerto Rico last October. This episode features the song "Oktoberfest Gaudi" by Steve Raphael. The episode illustration (Sharpie on paper towel) was drawn by Barbara Worth Ratner.