Category Archives: Book readings

When the news came down

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 12.15.40 PMWendy was in Ohio on Thursday when word came that Philadelphia’s police commissioner had announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the city’s district attorney were not going to prosecute the cops in the “Tainted Justice” series. She traveled to Ashland, Ohio, to speak with journalism and other students at Ashland University, and they got a double lesson, not just about the corruption recounted in “Busted” but also a real-life lesson about how justice sometimes hits a hard wall. Here’s a link to the Richland (Ohio) Source article on her talk, which mentions the announcement by the police commissioner, who said the cops might still be subject to department disciplinary action. What’s not included is the later development that public outrage led the Philadelphia district attorney to announce that he would investigate the alleged sexual assaults of women that were part of the “Tainted Justice” series.  Read more about the commissioner’s announcement here and the D.A.’s later announcement here.

Thanks, Professor Bowden

From Wendy’s Facebook posting:

Barbara Laker and I really enjoyed talking to Mark Bowden’s students! Very impressed with them and with University of Delaware. I had never been there before. Beautiful campus. Smart, savvy and ambitious students. And accomplished professors who are too humble to realize they’re famous! Wonderful to be in your company.

Mark,  a renowned investigative journalist and author, is an instructor and distinguished writer in residence at the university. Thanks, too, to Ben Yagoda — University of Delaware English prof and acting director of journalism — for this photo.

From left: Mark Bowden, Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker in front of a journalism class at the University of Delaware.

From left: Mark Bowden, Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker in front of a journalism class at the University of Delaware.

How we got nicknamed the Slime Sistas

For those who haven’t attended a “Busted” reading/discussion yet, here’s what it’s like. Early in this video we speak about the Fraternal Order of Police news conference in which we unexpectedly were the dishonored guests, and how we got the nickname the Slime Sistas (at 22:00 on video). Thanks to Politics & Prose independent bookstore in Washington, D.C., for posting on YouTube this video from our appearance there

What we knew, when we knew it

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Newseum in Washington, who asked questions, who bought books, and who waited in line during the signing. Thanks, too, to David Lawrence for these great photos.  The audio portion of our appearance is available in a 40-minute podcast here. For those in the Philly area, on Friday 4/4 we’ll be at the Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting in the evening. For details, check the Calendar page. 

Inside Media host John Maynard (left) asks Wendy Ruderman (center) and Barbara Laker (right) a question during a discussion of "Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love" at the Newseum on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Inside Media host John Maynard (left) asks Wendy Ruderman (center) and Barbara Laker a question during a discussion of “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love” at the Newseum on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

 

Two “shows” today in Pittsburgh

From the Point Park News Service, School of Communication, Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

From the Point Park News Service, School of Communication, Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

We hopped a west-bound commuter jet this morning and a bit more than an hour later landed in the gleaming sister city of Pittsburgh, where we’ll be speaking twice today at Point Park University  — at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at JVH Auditorium in Thayer Hall.  C’mon down — refreshments served.