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How to FOIA secret algorithms and White House summits

How to FOIA secret algorithms and White House summits

Sometimes the most direct way to get the answers you want is through a rejection, and sometimes it’s through another agency entirely. In this week’s FOIA roundup, some great examples of creative and persistent requesting that overcame the odds to expose public scrutiny in hard-to-reach places. Plus, FOIA comedy.

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"Juvenile editing" This American Life's FCC complaint

“Juvenile editing” This American Life’s FCC complaint

Plenty of criticism has been lobbed at Ira Glass and his radio show “This American Life,” whose storytelling aesthetic has won scorn as well as a dedicated legions of fans. But in the past five years, only one person decided to gripe about it to the Federal Government.

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