Have You Heard? :: Reopening a Can of Worms
A deep dive into the debate over sending children back to school during the pandemic.
Lost Massachusetts :: The Lost Corner: AKA Hells Acre, The Oblong, Etc.
I’ve always been fascinated with “The Oblong” on the CT-NY border but had not known of the lawless settlement that once was in the corner of Massachusetts.
The Memory Palace :: The Stone
Long before the fears of a “9/11 Mosque” were stoked by prejudiced Americans, another fear of an outsiders’ religion manifested in protests and violence over a stone for the Washington Monument.
Radiolab :: Smile My Ass
Candid Camera created “reality television” by redefining how we viewed reality itself.
What Next :: Did the Media Fail the Trump Years?
Running Tally of Podcast of the Week Awards for 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour :: How “The Apprentice” Made Donald Trump, and a Boondoggle in Wisconsin
“Liberal” Hollywood, and now the “liberal” media, help shape the image of the current occupant of the White House. This is something that’s pretty obvious to many of us, but it’s interesting to hear how it was done.
What’s Next :: The Gymnast Who Went Megaviral
You may have seen video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s floor routine the past week. Beyond just being a great routine, Ohashi’s performance is notable for her clear expression of joy and her teammates cheering and dancing on the sideline. Rebecca Schuman explains why the attitude of collegiate gymnastics is so different from elite gymnasts in the Olympics.
The War on Cars :: Cars Versus Guns
People were shocked to see in a recent report that gun violence is the second largest killer of children in the United States. What was overlooked is that the #1 killer of children in the United States is – and has been for a long time – car crashes. The War on Cars panelists discuss American gun culture and car culture, their many similarities, and how they both allow so many preventable deaths to occur.
Planet Money :: The First Shutdown
The United States federal government is shutdown again. Planet Money looks back in history to find the first government shutdown in 1879 as Congress fought with President Rutherford B. Hayes. The reason is shocking. Not only were former Confederates allowed to return to serving in the federal government, but enough of them were elected that they were able to take control of Congress (they were Democrats back then). And to prevent the Hayes administration from enforcing African American voting rights, they shut down the government. Just in case you ever wondered who really won the Civil War.
Running tally of Podcast of the Week appearances:
I have a brilliant idea for a new reality show.
- Find some of the people who made appearances as kids on Sesame Street back in the 60’s & 70’s.
- Have them move into a set of real row houses on a real street in New York. They can bring along any family members or companions they chose.
- Film them going about their daily routines, work, etc.
- At random intervals Muppets will appear to interact with the cast members.
PBS, make it happen!