Tragedy + Time = Advertising

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

AT&T tweeted a 9/11 themed ad today designed to celebrate the majesty of a recovered New York while subtly reminding social media users about AT&T's elegant,affordable smartphones. 

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"At the same time that the Twin Towers were falling, there were people having toothaches."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This is image that I most often think about when I think about September 11th.

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Apple's New iPhone Has A Fingerprint Sensor

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The iPhone 5S will ship with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key. 

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Bar-None This is the Best Coverage of Apple's Press Event

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PopSci's Dan Nosowitz is covering the Apple press event today from his cracked, broken iPhone 4S

 

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If you own an iPhone, the NSA is snickering at you

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just in time for Apple's big press conference this week, Der Spiegel's reporting on slides from an internal NSA powerpoint presentation that show the agency making fun of Apple users for voluntarily participating in their own surveillance. 

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"40 Days of Dating" is Over, Thank God

Monday, September 09, 2013

Earlier this year, two friends who were tired of the grind of trying to date as twenty-somethings in New York City came up with an experiment. 

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Partying like It's 1986

Friday, September 06, 2013

In Guelph, Ontario, a family has committed themselves to not using any technology invented after 1986. 

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The Hilarious Face of Canadian Propaganda

Friday, September 06, 2013

Sixty-one years ago today, the nation of Canada launched their first TV station. Which means today is as good a day as any to talk about Canadian Heritage minutes. 

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Why is Syria Flummoxing American Satirists?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It's hard to talk about the ideas or politics behind comedy news, because while we all know that they're important and influential, we also know that because they're entertainment, you can't talk seriously about them without sounding like a dummy. So let's sound like dummies for a moment!

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Butt-Based Logins

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

There should be a specific word for the moment when you're reading an article and your curiosity about a small aside completely overwhelms your interest in the broader article itself. 

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Behind The Public Radio Curtain

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The latest 99% Invisible is a public radio geek's dream -- a behind-the-scenes look at the 'broadcast clocks' of public radio shows. 

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"We Post Nothing About Our Daughter Online"

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

This morning Slate published an interesting essay by Amy Webb, where she talks about how she and her husband have decided, since their young daughter's birth, to keep all traces of her off the internet.

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An Anonymous Stranger Confesses to A Murder. (Maybe)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

On Sunday, the blog Post Secret, which publishes anonymous, secret confessions sent via postcard, posted what purports to be a murder confession.

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Hello!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Hello people of the internet! If you’re a regular visitor to our website, you may have noticed that we rarely update it. We have decided to change that!

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Interview with David Sassoon, Founder of Pulitzer Prize Winning Environmental News Organization

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

In July of 2010, a catastrophic oil spill took place in Marshall, Michigan, flooding a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river. At the time, the media paid it little attention, distracted perhaps by the more dramatic Deepwater Horizon oil disaster that was just winding down in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Warm Feelings for a Cold War

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In her book “The Future of Nostalgia,” Svetlana Boym reminds readers that nostalgia was originally a medical condition. The word was coined by Swiss doctor Johannes Hofer in the late 17th century. He used it to describe a debilitating disease that plagued its victims with depression, obsessive thoughts of returning home, and hallucinations of scenes from their homeland and the voices of distant loved ones. Populations especially at risk of contracting nostalgia included displaced workers, students from foreign lands, and of particular concern, soldiers fighting abroad. Boym explains that “[i]t was unclear at first what was to be done with the afflicted soldiers who loved their motherland so much that they never wanted to leave it, or for that matter to die for it.”

Today, of course, nostalgia is no longer a battlefield illness. Instead, curiously, nostalgia manifests itself among many Americans as a longing for wartime.

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Web Extra: "56 Up"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

On last week’s show, we aired Brooke's interview with Michael Apted and Tony Walker, director and star of the “Up Series.” Brooke had no shortage of questions for Michael and Tony: even though the edited interview ran a whopping 17 minutes, many interesting tidbits of conversation ended up on the cutting room floor. We've salvaged some of those outtakes, and present them here for your enjoyment.

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