Well, friends, it’s that time again. That time when we look at the shows you’ve been listening to, the content you’ve been reading and the thoughts you’ve shared with us across the varied On Point Radio platforms.
We had a pretty pleasing week in radio content. The thrill of having alt-rock guitar goddess Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, in our WBUR studios was pretty fantastic, but we also were glad to take a deeper look at more than a few news items through a deeper analytical lens.
A lot of you responded pretty positively to our deep dive into the so-called “WhatsApp Economy” of tomorrow, where companies with a relatively small (~55, for WhatsApp) workforce can rake in billions of dollars without creating the kinds of jobs that we normally expect for those kinds of mega-merger deals.
We also were somewhat surprised by the vehemence of your response to our Tuesday broadcast on the now-vetoed Arizona state Senate Bill 1062, the controversial religious freedom law that would have permitted businesses in the state to refuse to serve LGBT and other customers for religious reasons. It isn’t often that our listeners and commenters all agree about something, but the vast majority of you on air and online seemed to be on the veto side of the debate. (To be fair, a lot of the political establishment around the country felt the same way). We’re glad that we’re able to have reasoned, thoughtful debates like the one our guests had on Tuesday, and we thank you for being a part of that conversation every single day.
The Most Listened-To Shows Online (2/21 – 2/28)
1. The ‘Gluten-Free’ Boom (Feb. 26, 2014)
2. WhatsApp And The Jobless Economy (Feb. 24, 2014)
3. Arizona’s Push For Legal Discrimination Against Gays (Feb. 25, 2014)
4. The New Science Of Three-Parent Babies (Feb. 26, 2014)
5. Week In The News: Ukraine In Flames, WhatsApp, Minimum Wage Debate (Feb. 21, 2014)
Our Favorite Quotes From This Week
“Music has saved my life so many times. It’s really the most powerful thing.’ — Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent
“‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ is the most dangerous strap line you could use.” — Alain de Botton
“He calls grains a terrorist group bullying our most precious asset: our brains.” — James Hamblin
‘Take a snapshot: this is not the end. Future cuts will not allow us to have a large enough force.’ — Daniel Goure
“Every religion is not just what you believe, it’s how you live out your faith.” — Doug Napier
“Yellow Stars. Is that how you are going to identify people?” — Caller Amanda from Waynseboro, TN
Our Favorite Comments (Facebook, Twitter and Disqus) From This Week
“Who?” (Mark Eddy)
“I feel much better when gluten is not in my diet. Plain and simple.” (Brina Bourliea)
“Curious if having an animation feature award has created more animation features. Pixar is always good storytelling, but many of the other studios have got a very up and down record. (And thanking my maker that none of those Chipmunk movies got nominated for anything.)” (TRFX)
“Anyone who has watched local news or the national news has to agree with de Botton. A laughable selection of some silly stories or sloppy reporting of real stories.” (RolloMartins)
“If businesses are going to refuse to serve gay people because it offends their beliefs, I would hope they would refuse to serve divorcees as well, along with people who eat shellfish and people wearing clothing of two cloths. Leviticus states those are abominations along with sleeping with a man as you would a woman. You can’t pick and choose which parts of the bible you feel like believing in, then use religion as a cover for your bigotry. I’m a little rusty when it comes to the bible, but I’m pretty sure a sin is a sin. If you’re going to refuse service for one particular sin, you better refuse service for every sin. I’m sure the vast majority of people know that will never happen and this really is just a shield for bigoted people to hide behind.” (Kyle)
Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week
“‘Her’ in 1995, An Amusing Parody Video That Looks at What the Spike Jonze Movie Would Be Like in the 1990s” (Laughing Squid)