Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
A table with flowers stands on the street as part of Good Friday celebrations in Aracataca, the hometown of late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Colombia's Caribbean coast, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP)

A table with flowers stands on the street as part of Good Friday celebrations in Aracataca, the hometown of late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP)

You might have noticed the rather depressing content in some of our hours this week — climate change spells impending doom, the justice system is rigged, crisis in Ukraine, Boston Marathon Bombing anniversary and beyond. It’s totally fair to say that this wasn’t the cheeriest of weeks to be working in or consuming news. But we’re still here, and still helping connect you to the stories and voices that help make sense of all the sometimes-depressing headlines. It can hard to find forward-looking questions on weeks like these, but we’re glad that our scientist guests are so excited about the possibility of life out there in our solar system. We’ll use that as the highlight, and thank you for getting excited about space moon oceans, too. Space moon oceans: they’re the next big thing.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (4/11 – 4/18)

1. Matt Taibbi On Unequal Justice In The Age Of Inequality (April 15, 2014)

2. How To Get Ahead In Business (Without An MBA) (April 16, 2014)

3. Week In The News: Equal Pay, Sebelius Resigns, Ukraine, Civil Rights Act At 50 (April 11, 2014)

4. Climate Change Countdown (April 14, 2014)

5. Feeling Hypocritical? Don’t Worry: Everybody Else Is, Too (April 14, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“If you don’t know what’s going on, just nod. There is a quality of sagacious intelligently.” — Stanley Bing 

“‘There are a lot of houses in the galactic neighborhood. We don’t know if anybody is living in them, but they’re here.” — Chris McKay

“‘The punchline on these stories was always the same: nobody got indicted, nobody went to jail.” — Matt Taibbi

“‘The one thing you hate more than an anti-Semite is an incompetent anti-Semite.” — Simon Schama 

Our Favorite Comments (Facebook, Twitter and Disqus) From This Week

“Require that SCOTUS must spend an entire week with Matt Taibbi so that they may learn something.” (Chris Tucker)

“We shouldn’t be looking for another planet to live on until we figure out why we were compelled to destroy this one.” (@NancyRog11)

“If you aren’t completely sure about what you want out of college (and at 18, who is), wait. The debt you can avoid is enormous.” (@genderpizza)

“One day a student asked,’why do we waste so much money ‘in space’?’ The next day I mentioned Enceladus and Europa and their oceans and the same student asked, ‘well WHY DON’T WE GO SEE WHAT’S THERE??'” (Alfonso R Navarro Jr)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This flowchart version of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Chart” (Twitter)

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