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Our Week In The Web: April 25, 2014
New York Mets' Bartolo Colon singles on a ground ball to score teammate Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP)

New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon singles on a ground ball to score teammate Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP)

There’s something about a controversial topic that brings out followers and fans (and their opposite) that we didn’t even know we had. We’re referring, of course to our Monday hour on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million dollar push for gun regulations. It’s an interesting topic, to be sure — an avowed centrist with big pockets waging political money war against politicians of all stripes in a midterm election year — but his aim is one that draws all manner of anger and frustration in any forum. Our callers were passionate, and so were our guests, but many of our online commenters / Facebook fans / Twitter followers ventured into some rather heated debates. We got dragged along in more than one Twitter canoe, and it was interesting to see the debates rage and fall and fizzle out, especially when the members of the debate hadn’t even listened to the program in question. Social engagement in the digital space is an important part of the work we do, but occasionally we wonder if you even want us involved in the exercise thereof.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (4/18 – 4/25)

1. Who Needs A Life Coach? (April 23, 2014)

2. Week In The News: Putin On Ukraine And A ‘New Russia,’ A Ferry Down, Economic Questions (April 18, 2014)

3. The Supreme Court On Aereo And The Future Of TV (April 23, 2014)

4. Banning Affirmative Action: The California Story (April 24, 2014)

5. Iraq Teeters On The Edge of Civil War (April 22, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“There is such a gauntlet of risk that you go through when you climb up to Everest.” — Conrad Anker

“Rich writers are poor people with money.” — Isabel Allende 

“Dinosaurs appear to have been pretty social. We have evidence they traveled in herds.” — Jack Horner 

“‘If people are looking for leaders, they’re gonna recognize that that grey hair is an asset.” — Allison Rimm

“We don’t have an equal path to elite universities in this country.” — Gary Orfield 

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

“Miracle drug is generally an oxymoron.” (Scott Wright Webb)

“We are the richest people in the history of the world, and probably the most self-absorbed. So of course – everybody needs a life coach.” (andrewgarrett)

“I am a defender of everyones right to keep and bear arms. But I have no problem with background checks and registration. What I’m against is these organizations trying to deny our second amendment rights.” (Maverick M. Nomenclature)

“Didn’t Jonas Salk give away the polio vaccine.. Pretty bi[g] pendulum swing in social conscience.” (@ber_news)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This map of professional baseball’s assorted fandoms as determined by Facebook activity (NYT / The Upshot)

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Mar 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. (AP)

Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Mar 6, 2015
"The Sellout" is novelist Paul Beatty's new book. (Courtesy Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)

Author Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout” is a satirical look at race relations in America. He joins us.

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Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

 
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A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

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Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

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Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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