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Our Week In The Web: June 06, 2014
Sister Cristina Scuccia poses with the trophy and holding the cross on the stage after winning the final of the Italian version of the TV talent show "The Voice" in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. With her full habit, sensible shoes and cheering nuns in her camp, Sister Cristina Scuccia made it to Thursday's finals of the Italian version of "The Voice" after capturing attention, and millions of YouTube viewers, with her first-round performance in March.  (AP)

Sister Cristina Scuccia poses with the trophy and holding the cross on the stage after winning the final of the Italian version of the TV talent show “The Voice” in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. With her full habit, sensible shoes and cheering nuns in her camp, Sister Cristina Scuccia made it to Thursday’s finals of the Italian version of “The Voice” after capturing attention, and millions of YouTube viewers, with her first-round performance in March. (AP)

We usually wonder about the people who end up on our website for the first time — where are they from? How did they get here? Do they know what they’re looking at when they arrive? The answer to some of those questions is often “from Facebook,” “clicking a link a friend shared” and “absolutely no idea.” We know this because our analytics data tells us as much, and we’re using that information to change the way we share our hours on Facebook. We know a lot of you like to share On Point hours on Facebook, and we also know that the majority of the time when we post our episodes, we post them before there’s sound available. We also post them to get your thoughts on the conversation before it begins, but we think there are other ways to do that besides posting half-empty web pages with pretty pictures on our Facebook feed. Moving forward, we’re experimenting with different methods of sharing our content in meaningful and useful ways. We’re hoping to use questions and quotes on Facebook to gather your thoughts ahead of and during our daily conversations, and sharing completed audio links after the fact. We hope this change helps preserve your contributions to the conversations we have each and every day while providing a more useful pathway for new visitors to discover those conversations in a complete and finished sense.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (May 30 — June 06)

1. Are We Really Too Clean? (May 30, 2014)

2. Teachers Tell Us Why They’ve Left The Classroom (May 29, 2014) 

3. Week In The News: Obama’s Foreign Policy Pivot, Pope In The Holy Land, Economy Shrinks (May 30, 2014)

4. Misogyny And Murder: Unpacking A Killing In California (May 28, 2014)

5. The Swap For Bowe Bergdahl (June 4, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“I just had the feeling that with this much effort, we must win this war. We must. We can’t allow anything less to happen.” — Major Henry “Duke” Boswell 

“Why must we forever finds ways to separate ourselves from each other? There’s enough room here for everybody.” — Jessye Norman

“‘It’s not like the Koch Brothers are puppet masters pulling the strings to electoral success.” — Bill Allison 

“Democrats assume it’s always 1965, Republicans assume it’s always 1981. They’re both wrong.” — Yuval Levin

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

“I had a three-martini supper, and by the time Jessye sang, I was just waving and wheeling.” (Caller from Nashville)

“Amazon is a disaster for us all in the end. Seemed like a cool thing at first.” (Mark Gibson)

“The greatest generation is an understatement.” (Gary Constantine)

“I heard your theme music at Chipotle today.” (@RLTerry1)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

What the New York Times op-ed page might read like if the columnists were all on heavy drugs. (The Guardian)

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