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Our Week In The Web: June 13, 2014
Brazil soccer fans wearing hats made of watermelons pose for a photo as they wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia inside the FIFA Fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP)

Brazil soccer fans wearing hats made of watermelons pose for a photo as they wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia inside the FIFA Fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP)

It was certainly a busy week here in the On Point bullpen — we even ventured out in the wider world for a special edition of On Point LIVE with Dr. Atul Gawande! Beyond that, we thought we might take the time this Friday to reflect on the first week of our experiment with new ways of Facebook content sharing (in case any of you care / have wondered). It’s admittedly rather early to tell in the aggregate when compared to hour long history of sharing soundless hours ahead of broadcast on Facebook. However, we do notice that many of you seem to appreciate the facts and quotes from guests ahead of broadcast, and seem eager to share those bits of information in great number. On the other end, we’re also glad to see that shared hours with sound included after broadcast move in a big way to a large number of our Facebook fans, meaning that you’re both interested in sharing your opinion on our coming topics and excited to share our conversations after they happen. Again, these observations are early and radically unscientific. But they are promising, and are a big part of our ongoing effort to make our conversations with guests and with our digital and on-air audience stronger and more meaningful across the board.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (June 06 — June 13)

1. Week In The News: Bowe Bergdahl, Obama In Europe, EPA Climate Plan (June 6, 2014)

2. Political Earthquake: Unpacking Eric Cantor’s Stunning Primary Defeat (June 11, 2014)

3. U.S. Borders Swamped By Child Migrants (June 09, 2014)

4. Anti-Government Americans And The Threat To Law Enforcement (June 11, 2014)

5. Life ‘On The Run’ In America’s Big Cities (June 10, 2014

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“I can think of two people raised by single mothers who did reasonably well: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.” Paul Raeburn

“Cantor’s loss shows not that the Tea Party is winning, or waning, but that it is there.” – Nancy Cordes

“I’m the business editor at The Wall Street Journal, I’m supposed to know every company on Earth. I hadn’t heard of Sasol.” — Dennis Berman

“Our system is not made to capture the lives of the patients who are really very sick.” — Atul Gawande

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

“How do you gather data from a 16-month old? Just curious.” (Joanna Western)

“Most steaks (red meat) is at least $5 of more per pound we still eat steaks when we want it.” (@bfinch57)

“We love that @tomashbrooknpr is playing @daftpunk on @OnPointRadio.” (@USStudents)

“The World Cup is a way of sharing with a little bit of universal friendship.” (Carlos F. Chavez)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This interactive graphic of the World Cup of Everything Else [population, height, bean-eaters,  etc.] (The Wall Street Journal)

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This June 4, 2014 photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreen Co. _ which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy” _ is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. (AP)

President Obama is pushing hard to close a loophole that allows companies to move their operations overseas and pay lower taxes. We’ll look at what’s at stake.

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