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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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Dec 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

Dec 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

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Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

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Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

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