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Our Week In The Web: June 20, 2014
Armadillo Taka snuffles on a ball during the TV recording of an oracle for the upcoming match Germany vs Ghana at the World Cup 2014 in the zoo in Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP)

Armadillo Taka snuffles on a ball during the TV recording of an oracle for the upcoming match Germany vs Ghana at the World Cup 2014 in the zoo in Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP)

If you follow On Point on Facebook and Twitter — which, if you don’t, we don’t know who you are or why you’re here, really — you might have noticed recently that we’ve become verified people (TM). What does that mean, exactly? Well, for starters, it means our Twitter account, @OnPointRadio, gets a fancy blue check mark next to our name. And, more specifically, it means that our account is considered to actually be what we say it is. (That is, the Twitter account for a National Public Radio program). It also seems to mean that a whole mess of folks who never thought it was worthwhile following us have suddenly become very interested in joining our merry band of Twitter followers. That’s right — ever since our verified (TM) checkmark, we’ve noticed a sharp uptick in followers. We’re not tweeting any more or less than we usually do, but we are getting loads of folks jumping aboard the SS @OnPointRadio. Does the checkmark mean legitimacy? Maybe. But while you’re debating that, consider Taka the Armadillo as pictured above. And enjoy the verified (TM) weekend!

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (June 13 — 20)

1. Best Summer Reads For 2014 (June 16, 2014)

2. Week In The News: Cantor Defeated, Iraq In Crisis, Teacher Tenure Turmoil (June 13, 2014)

3. On Point Live! With Atul Gawande: The Future Of American Healthcare (June 13, 2014)

4. The Science Of Being A Dad (June 12, 2014)

5. Iraq Unravels In Violent Civil Strife (Jun 16, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“You will never enter an airport the same way again after reading this book.” — David Zweig

“There’s been a lot of buzz about ‘The Bees.’ Sorry about the pun.” — Parul Sehgal 

“The robot was invented as a piece of fiction well before there were any robots on the ground.” — Oliver Morton

“At some point we have to say that the experiment in Iraq has been well and truly run, and it has failed.” — Barry Posen

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

“Great robot convo this a.m.! My 7yr old piped up if he chooses not to marry, he’ll just buy a robot to play video games with :-)” (@BessW4)

“I’m a stay at home mother. I feel my work is mostly invisible, but I feel I’m doing the most important work in the world.” (Paige Adams)

” Enough with the kindness and old Nebraskan women. Give me youth, sex, and violence please!!” (Shawn Nelson)

“Robots may be coming for journalism jobs. Okay, but can they tweet bad jokes in 140 or less?” (@grosalsky)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This Guardian Tumblr of sad soccer players reacting to bad games the World Cup. (The Guardian / Tumblr)

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Dec 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Dec 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

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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)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

 
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.

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Friday, Dec 12, 2014

On listener engagement, the meeting of trans-Atlantic royalty and the elusive origins of the chicken. (We promise this feed hasn’t been taken over the BBC…yet)

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