90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Our Week In The Web: June 27, 2014
Some of the WBUR staff watch the US Men's National Team's final game of group play in the Brazil World Cup on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The US lost 1-0 to Germany, but both teams advanced on to the next round of the tournament. (Nick Andersen / WBUR)

Some of the WBUR staff watch the US Men’s National Team’s final game of group play in the Brazil World Cup on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The US lost 1-0 to Germany, but both teams advanced on to the next round of the tournament. (Nick Andersen / WBUR)

Our more astute Facebook and Twitter followers might have noticed that your normal social / web guru was out of the office  most of this week (the “tweets by @nicktheandersen and staff” note on our Twitter handle is usually just the former). Reasons for the vacation aren’t necessarily important — SIX DIFFERENT MOOSE — but you might have noticed a slight change in the volume and type of Facebook and Twitter posts this week. We don’t know what to think about what that means, so we’re asking you. Could you tell a difference in the way our show talked about itself on the web? Do you ever give any thought to the producers behind the scenes and beneath the digital hood? We’re not asking for recognition or praise / shame / hate — we’re really just curious if you noticed the difference.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (June 20 — June 27 )

1. Week In The News: Iraq At War, Deadly Twisters, An Amazon Phone (June 20, 2014)

2. Big Business And Hospice Care (June 25, 2014)

3. The Reality Of ‘Family-Friendly’ Work Policies (June 24, 2014)

4. Iraq And Regional Responses (June 23, 2014)

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

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“The fact that she was bathing in blood doesn’t mean she was drinking it.” — Elizabeth Miller

“The markets are never gonna be fair. Get over it, have a cup of coffee.” — Joshua Brown

“There’s not a country on the planet with more growth in soccer in the last 25 years than the United States.” — Mike Burns

“Ah yes, artisanal, small-batch t-shirts made in Vermont.” David Sax

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

“I miss all the novelty candy and ice cream that popped up in the 70’s. They tried bringing a couple things back but the quality was crap. I miss bubble gum ice cream, Marathon bars, and Stix…” (Bernard Redmann)

“It doesn’t matter how trendy or healthy kale is, I still cringe every time I get some in my farm box.” (@jamiemaraviglia)

“Bigger mouths for biting?” (Steven Williamson)

“On Point are you kidding me? The market was built by and for insider trading. Wake up.” (Mark Dorman)

“Slow news day?” (Tyra Lynne Wahl)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

Our prouder Dean Russell transformed fellow producer Sam Gale Rosen’s script on the “kalephate” into a website. We’re sorry. (On Point / Dean Russell)

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

 
Oct 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

More »
Comment
 
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
3 Comments