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Our Week In The Web: August 1, 2014
A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP)

A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP)

We have perhaps joked on here in the past about the several different levels of Internet (there are five, in case you were counting). This week, especially, we operated on multiple levels of Internet with some testy trips into difficult interview territory. From our lively (some might say “shout-filled”) interview with best-selling and controversial conservative thinker Dinesh D’Souza to a benign tweet longing to talk a little more about a regional New England grocery chain’s ongoing and fascinating labor action of late, we waded into some angry and very opinionated waters this week. It lead to some interesting conversation, harsh condemnations and occasionally, calls to listen and engage with our content. We all have strong feelings, but it has been interesting to see the way our opinions, biases and prejudices can lead all types of folks to a quick comment, tweet or Facebook post before taking the time to listen to the full picture. The Internet(s) is a wonderful place that allows us to engage with a broad section of the country and even the world as we prepare our broadcasts. When it dips into knee-jerk anger and angst, we often have to remind ourselves of the other four levels with far less vitriol.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (July 25 — August 1 )

1. Dinesh D’Souza Won’t Apologize (July 30, 2014)

2. The Battle Over U.S. Corporate Tax Inversion (July 28, 2014)

3. A View From The Climate Changed Future (July 29, 2014)

4. When Workplace Jerks Get Promoted (July 31, 2014)

5. Week In The News: Kerry To Israel, Mixed Messages On Obamacare, MH 17 Investigation (July 25, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“There’s always been just a few ways to be good, but a lot of ways to be bad.” — Seth Spain 

“As an immigrant coming to America, I’ve encountered a manufactured liberal narrative of shame.” — Dinesh D’Souza

“If people think climate change is just about polar bears, than the scientific community hasn’t done its job.” — Naomi Oreskes

“Beyond the volume and propaganda war, we’re hearing from people we never used to hear from.” – Mona Eltahawy

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

if got into hip hop, would he be Tom Cashbrook, Tom Hashbrook, or Tom Stashbrook?” (@drinkingartist)

“I heard a quote about a senator this morning on NPR that could easily stand for this Congress: their doctor could tell them they have a kidney stone and they would refuse to pass it.” (Tonya Yetter)

“She has some more to learn about the way the system was designed to work, I’m afraid. Luckily if she’s this interested this early on in life there will be plenty of time for that.” (Jim Marsden)

“Starting to think #NPR ‘s studio gremlins have it out for musicians. 1st Nickel Creek and now Rod y Gab.” (@ManySoulsWithin)

“The Friday News Roundup (@drshow) vs. Week In The News (@OnPointRadio)” (@davidgura)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This adorably morose collection of Samuel Beckett motivational cat posters. (Tumblr)

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