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Our Week In The Web: August 15, 2014
Protesters in Ferguson, MO ride a "Thomas the Tank Engine" float during a mass demonstration on Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Twitter / Lynden Steele)

Protesters in Ferguson, MO ride a “Thomas the Tank Engine” float during a mass demonstration on Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Twitter / Lynden Steele)

In the wide world of the Internet, replying to comments can have any number of effects. Sometimes, responding to a complaint or question can fuel a string of anger and accusation. Other times, a response can spur a thoughtful exchange and change of heart. Occasionally, nothing happens at all. But we’ve tried to make a habit of responding to questions and comments on our many digital platforms in whatever way possible — be it through a comment, a tweet, a Facebook post, an email or through any other medium. (We’ve debated starting an On Point SnapChat account…stay tuned on that front.) The point is, we read all of your comments, and want to try and help you find the information you’re seeking or the answer you want when you ask for it. Our goal is to make your listening experience better, however we can, and we hope you can join us in that journey. We’re so glad you feel comfortable holding our toes to the fire and digging in to the finer points of our conversation. (And we apologize for the lack of web write up last week. Your regular web producer was on vacation, and his replacement didn’t quite get to Friday afternoon on time).

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (August 8, 2014 — August 15, 2014)

1. Mohamed El-Erian On Our Uncertain Economic Future (August 12, 2014)

2. Saying Goodbye To Comic Master Robin Williams (August 12, 2014)

3. Week In The News: U.S. Action In Iraq, Ceasefire Broken, Ebola Spreads (August 8, 2014)

4. Police Force, ‘Broken Windows’ And A Death In Missouri (August 13, 2014)

5. Airstrikes And American Intervention In Iraq (August 11, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

“I could get a deep fried bacon stuffed donut from a food truck. Just because they make it fresh in front of you, it isn’t necessarily healthy.” — David Sax

“If I put a Bach score in front of you, you’d be hard pressed to tell me if it was violin or mandolin.” — Chris Thile

“We have a political, economic & financial system that encourages people to think short term.” — Mohamed El-Erian

“‘When you saw Robin Williams coming down a red carpet, you knew the next 10 minutes would be great.” — Joan Rivers

“Satellites aren’t like lightbulbs; you can’t just run down to the store and get another one.” — Marshall Shepherd

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

“If there’s a God in Heaven, he’s laughing his ass off right now.” (henorama)

“Amazing ignorance on how much the economy depends on weather forecasting (ag, retail, transportation etc).” (@rajesh_v)

From my youngest years, high school, college+, RW was as familiar face as an uncle’s. His work on film is the greatest gift.” (@andhonore)

“You are using your position as web producer, and your fondness for this band, to way, way, overpromote them. WBUR.org is not your Pintrest.” (William Boner)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This illuminating and curious collection of state population data, showing where people in a state were born. (New York Times / The Upshot)

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