Our Week In The Web, March 21, 2014

While you might not necessarily believe it, it's spring up here in the northern hemisphere, and that means that only good and bright shiny warm things are on the way. (NOBODY ASKED YOU, SLATE.)

We had a pretty heady week here at On Point, with some far-ranging topics that spurred a lot of interesting conversations on air and on the web. From the role of the Irish in American fiction, to the politics of prison reform, to even the art and alchemy of children's literature (not to mention the awesomeness of LeVar Burton). We're glad that you took so well to our themes this week, and appreciate your understanding that some shows make our staff a bit more excited than others. (LeVar. Burton, you guys. LeVar. Burton)

We'd also like to point out at this venture that you may as well call On Point Radio "Star Trek: The Next Next Next Generation," being that we've hosted not just LeVar Burton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), but also Leonard Nimoy ("Star Trek"), William Shatner ("Star Trek") and George Takei ("Star Trek"). We'll see you all in space, friends.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (3/14 – 3/21)

1) Malaysia Air Flight 370: The Latest (March 13, 2014)

2) Millennials And The Next America (March 14, 2014)

3) Week In The News: CIA, Overtime, A Missing Airline (March 14, 2014)

4) Post-Crimea Vote: The West Vs. Russia? (March 18, 2014)

5) Flight 370's Point Of Origin: Malaysia (March 19, 2014)

Our Favorite Quotes From This Week

"It is important for the development of one's self to see one's self reflected in the popular culture." — LeVar Burton

"I recommend buying the children alive, and cooking them hot from the knife." -- Leo Damrosch, quoting Jonathan Swift

"I don't know if folks who listen to NPR know who Chief Keef is..." Malcolm London

"We use the weight of narcotics as a proxy for culpability." — Mark Osler

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

"Now I can't shake the image that you guys have [Jack Beatty] locked in a room writing his book, with free time for discussing the news!" (@ctmurfy)

"Maybe someone will make a modest proposal." (Levi Starks)

"Growing up in a proud Irish family, in a vastly Irish community in Upstate New York, my love for the culture and people of Ireland reaches deep into my soul. " (Garret K. Woodward)

"LeVar Burton on On Point Radio with Tom Ashbrook! My favorite storytellers from childhood and now." (@ativak83)

"I grew up in Brian Mann's home turf, and as horrible as the prison situation is there, they compensated the employees well. Now with private prisons, they are taking away the tiny bit of good that came out of prisons, as private prison employees get paid poorly."  (esubound)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This gif of the 14th-seed Mercer University celebrating after their upset win over 3rd-ranked Duke University in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (Twitter)


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