Our Week In The Web: May 23, 2014

We're all about metrics and community engagement here in the On Point Radio web department (population: one). We're interested in seeing what gets you going, what makes you listen and what brings you into our big conversations from the various web platforms on which you frequent. Is it a particularly potent tweet that made you come by? A Facebook post that asked a stirring question and stirred debate? A link from a friend via email? A driveway moment with our show's opening that made you rush to the computer and search for "On Point Radio TOPIC HERE"? We're playing around with different metrics and mechanisms, and we're learning some interesting things about what you like — and don't like. We hope to share most of what we learn with you as we learn it, so we can all click mouse-in-mouse together toward a brighter, more helpful Internet future. Today, we just want everybody to know that we've noticed how much you all enjoy commenting — and re-commenting and re-commenting — on contentious content, like our Tuesday hour on college course "trigger warnings." Is there a better way for this kind of interaction to happen? Is there a better way to approach our provided content — ~45 mins of recorded audio — and continue the dialogue in a digital space? We'll keep asking as long as you keep talking.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (5/16 – 5/23)

1. Warning Labels On College Courses? (May 20, 2014)

2. Immigration And The ‘True American’ (May 14, 2014)

3. How Paleo-Americans Emerged From The Ice Age (May 16, 2014)

4. Antarctic Melt And Calls For Action (May 20, 2014)

5. Week In The News: Antarctic Ice Collapsing, Turkey Tragedy, India’s Vote, Hillary’s Brain (May 16, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

"The Chinese people don't get up ever morning and say to themselves, 'I want to export our political way of life.'" — Evan Osnos

"Mr. Modi is a great democrat. He just won a wonderful election, the greatest election in the history of humanity." — Jayant Sinha 

"The idea behind a trigger warning is to show some respect for a student's life experiences." — Justin Peligri

"Are we killing so many innocent people that it turns people against us?" — Richard Clarke

"Longtime listener, first-time caller..." — Ken Rudin 

"Things like MERS remind us that we're all connected in the food we eat, the water we drink and the planes we ride." — Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC

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

"This isn't a question of if we should suddenly start babying people, as so many frame it; it's a question of basic human decency." (Nathan Lawrence)

"Peyton Manning's advice: become an NFL quarterback." (malkneil)


"Before expressing too much against Modi, we should keep alert to everything he does. The worry is that some people will be alienated on account of religion or caste. " (Katherine Aaishah Gogel)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This snazzy new podcast — all about GIFs in its debut episode! — from WNYC's Studio 360. (PRI / Sideshow)


More from On Point

Listen Live