Our Week In The Web: December 5, 2014

Hey kids! If you like us on Facebook — and if you don't, get on it, right now — you might have noticed us playing around with the way we share articles and hours. We try and share pieces on our "reading list" the afternoon before a show goes on air to help generate conversation and comment before the clock hits 10 am the next day. Then, in the evenings after we air a program, we share the link to the audio for people who might have missed it, or who want a chance to share it with their friends. This week, we tried changing that up a bit, since so many of you have told us you want the topics live on air at the top of our Facebook page. We tried that a few times this week, and it kind of worked...but mostly, it made the ever-mysterious Facebook algorithm decide that we were repeat offenders, and give our posts a lower value than it normally does. We're mainly interested in helping promote thoughtful conversations and sharing our programs with those of you who take the time to visit our various web assets, so this week's tiny experiment showed us there are better ways for us to do that. When we make further changes to that strategy, we'll tell you about them here.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (Friday, November 28, 2014 — Friday, December 5, 2014)

1. Your Midlife Crisis Is Only The Precursor To Your Good Life (December 3, 2014)

2. A Foreign Policy Pivot In The Obama White House (December 2, 2014)

3. Do Black Friday and Cyber Monday Still Matter? (December 1, 2014)

4. The Rise of Robots In Our Everyday Lives (November 28, 2014)

5. Ray Rice, Domestic Abuse and the Problem With the NFL (December 2, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

"It seems that people's expectations for life tend to start unreasonably high." Jonathan Rauch

"'I'm still amazed that frogs, turtles, fish go under water and under that mud, all winter." — Andy Finton

"If retailers think we're going to keep buying flat screen TVs, they should know that we're all running out of wall space!" — Marshal Cohen

"It's still too recent...I still see the book's scaffolding." — Junot Díaz 

"Whoever would have guessed a Seth Rogen comedy would have international policy implications?" — Jack Beatty

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

"You're classier than me, @OnPointRadio." (@tonyapb3)

"Took me way too long to realize that's a fox plunged head into the snow!" (Maureen Roy)

"Shout out to the guy who called into @OnPointRadio this morning to recommend a book he hadn't read & didn't know the title of." (@deliadeltadawn)

"Watching chicadees outside my window pick seeds off flat-topped asters in the front-yard meadow" (nj_v2)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This amazing Breakmaster Cylinder NPR soundscape tribute. (Soundcloud / Breakmaster Cylinder)


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