Our Week In The Web: December 11, 2015

We had our yearly best books show this week, and some of you on Twitter and our comment section had a few questions about why we linked out to Amazon with all of the books we featured, rather than to independent bookstores like the ones we feature so prominently in these kinds of programs. The short answer for this is that our parent station, WBUR in Boston, has a specific arrangement with Amazon that requires us to link to Amazon for book listings and purchase options. In the interest of full disclosure, it's important to note that we receive a very small per-purchase amount as a part of this agreement. We of course strongly encourage you to patronize independent booksellers in your community as much as you can, but here on the Internet, these are the rules we have to follow.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (December 4, 2015 — December 11, 2015)

1. Inside The Wild G.O.P. Primary (December 8, 2015)

2. Week In The News: San Bernardino Shooting, Chicago Protests, Paris Climate Talks (December 4, 2015)

3. San Bernardino And The Islamic State (December 7, 2015)

4. American Muslims Feel The Heat (December 9, 2015)

5. Navigating Modern Parenting In Fiction And In Fact (December 4, 2015)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

"This one lady stood up, and just lifted up her dress and took her underwear off and handed ’em to me." — Tom Jones

"Extremism is a global problem today. It is not a Muslim problem." — Hussam Ayloush

"‘They see Trump as someone who speaks their own mind — it’s a lot more than just selling books." — Ben Domenech

"Segregation is not long ago. It still affects millions of people who are alive today." — Randall Kennedy

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

"Dude can flat out sing!" (John LaBanow)

"The Tom Jones, Elvis bathroom story is the funniest thing I've heard in a long time." (@jblee883)

"Economic decline, fear. Working class voters seek scapegoat. Joke politician who offers strong scapegoating rhetoric rises to media fore. Grid-locked establishment looks on laughing, paralyzed. Germany 1930 or USA 2015?" (Jan)

"Vote Voldemort!" (Mark Winberry)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This parody Twitter account pretending to reveal the deepest inner thoughts of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). (Twitter / @berniethoughts)


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