The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with USA Today Network’s Justin Thurman

March 30, 2018

You've probably heard about Mike Hughes, the guy who supposedly put himself in a rocket of his own creation and launched himself into the sky. But you haven't heard the whole story. You might know he believes the earth is flat. But you haven't heard what else he doesn't believe in. Our man Justin Thurman returns for another Fun Friday to share more of what "Mad" Mike Hughes doesn't believe in, and his future plans. 

Also, we average a culturally, or at least topically, relevant name drop every 40 seconds in this episode. 

With your feet firmly on the ground, and your necks craned to the sky, give this episode a listen, and have a great weekend. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with University of Texas journalism professor Robert Quigley

March 29, 2018

We might now be very close to looking at a shift in transportation, says journalism professor and deep innovation thinker Robert Quigley. And, he says, it is coming on us fast. Some people might think about buggy whip makers, though perhaps the better analogy is one pointed out in The Atlantic's story, perhaps the coming autonomous car fleets will be more like Craigslist and classified ads.

Alphabet is about to pick up a lot of self-driving Jaguars and you might be riding in one as soon as 2020. Change might be coming upon us fast. 

Quiqley returns to the program to talk about how the model might work, what that could mean for city infrastructure and we start thinking about the possibilities of unintended consequences. We could do an entire show on that. Maybe we should. 

Previously on this show, Robert Quigley has shared with us an interesting Washington Post profile on HUD boss Ben Carson. Be sure to check out more of his work at UT Media Innovation

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with USA Today - Wisconsin reporter Jonathan Anderson

March 20, 2018

Uber has been in the news with the unfortunate story out of Arizona about the death of the first pedestrian by an autonomous car. 

 

You can read some of those stories here:

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

Self-driving cars under scrutiny after pedestrian death

Arizona Governor Helped Make State 'Wild West' For Driverless Cars

But, as USA Today Network - Wisconsin reporter Jonathan Anderson tells us, that's not the only story where Uber figures in as an important player. There's a lot going on, and these are some of the stories we're talking about these stories:

India’s Uber drivers went on strike because they’re making $3 a day

Uber driver charged with raping woman in car in Boston

Uber driver attacked with hatchet in robbery during York-Lancaster ride, cops say

Anderson takes a look at all of that in the aggregate, and we try to figure out if the gig company has a PR problem, or a regulatory one.

This isn't the first time we've talked about Uber and the gig economy. You can hear that episode here. And you can hear Jonathan Anderson's previous visit to the program right here, when he talked about a Wisconsin Supreme Court open records ruling.

And check out Anderson's website, as well. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with USA Today Network’s Justin Thurman

March 16, 2018

It's Friday fun and this is one tasty episode. One potentially tasty, disturbing episode. One possibly disturbing, disgusting episode.

This is probably an acquired taste. Mental aversions and all of that. 

And we mean that literally. The show is fine; Justin Thurman always brings us a great story to talk about. The story ... well the story you're going to have to chew on for a while

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with USA Today Network digital producer Spencer Elliott

March 13, 2018

Shop local! Buy local! Eat local! 

It's local enough. But local means a lot of things, and as Spencer Elliott of the USA Today Network tells us, there are no real rules about what it means. We do know one thing it means, though, and that's money. 

The stories Elliott is telling us about: 

'Buy local' food programs deceive consumers and are rarely enforced, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds 

What you're really getting when you 'Pick Tennessee' products

You can hear Spencer's other contributions to the programs. He's told us about how people are communicating with co-workers in the gig economy and about a column which suggests how Colorado State might solve its basketball drama.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with journalism professor Joe Coleman

March 12, 2018

Professor Joe Coleman returns to the program to talk about the future of work, robots and bricks. If this topic is interesting to, you should absolutely check out his book, "Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce" which is a great work and touches on some of these same types of issues in impressive detail. 

It is a thoughtful episode, and we only reference the John Henry story twice. 

Joe has been on the podcast before, talking about an increasing trend toward indigenous food in Canada.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with USA Today Network’s Justin Thurman

March 9, 2018

We're leafing no stone unturned on this story. It's part of our annual -- or is that perennial? -- pledge to you. It's an attention to detail that we take pride in, using your thyme wisely, peering deep into a thorny theft problem in South Carolina and our enthusiam for keeping you up to speed on important stories can't be ... herbed.

USA Today Network's Justin Thurman returns to the show to give us the details, root and stem, about a cholorphylled caper in the Palmetto State. 

You can read the story here - there is a happy ending. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Don Crow

March 8, 2018

... The conversation here is G-rated. The photos ... mind the kids before you click on through ...

 

We found an online trend that is anything but shy, so to speak. Don Crow, who is the founder of the marketing agency Verge Pipe Media, shares a story about letting it all hang out. 

Here are some more-or-less NSFW links to the stories we were talking about, on Buzzfeed. It's becoming a global phenomenon. The Sun has written about it, as has the Australian media and our friends in India, as well. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Dr. Lauren Smith

March 7, 2018

This is a story 130 years in the making. It involves Germans, Australia, science and luck. Dr. Lauren Smith returns to the program to tell us about what is now thought to be the oldest known message in a bottle

Some of the other stories she has shared with us include Olympians donating their brains to CTE research and the Michigan State angle of the Larry Nassar scandal. You can also see some of Lauren's writing on the 110 Percent Blog

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with industrial design professor Chris Arnold

March 6, 2018

What makes a bicycle move? Sure, it's my pedals that do it. And also how I move my hands and body. And that lean when you dive into a corner, feeling like a champion racer, means a lot too ... but what makes a bicycle really do what a bicycle does? It isn't a mystery or an enigma, but it is a really interesting puzzle. And Chris Arnold, an associate professor of industrial design, brings us  The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics, a story that details the dogged pursuit of a scientist who is trying to figure it all out. 

This is about cycling, but science and philosophy and, really, all of the things that are baked into everything, according to good designers. Give it a listen and share it with friends.  

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