The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Daniela Molina

April 19, 2018

Daniela Molina is an Indiana University Media School student, and an aspiring investigative journalist who has already interned at WTVJ in Miami, where she was named an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow, and at WTIU, Bloomington. She's previously served as the interim editor-in-chief of The Reporter, which is the campus paper for Miami Dade College. 

And today she's brought us the story of Legend Solar, a solar panel company out west that has left customers feeling like they are part of a Ponzi scheme. it's a big story, there's a lot to it, and you'll want to check it out.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Kenny Smith

April 16, 2018

This is a monologue that takes us to the American southwest, where hope and despair can mingle. But hope can overcome. Today's story is from Searchlight New Mexico, which is telling us about a small non-profit that is out to break a cycle in a challenging, demanding, part of the world. 

Read the original here.

Find them on Twitter at @SearchlightNM. And check out some of the graduation pictures. It's a feel-good kind of scroll. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Ken Booth

April 9, 2018

If you want to remember the moment a bit better, you might need to put the camera down and the phone back in your pocket. That's the suggestion from a recent study, which Vox has picked up on: What smartphone photography is doing to our memories.

Ken Booth, co-founder of one of the web's best photo archives, shorpy.com and an old-school newsman, tells us about this story, and the importance of staying in the moment, rather than in a viewfinder or a touchscreen.

You can see more of Booth's work at vintagraph.com and some of his own photos and book reviews on his personal site. Previously, he's joined us to talk about the craft beer industry's boom and the nature of conspiracy theories

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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 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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