The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, André Natta

February 28, 2018

After the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Delta Airlines was one of the many organizations that has reacted by changing their discount policies for NRA members. Then the Georgia politicians started getting involved, using tax incentives as part of their leverage. And now, other cities are making overtures to Delta: If you don't like what's happening in Atlanta, maybe we can work something out. 

André Natta, recently of WBHM and Poynter, who is currently on a presitigious journalism fellowship at Stanford University, joins us to talk about it. New York City and Birmingham, Alabama are making eyes at Delta, but as Natta explains, there's more to it than just a few business flirtations. Give this episode a listen.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with news editor Dominick Jean

February 27, 2018

Pope Francis has a new advisory body, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, comprised of Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley and 15 others from from around the world, including members who are survivors of clerical abuse. O'Malley says the big challenge they'll have is to “creating a culture of safeguarding.” Indiana Daily Student news editor Dominick Jean tells us about the newly re-formed commission and what that might mean. 

Check out more of Jean's work right here.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with Kenny Smith

February 26, 2018

I found a great story this weekend and I wanted to share it myself. So this is a monologue three months in the making, but also a quarter century in the making. It is about two young men from Iowa, and a moment frozen forever. It is about a thoughtful gesture that will last for some time. So let me introduce you to Jordan Bohannon ... 

And then, listen to another great quote and, after that, go read the story.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Ken Booth

February 23, 2018

Do you ever hear or read outlandish stories or ridiculous attempts to explain things and wonder "Where did this conspiracy theory come from anyway?" Today we talked about a story that helps you test those Elvis-is-an-alien, Bermuda Triangle, Bigfoot-has-been-on-the-moon theories. An old friend and former boss, Ken Booth, who is the co-founder of the excellent Shorpy.com and Vintagraph.com joined the show to help us make sense of those things that, sometimes don't seem to make any sense at all. (Unless they do. Or unless that's what they would have us believe.)

Check out Booth's Twitter, which is a feed that always offers great reads. And visit his website. You'll also want to check out the work sites, like Shorpy.com for historic photos and top quality prints and Vintagraph.com which offers truly terrific poster prints. (I have several. He didn't ask me to say that.)

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with news editor Dominick Jean

February 22, 2018

They are running out of water in South Africa. It is very real and it is happening now and it is impacting the four million people in Cape Town. The experts are looking at a date when the running water is shut off. That date could be coming soon. Indiana Daily Student news editor Dominick Jean tells us about the upcoming "Day Zero."

Check out more of Jean's work right here.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with reporter and copy editor Jamie Zega

February 21, 2018

Maybe you've been watching the Olympics. Maybe you've seen some of the events on the ice. But have you seen the people who are shaping that ice into perfection for some of the best athletic performances in the world? Now you can. Former Indiana Daily Student editor-in-chief Jamie Zega, who is soon on her way to the Washington Post, joins us to share a story about the ice crews behind the athletic glory. They're riding machines that make those medal pursuits happen. Zamboni drivers are playing a key role as things heat up on the ice. And as we learn in this story, there's a whole lot more to it than simply driving the thing. 

You'll learn a lot. It's a great topic. Give this a listen and read the story. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with sports researcher Jimmy Sanderson

February 20, 2018

Football at all levels is getting a long, hard look from doctors and fans and parents and, now, in California, lawmakers are getting involved as well. Sports research Jimmy Sanderson joins us to share a story about pending legislation on the west coast that, if passed, would end tackling in youth football. (You can read more about it here.)

Sanderson touches on the medical research, the government involvement and we also talk about how this might impact quality of play and regional strength of the sport. Give it a listen. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with sportswriter Zak Keefer

February 19, 2018

Indianapolis Star reporter Zak Keefer joins us to talk about a story of segregation and Jim Crow in northern Indiana. It was the advent of the jump shot, the height of high school basketball in the Hoosier State and a time that many of us simply don't have a memory of. Keefer is sharing Matthew Werner's story of 1950s Michigan City and the tale of a program that somehow gets forgotten, and the struggle the boys playing basketball endured. It's a rich story, and another great episode of the program for you to enjoy. 

Also, be sure to check out Keefer's work at the Star. And follow him on Twitter.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with Indiana Daily Student editor-in-chief, Carley Lanich

February 16, 2018

Carley Lanich is the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Indiana Daily Student. An aspiring investigative reporter herself, she joins us today to talk about the ongoing 10-part series The Exploited, which is an insightful and global deep-dive into sex trafficking.  Some 10,000 young people in the U.S. and an estimated one million are thought to be involved in the illicit trade each year.

Check out Lanich's work at the IDS. (She just won a Hearst Award honor for her own reporting.) Follow Carley Lanich on Twitter, as well.

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with Indianapolis Star sports writer Zach Osterman

February 14, 2018

If you follow the NFL at all, you might have heard that the Indianapolis Colts fired their head coach this offseason. And you might have also heard that they hired a new coach. And you might have heard that he decided he didn't want the job. Indianapolis Star writer Zach Osterman returns to the show to share a story about how all of that came apart in what is an unusual spectacle within the spectacle of the National Football League. You can read the story here

It's an interesting look into beat reporting and an important story technique, the tick-tock story.  

You can read Zach's work at the Star, here. And you should follow him on Twitter, as well. 

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