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

February 13, 2018

Seems like there is plenty of drama in the Colorado State athletic department these days. The men's basketball coach has been suspended. So has the interim coach. Players skipped a practice and they are upside down in the win-loss column. A columnist at The Coloradoan, the Fort Collins daily, has an idea about how the program might get turned around, and it involves a huge name from the campus' past. 

Spencer Elliott, who is a digital producer at USA Today Network, tells us about the piece, and we talk about why such a historical hire may or may not work. It's a good column, an intriguing argument and we're glad Spencer brought it to us today. Take a listen and pass it along. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with anthropologist Anne Pyburn

February 12, 2018

We talked today with noted anthropologist Dr. Anne Pyburn of Indiana University, who explains some of the truly fascinating research going on in the Guatemalan jungles as new technology is uncovering old mysteries about the Mayan people. The story we're discussing is from National Geographic and, as Pyburn explains, the data being collected is going to reshape a lot about what we thought we knew of the old culture. And while the understandings will necessarily change, this grand research project is really only just beginning. 

Dr. Pyburn is a terrific guest with an incredible amount of expertise that compliments this research and we are grateful that she took the time to explain a few things to those of us who understand archeology by way of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Give it a listen. 

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

February 9, 2018

Journalism professor Robert Quigley, from the University of Texas, joins us to discuss a Washington Post profile of Ben Carson. The famed neurosurgeon turned head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its an interesting insight into a man who took on the Cabinet position and has more-or-less kept a low profile since. Quigley talks about the man, but we also discuss the story and touch very briefly on the craft of profile writing.

Listen in to see why it feels like learning on the job - maybe. And why that maybe is there. 

Quigley, by the way, also runs the Journalism Innovation program at Texas, which is a great follow for those interested in the future of journalism.  

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with NBC news correspondent Chris Pollone

February 8, 2018

Everybody loves a caper, says television reporter Chris Pollone, who returns to the program to share with us the update on the 2016 broad daylight gold robbery in New York City. You remember that, right? The guy reached into an armored truck, grabbed a barrel full of gold, $1.6 million worth, and walked away. Only the security cameras caught him. 

We know now what became of that man, and it truly is an incredible story. Pollone tells us about the terrific work done by the newsroom at WNBC in New York City, which helped tell the rest of the story that crosses the country, hits four other nations, involves some heartbreak and a whole lot more. You've got to hear it to believe it. Give it a listen and please pass it along. 

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

February 7, 2018

A few more high profile athletes have announced their going to be posthumously donating their brains to CTE research. And this isn't just about football, and it isn't just about men.

While that donor registry is beginning to grow what's interesting today is that the most recent donations are from female Olympians. Sports media scholar Dr. Lauren Smith of Indiana University joins us to talk about the story. We discussed how we're coming to learn CTE isn't just about football or boxing, the wide gender disparity in brain research donors and a whole lot more.  

She's also a contributor at 110Percent.

If you'd like to know a bit more about CTE, this is a good place to start on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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

February 6, 2018

We’re talking open records in light of a decision handed down today by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. And it is only fitting then that Jonathan Anderson, a USA Today Network reporter who is an open records stalwart. 

The case in particular involved a teacher union vote, but Anderson tells us there may be far reaching implications for people who aren’t in unions, who don’t work in newsrooms, in Wisconsin and beyond. 

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(And I mentioned this in the show, but it bears repeating here: If you're interested in open access issues, FOI concerns and public records in general, Jonathan Anderson's Twitter needs to be on your follow list.) 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Kenny Smith

February 5, 2018

Today's show takes us to radio station KIRO 97.3 FM in Seattle, Washington. 

Radio host John Curley, of the Tom and Curley show joined me to discuss the footage their security camera caught last week, and the viral video hit that he helped create.

If you haven't seen it, you can watch the sensation here. It's a great video, and what Curley told me in our conversation is worth hearing, too. So please do check out this episode -- and share it with friends.  

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with USA Today Network reporter, Jake Lowary

February 2, 2018

Apple is getting downgraded as phone sales slow, but they still made a lot of money recently, and their revenues were up on the strength of the ever-more expensive iPhones. Reporter Jake Lowary, who covers veterans and military affairs for the USA Today Network, tells us about the latest returns from the computer giant. Here's the story he's talking about. We also discussed the coming of FoxConn and what that and the sales of other Apple products, like the new HomePod, might mean in the domestic marketplace. 

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

February 1, 2018

Did you know that the term gerrymandering dates back to 1812? Did you know that some of the problems being blamed on gerrymandering these days might not even be caused gerrymandering at all? Did you know that the term was named after Elbridge Gerry, the fifth vice president of the United States? 

We didn't talk about that last tidbit, but we did talk about the others. Indiana Daily Student news editor Dominick Jean sat down with us for a thoughtful conversation on a new 538 piece, Ending gerrymandering won't fix what ails America, and the conversation gets into how we do the things we do, what causes us to do them and ranges into what it might mean in the future. Dmonicik is a smart guy, like that. Check him out on Twitter and take a look at his work on dominickjean.com as well. 

 

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