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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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Ken Booth

March 2, 2018

What made the craft beer industry boom? Well, a lot of things, actually. Ken Booth brings us this story today. And as a businessman equipped with an MBA himself, he's ready to explain it to the rest of us.  

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 USA Today Network’s Justin Thurman

March 1, 2018

Justin Thurman, an old friend and one of the first true digital media veterans, returns to the show to talk about kids these days. Apparently there's a concern ... of sorts ... that children's hands aren't strong enough to learn to write. Technology is being blamed as the culprit. This is a fun one, and we don't even blame the youth. 

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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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