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.  

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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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today with Kenny Smith

January 31, 2018

A quick solo monologue for a great local story of persistence and overcoming circumstance. It's one of those "the kids are alright" tales and it just might be the best story you've heard today.  

The story we're talking about today was written by Michael Reschke, and you should definitely go read it at the Herald Times. It is well worth your time. And here's our hero, Joshua Johnson, quoted in Bloom magazine, as well. 

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

January 30, 2018

It is infrastructure, and it is sexy. Chris Pollone says this technology is going to be a game changer. Everything will be different with the coming rollout of 5G. Chris is sharing with us a National Geographic story that dives into the subject and mixes that in with some of his own experiences reporting on the tech industry to give us a lot of examples about what we can come to expect.  

And be sure to follow Chris Pollone on Twitter.

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

January 29, 2018

An old friend and one of the first true digital media veterans joins the show to talk about something that's being called #resistancegenealogy. The story Justin brings us is about Jennifer Mendelson, who is combing through public records to make a big point in the contentious national debate: We're all from somewhere.

Justin tells us about the story, and what he's found out about his own family tree after reading it. Check out this episode. 

We also talked about this Pew study, which was released last month, that shows us, in almost realtime, how our origins seem to matter, until they seem to matter less and less. 

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The Best Story I’ve Heard Today, with reporter Carley Lanich

January 26, 2018

Carley Lanich is the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Indiana Daily Student. An aspiring investigative reporter, she joins us today to talk about the work being done by her peers at Michigan State where The State News this week ran a front page editorial calling for the resignation of their president, Lou Anna Simon, in the wake of the Larry Nassar convictions. (Simon did resign soon after.)

Carley talks about that editorial, the reporting that came before it, the role that publication will likely have in the community going forward and the general importance of student media. (You can also see all of The State News' impressive, and continuing, Larry Nassar coverage.)

Carley is a thoughtful young journalist and this is a great show worth hearing. Do give it a listen, and share it with others. 

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