Tag Archives: NPR

The War Over ‘War of the Worlds’ – Myth or Math?

Conventional wisdom holds that Orson Welles’s 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds terrorized an entire nation. Representative sample from the following day:     But that’s not really what happened, as Jefferson Pooley and Michael J. Socolow chronicled in … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés . . .

. . . well, that’s just sad. The hardnoting staff has a habit of recording mangled phrases in the press, and here’s our latest batch. • From Boston Magazine last July, about the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race: “[Martha Coakley’s] apparent reversal … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Joe Boyd (Music by Nick Drake), Con.

Last year the hardworking staff posted this. Producer Joe Boyd Gets Nick Drake’s Boston History Wrong NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered on Sunday included a conversation with Joe Boyd, “[who] produced Nick Drake’s first two albums back in 1969 and 1970, … Continue reading

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Why We Love the Stanley Cup Bakeoffs (DeadBlogging Game 5)

First off the hardwatching staff wants to nominate hockey as the real beautiful game (sorry, fútbol), especially during the Stanley Cup Finals. There’s almost never a bad finals game, and last night’s double-overtime tilt between the Los Angeles Kings and … Continue reading

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Nobody at NPR Knows How to Pronounce ‘The’ Before a Vowel

The hardtalking staff has railed about this before, but we’ll say it again: The Proper Pronunciation Of ‘The’ Before A Vowel Is Literally Disappearing. Again, from thee EnglishClub.com:   We also (should) say “thee online magazine Ozy,” as opposed to “thuh … Continue reading

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NYT – Finally! – Catches Up to Hardworking Staff (Disney World Edition)

Two weeks ago the hardworking staff did a turn on NPR’s Here & Now with the estimable Sacha Pfeiffer, talking about the Extreme Data Mining currently being inflicted on consumers. PFEIFFER: So, John, of course, collecting is becoming so widespread, data collection. … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Ads: What’s Up with the E-Cig Emails?

Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out. Dear Dr. Ads, I checked my email yesterday and discovered this: Hello friend Merry christmas to you in advance. Thanks for your time. Do you know … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Ads: What’s Up With The VMR Electronic Cigarettes Ad?

Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out. Dear Dr. Ads, Full disclosure: I’m a smoker, which in today’s society means I am 1) morally deficient, and 2) an endless source of revenue for … Continue reading

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You Have No Idea How Much They’re Watching You Online

You probably know that Facebook and Google are strip-mining you like West Virginia for online data, but that’s just part of the story. NPR’s All Things Considered is trying to provide the rest of it in its series Your Digital Trail. … Continue reading

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When A Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés . . .

Well, that’s just sad. The hardworking staff has a habit of recording mangled phrases in the press, and here’s our latest batch. • About a week ago, the Boston Globe ran a story about CBS’s decision to stop broadcasting the … Continue reading

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