"This "most wanted" version combines the elements the 500 people surveyed said they wanted most — love, soprano sax, humble ambition, tenor sax, a marriage proposal, cheesy electronic drum fills, working the night shift, string swells, power chords, and saccharine male/female harmonies — into an easy listening-style adult contemporary sound that could peel the paint off of the Space Shuttle." From http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/05/survey-produced.html and and featured in This American Life Episode #88 - Numbers http://thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1277 Project website http://www.diacenter.org/km/musiccd.html
"An online poll conducted in the ’90s set Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid and David Soldier on a quest to create the most annoying song ever. After gathering data about people’s least favorite music and lyrical subjects, they did the unthinkable: they combined them into a single monstrosity, specifically engineered to sound unpleasant to the maximum percentage of listeners." From http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/04/a-scientific-at.html and featured in This American Life Episode #88 - Numbers http://thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1277
As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough’s new book How Children Succeed.
Stories about people who have the right to remain silent… but choose not to exercise that right—including police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who secretly recorded his supervisors telling officers to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests.