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  1. The Many Deaths of Painting - 99% Invisible Ep 347

    In 1975, Barbara Visser was a nine-year-old kid on a school field trip to the Stedelijk art museum when she first saw a painting titled Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III by the American post-war artist Barnett Newman.

    What she saw was a massive canvas, nearly 18 feet wide and eight feet tall. On the left side, a small strip of blue, and on the right, a small strip of yellow. But the rest of the surface was painted entirely red. “And I got very angry,” says Visser, “I ran out of the museum. I sat on the steps and was determined not to go in again.”

    This was a painting that produced such strong reactions in people that it drove them to action. Visser struggled with the painting her entire life and made a feature-length documentary about it called The End of Fear, which inspired this story. It’s about a reaction the painting received that was so intense, so violent, it set off a chain of events that shook the art world to its core.

    @ebrown

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  2. Atomic Tattoos - 99% Invisible Ep 337

    In the early 1950s, teenage students in Lake County, Indiana, got up from their desks, marched down the halls and lined up at stations. There, fingers were pricked, blood was tested and the teenagers were sent on to the library, where they waited to get a special tattoo. Each one was in the same place on the torso, just under the left arm, and spelled out the blood type of the student.

    This experimental program was called Operation Tat-Type. It was administered by the county and the idea was simple: to make it easier to transfuse blood after an atomic bomb. At the age of 16, producer Liza Yeager’s grandmother, who went to school in Lake County, was permanently marked in anticipation of a nuclear catastrophe.

    In 1952, the Cold War was in full swing and the government was busy developing civil defense strategies — things ordinary citizens could to do to help protect the homefront. In this case, the thinking was that if Russia attacked, the tattoos would make for quicker transfusions. They called it a “walking blood bank” — no need for cold storage.

    It sounds morbid in hindsight, but many kids at the time took it in stride. It was just another manifestation of the concept of survivability. The idea that with enough canned food, shelters, fearlessness (and maybe tattoos) the American people would be able to survive an atomic attack.

    @blemoine

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  3. BBC Radio 4: More or Less: Behind the Stats

    WS More or Less: Do Assassinations Work? More or Less: Behind the Stats How likely are assassination attempts on heads of state to succeed?

    @hpyle https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qmfpp

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  4. Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet

    Freakinomics (Ep. 346) - Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet - http://freakonomics.com/podcast/save-the-planet/

    Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

    The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades has become a shouting match. Is anyone right?

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  5. Screaming in the Cloud: Ep 53 - Company Migration on Two Fronts: AWS and the Career Paths of Software Engineers

    Today we are talking with Silvia Botros, Principal Engineer at SendGrid. They specialize in email marketing that is trusted by developers and marketers for time-savings, scalability, and delivery expertise. Our discussion centers around SendGrid’s migration to AWS and the unique career paths that the company has been evolving over the past several years.

    Some of the highlights of the show include:

    Implications for migrating to AWS

    Why and how for using Amazon vs hardware

    The positive effects of mentoring for both the mentor and mentee

    Technical vs Management tracks at a software company

    Career advice for women in the tech field

    Links:

    https://www.digitalocean.com/

    https://sendgrid.com/

    DO.co/screaming

    http://blog.dbsmasher.com/

    https://github.com/

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  6. HBR: Become a Better Listener

    Mark Goulston, psychiatrist and author of Just Listen (http://www.amazon.com/Just-Listen-Discover-Getting-Absolutely/dp/0814414036), explains how.

    @cheywood - https://hbr.org/ideacast/2015/08/become-a-better-listener.html

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  7. HBR: Use Your Money to Buy Happier Time

    Ashley Whillans, professor at Harvard Business School, researches time-money trade-offs. She argues more people would be happier if they spent more of their hard-earned money to buy themselves out of negative experiences. Her research shows that paying to outsource housework or to enjoy a shorter commute can have an outsized impact on happiness and relationships. Whillans is the author of the HBR article “Time for Happiness. (https://www.hbr.org/time)”

    @cheywood - https://hbr.org/ideacast/2019/01/use-your-money-to-buy-happier-time

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  8. Backstory: Oh, Bloody Hell

    WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS UNCENSORED USE OF THE STRONGEST PROFANITIES. PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE OFFENDED AND PLEASE DO NOT PLAY IF CHILDREN ARE LISTENING.

    This week, BackStory looks at the history of profanity in America. We’ll discover how soldiers returning from World War Two brought home more than just tales from the battlefield, explore what it really means to swear like a sailor, and discover how Lenny Bruce challenged and provoked the America of the 1950’s and 60’s. Plus Nathan talks to scholar Elizabeth Pryor, who just happens to be the daughter of comedian Richard Pryor, about the charged and painful history of the “n-word.”

    @iabounader - https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/oh-bloody-hell/

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  9. Structural Integrity: 99% Invisible Episode #110

    When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.

    But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts.

    This thing does not look sturdy. But it has to be sturdy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have built it this way.

    Right?

    @dbrown - https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/structural-integrity/

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  10. JRE #1255 - ALEX JONES RETURNS!

    BPS Bonus

    #1255. Alex Jones is a radio show host, filmmaker, and writer. Eddie Bravo is a jiujitsu black belt, music producer, and author.

    @ava - http://podcasts.joerogan.net/podcasts/alex-jones-returns

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