We shine a light into the dark corners of the internet to see the world from the perspective of both cyber crime victims and perpetrators.
In 1996, Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author’s tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.
http://www.npr.org/2015/08/14/432161732/david-foster-wallace-the-fresh-air-interview##I was middlingly-talented athlete but my big problem, and the coach told me at age 13, kid, you got a bad head. And what he meant was I would choke. I would begin thinking about, oh no, what if this happens and then I would say well, shut up, don’t think about it. And then I would say to myself, but how can I not think about it if I’m not thinking about it. And meanwhile, you know, I’m standing, drooling, on the baseline going through this whole not very interesting game of mental ping-pong while the other guy is briskly going about the business of winning the match.
While watching a movie, David notices a discrepancy.
Mystery Show is produced by Starlee Kine, Alex Blumberg, Melinda Shopsin and Eric Mennel. Producing help from Chris Neary and Phia Bennin. Eli Horowitz is contributing editor. Thanks to Matt Lieber. Logo by Arthur Jones. Thanks to Sloane Crosley, Daniel Engber, Jen Snow, Jeb Brody and Elna Baker. Special thanks to David Rees.
This final episode of Season 1 kicks off with some fascinating FU on Clever Hans and proceeds into a listener question about John’s feelings about "faith."
Finally, the boys settle into a detailed exploration of "Merlin’s world of music." From AM radio (through a pillow speaker) to abortive accordion and trombone lessons to impersonating Pete Townsend through the Bacon Ray years.
The episode concludes with some updates regarding the future of the program.
Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but a scale model of a perfect world. “Everything that you could imagine is there,” says one young visitor. “It’s like living in a fantasy book.” And not just for kids: one-third of Walt Disney World’s visitors are adults who go without children. Visiting the parks, according to actor Tom Hanks, is like a pilgrimage — the pursuit of happiness turned into a religion.
Futurist Cory Doctorow explains the genius of Disney World, while novelist Carl Hiaasen even hates the water there. Kurt tours Disneyland with a second-generation “imagineer” whose dead mother haunts the Haunted Mansion. We’ll meet a former Snow White and the man who married Prince Charming — Disney, he says, is “the gayest place on Earth. It’s where happy lives.”
Black musician Daryl Davis has always wanted to ask racist people: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” When he encounters a KKK member at a honkey tonk in Maryland, he begins a strange alliance that sets him on a mission to defrock klansmen.
On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families.
Show: Song Exploder Guests: John Roderick On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart while reentering the earth’s atmosphere. John Roderick, singer and songwriter of The Long Winters wrote "The Commander Thinks Aloud" about that fateful moment. This episode was made from an interview I did with John Roderick in front of a live audience in Seattle, where we discussed how and why he made this song.
Buy "The Commander Thinks Aloud" on iTunes.
Read the profile of the commander and the six other crew members at NASA’s page dedicated to the Columbia. The seven of them were of seven different religious faiths.
John Roderick also makes podcasts: Roderick on the Line with Merlin Mann, and Roderick’s Rendezvous.
Our first guest on Song Exploder is Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, aka one half of The Postal Service (the other half being Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie). Jimmy breaks down “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” and talks about his instruments, his influences, and how he accidentally made a loop out of Jenny Lewis’s backing vocals.
In this episode, we steer our way through a series of stories about getting lost, and ask how our brains, and our hearts, help us find our way back home.
After hearing about a little girl who gets lost in front of her own house, Jad and Robert wonder how we find our way in the world. We meet a woman who has spent her entire life getting lost, and find out how our brains make maps of the world around us. We go to a military base in New Jersey to learn about some amazing feats of navigational wizardry, and are introduced to a group of people in Australia with impeccable orientation. Finally, we turn to a very different kind of lost and found: a love story about running into a terrifying, and unexpected, fork in the road.
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