Instagram of the day by roon
Longform recommendation — Scott Raab’s excellent years-long series in Esquire about the rebuilding of the WTC site.
-Jody, BL Show-
"The sky on September 11th it was impossibly blue, so blue it made your eyes hurt it was blue, blue, blue…."
—Jule Banville talks about why she left New York right after 9/11.
You start watching this video and say “Oh neat, that baby bear’s on the golf course. But it would be way better if he started adorably playing with that flag…” And then that happens.
-Jody, BL Show-
Instagram of the day by @uptowneastnyc
John Oliver is the best thing to happen to voter apathy since 2008’s Barack Obama. sideshow can’t wait to see what he does during the 2016 election:
Ryan Adams in the Soundcheck studio.
John Hockenberry, The Takeaway (Las Vegas, 2009)
We’re loving the genius new Tumblr NPR Shopped!
This week on one of my favorite public radio shows, On the Media, they did a wonderful segment on the ever-blurring lines between advertising and editorial. Publishers are required by law to distinguish between the two, but the push towards “native advertising” has started to render the distinction, well… indistinct.
"Native advertising" is advertising that is disguised as content. It’s troubling because it undermines the trust readers have in their content providers. Of course, convincing readers that an ad is actually independent editorial is an effective (if deceptive) form of marketing, so advertisers push for it. I know that in our case, we get six or eight solicitations a month for paid content.
The number of publishers who agree to these schemes - including some of the most prestigious in the world - is disappointing, and it affects our ability to sell traditional, not-a-trick advertising.
If you’re wondering about our policies, here they are. And do give the OTM segment a listen - it’s fun and very informative about something that touches your life every day.
The next Bodega Cats In Their Own Words is in the works! Stay tuned…..
When a book of nihilist philosophy makes a cameo in a fashion magazine and a Jay-Z video, Radiolab tries to find out why the end of the world suddenly became so cool. This is a show about (the philosophy of) nothing.