“People come from Wall Street and go into government and then leave government and go back into Wall Street. When you have this kind of revolving door, it’s not just that their interests are not well-aligned with the public; it’s that their mindset is captured by the industry from which they come. They see their interest — the interest of Wall Street — as if it were in the public interest.”—Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on lobbying. [full interview here]
“The nature of our growth today is markedly different than in the decades after World War II. There we had shared prosperity. More recently, what we’ve had is exactly the opposite. … Right now, most Americans are worse off than they were 15 years ago. There has not been shared prosperity.”—Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that widely unequal societies don’t function effectively or have stable economies and that even the rich will pay a steep price if economic inequalities continue to worsen.
“In the old nuclear age, you could sit under a big screen under a mountain in Colorado and you could see where the missiles were coming from. If there’s a cyber attack from China or Russia or Romania or Mexico, it may well run through a server in another country. And it may take months before you know where it really came from.”—New York Times’ chief Washington correspondent David Sanger on cyberattacks.
I just deleted over 25,000 songs from my iTunes library. I am going to trust in the cloud, where my library now lives. I’m a bit scared, but I backed everything up, took a deep breath and stepped into the future.
“Happiness schmappiness.I think the pursuit of it, and our focus on it, is narcissistic. I don’t think that should be the goal in life. I think the goal in life is to have a good life — rich, fulfilled, filled with love — and have a sense that you are doing something to make the world a better place — and then happiness is a byproduct of a life well lived.”—Psychologist Dan Gottlieb.
“He’s not wrong. The Internet is absolutely made of tubes. What else could it be made of? It’s many other things — these protocols and languages and machines and a whole set of fantastically complex layers and layers of computing power that feeds the Internet every day — but if you think of the world in physical terms, and you’re trying to be as reductive as possible and try to understand what this is, there’s no way around it, these are tubes.”—Andrew Blum on the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens saying the Internet is made up of ‘a series of tubes.’ [full interview here]
I’m supposed to tell public media people about my job and how they can use social media for their shows and stations. I have a power point presentation and some links and stuff but thought I’d ask if anyone has any specific advice, either for giving presentations (eek) or for people who might be getting on social media for the first time….
1. Is there any celebrity you guys *haven't* interviewed at least once? and 2. I confess that every time I manage to catch Fresh Air and I hear Terry mention you and the Tumblr I punch the air a little. "Hey, I know that person!" For a given Internet value of 'know,' of course. Anyway, keep up the good work, as ever.
Terry recently said that she’d love to interview Howard Stern. The people I wish we had interviewed are all no longer with us (Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Louise Fitzhugh and Jim Henson.)
And thanks. I’m really glad we started saying the Tumblr on air. It makes me happy. :)
Today on All Things Considered, Broadway star Audra McDonald begins a new series: Mom and Dad’s Record Collection. She shares the story of how a music box’s “Edelweiss” melody became her first audition with her dad at the piano.
We want your stories, too. What song did your parents introduce you to? What’s the memory attached to it?