Linton Weeks http://wunc.org en Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law http://wunc.org/post/tweet-suits-social-media-and-law In the past several years, as more and more people are connected through more and more social media, the idea of turning personal grievances into class actions has been popping up, well, more and more.<p>In Virginia, a group that is against affirmative action in education went <a href="http://www.projectonfairrepresentation.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/POFR-Harvard-UNC-Wisconsin.pdf" target="_blank">fishing for plaintiffs</a> on websites recently, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/07/300308347/group-goes-online-to-find-affirmative-action-plaintiffs" target="_blank">according to NPR</a>. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34370 at http://wunc.org Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas http://wunc.org/post/google-frecking-week-pandas What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been <strong>Google Frecking</strong> for pandas.<p>Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.<p>Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34117 at http://wunc.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 http://wunc.org/post/grumpy-point-when-man-turns-70 The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=pag" target="_blank"> recently released report</a>, is around age 70.<p>Then you'd better get off his lawn.<p>Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33777 at http://wunc.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 4 Strange Sports In America's Past http://wunc.org/post/4-strange-sports-americas-past In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.<p>Competitive walking in the 1870s and 1880s, for instance. "In the decades after the Civil War there was mass urbanization in the United States," Matthew Algeo — author of <em>Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport</em> — <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/03/297327865/in-the-1870s-and-80s-being-a-pedestrian-was-anything-but" target="_blank">recently told NPR</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33655 at http://wunc.org 4 Strange Sports In America's Past 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad http://wunc.org/post/5-april-fools-pranks-gone-bad Perhaps in a calmer, more innocent era — if there ever was such a thing — April Fools' jokes made more sense. Nowadays the world seems overrun with <a href="http://www.trutv.com/shows/impractical-jokers/index.html" target="_blank">Impractical Jokers</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318959/?ref_=nv_sr_1" target="_blank">Crank Yankers</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367274/?ref_=nv_sr_2" target="_blank">Ali G</a>-type tricksters. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33041 at http://wunc.org 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel http://wunc.org/post/vladimir-putin-right-out-russian-novel "Russia is a <em>hypothetical</em> culture. Ruled by despots for most of our history, we are used to living in fiction rather than reality," <a href="http://ninakhrushcheva.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/vova-the-dread-and-the-fiction-of-russia/" target="_blank">writes</a> Nina L. Khrushcheva, who teaches international affairs at <a href="http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/faculty-list/?id=87811">The New School</a>. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32921 at http://wunc.org Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years http://wunc.org/post/what-winter-will-be-100-years One of the upsides to the seemingly endless winter of 2014 was that you had time to think.<p>And to ask futuristic questions, such as: What will the American Winter of 2114 be like?<p>Here are some of the answers.<p><strong>Milder: </strong>In the midst of the Sochi Olympics, the <em>New York Times</em> posted a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-snow.html?_r=1" target="_blank">wake-up piece</a> about the future of snow skiing. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32716 at http://wunc.org What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2 http://wunc.org/post/life-story-6-songs-part-2 Sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of replies to NPR's request — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/01/11/222170422/tell-us-the-6-songs-of-your-life">Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life</a> — we rediscover just how meaningful music can be in our lives, and the supermagical powers that some songs possess.<p><em>I Want To Hold Your Hand, </em>for example ...<p><ul><p><li>The song "ties into 7<sup>th</sup> grade mixers," recalls Leon Ritter, 62, of Indiana, and the "realization that girls weren't yucky."</li><p><li>Meghan Rosenthal, 31, of North Carolina, "listened to t Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32652 at http://wunc.org A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2 American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers http://wunc.org/post/american-libraries-learn-read-teenagers Way, way back in the 20<sup>th</sup> century, American teenagers turned to the local public library as a great good place to hang out. It was a hotspot for meeting up, and sharing thoughts with, other like-minded people – in books and in the flesh. It was a wormhole in the universe that gave us tunnels into the past and into the future. It was a quiet spot in an ever-noisier world.<p>The library was a gentle mentor. It accepted us as we were and let us grow at our own pace – as teens are wont to do. It taught us about sports and sex. About fashion and finance. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32514 at http://wunc.org Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing http://wunc.org/post/forget-speed-reading-heres-speed-writing Speed-reading all rage. Suddenly many speed-reading apps. <a href="http://www.spritzinc.com/faq/" target="_blank">Spritz</a>. <a href="http://www.spreeder.com/" target="_blank">Spreeder</a>. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:11:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32018 at http://wunc.org Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing