Linton Weeks http://aspenpublicradio.org en Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law http://aspenpublicradio.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 17522 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas http://aspenpublicradio.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 17295 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 http://aspenpublicradio.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 16992 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 4 Strange Sports In America's Past http://aspenpublicradio.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 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 16881 at http://aspenpublicradio.org 4 Strange Sports In America's Past 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad http://aspenpublicradio.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 16369 at http://aspenpublicradio.org 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad