Linton Weeks http://kvpr.org en Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://kvpr.org/post/smartsongs-refrains-brain-retains Now that <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/483281985024962560" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="http://www.weirdal.com/" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 36305 at http://kvpr.org A Surge In Concierges http://kvpr.org/post/surge-concierges Steve Sims is the founder of <a href="http://thebluefish.com/" target="_blank">Bluefish</a>, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 35544 at http://kvpr.org A Surge In Concierges Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies http://kvpr.org/post/bored-fourth-july-try-these-movies Cinema sites abound with lists such as <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2012/06/30/top-ten-movies-for-the-fourth-of-july/" target="_blank">Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July</a> from <em>Forbes</em> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-fourth-of-july-patriotic-movies-pictures-photogallery.html" target="_blank">12 Patriotic Movies</a> by the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.<p>"Cinematically," says <a href="http://maryfpols.com/" target="_blank">Mary F. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 35181 at http://kvpr.org Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day http://kvpr.org/post/freedom-not-celebrate-independence-day Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.<p>Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.<p>Like William H. Lamar IV. Last year the African-American preacher from Hyattsville, Md., wrote an essay that was carried by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/William-H-Lamar-IV/i-will-reflect-not-celebr_b_3516008.html">The Huffington Post. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 35138 at http://kvpr.org Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day America's Search For Meming http://kvpr.org/post/americas-search-meming One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.<p>A visual meme is more like a snapshot than an "iconic image" — such as <a href="http://cloud.lomography.com/576/848/8f/aed3f1b1dfcfe0db0ec643c6075b3af37310f0.jpg" target="_blank">V-J Day in Times Square </a>-- says NPR photo editor Claire O'Neill. An iconic photo is timeless. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34964 at http://kvpr.org America's Search For Meming Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol http://kvpr.org/post/why-america-may-be-ready-some-futbol Ante-millennium America was <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&dat=19940623&id=9GQwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6TIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2609,5798188" target="_blank">ho-hum</a> about soccer as a sport, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, international players, loose rules and corruption, low expectations of scoring and an imprecise ending.<p>Post-millennium America may become <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325093814/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-is-soccer-in-the-u-s" target="_blank">fanatical</a> about futbol, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, internatio Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:26:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34733 at http://kvpr.org Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol The Runner-Up Religions Of America http://kvpr.org/post/runner-religions-america Glance at the map above, <em>Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010</em>, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.<p>No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34559 at http://kvpr.org The Runner-Up Religions Of America A Native American Take On Tornadoes http://kvpr.org/post/native-american-take-tornadoes While tornadoes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/16/322740339/tornadoes-cause-widespread-damage-injuries-in-nebraska" target="_blank">continue to tear across</a> America's midsection — taking lives and destroying property — we continue to search for explanations of the phenomenon, in hopes of developing better warning systems and protection.<p>But after decades of research, funded by decamillions of dollars, the fundamentals of wind funnels remain somewhat mysterious.<p><em>What causes a tornado?</em> According to the <a href="http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/rfl/web Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34324 at http://kvpr.org A Native American Take On Tornadoes 5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance http://kvpr.org/post/5-tv-shows-deserve-another-chance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAL1yT9ozSQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmtdErxF-Xs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUaGxdJiFZA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZ2G1C47rA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1wUirNlR0U</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZZl4EP67Tw</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 34023 at http://kvpr.org 5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance Fashion For The Germophobe http://kvpr.org/post/fashion-germophobe Can you feel it?<p>Like discrete clouds beginning to gather before a storm.<p>Not a trend, really. Not yet. But a tendency toward a trend. A trendency.<p>On the subway, on a crowded street, at a concert: a person here and there — a Great Pre-trender — wears a hand-sanitizer vial on a necklace or sports a protective mask. In China, mask mania is taking off. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33900 at http://kvpr.org Fashion For The Germophobe Should There Be A University Of Politics? http://kvpr.org/post/should-there-be-university-politics In France, many high-level politicians — such as Prime Ministers Francois Hollande, Jacques Chirac and Valery Giscard d'Estaing — developed their statecraft skills at the <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/21549976" target="_blank">Ecole Nationale d'Administration</a>. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33701 at http://kvpr.org Should There Be A University Of Politics? Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details http://kvpr.org/post/art-jar-2-details-details When we posted the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/04/16/301785327/art-in-a-jar-a-puzzle-in-blue-yellow-and-shred">first Art in a Jar</a> in April, we learned a couple of lessons: 1) Folks liked the idea. Tue, 27 May 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33306 at http://kvpr.org Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details Bewildered By Bilderberg http://kvpr.org/post/bewildered-bilderberg The Bilderberg annual conference is convening at the end of May in Denmark. Or so it's reported.<p>For folks who have never heard of Bilderberg, it's an invitation-only confab of high-powered people who jawbone about world issues. Wed, 21 May 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33026 at http://kvpr.org Bewildered By Bilderberg 5 Fab Fads That Just Faded Away http://kvpr.org/post/5-fab-fads-just-faded-away Fads sweep across America like thunderstorms.<p>One of the latest — selfies — may already be slackening. Colleges in Florida and Rhode Island <a href="http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/04/how-to-cope-with-the-growing-ban-on-graduation-selfies/361088/" target="_blank">banned selfies</a> at graduation. Reports that the White House was discussing the fad brought out the <a href="http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/susan-milligan/2014/04/08/after-david-ortiz-stunt-the-white-house-really-should-ban-selfies" target="_blank">selfie loathing</a>. Sat, 17 May 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32830 at http://kvpr.org The 2014 Club Sandwich Index http://kvpr.org/post/2014-club-sandwich-index The club sandwich — a mouthwatering mélange of meats, cheeses and salad greens double-stacked among three slices of mayo-slathered bread or toast — is a portable picnic for one. A movable feast.<p>"I order a club sandwich all the time," the late comedian Mitch Hedberg quipped. "And I'm not even a member."<p>Because it is a recurring motif on the menus of fancy country clubs and haute hotels, the club sandwich is also a key economic indicator these days. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32646 at http://kvpr.org The 2014 Club Sandwich Index 13 Spliffy Jobs In The Marijuana Industry http://kvpr.org/post/13-spliffy-jobs-marijuana-industry Say what you will about the morality of marijuana, now that 21 U.S. states — and the District of Columbia — have passed some type of pot-friendly legalization, selling weed is big business.<p>Medicinal and recreational pot sales could bring in ridonculous revenues and taxes. Colorado, for instance, is expecting an 18-month boost of more than $600 million, according to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/20/news/economy/marijuana-taxes-colorado/" target="_blank">CNNMoney</a>. Thu, 08 May 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32391 at http://kvpr.org The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned' http://kvpr.org/post/state-department-deeply-concerned <strong>C</strong>onsidering the month of April alone, the State Department said it was "deeply concerned" about each of these situations: justice in Turkey; peaceful challenges of official Chinese policies; restrictions of freedom in Egypt; a Ugandan raid on a U.S.-funded medical facility; the humanitarian crisis in Burma and certain actions of the Republika Srpska, among other various and diverse issues — many extremely serious.<p><strong>O</strong>n the well-being of Korean-American missionary Ken Bae, who has been detained by North Korea since 2012, a State Department spokesperson <a href= Thu, 01 May 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 32038 at http://kvpr.org The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned' A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 3 http://kvpr.org/post/life-story-6-songs-part-3 To a lot of us, music is essential. So are animals. Often the two coincide, as we discovered when we asked people to <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>.<p>For folks of a certain age, <em>How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?</em> is the first song they remember. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 31917 at http://kvpr.org A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 3 Keeping An Eye On The KKK http://kvpr.org/post/keeping-eye-kkk Just when you think the Ku Klux Klan – with its sordid history of racism and violence – is a thing of the past, it rears its ugly, white-sheet-hooded head.<p>In the aftermath of the tragic killings at Jewish Community Centers in Kansas City on April 13 – and reports that the accused gunman belonged to a KKK group in North Carolina – you wanted to see if there is other news about the KKK in contemporary America.<p>So you set up a Google Alert – as part of an infogathering method you call <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/04/20/304915015/google-frecking-the-week-in-pandas Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 31837 at http://kvpr.org Keeping An Eye On The KKK Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law http://kvpr.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 31677 at http://kvpr.org Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law