1.20.15: Fact Checking The SOTU, Digital Hoarding, & The Baby Blanket Standard

Jan 20, 2015

A Member of Congress wearing a ribbon in support of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., reads along as President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011
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If you’ve felt skeptical during a political speech, fear not! Politifact is fact-checking tonight’s State of the Union address and the Republican response in real time. On today’s show: how to truth squad a speech that has not yet happened, and the challenges of distinguishing fact from fiction in the political realm.

Then, in an age when so much information is kept in the cloud or on hard drives, hoarding is no longer a problem unique to the physical realm; we’ll talk to a self-diagnosed digital hoarder.

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Fact Checking in Real Time

  • Angie Holan is editor for Politifact, and is here to talk with us about how to prepare a truth squad for something that hasn’t yet happened.

Digital Hoarding

  • If you've successfully converted your photo library to an all digital format you might be saving paper and the space it takes up, but what if you can't manage to bring yourself to delete those files? Lizzie Crocker is a reporter for The Daily Beast, where we found her article: “I’m A Digital Hoarder.”

The Nexus of Art and Science

  • When taking thousands of pictures, editing out those worth keeping becomes a lot harder. In the realm of science though, it’s obvious that some photos are definitely worth saving.  Producer Veronique Lacapra explains.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

How the "Kuddle-Up" Blanket Became the Swaddling Standard

The Flour Baby Project

  • The teen birth rate has declined almost continuously over the past 20 years, and yet, some schools remain dedicated to teen pregnancy prevention. Juliana Farrow of the youth-based radio group Open Orchard Productions brings us this story of an interesting approach to pregnancy prevention.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

The Global Space Balloon Challenge

  • David Gerson is a propulsion engineer at Space-X and president of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, an initiative inviting teams all over the world to build and simultaneously launch their own high-altitude balloons.