12.8.14: Judging The President's Kids, The Dangers Of Public Wi-Fi, The Truth About Orange Juice

Dec 8, 2014

Kennedy children visit the Oval Office. President Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy ,Jr. White House, Oval Office
Credit U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Last week, a GOP staffer resigned after posting a Facebook comment criticizing the President's daughters. Today on Word of Mouth, the history of an unlikely American tradition: publicly judging the children of the White House. Also, the hidden dangers of public Wi-Fi, and the industry secret behind orange juice’s robust flavor.

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A History of Judging the President's Kids

The Saddest President

  • Nate DiMeo from the podcast, The Memory Palace tells the tale of Franklin Pierce. One of our worst Presidents, but, hands down, the saddest guy to ever hold the office.
  • You can listen to this story at PRX.org.

The Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

  • Rob Fleischman, Chief Technology Officer at Xerocole (and our Chief Explainer of All-Things-Wired) warns listeners about the dangers of public Wi-Fi, and offers tips on how to keep your digital information from being spied on, or stolen.

What's in Your OJ?

The Man Who Created Condensed Milk

  • Another unusual tale about how food is made: this commentary by William Hammack tells the story of  Gale Borden, who invented condensed milk.
  • You can listen to this story at PRX.org.

The Secret of Brown Bag Lunches

  • Researchers took a peek inside brown bag lunches to find out what the average parent is packing their kids for lunch, and the truth isn’t exactly appetizing.  Boston Globe features writer Beth Teitell wrote about the study and the struggle parents face when preparing school lunches at home.
  • Also in this section, we ask our coworkers about what sorts of things they had for lunch growing up, and discover the question tends to inspire some pretty vivid memories.