The Southern Poverty Law Center is out with its annual survey on hate groups. The good news? Active hate groups are on the decline. The bad news? They've relocated online. Today on Word of Mouth, a disturbing look at the hidden state of hate in America. Also, a historian reveals the surprising method many early New Englanders used to pass correspondence from colony to colony: Native American couriers.
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Hate Groups Move Online
- Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, says the number of active hate groups in America is at a ten-year low - meanwhile, online hate is on the rise.
- Check out the SPLC's annual survey on hate groups here.
Walt Disney: Anti-Semite?
- Eric Molinsky, host of the podcast Imaginary Worlds, digs into evidence that Walt Disney was an anti-semite.
- Listen to this piece again at PRX.org.
- Katherine Grandjean, Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College, talks about how early New England settlers relied on Native American couriers to carry letters from colony to colony.
- Her new book is called American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England.
The History Of The Ashcan Copy
- Clay Wirestone, columnist for the Concord Monitor and a contributor to Mental Floss, uncovers the weird history of 'ashcan' copies - usually low-budget films made for the purpose of retaining intellectual property rights.
- Read Clay's article on ashcan copies for Mental Floss here.
- Read more about the 'Wheel of Time' ashcan episode here.
And check out this super-emotional scene from the 1994 ashcan copy of The Fantastic Four. It sure is tough being The Thing.