5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article'

May 8, 2014

"No man ever steps in the same river twice" - Heraclitus, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher

While the philosophy of Heraclitus and his pre-Socratic peers is debatable, fans of Word of Mouth can attest that they never listen to the same WoM show twice. Ideas change. Concepts Change. Times change. Even when the segments stay the same, the takeaway, the emotion, the value in context of your life can change. Today, we bring you new ideas, old sound with new meaning, and new sound with retrospective importance. So join us, scholars of WoM, for today's show, and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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Defending Millennials

Wheelchair Motocross

College Soundtrack

  • As part of NHPR’s series A Matter of Degrees we asked you to think back on your school days and tell us: what was on your college playlist? Here’s a little sampling of what you were jamming to back in the day.

Congratulations, by the way

  • George Saunders, Macarthur fellow, winner of the Pen/Malamud award and the story prize. His new book is called  Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.

David Foster Wallace's Commencement Speech

  • Back in 2005, writer David Foster Wallace delivered the commencement address At Kenyon College. Three years later, the acclaimed novelist committed suicide, but his speech lives on – and has become sort-of The Places You’ll Go of the digital age: shared on social media, and re-published in print around graduation time. Here is just an excerpt of his enduring speech.

  "I Didn't Type This Article"

  • Will Oremus is senior technology writer for Slate. Given that wearable computers that respond to speech commands are predicted to be the next big digital thing, Will wanted to test how far speech recognition software has come. He dictated an article to Siri for Slate called, funnily enough, “I Didn’t Type This Article”.