12.14.14: Unruly Presidential Kids, Pitfalls Of Public Wi-Fi, & What's In Your OJ?

Dec 12, 2014

Colorado's Mount Sopris serves as the W's backdrop this week.
Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR

Last week, a GOP staffer resigned after political Facebook faux-pas - criticizing President Obama’s daughters for dressing like teenagers. On today’s show, we’ll take a look back at the long and fraught history of judging the President’s kids.

Then, these days just about every coffee shop, bookstore, and restaurant touts a free Wi-Fi hotspot – but at what cost? We’ll find out the hidden dangers of public Wi-Fi.

Plus, the industry secret behind the robust flavor of orange juice.

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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.

The Password As Keepsake

  • Ian Urbina is an investigative reporter for the New York Times - his article for the New York Times Magazine, called “The Secret Life of Passwords”, is an intimate portrait of our human need to attach meaning to even the most meaningless aspects of our lives.
  • Ian is still collecting keepsake stories, if you have one you'd like to share you can email Ian at urbina@nytimes.com. For the sake of your security, please do not send him passwords you are currently using.

The Story Behind Irving Berlin's White Christmas

  • You'll never hear the song White Christmas the same way again. Discover the reason the song sounds so melancholy by listening back to the Golden Age of Radio. Producer Katy Sewall brings us this story.
  • You can hear this story again at PRX.org.

What's in Your OJ?