4.2.15: A Brief History Of Hell, Comedian Eugene Mirman, & Jon Ronson On Trevor Noah

Apr 2, 2015

Return ticket to hell circa 1964.
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Today, hell can mean a bad day, other people, or a threat to sinners, but it wasn’t always so. On today’s show: how hell has evolved, from a place of flaming torture, to tangible horrors here in the real world. Then, when Comedy Central announced Trevor Noah as the new host of The Daily Show earlier this week, there was an immediate outpouring of support. But the love-fest quickly soured when screen grabs of a few of his past, offensive, tweets were circulated online. Jon Ronson, author of the new book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed weighs in on the scandal. 

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What's the Purpose of Hell?

Patent Trolls

  • The concept of hell has changed through the centuries, from molten pit of unfortunate souls to something more abstract –today there are at least a few people out there who might argue that hell is a patent troll. You might be surprised to know that patent trolls have actually been around a long time – and in this next story, Roman Mars from the podcast 99% Invisible discovers, they were just as unpopular in the 19th century as they are today. 
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Comedian Eugene Mirman

John Ronson on the Shaming of Trevor Noah

The Color of Science

  • STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And discussions about expanding educational and career opportunities in STEM fields often go hand in hand with encouraging women and people of color to find and fill those roles. But doing so can be harder and more emotionally fraught than you might expect. Reporter Ari Daniel has a profile of one man working hard to make it happen.
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