5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article'
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- Here to provide us with a contrary perspective on millennials is David Burstein, author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World. He is also the founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization, as well as a documentary filmmaker.
- Producer Lauren Ober of WBUR's Only a Game brings us this story of Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, a wheelchair motocross athlete.
- Check out videos of his spectacular wheelchair tricks here.
- 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.
- 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”.