From the dusty towns of the old west, to the empty mills of the east, there’s just something about abandoned places and the stories they leave behind. Today’s Word of Mouth is all about ghost towns, from neglected Olympic villages to forgotten websites. Plus, the story of a couple who transformed an abandoned underground missile base into their home-sweet-home…complete with an overhead front door.
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New Year’s Eve is a day of reflection and celebration and each December we mark the passage of time by inviting NHPR’s own Brady Carlson on the show to share his list of the year’s biggest web trends. Last year his list included: Kony 2012, Kickstarter, and Gangnam Style. Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? Brady joins us again to reflect on the web trends and memes of 2013, and what they reveal about our collective state this year.
Anyone who’s been online looking for DMV hours, or tried to download a fishing license application knows that government websites are rarely a good time. No frills, no eye for design – just a lot of dense, complicated information and a wealth of webified bureaucracy. So, imagine our surprise when we saw posts on AdWeek and Ad Age praising the beauty and functionality of the Milwaukee Police Department website. The site was designed by ad agency