When a scandal cost him his high-paying job on Madison Avenue, ad man Jack Schiavone thought he could start over as a mattress discounter in beachfront Brooklyn. But his dream of a nice, quiet new life running a mattress store is about to get whacked. There’s a mob war brewing, and 'Mr. Mattress' quickly finds himself in the middle of it.
Today’s brands face an apparent choice between two evils: continue betting on their increasingly ineffective advertising or put blind faith in the supposedly mystical power of social media, where “likes” stand in for transactions and a mass audience is maddeningly elusive. There has to be a better way... As Lennon and McCartney wrote a half century ago, money can’t buy you love. But in today’s world, where people have become desensitized - even disillusioned - by ad campaigns and marketing slogans, that maxim needs an update: Money can’t even buy you like.
She joined picket lines as a child and now writes for the New Yorker, investigating injustices you didn't know existed. Millennial Sarah Stillman is keeping the 4th estate alive and well.
What is the dance equivalent of poetry's iambic pentameter? Listen to Elizabeth Streb explore the sweet science of action with her performers, who dodge steel i-beams and smash into plexiglass walls.
If you were a world famous magician, what might drive you to publicly debunk some of your fellow performers as charlatans and frauds? Hear the Amazing James Randi discuss his work and his arch nemesis, Uri Geller.
What natural ingredients are your birth control pill or your antidepressant made of? And what happens when Mother Nature can't keep up with the demand? Enter chemist Phil Baran, the Sultan of Synthesis.
The creator and host of Radiolab - one of the most popular and innovative shows today--thought he'd grow up to be a music composer. He utterly failed…or, at least, he thought he did.
Luis von Ahn hates to waste time. After building ReCaptcha, which he sold to Google, he moved on to build the wildly popular language-learning app, Duolingo.
In this bite-sized OTM, Bob looks at two important news stories that we won't be able to fit into the full-sized OTM this weekend.
This election season, the media frequently looked to history in an attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. We consider how historical parallels...
According to The Washington Post, more than 800 people have been shot and killed by police officers in the United States this year. As videos of many of these shootings — especially ones depicting confrontations between police officers and black men — go viral, Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer at The Washington Post, examines how different they look from the portrayals of police shootings that we're used to seeing in films and on TV.
One of the most enduring myths of HIV/AIDS history has finally been laid to rest. The so-called "patient zero,"....
In the midst of an election that has exposed deep and sometimes ugly rifts in American society, WNYC and The Nation have partnered for a new podcast..
p>In the midst of an election that has exposed deep and sometimes ugly rifts in American society, WNYC and The Nation have partnered for a new podcast...
In the months leading up to the election, some fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than real news stories. We consider the landscape of misinformation and how to separate truth from fiction.
Plus: Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, hasn't just influenced political discourse through the incendiary Breitbart News — he's also sabotaged his chosen politicians through investigative journalism.
Ever since his 1992 dark horse candidacy captured nearly 19% of the popular vote, there have been arguments over the real role of Ross Perot.
Mike Pesca is the host of Slate's "The Gist." He braved the post-debate spin room again to bring us this report.
The months-long protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline finally received mainstream attention this week after a misdirection campaign...
Donald Trump deflected questions about sexual assault allegations at the second presidential debate by bringing up the ever-looming threat of ISIS.
Five years into the war in Syria, we examine whether calling the latest horrors "war crimes" will have any effect...