Episode 187: Upworthy's Clickbait Strategy, Cheering for Iran, Landowners vs. Pipelines and more
How Upworthy Won the Internet
"We were the underdogs when we started, and that's something that people don't think about now, but people told us that it wouldn't work - and that the idea fro Upworthy - which is to draw massive amounts of attention to things that matter - would never gain a mass audience."
-Sara Critchfield, editorial director of Upworthy
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Becky's Summer Books
"I picked up "An Untamed State" by Roxanne Gay because it was one of those books that all the cool kids were very excited about. I picked it up for that reason, I continued reading it because I just couldn't look away even though it was one of the most harrowing and emotional reading experiences of my life."
-Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne on one of her picks for the summer. Click here to win all of Becky's picks
Canada's Punk Rock Riot
"I think the reason the riot became part of Canadian rock and roll folklore is because there aren't many moments of riotous excitement in Canadian pop music history generated by Canadian pop musicians."
-Geoff Pevere on the Teenage Head riot of June 1980
Why I Cheer for Iran
"The only thing that unites [Iran's] people right now is not their country, it's not their religion, it's not their values, it's not patriotism, it's their soccer team."
--Kambiz Hosseini. satirist and host of the parody news show Poletik
Pipelines and Private Land
"We know that we need energy moved across this country ... but if they're going to bully and abuse us and swindle us the way they're doing it today, I don't know how much longer we can say we support the industry."
-Dave Core, founding president of CAEPLA. the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations