Dow Jones Rebounds 567 Points After Nearly 1,200 Drop Monday, Isthmus Paper Sues Madison Police, Puns– Why We Love Or Hate Them

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Some people can’t resist a good pun, and some people can’t resist groaning when they hear one. We talk to a science writer who explains what’s going on in our brains when we hear and make puns. We also take a look at the unfolding case of Madison’s alt weekly paper, Isthmus, suing Madison police over a records request that is now over 13 months old and yet to be delivered. And we look at the Dow Jones.

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  • Dow Jones Rebounds 567 Points After Nearly 1,200 Drop Monday

    The Dow Jones rebounded more than 500 points today after falling 1,175 points yesterday. The drop yesterday cause a ripple through the global markets. Akane Otani of the Wall Street Journal joins us to talk about the stock market and give us some context for the dip yesterday.

  • Puns: The Cilantro Of Humor

    A play on words. “Dad jokes.” People seem to either love them, or hate them. We’re talking about puns.

    Webster’s Dictionary defines the pun as, “the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound.” Note the use of the word, “usually” in that definition.

    We talk to a science writer who explains what is happening in our brains when we hear a pun.

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  • Isthmus Paper Files Open Records Lawsuit Against Madison Police Department

    After waiting 13 months for a record request placed with the Madison police department, Isthmus, an independent newspaper of Madison, has decided to sue the department. We’ll learn more about the nature of the request and open record rules from our guests.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Karl Christenson Producer
  • Brad Kolberg Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Akane Otani Guest
  • Roni Jacobsen Guest
  • Judith Davidoff Guest
  • Tom Kamenick Guest

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