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Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.
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Chicago, IL

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Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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English


Episodes

8-24-15: Strangers On A (French) Train

8/24/2015
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3 American servicemen tackled a would-be gunman on a train in France. They are obviously being hailed as heroes, and have already gotten a thank you call from President Obama. Authorities say he was an Islamic extremist, but his lawyer says he was just homeless and trying to rob the train. Two Canadian law firms have filed a $578 million class action lawsuit against the people who run Ashley Madison. In technology news, USA Today is reporting that some local police departments are solving...

Duration:00:03:06

8-17-15: Parenting Tips From The NFL

8/17/2015
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was upset because his sons were given “participation” trophies, so he gave them back. New research indicates that women take break-ups harder at the beginning, but men upset about them for a longer period of time. New research indicates that women take break-ups harder at the beginning, but men upset about them for a longer period of time. Plus, George Will told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that people underestimate how fragile Donald Trump...

Duration:00:02:44

7-27-15: Morons Have Freedom Of Speech Too

7/27/2015
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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was on Face The Nation and said the Westboro Baptist Church shouldn’t try protesting funerals there, and if they do, they’ll be arrested. In Technology news, Twitter has decided to crack down on users who steal other people’s clever tweets. In politics, Someone has created a website where users rank members of the United States Congress by their sexiness. Plus, A Kuwait Airlines pilot decided it was a good idea to invite a porn star into the cockpit.

Duration:00:03:26

7-24-15: Nation Mourns Loss Of Alien/Human Hybrid Protector

7/24/2015
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A California man’s body was found decomposing with $230,000, 1,200 firearms and 6 tons of ammunition. A woman visiting Yellowstone decided it was a good idea to take a selfie with a bison. In science news, NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world.

Duration:00:02:53

7-22-15: First They Came For The Butt-Dialers

7/22/2015
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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that accidental phone calls aren’t private. Military recruiters are saying ‘thanks but no thanks’ to the armed civilians who have decided to stand guard at recruiting centers. A NASA-funded study suggests that human beings could return to the Moon as early as 2021. A federal appeals court has thrown out five of 18 counts against convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Plus, Iowa Cubs outfielder Anthony Giansanti has a little crush on UFC...

Duration:00:02:58

7-21-15: Hitchhiking Robot Invasion

7/21/2015
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A new lawsuit is asking for people to be paid overtime for answering work emails after hours. NASA.gov was the third-highest trafficked government-run domain last week. Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has pledged to give $100 million to the effort to find intelligent life out there in the cosmos. A robot called HitchBOT is hitchhiking across America. Rachael Dolezal is back. Already. Plus, The Backstreet Boys and NSync are making a comeback, this time as movie starts.

Duration:00:03:12

7-20-15: Strict Dress Code

7/20/2015
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A medical center in Ohio has instituted a strict dress code: no unusual hair color, beards must be trimmed, no visible piercings other than two per ear, pantyhose or tights with skirts, and cover tattoos. In other words, look professional. Seems reasonable, right? Well, they’ve also banned employees from going commando. A Los Angeles woman has become an Internet folk hero after she decided to turn the tables on a telemarketer by recording their conversation. The Sun decided it was a good...

Duration:00:02:53

7-17-15: Hastening The Inevitable Robot Uprising

7/17/2015
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Google’s self-driving cars just keep getting into accidents, and none of them are the fault of the cars. A jury convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes of first-degree murder and attempted murder for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. Siri is a great source of information for iPhone users, but now it’s apparently correcting mistakes. People in the news, you’re about to see a lot less of the Duggars. Plus, it’s summer time and that means two things: Shark attacks and kids...

Duration:00:02:44

7-16-15: Highly Evolved Stinking Paws

7/16/2015
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American and Spanish researchers studied the hands of chimps, orangutans, humans, as well as those of human ancestors and ancient apes. President Obama was asked about Bill Cosby during his press conference on Wednesday. Amazon is saying that their birthday sale just surpassed Black Friday in rate of sales. Donald Trump has released his financial particulars. Plus, an online petition is asking that Outkast be added to the Stone Mountain monument.

Duration:00:02:43

7-15-15: Technology Addicted Millennials

7/15/2015
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A new survey says an overwhelming majority of millennials would quit their job if they weren’t allowed to text or use social media. A single dad in Pennsylvania is upset after he walked into a Target store with his daughters and saw an action figure of a scantly clad woman with a chain around her neck. Netflix is expected to announce it has 65 million worldwide subscribers today. A lawsuit is asking Major League Baseball to put up nets along the entire grandstand to protect fans. Plus, the...

Duration:00:02:15

7-14-15: Money Back Guarantee

7/14/2015
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Brooklyn Law School has announced it will refund graduates 15 percent of the total they paid in tuition if they are still without a job nine months after receiving their degree. The city of Chicago is looking to ban a new trend of smartphone cases that look like handguns. Comcast is getting into the cord-cutting business with a new streaming cable TV service called Stream. The chief singer and songwriter of the terrorist group ISIS has been killed in airstrikes in eastern Syria. Plus, a...

Duration:00:02:45

7-13-15: Putting Your Kid In A Rickety Van

7/13/2015
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Are you bothered by your teen calling you for a ride home in the middle of the night when you should be getting some much-needed sleep? A new app could help. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is expected to announce that he is running for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016. Katherine Archuleta, is resigning as the head of the Office of Personnel Management. Plus, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was asked a particularly stupid question about the show’s filming location, and his...

Duration:00:02:57

7-10-15: The Little Old Lady from Pasadena May Be Trying To Kill You

7/10/2015
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A new study says that 14 million people were in accidents with people over the age of 65 in the past year. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday signed into law a measure to remove the contentious Confederate battle flag from the state Capitol. The White House is now saying hackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people. In the months before his home was raided as part of child pornography investigation, Jared...

Duration:00:03:26

7-9-15: Skynet Has Become Self-Aware

7/9/2015
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There’s only one explanation for all of the computer glitches yesterday. A woman who took Time Warner Cable to court over robocalls won $230,000 because the cable company just would not stop calling her. Paramount has announced plans to cut down the wait between when a movie is released in theaters and when it's available to watch on demand. Keith Olbermann and ESPN have decided to part ways. Plus, a 23-year old man in Germany had admitted to drugging his girlfriend in order to keep...

Duration:00:02:59

7-8-15: Shutting Down The Killbot Factory

7/8/2015
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According to USA Today, the US Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years. According to Entertainment Weekly Harry Shearer has signed a contract to return to The Simpsons. At least one airline is going to be offering much faster in-flight Internet access. Bill Cosby should probably send a thank you note to Jared the Subway guy. Plus, sharks are falling from the sky in Virginia Beach.

Duration:00:03:25

7-7-15: Discovery Takes Shark Week Promotions Up A Notch

7/7/2015
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A Marine was bitten by a shark off the North Carolina coast last weekend. The South Carolina Senate has voted to get rid of the Confederate flag. Up next it’ll go to the House. the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy has released their plans for the High Definition Space Telescope. Bill Cosby is in some really hot water, again. Plus, if "The Big One" hits California, it could have some unexpected and hilarious ramifications.

Duration:00:03:02

7-6-15: Don't Bother Me During Nap Time

7/6/2015
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The newest trend among millennials who have too much time and disposable income? Adult preschool programs. South Carolina lawmakers will meet today to discuss whether to take the Confederate flag down from state Capitol grounds. In sports, the US Women’s Soccer Team are your World Cup Champions after a 5-2 drubbing of Japan. Burt Shavitz has died at the age of 80. Plus, Creed fans are making demands.

Duration:00:03:02

7-3-15: Smartphone Addiction

7/3/2015
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A study says that 35% of Americans reach for their smartphones before anything else in the morning. The gay marriage ruling is being used as a rationale for polygamists to try to get marriage licenses. Maria from Sesame Street is heading off into the sunset. Chevy is making a special air conditioning vent just for smartphones. Plus, the New York Mets are resorting to extreme measures to turn their season around.

Duration:00:02:59

7-2-16: Facebook Second Death Syndrome

7/2/2015
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We’ve all seen fake stories that went viral after someone took them seriously on Facebook. Many a politician has been caught doing that. People just do not pay attention to whether the news item they're sharing on Facebook is real or even in some cases current. Now there’s apparently a real thing called Facebook Second Death Syndrome. Hillary Clinton’s camp has released another batch of emails from her private server. Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision. In science...

Duration:00:02:59

7-1-15: Attack Of The Potty-Mouthed Professor

7/1/2015
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A college professor at Louisiana State University has been fired for making lame jokes. The FISA court has ruled that the NSA can go ahead and collect everybody’s cell phone metadata again. People in the news, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced. In technology news, United Airlines will starting flying planes using fuel derived from farm animal poop. Plus, a British man has started a crowdfunding campaign to save Greece from default.

Duration:00:02:40