3 GREAT STORIES: Starring some old favorites

Every week, I shine the spotlight on some of the best storytelling in the business and offer my comments. “3 Great Stories of the Week” will post every Monday at 8 AM.

Having written this weekly column for eight months now, I can safely say I have developed a few favorites.

These are the web sites, podcasts, newspapers, TV stations, writers, broadcasters, reporters, and storytellers that I visit for great content — and usually provide it.

This week, all three of my “3 Great Stories” happen to be penned by repeat offenders.

Inside Israel’s quest for cyberwar supremacy (11/6/13, Worldcrunch.com): I have written about Worldcrunch before, and in this case, I found a fascinating article on the go-to web site for news translation and curation.

The piece comes from Le Nouvel Observateur, France’s most-read weekly magazine, and is translated from the original text of its writer, Hadrien Gosset-Bernheim. It gets behind the walls of the Israeli Defense Force’s cyber-espionage team … or, at least, it tries to.

Gosset-Bernheim does not receive a whole lot of specifics as to how the cyber-espionage team works, but he does shed light into its importance for the IDF. He provides a well-rounded look into a subject that might prove surprising and enlightening to American readers; that would seem to be Worldcrunch’s goal in translating such an article for an English-speaking audience.

Revolving Doors (11/6/13, 99% Invisible): This is a 99% Invisible classic, where Roman Mars and his team delineate the origins and purposes of an object you would never give a second look.

In this case, it’s the revolving door.

Did you know the founder of the revolving door believed it was a solution to door-holding social interaction? Did you know the revolving door has benefits far beyond its founder’s initial purpose?

Enjoy this relatively short — but joyously sweet — episode of 99% Invisible, which keeps altering the way we see things.

Friday Nov. 8: Vintage Wade, Vintage Jacket (11/8/13, The Starters): Finally, I must tip my cap to the recipients of a full-length piece of my previous adoration: the newly-named Starters at NBA.com.

This is because, having hit the big-time and joining forces with the NBA’s official web site, The Starters are as goofy and jovial as ever.

The crew — J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Trey Kirby, Leigh Ellis, Matt Osten, and Jason Doyle — have not changed much about their NBA-analyzing approach. And that is completely fine. Check out Friday’s episode above, and enjoy all the recurring segments (Tweet of the Week, Worst of the Week, etc.) that allow this fun-loving group to show their seamless chemistry.


Have a suggestion for “3 Great Stories of the Week”? E-mail me at matt@tellingthestoryblog.com.

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