Kentucky's 'Oral' History

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ALISON STEWART, host:

Welcome back to this Christmas edition of THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. Rachel Martin is joining me. I'm Alison Stewart.

You decide, we report on the most viewed, most commented and most e-mailed stories on the Web. We got The Most.

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STEWART: And Dan Pashman is in today. Thanks for working on Christmas, Dan.

DAN PASHMAN: Oh, no problem. I volunteered.

STEWART: Yeah. You're good (unintelligible).

PASHMAN: Because I don't celebrate…

STEWART: A sacrifice for you.

PASHMAN: Merry Christmas to you guys.

STEWART: Thank you. What do you have?

PASHMAN: All right. We got the most e-mailed from the New York Times here about this new trend. We all heard of shoplifting. Well, this is called a shop-dropping. And it's essentially going into stores and instead of taking things, you're leaving things. Often times it is sort of a sign of protest, maybe just a way for self promotion but all different kinds of groups are doing this. It's sort of, like, reversed shoplifting.

For instance, anti-consumerist groups slip replica products with political messages onto the shelves of big box stores. For instance, they have a photo in a Target of a T-shirt that says, season's greetings from the three wise men and has a picture of Karl Marx, Che Guevara and anarchist Mikhail Bakunin. And so - but then religious proselytizers put pamphlets in the pages of gay and lesbian readings. Self-published authors sneak their works onto the new releases shelves of Barnes & Noble.

STEWART: (Unintelligible)

PASHMAN: And it is sort of these parts of promotion-part protest that apparently is gaining some momentum.

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Where is that the most, you just said that?

PASHMAN: New York Times.

STEWART: New York Times, okay.

PASHMAN: Ali, you said you (unintelligible).

STEWART: Yeah. I got a - I brought an art book from my mom, a beautiful art book. And as I was leafing through it, I realized somebody had slipped in little pieces of porn.

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MARTIN: Little pieces?

STEWART: (unintelligible) I was like, oh, it's a naked lady and it's not a pretty, you know, it's a Rubin thing lady.

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PASHMAN: So it wasn't the art kind of thing.

STEWART: No. No. Hey, My Most is from the Google Trends. One of the most searched names is Josh Kelly. And you're saying, who's Josh Kelly? Well, he's now Mr. Katherine Heigl.

PASHMAN: Oh.

STEWART: Yeah. She's the star of the movie "Knocked Up." She's in "Grey's Anatomy."

MARTIN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: And they got hitched over the weekend in Park City, Utah.

MARTIN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: The first marriage for both. Interestingly, though, over the weekend I went to see…

MARTIN: "27 Dresses."

STEWART: No. I went to see a movie and that was…

MARTIN: Oh.

STEWART: …that the trailer.

MARTIN: That was the trailer.

STEWART: That was the trailer for this new movie she's got coming out called "27 Dresses," where she's plays a woman who is always the bridesmaid and I'm assuming press starts for that movie soon. So getting married coincidence?

MARTIN: (Singing) Pressure.

STEWART: I wonder Mr. Kelly heard a thing or two during the making of that film.

MARTIN: (Singing) Sure.

STEWART: It was just speculation on my part.

MARTIN: Okay. I have a story also from the New York Times. This is - I found this disturbing. It's a story about teeth and the oral history of Kentucky through those teeth. This is a piece about the fact that the culture of Kentucky, the malnutrition, horrible problems with insurance makes Kentucky a state with the highest proportion where adults under 65 don't have teeth. They just don't have them and there a lot of reasons for that like I said malnutrition or a lot of people because they know they're not going to be able to afford dental insurance, which is increasingly expensive, they just pull them preemptively. They just pull them out. They figured this is the best way to prevent…

STEWART: Oh.

MARTIN: …having to deal with major dental work down the road. There's also a growing problem with meth…

STEWART: Meth? (Unintelligible). Oh, meth mouth.

MARTIN: Yeah. Meth mouth and it's so…

STEWART: (Unintelligible) an issue.

MARTIN: And so that's another reason why no one in Kentucky has - okay, not no one but it is their growing problem and there are some doctors out there who are trying to draw attention to this and fix it.

STEWART: All right. And our final story on The Most, I believe this was the most viewed at - oh, where was this? I want to say Yahoo News. That sounds right.

A Salvation Army kettle - do you know they have them outside of stores and people make donations. Well, some of these try to put this really kind of big dollar that was worth $100 into kettle and couldn't fit so he handed it to the person ringing the bell, who works in Salvation Army, come to find out it's a very rare coin and it's worth $1,300.

PASHMAN: Wow.

STEWART: And the guy who got the coin was honest enough to turn it in. The Salvation Army says they (unintelligible) they get a rare coin. They've gotten a bunch of gold coins this year as well. Obviously, those were probably unintentional. But not sure this person.

PASHMAN: Ali, who walks around with that gold bullion in their pocket? I mean…

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MARTIN: A pirate.

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STEWART: And I think that does it for our edition of The Most today. Did you have one more you want to get in there?

PASHMAN: No. That's all right.

STEWART: You're sure?

PASHMAN: Yeah. There's so much more good stuff (unintelligible). I don't want to detract from it.

STEWART: All right.

PASHMAN: Merry Christmas.

STEWART: Merry Christmas.

MARTIN: Yeah.

STEWART: A merry most. You can find these stories and other awesome BPP finds at our Web site, npr.org.

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