Copyright ©2008 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

ALISON STEWART, host:

I am reminded of something. Nirvana equals good.

IAN CHILLAG: Yeah.

MATT MARTINEZ: Mm.

STEWART: Wouldn't you agree?

CHILLAG: It doesn't change.

STEWART: You know what else equals good?

CHILLAG: It does not lose its power.

STEWART: Letting you choose the news. Let the people's voice be heard on these airwaves and digital thingies that happen that let us be online.

CHILLAG: A technical term.

STEWART: Thank you. This is The Most.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: All right, we're looking at the most-emailed, most-read, most-everything stories from the interwebs. Is Mark in there? You have got - no, no. He's got mood lighting.

MARK GARRISON: No, well, I mood light because I don't - yeah...

STEWART: I can barely see you in that news booth.

GARRISON: But things are so strange in there!

(Soundbite of laughter)

GARRISON: I have my own place here. Don't breath on me.

STEWART: Now, are you waving me off of doing you first, or did I say it wrong?

GARRISON: No, no, I'm waving you in.

STEWART: Are you waving me off having you do your Most first?

(Soundbite of laughter)

GARRISON: No, ma'am. I have things, I have written them down. They exist.

STEWART: All right, go for it.

GARRISON: I've got a most-emailed at Seattle Times. This is about about swinging seniors. They are the fastest group of online-dating users, fastest growing group of cohabiters, actually, too, because there are a lot of demographic cultural factors. You know, if you get longer life expectancy, there's more time to date. Specifically men are living longer because of better treatment for drugs - treatment of drugs for cancers that affect men. Obviously, Viagra means they can be of greater service to women they know longer.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GARRISON: And what's interesting is that they would rather basically shack up...

STEWART: Greater service!

GARRISON: Than get remarry, and so - because remarriage rates are flat because, you know, basically, remarrying, kind of complicated, pension, healthcare, inheritance, all that stuff like that. So, I think this is all great for senior happiness and for the world of engaging online, something that's important to us. Just, if you're listening and you have a senior that you love and you're encouraging them to get out there, just warn them to tread carefully if they wind up in Craigslist's Casual Encounters...

(Soundbite of laughter)

GARRISON: Because that might be taking the engagement a little too far, is what i'm worried about that.

STEWART: Greater service?

GARRISON: Yeah.

CHILLAG: Service?

STEWART: Viagra helps you fix door hinges?

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: Yeah, that's what he meant.

LAURA SILVER: Door hinges?

STEWART: That's where the fun starts.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: It's a most (unintelligible)...

CHILLAG: That's the image I'm keeping in my head.

STEWART: Exactly.

GARRISON: Oh, boy.

MARTINEZ: Exactly.

STEWART: Mine is a Yahoo! buzz. It's a breakout, and I thought it might be interesting to people in this room. It is the highest paying jobs in the United States, as we all move forward.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GARRISON: Do tell, Alison Stewart.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: It's interesting, because they took out all the - they say this is from the U.S. Department of Labor's official list. Now, out of the top 20, about, I believe, 10 of them were medical jobs. There was a pediatrician, a family doctor. So, they kind of put them all in one group so - to make room for the others. But you could be a computer information-systems manager, the IT guys?

MARTINEZ: Yeah?

STEWART: They get it on, 100,000 dollars a year.

CHILLAG: Wow.

STEWART: Very surprised...

GARRISON: That's nice.

STEWART: Air-traffic controller, a little high stress, as you can imagine. They say you need nine years of training time to get to six figures, but it's possible. They've got on here, lawyer, if you want to do that. Airline pilot, another high-stress job, but you can pull down 135,000 dollars a year on average.

CHILLAG: Oh, that's nice.

STEWART: An engineering manager, and a natural sciences manager...

GARRISON: Slow down, slow down. I'm writing these down! You're going too fast!

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Marketing manager. You know what I noticed on here? Five of these people are managers.

CHILLAG: Yeah.

STEWART: "Manager," the magic word, apparently.

CHILLAG: And actually, I also noticed a lot of those require skills...

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: Which I don't have. If there's anything in there, sitting and talking about stuff, because how's that pay? Pretty good?

MARTINEZ: Yeah.

STEWART: I don't have any skill and I got paid for it for a little while there.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: For a little while...

MARTINEZ: Yeah.

STEWART: Laura Silver.

SILVER: OK, well, I'm also talking about the yearn to urn. But it's U-R-N, and this story comes from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It's the most-emailed. "Dying art form is alive and well," and this is actually about art making urns and stuff that people's ashes can be put in.

STEWART: Ah.

MARTINEZ: How many puns did we go through there? Like, four puns.

SILVER: I can't be stopped!

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: Did Candace Bushnell write this article?

MARTINEZ: All right.

SILVER: Close. Anyway, you know, the Pacific Northwest, there are a lot of artisans there. They work in glass, ceramics. This one guy in a boutique death shop is commissioning them to make urns.

STEWART: Oh.

SILVER: So, one, for example, an exhibitionist, OK? How do you think he want - what do you think he wants his urn to look like?

STEWART: Naked people.

MARTINEZ: Clear.

SILVER: Clear, exactly!

STEWART: Oh!

SILVER: He made him a glass urn.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTINEZ: I didn't read the story.

SILVER: And...

CHILLAG: Whatever the next question is, my answer is also naked people.

SILVER: Naked people, well, may...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: Anyway, there's good news, because we're all going to die but, it doesn't...

CHILLAG: That is good news.

GARRISON: Yeah, thanks.

SILVER: No, no, but when you die, you can become an eternal reef, part of a coral reef.

CHILLAG: That doesn't really brighten it up for me, I'm going to be honest.

STEWART: Laura, I'm shutting you down on this story.

CHILLAG: Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Shutting you down right now.

MARTINEZ: Shutting down the Laura Silver...

STEWART: Matt, you're next.

SILVER: Ouch!

MARTINEZ: I have one of the most-emailed at boston.com, which is the Boston Globe. An intense storm left four people in critical condition in Dorchester, Massachusetts in the Boston area yesterday. Or Dohrchester (ph).

STEWART: Dohrchester. Mahky Mahk's (ph) from Dohrchester.

MARTINEZ: Yeah, Mahky Mahk's from Dohrchester. The storm arrived right in the middle of a very tense tied game of a local soccer league, the Dohrchester Franklin Field...

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTINEZ: And many spectators fled for shelter underneath, you know, obviously, you know, the safest place, an enormous tree.

CHILLAG: Oh.

MARTINEZ: They went and stood under an enormous tree. Ten spectators were struck by lightning as they stood beneath the tree, all of them males.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTINEZ: I shouldn't laugh. I'm not laughing. That was - please, transcribers, strike the laughing from the record. The youngest victim was 13 years old, the oldest was in his 40s, and four are in critical condition. It's actually not so good. The EMS deputy supervisor on the scene said they sought the quickest shelter, but unfortunately, lightning strikes the tallest object.

STEWART: Not the wisest shelter.

MARTINEZ: And that was the tallest tree in the area. I've been on the job 27 years and I've never had 10 people struck by lightning at once.

STEWART: Well, we send out well wishes to all the folks who are in bad shape as a result of that.

MARTINEZ: Yes.

STEWART: Ian, we're going to let you finish up The Most.

CHILLAG: OK, I have a most-popular from Newsday. And actually, if I could swap out the music for this one, that'd be good. Thanks.

(Soundbite of song "Theme from Beverly Hills, 90210")

CHILLAG: Does anyone not recognize this theme?

MARTINEZ: Yeah...

SILVER: I don't.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: It's the "90210." As you know, it's coming back, there's a new "90210."

STEWART: You're probably getting good grades somewhere.

SILVER: No, I have an urn. That part of me died.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: You really can't turn it off. Yeah, there's a new "90210" on the CW, and you know, Jenny Garth, Kelly, is going to be on it. She's - it's, like, sort of the next generation.

STEWART: Sure.

CHILLAG: She's now the guidance counselor at Beverly Hills High.

STEWART: Oof.

CHILLAG: So, as we know, there was always some - both in their characters and off-screen, there was some sparring between Jenny and Shannen Doherty. Can we hear a little bit of that, actually?

(Soundbite of TV show "Beverly Hills, 90210")

Ms. SHANNEN DOHERTY: (as Brenda Walsh) You know, Kelly, if you're trying to lose your bimbo image, I honestly don't think this will help.

Ms. JENNIE GARTH: (as Kelly Taylor) I am not a bimbo, OK?

Ms. DOHERTY: (as Brenda Walsh) Whatever you say, Kelly. But I was always taught that if it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck...

Ms. GARTH: (As Kelly Taylor) Go to Hell.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: That's not exactly the way the phrase goes, but they were fighting over Dylan there. Anyway, there was a big doubt whether or not Shannen Doherty would come back for the new "90210" on the same set with Jenny Garth. It has been confirmed. They will be on set together. Who knows what'll happen?

STEWART: Ah.

CHILLAG: Brian Austin Green...

STEWART: Yes!

CHILLAG: They're still trying to reach out to him, so we'll see.

STEWART: Reasons to live. Ian, thank you!

CHILLAG: You got it.

STEWART: It's a good way to end the show, on a high note. This has been the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.

(Soundbite of song "Theme from Beverly Hills, 90210")

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: