Tech tAUk October 30, 2010 – Humorpalooza on the Mall

The historic Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear took place on the National Mall in Washington, DC on October 30 and drew out over two hundred thousand people. We were one of the first ones there. We filmed our exclusive pre-rally coverage starting at midnight on the Mall before the rally, and wrapped it up at 7 AM that morning, to chronicle the excitement and anticipation before the event. We were also joined by crew members of The Body Politic and AU Debate Forum for one big ATV contingent hanging out on the Mall.

Our headlines this week:

Douglas then shares a number of examples of how Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have influenced and commented on the state of technology in a series of past segments:

We then pass the rest of the night on the Mall through a number of methods, including Josh leading our combined crews in a tech trivia game show, celebrating Halloween by doing the Monster Mash (extended clip), going head-to-head in a Bop It competition, and singing “The Ghost of Jon” (extended clip).

Finally at 7 AM, the sun rises, and we discuss the origins of the Stewart/Colbert rally and how they originated as an online/social networking movement. Josh then gives us a brief “Epic Wow” related to Google Maps, and we close out the show with our viral video, Jon Stewart is God.

This was one of our most fun episodes of Tech tAUk to date, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Video coming soon.

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.

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