We’re in the final stages of building a brand new weekly podcast, and I’m pretty excited about it. If all goes well, How Do We Fix It? will be up on iTunes by June 10th.
That would be exactly two months to the day since I left ABC News Radio.
Why bother? Why throw our podcast pebble into the frenzied media firmament?
Unlike many news and public affairs shows, where the tired old left vs. right arguments are hurled across the table, our half-hour podcast is a spontaneous conversation about new solutions and fresh thinking.
Rather than shouting at each other, we take some of the best ideas out there, no matter where they come from.
Jim Meigs and I are both good friends, who’ve spent decades in the news media. Jim has been editor-in-chief of four magazines, most recently Popular Mechanics. I covered politics, business, and finance for ABC News Radio.
We don’t agree on everything (far from it!). But Jim and I are both practical guys who think there’s a big hole in the market for a show that tackles tech, teaching, taxes and many other controversial matters in a positive way. It’s time for a show that sheds more light than heat.
We’re building a website for our podcast at http://www.howdowefixit.me
In the first episodes of How Do We Fix It? we’ve had a lot of fun learning from some of the best in the business.
Phil Plait, who writes the highly popular Bad Astronomy blog at Slate gives us some great insights into how to fix the space program. Elizabeth Green, author of the excellent book, Building A Better Teacher, has solid common-sense advice for parents who worry about the quality of teaching in public schools. And motivation expert Ron Friedman has fascinating thoughts on how to create a happier workforce. Those are just three of our shows.
Jim and I are thinking outside the box and going beyond labels. How Do We Fix It? talks about practical ways to put theories into practice.
These shows came about after years of lively chats that Jim and I had together over dinner, coffee or simply out hiking together. We want to make the world a better place, and are tired of politicians, pundits and others shouting the same phrases and making the same mistakes over and over again.
We hope you’ll listen and suggest new episodes and smart people who we can have as guests. Pull up a chair and join the conversation. Like and add your suggestions to our Fix It Show Facebook page, and please follow @fixitshow on Twitter.
Instead of kicking up a lot of dust, we like to bring people together as we talk about the stuff government, businesses, communities and all of us can do to improve our lives.
That’s something new, people!