Sometimes I love riding with NYC subway…

A number one train in motion ...Yeah, I know it’s a pain— especially in rush hour, at the weekends when there’s limited service, or if the guy sitting next to me is manspreading. But there are also times of unexpected delight on the New York City subway, when a stranger makes you smile. Friday nights … Continue reading Sometimes I love riding with NYC subway…

I swam with Muslims in The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee at sunset...Looking west Us versus them. Right against wrong. Accept the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Wag your finger and reject it outright. Far too often in our beautiful, colorful, chaotic and profoundly interesting world, political and moral arguments are reduced to simple either/or choices. My side good. Your side bad. In … Continue reading I swam with Muslims in The Sea of Galilee

Professors on Podcasts: A Rant.

It’s baseball season, thank goodness. So before I get into my windup and start hurling metaphors, let me say that I love interviewing professors on our podcasts . These learned souls are almost always thoughtful, highly intelligent, and often funny. Their bases are loaded with interesting ideas. Professors understand nuance and are good at reminding … Continue reading Professors on Podcasts: A Rant.

Podcasts: When The Missing Ingredient Is Soul.

If you want to start a podcast, the barriers to entry are low. Good equipment is cheap and there are plenty of smart, simple “how to” guides to get you and your organization in the game. But what most experts and consultants won’t tell you is that to be successful, your podcast needs soul. You … Continue reading Podcasts: When The Missing Ingredient Is Soul.

On podcasting: the small picture

The other day a young man in his 20’s told me something very sad. While he has a strong moral sense and believes in the necessity of profound political change, and would like to do something to make the world a better place, he doesn’t know where to start. My friend sees no connection between … Continue reading On podcasting: the small picture

podcasts are so more than sound without the pictures.

I’m an audio guy. Always have been. One of my earliest memories was when I was five, sitting on the floor of my bedroom, loading a stack of orange, green and yellow 45 rpm vinyl records with a big hole in the middle, onto a kids’ victrola that my parents purchased to keep their easily distracted child … Continue reading podcasts are so more than sound without the pictures.

Beyond outrage and anger… Solutions. A podcast for our times.

We’re gearing up for another great year with more independent-minded, contrarian guests — kicking off this week with Claire Cain Miller of TheUpshot, the New York Times and economics site. After all the recent anger and outrage over sexual harassment our podcast team decided to do a show about how to reduce bullying and harassment in … Continue reading Beyond outrage and anger… Solutions. A podcast for our times.

FixIt: Abolishing Unbelievable.

We live in an age of hyperbole. “Amazing”, “incredible” and “wow!” are among the most glaring examples of over-used words. “Great” and “fantastic” are proclaimed when “good” would do nicely. “LOL” has replaced a smiley face, and “thank you” usually comes with “very much” attached, even if the sender doesn’t (really) mean it. But nothing … Continue reading FixIt: Abolishing Unbelievable.

Brilliance is Over-rated. Practice isn’t.

Right around the time our first child was born, The Mozart-for-babies craze was at its peak. The idea was that listening to Mozart’s music - even in utero - would make babies smarter. It was a gimmick by marketers that - brilliantly, of course - played into the belief of many parents that their children … Continue reading Brilliance is Over-rated. Practice isn’t.

The Most Urgent, Exciting Podcast Since Serial.

I've just listened to a riveting edition of "The Daily" - the first-rate morning news podcast launched in February by The New York Times. Among the latest episodes is a dramatic behind-the-scenes account of how FBI director James Comey handled investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during last year's Presidential race.  Many Democrats blame … Continue reading The Most Urgent, Exciting Podcast Since Serial.