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.

The Huge Mistake Environmentalists Make About Their Opponents

Just this week I received yet another appeal for help from an environmental group. "President Trump has unleashed his biggest attack on climate action yet," said the fundraising email.  His executive order takes "dead aim" on climate protections. Days before, another "urgent" email in my in-box spoke of how EPA head Scott Pruitt's extreme positions show "what … Continue reading The Huge Mistake Environmentalists Make About Their Opponents

Too Much Opinion. Not Enough Reporting. How Do We Fix It?

This is written in response to a Medium post by Lewis Wallace, a talented, brave and passionate young journalist who worked for the public radio show, Marketplace.  He was fired this week for refusing to take down his post.  The headline was: "Objectivity is Dead, and I'm okay with it." -- I disagree. A reporter's job … Continue reading Too Much Opinion. Not Enough Reporting. How Do We Fix It?

 The F… Bomb Has Become a Filler Word. How Do We Fix It?

The jump the shark moment for the F-word may have come and gone. Even the erudite David Brooks of the New York Times used it recently in his otherwise uplifting book on self-discipline and modesty, "The Road to Character." A four letter word that once caused shock - or at least embarrassed giggles - has become … Continue reading  The F… Bomb Has Become a Filler Word. How Do We Fix It?

How Do We Fix It? No. Never Make a Podcast Unless…

I've been into audio ever since I was a little kid who slapped 45 rpm green, red, yellow and orange Disney discs onto the record player my parents gave me when I was six years old. The stories, voices and jingles really were music to my ears. Not long after college, to no-one's great surprise, … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? No. Never Make a Podcast Unless…