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…
Viewing art helps me take a fresh look at the world. Painters do it all the time. They deconstruct the objects, landscapes and people they see - putting them back together again on canvas. Reimagining the world. What a brave and profound thing to do. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we would do the same thing … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? After We Smashed the China
I'm one of those damn fool East Coast journalists who was stunned by the results of last week's election. I didn't see it coming. I thought that we'd elect our first woman President. So why should you bother to read this? Because I'm listening and learning from others who may be a bit smarter than me. … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? What I’ve Learned Since Donald Trump Won.
By most measures Hillary Clinton had a pretty good night in her first debate with Donald Trump. But something was missing. Her disciplined performance may have convinced wavering voters to be somewhat more comfortable with the idea of her as President. Clinton's cool, calm demeanor contrasted with Donald Trump's repeated interruptions and bluster. She was … Continue reading Hey, Hillary! Tell More Stories.
Why are so many of us so damn angry? Signs of fury are everywhere. The national mood has darkened and it's doing nothing to improve our democracy. From chaotic scenes last weekend in Las Vegas when Bernie Sanders' supporters threw a hissy fit at the Nevada's Democratic Convention, to Donald Trump's string of outrageous insults, it seems … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? When Did It Become Cool To Be So Angry?
Most people don't like the sound of their own voice. Play back a recording and they cringe. But the good news for wannabe podcasters and public speakers is that vocal mechanics don't matter nearly as much they one did. We live in a visual age and a much greater range of voices and accents … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? What Your Voice Says About You.
Napoleon Bonaparte's disastrous invasion of Russia during the brutally cold winter of 1812 might have gone a lot better if only he'd known about the chemical properties of tin. "The buttons that were on his jacket were made out of tin," says materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez. "When it gets really cold, tin undergoes a chemical … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? Napoleon’s Buttons And Our Crazy Problem With Science
Ready for a word that Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders would consider to be an obscenity? Compromise. Insults, anger and disgust are in, while deal-making, compromise and governance are so old school. We're all too busy having a national hissy fit to sit down and do the boring, important stuff. My friend Mark … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? 2 Cheers For Compromise
The Dark Lord was one mean dude. The witches and wizards in the Harry Potter books and movies were so paralyzed by fear that they didn't speak his name. Voldemort was referred to instead as "You Know Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named". Now, says British anti-terrorism campaigner Maajid Nawaz, President Obama and other well-intentioned liberals are … Continue reading ISIS, Lord Voldemort And “He Who Must Not Be Named”.
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Me neither. Over the years, I've the found that the hardest - and most delightful - people to buy for are kids. The toys, games and gifts that we get them represent much more than simply a nice little trinket of affection. They're symbols of … Continue reading Star Wars, Holiday Toys and The Magic of How Kids Play