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.
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?
I'm in London - capital of "we have no idea what's going to happen next." This much is certain: Never in recent decades have Britain's intelligentsia and political elite been in such a fog - baffled by Brexit and troubled by Trump. I can't remember a time when so many op-Ed writers end their … Continue reading How Do We Fix It As We Leap Over a Cliff?
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.
Retired steel workers union boss Lou Mavrakis is the Democratic Mayor of Monessen, Pennsylvania. In 2008 he campaigned for Barack Obama. This year he's supporting Donald Trump. "You're in the heart of where steel and coal was born," Mavrakis told Martha Raddatz of ABC News. But most of the good jobs have gone and this faded town's population collapsed from … Continue reading How Do We Fix It: Time to Stop Sneering At Donald Trump Voters.
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?
With audio/visual media class at UTEP. El Paso: Sometimes we learn a lot more than we expect to from the kids that we're supposed to be teaching. And so it was during my visit to Kate Gannon's audio/ visual production class at UTEP - The University of Texas, El Paso. I was asked to … Continue reading How Do We Fix It: Our Neighbors Just Across The Border
Unscripted comments often give us the worst moments of the Presidential campaign. Look no further than the embarrassing Republican debate in early March, when Donald Trump bragged about his penis. But once in a while a tense, uncomfortable encounter can turn into a civics lesson. And so it was when Bill Clinton stood up … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? How Bill Clinton Smashed the Passion Gap
How many times have you heard someone say: "I'm fed up with the campaign and politics in general." That's hardly surprising at a time when media coverage has focused on personal insults, name-calling and partisan gridlock, instead of governance and compromise. But much of this is our fault. Not just the politicians. From older angry … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? You and Me. Our Role in Partisan Divide