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…

How Do We Fix It? After We Smashed the China

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

How Do We Fix It? When Did It Become Cool To Be So Angry?

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?

How Do We Fix It? What Your Voice Says About You.

    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.

How Do We Fix It? How Bill Clinton Smashed the Passion Gap 

   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 Do We Fix It? Napoleon’s Buttons And Our Crazy Problem With Science

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

How Do We Fix It?  You and Me.  Our Role in Partisan Divide

 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

How Do We Fix It? 2 Cheers For Compromise 

   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 

Hey Congress: The Playground Was Never This Bad!

   The way Obamacare is being debated is infantile.   Instead of a detailed prescription for change, we're hearing slogans. Despite claims to the contrary by Republicans and Democrats, The Affordable Care Act is neither an unmitigated disaster nor a glorious triumph. The truth lies between the two extremes, which is so often the case. … Continue reading Hey Congress: The Playground Was Never This Bad!