In an increasingly crowded field of Monday-to-Friday podcasts, “The Daily” from The New York Times is still the most popular news show, with about 1.75 million downloads per episode. According to one estimate, the number of daily podcasts has more than tripled in less than two years. The competition now includes news shows by NPR, … Continue reading Daily podcasts are booming. But here’s why some will fail…
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.
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
To a greater or lesser extent, we all live in filter bubbles. Only truly shocking events shake up our view of the world. The 11/13 Paris attacks were the latest assault on our senses. Intelligence officials, police, politicians and the rest of us are dealing with a new reality - that ISIS and … Continue reading What We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Paris Attacks
I do a podcast called "How Do We Fix It?." And it would be good thing if we could get a conversation going about gun crime. One that went somewhere and introduced some new ideas. But I'm not sure it's possible. It's been a week since the Umpqua Community College massacre in Oregon and … Continue reading Our Gun Control Debate Misses The Target. We Need A New Conversation.
New Republic “We in the press are about to over-politicize his visit to America,” writes New York Times columnist David Brooks. How right he is. The media are awash with bland, secular generalizations. The trumpets of left and right are already at blaring with either praise or denunciations of the Pope’s message. House Speaker John … Continue reading Don’t Put His Views In a Political Box. What The Media Are Missing About Pope Francis.
This week I changed my mind about America's sex offender laws. Sure, they're popular and were passed by Congress and state legislatures in response terrible crimes. But no law can cure all ills and the national sex offender registry appears to be in urgent need of reform. In recent years we've had … Continue reading One-Size-Fits-All. Our National Panic Over Sex Crimes
The man Jon Stewart called "the comb-over King" is giving Jeb Bush a bunch of bad hair days. This was the guy who was supposed to be the optimistic candidate, who campaigns with "joy in my heart". But Bush 3 been thrown horribly off his game by the great usurper, Donald Trump. "Mr. Bush … Continue reading Solutions Advice For Jeb Bush… Be Positive. Have Some Fun At The Expense of Donald Trump
Sure, it's easy to make fun of Donald Trump. The front-page of the New York Daily News portrayed him as a clown. The mocking mainstream media had a field day after Trump announced that he was running for President. The speech was "like it was plagiarized from an old drunk man mumbling to himself … Continue reading Mocking Donald Trump: Fun For Some, But It’s Bad For America
A headline in The New York Times "The suicide of Britain," proclaims an apocalyptic and, (as the Brits would say) bloody silly headline on Ross Douthat's op-ed column. Arriving back in New York after a very pleasant and refreshing visit to England, I'm surprised by the response to last week's U.K. election in my … Continue reading Going Grumpy: Why The New York Times Is Wrong About the British Election, and Maybe U.S. Politics As Well.