Despite many recent efforts to debunk Malcolm Gladwell’s famous “10,000 hour rule”, there is a good deal of truth to what he says. The New Yorker writer, author and podcaster claimed that the key to success in any field, is simply a matter of practicing a specific task for 20 hours a week for 10 … Continue reading Prep, preview, pivot: How almost anyone can ask great questions and do a great podcast interview.
This is the first of several blogs on making better podcasts. Today: how to be a great guest. The other day I was interviewing a young woman who wanted to work on a podcast project with us. About half of her answers began with the all-too-frequent comment, “that’s a really good question.” I wanted to … Continue reading “Thats a really good question” and other silly things guests say during podcasts.
The Sea of Galilee at sunset...Looking west Us versus them. Right against wrong. Accept the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Wag your finger and reject it outright. Far too often in our beautiful, colorful, chaotic and profoundly interesting world, political and moral arguments are reduced to simple either/or choices. My side good. Your side bad. In … Continue reading I swam with Muslims in The Sea of Galilee
It’s baseball season, thank goodness. So before I get into my windup and start hurling metaphors, let me say that I love interviewing professors on our podcasts . These learned souls are almost always thoughtful, highly intelligent, and often funny. Their bases are loaded with interesting ideas. Professors understand nuance and are good at reminding … Continue reading Professors on Podcasts: A Rant.
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
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.
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
Looks pretty peaceful doesn't it? I love our part of the Connecticut shoreline. On most days the waters from Long Island Sound are calm and there is a lovely balance between sky, land and sea. But what if this picture were to change in the years to come with dramatic sea level rise and climate … Continue reading The Best Argument I’ve Heard To Turn Climate Skeptics Into Believers
The stock market has gone wobbly again with more dire headlines about quarterly losses and worries over the state of the global economy. But how much has really changed in the past few months? Not much. Our knowledge of the world is pretty much the same. The U.S. economy is still in better shape … Continue reading Why You’re Crazy To Panic When The Stock Market Drops