Archive for the 'Radio' Category

I’M LISTENING TO TA-NEHISI COATES THIS EVENING…

October 3rd, 2017

TIMEMARK 7:25—Great writing is necessarily a selfish act. You have something inside you that you are trying to express, or a question that you are trying to answer and you hope that the answer you produce resonates with a wider audience. TIMEMARK 45:10—Joshua Johnson: What gives you the most hope? Ta-Nehisi Coats: I get this […]

WE ALL SHOULD LISTEN TO CELESTE HEADLEE…

September 21st, 2017

Joshua Johnson asks: Could Your Conversations Be Better? It’s not easy to hold a great conversation. But longtime public radio journalist Celeste Headlee has some helpful hints—and a few horror stories. Her new book, We Need to Talk, explains the science behind why conversations are so difficult: listening, focusing, empathizing, even knowing when not to […]

UPDATED: MASS CHARITY WALKOUT AT MAR-A-LAGO
NEO REACTS TO TRUMP’S CHARLOTTESVILLE TALK…

August 18th, 2017

[Update @ 2415: Charities cancel events at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.] Sam Allard, writing in two separate stories yesterday—Cleveland Clinic Says 2018 Gala Won’t Be at Mar-a-Lago and Willoughby South High School Will Drop Confederate “Rebel” Mascot—for Scene, reported on President Donald John Trump‘s descending spiral in Northeast Ohio. I first learned of the Cleveland Clinic-Mar-A-Lago […]

REMEMBER SINCLAIR BROADCASTING? YOU SHOULD…

August 18th, 2017

One of the injuries done to radio in recent years has been the imposition of broadcast packages across stations owned by media conglomerates, destroying local connections with listeners and producing zombie programming. What radio cancers like Clear Channel Communications (the front for iHeart Media) have done to radio, Alt-Wrong broadcaster—and a darling of President Donald […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
THE RENACCI-LEWANDOWSKI-TRUMP THREESOME…

July 26th, 2017

Last week as I listened to the discussion on WCPN’s Sound Of Ideas concerning the invitation extended by the City Club to Corey Lewandowski to speak, the first question that came to my mind was: who thought that inviting Corey Lewandowski was a good idea. Only after the show did I discover the answer: my […]

IS TRUMP CREATING HIS OWN GULF OF TONKIN…?

June 27th, 2017

In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson ramped up our country’s involvement in South East Asia in response to an attack by North Vietnamese naval forces on two American destroyers steaming in the international waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The attack was pure fiction. This afternoon, on the heels of Seymour Hersh’ in-depth revelation, in […]

GIVE ROBERT GREENSTEIN A SERIOUS LISTEN…

June 18th, 2017

I sat in my car this morning listening to Robert Greenstein deliver his City Club of Cleveland presentation: The budget would turn back the clock even farther to before the 1960s.. You should listen as well. Seriously.

ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…

June 17th, 2017

Roldo’s interview begins at timemark 42:39

SLOW TELEVISION RIDE ON A SLOW NARROWBOAT…

April 28th, 2017

I only just discovered Slow TV yesterday thanks to PRI’s The World. The Guardian also did this piece: The ultimate slow TV: a 168-hour show on reindeer migration.

THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE COME TO AMERICA…

February 16th, 2017

From Intercepted at The Intercept: The first contestant in Donald Trump’s reality administration has left the West Wing. This week on Intercepted, Glenn Greenwald offers some provocative pushback on the Russia fearmongering surrounding Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation (or firing). Naomi Klein walks the dark aisles of the Trump family department store. Former Rep. Liz Holtzman, […]

FACTS ARE FACTS ARE OPINIONS ARE REALITY…?

December 1st, 2016

So yesterday I came across one of those intersection points that I love so much when Diane Rehm and Scott Adams both take on reality in Trumpian America. First, here’s what Adams’ wrote: The mainstream media and the public now accept the idea that Trump ignored facts, science, and even common decency… and still got […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

WHITE SUBURBANITES LEARN TO SING THE BLUES…

September 1st, 2016

The BBC sent writer Linda Pressly to Northeast Ohio to report on the long-term opioid/heroin problem in the former colonies. The headline set me off: Smack In the suburbs. Like so many other social problems that only become problems when they affect the white suburbs, the current epidemic has been a problem for decades. (My […]

SCHOOL STARTS ON MONDAY…

August 16th, 2016

A RARE SKIDMARK MOMENT WITH WCPN…

August 10th, 2016

I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]

SHUNNING YET ANOTHER ISM

July 6th, 2016

I stopped using the word terrorism a little more than four years ago because I finally came to grips with the reality that the word was without objective meaning and therefore worthless in intelligent conversation. When I was an undergraduate at Ohio University during the first Reagan administration, I had taken a University Professor course—courses, […]

WOULD YOU READ THAT BOOK…? OF COURSE NOT…

June 30th, 2016

Want proof positive that you’re addicted to Magic I? Take the Ansari test. Cal Newport, writing in Aziz Ansari Ignores His Email tags this bit of wisdom from Aziz: Like, here’s a test, OK. Take, like, your nightly or morning browse of the Internet, right? Your Facebook feed, Instagram feed, Twitter, whatever. OK if someone […]

WHY THE HELL DO WE KEEP LOSING X…?

May 1st, 2016

Terry Moore’s TED Talk… In mathematics, the letter “x” represents the unknown variable. It is also, arguably, one of the most popular letters in the pack. We see it everywhere: Generation X, the X-Files, and our favorite, TEDx. So why does “x” represent the unknown? A few years ago, Terry tells us, he decided to […]

FOLLOW UP ON: DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES INDEX…

March 3rd, 2016

Last Saturday Roldo wrote about the Economic Innovation Group’s THE 2016 DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES INDEX: An Analysis of Community Well-Being Across the United States in CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY Yesterday I caught Part II of a three-part Sound of Ideas discussion on WCPN of the Distressed Cities Report Part I, Part II and Part […]

SPIKE LEE ENDORSES BERNIE IN SOUTH CAROLINA…

February 24th, 2016

From Bernie 2016: Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Tuesday released a new radio ad featuring director, producer and activist Spike Lee. “Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the Great Recession of 2008,” Lee says in the spot. “And many are still recovering. And that’s why I’m officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes […]

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