Archive for the 'Radio' Category

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 […]

FEEDING A LIPOMA TO GRAND DADDY…

July 26th, 2015

BERNIE SANDERS ON THE DIANE REHM SHOW…

June 10th, 2015

Transcript here…

TELL SENATORS: ALLOW SECTION 215 TO SUNSET…

May 28th, 2015

From the transcript: JAFFER: There are presumably negotiations going on right now between some of the big players – Senator Mitch McConnell, for example, Senator Diane Feinstein, Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, Senator Leahy, and maybe something will get wrapped up in a neat bow and presented to us on Sunday when the Senate comes back. […]

THIS MORNING’S SKID-MARK MOMENT…

May 1st, 2015

Listening to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas this morning with Rick Jackson, I experienced one of my rare skid-mark moments, the flip side of NPR Driveway Moments, those times where you sit in your driveway listening to the end of an interesting piece on the car radio. A skid-mark moment comes when someone on the radio […]

THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE WORLD, III…

April 26th, 2015

THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE WORLD, II…

April 25th, 2015

IRA SHOULD HAVE HAD DANAE ON THE SHOW…

January 31st, 2015

Are genetically modified foods safe to eat? Are humans mostly to blame for climate change? Should vaccines be required? Scientists overwhelmingly answer “yes” to all questions. But the American people don’t agree, according to a survey of thousands of scientists and adults in the United States. Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center unpacks the […]

MANO SINGHAM ON SOUND OF IDEAS

June 24th, 2014

[This post was originally posted at 1747 on Monday, 23 June.] A recent survey suggests that Christianity is still the dominant religion in America. More than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians, but the number of atheists is on the rise. In 2007, 1.6 percent of Americans identified as atheists, but today that number is […]

YES…! THANK YOU IRA GLASS…

May 6th, 2014

In the response to the question: why don’t you tweet? Ira glass said: I don’t tweet because I don’t need another creative venue. I don’t need another form for self-expression. I don’t need another way to get my thoughts out to people. I have one. I’m good. But I totally think it’s wonderful for anyone […]

TESHIMA WALKER IZRAEL, 1969-2013…

August 19th, 2013

My brother, Cavana Faithwalker let me know today of the passing of Teshima Walker Izrael, executive producer of NPR’s Tell Me More and wife of Jimi Izrael. Today, the show’s staff broadcast a tribute to Teshima and wrote: Teshima Walker Izrael was the executive producer of Tell Me More. She came to the end of […]

CLEVELANDERS ON TRAYVON MARTIN…

July 20th, 2013

Richard Andrews writes: I continue to shake my head how anyone could have thought, even in the immediate glow of Barack Obama’s 2008 electoral victory, that this country was entering a post-racial era. The tragic case of Trayvon Martin, where George Zimmerman got off scot-free after profiling, stalking and killing an unarmed teenager who was […]

ANXIETY IS NOT ABOUT BEING SHY…

November 19th, 2012

Those who know me understand that I’m the worst person in the world to talk sports with, but this story on All Things Considered caught my ear and lead me to the above video. Anxiety is not about being shy in the same way that depression is not about being sad. Those of us who […]

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