Archive for the ‘Radiolab’ Category

As radio listener numbers continue to drop here, and stations foolishly follow the PPM into content bankruptcy, the number of radio listeners in the U.K. is skyrocketing for BBC Radio.

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I guess I’m part of that, since I started to listen to BBC all morning after the KGO disaster in December 2011.  BBC Radio is increasing listener numbers to new levels:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23523977

Both Radio 2 and Radio 4 are enjoying the highest overall listening figures they’ve ever recorded since the current RAJAR methodology began in 1999.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said the station’s success was down to its “distinctive high quality content”.

http://radiotoday.co.uk/category/rajarnews/

Twenty-six million people, half the population of the UK are now tuning in to digital radio each week, the latest figures show.

One program I listen to on BBC Radio 2 is the ‘Simon Mayo Drivetime Show’.  During the weekdays, except for Fridays, he airs a confession from a listener, sent in via email or website, that Simon reads on-air and his team decide if the confessor should be forgiven.  It’s a fun feature of his show.  He’s been on vacation, so I was happy to get a week’s worth of confessions again.  The Confession podcasts are posted online every Friday, available for thirty days.  If you download the podcast, you can listen forever.

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Here is the page to the most recent podcast:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess

The first confession on the podcast has strawberry jam and ends with a sting!

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If you want to submit a confession, here’s the page:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/simon-mayo/contact/confessions/

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And, here’s a link to all of Simon Mayo’s show episodes, available for seven days after the first broadcast.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2dfq/broadcasts/2013/08

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Bernie Ward has new posts on his blog.  Now, more from Ward: (maybe he could use that confessional page…)

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Friday, July 5, 2013 – This ‘n That (includes a little bit of everything, Supreme Court, Snowden, George Bush, oil, etc.)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/this-n-that.html

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – Check Please… (about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and more on Snowden)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/check-please.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – World War Z (about George Zimmerman)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/world-war-z.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – Couldn’t See the Forest for the Smoke (about environmental issues)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/couldnt-see-forest-for-smoke.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – With Friends Like These (about a gas deal between Iran and Iraq)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/with-friends-like-these.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – Who Watches the Watchers? (about national security and privacy)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/who-watches-watchers.html

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Nothing from Len

I wish I could include a Len Tillem update, but his podcasts have been missing for weeks now.  I don’t want to speculate why.  I hope he’s on a luxurious, extended vacation and all is well with him and his loved ones.

Here’s his Spreaker page, but there are no current podcasts:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem

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Interesting Book

I used to listen to Gil Gross interview authors and enjoyed the in-depth discussions with both author and callers.  Now, not so much.  I can’t even listen to Gil’s Friday shows any longer.  But I do listen to BBC Radio2 every morning and hear book segments with authors.  This book, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, written by Susan Cain, was recently featured.  Here’s the Amazon page for the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Power-Introverts-World-Talking/dp/0307352153

Plus, there is a TED video about it featuring Susan Cain:

Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html

And, this is Susan Cain’s webpage:

http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/

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The Frosty Show

I do listen to Frosty every day now, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00pm.  He just puts it all out there and he takes calls.  His shows are not structured for deep content so it’s not something I would go back to and listen again.  It’s all in the moment.  So far, I enjoy his show.  Others do as well, if searches for him are any indication.  Lots of people want to know more about Frosty.  Four times more than they search for Gil.  huh….

Here’s a link to Frosty’s podcasts:

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/

They have a new page format for Talk 910’s podcasts.  Now you have to click on the podcast to read about the content.

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John and Ed

Don’t forget to visit John Rothmann at his website:

http://johnrothmann.com/

And, Ed Baxter at his website:

http://edbaxtermedia.com/category/podcasts/

Mozilla’s Webmaker

This is unrelated to radio content, but I think it’s a great new tool for everyone to explore.  Mozilla Firefox has introduced Webmaker, a learning environment for anyone who is interested in creating web content.  The goal is to promote digital literacy through making and sharing.

One thing I like to do, when I’m not working, is learn how to code.  Nothing fancy, just something fun that will keep my interest while learning the basics of coding.  I’m learning how to create a game.  Not exactly the easiest thing to do, considering all of the code language out there with varied requirements and the trick of interacting with different browsers, combined with the concept of stacking and heaping and global objects.  But, once you learn the basic functions and methods and classes of code, it’s not difficult to adapt to any code language: C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.

Code is a language everyone should know or, at least, understand.  Now when I look at websites and add-ons and forms and apps, I recognize how the code behind it was structured.  I think about how I would code it or I search online how to do it in the same way.  I know to look at the Web Developer tools and know how to read the Error Console.  Not much, I know.  But, I know what’s possible and I just have to learn how to get there.

The more I work with it or read about it, the more it makes sense.  So, that’s why I’m excited to see this new program from Mozilla promoting digital literacy.

Here’s the main page (note, it might take a few seconds to load the entire page of sample projects):

https://webmaker.org/

Here’s the page on how to get involved:

https://webmaker.org/en-US/getinvolved

If you select the Tools page (see the bottom of the main page), and click on the ‘Remix a Project’ button, it will load multiple projects that you can edit.  For example, under ‘Popcorn Maker’, this is the page that loads when you click the Remix button:

https://webmaker.org/en-US/search?type=tags&q=webmaker%3Atemplate

If you choose a project, and click on the ‘Remix’ button of the project, a page loads that shows the code of the project, with instructions on how to edit what’s there, alongside the actual preview of the project.  You can view any changes you make as you work.  For example, I clicked on the ‘Remix’ button found on the first project on the page, ‘My Magazine Cover’, and this is what loads:

https://thimble.webmaker.org/project/5405/remix

It explains everything as you work on it.  Try it.  Don’t get frustrated, it looks like a lot to take in at once, but after a few times it will get easier as it all sinks in.  Have fun!

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Well, I did get a little off-track today, but there’s not much out there any longer after Cumulus Radio destroyed how we listen to radio.  We have to find other options and Gil Gross is not bringing ‘it’ any longer.  Who knows why.  Can’t listen to his wife, nothing against her personally, but she should NOT be on radio.  It’s unlistenable.  So, why does Gil continue to insist on having her on his show?  It’s head-scratching radio, my friends.  I’ve turned to looking for other options.

Again, these sites offer hours of good listening:

Radiolab:

http://www.radiolab.org/archive/

This American Life:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives

Here’s This American Life‘s producer and host, Ira Glass, talking about why he chose to quit television and concentrate on radio:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/328/what-i-learned-from-television

Here’s the transcript page of the audio:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/328/transcript

Ira Glass discusses storytelling:

http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/05/15/ira-glass-on-storytelling-video/

http://www.nooga.com/160875/interview-ira-glass-on-being-interviewed-and-making-a-good-story/

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And, for change of pace, take a walk over to see good ol’ fiesty, potty-mouth Stan over there at his new blog:

http://stan55chevy.blogspot.com/

I think that’s enough to keep everyone occupied until next week.  See you then!

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Now that I can no longer listen to Gil’s show on Fridays, and I made the mistake of leaving the radio on after Frosty’s show today (Friday) until the screeching and squawking sound of Gil’s wife’s voice, that irritating, unprofessional voice, had me scrambling to turn that radio off faster than Ron Owens can say mattress, so I used my listening hours instead to explore the Radio Archive section of the website This American Life.

Oh, my gawd, I laughed, I cried, I held my hand to my heart.  This American Life episodes sneak up on you and sock you in the gut.  I had a true listening experience today.

This American Life’s style is similar to Radiolab, but it’s less scientific, focusing more on the emotional human condition than the significance of a story examined by logic and reasoning and theory.  This American Life is like cooking at home, with friends in the kitchen, while Radiolab is like being in America’s Test Kitchen, that public television show that dissects the molecules and chemistry of the food to find the optimal cooking method.

I’ll add links to some of the episodes I’ve heard on http://www.thisamericanlife.org/.  But, first, I have to mention Frosty.

I’ve read online that some people have listened to Frosty’s show for an hour and had to turn it off, couldn’t listen to it and will never listen again.  I feel the same about Gil’s Friday shows but I’m gone in one minute.  One hour of it would have me poking pins in my eardrums.

Frosty is like a bumbling, affable neighbor who comes over with a beer in his hand and sits on your creaky, wooden back porch steps and talks.  He has opinions, he sometimes says cringe-worthy things, but his show is beginning to hit a stride.  Even better that Lloyd Lindsay Young is there as well as Sebastian Kunz.  If I navigate away from Gil’s show altogether I would miss Young and Kunz.  heh, that sounds like something that needs a 900 number.

Lately, Frosty has been playing audio clips of interviews or events in the news.  He ends his show with one of those clips.  Many times it’s something heart-warming that makes me smile or say ‘ahhhh’.  I like that.  I notice.

Today, he had two interesting audio clips.  The first one was a phone call Monica Lewinsky made to Bill Clinton.  It’s fascinating.  Here’s the link to Frosty’s show today, Hour 2.  The Monica Lewinsky story starts around 6:35 on the podcast.

http://www.talk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=frosty.xml&mid=23537256

Later, Frosty played a clip of Richard Nixon, who sounds drunk.  It’s on after the Monica story in Hour 2.  Frosty ended his show today, Hour 3, playing Nixon’s audio clip again.

Here’s the page to all of Frosty’s archived podcasts:

http://www.talk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=frosty

I think he even took a call today, but I could have misinterpreted a guest as a caller.  It was busy at work today and I missed sections of the show.  I heard only the end of the conversation.

I’m really warming to Frosty.

There are other listening options, though, for those who won’t listen to someone who calls himself Frosty.  Or, to Gil who, sadly, is not what he used to be.  He’s PPMing.

I found out This American Life has an archived section.  At first, I thought episodes were only available for one week unless they were downloaded.  But there is a Radio Archive section and it has years of audio listed.  As promised, here are links to some of the episodes I’ve heard:

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359: ‘Life After Death’ – Jul 18, 2008

‘Guilty As Not Charged’, Act One, still haunts me, and I listened to it last week:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/359/life-after-death

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489: ‘No Coincidence, No Story!’ – Mar 1, 2013

I loved the ‘Poopatrooper’ story in the Prologue and ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’ in Act Three, will have you scratching your head.  You can listen to each section of Episode 489, or the entire hour (this applies to any episode).  But, the hand to the heart story is in Act Two, ‘In God We Trust’ and, trust me, the dollar works in mysterious ways:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/489/no-coincidence-no-story

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486: ‘Valentine’s Day 2013′ – Feb 8, 2013

’21 Chump Street’, Act Two, about the school kid is disturbing.  ‘My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’, Act Four is hilarious.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/486/valentines-day-2013

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There are more, but the ones I’ve listed are worth the listening time.

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And, here’s a link to all of This American Life‘s Radio Archive listings:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives#2013

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So, listen to Frosty, and if Gil finally gets to you, try the above episodes instead.  It’s better than listening to Gil and Politico correspondents discuss sexual misconduct in government today.

And, if you are wondering what the heck Stan has to say today, and you don’t mind colorful language, (I’m not talking pink hearts and yellow moons), then here he is in all of his glory:

http://stan55chevy.blogspot.com/

Image by Eric Dufresne from Trois-Rivières, Canada CCA-2.0

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”.  Many attribute this quote to Albert Einstein (although there is no originating source to access).  I’m no Einstein, but Arbitron’s PPM-based radio is a little bit of insanity.

I’ve discussed over and over again how unsatisfying Gil Gross’ radio program has been lately and how I’ve been trying to understand why.  It’s a shell of the programming we’d become accustomed to on KGO before the Cumulus Dick-eys gutted that talk station and threw the scraps to the listeners while they dined on the fleshy remains.

It’s not only talk radio that has been affected by this crazy style of programming.  Many music stations are chasing the PPM dream as well and music listeners notice the decline.  They, too, try to understand what is happening.  No matter how many listeners express outrage, radio programming continues the slide downward.  The following blog post written by Adam Hogue attempts to explain why radio content is no longer listenable and his idea on how to fix it:

http://www.policymic.com/articles/13624/the-radio-in-decline-the-radio-reinvented-why-we-must-update-our-radio-stations

He recognizes that PPM doesn’t benefit radio listeners, and he’s calling out the current state of radio.  In his analysis, he includes radio shows he finds satisfying with in-depth content.   One is Radiolab, a well-produced show that I’ve linked to in previous posts.  There are some great Radiolab episodes on podcast.  During times I can’t listen to Gil’s show any longer, and it’s getting to be more than just on Fridays, I seek out Radiolab episodes that bring back a sense of sanity in radio programming.

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Here’s a link to Radiolab‘s Episode Archive page:

http://www.radiolab.org/archive/

The nice thing about the Radiolab archives is the next episode will play automatically.  I like that.  I don’t have to continue to bring up the program, find the next podcast, and hit play.  I can let it run in the background.

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Adam Hogue also linked another program I’ve never listened to before.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

I’m listening now to Episode 109, titled ‘Notes on Camp’, under the recently aired section.  It’s stories about summer camp and captures that culture of outdoor camaraderie seated around a crackling camp fire.

This definitely is an option to replace Gil’s show.

It’s not optimal, though,  because it’s a one-time per week broadcast, like RadiolabThis American Life episodes are only available for one week after broadcast, unless it’s downloaded to your computer.

Here’s their podcast page:

“Most weeks This American Life is the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a 800,000 people downloading each episode. When you subscribe to the free weekly podcast, episodes automatically download to your computer. Episodes are available for exactly one week, beginning the Monday after broadcast. Podcast content is the same as the radio broadcast, except on occasion when we include extra material on the podcast that had to be cut for time”

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http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

(This page includes all of the links to subscribe for free, or download or where to find them on iTunes and Amazon.)

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The ‘Notes on Camp’ Episode explores the group experience.  In some ways, the old KGO talk-radio format was the Bay Area’s camp fire, where we all sat around as a group and listened to stories.  We listened to Gene Burns’ eloquence, and to Pete Wilson’s pirate talk, and Bernie Ward’s ego inflating rants before flattening to the ground with his felony conviction.

We listened in awe around that KGO camp fire, we laughed and we cried as a group and the non-KGO people didn’t understand what it meant to each and every one of us.

We are missing our local camp ground.

We have to search for John Rothmann, we wait for Len Tillem to post new podcasts, and we catch Ed Baxter sometimes filling in for Gil Gross.

There will always be a place for Gil’s show, when news is breaking or when a political issue needs to be analyzed, but it’s no longer a turn-it-on and leave-it-there type of show.  There’s no group sharing, listening to what one another has to say.

Unfortunately, Frosty is following that same path.  I enjoy listening to Frosty’s show, he has a different spoken style than Gil and I haven’t heard the same story from him ten or more times.  But the PPM way of ‘chasing ratings’ is what will ultimately chase me away to seek alternatives.

Summer camp is over.

Will the last person out please douse the embers of the once mighty flame.

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Here at the end I’ll leave you with this new post by the anti-pope about death and ants:

http://open.salon.com/blog/james_emm/2013/07/28/of_god_deathand_ants

Photo by Jens Japel

In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have started a blog.  I have a busy job and not a lot of time to put the effort into a seemingly simple one post per week type of blog.  But, I was so darn angry at Cumulus Media and I’d awakened to the mess of our public airwaves.  I had to express it somehow.

Today, I’m still darn angry at Cumulus Media and how they threw their trash into our backyard.  If you want to read more about Cumulus Media history, there’s an extensive article here: http://www.answers.com/topic/cumulus-media-inc that lists all of their radio stations (stations you should now boycott).

**Note: See the end of this post for discussions of Cumulus Media on the News/Talk section of radiodiscussion.com.

Also, I’ve never been fully committed to the radio station that offered jobs to some of the former KGO hosts; the daily content wasn’t appealing to those of us who were used to leaving our radio dials in one spot all day long.  The morning screamers had me holding my hands over my ears and turning it off, then came Rush and the big rush for the door for me.  I had to wait for Len at 3:00pm before I could turn on the radio.  Until then, I streamed online BBC Radio 2, listened to KQED, sometimes Radiolab, and many times (but not now) I’d listen again to Len’s and Gil’s podcasts from the day before.

So, now Len has been kicked to the curb again from the station we thought would save us from our radio nightmare.  huh.  Guess my instincts were right.  That station operates in a similar way to the hated Cumulus Media.  Something we always knew but didn’t want to admit.

Sure, I still listen to Gil on that station.  He is professional and endearing.  Well, that is when he doesn’t drag his wife on the show and that is my first break with Gil.  Why does he continue to push Rhoda on the listeners?  We really don’t want to listen to it.  She doesn’t add anything to the show except the cringe factor and the high-pitched voice unsuited for the airwaves.  Added to that, I can’t understand why a Talk station is committed to keeping out callers.  You know, the talk portion they are touting.

I wonder if it’s a budget thing.  I know Gil can handle callers, but maybe there’s no budget for proper screeners.  Is that what it is?  I’ve been reading that the company is not in the best financial condition so it’s the only reasonable explanation I can come up with. What do you think?

Sorry, I’m not adding a link for Gil any longer since that station got rid of Len.  Not Gil’s fault, I know, but I don’t want to advertise a company that has similar business practices to those losers at Cumulus Media and are acting like a bunch of Dick-eys.

This leads to my thoughts about that media blogger who has tried to profit off the backs of these media professionals.  I no longer add that link since it’s not worth the time even if you have time to waste.  I see reposts of it on the Facebook page of https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners .  FormerKGOListeners do a good job keeping up with what’s going on in our media wasteland.  Sometimes it includes that blogger guy.

I used to read that media blogger guy’s posts just for the comments, but it turned into one big advertising message for that weird Santa Cruz station.  uh, no thanks.  Plus, that blogger guy has made up so many stories from so-called ‘reliable sources’ that there comes a time to reflect on the saying: Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice… (yeah, you know the one).  We have lives to live, who wants to waste time on that nonsense?  Also, so many supporting comments over there on that blog are obviously fake to fluff up the numbers.  It doesn’t pass the smell test.  I hold my nose when I see that stuff now.

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We might have a chance to see some of our former hosts together again.  For one night in Berkeley, on Thursday, June 27th, 11:30am – 3:00pm at Spenger’s Seafood Grotto.  Not much yet except the date and time.  There is no mention of potential guests.  That would be good to know.

Here’s the link:

http://www.broadcastlegends.com/index.html

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By the way, if you don’t know, Len is back, baby!  He’s now taking about four or five calls per day.  All new stuff.  Follow him on Spreaker.  Bump up his numbers (currently at 6,408 followers) and take a minute to leave him a message.

Here’s the link to his podcasts on Spreaker:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem

Following are links to his show for the past week:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_16_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_15_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_14_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_13_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_10_2013

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I hope you haven’t forgotten about Ed Baxter.

Here’s a link to his Making Sense podcasts (I wish they were dated, I don’t know if he updates them weekly or daily):

http://edbaxtermedia.com/category/podcasts/

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John Rothmann continues to share his insights with Gil every so often on the radio.  If you want more, here’s a link to John Rothmann’s web posts:

http://johnrothmann.com/

Here’s his most recent post:

http://johnrothmann.com/post/50656866815/around-the-political-world-with-john-rothmann-may-17

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Yes, and Bernie Ward continues to write for his Lion of the Left Speaks blog.

Bernie’s May days blog posts:

Thursday, May 2, 2013 – No Free Lunch (about online privacy and the Right To Know Act)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/no-free-lunch.html

Monday, May 6, 2013 – Suicide is Painless… (about the rate of suicide in America)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/suicide-is-painless.html

Monday, May 13, 2013 – I’m a H-1 Believer… (about big tech labor)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/im-h-1-believer.html

Monday, May 13, 2013 – Killing the Golden Goose… (about energy exports)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/killing-golden-goose.html

I found this old news item about Bernie Ward’s former house when it went back to the bank:

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2011/05/the_lion_of_the_lefts_home_falls_prey_to_its_loans.html

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Think I’m done?  Oh no, I’m going to link away….

Last week, Gil Gross said on his show that he doesn’t believe in ghosts or psychics.  He mentioned Sylvia Browne specifically and how she told the mother of Amanda Berry, on The Montel Williams show, that her daughter was dead.

Here’s the link:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2013/05/psychic_sylvia_browne_said_amanda_berry_was_dead_why_do_police_consult_psychics.html

Gil really slammed Sylvia Browne, calling her a fraud that preys on people’s hopes.  I used to like watching her on The Montel Williams show.  Didn’t see it much, only on my days off from work every so often.  But I did see the show when Sylvia Browne predicted a disaster somewhere in India and said to tell anyone who planned on going there that they would die.  That’s what she said.  Don’t go there, you will die.

Here’s an excerpt talking about that show from http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread111679/pg1

“In October 2004 on the Montel Williams Show, Sylvia advised viewers to avoid travel to India due to safety concerns. On December 26th Sylvia’s prediction was validated when a tsunami devastated India. Sylvia further warns that travel to the region will not be safe for another 6 months due to health issues (water purity, disease) created in the aftermath of the tsunami.”

Here’s information about the tsunami that hit on December 26, 2004:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1227_041226_tsunami.html

I don’t think that’s just a lucky (or unlucky) guess on her part.  She was adamant.  But, I don’t think it’s possible to for someone to ‘psych’ on command, in a quick answer to a question.  I don’t think the type of energy is there for it.  But, I wonder if some of the big stuff can be felt before it happens, like an intuition.  We have all experienced that.  We just don’t go on tv to talk about it.

So, I also got to thinking about how Gil doesn’t believe in ghosts.

I was going to write my thoughts on it.  I was searching around on the internet and I found this interesting site:

http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/

There are some really interesting ghost stories about good ol’ SF.  This one in particular is so trippy:

http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/9/California_San_Francisco_ghost_sightings4.html

Here’s an excerpt (if you dare):

“Once again, I saw the man standing at the shoreline. I said, ”the fisherman! ” and at that moment, the man’s legs stretched to at least 40 feet long, as he took 3 giant steps toward us!”

If you listen to Gil’s show, you know that he is on vacation for a few days.  Frosty is sitting for him and I see that he is up for discussion at  http://www.radiodiscussions.com/smf/  .

Want to join in? Here’s the San Francisco section:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?board=203.0

And, here’s the Frosty thread:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=234810.0

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**Some recent discussions about Cumulus Media at radiodiscussions.com in their News/Talk section:

Here’s the general News/Talk section link:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?board=284.0

Following are direct links to the threads about Cumulus Media.

Titled – A Great Article Re: Cumulus and Rush

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=234577.0

Titled – What is Cumulus Doing?

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=234740.0

 

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Finally, Simon Mayo had another entertaining confession on his BBC Radio 2 show.  It has to do with fishing and missing teeth.  You can listen to it online for the next 30 days, or download it and listen to it forever.

It’s included in the podcast titled:

Friday, May 17, 2013 – Let’s Sick Together and other tales…

It’s the fourth confession on the podcast (and the third one about the resting man is great, too).  Here’s a link to Confessions Page on the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess

By the way, BBC Radio 2 is making news with its surging listening audience:

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/showbiz-news/radio-2-audience-hits-record-high-1-5676451

“Radio 2 has seen its figures grow by almost 5% compared with those this time last year, when 14.56 million were listening in. And it has piled on 260,000 listeners in the past quarter.”

http://www.imediamonkey.com/2013/05/16/q1-rajars-bbc-radio-2-chris-evans-breakfast-show-post-record-audiences/

“Meanwhile, the whole station achieved its highest listener levels ever as it is now reaching 15.27 million listeners every week, a massive 4.9% increase year on year. Share was also up for the station as it rises to 17.7% from 16.8% in the same quarter last year.”

sigh…

Photo by Serge Melki CCA-2.0

Len Tillem, our favorite radio loyah on KKSF Newstalk 910-AM, is always saying, “Don’t eat your liver.”  As in, let it go and stop thinking about it.

Well, I can’t stop thinking about something that could be a fluke, and it’s making my liver crawl.  As in, actually making liver crawl.

Simon Mayo, a BBC Radio 2 host (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/ ) , has a segment on his program called ‘Homework Sucks’.  Kids call in with a question and Mayo and his team try to find an answer before the end of the show.  They take listener calls about it, they talk about it on air amongst themselves, and finally, they take a call from an expert on the subject, or someone who has experience or knowledge on the subject, who offers an explanation.

Sometimes, the so-called expert’s response is questionable.  Most times, a believable expert calls in who can back up their argument with science and facts.

Questions range from ‘Why do we have fingerprints’ to ‘Can crocodiles spit’?

At this moment, I can’t recall the most recent questions asked on his show (except one), but they are varied and funny and interesting.  I always listen for the answer.  I’m curious about the how and why of some of this stuff, too.  The question samples I used came directly from Mayo’s book.

Yes, Simon Mayo actually wrote a book about his show’s Homework segment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217215/Homework-sucks-Simon-Mayo-book-reveals-sprouts-taste-horrible-crocodiles-spit.html

On Tuesday, February 19th, the question was something I’d never heard before.

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If you put a fresh liver on a plate and a glass of full-fat milk on the same shelf in the frig overnight, the liver moves towards the milk.  Is it true?

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Want to hear it?

http://audioboo.fm/boos/1224007-simon-mayo-s-liver-milk-experiment

See the pictures posted on the Simon Mayo Drivetime Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=624818810863436&set=a.135213933157262.21859.129044383774217&type=1&theater

Here’s the page where you can listen to the most recent Simon Mayo Drivetime episodes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2dfq/broadcasts/2013/02

Also, this article explains flukes:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/211298/fluke

Photo by Flukeman CCA-SA 3.0

I shared this with a friend and he doesn’t believe it’s possible.  Says someone moved the liver to get to the jello.  ha ha.  What do you think?

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And, don’t forget to listen to Len!

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=tillem

Followed by Gil Gross (with Lloyd Lindsay Young and Sebastian Kunz):

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross

NASA Photo

What do you listen to while waiting for the Len Tillem show at 3:00pm and the Gil Gross show at 4:00pm on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM?  As you know, I listen to BBC Radio 2 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/) in the morning and I usually try to listen to the archived podcasts of Gil Gross to hear the hours I’ve missed after leaving the office for the day.  Lately, his shows have been shortened for a sports broadcast.  Sometimes he’s only on the air for an hour and a half.  There is nothing for me to listen to the next day, no missed hours of Gil’s show.  Also, I don’t listen to missed Friday shows because I wouldn’t intentionally listen to the high-pitched voice of Rhoda.  It’s just not a pleasant experience.  I love Gil, but not a fan of Rhoda’s voice.  Some people like it, some people don’t.

Anyway, I’ve found other options while waiting for the 3:00pm programs on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM.  One of them is Radiolab.  Here’s a page of their program archives:

http://www.radiolab.org/archive/

The nice thing about Radiolab is the corresponding blog and special segments beyond the hour-long program.  One blog post is about the big event of this past week: the sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Asteroids

Asteroid Friday:

This blog post includes a NASA live-streaming event that, of course, is no longer relevant.  But, there is interesting information and more video shots of the Russian asteroid.

http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blogland/2013/feb/15/asteroid-friday/

Astronauts

It’s that feeling of locking your keys in the car, intensified by 500 mph.  This is such an interesting program about the astronaut experience.  (Radiolab: Astronauts – Monday, October 8, 2012)

http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2012/oct/08/dark-side-earth/

Ghost Stories

Click on Listen, it takes a few seconds before it starts playing after clicking the ‘Listen’.  There is an intentional long pause of silence there as well.

Ghost Stories (Radiolab: Season 10, Episode 9)

This segment includes the CPR Dummy and the most Terrifying Lucid Dream ever.

http://www.radiolab.org/2012/jun/29/

Another talk program I’ve listened to a few times:

London’s Biggest Conversation:

http://www.lbc.co.uk/

As always, if you’ve missed any of Len Tillem or Gil Gross programs (along with Lloyd Lindsay Young and Sebastian Kunz), they are all available in podcast:

Len Tillem

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=tillem

Gil Gross

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross