Technology, Advertising, and the Golden Calf

Have you seen the Chevy truck commercial where the “not an actor” guy actually falls to his knees in front of a Silverado? It’s one of the most literal examples I’ve seen of something Neil Gaiman pointed out in his terrific novel, “American Gods” – Read More …

Using Technology To Transform Fitness (Podcast #16)

In this episode, my guest is David Amerland: journalist, author, consultant, five-time national British Taekwondo champion, technology guru, and spokeman for the Darebee online fitness initiative.   Topics Include What the Darebee project is, and how David got involved. How Darebee is transforming fitness, socially, Read More …

Leadership Communication Skills (Podcast #15)

In this episode, I chat with Ita Olsen, one of the world’s leading authorities on speech and human communications. She coaches executives, entertainers, and even regular folks to improve their vocal skills and to become more effective and more persuasive in their interpersonal communication. If Read More …

Steelism: The Soundtrack To Your Life

The recent NPR Weekend feature on Nashville-based Steelism was the wider world’s first introduction to this quirky and appealing band. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal-steel virtuoso Spencer Cullum, Jr, Steelism is differentiated from a sea of indy acts by its focus on music, Read More …

Prison Isn’t The Answer To Crime

“Do the crime, do the time” is a pretty accurate summary of American judicial philosophy. The assumption that criminals should be put in prison is so fundamental that most people have trouble imagining anything else. However, there are more effective and less expensive solutions to many Read More …

It’s Time To Admit That Neo-Nazis Are Real

When I was 11 years old, my dad gave me the Smithsonian Book of Comic Book Comics for my birthday. This wonderful anthology collected many of the most historically-significant stories in comic book history, including the first appearances of Superman and Batman. Near the end Read More …

Eilen Jewell Captures The Sound Of Crumbling Americana

If Ry Cooder and Alison Krauss had a love child, she might grow up to sound like Eilen Jewell. The Idaho-born singer-songwriter’s haunting voice and evocative lyrics have built her a cult following over the last decade, but she’s still totally unknown to mainstream listeners. Read More …

Making Your Life Matter

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, is challenging, frustrating, and absolutely essential reading. Keller’s premise is deceptively simple: the key to living a life that matters is identifying the One Thing that defines your purpose Read More …

Rethinking Personal Security (Podcast #14)

In this episode, my guest is Benjamin Drader, creator of the Combatives Personal Protection System – a highly intensive and comprehensive training program that incorporates physical fitness, defensive tactics, situational awareness, verbal de-escalation, and knowledge of the legal ramifications of self-defense. The self-defense industry is Read More …