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February 09 2014


Episode 205 – Rick Big Runner Training | RunRunLive

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 205 – Rick Big Runner Training Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. epi205 Show intro by: Russ in Dutchess – Russ Porter – http://www.breakfastmiles.blogspot.com/ Husband, father, financial analyst, runner, triathlete, Scout leader; I try to fit it all into the 24 hours that the day gives me. I’ve been running for about 11 years, including 5 years spent overseas in Spain and China. I’m now back to the US for at least a few years, and looking forward to running throughout the country, while raising my children. Although I’m a relatively slow runner, I like to race at many distances (5K to marathon), mainly to keep my training up and manage my weight. I’ve run 6 marathons in the US and abroad, and plan to keep up as long as my knees allow.   RunRunLive – Podcast Intro http://www.runrunlive.com/home/read-the-runrunlive-podcast-intro Intro: Hello and welcome to the mid-winter solstice edition of the holiday chorus podcast where we raise our voices in cheerful harmony in praise.  In praise of what?  In praise of the endurance gods of course because this is the RunRunLive Podcast and this is Chris your host and we have a superdy duper show for you today. I’m a little late getting this one out because I’m on vacation, if that makes any sense.  I had a confluence of activities going on this week and I’ve had a hard time getting to the keyboard. Today we talk with Rick a fellow endurance athlete who shares his stories of challenge and triumph.  I hope you like it.  I’m also going to share a post I wrote today about my physical therapy experiences and I’ll read you a story from my second book “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy” that I just converted and posted to the Kindles store yesterday.  I’m a Kindle menace. I also stole a clip from Peter Herridge again and his Spikes podcast.  I was wondering why I found Peter’s voice so sonorous and comforting and then I discovered that he is a funeral director – so it all makes perfect sense now. I’ve been working on stuff around the house, going to PT and working out a ton this week.  I’m kinda-sorta base building and coach has me doing double sessions.  I’m still not running but I’m spending many long hours at the gym on the bike, the elliptical, with the weights and in the pool.  Frankly it’s exhausting.  I’m not sure I have the bandwidth for 2 hours a day of training.  Kinda blows the whole day, unless you start at the crack of dawn and then you’re a zombie all day. I also went and gave some nice people at a bike shop a few hundred clams to do a computerized bike fit on me.  It turns out the Fuji is a little long for me, but it was actually fit fairly well.  I’m half-heartedly looking at getting a new bike but it just seems like such a commitment of time, money and emotion. I also unpacked and started putting together my new fluid trainer only to find that they had sent me a broken skewer.  The skewers I have – that’s the metal axle thingy with the quick release that holds the back wheel of your bike on – the ones I have are all square.  The trainer clamps want a round ended one.  Nashbar is shipping me a replacement, but that was a bit disappointing. I’d prefer to be doing all this stationary bike riding in my own saddle and not on the stationary bikes at the gym.  I’m scaring the hell out of the old people doing intense interval sets for an hour plus. I had such big plans when the week started. I was going to get so much done.  It seems time is a river and it has run dry on me. Did my last PT this week. Going back to see Dr. Hester again.  I’m debating jogging a 5k on New Year’s day – it’s a bit of a tradition.  The heel is better, but I can still feel it. Next week back to work. Happy New Year! Don’t bring me a figgy pudding.  Bring me a shrubbery! On with the show! Audio clips in this episode: Peter  Herridge on Zen running. http://www.runrunlive.com/products-page/midpackerslament RunRunLive » Audio Products » MidPackersLament » The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio Book   It took me a few months…but I kept at it and now can present to you The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio book.  This is ~50 running stories read into audio by the author (me) and ends up being 6-8 hours of audio. The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament. Hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I enjoyed recording it! Ciao, thanks, and I’ll see you out there. Chris,   Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode: Story time: Equipment Check: Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy story. I wanted to include this piece because I re-read it this week while putting the kindle version of this book together.  It struck me as really nice prose.  It has nothing to do with running.  It is more of a traditional ‘altered state’ piece like Kesey, Casteneda, Thompson, or Henry Miller.  It’s amazing to me the beautiful things that the mind burps out when unencumbered by the ego, while the parents are away –so to speak. Enjoy.   Featured Interview: Rick – http://www.bigrunnertraining.com/ Welcome To BIG RUNNER TRAINING ​I’m Rick Roberts. During the past 15 years I have received much obesity guidance, but very little related to walking or running while overweight or totally out of shape. Prior to embarking on my personal walking and (slow) running journey, I weighed nearly 300 pounds and had high cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure levels. Medications were plenty. To say the least, I was dissatisfied with my situation. Maybe my former situation rings a bell with you. Several years ago, I slowly walked a 5K to raise funds for a good local cause. At the walk, I chatted with several other overweight/out of shape individuals who had trained on their own (no training guidance was available for us ‘larger’ or ‘out of shape’ folks).  All spoke of feeling healthier and losing weight during their training period. It was at that 5k that I developed a vision for improving my situation. Through trial, error, and research, I then developed a process to change my situation. The process involves walking and running slowly at first, for short distances with plenty of days off. The rest is history. I’ve completed over 70 road races and 11 marathons to date, and by 2017 will have completed a marathon in each of the fifty states. If you are dissatisfied with your present situation, you are within a few clicks of changing your life! Let me share with you my vision of improving your life and the process to make it happen, all through our reasonably priced You Can Do This!! training programs and products. I did not start Big Runner Training for financial gain –I started it to help you! – You Can Do This!!   Quick Tip: Physical Therapy – Pokin and proddin at the PT – http://www.runrunlive.com/pokin-and-proddin-at-the-pt Outro: Ok my caroling colleagues, you have sung your way through the snowy, festively be-decked neighborhood to the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast Episode 205 in the can. Next week I think it’s an interview with Linda Quirk who has set up a charity similar to Back on my Feet.  We had some Skype challenges but I think Jim the executive viceroy of podcast editing studies at the RunRunLive institute of technology has worked them out. I’m going to jog a 5k up at the Hangover Classic on New Year’s Day.  Then take my traditional plunge in the Atlantic.  They are saying that they got their act together since last year when the race was horribly managed.  It’s hard with a 30 year old race like that.  They have a life of their own and when you have a leadership team transition things can go sideways. We have these old races up here that are going to happen.  They have a life of their own.  You can’t cancel them you can only try to get the timing right! I got another project done.  I converted the second book of running stories “The Mid-packer’s Guide to the Galaxy” to Kindle and got it up on the Amazon Kindle store.  Since this one is only an electronic book there are pictures and lots of other goodies in it. It covers the timeframe of 2005ish through 2008ish. I know I’ve been throwing a lot of stuff at you folks recently.  To summarize: My first book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is an honest to goodness dead tree book available on Amazon that I published in 2007.  I recently converted it to kindle, and you can find that on Amazon.  I also spent the last year reading it into audio – and you can get that on my website www.runrunlive.com under the audio products link.  And finally the second compilation of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy” got converted to Kindle this week and is available at the Amazon Kindle store. Apologies if you’re put off by my mercenary outbursts – but rest assured this is a hobby not a  business.  At least not a viable business.  I do it because I have daemons in my head that force me to.  I have a whole other really interesting career that puts bread into the mouths of the little Russells.  I get maybe a couple hundred bucks a year from these books and such which does not even move my profit motive needle. I’m exhausted from working out 2 hours a day.  I feel like I’ve been living at the gym.  Then taking the dog for a 1-2 hour hike every day – makes my available time window for value add pretty tight.  I suppose I should focus on the things that I have gotten done versus the things I have not.  Maybe I’m just too good at list building versus task resolution! … Which brings us to our New Year’s thoughts.  I think people are too task based.  That’s a game you can’t win.  I think you set yourself up to fail every time you sit down and make a list of tasks.  There will always be more tasks that NEED to be done than time to do them in. What many people will do when confronted by this overabundance of tasks will try to sort out and filter on those tasks that are really important or really urgent.  This is also a trap.  For at least two reasons.  The first being that there are typically more urgent/important tasks than you can accomplish.  The second being that most of these tasks get their urgency from someone else. If you really look at the tasks they don’t seldom align with what YOUR goals or purpose, you have inherited someone else’s urgency and importance.  The net result is that you are going to focus all your wonderful human spirit and energy in getting things done that don’t get you anywhere and aren’t making you a better animal. It’s interesting because you can always find enough tasks to keep you busy and stressed out, but you aren’t really choosing those tasks and hence aren’t driving your own bus and guess what?  You’re abdicating your life to some other arbitrary set of hamster-wheel activity. This is how you can get to the end of a 12 hour day and feel like you haven’t gotten anything done. There’s another reason you never get everything done.  It’s because you treat everything on your to-do list as a task.  What you will see if you look a little closer is that many of these tasks are actually projects.  A task can be accomplished with one discrete act of energy – like “set up an appointment with the Dr.” “Write a book”, “Clean the house” and “lose 10 pounds” are projects.  They involve multiple discrete tasks that have to be managed discretely.  When you treat them like tasks on your to-do list you set yourself up to fail.  When you write down your to-do list separate out the projects into a different list.  They need to be planned separately. Why am I telling you this?  Well because a number of you are going to try to set New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t know what a resolution is supposed to be but whatever form it takes unless it turns into a set of manageable discrete tasks and projects with goals and timelines you can’t get to them. But THAT isn’t important either.  THAT is Management.  Management creates order from chaos.  You need VISION and LEADERSHIP.  Vision and Leadership create chaos from order and this is the first step. You should not attempt to set goals or resolutions or projects or tasks until you decide what your purpose is.  You need to know the ‘why’.  Once you have the ‘why’ then the how is simply management. If you have your purpose you can then hold up each new task or project for review as to whether it aligns with your purpose.  In this way everything you do, day in and day out, moves you towards fulfilling your purpose.  Each task list you go through fills you up instead of emptying you. Don’t think about goals.  Don’t think about resolutions.  Don’t think about what you need have to do to make someone else happy or to avoid pain.  Think about why you are here?  What are your unique gifts?  What fulfills you?  What rocks your world?  What is your purpose?  How are you able to add value, to enrich our world? Don’t expect to find instant answers.  To live is to seek purpose.  You won’t find answers but you will find the succor of owning your own life…of driving your own bus…of not being a victim. It’s always easier for me to get my workouts in because they align with my personal needs and goals. Seek your purpose in the New Year.  And I’ll see you out there.   New-Outro … You can find me ruminating on Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells. You can ruminate with me by dialing – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file. Make a resolution in the new year to call in the show intro- today we heard from Russ in Dutchess – I always thought his twitter handle was the Russian Dutchess and I figured, hey whatever floats your boat  So who knows what I’m assuming about you. Call in a in a show intro. It is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com All the music today has been from Jim Laskey’s choral group.  It is a nice change from the usual punk rock madness. Happy New Year, Ciao, … Great news my running friends – my book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is now available in Kindle format at the Kindle store on Amazon.com!  Just search on “Mid-Pack”.  It’s a bargain at an easy $5 and all proceeds go towards supporting the underfunded pension plan of the retired cleaning staff at the RunRunLive world headquarters. I recently got a kindle myself and I love it.  It does reading very well. The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament. Music: From Podsafe: All music used in the show is from the Podsafe music network found at Music Alley.  Please support the starving, socially minded artists sampled herein by purchasing some! Song1 Song 2-3 Outro music: Outro Artists Bio: Bio:www.RessurectedRunner.com Standard Links: http://www.runrunlive.com http://www.runeratti.com Http://coolrunning.com http://Grotonroadrace.com http://SQRR.org www.midpackerslament.com Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook and youtube Chris’ book on Amazon – > http://www.amazon.com/Mid-Packers-Lament-collection-running-stories/dp/141961584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228687012&sr=8-1 Mid-Packer’s Lament E-book Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy E-Book Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804 Chris Russelllives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad. Email me at cyktrussell at Gmail dot com Running  Podcast, podcasts for running, podcast for runners, free podcast for runners, Running Blog, marathon, triathlon, mileage, sprinting, run, track, training, running clubs, running groups, running shoes, exercise, health, 5k, running, swimming, sports, injuries, stretching, eating, jogging, biking, trail race, 5K, 10K, Ultramarathon, jogging a good exercise, road runner, jogging tips, benefits of jogging, free running, running shoes, marathon training, running, jogging, health and fitness, runners, runner, Boston qualification, Marathon BQ, Boston marathon   http://www.runrunlive.com/episode-205-rick-big-runner-training

January 23 2014


Robb Wolf - The Paleo Solution - Episode 213 - Guest: Coach Sommer

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January 17 2014


On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Chang-Rae Lee talks about his new novel, On Such a Full Sea, set in a future, when a long-declining America is strictly stratified by class. Abandoned urban neighborhoods have become high-walled, self-contained labor colonies. The members of the labor class work to provide quality produce and fish to elite villages. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. http://www.wnyc.org/story/such-full-sea-chang-rae-lee/

January 16 2014


S&L Podcast - #64 - Interview with N. K. Jemisin

This episode we get the distinct pleasure of chatting with N. K. Jemisin, author of our last book pick, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. We'll discuss a little about her writing process, how she invented the world her characters inhabit, and even get a bit political. Or at least social judicial. We also go over the books that are coming soon in the science fiction and fantasy world, and annouce the winner of the recent poll on Goodreads for our next book, which was up against some pretty tough competition in the "science fiction written by a female author" category. No recap on Game of Thrones this week, but it'll be back next time! And we'll have plenty to talk about, trust us.   CALENDAR 6/3/2011 The Book of Transformations by Mark Charan Newton Tor 6/7/2011 Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson 6/7/2011 Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk by Jean Rabe 6/7/2011 Jim and the Flims, Rudy Rucker (Nightshade Books) 6/15/2011 The Uncertain Places, Lisa Goldstein (Tachyon Publications) 6/15/2011 Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit) INTERVIEW Questions for NK Jemisin BOOK KICK-OFF NEXT WEEK! Book will be--- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ADDENDUMS This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 75,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and periodicals. For a free audiobook of your choice, go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.S&L Podcast - #64 - Interview with N. K. Jemisin http://swordandlaser.com/home/2011/6/1/sl-podcast-64-interview-with-n-k-jemisin.html

January 12 2014


Play in new window

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What are some good strategies for creating, pricing and selling an ebook? In Part 1 of our interview with Sacha we discuss what he learned launching his first book, and what he plans on doing next time. We also take a look at Meteor, “an open-source platform for building web apps” using pure JavaScript. Highlights Sacha kick-started his product career by selling themes on Themeforest. “I was doing products before I knew I was doing products.” His first real solo product was his ebook: Step by Step UI Design. He recommends starting small: “I didn’t set out to write a 200 page book. I set out to write a 40 page book.” Sacha based the price of his book on what iOS apps were selling for ($2-$5): “It turns out, that’s a bad way to do pricing.” For his next book, he’s going to employ a higher price strategy (similar to what Nathan Barry did for his ebook). People on Hacker News balked at Nathan’s high ebook prices. Sacha thinks: “People don’t understand how segmentation works. If you want to buy a car, you could buy a Ferrari or a Honda. You know those two cars are for different audiences. No one complains about the price of Ferraris; people understand that they are expensive. It’s the same with ebooks; just like you can buy a cheap car or expensive car, you can buy a cheap [ebook] package or expensive package. If you think the expensive package is too expensive, it just means you are not the target audience.” Sacha on segmentation: “People think it’s crazy that Nathan Barry is charging $200 for his ebook package; but they’re not the target audience. He doesn’t want you [the individual] to pay that; but rather the office manager at the big company (who isn’t spending his own money) to purchase it.” How Sacha plans on promoting his next book: “I’ve started setting up a mailing list on the Telescope site. There’s a small sign-up form for the book’s mailing list on there. I’ll be sending sample chapters to these people and asking them for feedback.” “Meteor is a step above [other frameworks]. I think it’s the future,” says Sacha. “I wanted to build a Hacker News for designers; because I think that’s missing right now”, comments Sacha. This project became Sidebar.io. Show notes TelescopeSidebar.ioSacha’s website and blog“You don’t have to be local” (Derek Sivers)ThemeforestSacha’s ebook: Step by Step UI DesignMore money from fewer ebook salesNathan Barry’s new ebook: Designing Web AppsMeteor Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInTumblrPinterest http://productpeople.tv/2013/01/02/sacha-greif-part1/

January 11 2014


Incredibly Interesting Authors 004: Greg Ross of Futility Closet - Boing Boing

For nine years the popular website Futility Closet has collected arresting curiosities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics. This book presents the best of them: pipe-smoking robots, clairvoyant pennies, zoo jailbreaks, literary cannibals, corned beef in space, revolving squirrels, disappearing Scottish lighthouse keepers, reincarnated pussycats, dueling Churchills, horse spectacles, onrushing molasses, and hundreds more. Plus the obscure words, odd inventions, puzzles and paradoxes that have made the website a quirky favorite with millions of readers -- hundreds of examples of the marvelous, the diverting, and the strange, now in a portable format to occupy your idle hours. Here's my interview with Greg about his new book and his new career as a full-time curator of curiosities. Buy a copy of the Futility Closet book on Amazon. Incredibly Interesting Authors: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His latest book is Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of DIY MORE:  books • curiosities • iia • interviews More at Boing Boing TV review: 'Community' Season 5 Episode 3, 'Basic Intergluteal Numismatics' Brian Kidd is the Unipiper: the unicycling bagpiper ADVERTISEMENT Continue the discussion at bbs.boingboing.net 1 reply http://boingboing.net/2014/01/10/incredibly-interesting-authors-4.html

December 31 2013


December 19 2013


A Discussion and Book Signing with BBC's Paul Danahar, Author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring | Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Paul Danahar, BBC's North America bureau chief, for a reading and discussion of his book, The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring (Bloomsbury Press, 2013). In his latest book, Danahar highlights the historic changes taking place in the Middle East, as the countries engulfed by the Arab Spring continue along their paths to democracy and tensions rise between the religious and the secular in Israel. Danahar will discuss how these factors are producing a new regional and global order, focusing on the implications for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, emerging democratic societies, and the new power narrative taking shape in the Middle East. Afterwards, Danahar will sign copies of his book. Bio: Paul Danahar served as the BBC's Middle East bureau chief between 2010-2013. During that period, he ran the organization's entire news operation in the region, which won an Emmy in 2013 for its coverage of the conflict in Syria. Previously, Danahar served as the BBC's East Asia bureau chief and the BBC's South Asia bureau chief, where he covered the rise, fall, and eventual return of the Taliban. He was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad bureau chief during the American-led invasion. In 2013, he was appointed the BBC's North America bureau chief. He is now based in Washington, DC. http://www.mei.edu/events/discussion-and-book-signing-bbcs-paul-danahar-author-new-middle-east-world-after-arab-spring#audio

December 15 2013


It starts with food

(for Jane Whitney) — This is an abbreviated transcript of what I heard. I do not take responsibility for the accuracy of this transcript, but did copy it for you to the best of my ability. Hope you receive this; I am not on Facebook. Perhaps the website can e-mail this to you. (Intro talks about Melissa Hartwig’s new book, “It Starts with Food” (co-authored with husband, Dallas) and her being a new mother (3 mos. ago) and parenting. They can’t guarantee that it has to do with food, but their baby is a happy, healthy baby that sleeps real well and they would like to think it has something to do with it. Talked about genetics and how it can go back to what the maternal grandmother was eating and the stress the grandfather was experiencing, etc. (Ffrom “It Starts with Food”): The whole program was started in April 2009. Since then they have been giving away a lot of info on their website and doing seminars, etc. The impetus for the book was to take all the information and put it in one place. (Melissa’s story): Husband has always had an interest in nutrition. Sister has rheumatoid arthritis and he stumbled upon an article by Loren Cordain that talked about the Paleo diet & autoimmune conditions. Dallas had a chronic condition (shoulder inflammation). He did a self-test and changed his diet and within 6 weeks his shoulder pain was gone and this had been a chronic problem for him. When they went to see Rob Wolfe’s seminar, he said “Just try it for 30 days,” and that was the start of their book, etc. Everyone who they have talked to who started Paleo has had some kind of problem they were trying to fix, and if not fixed completely, it was better. (Melissa talks about how dysfunctional her relationship with food had become.) Standards from Melissa’s book: All of the food that is on your every-day plate should pass all 4 good food standards: i) should promote a healthy psychological response; ii) a healthy hormonal response; iii) a healthy gut, and iv) should promote immune system balance and minimize systemic inflammation. The way our food is being processed now promotes a super stimulus. When you are eating food that food scientists have made, they are fattier, saltier, sweeter than anything you could find in nature. Its “over the top everything,” and we prefer that, even though we know it’s fake. The hormones are one big team. Hormones are greater than will power; they are messengers in the body and send signals throughout the body and they are impacted by food. Leptin is a relatively newly discovered hormone (regulates how your body communicating to your brain how much body fat you have – whether you need more or whether you have enough). (Talks about other hormones as well). They talk about how hormones are affected by the unhealthy foods we eat. Science has been studying leptin because of its relation to weight. Excerpted from book: 1. Alcohol and it’s negative effect on the body. Debunked the heart-healthy effect of a couple glasses of red wine and the possibly faulty studies. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes; better to eat red grapes than drink the wine. Some study results re resveratrol were fabricated. 2. Sugar: all sugar (from a physiological standpoint) is not created equal. From a psychological perspective, however, your brain doesn’t know the difference between honey, Splenda, dried fruit, etc. If you’re trying to break a sugar addiction, then all sugar is suspect. Melissa talked about “the other white meat (coconut).” They really like coconut & coconut products (milk, oil, butter, meat, etc.) They like it because it’s a good source of saturated fat and you don’t have to be afraid of saturated fat if it comes from natural sources. It’s the most stable fat – excellent for cooking, even at higher temperatures & readily converted to energy in the body. It does not take bile to breakdown coconut oil. It is easy to digest, even for those with gall bladder issues. Used topically it’s a good antibacterial. It was said that we can’t rely on science by itself – one day coffee is healthy; then it’s not. We can always find a study to support our position. There’s no one diet that works perfectly for everybody. We need to try this out for ourselves. It’s not a one-size fits all. We don’t know it all; science can’t prove everything. If you read too much, you just don’t know what to believe. It’s the basic stuff that makes the difference: drink the water, eat the real food, get enough rest, have healthy relationships, get exercise, reduce your stress. People don’t want to hear this; they want to hear the next new thing instead. Melissa was asked what she thinks about doing it right 80% of the time & having cheat days. Melissa is not a huge fan of the 80/20 idea. Most people can’t do moderation. It is rare. One example: once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic. You don’t tell an alcoholic that he can have cheat days. Abstinence is the only cure. Melissa translates this to a sugar addiction. Melissa was asked “What are people doing that they need to change?” Her response was, “ The mindlessness with which people eat.” She said we need to make more deliberate, educated decisions. Melissa has a background in addictions and working with addictions. Melissa said that she believes people underestimate the addictive quality of coffee until they try to get off it. Smoking: Melissa recommends people address that first before trying to take on too much change at once. Wrap-up: Two questions: 1st one is “What do you think is the biggest waste of time in the health community or the wrong focus.” Melissa said that she thinks focusing solely on weight loss is a really dangerous, difficult place to be. They encourage people to approach it from a different perspective. 2nd one: Where do you foresee this whole holistic, ancestral health movement five years down the road? Melissa’s response (abbreviated): To see where it started and where it is now – the growth has been insane. The way that it’s spread to the mainstream community is amazing. Check out Melissa’s website: http://www.wholeninelife.com http://blog.paleohacks.com/melissa-hartwig/

December 14 2013


Ben Stroup on Leveraging Content to Move People to Action | unSeminary

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPodcast (video): Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe to the unSeminary Podcast: [iTunes] [RSS] [Stitcher] [TuneIn] // [VIDEO iTunes] [VIDEO RSS]Today’s interview is a first for the unSeminary Podcast … we have Ben Stroup joining us and he’s not a local church leader! Ben is an expert on leveraging content to move people towards action. Today’s podcast is perfect for church leaders who have ever thought about writing a book or putting together a content project to make an impact in their community. Like always … it’s packed full of information to help church leaders go further, faster!Ben Stroup // [Website] [twitter]Interview Highlights00: 59 // What is a Content Activist?01:40 // Churches are content publishers01:50 // Taking a message or platform to the next level02:15 // 3 phases of Ben’s work to share a message04:17 // Ben explains the ‘Concept Matrix’06:35 // What is a ‘jury box’?07:25 // Josh Webb’s ‘passion’08:25 // The 2nd phase: Development08:50 // Minimal interruption of leaders natural work flow09:55 // Thursday Night Gospel Hour11:00 // The jury is made of up real people12: 44 // Ben allows church leaders to share message without having to do it all on their own.15:00 // The Godfather in Hattiesburg, Mississippi15:40 // Self versus traditional publishing16:25 // Don’t wait until you are ready to write a book17:35 // Rich exclaims that churches sit on a content treasure trove18:30 // Current content is an asset waiting to be mined19:00 // Moleskin or Evernote….keep a notebookLightning Round HighlightsHelpful Online Resource // EvernoteBooks That are Having an Impact // “Necessary Endings” by Henry CloudInspiring Ministries // Sophia’s HeartInspiring Leader // Tom PetersWhat does he do for fun? // Eat great food, watch movies and go to the gun range.Check This Out // Ideas for churches leveraging back content. Interview Transcript //Rich – Well welcome to the UnSeminary podcast. We have got a treat today and a first for the UnSeminary podcast. We’ve got Ben Stroup. Ben is not a church leader but he’s one of those leaders that I want to make sure that church leaders, pastors, that listen to the podcast learn about. I think he’s got a lot to offer and some great service that I want to make sure you are aware of. So Ben, welcome to the show.Ben – Hey Rich, thanks for having me here. Excited!Rich – I love your title. Ben Stroup / Content Activist. What do you do here at Ben Stroup Industries International?Ben – That’s great! There’s really two worlds that I have lived in and that I am trying to merge together and that’s marketing and publishing. Publishing is all about ideas and systems and marketing is all about calling people to action. And so I thought that was a really great way to describe what I do. I try to help leaders, high capacity leaders create messages that inspire people to take sometime of measurable action. And so that’s it, plus people ask me all the time what I want to do when I grow up. I say I want to start a social movement I just haven’t figured out which one yet.Rich – Nice, very cool. Well I know one of the things, I’ve worked at multiple churches, and it seems like this whole idea of content publishing, obviously the church can be looked at in one way as kind of a content publisher, every weekend cranking out content. A lot of pastors come to the point and say I want to take it to the next level. I wanna kind of extend my platform, or publish a book or that sort of thing. So those are the things I want to talk about today, which is this whole idea of book publishing. Tell me how have you kind of worked with other leaders, thought leaders in the kind of book space in the past.Ben – Absolutely, so I’m typically brought in to work with a key leader, such as pastor or an executive director of a nonprofit or a CEO of a company. Typically they already have a message or a platform and they are sharing it one on one, they’re sharing it at events. But what they’ve learned that to get to the next level is that sharing it one on one or at events is a very inefficient way to transmit ideas So they really need a piece to precede them at an event, something to follow up with somebody. They also learn that the people who are their biggest fans who want a souvenir to remember them by but then they also want something that they can pass onto someone else. So I work with them typically setting out from the very beginning with a concept, and some type of content plan, and the actual production process, and sometimes the execution of that process, getting the book printed. And that functions both in self funded ways but also in traditional ways, so publishers will come to me for part or the entire process depending on their workload.Rich – Ok, so let’s say you are going to sit down with a pastor and they have a core message, a lot of times teachers, pastors they have something that God put on their heart and we’ve got to tell the world this thing. What would you say, how would you help them start that process? Maybe they have a series of messages, some talks, what would be some of those initial steps that you would work them towards starting to package that up, to leverage that in other environments.Ben – Absolutely. So the process is divided up into three different phases. First is the concept phase. Then the development phase, and then the production phase. And the concept phase if very, very important. It’s really geared toward what I refer to as the concept matrix. And so the concept matrix is derived of three things: Context (Who it is that you are talking two? What questions are around them? How can you uniquely help them? And most importantly what are their unique content consumption habits? And then the second thing we talk about is messaging. What we know is that leaders are great at creating messages. The problem is there is often a huge lag between when the message is created and transmitted and the message actually makes an impact on the other end. So that’s why repetition is so important. Something that the traditional advertising world has really traded on and that is impressions. The idea that we need to hear things over and over again and we have to be exposed to something a number of times before we actually hear it so that’s important for us to really condense the number of messages that are created to where we really hit the white hot center of potential and the biggest ideas possible. And then the third part is what I call connections points or you could also call it distribution channels. And a book to me is one distribution channel. It’s one way to focus a message to a particular group, for that particular segment in a group. So even in a niche there are multiple segments that you are trying to reach and they are going to all have different consumption happiest. So going back to concept depending on what the consumption habit is, that’s where you want to make sure your messaging is going that way. Because unless you are the federal government or the IRS people are going to maintain their preferences. They are not all of a sudden going to switch their consumption channel just because you are there, and that’s the most efficient way. A great example, just in a church context, announcements form a platform. That’s a very efficient, organizationally efficient process. But what happens in a church when people are there 24-26 times year, instead of 50-52 times a year? Well that means that it is possible that you can say something once and half the congregation never here. And so while it’s efficient for the organization it’s not necessarily efficient when you are creating action. So the concept phase is very critical to the process. There are some specific exercises that I do with the leader to really hone in on. The first one of is what I call the jury box. So we actually sit in front of a big pad or white board and define 12 people that they know, that they could call by name and we go through those things. What questions are they asking? What problems are they facing? How can they uniquely benefit from this? Because when you are really focussing the message, it’s really hard to say, I want to say this to the world. But that’s what all leaders want to do, right? The whole world isn’t going to be plugged into what you want to say. You want to hit the people that embody or personify, are the people who want to gain from what you have to offer. So then it becomes much easier in the development phase to ask ‘How would I say this to Suzy? Or how would I say this to Sam? Whatever those names are? The second part, and I totally stole this from a friend of mine, Josh Webb, who leads a group called Route Radius. He calls it passion vomit. He actually wrote an ebook about that on Amazon. When you talk to a leader they are often so excited about what they are doing, if you ask the right question, they will literally vomit every idea they have on it. You have had those conversations right? So it doesn’t necessarily make sense. It doesn’t necessarily follow a logical pattern and there are a lot of assumptions to be made, but they are just unloading. So once we figure out who we are talking to, I just let them unload. And that is really for me to let them do two things. One, it’s to let them unpack. Make sure everything is on the table that needs to be on table. The other thing is, it helps me to see the world through their eyes. And that’s just one of those unique gifts that God has given me to get inside of someone’s head. If I can figure what you’ll do, and how you think and what values you have, then I can anticipate how you will say something which is going to be very important for the development phase. So then at the end of that, there’s 2-3 days that we spend together, I come back with a concept paper and that is your game plan, it’s your business plan. It’s kind of half book proposal, half marketing plan, half business plan on who we are talking to, how’s the piece going to be used, how is it going to be organized. And then every one knows what that’s going to look like from beginning to end. So many of the people that I work with are so busy, and the reason that I am there is because they are busy. And so if I created them a process that required them to be involved in a big way, it would never get done. So the way I describe it is, this process is designed to have the biggest amount of impact with the least amount of interruption to the natural work flow of the leader. So once that’s done, and agreed to, everybody in the process, whether it’s the publisher or a self funded project or if there’s two or three other people involved, and myself and the author, we all know where we are going, how we are going to get there and how long it’s going to take. So then I disappear, and I come back with 30 thousand, 50 thousand, 75 thousand, whatever the amount of word count is. And then we toss it back and forth a few times and then it goes into the final phase production of the editing, interior design and the book cover and those kinds of things. And of course I always tell folks that a book is one distribution channel getting us something that hopefully creates a much more layered communication strategy.Rich – Very cool. Well there was a lot packed in there. Clearly you are in the content business. I was like, oh my goodness let’s stop and talk about that. It’s interesting what you said there about the jury box. One of the things at our church Tim Lucas our lead guy, and Tom Kang who is one of our campus pastor and also a secondary teacher. Every week they do something called Thursday Night Gospel Hour. And what that is is they go over the message on the weekend and whoever is preaching, preaches it. And they pull the whole thing apart and our graphics guys are there and they make up all the slides, graphics and all that. It’s a long process. It’s a 7-8 hour process that they go through. It’s amazing. But one of the things about that process, similar to the jury box is they talk through who is this message for and I think there’s something to that. It’s not just like this theoretical ‘I’m preaching to mom’s today’.' No, no, no, it’s like ‘there’s this woman Christine in our church and she’s really struggling with her kids and this has got to really connect with her today and we are really hoping this will…’ When you are thinking the jury box, are you moving towards actual people or are you thinking about theoretical constructs? What does that look like?Ben – Oh, no, no…actual people. Because leaders are so used to dealing with individuals, they know how in a conversation, it’s how God’s gifted them, intuition of how do I say this to a person in a way they will receive it, the way they intended to. So these have to be real people. And that’s where it really becomes sticky, it is hard sometimes and it’s probably the longest part of the process, to be honest with you. But it’s critical because if we are talking demographics or if we are talking to statistical analysis or that it’s really hard to overcome ending up sounding really impersonal and so you either sound like either…of course if you write something for everybody, it reaches nobody. And the same way from a preaching standpoint, so you want to preach to those people. It also personalizes the process. The leader who typically tends to be really strong orally, to translate that down onto paper is a completely different discipline. So when they try to do that themselves, they go from being highly personal and relational to highly impersonal. And so that jury box really becomes an accountability point…no, no, no, we are going to keep the conversation as personal as it would be as if you were having a cup of coffee with me across the table.Rich – Ah, that’s very good. Where have you seen the process, is there a common sticking point, again I am thinking of a church leader that might be thinking about writing a book, and they are like ok there is this one point in the deal where leaders seem to get stuck. Is there a piece of that that you see particularly?Ben – You know, I think where leaders get stuck, and particularly church leaders, is they feel like that the only way to get this done is to do this themselves. And when you add this layer on there, this is such a personal, one-on-one thing that’s really easy to shove off to the side because you’ve got hospital visits to make, you’ve got staff to lead, you’ve got vision to speak to and you’ve got all the practical realities of begin a leader of a growing, dynamic organization. And keep in mind, people that are typically going to engage with me are high capacity leaders who are leading in growing situations. Growth is not a time for a lot of leisurely activity. Growth is balls to the wall, right? I mean its just hunker down, go, make it happen. So time becomes an internal conflict of how much should I be doing this, and how much should I involved someone else? So once somebody realizes that it’s more important that this message gets out than it is that I am the one who puts every word and sentence on the page then all of a sudden they see a process as an assistance. A way for me to come along side and accelerate what they are doing, not a way for me to highjack what they are doing.Rich – Right, definitely. Sidebar, I think part of what I appreciate of what you said there is just the connection point, trying to find and use the distribution points that your people you are trying to reach are using. But a question around the traditional publisher, self publishing, all of that, obviously you work with whoever. When you think of your average pastor who is leading a growing ministry. The type of person you are talking about there, maybe not the average pastor but the pastor that is leading a growing ministry…which way would you steer the conversation with them?Ben – Well it really depends on what their goals are. So for intense, sometimes I work on a book project in advance of a fundraising campaign. So i am think about one I did last year for a church down in Hattiesburg Mississippi. 80% of the church going into the campaign was not part of some of the significant transitions that had been a part of the churches history. This is a church that went from a downtown stately church to moving, and by the way every pastor who tried to move this church before this particular pastor, disappeared or died. It’s really unbelievable, it’s The Godfather all over again. So they actually ended up moving the church, rebirthed it, now 80% of the people who are there, now it’s three times as big as it was downtown, 80% of the people who are there had no idea of what the common story was. And so this was a way to say, this is the story of us. We have been to the brink of impossible and God has brought us over it. So in that kind of context it makes sense to do it yourself because of speed, time and because you have more control over the process and it’s for a very specific niche. When you go with a traditional publisher, they are looking for a broad audience, and from a timeline perspective, you are probably looking from the time you sign the contract to the time it hits the book shelf, 12-18 months. And so when you have particular events that are driving the book, then you are going to want to have a little more control over the timing of the process. So I’d like to tell leaders to look at it both / and. Stop seeing it as either or, it’s both and. And the other thing I would say is don’t wait until you are ready to do a book, you are creating a mound of content every single week. Look for ways and systems to capture your ideas and to build on that, and what are those inflection points when you know you can take those. For instance the average pastor in one stream might be why not take a sermons series and at the end of that you have already developed the art the transcripts from the message if you haven’t done any writing on it and develop a small group study on it for your folks. Develop a personal study for your folks. Build up your own church digital library for your church of resources that fit the context of your church. Then based on that, see if you see some larger themes and see if you see some common themes and maybe do a series of ebooks. And then take the feed back that you get from that and see if you can print it and develop it into a book. So look at it as a commulative effect, not just one time, but many times which will help you. And then every once in a while you will find those opportunities where you will have some massive message that can be received by a mass audience. Not necessarily only event driven, but a traditional publisher might be interested in.Rich - Very cool. Again, a lot packed in there. I know we have talked about this in the past, I think there is this great shame in churches that we are sitting on this content treasure trove of past messages. My experience with a lot of the folks that preach that are gifted communicators is that they are always thinking about the next thing. They aren’t even thinking about current stuff, they are thinking about 2-3 series down the road, that’s where their creative energy is going. And so by the time they kind of land the series, they drop it out, land and they move on. And unfortunately I think there is a huge opportunity there for churches to say I think we should use that content…because it’s great content. People would love to interact with that for sure.Ben – Absolutely. I look at it like an investment account. So I think churches, bloggers, folks who are creating these mounds of content and what are we doing with that? And if we aren’t doing anything with it, we wasted it. And so it’s an asset waiting to be mined. What we need to do is take that latent content and figure out a system that will work for the leader and whether the leader is touching it or not, so it can be used on a continual basis, and get life from it.Rich – Before we jump into the lightening round, anything else you want to say a pastor who is maybe thinking I have a book in me, some stuff to think through? Anything you have got to say to them?Ben – One of the things I think is a great discipline is just keeping the habit of finding some space to record what you are thinking and process through it. As you have conversations with folks, you keep getting similar questions, write those down and periodically review that. Somewhere, somehow, whatever is convenient for you…if it’s writing it in a moleskin notebook, or putting it in an Evernote notebook. Looking for themes because sometimes it is very difficult…you know clarity never happens looking forward. Clarity always happens looking back. If you find a discipline of 10-15 minutes, and this is different from a journalling exercise, this is observations, what are questions, what are things that I am reading that are resonating with me, what are quotes? Find a way to collect that. Not only will it help focus your thoughts, but over time you will think, this is something I really need to speak to, this is something people are coming to me for so I should find a way to write about it or share about it so even more people can benefit from it. http://www.unseminary.com/benstroup/

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The show features an excerpt from Kelly's show "A Carlin Home Companion," now playing in Los Angeles (tickets available at kellycarlin.com). Also, our own Ned Hepburn tells a story from his new book - "Life's Rich Pageant." Stay with us. Listen Now >> #48 - John Ross Bowie, Jamie Lee March 5, 2012 "Potpourri 2012" John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) tells tales of the New York post pop punk scene with his seminal band Egghead, and just how inappropriate administrative assistants named Barb and Sheila could get in the halcyon days of the Internet bubble. Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing) discovers how a gig in corporate PR can lead to becoming a champion of the people. Aside from these two being very funny and on TV, these stories have little in common. Therefore, we will not even attempt to shoehorn an arbitrary theme onto this week's episode. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #47 - Danny Lobell February 23, 2012 Danny Lobell is a comedian and storyteller. He recently told a story on a similarly-titled program (This American Life) about his pet chicken Dona and rooster Juanito. On today's episode, Danny reveals the story of Dona's fate - plus more tales of seagulls, elephants, hippos, sharks, and Jackie Mason. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #46 - DC Pierson, Anna David February 6, 2012 "Falling For You" DC Pierson is great at funny videos (DERRICK Comedy), and at writing books (The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To), but DC Pierson is Bad at Girls. At least, that's the name of his new show. Also, author Anna David (Party Girl, Bought) gave out advice for years on G4's Attack of the Show. When it came time to get advice of her own, she went to the source - Sex and the Single Girl author Helen Gurley Brown. What she found was sexy, surprising, and totally changed her life. What's more, it could change yours, too. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #45 - 5 Second Films, Liezl Estipona January 19, 2012 "Picture Pages" This week, the incredible true story of a studio that makes movies that are only 5 seconds long. See why they've partnered up with Patton Oswalt, Andrew WK, Weird Al Yankovic, and more (hint: it doesn't take that long to shoot). Ben Gigli, Kelsey Gunn, Michael Peter, and Daniel Hollister from 5 Second Films finally get to take their sweet time. In Act II, photographer Liezl Estipona (Paul F Tompkins Show, Upright Citizens Brigade), reveals stories from her new book, "Liezl Was Here." Stay here. Listen Now >> #44 - Max Landis redux January 4, 2012 "All Things Ill-Considered's" Robert Siegel and Melissa Block drop a journalistic bombshell with their top story - most of public radio's programming is meticulously edited to within an inch of its life. To prove this, they air an extended version of the interview between "This American Wife" producer Eric Martin, and screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle," "The Death and Return of Superman"), and the results will likely shock, and surely entertain you. Listen Now >> #43 - The Writers of Hello Giggles, Max Landis December 15, 2011 "Back in the Day" Hello Giggles is a new humor site from Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, and Molly McAleer. This week, we present stories from their recent UCB show "Letters to My Younger Self," based on a column from Ingrid Haas - featuring letters from Ingrid, Nicole Shabtai, Annie Stamell, Melissa Stephens, and Molly McAleer. In Act II, super-hot writer and director Max Landis tells the sad story of the death and return of Superman. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #42 - The Apple Sisters, Best Comedy of 2011 Part 2 November 29, 2011 "Hollidoozy" Radio and podcast sensations The Apple Sisters are interviewed by a young Robert Siegel in a segment that originally aired in December 1943. Also, our best comedy from the second half of 2011, including our segment on Quigley R. Gomez with an incredible all-star cast (written by Vanity Fair's Mike Sacks), and interviews with Paul F Tompkins and Paget Brewster, both in and out of their Thrilling Adventure Hour characters (dialogue by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker). Stay with us. Listen Now >> #41 - Kate Bolick, Natasha Vargas-Cooper November 15, 2011 "All the Single Ladies" You have likely seen Kate Bolick glaring at you from the cover of the Atlantic - arms crossed, defiantly popping the question: "What, Me Marry?" On today's show, Kate uncrosses her arms and answers the question very nicely. Also, Natasha Vargas-Cooper tells tales of her radical upbringing, and dives into the world of internet porn, a world that is an uncomfortable mirror of our own dark impulses. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #40 - Jordan Morris, Tracii Guns November 3, 2011 "Rock On" Tracii Guns founded two incredible bands that bear his name - the LA Guns and Guns and Roses. He has just recorded a new live acoustic album with the LA Guns, and he comes on our program to tell tales from 30 amazing years of rock and roll. But first, Jordan Jesse Go cohost and regular public radio guest Jordan Morris talks about ska music. Among other things. Stay with us. DONATE: http://bit.ly/iplQUC Listen Now >> #39 - Eddie Pepitone October 19, 2011 "Bitter Buddha" - Eddie Pepitone has mastered the art of the rant, on programs like WTF with Marc Maron. On today's show, Eddie dials it down a bit to tell incredible stories from a life in art and comedy. Also, "All Things Ill-Considered's" Robert Siegel interviews Art Pecatore, an artist working on a very, very small scale. Finally, the This American Wife studio was flooded on 9/30/11, won't you please give in support of fake public radio? DONATE: http://bit.ly/iplQUC Listen Now >> #38 - Dave Holmes September 21, 2011 "A Drink with Dave" Learn why Dave Holmes was named one of NPR's 10 Favorite Pop Culture Humans, as he tells stories from his career as an MTV VJ, host, and comedian, including auditions for two of the most stereotypical roles ever. Also: an exclusive sneak peek at the latest season of his hit show "A Drink with Dave," and a story from producer Eric Martin, about the anniversary of being very, very afraid. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #37 - Mike Sacks, Rachel Bloom, Todd Levin, Andres du Bouchet, with special guests Julie Klausner, Eddie Pepitone, Dana Snyder, Dave Holmes, Mike Rock, Hal Lublin, Matt Champagne, and Jordan Morris September 7, 2011 "Your Wildest Dreams (Within Reason)" Stories from Vanity Fair writer Mike Sacks' new book, as read by Todd Levin and Andres du Bouchet. Rachel Bloom recounts the amazing story behind her breakout smash "F--- Me, Ray Bradbury." An incredible line-up of guest stars come together to tell of the incredible rise and sad fall of Quigley R. Gomez, the Idiot Savant of Stand Up. Stay with us. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #36 - Shelby Fero, Ahm Mingus, Lisa Beth Johnson August 24, 2011 "Angels of Twitter" On today's show, we interview three fabulous ladies, and hear longer-form stories from these masters of the short-form joke. Compelling tales from @shelbyfero, @ahm76, and @ladybirdj. Calling all angels - it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #35 - Alison Agosti, Hilary Winston August 9, 2011 "The Horror, The Horror" Writer/producer Hilary Winston (Community, My Name is Earl) describes the horror of discovering her boyfriend wrote a book about her in her new book, "My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me," and Alison Agosti describes the horror of public speaking, by speaking publicly about it. It's Apocalypse... Now! Stay with us. Listen Now >> #34 - The Thrilling Adventure Hour - Paul F Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Hal Lublin, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker July 26, 2011 The Thrilling Adventure Hour takes over public radio! All Things Ill-Considered's Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) interviews Frank and Sadie Doyle (Paul F Tompkins and Paget Brewster), Banjo Bindlestuff (Craig Cackowski) and his hobo mentor Gummy (Hal Lublin), and Robert's childhood hero Sparks Nevada (Marc Evan Jackson) and his faithful tracker Croach (Mark Gagliardi). Later, the cast and writer/producers (Ben Acker and Ben Blacker) tell their own stories of thrills and adventure (and the supernatural). Stay with us. Listen Now >> #33 - Margot Leitman, Best Comedy of 2011 Part 1 July 13, 2011 Margot Leitman is a storyteller (Grand Slam Winner of The Moth), actress, and comedienne. In this episode she reveals one of the secrets of good storytelling, and proceeds to tell not one but TWO tales that will shock, delight, and even move you - including one about how she almost did not make it to the recording. Later we recap some of the best comedy from 2011 so far, including improvised interviews with Superego and James Adomian, a ghost story from Kyle Kinane, and an incredible tale from our live show with Pete Holmes. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #32 - Stephen Falk, EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE June 28, 2011 "Reefer Madness" On the eve of the season premiere of Showtime's "Weeds," writer and supervising producer Stephen Falk tells amazing true tales about the devil weed, and so much more. Also, VHS culture-jackers Everything is Terrible visit the studios to watch some of the very worst clips ever committed to video. Let's get to the point, and let's roll another joint. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #31 - James Adomian June 15, 2011 "Pledge Drive" - This episode, you'll hear the best programs that public radio has to offer. Award-deserving programs like "All Things Ill-Considered," featuring interviews with Christopher Hitchens, Alan Watts, and Huell Howser. "Do You Have a Point" with presidential candidate Ron Paul. "The Shriek of Young America" with Arianna Huffington. Finally, we welcome "WTF" to our fold as Marc Maron interviews radio legend Joe Frank. And more! Please give, won't you? Donate (for reals): http://bit.ly/iplQUC Listen Now >> #30 - Ned Hepburn, Dan Dominguez, The Morning After, and YOU, with special guest Dave Horwitz June 2, 2011 "Dirty Jobs" This week, stories of occupational hazards. Ned Hepburn tells a tale of a shocking job interview. Comedian Dan Dominguez recounts horror stories from his time at McDonalds and in the Air Force. Our sister podcast Planet Monotony gets an interesting email from a Nigerian heir (Dave Horwitz) and Sasha Wilkes-Bronstein (Jen Goldberg) checks out an exciting investment opportunity. We have listener stories from Paul Mikesell, Catherine Smith, and Rye Silverman. Finally, Jake Weisman and Eli Olsberg of "The Morning After" podcast interview adult movie legend Gene Faruka (Eric Martin). Hosted by Paul Jay. File those TPS reports, and stay with us. Listen Now >> #29 - Andy Wood, Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, Hillary Buckholtz May 17, 2011 "Bridgetown Stories" - Bridgetown founder Andy Wood sets up this episode of tales from the Portland, Oregon comedy festival. Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture podcast) and Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie) spin yarns about their all-star improv troupe "Theme Park" (with Oscar Nunez, Simon Helberg, and Michael Hitchcock) and more. Hillary Buckholtz looks forward to a new comedy career while looking back on her popular nostalgia blog "I'm Remembering." Don't forget to stay with us - it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #28 - LIVE from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival May 3, 2011 "I Want Your Sex?" Recorded live at the beautiful Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon. Tales of incredibly awkward sexual encounters from Pete Holmes, Moshe Kasher, Claudia Cogan, Chris Garcia, Erin Lennox, and Karl Hess, hosted by Paul Jay. Plus, All Things Ill-Considered presents its signature brand of award-deserving journalism. Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) grills "match.com" CEO George Leslie (Ron Babcock), while Melissa Block (Jen Goldberg) profiles comic Nikki Glaser. Listen Now >> #27 - Oriana Small (Ashley Blue), Deborah Vankin April 19, 2011 "L.A. Women" Act I features Oriana Small, aka Ashley Blue, who became one of the top adult performers of the new millennium. She recounts some of the funny, harrowing tales from her new memoir, "Girlvert." Act II features Deborah Vankin, author and current staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Deborah talks about the crazy LA arts and nightlife scene that she has covered for years, and how it inspired her new graphic novel, "Poseurs." Hold on to your britches, it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #26 - April Richardson, Christine Friar, Morrissey? April 6, 2011 "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" - stories of musical encounters. Comedian and Chelsea Lately associate producer April Richardson tells of her childhood love of music superstar Morrissey, and the incredible true story of their meeting, years later. Writer Christine Friar discovers that maybe, just maybe, tween singing sensation Rebecca Black is one of her biggest fans. Finally, an exclusive special recorded message from Morrissey for the first anniversary of This American Wife! Listen Now >> #25 - Brooke Berman March 23, 2011 "No Place Like Home" - Acclaimed playwright Brooke Berman, author of the recent book "No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments," and the hit play "Hunting and Gathering," talks about her long odyssey through New York in search of a home. Also, host Ned Hepburn tells another story of New York. Start spreading the news - it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #24 - Superego March 7, 2011 "Freudian Slips" Today's show features an intimate diagnosis with the good doctors of the brilliant and hysterical Superego podcast. But before that, "All Things Ill-Considered" features interviews with several of Superego's most infamous Case Studies. Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) interviews Coach Helzevec (Matt Gourley), Trevor Lundgren (Mark McConville), and Imogene Kanouse (Gourley). Meanwhile, Nic Harcourt (Ned Hepburn) previews the latest music tracks from Shunt McGuppin (Jeremy Carter) and Daniel Plainview (Hepburn) on "Sounds Epileptic." Listen Now >> #23 - Chuck McCarthy, The Colonel's Original Recipe February 22, 2011 "You Get the Idea" First things first - we MAY have found the original recipe for the Colonel's Original Recipe, one of the world's most closely guarded secrets. Listen as we make a batch and see how it measures up (with Matt Gourley and Mark McConville of Superego). Today's show also has another original recipe - and his name is Chuck McCarthy. He's a man with a lot of ideas, and his latest one - Hollywood Acting - may be his best one yet. His story in six acts. Stay with us. Listen Now >> #22 - Kyle Kinane February 7, 2011 "The Day the Party Died" Variety named Kyle Kinane one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2010, so that's just what we did. We watched him. It was uncomfortable for him, boring for us, and made for terrible radio - us just sitting there and absently staring at each other. So we cracked open some beers, then had a funny and compelling conversation on the craft of comedy and the benefits of good, hard work. And buttplugs. That got in there somehow. Listen Now >> #21 - Popcorn Mafia's Grae Drake January 26, 2011 "Take Two" Popcorn Mafia host and new movies.com critic Grae Drake joins This American Wife producer Eric Martin for a second look at two critically panned movies from the recent past. First up is "Jonah Hex," a film about a necrophiliac bounty hunter battling an evil Cotton Gin. Second is "C Me Dance," a movie about a young dancer battling leukemia, the devil, and her father/writer/director. Because everyone deserves a second chance. Listen Now >> #20 - Erin Gibson, Alie Ward, and Georgia Hardstark January 11, 2011 "Modern Ladies" Where is This American Wife host Ned Hepburn? All Things Ill-Considered hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel speak with Ned via satellite from London, England. But first, Robert interviews Erin Gibson (host of Current TV's "Modern Lady" on Infomania) about the current media landscape for the fairer sex. Later in the show, cocktail superstars Alie and Georgia stop by to make another incredible beverage for our hosts, in a segment from our live show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Stay with us. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #19 - Best of 2010 December 29, 2010 Let's celebrate the end of the year with our favorite holiday tradition - the time-saving clip show. Ned hosts this fun and fast-paced look back at just a few of the highlights of the past... really, the show has only been going on for 8 months? This episode features our favorite moments with guests like MST3K's Frank Conniff, Justine Bateman, Adult Swim's Dana Snyder, @BPGlobalPR and Josh Simpson, Dave and Marisa from Dealbreaker, and more! And it kills us that we couldn't get everybody into an hour-long show! It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #18 - The Apple Sisters, Molly McAleer, and Chuck McCarthy December 14, 2010 "Christmas Stories" - It's Christmas 1943, and showbiz sensations The Apple Sisters join a young Robert Siegel in the studio to chat and sing some new songs before their holiday show this Wednesday at the ultra-modern Coronet Theater in Los Angeles (aka Largo). Later in the show (67 years later), Molly McAleer joins us for a story about a run-in on Christmas eve with a very jolly fellow, and Chuck McCarthy tells a funny and deeply moving tale about a chocolate turkey. Time to unwrap your presents, it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #17 - Dana Snyder November 30, 2010 "Snyde Time" You may know him as "Master Shake" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, or from his other bravura performances on Squidbillies, Venture Brothers, Code Monkeys, and more, but did you know Dana Snyder was also a storied raconteur, a well-traveled flaneur, and consummate connoisseur (of celebrity CDs)? D. Snyder is our very special guest on this week's program, as he takes us through an intimate and unplugged journey along the artist's path. It seems to involve lots of digressions about Steven Seagal, Richard Simmons, and culturally insensitive slot machines. Don't touch that Snyde - it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #16 - GWAR, Yelle, Valient Thorr, Chris Trew, and Tami Nelson November 16, 2010 "Fun" - This American Wife heads to the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and delves deep into the music and comedy scenes found therein. This episode features interviews with Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR, French pop stars Yelle, and Valient Himself from Valient Thorr. Later in the show, Chris Trew talks about his amazing projects - including his half-beard, Air Sex Championships, rap albums, and collaboration with Tommy Wiseau (of "The Room" infamy). With all of this, you'd think it would be a lot of fun. And you'd be right. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> #15 - Alex Blagg, Leslie Meisel, and Megan Neuringer November 2, 2010 "Potpourri" Social media guru and internet master Alex Blagg amplifies his hits 10x by appearing on the popular and renowned This American Wife podcast, his first. Alex lays down some serious strat on how to win all the hits on the internet, and dishes on the runaway success of his new website www.bajillionhits.biz. Act II features a trip to Silverlake Wobegone, where Garrison Keiler-Keiler spins yarns of the Scary Home Companions known as hipsters. Finally, the award-winning one-woman show "Love Can Suck a Dick, and So Can I!" takes a brief detour from its long Broadway run with a special show in Los Angeles. Robert Siegel interviews Leslie Meisel and Leslie's Broken Heart (Megan Neuringer), and presents some exclusive excerpts from this powerful performance piece. Time to get intimate with This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 14 - Frank Conniff, Jerry Beck, Erica Doering, with special guest Emily Bazelon October 19, 2010 You may remember Frank Conniff from his role as "TV's Frank" in "Mystery Science Theater 3000," or have seen him in their new incarnation as "Cinematic Titanic," but did you know Frank has another show? A show about THE WORST CARTOONS EVER? That show is "Cartoon Dump," described by their recurring guest Patton Oswalt as "a children's show set in Bosnia." Frank is joined by producer and animation historian Jerry Beck for a harrowing look at the worst cartoons ever. We also take a journey to Cartoon Dump and land an exclusive interview with co-hosts Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl (Frank) and Compost Brite (Erica Doering), that you do not want to miss. Finally, Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, checks in on the upcoming national elections, and also offers her blurry recollections on the time her colleagues tried to emulate the characters on Mad Men - by drinking their way through the work day. Spoiler: it did not go particularly well. Time to pop the question for This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 13 - Dave Horwitz, Marisa Pinson, and Kelly Egan October 5, 2010 Dave Horwitz and Marisa Pinson, creators of the popular "Dealbreaker" blog, discuss dating dos and don'ts, and perform selections from their new book "Dealbreaker: The Definitive List of Dating Offenses." Kelly Egan returns with a new segment called "Your Move America," in which she recounts her upbringing as a Catholic schoolgirl. Listen Now >> Episode 12 - BPGlobalPR, Josh Simpson, and Steve Connell September 21, 2010 "Real American" We begin with a breaking news story, featuring an exclusive final interview with @BPGlobalPR's Terry, who might have some connection to a man named Josh Simpson. Later in the show, we call the Dove World Outreach Center to ask what they are going to do with all of the Korans they did not burn. We also hear two amazing pieces from acclaimed actor and performance poet Steve Connell. You do not want to miss this one - it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 11 - Meaghan O'Connell, Melissa Gira Grant, and Erica Moore September 8, 2010 "Coming and Crying" Meaghan O'Connell and Melissa Gira Grant, creators of a self-published anthology about sex, discuss their journey on the verge of the project's tearful release. Erica Moore reads a heartbreaking story from the book about being free, while producer Eric Martin tells a story about going down - just not like you think. Chin up, it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 10 - Peter Atencio, Tara Miele, and the cast of Step Up 3D Live August 24, 2010 A very special episode of this American Wife is interrupted by local station KCRUAQT. "None of Your Business" is a show about the business of show business, of which there is no business like. Hosts Kim Masters and Matt Holzman are visited in the studio by director Peter Atencio (who talks about his new thriller set on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico), writer Tara Miele (who tells stories about running with cougars), and the stars of "Step Up 3D Live" (who are currently touring on the county fair circuit). Go nowhere, it's This Americ... oh, wait, it's None of Your Business. Listen Now >> Episode 9 - Molly McAleer August 10, 2010 "Sleep Tight" Molly McAleer, aka Molls (She Wrote), joins Eric in the studio for an interview that goes to many interesting places, especially south. Meanwhile, Ned ruminates on his cup of joe, and finally, we learn what happens when the bedbugs actually do bite. Stay with us - for the kids' sake - it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 8 - Justine Bateman and Jillian Lauren July 27, 2010 "These American Wives" The show features not one but two American Wives, actor/producer Justine Bateman, and author Jillian Lauren. Justine discusses some of her new projects, including her new rap album (as J-Bate). Jillian discusses her NY Times Bestseller "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem." This is pretty awesome. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 7 - Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark July 13, 2010 "Bottoms Up" Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, inventors of the McNuggetini, visit the This American Wife studio with the raw ingredients for another amazing cocktail. They then proceed to drink these ingredients. Act II features a hard-hitting investigation into the McNuggetini and the Damage Done. I don't mean to be a nag, but it's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 6 - with special guest Dan Dominguez June 29, 2010 "Nether Regions" On this week's show, comedian Dan Dominguez visits the This American Wife studio to investigate a mysterious package. Later, Ned Hepburn tells the story of the first time he saw a naked woman. Don't touch my dial. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 5 - with special guests Lauren Pritchard and Ron Babcock June 13, 2010 "One Man Show." On the eve of the True Blood Season 3 premiere, Season 2 alum Lauren Pritchard joins "All Things Ill-Considered's" Robert Siegel for a fascinating discussion involving vampires, Mad TV, and more. Comedy's Ron Babcock also presents selections from his acclaimed show "Hey World, You Just Got Babcocked." All this and more. Stay tuned. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 4 - with special guest Kelly Egan June 1, 2010 Kelly Egan regales host Ned Hepburn with a frank discussion of relationships. As far as we know, she is not seeing anyone named Frank. Act II features a visit to an unusual self-defense school for women. Don't touch that dial. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 3 - with special guests Paul Jay and Jen Goldberg May 19, 2010 Paul discusses a life in comedy, and Jen discusses a life with Paul. They plug their new project, "The Biggest Mistake," and boy are they not kidding. Act II is a feature story on a website that lets lonely male gamers play with hot women online. Go nowhere. It's This American Wife. Listen Now >> Episode 2 - with special guest Tess Lynch. May 3, 2010 This American Wife - Episode 2 - with special guest Tess Lynch. Tess discusses the merits of dinosaur arms with host Ned Hepburn, and plugs her new project Coming and Crying. She then graciously consents to another interview with All Things Ill-Considered's Robert Siegel. Listen Now >> Episode 1 - with special guest Jack Conway April 15, 2010 On the inaugural podcast, Jack Conway discusses with Ned a novel way to get the ladies. It involves anime. His roommate is also interviewed. Listen Now >> http://www.thisamericanwifepodcast.com/index.php?id=80

December 04 2013


You Wrote The Book! | An Author Interview Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Hello and welcome back to You Wrote The Book, a book based podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Each fortnight over the coming months he will be joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader, from the current novel they have published to the first book they read and everything in between. The guest for this episode is Charlotte Mendelson. Charlotte’s previous novels include ‘When We Were Bad’ which was short listed for the Orange Prize, ‘Love In Idleness’ and her debut novel ‘Daughters of Jerusalem’ which won both the Somerset Maugham prize and John Llewellyn Rhys prize. Her latest novel ‘Almost English’, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize earlier this year, it tells of sixteen year old Marina who has left the home of her mother and crazy Hungarian relatives, and  the safety of her comprehensive for what she thinks will be the glamorous world of a boarding school; a place brimming with endless possibilities of boys, midnight feasts, romance and dare she even admit it sex. In reality though it is nothing like she dreams and Marina feels at odds with her surroundings, a lot like her mother Laura who she left back in London. Simon caught up with Charlotte to talk about her novels, book prizes and juggling the roll of editor and author, and started by asking her to explain why she called ‘Almost English’ a book about the ugly years… Coming up over the next few episodes will be authors including Susan Hill and Anthony Marra. If you have any questions for them, would like to suggest authors you think I should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook. If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every other week with Thomas Otto on The Readers Podcast, you can also find him chatting and reviewing book on his blog Savidge Reads. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can find previous episodes with Evie Wyld, Keith Ridgway, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more. http://bookbasedbanter.co.uk/youwrotethebook/

November 26 2013


The Homeschool Leadercast 7: Mark Hamby talks about Character Building through Stories, Book Recommendations and Lamplighter

Mark Hamby from Lamplighter.net talks with Jeremy Jesenovec on the Homeschool Leadercast about Character Building through Stories, Book Recommendations and Lamplighter Ministries including Lamplighter Guild and Lamplighter Theater To learn more, go to HomeschoolLeadercast.com/hslc0007

Robb Wolf - The Paleo Solution - Episode 207 - Guest: Emily Schromm

October 23 2013


Billy Crystal on his new book about turning 65: NPR Weekend Edition

October 15 2013


Product Excellence Principles

LukeW Ideation + Design provides resources for mobile and Web product design and strategy including presentations, workshops, articles, books and more on usability, interaction design and visual design. There is no single process that will produce great results for every company, but there are tried-and-true principles that can guide teams in the right direction. Through vivid stories, Luke will showcase several of these principles in action, including: - Thinking "outside in" using customer insights to innovate - Speaking with "one voice" despite having many stakeholders - Defining the core essence of the product you're bringing to life - Building outward from this center point - Committing to greatness and making the time - Understanding when to putt and when to drive the ball forward http://www.lukew.com/presos/preso.asp?10


A few weeks ago I flew up to Seattle to film an interview with photographer Chase Jarvis. We talked a lot about my books (including the new one) and art and creativity in general. We also took a lot of questions from the live and online audience.

September 30 2013


"Raw+Jpeg" - Digital Photography Podcast 97 - The Digital Story

Weekly digital photography podcasts, photo tips, reader submitted pictures, equipment reviews and more. New Tools for the Creative Mind. The Digital Story is about making photography, music, and filmmaking enjoyable. Creativity flows better when technical issues are resolved. Instead of trying to figure out every blessed control on your digital camera, we want to show you the simple things that help it become an extension of your vision and a tool for your expression. http://thedigitalstory.com/2007/09/rawjpeg---digital-ph.html

September 06 2013


"Insecurity Blanket, Photokina, iPhone Story" - Digital Photography Podcast 338 - The Digital Story

Weekly digital photography podcasts, photo tips, reader submitted pictures, equipment reviews and more. New Tools for the Creative Mind. The Digital Story is about making photography, music, and filmmaking enjoyable. Creativity flows better when technical issues are resolved. Instead of trying to figure out every blessed control on your digital camera, we want to show you the simple things that help it become an extension of your vision and a tool for your expression. http://thedigitalstory.com/2012/08/insecurity-blanket-p.html

August 07 2013


Jason Sims Puts You in Your Place: John Hodgman

John is one of America's favourite polymaths spanning the disciplines of writing, comedy and acting. No less than three books have been joyously welcomed by ''Hodgmaniacs'' worldwide and very recently his one hour comedy show 'Ragnarok' was released exclusively on Netflix to a rousing reception of applause. I wanted to know more about John's upbringing and it's environs and I got just that. Hopefully this is not all. http://sliceradio.com.au/jason-sims-puts-you-in-your-place/36-john-hodgman-jason-sims-puts-you-in-your-place/
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