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Ira Glass shows tough love along with other lessons from NPR

In Fresh Air, Ira Glass, journalism, literature, National Public Radio, radio, Radiolab, reporting, storytelling, This American Life, Tom Wolfe, YouTube on August 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

I recently came across reporting advice in three of National Public Radio’s most popular shows.

Some of these episodes and clips may not be the most recent; I came across them serendipitously.

But they are definitely gems.

The first was This American Life‘s “Make Radio” page, which includes links to tips on reporting from some of the shows’ best contributors.

It also leads readers to Transom.org, which is “a showcase and workshop for new public radio.”

Unfortunately, some of the links on TAL’s page don’t work anymore, including videos of the man himself, Ira Glass, passing down his wisdom. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Howl’ roars for free speech

In commentary, entertainment, film, free speech, freedom of speech, history, journalism, literature, music, poetry, storytelling, YouTube on August 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love it when a movie pulls you in and won’t let you go.

I had that with “Howl” last night.

The movie came out last year and is a pseudo-documentary about beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial that followed the publishing of his famous poem, “Howl.”

Like the poem, parts of the movie are graphic — I’ll warn you. But much like what the poem’s supporters argued during the fracas that ensued following the poem’s publication, the “obscene” words and images in the movie are not used to be lewd and sensational but to describe how Ginsberg saw the 1950s society he was a part of. Read the rest of this entry »

My Morning Jacket gets exposure — by not getting exposure

In branding, commentary, entertainment, Facebook, Google+, journalism, Kentucky, Louisville, music, social media, YouTube on August 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

Since Tuesday I’ve been reading about how My Morning Jacket became one of the first bands to debut a music video on Google+.

The video, which is for “Holdin On To Black Metal,” actually went up Monday, a day before the official release. Since groups, including bands, can’t get pages on Google+ yet, two of the band members, Tom Blankenship and Carl Broemel, posted it on their personal pages.

(Band frontman Jim James doesn’t seem to have a page yet, though a Yim Yames, the pseudonym he used for his solo work, has a bare yet strange profile.)

And the reaction has included fans and others questioning the band’s decision to use Google+, Google’s fledgling social network, for the premiere. Read the rest of this entry »