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Fallacy, Lies, Retraction–All Part of a Daisey Day in ‘This American Life’

March 22, 2012

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The title of this week’s episode of “This American Life” left no doubt about its theme. It was called “Retraction,” and it told the story, with raw honesty and naked regret, of how Ira Glass’ acclaimed and award-winning Public Radio broadcast aired a report on the Chinese workers making Apple products, which was filled with […]

Dinner Stomach vs. Dessert Stomach–It’s Just a Story Idea to Me

January 9, 2012

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My son’s private little secret is now public–in the January issue of Columbus Monthly. The Body Brigade moved from Danny’s imaginative way to get me to give him dessert, to the back page column in Monthly called “Finale” (see below). It’s a little narrative about the Lilliputian-sized people who Danny says live in his body […]

Life With the iPhone

December 13, 2011

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I finally got the iPhone this past quarter, and it might just be the greatest thing I have ever owned (although I’m pretty fond of my house and Subaru Outback, too). It’s funny, but when I went to the Easton Apple store to get it, it wasn’t like making other purchases–I have money, now give […]

Good Writing for the Ear is the Future of Radio

November 18, 2011

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We had a fascinating discussion today with five prominent Columbus radio personalities who shared the good, bad and ugly of a career in radio. Dino Tripodis of WSNY, 94.7 FM, Dan Orr of WLVQ, Dan Mushalko of WCBE, my student Sam Obermeyer of Scarlet & Gray Radio and Mike Thompson of WOSU joined Doug Dangler […]

Learning to Read the Sports Page with Aaron Portzline

November 1, 2011

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I have breakfast with Aaron Portzline every morning. Get your mind out of then gutter–it’s not like that. Aaron is the Columbus Dispatch reporter covering our NHL team, the Blue Jackets, which has made him something like a Greek storyteller, covering triumph and tragedy, farce and frivolity. And around our house, he is a little […]

What Happens When the Art of Revision Gets Messy?

October 14, 2011

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Revision sucks. Revision, which in French means “to see again,” is the fresh vegetables of writing–it’s really good for you, and you need it in your life, but a lot of people hate it. Ignoring it doesn’t mean you don’t need it, and you surely can’t live without it. And that last part is a […]

Introducing a Child of 2001 to History on the 9/11 Anniversary

September 12, 2011

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Last night I watched the CBS documentary by Jules and Gedeon Naudet, and James Hanlon, “9/11: 10 YEARS LATER,” and I was not alone. In addition to my husband, 10-year-0ld Danny was also on the couch with me. Like our American tragedy, Danny was born in 2001, and he was nearly seven months old on […]

Linking to a Legend Named Harvey

September 6, 2011

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“Learn about Harvey, your new connection…” So said the emailed I received tonight from Linked In. Though it may be one of the least sexy or glamorous of the social medias in use, I love Linked In for so many reasons. I have had great luck finding sources when other options have failed. Searching by […]

Teaching to the Test

August 28, 2011

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As my 10-year-old son sat at his computer one night last spring, sweat began trickling down the side of his face like he was in the “Marathon Man” dental chair. His eyes darted between the monitor and the keyboard, willing his brain to find the right answer and his fingers to type the right key–as […]

Starting School with Juan Williams

August 21, 2011

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But much like Lord Voldemort's rebounding killing curse that made Harry Potter stronger, so did NPR's move appear to enhance, not dilute, Williams' career. He locked into a robust contract with Fox News, and wrote a book called "Muzzled," which speaks about his personal experience with NPR, and the nationwide "muzzling" of reasonable people with middle-of-the-road viewpoints our culture is experiencing.