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Brian Ashley is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who sat down with me recently to talk about his world. Have you ever wondered about the difference between psychiatry and psychology? Or how mental health professionals think about the world they
Okay, this is a fun episode about something that we've all heard about but have rarely seen. Have you ever noticed in movie credits that there's somebody called the Foley Artist? Well this episode is about those people. Almost 100% of the sound
The Internet of Things, IoT, is not well understood, so here's a quick description, by popular request, with some very interesting examples.
Worried that technology might take your job? Here's a better question to ask: If I could hand off some of my work to technology, what might I be able to accomplish? In this episode, Steve Shepard paints two scenarios, both real, both very simil
Here's a dirty little secret for you: All generations want the same things in work and life. They want a good job, in some cases a career; they want some kind of education; they want to raise a family; they want to be comfortable, eat well, go
In March 2021 I published my novel, “The Nation We Knew.” It’s built around a simple question: What would happen if a new president came into power, a president with a commitment to the people, not the party, a president consumed with the idea
Jim Winninger and I have known each other for a long time. We share interests in teaching, music, photography ... and the power of passion. Jim thinks about it all the time, and has a lot to share about the subject. And folks, if any of you are
Human-generated noise is every bit a pollutant as noxious chemicals in the water and soil and air. But rarely is it considered to be a problem. In this episode, on Earth Day, 2022, I talk a bit about the things we can do to help--and about how
What kinds of leaders are most effective at compelling others to help them achieve their goals? The warm-blooded kind. There's an interesting corollary here between leadership and biology. Have a listen.
Every once in a while, I have the honor to interview someone who’s not only an expert in their field—and it is invariably a VERY interesting field—but who is also a great speaker, a great person, and someone who truly knows how to tell a story,
Not too long ago, Gary Kessler and I sat down to chat about the idea that when knowledge is shared widely and broadly within an organization, the organization is better prepared to respond to unexpected events. One of those unexpected events,
Take a walk through Mud Pond, a nature refuge near my home in Vermont, and listen to the voices of the forest.
Over the course of the last year or so, I've worked with a range of diverse organizations to develop a sense of what the future of work looks like, given that there are as many opinions about the topic as there are people thinking about it. In
Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. He spends a lot of his time focused on prairie management and conservation, sharing what he learns with public and private landowners. But as Chris observes during
I think we’ve all had the experience of running across a childhood toy, or a photograph, or having a conversation with a childhood friend who makes you think of ANOTHER childhood friend who hasn’t popped into your head in a long time. That happ
To say that Jacob traveled to Create Voices of a Flyway is kind of like saying that David Attenborough is a newscaster. One of the largest bird migration routes in North America is the Mississippi Flyway, which the Audubon Society describes as
Mark Brennan is a great example of someone whose non-linear career has been catalyzed by passion and curiosity and a love of the natural world. Mark’s a Nova Scotia-based artist, a painter, but he’s also an equally gifted wildlife sound recordi
I was sitting with my three-year-old grandson the other day, coloring with Crayons. It was great fun, and brought back a flood of childhood memories. As I sat there, the names of the colors I loved came back: Cornflower. Red-orange. Burnt orang
What do reading, cattle, telephones, railroads, and barbed wire have in common? They were the basis for one of the most important elements of modern telephone systems in the United States in the late 19th century. This is really interesting—enj
Have you ever given any thought as to the origins of the famous Mother Goose rhymes that we all heard as kids, or even read to our own kids or grandkids? Well, you should. Brace yourself--they're not what you think. Have a listen.
My friend Ken Dravis is a musician, music producer, and commercial pilot who recently chose to temporarily clip his own wings and go for a walk in the woods with his wife, Allie: they hiked all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. But there’s
When I was a SCUBA instructor back in the 70s and 80s, I had a good friend, Jack Garrett (still a good friend, I should add), who was one of my assistant instructors, among many other things. But somewhere along the way, Jack gave up neoprene a
This one is a mind-bender and guaranteed to win you bets in a bar. Guaranteed, I promise.
We've all been led to believe that lobbyists are--well, not our favorite people. But my interview with Mike Hutfles, who lobbies for, among other things, healthcare organizations and small, independent telephone companies, might change your min
It’s no secret that I’m curious about people who have had what I like to call ‘non-linear careers’—meaning people who are driven by curiosity and passion to find their path in life. Phil Asmundson is one of those people. Try this on for size: d
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