Leopard Seal, Cave People, and Two Distinct Kind of Cows

Crows Nest Radio Episode 102

Six Good People tell us their stories. There is a theme for Part One and another for Part Two, can you guess what they are?

Story Tellers:

Part One:
Anthony Sandberg, president OCSC Sailing has been to Antarctica.
Sana Saeed blogs at KABOBFest.com She’s in college.
Richard Morrison, world traveler, dope smoker.

Part Two:
Joe Klocek, standupjoe.com, tickets for Previously Secret Information at BrownPaperTickets.com He’s a professional standup comedian.
Shiri and Mike of the Sour Mash Hug Band are an amazing couple that play music and travel the world together.

Some of the music from the show came from the wonderful Free Music Archive from WFMU. That would be:  .Tape. / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

and CSC Funk Band / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Plus additional stuff by the greatest human being in the world, my pal Scott Bruzenak.

Dangerous Gifts

Crows Nest Radio’s 1st Episode is called “Dangerous Gifts”

Sascha Altman DuBrul kinda got famous after his crazy life story got published in San Francisco’s Alt-Weekly Newspaper. It was HIS STORY and telling it made a huge impact on his life.

But today Sascha has a new tale to tell: The epic story of what happened after he shared his very personal struggle with life and a bipolar disorder diagnosis with the world, and then the world reached out and shared back.

Music for this episode was composed by the greatest human being in the world, my pal Scott Bruzenak.

If you want the latest that Sasha has to share, here is his blog

Blending the Absurd with the Desperate and the Cryptic: Jesse Krakow’s “Oceans in the Sun”

11.min Oceans Krakow.mp3

Back in 2004 I caught up with my old friend from high school, Jesse Krakow. He had just released this incredibly strange and lovely album “Oceans in the Sun” made up of over 30 songs he recorded alone in his New York apartment, many of them less than 100 seconds long, a lot of them about his cat.

I produced this 11 minute podcast like thing (not safe for radio) as one of my first attempts at cutting up an interview and adding music. I think it still holds up pretty well despite the fact I didn’t know what I was doing.

Jesse was working in advertising at the time he made this music and it wasn’t a good fit in my opinion. He was lonely. The songs are incredibly silly and fun, but they are also dark and weird.

From the interview:

“I became re-acquainted with somebody through Friendster and we got pretty close. We started writing regular emails to each other and having phone conversations. It was really amazing.
You know it’s really romantic when you can grow close to somebody through their words, and see how they formulate a sentence. I don’t mean to be completely clinical but grammar and seeing somebody’s approach to it it’s very telling. It’s very intimate. I remember hearing that Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed bonded over punctuation at one party. They just sat in the corner and talked about punctuation. Now they live together and they are very happy.
I was really into that idea with this girl. Unfortunately she came to New York and we had a horrible time. Nothing became of it. Now she’s dating some other dude and I’m still in love with my cat.”



The Future of Reading: Privacy Watchdogs and Their Fears for Google Books


Google Book Search is really neat, and it could be the future of
reading. It also can be very creepy to imagine Google reading over
your shoulder, and passing it’s notes to the government without
judicial oversight.

This mini radio doc (or long news-ish feature) aired on the KPFA
Morning Show on Feb 8th 2010. It was funded by spot.us. Brian
Edwards-Tiekert is the host of the show, he’s the first voice you
hear, he was also the “peer review editor” for the piece.

Scott Bruzenak survives in L.A.


Using nothing but his creativity, his cunning, and his considerable
skills as a composer and user of digital technology, my good friend
Scott Bruzenak has kept a roof over his head in Southern California
for nearly a decade without ever holding down much of a regular job.
He has found gigs throughout the entertainment industry at the lower
ends of those totem poles. What he has to share about that experience
is ugly, amusing, and educational.

This half hour program aired in late 2008 on KPFA in the “Open Book, Cover to Cover” slot.

All the music, with the exception of the 30 second opening theme, was made by Bruzenak.

“Laugh at Our Mistakes”

Crows Nest Radio – season 2 – episode 1
The Portland Intergenerational Women’s Choir opened up their practices to my microphones and shared with me how they really feel about singing together every week.
This is the first episode of the new season of the Crows Nest Radio podcast, now from Portland, Oregon. You can download the mp3.

A documentary and call in show on loosing local book shops on the occasion of Moe’s Books 50 Birthday


Last summer I sat in as host/producer of KPFA’s “Living Room,” an hour
long news and public affairs show.

For the second half of the show I covered Moe’s, Berkeley’s biggest
used book store on historic Tellegraph Ave. Moe’s daughter Dorris
gave me a tour of the store and introduced me to some of the book
people who have worked there for decades. Book stores are going out of business at an alarming rate, and this piece seeks to answer what will be lost if they all go down.

I presented the audio in one and two minute clips while I live hosted.
Then I opened the phone for listener call ins. I am especially proud
of this format of radio and I hope I can do it again soon.

One highlight was the call from my friend who may very well be the only person under 40 trying to make a go at selling used books in a brick and mortar shop. Back when Moes Books was young, in the 1960s there were pleanty of his kind in the Bay Area, now he stands alone and what he has to say about his situation is real interesting.

Facebook and Money in Presidential Politics


I hosted ‘Letters and Politics” on April 22, 2011 – which was the day President Obama concluded three days of fund raising in the San Francisco Bay Area, which he kicked off with a “Facebook Town Hall.” As I was producing coverage of the president’s trip, I was surprised to learn about Facebook’s growing political foot print. We spoke with Dave Levinthal, editor with OpenSecrets.org at the Center for Responsive Politics; as well as Carla Maranuci, the political writer with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maranucci was reporting from Obama’s fund raising breakfast in San Francisco when a group of ticket holding donors stood up and sang the president a song against his will: “…we payed our dues, where’s our change?”

Finally, I spoke with Heidi Shierholz, an Economist with the Economic Policy Institute about the dismal state of employment for young people during this Great Recession. America’s Lost Decade?