March 10th, 2014 by Sean
March 7th, 2014 by Sean
March 6th, 2014 by Sean
I got an email from my aunt in Sri Lanka the other day. It was a Daily Mail article that claimed Niagara Falls had frozen over. The photos were astounding. I wanted to post them to the Goods, but decided to verify with a more trusted news source (no offense, Daily Mail). That’s when I stumbled on this local news feature from WGRZ-TV’s Dave McKinley. The reporter from Buffalo’s NBC affiliate heads down to the falls to verify and rhymes his entire report, thus spreading joy the world over.
March 5th, 2014 by Sean
A Studio 360 mash-up of old and new Matthew McConaughey gives us a conversation between his classic Dazed and Confused stoner-bro, Dave Wooderson, and his existential asshole, Rustin Cohle, in HBO’s True Detective. Keep on livin’.
March 4th, 2014 by Sean
March 3rd, 2014 by Sean
Here are the final two episodes of Drunk Fundraising (for now). Pledge pitch points run the gamut, from Shakespeare to tote bags. The name of the radio station in question also varies throughout.
February 27th, 2014 by Sean
As kids, no movie had a bigger impact on my brother and I than Ghostbusters. And no Ghostbusters character meant more to us than Egon Spengler — probably because he was a giant dorkus. Even his name was supremely nerdy sounding. As every eulogy will remind you, Harold Ramis made being a geek look great. But he did a lot more than that. He made movies that perfectly balanced humor with humanity, with pathos. It sucks to discover he spent the last few years of his life in tremendous pain. May he rest in peace. May his lovely stories live forever.
February 26th, 2014 by Sean
Here’s Drunk Fundraising, Volume 3, in which On The Media host Brooke Gladstone channels an intoxicating Danielle DiPaolo, who is gently comparing commercial radio to public radio.
February 25th, 2014 by Sean
Here’s Drunk Fundraising, Volume 2, in which Studio 360 host (and friend of the Goods), Kurt Andersen, recounts the love Zack Poitras showed for WNYC on one fateful night.
February 24th, 2014 by Sean
Public radio pledge drives are the butt of many a joke. They turn listeners away. They upset otherwise mild-mannered people. They maybe even blur some ethical lines. But they work. They work so well a whole crowd-funding industry has cropped-up online based on the model. Would Kickstarter and Indiegogo be around if it weren’t for NPR and its member stations? Maybe, but at least a little credit is due.
Kickstarter and Indiegogo have managed to advance the model in one way public radio hasn’t: young people take note of crowd-funding campaigns online, but by-and-large change the station when they hear public radio pledge drives. In an effort to ensure the youth of today know that public radio membership campaigns are indeed targeting them, we have Drunk Fundraising, produced by Yours Truly and WNYC’s crack digital person, Amy Pearl. It’s a public radio take on the ingenious Drunk History series that recently made the leap from web series to full-blown TV show on Comedy Central. I’ll post another episode each day this week.
In this, the maiden voyage, UCB improv vets Danielle DiPaolo and Zack Poitras discuss their love for public radio, asking ye young folk to consider the merits of membership over martinis (after a few martinis):