That’s what I believe
By jcoyne on December 12, 2012
Jim sits down with Jerry Gaff and Tom Hitt at the Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse for some conversation on music, documentaries, social media, and play some songs against the sounds of cappuccino and espresso makers. Gaff leads at the beginning, followed by Hitt about midway into the recording after discussing live performances and “off the […]
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By jcoyne on November 14, 2012
Jim sits down with Jeff the biologist to discuss some travel along with communicating science after dissecting streaking as a general experience along with other uncomfortable situations. Also covered: anecdotes from South Africa, optioning the podcast into a major motion picture, and the fallacy of bear management in Yellowstone. Link to Will Smith talk referenced in […]
By jcoyne on July 22, 2012
A writer used to write and be picked up by those people who knew how to get books to people who enjoy to read. Now, everyone’s a writer, everyone’s a critic. The world learns news through 160 character messages and pixilated photos that circulate through the internet. Great events still unfold day in and day […]
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By jcoyne on July 16, 2012
The boys enjoy a visit to Presque Isle beach with JoEllen Marsh, returning guest from the documentary film “Donor Unknown,” to talk masculinity and gender stereotypes. We’re surrounded by them from cradle to grave—we debate the best ways to deal with them.
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By jcoyne on July 12, 2012
Jim talks on the book tour, reads an excerpt of Wild Harmony and discusses with Kevin and Nate a series of systems thinking that could further define Wild Harmony. Where can podcasts and conversations take us in these coming years when ideas are many and actionable plans are few? Reminder: Sunday, December 16th at Presque […]
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By jcoyne on July 9, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with Rahul to discuss uncertainty. From the streets of India to Erie, PA, Rahul tells of those who have made it, those who tried and failed, and those who just do not know where they are or where they are going.
By jcoyne on July 2, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with Max for a conversation about patriotism today. How can we best serve our country? Probably not by filling up the interweb with our hot air. But is it much different to write our congressmen? *Please dismiss the comment at the end about Rahul coming on in two weeks. He’s […]
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By jcoyne on June 24, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with a returning guest (Richard) and a first-timer (Whitney) to discuss the wilderness. What can we learn from the Great Wide Open? Is Yellowstone Park a preserve or a performance? Does a cost/benefit analysis favor strip malls over wooded areas? We flirt with answers.
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By jcoyne on June 18, 2012
Tom, Jim, and Becky talk about stuff (possessions, things, shoes, desks, awls, salad spinners). All this stuff, is it necessary? Or is it simply what we want to have? Would it be 30 pairs of shoes or 30 pair of shoe? We are consuming 1.5 planets.
By jcoyne on June 11, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with musical guest Tommy Link, an Erie-area musician and singer-songwriter. We talk about gigging, pop music, and old school rock, among other things.
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By jcoyne on June 4, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with Caroline, a friend of Tom’s and current master’s student in media studies at the New School, for a conversation about nostalgia and memory. Spoilers about the season one finale of “Mad Men” at around the 2 minute mark… if you care, skip to 4:00!
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By jcoyne on May 28, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down for a conversation with Patrick, the creative consultant for the naming of this website.
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By jcoyne on May 17, 2012
Jim and Tom explain the rationale behind a change in format. No more split-up conversations, no more Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hereforth, all guests’ material on such-and-such topic will be constrained to a single, longer episode. New podcasts will now be released weekly, at midnight on Mondays.
By jcoyne on May 15, 2012
Jim, Tom, and Richard conclude their conversation on the paradigm of success. Tensions rise on concepts of “the right way” or framing paths and who or what influences direction in life. What is the system we live in and whereabouts are the flaws (no flaws)? Or do we simply need small changes, small moves?
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By jcoyne on May 10, 2012
Jim, Tom, and Richard continue their conversation on the paradigm of success. Jim and Richard discuss the film release of On the Road along with the mentality surrounding the Beat Generation. Will its release and likely popularity impact people similar to the book’s influence in 1958? Tom asks whether one could be balanced and still […]
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By jcoyne on May 8, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with Richard to discuss various definitions of success. In this first part of the conversation, we talk the routes of life people take. And how do people do more with less? Pack it in, pack it out applied from the back-country to life.
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By jcoyne on May 6, 2012
Live Podcast with Jerry Gaff at Presque Isle Gallery Coffee House in Erie, PA on Sunday, December 16th at 1:00PM – 3:00PM along with Wild Harmony talk and signing. Come for presentation on self-publishing and join in on the idea for the next book. Jim and Tom sat down Erie musician Gaff and his colleague […]
By jcoyne on May 3, 2012
In the third and final part of their conversation on orthodoxy, Jim, Tom, and Becky discuss the advantages that structure and orthodoxy can provide throughout life. Can belief systems plug the rabbit hole, or are they a stopgap solution? Contact JimAndTom@OpenDoorRapport.com to add your thoughts.
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By jcoyne on May 1, 2012
Jim, Tom, and Becky continue their conversation on orthodoxy. Among other things, we discuss orthodox lifestyles, unorthodox approaches to the job search, and—perhaps most importantly—the simple but effective “5-foot ambush.” There are people out there who have discovered means of how to get out of their set ways and explore new horizons. What are some […]
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By jcoyne on April 26, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with Becky to discuss orthodoxy. In this first part of the conversation, we talk foreign travel, along with studies at home, “away,” and abroad. Listen to part 2
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By jcoyne on April 24, 2012
Jim and Tom finish their follow-up conversation to an interview with documentary filmmaker Paul Devlin on news and the media. They discuss Ayn Rand, along with the unlikelihood that Carl Sagan could evangelize Joseph Kony into an appreciation for the cosmos. It’s “star stuff” versus maniacal tyranny, this week on “That’s what I believe.” Like […]
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By jcoyne on April 19, 2012
In a follow-up to their previous podcast, Jim and Tom pick up where they left off, honing in on the nitty-gritty of day-to-day news reporting. We try to identify whether news media should try to “push” stories that are more “important” to listeners—and whether regulators should balance serious coverage with “interest stories”—and fail.
By jcoyne on April 17, 2012
Jim and Tom announce their new format (new material every Tuesday and Thursday!), and share a conversation about the news media and how they shape our understanding of the world. We begin with a clip from our interview with documentary filmmaker Paul Devlin and try to explore the ways that different individuals and organizations “package” […]
By jcoyne on April 11, 2012
Jim and Tom sit down with five-time Emmy Award winner Paul Devlin, who discusses two of his documentaries, “Blast!” and “Power Trip,” along with the ways in which they’re promoted. email: JimAndTom@OpenDoorRapport.com
By jcoyne on April 11, 2012
Jim and Tom refine the goals of the podcast. They discuss their conversation with Peter Coyote and Terry Bisson, and read spoilers about future guests including JERRY SEINFELD and the Carl Sagan of our generation. email: JimAndTom@OpenDoorRapport.com
By jcoyne on April 3, 2012
“Conversation as action (the raw words)” Jim and Tom sit down with Terry Bisson and Peter Coyote for a long conversation. After briefly explaining the goal of the podcast, Peter discusses his trip to Syria, Lebanon and Cuba. The talk goes in many directions. Terry and Peter discuss the progression of political change in the twentieth […]