Gerry McGuire to the Rescue!

Having requested a video streaming suggestion for the weekend, I was rewarded with Gerry McGuire’s excellent suggestion, a documentary about the band Anvil I have also included suggestions from Cindy. Let’s keep it going; are we missing anything?!? – cover image by SqueakyMarmot   Gerry McGuire took his love of history, trivia, comedy, literature, music and film and turned himself into a pop culture quoting, chat machine. He is like Cliff Claven from Cheers if Cliff Claven was stunningly handsome, awesomely funny and unbelievably humble. He fancies himself what the…

I need a movie recommendation!

My Nextflix queue is calling out for great ideas. I watched “The Story of Film: An Odyssey” and loved it, but I need something new!!! I’m looking for old, new, documentaries, a foreign television series - anything that you think is really, really good. (Image by Ilya Sedykh)     Oh, another good one on Netflix Streaming: “House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Amazing. note: we at RLSG are not on the payroll for netflix, it’s just the service we like to use right now…

We Might Be Wrong

There’s an article in the New York Times this morning that talks about Web Privacy. It seems we value our privacy, but often fail to act in ways that protect it. Reporting on the work of Alessandro Acquisti at Carnegie Mellon, Somini Sengupta  writes “…We don’t always act in our own best interest…”.   When I read the article, a light went on. Lately I’ve been trying to articulate the specific problem that the Real Life Survival Guide is trying to solve, and there it was; we often think we’re on the…

Congrats Are In Order!

Lately I’ve been working on a retrospective of the Guide, and next week you’ll hear excerpts from a house tour I recorded with Duo Dickinson in 2008 that led to the creation of the current version, in 2011. In the mean time, worlds have collided, and I’ve decided to pay homage. You see, in that first 2011 episode, we ended up at Richter’s on Chapel Street – only to discover that the bar, a New Haven institution for years, was about to close. This is where it all comes together.…

Producer’s Blog: Green!

Greener pastures are the new theme here at the Guide—and not just because of St. Paddy’s Day. Hearing yesterday’s episode, broadcast from Anna Liffey’s (New Haven’s oldest Irish Pub), you may have noted the sounds of live, authentic fiddle music underscoring our conversation. Perhaps you chuckled at the verbal barbs tossed in our direction by a good-natured, if somewhat inebriated heckler. Or, maybe you experienced a ‘Beamish’ me up Scotty, déjà vu moment (or two) while listening to Bruce talk about “life’s little problems’ with our guests Duo Dickinson, Katie…

Jon Crane: What About The Parents?

As an occasional panelist on The Real Life Survival Guide, my role is to “get real.” So here goes. In our discussion about “surviving” being parents of college aged children our panel covered a wide array of subjects with some depth and much insight. Mostly, we talked about how to help our kids navigate through the college experience and help them grow into adulthood. It was all appropriate and the children should always be the priority, however, we did not go deeply into how we as parents can survive the…

Duo Dickinson: The Umbilical Dilemma

Everyone of a certain age remembers “In Living Color” – the great 1990’s weekly comedy TV show that helped launch the careers of the Wayans family—Kim, Shawn, Marlon, and Dwayne as well as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier. In one skit Jim Carrey plays a teenager who literally has not been disconnected from his mom. Yes, the umbilical cord still projected from his Hawaiian shirt at the belly button, and a 10 foot long, thick umbilical cord went from there up his Boomer Mamma’s skirt in permanent…

Episode 72: Parenting College Aged Kids

Podcast: Download | Embed This time we’ll be talking about “Parenting College Aged Kids” with an expert in the field, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale, and several parents – Duo Dickinson, Susannah Bailin, Susan Jacobs, and Jon Crane. We met over wood-fired pizza at Da Legna, a new restaurant on State Street in New Haven, and the conversation was almost as good as the pies! Duo Dickinson has written seven books on architecture. His latest, “Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want”, was published by The…

What Have You Learned Recently? [UPDATED]

I’m a (soon to be AARP) card-carrying-Baby-Boomer.   (I learned to edit audio on a reel-to-reel tape recorder.) Over the past few years, I’ve watched as we’ve gone from a nation of people that watched five channels in black and white – and grooved to “One is the Loneliest Number” by Three Dog Night – to one that carries the great books, movies, music and television shows (not to mention the ability to text) in one’s pocket. Mind blown. Fast forward twenty five years. I’m recording and editing radio shows, digitally, on…

Episode 71: Grief and Loss

Podcast: Download | Embed This time we’ll be talking about “Grief and Loss”, an issue we’ve been struggling with since the unthinkable violence in Newtown on December 14th. As you’ll hear in the podcast, grief and loss comes in many different forms – everything from the the sudden death of a spouse or a child to the loss of a job, a pet, a relationship… or sometimes even “all of the above”. Joining me at the beautiful new restaurant Indgo by the Water in Milford were Jocelyn Maminta, Jud Smith, Raeleen…

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