Podcast: A Conversation with Joe Grushecky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe very talented and accomplished Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky was kind of enough to join me for a podcast about his upcoming show in Niagara Falls, his new single with Bruce Springsteen and more.


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Four reasons why Sgt. Pepper remains relevant 50 years after its release

Fifty years after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the songs on the Beatles’ iconic 1967 album still sound fresh and contemporary. But it is not just the music that has relevancy for life in 2017.

Here are four lessons that Sgt. Pepper offers for today’s audiences: more

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Was Gary Hart right?

Gary Hart in 1987

Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel via Wikimedia Commons

Thirty years ago today, the way journalists cover politicians changed forever.

At the time, reporters had long considered politicians’ private lives off-limits.

But on May 3, 1987, the Miami Herald reported that Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart had spent part of the weekend at his townhouse with a young woman who was not his wife. more

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An Old Beatles Story Provides a Lesson for a New Generation of Journalists

klaus-voormannThe most valuable lessons for journalism students sometimes come from odd and unusual places such as a Beatles convention I plan to attend this weekend.

At the The Fest for Beatles Fans, I will have an opportunity to hear from Klaus Voormann, an artist and musician I interviewed many years ago when I was a music journalist. more

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Don’t Underestimate the Value of Watching Super Bowl Halftime Performances

2009_espn_zone_chicago_ultimate_couch_potato_contestant_-_steve_janowski_03Super Bowl LI featured a historic comeback and the first overtime in the history of the game, but the biggest attraction for television viewers did not involve any of the athletes on the field.

Viewership peaked at 117.5 million during more

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Entertainment Once Again Comes to the Aid of Journalism

100604-D-7203C-005.JPGIn a book chapter I wrote several years ago, I argued that protest music filled a gap in news coverage during the Vietnam War era because the songs provided Americans with news that the mainstream media was not reporting. Fast forward to 2017, and something similar is occurring. more

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Why I Never Forgot Covering Joe Biden in 1986

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

It is not the most important story coming out of Washington today, but when Joe Biden’s term as vice president comes to a close, it will mark the first time in nearly 50 years that he has not held public office.

Biden has had his share of friends and foes over the years, but he leaves Washington with warm words from both sides of the aisle – a rare occurrence in today’s political climate. more

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