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Great podcasts to listen to as you exercise, drive, iron, file, cook, clean, or walk

Great podcasts to listen to as you exercise, drive, iron, file, cook, fall asleep, dream, clean, or walk

aka podcasts we, friends or colleagues have enjoyed
(and sometimes become addicted to)

How to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS (Alina Bradford and Mark Jansen, Digital Trends, 7-31-19)

1A (NPR News) Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests, framing the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.
Armchair Expert Dax Shepard and Monica Padman interview celebrities, journalists, and academics about "the messiness of being human."
Biographers International (discussions with biographers from around the country and the world)
Blank Check with Griffin and David Hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film's most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
Caliphate.Rukmini Callimachi  reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul.
Can He Do That? (Washington Post podcast about Trump, exploring the powers and limitations of the American presidency, and what happens when they're tested)
Code Switch (NPR) Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Listen to journalists of color talk about it.
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend (weekly podcast hosted by American comedian and talk show host, with war stories from TV work)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central's Podcast Network)
Darknet Diaries Explore the dark side of the Internet as Jack Rhysider takes you on a journey through the chilling world of privacy hacks, data breaches, and cyber crime, as masterful criminal hackers show us just how vulnerable we all are.
Decoder Ring Each month Slate critic Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters. Examples: Baby Shark, sad Jennifer Aniston, the rise of the horror clown.
Dolly Parton's America (NPR)
Dr. Death (Wondery) "explores what happens when a power-hungry doctor is not stopped by the people who should stop him until it is too late."
Ear Hustle (Radiotopia) The daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
Endless Thread (WBUR and Reddit) Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into Reddit's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities, collaborating with Reddit's 330 million users and over 140 thousand communities to find all kinds of jaw-dropping narratives.
Everything Is Alive (in which inanimate objects tell their life stories)
Family Secrets (IHeart Radio) Dani Shapiro and her guests explore family secrets and the lessons the truth can tell us.
Grammar Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
The Habitat Life on Mars, sort of. The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.
Half Size Me Heather A. Robertson, who lost 170 pounds and has maintained her weight loss since 2012, interviews real people who share their own motivational stories of weight loss and weight maintenance.
Heavyweight (Gimlet Media) Humorist Jonathan Goldstein helps people try to resolve a moment from their past. See New Yorker review.
Household Name (aka Brought to you by) Surprising stories about how the biggest, household name brands affect our lives and culture — for better or worse.
How I Built This (Guy Razz, NPR) The stories behind some of the world's best known companies: a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
The Indicator (weekdays from Planet Money) helps you make sense of what's happening today--a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else.
The Last Days of August Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.
Lit Up (a podcast about literature)
The Manual Each week an expert, artisan, or craftsman is invited for a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in their trade, the idea being to help men live a more engaged life.
The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus serve up tips on living meaningful lives with less.
Mobituaries with Mo Rocca, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past.
Modern Love (WBUR and The New York Times) Top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption.
The Moment (host Brian Koppelman). Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers.
Moonface A fiction and drama show about a Korean American son (Joel Kim Booster) who wants to come out to his mom (Esther Moon), but can't because they don't speak the same language.
The “Moonrise” podcast, which tells a tale of nuclear brinkmanship, backroom politics, and science fiction.
The Moth Podcast (NPR, re-airs all new episodes of The Moth Radio Hour)
My Brother, My Brother, and Me Comedy advice from brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy.
Nancy (WNYC Studios, NPR, stories and conversations about the LGBTQ experience today, hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. Prepare to laugh and cry and laugh again.)
The Nice Guys on Business Hosts Doug Sandler and Strickland Bonner focus on relationships, honesty, trust and integrity.
The NPR Politics Podcast Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail, telling you both what happened and why it matters.
On Being (Krista Tippett) What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?
The Only One in the Room Laura Cathcart Robbins, who famously once found herself the only black woman in the room, interviews celebrities of all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who have also felt "othered."
Planet Money (NPR)
People in the Shadow podcasts (Player FM roundup of podcasts on ghosts, paranormal, end times, the spooky and unexplained)
Political Gabfest (Slate, hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz) Where sharp political analysis meets informal and irreverent discussion.
Pop Culture Happy Hour Freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.
Publishers Weekly podcasts (in various categories)
Radio Diaries First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history, from teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to gospel preachers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life.
RadioLab Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (for WNYC, New York Public Radio) combine investigative journalism and a lively narrative style to explore a strange world, from driverless cars and the U.S. nuclear chain of command to the history of football.
Sawbones Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy take you on a marital tour of misguided medicine through the ages.
Scattered (WNYC, NPR) Chris Garcia's dad had one dying wish: That his family scatter his ashes off the coast of Cuba. As Chris tries to do right by his dad, he sets out to uncover the truth about a man he barely knew.
The Score: Bank Robber Diaries (true crime, 5 episodes)
The Serial Killer Podcast (hosted by Thomas Wiborg-Thune, a Norwegian)
Sincerely, X (talks from speakers whose ideas deserve to be heard, but whose identities must remain hidden. The first season features a compelling program of victims, perpetrators, investigators, activists, empaths, etc.)
1619 (New York Times writer Nikole Hannah Jones) In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. See also the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. WritesTime Magazine: "Each episode demonstrates how our economy, political system and popular culture are rooted in the slave trade and built on the work of African Americans."
Spectacular Failures Big business gone bad. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time.
Storybound (Lit Hub Radio and Podglomerate) Listen to your favorite authors and writers reading some of their most impactful stories, designed with powerful and immersive sound environments.
StartUp (hosts Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow, Gimlet Media). A show about what it’s really like to start a business.
StoryCorps (NPR, Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship.)
TED Radio Hour Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human, taking us on a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
Timesuck Podcast with comedian Dan Cummins (weekly deep dives into topics ranging from true crime and the paranormal to history, conspiracy theories, and cryptozoology)
Tiny Desk Concerts (NPR Music, Audio--there's also a video version).
Unobscured with Aaron Mahnke. A serialized narrative, focusing on one topic only (for Season 1, the Salem Witch Trials; Season 2, the world of Spiritualism).
Up First (NPR) The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes.
A Very Fatal Murder (David Pascall's true-crime podcast for The Onion)
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what they've made up.
We Like Drinking (hosts Jeff Eckles, John Ruyak, and Jeff Solomon talk with professionals from the spirits industry about booze)
What a Day (Crooked Media) Akilah Hughes and Gideon Resnick bring you the top stories of the day across politics, business, economics and pop culture--what matters and how you can fix it.
The Writer Files (Kelton Reid's interviews with a broad spectrum of writers)
You're Wrong About Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event, person or phenomenon that's been miscast in the public imagination.


The best podcasts of 2019 (Digital Trends) From true crime to comedy.
The Stitcher List Weekly ranking of the most popular shows on Stitcher.
The Best History Podcasts (The Manual)
Best podcasts of 2019 so far (Esquire)
8 of the best podcasts for book lovers (Megan Sutton, The Manual, 4-19-18)
Fast-Lane Listening: The Best Podcasts for Road Trips (LeeAnn Whittemore, The Manual, 5-28-19)
Listen Up: These Podcasts Can Help You Get Your Life Together LeeAnn Whittemore (The Manual) recommends a few self-help podcasts.
20 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now (Brianna Bell, The Write Life)
Addictive and wonderful TV and cable shows (Pat McNees, blog post)


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Independent writers object to laws that reclassify independent contractors (freelancers) as employees

Statement on Legislative Threats to Freelance Writers
From the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc.

For more than 70 years, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc., has recognized and endorsed the guarantees of free speech and an unfettered press established in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the promise of equal protection under the laws set out in the Fourteenth Amendment. Our dedication to these basic principles of writing with a free hand is part of the organization's Constitution, which includes the improvement of "professional conditions for the independent writer" as one of ASJA's principal purposes. Our mission statement reflects our on-going intention to "represent freelancers' interests, serving as spokesperson for their right to control and profit from the uses of their work wherever it appears."

In this context, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc., opposes legislative efforts to restrict the ability of independent writers to work as they choose without governmental interference. The organization stands in solidarity with our members and with all freelancers facing threats to their livelihoods as a result of laws and legislation aimed at either prohibiting or restricting their work as independent entrepreneurs.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc., recognizes that misclassification of workers as independent contractors when they deserve treatment as employees is a serious problem in many—but certainly not all—sectors of the labor market. We in no way condone the exploitation of workers by their employers. Trying to solve the problem by painting all independent workers with the same overly broad brush, however, ignores a robust community of freelance writers who choose independent career paths. Such legislation is both short-sighted and ultimately counterproductive. We urge the country's lawmakers to respect the constitutional rights and personal preferences of freelancers when considering legislation that redefines the status of independent contractors. Legislation that includes freelance writers in the general class of allegedly exploited workers is an attempt to solve a problem that does not exist and will cause immeasurable harm.

Milton C. Toby JD
American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc.


Reprinted by permission. (I am a member of ASJA)


California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees (Kate Conger and Noam Scheiber, NY Times, 11-9-19) ("California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure....A coalition of labor groups is pushing similar legislation in New York, and bills in Washington State and Oregon that were similar to California’s but failed to advance could see renewed momentum. New York City passed a minimum wage for ride-hailing drivers last year but did not try to classify them as employees."
AB5 gig work bill: All your questions answered (Carolyn Said, SF Chronicle, 9-16-19)
Top Dems change ‘gig worker’ bill after freelancers said it would force them to leave N.J. (Sophie Nieto-Munoz | NJ Advance Media for
Just a Platform? Instacart Workers Strike at the Gig Economy’s Favorite Lie (Jacob Rosenberg, Mother Jones, 11-21-19) “Their argument is that they’re a marketplace. They’re a software company. They’re just connecting—that’s just not true.” Instacart is a grocery-shopping service valued at nearly $8 billion that doesn’t pay the people who buy and deliver the groceries enough to live, those workers say.

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Writing and editing for Wikipedia

Experienced Wikipedia writers and editors: Let me know which important pages I should add here, for the benefit of people new to contributing to Wikipedia.

Who writes Wikipedia?
Contributing to Wikipedia (describes the Wikipedia editing community's established practice on some aspect or aspects of Wikipedia's norms and customs)
Frequently Asked Questions About Wikipedia
FAQs about editing for Wikipedia
Wikipedia Guidelines
How do I create a new page?
Article size
Featured content Featured content represents the best of Wikipedia, including articles, pictures, and other contributions that showcase excellent results of the collaborative efforts of Wikipedia. All featured content undergoes a thorough review process to ensure that it meets the highest standards in order to serve as the best example of our end goals. A small bronze star (The featured content star) in the top right corner of a desktop page indicates that the content is featured.
Citing sources Wikipedia's verifiability policy requires inline citations for any material challenged or likely to be challenged, and for all quotations, anywhere in article space.
Navigation Wikipedia is so vast that the features that usually facilitate navigating, like hypertext and a search box, are supplemented by portals and a page theme that features a toolbox, a search box, and the category of the page, on every page.
Neutral point of view "Articles must not take sides, but should explain the sides, fairly and without editorial bias. This applies to both what you say and how you say it."
"Notability" guidelines
Researching and Writing Wikipedia Articles (How Wikipedia Works/Chapter 6, Wikibooks)
What Wikipedia is not
Wikipedia: Teahouse (a friendly forum in which to learn about editing Wikipedia)
Are There Rules Against Paying Someone To Write A Wikipedia Article? (Michael Wood, Social Media Today, 11-24-14) Read the full article.

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Where to get science news

Let me know if any wonderful publications are left out of this informally assembled list.

Aeon ("a sanctuary online for serious thinking")
Cosmos (the science of everything)
Ag Insider (Food and Environment Reporting Network)
Massive Science (New science stories every week, written by scientists themselves)
National Geographic Magazine
Nature (an esteemed and heavily cited science journal)
Nautilus (each issue on a special topic, backed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
New Scientist (realistic news reporting, from UK)
Pro Publica (Journalism in the Public Interest) Read More 

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What to do if you self-publish through both Amazon KDP and IngramSpark

by Melinda Clayton

If you want to use both KDP Print and IngramSpark for paperbacks, explained novelist Melinda Clayton recently on the Authors Guild forum, you must be careful to "un-check" Expanded Distribution through KDP Print. These are the steps you need to take:

1. Own your own ISBN (purchase at Bowker if you're in the U.S.)
2. Un-check Expanded Distribution on KDP Print, but don't un-publish your book. You want to leave it on KDP Print for distribution through Amazon; you just have to remove it from Expanded Distribution. This is because Expanded Distribution makes your book available in the Ingram catalog, and Ingram won't list the exact same book twice.
3. Send KDP Print an email asking them to remove your paperback from Expanded Distribution while leaving it with KDP for distribution on Amazon. Although you've unchecked it, emailing KDP Print speeds the process along.
4. Set up your account on IngramSpark .
5. Email IngramSpark a Title Transfer Addendum request. The link will take you to a page on Ingram that explains the process, and at the very bottom of that page is a link to click that will allow you to download and print the Title Transfer Addendum.
6. Once KDP Print and Ingram have transferred your titles from the KDP Print Ingram account to your own, you'll get an email from IngramSpark letting you know the transfer has taken place and asking you to approve your proofs. If you approve, you're all set. Your books will still be available through KDP Print for distribution to Amazon, and they'll also be available through Ingram for other stores and libraries.


Here are links to Melinda's novels and if you are thinking about self-publishing, check out her explanations on Indies Unlimited, See, for example, Do I Need Different ISBNs for CreateSpace and Ingram? (read the whole thing).

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Is it time for the United States to establish a Public Lending Right?

"Thirty-five countries—including the United Kingdom, every country in Europe, Canada, Israel, and Australia—support their authors with cash payments from the national government in compensation for the free library lending of their books. Over the past half-century, all these nations have established systems of Public Lending Right....PLR recognizes two fundamental principles: the need for society to provide free access to books, and the right of authors to be remunerated for their work. These principles should not be in conflict. The Authors Guild believes in both. We plan to work with the nation’s libraries to create a system that will benefit authors and libraries alike." -- James Gleick, Support of a Public Lending Right in the United States (PLR) (Authors Guild Bulletin, Winter 2018/Spring 2019)


"Paying authors for library loans is not a charity,” he said, “it’s a right: a payment for the service of borrowing an author’s work.” Robert Caro, Barbara Tuchman, and Anne Edwards were among the well-known authors who championed the cause. Preliminary bills were introduced in both houses of Congress. Eventually, in the Reagan era, the effort died.


"But overseas the evident justice and utility of PLR systems has persuaded country after country. Last year our counterparts in the U.K., the Society of Authors, led a successful effort to extend their program to include e-lending. Beginning July 1, authors became eligible for payments for library lending of their ebooks and audiobooks....

"The maximum payment to any one author would be capped: the idea is not to reward J. K. Rowling (no offense, Joanne) but to provide some much-needed help for midlist authors....


We never want to tell a library not to lend our books—love of libraries is at the core of who we are. At the same time, librarians themselves are recognizing that they need the professional author to survive... author income that once came from the use of books in classrooms has been evaporating. Expensive high-speed scanners are now standard equipment in university department offices, and university libraries increasingly believe it is their right to distribute digital copies of chapters and whole books throughout their communities. This turns authors into forced unpaid donors. A robust PLR system would restore some fairness."

The Authors Guild Calls for a “Public Lending Right” (Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader, 1-16-19) "The Authors Guild was somewhat correct when they said 22,000 authors in the UK were paid up to 6,600 pounds, but what they forgot to tell you was that almost as many authors were paid zilch.

"According to UK data from 2017 (the most recent I can find), a total of 41,750 authors were listed in the PLR system when the payments went out in February. Of that number, 19,548 received nothing at all because their share was less than one pound. Another 16.654 received under 100 pounds, while 3,232 received under 500 pounds (PDF).

"The numbers are almost as bad in Canada, where 59% of all registered authors were paid less than $253.80 CAD in June 2018 (this includes the authors who were paid nothing)."



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The practical aspects of publishing an anthology

Understanding Copyrights for Anthologies (Susan Spann, Writers in the Storm, 11-13-15) Anthology contracts should contain at least two clear statements of copyright:
A declaration that copyright in the author's work remains the sole property of the contributing author; and
A declaration that the copyright in the anthology "as a collective work" belongs to the anthology publisher.
• NEVER grant or transfer your copyright in your work to an anthology publisher. Authors of individual works should always retain copyright on their own original Read More 

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compiled by Joan Detz and Pat McNees
(originally posted by Washington Speechwriters Roundtable)

Let us know of resources you found helpful that aren't listed here.

General anthologies of quotations

Guides to pronunciation

Special-occasion resources 

Business and corporate life

Politics and government
Religious and inspirational quotations

Humor and irreverence

Proverbs, aphorisms, and regional quotation

Great speeches collections

How to give a speech


The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women, ed. Rosalie Maggio.
The Speaker’s Sourcebook: Quotes, Stories, and Anecdotes for Every Occasion, ed. Glenn Van Ekeren
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations : A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature, ed. by John Bartlett
The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations: Most Notable Quotes From 1950 to the Present (ed. by James S. Simpson) boo
Webster’s New World Dictionary of Quotable Definitions, ed. Eugene E. Brussell.
New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources, ed. H.L. Mencken.
Random House Webster’s Quotationary, ed. Leonard Roy Frank.
The International Thesaurus of Quotations, ed. Rhoda Thomas
Statistically Speaking, ed. C.C. Gaither and A.E. Cavozov-Gaither.
Speaker’s Treasury of Sports Anecdotes, Stories, and Humor, ed. Gerald Tomlinson.
The Military Quotation Book, ed. James Charlton (no index).


NBC Handbook of Pronunciation by Eugene Ehrlich and Raymond Hand, Jr.
Is There a Cow in Moscow? by Charles Harrington Elster
There is no zoo in zoology: And other beastly mispronounciations : an opinionated guide for the well-spoken by Charles H. Elster <!--more-->
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations by Charles H. Elster


Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time, ed. Cyrus M. Copeland
Toasts: Over 1,500 of the Best Toasts, Sentiments, Blessings, and Graces by Paul Dickson
Irish Blessings, Toasts & Curses, ed. Padraic O’Farrell
The Book of Ages ed. Desmond Morris
The Oxford Book of Ages chosen by Allan and Sally Sampson (clever quotes for special birthdays.
The Wisdom of Christmas, ed. Criswell Freeman (quotations and verses)
Witty Words: A Hilarious Collection of Outrageous Quotations for Every Day of the Year, ed. Eileen Mason
Timelines of Everything (Smithsonian) An illustrated history of the world through timelines for kids
Dying: A Book of Comfort, ed. Pat McNees (or buy the book directly from Pat and get an autographed version)
Can You Say a Few Words? by Joan Detz (How to Prepare and Deliver a Speech for Any Special Occasion--that is, how to make award presentations, dedications, eulogies, etc.)


Quotable Business: Over 2,800 Funny, Irreverent, and Insightful Quotations About Corporate Life, ed. Louis E. Boone.
The Manager’s Book of Quotations, ed. Lewis Eigen and Jonathan Siegel.
Gene Perret's Funny Business: Speaker's Treasury of Business Humor for All Occasions


The Bully Pulpit: Quotations from America's Presidents ed. Elizabeth Frost
Congressional Anecdotes by Paul Boller, Jr. (Oxford)
Speaker’s Treasury of Political Stories, Anecdotes, & Humor , ed. Gerald Tomlinson.
Power Quotes, ed. Daniel B. Baker.
The Wit & Wisdom of Politics, ed. Charles Henning.
Presidential Wit and Wisdom ed. by Charlotte Lee Gross


Treasury of Religious Quotations, ed. Gerald Tomlinson
Speakers Sourcebook ed. Eleanor Doan.
Pocket Positive--Faith & Belief, ed. John Cook.
C. S. Lewis' Little Book of Wisdom: Meditations on Faith, Life, Love, and Literature, ed. by Andrea Kirk Assaf and Kelly Anne Leahy
12,000 Inspirational Quotations, ed. Frank S. Mead.
The Routledge Dictionary of Religious and Spiritual Quotations, ed. Geoffrey Parringer
Book of Positive Quotations, ed. John Cook


The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations ed. Fred Metcalf
The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, ed Ned Sherrin.
Cassell's Humorous Quotations, ed. Nigel Rees.
The Complete Book of Zingers, ed. Croft M. Pentz
Dictionary of Outrageous Quotations, ed. C.R.S. Marsden.


The Viking Book of Aphorisms, ed. W.H. Auden and Louis Kronenberger.
The Oxford Book of Aphorisms, ed. John Gross
The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs, ed. Rosalind Fergusson


Great Speeches of the Twentieth Century, collected by George Skene (four audio CDs or audiocassettes)
Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, ed. by William Safire
The World's Great Speeches, ed. Lewis Copeland, Lawrence Lamm, and Stephen McKenna
Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time, ed. Cyrus M. Copeland


How to Write and Give a Speech: A Practical Guide for Anyone Who Has to Make Every Word Count. by Joan Detz. A how-to classic.
I Can See You Naked: A Fearless Guide to Making Great Presentations by Ron Hoff (Andrews & McMeel)
Is There a Speech Inside You? by Don Aslett. Practical tips, lighthearted style.
The Power of Eloquence by Thomas Montalbo (Prentice-Hall). What makes a speech like “I Have a Dream” eloquent.
The Smile Connection: How to Use Humor in Dealing with People, by Esther Blumenfeld and Lynne Alpern.

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Things I wish I'd known before age 70

That your feet grow longer because the fat on the soles disappears.
That your body grows shorter, as the bones in your spine get thinner.
That older people call other people "darling" because they can't remember their names.
That remembering may be harder, but in many ways you're a lot smarter.
That your ears keep growing. ("My mom in her old age complained she looked like Lyndon Johnson.")
That you need more  Read More 
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Artificial intelligence (AI)--what the heck is it? What problems does it bring?

Updated 12-5-19.

Admitting to myself that I had no idea what AI is was the first step. This is what I learned (from humans and AI):
What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence (Nick Heaht, ZDNet, 2-2-18) An executive guide to artificial intelligence, from machine learning and general AI to neural networks. Here are some examples:
Artificial Intelligence Is Primed to Disrupt Health Care Industry (Ben Hernandez, ETF Trends, 7-12-15) Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the prime technologies leading the wave of disruption that is going on within the health care sector. Recent studies have shown that AI technology can outperform doctors when it comes to cancer screenings and disease diagnoses. In particular, this could mean specialists such as radiologists and pathologists could be replaced by AI technology. Whether society is ready for it or not, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, or any other type of disruptive technology will be the next wave of innovation.
Beyond the Hype of Machine Learning (Free download, GovLoop ebook, 15-minute read) Read about machine learning's impact in the public sector, the 'how' and 'why' of artificial intelligence (AI), and how the Energy Department covers the spectrum of AI usage.
What will our society look like when Artificial Intelligence is everywhere? (Stephan Talty, Smithsonan, April 2018) Will robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by AI.
Amazon Is Latest Tech Giant to Face Staff Backlash Over Government Work (Jamie Condliffe, NY times, 6-22-18) Tech "firms have built artificial intelligence and cloud computing systems that governments find attractive. But as these companies take on lucrative contracts to furnish state and federal agencies with these technologies, they’re facing increasing pushback  Read More 

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