Sun, 1 October 2017
Kevin Walsh of MyMediaDiary.com hosts David Wells, Ph.D, co-founder of the non-partisan research group The Grand Canyon Institute who co-authored with Curtis Cardine Following the Money: Twenty Years of Charter School Finances in Arizona the first of three reports which reveals that up to 77 percent of Arizona’s charter school holders use their state taxpayer funds for potentially questionable financial transactions.
Specifically, many charter schools conduct business with a related party, in other words a for-profit business owned by the charter holder, a member of the school’s corporate board or a relative of either. In 2013-14, related-party financial commitments were worth half a billion dollars of state taxpayer funds, representing 48 percent of charter school expenditures for contracts, leases and rents.
Examples of these related-party transactions include:
Direct download: MyMediaDiary_CharterSchoolStudy_DaveWells_Oct2017.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:23pm EST
Wed, 13 July 2016
Join Digging Detroit host Pete Kalinski from Royal Oak's Boo's Music Bistro inside Mr. B's Restaurant as he welcomes two of the city's foremost fans and promoters of Detroit's legendary blues legacy--President of the Detroit Blues Society, Steve Soviak and Vice President Tom McNab.
It's first meeting in 1985 began a multi-decade of transformations to increase public interest in the Society. Large-scale events included a number of indoor and outdoor concerts and school workshops. Increased membership and a more organized approach allowed the Society to embark on special projects. Educational programs became more formalized and in 1996 the Scarab Club Educational/Blues Heritage Series began. Each event featured a theme based on some aspect of the Detroit blues tradition.
Pete, Steve and Tom discuss the non-profit's innovations including Blues in the Schools and the Blues Challenge as the group continues to dedicate itself to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.
More at Digging Detroit!
Host: Pete Kalinski
Guests: Steve Soviak, Tom McNab
Engineer/Producer: Kevin Walsh, MMD Productions
Recorded: April 28, 2016 at Boo’s Music Bistro (inside Mr. B’s in Royal Oak)
Thu, 8 January 2015
Following the December 7, 2014 publication of his New York Times Sunday Review, "Detroit By Air" which examines the city's dramatic haves and have-nots, photographer Alex MacLean is interviewed by Kevin Walsh and Thomas J. Reed, Jr. of the new website, DiggingDetroit.com.
· Alex’s background, including his fear of flying leading to his pilot’s license
· Detroit’s past, present and future
· Regrowing urban communities
· Alex’s transition from aerial surveyor to gallery artist
· His favorite audiences
· Switching to digital, but still loving prints—and those amazing drones!
More information on Alex can be found at his website: http://alexmaclean.com
Tue, 4 November 2014
Kevin Walsh interviews Sandy Barris, a longtime marketing expert.
He is the author of 97 Marketing Secrets to Make More Money and the app, Sales Goal On Fire Pro. More information at www.SandyBarris.com
He shares his lifelong journey and lessons, including:
- Writing a book, not to sell but to use as a giant business card of credibility
- How Google's AdWords works, and which words cost the most)
- Creating an App (or hiring the right people to do it for you)
- Marketing a la carte (one-day turnaround for customers who just need booster-shots)
- War stories (successes and failures)
- Election Ads (does negativity work?)
Mon, 6 October 2014
Following the intense rain within a single four-hour period in August, 2014, thousands of metro Detroiters found their basements flooded with sewage and little to no assistance from their insurers "flood" coverage.
Attorney, Judy Herman, discusses her 27 year career dealing with insurance companies and offers some advice for consumers and ethical guidelines both companies and customers would be wise to follow.
Wed, 10 September 2014
First time novelist, longtime educator Judy Burke shares with Kevin her eight year journey transforming a fantasy into a international espionage thriller--and it all started with an Irish lighthouse and appears in bookstores in November. They discuss:
Visit Judy's website to get a sneak peek at: www.JudyBurke.com
Mon, 30 June 2014
Ryan Fishman decided last September to run for his term-limited Michigan state senate district after a series of his op-ed articles convinced others to convince Ryan that he should leave the GOP and take a shot at a traditionally right-leaning district.
Ryan and Kevin discuss:
- Difficulties (or not, really) in switching parties
- Reagan Republicans and Reagan Democrats
- The bad business logic of Right to Work, removing unions and poor short-sighted infrastructures
- Door-Knocking and Lawn Signs
- Being under 30 and running for office
- Problem with planning for just 7 of 9 innings
Tue, 25 March 2014
Contributing writer, Kale Davidoff, joins Kevin Walsh and media professionals Aaron Lebovic and Matt Moss to analyze the opening weekend of March Madness.
- Why is this event so special?
- What non-basketball part of the event do you like/dislike most?
- Review of brackets busted and intact
- Best/Worst of CBS coverage
- What changes would you make to either the tournament itself or its programming?
Tue, 4 March 2014
Kevin Walsh is joined by Sheri Horwitz, Aaron Lebovic and Collin Ward as they dissect the 2014 Oscars, including...
Prediction Accuracy: Those Pesky Costume Awards!
Cringeworthy Moments: Kim Novak’s Vertigo, etc.
The Big Surprises: Shutout for Hustle
What Should Be Cut: Montage-less Dreams
Ellen: Too-low key and casual?
Wed, 26 February 2014
Kevin and Sheri break-down the Oscars, past and present.
- Who is likely to win?
- What category is the most fun/painful to watch?
- New categories to increase viewership.
- Which three Best Picture nominations should be voted off the island?
- The predictability of the method-actor winning.
- Which movies were snubbed?
- Do Amy Adams and Jonah Hill have to wait for a few more gray hairs?
- "Fun Movies" vs. "Important Films"
Direct download: MyMediaDiary_Oscars_Predictions_with_Sheri_Horwitz_Feb26_2014.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:41pm EST
Mon, 17 February 2014
Kevin and Doug discuss the resurgence in the popularity of beards, following the Boston Red Sox World Series and the success of Harley Davidsons and Duck Dynasty.
Doug explains the nostalgic turn that many Americans find themselves taking in a fast-paced, latest-phone world.
He also explains how a start-up company can be made at home, while not giving up your day job.
Sun, 26 January 2014
MyMediaDiary: The Badass Teacher Association - Interview with leaders Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson
Kevin Walsh interviews Badass Teacher's Association leaders Marla Kilfoyle, a high school social studies teacher from Long Island, and Melissa Tomlinson, a middle school math/special education teacher from New Jersey, who also received national attention in November 2013 when Governor Chris Christie shouted at her when she asked him a question.
This interview follows Kevin's January 24, 2014 post: Public Education Going the Way of Netscape Navigator? Common Core, Bill Gates and BATs
Topics include: BATs exploding membership, What's in a name?, Common Core Standards, Addressing teacher Isolation, Post-Christie life for Melissa, Reaction of parents/colleagues, Creating a strong voice in the unions, Pleasant surprises, Current needs.
Background on the BATs: In June, 2013, Mark Naison, a professor of African-American Studies at Fordham University, together with Priscilla Sanstead an education activist, formed the provocatively titled, “Badass Teacher’s Association”—a grassroots organization “for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning"
In 6 months, the group has grown to 36,000 members, and they’re not all teachers. Parents, students, retirees and anyone who believes in the founding goals of public education has a found a voice in this dynamic group.
Mon, 20 January 2014
Film producer, Jason Potash, of Storyboard Entertainment shares his experiences adapting writer/director Maggie Kiley's feature film from a 2010 Tribeca-Winning short ("Some Boys Don't Leave" with Jesse Eisenberg) to a January 31, 2014 release of a feature after its successful run at the Austin Film Festival in October 2013.
Allison Janney (CJ on West Wing, Juno)
Peter Jacobson (Dr. Chris Taub on House)
Clark Gregg (Agent Colson in The Avengers)
Sun, 12 January 2014
Kevin Walsh and Kale Davidoff discuss the hits and misses of the 2013 movie year.
Sat, 11 January 2014