The Gillmor Gang

NewsGang Live! and The Gillmor Gang merged yesterday – for the first time.  We had some interesting conversations, but the one I am looking forward to is on Friday – when the FriendFeed developers/founders/whatever are Steve’s guests.

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The Gillmor Gang meshes with NewsGang – Mike Vizard, Robert Scoble, Francine Hardaway, Matt Terenzio, Rob La Gesse, and Jerry Schuman and the UstreamGangers. Recorded Tuesday, May 27, 2008.

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NewsGang Live

gillmor_gang I call into a live podcast (but it isn’t really a podcast – it’s a neighborhood meeting where the world is the neighborhood) often on MON-THU.

Steve Gillmor is the host, and the producer is his wife, Tina.

Yesterdays show was pretty different from most.  First, while I am explaining to another caller that she needs to stop talking all the time to be able to listen, she interrupts me and I ask her to shut the hell up.  Then later I drop the F-Bomb.  Like I said – unusual show :) 

I think if you listen to the show (it’s a long one, sorry) you will understand why I dropped the F-Bomb.  I had been pretty patient.  But I can’t stay patient for ever!

The show streams live MON-THU at

I don’t know how I come across – I’ve never listened to a recording of the show that I was on.  I think if I did, I might not call back.  And I enjoy the conversation.  Interesting people who define the immediate topic of the show and a host that blends it into an overall theme.

Presidential Debates should be run more like NewsGang Live (not yesterdays show though, please!)  People from different parts of the country, as well as the rest of the world, share their opinion – and they aren’t beaten down for it.  Unless they refuse to listen to other opinions.

As Steve said in yesterdays show – Steve and I have some very different fundamental beliefs.  Yet we can share our opinions, respect the opinions of others (by starting with listening to them), and generally learn something from each other along the way.

Unless someone refuses to ever listen – as happened yesterday.

Joining the conversations – podcasts and politics

I’m pretty much a libertarian (not a member of the party – I just share a lot of their views). I am not a member of any political party – I consider them all evil.

Yesterday I joined two podcasts. The first is a quick listen – “District of Corruption” – An irreverent look at Washington D.C. area social media and public relations. A 30 minute podcast where I talk about “the beer test” – which candidate/President would I most/least want to share a beer with.

The second podcast brings back some of the same theme – and the “beer test” analogy. But this podcast was with Steve Gillmor, David Sanborn, Jason Calacanis, and others.

It was pretty cool talking to someone that actually played at Woodstock!

This podcast is in two parts – I don’t chime in until the second part (and then maybe too much). I also make a couple of “I’m nervous” mistakes, like misidentifying the college in Chicago David Sanborn was at, and said the first person I voted for was John Alexander (although I know perfectly well it was John Anderson).

I’m not really a comfortable public speaker – and just because it is on the phone, it doesn’t get any easier.

But I enjoyed the podcast a lot – we talk about politics, and I again speak highly of Mr. Obama. But I haven’t decided who I will vote for – I rarely do until the last moment.

Part one is here, and part two is here.

I like doing podcasts – I “meet” some of the most interesting people, and the conversation is always interesting. Plus, since I work out of my home, it gives me a chance to interact with other adults 🙂