Reruns already? Jane

This week we go back in time to the first podcast posted. We were then and are again and will be forever The Narrative Arts podcast. The episode about Jane was the first we ever did.

Over the next several weeks I’ll be working on the creation of a new website at a new address. I’ve learned a few things over the weeks doing this podcast. I want to have a site in place when it’s time to relaunch that can handle what I hope eventually happens with this, that it becomes wildly successful.

The plan is to relaunch in early September when the kids go back to school. For the next few weeks, then, I will be posting reruns, which as I mention on the podcast is in the finest of all entertainment traditions.

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The Narrative Arts podcast is a production of Narrative Arts, a company dedicated to the art of the story. You can find each episode of the podcast here for now or by subscribing on iTunes.

This week’s music was from Bull Moose Jackson, the Crowder Brothers and Dano from Danosongs.com.

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Tammy, More than Ever

As candidates begin preparing to win the crucial right to bombard us with campaign advertisements for almost an entire year, (Unless you’re in Iowa or New Hampshire, where the ads have already begun.) it is worth recalling all those kids who are convinced are inspired to run for presidencies of other things, like elementary school.

This week we go back to my bid in sixth grade to become school president against overwhelming odds presented by Tammy, who everyone assumed would win.

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The Field of Steve podcast is a production of Narrative Arts, a company dedicated to the art of the story. You can find each episode of the podcast at Field of Steve dot com or by subscribing on iTunes.

This week’s music was from and Danosongs.com.

If you have story ideas for the podcast, including if you would like to tell it yourself, e-mail me at stvngrdnr@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening.

See No Evil

“He can’t see his hand in front of his face” isn’t a compliment. That much is obvious. The reality, though, is usually not that someone can’t see a hand, it’s that they don’t want to.

My dad has had the unpleasant task of attending to gruesome scenes over his career in law enforcement. Over time the kind of brutality that would horrify most of us becomes manageable to some extent. I guess the same is true in journalism or any field. Things that cause us fear or some other form of distaste become something we may still not like doing, but we find ourselves able to do it without much trauma.

During this week’s podcast I tell two stories about my dad’s interactions with tough scenes to illustrate how we sometimes blind ourselves to reality. In the face of all evidence to the contrary we will go on believing things that to an outsider make no sense. It’s often because we have a vested interest in believing otherwise. In one case during this episode it may be trauma causing the blindness.

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Sponsorships for individual episodes of The Field of Steve podcast are available for $35. In exchange what you get time on the podcast. Contact me by e-mail me at stvngrdnr@gmail.com to discuss specifics. Or, if you’re feeling lucky or trusting, or just click on the tip jar at the bottom, leave a $35 donation and then contact me.

Feel free, of course, to contribute however much you want by clicking on the tip jar. Small donations ($1, $5) are welcomed, even encouraged. The tip jar will take you to PayPal, where you can use your own account or a credit card to donate to this work.

The Field of Steve podcast is a production of Narrative Arts, a company dedicated to the art of the story. You can find each episode of the podcast at Field of Steve dot com or by subscribing on iTunes.

This week’s music was from and The Basement and Sim Band.

Some material from this week’s podcast comes from Margaret Heffernan’s book Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril. More information about the situation in Libby, Montana can be found on NPR and via Associated Press.

If you have story ideas for the podcast, e-mail me at stvngrdnr@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening.

About the possible podcast name change

As mentioned in the podcast published on Monday, I may go back to naming the podcast the Narrative Arts podcast. My reasons for changing it to Field of Steve in the first place was based on a notion that journalists are pursuing more and more today, that of branding. It seemed like a good idea at the time. However, since then I’ve come to go back to my marketing experience in recognizing that perhaps what is most important in a name is something that suggests what the customer is going to get. I hope what I have been offering is narrative art, so that may be a name that lives on.

I don’t have so many listeners now that it’s really going to cause a problem. I’m also planning to get this site hosted elsewhere so I can begin advertising on the site and benefiting when the number of visits really does pick up.

I appreciate those of you who have linked to the podcasts on Facebook, supported me with financial donations and listened to each week’s episode. In the coming weeks I may take a break for a week or two to handle the logistics of moving the site. If I can do it without taking that break, though, I will. I’ll keep you posted.

Buying wholesale from the rumor mill — Part 2

Enjoy your Independence Day. Sadly there is no news on O.J. Simpson and any confessions he might make. I find myself crushed at that reality.

This week’s Field of Steve podcast is the second of two parts. Last week’s podcast discussed why we gossip. This week we get an example of what it’s like to be on the other end of a well publicized scandal of sorts. A friend who lived through it helps tell the story.

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The music from this episode is from the Tunguska Electronic Music Society

A ScienceNews story discusses the impact of what we say about people and how much that affects how much we remember about someone.

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