Rob McGinley Myers

Rob McGinley Myers

January 27, 2009
November 11, 2008

Sometimes forgiveness comes easiest to the youngest of us.

November 06, 2008

McCullough's reference to Mad Max and Death Wish prompted us to put together cinematic revenge moments for the program. In the end, it didn't fit but why not let you hear them?

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October 17, 2008

An autistic man illustrates the limitless possibilities of the human mind.

October 02, 2008

September 19, 2008

View a couple of campaign commercials in which presidential candidates wear their religion on their sleeves.

August 28, 2008

Rob discusses fishing as a metaphor for the creative process.

July 15, 2008

So we’ve been trying to finally find someone to interview about the human animal bond, a show topic that’s been in the works for quite a while now. I was shocked to learn in my research just how much the relationship between humans and animals had changed over time. About 100 years ago, dogs in this country were primarily used for work on the farm, and rarely allowed inside the home. Today, 60-80% of dogs sleep with their owners at night in the bedroom, either in or on the bed.

Why have we gotten so much closer to these creatures? Is it our growing sense of displacement from nature that makes us want to form a bond with something non-human? Is it the same longing many people for natural places that a recent guest talked about in our show Pagans Ancient and Modern?

July 01, 2008

Ojibwe teacher Keller Paap reflects on his work and the necessity of his language to adapt in order for it to flourish.

June 19, 2008

Our producer writes about the road we took to finding David Treuer's voice and creating this particular show.

May 28, 2008


“An Ojibwe Language Society Calendar” (photo: Hanson Dates/flickr)

Working on an upcoming SOF show about endangered languages, I called a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University to get recordings of Ojibwe speakers for the radio program and website. His answering machine message was delivered first in Ojibwe and then in English. Then this week I called someone who works at an Ojibwe immersion school in Wisconsin, and his answering machine message was Ojibwe only.

It was a little disorienting but also inspiring to hear the language in this modern context, especially considering that Ojibwe is one of only a handful of Native American languages now spoken in the United States and Canada that is expected to survive beyond 2050.


May 21, 2008

The classic Eames Office video about the Powers of Ten is likened to a "a low budget 70s era educational filmstrip."

May 13, 2008

It’s hard not to see life as utterly random and meaningless in the face of disasters like the recent cyclone in Myanmar or the earthquake in China. And this is an issue that comes up again and again in theological circles, referred to as as the theodicy question: How could a just god let innocent people suffer and die?

April 02, 2008


(photo: Lastexit/Flickr)

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March 19, 2008

Is math a basic need we intuit like hunger, thirst, and love?

March 05, 2008

(photo:Vitor Sá - Virgu/Flickr)

I enjoyed Nicholson Baker’s essay about Wikipedia (a warning: in his discussion of Wikipedia vandalism, he quotes some profane language) in The New York Review of Books. He notes the astonishing fact that 1500 articles are deleted from Wikipedia every day, and there are warring factions of deletionists and inclusionists battling each other all the time.

February 21, 2008

What happens when you transition from a listener who hears Katy Payne's voice through the radio to a producer who has to contact her by phone?

January 30, 2008

Not a few days had passed when an episode of Mr. Rogers appeared on my family's Tivo as a suggestion. I don't know if PBS has just recently begun rebroadcasting the show, but I decided to see if my kids could connect with him, considering that they watch almost nothing but cartoons.

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