In This Episode: For practice, and to test out the new hosting platform for the podcast, I thought I’d do a quickie (5-minute) introduction. As promised, it’s set up so you can download it manually if you wish.
Episode 1 will come out on time on Friday (7 July).
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With a quick intro like this one, there aren’t any show notes. 🙂
Also on each episode page, I plan to provide a transcript. It may take a week or so for the transcript to be added when we’re doing the regular “live to tape” shows. Since this episode was both pre-planned and short, I already have it ready. See below.
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Welcome to Uncommon Sense, the This is True Podcast. I’m Randy Cassingham, and this is Episode number …well, zero. Pretty much, this is just a quick introduction to the show. My goal is to have a 20-to-30-minute episode each week as a parallel to the email newsletter.
This is True is, as far as I know (and I have been looking), the oldest Entertainment newsletter on the Internet. It was launched in early 1994, and has published every week since then to tens of thousands of email subscribers.
TRUE, as I call it for short, is social commentary using weird news as its vehicle. I bill it as Thought-Provoking Entertainment — with entertainment being its first mission so it’s fun to read. It’s amazing, and even funny, to see the results of the lack of common sense in the general population.
But just laughing at it would be pretty shallow, so the goal is to be thought-provoking, at least over time, since the world really needs more thinking. A lot more. And if you’re not sure that’s true, just wait until you read — or hear in the podcast — the stories TRUE covers.
And here’s a tip: read the stories to your kids, or, if they’re a bit older, let them read the stories themselves. One thing we’ll be exploring in upcoming episodes is how parents use This is True to teach their children the value of thinking — and the consequences of not thinking. Common sense is anything but common in our society, which is why I’ve recently adopted the tag “Uncommon Sense” for TRUE’s web site, and using that as the title of the This is True podcast.
Now, we all make mistakes. We’re all stupid sometimes. With TRUE, we can see ourselves in the stories. A common comment from readers over the years when commenting on a story is, “I’m glad I’m not THAT stupid!”
If you’re smart, you’ll learn from the stories. Or the way I say it is, if you’re smart, you learn from your mistakes, and if you’re really smart, you learn from the mistakes of others. And that’s what the This is True newsletter has explored since 1994.
What really makes it work is that the stories really are true. I do think that there is such a thing as objective truth, and over time, the stories published in the newsletter help illuminate the truth of the human condition. But that comes with a caveat: when I use the title “This is True,” I do so with the knowledge that the news media often doesn’t get every exact detail correct. Hell: even eyewitnesses who were paying attention often don’t agree on what happened. So what I strive for is to ensure our summary of each story is at least true to the news report, because, again, TRUE is news commentary, and the goal is that the entire body stories illuminate the big picture.
I’ll have a co-host most of the time, to be introduced in Episode 1, and from time to time, there will be special episodes that feature one of my favorite rants, so you can literally hear them in my voice.
If your podcast app allows it, please do rate the show, and maybe write a short review once you’ve heard a couple of episodes: ratings and reviews are critical to podcasts to find new listeners, especially on iTunes.
So please do subscribe via iTunes, via the This is True web site (at thisistrue.com/podcast), or through your favorite podcast app. Of course, if you’re new to This is True, I hope you’ll subscribe to the text newsletter, too: it’s the core of my work; there’s a subscribe form on pretty much every page of the web site at thisistrue.com. I believe you’ll be amply entertained, and you’ll certainly gain an amazing appreciation for what happens when people don’t think.
Thanks for listening, and look for the regular weekly episodes. I’m Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True, and I’ll talk at you soon.