The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock Spoken by Brad Rourke.m4a Listen on Posterous

This is my favorite poem, and I have been thinking about it lately. So, I thought I would record it and present it as a podcast. Just 6:40 or so.

(The music in the background is by West Farm, an occasional project I am a part of that features Mike Shawn on keys, Ed Corr on acoustic guitar, and me on electric guitar. The tune is "Cubicle.")

Enjoy!

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A Talk On Framing Issues For Public Deliberation

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I had the good fortune of being asked to share some thoughts at the Kettering Foundation’s annual Multinational Workshop week. In this session, people working in dialogue and participation came together from Jamaica, Brazil, Romania, Ghana, Ireland, Colombia, Hungary, Russia, and many more. I had the presence of mind to record my brief remarks. (Just 16 minutes.)

Enjoy!

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The Day Jerry Brown Visited

Jerry Brown by Flickr user Freedom to Marry
Jerry Brown by Flickr user Freedom to Marry

In this week’s edition of my podcast, Public Life Today, since it’s holiday season and everyone’s thoughts are turning to the lighter side, I thought I would tell the funny story about the day that former California governor Jerry Brown came to visit me in my apartment.

I’ll always remember that day, in large part because of his hilarious quip upon entering the den of iniquity my room mate and I called home.

Enjoy.

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Social Media And Philanthropy: Interview With Larry Blumenthal

In this week’s edition of my podcast, Public Life Today, I interview the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s director of social media strategy, Larry Blumenthal.

I recently ran across a post of Larry’s in which he describes how social media is not only a useful communications tool — but how it can also help foundations do a better job of philanthropy.

So I contacted Larry and asked if he wouldn’t mind talking about it for a bit. Our sixteen-minute conversation was terrific, and touched on a number of interesting issues, including the groundbreaking Changemakers initiative.

Thanks, Larry, for talking to me.

Enjoy!

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New Media And Civic Life: Interview With Noelle McAfee

Noelle McAfee
Noelle McAfee

In this week’s edition of my podcast, Public Life Today, I interview Kettering Review editor and George Mason professor Noelle McAfee.

I am proud to count Noelle as a friend. I recently noticed a piece in her blog, Gone Public, in which she lays out some directions she suggests we need to go in order for new media (all media, really) to be of most benefit to civic life.

Our conversation was very fruitful and it’s well worth your time listening!

The Long View

View of the Long Walk, Windsor by Flickr user 5k1nnyt1g3r
"View of the Long Walk, Windsor" by Flickr user 5k1nnyt1g3r

In this week’s edition of my podcast, Public Life Today, I talk about a simple test public leaders might use when faced with the need to act when emotions are high. It’s the “Long View Test.”

It’s simple: Think about how you want to look back on this moment. How would you like to remember your actions?

It’s a test that I too often fail, but, but it’s been a helpful thing to keep in mind as I face a range of decisions.

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