St. Louis! On July 31st, I'll be sitting down with one of my favorite humans (& soulless ginger) @jameyjasta, for a live taping of his podcast, The Jasta Show. I love doing podcasts, & I listen to them all the time- lately it's been The Dollop, The Moth, Common Sense with Dan Carlin, Reply All, Henry & Heidi, This American Life, All Things Comedy Live, old re-runs of Ice T's Final Level, How I Built This (& yes, of course, before anyone asks, I listen to Rogan & Maron's WTF & my pal Chris's show, Talk is Jericho, too). I like podcasts so much because in this era of SUPER-SHORT attention spans, the podcast is a platform for those of us who enjoy a little more in-depth discussion of subject matters to hear people flesh ideas & stories out a bit more fully- you know, the kind of thing that used to be more the norm in journalism. Frankly, I find a great deal of what is considered "journalism" today a freaking embarrassment- I mean COME ON- people actually make their living running click-bait driven websites that just regurgitate sound-byte sized pieces of information from other sources (often without context)- IT TAKES ALMOST NO BRAINS TO DO THIS, and it seems like a huge amount of people just eat it up. They don't want the FULL story (which, of course, MATTERS- sometimes the truth of a subject is too complex to be condensed) because they are used to thinking in 140 characters or less- shot attention spans beget shot critical thinking skills. I like Jamey's show because A) most of the time I know the guests, so when I'm driving & listening it's almost like I'm hanging out with my friends, & B) it gets pretty damn funny sometimes- who doesn't like a good laugh? I have no idea of what we will talk about, other than the fact that Jamey will probably try to get me to say something that will get me in trouble somehow (he usually does), but I'm sure there will be a lot of laughs. So come on out if you're in St Louis- doors at 4:30, event will be done by 7 pm. Tickets are up for sale on the Ticketmaster website- just look for "The Jasta Show"- alright, HIT THE MUSIC!