Sinopse

A subversive podcast taking refuge in The Sanctuary of Allegory about the fragility of memory. With Audio Chimera I share memories from my past, while at the same commenting on various aspects of modern life. The links are not always obvious, since I create each podcast through stream of consciousness writing techniquesand sometimes even I am surprised by the connections!

Episódios

  • Notes From Quarantine

    Notes From Quarantine

    31/03/2020 Duração: 08min

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I offer some observations on people's behaviors during such an event, relaying personal reactions (yes, my anxiety), people's responses (yes, hoarding), and some suggestions for proper behavior (like, let's treat this like we're all in it together!).

  • Making...Theatre?

    Making...Theatre?

    17/12/2019 Duração: 10min

    In my Intro to Theatre courses I like students to DO theatre, and so I include the Making Theatre Project which has them, in groups, create a 5-minute play. There are times when the results are tepid, but sometimes they are terrifying. More frequently, they are just funny.

  • Forgetting

    Forgetting

    17/12/2019 Duração: 11min

    Memory is a gift the past gives us. And when it fails we struggle. In this recycled episode of my defunct podcast, "A Leg Up for Caregivers," guest Brenda talks about her mother's struggles with memory--and Brenda's eventual solution to deal with her mother's Alzheimer's. This episode suggests a useful technique in dealing with those with this dreaded disease.

  • Belonging

    Belonging

    17/12/2019 Duração: 12min

    Unlike Hank in the Eugene O'Neill play The Hairy Ape, who is clearly i need of belonging to something greater than himself, I am not a joiner. But here are two stories of me joining in, one an organization (Mensa) and another while attending a singles event.

  • Behind the Scenes in AM Radio

    Behind the Scenes in AM Radio

    02/08/2019 Duração: 20min

    As an AM DJ I played records, did some news and weather, but mostly played a lot of tapes--and Orioles baseball games. In between (and sometimes during them), I took calls from many listeners, including a young woman with, I think, a crush on me, and other strange agents. This is of course while constantly changing formats with each new ratings book and each brand new program director. It was a fun job, but not without its challenges, especially in the midnight to 6am graveyard shift.

  • Abandonment

    Abandonment

    30/07/2019 Duração: 13min

    After attending a Podcast Movement conference, and scoffing at the idea of creating s second podcast (who has time??), I did exactly that. A Leg Up 4 Caregivers was going to be for sudden caregivers. But then that time issue resurfaced. However, rather than totally abandon that podcast, I am resurrecting parts of it here in Season 4 (which features a shorter intro!).

  • The Retinal Detachment

    The Retinal Detachment

    23/05/2019 Duração: 09min

    Eye health is so important, and when we ignore the warning signs, we could lose our vision. When I first had problems, I panicked, but it turned out it was not vision-threatening. And then when it was, I assume it wasn't. What a mistake! The tale of discovering a retinal detachment, and surviving the surgery and an intense bout of despair.

  • But I Really Want to Direct!

    But I Really Want to Direct!

    23/05/2019 Duração: 09min

    Everyone always says, "But I really want to direct." It's always been true for me. But some of the directing positions I have applied for? These crazy stories deal with chocoholic dogs, chickens (both living and dead), and always crazy theatre people who get involved in one way or another.

  • Speaking of Speaking

    Speaking of Speaking

    25/02/2019 Duração: 12min

    Sometimes the ways people speak leave me speechless! In college I took a Voice and Diction class that taught me how to speak properly--ideal for a future podcaster! So operating from that perspective, I am astounded at some people's ways of speaking. Dialects, regionalisms, improper pronunciations...and then let's talk about not reading and just hearing things incorrectly. Like I said: speechless!

  • In Memorium

    In Memorium

    07/01/2019 Duração: 12min

    In a previous episode, I flippantly suggested that my wife would be late for her own funeral. Life has conspired to contradict me, and she passed away in October 2018. I offer this eulogy in memory of her, and am posting this episode on what would have been our 30th anniversary.

  • Midnight Movie Madness!

    Midnight Movie Madness!

    06/01/2019 Duração: 11min

    For many, "midnight movie" now means that first showing of the newly-released movie blockbuster tentpole, likely featuring some sort of superhuman creatures. But when the midnight movie idea started, the movies were hardly mainstream; in fact, they were decidedly "out there." Listen to some of my experiences--often with second-hand smoke altering my perceptions--with films shown at the witching hour. Note: Many of the sounds that I don’t record myself come from SoundJay.com. For this episode, the Ricochet Sound is by Grant Evans.

  • Encounters With The Famous

    Encounters With The Famous

    05/01/2019 Duração: 10min

    I haven't rubbed elbows with many celebrities, but here are a few of my humble stories about that--and how ridiculous that can be. Whether in a public restroom, me trying to make a witty quip and having it fall flat... And why don't we question why we give some people celebrity anyway?

  • Its About Time!

    It's About Time!

    05/01/2019 Duração: 10min

    Ever notice that, for kids, events are boring and time moves so slowly, while for older adults, we suddenly find we lost a decade in there? In this episode I attempt an explanation of this phenomenon, as I deal with time, tardiness, and teleology. (Actually, I have a religious joke in here, which is more theology, but I wanted to be alliterative.)

  • Have I Got A Story For You

    Have I Got A Story For You

    04/01/2019 Duração: 10min

    One image I have for myself is that of storyteller. I wouldn't be in Season 3 of this podcast if I didn't think so. But I'm also a theatre professor, director, and playwright, and all those roles go into shaping my stories as well as those of others. And I think some of the best theatrical stories merge life and performance.

  • You Stole My Heart

    You Stole My Heart

    02/01/2019 Duração: 08min

    The platonic "love story" of a young woman who I met, had a pretend romantic relationship with (the campers expected no less!), lost, refound, and lost again. It's interesting how paths cross and criss-cross in a lifetime, and how we often hope the cross again.

  • My Opinion Is Important To You

    My Opinion Is Important To You

    29/12/2018 Duração: 09min

    BIG DATA is watching us, but we don't know why. But we have our suspicions, and it's not to make better products and services for us. Can anyone truly learn anything from all the quantitative data that is being collected? Maybe we need to talk about Quality in Life, stop grazing art, and stop photographing the roses soo we can smell them.

  • Stop Attacking the Ivory Tower!

    Stop Attacking the Ivory Tower!

    27/12/2018 Duração: 08min

    This episode is perhaps more of an editorial that a memory about higher education. I am unsure why education is under attack, unless there is some nefarious plan afoot. For me, my education improved my life immensely, and allowed me to be successful in life beyond my original dreams.

  • Revelations, Without the Antichrist

    Revelations, Without the Antichrist

    23/12/2018 Duração: 17min

    Life allows for revelations to occur from time to time. A fever once helped me have a revelation about GIlligan's Island. I had a life-changing revelation when I discovered GarageBand; my longtime search a composer to create music for my songs suddenly became me, thanks to loops! I include three of my revelation-related spoken word pieces, "I, Prometheus," "So Relaxed," and "Echo Ever After."

  • Et Cum Spiritu 2.0

    Et Cum Spiritu 2.0

    05/09/2018 Duração: 09min

    My wife and I have had some very non-traditional moments in our life together, even when pursuing very traditional paths. A case in point was our wedding. For years, I have threatened to write a play about that weekend; here are some glimpses into some of the odder moments of our wedding.

  • Boom! Boom! Down Goes the Grid!

    Boom! Boom! Down Goes the Grid!

    05/09/2018 Duração: 10min

    I really do enjoy technology. Without it, I wouldn't be writing this paragraph on my laptop, about to upload a podcast episode to the web. And a thousand other things we all do on a daily basis. But always nagging me is the thought, what if the cloud, or worse, the grid, goes down? How will we all cope?

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