As the 2014 school year came to a close, I was privileged to give the keynote address at the Portland Secondary College Presentation Night. In encouraging the students to give more of themselves in the service of others, I reflected on my experiences of being inspired by President Barack Obama’s two Inaugurations, in 2009 and 2013, both of which I was fortunate enough to attend.
Thanks to the Portland Observer and Guardian for covering the event and for celebrating the efforts and success of the students throughout 2014!
With the latest operating system update for its mobile devices (iOS8), Apple acknowledged the resurgence of an industry that had become maligned after its stunning rise in the mid-2000s. Back then, podcasts had been a mandatory app for all mobile devices. They took the digital world by storm in and around 2005, but their novelty wore off quickly for many and they soon became synonymous with unpleasant descriptors such as boring, long and uninteresting. Needless to say, in the last few years, they have reclaimed their place as a source of contemporary wisdom and analysis about any facet of life. Programs such as This American Life and Radiolab have become cultural touchstones and staples of the sophisticated lifestyle. Nowadays, there are 75 million listeners per month and upward of a billion podcast downloads per year.
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