The new season of Out Of My Mind features little-known stories about well-known stuff. Why do we all graduate to the same marching song? What accident led to the discovery of decaffeinated coffee? Who was the real Peter Pan? Host Jay Douglas tells the tale of these and other head-scratchers every week, with a new episode every Tuesday morning at 6AM Eastern. Want more? Subscribe to The Out Of My Mind blog (at https://www.theoutofmymindblog.com) for a deeper look into each story.
A Christmas Shepherd (Ep. 064)
This Christmas story of a shepherd has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the raconteur, radio host and improvisational storyteller Jean Shepherd. If you know Shepherd at all it might be as the voice of the adult Ralph Parker in the 1983 film "A Christmas Story." If, like me, you grew up within the sound of New York's WOR radio you might know Shepherd as that guy who talked for hours, without notes, spinning stories of a Midwest childhood and big-city angst. In this episode, podcast host Jay Douglas got two Jean Shepherd experts together for a lively discussion of Shepherd, his art, his frustrations and his battle with his own ego over "A Christmas Story."
Twisted (Ep. 063)
Oh the curse of unintended consequences. Little did Albert J. Parkhouse know when he twisted a pair of wires into a fancy hook to hang up his winter coat that he set humankind on a course of frustration. In Episode 63 of the Out Of My Mind podcast, host Jay Douglas tells the story of the origins of the simple wire coat hanger, the omnipresent contraption that Parkhouse never received official credit, or royalties, for. And Jay turns to Scott Franklin, professor of physics at Rochester Institute of Technology, to help us understand the tangled world of coat hangers and why the odds are we'll never be able to set things straight.
No More Horsing Around (Ep. 062)
Maybe the Hansom cab driver was having a bad night. Or he was a crook. Or he honestly didn't know how to do multiplication. At any rate, his attempt to cheat businessman Harry Allen had the most unexpected results. The obliteration of the Hansom cab business. In Episode 062, Out Of My Mind podcast host Jay Douglas tells the story of James Hansom, inventor of the two-wheel, horse-drawn cab, businessman Harry Allen and that fateful night that put Allen in the cab business and the Hansom cabs out of it.
What? A Coincidence? (Ep. 061)
You think about a friend you haven't seen in years. Suddenly, the friend calls you. "What a coincidence," you think. Ah, yes, another demonstration of the cosmic forces of the universe at work. If, that is, you consider science and math cosmic forces (which is quite possible depending upon how much attention you paid in high school). In Episode 061, Jay Douglas, host of the Out Of My Mind podcast throws a party to tell the story of how coincidences are the results of our mind at work and not some glitch in the Matrix.
Pardon Me Is That A Ford In Your Salad? (Ep. 060)
What started out as a simple idea --- tell the story of Bac*Os, the first true mass-market meat substitute made from soybeans --- took a surprising turn. Out Of My Mind podcast host Jay Douglas uses Episode 60 to tell the story of a simple idea with a twist you won't see coming, including a cast of characters --- okay, one character --- you'd never expect to find wandering through the history of Bac*Os.
Rock And Role Model (Ep. 059)
During the Rock and Roll era six disc jockeys, the WMCA Good Guys ruled the New York City airwaves. They combined hipness with New York grit. They got what it was like to be a teenager. And, unlike DJs at other stations, they were a team. They went to events together, hosted concerts together, they even sang on the air together. In Episode 59, Out Of My Mind podcast host Jay Douglas tells the story of the person behind their success --- a person totally out of time and place for the 1960s.
Great stuff, and not the least bit boring!
If you go out in the woods today, you should bring along an iPod with this show on it. Just listened to a story about Monitor Radio and it was great. Perfect for a baby boomer with ADD!
Out of My Mind
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