Personalities and perspectives from every part of the American spectrum. The Golden Mean features athletes, authors, musicians, journalists, opinion makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians - and we're just gettin' started! Hosted by national award-winning broadcaster Michael Golden, the "Mean" will bring you new views and keep you enthused. Give us a listen!
EPISODE 119: DAVID MEYERS, PUBLISHER & EXECUTIVE EDITOR, THE FULCRUM
There is one national news publication that covers every angle of the movement to reform and strengthen American elections and governance -- The Fulcrum!
David Meyers serves as publisher and executive editor, and he talks on the Mean about how The Fulcrum is making a difference in informing and motivating Americans to fight for their rights!
EPISODE 115: BEN COHEN, POLAR SCIENCE CENTER GIS TECHNICIAN
"One thing about working at the Polar Science Center is that you’re confronted with these kinds of realities each day, and sometimes it can be disheartening to know that there are animals whose lives are being affected by the changing environment and changing qualities of our climate. But what brings me hope is working with such passionate people about those things."
As a technician at the Polar Science Center at the Univ. of Washington, Ben Cohen is studying the effects of climate change on Polar Bears - and what that also means for the rest of the world.
EPISODE 113 - DECLAN LEVY, WXOW-TV SPORTS ANCHOR & NEWS REPORTER
“Now more than ever, it’s local news's job to tell its people that it’s going to be okay. Y’know, to ease, to calm, to keep people safe. I’m seeing that first-hand, how important that really is.”
WXOW Anchor/reporter Declan Levy talks about broadcast journalism and the value of local news in the middle of the Conornavirus pandemic.
EPISODE 112: MELINDA HENNEBERGER, COLUMNIST, KANSAS CITY STAR, USA TODAY
“I think people are going to lose their lives because of the difference in coverage, honestly. I don’t see how it could be otherwise.”
National award-winning journalist & columnist Melinda Henneberger sounds off on the media's performance in covering the Coronavirus crisis - and the differences across various national outlets.
EPISODE 111: ALYSSA RAPP - 3:17:20
“The value and valor is in the leap…Stop trying to control for perfection, and start trying to control for effort. That’s the one thing we can control in our lives.”
Alyssa Rapp is a wildly successful CEO and entrepreneur - and now the author of the brand new book: Leadership & Life Hacks. On this episode of the Mean, Alyssa talks about the strategies that have made all the difference along her path - and how everyone can apply these simple keys in their own lives!
EPISODE 110: JOHN KASS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE COLUMNIST
Once upon a time this conservative columnist supported Jimmy Carter. Now, after 23 years as the Chicago Tribune's lead opinion writer, he is one of the city's most controversial media figures.
John Kass talks about his childhood on the South Side, how he learned the chase down political corruption and his idea of the perfect Chicago day. Plus, his defining principle on politics: "Coincidences are for suckers!"
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I am so glad to find this podcast. Michael Golden is a news and politics veteran who has created a podcast that offers intelligent conversation about important issues. I am so burned out on the presidential campaigns that I'm surprised that my smoke detector doesn't go off, so Michael's program is welcome. I have known him for over 20 years, and this podcast isn't just solid gold, it's solid Golden.
The best interviewers not only listen well and research meticulously, but are also prepared for whatever tangent the conversation takes. Michael Golden knows all about everything from the 1994 midterm elections to the 2003 Chicago Cubs to the early films of Martin Scorcese. As a result, his podcast offers layers and insights and a diverse array of stories and guests. I'm hooked.