Foreign Correspondent Cohost Jeremy Saperstein

On the next show — which is either one of the last Pretty Big Place episodes jeremy or one of the first Unnamed New Show episodes (though I’m leaning way strong toward Monsters & Hamsters, o my droogies) — we’ll be Skyping in a foreign correspondent from a distant land called Wisconsin, a place of strange customs and political upheaval. We’ll try to steer clear of the politics and focus on the strange, but that may just lead us back to the politics anyway.

Jeremy Saperstein. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. Maybe not. Either way, you’ll want to tune in.

Cohost Julio Razquin

The man from Lost Marbles, Julio Razquin, was the surprise cohost for the first episode. julio2 It wasn’t part of the plan… but he was there, and he stepped up and hit it out of the park.

He’ll be back, oh yes, if he’ll have us. Until then, his show follows right after this one on, so stay tuned each week.

Afterward, he sent the following. I don’t know if he has a melody for it, but if anyone feels moved to set it to music or do a dramatic recitation, please have at it and send in a copy. I smell a theme song.

Oh! What fun to be had!
With a microphone and Mark
They’ll tune in from yonder
And farther
Just to hear the banter
Learn of all sorts of matters
Maybe chit, and then chatter
Unabashedly smarter
Never dull
And always sharper than…
Oh! What fun to be had.
P.S. I’ll bring the cookies this time.

M&H 001: A Big Fun Messy Test

The Pickle Barrel… Around Hereabouts… Monsters and Hamsters…


Pretty Big Place is drawing to a close; I’ll be doing a different program, probably on a different day and time.

I don’t exactly know what’s going to happen on tonight’s show – some sort of rambling and disjointed open planning discussion workshoppy deal, maybe, at least in the first hour.

I haven’t come up with a name. No format’s been decided. Features are up in the air. No time slot’s been finalized. All input on anything is welcome.

I do know that it’ll be a local live talky: Take a look at what’s in the local papers (suggestions for which ones? I was going to limit it to the weekly freebies around here, and the websites of more distant and subscription-based papers)… what’s going on with local organizations… and like-that.

Phone calls, guests, interviews are hoped for. Probably a little music by local folks with upcoming shows.

I’ll welcome anyone to the studio while I’m on if they want to help come up with a plan for this thing. I’ll welcome phone calls.

And I’ll welcome comments, questions, and ideas as responses to this post. Private messages and emails are perfectly OK too.

I’m also totally open to the notion of having one or more co-hosts for this program; on a revolving basis is just fine if people would only like to sit in maybe once a month or so. (Interested? Let me know.)

It’ll probably be offered as a podcast and as on-demand restreaming for the time-shifters among us (me being one of those).