What’s it like being a political speech writer?
Charles Wheelan is an economist, writer (Naked Economics) and speech writer for big name politicians. He went to Dartmouth as an undergrad, and now surprisingly is heading back as a faculty member. But it’s his car crash that will really get your attention.
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What’s it like being a Mac Power User & lawyer?
Lawyer by day and Mac-junkie by night, David Sparks likes being busy. He writes book about Macs, does a podcast about Macs and speaks at conferences about Macs. It’s not surprising his podcast (with Katie Floyd) is called Mac Power Users. David lives down the street from me (well, up the freeway but that’s pretty much the same thing in S. Cal.). Here’s the talk David mentions: http://www.43folders.com/2009/03/25/blogs-turbocharged.
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What’s it like to start a legal defense institute?
Brad Dacus is a lawyer with a cause. He founded the Pacific Justice Institute which offers its services free of charge. Think of it as a conservative ACLU.
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What’s it like being a politician?
Dan Swecker is a State Senator for the great State of Washington. But he started off raising fish. And the need to lobby on behalf of his industry led his to Olympia to talk to the politicians, and then to become one. As it turns out, politicians, teachers and preachers all share a similar problem: they work much harder than people think they do.
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What’s it like being a politician?
If your film needed a tall, good looking boy who was a Boy Scout, did well in school, played football and was elected class president, you’d have described the childhood of Chuck DeVore. He learned hard work and self-reliance from his parents. And he learned how to overcome fear and pain from football.
Chuck earned a college degree in strategic studies, served as an Army officer, and was a staffer for a US congressman. And although he worked in aerospace for many years, Chuck is probably best known for the years he served in the California State Assembly. Politicians spend a lot of time on the road; they are like musicians without guitars. For Chuck DeVore’s site click here.
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What’s it like founding a company?
Wil Harris says that online advertising is quite different than you’d think. Advertisers think locally and are quite slow to adopt new methods. Wil should know. He is the founder of UK-based ChannelFlip, which presents professionally-produced short-form videos (less than 5 minutes) that people want to see. Apparently even after you prove the concept, it’s not easy to get convince advertisers to become sponsors. Fortunately, Wil learned arguing and persuading in law school. But now days, he spends more time doing financial modeling than beating the bushes. You deserve a break. To check out ChannelFlip click here.
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What’s it like being a cop?
I tracked Terry Hart to Cody, WY. It’s apparently where ex-police officers hang out. They go there to get away from crime, drink coffee and shoot at fence posts. But back when he was a cop in LA, things were quite different. Terry explains the best part of job, the value of martial arts, and why you should be prepared before you go to a police academy. He also shares how he got through taking someone’s life.
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What’s it like to be a tech writer?
This is the story of how an American-Pakistani, who was educated in Catholic schools, went to law school and became a podcaster. But you’ll also learn why tax law is fun, how to think like a dog, and what no one tells you about babies. Iyaz Akhtar (This Old Nerd.com) speaks eloquently of two major events in his life: the birth of his son and the death of his father. I didn’t know Iyaz was changing jobs but I faked it. To see Iyaz in episodes of This Old Nerd click here.
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