Open Door Rapport show

Open Door Rapport

Summary: The objective of “That’s What I Believe” is to explore the potential of conversations between people who are interested in new ideas and the advancement of old. By challenging each other’s thoughts and opinions, we hope to better understand the origin of beliefs. Even though many of us are no longer in school, that is no reason we cannot continue our education. Conversation is not a born ability, but a skill developed over time. It used to be the only way people learned and there is no reason why we cannot maximize the benefits of shared conversation today


 Wilderness and Elbow Room (Guests Richard and Whitney) 6/24/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:45:33

Jim and Tom sit down with a returning guest (Richard) and a first-timer (Whitney) to discuss the wilderness. What can we learn from the Great Wide Open? Is Yellowstone Park a preserve or a performance? Does a cost/benefit analysis favor strip malls over wooded areas? We flirt with answers.

 Jerry Gaff and Tom Hitt at the P.I.G. 12/12/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:00

Jim sits down with Jerry Gaff and Tom Hitt at the Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse for some conversation on music, documentaries, social media, and play some songs against the sounds of cappuccino and espresso makers. Gaff leads at the beginning, followed by Hitt about midway into the recording after discussing live performances and "off the grid" lifestyles. The second half of the podcast includes more recordings (a child is causing a ruckus on the background) and the process for writing songs. At one minute and four or so seconds, the two jam together. A bonus Frank Marzano interview discussing Team of Rivals, Lincoln, and provisional ballots in the 2012 election near the end. Documentary produced by Tom Weber referenced by Tom Hitt during the podcast.

 Paper Campfire 12/17/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:26:33

Not quite, That's what I believe, but the sentiment is the same when it comes to discussion on zombies, social media, and Paper Campfire magazine. Check out the details on

 Pieces of Paper (summer 2012 podcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:55

Jim talks on the book tour, reads an excerpt of Wild Harmony and discusses with Kevin and Nate a series of systems thinking that could further define Wild Harmony. Where can podcasts and conversations take us in these coming years when ideas are many and actionable plans are few? Reminder: Sunday, December 16th at Presque Isle Gallery in Erie PA.

 TWIB Reverberation of Jerry Gaff and Wild Harmony | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:09:43

Live Podcast with Jerry Gaff at Presque Isle Gallery Coffee House in Erie, PA on Sunday, December 16th at 1:00PM - 3:00PM along with Wild Harmony talk and signing. Come for presentation on self-publishing and join in on the idea for the next book. Jim and Tom sat down Erie musician Gaff and his colleague Max to discuss songwriting, shipbuilding, and the Erie music scene.

 Terry Bisson & Peter Coyote 4/3/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:12:22

"Conversation as action (the raw words)" Jim and Tom sit down with Terry Bisson and Peter Coyote for a long conversation. After briefly explaining the goal of the podcast, Peter discusses his trip to Syria, Lebanon and Cuba. The talk goes in many directions. Terry and Peter discuss the progression of political change in the twentieth century as well as authenticity in a world gone corporate. Along with talk of folk music, radical optimism, the freedom you get by not being a professional, not being afraid of low status, behind the scenes of Spielberg's E.T., the willingness to look ridiculous, and the internal voice which keeps people from trying, Terry and Peter bring their experiences to "That's what I believe" on a sunny morning in Erie, Pennsylvania. Check out Peter Coyote's old talk show of the similar mindset: Outside the box Article by Reese Erlich and Peter Coyote on their experience in Syria Terry Bisson's short story, They're Made Out Of Meat email:

 Preluding the Return | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:42

Jim sits down with Jeff the biologist to discuss some travel along with communicating science after dissecting streaking as a general experience along with other uncomfortable situations. Also covered: anecdotes from South Africa, optioning the podcast into a major motion picture, and the fallacy of bear management in Yellowstone. Link to Will Smith talk referenced in podcast.

 On the road bonus podcast #1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:25

A writer used to write and be picked up by those people who knew how to get books to people who enjoy to read. Now, everyone’s a writer, everyone’s a critic. The world learns news through 160 character messages and pixilated photos that circulate through the internet. Great events still unfold day in and day out, while manuscripts with vampires, werewolves, and sex stories sell out the big box stores to an unsuspecting consumer. We consume media as a people and no longer are proactive to shaping our own destiny. Books used to be about shaping a new line of thinking. The prevalence of information and access to everything this world has to offer must extend beyond the computer screen if we are to realize our potential.

 Hulk Smash with JoEllen 7/16/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:14

The boys enjoy a visit to Presque Isle beach with JoEllen Marsh, returning guest from the documentary film "Donor Unknown," to talk masculinity and gender stereotypes. We're surrounded by them from cradle to grave—we debate the best ways to deal with them.

 Uncertain plans with Rahul 7/09/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:15:55

Jim and Tom sit down with Rahul to discuss uncertainty. From the streets of India to Erie, PA, Rahul tells of those who have made it, those who tried and failed, and those who just do not know where they are or where they are going.

 ID4 and Beyond with Max 07/02/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:08

Jim and Tom sit down with Max for a conversation about patriotism today. How can we best serve our country? Probably not by filling up the interweb with our hot air. But is it much different to write our congressmen? *Please dismiss the comment at the end about Rahul coming on in two weeks. He's on deck for 9 July.

 Stuff, so much stuff with Becky 6/18/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:20:44

Tom, Jim, and Becky talk about stuff (possessions, things, shoes, desks, awls, salad spinners). All this stuff, is it necessary? Or is it simply what we want to have? Would it be 30 pairs of shoes or 30 pair of shoe? We are consuming 1.5 planets.

 Musical guest Tommy Link 6/11/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:39:57

Jim and Tom sit down with musical guest Tommy Link, an Erie-area musician and singer-songwriter. We talk about gigging, pop music, and old school rock, among other things.

 Nostalgia and Memory 6/4/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:09

Jim and Tom sit down with Caroline, a friend of Tom's and current master's student in media studies at the New School, for a conversation about nostalgia and memory. Spoilers about the season one finale of "Mad Men" at around the 2 minute mark... if you care, skip to 4:00!

 Situational awareness 5/28/12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:22

Jim and Tom sit down for a conversation with Patrick, the creative consultant for the naming of this website.


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