Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast
By Randy Cassingham
About this podcast
Uncommon Sense is the podcast for This is True, the oldest Entertainment newsletter on the Internet, starting in early 1994 and running weekly since. TRUE features 'weird news' stories with a purpose: it's Thought-Provoking Entertainment. TRUE is news commentary using rewritten summaries of real news stories as its vehicle. The newsletter is text, but the podcast is decidedly not an audio version of the newsletter, so you may want to try a free subscription to the newsletter, too. Subscribe at https://thisistrue.com/podcast
Episodes (Total: 15 / Page: 1)
Oct. 12, 2017 · 00:10:29
In This Episode: A mostly seasonal segment for No Longer Weird. Then, it seems like just a funny story, but a crusty donation to a food bank maybe isn’t so charitable after all, and — when you think about it — demonstrates the value of thinking about your actions before doing. Jump To… Show Notes How to […] The post Podcast 014: An Act of Charity appeared first on This is True.
Oct. 5, 2017 · 00:36:00
In This Episode: Society seems to think ADD/ADHD is some sort of curse. Yet when properly managed, it provides “superpowers” that are an absolute gift. Randy and a special guest — his high performance coach (who specializes in entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD) — talk about why that is, and what it takes to get away from […] The post Podcast 013: How ADD Made TRUE Possible appeared first on This is True.
Sept. 29, 2017 · 00:13:25
In This Episode: Hurricane Irma is a major disaster, so how does Florida handle the aftermath? With typical Floridiocy, of course. Plus, another segment of No Longer Weird! And the story of an everyday hero. Jump To… Show Notes How to Subscribe How to Comment Episode Transcript Subscribe to Podcast Notification Emails List of All Episodes […] The post Podcast 012: Hurricane Response …Florida Style appeared first on This is True.
Sept. 15, 2017 · 00:25:00
In This Episode: From California, where I came to see and reflect on the End of Mission for the Cassini spacecraft — its so-called Grand Finale. This isn’t about the mission per se, but rather the thinking behind it, how that fits into True’s mission, and how that ties into this week’s Honorary Unsubscribe! In […] The post Podcast 011: The Bigger Picture appeared first on This is True.
Sept. 7, 2017 · 00:21:59
In This Episode: No Longer Weird: An obliviot trying to pass a 99-cent “$1 million bill”. And it’s Episode 10: you’re darn right it’s time to do a bit of a rant on zero tolerance! Clare and I talk about an older case that was so clearly a case of “Sue ’em!” — that the […] The post Podcast 010: Zero Tolerance appeared first on This is True.
Sept. 1, 2017 · 00:16:16
In This Episode: When the people in charge fail our kids. (At least sometimes, the people in charge of those people step in, and make things right.) It’s the lead story in this week’s newsletter (click the image to see it larger). And what, really, is the lesson kids learn when sports gets high priority, […] The post Podcast 009: We Need Better Heroes appeared first on This is True.
Aug. 24, 2017 · 00:14:39
In This Episode: A “new” term is introduced to be the contrast to “obliviot” — and something else really bright (or is that dim?) from Real Life this week. We discuss the attached story about Jimmy McCoy of Oklahoma City, Okla., which leads this week’s newsletter. (Click to see larger.) Jump To… Show Notes How […] The post Podcast 008: A Little Bit Brighter appeared first on This is True.
Aug. 18, 2017 · 00:17:59
In This Episode: We talk about two stories: the new “DUIE” law in Washington state, that was the subject of last week’s “Story of the Week” (right: click to see larger), and this fairly amazing story also from last week, about a minor slap on the hand for an apparently long-term sexual predator: Blame the […] The post Podcast 007: A DUI-What? appeared first on This is True.
Aug. 10, 2017 · 00:12:44
In This Episode: While the stories in This is True usually point out the pitfalls of not thinking (or “obliviots doing stupid things”), the Honorary Unsubscribe holds up the best of humanity. This episode not only features a interesting example, but adds some extra details and commentary. Jump To… Show Notes How to Subscribe How to […] The post Podcast 006: The Best of Humanity appeared first on This is True.
Aug. 4, 2017 · 00:12:53
In This Episode: Politics and religion can’t be talked about in polite society? Randy in Washington says no, there are three taboo topics: don’t forget sex (eek!) So yeah, let’s go there, based on this week’s story (click to see larger) on the self-proclaimed “Million Dollar Ho” of (of course!) Florida. Plus the debut of […] The post Podcast 005: Politics, Religion, Oh! And… appeared first on This is True.
July 28, 2017 · 00:15:00
In This Episode: “We’re told that in polite society that you don’t talk politics or religion.” Yeah, whatever: as Clare says, we’re not always in a polite society. Episode 2 talked politics, so let’s get to religion! That conversation is spun around a story from last week, which was “graphicized” as the Story of the […] The post Podcast 004: Forget Polite, Let’s Talk Religion appeared first on This is True.
July 21, 2017 · 00:22:16
In This Episode: A topic I’ve been wanting to talk about for literally years: should you consider reading This is True to your kids? Lots of parents do — or let the kids read it themselves. But first, finishing up last week, one more behind-the-scenes tour, of this place: A really neat photo of the Gates […] The post Podcast 003: Reading TRUE to Kids appeared first on This is True.
July 14, 2017 · 00:32:16
Now we’re getting up to speed! My brother the recording studio engineer helped with balancing the microphone for my co-host Clare Angelica, and those tips helped with my side too. This is much more the “studio quality” I was aiming for in the first place. I’ve also signed up for an overnight transcription service so […] The post Podcast 002: Political Unrest and Insider Tours appeared first on This is True.
July 7, 2017 · 00:14:14
If You Missed “Episode 0” (the intro to the series), listen here. Say hello to my co-host (and long-time assistant), Clare Angelica. “This is Episode 1 …so we’ll probably flub it up!” I said in the opening. But you know, for our first try, I think it’s a pretty decent effort. 🙂 Not just another […] The post Podcast 001: My Co-Host appeared first on This is True.
July 5, 2017 · 00:04:56
For Practice, and to test out the new hosting platform for the podcast, I thought I’d do a quickie (5-minute) introduction. As promised, it’s set up so you can download it manually if you wish. Episode 1 will come out on time on Friday (7 July). How to Subscribe You can subscribe via iTunes, or […] The post Podcast 0: Introduction appeared first on This is True.