Bob Dylan at 20 on Freak Shows

Dylan was just 20 years old when he appeared on the Folksingers Choice radio program on WBAI FM in New York City. He’d arrived in Manhattan just a few years earlier and was playing in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, at one in particular he was paid “a dollar plus a cheeseburger.”

During this hour-long interview with Cynthia Gooding, Dylan played some of his own songs (“The Death of Emmett Till”, “Standing on the Highway”) and covers of classics by Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, and Woody Guthrie. We scored this Blank on Blank with Dylan tuning up his guitar and playing his harmonica.

It’s a wonderful snapshot in time, with a young Dylan before he was famous and before he even released his debut album. He’s nervous and funny. He’s just a guy with a guitar with a little mischief underneath.

Listen to the full interview and hear some rarely heard songs here.

Hat tip to the team of Blank on Blank for creating this beautiful video series.

Design Matters: Alain De Botton

“My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings.”
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From a Design Matters episode with Alain de Botton.


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Liz Danzico: Pros & cons of managing remotely

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Liz Danzico is Creative Director of NPR and manages the team almost fully remotely. In this recent episode of Hired Cameron Moll discusses the pros and cons of working and managing remotely, as well as her role as Chair of the MFA Interaction Design graduate program at SVA. Oh, and making fresh bread.

Broad Mic Podcast

The lovely Kelly Hoey interviewed me for Broad Mic a few weeks ago. The podcast just went live!

Note to self: Must talk slower!

The Son of a Terrorist

Thanks to the team of Virgin Unite, I had the pleasure to meet Zak Ebrahim last night. He is the son of a terrorist. And, he is a gentle, soft spoken beautiful soul. His story moved me and gives me so much hope for this world. Empathy can change the world! We need more of it!

KAYTRANADA Lite Spots

This KAYTRANADA music video made me smile. How can you resist a dancing robot?

Life While-You-Wait

Amanda Palmer reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Life While-You-Wait”.

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CreativeMornings Podcast / Season 2

CreativeMornings Podcast Season 2

Team CreativeMornings is giddy this morning: We just launched Season 2 of our CreativeMornings Podcast, starting out with a bang. Our first episode features Seth Godin’s talk on what we’re getting wrong at work — and how we can change it!

Download it over on iTunes, or listen to it on Soundcloud. And, if you’re not the podcast type and want to watch the talk, head over to our site and watch it online.

Really love podcasts? Check out the first Season of our CreativeMornings podcast. There are some real gems in there.

Design Matters with Amanda Palmer

“We think that we’re all very connected, we think that we’re all very communicative. But when you actually strip it down, there’s a lot wrong. And the proof is in the pudding — you have a whole society of people who are depressed and insecure and anxious and paranoid and worried … and, fundamentally, feeling very unseen… Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society… What have we done to create such unhappiness?”

Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

Growing Up the Internet

From the On Being site on this episode: “When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: “When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it’s attached to everything else.” As a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards — the “Oscars of the internet” — she is committed to reframing technology as an expression of the best of what humanity is capable, with all the complexity that entails. With her young family, she has helped popularize the practice of the “tech shabbat” — 24 unplugged hours each week. Her perspective on our technology-enhanced lives is ultimately a purposeful and enriching one: the internet is our global brain, towards which we can apply all the wisdom we are gaining about the brains in our heads and the character in our lives.”

Black Man In a White World

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Conversation with Adam Grant

Absolutely fantastic interview with Adam Grant in which he speaks on Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work.

If you are not familiar with his book Give and Take, I suggest you put it on your radar. One of my all-time favorites.

Maira Kalman on Design Matters

Debbie Milman in conversation with the wonderful Maira Kalman? Dropping everything to listen to this.

Anna And Argyle

Anna and Argyle is a dynamic digital tale that combines the immersive power of modern technology with the timeless simplicity of a storybook.

It is the beautiful story of a girl who wants to find her lost sock. Anna ventures from her family’s laundromat in Brooklyn to the wild world just beyond the rumbling, tumbling machines, discovering that perfect pairs don’t always match.

I love how the founder of LoyalKaspar, Beat Baudenbacher, lets us peek behind the scenes in their short process stories videos, from character building to the typography used. Anna and Argyle is LoyalKaspar’s multi-year side project. Nothing but incredibly impressive.

Download it over on iTunes.

OK GO | Upside Down and Inside Out

This. Video. Just. Blew. My. Mind. And here is the behind the scenes.

The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating

A wonderfully insightful conversation between Seth Godin and the lovely Krista Tippett: The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating.

ON BEING is one of my all-time favorite podcasts. If you’re not familiar with it, you should put it on your radar.

Love, Sex and Attachement

I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation between Krista Tippett and Helen Fisher on Love, Sex and Attachment. In her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people, and the research she does for Match.com, Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.

So many gems. So many.

Modern Music Cabinet

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Italian designer Paolo Cappello created this modern music cabinet called ‘Caruso‘. Reminds me of the old TVs from back in the days…

CreativeMornings Podcast: John Forté

And here it is, our last episode of our first season of our CreativeMornings Podcast. Listen to the charming and deep John Forté speak on Humility. In his talk, he reminds us that no matter where we are in life, we should never take it for granted.

CreativeMornings Podcast: Steve Larosiliere

Steve Larosiliere is a dear friend of mine and a person I truly admire: He is the founder and president of STOKED, an award winning development organization for underserved youth that seeks to inspire these teens through action sports.

In this CreativeMornings talk from November 2014 in New York City, Steve speaks about the chances he’s been given in life — about the things that happened to him and the things that happened because of him — and how each one informed his mission to close the opportunity gap and pay it forward in his community.

Have a listen. It’s well worth it.

DesignMatters with Simon Sinek

Beautiful DesignMatters episode with a person I truly admire: Simon Sinek.

Building Empathy

In this episode of the Brian Lehrer show Roman Krznaric talks about his experiment in enhancing empathy, the Empathy Museum, and his book Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It.

DesignMatters with Michael Bierut

In this most recent DesignMatters episode Debbie Millman speaks with Michael Bierut, one of the most impressive and eloquent NYC based graphic designers.

If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also like his CreativeMornings talk in which he speaks on Dealing with Clients.

CreativeMornings Podcast: Ben Chestnut

One of my favorite CreativeMornings talks went up on our CreativeMornings Podcast last Friday. It features insightful and funny lessons learned by Ben Chestnut, Mailchimp CEO and co-founder.