THE Cerebral Podcast
20. Episode 18: Jawing (Chatting) on Chief Justice John Marshall

20. Episode 18: Jawing (Chatting) on Chief Justice John Marshall

May 22, 2020

In this episode, Italk about my grade school report about Chief Justice John Marshall. He used the elastic clause hundreds of years before the idea of reasonable accommodation. The elastic clause gave Congress the power to create laws based on the Constitution. I also talk about the XYZ affair and stretching my memory.

19. Episode 17: Reflections and Refractions and the Handy Handicap

19. Episode 17: Reflections and Refractions and the Handy Handicap

October 10, 2019

In the latest episode, I talked about reflections from pools, swimming and the degrees of difficulty. The crutches become more than just walking devices. Incorporating my crutches into different activities,helped me to manage some of the difficulty. I then talked about physics and I redefined pain and gain.

18. Episode 16: Baywatch: The Final Wave on the Beach

18. Episode 16: Baywatch: The Final Wave on the Beach

September 13, 2019

In this week’s episode I talked my final experience with the TV show, Baywatch. A few year’s I ended up with a job working at Nickelodeon. After finding out about a collaboration at between Baywatch and the MTV Beachhouse, I called Baywatch. In 1997, I visited the set of Baywatch and connected with David Hasselhoff and other members of the Baywatch production staff. The next year, I visited the set again and met Executive Producer Douglas Schwartz. I ended up publishing an article with The Disability News Service in 1999.

17. Episode 15: Baywatch: The Second Wave: The Ups and Downs of My Spec Script

17. Episode 15: Baywatch: The Second Wave: The Ups and Downs of My Spec Script

September 5, 2019

This week, I talked about Baywatch and how the show often got overlooked, despite the fact that it dealt with many trauma and disability episodes. The first episode I talked about was "A Matter of Life and Death." I began thinking about different ideas and story lines for Baywatch after watching an interview with one of the executive producers. I then talked about my favorite episode of the series, "Shattered" which involved Mitch getting paralyzed during a rescue and having to go through rehabilitation. I started writing a script, Crippled Perception and wrote to the Baywatch Production Company. After getting a phone call and some encouragement from Baywatch. I also got some information about a Special Olympics episode they happened to be producing, when they received my letter. Through my script I found another process my disability.

16. Episode 14: Baywatch, Beauty, Blindness and Other Disabilities: The First Wave

16. Episode 14: Baywatch, Beauty, Blindness and Other Disabilities: The First Wave

August 31, 2019

In this week's episode, I talked about the TV show Baywatch. The majority of the shows episodes are available on Amazon Prime. It first began on NBC after the pilot movie, Panic at Malibu Pier in 1989. The series started as a police drama on the beach. I also talked about some of my personal missteps on the beach in the 1980s. The show came back in syndication in 1991. With music video montages, and a focus more on personal traumas at the beach, the show became an international hit. I talk about a few of my favorite episodes including ones about the percwption of beauty, blindness, a paraplegic character and deaf inclusion. I then tease about the next episode of the podcast where I will talk about some personal involvement with the show.

15. Episode 13: Pool and Physics Pushes Provided a Profound Path of Summer Swim

15. Episode 13: Pool and Physics Pushes Provided a Profound Path of Summer Swim

August 23, 2019

This week, I talk about how swimming and the pool propelled me past floating fears and frustrations. I start with a quote from Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. I recap episode 12 about Harvey Mackay. 

I then talk about the UCP affiliate, Jawonio located in Rockland County, New York. I give some background on getting physical and occupational therapy at Jawanio. Then I talk about my experience with Camp Jawonio. Swimming was the most transformative experience for me after I flipped my understanding of balance in the water. It took years, but I went from a foot of water to floating past fear and frustration by pushing myself and other things around me with the help of camp counselors in the 1980s. 

14.Episode 12: Pushing Envelopes, Buttons, and Beyond with Key Questions

14.Episode 12: Pushing Envelopes, Buttons, and Beyond with Key Questions

August 15, 2019

In this week's episode, I talk abut pushing the envelope and from entrepreneur and NY Times bestselling author Harvey Mackay. Harvey talks about managing adversity and personal development. Managing and developing yourself comes down to reminding yourself of your key questions. I also talk about the importance of the HALT principle.

13.THE Cerebral Podcast: Poetry Slam 02: A Coward’s Courage

13.THE Cerebral Podcast: Poetry Slam 02: A Coward’s Courage

August 4, 2019

This week's poem confronts the cowardice of unaddressed of fear, pity and sorrows. 

12.THE Cerebral Podcast: Poetry Slam 01: The Past Present

12.THE Cerebral Podcast: Poetry Slam 01: The Past Present

July 28, 2019

While I am writing more episodes for August, I am introducing episode 1 of THE Cerebral Podcast: Poetry Slam Edition. The poem is taken from my personal library.  The Past Present is a poem I wrote in 1999.

Episode 11: Better Bets Through TV Teams of Cannell Can-do’s

Episode 11: Better Bets Through TV Teams of Cannell Can-do’s

July 7, 2019

In this week's episode, I talked about Stephen J Cannell. He was a prolific writer who created many TV shows like the Rockford files, Renegade, Beretta among many others. He also struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia, throughout his school years.  The first show of his that had an impressionable impact on me was The Greatest American Hero. The A-Team was another show that helped me to make better bets on myself.