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Dec 31, 2018

In this episode, the Kvetching Professor talks about the fantasy camp he could start, where for big bucks you could see how it feels to be a college professor! Who would need a rock’n’roll fantasy camp or a big league baseball fantasy camp if for a few days you could have the full college teacher experience?!

Dec 24, 2018

In this episode, I talk about how English has borrowed lots of words from other languages, including quite a few from German. Sometimes it’s because we don’t have just the right word to capture a familiar feeling. A well-known illustration of this is the word “angst.” Another, which is not as well known, is...

Dec 17, 2018

My guest on this episode is Irwin Sperber, longtime professor of sociology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Irwin is a fascinating man who I’ve known for more than 40 years. There are laughs here (he is a very funny guy), but they are interspersed with serious talk about being a father – in...

Dec 10, 2018

One day when I was doing some decluttering, I came across something I just couldn’t toss. It was my junior high school autograph album – from 1956! Have 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls changed in the last 60+ years? Listen to what they wrote back then, and you decide.


Dec 3, 2018

In this episode I think about what my autobiographical novel might be like as compared to Jack Kerouac’s classic On the Road. My book would be Staying Home, and rather than writing beautifully about the excitement of wild cross-country trips, I’d describe such thrills as going from the bedroom to the kitchen and...