Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Archive for September, 2010

Sep

28

2010

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My in-depth Ken Burns interview

Tweet My interview with Ken Burns, published in time for the premiere of Baseball: The Tenth Inning on PBS, is here! I’ve chopped it into three bits for your digestion. Think of them as three more innings: You may remember I was all a-titter about meeting him on the day we shot this. I was […]

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Sep

18

2010

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Summer won’t let go without a fight

Tweet In Washington Square Park today.

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Sep

10

2010

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Another reminder that Manhattan is generous

Tweet Here’s the view from Press, the rooftop on Kimpton’s Ink48 hotel. I haven’t touched my martini yet but I’m already intoxicated. I remember feeling this elated on another September 10th once before.

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Sep

9

2010

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Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Things would make Oprah cry

Tweet I went to the TBEX travel writers’ cocktail soiree last night at the Hotel Giraffe in Manhattan. When we entered, we filled out our name tags (I led with “@bastable,” since there are lots of people who know me by my Twitter handle and not the name I was born with), and put our […]

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Sep

7

2010

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The good old days weren’t always good

Tweet My mother and I have an ongoing argument. “Life was simpler in the ’50s, Jay. It really was,” she says. I call baloney on that. Just think about what the ’50s offered Western culture: atomic bomb terrors, the HUAC, segregation, women who lived in fear of unwanted pregnancies and could only choose from a […]

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Sep

6

2010

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My Facebook “fan” page

Tweet In case you didn’t know, I also have a “fan” page on Facebook, where my videos, posts, and general blathering are published. If you’re looking for me by name there, you have to search in Pages (not People). I love Cristina Pellerano Jambon for many things, but one of the more recent ones is […]

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Sep

4

2010

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Jeff Schroeder’s ‘Around the World for Free’: World class

Tweet Hold me down! I’m big-time digging Jeff Schroeder’s Around the World for Free on CBS.com. Some of it has been slightly canned, like the plugs for American Airlines (a sponsor), but the majority of it is killer stuff. Anyone who backpacks will recognize what he’s going through right now as he tries to make […]

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Sep

4

2010

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It’s content you want to see!

Tweet I can’t be the only one who hates when sites only show me stuff based on what I like. “Personalization,” they call it. Choice. Customization. “Navel-gazing,” I do. Far too many sites and apps are doing this. Based on the ads it shows me, Facebook has me boiled down to a neat consumerist stereotype […]

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Sep

1

2010

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How to get yourself out of debt

Tweet I just got back from Fox News, where I talked to my long-distance BFF, Kerri-Lee Halkett, who has slightly better hair than I do, about five steps you can take to get out of personal debt. The basic truth is that getting out of debt is a lot like staying fit: You have to […]

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