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A Little Skeptical

32 EpisodesProduced by The Modern FireWebsite

A show about media, culture, and the modern condition hosted by James Brown.

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Big news networks attack streaming in different ways

March 2nd, 2020


ABC NBC Fox and other big networks expand live streaming news services.

ESPN turns its focus to social

January 30th, 2020


The worldwide leader in sports expects to air more than 500 live original shows across its own digital properties and platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook"

What is Tony Romo worth?

January 29th, 2020


Sources tell Front Row Sports that ESPN wants to make the former Dallas Cowboy quarterback the highest-paid sportscaster in TV history. He’d make …

ESPN hires Omar Raja the builder of the House of Highlights

January 28th, 2020


The world wide leader's latest hire highlights a new path for ESPN

How Bleacher Report makes money

January 27th, 2020


According to, Bleacher Report the digital sports company, creates content internally and does an analysis on whether they’d make more money selling it to another outlet or airing it on its platforms. That’s …

Why the NBA and Louis Vutton are teaming up

January 24th, 2020


Fashion Magazine WWD reports that the partnership will start on the day of the first regular season game played in Paris on January 24th.

Will Smith's Theory of Social Media

January 22nd, 2020


Expecting social media followers to translate in box office dollars is a new phenomenon and only time will tell if it will actually work.

Will Spotify buy Bill Simmons' website the Ringer?

January 20th, 2020


Spotify and Bill Simmons have been negotiating for months but does buying the Ringer make sense?

French Montana jukes the stats

January 16th, 2020


Today singles determine album sales. They don’t cause them. And knows knows this better than rapper French Montana... Instead of a collection of new …

Selling cable news ads harder

January 15th, 2020


the allure of the some of the last remaining large live tv audiences may be too big to keep big advertisers away..

Beastmode's gamble pays off

January 14th, 2020


After a tumultuous sound byte filled career Marshawn Lynch returned to the Seattle Seahawks for the last game of the season and the playoffs to a …

Andre 3000 and Rick Rubin's mind melt

January 13th, 2020


In a rare, telling, wonderful look inside the head of one of hip hop’s most elusive and greatest creators legendary producer Rick Rubin, who is also …

Imus is Dead

January 9th, 2020


Don Imus, as radio observer Scott Fybush put it “was complicated in a way that talented, difficult people often are. And a full accounting, when …

Death to Comments

January 8th, 2020


As newsrooms shrink especially at newspapers and staff members are asked to do more many papers like the Oregonian are asking them why deal with the acrimony and headaches that comes with online comments.

The Trouble with Netflix's Top Titles list

January 7th, 2020


Netflix released its most popular new titles list boding stars like Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Robert De Niro, Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy. But …

What is Kevin Spacey Doing On YouTube?

January 6th, 2020


As I watched Kevin Spacey stoking a fire in a random Youtube video he post named “KTWK” channeling his House of Cards Frank Underwood persona, I was left wondering is this the end or the beginning for the disgraced actor

Instagram is becoming Facebook

December 1st, 2019


why I think removing likes from Instagram is not altruistic is much closer to extortion.

Tarantino, Violence, Spotify, Netflix, in discussion with Saby Reyes Kulkarni

November 14th, 2019


In discussion with Saby Reyes Kulkarni on Netflix, Tarentino, Storytelling, Wes Anderson and lists

Media Diet: Puppets by Pusha T

October 29th, 2019


James lauds a teaser that's more than a teaser by Pusha T

Saturday Night Live vs. TV's Black Hole

October 4th, 2019


Today viewing rates have dropped so low that Saturday nights are now a network TV black hole. And the networks have responded creatively.

Antonio Brown and how the Patriots dynasty ends with Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

September 29th, 2019


James and guest Saby Reyes Kulkarni (Spin, Billboard, Nashville Scene, Rochester City Newspaper) talk about the past and predict the future of …

Lana Del Ray, Ann Powers, The Root, Candace Owens and the future of news with Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

September 21st, 2019


James and guest Saby Reyes Kulkarni (Spin, Billboard, Nashville Scene, Rochester City Newspaper) discuss how artists are analyzed, Twitter debates, …

Doug Gottlieb, Troy Aikman and the Fox Sports Dilemma

September 2nd, 2019


Andrew Luck's shock retirement reveals a an obvious riff in the FOX sports empire.

Chance the Rapper's perception problem

August 18th, 2019


Chance the Rapper's change in strategy ahead of his critically panned "debut" album backfires.

Episode 0

August 1st, 2019


James shares his plans for the show

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Learning Curve

September 22nd, 2018


James breaks down Ocasio Cortez's appearance on Jake Tapper's CNN show

The Media Bias Chart 2018

September 14th, 2018


James analyzes the latest version of the media bias chart.

Podcasts gone mainstream

August 27th, 2018


James breaks down Nicki Minaj's Queen Radio rants, Joe Budden's move to spotify, new media's obsession with Kobe Bryant, and more

A Shady Situation

July 16th, 2018


Why the social media era makes truth relative in sticky situations like LeSean McCoy's.

When to walk out of live TV interview

July 1st, 2018


James reacts to a newsroom massacre and a CNN interview gone bad.

Spotify & R. Kelly

June 14th, 2018


James breaks down Spotify's decision to ban R. Kelly from its playlists.

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