My Dad Loves “The Daily” from The New York Times. Here’s Why.

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My dad is happily retired and living in Amherst, Massachusetts with my mom.

He goes by the nickname “Sherm,” and in case you ever forget his name, he’ll ask you to “think of Sherman tank.”

It’s funny — does he look anything like a tank?

Dad has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science. He worked his entire career at IBM.

I also have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, which was partly inspired by him.

Sherm is a hobbyist photographer who’s good enough at his craft to win photo club awards.

Recently, Dad told me that he religiously listens to “The Daily,” a podcast from The New York Times. I thought I’d ask him a few questions and share his answers with you.

Marketers, in a rush to understand Gen Z and millennials, think less about the generation who raised us.

Here’s a Q&A featuring Sherman tank.

How did you discover “The Daily” podcast?

It was by chance. After my recent eye surgery, it was hard for me to read.

After Googling for podcasts, I found it.

What do you like about it?

It’s very informative and educational for me. I don’t like to read (unless I need to), but I like to listen.

The Daily is well-done in content and presentations. Most interviewees are top-notch NYT reporters.

Each podcast is based on facts and contains lots of background info. Very often, Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) paraphrases some major points of their conversations, such that I can have some takeaways.

How do you listen to it?

Usually on my iPad (with Bluetooth), using my hearing aid.

What else do you listen to?

Audiobooks, such as Trevor Noah’s (@Trevornoah) “Born a Crime,” suggested by your sister. I also read some Chinese language audiobooks.

During “shelter in place,” what are you doing more of and less of?

I’m using my iPad more often, listening more to the morning news on CBS.

I also watch the CBS Evening News on DVR, routing the audio output to my hearing aids.

I also watch Erin Burnett’s (@ErinBurnett) show on CNN, OutFront.

I’ve been organizing my photos (hard copies and digital versions) and like to do two miles of walking daily.

Doing less? Shopping at local stores.

I say the words “fantastic customer experience.” What’s the first brand that comes to mind?

The digital version of New York Times, which I have a subscription for two years. And Time Magazine in digital. I usually read Time on my iPad, which allows me to read almost any issue.

So we’re friends on Facebook.

I don’t use it often. Just occasionally check on some new posts from my friends. And I seldom post my stories, as I don’t like to write.

Thanks for your time, Dad!

Hear from four diversity experts

The article at Chief Content Officer (CCO) begins:

“Content marketers have always been tasked with understanding the challenges our audiences face. But few of those challenges are as complex, painful, and difficult to discuss as the effects of bias, systemic racism, and other damaging forms of discrimination.”

CCO’s Jodi Harris shares the perspectives and advice from four experts in diversity:

  1. Christine Michel Carter, author, creator of Mompreneur and Me, and founder of Minority Woman Marketing LLC
  2. Deanna Ransom, Televerde’s head of marketing and marketing services
  3. Sydni Craig-Hart, co-founder and CEO of Smart Simple Marketing
  4. Norel Mancuso, CEO of Social House, Inc.

Read the article: Can We Do More Than Talk About Diversity?

For related reading, here’s a post by Ann Gynn of Content Marketing Institute: “How to Do Diverse and Inclusive Content Marketing That Matters.”

Twitter Corner

In each newsletter, I recommend a Twitter user to follow.

This week, I recommend Sydni Craig-Hart (@SydniCraigHart).

Sydni is a multi-cultural marketing strategist and CEO of Smart Simple Marketing.

Like me, Sydni lives in the Bay Area.

So it makes sense that we met in Cleveland, Ohio 😎

I met Sydni at Content Marketing World 2019. Sydni spoke at a “getting the most out of Content Marketing World” panel discussion, which I attended.

I then met Sydni at a conference party for speakers.

Careful what you write and say

We could be using terms with racist connotations in our everyday writing and speaking without even realizing it.


  • Master bedroom
  • Master/slave (in computer systems)
  • Blacklist, whitelist

Read about these terms (and more) in this article at CNN.

Podcast Corner

In 1972, two Congressmen vanish on a small plane in Alaska.

Their bodies are never recovered and there’s no trace of the plane’s wreckage.

Jon Walczak, a journalist based in New Orleans, pursues new leads that might uncover what happened.

I’m on Episode 5 and I’m hooked.

At the end of each episode, Walczak lists the missing links for the material he just shared.

He says, “Here are your tasks for the week.”

It’s a neat way to involve listeners. It also reinforces the notion that for this lost plane from 1972, the story is still playing out today.

Listen on the iHeartRADIO website or wherever you get your podcasts.

Want more podcast recommendations? Read the previous issue of this newsletter.

Client Corner

Client Lohika has launched a webinar series called “Lohika Re:think: Conversations on Building the Next New.”

It takes place on Zoom and is geared for engineering leaders working in tech.

The first event takes place on July 30th and I love the topic: “New ways of hiring and managing distributed tech teams.”

Get more details on Lohika’s website.

Got an engineering manager in your family or your network? Forward them the link. Thanks! 🙏

Lou Gehrig. The ballplayer. The journalist!

As a lifelong Yankees fan, I often read stories of Lou Gehrig’s accomplishments on the field.

WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, recently ran a segment about Gehrig’s newspaper columns.

According to the segment:

“Gehrig, it turns out, wrote a series of newspaper columns that ran in Oakland, Ottawa and Pittsburgh during the New York Yankees’ 1927 season.”

In an early column, Gehrig wrote about his relationship with his mom, whom he called his “best pal” (how endearing!).

Read the related article on WBUR’s website.

Thanks to college classmate Felicia for sharing this article with me.

Go Yankees! ⚾

Leadtail TV

My friends at Leadtail, a social media marketing agency, have launched Leadtail TV.

According to Leadtail, “If you’re looking for ways to zig when everyone else is zagging, this is the series for you.”

The series is hosted by Bryan Kramer and features some of the best minds in marketing.

Watch now: Leadtail TV.

If you like what you see, send tweets to:


Mobile-first indexing

Your website is mobile friendly.


Soon enough, Google’s crawler will index the mobile version of your site.

The worst case scenario?

If your site is not mobile-friendly, all of your content could be dropped from Google’s search index.


Google will index all sites mobile-first in March 2021 (postponed from September 2020). Get ready!

Read more at the Google Webmaster Central Blog.

Here’s a related piece I wrote for CMSWire last year.

Personal branding

Hillary Weiss joined us yesterday at the Bay Area Content Marketing Meetup. Hillary presented a new way to think about your personal brand strategy.

Watch the recording:

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