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Light On Light Through

You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series and movies, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my media theory and political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually less often.  But in the Summer of 2020, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and on 17 October 2023, I began publishing a new episode of the podcast every Tuesday at 12:01 pm -- a minute after Noon (New York time).  - Paul Levinson 

24 October 2021: Interview about Light On Light Through podcast

26 December 2023: Chuck Todd interviews Paul Levinson about Alternate Realities on The Chuck Toddcast  

White Tea

Jul 31, 2007

I used to drink coffee, a long time ago.  I still love the taste.  My favorite gelato is coffee.   But the brew itself developed the strange effect of turning me into a real grouch the next day. Some people said this was a complete reversal for me.

I can't recall just when I switched to tea.

Tea's a touchy thing. It's...

Twitter, Pownce, and iPhone: The Good Thing They Do

Jul 31, 2007

Sounds like maybe a sequel to Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Lynne Truss's delightful, best-selling book about proper punctuation - check it out, there's a picture of a panda on the cover...), but I was thinking about how just about every new and hot application on the Web these days (Twitter and Pownce), not to mention...

The Secret Riches of the Panda

Jul 30, 2007

Well, it’s back in the news – the Chiang Mai Zoo in China is making a handsome profile selling … panda droppings.  Not hot off the press – dried.


Now, we last heard about the doings of pandas and the good use they could be put to a few months ago, when reports came out that they could and were being made...

The Dark Side of Digg

Jul 30, 2007

Continuing my adventures in un-gate-kept media - or Web sites, which unlike The New York Times, TV news, and in fact all traditional news media and networks, publish what users and participants, not editors, decree as important or newsworthy.

Wikipedia and Digg, as I've been writing and talking about for almost a year,...

Up on the Roof: The Power of Biology on Skyscrapers

Jul 29, 2007

How about growing gardens on the tops of skyscrapers as a way of combating global warming?  A Columbia University professor has proposed it.

This kind of "skyfarming" is not at all pie-in-the-sky, and is precisely the kind of answer I always give to people who say, well, even if global warming were really happening,...