November 22, 2020

Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a fun podcast

For Cineversary podcast episode #29, host Erik Martin and “All About All About Eve” author 
Sam Staggs crash the Sarah Siddons award ceremony to dish delicious details about “All About Eve,” directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, which celebrates a 70th anniversary this year. Erik and Sam explore why this film is worth commemorating all these years later, its cultural impact and legacy, what we can learn from the picture today, how it has stood the test of time, and more. 

To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download or subscribe to the Cineversary podcast using Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotifyGoogle PodcastsBreakerCastboxPocket CastsPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at tinyurl.com/cineversarypodcast and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.

November 16, 2020

Is cancer insurance worth it?

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in America, right behind heart disease. American Cancer Society estimated 40 out of 100 men and 39 out of 100 women in the United States will develop cancer over their lifetime.

Many of us have health insurance coverage to cover the expenses involved with diagnosing and treating cancer. But this existing coverage may not cover enough. You might still have coverage gaps that exhaust your finances. Fortunately, cancer insurance can supplement your major medical health insurance policy.

It's important to understand how cancer insurance works and how to shop for a plan. Many experts also caution that this supplemental insurance may not be necessary. Learn the facts and determine the right strategy for your needs before committing to cancer insurance by reading my latest article or Insurance.com on this topic, available here.

November 8, 2020

Curbing speech data overreach

Concerned about how Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are collecting and using your voice data every time you talk to a smart speaker? Troubled by the potential for speech bots and voice-based information companies to exploit your personal information? Alarmed by the rise of deep fakes and the ease with which bad actors can manipulate audio for nefarious reasons?

You’re not alone. People across the globe are becoming increasingly worried about the extent to which our recorded voices and the words we say are captured, mined for marketing purposes, and vulnerable to hackers and criminals. And it’s a big reason why we’ve seen a stronger push in the last few years for laws and guidelines intended to control these practices and decrease these risks.

But are existing and proposed regulations strong and comprehensive enough to deter unethical methods? Will laws designed to regulate speech data be properly enforced, and will companies in violation be held accountable? Has technology reached a point where it’s nearly impossible to reign it in and safeguard consumers?

I attempt to answer these questions and explore these issues in my latest cover story for Speech Technology magazine, available here.

October 29, 2020

Vintage radio frights revisited

I had the privilege of appearing this week on Monster Kid Radio, a podcast that celebrates classic horror films of yesteryear. Podcast host Derek Koch and I discuss the underrated pleasures of listening to old time radio (OTR) horror and mystery shows, and I share my favorite OTR mystery series and episodes. 

To hear this podcast episode, click here (scroll down the page and click the "play" button to hear it). Happy Halloween, everyone!

October 25, 2020

Make lenders compete for your mortgage business

Mortgage purchase and refinance loans are hot right now. And with interest rates remaining low, you should be able to get a great deal on a loan. But you may be able to get an ever better bargain on a mortgage if you shop around and get lenders to compete for your business.

My latest article for The Mortgage Reports covers this topic and offers valuable tips. Check it out here

October 19, 2020

Even podcasters go a little mad sometimes...

For Cineversary podcast episode #28, host Erik Martin celebrates the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's ultimate treatise on terror, "Psycho." Erik checks into the Bates Motel with Alexandre Phillipe, the director of "78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene," which deconstructs the infamous shower murder sequence from Psycho. He and Alexandre explore why this film is worth commemorating all these years later, its cultural impact and legacy, what we can learn from the picture today, how it has stood the test of time, and more.
Alexandre Phillipe

To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download or subscribe to the Cineversary podcast using Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotifyGoogle PodcastsBreakerCastboxPocket CastsGoogle Play MusicPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at tinyurl.com/cineversarypodcast and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.