World Wide Wade Goes West—Episode III, Who’s Wade?

Mile 971—northern Michigan. We definitely aren’t taking the direct route from Boston to San Francisco. We’ve veered north in order to take in Torch Lake—where we’ve spent the last two nights with my parents—and Minneapolis, our next destination.

We were at Torch Lake long enough to record two videos. The second, coming tomorrow, is a fascinating interview with a local retired couple—a former industrial chemist and a former registered nurse—who use technology with gusto and have plenty of opinions to share about it.

The first, which you can watch below or at YouTube, is more personal. I figured Xconomy’s readers might want to know a little more about this guy from Boston who’s so worked up about moving to San Francisco. How did he get to be a journalist? Why is he so interested in technology? How many gadgets does he own, anyway?

We got a kick out of filming this one, which involves a slightly unconventional interview technique. A few seconds in, you’ll see what I mean.

I hope you’ll check out the whole travelogue series, starting with the pilot/preview episode (posted June 14), the Gloucester, MA, episode (posted Monday, June 28), and the Rochester, NY, episode (posted Tuesday, June 29). Watch for new video posts every day here at or subscribe to the World Wide Wade Goes West YouTube channel at

World Wide Wade Goes West is sponsored by Pixability.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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7 responses to “World Wide Wade Goes West—Episode III, Who’s Wade?”

  1. Hi Wade,
    I just retweeted your link to this post with an added note to say that science and health journalism needs more Wades. I guess it’s a bit too much to ask that more journalists have degrees from Harvard and PhDs from MIT, but it’s good to see that Xconomy has created a publishing company that strives to offer higher quality reporting on technology and life science developments.

    In my circle of healthcare IT and medical publishing professionals, and especially among the group of advocates for patient-centered collaborative healthcare, there is a lot of focus on the sorry state of consumer health publishing–especially in the mass media. I think we need an Xconomy-like publishing company for consumer health.

    Also, I enjoyed the ‘unconventional’ interview technique and the inclusion of the NuvoMedia device. Did you know I consulted for SoftBook Press for a while in late ’90s? I still have my device, which I loved, except for the weight and the short battery life (never mind the limited # of books available for download at that time). But, I still don’t have a Kindle or iPad. Maybe soon…

    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  2. Wade RoushWade Roush says:

    Thank you so much, Janice! It’s great to have such an engaged reader. I had no idea you worked with Softbook Press. I got to know everyone there after Gemstar bought both Softbook and NuvoMedia and merged them. Crazy times.

    I heartily recommend both the Kindle and the iPad. I think NuvoMedia and Softbook pioneered many of the good ideas embodied in those devices. It was just too early.

  3. Great “birth of a fruitful career” story Wade. You made your luck.

    So many of us can’t remember how we ended up doing what we do, and it certainly morphs a lot over the years. I had an AHA! moment myself at college, when I saw a case full of product models made by industrial design students at the University of Michigan. I suddenly realized what I wanted to do, too.

  4. Thanks for this video, Wade, I feel I know a lot more about you now. I didn’t know that you were a disaster scientist. I think you should do more gadget show videos – David Pogue shouldn’t have a monopoly on entertaining & geeky gadget videos.