The Jim Stroud Podcast

The Jim Stroud Podcast
Exploring the future of life

TRL: Government Fibs, No Need For H-1Bs and Recession Proof Jobs
Feb 19 • 46 min
[Original air date: 05.28.08] Jim is sleepy, but Karen is hyper as she rants about Government Fibs on the Labor Market. Guess where all the Recruiter jobs are? (At least those that are not in the USA) As much as you possibly can, spread the love to China…
Do we need a law to mandate work-life balance?
Feb 16 • 14 min
Do we need a law to mandate work-life balance? In this episode, I discuss the “Right to Disconnect” bill being debated in New York City. Essentially, it says workers should not be required to answer emails or respond to work-related texts after official…
TRL: Layoffs, Salaries and Sex in Second Life
Feb 12 • 37 min
In this “Retro Lounge” episode: Karen is all doom and gloom about the economy, while Jim looks for the silver lining for Recruiters suffering from the econoclypse (get it? like the apocolypse?); by referring them to different industries to recruit for. Or…
Does increasing automation decrease salaries?
Feb 10 • 13 min
If automation can eliminate certain tasks for a certain worker by X percent then, should that worker have his compensation reduced accordingly? I debate the issue in this episode. Resources related to this podcast can be found on
TRL: I Spy for the EEOC
Feb 5 • 37 min
This episode, entitled “I Spy for the EEOC,” originally aired July 25, 2006. And this was the episode description: Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the legalities of buying a company directory, give props to Linked In and discuss the work of…
Just Say No To a Robot Tax
Feb 1 • 15 min
Just say no to a robot tax! It may sound good in terms of protecting the American workers but, its more trouble than what its worth. I explain why in this episode. Visit for additional info related to this podcast. Music in this podcast:…
Alexa, Does My Company Need a Voice Technology Strategy for Talent Acquisition?
Jan 31 • 33 min
This episode of “The Speaker Agenda Show” is a surprise bonus for my subscribers. / Jeff Weidner interviews the husband and wife team - Susan and Scot Westwater from Pragmatic.Digital. Together, they help companies use Voice technology like Amazon Alexa…
TRL: Sex at the office! Is it a wonderful thing?
Jan 29 • 20 min
[Original air date: 12.10.08] Jim and Karen have dubbed this episode “The Sex show” and this is why: Doctors say that office parties bring unwanted pregnancies and STDs. (Who knew it was such a busy season for them?) Plus, a Hilton employee walks in on a…
The Future of Food Service
Jan 27 • 11 min
The food automation trend of robots and automation taking your orders, creating your food and serving it in some futuristic fashion, promised a win-win scenario for customers and restaurant owners alike. So, what has been the ROI? I explore the realities…
TRL: Should Executive Pay Be Regulated?
Jan 22 • 33 min
Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discussed the issue of Executive Pay. Should it be regulated? Jim says NO! Karen (of course) says Yes! An argument begins that lasts waaay longer than it should have, then Lance Haun of HRM Today adds his views and then…
How many ways can you sue a recruiter?
Jan 20 • 56 min
I am substituting my regularly scheduled episode of “The Jim Stroud Podcast” for this special reunion episode. A little over a decade ago, I co-hosted “The Recruiters Lounge Podcast” with my pal - Karen Mattonen. It was very successful podcast at the time…
The Retro Lounge - How To Make Money with Online Job Scams
Jan 15 • 22 min
THE RETRO LOUNGE: Today’s episode, “HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH ONLINE JOB SCAMS,” originally aired on March 27, 2009. And in this episode we discussed a recruiter who was facing possible time in jail for charging job seekers a fee for finding them work. Is…
Listener Update - Jan 15, 2020
Jan 15 • 2 min
This is a quick listener update on things to come. Enjoy.
Is Corporate Wellness a Good Thing? I’m not so sure…
Jan 12 • 15 min
Corporate wellness programs are in the mainstream and they are intended to be a win-win situation for the company and the employee. For the most part, such seems to be the case. However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and the programs…
What is the internet doing to us?
Jan 6 • 14 min
Happy New Year! In this episode, I compare expert views about the internet made in 2010 and compare them to today’s realities. Stay tuned for a very provocative retrospective. Transcript and resources cited on this podcast are available on my website.…
The Future of Airport Security is in Your Mouth
Dec 30, 2019 • 15 min
Have you been to the airport lately? If so, you probably noticed the facial recognition technology in effect at the major airports, especially when traveling internationally. Is this a good thing? Some say yes and others, like me, say no. Tune in to hear…
Christmas Toys for Sale (Privacy Not Included)
Dec 21, 2019 • 13 min
Christmas time is here! And in addition to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with song and merriment, there is also the sharing of gifts to those you love and / or at least, tolerate. One thing you might not be aware of though, is depending on the…
My conversation with Julia Gometz of Brandful Code
Dec 19, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode of the “Its All Recruiting Podcast,” I had a delightful experience with Julia Gometz of Brandful Code as we discussed: foodies and “impossible meat,” tracking employer brand sentiment on a bad news day, Persona Style Marketing, diverse…
An Early 2019 Christmas Present for My Listeners
Dec 15, 2019 • 1 min
Jim Stroud here with an announcement of an early Christmas present for my listeners. Tune in to find out what it is!
[Recorded Webinar] Big Brother in the Office - VIDEO
Dec 15, 2019 • 62 min
Jim Stroud analyzes how far technology has progressed and what the future workforce can expect to see in the near future; pros and cons of leveraging cutting edge technologies (i.e. biometrics) in the workplace and the societal impact of present-day…
ROBOTOPIA: Collaborative Intelligence in the Age of AI
Dec 8, 2019 • 17 min
Recent economic research suggests tens of millions of jobs will be eliminated due to robots and automation, artificial intelligence and the like. Does this mean that the workplace will be a battleground between humans and the machines threatening their…
[IAR] How to Use Interview Data To Make Better Hires
Dec 3, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode of “Its All Recruiting,” [IAR] Jim Stroud chats with Nick Livingston of Honeit to discuss how companies should be using the data gathered during interviews to train recruiters, monitor industry buzz, increase efficiencies in the…
Should we be DNA testing our kids?
Nov 30, 2019 • 17 min
In China, parents are DNA testing their children in order to forecast their academic and professional success then, make adjustments as necessary. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Both sides of the issue are debated in this episode. Find resources…
Happy Thanksgiving Message to My Listeners
Nov 28, 2019 • 1 min
Happy Thanksgiving Message to My Listeners! I appreciate your support. Jim
NSFW: Can Artificial Intelligence Stop Porn in the Workplace?
Nov 24, 2019 • 18 min
Pornography in the workplace is costing companies billions in lost productivity each year. Adding filters to a computer network and monitoring internet usage is ineffective because people can simply access the material on their personal devices which…
Biometric Resumes are Coming Soon to an Interview Near You
Nov 17, 2019 • 15 min
Should your resume be one page or two? Well, that kind of thinking is soo… 1999. If you want to be in line with what’s happening in 2020 and beyond, start thinking about your biometric resume. What’s a biometric resume you ask? Well, imagine proving you…
IAR: How To Use Tech To Employ the Homeless
Nov 13, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode, I have a great chat with Cody Merrill of SocialWyze. We discuss how to put the homeless to work and how Universal Basic Income could subsidize workers displaced by automation and other technological advances. | Find more great content at…
Alexa, Witness for the Defense
Nov 10, 2019 • 19 min
Alexa has been a silent and virtual witness to several cases of crimes being committed at home. As a result, police have been calling on Amazon for the audio recordings in hopes of finding irrefutable evidence against suspects. The trend has me wondering,…
Would you take a pill to erase your worst memory?
Nov 1, 2019 • 15 min
Did you know that scientists are close to inventing a pill that can erase your worst memories? It is intended to assist people suffering from PTSD and/or those struggling to get past the memory of a horrific event. Some people see the positive…
So, robots are programming humans now?
Oct 27, 2019 • 17 min
Prasad Akella, CEO of the company Drishti - a developer of video-based human-employee tracking software that records the seconds it takes for workers to complete each step of their job. He said this, “The most programmable machine on the planet today is…
Are Social Networking Sites Good for our Children?
Oct 20, 2019 • 13 min
A recent article from Scientific American caught my eye, the headline was this - “Social Media Has Not Destroyed A Generation” and immediately, I felt a surge of skepticism. I’ll share some quotes from the article and my opinion in this episode of The Jim…
Cyborgs Rising
Oct 12, 2019 • 17 min
I read an article recently about Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, a scientist suffering from motor neurone disease. Rather than give into this disease, Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan is pursuing a truly innovative approach. He has decided to turn himself into a cyborg,…
The Robot Will See you Now
Oct 5, 2019 • 12 min
Robotic Surgeries are the future! And… they are the present. To be clear, robots are not operating on patients alone in operating rooms; at least not yet. What is happening is surgeons are operating in-person and remotely, on patients with the help of…
Killer Robots are Real and They’re Coming to Get You!
Sep 29, 2019 • 12 min
Killer Robots are Real and They’re Coming to Get You!
IAR: How To Turn Job Descriptions into Marketing Pieces
Sep 26, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode of “Its All Recruiting” (IAR), I discuss job descriptions as marketing pieces with Rob Kelly, Chief Ongiggitizer at .com. During our conversation we brainstormed a variety of ideas with one in particular being sure to cause a shudder…
IAR: My Interview with Jeff Amster
Sep 25, 2019 • 28 min
IAR: My Interview with Jeff Amster
TRL: Tattoos in the Workplace
Sep 23, 2019 • 23 min
Tattoos in the Workplace
Listener Update - 9.19.19
Sep 19, 2019 • 0 min
Heads Up On What’s Next!
IAR: My Interview with Sachin Gupta, CEO of HackerEarth
Sep 18, 2019 • 23 min
IAR: My Interview with Sachin Gupta, CEO of HackerEarth
Up next… Synthetic Brains
Sep 14, 2019 • 13 min
Amazon Might Reboot Max Headroom, Just Not the Way You Think
Robots are Now Hiring Humans
Sep 7, 2019 • 13 min
Robots are Now Hiring Humans
The Future of Marketing is Product Placement
Aug 31, 2019 • 8 min
Is this strategy clever or corrupt?
Would you take the death test?
Aug 24, 2019 • 8 min
Do you want to know when you will die?
Is the future of work at home or at the office?
Aug 19, 2019 • 18 min
Remote Working vs Office Working: Which is better?
The Future of Work is Racism
Aug 11, 2019 • 17 min
The demographics of America are rapidly changing and where there are differences there is inevitable conflict. Some of the issues are a result of ignorance to the differences represented in various cultures and as a result, racism rears its ugly head…
I Don’t Trust The Media. This is Why…
Aug 5, 2019 • 14 min - Trust in the mainstream news media is at an all-time low. Why? I do some research and now I count myself among those who have a skeptical view on everything I see, read and hear from the mainstream media. In this episode, I share…
Hashtag Delete Facebook
Jul 28, 2019 • 15 min
Is it time yet to #DeleteFacebook?
Immortality for Sale But, Who Wants to Live Forever?
Jul 20, 2019 • 13 min
Technology and Transhumanism
How To Hire Ex-Offenders [Cheri Garcia Interview]
Jul 19, 2019 • 34 min
My Interview w/Cherry Garcia
Why are we so lonely? I blame social media.
Jul 13, 2019 • 9 min
The Loneliness Trap
The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Business
Jul 7, 2019 • 30 min
An Interview with Swathi Young
Listener Update - 7.6.2019
Jul 6, 2019 • 2 min
This is a quick heads up on what I have been working on. ;-) The music is “Train of Thought” and it was written, played, and produced by Danya Vodovoz - Support this podcast at —
What happens to your data when you die?
Jun 30, 2019 • 12 min
What happens to your data when you die?
Listener Update - 6.15.19
Jun 15, 2019 • 1 min
Podcast Listener Survey Time
Freedom of Thought
Jun 9, 2019 • 11 min
Do I have a right to think freely?
What is The Jim Stroud Podcast all about?
Jun 5, 2019 • 1 min
If you are new to The Jim Stroud Podcast and just want to know what its all about, this 1-minute trailer is just for you. Listen in, subscribe, comment and share it anywhere and everywhere you do your social networking online and off. Thanks in…
Amazon wants to know more, more and more about you!
Jun 1, 2019 • 17 min
Why worry about privacy when you have nothing to hide?
Listener Update - 5.27.19
May 27, 2019 • 3 min
Happy Memorial Day to my listeners! No podcast this week but, I did have something to say. Tune in to find out what. ► Music Credit Track Name: “Dreams” Music by Dj Quads @ • Official DJ QUads YouTube channel HERE: •…
Google Tracks Everything You Buy
May 19, 2019 • 8 min
Don’t Be Evil - Too Late
Big Brother in the Office
May 12, 2019 • 10 min
How far will companies infringe on their worker’s privacy for the sake of efficiency? Now, and in the very near future, companies will take corporate surveillance to a whole new level. What I discuss in this podcast goes well beyond reading your…
Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems
May 6, 2019 • 38 min
Living in the Age of Big Data
Listener Update - May 3, 2019
May 3, 2019 • 1 min
This week’s podcast is going to be late because… Become a supporter of this podcast: Support this podcast at —
So, machines are firing people now?
Apr 26, 2019 • 10 min
Have you ever been fired from a job before? If so, I imagine it was during an awkward in-person meeting between you, your boss and somebody from the HR department. Today, however, we live in a different era and companies are using machines to fire…
Transhumanism and Discrimination in the Future of Work
Apr 18, 2019 • 13 min
There has been a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to the workplace. Do a search on or some other search engine and you will no doubt about it. Yet, as I review several of the articles linked to from the search results,…
Big Data Knows You’re Going to Quit Your Job Before You Do
Apr 12, 2019 • 11 min
Are you happy on your job? Are you unsatisfied with your work? Perhaps, you’ve already begun spending quality time on in search of new opportunities? And yet, you’ve kept all this to yourself, as you continue to plod along in a…
Is it right to profit on prison labor?
Apr 5, 2019 • 11 min
When you think of prisoners working inside of a jail, what comes to mind? Prisoners cooking, mopping floors, folding clothes…? Yes, all of those are certainly true and now you can add one more – training artificial intelligence algorithms….
Listener Update - April 1, 2019
Apr 1, 2019 • 1 min
This is a quick listener update to give you a heads up on recent activities and podcast changes. Among them, I was a guest on “The Chad and Cheese Podcast” ( Become a supporter of this podcast: Support this podcast at —
Would you work for a machine?
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Would you work for a machine? Some people are working for a machine right now, although they may not be aware of it. Could you be one of them? In this episode, I discuss humans and machines working together and its effect on the future of work. All…
The Pros and Cons of Predictive Policing
Mar 22, 2019 • 12 min
If you had a magic computer that could predict when crimes would take place, would you use it? Would you share it with the police so they could prevent people from becoming victims? Well, believe it or not, the police have such a system and have been…
Whatever happened to employee privacy?
Mar 18, 2019 • 8 min
If you have a social media account or a cell phone or an internet connection, then you have no privacy. I’m pretty sure you can agree with me there. Do a search on or some other search engine for “Facebook scandal,” “cell phone privacy…
The Future of Student Loan Debt
Mar 10, 2019 • 8 min
There is a crisis of college student loan debt that is mind-blowing in its scope. Let me share some numbers with you: 44.7 million Americans have student loan debt representing $1.56 trillion owed to the government and of that HUGE amount of…
Who will win the Minimum Wage Fight for 15?
Mar 3, 2019 • 13 min
The Fight for 15 is an American political movement advocating for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. The federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 per hour in 2009, and as of 2019 it has not been increased since. The movement has…
When will robots replace recruiters?
Feb 24, 2019 • 12 min
I break away from my typical podcast format to chat with Katrina Collier, Candidate Engagement Specialist, world-renowned speaker and my friend. As only we can, we discuss robots replacing recruiters, 4-day work weeks and cellphone addiction during a…
Big Brother Goes Shopping
Feb 18, 2019 • 9 min
Did you know that when you shop, big brother is watching? Major retailers spend a lot of money on a lot of technology to attract your business and persuade you to spend more and more and more of your money. While that may not come as a surprise…
Facebook Is Not Your Friend
Feb 10, 2019 • 11 min
2018 was a banner year for data breaches and 2019 is already off to a great start. At the center of privacy scandals last year, was Facebook. It seemed like every other week there was a hacking issue or ethical misconduct around their user data….
Barcoding the Homeless
Feb 2, 2019 • 8 min
Do you give money to the homeless people you meet on the street? I do, sometimes. But, mostly I don’t and that’s because I think it will be spent on some sort of vice and not on say… food or shelter. This is why I prefer to donate to a charity….
Discussing Trump in the Workplace
Jan 28, 2019 • 11 min
What happens when politics is discussed in the workplace? A recent survey says that out by any and all chatter about Donald Trump and politics in general. Despite that fact, with , there is no sign of that trend changing. So, what are you as a…
Would you ride in a car without a driver?
Jan 20, 2019 • 9 min
Would you ride in a self-driving car? Yeah, neither would I. As far as the public at large is concerned, they wouldn’t either. One 2018 survey cited . I think that’s a BIG problem for and who have already invested a lot of money…
How To Stop Tech Addiction
Jan 12, 2019 • 12 min
I read the other day that and I remember thinking, “Is that true?” Well, I did a little bit of research and the answer is yes, a very disturbing yes. I discuss how bad the tech addiction epidemic is and share an unlikely method for…
Privacy is dead and dying more each day
Jan 6, 2019 • 10 min
Amazon reported that 100 million Alexa devices have been sold as of this writing. That’s great for Amazon but for you, maybe not so much. If you are concerned about your privacy then, its not good for you to have Alexa (and devices like it) in your…
Santa Claus & the Free Gift of Universal Basic Income
Dec 16, 2018 • 13 min
The Christmas season is upon us which means, among other things, Santa Claus will be delivering toys and gifts to all the good little boys and girls around the world. Free gifts are one of the reasons why Christmas is so deeply appreciated by the…
What happens when designer babies enter the workforce?
Dec 9, 2018 • 12 min
A scientist named - He Jianku claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies. Shortly after the announcement was made, He Jianku disappeared to parts unknown. (Insert dramatic music here.) If what He claims is true, not only is…
A Future Talk with Dr. Tracey Wilen
Dec 9, 2018 • 21 min
{QUICK NOTE: I’m thinking of doing a podcast where I interview interesting people about the future of work, life and everything in between. Consider this to be the pilot episode. If I do more of these, it will be because of the comments and…
Microchipping Employees is a No-good, Horrible and Terrible Idea
Dec 2, 2018 • 9 min
A Wisconsin company made it possible for their workers to throw away their employee ID cards, forget all their passwords, make copies and get food from a vending machine in a surprisingly convenient way. The magic solution? A small medical procedure…
How Emerging Technology is Disrupting the Training and Development Industry
Nov 25, 2018 • 12 min
Attention Human Resources department, instead of spending so much time and money developing an onboarding program and/or a series of corporate training initiatives, why not simply plug your workers into a matrix-like system and have that information…
Listener Update - Happy Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 22, 2018 • 0 min
This is just a quick note of thanks to all my listeners and subscribers. I so appreciate you being there. Thank you! Become a supporter of this podcast: Support this podcast at —
Is Immortality the Best Employee Benefit?
Nov 18, 2018 • 9 min
What would happen if companies offered their employees immortality as an employee benefit? In this burgeoning age of digital afterlife services, such an offering is closer than you might imagine. If you have never heard of this new niche in the tech…
Proud Parents are Enabling the Identity Theft of their Kids
Nov 10, 2018 • 9 min
Identity theft is a global epidemic and its about to get worse because of proud, well-meaning parents. Find out what I mean in the latest episode of The Jim Stroud Podcast. (Please check out this great special for my listeners at…
This is what happens when you crowdsource morality!
Nov 4, 2018 • 6 min
What would happen if we crowd sourced morality? In other words, instead of a bible or a quran or a torah guiding us, we make life and death decisions based solely on the collective wisdom of the public. Let’s take this a bit further, and plug the…
Human Cloning: The Answer to Talent Scarcity
Oct 27, 2018 • 12 min
Earlier this year, something extraordinary was being reported in the news. For the first time in American history, there were more jobs than people out of work. To be specific, in June 2018, there were 6.7 million job…
Brain to Brain Communication… Its a thing.
Oct 22, 2018 • 8 min
Believe it or not, scientists connected 3 human brains together and used that connection to… play Tetris, because… why not? This new technology represents a LOT of possibilities, both positive and negative. On the positive side, I can imagine…
How 2 Recruit Like a Developer
Sep 15, 2017 • 5 min
What recruiters can learn from software engineers Become a supporter of this podcast: This podcast is sponsored by Support this podcast at —