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EP 142 Life on Mars

6/20/2018
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Astronomist, David Weintraub, completes our mini-series on current space exploits by explaining the historical fascination with the red planet and present day efforts to get there in his book ‘Life on Mars: What to Know Before You Go’. It’s all the rage and the pioneers are lining up to jump aboard the first manned spaceship … Continue reading EP 142 Life on Mars

Duration:00:37:06

EP 141 The Space Barons

6/18/2018
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Remember when we would watch in awe as Americans were lifted into space? What pride we all had in NASA and our country’s scientific greatness. While we still send astronauts to the International Space Station, courtesy of the Russian government(imagine that), but as Neil DeGrass Tyson said ‘going where man has gone many times before’. … Continue reading EP 141 The Space Barons

Duration:00:41:56

EP 140 FAKE NEWS: IS IT REAL? Part Two

6/13/2018
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The panel discussion continues. Description is available below With the term being bandied about as a weapon of mass distraction, you probably are confused by what the term ‘fake news’ really means. It’s for that reason that America Trends brings you a two-part series culled from a panel discussion which Larry Rifkin moderated in … Continue reading EP 140 FAKE NEWS: IS IT REAL? Part Two

Duration:00:38:07

EP 139 FAKE NEWS: IS IT REAL? Part One

6/11/2018
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With the term being bandied about as a weapon of mass distraction, you probably are confused by what the term ‘fake news’ really means. It’s for that reason that America Trends brings you a two-part series culled from a panel discussion which Larry Rifkin moderated in Connecticut recently. The panel included three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. … Continue reading EP 139 FAKE NEWS: IS IT REAL? Part One

Duration:00:51:55

EP 138 IS THE NUMBERS GAME MEASURING OR BETRAYING AMERICAN PROGRESS?

6/6/2018
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‘What gets measured gets done’, according to management experts like Tom Peters. But does it get done at the expense of other–more important–things? That’s the central question of the book ‘The Tyranny of Metrics’ by Jerry Z. Muller. He joins us for a discussion of whether all goods and services in our society can be … Continue reading EP 138 IS THE NUMBERS GAME MEASURING OR BETRAYING AMERICAN PROGRESS?

Duration:00:36:59

America Turns Into One Big Casino

6/4/2018
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Recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared the federal ban on sports betting unconstitutional and repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, it opened the floodgates for any state to legalize sports betting. On the heels of this decision, America Trends got busy in finding out what this might suggest for the future for … Continue reading America Turns Into One Big Casino

Duration:00:59:24

E.T. Contact

5/30/2018
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Do you believe in extraterrestrial beings and contacts from deep space? Or are you just awakening to more openness about issues of higher consciousness? If you’re like many Americans you’re becoming much more accepting of phenomena previously considered unusual and little spoken of. Producer and director Caroline Cory has just made a film, titled ‘E.T. … Continue reading E.T. Contact

Duration:00:52:00

Thou Shalt Innovate!

5/29/2018
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For a relatively young and small country–only 70 years old and less populated than North Carolina–with few natural resources, Israel is playing a disproportionate role in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in tech, medicine, agriculture, water independence and other fields. What explains this? Author Avi Jorisch says that while the Jewish concept of … Continue reading Thou Shalt Innovate!

Duration:00:32:27

In Search of Israel

5/27/2018
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This episode begins a two-part series on how modern Israel came to be, what it is today and how it is making innovation its calling card to friendly and hostile nations alike. In this episode, author and scholar Michael Brenner helps us to understand Zionism in an historical context and current day challenges for the … Continue reading In Search of Israel

Duration:00:51:06

The Boys’ Crisis

5/24/2018
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Description: We know the movement ‘Black Lives Matter’, but after hearing Dr. Warren Farrell address the problem, you will wonder why there is no analog to that called ‘Boys Lives Matter’. By virtually any measure, boys in America are in crisis. They are falling behind in schools, being yanked out of the workforce as automation … Continue reading The Boys’ Crisis

Duration:00:35:52

BOYS ADRIFT IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

5/22/2018
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If there is a trend in America begging for attention it’s what we see happening to boys in our culture. They’re failing in school, struggling to find identities and often unable to get jobs. And more to the point, they are acting out in ways that are destructive. We read in the news, on a … Continue reading BOYS ADRIFT IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

Duration:01:05:36

IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? LOOKING AHEAD THE ANSWER IS LIKELY TO BE ‘NO’

5/21/2018
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You might find it increasingly difficult to get in to see your doctor–or any physician, for that matter-in the near future. The demand for doctors in the U.S. has outpaced supply, and the problem is only expected to get worse. According to new research from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. faces a … Continue reading IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? LOOKING AHEAD THE ANSWER IS LIKELY TO BE ‘NO’

Duration:00:30:59

DO YOU LIKE SURPRISES? WE’RE ON THE VERGE OF MAKING VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING PREDICTABLE

5/16/2018
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Description: Predictive analytics is about to take the fun out of not knowing the future, according to Rebecca Costa, a bio sociologist(yes we have her explain that science). She explains that “we have more information–more empirical data–about the future than at any other time in human history. We know when a hurricane, tornado or tsunami … Continue reading DO YOU LIKE SURPRISES? WE’RE ON THE VERGE OF MAKING VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING PREDICTABLE

Duration:00:37:39

Should Big Tech be Broken Up?

5/14/2018
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Description: Whether it’s concerns about Internet security or real world impacts on the brick and mortar economy, high tech companies are under attack. And given their size and impact, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse–Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon–are coming under scrutiny for various reasons. Some say they have grown too big and made various … Continue reading Should Big Tech be Broken Up?

Duration:00:32:36

TOO MUCH NETFLIX: WHY YOUNG AMERICANS ARE HAVING LESS SEX

5/9/2018
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Description: Fifty years after the sexual revolution, sex in America is in decline. Americans are having less sex, the share of Americans who say they never once had sex in the past year is rising, and–perhaps most surprising–this revolution in sexual behavior is being led by the young. And this trend pre-dates the #MeToo movement. … Continue reading TOO MUCH NETFLIX: WHY YOUNG AMERICANS ARE HAVING LESS SEX

Duration:00:21:30

CAN CAPITALISM GO ON WITHOUT CAPITAL?

5/7/2018
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It’s doubtful that the subject of this episode is something you’ve given much thought to, but once concept of ‘intangible assets’ is laid out it can make for a really important conversation about the future. Simply put, how do you put a value on a ride company that owns no cars(Uber)or a hospitality service with … Continue reading CAN CAPITALISM GO ON WITHOUT CAPITAL?

Duration:00:33:11

EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BURN

5/2/2018
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Admittedly that would not make a great Hallmark card sentiment. Then again coming from one of the leaders of the white nationalist movement upon learning of Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, what might you expect? Vegas Tenold, author of the book ‘Everything You Love Will Burn’ was embedded with groups like the KKK, the National … Continue reading EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BURN

Duration:00:41:45

A NEW ECONOMY OF FREE AGENTS

4/30/2018
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Elaine Pofeldt reminds us that nearly 40 percent of people in the workforce are free agents, otherwise known as independent contractors, freelancers and anything but full-time, salaried employees with benefits. This change will call for reforms in a host of different areas of our society. For instance, how do you get credit from a bank … Continue reading A NEW ECONOMY OF FREE AGENTS

Duration:00:37:24

WOMEN ON THE RUN (TO OUST INCUMBENTS)

4/25/2018
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he lead political story for 2018 may well be the number of women who have decided enough is enough and are running for political office on every level. The numbers reported thus far for Congress are astonishing. What’s driving this: the #MeToo Movement and Donald Trump would seem to be the answer. But women often … Continue reading WOMEN ON THE RUN (TO OUST INCUMBENTS)

Duration:00:45:36

OUR DAMAGED DEMOCRACY

4/23/2018
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Joseph A. Califano, Jr. has been one of the most trusted and sensible voices in Washington for nearly a half century. Trusted adviser to Presidents and a passionate defender of our system of government, he has seen enough. In his new book, ‘Our Damaged Democracy’, he details where each branch of the federal government has … Continue reading OUR DAMAGED DEMOCRACY

Duration:00:32:42