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You've come to a place where we look ahead, not entangled in the daily back and forth of the headlines. What will our society look like in 20 years? How vastly different are the forces at play which really drive us forward? Where we work....how we live....the way we run our businesses and even how we approach death...it's all fair game. We will take you just beyond the horizon. And in an age of exponential change, the way we are is not the way we will be. Curious minds only please.

You've come to a place where we look ahead, not entangled in the daily back and forth of the headlines. What will our society look like in 20 years? How vastly different are the forces at play which really drive us forward? Where we work....how we live....the way we run our businesses and even how we approach death...it's all fair game. We will take you just beyond the horizon. And in an age of exponential change, the way we are is not the way we will be. Curious minds only please.

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You've come to a place where we look ahead, not entangled in the daily back and forth of the headlines. What will our society look like in 20 years? How vastly different are the forces at play which really drive us forward? Where we work....how we live....the way we run our businesses and even how we approach death...it's all fair game. We will take you just beyond the horizon. And in an age of exponential change, the way we are is not the way we will be. Curious minds only please.

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English


Episodes

EP 466 Americans Love Money But Understand So Little About It

7/21/2021
I am certain you’ve discussed money matters with a friend or relative and been shocked at how little they know about the subject. It’s obvious by knowing the terrible decisions that they have made over time. Or, perhaps, you’re that person. Money is the universal language of America and yet only six states require that … Continue reading EP 466 Americans Love Money But Understand So Little About It

Duration:00:41:26

EP 465 Has the Time Come for the Rich to Pay Their Fair Share in Taxes?

7/19/2021
It’s hard to look at America and not recognize that money will have to be spent in the period ahead on a range of emerging priorities, including addressing income inequality, infrastructure, day care, health coverage and the long tail of the pandemic. The question is where do you get the money to address these issues? … Continue reading EP 465 Has the Time Come for the Rich to Pay Their Fair Share in Taxes?

Duration:00:41:33

EP 464 Drug Cartels and Guns: A Deadly Combination

7/14/2021
While we often think of the epidemic of gun violence as happening on the streets of America, it is even worse in the countries south of us in the Americas. The source of the supply is the same, primarily United States gun manufacturers. How those guns start as legal products and become entwined with drug … Continue reading EP 464 Drug Cartels and Guns: A Deadly Combination

Duration:00:37:44

EP 463 America’s Complicated Relationship with Guns

7/12/2021
America’s Second Amendment is summed up in just a few words and yet massive amounts of ink have been spilled trying to explain it, massive amounts of blood spilled in defense of it and massive sums spent on legal efforts to try and curtail it and still gunfire rings out across our land like never … Continue reading EP 463 America’s Complicated Relationship with Guns

Duration:00:47:38

EP 462 New York: America’s Indispensable City

7/7/2021
Neither terrorist attack, financial meltdown, devastating hurricane or a pandemic can shake New York City from its perch as America’s most unique and vital city. While some say it’s teetering now in the wake of COVID-19 it is hard to bet against this city because of the resilience and strength of its people. And … Continue reading EP 462 New York: America’s Indispensable City

Duration:00:36:59

EP 461 Spy Vs. Spy: The U.S. Fight Against Soviet, Now Russian, Aggression

7/5/2021
It’s the same old song as the Russian spy machine keeps rolling along. Who would know better than Jack Devine who formerly served as acting director and associate director at the CIA and was in charge of the CIA’s largest and most successful covert action operation, which drove the Russians out of Afghanistan? In his … Continue reading EP 461 Spy Vs. Spy: The U.S. Fight Against Soviet, Now Russian, Aggression

Duration:00:45:13

EP 460 Is Capitalism Good for Our Health?

6/30/2021
There is a growing concern that capitalism, as presently practiced in the United States, is not working in the best interest of the majority of our citizens. The growing income inequality gap is just one measure of how the ideal of The American Dream is becoming an illusion to a growing sector of our population. … Continue reading EP 460 Is Capitalism Good for Our Health?

Duration:00:36:49

EP 459 The Future of the Post Office

6/28/2021
‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds’ has been the mantra of the United States Postal Service since its roots in 1775 before our country was formed. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly referred to in the U.S. … Continue reading EP 459 The Future of the Post Office

Duration:00:33:32

EP 458 Will This Housing Boom Go Bust?

6/23/2021
Red hot is a good way to characterize the recent housing boom in America. Fortunately the fundamentals seem better aligned to avoid the crash which we experienced a little over a decade ago. Mortgages are stricter, down payments are higher and the tight supply of housing is supporting prices. Ken H. Johnson is a real … Continue reading EP 458 Will This Housing Boom Go Bust?

Duration:00:41:24

EP 457 An Autopsy of Crime Labs in America

6/21/2021
We have mythologized crime labs to such a degree in America that they have become a staple on television given a seal of authority that is not justified upon serious scrutiny. Duke Law Professor, Brandon Garrett, chapter by chapter in his book, ‘Autopsy of a Crime Lab’, debunks the rigor, quality controls and the science … Continue reading EP 457 An Autopsy of Crime Labs in America

Duration:00:37:50

EP 456 Is the Movie Theater Dead?

6/16/2021
Movie theaters were in trouble before the pandemic and have been for years. While megascreen complexes were still being built, consumers were gearing up their equipment at home to receive an abundance of movie choices by way of cable and streaming services. The idea of going out to a movie requires many conscious decisions, while … Continue reading EP 456 Is the Movie Theater Dead?

Duration:00:42:37

EP 455 Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries

6/14/2021
On many levels, the elaborate system of food banks feeding into food pantries in America works quite well. That’s until you consider the possibilities that these centers can become more client driven, more nutritionally based and can provide a range of wraparound services that they do not at this time. Katie Martin, the Executive Director … Continue reading EP 455 Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries

Duration:00:36:25

EP 454 Be Aware: Made in China Label May Mean Made in a Forced Labor Camp

6/9/2021
THIS IS A BOOK AND PODCAST THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO PAY ATTENTION TO ! That’s a nice shirt you’re wearing and where did you get that cute little display for Halloween? In all likelihood, both of items came from China. While we are aware that Chinese goods are cheaper than those made in … Continue reading EP 454 Be Aware: Made in China Label May Mean Made in a Forced Labor Camp

Duration:00:32:00

EP 453 Poverty in America is Poorly Understood

6/7/2021
America loves to tell itself fables about many things. For instance, the issue of poverty is often thought of as an issue of ‘them’ not ‘us’. Yet over an adult lifetime, owing to divorce, job loss or health calamity, over half of us will experience poverty for a year or more. We have so many … Continue reading EP 453 Poverty in America is Poorly Understood

Duration:00:38:12

EP 452 Marijuana Laws Changing Across America

6/2/2021
It may seem like marijuana laws across the country have been changing almost overnight, but according to our guest, Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, a group that has long sought these changes, it’s been about a fifty year process. We are a long way from ‘Reefer Madness’ and Cheech and Chong, as we see … Continue reading EP 452 Marijuana Laws Changing Across America

Duration:00:44:19

EP 451 Where Is My Office?

5/31/2021
The pandemic has upended much about American life, including where we work. The concept of ‘one person, one desk’ in a large office building may never be the norm again. With the rise of agile working, third space working and new technological innovations, the traditional office space may no longer be the place where the … Continue reading EP 451 Where Is My Office?

Duration:00:35:52

EP 450 Why Would a Doctor Talk to a Patient About Money?

5/26/2021
In medicine it is said that you only find what you’re looking for. If you do not dig deep to find out whether, say, drinking was at the root of a medical condition, you may never know. And the problem goes unsolved. Money is the same way. In a society where safety nets are … Continue reading EP 450 Why Would a Doctor Talk to a Patient About Money?

EP 449 Healing America Will Require Government to Work Again

5/24/2021
American government is broken and has been so for a long time. In some periods of history we muddle through and use our natural advantages, like remote location from adversaries, to give us time to figure things out. At other points, like after The Great Depression, we needed a whole new toolkit of government ideas … Continue reading EP 449 Healing America Will Require Government to Work Again

EP 448 Informed Medical Consent Bypassed by the Medical System

5/19/2021
The topic we are bringing you on this podcast startled me. My concept was that we, the medical consumer, gain protections year after year. In fact, Harriet Washington’s chilling expose, ‘Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent’, reveals just the opposite. It is becoming harder to avoid being part of risky medical research as the … Continue reading EP 448 Informed Medical Consent Bypassed by the Medical System

EP 447 QAnon: A Political Movement or a Gathering of Lost Souls?

5/17/2021
Much of the attention drawn to QAnon of late has common from the mainstream media and not the dark corners of the internet. The election of an adherent to Congress and a rebuke of her utterances has also shone light on a movement with some very unusual beliefs and indeterminate motives and goals. According to … Continue reading EP 447 QAnon: A Political Movement or a Gathering of Lost Souls?