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We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective. Your host Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

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United States

Description:

We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective. Your host Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

Language:

English

Contact:

415-271-3943


Episodes

Putin's Exiles: Talking with author Paul Starobin.

2/28/2024
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine two years ago, almost 1 million Russians have left the country taking up exile in Georgia, Armenia, Western Europe and beyond. And the death of Alexei Navalny on February 16th may galvanize them in the lead up to Putin's re-election, March 2024, with his widow Yulia Navalny vowing to take up his mantle. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:34:56

Milton Friedman The Last Conservative. Talking with author Jennifer Burns.

2/27/2024
Milton Friedman was a Nobel Prize winning economist who championed the Monetarist School of Economics at University of Chicago and beyond. In addition to his economic policy making role he was also a political philosopher whose views were implemented in the United States and abroad. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:22:04

Ocean Globe Race Leg 3 - Auckland NZ to Punta delEste, Uruguay. Talking with Skipper Tann Raffray and Amy Bridge.

2/22/2024
This is the fourth episode in our coverage of the Ocean Global Race around the world, following the French boat Neptune. One of the crew suffers from Parkinsons ; raising awareness of the disorder is one of the goals of the Neptune crew. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:26:23

The AI Super Computer Race to the top. Will the US maintain its' lead over China, Russia and the Middle East ?

2/19/2024
Can America wall off other countries from access to high speed processors essential to build super computers and the development of Artificial Intelligence ? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:15:45

Sweden, Turkey, Nato and the $23 billion F16 deal. Talking with Dr. Rich Outzen.

2/14/2024
Turkey finally agrees to Sweden's NATO application, with a $23 billion F16 deal and tougher Swedish anti-terrorist laws. But Hungary will have the last word. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:29:47

The Techno-Optimist Manifesto by Marc Andreessen. Are you an accelerationist or a doomer ?

2/9/2024
Marc Andreessen lays out a 5000 word case to be optimistic and welcoming to new technology for the economic betterment of all as narrated by host, Jim Herlihy. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:13:39

BBC and Social Media. Talking with Mike Wendling, US National Digital Reporter.

2/7/2024
Half of Americans get their news from social media like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, X and even TikTok. Mike brings a critical eye to this space and helps listeners to be more discerning consumers of news sourced from social media outlets. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:34:03

The Subplot: What China is reading and why it matters. Talking with author and critic Megan Walsh

1/29/2024
Chinese fiction has exploded with the arrival of the Internet. Who are the leading authors and what genres do Chinese readers favor ? How is a book published in China ? Does the Internet make fiction more accessible ? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:25:10

Looking at Mexico, Mexico looks back. Talking with writer and photographer Janet Sternburg.

1/25/2024
Acclaimed photographer and writer Janet Sternburg moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2022. Her latest collection of photographs in Mexico - 90 - features people, places and objects accompanied by text and commentary by Janet and her Mexican collaborator, Jose Alberto Romero Romano. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:43:22

I am a Tinkerer: Talking with Professor Dr. Rolf Hut

1/22/2024
The Maker, Tinkerer culture is very active globally. I met Professor Rolf Hut of the Technical University, Delft, the Netherlands at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco. He loves to MacGyver ! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:26:02

Critical Thinking: Your essential guide. Talking with Dr. Tom Chatfield.

1/18/2024
Critical Thinking skills are especially important in a world where we are awash in information, opinions and disinformation. And with the advent of AI, our ability to question, challenge and understand what we are told is more crucial than ever. Tom Chatfield offers a practical guide to think critically for all ages and all situations. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:29:41

Ecuador fights the drug gangs for control of the country. Talking with Sebastian Hurtado, President and CEO of Profitas.

1/16/2024
Ecuador's President Noboa has declared war on the Drug organizations which have infiltrated every institution in the country which have made Ecuador a key transhipment player in the global cocaine trade. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:22:23

2024 the year of global elections. How we vote and how we count the vote. Talking with author Professor Brendan Sullivan.

1/13/2024
An Introduction to the Math of Voting Methods, is a readable book that presents math in a civics wrapper accomplishing two goals: civic education and improved math skills. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:35:11

Britain's growing diplomatic presence in California. Talking with Tammy Sandhu, Consul General of the United Kingdom in San Francisco.

1/10/2024
There is a growing collaboration between the Golden State and the UK through the Consulate General on legislative issues as diverse as AI, Climate Control, Alternate Energy and even Housing. It's a two way street where best practices from both jurisdictions inform policy in California and the UK. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:30:53

Rubik's Cube turns 50: Talking with Tom Rokicki.

1/5/2024
Tom Rokicki will be speaking at the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2024, Saturday, January 6 at 9am about Serious Recreational Mathematics. His research shows that the Rubik Cube can be finished in 20 moves. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:25:40

Cancelling a prominent author in China: Acclaimed novelist and screenplay writer Geling Yan fights back.

1/2/2024
Geling Yan reached the pinnacle of success as a critically acclaimed writer in her native China and around the world. Yet when she spoke out on the handling of the Covid 19 crisis in China she was cancelled. Her books are no longer published or sold in China. But she decided to fight back: she has set up her own publishing company and has launched its first book Milati. She is in San Francisco to promote it. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:27:50

Remembering Henry Kissinger: the last of the great architects of Chinese American relations. Talking with Dr. Andrew Scobell

12/26/2023
Henry Kissinger's passing seemed to be covered more effusively and positively in China rather than the US where the coverage was muted and low key. China lamented that passing of a Great Man who reminded the Chinese public of the golden era of the bilateral relationship in the 1970s and 80s. In today's episode we will look at his legacy from both points of view. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:28:08

Shohei Ohtani's $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers: Talking with Vince Gennaro

12/25/2023
Shohei Ohtani the 29 year old Japanese pitcher and designated hitter has signed a 10 year, $700 million contract with the LA Dodgers. It is the largest contract in professional sports history. Sports expert Vince Gennaro analyzes the ground breaking deal for us. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:30:02

CapeTown to Auckland: The Ocean Globe Around the World Sailing Race: Talking with Skipper Tan Raffray and Amy Bridge

12/21/2023
In our third podcast about the OGR competition, formerly known as the Whitbread, Skipper Tan Raffray relates the 7250 nautical mile journey across the Indian Ocean from South Africa to New Zealand. It took almost 6 weeks of sailing the Neptune to reach Auckland without incident. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:16:18

A Digital US Dollar: the Pros and Cons. Talking with Nick Anthony of The Cato Institute.

12/19/2023
Eleven nations have already adopted Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and the United States is considering such a plan. But for what benefit ? In this episode we explore what a CBDC is and whether it would benefit most Americans. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:38:12