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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.

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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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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415-271-3943


Episodes

Men Give Up on College: We Don't Need No Education.

9/24/2021
Male College enrolment in 2020 was 40.5% male and 59.5% female. Since the mid-1980s women have earned more bachelors degrees than men. The good news is that women have excelled in higher education. But men have become disillusioned with the college experience and fewer are enrolling. So how will our society change if that trend continues for another 10 or 20 years ? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:11:43

Migrations: In conversation with author J.L. Torres

9/22/2021
Award winning author J.L. Torres, discusses his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Migrations. The Puerto Rican journey back and forth between the island and New York is the locus of the strong women and men he profiles. Inaugural winner of the Tomas Rivera Prize, this is a book which brings us to the heart of being Puerto Rican --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:32:26

Newsom Recall Post Mortem: Talking with Dan Walters of CalMatters.org

9/17/2021
The second Gubernatorial recall in California's 171 years history as a state failed. Governor Gavin Newsom handily saw off the challenge to oust him, 64% to 36%. Does his victory mean a renewed mandate to solve the state's big problems like homelessness, wildfires and healthcare ? Or was it a one off victory ? Veteran political opinion columnist for Cal Matters Dan Walters, joins us to analyze the results --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:29:42

My Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Talking with Marcel van Walt van Praag

9/16/2021
Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, with a population of 870,000 is a cosmopolitan city known for its artistic heritage, commerce, 165 canals, and the legacy of its' 17th and 18th Century Golden Age. City resident Marcel shares with us his impressions and insights of his hometown, Amsterdam. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:26:29

Christians Against Christianity: How Right Wing Evangelicals are destroying our Nation and our Faith. In conversation with Dr. Obery Hendricks.

9/15/2021
The Evangelical Right has played a prominent role ensuring its agenda is part of the national debate especially during the presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. But is that agenda soundly based in scripture as they would have us believe ? Dr. Obery Hendricks a biblical scholar, social activist and one of the foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and politics, debunks that agenda as not being based in scripture. And argues that it is largely antithetical to Christ's...

Duration:00:32:46

The Eve of the California Recall Election: In conversation with Professor David McCuan

9/14/2021
The second recall election of a California Governor in 171 years of statehood takes place tomorrow, Tuesday September 14. The polls are predicting a landslide victory for Gavin Newsom. But the seasoned political scientist Professor David McCuan breaks down the meaning of the race and its' impact on national politics. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:33:44

Escape to the Stars: Talking with author Mark T. Sneed

9/10/2021
Escape to the Stars is a work of science fiction, but with an African American protagonist and hero. All too often the science fiction genre and space travel/adventure stories leave out people of color, and author Mark Sneed rectifies that shortcoming and gives us a unique and new perspective in his sixth novel. Christian Drake the protagonist unlike most space adventurers seems to have a live and let live tolerance for the aliens he encounters - another singular characteristic in science...

Duration:00:29:04

Gavin Newsom's handling of Covid is both an advantage and a liability in the Recall. Talking with Kaiser Health News journalist Angela Hart.

9/9/2021
While the Governor's management of California's response to the Covid pandemic has been an issue in the Recall, he has earned praise and criticism. Angela Hart frames the issues around his handling of Covid and further previews some major MediCal reforms coming in January which will transform the state's healthcare programs especially for the homeless. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:22:51

The California Recall Update: Talking with Alexei Koseff, State Capitol Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

9/2/2021
With less than two weeks left before the historic Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom, the tide of opinion polls seems to be turning in his favor. But are there potential minefield issues like raging wildfires and increasing crime that could ambush his ride to victory ? Alexei Koseff, The Chronicle's Capitol reporter in Sacramento who follows the Governor and the Legislature shares his insights. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:19:53

Tonga: Memoir of a Peace Corps Volunteer. In conversation with Tina Martin.

9/2/2021
Tina Martin joined the Peace Corps in 1969 and served for two years in Tonga, a Polynesian Kingdom in the South Pacific. At times funny and other times moving, she learned the language and lived like a Tongan in a hut teaching English. Her memoir, entitled "Everything I should have learned I could have learned in Tonga", is based on the 28 notebook/diaries she kept of her adventure 50 years ago. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:36:01

And the world's most liveable city is...........

8/30/2021
The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently published The Global Liveability Index which ranks the top cities in the world by five criteria, Stability, Healthcare, Culture and Environment, Education and Infrastructure. It is the first time that the full brunt of the Covid 19 pandemic was factored into the equation, and just as Covid has upended our lives, so too the global City rankings were significantly changed. Auckland, New Zealand ranks as the #1 most liveable city in the world. ---...

Duration:00:09:48

Station: In conversation with author Jarrett Brandon Early.

8/27/2021
In his debut novel - which is an ambitious trilogy - Jarrett has written a work about life's second chances. But a second chance is not always guaranteed to be better than your first chance: it all depends what you make of it. He has a keen eye and incorporates life lessons from his stint as an expat in Thailand into the plot. This is a well crafted work which earned glowing praise from Kirkus Reviews. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:32:24

Newsom Recall Election: In conversation with Laurel Rosenhall, political reporter with CalMatters

8/26/2021
The special recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled for September 14, less than three weeks away. The polls are close and the campaigns are moving into high gear. Lauren Rosenhall gives us her perspective on the state of the race 20 days from election day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:28:02

My Hometown: Cork, Ireland, Talking to Conor Healy, CEO of the Cork Chamber of Commerce.

8/25/2021
Cork is Ireland's second city, located in the South West quadrant of the country and close to the Atlantic Ocean. Its a vibrant city with a strong identity, thriving economy, two world class universities and an innovative arts scene. A sister city of San Francisco since 1984, the links between the two cities are deep and historic. Listen to native son Conor Healy talk proudly about his hometown ! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:31:08

My Hometown: Santander, Spain. Talking to Alfredo Casuso

8/23/2021
Santander, located on Spain's North Coast, is a center of finance, industry, culture, tourism and agriculture. Santander native Alfredo Casuso takes us on a tour of this beautiful seaside city. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:22:10

Newsom's Recall: Opinion Polls and Issues.

8/21/2021
Newsom has a razor thin lead of 1.2% in the Recall race based on an average of polls according to 538.org. At the same time, the Covid Delta surge is reminding voters - Hispanics in particular - how devastating the 2020 lockdowns were for their community. And the Governor is playing a risky Newsom or Bust strategy. We will track the campaign through election day September 14 with special guests to keep you up to speed on this historic vote. --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:00:10:12

My Hometown: Orvieto, Italy, Talking to David Perry

8/17/2021
Located 78 miles North of Rome, Orvieto is9 in the Umbria Region. Rich in history and culture, David Perry was inspired to situate his critically acclaimed novel and thriller, Upon this Rock, in this beautiful hilltop city. David leads us on a tour of the Orvieto's cathedrals, museums, watering holes and hiking trails. And the sequel to his book is in the works ! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:27:11

The Retreat: Talking to author Elisabeth de Mariaffi

8/12/2021
A closed circle mystery set in the Canadian Rockies as an early Winter sets in, Maeve Martin has come to this mountain top artists' retreat center to focus on the next chapter of her career. At 34 being a lead dancer is fading away. Only seven artists and staff are in residence but beneath the surface lurks vicious intrigue and deception. A freak avalanche isolates them from the outside world and then one of the seven is found dead. Maeve's quest for self realization turns into a nightmarish...

Duration:00:30:52

Did Critical Race Theory trigger school expulsion ? In conversation with Sam Stanton, Reporter at the Sacramento Bee.

8/4/2021
Critical Race Theory (CRT) and teaching it in public schools has been banned in 30 states. California may have just entered the fray with the filing of a federal discrimination lawsuit by the parents of a Latino former student at Sacramento's all boys, Jesuit High School. According to the suit, he was apparently expelled because he was critical of CRT. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:19:38

My Hometown: Quito, Ecuador. Talking with Fabian Borrero.

8/4/2021
Quito is the capital of Ecuador and a city of three million people. My family and I lived there for three years. In today's episode, part of our continuing Hometown series where a local resident gives us their perspective on daily life, Fabian Borrero shares with us his unique perspectives about life in this exquisite city perched almost two miles above sea level in the Andes ! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

Duration:00:25:00