AMERICA’S GOT TALENT…JUST NOT ENOUGH OF IT

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BCZajB7QJVU/T6P0JmylaVI/AAAAAAAAByo/Q5ptd_2q5zI/s1600/reward.jpgPresident Trump proposes to cut the number of green cards issued each year from one million to 500,000 and issuing them based on skill levels.  While our guest, Edward Conard, believes he may be on to something regarding the skills assessment he feels that fewer green cards will not support the economic growth necessary to sustain benefits to our aging baby boomer population.  Mr. Conard is an American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar and a former Bain Capital partner.  He is also the author of ‘The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class.

IS GERRYMANDERING WHAT’S BROUGHT GOVERNING TO A HALT?

https://queenbeeedit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ratfucked-by-David-Daley.jpgOperation RedMap is one of the great successes of modern politics and yet it remains a mystery to many. Yet its implications are apparent to all. A Republican House of Representatives guaranteed through 2020 despite more popular Congressional votes going to Democrats. How is this possible? If you can draw the Congressional lines, all things are possible. This story goes back to 2010 and is told, with authority by David Daley, who heads communications for FairVote and wrote the book, Ratf***ed. We’ll find out if there are reforms going forward that can get us back fairer representation of the popular will.

https://www.amazon.com/Ratf-ked-Behind-Americas-Democracy/dp/1631491628

THE NEW BROOKLYN AND GENTRIFICATION IN URBAN AMERICA

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51uw-Wi7zqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgBy so many measures, Brooklyn is a borough of New York City that is rising. In her book, ‘The New Brooklyn’, Kay Hymowitz describes the process and who has benefited greatly from the re-emergence of Brooklyn and who has not. The Manhattan Institute scholar will give us a sense of what it takes for a hard luck city to come back in the 21st century

https://www.amazon.com/New-Brooklyn-What-Takes-Bring/dp/1442266570

CONGRESS UNDERSTANDS THE THREAT FROM AN ELECTRO-MAGNETIC PULSE ATTACK, SO WHY DON’T WE?

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Two bi-partisan studies done in 2004 and 2008, by Congress, of the threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack indicate that as few as three weapons detonated over different parts of the country could cripple the nation. Yet, we barely know what the term means. It may mean that the North Korean threat could affect us in ways unimagined. We talk to William R. Forstchen, Ph.D, author of books including ‘One Second After’, ‘One Year After’ and ‘The Final Day’ twhich all deal with the subject. He is also a recognized expert on infrastructure security. If it may be part of a dark future for the world, we should have some understanding of it. So, please listen in

https://www.amazon.com/William-R.-Forstchen/e/B000APZ9N8

ONE NATION UNDER GOLD

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Recently, U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, visited Fort Knox, where we stash the nation’s gold supply. Yet the last time anybody went in to see the gold, other than, workers there,  was in 1974.  And the last time it was counted was in 1953.  This begs the question: how important is gold to a health monetary system?  And why gold?
America’s relationship to gold has been complicated and ever changing.  We will dig up some of the history of gold and our on again, off again pegging of currency to a gold standard.
The looming question is whether we will return to the gold standard.  Donald Trump said he was interested in considering it again. James Ledbetter, author of ‘One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination”, joins us to discuss.

WHY CONGRESS IS DEAD WRONG ABOUT FOREST FIRES

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Dr. Chad Hanson is a forest fire ecologist from the John Muir Earth Island Institute and he believes the current logging bill before Congress will eliminate forest plan standards and open the forests up to clearcutting without any environmental analysis or public comment.  Is this a sop to the logging industry?  This is an important follow-up to our most recent episode on the future of public lands in America.

THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC LANDS

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Holly Fretwell

Aside from significant financial constraints, America’s public lands have many challenges. Wildfires burn millions of acres every year, costing billions of dollars. We see armed standoffs over grazing rights and conflict over national-monument designations. Given that the federal government owns nearly one-third of the expanse of our country, our political differences are spilling over into these pristine preserves. In Ken Burns’ series on the national parks, he considered them to be America’s best idea. But in these times of turmoil, will the Interior Department be bringing different ideas to their care and management? Is it likely the government will sell them off or work with private interests to maintain them? We’ll discuss the future of these national treasures with Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research organization. They write extensively on these issues at perc.org

https://www.perc.org/

HAYWIRE

Gary Rose book launch_ cover of HaywireThat’s a concise one word explanation for the presidential campaign of 2016. It’s also the name of the new book by Dr. Gary Rose, a professor and Chair of the Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He provides a chronology of events leading up to the astonishing victory by Donald Trump. We will discuss the campaign and its aftermath and consequences going forward on this podcast.

http://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegeofartssciences/academicdepartments/governmentpoliticsglobalstudies/facultystaff/garylrosephd/

FATAL HEAD WOUNDS MAY SIDELINE FOOTBALL ALTOGETHER

http://againstfootball.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/steve-almond-against-football.jpgSteve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he loves. And he’s not alone. Many recent columns and stories attest to the concern that many fans are having with the brutal residual effects of the game which leaves so many players with brain damage in addition to severe ambulatory problems. Will the love and profitability of the sport succumb to its ravages? Or will the forces involved–team owners, media, advertisers–aggressively defend a sport which daily becomes more untenable to many former fans.

http://againstfootball.org/

THE BATTLE WITH ISIS-ARE WE WINNING?

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During the 2016 campaign and in the early days of his presidency, President Donald Trump made ‘defeating radical Islamic terrorism’ a key part of his counterterrorism strategy. He also said that he would step up efforts to blunt other terrorist groups. At the same time, he vowed to be successful without deploying large numbers of United States soldiers. Dr. Anne Speckhard, director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, joins us to discuss how this strategy is working out.

Learn more about The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism at http://www.icsve.org/