Mining Digest 403 – Aug 9, 2019: 40 Acres and a Mule, 401K Answers, Border Crossing at Nogales, Cambridge Analytica, Children Border Separations, Chinese Surveillance, City Jobs Decline, Climate Warming Impact, Code War Dawning, Cory Doctorow Interview, Courthouse Technology, Deutsche Bank and Trump, Economics Discrimination, Employment Levels, Facial Recognition Concerns, Ferguson Effect, Gerrymandering and Court Packing, GMO Farming and Eagles, Government Operations During Trump, Homeless in New York City, Internet for Lawyers, Intuitive AI, Los Angeles Police CSOC, Measles Outbreak in New York City, Migrants from Mexican Viewpoint, Mueller Report Review, Nerd Wallet, Open Syllabus Project, Police Use of Force, Problem Solving, Protein Research, Recycling Birth, Social Media Regulation in Europe and Fake Meat, Superintelligence, Tiananmen Square Massacre, Trump and Deutsche Bank, Trump Finances, Trumps Racists Comments in Court, Two Funds for Life, Wall Street Whistleblower, White Nationalism

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40 Acres and a Mule 50 mins – “President Trump claims to have struck a deal with Mexico to settle a dispute of his own making. On this week’s On the Media, a look at the lives of the people who stand to suffer most. Plus, how the path to America’s eviction crisis begins, in part, with the Great Migration.1. Bob Moore [@BobMooreNews], freelance reporter based in El Paso, on the human reality at the border amidst the latest Trumpian mendacity. 2. We continue our four-part series on eviction by charting the persistent line between racist housing policies, localized profiteering and the devastating plunder of generations of wealth. Guests include Matt Desmond [@just_shelter], founder of the Eviction Lab; Natalie Moore [@natalieymoore], reporter for WBEZ; and Marty Wegbreit, director of litigation for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

401k and IRA Answers 38 mins – “Even just one idea from these 22, could greatly increase the money you will have for retirement. This recording is from the PBS Special Paul created in 2011, the information being evergreen. For more on Paul’s recommendations for 401k plans, at more than 100 major U.S. corporations and the U.S. Thrift Savings Plan, go to: https://paulmerriman.com/At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

401k Answers 62 mins – “For more than 90% of working adults, the most important investment decision is how to invest their 401k, 457, 403b or IRA. Each of the 34 points in this podcast addresses a way that is likely to produce better returns. In this podcast Paul mentions several articles: How to Turn $3000 into $50 Million30 Reasons to Fall in Love with Index Funds and The Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Accounting Breakthrough 18 mins – “On the show today, the story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible. Luca Pacioli was a monk, a mathematician, a magician and, possibly, the boyfriend of Leonardo da Vinci. Jane Gleeson-White, author of Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance, tells us the story of Pacioli and how his book on mathematics changed business across the planet.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Border Crossings at Nogales 12 mins – “If you want to get into Nogales, Arizona, from Mexico, you’ve got options. “As a matter of fact, Nogales is the biggest port in the state of Arizona, and actually the model port of the state of Arizona. We have five port of entries in our city alone.” That’s Arturo Garino. He’s the mayor of Nogales, a small border town 60 miles due south of Tucson. He says the ports of entry include a pedestrian walkway, a truck crossing, and an airport. They also have a border crossing for cattle.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cambridge Analytica 23 mins – “Today on the show, how to meddle in an election, step by step. David Goldstein worked in politics for decades, always for the Democrats, and mostly on digital strategy. But after 2016, David felt like the rules for elections had fundamentally changed. The tactics of one company in particular worried him: Cambridge Analytica. It claimed it had developed new methods for targeting and persuading voters in increasingly personalized, intimate ways. To David, this was a threat to democracy. So, to prove just how much of a threat it was, David decided to mess with democracy himself. And maybe help his own party along the way. And when we say he wanted to prove there’s a threat, we mean it. He ran a science experiment on actual voters, in an actual election, with control groups and treatment groups, statistics, all of it. Now he’s talking about the methods and the results.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Children Border Separations 36 mins – “Jacob Weisberg spoke with Erik Hanshew, assistant federal public defender for the Western District of Texas, about the family separations along the U.S.–Mexico border. After the families’ arrest, the adults are taken into custody for federal criminal prosecution, which is where Hanshew and his office come in to provide counsel. The children are taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Hanshew was in his office in El Paso, which overlooks a detention facility where parents are currently being held. Jacob Weisberg: The parents are across the street from you—they’re your clients. Where are their children being sent? Erik Hanshew: There’s the question everybody would like to know the answer to, particularly their parents and my clients. We don’t know. Right now, the process is essentially to start calling the ORR number, asking the whereabouts of our client’s child. Usually we’re told they’re safe somewhere in the United States. ORR for a large part has refused to provide any significant details as to where specifically that location is. It’s not till much later in this process that there’s even any word about, for example, a city and/or a particular home or facility. So right now the answer to most of our clients is, “We don’t know because they won’t tell us.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Surveillance 27 mins – “Alim is a Uighur, a Muslim minority group in China’s Xinjiang province. He was travelling home to see his parents after a long time away from Xinjiang. When his flight landed, he was pulled off the plane by Chinese police and questioned for hours. His blood samples were taken. Officers recorded his voice and took photos of his face from all different directions. When Alim was released, he realized his hometown was vastly different from the one he remembered. There were security checkpoints and cameras everywhere, police officers waiting to stop you on every block. People were afraid to speak about their faith openly. Personal conversation about anything of substance seemed to cease. Today on the show, Alim takes us inside his hometown. We see how the Chinese government has created a surveillance state using DNA, voice, and face recognition technology to track and target Uighurs. And we find out how Americans — some knowingly, some unwittingly — helped advance this system. Note: Alim is not his real name; he requested that we take steps to protect his identity because he’s afraid his family will be targeted if authorities find out he’s been talking to journalists. Many Uighurs are being detained. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

City Jobs Decline 18 mins – “Remember those stories about someone leaving their small town, moving to the big city, starting in the mailroom at a company and working their way up? Well, upward mobility ain’t what it used to be. Big cities used to be the land of opportunity for most people, regardless of their education level. Now, new research challenges decades of economic thinking about jobs, equality, and what makes cities thrive. Now, some economists are wondering: Are cities overrated?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Impact 45 mins – “On this week’s episode of Slate Money, David Wallace-Wells joins Emily, Felix, and Anna to discuss his new book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, and frankly, freak everyone out about global warming.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Code War Dawning 30 mins – “On The Gist, the White House PR machine. In the interview, John Carlin is a former Asst. Attorney General for the Dept. of Justice and former Chief of Staff to Robert Mueller, and his new book Dawn of the Code War tracks the rise of global cyber threats from Russia and China, and how our country is working to respond. In the Spiel, CPAC lets Trump get away with anything he wants.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cory Doctorow Interview 58 mins – “In this episode of the Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, about measures we can take to preserve the freedom of the net—while preserving our own.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Courthouse Technology 32 mins – “Jim and Sharon discuss courtroom technology and how to be your own Steven Spielberg at trial, storyboarding your case and showcasing technology. They go through the use of various kinds of technology explaining their uses and dangers and recounting stories from real-life trials.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Death Penalty in California 23 mins – “California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executions is largely symbolic.At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deutsche Bank and Trump 27 mins – “When he was a businessman Donald Trump borrowed money often. But after his businesses defaulted on a bunch of those debts, it became harder for him to borrow from many banks. But there was one bank that didn’t run away. It leaned in. That bank is Deutsche Bank. Right now House democrats are trying to get Deutsche to hand over bank records that are connected to Trump. It’s a conflict that’s been playing out in the news, but the details can get pretty confusing. So we have decided to run an excerpt of the podcast Trump Inc. from WNYC and ProPublica that lays out the long relationship between the Trump family and Deutsche Bank.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economics Discrimination 24 mins – “When Alice Wu was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying economics, she learned about the Economics Job Market Rumors forum, an anonymous forum for economists. She went through a few threads, and was immediately shocked by some of the things that were being said about women on the page. Now for most people, here’s how this story goes. You log onto an anonymous online forum, see a bunch of sexist garbage, and say: Well, it looks like people on this forum are being sexist. Case closed. But Alice Wu set out to use data to test for bias on econjobrumors.com. Because as an economist, she couldn’t be sure it was there until she wrote a rigorous, replicable, statistically-sound, quantitative economics thesis about it. Today on the show: A young economist holds a mirror up to her field.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

El Chapo Trial 12 mins – “Joaquín Guzmán operated in Mexico’s shadows for decades. His trial is shining a spotlight on who the man is and the chaos he had sown in a country. How are Mexicans dealing with the explosive allegations made against former presidents? And what are we all missing by sensationalizing the drug lord’s trial?At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Employment Levels 22 mins – “On today’s show, we ask: What does full employment really look like? NPR sent reporters across the country, including to Ames, Iowa, the city with the lowest unemployment rate, to find out. The unemployment rate is just 3.6% in the U.S., a 50-year low. People think we are at, or near, full employment. That’s the lowest the unemployment rate can go without triggering inflation. And when the labor market is that tight, power shifts from employers to workers. When unemployment is low, workers can threaten to quit and their bosses have to take that threat seriously. That’s what leads to raises.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facial Recognition Concerns 33 mins – “In this episode, Aaron Mak talks about federal law enforcement’s use of facial-recognition technology with Jake Laperruque. Laperruque is senior counsel at the Constitution Project, which is part of the Project on Government Oversight. According to the Washington Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI officials have been partnering with state DMVs to scan through millions of driver’s license photos. Laperruque explains the civil liberties implications of the practice and suggests regulations that might provide some level of oversight.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Effect 12 mins – “There’s a new prosecutor in St. Louis County, Missouri, taking on decades of racial injustice. How will Wesley Bell, buoyed by the political movement after the death of Michael Brown, deliver on his progressive promises?At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering and Court Packing 67 mins – “Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern unpack the arguments in the North Carolina and Maryland gerrymander cases… Court packing is becoming a rather unexpected litmus test in the Democratic primary. This is an idea that would not have dared speak its own name in any earlier election that I can think of, and is now resoundingly on the table. And that’s in no small part because, by any construction of constitutional norms or rules, Neil Gorsuch now sits in a seat at the Supreme Court that was actually stolen from Merrick Garland. For years, Democrats that I know tended mostly to just stew about that, but more and more they’re talking about taking some kind of action. Aaron Belkin is a scholar and advocate who designed and implemented much of the public education campaign responsible for helping end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2011. Then he launched an advocacy group called Pack the Courts this past October. Now Aaron, I want to be clear that you come to this as you came to “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the trans ban—as a political scientist and advocate, not as a constitutional lawyer, right?At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Farming and Eagles 17 mins – “Will Harris took over his family’s industrial farm after he graduated from college. Harris was making a profit, just as his dad had. He was also farming just as his dad had: with pesticides in the field, hormone injections for the cattle, and whatever else squeezed more money out of his land. Over time, though, Harris’s worldview changed. He started to see the downside to the industrial farming: his animals weren’t as healthy as they could be. His soil wasn’t as rich as the soil just over the fence in the forest nearby. He wanted a different kind of farm, one that didn’t depend on chemical fertilizers or man-made interventions. He went organic. He started making changes. To replace the chemical fertilizer, he brought in chickens and let them roam free. Free-range chickens would fertilize the grass; the grass would nurture the cattle, and shoppers at Whole Foods would love Harris’s organic beef. It was a great plan. But then, the eagles started to descend on Harris’s farm. Eagles eat chicken. Eagles love chicken. Today on the show, a farmer tries to live more in harmony with nature — and pays the price.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Operations During Trump 57 mins – “Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Dahlia Lithwick, host of the Slate podcast Amicus, for a deep journey into the health of the judicial branch in Trump times, the leanings of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch, the 25th Amendment, Corey Robin’s New York magazine thesis that Trump is “weak,” and whether we should still rely on our institutions.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in New York City 22 mins – “New York City is legally obligated to find a bed for every person who needs one, every night of the year. So, when homeless shelters fill up, the city turns to the next best thing: Hotels. The city spends millions renting out entire blocks of hotel rooms. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Research suggests that the most cost-effective way to address homelessness may not be investing in temporary shelters or hotels, but providing rental assistance. Today on the show, we trace three efforts to address homelessness in America. Including one of the most obvious yet thorniest challenges to getting people off the street: Counting the homeless.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet for Lawyers 56 mins – “The Internet is a powerful tool for research that few people know how to use well. Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch are two of those people. They move through the Internet like ninjas through a moonless night. Before we talk to Carole and Mark, we argue about whether Nikki Black is right that 50% of lawyers will have an Apple Watch in 2 years.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Intuitive AI 15 mins – “What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.” At the link left-click “Share” and click the down-pointing arrow and select “Download Audio” from the pop-up menu.

Lawyer Software Utilities 19 mins – “Holy downloadable data directors! In this edition of “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson discuss their favorite software utilities.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Lawyer Websites 34 mins – “How do you help clients find their way to your doorstep? Use the Internet’s whizbang! This podcast contains many tips and strategies, including website development and search engine optimization, the purchase of keywords on search engines, directory listings (free and paid), electronic newsletters, blogs, podcasts, and much more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Los Angeles Police CSOC 18 mins – “On this bonus episode, I go into some of the history between the LAPD police commission and the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, and feature some of the tape from the Central station CSOC protest that didn’t make it into the episode, including some creepy stuff that happened toward the end of the protest. I then talk to Sarah Brayne about the possibility of using surveillance technology to monitor the police themselves.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Measles in New York City 23 mins – “…New York is in the middle of one of the largest outbreaks of measles in decades—there are at least 214 confirmed cases since last October. Back in 2013, there were about 60 cases. The epicenter of the ongoing outbreak is in Williamsburg—31 cases were confirmed there in just the past week. Many of those infected are part of this sheltered Orthodox community, and the Akeres Habayis hotline has become a place for families to gather…. Back in 2013, the community was also at the center of the outbreak. “There are a couple of reasons for this,” Hogan says. “This is a very tight-knit community. And so even with a small percentage of unvaccinated children, there’s just a lot more insularity, so it’s spreading. And to be clear, it appears that the outbreak began from travelers who in some cases were from Europe, several from those who went to Israel and caught the measles and brought it back. So it’s not just like one person brought it. And now we’re seeing this whole evolving situation.” In her reporting, Hogan is trying to understand why this community has continually had trouble with measles. Which brought her to the Vaccine Safety Handbook. “[It’s] a project of PEACH, which stands for Parents Educating and Advocating for Children’s Health,” she says. “This pamphlet has been out for several years, but when the outbreak began last October, it was sent to some Orthodox homes and neighborhoods.” The pamphlet just appeared in people’s mailboxes. In New York and New Jersey, it was passed between friends and family members and circulated through the community. I’ve seen this pamphlet—it looks professional. It resembles something you might find in a doctor’s office. But it is different. “It’s full of all these big questions, like Why are autism rates going up?” Hogan says. “It posits all these questions, and then it says all this information about vaccines—it sort of puts vaccines in parallel to all these, every possible ailment. So it asks these questions and gives you this information about vaccines, sowing these kind of seeds of fear. Well, maybe it’s vaccines, you know—the reader jumps to that conclusion.” “The Rockland County executive declared a state of emergency for a period of 30 days, which he could potentially extend, [and now] unvaccinated children are banned from public places,” Hogan says.At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrants from Mexican Viewpoint 37 mins – “León Krauze talks to Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, about how the migration crisis at the border is being handled, understanding the Northern Triangle, the role Mexico is playing in the crisis, and where in particular we should shift our current focus in the region.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money Design 21 mins – “Even though paper currency itself, just idea of money, is a massive, world changing technology, the look and feel of US paper money is very stagnant. Richard Smith is the founder of the Dollar ReDe$ign Project and in an article in the New York Times, he pointed out five major areas where the design of US currency could improve: color, size, functionality, composition, and symbolism. It just so happens that Australian currency addresses each and every one of the points made by Richard Smith. Tristan Cooke and Tom Nelson of the blog Humans in Design are big fans of all the design innovations in Australian money. Aussie polymer notes are varied in color, get larger with each denomination, are more durable and are generally considered better and easier to use than US currency.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mueller Report Executive Summaries 58 mins – “Don’t have time to read the whole Mueller report? Now there’s a podcast for that. Listen to Slate’s Gabriel Roth and June Thomas read the special counsel’s executive summaries in our free mini-audiobook. You can hear this reading below, or get Trumpcast via Apple Podcasts, OvercastSpotifyStitcher, or Google Play.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mueller Report Review 25 mins – “On a special Thursday episode of Amicus, Slate’s podcast about the Supreme Court, Dahlia Lithwick was joined by Jed Shugerman, a professor of law at Fordham University who writes about law and politics at Shugerblog and is a regular contributor to Slate. A transcript of the interview, which has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity, follows.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nerd Wallet 33 mins – “In this episode, Seth Stevenson talks to Tim Chen, co-founder and CEO of NerdWallet. During the conversation, Chen talks about what inspired him to found the company, how millennials think about money choices, and what he thinks the U.S. government should be doing when it comes to consumer finance protection.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Syllabus Project 15 mins – “What 6 Million Syllabi Reveal About Higher Education: What if you could map every book and article assigned in college courses around the world and see which authors are making the most impact? A project run out of Columbia University is working to do just that. It’s called the Open Syllabus Project, and this week its leaders released a new version of their tool that analyzes assignment lists from more than six million syllabi. But there could be unintended consequences.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Use of Force 18 mins – “Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, 2018. He was unarmed. He was black. Last month, the Sacramento DA decided not to press charges against the two officers who fatally shot Clark citing an honest and “reasonable” threat to the police officers’ safety. In California, and across much of America, the word reasonable is enough to get officers off the hook when deadly force is used. Will the California state Legislature change that?” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Problem Solving 11 mins – “Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protein Research 10 mins – “Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future, David Baker shares how his team at the Institute for Protein Design is creating entirely new proteins from scratch — and shows how they could help us tackle five massive challenges facing humanity. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire and fund global change.)” At the link left-click “Share” then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling Birth 25 mins – “In the 1980s, the mafia controlled garbage in New York. So when an Alabama businessman named Lowell Harrelson wanted to turn trash into energy, he found a mob boss. Bought 3,186 tons of garbage, put it on a big ship, and set sail to find a landfill to work with. After a 6,000 mile journey, The Garbage Barge, as it came to be known, resulted in an epic mess. But it was also the birth of residential recycling in the U.S. as we know it. This is the first in a two-part series.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling Question 23 mins – “China used to be America’s market for recyclables. At one point it was taking about half the world’s junk plastic. Turning peanut butter jars into socks. But China’s economy is different now. It doesn’t want our garbage anymore. What now? America’s towns are slowly breaking up with recycling. And not just for economic reasons—economists are increasingly wondering if we are actually recycling…too much. Today on the show, in the second part of a two-part series on recycling, we dig into why.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Regulation in Europe and Fake Meat 39 mins – “In this episode, April Glaser is joined by Gizmodo investigative reporter Kashmir Hill to talk about an ambitious British proposal to regulate content on social media sites. Then they discuss Airbnb’s efforts to kick white nationalists off its platform ahead of a national summit in Tennessee. After that, they talk to Pat Brown, CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, about his company’s eerily realistic fake meat products and his vision for a more environmentally sustainable food system.At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Superintelligence 16 mins – “He talks about training the AI to learn our values. But who define which are the right values when you impact the whole world? Probably the US government will try to enforce the american lifestyle to the rest of the world, and the AI will have a bias against russian, chinese, etc.” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click the “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tiananmen Square Massacre 47 mins – “Tianamen Square 30 years after the crackdown. We remember the day that changed modern China.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Deutsche Bank 44 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to David Enrich, finance editor for the New York Times, about Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Donald Trump, how they began working together, and the bank’s funding of Nazi activities during World War II.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump at 2 Years In 47 mins – “Jan. 20, 2019 marks the second anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. By almost any measure, his has been a norm-breaking presidency. We’ll look at defining moments thus far, and how they have changed the country. The Atlantic’s series “Unthinkable” chronicles “50 moments that define an improbable presidency.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Finances 35 mins – “Virginia Heffernan dissects this week’s New York Times revelation about Trump’s financial losses with Richard Rubin, who writes about tax policy for the Wall Street Journal. Also discussed: Trump’s approach to taxes, his sources of income, and the cognitive dissonance between wealth and debt.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump’s Racist Comments in Court 24 mins – “President Trump’s language may be part of his political strategy, but this moment raises questions about what consequences the president can face for using inflammatory language. Fred Barbash explains how Trump’s words can legally work against him.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Two Funds for Life 68 mins – “In October 2018, Paul and Chris Pedersen recorded a video that offers a new and significant advantage to standard Target Date Funds. Following the release of the YouTube video, “2 Funds for Life — A simple strategy to maximize your retirement investments,” Paul responded to many questions and decided to use this podcast to expand his answers to several of the most common comments and questions. Join Paul as he discusses:  Why adding a second mutual fund, or ETF, to a basic target date fund will likely result in extra returns;  How to use 2 Funds for Life in the U.S. government’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP);  How a small difference in returns could have a huge impact in retirement;  The impact of using mid-cap instead of small-cap value  How to use the strategy at Schwab instead of Vanguard;  How often to rebalance the 2-Fund strategy” At the link find the title, “Understanding the 2 Funds for Life strategy,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Novel 21 mins – “In the interview, the New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi has a new podcast. Caliphate lays out how she knows what she knows about ISIS. Through her reporting in Iraq, she’s learned how the group endeared itself to locals with services as simple as garbage collection. And though the would-be Islamic State has fallen, the extremists behind it persist as an insurgency.” At the link left-click “Share” and select the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Street Whistleblower 24 mins – “Jordan Thomas is one of the top whistleblower lawyers in the country. When people on Wall Street see some kind of financial wrongdoing and want to report it, they can work with him to bring evidence to the SEC anonymously. Tips his clients have brought to the SEC have led to huge cases against some of the biggest banks in the world. On today’s show, Jordan Thomas talks about the world of Wall Street whistleblowers—and about the extraordinary life that led him to the work he does now.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Nationalism 14 mins – “When events like the shooting in El Paso happen, the elements may indeed be obvious: Guns. Sociopathy. Alienation. But the obvious is also reductive, and risks obscuring larger forces at play. The same goes with the vocabulary of race violence: White nationalist. White identity. Alt-right. White supremacy. White power. They’re used interchangeably, which further clouds the picture. Following the events in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year, we spoke to University of Chicago professor Kathleen Belew. She told us that the shooting was not just born of resentment and paranoia, or even radical racism, but of a clearly defined revolutionary movement: the white power movement. Belew is author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, which describes the history of the white power movement that consolidated after the Vietnam War. She argues that if society is to wage an effective response to the white power threat, we need to work to understand it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World Population Day 10 mins – “To mark World Population Day, UNFPA executive director Dr. Natalia Kanem discusses progress made since the landmark 1994 Cairo conference on population and development, and her hopes for the future.” At the link find the title, “25 Years Since Cairo,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

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