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3D Printing for Covid Situations 26 mins – “This week’s guest on The Killer Innovations Show has innovation experience in a variety of different industries. Jonah Myerberg is the CTO at Desktop Metal, a company that specializes in metal and carbon fiber 3D printing technology. We will discuss 3D printing and the COVID-19 innovations that Desktop Metal is doing during this pandemic.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
AI on Broadway 25 mins – “This week’s guest applies AI innovation to an industry where you usually wouldn’t think it can be possible. Micah Hollingworth, the CEO & Co-founder of Broadw.ai, joins us for a discussion. On the show, we will discuss AI in the theater industry and what Micah and Broadw.ai are doing to change the game.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Al Qaeda Job Openings 24 mins – “The world’s most dangerous job apparently has a vacancy once again. Al Qaeda’s #2 reportedly has been killed in Iran by Israeli forces acting on U.S. intelligence. In addition, there are some rumors about Al Qaeda’s #1, Ayman al-Zawahri, also passing into the hereafter. To talk about the reports and the rumors, Benjamin Wittes spoke with Lawfare‘s foreign policy editor, Brookings scholar and Georgetown professor Daniel Byman.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Job_Openings_in_Al_Qaeda.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change and Migration 17 mins – “There are a lot of predictions about how many people will migrate in response to climate change. Depending on where you look, the next few decades could see hundreds of millions – or even more than a billion – people pick up and move. We asked Julia Blocher, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, to explain why the predictions vary so much. We also discussed how this movement can lead to conflict.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Covid Discussion 12 mins – “As this horrid year ends, we review our coverage of the pandemic, including: 1. Alexis Madrigal, on the first drip of what became a torrent of confusion about the novel coronavirus. (January 31, 2020) 2. Laurie Garrett, whose interview in February gave the OTM staff our first shock of pandemic fear. (February 28, 2020) 3. Frank Snowden, on how we see ourselves reflected in our responses to pandemics, now and throughout history. (March 6, 2020) 4. Will Oremus, who answered the nagging question of where all that toilet paper actually went. (April 10, 2020) 5. OTM’s Micah Loewinger, on the disturbing effect of all this drawn-out death on the psyche. (December 11, 2020)” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Covid Support 41 mins -”The United States has entered a third peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases spiking across the country. As we begin this even deadlier phase of the pandemic, the country’s 50 million frontline essential workers are among the most vulnerable. Are they receiving adequate support for the acute hazards they face on the job? On Monday, November 23, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program hosted an event examining the call for frontline essential workers to receive hazard pay and prospects for additional protections and supportive policies at the federal, state, and local level. The event began with opening remarks from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). David M. Rubenstein Fellow Molly Kinder moderated a panel of frontline workers, discussing their experiences and what resources are needed to ensure their safety and provide a just wage for their work. The program concluded with remarks from Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, about how labor is approaching the issue.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio”: and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Covid Vaccine Discussion 13 mins – “The Pfizer Vaccine Isn’t a Home Run Yet – Pfizer announced Monday that its coronavirus vaccine demonstrated more than 90% effectiveness and no serious bad reactions in trial results — an outcome that should enable the company to obtain an emergency authorization soon. Between the vaccine and the unveiling, also on Monday, of a Biden-led coronavirus task force, it seemed like the rare pandemic-era day in which the good news could compete with the tragic. But Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer Laurie Garrett wrote this week in Foreign Policy that even if this vaccine works as advertised, there are still plenty of reasons to worry about much good it can do. In this podcast extra, Garrett tells Brooke about what she views as caveats to the potential breakthrough.” At the link find the title, “The Pfizer Vaccine Isn’t a Home Run Yet,” (Nov 11), left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Data Collection 6 mins – “In Philip Bobbitt’s 2008 book Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century, he argues that data collection is an incredibly useful tool that’s fundamentally misunderstood by the public. Brooke talks with Bobbitt about that and the way the media and public also misunderstand warrants. Bobbitt, law professor at Columbia University is author most recently of The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Digital Repression 37 mins – “The initial vision of the internet was that it would empower individuals and expose the wrongdoings of state and corporate interests. But now the same technologies that had been used for public uprisings against oppressive governments are now being used by those governments against political demonstrators, whistleblowers and dissidents.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Digital Threats 37 mins – “Look at that device in your hand. No, really. Take a good, long look at it. You carry it around with you wherever you go. You sleep with it, work with it, run with it, you play games on it. You depend on it, and panic when you can’t find it. It links you to your relatives and kids. But if you’re like most everyone I know, you also probably feel a bit anxious about it. You realize it — and what it connects you to — is doing things to your lifestyle, and the world around you, that you’d likely be better off without. Indeed, there is an undeniable gestalt in the air, a dawning recognition that something of our own making is contributing to a serious kind of social and political sickness.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Disinformation 35 mins – “This week on Lawfare‘s Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic are bringing you a conversation with Alex Stamos, the director of the Stanford Internet Observatory. Alex was last on the show in August to talk about the newly established Election Integrity Partnership, which he helped set up to focus on detecting and mitigating disinformation around the U.S. 2020 election. Well, the election is over! So Alex is back to talk about what the partnership saw, how well the information ecosystem held up and what the landscape looks like as the dust begins to settle.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Most_Intense_Online_Disinformation_Event.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economic Recovery 46 mins – “As the United States continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that reopening the economy will be a phased process dependent upon transmission rates. Social distancing, reduced economic activity, and disruptions in our everyday lives are likely to continue for some time, with profound implications on societal, community, and individual well-being. The disproportionately harmful effects on people of color are already well documented. As Americans strive to return to work, there are major issues to address regarding health and health care access; disruptions in child care and K-12 education; and income and support for displaced workers, those unable to work due to health conditions, and undocumented and informal workers. Meanwhile, many business owners are struggling both operationally and financially, and are unsure if they can keep their doors open. As these dynamics continue, lawmakers and leaders in the private and social sectors will need to continue to evaluate the role of government and develop creative and equitable policy solutions for the country’s new normal.” At the link right-click “Download the audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Electronic Pollution 37 mins – “In his 2020 CBC Massey Lectures, Citizen Lab founder and director Ron Deibert wants to get us thinking about how best to mitigate the harms of social media, and in doing so, construct a viable communications ecosystem that supports civil society and contributes to the betterment of the human condition (instead of the opposite).” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Free Trade 15 mins – “It’s been a rough four years for free trade. During his presidency, President Trump blew up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, levied trade-chilling tariffs on China and other countries, and ripped up NAFTA. It’s unclear what President-elect Joe Biden will do, but he will have to move fast: the U.S. was just left out of a new Asian trade deal. But it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time, the United States was a beacon of free trade. And then at some point, trade deals stopped having much to do with trade at all. On today’s show, we pack 244 years of trade history into 22 minutes. There’s a Scotsman who was kidnapped (possibly), a man who dreamed of world peace (truly), and Robert Smith in the streets with revolutionaries (sort of).” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Failures 36 mins – “There’s a problem with that device in your hand — your phone that makes you anxious when it’s not near. Renowned tech expert Ron Deibert says that needs to change. The 2020 Massey Lecturer suggests we need a ‘reset’ and in his first lecture, Deibert sketches out the layered problem — and how he sees a way forward.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Internet Recovery 36 mins – “Everyone loves to hate social media, but there’s a real reason it seems impossible to quit. And you might not like it. In the third instalment of the Massey Lectures, Ron Deibert exposes how social media platforms are engineered to be “addiction machines.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
ISIS in America 36 mins – “The Islamic State in America is a topic that once garnered front-page headlines, but it has fallen a bit out of public attention in the past year or so. Jacob Schulz sat down with Seamus Hughes, the author with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens and Bennett Clifford of “Homegrown: ISIS in America.” They talked about the book, how the Islamic State has attracted American followers, how the organization operates differently in the U.S. versus Europe, the FBI and the role it plays in countering homegrown extremism, and what Seamus is most concerned about going forward.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Homegrown_ISIS_in_America.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Out of the Box Thinking P1 26 mins – “The term “out of the box thinking” is a metaphor that means to think from a new perspective. It originally came from some management consulting firms that were trying to solve problems in new ways. The term was attached to a concept known as the nine-dot problem. The idea is a 3 x 3 grid of dots formed in the shape of a square, equaling nine dots. The challenge is to draw a line through all nine dots without retracing over a previous line or lifting your pen. You need to use out of the box thinking to solve this problem. Initially, four lines in sort of a triangle shape were commonly used. Next, someone came up with drawing three-wide lines going around the box, touching all the dots. Then, someone solved the problem with one very fat line.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Out of the Box Thinking P2 26 mins – “We started last week talking about thinking styles. Some of us may have multiple styles, such as myself. I like to come up with creative ideas, but also tend to be an analyst that likes collecting information. Next, we talked about thinking differently. We discussed seven different ways that are vital to thinking differently. You want to practice strategic, inquisitive, big-picture thinking, focused, risk-oriented thinking, shared-thinking, and reflective thinking. As I shared last week, one of these is not better than the other. You should do all seven of these in some scheduled way. Set some time on your calendar to utilize each of these seven types of thinking. Set an hour a week for strategic thinking, then another hour for inquisitive thinking. Ask what questions you should be asking of your team or customers. Step back and take some time to look at the big picture. Go somewhere isolated where you can focus on an opportunity area. Find someone more willing to take the risks that you won’t. Collect ideas from people. Set aside all of these times to reflect on new ideas.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Qanon Understanding 34 mins – “It’s been two weeks since Trump lost the election to Biden. But he and his followers are still claiming victory. Jeff Sharlet, who has been covering the election for Vanity Fair, credits two Christian-adjacent ideas for these claims. The first is the so-called “prosperity gospel”: the notion that, among other things, positive thinking can manifest positive consequences. Even electoral victory in the face of electoral loss. But the problem with prosperity gospel, like day-and-date rapture prophecies, is that when its bets don’t pay off, it’s glaringly obvious. As prosperity thinking loses its edge for Trump, another strain of fringe Christianity — dating back nearly two millennia — is flourishing. Jeff Sharlet says an ancient heresy, Gnosticism, can help us understand the unifying force of pseudo-intellectualism on the right. Sharlet explains how a gnostic emphasis on “hidden” truths has animated QAnon conspiracies and Trump’s base.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
SONG Exploder P1 26 mins – “If you’ve never heard the podcast Song Exploder, then you are missing out, because it’s the perfect concept for a podcast. Hrishikesh Hirway interviews musical artists and gets them to break down a song into its component parts and talk about how it all came together. Here at 99pi, we all love Song Exploder, so in a meeting a few months back we asked ourselves: “What if we tried to do that with one of our own songs?” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Song Exploder P2 16 mins – “A song is a product of design. It’s difficult to create an original melody, but that’s only the blueprint. Every element of a piece of music could be produced any number of ways, depending on which instrument plays at what time, for how long, and with what what kind of effect. The architecture behind a piece of music can be much more involved than meets the ear, and this is what inspired Hrishikesh Hirway to start a podcast called Song Exploder, where musicians “take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.” This week, we’re featuring Hrishikesh’s Song Exploder episode about the main title theme to the Netflix original series House of Cards, by composer Jeff Beal.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
South Korea Cooperation 106 mins – “The intensification of great power competition between the United States and China stands to define the future of the regional order in Asia. As China has acquired more capabilities, it has become more aggressive in advancing its national interests, while the United States has moved decisively toward strategic competition and confrontation. There is a risk, however, that the trajectory of U.S.-China relations may compromise regional stability and prevent effective collaboration in security, trade and technology, energy, and the environment. As one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the Asia-Pacific, U.S.-South Korea cooperation will be crucial to the shaping of the future regional order. How can the United States and South Korea more effectively coordinate on China? What is the impact of U.S.-China strategic competition in various policy domains? What is the agenda for U.S.-South Korea bilateral cooperation in ensuring a stable and inclusive regional order? On Friday, November 13, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and the East Asia Institute hosted experts to address these issues. The event featured a keynote session with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Marc Knapper, followed by two expert panels. Each panelist has authored a report addressing these issues, which was published on the East Asia Institute’s website after the event.” At the link left-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Surveillance Capitalism 36 mins – “We know we’re being watched. In the age of social media, it’s not a mystery that much of what we see online is tailored to our beliefs and desires. Our searches and interactions influence what shows up on our screens. Getting engaged? Check out these rings. Working from home? Here’s the best leisurewear. Feeling stressed? Try this meditation app. The ads that personalize our internet browsing are obvious examples of how “attention merchants” vie for our data, but the more insidious actors are the ones we don’t see. And unfortunately, our personal information is up for grabs with them as well. Once upon a time, the global economy was built primarily on the trade of tangible natural resources. Materials such as coal, iron, and natural gas were extracted from the earth and sold to build and power everyday life, from factories to transportation.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Taiwan 41 mins – “On Thursday, November 12, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted an online discussion with policy experts to examine the future of U.S.-Taiwan policy. In opening remarks, Director of Brookings’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies Mireya Solís noted that “Taiwan is an issue that has grown in public prominence in the United States,” and that “there have been growing questions about Taiwan’s security and America’s role in ensuring it.” Following Solis’ remarks, Fellow, Michael H. Armacost Chair, and Interim Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies Ryan Hass introduced the panel, which consisted of Richard C. Bush, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings; Bonnie S. Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Eric Sayers, vice president at Beacon Global Strategies LLC and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security; and Syaru Shirley Lin, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings. The conversation explored the next administration’s inheritance on U.S.-Taiwan relations and examined a range of issues critical to Taiwan’s future, including Taiwan’s domestic political dynamics, international space, security, economic, and technology issues.” At the link left-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tariff Discussion 15 mins – “President-elect Joe Biden will be making a lot of decisions come January — including whether or not to keep President Trump’s trade war going. President Trump has imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in imports. If Biden really wanted to, he could undo all of these tariffs, without requiring approval from Congress. But presidents didn’t always have this kind of power over tariffs. In fact, tariffs used to be the jurisdiction of Congress… until they screwed it up, big time. Today on the show, we tell the nearly 100-year-old story of Smoot and Hawley, that explains why Congress decided to delegate tariff power to the executive branch in the first place. It’s a story that weaves in wool, humble buckwheat, tiny little goldfish, and even Ferris Bueller.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vindman Conversation – “Following his appearance on Friday on the Lawfare Podcast, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, appeared on Lawfare Live for a live video conversation and audience Q&A. It was a very good conversation—so good that we thought we would bring you an edited version of it as Part Two of our conversation with Alex Vindman. He discussed how one becomes an NSC director while serving in the active duty military, what risks the transition period has in foreign relations, whether he has any regrets about his decision to speak out during the impeachment and much more.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Vindman on Eastern Europe 33 mins – “Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (Ret.) is now the Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, the newest member of the Lawfare team. You’ve heard his story, likely in his testimony in the impeachment proceedings for President Trump. But Benjamin Wittes sat down with him for a different reason—his substantive expertise in Eastern Europe policy, Russia matters and great power competition. They talked about the challenges the Biden administration will face as it tries to pick up the pieces the Trump administration has left it, how democracies can hang together and harden themselves against attacks from authoritarian regimes, what a good Russia policy looks like, how China fits in and how we can rebuild traditional American alliances.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Alex_Vindman_Talks_Eastern_Europe.mp3,” and select “ Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
WW II Female Pilot 19 mins – “A 97 year old woman describes training young men for WWII combat as a WASP.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.