Episode of the day: “When Politics is Personal: Friends & Family”

Listen to “When Politics is Personal: Friends & Family” (41:19)

Podcast: Dear Sugar Radio

Podcasts’ summary: “Sugars look at how politics can get in between our relationships with friends and family—whether it be our parents voting for a candidate we despise, or our friends sharing views we find abhorrent on social media. And sometimes political divisions can actually sever these important relationships.”

I just saved a bunch of money on Christmas presents by discussing my political views on Facebook. #ecards:

Episode of the day: “Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, Trump’s “Pivot”, Polling Mayhem, and more”

Listen to ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd, Trump’s “Pivot”, Polling Mayhem, and more (1:26:03)

Podcast: Keepin’it 1600 (Episode 9)

This is a great conversation worth following every minute. Even the off topics are brilliant! Interesting strategies of how Clinton should be dealing with Trump now. Found particularly amusing categorizing Trump as  “flip-floper on steroids” and “old white male prejudice version of Kim Kardashian”. And yes, ultimately, Trump’s election would be just an enormous embarrassment to the United States.

Artwork: Steve Cutts (stevecutts.com)

Episode of the day: “To the Brink”

Listen to “To the Brink” (55:44)

Podcast: Snap Judgment (Episode 611)

Snap Judgment is always a good idea. In this episode, two fascinating true stories and one fictional story.

More information:

“This is a True Story” documentary by Paul Berczeller. Worth watching.

Article “Death in the Snow” in The Guardian.

Article “How a hunger strike affects the human body” in the Huffington Post.

“Hunger strike reflections” video by Laurence McKeown.

A scene from This is a True story. Officer Jessie Heliman actually spoke with the real Takako before she died
A scene from “This is a True Story”. (Image: Paul Berczeller) 


Episode of the day: “The Immigrant”

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Podcast: Embedded

This individual was brought to the US as a child. He’s now married and has 3 children. His offense was possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Although the “intent to distribute” part is not very clear. He was sentenced to prison and is now going to be deported. It seems to me that the spirit of the law was clearly violated.

This episode also raised my interest on the topics of private prison companies and high incarceration rates in the US. Would they be connected? Hoping to hear an episode on this issue soon!

More information:

Correction Corporation of America website

“Barack Obama, deporter-in-chief” article on The Economist

“Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country” article on the Washington Post

Image: from Pixabay

Episode of the day: “Decoders”

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Podcast: Reply All (Episode 62)

Another view on ISIS

Summary from the podcast: “Reporter Rukmini Callimachi is always looking for new ways to eavesdrop on ISIS operatives online. Recently, she got a new look into how ISIS members might be using the internet to coordinate their attacks.”

More information:

Rukimini Callimachi in The New York Times

Runa Sandvik in Forbes

More about TrueCrypt on Wikipedia

Rukmini Callimachi (Image: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press)