Episodes

Politics

Money in Politics needs a watchdog: The Federal Election Commission. Talking with former Chair Ann Ravel.

March 24, 2023

Committed to the democratic process as a Commissioner and international election observer.

Guest: Ann Ravel
Business Finance

Guaranteeing Bank Deposits: Talking with Professor Anat Admati of the Stanford Graduate School of Business

March 22, 2023

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank caused regulators to act on uninsured bank deposits, above the $250,000 FDIC cap.

Business Finance

Global Banking Turmoil and the Illusion of Control. Talking with Jon Danielsson, Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Director of the Systemic Risk Center.

March 21, 2023

The global banking crisis and the failure of Silicon Valley Bank as well as Credit Suisse was worsened by a lack of diversity - shock absorbers - in the financial system. Professor Danielsson argues for a new approach to ri…

Book Reviews Actress

Irene Tsu, star of stage, film and TV. In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

March 17, 2023

Irene Tsu has over 80 credits to her name and has been active in the entertainment world since the 1960s.

International

Can Americans travel to Cuba ? Talking with Citizen Diplomat Bill Boerum

March 13, 2023

US regulations and restrictions on traveling to Cuba .

Guest: Bill Boerum
Business

Silicon Valley Bank Implodes: Talking with Alexander Yokum, with CFRA Research

March 12, 2023

Silicon Valley’s premier business bank collapses leaving depositors and clients in the lurch. Ripple effects on the tech industry ?

Book Reviews

The Aftermath: The last days of the Baby Boom and the future of power in America. In conversation with author Philp Bump

March 9, 2023

The 76 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are retiring and putting pressure on Social Security and housing values. But the Millennials an equally large generation born between 1981 and 1996, have other social, e…

Guest: Philip Bump
Book Reviews History

American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis. Talking with author Adam Hochschild.

March 5, 2023

The 1917 to 1921 period was a time of suppression of rights, lynchings, pandemic and WWI. A stricken President and a failed peace treaty.

Black History Month

The 92nd All Black Division of the US Army in WWII: Remembering my uncle, Bill Perry. In conversation with Jonathan Speed.

Feb. 28, 2023

Jonathan discusses the 92nd Division during its WWII experience through the lens of his uncle Bill Perry, who served in the Division.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy at Work: Talking with Mark Lees and Chris Septer.

Feb. 27, 2023

Philanthropy plays an outsize role in animal welfare. The EE Mori Foundation and the South Florida SPCA are collaborating to assist in the care of larger mammals like horses, cows and other animals who are abandoned and over…

Book Reviews Black History Month

The Wounded World. In conversation with author Professor Chad L. Williams

Feb. 22, 2023

W.E.B Du Bois and the African American Experience in the First World War.

Film Reviews

JFK: the Oliver Stone Film. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

Feb. 17, 2023

New Orleans DA Jim Garrison launched an assassination investigation which he believed was hatched by a cabal of plotters in the Big Easy.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Economics

Poverty and Inequality in California: Talking with Michael Tanner Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.

Feb. 8, 2023

California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Burdened by over regulation, millions of Californians cannot afford a home, struggle to get well paid jobs and are short changed with subpar education.

Politics Thanks

The US Supreme Court and the issue of Capital Punishment. In conversation with Professor Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University.

Feb. 7, 2023

The Supreme Court has a 6 vote super majority in favor of capital punishment. They are increasingly active in green lighting executions

Film Reviews

The Andrea Riseborough Oscar Controversy: A Post Mortem. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

Feb. 2, 2023

Surprise nomination for Best Actress of Andrea Riseborough, coming on the heels of Hollywood star’s lobbying has caused a major controversy amidst charges of white privilege.

Guest: Shaun Chang
International

Ambassador Charles Ray: A Career of Service. Black History Month

Jan. 31, 2023

Career Diplomat and Retired US Army Major, Charlie Ray shares his professional experience as a US Ambassador and senior Foreign Service Officer.

Science

On Learning to Heal or What Medicine does not know, In conversation with author, Professor Ed Cohen.

Jan. 26, 2023

Modern medicine has overlooked the importance of healing which was the cornerstone of medical practice until the late 19th century when science began to dominate medicine.