Episodes

International Relations

Turkey and Ukraine: Walking a tightrope between NATO and Russia. Talking with Rich Outzen, geopolitical consultant and nonresident fellow of the Atlantic Council.

Sept. 1, 2022

Turkey is arming its neighbor Ukraine and at the same time, trying to broker a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine. How do they pull it off ?

International Relations

Kim Jong Un: North Korea's savvy but brutal dictator.

Aug. 28, 2022

North Korea 🇰🇵 is a hereditary, dynasty of the Kim family. The nation’s nuclear weapons and ICBMs ensure the regime’s survival.

Guest: Jim Herlihy
International Relations

China's push into the South Pacific: A New Zealand Perspective. Talking with Senior Lecturer at Victoria University, Iati Iati.

Aug. 26, 2022

China recently signed a security pact with the strategic Solomon Islands. Australia and New Zealand fear that China could gain a military presence in their neighborhood.

Guest: Dr. Iati Iati
National Security

Imagining the next 9/11: Creating fictional narratives to visualize and prevent national security threats. Talking with Peter Singer.

Aug. 24, 2022

Blending nonfiction issues like nuclear accidents, bio terrorism, cyberattacks on critical infrastructure - through a story - a narrative.

Guest: Peter Singer
International Relations

Russian Speakers in NATO Countries : A Red Line for Putin ?

Aug. 21, 2022

Will Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania be prey to Putin’s expansionist policies on the pretext of protecting their Russian speaking minorities ?

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Film Reviews

Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. In conversation with Shaun Chang of The Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

Aug. 19, 2022

Police drama set in San Francisco. Frank Bullitt a SFPD detective is working to protect a mobster who is to appear before a Senate panel. The action culminates with a 10 minute car chase that still enthralls audiences.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Book Reviews

Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership. Talking with author Dr. Decoteau Irby

Aug. 16, 2022

Achieving racial equity in a large high school as the student body grew from 8% black and brown to 30%.

Business

Making sense of today's economy: Inflation, Rising Interest Rates, Unemployment and Recession. Talking with Alex Domash, Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Aug. 10, 2022

An overview of the Fed’s fight against inflation, dim prospects for a soft landing and the likelihood of recession in the next 12 to 24 months.

Guest: Alex Domash
International

The UK's Conservatives choose a new leader and Prime Minister. In conversation with Georgina Wright, Director and Senior Fellow at the Institut Montaigne, Paris.

Aug. 4, 2022

The Conservative Party leadership race pits Rishi Sunak the Former Chancellor of the Exchequer against Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary. 160,000 party members will vote on the choice with the winner to be announced in early Sept…

Film Reviews

The Towering Inferno : Talking with Shaun Chang of The Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

Aug. 4, 2022

1970s disaster genre film with an ensemble cast including Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway and William Holden among others.

Guest: Shaun Chang
International

Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan: Will she or Won't she ?

Aug. 1, 2022

Will Speaker Pelosi be the most senior elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years ? And how will Beijing respond ?

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Book Reviews

Upon This Rock - The Sequel. In conversation with author David Eugene Perry.

July 29, 2022

David discusses the sequel to his award winning novel Upon this Rock. He has taken up residence in Grazalema, Spain, one of Spain’s “Pueblo’s Blanco’s.”

News Analysis

The long arm of Chinese censorship and author Geling Yan. In conversation with Larry Walker.

July 26, 2022

Acclaimed Chinese American author with 28 novels to her credit and translated into 18 languages has run afoul of the Chinese censors. This episode recounts how she and her husband fought to get credit for a Chinese film base…

Guest: Larry Walker
Film Reviews

Downton Abbey, A New Era. The Movie. In conversation with Shaun Chang, of the Hill Place, Movie and TV Blog.

July 22, 2022

Shaun Chang returns to the podcast to share his film insights, opinions and analysis of Downton Abbey, A New Era.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Book Reviews

The Midcoast - A Novel. In conversation with author Adam White.

July 19, 2022

Adam White's debut novel is a national bestseller and is featured as a New York Times Editor's Choice book. A crime drama set in small town Maine, it contrasts the fortunes of two very different families. One has become very…

Guest: Adam White
Investments

oXYGen Financial: A private CFO for Generation X and Y investors. Talking with CEO and Founder Ted Jenkin

July 15, 2022

oXYGen Financial takes a different approach to financial planning, focused on strategy, tracking and accountability. And yes, you will likely need a supplemental source of income in addition to pension, social security and i…

Guest: Ted Jenkin
Political Analysis

The Politics of appointing San Francisco's new District Attorney, Brooke Jenkins. Talking with Jason McDaniel, Associate Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University.

July 13, 2022

Mayor Breed's appointment of Brooke Jenkins after the historic recall of Chesa Boudin, the duly elected DA, is a political minefield. Played out against the backdrop of San Francisco's fractious political scene, Brooke faces…

Investments

The best and the worst US cities for first time home buyers.

July 7, 2022

Most affordable for First time homebuyers : Pittsburgh, PA. Least affordable : Los Angeles.

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Business

How I built my own company: Talking with Victoria Sanchez DeAlba, CEO of DeAlba Communications.

July 7, 2022

Transitioned from journalism to creating her own firm, DeAlba Communications.

Film Reviews

Family Plot: Alfred Hitchcock's last film. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

June 30, 2022

A light hearted thriller set in San Francisco in the mid-1970s.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Business

Tik Tok: Will Apple and Google remove the popular app from their stores ?

June 29, 2022

FCC Commissioner Carr has called on the two tech giants to drop the Tik Tok app from their stores on security grounds.

Guest: Jim Herlihy