Season 16

Book Reviews

Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics. Talking with author Adam Rutherford

Nov. 15, 2022

Eugenics origins and how the subject was corrupted by the Nazis.


Has Russia Lost the War ? Talking with Nicholas Grossman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Sept. 21, 2022

Ukraine’s retaking of Kharkiv and 2000 square miles of occupied territory was a turning point in Russia’s war against Ukraine. Tue rout of the Russian army likely prompted Putin to mobilize 300,000 army reservists and call 4…

Film Reviews

LA Confidential, 25th anniversary. Film Producer and Former Studio Head Michael Nathanson speaks with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

Sept. 17, 2022

This award winning 1997 film portrays Los Angeles in 1953, where Hollywood celebrity collides with police corruption. Michael Nathanson produced LA Confidential which won two Oscars, and Shaun Chang interviews him. --- Sen…

Book Reviews

Frontier Justice: Bass Reeves Deputy US Marshal. Talking with author Charlie Ray

Sept. 16, 2022

Bass Reeves was the first African American Deputy US Marshal appointed West of The Mississippi. He apprehended more than 3000 fugitives in the Oklahoma Territory and the West. Charlie sets the record straight about the role …

Guest: Charlie Ray

Queen Elizabeth : In Memoriam

Sept. 9, 2022

Looking back on highlights of the Queen’s life.

Guest: Jim Herlihy

Strive Asset Management launches a new Energy Index Fund. Excellence Capitalism versus Social Agendas. Talking with Justin Danhof, Head of Corporate Governance.

Sept. 6, 2022

Excellence Capitalism versus Social Agenda Investing. Is the average American investor getting lower returns to further ESG mandates ?

Guest: Justin Danhof
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%.


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

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