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July Programs

July 29, 2017

2017 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival
The Cold Show - This time on Re:sound, an hour of audio air conditioning — we’re turning down the thermostat and ushering in stories that give us the chills.

July 22, 2017

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Your Private Data: Can Tech Companies Keep it from the Law?

Do you have a secret that no one else knows?  What about Apple, Google, Facebook, Verizon, or Uber?  Are you sure they don’t know your secret?  Digital data – emails, text messages, phone records, location records, web searches – contain traces of almost every secret.  They also contain traces of almost every crime.  Tech companies may promise to protect our data from prying eyes.  But should that promise yield to law enforcement and national security? The debaters are Stewart Baker, Michael Chertoff, John Yoo, and Catherine Crump.

July 15, 2017

Climate One: Rounding up the Facts on GMOs

Are GMOs the answer to our planet’s food shortage? Or are they jeopardizing our health, crops and climate by creating a destructive cycle of Roundup resistance? Like many issues these days, it depends on who you believe. Supporters of genetically modified organisms say that altering the DNA of corn and other crops is just another tool in the farmers’ toolbox - an innovation that will help feed a world whose food production has been disrupted by climate change. Opponents maintain that modified crops are dangerous to our health. And that they’re resistant to pesticides such as Monsanto’s Roundup, which has been linked to cancer. Join us for a lively conversation about the science and facts behind growing and eating GMO’s.

July 8, 2017

Truth, Politics and Power: A Gerrymander Edition

On this episode of Truth, Politics and Power, delving into the structural advantage that Republicans enjoy in the House of Representatives. Both parties redraw electoral lines to help themselves - Host Neal Conan asks why Republicans do it better and whether Democrats hurt themselves by packing into urban districts. This may all change, as some states adopt bipartisan commissions and the Supreme Court takes a case that challenges the principle of partisan advantage.

July 1, 2017

The Pulse: Science and the Fourth of July

Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — were science geeks, and their methodical way of thinking is reflected in the Declaration of Independence. To celebrate the holiday, we dig into the science that makes fireworks sparkle, flags durable, and hot dogs delicious. Plus, what brain researchers are learning about the pursuit of happiness and feelings of patriotism.

Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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