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September 28, 2019

2019 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival

Skateboarding Beatles - In this hour the story of how skateboarding was born from swimming pool design. Plus, the chord that perplexed music historians for decades and a reflection on time from the waiting room of a doctor's office.

September 21, 2019

Intelligence Squared U.S. - Is U.S. Policy Toward China Productive?

For decades, the U.S. has struggled to create an effective policy towards China. From trade wars to technology to Taiwan, experts disagree on whether the current administration is doing the right thing when it comes to China. And these decisions could have big consequences.

Both parties have instituted punitive tariffs, and both are feeling the impact. China is struggling to maintain its growth rate, yet is still projecting strength as a social, political, and economic leader on the world stage by building ports and bridges all over the world and developing military technology capable of denying the U.S. access to the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. If successful, Beijing's ambitious projects and advanced AI and cyber weapons could put Washington on its heels.  Are recent U.S. policies tough and focused enough to achieve key economic and strategic objectives? Or will U.S. policy escalate tensions too much, ultimately reducing the chances that the world's two major powers can achieve a sensible accommodation?  

September 14, 2019

With Good Reason: Why We Believe What We Believe

Why do people believe weird things?  We delve into the psychology behind ghost encounters, anti-vaccine hoaxes, conspiracy theories.  Also, the best defense against conspiracy theories and fake news is robust journalism--but only if people trust their sources. Mallory Perryman studies why people distrust their news sources and what we should do to change their minds, and more. 

September 7, 2019

Discourse Disrupters from Intelligence Squared U.S.
- Risk and Reason In Everyday Life

What happens when an economist walks into a brothel? In this episode, economist and author Allison Schrager talks with host John Donvan about her new book, “An Economist Walks Into a Brothel,” and how you can use reason to assess risk in your everyday life.

Discourse Disrupters is a new limited series engaging some of the sharpest minds shaping our national discourse today. From academia to the media to the world of politics, these top thinkers are disrupting American discourse in bold new ways.

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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