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Neutral Sweden and non-aligned Finland will join NATO in reaction to Putin's invasion and war against Ukraine. An adamant foe of NATO expansion, Putin has achieved what he long railed against - NATO on Russia's doorstep.  --- Send in a voice message:
Truffaut's 1973 ensemble comedy is a movie about making a movie. Jacqueline Bissett was one of the cast members and principal lead. The movie won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1974 with French filmmaker Truffaut accepting the award. It is one of his best films and worth re-watching. --- Send in a voice message:
Robert Altman's 1975 drama takes place in Nashville, Tennessee and chronicles the intersecting lives of numerous people - the main cast numbers 24 actors - with country music, the entertainment industry and politics the principal themes. The film runs 2 hours and 40 minutes and at times feels like a documentary.  A 1970s classic. --- Send in a voice message:
Abortion in Canada  was decriminalized in 1988, 15 years after the American Roe v Wade decision. While the Roe decision treated abortion as a woman's right, Canada treats it as a medical procedure to be discussed and agreed to by the pregnant woman and her doctor. Has Canada's approach been better than America's ?  Sean Fine walks us through our neighbor's very different approach to terminating a pregnancy. --- Send in a voice message:
Last week's unprecedented leak of an unpublished Supreme Court decision - the first time in the Court's history - has rocked Washington. And the prospect of overturning a 49 year old legal precedent which will take away a woman's right to an abortion at least nationally, is just beginning to sink in. Will other Supreme Court decisions such as legalization of contraception or gay marriage be under threat next ? American society is about to undergo a massive and historic change. --- Send in a voice message:
Freezing Order is a true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Vladimir Putin's wrath. Bill Browder's latest expose of Russian graft and criminality recounts a Russian tax refund scam, that the Interior Ministry created for the financial benefit of Putin's oligarch cronies, and then sued Browder in US courts as the engineer and beneficiary. With Vladimir Putin as one of the likely recipient's of part of the deal, the Russians pulled out every legal and political trick to divert the trail to the despot. --- Send in a voice message:
Elon Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion on April 25. The deal will close later this year. Musk has stated that he believes in Freedom of Speech and looks forward to ensuring that the social media messaging platform continues to remain open to all. But major changes are bound to follow in the business operations of Twitter once Musk takes control.  --- Send in a voice message:
Two months ago Russia's foreign reserves were frozen and crippling economic sanctions were imposed on the country. The goal was and is to push Russia into a deep  recession,  cause runaway inflation and bring a speedy end to the war in Ukraine.  Have they started to bite ? But could they be thwarted by  China, India and Israel providing a back door lifeline to bust the sanctions ? --- Send in a voice message:
 San Francisco's District Attorney faces an unprecedented recall election in less than seven weeks - June 7 - and the polls augur ill for him. 68% of San Francisco voters want to get rid of Chesa Boudin, mid way through a four year term. Bungled cases, judicial admonitions, high staff turnover and rising crime rates show Boudin has an uphill struggle to hold onto his office. Can he engineer a Hail Mary pass to save his office or is it a lost cause ? --- Send in a voice message:
In the ranks of global spycraft, the UK continues to punch above its' weight, competing with the US, Russia, China and Israel. And at the heart of any nation's intelligence operation is a sophisticated information gathering apparatus consisting of Signals Intelligence (Sigint) and Communications Intelligence (Comint). GCHQ is the UK's equivalent of America's NSA.  Professor John Ferris of the University of Calgary was allowed unprecedented access to GCHQ's archives - one of the world's most secretive intelligence agencies - to write an authorized history. --- Send in a voice message:
Matt Continetti is a Senior Fellow at The American Enterprise Institute and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has also been a contributing editor to the National Review and Commentary magazine. In his latest book, The Right, he traces the evolution of the American Conservative movement from 1920s populism, through the Goldwater and Reagan eras to the populism of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. A comprehensive, well researched and documented study of American Conservatism's roots. --- Send in a voice message:
Women have rarely participated in peace negotiations, though they suffer a disproportionate share of civilian injuries and suffering in modern day conflicts. Enter Sanam Naraghi Anderlini who has worked tirelessly for over 25 years both on the frontlines as a mediator and at the international level as a policy advocate to ensure that women play their rightful role in peace negotiations. Sanam is the Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics as well as Founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network.  --- Send in a voice message:
James Joyce's great novel of the 20th Century - Ulysses - now has a companion guide with Ambassador Mulhall's new book. In today's episode the Ambassador shares his keen insights into Joyce's greatest work. --- Send in a voice message:
Buzzy Martin taught guitar to the convicts at San Quentin Prison for three years and shows how music can transform lives, even for hardened criminals. The book and soon to be released motion picture present a compelling message about rehabilitation in one of America's toughest penitentiaries. With 2.3 million prisoners locked up, mass incarceration in this country needs to be addressed.  --- Send in a voice message:
Unleashed is a story of loss, healing and growing stronger from dealing with unexpected tragedy. The protagonists all gain comfort and insight from each other and their animals. Skye shares her thoughts on the writing practice and her journey as a writer.  --- Send in a voice message:
Israel has built a broad and deep technology ecosystem in Silicon Valley. And it is a two way street. In addition to the numerous California tech companies with operations in Israel, there are many Israeli companies flourishing in Silicon Valley in the fields of cybersecurity, fintech, mobility, agtech and water. Our two guests discuss in depth how this close relationship benefits both countries. --- Send in a voice message:
The 94th Academy Awards was one for the history books to paraphrase Chris Rock, one of the presenters. The best actor award went to Will Smith for his starring role in King Richard. But the Motion Picture Academy is weighing whether to sanction Smith. Jessica Chastain won best actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Best film went to Coda.  --- Send in a voice message:
Russia's post Communist democratic reforms in the 1990's gave the country a representative form of government with a relatively free press. But under Vladimir Putin's 22 year rule, the country has slipped back into an autocratic style of governance. Professor Pankina recounts how the Communist regime absorbed many of the governing structures of the Tsarist era which continue to influence Russia's civil society even to this day. An additional blogpost on this podcast will follow. --- Send in a voice message:
Cannabis sales passed $17.5 billion in the United States during 2020 which was a 46% increase over 2019. Sales in California reached $4.4 billion in 2020. With 18 states having legalized recreational marijuana and 5 more states weighing ballot measures in 2022, the trend to nationwide legalization is growing. Women are playing an increasing role in the industry and in this episode, Chase Roberts discusses several of them. --- Send in a voice message:
Barry Waitte took his entrepreneurial skills and drive from the center of the tech industry in Silicon Valley and headed 85 miles North across the Golden Gate Bridge to create an award winning winery. And along the way he took up endurance horse back riding, learning to ride a horse at the age of 39 ! Listen to today's podcast to learn how to transfer your entrepreneurial drive to your dream career. --- Send in a voice message:
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