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American Injustice: My Battle to Expose the Truth

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2023 44:06


Links from the show:* American Injustice: My Battle to Expose the Truth* Interview with Miranda Devine on the Hunter Biden laptop* Subscribe to the showAbout my guest:Born into a military family on May 3, 1976, John Paul Mac Isaac was a very creative and artistic child. With a visual impairment related to his albinism, he found more enjoyment quietly drawing than participating on a field. As the effects on his vision started to impact his early teens, he found escape in the creation of computer graphics. Eventually, he landed a job with the Department of Education, fixing Macs in Delaware schools. His dreams of being a media creator were sidetracked by the realization that he could make a living fixing computers and supporting other creative Mac users. He still pursued his creative dreams by filming and archiving airmen from WWII through Vietnam, but fixing Macs was his profession. He was hired in 2004 to be a part of the soon-to-open Apple store in northern Delaware and spent the next five years with Apple, building a reputation for quality customer service. After no longer seeing eye to eye on how customer service should be executed, he left Apple in 2010 to open his own shop. He provided five-star service and support to the Apple community for nearly ten years until becoming caught up in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Now his life has been forever changed. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Secret Lives of Royal Women: Fascinating Biographies of Queens, Princesses, Duchesses, and other Regal Women

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2023 49:03


Links from the show:* Secret Lives of Royal Women: Fascinating Biographies of Queens, Princesses, Duchesses, and other Regal Women* Connect with Marlene* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:The frigidity of the Torontonian winters-not to mention shyness-led to becoming a life-long bibliophile. And, like most voracious readers, at the pinnacle of my bucket list was the dream of seeing my name on the spine of a book. However, until I could pen the Great Canadian Novel, there was the matter of economic survival. After reading The Great Gatsby, I decided to become an English teacher, and to that end, attended York University where I received an Honors B.A. followed by teacher's college at The University of Toronto. I made the great sacrifice of leaving my winter wonderland when I moved to San Diego and currently am an English teacher in National City, California. I always tell my students that dreams do not just have to be for sleeping and several times, in the quest to pursue my own, I sent out my novels to literary agents. The result: enough rejection notices to wallpaper my home. And then serendipity stepped in. In 2008, I read Peyton Place and became intrigued by its Dedication Page: To George for all the reasons he knows so well. I turned to Google and discovered that George was Grace Metalious' long-suffering husband, and their marriage was as tempestuous as the ones in the novel. I then had my Eureka moment—a book that explored the backstories of the world's literary masterpieces. Fired with enthusiasm, I told my husband my idea, and he responded, “Don't think you're quitting your day job.” Undaunted, I sent out query letters, and after signing up with a literary agent, three days later I had a contract with Penguin Publishers. One of the great moments of my life was seeing Joel's jaw drop when I showed him my advance check. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Dance of Innovation: Infrastructure, Social Oscillation, and the Evolution of Societies

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2023 56:36


Links from the show:* The Dance of Innovation: Infrastructure, Social Oscillation, and the Evolution of Societies* Follow the Skeptic Research Center Team on Twitter* The False Allure of Group Selection by Steven Pinker* Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies* The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About ItAbout my guest:Kevin McCaffree is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas. He is the author or co-author of three books, co-editor of Theoretical Sociology: The Future of a Disciplinary Foundation and series editor (with Jonathan H. Turner) of Evolutionary Analysis in the Social Sciences. In addition to these works, he has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and handbook chapters published on a variety of topics ranging from cultural evolution to criminology to the sociology of empathy. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

America's Last President: What the World Lost When It Lost John F. Kennedy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 38:20


Links from the show:* America's Last President: What the World Lost When It Lost John F. Kennedy* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Support the showAbout my guest:Monika is an IT professional and concerned citizen with an interest in history and the impact it has on our current world. She has spent years studying the presidency of John F. Kennedy, from the many books written, to declassified files, press conferences, and speeches, with much thought as to what it means for our world today. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Red Sky Morning: The Epic True Story of Texas Ranger Company F

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 51:14


Links from the show:* Red Sky Morning: The Epic True Story of Texas Ranger Company F* Connect with Joe* Find Joe on Twitter* Find Ryan on Twitter* Support the showAbout my guest:Joe Pappalardo is the author of the critically acclaimed books Inferno: The True Story of a B 17 Gunner's Heroism and the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History, Sunflowers: The Secret History and Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight. Pappalardo is a freelance journalist and former associate editor of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine, a writing contributor to National Geographic magazine, a contributor to Texas Monthly, and a former senior editor and current contributor to Popular Mechanics. He has appeared on C-Span, CNN, Fox News and television shows on the Science Channel and the History Channel. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Doing business in Africa

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 43:36


Links from the show:* Connect with Magatte* Follow Magatte on Twitter* Follow Ryan on Twitter* Support the showAbout my guest:I am a Cheetah Entrepreneur who believes the Free Markets and economic freedom is the pathway for Africa to leapfrog ahead, with Africans taking the uncontested leading role in the co-creation of 21st century prosperity for all, innovation, culture and technology. My ideas are grounded in reality and my lived experience. The topic areas I am passionate speaking about are the role of free markets in overcoming poverty and the role of enterprise to tackle social issues and entrepreneurial Education. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2023 36:01


Links from the show:* The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer* Connect with Stella* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Stella Morabito has published numerous articles at The Federalist about the social fallout of propaganda and mob psychology. She has been a senior contributor there since 2014, and has also written on those themes for other publications, including the Washington Examiner, American Greatness, Public Discourse, Townhall, and the Human Life Review. Stella served for several years as an intelligence analyst with a focus on propaganda and media analysis. She has a master's degree in Russian and Soviet history from the University of Southern California. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

I Feel, Therefore I Am: The Triumph of Woke Subjectivism

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 51:31


What is wrong with wokeism? Mark Goldblatt explains. Links from the show:* I Feel, Therefore I Am: The Triumph of Woke Subjectivism* Chad O. Jackson on Inside the War Room* Connect with Mark* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Mark Goldblatt is a novelist, columnist and book reviewer as well as a college professor at Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.His controversial first novel, Africa Speaks, a satire of black urban culture, was published in 2002 by The Permanent Press. His second novel, Sloth, a comedic take on postmodernism, was published in June 2010 by Greenpoint Press.Goldblatt is perhaps best known as a political commentator. He has written hundreds of opinion pieces for a combination of the New York Post, the New York Times, USA Today, the Daily News, Newsday, National Review Online and the American Spectator Online. He has been a guest on the Catherine Crier Show on Court TV and done dozens of radio interviews for stations across the country and in England. His integrity has been called into question by the Village Voice - which should count for something.Goldblatt's book reviews have appeared in The Common Review, Commentary, Reason Magazine, and the Webzine Ducts. His academic articles have appeared in Philosophy Now, Academic Questions, Sewanee Theological Review, English Renaissance Prose, Issues in Developmental Education 1999, the Encyclopedia of Tudor England and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury Frank Furedi

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 50:43


Links from the show:* Connect with Frank on Twitter* Read Frank's newsletter* Frank's booksAbout my guest: Frank Furedi is a sociologist and social commentator. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Since the late 1990s, Frank has been widely cited about his views on why Western societies find it so difficult to engage with risk and uncertainty. He has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. His book Invitation To Terror; Expanding the Empire of the Unknown (2007) explores the way in which the threat of terrorism has become amplified through the ascendancy of precautionary thinking. It develops the arguments contained in two previous books, Culture of Fear (2002) and Paranoid Parenting (2001). Both of these works investigate the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society. ​ Frank has also written extensively about issues to do with education and cultural life. His book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating (2009) deals with the influence of the erosion of adult authority on schooling. On Tolerance (2011) offers a restatement of the importance of this concept for an open society. Authority: A Sociological History (2013) examines how the modern world has become far more comfortable with questioning authority than with affirming it. ​ Frank is committed to promoting the ideals of a humanist education and his writings on higher education are devoted to affirming the value of the liberal arts. His forthcoming book is titled Democracy Under Siege: Don't Let Them Lock It Down! and will be published by Zer0 Books in October 2020. The book offers a positive affirmation of the principle and the value of democracy. ​ At present he is engaged in a research project that explores the history of the relationship between the problem of identity and the difficulty that western society has in engaging with issues pertaining to morality. His work has as its focus on the process of socialisation and intergenerational relations. Furedi's studies on the problem of morality run in parallel with his exploration of the problem of cultural authority. Since Authority, A Sociological History (Cambridge University Press 2013) he has published a study a study The First World War: Still No End In Sight – which interprets this event as the precursor of today's Culture Wars. His study, Populism And The Culture Wars In Europe: the conflict of values between Hungary and the EU, discusses the sociological implications of the tension between populists and anti-populist political currents. His forthcoming book, Why We Need Borders seeks to explain the significance that physical borders and symbolic boundaries have for providing communities with meaning. ​ Frank's books and articles offer an authoritative yet lively account of key developments in contemporary cultural life. Using his insights as a professional sociologist, he has produced a series of agenda-setting books that have been widely discussed in the media. His books have been translated into 13 languages. ​ Frank regularly comments on radio and television. He has appeared on Newsnight, Sky News and BBC News, Radio Four's Today programme, and a variety of other radio television shows. Internationally, he has been interviewed by the media in Australia, Canada, the United States, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Brazil, and Germany. His articles have been published in New Scientist, the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal, the Independent on Sunday, India Today, L'Espresso, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, the Globe and Mail (Toronto), the Christian Science Monitor, the Times Higher Education Supplement, spiked, the Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Business Review, Die Welt and Die Zeit, among others. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Former CIA Officer Mike Baker

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 52:17


Links from the show:* Watch Mike's show* Connect with Mike on Twitter* Portman Square Group* Company Rules: Or Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the CIA* James Olson To Catch a SpyAbout my guest:Mike Baker worked in the CIA for 17 years as a covert field operations officer, specializing in counterterrorism, counternarcotics and counterinsurgency operations. He engaged in, organized and supervised operations around the globe, working in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere.Baker investigates top secret military projects in BLACK FILES DECLASSIFIED. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Stephen Wolfe

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 59:46


Links from the show:* The Case for Christian Nationalism* Connect with Stephen on Twitter* Connect with Ryan on TwitterAbout my guest:Stephen Wolfe (PhD, Louisiana State University) is a country scholar at Wolfeshire in central North Carolina where he lives with his wife and four children. He recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Wolfe is co-host of the Ars Politica podcast and has written for Mere Orthodoxy, First Things, Chronicles Magazine, and History of Political Thought. The Case for Christian Nationalism is his first book. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Former Navy Seal Jason Redman

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 43:50


Links from the show:* Connect with Jason* The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader* Connect with Ryan on TwitterAbout my guest:He is a severely wounded warrior, NY Times and Amazon bestselling author, veteran advocate, business leader, and acclaimed leadership and resilience speaker. From a potentially career-ending leadership failure, Jason fought back to redemption and respect only to find himself shot eight times including a round to the face in a fierce firefight in Iraq. Jason is the epitome of the Overcome Mindset. Jason now motivates and inspires audiences across the country with his remarkable journey of leadership, redemption, and building a relentless Overcome Mindset. Jason has merged all his lessons learned into relatable content teaching others how to lead themselves, get off the X and Overcome all. Jason spent 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL working as a navigator, intelligence specialist, communicator, and SEAL instructor for marksmanship, reconnaissance and survival, completing multiple platoons and deployments to Central and South America. Jason was commissioned as a SEAL officer in 2004 and spent ten years as a SEAL Officer leading SEAL teams in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Assault Force Commander, Mobility Force Commander and Sensitive Site Exploitation and Analysis leader.On September 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lieutenant Redman's Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he and several teammates were severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. The intense firefight led to a dramatic conclusion with Redman's team leader calling a “Danger Close” fire mission directly on their position. This fire mission executed by an Air Force AC-130 gunship was the closest fire mission executed in the entire Iraq war. While recovering from his devastating injuries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman authored and hung a bright orange sign on his door, which is now known as the Sign on the Door which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors and overcomers everywhere.After a 21-year career, Redman retired from the Navy in 2013 and founded SOF Spoken, a speaking and coaching company which provides inspirational presentations on leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity for businesses, first responders, sports teams, and government organizations.Jason uses his 30-year Navy SEAL and business career to relate how the mindset practiced for decades to lead, build elite teams and deal with the highest levels of adversity can transform your life and business. Jason teaches how his Overcome Mindset helped him rise above a leadership failure, vicious enemy ambush, life-changing injuries and even a debilitating business crisis. Jason's incredible story, positive message and vibrant energy make him a highly-demanded speaker, both nationally and internationally. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

A look a Postwar Asia

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 39:14


Links from the show:* A Continent Erupts: Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945-1955* China Marine by Eugene Sledge* China's Battle for Korea: The 1951 Spring Offensive* Attack at Chosin: The Chinese Second Offensive in KoreaAbout my guest:Ronald Spector is an award-winning scholar of modern military history and has taught at the National War College and the U.S. Army War College. He is currently working on a study of the "hot wars" of the Asian Cold War in China, Indochina, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines during 1949-54. He has taught as a visiting professor in universities around the world.  Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 44:51


Links from the show:* Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution* Carl's blog* EPPCAbout my guest:Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. He is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Uses of Delusion: Why It's Not Always Rational to Be Rational

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 54:11


Links from the show:* The Uses of Delusion: Why It's Not Always Rational to Be Rational* Connect with Stuart* Skeptical Inquirer * Placebo booklet by Seth GodinAbout my guest:Stuart Vyse, PhD,is a behavioral scientist, teacher, and writer. He taught at Providence College, the University of Rhode Island, and Connecticut College. Vyse's book Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition won the 1999 William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association. He is a contributing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, where he writes the "Behavior & Belief" column, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 52:46


Links from the show:* True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson* Never miss an episodeAbout my guest:Kostya Kennedy is an editorial director at Dotdash Meredith and a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the New York Times bestselling author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports (runner-up for the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing) and Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. Both won the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year. He has taught at Columbia and NYU, and lives with his wife and daughters in Westchester County, New York. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 37:39


Links from the show:* Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II* Connect with PeterAbout my guest:Peter Shinkle worked for 19 years as a reporter at various news organizations, including most recently the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He covered the federal court system, and also wrote investigative stories on subjects ranging from improper disposal of radioactive waste to contamination spread by a lead mining company. He is the author of Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 62:17


Links from the show:* Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare* Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:David L. Sloss is the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor of Law at Santa Clara University. He is the author of The Death of Treaty Supremacy: An Invisible Constitutional Change (2016). Before entering academia, he worked for the U.S. government on drafting and negotiating arms control treaties. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Foxocracy: Inside the Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare: Inside the Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 59:13


Links from the show:* Foxocracy: Inside the Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare: Inside the Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare* Connect with Tobin on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletter to never miss the showAbout my guest:Tobin Smith appeared in more than 2,000 opinion panel segments on Fox News during his 14-year tenure as a paid FNC Contributor and Guest Anchor. Contractually obligated to be at Fox News' New York City studios at least 48 weeks a year to tape the weekend talk show “The Bulls & Bears” on Fridays, he was the only fulltime right-wing panelist always in the NYC studios, constantly asked by segment producers to play to role of the “hitman” or the panel member counted on to make the final right wing argument for the right wing audience at home. He also guest hosted 60+ episodes of Fox News and Fox Business Network programming from 2000-2013. While working with producers inside Fox News NYC and socializing with Fox News staff at favorite watering holes after work, he learned never-before revealed strategies Fox News production staff used to rig the outcomes of FNC opinion debate segments. Smith is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include ChangeWave Investing 2.0 and Billion Dollar Green. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Getting China Wrong

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 58:08


Links from the show:* Getting China Wrong* Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Aaron L. Friedberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1987, and co-director of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs's Center for International Security Studies. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a Senior Advisor to the National Bureau of Asian Research.Friedberg is the author of The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905 and In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America's Anti-Statism and its Cold War Grand Strategy, both published by Princeton University Press, and co-editor (with Richard Ellings) of three volumes in the National Bureau of Asian Research's annual "Strategic Asia" series. His third book, A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia, was published in 2011 by W.W. Norton and has been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean. His most recent monograph, Beyond Air-Sea Battle: The Debate Over U.S. Military Strategy in Asia was published in May 2014 as part of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Adelphi Paper series. Friedberg's articles and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Commentary, The National Interest, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Survival, and International Security.In 2001-2002 Friedberg was selected as the first occupant of the Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress. He has been a research fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Harvard University's Center for International Affairs. Dr. Friedberg served from June 2003 to June 2005 as Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the office of the Vice President. After leaving government he was appointed to the Defense Policy Board and the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. Friedberg received his AB in 1978 and his PhD in 1986, both from Harvard University. He is a member of the editorial boards of Joint Forces Quarterly and The Journal of Strategic Studies and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Lies My Gov't Told Me: And the Better Future Coming

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 70:15


Links from the show:* Lies My Gov't Told Me: And the Better Future Coming* Dr. Malone's newsletter* Malone Institute* Never miss an episodeAbout my guest:Robert W. Malone, MD MS is an internationally recognized virologist and immunologist, clinical research and regulatory affairs expert, US federal contract proposal and project manager, and the original inventor of mRNA delivery and vaccination as a technology, DNA vaccination, and multiple non-viral DNA and RNA/mRNA platform delivery technologies. Scientifically trained at UC Davis, UC San Diego, and at the Salk Institute Molecular Biology and Virology laboratories, Dr. Malone received his medical training at Northwestern University (MD) and Harvard University Medical School (clinical research postgraduate fellowship), and in Pathology at UC Davis. He has almost one hundred academic peer-reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker at about fifty conferences.   Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

CEO of Scribe Media JeVon McCormick

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 55:58


Links from the show:* Modern Leader* Scribe Media* Connect with JeVon* Never miss an episodeAbout my guest:JeVon McCormick is the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps individuals from a variety of backgrounds write, publish, and market their books. Recently named Best CEO in Austin, TX, JeVon is also an author and highly sought-after keynote speaker, delivering the message that “Everyone Has A Story” to enthusiastic audiences across the country. JeVon is passionate about conscious entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for at-risk youth. He has mentored young men and women in the juvenile justice system, as well as those in lower economic communities.JeVon currently serves as a board member for Conscious Capitalism and the StartEdUp Foundation. His story and work have been featured on CNBC, and in Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines. He lives in Austin with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle, and Jace. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Blue Water War: Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940–1945

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 58:44


Links from the show:* Blue Water War: Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940–1945* Never miss an episodeAbout my guest:Brian E. Walter is a retired Army officer from a combat arms branch with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Relations. He has been a student of the British military during the Second World War for more than 30 years. In researching this book, he did thousands of hours of research and analysis over a 25-year period during which time he reviewed and took inputs from hundreds of primary and secondary sources including substantial online and in-person research at the British National Archives and Imperial War Museum. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Times They Were a-Changin': 1964, the Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 60:22


Links from the show:* The Times They Were a-Changin': 1964, the Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn* Protecting the Presidential Candidates: From JFK To Biden* Support the showAbout my guest:Dr. Robert S. McElvaine is the author of ten books and has four more in the works. He is considered one of the world's leading historians of the era of the Great Depression. His specialties include cultural and political history and sex and gender. He teaches courses in American history and interdisciplinary courses on segments of twentieth-century America. Currently he is completing a comprehensive history of America in the year 1964. He travels abroad extensively and teaches a course in Vietnam and Cambodia on the American War in Vietnam. “Several of my passions come together in the classroom. I love to teach, write, and travel. I write in a conversational tone and consider my writing as teaching to a larger audience. In the classroom this means much interaction and discussion with students. My objective is always to talk not to students, but with students. “What I write about often finds its way into the classroom, and most of my foreign travels produce insights that are useful in class. I also love music and film and these media are featured prominently in my classes. My courses on the Great Depression, the Forties and Fifties, the Sixties, and the Seventies and Eighties all utilize literature, films, and music and involve students in much discussion.” Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 56:46


Links from the show:* The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation* Connect with Mark* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:* A native of Missouri, Mark Lee Gardner has researched and written about the human history of the American West since he was in high school. During his college years, he spent summers as a seasonal park ranger at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia. He also spent one summer as a Mary Moody Northen Graduate Fellow at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia. A short time after earning a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming, Mark became the director of History Colorado's Baca and Bloom Houses in Trinidad. He spent four years running this historic site overlooking the fabled Santa Fe Trail, after which he began his career as an independent historian, consultant, and fulltime writer. Mark subsequently authored several interpretive guides for National Park Service historic sites, including the Santa Fe Trail National Historic Trail, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, and Fort Union National Monument.* Mark has written a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning books, from material culture studies such as Wagons for the Santa Fe Trade (University of New Mexico Press, 2000) to his bestselling nonfiction titles for HarperCollins: To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett (2010); Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (2013); and Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill (2016). Mark's latest book is The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation, to be released by Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, on June 21, 2022.*  As an authority on the American West, Mark has frequently been an on-air expert for national broadcast and cable networks, public  radio, and for several podcasts. He's appeared on the History Channel, PBS American Experience, ABC World News, AMC, the Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, Encore Westerns Channel, Book TV, NPR's All Things Considered, and BBC Radio. * Mark's books and articles have earned him two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, a Colorado Book Award, a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, and a Wild West History Association best book award and best article award.* In addition to his research and writing, Mark is an award-winning musician and performer specializing in the historic music of the American West. For more on Mark's music, click on the button below. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Podcast UFO Host Martin Willis

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 47:45


Links from the show:* Podcast UFO* Follow Martin on TwitterAbout my guest: The subject of UFOs has fascinated Martin Willis since his youth, yet he was on the fence about the subject. He experienced a personal sighting in 2007 in Carmel Valley, CA, that solidified his beliefs that Unidentifiable Flying Objects really do exist. Since this time, Martin has paid attention to what others have to say about the phenomenon with some skepticism, yet an open mind. Pondering what UFOs may actually be, pushed his interest to another level. Martin thinks we may never find out what UFOs/UAP are, but it  is the most important and exciting puzzle yet to solve. Martin has an interest in astronomy, feels we are not alone and always maintained a strong scientific fascination of our vast universe. As a UFO enthusiast, Martin created Podcast UFO in November, 2011 with over 500 show interviews. Martin was the keynote speaker at the Pine Bush, UFO Conference in 2022. Martin is a long time professional antique & fine art appraiser.  Martin began podcasting on antiques, auctions and art in 2009  Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Life after the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 55:20


Links from the show:* Politics and Society in Contemporary China* In the Same Breath* E Larus Consulting* Josh Chin on the Chinese Surveillance State* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Elizabeth Freund Larus Ph.D., is Founder and President of E Larus Consulting LLC, and Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. A Fulbright Scholar and Taiwan Fellow, she specializes in East Asian political, economic, and security dynamics.Dr. Larus draws on more than 30 years of experience with the Asia-Pacific. She is author of the books Politics and Society in Contemporary China and Economic Reform in China, as well as dozens of book chapters, articles and online commentary on Chinese politics, Taiwan politics, China-Taiwan relations, US in Asia, and security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. She regularly contributes her insight to international media outlets, such as the Financial Times, Fortune magazine, CNBC, BBC, CGTN America, Channel NewsAsia, and Indus News. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Author, Military Historian, and Conflict Archaeologist James Stejskal

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 36:26


Links from the show:* Direct Legacy: A Cold War Spy Thriller (The Snake Eater Chronicles)* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:James Stejskal, after 35 years of service with US Army Special Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency, is a uniquely qualified historian and novelist. He is the author of the definitive history: Special Forces Berlin Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956–1990 and Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hejaz. Direct Legacy is his third novel. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The State of US/China Relations

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 61:26


Links from the show:* George H. W. Bush Foundation for US-China Relations* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newslettersh China FoundationAbout my guest:David J. Firestein is the inaugural president and CEO of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations (Bush China Foundation) and a founding and current member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. He is based in Austin, Texas.Prior to joining the Bush China Foundation, Mr. Firestein was the founding executive director of The University of Texas at Austin's (UT) China Public Policy Center (CPPC) and a clinical professor at UT's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Before moving to UT, Mr. Firestein served as senior vice president and Perot Fellow at the New York City-based EastWest Institute (EWI), where he led the Institute's track 2 diplomacy work in the areas of U.S.-China relations, East Asian security and U.S.-Russia relations; Mr. Firestein, who held EWI's lone endowed chair, remains one of the longest-serving senior executives in EWI history.A decorated career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, Mr. Firestein specialized primarily in U.S.-China relations. Among the honors he garnered during his diplomatic career were the Secretary of State's Award for Public Outreach (2006) and the Linguist of the Year Award (1997). Toward the end of his State Department career, he served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the union and professional association of the United States Foreign Service; in this capacity, he represented and worked to advance the interests of several thousand State Department constituents. He also served as the elected president of the large community associations of the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Moscow.Mr. Firestein is the author or co-author of three books on China, including two China-published Chinese-language best-sellers, as well as a large number of China-focused monographs, policy reports and articles (and publications on non-China-related topics). As a writer, Mr. Firestein broke new ground in a number of ways:  in the mid-1990s, he became the first foreign citizen to have a regular column in a People's Republic of China newspaper and the first foreign diplomat (and perhaps the first foreign citizen) to publish an original book in the country, among other milestones.  He is a prolific public speaker and frequent commentator in the U.S. and Chinese media. The Voice of America's Mandarin Service wrote in 2016 that Mr. Firestein is “one of the world's best non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese”; early in his career, he interpreted for dozens of top-level U.S. and Chinese leaders and officials. (Mr. Firestein also speaks Russian.)In the years since he left the State Department, Mr. Firestein has produced path-breaking Capitol Hill testimony, thought leadership and scholarship on a wide range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China trade, the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict, the value of government, U.S. public diplomacy in the wake of 9/11 and the use of contemporary country music as presidential campaign communication. Numerous incumbent and former U.S. secretaries of state and national security advisors from both sides of the partisan aisle—along with multiple other incumbent and former U.S. Cabinet members, members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. combatant commanders and other prominent U.S. figures—have lauded his contributions and achievements in the area of U.S.-China relations.In recent years, Mr. Firestein periodically has been invited to brief significant swaths of the U.S. investment community, including via the 20-20 Investment Association and the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, which together represent well over $30 trillion under management, on China and U.S.-China relations.Mr. Firestein currently serves on the boards of directors or advisors of over a dozen foreign affairs-focused, business-focused, China-focused and Texas-focused U.S. non-profit organizations. Of particular note, he is one of the few Americans who is concurrently formally affiliated with two different U.S. presidential legacy entities (the Bush China Foundation; and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he serves on the Dean's Advisory Council). He is also the only non-profit executive ever elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business, Texas' influential chamber of commerce. And he is a member of the founding, and current, Board of Directors of the U.S. Heartland China Association, where he serves as the inaugural chairman of the policy committee.Mr. Firestein was a member of the graduate faculty of The University of Texas at Austin for a total of four academic years, most recently from 2017 to 2019.  He was also the first foreign diplomat ever to teach courses and coach debate at MGIMO (now, MGIMO University), Russia's premier foreign affairs training ground.A native of Austin, Texas and current resident of the Austin area, Mr. Firestein holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and two master's degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as various advanced training certifications from the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the U.S. Department of State. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Writer, Podcaster, and Researcher Micah Hanks

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 66:08


Links from the show:* The Debrief'* American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry* Connect with Micah on Twitter* Visit Micah's website* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:With more than a decade in podcasting, travel, writing and research, and the study of history and science, Micah Hanks has more than just a passion for knowledge. His study of world history, culture and philosophy over the years have helped shape his nonpartisan outlook on current events, and always with a nod to the lessons history can teach us. Micah is a longtime advocate for scientific research into unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), more commonly known as UFOs. He is a contributing member of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), as well as a frequent commentator and writer on the subject, and maintains an interest in the history, and possible scientific  explanations for aspects of the phenomenon. You can learn about some of Micah's UAP research here and here. Micah's other interests include space studies, zoological mysteries and unusual phenomena in nature. A “hopeful skeptic,” he advocates a critically-minded approach to the study of these subjects. Be sure to visit Micah's blog for more of his writing, research and ideas.In 2020, Micah launched The Debrief with journalists Tim McMillan and MJ Banias. A news site and media enterprise which examines science and disruptive technology, The Debrief has closely followed developments related to the U.S. government's collection and evaluation of information related to UAP. After several years as a producer for iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel Radio), Micah began podcasting in 2011. Micah has interviewed a number of experts over the years in the fields of science, technology, philosophy, history, archaeology, and other disciplines. You can find where to listen to all of Micah's podcasts here.In 2016, Hanks began working closely with the archaeological community in the Southeastern United States, in an effort to understand relationships between early North Americans and their environment at the end of the last ice age. This led to the cofounding of the Seven Ages Research Associates, and in 2018 he and the team produced a short documentary on the controversial Topper archaeological site in Allendale County, South Carolina, which can be seen here. Micah is a frequent guest on podcasts and radio programs, and has been interviewed by Vice, Forbes, Investigation Discovery, CNN Radio, Coast to Coast AM, Hot Air, and a number of other outlets. He has also lectured in America and Europe on a variety of subjects that include archaeology, unidentified flying objects, and historical mysteries. If you would like to contact Micah, schedule him as a guest on your podcast, or are interested in having Micah speak at your conference or event, please see our “Contact” page. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Economics of the Parables

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 45:49


Links from the show:* The Economics of the Parables* Acton Institute* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Rev. Robert A. Sirico is a Roman Catholic priest and the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute, a think-tank dedicated to promoting a free-market economic policy framed within a moral worldview. He is the author of several books, including Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, and his writings have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, and National Review, among numerous other publications. Fr. is regularly called upon to discuss economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Truth about Psychedelics

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 55:11


Link from the show:* Connect with Matthew on Twitter* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Dr. Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. He is one of the world's most published scientists on the human effects of psychedelics, and has conducted seminal research in the behavioral economics of drug use, addiction, and risk behavior. Dr. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Vermont in 2004.Working with psychedelics for 16 years, Dr. Johnson published psychedelic safety guidelines in 2008, helping to resurrect psychedelic research. As Principle Investigator he developed and published the first research on psychedelic treatment of tobacco addiction in 2014. Dr. Johnson and colleagues published the largest study of psilocybin in treating cancer distress in 2016. His 2018 psilocybin abuse liability review recommended placement in Schedule-IV upon potential medical approval. He is Principle Investigator on funded studies investigating psilocybin in the treatment of opioid dependence and PTSD. Beyond psilocybin, in 2011 Dr. Johnson published the first-ever blinded human research showing psychoactive effects of salvinorin A, the active constituent in Salvia divinorum. He also published in 2017 the first data indicating that MDMA pill testing services may reduce harm, specifically by reducing drug consumption of unknown or undesired adulterants.Dr. Johnson is recognized for his research in behavioral economics, behavioral pharmacology, and behavior analysis. He has conducted seminal and widely cited research applying behavioral economic principles such as delay discounting and demand analysis to decision making within addiction, drug consumption, and risk behavior. This includes research determining delay discounting to be a fundamental behavioral process underlying addiction across drug classes, using economic demand analysis to determine the roles of nicotine and nonpharmacological factors in the abuse liability tobacco and other nicotine products, and using delay discounting, probability discounting, and demand analysis to understand sexual risk including condom non-use in casual sex situations. He conducted the first research administering cocaine to humans in determining that cocaine increases sexual desire and affects sexual decision making. He has conducted similar research administering methamphetamine and alcohol, examining effects on sexual decision making. He has published studies on drugs across nearly all psychoactive classes, including studies of cocaine, methamphetamine, tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, opioids, cannabis, benzodiazepines, psilocybin, dextromethorphan, salvinorin A, GHB, caffeine, and cathinone analogs compounds (so-called “bath salts”).Dr. Johnson was 2019 President of the Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Division of the American Psychological Association, and is current President of the International Society for Research on Psychedelics, an organization he founded with colleagues. He has received continuous NIH funding as Principal Investigator since 2009. He has reviewed for >75 journals and has served as guest editor on two special issues on psychedelics. Dr. Johnson has reviewed grants for NIH, NSF, the US Military, and multiple governments outside of the US. He is a standing member of the Addictions Risks and Mechanisms (ARM) NIH study section. He has provided invited presentations in 13 nations.Dr. Johnson has been interviewed widely by media about psychedelics and other drugs. These have included interviews by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Daily Mail, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Denver Post, the Baltimore Sun, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Vogue, Whole Living, the Washingtonian, Scientific American, Nature, Vice, Insider, Inverse, Healthline, and Psychology Today. Dr. Johnson has appeared for interviews on numerous television and radio shows including 60 Minutes, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Situation Room, Fox Business News' Kennedy, the Dr. Oz Show, PBS' Retro Report, Labyrint (television show in the Netherlands), Spectrum News NY1, the BBC World Service, NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show, New Zealand Radio, and Newstalk Radio Ireland. Dr. Johnson's panel discussion with Tim Ferriss at the Milken Institute Global Conference was broadcast on the Tim Ferriss Podcast. Dr. Johnson and his research were featured in an episode of Breakthrough on the National Geographic Channel, produced by Ron Howard, and in Michael Pollan's best-selling book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Defenders of the West: The Christian Heroes Who Stood Against Islam

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 37:12


Links from the show:* Defenders of the West: The Christian Heroes Who Stood Against Islam* Connect with Raymond* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Raymond Ibrahim, an expert in Islamic history and doctrine, is the author of Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (2018); Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians (2013); and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). He has appeared on C-SPAN, Al-Jazeera, CNN, NPR, and PBS, and been published by the New York Times Syndicate, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Weekly Standard, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst. Formerly an Arabic linguist at the Library of Congress, Ibrahim has guest lectured at many universities, including the U.S. Army War College, briefed governmental agencies such as U.S. Strategic Command, and testified before Congress. He has been a visiting fellow/scholar at a variety of Institutes—from the Hoover Institution to the National Intelligence University—and is currently a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Who Killed Jane Stanford?: A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 38:22


Links from the show:* Who Killed Jane Stanford?: A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University* Connect with Richard* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletter About my guest:Richard White is the author of many acclaimed histories, including the groundbreaking study of the transcontinentals, Railroaded, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Stanford University, and lives near Palo Alto, California. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Crisis of Command How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals and Politicians

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 27:44


Links from the show:* Crisis of Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals and Politicians* Connect with Stuart on Twitter* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:LtCol Stuart Scheller joined the United States Marine Corps in 2005. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master's in Military Science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Over the course of his seventeen-year service, he has commanded troops at the platoon, company, and battalion level.  He has excelled as a leader both on deployment and in the training of future warriors. In the first year of his service he was called upon to help evacuate American citizens from Beirut during the 2006 Israeli-Lebanese conflict. In Ramadi, Iraq, he served as a company executive officer and fire support team leader. In the Paktika and Ghanziprovinces of Afghanistan, he helped clear IEDs. He has held multiple training commands including, most recently, commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalionat the School of Infantry East at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It was in this capacity that he attracted attention in the summer of 2021 for speaking out against the disordered American withdrawal from Afghanistan and the failures in leadership––civil and military––that led to the chaos. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The FIFA World Cup: A History of the Planet's Biggest Sporting Event

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 52:22


Links from the show:* The FIFA World Cup: A History of the Planet's Biggest Sporting Event* Playing Through the Pain: Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession That Changed Baseball Forever* Listen to the show on your favorite platform* Connect with Clemente on Twitter* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Affiliate Assistant Professor Clemente Lisi teaches writing and journalism at The King's College. He also co-directs the NYC Semester in Journalism program and acts as an advisor to the student online newspaper/print magazine/video platform, The Empire State Tribune.Lisi has worked as a journalist and editor for over two decades. In that time, he has been an editor at major metropolitan dailies such as the New York Post and the New York Daily News. He also has experience in the digital space, serving as senior editor at ABCNews.com. He worked primarily in the area of breaking news and sports. He has covered some of the biggest stories of this century, including the September 11 attacks and its aftermath as well as the elevation of Timothy Dolan to cardinal at the Vatican in February 2012.Lisi is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and he worked as an adjunct professor at Fordham University. He enjoys coaching and playing soccer, reading books about history, and spending time with his wife and two children. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 56:03


Links from the show:* Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control* A Shot to Save the World podcast* Connect with Josh on Twitter* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Josh Chin is deputy bureau chief responsible for politics and general news in The Wall Street Journal's China bureau.Prior to his current role, Josh spent six years as a politics reporter in China covering law, civil society, and government use of technology. He is a recipient of the Dan Bolles Medal and led an investigative team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for international reporting in 2018. He is the co-author, with Journal reporter Liza Lin, of "Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control" (2022, St. Martin's Press).Josh started reporting for the Journal in 2008 as a freelance video journalist in Beijing and also spent several years editing the newspaper's China blog. He began his career an editorial assistant at the Park Record, in Park City, Utah Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

What makes a top tier athlete?

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 44:47


What makes an elite athlete? Who better to ask than a man who has coached Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams? Coach Rick Macci chats about what he's learned coaching some of the greatest to ever hold a racket.Links from the show:* Connect with Rick* King Richard Movie* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Rick's experience over the past 40 years in molding a player is unmatched by any teacher in the world. As a USPTA Master Professional, Rick trains other tennis pros and coaches how to teach, motivate and communicate with their students to “deliver the goods”. Experts agree that Rick's insight to explaining and presenting the psychological triggers of an athlete is a gift that very few coaches' possess and can deliver. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

China After Mao: The Rise of a Superpower

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 52:44


Today's guest, Frank Dikötter, comes on to chat about the impact that Mao had on China and how the People's Republic of China has navigated the global political landscape since his death. Links from the show:* China After Mao: The Rise of a Superpower* Connect with Frank* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my Guest:Frank Dikötter is the author of the People's Trilogy, a series of books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China on the basis of new archival material. The first volume, entitled Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Britain's most prestigious book award for non-fiction. The second instalment, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 concludes the trilogy and was short-listed for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017. His last book is entitled China after Mao: The Rise of a Superpower.Frank has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. Before coming to Hong Kong he was Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.Born in the Netherlands in 1961, he was educated in Switzerland  and graduated from the University of Geneva with a Double Major in History and Russian. After two years in the People's Republic of China, he moved to London where he obtained his PhD in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1990. He stayed at SOAS as British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and as Wellcome Research Fellow before being promoted to a personal chair as Professor of the Modern History of China in 2002. His research and writing has been funded by over 2 US$ million in grants from various foundations, including, in Britain, the Wellcome Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Economic and Social Research Council and, in Hong Kong, the Research Grants Council and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. He holds an honorary doctorate from Leiden University and is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.He has published a dozen books that have changed the ways historians view modern China, from the classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992) to China before Mao: The Age of Openness (2007). His work has been translated into twenty languages. Frank Dikötter is married and lives in Hong Kong. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 49:34


How much can we blame or praise genetics? Today, Dr. Robert Plomin comes on to chat about the role of genetics in areas such as alcohol addiction, obesity, and schizophrenia.Links from the show:* Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Robert Plomin is MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London. In 1994 after positions in the US at the University of Colorado and Pennsylvania State University, he came to the Institute to help Professor Sir Michael Rutter launch the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre. The goal of the Centre is to bring together genetic and environmental strategies to understand individual differences in behavioural development, which characterises his research.  In 1995, Professor Plomin began the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), which has followed 10,000 pairs of UK twins from infancy through early adulthood and has been continuously funded for 25 years as a programme grant from the Medical Research Council. He has published more than 800 papers and is the author of the best-selling textbook in the field as well as a dozen other books. His most recent book is Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Allen Lane, October 2018; paperback by Penguin, June 2019). Blueprint describes how the DNA revolution is transforming science, society and the way we think about ourselves.  Professor Plomin has been elected the youngest President of the international Behavior Genetics Association and has received lifetime research achievement awards from the major associations related to his field (Behavior Genetics Association, Association of Psychological Science, Society for Research in Child Development, International Society for Intelligence Research), as well as being made Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Academy, American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).   Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 57:30


Why do you go to the hospital, take medicine, or go to school? Robin Hason comes on the podcast to chat about motivations and why we often do get them wrong. Links from the show:* The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life* Link to Robin's papers* Connect with Robin on Twitter* Connect with Ryan on Twitter* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics, and received his Ph.D in 1997 in social sciences from Caltech. He joined George Mason's economics faculty in 1999 after completing a two-year post-doc at U.C Berkely. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory.Dr. Hanson's personal homepage includes his work in academic economics, class materials, and a sampling of his broader interests in economics, philosophy, political theory, alternative institutions, and the economics of science fiction. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

The Mind of a Bee

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 57:22


Always Bee learning, right? Yeah, cheesy I know, but I'm a dad. Anywho, today's guest, Lars Chittka, came on to chat about bees. I had no idea had little i knew about bees! Links from the show:* The Mind of a Bee* Killer Bee Queens - The Beekeeper's Dream* Subscribe to the newsletterAbout my guest:Lars Chittka is the founder of the Research Centre for Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London. He has been an Editor of Biology's leading open access journal PLoS Biology (IF=11.5) since 2004, and has also been on the Editorial Board of the venerable Proc Roy Soc Lond B (IF=5.4; 2010-2012) and the Quarterly Review of Biology (IF=7.7; 2004-2010); he is a member of the Faculty of 1000, and was an ERC Panel Chair (Consolidator Grants LS8, 2010-2013). Lars Chittka is a recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and an ERC Advanced Grant. He is also an elected Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS) the Royal Entomological Society (FRES) as well as the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). He received the Lesley Goodman Award of the Royal Entomological Society in 2006, with Dr. T. Doering. His current H-index is 88 (Google Scholar, Jun 2022)."Work in the Chittka lab is poised at the intersection between sensory physiology and learning psychology on the one hand, and evolutionary ecology on the other. Why do animals have the sensory systems they do? How do they use them in their natural foraging environment? How do cognitive-behavioural processes function in the economy of nature? Pollinator-plant interactions have been used as a model system to study these questions. Bees have been the organisms of choice in most of these studies, because their colonies can be easily kept, their experience can be readily controlled, they have a rich behavioural repertoire and amazing learning capacities. Members of the team have been particularly interested in mutual evolutionary and ecological influences of insect colour vision and flower colour signals, and insect learning and flower advertising. In addition, they have studied bee navigation, including the question of how bees use spatial memory to navigate among several rewarded sites. Recently, Chittka has also become interested in the evolution of cognitive capacities and communication, and the pollination biology of invasive species. Work in the Chittka lab has made use of field studies, as well as experimental studies with computer-controlled behavioural tests, computer simulations, and phylogenetic analyses. Many of Chittka's former PhD students and postdocs have moved on to become P.I.s at prestigious academic institutions. This is a public episode. If you'd like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe