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EP 439 The Lessons of the Afghanistan War Going Forward

 After the debacle of the Vietnam War, astute observers of our failed attempt at counterinsurgency said let us not do this again.  Yet, we went into Afghanistan following the attack on 9-11-2001 and have found ourselves in a similar quagmire ever since.  There was a more strategic approach to rooting out Al Qaeda, but we … Continue reading EP 439 The Lessons of the Afghanistan War Going Forward

EP 438 Pardon Me, Mr. President

In the finals days of the Trump Administration, the President attended primarily to one piece of business, the handing out of pardons.  We were told that Donald Trump liked this power because it was virtually absolute.  Others felt he he used it to keep authorities away from his front door when he became Citizen Trump … Continue reading EP 438 Pardon Me, Mr. President

EP 437 Are Drugs Sold at the Pharmacy Or On a Street Corner More Dangerous?

What is the difference between pharmaceuticals and drugs?  Often it’s the type of person selling one or the other and the type of person consuming the product.  Patients who have become addicted to that which their doctor has prescribed generally have been viewed as innocent victims, while those who develop a similar habit outside of … Continue reading EP 437 Are Drugs Sold at the Pharmacy Or On a Street Corner More Dangerous?

EP 436 Is America Really a Welcoming Place for Immigrants?

  America tells itself a lot of stories about its ethos that turn out to be misleading, or worse yet false, when put to true historical scrutiny.  Waves of immigrants have made their way here thinking that their lot would be so much better when they reach our shores, only to find many roadblocks and … Continue reading EP 436 Is America Really a Welcoming Place for Immigrants?

EP 435 Can America Come Together Again?

Here’s some history to draw you into this podcast.  America was at the heights of solidarity and common purposes for over half a century beginning in the early 1900’s through the 1960’s and then we began to split apart as a society, as we had in the late 19th century.  America’s past was divided and … Continue reading EP 435 Can America Come Together Again?

EP 434 America is Unraveling Before Our Eyes

While the Trump era is over, there looms a great question as to whether America is in any position to resume a leadership role in the world.  As past plagues and pandemics have revealed, the weaknesses of empires often is recognized well after their influence has peaked.  Wade Davis, an anthropologist from the University of … Continue reading EP 434 America is Unraveling Before Our Eyes

EP 433 Can Government Solve Big Problems Anymore?

On the heels of the pandemic, we see that government has issues responding to a major, largely unseen, crisis.  As trust in public institutions crumbles, the question is whether we can restore faith in our system by bold actions that jolt the public into a new belief in what’s possible.  It’s a big job.  Decades … Continue reading EP 433 Can Government Solve Big Problems Anymore?

EP 432 Megaregions Emerge in America

 As the US population grows-potentially by over 110 million people by 2050-cities and suburbs will continue expanding, meeting the suburbs of neighboring cities and forming continuous urban megaregions.  The United States now has at least a dozen such megaregions, including one extending from Richmond, Virginia to Portland, Maine and another running from Santa Barbara, California … Continue reading EP 432 Megaregions Emerge in America

EP 431 Do the Suburbs Need Retrofitting?

 More Americans live in suburban settings than any other. Suburbs are not a monolith.  Depending on factors like proximity to an urban center, they take on various forms. Sprawl is often noted as one of the worst aspects of suburban growth. As we continue to build more highways to satisfy the desire for many to … Continue reading EP 431 Do the Suburbs Need Retrofitting?

EP 430 Are You Prepared to Die?

 Our podcast is about looking down the road a bit.  If we’re all honest with ourselves, we know how our personal story ends.  The truth is few of us want to plan for it in the way we do for the arrival of our first child, purchasing our first home or our retirement.  And that … Continue reading EP 430 Are You Prepared to Die?

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