Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - April 27, 2019

Brian Gongol

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Segment 1: (11 min)

BUT FIRST: The opening essay

The frustrated pre-verbal child

Imagine how humans were once pre-verbal; how frustrating all of life would have been

The liberation not of getting everything you want, but of at least being able to describe what it is

Conflict with the Communist world used to give us the clarity of purpose that we didn't have a lot of coded conversations about real issues

We also buried a great number of meaningful things that we should have overcome -- in part because our attention was on an even larger peril, and in part because we didn't grasp a language for even describing what it was that needed further debate

Now we have a million platforms to talk and debate, and it's keeping us from a clarity of purpose about what's confronting us

We don't share a language for confronting attacks on our democratic system

We don't share a language for dealing with emerging health threats, both old and new

We don't share a language for addressing the wrenching social consequences of inevitable economic changes

We don't share a language for grappling with matters of resiliency in all its forms -- from weather extremes to municipal pension obligations

So it's no surprise that we're swimming naked on issues from AI development to China's Belt-and-Road program, from antibiotic resistance to "active measures" in cyberspace, and from opioid addiction to the looming entitlements crisis.

We don't know when the tide is going out on us, but swimming naked eventually exposes you.

We have to press the issues, fellow Iowans. We need to talk about them in plain English and demand clear, thoughtful, humble responses. We have to be tough on our "own" sides, especially because these big challenges don't neatly line up along conventional partisan boundaries.

We have to create the language to even have the debates, and that takes some effort. But these next-generation problems are too big to ignore, and we can't just act like frustrated toddlers when they evolve from threats on the horizon to imminent troubles.

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Segment 2: (8 min)

Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day

Last week's debate:

Segment 3: (14 min)

Iowa news

Verizon promises 5G to Des Moines -- one of the first 20 cities to get it


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Segment 5: (11 min)

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Segment 8: (5 min)

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Unsorted and leftovers:

This week

Hot (social) topics

By the numbers

Make money

Have fun

Clean up after yourself

Mind your business

Quote of the Week

Technology Three | The week in technology

Your role in cyberwar

Contrary to popular opinion

Hyperbole is going to kill us all

21st Century conservatism

Curiosity, competence, and humility

Have a little empathy

Inbox zero

Stop the deliberate ignorance

Tin Foil Hat Award

Yay Capitalism Prize

Capitalist solution of the week


One year ago

Five years ago

Ten years ago

Programming notes

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Calendar events to highlight



Listen to the full episode from April 27, 2019 here

Lots of candidates are descending on Iowa. Are we asking them the right questions?

Listen to segment 1

Debating the best Bond

Listen to segment 2

③ and ④ 5G phones and billowing storm clouds: The Technology Three

Listen to segment 4/5

Algorithms may be very good, but they don't necessarily send us to the things we need next.

Listen to segment 5

What would you do to protect your kids? Most of us would say "nearly anything". So that ought to give us some perspective on what some of the families face when they try to send their kids across the border into the US.

Listen to segment 6

Even Major League Baseball players pay attention to their working conditions. Millions of dollars in salary can only go so far.

Listen to segment 7

Journalists need to ask the next question

Listen to segment 8