Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - August 3, 2019

Brian Gongol

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Breaking news to watch

Segment 1: (11 min)

BUT FIRST: The opening essay

The moral of the story:

Segment 2: (8 min)

Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day

The moral of the story:

Segment 3: (14 min)

Science Center / Apollo 50 - Emilee Richardson - Science Center of Iowa

Segment 4: (5 min)

Website reminder

The moral of the story:

Segment 5: (11 min)

The moral of the story:

Segment 6: (8 min)

Citizen Water Academy - Laura Sarcone - DMWW

Segment 7: (14 min)

The moral of the story:

Segment 8: (5 min)

The moral of the story:

Unsorted and leftovers:

This week

BBC | VOA | Times | CNN | CSM

Hot (social) topics

Google Trends | Yahoo | Y-today | Yahoo Buzz | MSN | MSN UK | Alexa | Delicio | Lycos | Technorati | AOL | Google | Dogpile | Ask (wkly) | CBS | Bloglines | NYTLede | Twitter

By the numbers

Make money

Economist | Fast Co | WSJ | CB

Have fun

Clean up after yourself

Mind your business

Quote of the Week

"Your competitors will keep learning, so you have to go to bed smarter than you woke up." - Charlie Munger

"It is up to us. History is not made by abstract forces, or classes. It is made by people. If we have the moral courage to say what we believe to be true, right and good, the people will be with us." - Keith Joseph

Technology Three | The week in technology

Wired | Slashdot | CNet | ZD | Engad | Digg | TechRepublic | ArsTech | Tw/sci list | Tw/designandtech list

Your role in cyberwar


Iowa news

DSM | RadI | CID | DVN | ALO | SUX | DBQ | BUR | FOD | MCW | IC | DI | ISU | UNI

Contrary to popular opinion

Hyperbole is going to kill us all

What's the big idea?

21st Century conservatism

Cities and the people

Tw/cities | CityLab | StrongTowns

Curiosity, competence, and humility

Have a little empathy

How are you feeling?

NIH | CDC | BBC | CNN | WebMD | Harvard

Inbox zero

Stop the deliberate ignorance

Tin Foil Hat Award

Yay Capitalism Prize

Capitalist solution of the week


An instant Oscar to the actor willing to floss in front of the world on camera. It's basically the full frontal nudity of personal hygiene.

This day in history

HistCh | Infoplease | LoC | HistNet | NYT | Yahoo

One year ago

Five years ago

Ten years ago

Programming notes

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Live read: Contests

Live read: Smart speakers (hour 1)

Smart speakers

Live read: Smart speakers (hour 2)

Smart speakers

Calendar events to highlight



Listen to the full episode from August 3, 2019 here

A classic small-town gas station has been turned into a modern-day veterinarian's office. It takes a lot of work to salvage old buildings for contemporary use. In this age when the President takes pot-shots at individual American cities, it's worthwhile for us to spend more time exchanging notes on how to keep our towns healthy and well-maintained than on cheap insults.

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Which was the worst day of summer when you were a kid?

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The Moon landing 50 years ago wouldn't have happened without Iowans. Emilee Richardson of the Science Center of Iowa has the details -- including upcoming events in commemoration of the anniversary. A special screening of "Live from the Moon" is coming upon August 13th.

Listen to segment 3

Capital One reports on a cybersecurity breach with a most unusual declaration

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⑤ and ⑥ Copyrights, wrongs, and balances: Josh Lamel of the Re:Create Coalition offers the case for "balanced copyright" -- so content creators can get protection, but the rest of us can be free to use what we discover

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Get the inside track on what's in your water from the Des Moines Water Works Citizen Water Academy. Laura Sarcone has the details.

Listen to segment 7

Should the government really have the power to limit your time on Facebook? The SMART Act contains some really dumb provisions.

Listen to segment 8