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This Week's Favorite Podcasts

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Here are my Top 5 podcast episodes I recommend listening to over the weekend.

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📰 News

Podcast: Start Here
Episode: “Dry Cycle: How Drought Returned to the West”
Host: Brad Mielke
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 26 min | 🗓️ 06/08/2021

“The panic is growing, because nothing else is.” This is how Brad Mielke introduces this “Start Here” episode. What he is referring to is the historic droughts in the western US states and the revelation of the highest carbon dioxide levels in the planet's recorded history. Furthermore, the episode covers the FDA approval process for a promising, but controversial, Alzheimer's drug and the recovery of millions of dollars stolen in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

🗳️ Politics

Podcast: The NPR Politics Podcast
Episode: “How Does Trump's Return To The Public Eye Impact GOP Lawmakers?”
Hosts: Susan Davis, Domenico Montanaro & Mara Liasson
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 13 min | 🗓️ 06/07/2021

Trump returns to the public eye as he spoke at a North Carolina Republican Party meeting last weekend. The hosts discuss not only the disturbing content of his speech, but also Trump’s lasting impact and control of the conservative political ecosystem. In my mind, the most important question asked is “Why should we even talk about Trump and give him a platform?” Find the answers by listening to this “NPR Politics Podcast” episode.

🚀 Biz & Tech

Podcast: The Pomp Podcast
Episode: “Scott Harrison on the Bitcoin Water Trust”
Host: Anthony Pompliano a.k.a. Pomp
Guest: Scott Harrison | Founder & CEO | charity: water
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 42 min | 🗓️ 06/09/2021

This “Pomp” episode has undoubtedly been my favorite of the week. It brings together two topics that initially might seem incompatible. Scott Harrison is the founder and current CEO of the non-profit charity: water, introduces the bitcoin water trust. I’ve never seen this innovative concept of doing good in the world with cryptocurrency. How exactly it works, what the five year goal is, and what impact the water trust intends to have on the millions worldwide that live without clean drinking water - give it a listen!

💬 Culture & Society

Podcast: The Argument
Episode: “Whose Pride Is It Anyway?”
Host: Jane Coaston
Guests: André Thomas | Co-chair | NYC Pride & Brian Downey | President | The Gay Officers Action League
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 28 min | 🗓️ 06/09/2021

Another topic I was looking forward to educating myself more on is LGBTQ+ movements and issues. Eventually, I found this “The Argument” episode that discusses Pride Month’s parades and festivities and the specific restrictions for police officers. In New York and several other cities, parade organizers have said uniformed police officers may not march as a group. When I first heard of this, I couldn't believe it. Listen to this episode if you are as perplexed as I was to learn more about this relevant matter.

📖 History

Podcast: Today, Explained
Episode: “Critical Race Theory”
Host: Haleema Shah
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 26 min | 🗓️ 06/07/2021

Last but not least, I started my week by listening to this “Today, Explained” episode about the “critical race theory” and found it very informative. Haleema Shah explores what exactly the term “critical race theory” means as well as its history. However, the focus is on the current events of Republican lawmakers, which are pushing laws to ban “critical race theory” in schools. Learn more about the intention and effects behind the bans by tuning in to this one.

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