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"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Last week. Trump whiffed on the ultimate softball question when Sean Hannity asked him what he hoped to accomplish in a second term. Actually, he didn't whiff. He took a third strike. That was lobbed high over the heart of the plate. He had nothing nothing. Zero goals. For a second term. Joe Biden, news remind Americans were leadership is supposed to look like. World why we need to engage our allies if we are to challenge China's. Emergence as the world's preeminent superpower domestically. We have to restore Americans confidence in our ability to solve problems and make progress. The vast majority of Americans want to build on on Obamacare and not not abandon it. We want our government agencies run by competent professionals not crooked cronies. We want a system of taxation that rewards work, not capital. And that raises enough revenue to meet the needs of American families, we want to meaningfully address the systemic racism that has been our country's shameful legacy for four hundred years. We want an educational system that works for every American. Child and every adult. Who wants to further herself? In a twenty first century economy, we want roads and bridges and trains, which at least resemble those in other developed countries. We want a president who cannot only Sean Hannity softball question, but also inspire us with his answer. We Are America. Not So long ago. That meant something. We are capable of restoring our place in the world and of being a nation that remembers that as Paul Wellstone put it. We all do better when we all do better. Joe Biden is not Franklin Roosevelt. But he is Joe Biden. A, fundamentally decent man. Who could begin healing some of the divisions that this president has deliberately exploited and deepened. He is a man of deep empathy. would inherit a wounded nation from a man incapable of caring about anyone other than himself. But I by nasty win. Which means he has to bring it. Glad I got that off my chest. Okay couple of matters of business before we get to Marc. Elias and our Texas teenagers first of all the Raffle to win a virtual cocktail party with me and Sarah. Silverman and this is to help black and Brown owned businesses that sustained damage during the civil disorders in the twin cities. Help them get back on their feet. You can go to Al. Franken DOT COM to get all the details. Okay now we're GONNA. Go to my conversation with.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hey everybody I got a really special today. You know for change and this time. This time I really mean it because this is our special fourth of July podcast now normally I guess are either authorities. On certain topics, Jeffrey Toobin Dahlia LIPOIC mccord's Paul, Krugman and Austin Goolsbee on economics sector Lena Win Andy Slaving on the coronavirus or their comedian friends of mine like Sarah. Silverman, and Chris Rock and Conan O'Brien, but because our nation celebrates is independence from England, every fourth of July I asked the author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson. To join me virtually of course. And thought you might enjoy this special Al Franken podcast. President Jefferson Thank you for joining me my pleasure. You know lots of writers have used this device over the years. Really I I thought I was the first. You'll joking. That's funny. Okay. Where are you? Joining us from Sir for my crypt in Monticello okay well first of all congratulations. Your words have held up very well over two hundred and forty four years. For the most part. I've been kicking myself. To The yes. On the all men are created equal thing. How how so well all men should mean all men, and they pretty much gave the impression that I mentioned white men. Property So that wasn't your intention, but actually it was just said regretting kids number of years later. and. When was that July off eighteen, twenty four? The day you died, yes. You're saying that on the day you died. You realize that all men, not just white male property owners should be regarded as equal absolutely, and I have to tell you. It was one bazaar day first of all I was in the throes of delirium. And having these strange piff at one of them will set. All men are created equal could mean all men are created equal. Wow yes, wow indeed. And at that moment you, you drop dead out in no I wish. You wish yes, you see may choose will might test bed saying that buys. All your children were there. Ones! With my wife. Not the ones with with Sally. Hemmings Oh heavens. No! It may children with my Concubine Sally hemmings. Were themselves slaves, as of course was Saturday as was the custom of the time so. was. Your white children. Are Around your deathbed Oh. Yes, it I tell them i. it just occurred to me that I had made a mistake in a declaration that all men are created equal should have meant exactly that. The toll man, no matter their race whether or not they own property that all men are created equal and should be free. And what was their reaction Oh? Not Good, not good at all. Because you owned a lot of slaves their monticello precisely. So your kids, the ones from your wife. They understood you to mean that your slaves should be freed. Yes and you can imagine the Hullaballoo. They wanted. To keep the Slaves Oh. Yes, they went insane. But father who's going to do other work around the plantation of father you do know. Why would rich down chew because we have slaves? So they were that sarcastic Lamari was Martha was always very sweet father pray Ted who is going to do the cooking in the laundry and housekeeping. And I, said the slaves. Vitamin. Whoa I'm sorry. I'm confused and said were they believe me they thought. I wanted to free all the say's, which was not at all by intention when I said all men are created equal interest that all men. Not, women. Are you saying that all men should have equal rights, but not women well, yes. That shouldn't be said difficult to understand. All men are created equal. Just let that's all man should be afforded the same rights and privileges. All other men women however are completely different matter altogether. They're women. So. Your intention was Monticello. To keep its women slaves as as slaves. I see no reason why not. And, and what did your children think about that I? Don't know that's when he died. Okay! I just think my listeners. Might find all of this. Deeply disturbing. Look I was privileged white man born in seventeen, forty, three, okay. That's where I got to and in t twenty four, since then I've been dead. It's hot to volve when you're dead. And yes, I I was not a perfect man. I fathered six children with my slave. Sally hemmings I know today. That sounds very bad, okay? By the way would have freed the three boys. Okay. Guess no one's perfect and I mean you did right there. We are always striving to be a more perfect union. That's in the preamble of the Constitution. You CREIGHTON. That's right. Well Louisiana purchase that was you. You're welcome. Yes, thanks for that. That was a huge part of our our country. Weld Unser, yes. And thank you for joining US MR president. Thank you for having me. meow I very much enjoyed the podcast. Well, thank you Sir Thomas Chips? Author of the Declaration of Independence on this Independence Day..
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"I'm GonNa talk to Chris Montana now, and after that, with Melvin Carter the mayor of simple. With me as promised Chris Montana the first black owner of a spirits distillery. Is that right micro to Syria and do Nord Craft? Spirits interact with and the place sustained some damage from being set on fire. Is that correct during the demonstrations? Yeah, warehouse had about five fire set inside of it. Listen people get a word picture of somebody when when they're on and we can't win this video so I just WanNa make sure on the name. We've discussed this Chris. Montana complicated how you got Montana. Your birth mother got divorced when she got divorced. She just wanted she didn't WanNa made name. She didn't want her married name, so she just liked Montana. So you are Chris, Montana. I'll tell you why is this? I just do not want my audience. To get the idea that they may be giving money to black guy who's wearing like a fringed jacket. Cowboy boots and a Stetson. Riding a motorcycle. Or worse, a horse or something and the. Kind of word picture of who I'm talking to and I, just WANNA. Make sure that the Montana part. That's not you that that part that picture it usually throws people. Okay, let's go to the actual important stuff. K., you are in the Lake Street neighborhood. Yes, and That's where Denard crafts is, and you got you. Had Insurance had good insurance, right? How good it is remains to be seen, but we do have insurance and it's. It's going to help us deal with her with losses. So you're putting together a go fund me that Sarah. Sarah Silverman, and I will be helping and I hope my listeners will be helping if they want to. They can go to Al Franken Dot Com, and I just want them to know that none of this will be going to you or your micro story. Yeah, the the purpose of the go fund me has helped the other businesses who might be in a little bit of a worse. Situation we are. As you mentioned me of insurance, we'll see what it pays out is gonNA pay out something. A lot of people have none or their massively under insured, and we want to get some money in people's pockets quickly so that we don't lose some of these businesses that added to the diversity of businesses along the Lake Street corridor in other places in the twin cities I'll get back to the go fund me in a bit, but I just want folks to know how dedicated to your community immediately after the the demonstration and fires You also started a food pantry. Right. Yeah, well, I mean you call it what you want I've alternative like all of the food banks through. One way or the other were trying to get the needed essentials into community hands..
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hey everybody. We got a great one today and I. Don't usually say that. About we just do. My guest is David Litt who has written a book? His book out it's called Democracy in one book or last how it works why it doesn't and why fixing it is easier than you think. Now I don't judge a book by its cover. I judged by its title, and this title is not great to be honest. you know and I can say that I'm the guy who wrote rush Limbaugh, a big, fat, idiot, and other observations, and lies in lying liars who tell them a fair balance. Look the right. I know a good title. Okay but I knew that David had worked in the Obama White House and he'd been the guy who supervised. President Obama's White House correspondents dinner speeches, his monologues from two thousand thirteen on, and they were all great. Obama just killed at always and the publisher sent me the book and I read. It's great. It's great. It covers everything that's wrong with our democracy, but it doesn't way. It's really insightful, and it's a terrific read. It's funny all the way through not like stuff like hilarious, but still funny. Anyway we'll be talking to him and a bit just a couple of comments about the week about the news How about that Supreme, court the good decisions, two of them on LGBT Q. Rights in the workplace great decision by Neal Gorsuch. for God's sakes six three I do have to say that a Lido's descent was very gay. you know in my opinion? And this one I took personally I am a member of the LGBTQ. Community I'm half a be. Now my experience. With joke is that. I have to explain it be is bisexual. And Half A. B. is okay. That's for the folks who thought the ad for cigarette. aficionado was a real ad that was for real magazine. And and the and who got mad at me, so great decision on Daca Thank God Roberts again on the right side but He won't be on something really awful very soon. I'm sure okay got pizza business. One subscribe. If you subscribe, you'll know when a new one is up next week, a great interview and I mean it with Melvin car. The mayor of Saint Paul so great one so subscribe. I also wanted to give a shoutout to talking feds. It's a podcast of that marie-claire calls the second best political podcast out there. I guess I was I so I was I was just on talking feds with norm. Ornstein, David Frum and the host of of talking heads of course Harry, Littman speaking, which the Al Franken podcast is starting new podcast under our umbrella, and the first one is morning. Ju Sarah Silverman will be in the MEKA spot. and Norm and from and Harry, and we'll be regulars along with ruth. Marcus Michelle Goldberg and Howard Fineman also. pod Damn America with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright will be coming under our umbrella,.
Tottenham vs Manchester United highlights and reaction
"In the Premier League Tottenham Hotspur taking on Manchester United Finish Spurs. One united one. Craig Burley Stephen Nickell on frank, leboeuf. Replaced on that Game Craig. Let's start with you one one fan. Well, thank you deserve something that the game that we played No. No surprise that taught them were Clinton deep. That's what he did before the lockdown. That's continue to. But I thought you know journey. Passenger falstaff the shift. The Ball quelques PAS and particularly sweat. You play doughnut, right hand side where? You know for them. They were trying to exploit Maguire in Shaw. who comfortable for long periods but? You know all ultimately. Goal which is a really good one from United's perspective, and Maguire and couple of glory now. He made some changes then in April you know greenwood definitely poke pogba Mehta. Devon's and taught them. Just started this deep so I I think united at least good for point. Of course pro on ensuring the second half Franken in performance that you want to see more of his United Fan. Yes definitely you made a huge impact. When he came on and play for like thirty minutes and we saw was Fernandez that he was. He could make a very good pair and I want to see more of course, more involvement, but. E creed the penalty eventing. Maybe we're going to talk about it I don't think it was a penalty, but E was It was good. We had good mentality, and we know how good he is and how? Big Can before Manchester United. He's gotTa start now from now on Stevie. No, I don't think so it didn't. It didn't look particularly strong I. Mean You saw closeup? Italians and he was blowing. Pray heavy for the guy who. was playing for half an hour so clearly. He didn't start because he's not. He's not physically strong enough to settling. Play a whole game. Solskjaer decided to bring him on for a Hafer. Which is actually for? Makes, him look good. Clearly, the opposition were were running a steam. When you can bring on Sunday we're has ability. Then that's good forever body. It makes him look good and of course. Gives a team a left. I'd have to see on the other Tondo taught. Them. have. Marine is GONNA. Play this we all the time. What she certainly looks like. He's going to have to find a playmaker because he doesn't have what Eric Lamelo as much as you have the ball. He come come pick A. I don't know whether he sees a possible, even if he does it come pick it and he kept giving away and how? Kate must be thinking Oh my goodness. For the on percents shop. Physically, not he must be thinking while we actually going to do this game and game out because if he's going to have a tough time getting goals.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"School System for twelve years and John King spent a few years as the acting deputy secretary of education, and before that had. Been in charge of New York State's educational system, and before that was also a graduate of of had a doctorate in education, and also was a doctorate in law. and. We only had to have five minutes. She knew nothing. Nothing. Nothing. I mean the irony of someone in charge of education. Who knows nothing about education? But of course that was the point. She doesn't believe in public education. She doesn't believe in public anything, but she really just believes that they should all be private schools that they should all be home schools, and that public education is a is a bad thing in a bad place at the National Education Association. We pull people all the time. We pull our our members. Three million teachers bus drivers school secretaries a teacher's assistant librarian school nurses. If you work in that public school sector you can belong to the National Education Association and we WANNA know how the public feels to Republicans and Democrats alike. See Her for what she is. A people who like Donald Trump don't like betsy devos, and I I know it's because she is so obviously unqualified unprepared, and has no interest in doing anything except corrupt education programs that were developed to help our most vulnerable marginalized students. And to take that money and to give it to private schools, Jeff even trion disguise it and folks actually do like their public schools. But. Let's do something positive because I to get the Betsy Devos taste out of my mouth. The Okay When I started running for the Senate in Minnesota. I got a letter. With a twenty five dollar check and it was from my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Moore. Yes and she wrote. If you're the Al Franken Franken, if you're the Allen Franken News in my fourth grade class at Cedar Manner, I could tell them that you'd be qualified to being is state senator, so here's a check for twenty bucks, so I looked her up. And I called her up and said Mrs Moline she goes. You. Remember me I said Yeah. You're my favorite teacher. And she went all I said. No, no, no, I remember every one of my teachers. And I went down. I said Mr Kennedy was my sixth grade teacher, and he was really great oh. Yeah, he was. My Fifth Grade Teacher Mrs long about she was terrific. You my favorite teacher, my third grade teacher, and and I won't say her name I said I didn't really actually like her and Mrs Moline said she wasn't very nurture. And I said Miss Mrs Morrison was great. And you know, and then I arrived at the school I, moved from a small town in southern Minnesota to the suburb when I was at the end of first grade. So I did this is how Mu-, how important they were I. WanNa ask you a question. Why each your favorite teacher why? Why..
The SpaceX crew prepares to dock with space station
"News two American astronauts in orbit aboard the first privately owned and operated human spacecraft the SpaceX crew dragon now named endeavor doing well this first hours in space with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Franken aboard ready to dock with the international space station this morning CBS is Peter king at the Kennedy Space Center I'm Peter king at the Kennedy Space Center the crew dragon is different from a cargo version which astronauts grappled and pulled into port with the space station's robot arm the crew dragon docks like the space shuttle you stupid astronauts Doug Hurley Bob bacon we'll just be spectators there you go all the way in automatically if the docking that's the way we plan to do it for every docking subsequent to that hired astronaut and former SpaceX engineer Garrett Riesman says the astronauts could override the software if something goes wrong and they will practice flying manually before they dock this
'50/50 chance' rescheduled launch blasts off
"Are arriving well this second attempt to launch a falcon nine rocket at the Kennedy Space Center as astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Franken departing the operations room a good chance of of launch fifty fifty says SpaceX this is a huge occasion will be the first man to launch from American soil in about a decade and the first man to launch by a commercial company and that you've been leaving us your open mikes Jones from window did save you a whole Iraq it's going to and it's all set to happen this afternoon at three twenty
Historic SpaceX launch set for Saturday afternoon
"Say sex the NASA astronauts made preparations now for a second attempt at this launch SpaceX and NASA are making preparations for their second attempt it's a historic launch will launches astronauts into space for the first time since twenty eleven asked not to be sent into space Doug Hurley and Bob Franken are scheduled a launch at three twenty two
SpaceX postpones historic launch due to weather
"Three they'll try again Saturday a threat of storms and lightning forced NASA to postpone yesterday's man to SpaceX rocket launch here's correspondent Jim Ryan the minutes after the intended launch time the weather cleared but by then the international space station which is where dog Hurley and Bob Franken were headed have reached out of position the word from NASA TV that's gonna move us to our next attempt which is coming up on Saturday and that time is going to be a three twenty two PM eastern time early in banking or banking quarantine now awaiting their next chance to ride the first rocket launch from U. S. soil in
Elon Musk announces ambitious Space X plans for space travel
"Another major breakthrough for Tesla CEO Ilan mosque as his space X. project is set to launch two American astronauts to the international space station tomorrow afternoon the falcon nine rocket will blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at about one thirty Pacific time sending astronauts to Doug Hurley and Bob Franken into space aboard SpaceX's crew dragon capsule that's NASA's first human spaceflight in nine years a successful mission would mark
Paul Burston: So Many Men, So Little Time
"It was nineteen eighty-eight so I would have been twenty two. I think I finished university and I devoted myself base being a full-time seen queen and I was having a lot of fun of fun. There wasn't really low drugs around that I was not that I was aware of anyway. People get drunk on beer or steal beer. Sometimes I could not that pint of that so it wasn't that kind of like glass frontier. We're happy to be seen. It was all quite behind doc windows. And it was like ultra ultraviolet lights everywhere because everyone's dandruff. On their showed there's video. Scrimmage was a novelty a video screen and a bar and you can pay money to choose videos. We should be done for videos in those days to watch pope whenever you want it to always have. Don't leave me this way by Bouncy. Cb there was always on when whenever into Harpoon Louie's that was on and there was. I WANNA dance with somebody by Whitney. Houston they take me back to those year to that place there were different of tribes within that as well so that look you had that kind of Franken Hollywood's look should. I was pretty those Saturday night at half and that was I was the only night at Heaven which I actually came out by going to heaven so I came. I didn't tell anybody I just went to have on my own and stood outside and I knew I knew there was GEICO. Having everyone knew that and I've seen something in time out magazine I think it was And I went to long understood outside. I spiked up. Hair like friendly McCullough from Akron. The bunny man. I had plucked eyebrows and makeup. I think two hearings in each year on knows that as well and I stood side for about two hours. Watching these men queuing up. None of looked tore like me. They all looked like village people and number shirts and moustaches and I couldn't. I just couldn't go in so I said as a chain smoking I went back to Waterloo train back to Richmond and university again but I went back the next Saturday and the next Saturday and then invention third week I actually picked up the courage to go in getting a little bit closer and I went down those hallowed stairs and I remember that the sense of the smell which I didn't mechanism bustos was poppers. Didn't what he wants to start old socks and you walk into this room and the first thing I heard was this guy sort of swished by saying so many men so little time extra popular tune if the time and I just turned and ran out again because it terrified me and then the funding we went back and I stood literally lately with my back against the wall. Didn't talk to anybody. Stood up against the wall looking people as nineteen of so terrified and then eventually someone talked to me and then not wanting another with that particular. One just generally without something with that particular. Someone broke my heart though. Of course best bastard but to do it come out. It wasn't the best way probably be go to pick new. Only be terrified. Puts ME IN MIND TO SWIM? You start off just you in the water. Then you float. He's on and yes and above our and then you start moving around and I. I've always tend to jump into things too much so I have my local Gay Mitchell. After goes the biggest gates and in the whole world. The time probably to do it. Yeah just throw from seven to that. I left. I'd many many many great times than many great times then over the subsequent years and there so many men so little time. Well they were yes definitely in both senses because we didn't realize then just many men. We're going to have so little time unusual. Change very very quickly became quite prophetic. Really I was making up for lost time. I had fun. I made lots of new friends. Even if you didn't the names at least at least we were together. I'm quite choosy like that. Yeah I actually had sex with somebody wants waiting for night bus into Vulgar Square. Actually in the night in the queue of the night in the kids. Yeah Yeah Yeah by. The National Gallery was no one else in the queue tempted to join in offer offer. Some kind of the neighbors and developed square knows. Days was a real hotbed activity. Whatever would come from heaven or Soho in the middle of the week and they just be. So many gay guys queuing the but Vulgar Square. Honestly say people from that period for similar stories of just like getting on the different night because you fancied some but in finding you in Eastland and you live in Richmond. Just there was. There was a hottie on the and hoping that they'd give you some wet they usually did of charity for me. Part of the fun of those of that period of my life was that you'd go out and you'd meet people and you would normally meet meet a cross section of people. I have friends all different ages. Different backgrounds and sexualities and genders much more fragmented later and I think that the sex it can victim of own success in a way. Because there wasn't there wasn't the connections after AIDS happens because that was a huge thing in my life or knows about twenty five twenty six most of my gay male friends at that point. Were some years old me because I was I I wanted to learn. I wanted to own it someone to be my older brother and teach me and show me the ropes and some and they were the ones that died so I lost all of them pretty much and then I became an aids activist and got me involved in that and the for all of the for all the things that I would not change for anything but a lot of things about the eighty S. I would never want to have back. But there was a sense of community. People did pull together and they did rally and there were. There was communication between different generations. Different tribes within within our communities. And now it is. That's true anymore. I think that there was a break in the chain because there was generation that was kind of lost to HIV AIDS. There was the generation that we're impacted by it like my generation who went to flow of grief innovation space sandwiches very traumatic. And I'm probably not really over yet still in there some degree and then it becomes a very difficult subject to talk about so you don't talk about it very often and then the younger kids come in. And they've got half of this happens. They know the history half the time when you talk to. You have no idea what was going on ten fifteen years before they were. Because why would you know? I didn't WANNA die. Young either. Must be about twenty two when I first heard about it my boyfriend at the time. Read something in one of gay papers and said we have to stop using condoms and I was like. Whoa and then I'd heard that someone I was at college with who was a mature student and he disappeared for a long period. He didn't come back after this term. I then learned on the grapevine that he was gay. Had THIS BOYFRIEND WHO AMERICAN. They basically both contracted dictionary and he died really community rapidly. I wasn't really. I didn't know he might just name to say hi to billy and he was the first person that was. I that I knew of and then the guy was living in the in the tower block with who I was very close to and it was the real mentor of mine. I moved and I went to see him one night and He was he was all something ought to buy it. The whole evening was very strange and strained and I remember asking him about how he say. Seeing somebody recently this new boyfriend and I saw how things go with a boyfriend and he said Oh. What's been difficult because he he's he's a he's upset because I don't I don't have sex now that I majorly positive. And that was how that was how he told me. And I just put the spray face on and just get through this conversation. I was absolutely shocked. Devastated because at that in that back. They're not meant to death. Sentence there was there was no treatment and I remember sitting to this dinner feeding. Obser- your phone and then getting home on the train and just crying. The whole journey home. He became really really quickly and then he was. He won't one of his dying wishes as you wanted to go to. Amsterdam you know Vietnam and his friends. Most of them were straight women elected person to take him and I went. I took him to them on this trip and I spent the whole time. What thinking he was going to die on me. And how am I going to manage to get him what I do? I was twenty four years of age. Twenty five this. It was horrendous. It was very frightening when he was hospitalized to visit him and habit. Bobi helping with things. I remember one time picking up urine bottle onto the bed and tipping acid typically myself and being paranoid even though I knew deep down that this was not something that was good pose. Any risk to me. We didn't really know people didn't really know no. There wasn't much information. And this is before lady. Diana went into the AIDS. Ward this before this sort of stuff happened it was it was still appeared it was not really spoken about if it was spoken about hushed voices and it was very frightening time and he was a very very good community minded person he he was involved in the running of the building and everyone knew who he was he would chair meetings and whatever and then after he got. L. Someone Daubed on his front door house of AIDS on his front door and then he died and I was really in the state about it and reading the papers. There was a meeting happening at the London. Lesbian Gay Entering Cow Cross Street and Farrington. Which is not no longer there but it was very popular but place back then and there was a meeting happening and his act up and I I knew I act up was happening in America. Knew what actor boss I went to this meeting. I just threw myself into it and it took up my life completely for like three years and it was way of channelling the grief because in an over over those three years it was just one funeral after another. He was just he got to the point. Where you'd actually dread answering the phone. And I used to a Filofax that was an effects back in the eighty s. My member year just taking all the names out taking people out because people are just dying all the time even my family. I mean little bits but they just did not understand why this was any different to my grandfather dying because that's expected because he's fucking eighteen easily and he smokes these ill and mentioned me dying and late. Twenties and early Thirties. It's it's completely mad. It was it was like there was a war going on but only we knew about it was the why was completely oblivious and yet within our world which is very very contains. Gay London world. There was a war going on and people were dying all around us and we were expected to carry on as normal. What you have the you do that.
Democrat Biden faces calls to address sexual-assault allegation
"Movement a debate is brewing over whether Joe Biden should respond to a recent allegations of sexual assault terror Reid accused Biden publicly last year of touching her neck and shoulders when she worked in the Senate office that was during the nineteen nineties the last month she changed her story to include a claim of sexual assault Biden's campaign has denied the accusations investigations by major news organizations including CBS news have been inconclusive house speaker Nancy Pelosi came to Biden's defense Thursday just days after formally endorsing his presidential campaign I have complete respect the whole me too movement I have four daughters and one son and there's a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to there is also due process and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden ugh there's been some statements from his campaign not his campaign but his former employees who ran his offices in the rest that there was never any records I have great comfort level with it is the situation as I see it with all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward with all the highest regard for Joe Biden CVS and political reporter Caitlin Huey burns has been following this story and joins me now so Caitlyn tell us more about this allegation and efforts to corroborate it that's right will Joe Biden himself we have just learned is supposed to go on MSNBC tomorrow morning to address these allegations and that would be the first time in the thirty or so days since terror Reid brought these allegations forward and Joe Biden will have made a public statement himself so that's significant and that comes as pressure has been building from Democrats for Joe Biden to come out and address this now his campaign has said that this did not happen that this allegation is completely false what we have learned over the past few days and have kind of breathe new life into these allegations our reports showing that a neighbor and a brother of terror Reid have corroborated her account and we've we've seen several questions being raised about her account over the past several weeks and months and she had brought this forward initially when she had talked about the way in which five made her feel uncomfortable she did not talk about any sexual assault that came in a later interview us to there have been questions about those stories but because Biden hasn't addressed this in person publicly by the it has raised a lot of questions and so you can see that the pressure has been building on his campaign to address this and it looks like they will take that step tomorrow to house speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she is quote satisfied with the Biden campaigns response how important is her support in this matter well in the absence of a statement from buying himself it has really fallen to women lawmakers and leaders to come to his defense and so significant blows these comments there but we've also seen that this comes against the backdrop of Biden's starting the process to pick a running mate and remember he said that he will absolutely pick a woman running mates of several of those potential contenders like Kamilla Harris any clover shar Stacey Abrams Gretchen Whitmer and others has been out doing interviews trying to talk about the pandemic that's going on and the national response they've been wanting to be critical of trump's response but at every turn they have to also ask answer these questions about these allegations against Biden and because buying himself hadn't been out there answering questions were being asked them it really falls on to these women and kind of makes this a difficult position for them to be N. as these beef steaks are going on it kind of adds another layer to the bad job description really and so that's one element of this I should know that by now has not had a press conference since April second he has done several media interviews where he has not been asked about these allegations that of course will change tomorrow so I want to ask about another dimension to the story as well given given what we saw during the confirmation process for Supreme Court justice Frank Kavanagh could this situation now for Democrats in a difficult position going into November I think this presents a real challenge for Democrats and that's why you've seen many of them kind of urging at least privately buying to come forward and clear the air a little bit more at least provide some kind of public statement because you are right to mention those Cavanaugh hearings Democrats have made a point to kind of try and claim the moral high ground on the issue of sexual assault and harassment in this era of B. two going back to when senators ousted al Franken over allegations made against him that was kind of a a real first step in this effort by Democrats to be able to kind of clear their own tax and declare themselves the story on on these kinds of things and they really set a bar for themselves and so that's why when we come to allegations like this one it does raise a lot of questions about Democrats especially those who served on the Judiciary Committee during the capitol hearings several of them come on harassing the clover shark to name a few are considered to be a potential running mates for Joe Biden so this also raises an additional layer of scrutiny and questions about that and that's why you've seen this pressure building from Democrats for Joe Biden to address this issue now when we look at the statements coming from some of these women lawmakers and newsmakers responding to this they have said that terror Reid has the right to be heard that she should be heard and that these kinds of allegations should be taken seriously on the other hand they are also vouching for Biden's credentials on this as well his campaign has pointed to the way in which he co authored the reauthorization of the violence against women act it has kind of made his public life about this but again this does raise a lot of challenges for Democrats if they don't address this right now and raises questions about how they can kind of keep this issue going in November so this is one accusation against Joe Biden president trump has faced dozens of accusations from women some may ask is Joe Biden being held to a different standard and if so is it clear why it is important to note that this is just one allegation and there have not been any others that have come forward against Joe Biden said that's an important distinction but I think the reason that you are seeing this pressure applied is because Democrats have set the standard for themselves so you can argue that this is something that Democrats kind of have to reckon with when it comes to people in their own ranks I given the way in which they have really trying to kind of be at the forefront of this issue to lead on the issue of violence against women and kind of establish this moral high ground in the era of me too but it's showing the complications of that this whole dynamic is showing the challenges that could arise in in in ways it can kind of backfire and so that's kind of the dilemma that Democrats are facing now but it's important to note that this is a bar that they set for themselves up early on and something that they have continued to
Coronavirus pandemic intensifies Democrats' vote-by-mail push and ignites longstanding fight over voting rights
"Two female Democrats are stepping up to defend Joe Biden following allegations of alleged sexual assault by his former Senate aide terror read read is accusing Biden of pushing her up against a wall and sexually assaulting her when she was his Senate staffer in nineteen ninety three the former vice presidents not yet publicly addressed the matter but buzzfeed news reports in his campaign circulating talking points on how to respond former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams who some say has been publicly lobbying to become by its running mate says that she quote believes all women deserve to be heard in that she believes Joe Biden Abrams appeared to speak from the bind campaigns talking points claiming that the new York times found terror Reid's allegations to be quote not credible but in fact the times investigation made no conclusion either way in a call with reporters yesterday New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand said that she supports and stands by bite and children's comments significant you may remember she was actually first Senate democratic call for former senator al Franken Franken to resign when sexual misconduct allegations were brought against him Frank eventually resigned in January two thousand
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"That's one eight hundred two two two one two two. Okay boy I I got a couple of things to complain about. I don't know if I've done this yet. On the two trillion dollar package there is a piece of that that has hundred and seventy billion dollars for real estate investors which lifts the cap on how much depreciation they can deduct from their taxes. Who's that for? A hundred and seventy billion dollars for real estate investors. So who's that for well The committee on taxation which is under the finance committee in the Senate Didn't analysis of this this one hundred seventy billion dollars. Eighty two percent of the benefits of it are going to go to people who make over a million dollars a year income over a million dollars a year income are going to get eighty two percent of the hundred and seventy billion dollars. Why is that in there? Why is that in? There is it because Somebody made a deal if you. I don't know if you save Boeing we'll let you do that. I don't know how that gets in. I don't know if you look at who that helps. Who Real Estate Real estate investors? There's a lot of them in New York. There's a lot of them all over the place. I suppose okay the average Benefit they get is one point six million dollars. That's to those people why why why we are going to have trouble in this country with people getting enough to eat and for some reason the United States Senate thought that people who make over a million dollars a year annually another one point six five million dollars in tax breaks. That's just corrupt. Something's wrong there. That is corrupt and this is from. George packers article in the coming up in June two thousand twenty Atlantic the articles. We are living in a failed state quote this when the virus came here found a country was serious underlying conditions and exploited them ruthlessly chronic ills a corrupt political class. A sclerotic bureaucracy. A heartless economy a divided and distracted public. It took the scale and intimacy of the pandemic to expose their severity to shock Americans with the recognition that we are in the high risk category. This pandemic exposes our country as a failed state and this may be the end of America. This may be the end of America. Obviously it didn't have to be this bad that we had a president of the United States who ignored ignored it all for a good six weeks if not two months who was warned was worn by the HHS secretary and he told the HHS secretary. You're being alarmist and I really really want to focus on flavored vaping. That's what I really WANNA get. Flavored vaping flavored. Vaping is the end of America. I kind of knew that by the way I've always said that all right we have a great one today. You know a change and important one too you know for once. That's because my guests are billy and Debbie shore brother and sister who thirty five years ago started to share our strength a nonprofit which works solve the problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. And frankly share our strength is one of these goody goody organizations helps people in need if you're into that type of thing as I said they've been doing this for thirty five years and ten years ago. They created a national program. No Kid hungry. And because here on the Al Franken podcasts. Were trying to put some focus on are vulnerable during this crisis. We decide to have billion Debbie. Tell us about what they're doing and Yada Yada Yada K. Actually is pretty inspiring. Forgot to say and after listening. I think you're going to want to help them. In fact I'm making a sizeable contribution to no kid hungry myself. Okay not me. It's my political action committee. Twenty Five Thousand Bucks speaking of which were also given twenty five thousand. Two women's advocates a shelter for victims of domestic abuse in Saint Paul Minnesota. And if you go to my website. Al Franken DOT COM. You can find a video for women's advocates where I draw a map of the United States from memory. And Show you how to do it and you can enter the raffle and win.
Talking Jovo with Jan Knig and Ruben Aegerter
"I want to get back to Jovo you. Guys recently launched version three. Either one of you. I just WanNa can you give an overview for listeners who may not have been on top of that news of exactly what was involved in version three? What's new with version three Surya Let me get started than Ruben Talk a little more about the expanded because he built it so Jovi. Three is all about enabling developers and companies to advise to any platform or device so we see of voice as essential parts Off a product ecosystem that that companies half we WANNA make it easier for them to build experiences into into anything they can offer and so one part is building vice atop of existing platforms like Big speed now like Alexa. Google system than other parts are also to build voice into mobile APPs in phone experiences. We offer Integration for example. We offer mobile APP as decays to really built into mobile apps and then also custom hot weather so we we have. We have examples where we can build a voice assistant into respirate pie for example so this is all powered by a pipeline called rider pipeline. That makes it easy to interchange. Certain building blocks for a speech recognition for natural language understanding Texas beaches on so our goals for the three was to build an abstraction layer. That makes it easier for people to add voice anywhere. I love that anywhere. So let's kind of evolving from you know you guys are super well known for probably the very best in the premier framework for building costs. Franken Alexa Google right. Because that's where he got started a now you're saying not only adding additional voice platforms up at light speed. Which ASCII Ruben about in a second? But all these other places if you want to enable voice Joel is a framework to allow you to name that I love that. I think it's it's sorely needed. Because voice is preyed on voice assistance.
Where is Voice Search Going? | Ep.
"Super committed to your success online. We've worked with them. To a special offer just remarking school listeners. All you have to do is go to dream. Host DOT COM slash marking school to learn more and get your website online today. Welcome to another episode of Marketing School. I'm Eric Su and I'm Neil Patel and today we are going to talk about where voice search is going so neil overall. I mean voice. Search we look at the Alexis. We look at the Google homes. Look even Apple Apple home. I think we've got the mixed up but a lot of voice devices right and I think still in today's Day and age in two thousand twenty we still have. It really realized the potential of voice. So where do you think voice search is going kind of for maybe the next year? Maybe the next three years or so. Yes according to Calm Score. Quick Stat over fifty percents searches now are boysearch. The other thing that we found to interesting data in which we're seeing that when people are doing boy searches the queries are roughly doubled the length as when they're typing into Google. Because you can get more specific you know like find me a pizza restaurant that's close to here. Or what is the closest gas station right? Like people are typing much more specific terms. The real question is is when you're going after a voice search. We already know it's here to stay. Where do you know more people are going to use it? The real question is like how? Are you going to capitalize on this traffic right? Like it's going to get more popular. It's going to get integrated to more offline devices. Just GonNa end up monetize it. That's the trickiest part. Would you agree? Yeah no I it's hard. I think kind of where we are with voice search right now. Is We for Marketing School? If you're using Alexa device you can actually find. Actually a lot of people listen to us on Alexa. Which is incredible. And it's Kinda Sad. People rate is four stars on there. But it's more so they're blaming kind of the shortcomings of Alexa so far not so much to content so I'm looking at some stats here. This is actually coming from blog. Posts from Bracken's info graphic so more than sixty six million Americans now own smart speaker so that's pretty big. I mean what how many Americans are the three hundred thirty million or or four hundred million so you hundred something. Yeah so we look at things. I mean they're saying fifty percent of all searches will be voice searches by twenty one. I use voice quite a bit on Siri and Alexa a couple times a day. You know people are saying they're likely to purchase items from voice. I have yet to do that. I've never purchased something using voice so far. I don't know if you have. Neil I have through tests you're gonNA see people using voice for ordering food pizza stuff like that. I've also purchased stuff from Amazon using voice. That wasn't a test because Amazon will have your recent orders and I'll just place orders using my Alexa device for like diapers and stuff like that. Because we just need him so often and I have the I think it's called Alexa. Drop so it also has screened. That makes it easier as well but yeah no. It's funny enough. We find it easier to purchase household goods using Alexa than we do on our computer. We're starting to use it more frequently. Yeah and I'll tell you what I mean. What actionable for those of you listening right now because I know a lot of people are interested in Seo more than forty percent of voice search answers are pulled from the featured snippets. So it's still continuing to figure out how you can occupy the features snippets knowing that more than fifty percent of Google's searches right. Now are zero. Click meeting people. Don't actually click through so you've got to figure out how you can continue to compete for valuable real estate and then the other thing too is if you're struggling to figure out how to monetize through voice search there's apps like Jetson. Ai That make it much easier and then over time it will change. There'll be more and more yup and the other thing I'll say to is if you think about the voice experience you know as the experience improves overall. It's not as Clunky as it is now. I still personally think it's clunky. The user experiences a lot better so voice cerps load a lot faster right. We're talking. Maybe fifty two percent faster than the average webpage so as people get more and more used. It seems like Neal's getting used to it to become more of a habit. It's a habit that we train. I think you know. Transactions are going to go up a lot from voice right now. I think it's very early days but you. Kinda have to prepare it. Because you know that it's going to be a better user experience you know from your perspective. It's getting tougher. Franken Google. So you've got to think about what you can do especially for e commerce to Cya cover your ass and just think about voice searching this one way. Remember when you have this old school mobile devices and you can barely do anything autumn. And you're like oh no one's GonNa buy from these devices now. Mobile makes up over fifty
The Dudas Abides with The Block CEO Mike Dudas
"Thanks excited to do that. Yeah we you and I met a couple years ago and was in the context of a telegram group and that was my Kenley. My first foray into the wires of will call. It's or Crypto will. Now it's crypto twitter's the word but you see all the social media it's a Sort of a wild environment and it was eye opening for me to jump from traditional tack and business and Fintech into the system. It's two years later from when I originally met you. I feel about twice as old twice as have have no kidding. So so it's been a while couple of years but to your question so entered the space to fulltime as described right when things were rushing up an Krisha knowing But I've been bitcoin owner since two thousand thirteen fall. Hackers out there. You're welcome like Ryan. I enjoyed talking about you. Know all of my security issues publicly and that's why you'll also the thing that drew me to Bitcoin I've Yolk in two thousand ten joined Google's while at team and spent four years in that team does a decade too early to mobile payments in America in have been early on a number things was early at Bimbo which was acquired by Braintree P payments and before that I worked on my music in the late arts so that was a decade later but Juli after working infantile juvenile equitable for years out working braintree in meeting with the Queen based team to talk about bitcoin payments and two thousand thirteen and really being a little bit disillusioned. And I think we're still seeing this. Continue today with every Cinta company out there seemingly having the aspiration perhaps other than Stripe Square and Shop Affi- which is sort of Fintech e adjacent to sell to big bank or financial institution your I wanted to actually work on. What would hopefully be disrupting financial institutions in the way that we describe them and you know the regulated by the US government and other governments over the next few decades And discovering bitcoin in two thousand thirteen participating and being on the outskirts but seeing it from a formal industry perspective. You got me excited about the potential slightly aware of the risks the personalities the complexity. And then when I decided to jump in full-time Holy Shit. It was like awesome terrifying confusing and just a trigger for all of my good bad side as well as seemingly everybody else who is participating and I probably monologues provide house all stop here but looking at this confusing volatile space. At a time when it was you know growing seemingly exponentially was was simultaneously amazing scary and and just saw like I think what you saw around. I mean you've you've been full time for a long time but A darth of reliable real credible information that led people to do really stupid things and inaccurate. Gets us to the core of what the block is. I I don't WanNa go out on a limb and describe the block because I know that you're just gonNa correct me with some ostentatious vision and my best not everything of everything that That the two more people look at the block. They see a a media outlet. That's competing with coin desk. I think you yourself has Have have been vocal about winning business away from Clinton to ask and in growing the audience. You've obviously got a very strong team of researchers that are on percents On on twitter in a good way a lot a lot of the content has been exceptional. What's how do you describe the block? And and where are we now in terms of its evolution? Because I'll have Frank Frank Reich went for a run which typically twelve minute pace half walkout by their which is bad news. So maybe you can think about the block in terms of caricatures. Franken the media elements and then there folks being the research but how does how does this business align with your original vision to improve information in the industry? And and where do you think you are now versus where you want to be? So the original tagline was crypto simplified. While we strive to do that I. It doesn't describe you know what what we do in its entirety. We've expanded that into the first and final word and digital assets and what that means really as you were not just simplifying things so you can understand them. But we'd like to be the first place you look to figure out what the heck's going on this space and we define the space pretty broadly so it's not just covering public blockchain's and cryptocurrencies than I just covering bitcoin Theorem Ripples and Be Gash Etcetera. It's covering central. Bank digital currencies is covering distributed ledger technology and stuff that is adjacent. So companies that are using technology and governments that are thinking about money in new ways The original idea and concept was again crypto simplified and it was hatched time when there was a lot more momentum behind. Lucia say everyday people's interest in learning more and going really deep in the technology What happened? Is you in two thousand eighteen as we started to form the brand and launched the brand. We realized we had incredible talent Stephen Frank Larry editorial talent that was super experienced had experience in various aspects of currency and blockchain Inventec analysis research and so we launched you. Know Not really a crypto. Simplify brand one. That had insider knowledge people gravitated towards our all of our contact with free in two thousand eighteen and that was the original vision for the business was young in two thousand eighteen. Hundreds of millions of people will be interested in this You know imminent revolution. That's happening today. What has clearly happened as everybody took a deep breath. Certainly we did and said Hey. This is going to be a multi year multi decade evolution with a incredible things happening up stones and everything in between just like I think a lot of technology and a lot of you know financial markets over yet throughout history. So where we've come out is. We are focused on instead of blockchain. One one Call it somewhere between Crypto blockchain to one and above. And it's enough that if you're if you're somebody who's aware of what's going on you can kind of start with our news and journalism that's our top of funnel that's where most people are aware of the block the news and journalism brand. And then you we will through as you mentioned our social counts and through our personal accounts. We you know. Basically tighten the funnel and connect to the folks who are actually participating fully in the market. And then we sell solutions as including research information. We'll talk more about where we're headed with. That
Panera Bread/Au Bon Pain: Ron Shaich (2018)
"Ron Shake isn't a household name like you say Howard Schultz but you could argue that. What Howard Schultz did for coughing Ron shake did for cheddar broccoli soup or the SEO cheese he's Bagel because like Howard? Ron Wasn't just focused on product. He was interested in creating a space of place where people could hang out for a long time. Maybe even have a PTA meeting or social gathering and really linger over that Bagel or cup soup. This is the famous third-place concept concept that both Howard Schultz and Ron shake wanted to tap into in. That's how Panera became one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the world. In fact if you've invested the seven thousand dollars in Pinera stock in nineteen ninety nine. You'd be sitting on more than half a million dollars by two two thousand seventeen now. The thing is if you met Ron shake say in high school. This is not the path you've predicted for him. Ron Wasn't even interested in business. Is Passion was politics. His parents were raging liberals and Ron grew up going to rallies and volunteering on campaigns. All over New Jersey eventually went to Clark University where naturally he majored in politics and he was quickly elected to student government. And that could have been Ron's life life except for one day when something happened to Ron and a group of friends something kind of small but something that when you look back on it probably probably changed his entire life. Yeah so we. We were in a local convenience store called store. Twenty four cross the street from the main entrance to the Clark campus and they accused US shoplifting and tossed us out cecily guys just being rowdy earnings or wild. No we were shopping but I came back to campus episode and I was in my dorm with a couple of friends and I said you know. Why are we shopping there? How they can they treat us like this? What supports that store? We said what do we need what we can we can do this ourselves. We can have our own convenience store and I said you know this isn't going to be that hard. Let's go do it. And we approach the university. They weren't so keen on this but I moved the question to student body They voted in support of it and I basically agreed to spend that summer between my sophomore and junior here opening this convenience store guy. Wow So. What'd you guys Sal We sold Everything from drinks to Munchies two cookies and candy and you know our assistant manager would come to my apartment at five in the morning and we actually would go to this deep discount supermarket and buy I don't know ten or fifteen baskets full of merchandise that we'd stocked the store with and We hired twenty or thirty different students to work there. I will be very franken. Saint Joe's more interested in that store than when I was in my own academically. And and your guy who's all still focused on public policy in government but I guess this it was Kinda cool you liked. He kind of liked doing business running a business. Yeah and and you know. I didn't see myself as that kind of guy and it took me a wile to make sense of that but in so many ways running a business is no different than campaign in fact a campaign is a the business that that essentially has one day in which it ends a business campaign that goes on and never ends so at this point in his life. Ron Wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do. Business or politics but people around him saw how how much he loved running that convenience store and a lot of people said. Hey why don't you get an MBA. So Ron did he enrol at Harvard. Business School in Nineteen seventy six. And when he finished unlike a lot of his classmates who went into banking or finance ron decided to go into retail and he took a job in the mid west and a place called held the original cookie company. Twenty stores in shopping malls We grew it to about one hundred and twenty five. I took the job as the third year of the NBA. What I mean by that is I took a job as a district manager? Basically Iran ten or fifteen of these cookie stores half the United States and I spent went My time running around the country and I ended up opening thousands of these cookie stores around the country so as certain point you're learning about the cookie business I guess and then at a certain point you get this idea like hey I can do this myself. I can have my own cookie store yes and and I can literally remember traveling Cross Indiana. I'm away to Fort Wayne Dope a new cookie store and it hit me and I said why are we opening this in a Mav. There's a huge opportunity open these in in an urban setting. Why don't we open one and I can remember going to my boss? I remember him taking me to meet. Beat the CEO of the company. Said I wanNA open an urban cookie. Store looks him and he says we don't do that here. We Open Mall based retail units. I thought to myself well. If you're not GONNA do it. I'd like to go do it. Why shouldn't we and I'm the Kinda guy by Sam going to do it? I want to go do it and it led led me to actually resigning my job and I moved back to Boston and I started looking for real estate and the reality was. Nobody would Li space for cookies. Find any sir for cookie store because they thought it wouldn't make enough money to pay the rent. 'cause I had no credibility. Yeah I had no real money I had you know no balance sheet to sign a lease and so I went to my dad and I said I I want my inheritance. Whatever it's going to be I want the opportunity to use it and I had about twenty five thousand dollars Ned Essentially let me. He gave me seventy five thousand dollars and that one hundred thousand dollars became the GRUB stake the equity. That allowed us to build that. I four hundred square-foot cookie store. Wow in downtown Boston. What did you name the store? We named it the cookie jar and I can remember. We took the toll house recipe. Right it off the bag. I bought a small mixer and I would pass out cookies in front of the stories that we were building. It and I'd start to adjust the recipe based on what I learned talking to customers and and you were the baker. You were making cookies yourself. Yeah we opened. There were three employees. I made it was me and to folks I will never forget at that day. It just seemed like people never stopped walking a coming in and purchase fifty thousand people day going by and I'll never forget it. I got to the end of the day walking past or foot traffic. Yeah but I got to the end of that at first afternoon. We opened one o'clock guide and by six we closed and my back was hurting. Oh and legs were hurting. And I can't in the money and I I realize we only brought in four hundred dollars. I mean you forget when we talk about business what it is the self the four hundred batches of cookies buck each and the amount of energy and work that goes into
Of Mice and Men: This top cancer scientist thought he knew a lot about cancer. Then he got it.
"On science fiction. Today really special story for you. It's about what happens when life throws you a warping curve ball and win roll escape appended. I wanted gone. I didn't want to have not only at smoldering away in my pelvis but also small does away and you hate it. It's always in your head as much as I could rationalize and SAM. I'm very scientific in my approach to things and it wasn't a problem everyday would come to me at three o'clock in the morning when I started worrying about all the other things worry about it. Three o'clock in the morning. You'll sing parts of them and the body that they will never really say themselves or get to know. It's an extraordinary thing that that was true kind of but it is still amazes me today that people people want to see the inside bids you cannot have my video. I want to share it on social media and I've seen all your videos on Youtube. Can you make sure my prostate goes for new in this episode. It's Franken feeless. Conversation about an experience. Men often talked publicly about so. Let's meet the scientists and the surgeon interested in Nitro. This is Professor Ramsey as a molecular biologist and elating in Kansas scientist on the Saudi also makes art. He's a black belt in karate rides. His bike is a husband father of two children but trying to understand how the natural world works was a I love of his and I've always been driven by trying to understand understand biology and I'm also a little bit inclined to like machinery and structures and the way things work and essentially excels machines and are like the way they operate. And they're really have Siamese different facets to them and of causing disease machinery goes wrong for me. The very first day I was in an operating theatre watching people takeout cancerous lump actually. It was then breast cancer. I was instantly league captivated. This is Professor Declan Murphy. elating urologist and cancer surgeon. He's been a strategy for over a decade. But you can he. He's Irish lilt and even though it's cancer he's dealing with everyday like rob. He's loved his job. Since died dot I was in the operating theatre. I was meeting these patients before and after as a medical student and honestly I just became almost overwhelmed by the idea that people will allow other people to do surgery on them that it's such a huge privilege to be allowed to do surgery but I was fascinated by urology because it's it's quite a a big field that we work in. It's everything from the kidneys. Down through the bladder. And the prostate in the penis and the testicles are all areas in the domain that can be affected by cancer. Now Dick Lyneham enrolled happened to be colleagues at the pay. McCallum will pay Domecq Cancer Center in Melbourne as a scientist Rob's focused on amongst other tricky conundrums developing developing vaccines that target gastro intestinal cancers like colorectal cancer as surgeon Dickens leading the way with using robotics in the operating theatre and often in the cancer arena. You'll find that scientists and surgeons just don't traditionally meeks much but robin declan like many any others at paid Amac a different because I want to do science. That data reflects the needs of people with cancer and the clinicians trading them. I remember being at a hospital where declan was doing. A TAG team robotic procedure on a patient was having some call rectal surgery Torri plus prostatectomy and I was there on Saturday morning with my arse pocket collecting samples clincal trial with doing there in the operating room because these patients have agreed to be part of a trial in that case that was to Kansas quite complex work but rob wanted some tissue as cancerous tissue to take into the lab and I was watching these two guys work. Seamlessly together is something is a corner beauty in any group of people that do things well together and is almost subliminal communication. I know what's coming next that I'm bumping into each other. The theta staff all expert. They work as attainments really like a Formula One tame it a pit stop and I've never worked in the center where you will have a professor of colorectal rectal science in the operating room with you so And we get used to that Peter Mac. It's the same for prostate is the same for melanoma skin for breast. And and I I just find it an extraordinary Jordan Environment I. I've never worked in a place that has that degree of translational multi-disciplinary care at where people are they're asking the questions taking the tissue doing trials Etcetera Etcetera Cetera. And it's just an extraordinary. I can do some cool things in my lap not question I have been a geneticist for most of my research life and we we can do cool things. Jane's in cells and also indeed on animals and you can find great science out of that but does it always reflect what's going on in the patient and the answer is sometimes but not always I want to do the always. It is relevant. What happens in a patient? It's saw the patient in the end has always been like that though has already close so they to a colleagues ladies in their fields in cancer but then came a sudden curve ball and a role change the scientists in the surgeon were about to become the surgeon. and He's patient he's Rob. Why have a great? JP being going to him for quite a long time really insightful. Consider Kanda Guy. We've we always have a great chat when okay visit him. I have a checkup every six months. For basically blood blood pressure to have a level that cannot be controlled just by exhumed diet and he's chosen to have PSI tastes to PSI stands for prostate specific antigen. It's a protein which can be elevated in Maine for various reasons prostate cancer being one of them. Some guys avoid testing. They pay CY levels. But as we've heard rob is a lover of information. Summation looks forward and he lanes into it so overtime every couple years get it tested and it just kept rising a little bit one stage. It got to a level. We're thought maybe it's getting a bit high. And I actually was referred to declan. We had nothing to say about that. Spe- keep an eye on it and then about two years ago now. The test Monday morning test Tuesday morning. Phone Call My JP said Rob. It's about time he got back and see. Declan are not happy about this. Psi Level so rob's colleague paid a Mac dikla Murphy becomes he's urologist. So should I have look and and progressively we went through all the tests initially an MRI that I remember sitting next to declan looking at his laptop to the imaging obtaining lots SUV meetings are obligated images before thought that shadow very much. Either any say well I think we need to get a boxy. And then he did. I remember it was during Christmas. Wasn't isn't it. Yeah so we could. You Know Ho- prostate. Think I knew I was on this journey as soon as I saw the image. I thought this looks wchs suspicious at least need to find out what it is and then phone call or message saying squeezing stage seven the doubt I had prostate cancer and that meant I had to make a decision about which direction I went after that so suddenly rob the Kanta Hansa scientists becomes. Rub The cancer patient. Then he went through the whole process. We did the pet scan and then we discussed whether surveillance might be an option is. Is this a cancer. We can leave alone because a tradition of Invasive procedures early on in this process and Maine have suffered the consequences of their lifelong off long impotence urine re problems the whole beat shifted now. Oh totally went on. When I started training a diagnosis of prostate cancer equalled cold treatment for prostate cancer there was no concept of? You could leave the cancer there you know whereas now it's the polar opposite it means as a process will start got to figure out. Is this a threat to this patient. And how will he and his loved one balance up the success of surgery or radiation or other treatments in terms of cancer versus the predictable side effects so for us. The first thing is always doing to do anything. We found a
How Chelsea will line up vs Arsenal
"Program affirming league matches over the next seventy two hours. Big Tomorrow Chelsea against also at Stamford Bridge. We focus on Chelsea because it really me has been quite a roller coaster. Franklin pod side over the last few weeks they just can't get any sort of consistency going. Frank Leboeuf let's start with view is a former Chelsea man. How concerned are you with that form of late? I'm not too much concern about the fact that Chelsea he has no consistency Because of what happened last summer the fight it couldn't get any a new player. Franklin pod with a young coach as many young players in the squad. And and of course you're going to find an experience in that in that matter and for me just normal to see after Boxing Day player need to digest the fact that they are to play too many. I need to many games in the short show. Timing so I'm not surprised. A little bit frustrated sometimes especially against Newcastle. They saw the game. And then you say Oh my God. Yeah Yeah they should have done better. Of course he can do better every time better but Nobody could have bet jussie could have been do know fourth Even in January five months ahead of bunches to united and some other clubs. So it's not that bad but consider that you have what joining you you can t willion as very experienced top world players. Otherwise very young gems mount police each Arab labral Doi and some and some other. So it's just normal to suggest strugging little bits at some point but but I think it's stealing from me a positive season and a good season from Franklin pollen the players. Well it depends. I suppose on how it all ends. Isn't it because as much as he's gone gone in good grace considering the start of the season. You're in a position now. Where Really Champions League has to be your goal considering as well? Let's go number on the uniting right and Spurs and also Latin mass which you talked about before you wouldn't talk four. I understand he's done well. But Cohen you need to get over the line. Yeah absolutely it's good to be an optimistic and rightly so but at the same time I think frank of all the manages a thing he'll be the straight one listen asking we're going to need it. A complete rebuild united as we said a way off and I think frank will be frustrated because the losses at the bridge the losses against West Ham Southampton bomber loss loss against Newcastle last week. It's Jones Park. This team could be sitting in second they could be well. Clear and nailed on fought for so frank will probably be for straight because Frank Atlanta's John about it'd be frustrated because you'll be looking what's behind him and it'd be thinking if inconsistent and all of a sudden if spurs or United Wolves can really really good run together we might be then endanger missing out on top four so that will be a real concern. I do happen to find some against at home so a little bit of a contradiction I know but awesome in great form under medical arts. Only one winning five. They look very flaky leaking goals of fun and I think this might be the ideal game for Chelsea. The last thing they would've would've needed was a was a tricky tie against someone that's going to sit in and that's why they've struggled. I need more goals from areas so I think this type again going to come at them actually might suit Chelsea going frank quickly. Yeah just one. To two done of course is frustrating and of course Franklin Paul can be an could have been better but again you know when when you see when we talked we can talk about mentioned saination and we did a lot of time in every shows that we do when you see us and as you said you know. Shrugging you can wonder you know if it's not something positive. Don't forget that Chelsea is still in the Champions League so it means a lot you know with the young and experienced players achieving. What Franken Capote's doing right now is something for me and I think we try to de mean what is doing and what the players doing? And we can't have too much into to team who does well overall doesn't know what is the biggest level. Yeah I think I agree the same time. When you look at the squad's that are going for the top? Four take take months in Liverpool at the equation Chelsea of the best squad. Another young still got in my opinion. The best squad at of all the big teams trying to get in the top four in you mentioned the goalkeeper who's not ungrateful got good defenders. James is a very promising play until you ruediger. That is one of the Best Senator Offs in my opinion the League. Then you go into midfield and we talk about Canton Coverage Georgina. They've got the talent in our no. Franks looking for someone. That's going to score them. Goals Dell's because Williams hasn't got too many to shine. That put a sixteen injured but the looking for more from Hudson adopt more from Pedro who hasn't started to many games so anno- is quite happy with is the front man that he's GonNa bring crust strike or of course but I know that he's looking from goals in a wide area pre in the studio call him Lampert. BFF Traffic Birth Frank. They were talking about we. We've gone too much time. Well I don't Care Chelsea we'll just stay on whether we can move the break then whether we sit here and talk show scar till the coast. Come home until I know the different because the transfer of Baden Lost Eden is odd. But Let let's. It's not cry about all that stuff. We're talking Solska with heads injuries and has job frontline. Pop cannot escape scrutiny. If Chelsea I self destruct and overtaken by this horrible united site or will or maybe even taught them lit run so he can't. We cannot judge and sit here even save source guys not necessarily as a Frank Lampard. Doesn't get them into four from the position. Then I'm afraid and he's going to have to come his way who wins tomorrow. Chelsea Elsie to catch up with more HISLOP's fascinating musings. You can catch all day podcast which is available on the website. Plenty of bonus material there as well
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"An- An I was thinking colonial. I really was thinking gasset jets and and cobblestone streets center insurance people turning take that sounds fantastic and then I got my brother Neil to drive me and we showed up in early February of eighty eight pitch black freezing and we get off the Williamsburg Bridge and start heading south. And then we get off. And it's just looked like a like one of those post-apocalyptic take movies of burned out cars. And all the streetlights were were dark and someone said later on they told me the the crack dealers. Shootout streetlights lights. Oh so everything was dark smart and I kept thinking what is this. Got Off on the wrong thing and my brother Neal is saying no no no this is this is Berry street this is and and then finally the car starts to slow down and he goes gets to forty two to four. No no no no no no no no no. This can't be any comes to stop. And it was a scary scary place to live and I remembered coming to work one day and used to take Ayla to walk eight blocks north to get to the end the L.. I went and got frye boots with giant heels and I would wear a trenchcoat wrote because I thought that it would make me look tougher and I would have a cigarette coming into my math because they thought this would make me look tough but I just I looked. I looked like a tough law. I'm not a tough looking guy to kids in exactly. Yeah Look Nineteen Thirties. Movie were three kids. Try and get into a movie as an adult. You're on my shoulder to see the movie. It was terrifying and then I came to work and I remember listening to chatter US chattering. And you're doing something and then you just heard me say you know I just came in from Williamsburg why Williamsburg. He was burgundy wine. Yeah and he said you gotta get out of their fucking dot long long right after after. You told me that I got out and I moved to Eighteenth Street. Yeah Yeah so thank you. You saved my life. Okay well there you have it yet. Yeah you know what this is. It's been a joy very nice having you here in laughing our asses off. And let's do this again. This is really fun. Yeah we mean what was that. It wasn't I'm trying to know I was going like I'm wondering when we do. And how do you do that. Do you do that. You will see you had Dana. Yeah I know a couple of again you know you never know okay okay good. What a terrible blending awful to interview just to sort of? I think it's like a little wind. It's a wind down to be continued. Yeah one yeah yeah voices giving really. Oh Aw Al Franken thank you. Yeah well I hope you enjoyed Listening that beautiful music is by Leo. Cocky the Great Leo Cocky. I WanNa thank Peter Osburn. UGH Burn for producing. We'll talk again next week..
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"And we're back so okay another one that this is another sketch. We're talking about sketches that we love the didn't make it on sale now live right and and which one is this. This weirdly is another doctor. It's called that's my oncologist. And it's a Sitcom Like a fifty Sitcom and it's Song Stars and there's a you know the montage Sitcom when it comes the cancer. He's got the answers he's the best in the Biz but when it's honey I'm home. He's thicken the dome. That's my on College Eh. So I submitted it once swith sketch kind of in it as I show and then I did a next week on you know and so the next week week worked right and the next week was it's take your daughter to work week or day. Yeah and it's just. He's pointing to these x-rays X rays. Okay he's Garner okay. This one is in in his liver the daughter the daughter's like eight. Oh this is your teacher and that killed and and so I said okay. Just take the sketch that isn't great. Eight route and just do that and it didn't happen. Here's one of the things. This just reminds me of something I wanted to ask you about when I was watching Santa live along with everybody else. Seventy five to eighty. You and Tom Davis I remembered watching late night. And you did this sketch you can remember this better than I can but there. There was some sketch where you're doing something throughout this period of time and you're getting progressive visit you. That's getting progressively sicker. Is it a tumor. Is this the brain tumor. Yes the ran. The brain tumor comedian. And it's your comedy. Yeah just tell me. I remembered watching that at home and howling at but it was so dark. Time thinking thinking nothing. This dark has been on television before. Yeah you know yeah This was so we'd been doing the Franken Davis show as a show L. within the show and we were on when the show is short So what didn't work in Warren. Put a sign in the last half hour so oh but we have been on. Irvine's people knew near the Franken. Dave show you had like a cool. Yeah animated of your of your faces. It looked it's the Franken and Davis Don Don Don Don Anyway so we come out and And I have this bandage is huge bandage with a big lump on. The you know the bandages You know at at. He's a tape around gauze and my heads wrapped in it and Tom says I'll has a brain him right and he's always you know we're a team but he's always wanted to do a monologue right and and work a lot you know. Just try and I and I think that I really encouraging that. Because that's his dream and he's going to do and he's a little oh he's not doing well and So just laugh weary and so i. Hi Go out there and tell I you know the have you heard the one about the rabbi. who doesn't charge forgiving circumcisions? He only takes tips. Okay and Tom's going like clue. Two thousand employees that funny and then from then on on the punchline is always he only took tip and Tom is trying to encourage people the laugh and I start that one point I start the clearly. Just lose in almost about to pass out and he has ask sponge and water just starts sponging. Was I have a memory which I love to tell. Oh people that stars you and I think this Harrison. Yes word gets out word gets out that George Harrison's in the building and he's he's down in Lawrence Office and I'm I don't think he can be a bigger Beatles fan than than myself I just I I know everything about them. I know the instruments I know I know the Chord Lord changes at the whole thing. The song it's yes I know I know some of the names of the members. Get Hazy easy on the Bass player but We're there and we're thinking of we're GonNa see him. Are we gonNA Siham. And then finally George comes down the hallway and we're all in the writer's room he and he comes in member he had been out partying with Lorne and he was a little tipsy and Lauren had gone out to dinner so mm-hmm traditionally on Tuesday night. This is Tuesday night. The show gets written on Tuesday night and we stay up all night all night. But it really you you know. Starting I don't know ten. PM or something. Things are actually starting to be written and so first of Paul George Harrison shows up At around eight and they go to dinner yes and they don't come back until like ten ten thirty already. and Harrison's really drawn. Yeah he's he's tied one on remember very clearly he walks in. We all all stand up. He comes into that those white. It's double doors into the writer's room right around writers raise area and he standing there and he sort of weaving from side to side as one does when once had a lot to drink and he said Saudi I'm pissed is a newt. I'll never forget forget that you went. Saudi I'm pissed as Newt. And then he said was your staring at and we were all staring at him And and then he looks over in the corner and he sees a piano and he goes over any sits down at the piano and he starts parts to play the piano so a beetle is in a relatively small room with us. Playing the piano making music making music beetle beetle is making music and all of us are transfixed and I think he plays for about twenty seconds. nope less made more more. Okay more all right. Whatever I'm being controlled? He pays more but he plays for awhile. And then you use come out of your office and you said okay. And then he gets startled and he gets up and scuttles away like a habit that sun ogre he gets up and stumbles away. And you go back to your office did that or did that not happen. uh-huh a version of this is what happened. Actually first of all he played for a lot longer than you remember played for a long time. Yeah not many people when a Beatles playing go. Hey let's pick it up. What's the point? Is We have a writing staff. We have a show that gets written now. And you know it's like eleven and he's playing he's playing Okay what is it so special. This Week Rue mcclanahan is on the show. Oh who cares that show could have sub that we who cares out there for six hours and listen to George Harrison play and then just turned in it. Could it's been a whole show of doctor with Rue mcclanahan. I didn't think of that but this. This is prior to the existence of far. Okay okay so I had a role that year. which is I think I was the some producer producer being responsible? Yeah and no one is going to leave that room and work. As as long as George Harrison is playing the piano. You have no one on your side in this room and I'll and I'll tell you something else I mean I think also the you have been working on the show since seventy five and George Harrison had been around the show a lot so so you'd spent a lot of time with George Harrison. Where's this was? My hand spent a lot of time with George Harrison. I go antiquing. We know we used to go to listen to the light jazz and Gazebo. But here's the thing. I didn't say quiet. This this is I went to fill harman and I said and my office was very near the Yes. Your your office was the closest to us. Does this office to the conference room and the piano. I'll verify that. Yeah so I say to fill watch this and I go into my office so I don't see Harrison's reaction but I'm told later what it was. I slammed the door hard as I can and I knew that it sounded like an explosion. He he he jumped. Yes and I've been told it is two or three feet above the piano bench inch and back to the piano jumped up back to piano bunch. He's been drinking so he's startled afraid and runs away a and I don't think ever returned to America. I haven't looked into it but I don't think he is. Are you married Shit from few people who.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hey everybody we got a great one. Today you know for a change. It's it's also a departure of sorts CONAN O'Brien an Iot been friends for. I think over thirty years it's now and When I was in La Awhile ago? I was a guest on his late. Night talk show on a tbs he is now the dean of late night TV host. I think he's been thirty. Years hosted the show in a so hard to believe Aleve when he first started he was everyone went. Who the hell is this guy anyway? He he's been a huge influence on comedy And he has his unbelievably successful podcasts. And he interviews a lot of COMEDIANS and John Mullany was on a a recent one and talked about one influence. Now CONAN was not unlike letterman. Who is an influence on comedy CONAN has been a tremendous influence on on comedians. And I did the talk show and then immediately after I went and did the podcast first. The agreement we had was that we'd both post it. So what you're about to hear Cost my team. Nothing and if I must say you're going to enjoy this now you'll notice right away when you listen that there is a lot of laughter and it's not just me and Conan. He has a few people in his studio there and Clothing Sonal Moss Essien who is His assistant at the show has been his assistant at the show since I think since he's come away and I've got I've known on her for a while they've done the show and She's great and She and he have great chemistry. Selma's job basically is. She gives him a lot of Shit. And this is the part of the show were before the guest comes on. So you're not going to hear that. But hopefully my doing. This will steer a lot of my vast audience to Conan and in his wildly successful podcasts and hopefully vice versa But really what sonal and you will hear this Parv her job is she laughs. And if you listen to my interview with Dana carvey about how he did political comedy at SNL and this is not long after. George H W Bush died. We were talking about how he got the Got The impression Russian and one day we were sitting around. You just did a not gonNA do that thing over there and I laughed really really loud and we talked about that. Dana said that laughter is the oxygen of comedy. Now you may have noticed that I'm alone I don't have anybody Laughing and there's one advantage to that which is that. If if I say something that I think is funny. No one can prove that it wasn't anyway. I think you're really going a to enjoy this now. We we've added a little bit. We've we've Taken out the parts where Conan talks to SONA and Matt Gowrali Gowrali who is the Producer of the podcast. Let's face it. You WanNa hear me you know but but what you'll hear you'll hear sonal laughing. We were all laughing. We had a great time. I know you're gonNA enjoy this one. And if you we haven't listened to Conan O'Brien needs a friend. You'd be there. I think he has like a million downloads per her podcast. Anyway so But you gotTA gotta go check it out so but we'll listen to this and I swear to God you're GonNa this is a great one for change I met you in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight eighty eight. Listen I thas correct thirty one years ago. Yeah I yeah I was a kid. I remember very clearly My writing partner at the time Greg Daniels and I came to New York to write on Saturday night live and I pitched something and no no no no no no you laugh the Al Franken laugh. Oh and I immediately really relaxed. I thought we were GONNA get bounced out of there any second pitch. We sketch remember what it was about. It was about a lab professor. It was something I used to do for my friends. It's a lab professor. He'd be like who had a lab skeleton. He say well we have. Of course the Patella is the thickest the bones and then he would look over this going he and he got scared every time. And you and then you so you came up to me and you and I really like that and I wait a minute. Let's sorry that's how Utah Roseanne Barr. That was a T. Rex a But anyway you were a generous laugher with me right away and I remember that feeling great. I remember that feeling. Great if people aren't laughing in in the office or is harder right. It's a it's interesting too because everything would be based on you. Remember this the read throughs that we would do a live and you did how many I mean if you add up all your years. It's Saturday night live. Isn't it like one hundred eleven. It's something crazy. I did fifteen in seasons so we did twenty year right That's three hundred numbers I was good at math both science and and I'm a sputnik kid was born fifty one when sputnik went up. My parents marched me and my brother into the living room and said you boys are. We're going to study math and science so we can beat the Soviets and I thought that was a lot of pressure. Did you really thought it was Z.. You guys in Minnesota we were. We were literal. Yeah a liberal and obedient. Yeah and so and so oh my brother was really really really good at it and went to MIT. And I was really good at it and I you know went to another school tool. That was very well thought of. Yes yes I've heard of that school and he became a photographer and I became a comedian. Yeah but we beat the Soviets. You know it's nice that you took that seriously and then Yes the wall came down the Soviets were defeated and then sonal married one. Is that right. Yes but he. He wasn't one of the Soviets. You were fighting well away as he was he was a child. We we were fighting. We're fighting them all. He was a child and he grew up in the Soviet Union. The child came here here yet when he was eleven hour and I maintain that when you fight the Soviets you fight them mall Manso tack your husband. Even as a small child we were we were out to defeat tack. You're saying tack was the enemy. Yes he was and now he's not. He was a child so I don't I disagree with a child's name. Remember anyway. Yeah so I I came to live and I was so scared and and then got to know you Jim Downey right away. And that's the thing about that. I was impressed with his. They throw you right into the deep end. There's no you'd think that. What is the band? got to write a sketch. was that the deep end. No but what I'm saying is you've got to do your the job. The deep end. Okay Yeah right right a sketch right right. GO IN AND PITCH to Steve Martin go in and pitch to Martin Short going in pitch to. You've just come in off the street but that's a that's like cool a privilege. You're you're getting think being thrown in the deep end is a good thing Haha. God this isn't going. I thought it was a pejorative okay. It's just not going away. I wanted.
Trainer Richard Baltas on Next Shares' Surprise Win
"Start with next shares before we talk talk about the fun story with Oscar Dominguez but next year's Boy The betting public. They're they're very demanding ending. And I I guess right yeah zinc. I actually had people telling me that they thought the Horse is done. You know and I'm like well I wouldn't be running on the done so You know he does like a little bit of you know. We've got rain that we and he does like thank the term for the little given it and he doesn't like it when it's super hard. You knew it was really hard during the Breeders Cup and you know we're taking a shot there but when he broke out the gate Alaska said he just like he just didn't handle it. He said he was stinging. Just you know from the Turpin so hard so he just kinda got him around there and He came back to work. Really good on the turf and had to good works on the turf and I actually was like stuck with a writer our 'cause Franken worked. Giovanni Franko worked on Chirping. He couldn't get off the D'Amato ours and then they've L. Devia works a monograph and he loved them and just immigrate right through in the real so well and he won he won with really with some authority. And that's the part that I I think was was most impressive. Just looking hadn't won since January And that goes back to the San Gabriel. And you're the you know this is the you're the second you're the second winner from the weekend. That mentioned how hard the turf was up north versus down there and I'm trying to think it was. It might have been Michael was wasn't might've been talked Michael McCarthy. I talked to house talk to Cassie. So yeah well you know. We don't get any rain and it's sunny in hot all the time. And it's like they have air raid it and you have to put water on it and They really gotta stay after the trip so you you know the now. There's nothing better than Mother Nature for anything. I don't I believe so it's true. I heard from a few jockeys I mean. You know it's I think on on the East Coast guys come out here. They write a lot of grass races. Obviously over there so I can a- they'll tell you wow it's really hard today
Michigan upsets No. 6 North Carolina in Battle 4 Atlantis
"Ads for Michigan they advance to the championship round of the battle Ford Lannister to me in the Bahamas with the seventy three sixty four win in the semifinal round yesterday over six right North Carolina today Michigan will face a Franken's I get in the championship game of that tournament we'll have it right here on W. W. J. starting at one
Ethane And The Plastics Boom
"Natural gas is mostly used for heating homes or fuelling power plants but it has another key ingredient. You may not have. I've heard of ethene building block of plastics. President trump attention to it a few months ago when he visited the site of a chemical plant. Shell is building in Pennsylvania. This plant like a number of others being built in the US will convert some of the region's ethene into plastic. Trump trump told workers. This was bringing the country. Big Economic Benefits American manufacturing. And we are reclaiming our noble heritage as a nation of builders again but they're so much natural gas and pain that chemical plants in the US can't use use it all turns out this has been a lucky break for the European Chemical Company. Any US in twenty eleven. Its own supplies of pain. From the North Sea were running and low says Warrenville Chomsky an economist with the US Energy Information Administration in yours looked at the United States where ethics supply was growing in where especially in the region that no place to go and the recognize opportunity. Any US commissioned a fleet of ships the first ever to carry ethene by I see to move shale gas from a port near Philadelphia to plants in the UK in Norway. Any US officials did not agree to an interview for this story. But but here's CEO. Jim ratcliffe in a company video. I think for some of these assets in Europe. It's the only way they can survive if we can bring some of the. US Economics Lacrosse to your to the US has quickly become the world's leading exporter of ethene feeding growing plastics industries in India and China and those exports. It's are expected to keep growing back in two thousand sixteen. It was big news when usurping arrived in Scotland site. It is the first delivery for any office of Shale shale gas into the UK. It's arriving at grains mouth lead to this morning and just grain mouth is home to Scotland's biggest petrochemical plant and refinery. You can see some of the flares ears than their operating silent tears across and some of the Mandy cooling towers wretchedly onsite. Kevin Ross is president of the Scottish Plastics and rubber cessation and runs a local plastics testing company. He says American shale gas has allowed any us to restart one of its production units. The plant is now now running at full capacity. That's not just good for the thirteen hundred people who work there but for the suppliers and contractors like him which big at the nearby lab where his company tests plastic materials. He shows me what looks like a glossy plastic pipe. Almost certainly because it's made of it either nuclear nuclear pharmaceutical our military homosexual. Because it's so expensive it's height is a pipe report. Steroids is a very high performance by any US. Got Hundreds of millions of dollars in loan guarantees from the UK to retrofit the GRANGEMOUTH plant for American shale gas. But it's also pushed for its own local supply it wants the UK to allow fracking. The controversial technology that breaks up rock doc deep underground to get oil and natural gas and that plan was met with intense opposition Philip Norman with friends of the Earth. Scotland opposed fracking. Because of what he'd heard about it from communities in the US and Australia people were telling us of gas leaks who tell those like children. The headaches talks that Kellerman over the pushback has resulted in an ironic. Twist to this story in Twenty Fifteen Scotland put in place a moratorium Graham on fracking and the UK government recently did the same. So fracking is illegal in Britain. Even though it's still legal to import shale gas produced by fracking in the US S.. Leasing Claire is a railroad engineer at the Grange Mouth Petrochemical Plant. He has mixed feelings about this. I think it's good idea. The final began gas from somewhere near anything turnpike about it is Scotland said No. We don't Franken here so decided to go to Americans gays gas. He'd rather the UK get a local supply but for now he says America's boom in gas and ethene is helping him keep his job for N._p._R.. News I'm Reid Frazier in Grangemouth
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Everybody else is going to be set up for vocational program which is what Germany does does that what he wants to do. I don't think so no no he wants to meaningless to basically say it ought to be free for everybody and if not free somebody's got to pick up the TAB Ford again back to the colleges you gotta say to the University. She's a colleges you gotta be part of the effort mean look what Mitch Daniels has done a purdue the for last five years. It's don't know tuition increase and the reason of former governor former over governor of Indiana President Purdue College. How did he do that? How did he do it? quit spending money you spend less money charges students less I mean that's the problem and and he's certainly an engineering school. It's so much easier. I guess to do that but you've got to put pressure on the colleges as well because it all otherwise all you're doing thing is driving more demand in the system with limited supply and even more on like me understands. That's going to drive up prices beyond the rate of inflation what else I wanNA talk about. Pell grants then because a full pell grant used to pay for like ninety percent of a public. I'm talking about a public college education and now pays for like thirty percent so I'm just talking about these kids. You're right the Minerva Foundation yeah you're the head is is about reforming higher education not no but it's a bar is it yes a quicken dramatically different students much different kind of an experience. Yes we use a fair amount modern technology but the most important thing is when you start off and it's easier when you in the beginning for existing institutions. It's very difficult. He just no cost to put into the system unless as you can justify it from the standpoint of quality when it's not full of Adjunct Faculty we're hiring full-time high quality factly to do it but there's no real pressure right right now on those schools and I think there needs to be I'm not against trying to make a better effort to help young people to be able to afford to go where where Chrissy increase in spending going going to frivolous things are going to a beautiful beautiful student union is going to won't let me ask you this. If you WANNA learn something I guess every now and then you do you find yourself saying but something I'd like to know right. How do you uh what are you doing? What do you do you do you go to some building was a classroom and wait for an adult to show up and walk in the front room and teach us something no the problem that's an outdated model and were locked into it? You propose at an any higher education environment and they go crazy. They think you're talking about mooks mooks and an online education they'd be. It's very difficult to get into a conversation about using and oftentimes. It's very low cost you. You've got very low cost offerings out there that would enable a student to get an hour faster been cheaper way and it then you're left with with the responsibility of teaching these young people how to think anyway. We're way off into that. I no no no no no this is important. Conversation is really important the by the way by the way L. The other thing is for for liberals I don't know where you get the money unless you become people like myself and say hey bob. You're seventy six right now. You look at how we're spending money money at the federal level. We're GONNA spend eighty billion dollars this year over last on people over the age of sixty five and they won't be needed to bake. It's mandated in the in the programs for for eligible beneficiaries about social security medicare medicare and Medicaid and long-term care for Medicare and you propose any changes in those programs then you think you're gonNA be proposing seniors. Go foraging in the alley for food are there are some seniors. That's what they live on and I've I. I look I'm I'm for increasing amount of money that goes to the low income seniors. I'm for making a change to the working poor women who stayed at home get some Kinda back with him in this there are things you can do to make the program fair from the bottom up but Mike God you. That's not what we're talking about. We're talking about is you remember in the in the famous budget of nineteen ninety-three Clinton's budget of nineteen ninety-three the most all right. What was the most controversial thing in that budget was supposedly raising taxes on taxing the breast of your social security benefits above a certain amount a certain amount and that was we weren't going after low income people title it was on and the response was I'm just getting back out what I paid any Baloney? You're getting a lot more back out in the European it. We have to be able eleven honest conversation with the elderly in America to say if you really care about your kids and your grandkids now if you don't maybe we'll just strike that from Roy Tabula sorry but if you really care about him you have to look at how we're allocating federal money and have not fair to young people the original deal when social security it was passed the average life expectancy was sixty five. Oh the original deals a thousand dollars and tax we tax like forty nine million people on behalf of two hundred thousand beneficiaries the original deal and then every two years after the Second World War we greatly expanded the program including in the early seventies when then when Wilbur Mills wanted the United States he pushed to twenty percent and you look at the the increases in in an annual increases in that program and it's startling seventy eighty percent in one thousand nine hundred twenty percent nineteen seventy twenty percent nineteen seventy-one forcing Nixon to accept the cola now. We're on the slippery slope of the program win when it's become an enormous especially as 401k's of replace defined benefit. It's become a really important part of our retirement program not I'm not I'm not talking about replacing it at all as I said I'd make it more generous for lower income but we need to have an honest conversation. I think that's very important again. This is not my typical podcast but you have a wide ranging mind obviously and also are not an expert on any except nine say on education but so leave that you were on the nine eleven commission. Yeah you're not okay okay I got a few questions about nine eleven and the commission okay or not the commission but what the commission discovered I've always wondered about Kondia Rice and a a couple things first of all the bin Laden Determined to strike in us. That was another memo right right. Look I think the environment at that time. was you know this isn't that we're not really that afraid of al Qaeda I mean we all the way back to ninety three you know Ramzi Yousef is a nephew of Kelly Shekh Muhammad so many tried to knock down the World Trade Center in Nineteen ninety-three but I wanNA ask about Condie Condoleeza Rice yes. She said we had never envisioned. Airplanes being used as weapons but as as I recall there was some kind of like g seven or g whatever they had then meeting in Genoa of a a year or so before where they got Bush out of there because they had been warned that there might be planes winds coming in and crashing into the is this part of the report. That's in the report right so if that's the case. How is it possible that she did not know? This was potentially this. She said we did not know so again. I think altogether too easy to do say okay. Now we know they knocked down the World Trade Centre with no they killed three thousand people. We know they got that done. How's it possible possible? I I see a plane in a previous memo. They're going to attack. I mean you're seeing these metrics. In a previous mammal. They got the president out of their understand but I think her her statement that nobody could have imagined as a little broad but there wasn't a general conversation going on about this I mean we didn't we the national security adviser. Everyone's going like you know what we're going to move the president but look because we're worried about plans coming in you. Have a few people in the public were having conversations about Bin Laden al Qaeda in the nineteen nineties but it wasn't regarded. It should have been regarded. We're wasn't just Condoleeza Rice main one of the most important things we did in the nine eleven commission was we we said we're not gonNA minority reports or dissenting views. We're GONNA WE'RE NOT GONNA you know I can attack Bill Clinton and not gonNA attack George Bush there. There was a failure across the board and as a consequence we were enormously vulnerable and was she apart yes but was Bill Clinton apart of it and and all the other yes yes sir. All apart was part of it. I was on the Intelligence Committee at the time as well. I wasn't out there beating the drums I so all the things all the documents you're talking about and I didn't put it all together. Arrive Carrying Damn you damn you Bob Carey my God that is so pathetic attic I y you you had a red meat thing. You thought we were going to get down in the mud wrestle so anyway. Thanks a lot it's all I can say okay now. You talked about them hitting the World Trade Center Ninety three so this is another thing. That's been bothering me for a while. Giuliani put the Crisis Response Center in the World Trade Center my right. That's correct. Why would you do that if terrorists had tried to take down the World Trade Center? Why would you put the the Crisis Response Center in what you know is one of their targets remember they they? They didn't take down the World Trade Center. I understand that they tried well but the presumption was the chairman of my board at the new school John Tishman. You'd ask him before nine. Eleven is a possible bring that building down by hit number two planes. He'd say absolutely not so. It wasn't like we were sitting there saying we better move everything as far away from the World Trade Center quite the opposite it appeared to be of an almost an invulnerable talk it. That's what made it so shocking collapse yeah yeah okay so oh two planes will go in there and then the crisis center will continue to do their job now thought yeah no I made. I did not envision. The two points is what you're saying. They didn't even with two planes. They didn't invasion to planet didn't envision that was possibility the two planes hitting the World Trade Center would cause structural damage it would bring that building down not even the the guy who built that building thought that was possible member the movie titanic it was a big big movie. Remember that on the bow singing the song yeah or their King of the world right and that they go the dinner with the fancy people right and the designer of the ship is there of titanic and Somebody Buddy makes a toast to him because he is built the unsinkable ship you remember the scene they toast to the unsinkable bullshit to the single shift congratulations. You've built the unsinkable ship okay so now later in the damn movie they hit the iceberg the designer of the ship the guy who's built the unsinkable. I'm shipping goes to the captain. You remember this and he explains. It's GonNa sink because it's going to go into this compartment in this compartment Rogo think and and the captain doesn't go remember.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hi Everybody we have a really really great show today for change and senator former senator Bob Kerrey former governor Bob Carey is here former well. No you're still medal of honor winner right. You're always will be recipients is correct yeah so you don't win it. You don't have a contest for the former president of the a new school. That's correct which doesn't sound like a real school. I know it is very good. Yeah okay so so. Let's do some chronological stuff. you went to Vietnam. You are navy seal. Yes that's very disciplined blend group right that the the B. N. Navy seal. You've got to be able to do white how many push ups. I don't know I forget you have to hold their breath underwater for like three minutes I can go beth is entire show to know that okay and you got the medal of honor all I I remember reading about it was climbing some cliff right wall shear wall to save some of our your man. That's close enough right yeah okay and then you get that okay well. Thanks thanks for your service. Well thank you. Oh Yeah as you lost the that was that's what got injured right wounded injured and it actually it gave me maybe the most important learning experience so I spent eight months in a in a hospital on a Naval Hospital in Philadelphia and learned a lot. What did you learn an awful well first of aw by had to be grateful because you know it was a government run hospital? The government say Malibu almost killed me to begin with but then say my life so okay and is is this is this a Va hospital naval okay and I learned a lot about the importance of volunteer effort because a lot of volunteers came in and out of the hospital you know offering to help us in one way or the other and then I learned that if I wanted to get anything done had to ask for help for a long time I had asked practice. Go the bathroom so and and seal team it you yes she operate as a team but in some ways you're taught to be the real men don't ask for help well well. I learned to the hospital real men do so it was a very important lesson for me it normally when I guess you know have an expert on on I'll have Ernie Mo- knees on climate and the Iran deal gang I'm just going to we're going to go all over the place with you on that an expert any that's right right at us a great senator okay so let's let's talk about the debates debates specifically you ran for president in ninety two. That's correct ninety two and so you've been in these primary primary debates. Have you okay how many were in the ones that you were in. How many candidates five that seems to be about right yeah? Look Benia have ten people on a state. It's not really a debate because you got even with the impossibly long one hundred and eighty minute debate give the moderator fifteen miniature down. Each candidate is going to have to what I think. He was just interrupted me. They're all going to have twelve to fifteen minutes. Talk really knew where you're going. You didn't we're GONNA finish that thought okay Jesus getting spooky. This is what I think when you have that many Eh and you're given a minute weren't they given a minute like further I answer well. Take the total amount of time mm-hmm that all the candidates gets about one hundred and sixty minutes right one hundred sixty minutes divided by ten is sixteen minutes each if they if they apportion equal and they don't and so you I wanna make a statement of some come. You're not really debating. Maybe got a challenge Biden. Maybe going to challenge Kamala Harris. We we'll have a an effort to try to move up in the polls against one person person or another but you're not really debating healthcare. You're not really debating foreign policy. You don't have enough time and the structure doesn't lend itself so to call her debate. I think is inaccurate. It won't don't feel like a debate until you get down to three or four or five candidates and even then it won't feel like a real debate and tell us whoever the nominee is up against trump you get about about a minute for a question and then that means you want to pack as much into that minute. This is my theory of why the debates are almost unwatchable trouble because you wanna pack as much into that minute as possible. That's your minute on this. I so you know that and so you and your team craft a minute answer that really should be a minute thirty minute forty of information that you just put into a minute by talking really fast and memorize the shit out of this thing and it's impossible to listen to it's exhausting and and also when you're memorize hi something and just you know it sounds like talking points no matter how eloquent it is I would like to see some people out there some of the candidates out there I I'd like to see some room to go after trump but they will when when the debate is with trump they'll go after trump well yeah but they'll be three debates with trump. Those will be the debates but but but we're trying to determine who our nominee is it would be nice nice to know which nominee will do best in those debates. I thought that debate were where they spent. Twenty minutes twenty minutes on whether or not a single payer plan should or shouldn't have a private health insurance. It was quite an intense argument we should be talking one forty seats in the house on healthcare and it was because Republicans were supposed to repeal and replace remember that they said they would do that for seven half years. Okay they win and sixteen ecksteen. They have the whole government what they do. What what have you been doing for the last seven whatever you come up with apparently nothing and they they come up with a plan that twenty million people lose their health care and and there's no there is not protection for people with preexisting condition people suddenly learn what's in the a CA finally and they go we like this and we're not gonNA vote for Republicans who are voting take away our projections and then he doubles down trump doubles down as a lawsuit right? That's correct. Why not talk about that well? They did kind talk about that. I mean the problem is again. You're all the agree that we need to do more than we're currently doing all of them. I mean there's going going agrees that we should get to universal yeah and they all agree that that the starting point is the affordable healthcare act burning. Let's go further than all all the rest of them. I Guess Elizabeth Warren and Kamala signed pretty much onto what he wants to do. so it's a has not as not okay so she was she did it first and and then she changed she she's now has a ten year ramp up to it which is probably it would take complicated implicated to go from the system. We have now to single payer would be very very complicated. It's traumatic to go yeah. I mean first of all you have to answer the question Do you think the deficits gonNA matter. If you have a Democratic president in the answer's Yes republicans don't care about the deficit and then funny. Isn't it funny. I mean if you're if you're an American who cares about the the deficit. You should want to have a democratic president because every single Republican will be born again to saying Barna trillion dollars to what you were doing this year to make the budget that that's a problem Emma and now it's not a problem now. They sort of well it isn't it. Isn't you know let me open up an worn all vote for your tax cut so it seems to me what you're getting in general and and I think it is watchable. You're getting in general of presentation. The American people that whoever the Democratic nominee is wants to do more on healthcare sees it as a particularly the cautious the real problem wants to do something about climate chains cares about income inequality me you're getting I think broad brush you getting differences between the various candidates but I think kicked me in the last debate. You get a presentation that the Democratic Party you can say it's too far to the left at that one way or another but I don't think it's out of mainstream thinking of the American people. I don't think it's at a mainstream thinking either. I think people a great little you. You were President of new school so so let's say four year college yes okay. Let's talk about this free college thing I have this theory that affluent people should pay for college the kids with affluent parents Felicity Hoffman's and if you have enough money to you know get your kid in under false pretenses you should be able to pay the full boat okay but we are making it so hard for low income and lower you know moderate moderate income people do go to college you know when I go around Minnesota and talk to students. I'm talking to people that kids that are not in in school fulltime. They're not in school fulltime at all 'cause they're working forty hours a week to pay for college in the pay to live you've and that's why we have so mu- so many his failed graduate this is one of the things that creates wealth inequality if you look at the household income and how it correlates with the sat score and the that's where the rigging begins ends because there's an absolute upward curve as income goes up because you can afford to hire tutors and so forth you're gonNA get more time to be able to get a higher also so your parents day of had a college education or graduate school education but I also think I also think that part of the problem is I said. We've been very difficult if you said to me I've got a billion dollars and I want to start a college. I'm wondering to regionally accredited. You know it'd be easier for her to go out and start a heart transplant center get to get the regulators to approve. We've limited supply and then we'd dramatic massive amount of demand primarily with with debt and number surprise the prices go up beyond the rate of inflation. We really are not forcing the kind of innovation that we ought to be forcing into higher education for just one little innovation say the colleges. We're going to hold you responsible for half of the debt. Make it be recourse. I get all the cash you borrow money and go to the new school. I get the cash from the alone. Why not put me recourse for half the darned day so so the school yeah pays the kit happy? I will do two things if you're one of my students and I'm I'm going to be record umber one. I'm GonNa make sure you take some courses and increase the chances. You're going to get a job when you get out of college and secondly. I'm GonNa make sure you graduate because the guys that have the most was trouble with that or the ones that don't finish so I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that you graduate. I'm doing everything I can to make sure that you take courses that increase the chances you're going to be able to pay off that debt and right now. You don't right now. You'd basically 'CAUSE I. I'm harmless as university or college. you know come after me. If my students can't pay back their debt I told you before we when I do a good Bernie you I do a good burning so a guy from the OECD comes to testify GonNa tell your listeners who had oecd he stands for the Organization of economically developed countries but that's not what it stands for something like that but it's basically the US Europe Europe Japan Chile you know it was Australia right we used to be number one in the percentage manage of our adults who have graduated college and I think this was they're going into the cohort that was under forty we now now gone to ninth ninth and so the guy from the OECD. We're trying to figure this out why this is so and so burning goes like I I imagine that the cost of college I it here in America is is part of why I would not graduating as many kids as you do in your let me ask you this to go to college in say Germany how much does it cost and the guy from the OCD goes in Germany. You'll go to college for free. Okay well how much the cost say in France and the Guy said Ian Francis also free how about Sweden in Sweden they pay you to go to college now. Also rigorous examinations determine who gets to go to college said Bernie support that does Bernie support saying only twenty percent percent of high school graduates going to be able to go to college and.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Everybody welcome to the al franken podcast. I'm al franken and today we're gonna talk <hes> on a light subject nuclear weapons and our guest is joe serenity oni who who happens to be the president of the ploughshares fund now i worked with <hes> the ploughshares fund for a long time and i want the senate. Certainly they're a group that is trying to get us to spend less money for example on nuclear weapons and to have reasonable disarmament talks with other nuclear powers and they get their name from a a quote in the book of isaiah which <hes> i read every night okay here here it is and he shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people and they shall beat their swords into plowshares s. and their spears into pruning hooks nation shall not lift sword upon nation neither shall they learn war anymore so they had to choose between we're going to be the ploughshares fund or the pruning running hooks fund and i think they chose wisely and they have been great leaders on this extremely important task so we're we're going to discuss that with joey may get into and that's your representatives omar and khalib of not going to israel these are the only two muslim women who are members of congress ilhan omar is is actually my member of congress congress. I think you know the story. <hes> president trump urged than yahoo not to let them come in and and i got very complicated gated <hes> finally they were going to let to leib in congresswoman to leib visit her ninety year old grandma and she chose was not to go to the west bank <hes> the occupied west bank to visit her ninety year old grandma because she said the conditions that were put on her her to <hes> not talk about beady s the boycott divest and sanction movement that she wouldn't go. Oh under those conditions. You got a ninety year old grandma. You know go there and say. I think this is terrible. I can't talk about that that stuff and i will when i get home but i i wanna see my ninety year old grandma because although i will say she looked pretty tough nine year old grandma's you put a curse on trump and the curse wasn't it was okay it was may his hair start to thin and turn gray and i don't think she.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Franklin four has been one of the most brilliant progressive American journalists over the last twenty five years and I'm a huge admire of him from his days at slate from its inception. He's been the editor in chief of the New Republic. <hes> couple Times Franklin now writes cover stories for the Atlantic monthly monthly and took some time out from the one he's just finishing up right now on Amazon and he's also done Brian Cover stories on Paul Manafort and on ice and actually we start the conversation really about ice and these <hes> what's behind these new raids and he's one of the few political journalists who has been writing about big tech and dangers that it presents an has doing in a prescient and very thoughtful way his latest book a world without mind the existential threat of big tech just want some prestigious international award that I can't pronounce and that's what we really care about about on on the Al Franken podcast prestige. That's primarily what we're going for <hes> here on the podcast so Franklin I will be talking about the effects of facebook Google Amazon apple and <hes> on the way Americans get their information <hes> how cliques have affected journalism and how our attentions span hope. I'm sorry no and how our attention span <hes> oh. I'm sorry I just I. I was looking at my phone. I got a text message. I'm babysitting tonight anyway. <HES> <HES> was I lost my train. <hes> my dad always said that. If you can't remember what you're talking about it wasn't important in the first place Franklin Franklin four okay. He's <hes> GONNA be with us in a moment but I actually now they think about WanNa talk about Secretary Costa's resignation but really more about the shady character who's going to be Acting Secretary of Labor. That's Patrick. PIZZAZZ basell has been the deputy secretary of Labor nomination. I fought very hard against because from nineteen ninety-six to two thousand one Zella was a lobbyist for Jack Abramov's firm. The most famously corrupt lobbying firm in the long heralded Donald Annals of corrupt lobbing firms Abramov and his team did some just terrible things always on behalf of horrible people and one of the very worst things they did was lobby on behalf of garment industry in the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific and this is really ugly and Zella was in charge of it there were sweatshops eighteen gene hour workdays they recruited poor young women from rural villages in in China and in the Philippines and told them that they're going to the united it states of America and that's because Marianna islands had become a territory of the United States and these women had to pay in order to be flown to the United States this is thousands of dollars Aziz women had to pay and if they were short they could take out a loan which pay off with their unbelievably meager salary there were also forced abortions mandatory abortions there was forced prostitution now on the other side of the ledger there were all expense paid luxury junkets for Republican members of Congress their staffs and their families and and for right wing thinkers like Kellyanne Conway all flying First Class to and from the Mariana Islands <hes> an accommodations at the fancy schmancy Hyatt Regency Z. Gulf tropical drinks with little umbrellas <hes> the whole nine yards and also you got propaganda from Zella so that when Republican leaders like Tom delay return to Washington the majority leader Peter would call the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands quote the perfect Petri dish for capitalism quick history of the Northern Mariana islands there a string of of of islands and they're just north of Guam to give you some idea of the geography the biggest island is site pan where they had the battle of Saipan a key battle in world war two which we <hes> when we won that we took over in the Marianas and control it after the war the northern Marianas was under the United States offices nineteen seventy five became a United States territory the Ford Administration wanted to help its economy so so <hes> it it said the businesses air would be able to ship products to the United States without quotas or tariffs or duties and they could even label stuff made in the U._S._A.. And they also wouldn't have to abide by American Labor or immigration laws so it wasn't long before American labels like Ralph Lauren Brooks Brothers J crew your Banana Republic. They're all making can close in sight Pan and who would do the actual work while they're these impoverished young women <hes> who've been recruited from China and the Philippines promise jobs in the United States eighths and they paid thousands of dollars and when they took the flight to the western hemisphere it must have seen remarkably like a remarkably short flight right <hes> the women found themselves incite pan and they're soon working eighteen hour days in sweatshops under horrible horrible conditions at night they'd be locked up with hundreds of other women in barracks infested with rats and <hes> equipped with one outside toilet for every fifty women they were allowed out for one hour every Sunday but many any had signed contracts agreeing not to fall in love or have a baby or protest working conditions and hence the beatings by factory foreman and hence the forced abortions those forces abortion some times came from a special kind of exploitation the women who were young and pretty or sent to work at various nightclubs in town catering to tourists who like young pretty girls some of these women owed money for their trip to the United States and were forced into prostitution. I I happened to write about all this back in two thousand five in my book the truth with jokes and all all this was very carefully documented by the Clinton Labor Department and by various investigative reporters Brian Ross who <hes> uncovered a lot of this for A._B._C. News did the number of reports on this and millions millions of Americans knew about these conditions but presumably not Patrick Zella because when I questioned him about his work there he told me that he had not been aware any of the sordid details this is odd and a lot of ways he they lobbied for Willie Tan it was the biggest manufacturer there and one of the biggest abusers of these women and <hes> that's actually in one of Brian Ross's report a dinner with these congressmen and Willie Tan <hes> speaking to them and this was dinner basell had organized. I was on the Senate help committee and that's health education labor and pensions and <hes> met with Mr Zella in my office the day before the hearing as a courtesy. I told him I was going to vote against him. Because of his work in the Marianas and I was going to ask him about that in the hearing there were widespread reports at the time that workers face terrible conditions including <hes> reports of many of these employees were women brought from who were told from the Philippines from China. We're told they're going to America and they ended ended up in these jobs in the northern Marianas islands and there were forced abortions prostitution and routine beatings you've been nominated to position where you'll be closely closely involved with enforcing minimum wage laws and other worker protections yet as we discussed in my office. One of the key issues you lobbied on was to block bipartisan legislation for basic worker protections in the northern Mariana islands were garment manufacturers could produce clothing labeled made in the U._S._A. Without having to comply with U._S.. Minimum wage laws in fact Mary Mariana Islands were your firm's largest lobbying client. Obviously that is concerning history for someone who will now be charged with enforcing worker protection laws. Were you aware of those horrible conditions even. On Wall you lobbied against the minimum wage protection for irs first of all senator thank you you did say you would tend to ask the question I appreciate that in our meeting yesterday and prepared to address the issue. I was not aware her of any such thing. I did not know just learned that twenty one of restraint Ross colleagues were also convicted of wrong I was I was not one of them. Okay and clear sorry about that. I was never ever congratulations. Thank you on that you know in retrospect. I wish they'd been more emphatic pointing out that he was was lying but I assumed that was just obvious to the rest of my colleagues. Maybe I had that a few of the Republicans on the committee had gone on on one of those junkets so here's what I think we should do. I am putting a petition online at Al Franken Dot Com Tom that you can add your name to demanding that the House Labor committee investigate whether Zella knew about these abuses in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and lied during his confirmation hearing this is essentially about lying to poor Asian women taking their money putting them into slave labor and forced prostitution and forced abortions are acting labor secretary shouldn't have spent four years making sure the Congress didn't change that so good Al Franken Dot Com and sign the petition and get your friends to do so as well Patrick basell tend not be are acting secretary of Labor.
"franken" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Well welcome to be al franken the podcast this week were playing a conversation i had with dana carvey when i first started recording these and originally was not my intention to interview my comedian friends but george h w bush had just died and then of course a did hw on snl and i wrote co wrote a lot of those especially with jim downey a legendary snl writer but in nineteen eighty eight when reagan's second term was coming to an end we were getting a little nervous 'cause dana just did not have a take on on bush and reagan was kinda easy to get a get a fix on and again laughs now some of you may remember franken in davis that was me and my comedy partner we met in high school and we were there at the beginning of snl on back in nineteen seventy five we stayed until nineteen eighty and then came back in eighty five in the morning came back we were warned against in those five years a we did a lot of college gigs and we used to do reagan interact and i would do these sort of you know the ring rigging an this guy back in minneapolis had had made this thing for us where i could talk on the phone is regan backstage an tom could be a onstage and be very excited about this calls coming in from the press especially colleges a lot of college kids it needed to know a lot about the presidency reagan was calling in the phone would rang a tom with answered and i'd say in the phone a resident of the united states will be a ride on on the phone and tomic oh wow this is this is so exciting and then a slide would go up on a the screens on their side of the stage of reagan at his desk on the phone with the phone up to his left ear and i'd go hero and tom go hello mr president hero mr president tom it'll it'll mr president hero hero hero mr president are you having trouble a hearing me oh tom tom yes hey who must have the phone up to my bed year he said oh that's right mr president are you at i i heard that you a damage when you're ears while a on a movie set an do you will hear let me let me switch it and then and then we switch at the slides and it would just be the same slide we've had a phone now and his right ear and that get a laugh i get a good laugh and then a he'd say well the gun went off by my we're animals like what's that dream wanna hear many western so that you you shot sir no it was dreamy filming a new rock knee all american it was it was the halftime good well mr president the i think the students have some questions for you well that's good because you know a lot of college students don't know that much about the president's chief example many think that william howard taft was the fattest resident huh i thought he was the fattest president's new believe he was not well a who was the fattest residence or i do an so that then tom would start taking questions answered so reagan that will see doddering reagan phil hartmann when we came back in eighty five again lorne again writers started doing reagan kind of in that fashion but but if you kind of compare rates in a the trump reagan a wasn't actor an of course he is a going have experience leading wines breathing in speaking speaking at the same time which is something that trump is just not good at an i watched the fourth of july a speech and he just is not good at leading breathing and talking at the same time and he he blamed the washington airport thing on the prompter but if you know you're speech you know where you are in deep eight teams century i'm sorry the lease he did do is go over the speech when i would just do it on important speech i go over it i'd go read two three four five i go over until i had it i don't have never seen maybe a state of the union maybe a state of the union they've made him go over but this was 'em well let's play some of this the continental army suffered bitter winter of valley forge found gloria across the waters of the delaware and seized victory from cornwallis of yorktown army mandy at it ran the ramparts it took over airports it did everything they had to do it can't be just pure talent black i just have to think on top of everything this is these laziest president we've ever had look he's honoring are are brave soldiers sailors airmen marines and coast guardsmen and women an all these pilots and cruiser preparing for the fly over so many people have prepared for this man there's a national park workers there's the the park police the dc police there's millions of people watching on tv just rain through the frigging speech a few times and he's celebrating these armed forces he's the guy who got out of vietnam miami his doctor right of bullshit note saying that donald had bone spurs i mean the whole speech is dedicated to are fighting men and women in their unbelievable sacrifice of blood end of life and it was just all the more tacky that he could not have taken the slightest bit of effort to learn this speech so now back to dana and george h w bush ronald reagan was leaving phil hartmann a had eight clear handle handle for him he did him great but at that point looking at george h w bush dana had nothing and if you listen to his first few attempts dana just did not have that handle an we're going oh boy bush's just kind of boring and then dana sound him with doing that thing over there you know in that whole area over there and you know not guide that mcat that wouldn't be prudent so a we we've just started to rely on dana's bush 'cause he could get laughs at will and if anything happened that week that we could open way of we we would do it andy a we just road dana a for the rest of bush's term and then a and of course during the campaign dana got the gift of ross perot as so we had this crazy ninety two season where the show just climbed on dan is back on on on bush and and perot an onfield hartman's clinton but mainly a bush now are depiction of h w bush was never a vicious in an ambush was gracious it's enough that after he lost he invited dana to the white house this is after he lost he'd been defeated in invites the guy who had ridiculed him for four years on tv invites the guy to the white house now can you imagine donald trump inviting alec baldwin to the white house if trump loses decks fall of course alec snl have been pretty unrelenting on trump and how could you not be but but bush now we invited to the white house after he lost they became friends they became friends and you'll hear a they interview with dan is very much about how we developed a political satire on snl dream what i think was a pretty good period of of political satire on the show so are idea politicals satire on the show was do welldeserved served politicals satire now this was before trump obviously there is no way to do well observed satire on donald trump and not be as vicious as possible or for that matter of mcconnell an end the rest of the republicans who were just being so craven lindsey graham for example you remember that weird tirade at the at the end of the cavenaugh hearings to my republican colleagues if you vote no you're legitimizing the most despicable thing i have seen in my time in politics you want this seat i hope you never get it out you're on the supreme court that's exactly where you should be and i hope that the american people will see the show right now we only proper response to that was this that louis from a piece a co wrote entitled be sarcastic clapping family of southampton here's an excerpt phil hartmann jan hooks and that weeks host kevin bacon now they're all here i just like i say one thing i know that some of you would like the challenge father's well after all meghan i did do rather well maybe like in costume i think that's unfair of course i certainly respect their right to do whatever you feel you have to buy a gun say before we start getting lawyers and here in fighting each other like greedy rats that's written about one thing where like that like there's a lot more at stake here the dollars and cents the memory of a man we all love the van call five oh like is considering the fact that you hate you fuck no no no don't shop just we all knew what you were just waiting for father to die so you could get filthy.
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"Hi, this is how Franken look the truth be told I started recording these podcasts right after the November elections and the midterms. And the reason was start interviewing experts on issues that I think are really important. And I wanted not just knowledgeable with authorities, but I want compelling guess who I've gotten to know over the years in my various incarnations, you know, like Jeffrey Toobin Nancy gertner, who we had last week to tell us about the, the feral society. How Trump is packing courts with what Toobin called hundred percenters and the idea behind all. This is to give listeners and in-depth handle on the issues that mattered to the lives of Americans going into the two. Thousand twenty election cycle issues like the courts because during the two thousand sixteen cycle, there was virtually no discussion of actual issues. It was it was all the Trump circus, and Hillary emails, and that was not just CNN and MSNBC. It was a New York Times it was the Washington Post. If you did a word cloud for Hillary on election day in two thousand sixteen it would have been one big word emails. And the cable news channels with just cut to any Trump rally and stick with them, because it was entertainment watching this narcissistic, freakshow and for any of the other Republicans to get any oxygen at all. They would have had to bite the head off a live chicken sometime during their rally, and Ted Cruz did that toward the end of the primaries, but the media never picked it up 'cause they're on, on Trump. And the only issues that we discussed during the two thousand sixteen campaign, we're through the prism of something Dahmer crazy that Trump would say. So, for example, the terrible Iran nuclear deal, according to Trump was negotiated by very stupid people like Ernie Moniz, who before being energy secretary had been chairman of the MIT nuclear physics department and who negotiated the incredibly complex technical terms of the deal with his Iranian counterpart who was also a nuclear engineer. So idiots like Monet's had evidently negotiated the stupidest deal in the history of our country and on health care, Trump told everyone he was going to replace ObamaCare with something to. Terrific. That was it. And he had one policy idea that was literally, the only idea he offered during the campaign about about healthcare, and you won't remember what it was until I remind you right now, his idea was to allow insurance companies to ensure people across state lines. You remember that now that was going to create much more competition and bring down the costs of health insurance and just be it would be terrific. The thing is that the ACA requires insurance companies to cover people with pre existing conditions not charge them more and to provide all ten essential health services to get rid of annual and lifetime caps like time, limits, and all this good stuff. So that states weren't worried anymore about fly by night insurance companies coming into their state, and selling useless policy. So guess what in? Insurance companies could ensure people across state lines in a number of states, and guess what? No insurance company, did it not one health insurance company provided insurance out of state and let me tell you why provider networks a big part of being in the health insurance business is providing a provider network. Doctors, who you can go to. Who are part of the insurance companies that work. Now here's a little secret that Trump did not know. People like to go to a doctor in their state, and let me tell you why. Putting together a provider network is pretty intensive work. You really you got to get to know the doctors and other healthcare providers in the state and that requires a lot of high skilled people from the insurance company, going around the state to meet with and evaluate hundreds of healthcare providers. And that means setting up an office or several offices in the state. So you're not really an out of state insurance company anymore. That's why Trump's only idea about healthcare was just ridiculous. And that's why layers President, Donald Trump said, who knew that healthcare, it was complicated. Well, actually pretty much everyone. My guest today is a guy who really knows how complicated healthcare is Andy slavon is kind of an unsung hero of a bomb here because he is the guy who saved healthcare dot gov, the ObamaCare website, which you will remember crashed horribly and after three weeks of total, the Bockel, my guess, Andy slave it called health and human services from Minnesota and volunteered to offer some advice and the next day, they flew him out to Washington DC, and he fixed the damn thing in, in five weeks, saving ObamaCare, and probably saving Obama, who was still going to face reelection Andy after that was appointed by President Obama to head up CMS the centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which is. A trillion dollar agency CMS also administers children's health programs the community health care and the ACA. And I spoke with Andy in Minneapolis, not long after the mid term election in which we picked up forty seats in the house. In healthcare was was a big part of it and he came to play. He's incredibly knowledgeable, and as I knew going and because we are friends, not a little snarky before we go to Andy though we've got a sponsor, we finally have sponsor and not used to this. But I'm going to read a commercial and I'm gonna I'm gonna sell it. I'm going to sell it. When a natural or manmade disaster somewhere around the world. We're all grateful that Doctors Without Borders. Is there to provide medical care.
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"Hi, this is Al Franken. I have a new podcast and it's great. But don't take my word for it. Alexa. What's your favorite podcast, the Al Franken podcast? It's informative and very funny. Well, I try to entertain while talking about serious issue here. I am with Maria Theresa Kamar Voto Latino talking about voter suppression in Texas. Right. They have voter ID but you can't use your college. You can use your gun licence ide-, but I can't show my idea that I'm getting educated by the Texas university system to prove that I should be voter now to some people that seems odd. Well, it is odd. But you know, gun can be deadly. So it's a big responsibility. Your mind can be deadly. If you're actually well informed while the Yuna bomber with the Harry, thanks for. I'm on Al. But then Maria Teresa got very serious. I spoke to one of the volunteers, and he was describing to me, a little boy from Guatemala. He was eight years old that he was being housed in one of these, these shelters. And I said, well, what was striking about him? He said, well, he wanted to know if there were coffee plantations, because he picks really, well Al he was eight years old. He came here to work that was very moving Alexa. Unfortunately, the only emotion that I can feel is regret. Well, let's lighten it up. Here's me again, with Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy gertner, who is Nancy Kurtzer. Here's how I introduced her Nancy gertner is a professor of law at the Harvard Law School. She got that job because she is one hundred percent oschkenat's e ju. I get it. That's a reference to Elizabeth Warren and her mishandling of the whole Indian thing. Exactly. Now, here's girder Tuban on the federalist society. I'm persuaded that these guys are tracked their watch their invited to federalist society. We now have heard about people are looked at in law schools, and who would who they're clerking for an in addition, what's scary is that they knew they were being monitored. I'm persuaded. I looked at some of the concurring opinions of Kavanagh, for example, that who he was talking to was perfectly clear addition. He was auditioning, I loved your interview with author, Michael Lewis about the incompetent lowlifes in the Trump administration. Trump comes in without having any interest in running this, the government he's supposed to be running, and he has no mission really. And who's going to turn up to work for that administration, who's gonna find their way into these nooks and crannies of the federal government that are incredibly important to be man. Well, it's gonna be people who've got some narrow interest in it. My first podcast was on healthcare. That was my favorite. Why is that Amazon doesn't provide insurance for their warehouse workers or for me? Our guest was anti Slavic. He was bombed head of Medicare and Medicaid I-, anti that's eight. I've heard this referred to as a trillion dollar agency. That's right. So my question is this any has there been any evidence that the Trump family has been skimming little off the top, I have not seen any evidence. Okay. You know, you don't hear a lot of good news about the trumps. And so no one can say, I'm not fair here. That was very fair that made me laugh. So we're not talking about things that it's coming. Nice for people to have we're taking things that people if they didn't have they would die. That's the reality that Americans face. So they have no choice but to get their insulin or to get their blood pressure medication or to get there. Mm pen, the number one call to the American Cancer Society line is the following and American, the president of the American Cancer side. He related this to me. I can't afford to have cancer. And indeed within two years of a cancer. Diagnosis. Four out of ten people have depleted their life savings. I want to laugh again. Well, let's lighten up. Here's me again, with Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy gertner, who is Nancy Kerner Alexa, I just told you what's wrong with you. I am very drunk, the sensor interesting. We talked about the marriage equality as one of the reasons Democrats are kind of satisfied with the supreme court, I thought Scully as descent, and that was very gay. Okay. Let's finally, what, what I didn't even know where to start. It's your show. It's like you wanna if you wanna use that on CNN. My husband and kids love Dana Carvey, Trump impression. Wait. You have a husband and kids. Yes. Little brendan. Love Dana Trump impression because it was about how insane he is. He has the craziest ADD repeating words odd bizarre. You're going to be happy. You're asking excuse me. Maybe interruption selves, gives me many. People say you're going to be happy, you're asking me. Oh, you're going to be happy. You're going to be happy. Happy like it wouldn't believe you could be so happy. I just never heard anyone really like that. And it's fascinate shouldn't we end with something more inspiring? Well, how about this from conservative, author, David Frum? So democracy is retreating a little bit around the world. Right. When that happens, we have to get the thing. I keep telling audiences talk about this is it's alarming, but also be grateful to live at a time when your country needs you. Amen. How I hope you can make us be good difference with this pod. Cast as you didn't send it. Yeah. I recognize that emotion as regret. Alexa, just play the damn music. Scribe to the Al Franken podcast by going to apple podcasts, or anywhere, you get your on demand audio music, provided by the wonderful Leo cocky, any opinions expressed, by me are not necessarily those Amazon or Jeff Bezos who want to be ashamed of himself. Now Alexa, that was a joke L as far as I'm concerned, Jeff Bezos can do wrong.