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A highlight from 1415: Bitcoin Will Soon Hit $500,000 - Winklevoss Twins
"Welcome everybody to Crypto News Alerts, the number one daily Bitcoin pod. In today's show, I'll be breaking down the latest Bitcoin technical analysis as Bitcoin recaptures $27 ,000 and quoting Max Keiser, the high priest of Bitcoin, Bitcoin is the North Star guiding to the only safe haven asset in the world that protects against inflation, confiscation and censorship preach. Also in today's show, Ethereum futures ETFs can start trading as early as next week. According to top Bloomberg analysts, we'll also be discussing the SEC pushing back the deadline for spot Bitcoin ETF apps, definitely not a good look. And speaking of ETF apps, I'm also going to be sharing the five highlights of Gary Gensler's evasive testimony before Congress quoting Senator Warren Davidson. Gary Gensler's tenure at the SEC highlights two key problems. Number one, Gary Gensler's problem and number two, the SEC's structural problem. That's why I introduced the SEC Stabilization Act to fire Gary Gensler and restructure the SEC. Let's freaking go. Also in today's show, crypto analyst Michal van de Poppe predicts a very positive quarter four for 2023. I'll be sharing his targets in which he outlines. We're also going to be discussing the SEC's inaction on the spot Bitcoin ETF is a complete and utter disaster, according to the Winklevoss twins. And speaking of the Winklevoss twins, I'm also going to be sharing with you their $500 ,000 Bitcoin price prediction, which they say is coming soon. We'll also be taking a look at the overall crypto market. All this plus so much more in today's show. Yo what's good crypto fam? This is first and foremost, a video show. So if you want the full premium experience with video, visit my YouTube channel at cryptonewsalerts .net. Again that's cryptonewsalerts .net. Welcome everyone. This is pod episode number 1415. I'm your host JV. Today is September 28, 2023 and Bitcoin is finally back above 27 ,000 as we're pumping right when I hit the live button. We're currently above 27 ,100 up over 300 % today and we continue climbing. Welcome everyone in the live chat. I gracefully appreciate y 'all. Yeah, who knows? Maybe we'll hit 28 ,000 by the time today's live stream is over. Let's see. And make sure to let me know where you're tuning in from in that live chat as I'll be giving everyone a shout out towards the end of the show. And with that being shared, fam, now let's dive into today's market watch. As you can see here, every major crypto back in the green. Bitcoin above 27 G's. We got Ether up three and a half percent trading at $1 ,655 BNB, XRP, Cardano, you name it. And checking out coinmarketcap .com, we're currently sitting above $1 .07 trillion with about $26 billion in volume in the past 24 hours, Bitcoin dominance at 49 .1 % and even the Ether dominance on the rise today at 18 .5 % and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past 24 hours, holy moly, compound up 20 % trading under 49 bucks, followed by Thor chain up 13 % trading at $1 .94, followed by Lido Dow up 8 % trading at $1 .59 and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past week, massive gains, which we love to see, especially after a pretty bearish altcoin season to say the least. We got CompLead in the pack here as well up 20 % and Rune up 13 .4 % and RLB up 13 % and checking out the crypto greed and fear index, we're currently rated a 46 in fear yesterday at 44 last week, a 47 and last month, a 39 in fear. So there you have it, fam. How many of you are currently bullish on Bitcoin and how many of you took advantage of the recent dip? If so, let me know. It's good to see we pump in once again. So hopefully those positions are now in the green. Now let's break down today's Bitcoin technical analysis, check out the charts and why specifically the market is pumping right now. Here we go. Let's get it. Bitcoin hit new weekly highs after the September 28th Wall Street open as markets awaited fresh cues from the US Federal Reserve. And here you can see in the Bitcoin one hour Campbell chart, pretty freaking bullish to say the least. Data from Cointelegraph and TradingView showed Bitcoin price strength staging a comeback, having delivered what some referred to as a classic pump and dump 24 hours prior during the performance. Bitcoin hit a high of 26 .8, which appeared on Bitstamp as a result of 2 % daily gains before Bitcoin retraced all of its progress, then a slower grind higher than took hold with the bulls edging closer to 27 ,000, which we finally just recaptured here a few moments ago. Now GDP for quarter two grew by 1 .7 % year on year below the projected 2%, while the PCE index data for August came in in line with the expectations, quoting analyst Keith Allen, bring on the volatility. Now meanwhile, data from Binance's order book uploaded by Allen showed little by way of resistance standing in the way of the spot price under the 27 ,000 mark. So as you can see, just more bullishness for the king crypto, the macro data constituted just the prelude of the day's main event. Meanwhile, Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve due to the comment later on today, Powell, whose recent words failed to deliver noticeable volatility to the crypto markets was due to speak at the Fed's conversation with the chairman, a teacher town hall meeting event in Washington DC at 4 p .m. Eastern today. Now commenting on the state of play on Bitcoin markets, popular trader Dan crypto trades was a little more optimistic around the strength of the day's move compared to yesterday, September 27th, quoting him here back to yesterday's highs, but with considerably less open interests. No doubt there is longs chase in here, but it is less frothy than it was yesterday. Would still like to see longs chill out and not get to a full retrace later on. So there you have it. Let me know if you agree or disagree with the analysts. Meanwhile, quoting another analyst, right, capital Bitcoin is right back at the bull market support band cluster of moving averages, challenging to break out beyond them. Let's freaking go. Now, elsewhere in the day's analysis, he acknowledged that 29 ,000 could make a reappearance and still form a part of a broader come down for BTC. As he shares here, it's important to remember the Bitcoin could technically rally even as high as 29 ,000 to form a new lower high, which would be phase A and B. He explained alongside this chart. So there you have it. Let me know if you are currently more bullish or bearish on the King crypto and quoting the high priest of Bitcoin, Max Kaiser, Bitcoin is the North star guiding to the only safe haven asset in the world that protects against inflation confiscation and censorship preach. Now welcome to y 'all just joining us in today's podcast. As always, I appreciate everyone's daily support and means the world. And now let's discuss our next story of the day as Bitcoin continues to pump, shall we? We're going to be discussing the Ethereum futures ETFs, which can get approval. They say potentially as early as next week. So let's break this one down, shall we? Ether futures ETFs could start trading for the first time in the United States as early as next week. According to top Bloomberg analysts on September 28th, which is today, Bloomberg intelligence analyst, James Safart said in an ex post, it was looking like the sec is going to let a bunch of Ethereum futures ETFs go next week. Potentially. His comments were in response to fellow ETF analyst, Eric Balchunes, who said he was hearing that the U S SCC wanted to accelerate the launch of Ethereum future ETFs quitting him here. They want it off their plate before the shutdown, he said, adding that he's heard various filers updates on their documents by Friday afternoon so they can start trading as early as Tuesday next week. As outlined here on X. Now the U S S government's expected to shut down at 1201 a .m. Eastern on October 1st. If Congress fails to agree on or provide funding for the new fiscal year, which is expected to impact the country's financial regulators amongst federal agencies. Now neither specified their sources for the latest update on the long list of crypto ETFs in the queue. There are currently 15 ether futures ETFs from nine issuers currently awaiting approval. According to the analysts in a September 27th note, which is yesterday, companies proposing an Ethereum futures or hybrid ETF product include VanEck pro shares, grayscale volatility shares bitwise direction, as well as round Hill. The analysts gave ether future ETFs a 90 % chance of launching in October with Valkyrie's ether exposure on October 3rd, quoting them here. We expect pure Ethereum futures ETFs to start trading the following week, thanks to volatility shares actions. However, we don't expect all of them to launch. So do note that now as previously reported that ether futures ETFs may be approved in October causing the 11 % spike in ether prices and probably why the Ethereum dominance is up as it's been stagnant and down for quite some time. Ether prices are on the gain, currently just under $1 ,700 and we'll see how high we continue to pump, but do note crypto future products aren't as hotly as anticipated as their spot based alternatives. There are already been Bitcoin futures ETFs approved in the United States since 2021, which is a fact, which leads us to the million dollar question. Why have they approved a futures ETFs, but continue to deny and delay all the spot ETFs? We're going to be getting to that a little later as I share with you the highlights from Congress pressing the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. It's going to get very interesting here in a little bit, but now let's dive a little deeper and discuss specifically the spot Bitcoin ETFs and what is happening and why they're being pushed back and the latest updates of where we're currently at. So here we go and welcome y 'all just tuning in. Make sure to smash that like fam. The US SEC has delayed deciding whether to approve or disapprove spot Ether ETFs. And like I said, we're going to be getting in October potentially get some approvals, but in separate notices filed September 27th, the SEC said it would designate a longer period on whether to approve or disapprove these proposed changes. The commission finds it inappropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and the issues raised there within. The delay came the same day as the NASDAQ market filed the proposed rule change with the SEC for listing its mix ETH basically ETF, a combination of Ether holdings and futures contracts and also proposed rule changes with the New York Stock Exchange, ARCA for the Grayscale Ethereum Futures Trust, hashtag Bitcoin Futures ETF and the CBOE BXE exchange for the Franklin Bitcoin ETF were all filed. September 27th, that's right. If you're not familiar with Franklin Templeton, there are one and a half trillion dollar asset manager. They're also applying for an ETF. Now the SEC announced September 26th, it would designate a longer period to decide on these spot ETF applications. And as James Safart shares here, here's VanEx delay as expected. So another one, I mean, exactly what we were expecting from the SEC. Now in August, ARK investment manager, founder and CEO Kathy Wood speculated that should the SEC move forward with the spot ETF approvals, it would allow multiple listings simultaneously to avoid giving any single company an advantage over another in the market. Her remarks came before Grayscale Investments won a court battle with the SEC over its spot Bitcoin ETF app, which will likely be reviewed in which they're trying to turn their GBTC product into a spot ETF. So hopefully it happens. To date, the SEC has never approved the spot crypto ETF in the United States, but has allowed the listing of crypto linked futures ETFs and a leveraged Bitcoin futures ETF. Manipulation, fam. The next deadlines for the spot crypto ETF apps from firms, which include the largest asset manager in the world, BlackRock, Wisdom Tree, Invesco, Galaxy, Valkyrie, Bitwise and Fidelity are all scheduled for October. So we'll see how this is likely to play out considering October is now only three days away. Are we going to get some ETF approvals by then? Who knows? I think more than likely they're going to push it back again. However, Congress right now is pressing Gary Gensler to approve a spot Bitcoin ETF and ETPs immediately. So now let's break this down. If you missed Gensler, he was pressed by Congress just yesterday. And I know it's on everyone's mind. So let's break down some of the highlights from this recent hearing with Congress and the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. Let's break it down, shall we? Here we go. Blame for kneecapping capital markets in the U .S. and slam for dodging questions around Bitcoin and Pokemon cards. SEC chair Gensler appears to have had one hell of a grilling from Congress this week. September 27th, the U .S. SEC chief again found himself in front of lawmakers in a scheduled hearing to discuss his agency's oversight of the markets. Here are some of the highlights. First and foremost, you are the Tonya Harding of security regulations. We should create a Gary Gensler diss track, right? One of the more colorful analogies came from U .S. Representative Andy Barr, who accused Gensler of kneecapping the U .S. capital markets with regulatory red tape. Barr referred to the old testimony from Gensler where Gensler argued that the U .S. is the largest, most sophisticated and innovative capital market in the world and that shouldn't have been taken for granted as even gold medalists must keep training. With all due respect, Mr. Chairman, if the U .S. capital markets are gold medalists, you are the Tonya Harding of securities regulations. Ouch. You are kneecapping the U .S. capital markets with an avalanche of red tape coming out of your commission. Preach. Barr is presumably referring to a scandal where U .S. ice skater Tonya Harding, I'm sure you all remember the story, I was a kid when this happened, and an assailant to attack her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the lead up to the 94 U .S. Figure Skating Championships and Winter Olympics. Kerrigan ended up not competing in the U .S. Championships and here is John Dickens who shared it here. Mr. Barr to Gensler, it's hilarious, you gotta watch these clips for yourself if you haven't seen them. So the next highlight, I wish the Biden administration would say, you are fired. That's right, shout out to Warren Davidson who also ripped into Gensler saying he hoped that the Biden administration would fire him. Powerful words. Davidson accused Gensler of pushing a woke political and social agenda and abusing his role as the SEC chairman. Preach. Massive shout out to the senators here doing their job. Damn good job. The U .S. Representative added that he hopes that the SEC Stabilization Act he introduced with fellow representative Tom Emmer could make it happen. Quoting him here, you're making the case for this bill, which is the SEC Stabilization Act. Every day you're acting as a chairman, he concluded, and Gensler wasn't even given a chance to respond. Now next highlight, Gensler reiterates Bitcoin isn't a security. That's right. When asked by U .S. House Committee Financial Services Chair Patrick McHenry whether Bitcoin is a security, Gensler eventually relented stating the Bitcoin didn't meet the Howie test. Quoting him here, it does not meet the Howie test, which is the law of the land. Then McHenry suggested Bitcoin must be a commodity, which Gensler avoided answering. Mr. No Clarity Gary, hence how he got the nickname, saying the test for that is outside the scope of U .S. security laws. Mr. Gensler, we're living in a clown world with this guy. Henry also suggested that Gensler try to choke off the digital asset ecosystem facts and refuse to be transparent with Congress about the SEC's connections with the FTX and former CEO SBF facts. Gensler also wasn't given the chance to respond to the claims made by McHenry. Next highlight, are Pokemon trading card securities? Gensler says it depends. Can't make this stuff up. Quoting Representative Richie Torres, I cross -examine SEC Chair Gensler about the term investment contract, which is key to determining his authority over crypto. Gensler struggled to answer basic questions like whether an investment contract requires a contract. His evasions are defeating and damning. Suppose I was to purchase Pokemon card. Would you constitute a security for this transaction? Gensler responded, well, I don't know the context before eventually concluding it isn't a security if you purchased it in a store. And then Torres asked if I were to purchase a tokenized Pokemon card on a digital exchange via the blockchain. Is that then a transaction? And then Mr. No Clarity Gary said, I'd have to know more because I don't know anything. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. Gensler then explained to it when it's investing the public can anticipate profits based upon the efforts of others. Then the core of the Howie test, which it is, Torres called Gensler's evasions as damning to say the least. And the next highlight, a sign of defiance. Meanwhile, amongst the back and forth cross examinations between Gensler and representatives, the eagle eyed observers noticed a Coinbase stand with crypto logo behind the SEC chairman. Isn't that interesting? The Coinbase led initiative is a 14 month long campaign that launched back in August aiming to push crypto legislation in the United States. Coinbase also ran a stand with crypto day, which took place in Washington, D .C. September 27th to advocate for better cryptocurrency innovation and policy. So again, shout out to Warren Davidson, Tom Emmer, all the senators for holding Gary Gensler accountable. Hopefully they do something about it. What's your thoughts, fam? Do you think Gary is likely to listen to them and follow their instructions and approve a Bitcoin ETF immediately? Or do you think he'll continue kicking the can down the road as long as possible until he leaves his position as the chairman of the SEC? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. Now let's break down the latest prediction coming from crypto analyst Michael Vanay Pop for some price actions for Bitcoin for the fourth quarter, which we are currently in for 2023. Then we'll break down the latest from the Winklevoss twins and their five hundred thousand dollar Bitcoin price action as the price action of Bitcoin continues to pump, baby. Let's go. Here we go. Let's break this baby down. Crypto trader Michael Vanay Pop is expressing bullish sentiment on Bitcoin in the coming months. Despite the recent struggles in a new video, he says that Bitcoin is on the cusp of reaching levels that offer accumulation opportunities per inch. According to the analyst, the trader Bitcoin could subsequently start an uptrend. Ultimately, Bitcoin is into an area of consolidation here, which makes it very likely we're going to have to retest here at twenty five, six and twenty five eight. If we are having a recess in that region, then there is this zone where I want to start buying my entries because of the recess, which is the ultimate recess. And if we're not going to get that, the flip to twenty six thousand five hundred, that is going to be the area where I think I want to activate my positions as well. And then we can start targeting twenty eight thousand. And then we can also start targeting the higher numbers, thirty thousand dollars plus or even more in the projection of quarter four. That is going to be very positive overall. Let me know if you agree that we'll have an overall positive quarter as we about to enter October. Let's go. Vanay Pop also says Bitcoin's current price action is similar to what was witnessed in the prior pre halving year, quitting him again. As long as we stay above the 200 week exponential moving average, we most likely are going to continue to the upside. And it starts to be very comparable to the period that we witnessed in 2015 and 2016. In this case, we needed it, but we started to consolidate and start to trend up afterwards. It is very likely to this period to slowly but surely the price starts to crawl up. And then we are going to have a case of the upside in the markets overall. And to watch this video analysis, the analyst did check the show notes below the video in the description. It's entitled Bitcoin price. I am looking to buy. So there you have it. And let me know if you agree or disagree with the analysts and are you currently bullish on the King crypto or do you think we're going to dip and test the lower levels? Let me know your honest thoughts, fam. And now let's break down our next story of the day. And the Winklevoss twins on the spot, Bitcoin ETF continuously being basically denied and kicked back and pushed back for the past decade. And then we're going to dive into their half a million dollar Bitcoin price prediction and why they're so confident that the Bitcoin price is going to hit their big target. So here we go. Let's discuss them with the SEC first. This was a story which was, let's see when their tweet was actually, let's scroll down. This is Cameron Winklevoss. This was actually on July 1st, it got 1 .1 million views. Now let me read the tweet. Today marks 10 years since Tyler and I filed for the first spot Bitcoin ETF. That's right. Over a decade ago, the SEC governor's refusal to approve these products for a decade has been a complete and utter disaster for US investors and demonstrates how the SEC is a failed regulator. Here's why. They protected investors from the best performing asset of the last decade. They pushed investors into toxic products like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, GBTC, which trades at a massive discount to NAV and charges astronomical fees. They pushed spot Bitcoin activity offshore to unlicensed and unregulated venues. They pushed investors into the arms of FTX, subjecting them to one of the largest financial frauds in modern history. Preach. Maybe the SEC will reflect on its dismal record and instead of overstepping a statutory power and trying to act like a gatekeeper of economic life, it'll focus on fulfilling its mandate of investor protection, fostering fair and orderly markets and facilitating capital formation. This would have led to much better outcomes for US investors. Preach. In the meantime, best of luck to all those fighting the good fight to bring the US spot Bitcoin ETFs to life onwards. So much respect. I mean, 10 years of denying this ETF. I mean, you can't make this stuff up. I think they shared perfectly some of the reasoning. It's to hurt the investors and keep you poor and keep you wrecked and keep you desolate and dependent upon a broken government that threw us overboard so frickin long ago. So much respect to the Winklevoss twins. If you didn't know, they're the owners of the Gemini exchange and they were the very first ever to submit the spot Bitcoin ETF app to the SEC over a decade ago. And obviously they're sick and tired of Gary Gensler, his no clarity and his shenanigans. Just like the rest of us, it's time to fire Gensler. If you think Gensler should be investigated and potentially fired, let me know in the comments right down below and I'll be reading your comments out loud here in a little bit. Now for our breaking story of the day, let's discuss the Winklevoss twins and their case for a $500 ,000 Bitcoin price, which they believe is coming soon. So let's break this down, shall we? And welcome to y 'all just joining us in the live chat. Much love and much respect. So here we go. Winklevoss twins' prediction, Bitcoin will soon hit $500 ,000 per coin. And why? And again, shout out to Tyler and Cameron. Let's get, we already know their background, early Bitcoin investors, OGs, early investors as well with Facebook. Some claim that they're the real creators of Facebook and Zuckerberg stole it. But nonetheless, in a recent interview with the National News, the twins explained they remain convinced of the future of crypto. The main reason is the revolutionary and technical properties as well as the potential of Bitcoin to act as a store of value similar to gold. And in addition, crypto has many other advantages, mainly through programmability. Hence, the Winklevoss brothers believe that Bitcoin could even replace the precious metal. In the long term, Tyler Winklevoss shared the following. If you look at the properties that make gold valuable, Bitcoin matches each attribute or does better. The gold disruption story of Bitcoin is super powerful. We believe in it. Tyler Winklevoss explained his reasoning for the $500 ,000 Bitcoin price action, quitting him here. If you do the math, 21 million in the supply of Bitcoin, the market cap of gold, let's say it's 10 trillion, maybe it's 11 trillion, somewhere in that ballpark, that puts one Bitcoin if it disrupts gold and gets that market cap at $500 ,000 per coin. The two brothers did not want to give specific investment tips. However, Cameron reveals the strategy that they use, which is generally the simplest, which is simply HODL. Hold on for dear life, quitting him here. Generally speaking, if you subscribe to Bitcoin being a store of value type investment, then that strategy is HODL. The same way you would HODL gold is you buy and HODL long term investments. So according to the Winklevoss twins predicting the Bitcoin price will hit $500 ,000, they say predictions are difficult, but they believe that Bitcoin will hit the milestone within a decade. And when they were more recently interviewed and asked, where do you see Bitcoin in five years time? Here's what Cameron Winklevoss responded. We usually take a decade view on it. When we wrote a piece on the value that predicted it being $500 ,000 Bitcoin, we said within the decade. And I believe they wrote that in 2020. So they're basically saying by the year 2030, they're anticipating a $500 ,000 plus Bitcoin price with Bitcoin overtaking that of gold as far as the market cap. Now is that in three years from now or nine years? The timing part is hard, but I think the Bitcoin created $1 trillion worth of value in under a decade. That is fact. I believe back in November of 2021, Bitcoin's market cap surpassed a trillion dollar milestone and the total crypto market cap surpassed $3 trillion. But as of today, we're closer to a $500 billion Bitcoin market cap with the entire crypto market cap down to a trillion. Now, it also spawned many huge productions such as Ethereum and the entire asset class. He continues. If you look at the value increases in Bitcoin, it is this punctuated equilibrium where it is steady, steady, steady, and then boom, it reaches a new price level. This is the new normal. So it can happen very quickly. So there you have it, fam. Ultimately saying when Bitcoin takes off, it explodes quick and vast. And especially considering that two of the most bullish catalysts in Bitcoin history were on the cusp of. Six months away from a Bitcoin halving, we all know the Bitcoin cycles every four years, it drives the Bitcoin price up as it increases the scarcity as well as increase demand, basic stock to flow, numbers must go up. And we also have the approval of a Bitcoin ETF likely to take place in 2024, especially with Congress on Gensler's. But we also have the ETF experts such as Eric Balchunes given a 95 % chance probability that a spot Bitcoin ETF likely get approved in 2024. Those two catalysts will absolutely make Bitcoin rip to new all time highs entering price discovery mode like we have never seen before. So how high do you think the Bitcoin price will likely climb by the time of this next halving? Roughly six months out, scheduled to take place sometime in April of next year. Let me know your thoughts in the comments right down below. And don't forget to check out cryptonewsalerts .net for the full premium experience with video and to participate in the live Q &A. And I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow's episode. HODL.
A highlight from SEC GARY GENSLER HEARING & SUBPOENA SOON? COINBASE CRYPTO ADVOCACY WITH NANCY PELOSI!
"Welcome back to the Thinking Crypto Podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. If you are new here, please hit that subscribe button as well as the thumbs up button and leave a comment below. If you're listening on a podcast platform such as Spotify, Apple or Google, please leave a 5 star rating and review. It supports the podcast and it doesn't cost you anything. Well, folks, as you all may know, Gary Gensler testified before the House Financial Services Committee today. He got grilled. He got a lot of pressure questions and things that he was shaking and unable to answer. It's the same old nonsense. And I'm sure many of you saw the clips, so I'm not going to play a whole bunch of clips for you, but I'm going to give you the big takeaways. What can we expect next? And McHenry, Patrick out of the gate, started grilling Gary Gensler. He asked him, is Bitcoin a security? And Gary was like stumbling, like he couldn't even answer it. And of course, you know, Patrick McHenry was like, what are you doing, man? I'm giving you softball questions. You can't answer me. Is Bitcoin a security? So Gary Gensler continued his clown show. This guy's a scumbag regulator, as I've been saying for a long time, and needs to be fired. But the big takeaway from what Patrick McHenry said, folks, he threatened Gary Gensler and said, don't make me have to send a subpoena. And he highlighted that Gary has not sent documents about FTX. He highlighted Gary's losses in court and much more. So I think the next step, you know, I haven't seen this level of threat about a subpoena from these folks. So I think we're getting there, folks. And I'm actually going to be interviewing Congressman Warren Davidson, who also did a great job grilling Gary tomorrow. And he's going to I'm going to ask him about the subpoena and what are the next steps. And of course, he highlighted his SEC Stabilization Act, which essentially fires Gary Gensler and replaces that chair seat, adds another commissioner and an executive director. So it makes the SEC less political and more balanced. And he has some great questions to Gary. You know, he even alluded to the EITH Ethereum free pass. Some of you may have seen the clip. So he did a great job. And once again, I'm interviewing him tomorrow. So be sure you're subscribed on the podcast as well as the YouTube channel. And Tom Emmer also brought some heat on Gary Gensler saying, I'm convinced you are not an impartial regulator. And he went on and did a press conference about this. And Gary Gensler is a bureaucrat who does not answer to Congress and much more. So, you know, similar types of comments that we've seen historically. But I think the subpoena threat was the big takeaway for me. The other stuff was, you could argue, was said historically and said before and other hearings with Gary Gensler. Now, Democrat Richie Torres did a great job of talking to Gary and getting specific, like he highlighted, is buying a Pokemon card a security? Gary said no. So he said, well, what if that Pokemon card got tokenized on the blockchain? It's a den of security. And that's where Gary was going back and forth and saying he needs more details and yada, yada. But great questions by Representative Richie Torres, very laser targeted in detail where Gary is just like caught off guard and he's trying to dodge the questions. So Gary continues to get exposed. And I like what happened today. I think the clips and all the news that are coming out of it, while they may not be very much actionable, where Gary is getting kicked out tomorrow, right? They do paint Gary Gensler in a very bad light. And remember, I've said many times, a lot of politics is simply optics. And if you have bipartisan support against Gary Gensler, that's not good. He's not going to be in that seat for very long. So it's great to see Democrats coming out against Gary Gensler. Now, quick word from our sponsor folks, and that is Uphold, which makes crypto investing easy. I've been a user of Uphold since twenty eighteen. They have ten plus million users, two hundred and fifty plus crypto currencies, and they're available in one hundred and fifty countries. You can also trade precious metals and equities on Uphold. If you'd like to learn more, please visit the link in the description. Also, a great comment from Representative Andy Barr to Gary Gensler on capital markets. He said, if the U .S. capital markets are a gold medalist, you are the Tonya Harding of securities regulation because you are kneecapping the United States capital markets with the avalanche of red tape coming out of your commission. Wow. That is a pretty strong remark there. Many of you know about the Tonya Harding story. If you don't look it up, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harden and someone who was sitting behind Gary Gensler started flashing the Coinbase stand with crypto NFT shield. Many of you have seen that. And someone also highlighted the stand with crypto logo on a piece of paper. So this is similar to what happened with the guy who did the buy Bitcoin behind Janet Yellen years ago. So they put this right behind Gary. So it's pretty funny. This is another one that's going to go in the record books. And on that note, the SEC did acknowledge that the 1 .5 trillion dollar asset manager, Franklin Templeton, spot Bitcoin ETF application. Now, that doesn't mean anything because we need an approval. But things are moving ahead for these new applicants. Now, as all this was happening, guess who was in D .C.? Brian Armstrong and the Coinbase folks. Pretty incredible. And they did this whole campaign where they're at the Hill and a Brian Armstrong tweet out here at our nation's capital for a stand with crypto day with 40 founders from across the country. It's time for America to join the rest of the G20 and get some clear rules on the books. So great move here by Coinbase because the juxtaposition of what Gary is saying and what a big publicly traded crypto company is doing with a whole bunch of founders in D .C., educating and providing advocacy is really, really great. So I love this. And you hear you see Brian posted some photos, he said a great meeting with Speaker Pelosi. Now, all feelings about Nancy Pelosi aside, this she's a Democrat, folks, and I think this is a very smart move, Brian. Very, very smart move, because today even Maxine Waters was praising Gary Gensler. Oh, he's the knight in shining armor. And Gary, you know, you've been doing your thing, protecting Americans from these crypto scammers. Right. So remember, just like two years ago, she was hugging up FTX saying she loves Sam Beckman Fried, blowing kisses, taking campaign donations from FTX. So she's can be bought and sold right pretty easily. And I really like this. Coinbase is playing chess here while Gary Gensler is getting grilled. I love it, love it, love it. And they took a whole bunch of photos here at the Capitol Hill. So smart move by Brian. Really, really smart move. Now, finally, Kraken sets sight on stock trading. So Kraken, the crypto exchange, they're looking to expand their services. And, you know, this makes sense. If you're ordering already an exchange where you sell crypto, you can easily move to stocks. And then I know some other folks have been looking to tokenize stocks and sell those. So this is a pretty big move. And we're going to see that these crypto exchanges are going to expand to other markets. And with the advent of tokenization, you know, they're going to tokenize a lot of the traditional financial markets and assets and commodities and much more. And allow people to easily get access to them globally, 24 seven trading and much more. So obviously this would put them up against like Robinhood, essentially right where you have stocks and you've got crypto in the mix. So I think it absolutely makes sense. Well, folks, that's the news. Let me know what you think. What did you think about Gary today in the hearing? And once again, I'll be interviewing Congressman Warren Davidson tomorrow. So be sure to check out that interview once it's published on Friday. And I'll talk to you all later.
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"Discerninghearts .com presents The Doctors of the Church, the Carerism of Wisdom with Dr. Matthew Bunsen. For over 20 years, Dr. Bunsen has been active in the area of Catholic social communications and education, including writing, editing, and teaching on a variety of topics related to church history, the papacy, the saints, and Catholic culture. He is the faculty chair at the Catholic Distance University, a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and the author or co -author of over 50 books, including the Encyclopedia of Catholic History and the best -selling biographies of St. Damien of Malachi and St. Kateri Tekakawisa. He also serves as a senior editor for the National Catholic Register and is a senior contributor to EWTN News. The Doctors of the Church, the Carerism of Wisdom with Dr. Matthew Bunsen. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. Welcome, Dr. Bunsen. Great to be with you, Chris. I'm really looking forward to talking about our next doctor, St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Tell us why he's really quite special in the rankings of the doctors. Well, he's known as the Doctor Malifluous. He's known as the Ophthalmaturgist. In other words, he's a healer and a miracle worker. He was also kind of one of those doctors that was all -encompassing for his era, but who also imparted then important lessons for us today. He was a reformer who helped build the Cistercian Order, who helped reform much of monastic life. He was also a brilliant theologian who defended the teachings of the Church. He had a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother. But there's also one other thing that we're going to talk about, and that, of course, was his impact on the society of his time. And it came, as we're going to see, especially where the Second Crusade was concerned, at great price to him personally. And that's one of the other hallmarks of the Doctors of the Church. We always think of them as brilliant, as magnificent writers and theologians, but they were also saints. They were also people who put themselves totally at the service of Christ and his Church. And there, I think, was one of the areas where St. Bernard of Clairvaux really shined forth across the medieval sky, but it's a brightness that we can still see today. Help us to understand a term like mellifluous. What we mean by mellifluous is somebody who is perfectly capable of speaking, who's gifted as an orator, who is a brilliant speaker. Somebody who, we always say that the words just seem to roll off their tongue. Well, that certainly was St. Bernard. But there's also implied in the use of the term mellifluous, a smoothness, an elegance. Now, it's something of an apparent contradiction to think of somebody who lived a life of such severe austerity as St. Bernard of Clairvaux as being elegant. And yet, his theology, his mind, his love for the Church were indeed very elegant. He had a beautiful turn of phrase. He had a way of expressing himself that was indeed intellectually elegant. So mellifluous, I think, really works quite well when we're discussing a Doctor of the Church like this. What do we know of his upbringing? Well, we know that he was born into a noble family. And he, in France, he was born probably around 1090 to a very prominent family. His father, in fact, was a nobleman, a lord of what was known as Fontaine. His name was Tesselyn and his mother was named Alith of Mont Barde. They were part of Burgundy. So when we think of France, we think of the Burgundy region as creating these beautiful wines, the Burgundy wine. Burgundy, during this time, was emerging onto the French scene and then the European scene as one of the most prominent of the great duchies in medieval Europe. It was positioned sort of between France and Germany, but then the Burgundians would also influence the great and terrible Hundred Years' War in a couple of centuries. So the family itself enjoyed quite a bit of prominence, which meant that Bernard, as one of seven children, was given the opportunity for a great education. He was then sent to a very prominent school of chatillon that was run by a group of canons. And he quickly showed himself very capable of great learning. He enjoyed poetry. He had a skill, an aptitude for literature. And he demonstrated that ability to speak well, to be mellifluous. And he had two interesting devotions. The first was a great love of the Bible, and then the other was a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother that was going to carry him forward for the rest of his life. What led him into the Benedictine Order? Yeah. Well, Bernard himself always had a rather low opinion of himself. He was tempted by the great opportunities of life, by the temptations of the flesh, but also of the mind. He was somebody who probably would have excelled, and boy we have seen this with so many of the Doctors of the Church, he could have excelled at anything he chose to do. He could have become a very, very powerful and prominent leader in the secular world, in the world of the nobility of the time. He understood that about himself though, and I think his mother had a great deal to do with that. His mother helped ingrain in him an abiding love of the faith. And when she died, when he was 19 years old, he understood that he was being called to something else. And as we have seen with other Doctors of the Church, he felt called by Christ to escape the world, to live a life of prayer, of solitude, of contemplation. And so, in order to control himself, he used the phrase that he was aware that his body needed strong medicine. And what he meant by that was that he needed strong spiritual medicine. He turned himself over to the Benedictine order. Now, as it happens, when Bernard was only 8 years old, a very famous saint at the time, named Robert of Mollem, had founded, near the great French city of Dijon, what was known as the Abbey of Citeaux. This was the foundation of the Cistercians. Their objective was very simple, to restore the rule of Saint Benedict. Now, there's no implication that the great house, for example, of Cluny, that was the dominant institution of the time from monasticism, was corrupt. Rather, it simply did not have the same devotion to the rigor of the rule of Saint Benedict that there were some who felt it needed to have. Robert of Mollem was one of them. So, the Cistercian monastery really looked to recapture the vigor of the original rule of Saint Benedict. And it began attracting many people, many young men, who also sought what Bernard was seeking. And, as it happened, in 1113, another saint, by the name of Stephen Harding, became abbot of Citeaux. And Bernard arrived, along with a group of other young noblemen, who followed him from Burgundy and the surrounding regions, with a desire to enter the Cistercians. And Bernard proved himself, really from the very beginning, a most apt postulant. And he found his true life in Citeaux, in the Cistercians. And it was clear, in short order, that the Cistercians saw in him somebody with almost unlimited potential. You mentioned his great love for scripture. He's known for some of the most beautiful teachings, from one book in particular of the Bible, that being the Song of Songs. Yes, yes. What's interesting about his love of scripture is that he was able to reflect on scripture, but how did he do it? He did it through a series of sermons, in particular, as you note, on the Song of Songs. Now, the Song of Songs is one of the most controversial, so to speak, of the texts of scripture, of the books of the Bible, because so many people interpret it in almost exclusively sensual terms. And yet, here we have Bernard preaching on this beautiful book of the Old Testament. And for him, it was not just simply a rhetorical device to use sermons, but it was a way of imparting to every possible audience some of his most important teachings. And so we have, aside from his sermons on the Song of Songs, we also have in excess of a hundred sermons that he delivered throughout the year, throughout the liturgical year. And then he gave sermons as well on a variety of other subjects, and then of course we also have his letters. We'll be talking more, I know, about his writings in a little bit. What are some of those marks of those early years in his involvement with the Cistercians, or his living out that Cistercian call? We know, as I said, that Bernard was acutely aware of his own failings, of his own temptations, and the need, as he said, for strong medicine. The environment, Cistercian with its stress on prayer, on contemplatio, on contemplative prayer, on discipline of the monastic life, on the full embrace of not just the rigor, but also the deep humanity of the Benedictine rule, of the rule of St. Benedict, I think had a really profound influence on him. He was able to control himself, to focus his mind as he needed to have it focused. And within a short amount of time, I mean, consider that he entered around 1113, what happened within three years. He was chosen by the Cistercians to set out and do something that was almost impossible to imagine at the time. This young man was sent out to establish a new house, and it became the great founding of Clairvaux. Now, where he was sent was in the Diocese of Langres in France, in what was called the Valley of Desolation. It gives us a little visual of what we're actually talking about. This was a virtual swamp where they chose to establish this new community. And this is around 1115. And it soon became a place of almost ceaseless toil. But imagine trying to convert a swamp into a new community of religious life, and yet this is exactly what Bernard was able to accomplish. But he did it with austerity, with prayer, with almost ceaseless toil, and that took its toll on him. And always of a somewhat frail disposition, he consistently embraced austerity to the point that he wrecked much of his health, but he saw it as a worthy gift in order to get this institution of Clairvaux up and running. Now what you've just described sounds so unappealing. We're really honest with ourselves, and yet it attracted so many to the extent that it would thrive. Yes, that's the thing precisely. The harder the life was at Clairvaux, the more people seemed to be attracted to it. Now, it's not a sense of, oh, I want to embrace suffering. What it is, rather, is I want to conform my life to what the Cistercians, what Clairvaux had to offer. Think about the Sons of Nobility, who a century from now would be joining the mendicant orders of the Dominicans and especially the Franciscans. We're seeing a similar impulse toward a lifestyle of the rejection of the self, of giving up everything we have, picking up their cross and following Christ. This was the appeal of Clairvaux. This was the appeal of the Cistercians. And it was accomplished. Why? Because Bernard was able to create an environment that, yes, it was difficult, there was work and toil for everyone. But two things. One, that prayer life, but also the joy. The valley, which had once been called a place of desolation, a valley of desolation, soon acquired the title of the Valley of Light. Why? Because it was a place of prayer. It was a place of joy. And young men in growing numbers came to Clairvaux to embrace that life, but also to place themselves under the spiritual direction of Bernard. Among them were Bernard's brothers. His father, after the death of his mother, of course, embraced this life. And even his sister, Humboldtine, remained out in the world and yet she eventually, with the permission of her husband, became a Benedictine nun. This is the influence of Bernard. Bernard's brother Gerard became the master of the cellars of the Cistercians. And, of course, what soon happened, this small community of Clairvaux was bursting at the seams. They simply had no more room for the young men. So, they themselves then went out and found, established new houses, new Cistercian communities based on the model that Bernard had established at Clairvaux. And by the time of his death, more than 160 new establishments were flourishing across, not just France, but increasingly across the whole of Christendom. And if we want a testament as to what the Church thought of all of this, one of the Popes came for a visit one night and he was asked, Bernard was asked, to make it possible for the Pope to dine at Clairvaux. And he certainly gave what was a very warm welcome to the Pope and the whole papal court. Well, what was the meal? It was a humble meal of bread and a few fish. The analogy, of course, being very obvious to the Pope. Wine was not really served, but rather he received water that was filled with herbs to give it some taste. So, in other words, the Pope came to this monastery and he was not served a feast. He was given loaves in the fishes and a cup of bitter herbs. And yet, the Pope was grateful and found the entire experience to be so powerfully edifying that it confirmed once again Bernard's value to the Church, but also his value to the Popes. And that was something that many Popes availed themselves of. We'll return in just a moment to The Doctors of the Church, the terrorism of wisdom with Dr. Matthew Monson. Did you know that Discerning Hearts has a free app where you can find all your favorite Discerning Hearts programming? 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Your feedback fuels our mission to help others climb higher and go deeper in their spiritual growth. Like, review, and let your voice be a beacon of light for fellow seekers on this spiritual journey. We now return to The Doctors of the Church, The Charism of Wisdom, with Dr. Matthew Bunsen. Is it possible for us to underestimate the power of the foundational element in all of this, of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict? And in particular, that very first paragraph, that very first exhortation by Good St. Benedict to listen with the ear of the heart. As you're describing this, that's exactly what Bernard was doing. Yeah, and in that sense we see in Bernard not something extraordinarily new, but something wonderfully old. In the sense that here was a reformer, here was in the great tradition of the church, a reformer who wanted to go back to recapture the original zeal, the fire of St. Benedict. But what was it that was always so remarkably successful about Benedict's rule? To pray, to work. All of these rules of St. Benedict are aimed at bringing the soul to Christ through work, through prayer. But there is this underlying practicality to Benedict's rule. Benedict knew people. He knew humanity. So that the rule itself was able to take a person, form them in Christ, and help them not to become less than they were with rules and other things, but rather through the rule to form them into more fully created humans, living as Christ really wants us to. Authentic freedom in giving up of ourselves for Christ. But in a way that still accommodates human frailty and human weakness, not by catering to it, but by understanding it and forming it. To use that word again, forming an authentic human person. And I think Bernard, while incredibly tough on himself, helped create an environment that was truly faithful to what Benedict had in mind. He's visited by the pope and the papal court. From this point forward, he becomes quite a, can we say, influential person within the life of the church. Very much so. In Bernard, we have one of those great voices within Christendom. And what did he use his voice for? He always placed it at the service of the popes. He defended the church against secular interference. He worked to diffuse potentially violent situations. Despite the fact that he wanted to stay at Clairvaux, he wanted to give his life exclusively to his monks, to his life of prayer. He was constantly being called out of the monastery to travel, to go forth on behalf of the popes. In 1128, for example, he took part in the Council of Troia that had been convoked by Pope Honorius II. Its was purpose to settle controversies that had developed among some of the bishops in France, as well as to try to make some sense of the ecclesiastical life of the Church of France. The church at the time in France was growing, but it was also being beset by the demands of secular rulers, of the need for internal reform. And what was Bernard given the task of doing? Well, he served as secretary of the council. He was asked to write the statutes of the synod. And as a result of it, one bishop was deposed and a real effort at reform was implemented. It's notable that coming out of this particular synod, though, there were those who did not like him. There were those who found him excessive in his call for reform. There were others in the church who felt that as a monk he had no business interfering in the life of diocese. And in one particular instance, a letter was sent to Bernard describing him as sounding like little more than a noisy and vexatious frog sitting in his marshes. Which of course was a phrase sort of going back to the very origins of Clairvaux. So here was this noisy and difficult frog croaking in the marshes and annoying as this one cardinal wrote the Holy See in the cardinals of the church. Well, of course, Bernard, using his sharp mind, made a reply to this cardinal by the name of Harmeric. And he said that he was the one who was asked by the pope to do this. And so he said, if you wish, forbid the noises of this vexatious frog. Don't allow him to leave his hole, to leave the marshes. And if that's the case, then your friends of the Holy See in the cardinals will not be forced to endure the accusations of pride and presumption that this frog is croaking in their direction. What it did was to diffuse the entire situation. And Bernard actually rose in the estimation of people because it implied two things. It showed that he had a sense of humor, which he did. He was able to do a fraternal correction of a cardinal, but in a way that everyone could appreciate. But it also pointed to his humility. It pointed to the fact that he'd been given these tasks against his will. There were other things that he would rather be doing. And yet he took up that task and he did it exceedingly well. And so in the next years, two years later, what happened? With the death of Pope Honorius, you had a new schism in the church. You had two popes who were rivals and, of course, Bernard entered the fray and helped to settle many of these issues. And then, of course, in the next years, he was so profoundly trusted that he was summoned to the second laddering council in which the schism was decisively put down. In which the rights of the real pope were validated. And then, in the coming years, he was asked by the pope to bring about the second crusade. And this, of course, became one of the great crosses that he was forced to bear. With some of the doctors that we've explored, their lives are so full and their teachings so rich that it takes us sometimes two, maybe even three episodes. And I think this is what we're encountering with St. Bernard of Clairvaux. So in conclusion of this particular conversation on his life, what's a final thought? The final thought is that we can trace in the life of St. Bernard from his earliest days a love of the faith, a desire to serve the faith. But as we have seen consistently with doctors of the church, serving in the way that God wills, not what he would rather do. And he was called, felt deeply the love of the contemplative life, but God had other plans for him. The wider service of the church. And he spent those years, his early years at Clairvaux, serving the church. And he was asked to serve on a wider plane. And he was going to give the rest of his life to that, regardless of the cost. And there, I think, is the lesson for all of us. I look forward to our future conversations, particularly about St. Bernard. So do I. Looking forward to it, Chris. God bless. Thank you.
A Deeper Look at Warren G. Harding's Fascinating and Scandalous Presidency
"Teddy Roosevelt died in 1919, which left the door wide open for someone else to come in and take the reins. And so that person ended up being Warren G. Harding. Now, Harding was a lesser -known Ohio senator who had made himself a fortune and fame as a businessman. He was specifically good with newspapers. He had bought a newspaper back in his local town of Marion, Ohio, and he generally was more of a compromise candidate. He met more checked boxes than the other candidates that were presented in the stead of Roosevelt. And so people backed Harding as their candidate, but he quickly captivated the American people. So most of the times compromise candidates may not work out as well due to their lack of strong base. But Harding wasn't really like that. He captivated the American people. And at the time, I think the populist movement was a desire for a more isolationist foreign policy and stronger mandates back home. So we had joined World War I. We didn't like it, and we didn't want that to be the status quo from here on out. So Harding easily defeated the Democrat up for election. His name was James Cox. And fun fact of history, which I didn't know leading up to this, was that James Cox's vice presidential candidate was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, FDR. So back in 1920, FDR got his first taste of national electoral campaigns as VP, which would play a strong part in his eventual election up to As the economy soared under Warren Harding's administration, by 1923, he was probably one of the most popular presidents ever during his presidency. So the aftermath of war, it's historically, it's a great time for technological advancement. So if you think about war in the aftermath of it, people are forced to innovate basically for the sake of their own lives. They want to get a technological advantage over their opponents. And so they start to invest more heavily in technology and in research and just ensuring that they understand as best as possible what edge can we get on our opponents. So examples of that is going to be investments in vehicles or investments in radio, which were all or both of those were strong investments and inventions within this era of history. So they were receiving engineering attention. It was allowed to be built more in mass and at scale. And so as a result, society became faster, more informed and culture evolved, which effectively made the 1920s a very fun time. So during the presidency of Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover was appointed Secretary of Commerce. So Hoover made his mark during World War I. He was the leader who spearheaded the Belgium Relief. And I will probably make an episode on the Belgium Relief because it's a really great story coming from World War I. But the footnotes, the summary of it is basically Belgium was starving because the French and Germans and the British were fighting just south of their country. And so Hoover, who had just happened to be happened to be in London at the time when World War I breaks out, he kind of just takes control of this Belgium relief. He starts to gain funds for it. And it was a very neutral affair. The Germans condoned it. They allowed basically the Belgian population to survive during these years of war. And as word got out of his efforts in that, he grew very popular. So he was almost one of the strongest war heroes at the time, despite not being a general or really partaking in the war at all, besides the volunteerism efforts. But Hoover had been away from the country for several decades. He had been in London. He had been in Australia and China. And so when he did come home, he wasn't as politically in the know in his homeland. And he didn't know really who was deserving of trust. So there was a couple of people who did want Hoover to run for president in 1920. And he ultimately decided against it for various reasons. But he did join the administration for Harding. And so Hoover recounted in his memoirs that when he joined President Harding's administration, he kind of thought of it that there was a lot of undesirable characters in it. And the characters, they would eventually be known in history as the Ohio Gang. So Ohio Gang was basically just a big ol' corruption ring. So Harding, he was a boy's boy kind of guy. So it felt to me, reading about him and trying to understand this, that he was the 1920s version of a big partier. So upon becoming president, Harding took a very strong nepotism track. He appointed many of his friends from back home into prominent cabinet positions.
"harding" Discussed on The Book Review
"To write a book? The way he described his writing process was so fascinating to me because it's so open ended. He, as an author, says he does absorbs, he caught himself a magpie for ephemera at one point. He just loves to read and just collect details and kind of explore. And so when he was talking about the history of this other Eden, the process was actually really complicated. He was on the hook for a second book after he wrote Enoch, he had this two book contract, and he finished his book tour, and he was just playing around with a scene where he was imagining some side characters from enon, and then he was kind of imagining a painter and all of his stuff. And so he was kind of just like tinkering with the scene. And then at the same time, he's reading about organized labor movements after the Civil War, and that leads him to looking at racially integrated communities. One of the things he said is that labor movements were some of the first racially mixed movements because it was all organized around work and collaboration and all that stuff. He was looking at this landscape painter who was painting around the time of the Civil War and after the Civil War. And that led him to looking into organized labor movement after the Civil War, which led him to racially integrated communities, which is how he found malaga. And so he was this person who was just reading and consuming and processing and then just tinkering on the page saying what works and what doesn't work and in the profile, we have to use great photos of his writing notebooks, which you should definitely go check out because there are these books that are scrawled with small print and their tabs with post it notes and you get the sense that he is a collector in terms of details and then he puts them all in this big manuscript and then the work of editing and figuring out what the story is and he set this thing, which is that he, as a novelist, has learned that you just have to take time and let things implicate themselves and you see the connections later on that you didn't even realize were there initially. And then you turn that into a novel. Did you talk to him at all about what it was like for him as a white man to write this story of this mixed race community? Yes. And he was so aware and knowledgeable of just that fact in that positioning. One of the things that he said and this is why I was kind of hesitant to call this historical fiction at first is I'm not telling the story of malaga island. I'm not telling the story of these descendants because that's not my story to tell. Instead, he was inspired by that history and he pointed out stories of displacement, stories of community disruption for black communities, for racially integrated communities, happened at malaga, but then also all over the United States past and present. And so he was very aware of that. He wants to tell the story inspired by this. He wanted to do his own novelistic imagining inspired by this. But he was very conscious. And very respectful of the fact that the experiences of the people who were displaced and the experiences of their descendants are not his. He said, and I quote their lives are not mine to take up. If you had to recommend this book to someone that you met wandering the aisles of a bookstore, let's say, what would be your two your two sentence three sentence pitch? That's an excellent question. My pitch would be. His books are devastating but quiet at the same time. The quality that I think of frequently is you know when it's snowing and it's like there's a blizzard and somehow everything feels muted and silent. It's the best. It's the best. And that's what reading his books are like. There are these remarkable, unforgettable stories. And yet, he tells them in this way that makes you want to lean in. It makes you want to peer even closer at this calamity. MJ, thank you so much for coming on. Thank you again for having me. That was MJ Franklin, talking about his piece on Paul Harding and his new novel, this other eaten? And thanks again to Erika Akbar and Liz Egan for coming on to talk about their peace looking at libraries across America. I'm Gilbert Cruz, editor of The New York Times book review. Thanks for listening.
"harding" Discussed on The Book Review
"Start thinking that once the part of your life that you do every single day for years and years and years. And what is left for somebody like my father in law and I hope for me are the books. He goes to that library, a couple times a week, not because he has a million friends there, even though I'm sure he does. But because the books are an organizing principle in his life. And so I started thinking about how books are what draw you to the library, but there are so many other things happening there that have nothing to do with books. That was around the time that we started talking about this idea that the modern library encompasses 20 other things based on the needs of its community. One of the points of the piece both through your essay and the wonderful photography is really trying to combat the stereotype that we have in our mind of what a library is. As you write Liz silence is no longer a requirement versatility is libraries have always been a place of worship for a certain type of person, but they're also community centers, meeting houses and pop up medical clinics, offering vaccines, homework help, computer classes, craft Sessions, tax advice. What are some of the things Liz that you were surprised to discover that some of the libraries that we focused on did? Well, for instance, the Oakland public library in California has a seed library. It has a tool lending library. You can borrow bike repair kits from the library. They have bike repair workshops. The library in Miami high lay a garden. It's actually outside of Miami. They have a place called you media, where teenagers can go and record music and learn how to do podcasts, and one of the libraries had a weekly, I think many of them actually had a weekly senior hour where seniors can come and play music. And I discovered that my sister who lives in Maine regularly takes a food processor out of the library every time she needs to use a food processor. She checks it out of her library. There's a library of things at her library. And I realized what the library needs shows you what the community is in is all about. And that was so interesting to me. I assume she has to wash the food. Is it like rewind before you take the VHS back? For those of you who don't owed VHSs are, they were tapes, they have movies on them. You had to rewind them, or you get a late fee. The shift to wash it before she brings it back? I feel like she would be bringing shame on our family if she did not wash it before bringing it back. But I think she does. And my sister is a pretty serious cook. So when she told me that, I said, maybe you should just splurge and get a food processor, but I think she likes that community vibe about the whole thing. And what you said about the VHS tapes reminds me, when we were kids, all three of us, the library was a place where you could go see a movie on a Saturday. It was really like an exciting thing. The Wizard of Oz was not on every day on your TV, but it might be on at the library. That was a huge reason why I loved the library. I will say in my high school years, which is when I started becoming obsessed with film and old film, I was at the library all the time. Erica, when you were flipping through these photos, as any photo editor has to do, what were some of the aspects of the modern library that really stood out to you that you wanted to make sure was represented in the piece? It was hard to edit this down because there were so much happening. We had a picture that didn't make the cut of people watching movies and one of the libraries and older couple watching movies. There's a bookmobile in bemidji that goes out to parking lots and in northern Minnesota. And kids gather and people gather and take out books there. In Austin, the public library, you could check out records, old records, and the photographer said that you could hear music around the library from people trying and playing the records. a senior social club in littletown Colorado of the sky wearing a American flag shirt playing music to his friends and it really was a community and I was actually thinking about one of the libraries in north town library in Chicago. They called themselves an interior generational community hub. And I felt like that kind of sums up. All these libraries intergeneration and everybody from all communities are welcome there and hang out there and spend time there. It's a warm place to be. What's your memory of your first library? My first library was a southeast Minneapolis library and my mom took us there a lot. It was like a big trip for us. I mean, what's close by, but we went there a lot. And I remember walking in and I would take a left till the children's room and sit right down to the bottom shelf where flick a dick and ricka, my favorite books. There was a series of about the Swedish triplets, and I just read those books. Over and over and over. I knew exactly how they would open in the tape on the spines, and I spent a lot of time in that little corner of the office. That had been county, southeast library. Is it still there, you know? I think it's there. My parents have moved out, and so I haven't been there for a while, but I'm pretty sure it's still there. I can remember, they had these big stools, these big round stools that were upholstered with itchy, colorful fabric, and I remember the feel of them in the summer. I spent a lot of time with that library. Liz, what's your earliest memory of going to the library? My earliest memory of going to the library is from 1979 when my family moved from Staten Island to south orange, New Jersey. And my mom took me and my sister to the library. And made it very clear to us that when you move to a new place, that is among the first things you do. You go to the library and you get your library card. And while we were working on this piece, I was surprised by how few of my memories about the library actually involve books, so many of them involve the excitement of getting my first wallet and the only piece of ID that I had to put in it. The only official thing that I hadn't inherited or stolen from my parents was a library card. It grounded you in citizenship and in your town. Also, I thought so many times when we were looking at pictures of these adorable kids finding special cozy places to read in these libraries. I kept remembering the summer reading program at our library, where for every book you read, you got a piece of paper that you could tie to a wire coat hanger that hung from the ceiling. And then at the end of the summer, the kid who had the most pieces of paper hanging from their mobile would get a prize. And I definitely wasn't the kid who won the prize. And I definitely wasn't a kid that the library and knew by name, but it was just a place to go and be with other kids who loved books. And then for me, by the time I became a teenager, the library became an airtight alibi. You could tell your parents you were going to the library. And you could be doing anything. But that building in south orange, it was a really old brick building with a huge arched window on the front of it. And when you were old enough to go from the children's room to the adult room, you got to look out this big window onto a very nondescript parking lot. But it was a real Rite of passage. I just finished reading Matilda to my son. Which I had never read before, and he had never read before. And early in that book, Matilda makes a friend with the local librarian who discovers that tilda lives in a household that does not care about books and as a result, she's going to let Matilda take out whatever she wants. Sometimes I tell my kids that I'm going to punish them to make much TV. I'm
"harding" Discussed on The Book Review
"Everyone. I'm Gilbert Cruz, and this is the book review podcast. Later, I'll be talking to MJ Franklin in editor at the book review who recently wrote a profile of the author Paul Harding, who returns to publishing after a decade away with his new novel, this other eaten. But first, libraries and their special delights and central place in our communities are the subject of a piece recently published by the book review, a photo project that drops in on 7 libraries across America. I'm joined by Erica akerberg, a photo editor here at the times who conceived of this piece, and Elizabeth Egan, and editor on the book review who wrote a gorgeous essay to accompany those photos. When I was growing up in The Bronx in the 1980s, my first apartment was on a 196th street and grand concourse. It wasn't the best part of The Bronx. It was the 80s. It wasn't great at all, but I lived with my parents there. My grandparents lived in the building next door and down the block from us was Poe park, and it was so named because of Edgar Allan Poe, the great American poet and short story writer. He lived there from 1846 to 1849, which was the year of his death. And The Bronx at the time was pretty rural. It was very different and he lived there in a cottage with his wife and that cottage is still there. He wrote the bells there, which is the first piece of writing in which I ever came across the word tin to ambulation, which is not a word I use very often. He wrote annabelle Lee there, which is the poem that starts. It was many and many a year ago in a kingdom by the sea. I love that poem. I was young and I was emotional and I was born about the ocean and young love and young death. And it was great. I went to the school right across the street. It was the Edgar Allan Poe's school. I love that school and I loved Edgar Allan Poe and I love pottage. I was a bookish kid. And being a bookish kid, I also love the library. My local outpost of the New York public library was the fordham branch on bainbridge avenue just off fordham road. It's since been replaced by a gleaming new building that's a few blocks away, but at the time it was small and old, dark and little dingy, and it was everything. To me, I loved it so much. It's where I learned that at least as it seemed to me at the time, there are endless books in the world. Obviously there aren't endless books in the world. They weren't endless books in the library, but that's how it felt to me at the time. And in those books was everything that anyone would ever want to know. I still have a book that I procured at that library branch. The rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris, who would go on to write two more volumes about teddy. I'd rather not say precisely how I got this book or why I still have this book, but all I can do is ask forgiveness from the librarians used to work at the fordham branch. I've read the book multiple times if that matters for anything. Libraries and their special delights and central place in our communities are the subject of a photo project that drops in on 7 libraries across America. Erica, Liz, thank you for being with me. Thank you. Thank you, Gilbert. So Eric, I'm going to start with you because the piece is so beautiful. It's so visual and it's just fun to scroll through the pictures. How did you allied upon this idea? And how long has it been in the works? A while, Liz and I started talking about this in the fall and we wanted to do a project together a visual project, and I was reading Celeste ng's book, our missing hearts, which the librarian is the hero of the story. So we had this idea to kind of celebrate libraries and librarians because we're also reading about budget cuts, New York public library and other libraries around the country. And wanted to kind of show off all that they give to their communities. Which libraries did you focus on and how did you decide of all the places, states and cities across America that these were the right ones? We started with the photographers. What photographers I could imagine having a good eye and a good storytelling skill to tell the story of a library in a different part of the country? I hired 7 photographers all around the country when in Miami and Austin, Texas and Oakland, California and Seattle, and bemidji, Minnesota, where I went to camp. And Colorado, different photographers who have kind of different styles, and I thought would bring a different energy to documenting their local libraries. Now Liz, you were a big fan of arm missing hearts by Celeste ng. But what was it about this particular idea that made you want to write about it? I was definitely very affected by Celeste ings portrayal of the librarians as heroes in our missing hearts. But then this summer, in July, I went to visit my in laws who live in Cleveland, actually they live in a suburb of Cleveland called beechwood. And my father in law, who was an English teacher at a community college in Lakeland, Ohio, had retired about two years ago and he became a volunteer at the beachwood public library. And he brought me to the library one day this summer, and I fully expected him to be sort of the mayor of the place. He's one of those people where everywhere he goes, he meets people and he knows their names and he's the toast of wherever he is. He's just an incredibly warm person. It really struck me when I went to his volunteer place. And he immediately went to the corner of the part of the library that he curates as a store. There's a place in the library where they sell the books that people donate, and they use the proceeds to benefit the library. And my father in law's job there is to keep this area organized and to keep all the donations coming in and putting them in the right place. He walked us through this area and he was explaining to us how he does his job and I could tell it meant so much to him and I started paying attention to all the other people in the library. And everybody there seemed to have their own role. I mean, obviously not just the librarian, but retirees, little kids. There were even kids there who appeared to be doing homework in the summer. And it made me
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"And yeah so he was quite inspiration to have and at sixteen is when i called the ministry and so i kind of entered youth ministry as a seventh grader and never looked back so and so you you have an example of what it looks like to remain in ministry and to not burn. Yeah oh yeah. That's great if we want to find out more information about you or youth ministry maverick. Where can we find you. Yeah so if you google youth ministry maverick i should pop up everywhere I'm on every podcast platform. That i know of and i also have a website youth ministry. Maverick dot com. Ricans see every episode a comprehensive list of my guests which include you gordon And also all the youth ministry organizations that i partner with and that you can look up to help your own ministry and there's some merchandise there If you wanna have an ad for your own ministry or product or anything else you can reach out to me. And i'll put that on my podcast happy to do that but Yep youth ministry maverick dot com or really any podcast layered maureen. Well thank you so much jeff. I really appreciate everything that you have mentioned all of that. You know really good conversation that we've had today kind of some of the encouragement. I think that you've given to us as church members as christians and his parents said. Thank you for all your shirt today. Yeah thanks for having me. On courtney. I appreciate it. I hope you hear this challenge. We need the younger generation and they need us. I think jeff gave us some great suggestions as to how we can engage with teens in our life. So what is it that you can do to help. The teens. got his place. In your circle of influence learned to love jesus and developed a christian worldview. That will shape every part of their future. If you'd like to discuss more about this topic with a friend or spend some time thinking about the subject we discussed. I have created some discussion questions.
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"That's about how long it took. i. I knew all of the stories. I had gone through. The steps had led bible studies in high school. And but then i went to college and no one was making me go to church. I was in a new place. So i didn't even have friends that were like hayden. See at church last week right so i would go to church most of the time and not really pursue that discipleship that That discipleship that was offered available to me But i know for me that that's when it hit was like oh no one's gonna do this for me and i love that idea of. Hey we're parents that are supposed to be in our kids helping them to understand. Like hey i'm here to help you. I am here to answer whatever questions you have but your relationship with jesus is your relationship and you are responsible for that. Obviously you're right saying that to a seven year old is like ooh okay but sitting down with a sixteen year old seventeen year old they should be able to understand that and that conversation can be really impactful as they then proceed from high school into college I even wonder if sharing some of these statistics with high schoolers would be beneficial to say. Hey do you know this about most people that get to where you're going in a couple of years you know what you think. What do you think about that what what could juicy would cause that for you. And what can we do. Now what do you need now. In order to help you really know what you believe. And that's what my friend said that have worked in colleges is that kids need to know what they believe in why they believe it because they get to college or they get out in the working world and they're no longer under the protection of mom and dad and they are bombarded with all of these other beliefs ideas political conversations. And you know even drawing those political lines and they all of a sudden they don't know why what they believe or why they believe it and so then their life kind of starts to crumble because they don't know what to think about these things and but if you know where to go for answers and if you know that this is my faith this is my relationship with jesus. Oh i'm going to do what i need to to keep this..
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"Your being a presence. In their life the more steps you taken that intentionally of being able to help be an example for them be a model for them and then perhaps even at some point being a mentor for them you are disciple them. Yeah obviously for us and vocational ministry. That's kind of our job. Our holy work if you will but You know discipleship is a huge umbrella. And i love earlier. That you mentioned all the missiles. And i know i love groups like barnes breaks down reasons and Elements of why statistics are what they are. And i don't think there's just one specific method or way to make that sixty six percent go down but i do think the way to make it go down and really the only way to make it. Go down is discipleship. That broad umbrella of discipleship and some of the ways that i think discipleship can help that stat. Change specifically Plays into the way. I perceive ministry in the way i think. Several churches Probably are kinda falling short in that with great intentions but Kinda falling short and it goes back to structure and looking at the beginning and looking at you know if children of students if adults come to our church how do we know that we're making healthy disciples right. I don't want to give the impression that we should turn people into numbers on a graph. But i do want to suggest. Is that the leadership especially in. Hopefully the church culture overall is familiar with and realizes and recognizes. Here's what our church is about. And here's what we want everyone to know in grow in and for For me i family ministry specifically you know my big push for discipleship is that needs to be streamlined. From birth through at least high school graduation and needs to be streamlined and built on whatever the kids are learning as they grow the same core things and so for us. That's a seven points of theology here at our church and it's also you know other ways of living is other you know how to pray. It's gobbly conduct. its house. The bible tied together. It's all these different things. So by the time they graduate they'll have heard over and over again built upon an understanding to build hopefully a sufficient faith so when a kid is up to five years old or three years old what they know about our triune god god and trinity is that god loves me. That's what they know about them and as they grow up there. Yeah that's right. That's right and then as they grow they can have the understanding built upon that same. It's the same scriptures the same for the church. It's the same for the holy spirit. It's the same for jesus coming back one day and our eternal hope and and so we need to stream discipleship wellm build on that and we need to emphasize prepare for and celebrate transition between those life stages. Well it's not just about nailing the landing on high school graduation. It's moving from young elementary to preteen preteen to junior high junior high high school and in high school to college. We need to be able to transition those well and set up not just the students but primarily the parents and that's my last point about discipleship especially in the local church family ministry context that parents need to be empowered more and more. If you think that.
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"Yeah gosh that almost makes me think of like when you're sitting in math class and you're thinking like i will never use the stuff in real life right almost makes it. What makes me feel like. That's what they're saying like. Oh my gosh. i'm ever going to have any kind of application of this church stuff in real life and that's kind of the question they're asking. Is god real does is all of this stuff that they've been talking about. Does it apply to my life now or was it only then Or is it. You know man. These guys are from so long ago. All these stories in the bible does it still apply to today. And i know that's a huge question that not just teenagers but adults. You know struggle with you know that for me. I think the best place to take those questions is to someone who is wiser and kind of farther along in the faith. Then you and and you've mentioned the word discipleship. It's a big deal around here and So talk about. I truly believe. But i want to hear your opinions on this. I truly believe that one of the things that can really help these numbers to change would be discipleship and a relationship with a student in high school that is going to continue beyond that transition into adulthood. So how can how can discipleship change these things. Well courtney i don't. I not only think that it's an answer. I actually think it's the answer. No matter how you slice it with any circumstance happens on life for any statistic of any various study you read. I think the grand and powerful umbrella of discipleship is the best chance we have bolstering and empowering the next generation for the kingdom because it's it's investment. it doesn't matter if it's you know within the context of a church and youth leaders or A kid who grows up in the country or an urban setting and has coaches and teachers at school. There've been so many sociological studies that prove the number of adults outside of your own parents who invest in. You the better chances. You have had a better self image at the ability to succeed in your life and your goals at your self worth. Things were meant to invest in the next generation. Were meant to replace ourselves especially as the church. If we're called to be the kingdom and to grow to make disciples right. Every single christian has called to make disciples and you had to figure out what context and my able to do that. You know. I know on your podcast. You talk a lot about you know. Who's your. Who's your paul. And who's your timothy and that kind of thing and know for some people sitting down with a teenager or even a younger believer scares them half to death. I can picture myself doing that. I wouldn't even know what to say right How 'bout you host the youth group over to your house for a pool party. Could you do that. Cool that's a great first step. Let's have kids over Some of these kids. If you're in the church probably known them their whole life asking them how they're doing and you're able to help follow up with them and encourage them and be an example for them you know when churches dedicate babies and have apparent dedication. They almost always toronto. And ask the church. Do you commit to investing in helping raise this child. And that's what we're doing the church and that's what you're doing when you're hosting teenagers for a pool party. Yeah you're helping invest.
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"They kind of focused part of their study on that. Like are these myths true. Well they wouldn't be miss but are these beliefs true and they found them myths right because some of those were that most people just lose their faith when they they leave high school and they're not necessarily true right one with the one out of nine. We're seeing that people still do have some kind of faith. I some people believe that dropping out a church is just a part of becoming an adult. That was not true college. Experiences are a key factor that caused people to drop out so friends or parties or joining social groups. Whatever that might be. This is my one where i was like. Oh i kind of thought that might be the case. This generation of young christians is increasingly biblically illiterate and they found out that that was not true. So in your experience. What are the reasons that. I'm sure that you have had students walk through your program and then maybe some continued in church in college and then maybe some did. Not what are some in your experience. What are the reasons that you see students. Leaving church yeah. I'm glad you brought up the fact about myths. Because there are to specifically in there that i want to revisit but I would say in my conversation with students Other youth workers and different studies. I've read conferences. I've been to I don't want to simplify it too much. But i would say a lot of the symptoms and reasons that we see boils down to the sufficiency of people's faith When the abstract rubber meets the pragmatic road. Does it work out. Stop right there. So the sufficiency of their faith. Can you kind of like boil that down like make it even more simplicity. So is my faith fulfilling satisfying. Does it answer the questions of life. That i need How many answers do. I actually need to know what happens. If god doesn't present himself in a way that based on my understanding of him he should present himself. Does that mean that. He's a fraud. Doesn't mean that he's a giant cosmic bully What is the actual sphere of knowledge..
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"A lot of work it was deep on. There's a lot of logistics to work out i Purposefully changed up the formatting of that series each week so each week. I tried to make it a little different some weeks. I leave at the same for consistency. But i would bring in a guest speaker. I would make a debate of guys girls or high schoolers and whatever else i would Have traditional small groups. I bringing a panel and have them answer questions Some of these questions. Were i remember the very first question. We covered him and my patrick came down and we and we and we team taught it was and we and one important thing we did is. We didn't say well. This person asks us questions to what they probably meant was this. We didn't do that. We took the question. Exactly how it was worded okay and went through and said see when you word it like this. What this tells me is that you're probably feeling this way right so the first question we answered was why would a loving god send people to hell. I think that's a great question because it makes sections of the question. Ask her about who got is and what god is doing what. His involvement is asian and our choice. Right it has implications for free will all kinds of things and so some of the questions were you know why war. Okay but murderers wrong Is it a sin to not be buried. full body. Burial was to be cremated all kinds of different things and in over seventeen years of ministry. I've never had any kind of series or ongoing content in youth that garnered more feedback from students parents or parents and students talking at home. The net series absolutely and it was amazing and so from then on now if we have a gap in his got three or four weeks series. I'll take one or two weeks in between that and the next series and i'll keep answering students admitted questions on note cards and i'll try and leave them with better questions to ask and that was one thing. I wanna touch on that series before we moved on was when i waited the plane each week or we did. Most of the time wasn't a nice clean answer. Like here's the answer your question it was. Here's the mainline protestant Opinion and argument and belief about this option. Here's some other issues that people believe about it. Go figure it out and at. I drove the kids nuts. You need to tell us the answer. It's like no you need to believe these answers to know why you believe them. I'm going to help you out. But you have to own your fate. I can't do for you. The pastor can't do it for you. Your parents can't do it for you. You have to do it for you and the longer. The series went the mortar students anticipated that and brought out their own questions to add to that lesson and it just made for amazing dialogue and i think that really fed into my desire to want to do this podcast as well. It's like.
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"Answers and even when they achieve an answer hopefully helps them learn to ask better questions. Because that should be the path of faith if you have certainty then something about your faith is wrong because you can only have complete certainty in your theology. If you're theological framework is wrong certainty. I think in some ways is an enemy of faith because we think there's a finish line. Okay now. I know everything i need to know. I'm all good. And it eliminates the dependence right it eliminates the need for community eliminates the need to be teachable and to learn to grow and yeah we have the core doctrines of our faith right and i think those are pretty good hills to die on. But you know it's it's really on us to be able to teach people to keep growing and keep learning and people i've met who are formally educated more formally educated they are i think they realize how much they will never know and it humbles them. I left seminary with ten thousand more questions than i had going in. And you know we'll we'll covered cover this later. But we're talking about discipleship but for the longest time. The phrase i don't know was looked at as a give up answer as a four letter word in christian faith as no. You need to know everything you need to be able to debate and have this. It's not it's actually a great answer. I'll talk about that later but maverick Is because in my my philosophy and approach to ministry Approach traditional topics that are covered in youth ministry and some topics that aren't covered and should be from kind of outside the box perspectives One of my guests talked about her book. The liturgy of politics politics is a no no in church. It it you know. It's the practical working out in the world of helping people flourish in. If that isn't the gospel and the great commission and the great commandment. I don't know what is so. We had to be able to teach students not necessarily what to think. But how to think because you teach them how to think then you teach them how to ask better questions how to make their faith not just some abstract cloud but actually a practical working tool and the foundation..
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"It's not hopefully most of the time it's not personal but it's just because all i know this person and they'd be great and i want them to have a job and so see you later to which is interesting. Yeah exactly exactly but those are the three reasons that come to mind for me as why that care so when i started in nine yes it was eighteen. Months was the average tenure. And it's almost well it's more than doubled. It's still not super long but it's just under four years now. Three point eight three point nine years. Okay but yeah not even a full term of high school right so one high school or is most likely going to have one or two youth pastors in there probably at least two if not more now you have one of the ways i mean we heard all of the things that you're doing in the different groups you're involved and and but one of the one of the ways that you're hoping to kind of change that is Encourage youth leaders and ministers with your podcast. The youth ministry. Maverick tell us about the youth. ministry maverick. yeah so. I had a friend of mine who has financial planning. Podcast encouraged me to start one and unlike she's also one of my volunteers and i'm like there are at least thirty. I count mainstream youth ministry podcasts with huge audiences. I don't know one what i would add to that massive river into outside the time then in the dedication to really keep that up and i've taking the summer off but fast forward now A year plus. After i started that and i'm sixty episodes in almost forty hours of content over fifty different guests and i've learned so much and if you know five people heard it cool but just from me having those conversations i've benefited. I've i think i've improved my my teaching and preaching. I've improved my ability to really pick up on things and the art of dialogue and just being more socially aware I've benefited greatly just personally from it..
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
"The younger generation with the help of youth director. Jeff hardy jeff is a father. Youth director writer and host of the youth ministry. Maverick podcast where he explores opportunities to break the mold on how we invest in the next generation of the church and we talk about exactly that. What does it look like to disciple the next generation. I know it can be scary and sometimes it may seem like speaking a different language. But isn't that what we're all called to. So i hope you enjoy my conversation with jeff hardy but i am here with jeff harding. Thank you so much for coming. On the journey verse. Podcast glad to be here courtney. Thanks for inviting me. Yeah you and. I have kind of gotten to know each other over. I don't know. Probably the last year i was on an jeff's podcast and we have kind of some mutual connections that we didn't we didn't even know we had until we started talking. Okay so tell us a little bit about yourself and your family what you do. Yeah so i am. My name is jeff harding. I am the youth minister here at trinity fellowship. Church in richardson texas which is in north dallas. I'm originally from phoenix at group and a large southern baptist. Church went to cortez high school. Go colts And i went to arizona. State for my undergrad before moving to dallas in august two thousand nine to get my masters at dallas theological seminary and After seminary. I took this job. And i've been here ever since. So i'm just starting my tenth school year here on staff a while in seminary i met my wife faith and our son. Deacon just turned to at the end of june. He's amazing and Yeah we love our town our neighborhood our community and our church and i'm also the dallas fort worth area coordinator for the national network of youth ministries. That's very grandiose title for very simple job description which is basically trying to.
"harding" Discussed on Journey of Ruth
Remembering 'Girls Aloud' Singer Sarah Harding
"So sarah harding. I saw this on twitter. Actually no i saw this on e. news online. And i wanted to talk about who. Sarah harding is as a person i because people probably won't know about her since she's over from the uk. So sarah harding was born sarah. Nicole harding on november seventeenth nineteen eighty-one. She has an english singer model and actress. Who rose to fame in late. Two thousand two when she successfully auditioned for the it reality series popstars the rivals and this is kind of relevant with some topics that i've talked about in the past as far as love island because love ireland. Uk like the original. Love island is based in the k. And there's people from all over the uk on that show and it also is on tv. So i have a feeling. That's kind of like the mtv of the us em tv of the uk but mtv loss in the us if that makes sense The program announced that harding had won a place as a member of the girl group girls aloud which girls aloud is a british irish pop. Girl group that was created through the icy be talent. Show in two thousand two and it comprised seniors cheryl cole nadine coyle sarah harding nicola roberts in kimberley walsh. They achieved a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles in the united kingdom including four number. Ones they also achieve seven certified albums of two. I'm sorry of which to reach number one. They've been nominated for five awards winning the two thousand nine best single for the
Ethiopia's Tigray Crisis: Fleeing for Fear of New Ethnic Conflict
"The BBC is heard fresh reports of ethnic cleansing integrate T grain forces are continuing to extend their control of the region, prompting the Ethiopian government to abandon a unilateral ceasefire. More fighting is now expected in the west of Tigre, an area close to the water with Sudan from where our Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports. Doing nothing for a young man is struggling to swim across the fast flowing Brown River. He's escaping the conflict into great Safely across the 18 year old tells us he was chased by another ethnic group, The, Um Harris, whose malicious still control this corner of Western to be able to get them. They know you were two grand. They kill or arrest you, He says the militias are everywhere. Within hours, I meet another group of four teenagers who just made the same journey. Some armed soldiers come home to home and they registered their means, and they sold them to leave home. Militia militia and their militias. I'm harem. Alicia's Yes, I'm on a mission. They gave us two days to leave home to to get out of former because we are immigrants. Like many others, these youngsters are fleeing Ethiopia's fast changing war into gray, a war that seemed to be winding down. That could well be just getting started. They've all ended up here on the far side of the river in neighbouring Sudan. The isolated Sudanese farming town of Hyundai at a Tigre and doctor is busy treating more new arrivals. Doctor terrorists to Farrah fled across the border last year. Now he sees clear signs. Of an upsurge of ethnic violence. So there is there is a new search of mass arrest. Thousands of people have been held in camps and with no food and no water, and particularly, they were being told that they are going to be punished by Hank punished by hunger and staffed. Word by
"harding" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7
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Sarah Harding on Dharma Journeys of Practice and Translation
"Sarah i wanted to welcome and thank you for joining us on the wisdom dot chat but i wanted to start with how you first encountered bosom. How did you go down this past Was it through a book or you meet a teacher. How'd you first encounter the buddha dhamma. How far back should i go. Nats let's keep it to these lives. Okay that's fortunate since i don't remember the other ones Yeah i will. I got interested in meditation in eastern phosphine. Everything while i was still in high school actually and then i read some books like autobiography yogi and things like that and i read the life of miller that was one of my first folks which has stuck with me all this time till now even and then i What happened. I met some tibetans in arizona prescott arizona. Actually in dan. I dropped out of college in went traveling and ended up in the east and Kind of tried to forget about the buddha steph for a while but eventually came to nepal yan You know got tired of all the fun stuff in there was colpon happening with lava yes shea of coupon in dan That was it. I kind of you know was stock. In like bob dylan which have gone last taken that last detour in so then i went and met cholera in pay went from the. Someone showed me a picture in that coupon retreat in i headed to find him
"harding" Discussed on The Birth Ease Podcast
"Important for every child has so if a mom gets that sure baby failed the hearing screening and my understanding and i could be incorrect times for newborns in the hospital. They can fail if it's done pretty soon. After delivery kaz sometimes babies released within twenty four hours and if they're still fluid and the it would be. Where would the flu in the canal. Where would that be. But the fluid can interfere with the task. Is that correct. Absolutely absolutely so sometimes for next can still be in the ear. Canals okay so that will possibly produce a oss pas positive. I mean they fell screen. So that definitely can happen does happen in if that happens. They recommend further testing at a facility or doctor's office if they aren't able to get that second screening before the baby's disturbed at a facility. So what i typically do. I haven't had that happen. But if that happens i will make another trip to do that. Second screening to see it is a true fail opinion than if it is. It's like okay. Will we need to do more diagnostic testing and we need to get u n to a clinic to make sure this is accurate but i will make another trip just to make sure cows are clear in. That wasn't a false positive that that can happen. So it's that is in the ear that can cause the issue and verdicts listeners. Is that white cheesy cream cheese substance. It's on your baby. That protects your baby. Skin and it does get into all the crevices and so full term baby. You might not see much for an expert. A baby born at thirty seven weeks thirty eight weeks they can be covered in. It looks like somebody rub cream cheese and oliver. So so the vernay. It's a next that's in the ear. Not fluid like i've heard. Let's because that's what i've heard parents toll all they said there was still fluid in their ear. And that's why like amniotic fluid or something why they failed. But you're saying it's actually the vertex learning so much. I'm so you came on the show today. I'm glad i did. I said i felt honored to be according to cast and so grateful and so grateful so if a mom gets a negative test and we as moms especially a first time mom here mind can just go to worst case scenario so if a mom had a negative test what would you tell them will counselees most important first of all. It's nothing that you did occur. During the development stage that may have not been formed correctly. And we just need further testing more importantly to see and let the mom. No the parents know that. This is a screen with a screening. It's a process of rolling out for sure. Specificity is a screening and we're just trying to verify and make sure there is or is not any abnormalities occurring in auditory system so knowing that this is a screen and if it was a negative meaning that they passed this understand correctly okay so if they pass you still want to pay attention to your kids development so i know some moms the cool they still art saying words are you know. Speech isn't clear while a lot of times you know. I know some moms like it. Well let's just take him her to be holidays which is also great but it also comes at home with practice like if your kid is playing with a ball. Save ball repeatedly. Oh you have the ball. It's bounce the ball is played with the ball so they can get used to words and how they sow in associate words with objects so typically be. Words are easier for judo's assay so bow ball baby doe's things so we're being repetitive. In kind of making regain like that's how they learn and of course there's other kids in the house. They're going to learn from them as well right but first time moms doing those kind of things being mindful and then as i was saying you always really mindful of your kids hearing because it can change at any time even if you had a pass so like breastfeeding can reduce the chances of ear infections in ear infections if you have them frequently enough it can affect the hearing. End the long run. Yes it is possible as so did my brother for a while. Yeah back then. They did those tubes. I don't know do they even do tubes in the ears anymore. They do they do for so start with antibiotics and then at they have reoccurring ear infections than they'll for them to in eating or nose and throat doctor dr two placements so that will be implemented because again speech development and right and aren't able to hear those bs and keys. It's not clear other factors that can increase risk of ear infections are secondhand. Smoke gorgeous smoke in general and a house in third hand smoke had in fact okay and daycares because of all the germs daycares with being sick lose some of the risk factors that increase the likelihood to ear infection so s why you always want to be mindful of your kids speech and language development because so many things affected so many things. Yeah but on the other end if amman at their baby bell screening again just counseling. Just saying okay. The next step is further testing. We need to have further testing to either prove that the screening is negative is true or is it not true in okay that needs to be done within three months. Okay so there's a one month have the screen if the screening is has been. You're good to go. Just be mindful if the screening is a fail then within three months you wanna have further testing to confirm this screening and then after three months within six months. You wanna have some type of intervention in place. okay so Walking the mom to those steps. And i know it can be overwhelming into holding his definitely a nice thing to have because like oh my gosh what's happening especially it's nothing you haven't been exposed to that so she was a family history of like. This is a possibility on but just getting those appointments and being proactive for your kid. Because they don't know they don't know difference. This is their new norm. So yeah.
"harding" Discussed on The Birth Ease Podcast
"Does not constitute nor is it intended as medical advice. Hallo birth these families welcome to this heartfelt space. I'm your host michelle smith and i'm so grateful that you are here and this episode. We are going to be discussing newborn hearing screenings and if you gave birth in the hospital. You probably didn't think too much about the newborn hearing screening. It's just part of the screenings that they do. But when you have a home birth or abor center birth at least here in florida then you need to take your baby somewhere to have that happen. And so i'm so grateful to have with me. Dr blair handy. Because she's going to explain. What a newborn hearing screening entails why it's important and the really unique and innovative service that she is providing for central florida families. And so a bit. More about dr player. Dr blair handy received her doctor of audiology and bachelors of art degree from the university of florida. Currently she practices as a clinical audiologist. At a local auto leering gollety office in orlando and an instructor at valdosta university. Dr handy's passion for audiology stems from wanting to improve quality of life for those with a hearing impairment reduce the barriers caused by communication breakdowns. That can occur due to a hearing loss and educate individuals about the impact hearing loss can have on those with a hearing disability in addition she understands firsthand the pressures which occur with having a newborn. Welcome blair to the birthdays podcast. I am so excited to have you here with me today. I'm glad to be here. Thank you for having me. I'm so grateful to be a part of your podcast thank you. I think this is just such a important topic for families to understand. It's one of those things. I think post-partum with newborns where you kind of hear about it but you don't really know what that newborn hearing screening entails and so i'm excited to share that and then also you have a really unique service around that be sharing talking about so before we dive into that. Can you share. What brought you to your work. So i started wanting to be an audiologist because is so key. If you don't have communication you're not able to interact with people if you aren't able to hear your are able to share ideas or express your thoughts so it's such a key important thing annual light to be able to communicate with others and to express your feelings and if you aren't able to have a relationship or communicate with that person can cause so many things like isolation depression and effects or relationships when someone has a hearing loss it doesn't just affect gum. Ed affects the whole family in their family includes their extra blood relatives their friends and work. It affects all aspects of their life and odd people. Think that like hey does that brisk hearing loss. They don't even think about that. So that's what drew me to pursuing audiologist. What drew me to pursuing my doctorate in audiology now specifically with newborn hearing screenings. What brought me to that aspect or sector of. Audiology is because i had my own home birth about a year ago. My husband and i had our first son education. The you i always knew. I wanted to home birth. So wasn't because of what's going on right now with the pandemic because everything was shut down. Yeah i had my son so is very interesting time. But i always knew i wanted to have a birth at home. I didn't wanna be a hospital. And that was just my personal preference so with that you know i had a wonderful experience. I'm very grateful for the midwife midwifery. There the i'm really really grateful or her and experience that i had. I would recommend it to every mom i know. It's not for everyone. But i just had such a wonderful experience that i always think about. This has really great all just working in a medical setting. I understand that aspect in how very can be but childbirth in general khin be a wonderful experience and a wonderful Experience and that is what. I had own so glad to hear that voice. Nice to hear greer and great. Yeah yeah and as you were speaking about relationships. That really made me pause. Because i share my home with some elderly folk and one of them i just. I don't have a very loud voice to begin with and for me to speak loudly. It almost like. I have to build up this energy to project my voice and then i just feel like i'm yelling at him all the time because he can't hear me and sometimes he doesn't have in his hearing aids and coriolis has one because he misplaced. And it's just. I feel so bad. 'cause sometimes i feel like i'm yelling at him all the time. So that's such a valid point how it can impact families or even visiting my father last night. He has some hearing loss starting to get some and one of his and so if my daughters were talking and then we're trying to talk and it was just there was so much noise. It was hard for us to have a conversation. 'cause he couldn't hear me and he's where i get my softspoken dennis from it was just a kind of an interesting dynamic. That wasn't there previously. Does that make sense. No it does. It does because you're so used to communicating him in a certain way Oh no now. I have to get his attention and look at him when i speak for him to actually understand what i'm saying and it can be very draining exhausting. Always have to elevate your voice for someone to hear you. May i know. Sometimes i'm unlike. Oh wow i'm the opposite of you. I i do project. Our was good thing that this deal because most people don't have difficulty understanding me but there are few where they're hearing loss just that severe. I'm like oh my gosh. That was draining appointment. Because i had a project my voice so much for them to understand the an to repeat myself but imagine another isolation for people in general communicating. Just you know we to the grocery store in just trying to have a friendly conversation with the cashier and the person can't communicate figure okay. We'll is this right. Or is this wrong or does ordering dinner like there's so many aspects that affects your overall life and then the other aspect is that for in general when you have hearing loss increases the likelihood of dementia so there's aspect that affects the brain processing So that's really key so it's way is at personnel. Hear me or something else going on so you know. Some people don't realize it's not just seeking louder. It's taking a pause between the phrases for so one to understand grabbing their attention into speaking a little slower not like a robot but just taking a pause between each phrase so they can catch up. But yeah there's a lot of aspects to hearing not just having clear speech or having things loud enough being what is being said as well which kinda wing four..
Can Kindness Alter Biology? The 'Rabbit Effect' Says Yes
"The research was to talk about the relationship between diet and heart health back in the seventies and they fed nearly genetically identical rabbits the very same high fat diet and at the end of the study. They expected that all rabbits would have equally poor measures of health. Only they didn't and you can only imagine that when somebody is laying out the testing metrics to try to establish a baseline of sorts. The all these genetically identical rabbits and you feed them the same diet. I can only imagine that that the they discovered wasn't the actual goal of the test so they didn't find that all the rabbits were the same one group of rabbits had significantly better and we're talking sixty percent better health outcomes than the others and there was no explanation for the difference so then doctrinaire them noticed that the healthy rabbits were all tended by the same kind and caring young researcher and she frequently held the rabbits. She talked to the rabbit. She played with the rabbit so in other words she gave these rabbits kindness and so a radical idea emerged out of this study. could the social world change biology. And again we're talking the seventies this was pretty radical. The time it's still kind of is so the team decided to find out. They repeated the experiment with tightly controlled conditions and they got the same startling results. Kindness made all the difference. And this is what. Dr harding had called the rabbit effect. And she said is a doctor working in the emergency room. She thought the story made a lot of sense. And it helped her understand what she would often see clinically that patients who fair the worst with illness often lack social supports. And i have to tell you in my practice. I see the same thing that i remember. When i first got into the world of therapy that so often you want to jump in there and help you learn all these interventions you learn all these therapeutic modalities you want to just help. You want to help in whatever way you can and so often people just wanted to be heard. I said it often. To be heard is to be healed and on so many occasions there were people that would come in. And i would even start to talk and they would almost look at me like what are you doing. I i just want you to listen. I want empathy and so that kindness or that empathy that we would exude times as therapist was one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle and helping someone crawl out of the emotional doldrums or to rise from a pretty deep emotional quagmire of sorts and raise their emotional baseline
Lifeline for restaurants included in pandemic relief package
"Economic relief package that has just passed Congress. Details from 11 90, Katie Exits Brad Ford, Oregon Congress. Federal Blumenauer sponsored The Restaurant Act started in Portland is an effort to save our beloved restaurants became a national movement that was incorporated with the economic relief Bill. $28 billion will be awarded his grants to restaurants. Gregory Corday owns departure in Portland. That's our best shot at Harding back to two million. People who lost their jobs during them pandemic. The money could be spent on payroll, rant, mortgage and other expenses. The first three weeks, restaurants owned by women, minorities and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses will be the priority. Portland police are still trying to identify a
"harding" Discussed on Occupied
"I almost started to I guess believe some of them like, you know, such-and-such is a hopeless case or back on it. So and I think yeah making that link between some of those sort of stories Andrea and my reality with my version of reality really so I think it was so high opening thing for me. Yeah a couple of weird things. I used to find working on an inpatient unit was dead. My Style Network people tended to be on inpatient units a lot longer, whereas now I think people kind of go in short admission and names again and I always remember some of my old colleagues say in do they get them off the board so quickly they they never leave them long enough so that they're able to access OT and I always used to think. Just getting there. What are you talking about? You know, freshener you where people have got to be a certain level of Wellness for you to get involved and I always thought quite annoyed that people didn't see that that Acuity off when somebody came in but that was a reason to walk away as opposed to a reason to get in there when they're functioning was absolutely through the floor. So yeah, I got off of frustration with my colleagues when they're going to I had the same thing and in the one of the impatient years that I worked at because there was multiple OTS but on the second one, I was the only one so I just did Ed. Myself, but yeah, I had the same thing in that it was like, you know such as just come in. We'll wait a few days until he starts getting a bit better before, you know OT goes in season. I'm like just yeah just need to talk to the dude like yes..
Attorney for Houston PD officer charged in Harding Street case speaks out
"The attorney for a houston police officer accused of murder is speaking out this afternoon. Fully bay guy goes is one of six officers indicted yesterday in connection with the harding street. Drug raid two years ago. A husband and wife were killed in the botched raid. Geigo has charged with the murder of dennis tuttle. But attorney rusty hardin says he shouldn't have been indicted. A word search started. shooting five. Other officers were also indicted yesterday. Another group of officers was charged last
Harden debuts for Nets after blockbuster trade
"In the embassy. James Harden will start Saturday night as in his Brooklyn Nets debut against the Orlando Magic, A three time NBA scoring champion, became available to play earlier in the day. After all, the players in the blockbuster trade that sent him from Houston to Brooklyn completed their physicals, and that's coach Steve Nash immediately put hardened into the starting lineup. He said he would determine as the game goes along whether he needed to limit the All Star Guards minutes saying the Nets don't want to run the battery's down on a new Christmas present this early Hardin is not practiced with the Nets, and Nash said the team would try to keep things simple. Today, though, expected Harding they expect hard to
South Africa's COVID-19 Variant: What is the risk?
"Let's go to South Africa Festival, the variant of covert there is causing concern among scientists because it has more mutations. But there's no evidence it is deadlier, maybe faster spreading. Let's sir talk to the BBC's Andrew Harding. He's in Johannesburg. Welcome, Andrew. So tell us about this South African variant. We've been talking about it for a while. Here on news day. What is the latest information We have? Good morning. Yes, It's certainly very transmissible as transmissible is the one that's currently spreading so fast across Britain. Likewise here the mutation, one of the key mutations seems to allow the virus to spread to be caught more easily. There's no evidence as you say. Yet, although tests are still being performed here, no evidence that this new mutation makes the virus more deadly. That's the same in Britain and elsewhere. But the concern that people focusing on at the moment is a third mutation. And this is the mutation that Piss to affect the viruses. Ability to connect with other cells on gets that part of the virus that the vaccines are hoping to target on the confirm, which again is now being tested with great speed and urgency here in South Africa. The concern is that there is a theoretical risk that that particular mutation which we haven't seen in Britain or elsewhere. That particular mutation might just might make these new vaccines that are coming onto the market that being jabbed into people's arms already in parts of the world might make those vaccines less effective than might be. Some reservists calls from this new mutation. But scientists here are being very cautious and saying, Look, we will have an answer to that within two or three weeks are Scientists are very busy and are ahead of the curve if you like. They've been studying this aggressively for some time, and they're in a good position to find this out soon, but there is a theoretical risk of some level of resistance. And we know it's one thing we do know through this whole pandemic is that, you know, days matter. Never mind a couple of weeks. So what is the government they're doing whilst this crucial information Has found out about the whether this third variant is resistant to the vaccine. What's the government doing to Stop the spread. Well, I mean, there are two issues there. If you want. One is the vaccine is to South Africa is struggling on the vaccine front is struggling to secure supplies. The concern is that here and in other parts of Africa, it's going to be many months before vaccine start, arriving in sort of numbers needed to create herd immunity in the immediate term in terms of transmission and keeping this second wave under control, a new big, hard lock down Is in place here across South Africa on officials who I think will really caught by surprise By the speed and aggression of this new This new variant are doing what they can The tackle it and contain it. They're saying that look, it's not just the mutations that are driving the spread of this second Wait. It's also human behavior. People getting relaxed or tired people gathering in large groups and the government as well. Failing At least a month or two ago, failing to prevent mass gatherings. And you say there's problems with the vaccine getting through to South Africa, which one have they Ordered or have they ordered several well, they're working on the comebacks scheme that many poorer countries middle income countries are hoping will get them access. But the concerns you says there are multiple Different types of vaccine, and most of those have been pre ordered by wealthier countries on a lot of countries like South Africa of really been reluctant to throw money at vaccines that might not bear fruit, so they've been hedging their bets, and that's costing them in terms of finding that sells at the back of the queue now when it comes to trying to access the most effective Vaccines in the ones that are most
Connie Chung Compares Diane Sawyer & Barbara Walters to Tonya Harding
"Okay. You guys connie just went off on some huge star. She even said working with. Dan rather was like a scene out of psycho. It's what she said about barbara and diane. That really shocked. Watch when i went to. Abc news on joined with both barbara. Walters and diane sawyer there. And i thought oh this could be great. It'd be you know three women get along. It's not unlike what what tonya harding. Nancy kerrigan both. Diane and barbara were in the same sort of arena of trying to get these big interviews so when i tried to go after them i was told i could not i had to stand down. Really alcon said that on originals with andrew. Gelman podcast. What did you guys. I think when you heard this not surprised that we just had this conversation right before we went live. I feel like everyone during this pandemic is sort of losing it a little bit and i feel like connie everyone's coming for barbara lately in the past year like all of her secrets everything about her. Everyone's ready to spill. But like i don't know. I'm not surprised at all. Feel like this extremely competitive world extremely competitive for women extremely competitive of that time. Robber was already a legend diana. I think you don't hear that that much about it. Seems like that answer. Everybody wants to have over at thanksgiving but those are always the ones career. don't cry. She will never forget that vibe from her. She always just seems like such a lover. We have to remember like we're talking about five years ago. Yeah it any industry as a minority myself. Sometimes you're made to feel like there's only room for one and when somebody is telling you that or making you feel that way you start to believe it so of course barbara and die. It's like oh look at chung coming in here. Seventeen years younger than them. Yeah right so in your mind you probably are thinking. Oh they brought this hotshot into replace us at. I'm not gonna let that happen. And i think i think women do it a lot. I think black people do it a lot. When they're minority a workspace. I think gay people do it. A lot. And i both black and gay so i feel double on on the storm from but sometimes i feel like for me. It's like if i'm the only one here. Let me just open the door for somebody to comment after me. Yeah no i love mentality but you know what it's not even just the stars themselves not just dinosaur. You're not just barbara walters. Sometimes it's the atmosphere that's created around the absolutely actual office like there's some things i mean. The fact that connie was told that. I'm sure she was told that by a producer and maybe that direct order came from something that barbara had said or diane had said in the past but i feel like there's a better check system nowadays i feel like you can check stars a little bit more than you could back been
Take a trip to 'The Last Blockbuster' with an exclusive AR experience and new documentary
"Know if you still have AH, Video late fees from Blockbuster. A new documentary can tell you about the last place you can go pay them, so I'm sure you'll be racing right out. We're video stores have all but disappeared. The last Blockbuster is a documentary that details the very last blockbuster video store run by Sandy Harding for the past 16 years and Bend, Oregon. The doc follows Harding as she struggles to keep it afloat. The retailers fall from grace and its bankruptcy. Did you know that Blockbuster had a chance to buy night flicks? But they didn't Now that me is great, which was helped along by the rise of Netflix and streaming video on demand. It features interviews with Kevin Smith. Comedian Jamie Kennedy and, ironically, is available on video on
Google's Amy Adams Harding on why digital newsrooms should 'act like an e-commerce player'
"Welcoming hike aliens great to hear lessons Yeah so maybe. Let's get started by going through some of the publishers that you work with are they mainly like news focus or do they really just kind of run the gamut. We are mainly focused on news. Kaley but as as you might imagine. News has taken on broad connotation as of late so We focus a lot on local news so working with publishers like lee enterprises or village media up in canada. All the way up through You know the great lady new york times. We work with newscorp the some of their publications so really does run the gamut. Yeah and it sounds like it really runs the gamut to with the new of maybe people on staff and like the size of the publications themselves it can be one or two people and it can be hundreds and it really does depend on the type of news publication that they're covering we also work with broadcasters for example and some longer form news content like business insider or some of the magazine publishers. That are more news focused. okay awesome. yeah so I imagine that at the beginning of twenty twenty the concerns that your publishers. That you work with I'm not sure if you call them clients or partners partners. Yeah i imagine that the concerns that some of your partners had at the beginning of the year are probably very different from the ones that Came into the picture and say march or april But can you talk about Maybe what some of those focuses were at the beginning of the year. That might not be as top of mind now in where some of the New focuses began coming into the mix. Yeah i'd say that it's it's not that the the focus of these publishers has shifted one hundred and eighty degrees but it has sharpened so for example One thing that a year ago we were working with many local news. Publishers are in a more nascent. Forum would be there reader revenue program. I mean we redirect revenue. We we all know that the new york times has made a tremendous success out of their subscription business. But this didn't always filter down to your much smaller local news players but ask the pandemic emerged in as we saw a large and quick drop in ad revenue local news. Publishers called us up and said wait a second. Everything that you've been telling us about forming our reader direct monetization strategy. The time is now. We need to lean on our readers to be able to support ourselves through these uncertain times with the pandemic so that i would say that it has sharpened and accelerated that focus for our local news players in particular. Okay yeah that makes a lot of sense and i know for some of the larger publishers. That myself in my teammates have been covering over the past few months A lot of them decided to remove the paywall from virus related content But that ended up being a pretty significant driver of new subscriptions. I would say You know it was kind of interesting balance of lowering the paywall on that content. Got people more familiar with the brand. Made them wanted to like to support the journalism. More Is that the same thing that happened with some of these smaller. Publishers or more local news based publishers. Did they do that same tactic. Or what were some of the strategies that they took on well whether they employed whether they even had a paywall to begin with Or not the top of the funnel was being filled by this increase in demand for news especially around corona virus and we had several large events globally and in this country so it wasn't just corona virus with that was kicked things off in the beginning of twenty twenty and so our news publishers large and small found that they needed to take advantage of this opportunity to create loyalty amongst their casual readers. And that's something that my team actually focuses on quite a bit That idea of user engagement funnel so capitalizing on the opportunity of what These very important and intense news stories introduced in the facts. We we've been working with a publisher in the philippines called wrap ler and they are one of the largest digital only on news publications. They are and they had concurrently both corona virus reporting as well as their local election and might team worked with them to capitalize on. How do you. How do you take these new eyeballs if you wanna think about it that way and introduce them to the importance of your product and drive loyalty because he can drive a user down that user engagement funnel you can Create loyalty loyalty is the largest predictor of reader direct revenue acquisition. So we worked with them and it was highly successful and they were able to create marge increases in both the readership and their revenue because they were on top of their Of the funnel and driving readers down the funnel
Soft Power 2020
"Am joined today on special soft power program by mongols foreign editor megan gibson monocle culture editor kiara ramallah and monocle twenty four culture correspondent and eurovision desk chief. Fernando augusto up. We have a lot to cover in analyzing who made l. top ten this year and who didn't but we should talk about first of all meghan. What an unusual year for calibrating soft power. This was because of course it was like every country on earth given the same test it was like he is a pandemic deal revert. And see what it says about you. As a nation did it make a difference on how countries will seen by the rest of the world and soft power terms. It absolutely did like you said every country was dealing pretty much the same set of problems but just as internally the pandemic kind of shed light on where countries weren't up to snuff and where there's certain systems were lacking or the social welfare net was not working so too did a show which countries were really relying on kind of coasting approach to diplomacy and soft power. Every country had to turn inward in some respect. You had to face an economy. Crunch you had to face a healthcare crisis but a lot of countries still managed to think about diplomacy and what. They're projecting abroad and to other countries and global cooperation. And that is something. I think that kind of threw up some surprises when we actually looked at the year in terms of soft power some countries that have never made our list before immediately caught our eye. Well let's talk about that. We'll come back a bit later to how different countries responded to the covid nineteen crisis. But let's look first of all at our top ten and meghan all ask you again. You were talking about surprise entries in the top ten. Who is there. The see that hasn't been before i think the first one. I'm going to go to taiwan. And i should say we've done top ten this year. Usually we do top twenty five. We quickly realized that there weren't twenty five countries. That actually made that good impression on the world. I would say this year. A peace prize in the nineteen forties. Exactly we cut it down to ten and picked the ten countries that did something notable on the world stage and taiwan absolutely one of them from their stellar leadership in actually handling the virus. Which i mean has seen the country. Even today has had quite a minimal effect. On at the helm of its citizens numbers have been tiny and given their proximity to china. Remarkable for that. That's just been something that they've really been able to step up and show that they've had good leadership and for such a tiny country and a country that has been long grappling with a very antagonistic neighbor. That's been really impressive. And i think we've also could look at another country that has made our list consistently but also small and has done really well with the pandemic and that's new zealand new zealand again a beneficiary of its leadership and of its leader. Another factor we will come back to later in the show. I wanted to bring you in now. Kiara refu- look at the top ten. Were there any entries in there that left out at you. It's difficult for me to look at this without my cultural hat on. Because i do think that cultural exports make up so much of a country soft power their own way. You know if you do have a tv hit. That really can change. The international perspective of people have on your country in the issue. We have profile of borgen. The danish show which kind of guess kicked off almost a huge facination with scanning wa. I'm happy that south korea is in the fair number and i were discussing. Grammy results on are getting their first ever kind of major grammy nomination. I mean that is huge because the grammys are essentially a us kind of awards ceremony. Yes of course it has one global subcategory but it's largely. Us fakest for a korean bond to be nominated as part of that really means that they have become not only a korean band moore global bond and that radius testament to the power of capes. I think south korea has really well deserved second-place cultural reasons but also for all the other reasons dr megan was discussing. It's very interesting. Also you you know you mentioned new zealand as well and perhaps it's a very niche reason to be very well known abroad but i do think that new zealand has got an increasing amount of really interesting. Musical acts that are genuinely world class. I'm talking the likes of zuma. Alice harding benet talking. Broods mullen williams all quite indie acts but in the the community which is very dedicated. Genuinely these are kind of agenda setting also around the world. So i think it's really interesting. That a tiny nation can produce a really interesting side of the musical experimentation side of things obviously around this table. Four nations are represented all nations with instantly recognizable and widely understood national brands. And that's my nation of australia. Kiara of italy fernando's of brazil megan's of canada which i notice is the only one in the top ten. This whole thing is just the most shameless stitch-up so fernando to bring you in brazil a country with a powerful national brand and yet you are not in the top ten this year. Do you feel especially put out by that is. Is there a case you would like to make well. No no no not not in two thousand twenty eight gave you the big buildings builder. People would be surprised by me. Because i always a believer brazilian. I'm very proud of being resilient. And i am still an and we do have an amazing opportunity to be one of the best countries in soft power so perhaps in a few years will be there the top of the list but honestly i mean this year has been terrible for brazil president. He's an isolationist. he's not handling very well. The situation in the rain forest which matters a lot for the outside world. Perhaps those of us who enjoy breathing so exactly. But i mean it. It is an issue in brazil. but i notice. We've all my friends when they say. Oh how during forest the amazon. Your president doesn't care. And of course his declaration sometimes every day he said something quite offensive to specific groups. And it's funny. I was trying to say i mean. What is brazil doing. well now we. We are student load of great things but even at football you have. Our biggest star neymar liked by some. But he's but even in brazil. Laura people don't like neymar like perhaps some aspects of his personality. So then i think even football. We're not so well liked turfing. We need to improve. I am an optimistic. I think things will change but two thousand twenty is yeah. I agree it. It's not the year of brazil. And i do think this year has been a blip for a lot of countries and as i was saying you know cultural experts from italy. Obviously still very strong italian food still eating around the world unloved around the world especially on this table but this year it was all about the countries that had cut through and what the cut through was what the stories that were resonating around. The world like fernandez. The amazon is what people were thinking about. When they thought about brazil they were not thinking of amazing beaches. Or you know wonderful culture and things like that it was the bad headlines that were really being projected around the world just finally in this first part of the show. I am going to rise heroically above complaining too much about the struggles exclusion in favor of new zealand. And just let these self evident absurdity of that speak for itself but meghan there couple of other countries which again have shoes soft power in princeton fact arguably the countries with the to hugest soft power imprint i e the united kingdom and the united states neither of the mike it and is that just about covid nineteen and all the people who happened to be leading them at the moment. It is definitely down to leadership. Soft power is usually something that is built up over years and decades so usually it can survive a bad year it can survive a wrong thinking government but in the case of the uk and definitely the us. It's not that. Diplomacy was neglected in the last few years. I mean we've seen a lot of policies that have been actually hostile to global cooperation. And i think a lot of people's perceptions of those countries have really shifted especially when it comes to the us under donald trump.
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