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Australia Takes Wine Dispute With China to WTO
"Says it will formally complain to the World Trade Organization over China's decision to impose up to 200% tariffs on Australian wine in 2019 China border nearly a billion dollars worth of wine from Australia. That figures indicated since November, when Beijing imposed his tariffs, trade has virtually collapsed, showing China's ability to severely damage of foreign industry. Dante in is Australia's trade minister. We believe that we need to take every action available to us to try and resolve disputes where we think that harm has been done to sectors or industries in our economy. And in this instance, we believe that the actions taken by the Chinese government have caused serious harm to the Australian wine industry.
"wto" Discussed on AvTalk - Aviation Podcast
"On this episode of the us and eu closed the book on their aviation subsidies fight and turn their attention to china. Sea fm debuts its new rise engine platform and airbus and cathay. Pacific are working on single pilot operations for the three fifty. Hello and welcome to episode one hundred and sixteen of talk. I am ian pech. Nick here as always with jason urbanowicz How're you liking our weekly weekly episodes. Now you're getting into the new rhythm. I'm getting into the new rhythm. I like it. And i'm pleased that nearly all of the feedback that we've gotten from listeners has been positive from ranging from yeah edged. It's pretty okay. To this is the best thing ever and i live for it each week and to those people i say thank you very much that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. No further people who may be negative feedback. You could just skip every other week. You'd never know about that news but that's okay. You could discuss that war. it's fine. Take a glance at the show notes in that and then go from there. Yeah there has been literally one person who had negative feedback about the switch to weekly episodes. So it's you know. Hopefully hopefully we change their mind. So we'll we'll go from there but this week show more of catching up on on what has happened versus a an industry overview. I thought last week show. I mean having listened to it. Jason i know you haven't listened to it because i was there man one episode but having listened to the episode kind of back in you know listening to the episode from a learning perspective than a participating in perspective. I agree more and more with everything that the john's said and i i had a conversation or pose. The question is if someone who is extremely enthusiastic about this happening. And i just you know y and the response that i got was very much a personal response and did not seem to address any of the the major challenges so i i haven't seen anything. That convinces me that anything that was said last week was either wrong or are off base or or needs rethinking. So if you haven't listened to last week's upset please please do so And if you had any thoughts e e mail listen and let us know what you thought because the more we do this the less i feel like we got. We got that wrong. Yeah i mean. Sure i would love if my fights my to trans con fights. This week would have been a supersonic but it ain't going to happen anytime soon. So that's where that sets but we have. We have new things to talk about on this week's episode. The first is the end to the long running. I think nearing on fifteen sixteen years running. Us versus eu. Really airbus versus boeing. Wto dispute that began. In two thousand four and culminated. It is far as ratcheting up. Things go last year and then has been hopefully resolved this week. A bit of background. In two thousand four the us filed a world trade organization grievance against the eu. Saying that airbus was being illegally subsidized by the eu. The eu filed a claim as well with the wto saying well. The us is subsidizing. Boeing and that went back and forth for about fifteen years and culminated in penalties. Being assessed terrif- battles escalated arabist planes. That were bound for. Us airlines were being delivered to places like amsterdam and south korea. Thanks to some of these tariffs were delta. Was keeping the planes out of the us to to not have to deal with it. There were issues that affected the two twenties production and delivery and all sorts of fun stuff and things outside of aviation were were affected by this. As well including wine cheese i think there were various component parts for all sorts of other things involved and to put a fine point on his first jason. I concerned alcohol was involved with this. Is where we draw the line and this is why it had to stop and so yesterday. A meeting between the eu and the us and agreement was reached and there is now a cooperative framework for large civil aircraft. That has been formed between the us and the eu. All of this is to say they're going to suspend the tit for tat tariffs settle their differences and all eyes now turn to what they are terming. Non market economies. So what this is really all about is is saying. Yeah we probably all subsidize aircraft. And is john oster are mentioned in the last week's episode. I mean no major. Civil aircraft has been brought to market without the assistance of government. If you're looking at things truly through where the money's coming from so they're saying well we're setting that aside and we're going to look at non market economies and their subsidies for large commercial aircrafts and when we make list of quote unquote market economies that are developing large civil aviation projects. The list is china and russia. Ish so really. What this is is it's it's a turn of the turn of the focus or swing of the focus to to china and too much lesser extent russia's civilization programs. Yeah the us and europe as a whole has spent stolen much time pointing fingers at each other for things that they themselves are doing they. They kind of forgot to point their finger and acknowledged really what was happening in russia and china. Which of course does programs. I'm sure are very heavily subsidized by the governments there so they probably to put their attention. Elsewhere it's boeing. Airbus aren't big enough. But their market dominance can surely be dominated in other markets. And we've talked about this to no end. But the aircraft market in china might look dramatically different in ten years than it does right now and i just wanted to put some perspective on. How just how long this. Wto dispute has been going on for. It started in two thousand four. The three eighty s. i fight wasn't until two thousand five and that aircraft has already lived out its entire existence to the point where a good chunk of the fleet may never fly again and production is already ceased how long this disputes going on for the early higher lifespan of an aircraft type. There was an article in. I forget where the article was but the social share photos. The photo that auto generates when when the the tweet goes out was a picture of lufthansa seven. Four seven in a three eighty kind of nose to nose. And certainly. that's a great photo to to showcase the issue but the the comment that somebody was making your both of those planes don't exist anymore. Yeah that's awkward so this has been going on for a very very long time and the thing is is that no one was ever really wrong. You know about the other. The claims that they were like yeah so nobody was wrong but they doing it themselves simultaneously for the better two decades exactly so there there you go so yeah five year pause on any u. s. e. u. arguments there are working groups. That will work to work so that they can work with their other counterparts in hopefully come up with a plan that they can then plan on. If you'll notice my turn of phrase here it's all government speak that i don't think really means anything at this point but they've decided to settle their differences. If results in lower alcohol prices. Everybody wins true so the other two two big kind of pieces of news that we wanted to talk about. Jason do you want to go for a cruise first or would you like to.
Having A Good Scary Feeling
"On having a good scary feeling being scheduled shouldn't mean putting the brakes on your work get hold of you. You'll spend your life conforming. We're so many people looking to make their today once that less maker's stamp take more calculated risks with our content even if a person's slightly on age bringing the changes will help us raise the bar and other see. Watch or listen to something. That's a bit different to what they used to. It's better to shake the tree not know if something's going to fall from robin to stay looking up at it. The message issue the media is not about being brave enough to fail the wto carrying on when we might be scared of the spaces. We're stepping into the ones where we might not know the outcome. It's about being a pro wearing a smile. Even if underneath a sense of fear kicking in the concentration is under immense pressure at the moment since the style of the pandemic people and businesses about the anti created ever more content from what started as a slew of webinars. When we were all. I confined last spring. People find momentum. There's a glove messages out there competing for our attention. Exhorting us to listen download. Join those subscribe for the most part. The content sits neatly within warmest accepted in an industry of sater. This inclination to fit in which keep in one particular place is an opportunity for you to figure out what it might look like if you were to step up despite any fears or doubt. She may have this. Fear is the feeling you have. If you're thinking you've got something that's really worth saying when you then done the work and you're ready to publish but somehow you're all say managing fail uncomfortable about being
US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
"The by the administration says the backs efforts to make it easier for more countries to produce additional covert nineteen vaccines the administration's putting its support behind efforts to waive intellectual property protections for the vaccines that comes amid World Trade Organization talks over easing global trade rules to speed the pandemic's end still the administration's warning it will take time to reach a global consensus to waive the protections under WTO rules US officials say the move will not have an immediate effect on the global vaccine supply sider mag ani Washington
A Look Inside The World's Biggest Vaccine Maker
"So rosa palm trees here green lawns. A little bit like a college campus riding in a golf cart up to the factory. Your some of these are the migos month. Rubella reviews vaccine serum institute of india was already the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer even before this pandemic the company says two thirds of all children in the world. Get its vaccines and most of them are made here. At a sprawling factory complex in western india inside conveyor belts with all these tiny little vial weasing going for automatic resilience section automatic. Visual inspection is inspecting me europe machine. It's a high tech operation but look outside the factory window and you see a reminder of this companies more humble roots horses in the nineteen sixties. This was a farm breeding race horses and one day. One of the horses got bitten by a snake. Suresh giada serums executive director. Explains what happened next. Bimbos do the lanes. Were not working great in india so he could not get their disney. We could not get anti snake venom serum in time the horse died but it's owner had an idea you said yesterday why not start making it ourselves. So the serum institute of india was born. It began making serums against tetanus and snake venom and leader added vaccines against all sorts of childhood diseases. They specialize in generic versions at low profit margins and export to one hundred and seventy different countries last spring. A tiny package arrived here by career from oxford university in england to the very small. While is one in chief scientist. Shali graham describes what was inside components of a viral vector vaccine against the corona virus serum scrambled to start mass producing them immediately in huge floor to ceiling stainless steel vats of the one. Embryonic human embryonic kidney selling yeah scientists petty ready recalls how he was developing other vaccines these fats when his supervisor told him to quickly convert everything over to the corona virus vaccine while under lockdown as the pandemic exploded it was difficult to follow very strict rules of solution during this People to do overtime. This was before. Clinical trials showed that the oxford astrazeneca vaccine would work. It was a gamble with so much at stake. He says everybody's waiting for the all mankind waiting. The whole world is waiting for it to this winter. When trials finally proved this vaccine did indeed work is celebrated internally. Not like party or something but we had that moment of joy gonna champagne. No no serum hopes to soon be churning out a hundred million doses per month of this one vaccine on top of all the other vaccines they're still producing here. The oxford astra zeneca. Formula is particularly attractive to india and other low and middle income countries. Because it needs just regular refrigeration not subzero temperatures. This is for storage area. The capacity of seventy million dollars. So what we're looking at here is enough to vaccinate. Whole countries is ongoing process of building out of cold storage along these conveyor belts and out to sixty eight country so far racing against russia china. In what some are calling vaccine. Diplomacy india's huge capacity is attracted interest from the so called quad. The us japan. Australia and india. They announced financing to help another indian producer make a billion more doses of another co vaccine but while indian manufacturers are partnering with global pharmaceutical companies. The indian government is challenging pam at the world trade organization. There is an agreement that binds all wto members to certain levels of protection for intellectual property. Twenty year patents. Regional thrashers legal scholar at the global development policy center in boston. She explains how india and south africa are asking the wto to suspend those patents. Cova vaccines so that companies like serum can crank out generic versions quickly and in certain countries the majority of the population won't be vaccinated for something like five years that gives those viruses a long time to mutate. So the argument they're making is not. Hey look out for us but more this is in the interest of all of us. Everyone serums executive director. John says he supports that effort at the wto watery required is a vaccine today. Not tomorrow you want to stop the disease and stop it sprayed and that can happen. Only if there is no restriction on using technology many global health experts agree. The pope has said he does too but some companies including astrazeneca have pledged to sell vaccines at cost without profit and suspending. their patents. They say is not the answer it would kill innovation and would not speed up distribution bottlenecks more to do with supply chains than access to the vaccine technology itself. Both sides of this debate are over emphasizing. The role of patents. Daniel hamill is a law professor at the university of chicago. He says the serum institute success chose a middle path. It got a license from astrazeneca. It's been able to mass produce vaccines within the current regulatory environment ensures the potential licensing arrangements without cancelling patents ceremonies if you're disabled to gain rights to make vaccines on a large scale. That's a good thing could serums factory. As vials of corona virus knock scenes wiz off conveyor belts inside chief scientist ms. Shali graham points to construction underway outside a new pandemic preparedness facility for another year or two renew community that has not actually ideas to have extra machines extra labs all on hand to make billions of doses of vaccine against whatever virus hits
Okonjo-Iweala begins first historic day as WTO director-general
"A lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go motivating words today from the new head of the World Trade Organization, the arrival of an go Z or condo, a whale A and a six month leadership void at the W T o International body based in Geneva, governs trade rules between countries. Okonjo you wail. His candidacy had been held up by the Trump White House on her first day. She's making history as the first woman and first African to serve as w. T O director general absolutely do feel on additional burden. I can't lie about that being the first woman and the first African means that one really has to perform. That was a con job away. The last month. She's a Harvard grad on economist and dual citizen of the U. S. And Nigeria with a 30 year career in international development, including Time is managing director at the World Bank. Biden administration announced its strong support for a condo you, Ella. Still, there was controversy. Senior African leaders of the United Nations recently complained about what they called racist and sexist media coverage of her appointment. For her part to conjure you. Ella has said that she remains focused on making the changes needed at the W T O. It's led to me that deep and wide ranging reforms are needed. And as I said, before, you cannot be business, as usual at the W. T O in her first speech is head of the W T o today and go Z and conjure you. Ella reiterated that point she said she can on Lee deliver results if members except that we can do things differently. Most urgent priority, she said, or to address the impact of the cove in 19 pandemic and climate change
New WTO head warns 'vaccine nationalism' could slow pandemic recovery
"His findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. More than two hundred people have been charged with federal crimes in the bloody assault on congress which led to trump's impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection. Trump was acquitted on saturday in a vote of fifty seven. Forty three seven. Republican senators joined democrats in favor of conviction. Though short of the required majority
Australia to seek WTO intervention in barley row with China
"Take the China barley tariffs to the World Trade Organization. They're saying this is a logical and appropriate next step as they see this trade war, I guess. Heat up. With China so Australia to make a request here to the WTO's after China's barley tariff. Let's get more on this with Steve Breast chief investment strategist at Standard Chartered Private Bank, because I guess it is just a reminder that the trade war whether it's between the US and China or Australia and China is still something very much of the four and still could be something that would be a big risk to 2021. Yeah, to see if you're looking at the risks that they're out there. I think you'll see that the vaccine being dispersed in an efficient manner is one thing that we need to watch but also then Relations with China just generally, you know, everybody's assuming a czar, we that you know the U. S on DCI China that they'll still have issues that they sold, but they'll work together to try and solve them border than the previous administration. But you know, it's just hot lights. It's still going to be tricky on. Therefore, we may see risk of metal bands of risk off environments around trade tensions from time to time. Yeah, when it comes to the new but an administration as you say, perhaps not a potential reset exactly on January, 20 do you expect, though, that we will see a guess a better relationship than what we had seen under the Trump administration. Well, I think it would be more predictable, which I think is, you know, T China, even if it's still quite company, confrontational in terms of having different objectives and trying to you know they're trying to achieve or modify those that's still going to be the case, but at least it will be done in a way that not through Twitter and 31 arm of the government. I'm saying one thing, and then the president saying something totally different 24 hours later, so I think it will still move in a similar direction. Just be less uncertain Day today.
UK, EU say talks will continue on post-Brexit trade deal
"Three weeks left to go and still no deal insights both British prime minister Boris Johnson an E. U. commission president was set up on the land dished a self imposed deadline on reaching a brexit trade agreements after a phone call with the U. K. beat up on the line explained that despite the deadlock they basically don't one thing we both think that it is responsible at this point in time to go the extra mile the outstanding issues affect competition rules mechanisms for resolving future disputes and fishing rights remain unresolved Johnson said the most likely outcome was that the two sides wouldn't reach a deal on that they would both have to revert to plan B. the most likely thing not ease of course that we have to get ready for WTO terms Australia time with hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in trade at stake Britain's light London edge on a sudden not hoping for an end to the uncertainty Clark and that's the way first off with the old account China's funded
How the Biden administration will affect the EU
"With the biden administration taking office in just under a month. You leaders a counting the days until they feel like they can have a new start with an american team. that's more committed to transatlantic relations this week. The us foreign policy chief. Joseph barrell reveal the agenda he hopes to pursue well joining me on the line from brussels. Is our correspondent. Teri schultz terry. It's not an exaggeration to say most e you leaders a hugely relief with the biden win and believe things are going to be different now. Where does the e u. side wants to start well and they've actually released this document now laying out where they believe. The most progress can be made in the fastest and most efficient way. And that's what you high rep josette burrell released yesterday. And they've got four areas where they want to start the europeans. They want to start with corona virus. Response making that again. A global effort with president trump having pulled out of the world health organization saying constantly america first america first when it comes to a vaccine. That's something that does not sit well with the europeans who are committed to making vaccines affordable and available to the entire world on climate. They are very much looking forward to president-elect biden making good on his campaign promise to rejoin the paris climate accord. That's something that suffers without. Us leadership and i think president-elect biden is is committed to doing that the third one is a little a little tougher trade and technology that you use third priority and that's one where you're not going to automatically see any. Us president stop protecting or trying to protect american tech giant's against for example e regulators who want to recoup taxes from from the multinationals. That's going to be somewhere where we we may not see as quick progress but on trade looking at the world trade organization where president trump is just continually attacked and and made it impossible for the wto to get reforms that the europeans also support. I expect that that will be one of the areas that there will be some quick progress and unwed burrell calls global action and he says this is working toward a safer more prosperous and more democratic world and they're hoping that president-elect biden will put more emphasis on human rights on rule of and on basic democratic values that the eu and the us due to a large extent share but is it realistic for the e. You just think that the biden administration shares these views simply going to sign onto this plan. Or i think europeans may be disappointed by the fact that foreign policy is probably not going to be the first thing on on president-elect biden's list he's got to deal with the corona virus that's just raging in the in the us and and the divisiveness that this campaign and actually the trump presidency has brought about in america and he's got to work on that before he can justify to anyone that he's going to be working on with with european leaders but he very much wants to do that. All of his statements during the campaign to to europeans. Were basically i understand. This is not the way the. Us you relationships should work and he will. He does share a lot of these views. He certainly will not be giving comfort to leaders. Like hungary's viktor orban or the polish government. That is rolling back the rights of women. He will have. He will have a few things to say about that. Which president trump left unsaid or probably didn't even believe
WTO, South Africa and India Propose Temp. Waiver of Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Rights
"Groups, said 10. A covert 19 vaccines could be available by the middle of next year if they win regulatory approval, but their inventors need to patent protection, Reuters reports the World Trade Organization. India and South Africa have proposed allowing a temporary waiver to allow essential licensing for patent products during the pandemic. Thomas CUNY, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Association, said. Vaccines by Fizer and bio and tech as well as Madonna and AstraZeneca, have shown promising results in large clinical trials. He says they expect that they will see something similar with Johnson and Johnson, Novavax and many others. This report sponsored by the Department of Health,
WTA Year End Awards for 2020
"Everyone john worth. I'm hearing sports. Illustrated tennis podcast. Jamie joins me for a grab bag topics. We are midway through the final so hard to make any definitive conclusions there but we can talk about the the back of played so far. We'll talk about twenty twenty one tennis and what the picture is looking like. It's slowly coming into focus but still considerably Blurry and uncertain. We'll talk w. t. awards. There are no more women's tennis events on the calendar. But we can start distributing some honors and just sort of a catchall of tennis topics as we want to say to the finish. But we're not exactly sprinting. Either a stranger that is Finishing under strained conditions and we talk about sort of where the sport is here in mid november twenty twenty so jamie welcome. it's it's been a while. how are you. i'm good. i agree with you. It's a weird year. And i feel like we've been talking a lot about the atp and obviously the atp finals are happening. So i am happy to start by out talking about the wpa and some of these awards all right. let's go. let's let's that. I that's a good idea let's go to That'd be the w. t. a. Does not unlike the wto does not have a finals or twenty twenty. Unfortunately that's An offshoot of having events in china where international sporting events were cancelled months ago. So the vendor playing as we speak in london and there is no there is no comparable women's event. So let's say yeah let's do that. Let's start with the women season over. Why don't we hand out some awards. We genda pivot to london. Mvp award is always a bit strange. But if we're going to give player of the year honors. I feel like the player has to have won a major. Do you agree with that. Yes definitely agree with that. But this year of course We had one less. And i think that i would also classify the majors in two creek corona and post corona. I would almost give a little bit more weight or just feel like there's more discussion for all the majors. That are not the train open you know. Of course that was when all was normal and before all this happened But i know you. You went to your pace in your mailbox but are you. Who's your pick. i think it. It sounds sounds a little. I think you've got to say that the so you can is your twenty twenty. Mvp she won a major and got to the final of another If we play this game sometime if your life depended on a player Would she be your pick and the answer is is probably not and do i think in a head to head match. There are players who are superior. If if she and i o miyasaka played ten times i would think naomi osaka with the majority of those matches. But yeah in this straight year. But i think you're right. There was no wimbledon. There there was a us open but it did not feature you know six top ten players including ash barty the number one player including simona halep included the defending champion and that was That was one sock than we had. The french open which also did not feature ash party. Who is the defending champion. It did not feature. Naomi osaka the australian open before corona had the most flush field. So you can in one that and she reached the final of the french open so she is the only player to have won a major and got into the final of another and in this stranger. It's probably appropriate. We have a strange choice but sonya sofia kenyon is my Twenty twenty mvp will by you. I hear you on that. And i think those are all good points. I in you know so that we aren't agreeing here on all of these under some Interest to this conversation. I'm going to take a different pic. i'm gonna go with naomi osaka and i think that In speaking about mvp sort of in the Like a of a lot of awards that are giving out at this time of the year including essays own award sportsperson of the year. It's not just about what's happening on the court. It's just not about results per se about other things that This player has done. So i think that For me. I think niamey osaka. Of course like you said kennan if you're just talking about reaching a final winning final In a major. She's done that but osaka has not only one. But also use her platform and she's spoken up and she's gone beyond the court and i think that you know if we're talking if you're looking at that list of choices here And you check the box with a major win in for me. You check the box with all the other outside stuff off the court that she's done so that's my pick.
Trade body says EU can sanction $4B worth of US goods
"World trade organisation arbitrators say the E. U. construction up to four billion in U. S. goods over Washington's legal support the plane maker Boeing the ruling which could inflame trump administration criticism of the WTO amounts to one of the largest penalties ever hunted down by the body the arbitrators with tossed with setting a dollar value in sanctions such as tariffs he you could impose a year off the the WTO I found the Boeing had received at least five billion dollars in subsidies the word prohibited under international trade rules the decision thanks back to twenty oh six and is part of a string of long running disputes between Boeing and rival Airbus after the Geneva trade body I'm Charles the Ledesma
WTO says EU can put tariffs on $4 billion of US goods
"Upto $4 billion in U. S goods over Washington's illegal support for plane maker Boeing correspondent Charles Dillon. Desmond reports The ruling which could inflame Trump administration criticism off the W T o Amounts to one of the largest penalties ever hunted down by the body. The arbitrators were tasked with setting a dollar value in sanctions, such as tariffs the YOU could impose. A year after the W T O had found that Boeing had received at least $5 billion in subsidies. The were prohibited under international trade rules. The decision dates back the 26. He's part of a string of long running disputes between Boeing on rival Airbus at the Geneva trade body. I'm Charles the lid asthma. The move is certain to worsen relations between the European Union and the United States during a time of Corona virus worries. More on these stories at townhall dot com.
World Trade Organization to be led by a woman for first time
"A woman will lead the World Trade Organization for the first time in its history. The agency is in the process of recruiting a new director general and goes you CONJU whaler of Nigeria and Young Hee of South Korea. Have, made it to the final round. The BBC's Andrew Walker has been following developments. The WTO member countries are trying to choose a new director general by consensus if they're able to coalesce around one of the two remaining candidates, it will be the first time that the top job in the agency has been held by a woman whoever ultimately takes the post and a decision is expected by. Month they will face major challenges to the biggest commercial powers the United States and China are embroiled in a bitter trade conflict. The you ask especially under president trump's administration has a range of complaints about how the organization works and has made it much more difficult for the WTO to perform one of his key functions, settling disputes between members in London, on the BBC's Andrew Walker, for marketplace.
Donald Trump reiterates threat to scale back US economic ties with China
"Had sort of a wide ranging if I can call it that news conference at the White House. One of things he said, is I'm and I may be open to disengaging altogether with China. We're starting Punishing US Cos. If they're doing things that China should be doing back here in United States, what do you make of that? Is that a real change of policy? It's sort of Ah note that he struck throughout his 3.5 years in office. It's absolutely a note that he has struck during his his entire administration. Something he ran on in 2016 is something he's been talking about since the early odds when trying to gain a session to the WTO's. In some ways, it's incredibly consistent with his ideology. You know what that means, however, in practice, especially before the election is somewhat unclear, although I mean if you look at the what this administration is doing, not just what they're saying what they're doing as it relates to China. It is taking steps towards decoupling, especially around sensitive technologies around export controls. Things like visa restrictions, travel restrictions, so there is, you know, kind of incremental decoupling. I know. I think we would argue already happening on what that means for a second term, especially President Trump obviously has re elected. Is a big question. Mark does that D complain? Only intensify. And yes, you're right. His wide ranging press conference he would seem to signal that. Yes, yes, it would send a house it register with voters. Voters are not so concerned it. I don't think about China. One way the other. This won't make sure they have a job that they can afford the grocery bill. They can afford the rent bill. Do the voters really connect being tough on China with they're getting jobs. It hasn't worked so far. So well, has it. Yeah, it's that the interesting point. I think that in some ways, China is a easy scapegoat for both political parties in Washington on DH. In some ways, I think it's also registering with voters a Pew research and did a poll the summer that showed that almost 70% of Americans have a negative view on China. Right now, that is the most it is that the highest it's ever been a again since China gained deputy o session. In 2000 won. So In some ways, the voter sentiment has changed around China. I think it makes it difficult for either political party to look like they're cozy up with China as the results, But I think you're right, though. If this is not necessarily kitchen table issue, Although your China has been come the easy scapegoat, at least from from a policy maker, a Zeiss, eh? It's always a real treat to have you with us. Libby that's living Cantrell, She's Pimco, head of public policy. Coming up here
Starting Zocdoc with Oliver Kharraz
"Oliver Karaz was born and raised in Germany mostly in rural parts of the country his mother was German and his father was from Iran in came from a long line of doctors. For me, it really starts in some ways with my dad and. The timing rapidly had every reason to become a social activist and and so he came to Germany from the Middle East when he was very young around twenty with no money in his pocket no language skills. And you personally then worked on of odd jobs, but he eventually became a psychiatrist but what has really shaped me much more than being born in Berlin is. Social. Active. Isn't that I that I saw him live and that he really made our family mattress we always talked about talent responsibility and the need to use. Whatever telling behind to help those. Around us that we can make a difference. Given that your father was Iranian and your mother was was sort of. German. An Uber even though you were born in Germany, did you feel did you feel as Germany everybody else? So I didn't have a second identity. We only used spoke German at home and yet. As you say I was also a not always fully accepted. So if I give you an example, my school twelve hundred students and you could pick out to the didn't look like everyone else and I was one of them right and even an enlightened country like Germany. That is notable. So I had what I call a visual accent would people would see me on the street and they would ask me how to speak German. So well and But they also school the skipped my name when reading out scores because they weren't sure how to pronounce my last name and opportunities taken away and even at was physically threatened so i. I think that really shaping in many ways because I realized. Very early that in order to be as successful as everyone around me I would have to be dramatically better in really work much much harder than anyone else and so that used to be strong work ethic in me. For the record Oliver is somewhat down playing his work ethic. Because just out of high school, he actually started his first successful company. It was the early clunky days of the Internet, and he designed a way to help people send emails more easily and he wound up selling that business not for a ton of money, but enough to get him through medical school. But. After practicing medicine for a couple years Oliver realized he couldn't stop thinking about that first business he'd started and how he wanted to start another. So he quit his job in medicine and consulting job with Mackenzie and eventually moved to New York. That was my goal was actually to start another company that that's A. Healthcare, but I I'd also realized at the time that I sold my first company and far too cheaply in that I should learn more about business I and at McKinsey God exposure to balance sheets and panels and hit a lot of very practical experience and what it means to manage business. And I think they fondly of my time at McKinsey was one of my better decisions. McKinsey GonNa Mackenzie is a little bit like going to business school. A lot of people at McKinsey have come from business, schools. In that. Many people go to business school thinking they will find a co-founder. Did you were you actively looking around at your colleagues to think maybe I can do something with him or her you know maybe that person. Absolutely and were you just thinking about different business ideas all the time? Well, it is actually very hard to find good ideas and my definition of a good idea was that it needed to have a great mission I. wanted to make sure that we actually do something good in that. We stayed true to sort of talent breaks responsibility, but also wanted to be a large market and to have a great motor rounded and also I wanted to be based on contrarian inside. Because I thought that all of the best companies have that at its core. While she wanted mission, you wanted a company that could kind of dominate its field by building a motor around it, but was also contrary and that's that's that's those are some interesting. Criteria. And that's why I screen for several years rejected pretty much every idea that that I came across And meanwhile. While you're going through all that I guess you meet this guy Cyrus Masumi. WHO's another McKenzie consultant and and just you just. Become friends like he's like somebody like in and you guys start hanging out. While we got put on study together that required us to travel globally and you've ever done that it meant frost were sixteen eighteen hour days together for three four, five months on end and we really. Got To become great partners in that and and what we realized that we had some. Very complementary skills. Cyrus is one of the most charismatic and gregarious individuals. You'd ever meet his very passionate. He could be more forceful, which sometimes was needed to be effective with clients. And you've talked to me now for a little bit as you can probably tell. More dispassionate and logical and more measuring. German? More, German in many ways, right. also was effective with clients by by. and Cyrus is American right? He's American this but that That close listened and how we work together that really started friendship and we stayed close for the study and be caught up over lunch pretty regularly denounce different business ideas off one another and. I think we connected because we had similar interests because. On. Some levels We were equally passionate about what we're doing higher says, passion was more visible to others than mine but we. Were close enough together that we both accepted. The other as. individual that that we could learn a lot from. Was it was it clear pretty soon after you start hanging out, Sarah's that this was the guy because you were. You're on the lookout for a partner. They I think it was was absolutely an option I know reality is that. With. Both founded companies before Mckinsey and we both knew that we wanna do it again and as I. was always great about being. Very honest. Rather than just nice and and I value that a lot. Yeah. All, right. So So this guy, Cyrus Super Charismatic, really smart clearly, the two of you start to to work together. And what what kind of business ideas are are you coming up with? While we kind of fell in love with a new idea that came about a one of these launches were Cyrus. Told me about how he recently ruptured his eardrum by flying with a cold and then found it very difficult to actually find a doctor and he had asked for recommendations and called down his insurance directory listing started with the as. Doctors weren't accepting new patients some no longer accepted two centurions one provider Pasta Way and so he said, well, why does it take four days to the doctor when I'm in pain right? And why can't this much easier? And we. Both very quickly. realized the potential of this idea from. Working at project be new helps us the for actually spending millions of dollars for marketing to grow their patient base because they had wasted inventory, right they had something that I like to call hidden supply, which is these last minute cancellations no-shows reschedules. That the that go to waste, and then on the other, there are the patients who had a hard time accessing this. You thought it immediately clicked with these my God. Yes. Doctor's appointments connect patients to doctors. Yeah. Well, look if you go through the forfeiture that I had read, it's a great mission right? We're making one of the most personal needs more accessible for for patients we can help patients to get in fast we can help the doctors become more efficient. We can make the entire health care system more cost effective people out of the emergency room things like that, and it's a marketplace. So there is a strong mode and clearly anything in healthcare is a large market and I think the contrary and inside that we had. was. The fact that. Most people thought it's normal that people have to wait twenty four days to a doctor because there's a doctor shortage in read our inside was really no doctors have asthma debate ability because of these last minute cancellations, no-shows reschedules and so I felt very about this idea. So. So you member like how long between the time that the you had that first conversation To the time were both you said, let's start this business was like monster or weeks or days. was was weeks. We what we what we started doing is actually. Mocking up the side in how imagine back then in powerpoint pointing just the wire. Website. Yeah. Wire frame. Exactly. We would. We'd go into starbucks and we'll chat up strangers and say, Hey, here's a five dollar gift card. Give me your thoughts. Sorry I'm GonNa. Go back. You just go to people in starbucks Gift Card and say, can you give me your thoughts? Random Person? The absolutely that's that was sort of our market testing. They wouldn't. They would be like excuse me this is a little weird. You're my space. Might also happen from time to time but you know there's lots of people on starbucks is very in German of you. That's debris because usually he would be to report tentative about doing that. Well, you know I think there was a lot less rejection than you think people actually quite open I. Suggest you try this out but if you If you're unthreatening in Luke harmless as we probably dead and then they'll be pretty open. You went up to and starbucks and you'd say, Hey, we're thinking about a company here. Can you just look at his powerpoint give you five dollars Gift Card and what was in the powerpoint, the popcorn and was just what we thought. This website would look like and we would ask them is the set service that resonates with you would you use it and and we got an incredibly valuable feedback here and really set us in many ways on the on the right track right? So and what pointed to the two of you decide let's quit McKinsey. Let's. Let's pursue this. Probably a month or two after we initially discussed idea did anybody say you were crazy for quitting? Everyone. Everyone told us. Crazy and got a lot of negative feedback on the idea to write people would say this is Bloomberg out I would never pick my doctor on the internet or I already have a doctor or you know doctors wouldn't accept patients that that are looking on the Internet of all kinds of protections that people had when they were thinking about their own situation by. When when you talk to people and starbucks, they actually thought about it much more positively. So we were encouraged enough to say, well, this is going to work as long as we get out of our circle and don't ask McKinsey consultants doctors. The responsible be better. All right. So you are in your thirties at this point. And presumably were making pretty good cash at McKinsey because you were probably you'd know expenses you're on the road all the time so. When you quit, I'm assuming you had some money to launch the business and probably live off for a while. Yeah. So I very deliberately had never raised my living standard to the money that the paying McKinsey and I had saved every dime so that I could. No be in a position where can fund this embraced can afford not to take a salary for a couple of years. Wow. So so a couple of hundred thousand and you saved. You know. Maybe. I'm to Germany to discuss personal finances but. I had. Built this. Radio, you can tell the. Story Yeah I I had I had enough money to live off for for several years but I also Saturday night both finance the company early out of our own savings so that clearly diminish We had leftover after that. So now, you both decided to quit. and. You have some technical expertise because you had. You had done some coding but this is next level stuff. Were you able to be that technology founder and Cyrus was going to be the the sort of the business founder? Absolutely not as I add coated but at that point, I had not touched a computer for a long time We knew we need to have a technical co founder and so Sarah's knew a guy named Nick Guanzhou from the time together, trophy software, and this is another company that they would both worked at the that's the company that they're both previously worked together and Nick just brought a totally different perspective and really educated Addison me on a lot of things and and he was really the one who understood a building a seamless experience for the consumer and ends May. Zach Docs. Early Genius, did you did you have the name dock from the beginning? Not, not initially we we went to several phases on on what the right name could be for for while we wanted to have a descriptive name. So we looked at physicians, dot Com Doctors Dot Com, and we actually tracked down the owners of one of these domains and they wanted several million dollars for the domain name. And and we were finding the company ourselves. So that was out of the question. So then we just sat in a room and we brainstorm a list of fifty or one hundred names, and then started eliminating names until we arrived at Dr. What does it mean? or it doesn't mean anything which was the WTO bit we could. There were zero search results. Okay. There's no meaning behind his ACH. There's no meaning behind and and in hindsight it was precisely the right thing to do because it really was a blank slate for us to fill with with meaning and really build a brand around. Zero such as October we started. It address nate the right lake once you know that it takes more than three weeks from picking up the phone and dialing for doctors till you actually see someone you realize Oh, this really not much else that we have to wait so long for to get. And this is more important than most of these other things you already have. Fantastic access View Magin. If air travel way that healthcare workers that wouldn't be an expedia that wouldn't even be Delta Dot Com that would be individual phone numbers for every plane. Imagine. If that happened, you know a half the planes would fly empty it would be a massive pain and that was actually the state of health care before sock. Is Amazing that that the nothing like this was out there in two thousand seven. I look at I. Think. In many ways you couldn't build it a much earlier. In the early days. When we went out there, we were the ones installing Internet of the doctor's offices. We. They they were a many times just migrating from a paper books to scheduling systems. We were at the cusp of digitisation for healthcare. We were just lucky in our timing to get this right in and start offering the service when that also happened. All right. So you decide to pursue Zach dock and it's the three of you. I'm assuming really just at the beginning and were you working out of out of one of your apartments? Did you guys rent space? No, we worked out of respect for. Many. Times we came to make yet the nicest apartment and and we could bring breakfast Burrito and bake him up and you know the the reality is that we originally had a pretty ambitious launch plan right so we got together around July. We wanted to launch by December of two, thousand seven. Something interesting happened were nick send an email suggesting to look at what was then called techcrunch forty. Take is is now a household name but the draw for us back then was there was a fifty thousand dollar prize now it's called tech crunch disrupt think. So it's a major a startup competition. It's a startup competition and we were the first class of this was much less known be budgeted two hours to fill in the application in really which will send it off. He didn't think about it anymore that there was an early July and early August we've heard that we had been accepted, but there was a complication we'd have to be ready by September eighteenth or. That was three months sooner than we had originally planned to launch. So you'd have a live website by September that is right that is right with doctors with doctors, right So we actually debated for a few hours whether we should even tried to go for that but we ultimately said, yes, we can get the website working and we wanted to have enough doctors just a bars wouldn't look pathetic. Brayden. Coded Night Neither Day and nick really busted his but he did the patient facing side of the website and that was the programs. What was potentially even harder because we're tried to launch a marketplace was to actually get the initial supply on there and remember the website wasn't there yet so. Tires ended up going door to door for doctors offices. Excuse telling them a powerpoint page, and this is really a testament to cyrus sheer willing determination if you think about what it means to really start a company early on, there's nothing to show right you may be a powerpoint but there's no website there's no patience. There's no other doctors no social proof and it has to run on passion and very clear that that is Cyrus superpower. He just went to random doctors offices or he had like a list of doctors offices and he started kind of walking block by block. Well, there's a lot of walking involved a we launched in Manhattan so you can literally go down the street and you see. The signs and you walk in. And he was basically saying look, it's a way to connect you to patients. How was how many by the way? What was your objective? How many doctors do you need to sign up to have this website look okay by September Between six and ten was our goal. Okay. So just doable it is a was extremely hard really. Is telling doctors is one of the hardest things to do why were they saying? Well, first of all, it is baby very hard to even speak to a doctor they are being shielded. Their time is very valuable. Office managers are trained not to let anyone talk to them to protect the doctor from people walking in selling them stuff shirt them. Secondly, they many didn't want to give up control over their calendar which has to write. We ask them to post times that a patient could book into it and it was just a far fetched idea for many of them the patients would actually do this. So he got a lot of knows he got a lot of knows. He'd go there and he just simply not leave until he got a chance to speak to the doctor and a few times. It was even escorted out by security. I really think one in a million could have put this off. I mean was he going to particular kinds of doctors or was he generally focused on an Internet general? Practitioners Ob sobe began with dentists Okay. Because our thinking was that. People go to dentists most often, and we wanted to make sure that we have an offering that is relevant for patients as often as possible. I. Got you so so eventually unassuming, you do get what six to ten or how many did you get by September of two thousand seven Eight. In the meantime, you inequity doing the back end stuff you were doing the coding and building the website does right and as you were building it. How did it look? So. The bit that Nick Build looked awesome for the time I think. It was impressive. We were. Very. Satisfied that we had a scroll bar that we had a map that we had back then already the insurance selector and a lot of feature that. Weren't to be found really anywhere else. All right. So September two, thousand, seven, you are ready to reveal. This service at. Tech. Crunch. And Doth Review present or did did Cyrus kind of wishy the spokesperson? Cyrus. I presented Nick stayed behind in New York to make sure that the less the website was actually up and running This is in San Francisco that you went to the we flew out to San Francisco and So we lost sock talk in front of Eight, nine, hundred people. A lot of them were journalists when the judges opened up with feedback guy covers ocoee who we newnan in valued. As embezzles forever apple he came out to said he he didn't get it. He would never use this in front of everyone right and. His direct load something like honestly Oh, it just never occurred to me to go to any doctor that's really burned in in my brain and what was worse is that he seemed to be right we didn't get a single booking. We were hoping that this PR would get us out of our initial batch of users, right because your other. So many tech journalists there. So you know the publicity may be would would would lead to bookings and that was the hope but. It actually took three days before regard our first legitimate a patient, and and in the entire first month, we only got five bookings. You come back from San Francisco and. You know you had Guy Kawasaki. Say I don't I would never use this service? I'm sure he feels differently today but man maybe then Ezio said that but did did you come back feeling like like dejected like losers or or were you excited like how did you feel coming back? While you know I think we obviously hoping we would eventually get more bookings and In the beginning you probably refreshed. The Bookings Report Hundred Times a day by as we were thinking through what we realized. It was really a typical two sided marketplace challenge It's just a classic chicken and egg problem. You need the supply to get the demand and you need the demand to entice them supply and for dark was even trickier. Right when you think about it, healthcare is hyper local. Very complicated. So you have to match. Supply and demand on a Zip code specialty level, and then we have thousands of insurances take. Until we realized that our odds of actually finding a patient that wanted. An offer there. Quite low, and so the best path forward was to methodically build up supply, and so we just kept going put up a huge map of Manhattan on the wall, and then a sleep put little flags on of where the doctor's brother we're on the website in which insurance is accepted and we just we knew the perseverance. Is the name of the game. Back in just a moment how oliver and Cyrus Begin to drum up interest in stock and how they even start to raise some money at figure out how to dress differently, stay with us guy rows and you're listening to how I built this from NPR. Hey everyone. Just a quick thanks to our sponsors who helped make this podcast possible I to epic provision maker of epic bar beef was nature's idea the epic bar was. 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A lot of their offices especially back in two, thousand, seven or sort of technologically in the Stone Age. There was incredibly complicated to sink the doctors calendars with ours. Because none of the software was actually made to sink. Were even in the places where we had syncs up and running, we would frequently get. Feedback while the punishment didn't happen because the doctor wasn't available and we really couldn't figure out why this was the case because when we did screen chairs with the office to their calendar and and our calendar, it was identical right and couldn't figure out why that's happening. So I decided to sit next to the office manager I went there and got to know him and his family photos of his dog. I fixed the printer taught a better strategies to play minesweeper still couldn't figure it out. Until one day, the doctor would come out and she'd say, Hey David I'm out next Friday. And then what does David do does he go into the calendar and block out next Friday or does he take a post? It note On a doctor out next Friday and sticks this too is monitor. In the real world. These post it notes, of course happen and but once you know that Matthew Friend, you can start filtering this out and that's one example they were literally a thousand point, one percent solutions that we had to figure out to make this work. Wow. That sounds I'm getting exhausted. Just hearing about that because this is like even like Google calendars, right? Yeah. Yeah. That was that was early days and what we were extremely focused around were making show the experience was fantastic. If something went wrong, we fix it. Right. So I was our customer service I personally would call the doctor and and confirmed the appointment was all said if it wasn't I, personally contact the patient to let them know and then I would offer them. Amazon Gift Card alongside with an apology those actually one case where it didn't catch a patient in time. and. The were in the subway to the doctor, and so I raised them to the doctor's office and picked up a bouquet of flowers on the way there and met them in person to apologize. And that was really a turning point burs. The service has to work and we need to be have this patients I attitude in in terms of how it works completely ingrained in the company. All right. So you clearly need to kind of grow this Were you offering this service doctors for free at the time? Initially. We for free by we eventually started charging fifty dollars per month. But Sam doctor you come into my office and you say, Hey, if you pay me I can bring you more customers. I would be skeptical I would've said to you you who whose, who even knows about you. You'RE GONNA you're asking me to pay you money for Phantom bookings for maybe no customers I mean did some of the doctors say Many. The US summarize our sales challenge. Right? It was very hard because even if you wanted to, we couldn't easily share how many patients their competitors are down the road God like that was something that was confidential. All right. So you are you got this chicken and egg problem. Not, enough people signing up and he gets skeptical doctors but you know that the service could really benefit the doctors, but you also need them to pay for because otherwise you know but business. Meantime at a certain point I'm assuming you guys start to think we'd better go out and look for money if we're going to really make this thing work. Yeah. Yeah. That that happened in the spring of two, thousand, eight we decided we raise series. And we we make the rounds we get in front of a number of the big name, BC New York the also go to Sandhill road in impel. Toho Santo Road we leads and road initially were very successful at all we got Polite knows. and. Ray No feedback control someone took us as I told us you know what the idea seems. Good. But you're consultants I'd and the perspective of its consultants can't get anything done and what realized is that even though we had both founded companies before our Mackenzie Pedigree in our keys and button down shirts, they were really hurting us, and so we wait rank Khakis and button down shirts. It sounds crazy. Were they pleaded pants or were they at least nine pleaded please. Yeah Yeah. Yeah we after hearing that feedback We very quickly just went to the next gap and bought jeans and t-shirts and from that on the combos with VC's when but a lot better. So you went from McKinsey consultant look to this are the tech casual uniform of jeans and t-shirts that that's exactly right and we introduced ourselves not as NBA's and McKinsey Consultants but we introduce ourselves previous entrepreneurs that are starting their next company. was was anyone biting? Were there people who were like? Yeah there's a great idea I'm in. So interesting enough we had raised some money from. Friends and colleagues, and many of those they invested in US business plan unseen just based on the fact that we. Were giving up our careers at McKinsey to pursue talks. So that felt really a great. and. As we started changing how we appeared in how we introduced ourselves to venture capitalists L., we started to get offers and so in August of two thousand eight, we ended up raising five million from KHOSLA ventures expeditions mark. Wow Mark Banya Jeff bezos, and Venus is. All their. Funds are in which sounds like a lot before you WanNa do it's actually. Kinda limited because you still it seems to me in two thousand eight even though you have five million dollars a lot of money you still have this problem which is you've gotta get. Customers, and then to get customers, you need lots of doctors had lots of options but to get doctors, you need lots of customers booking through the site to you do that precisely D- These five million dollars per lily earmarked for making New, York, work, right, Miguel, I market work but. immediately after raising the money the financial crisis hit. And You may remember there was rest in peace a memo that went around about startups, right? Yes. About start ups, never being able to raise money arrested in peace good times. So we got this job is to make the money stretch in. We probably learn not during this time This was really our first go round making hard choices and what I want to be frugal and not to do things we can't afford and We learned to not let money replace critical, thinking and creativity. But now we continued to grind away at New York and at some point felt while if you want to get. To the next level we have to prove. Dr Isn't just a New York City phenomenon. Right? We had to prove that it would work in a second city But at that point, we didn't have the money to do this anymore, and by the way you're still your approach was still the same. It was door to door. That's right door to door and how how you building awareness about the about the fact Zach existed with customers with potential customers. So we it was day very difficult to get someone. To the website. Yeah but when they did. They loved it because it was such a step change from how healthcare used to work for him. Right they used to have to pick up the phone and wait on hold and then plays scheduling. tetris. With the office manager, can you do Wednesday morning about Thursday noon? Friday afternoon, and now they could do the same thing in a minute and have complete overview about the ability patients loved it and they told their friends. So we we started to get word of mouth. Going, and so we saw New York really taking up and we felt like, okay, this does this go into work in New York. At a minimum rate, but we also realized that it took us a fair bit of time. And money to get it going. In New, York and do we couldn't with the money we had left from the five million easily expanded into a new city at the same time. Raising money was going to be difficult because the next generation of investors wanted to see that it works and other cities as Walter. So we were a little bit in this catch twenty, two we ended up. Applying to. Force boost Your Business Competition Four. Forbes has his competition as sell to where they give away money right to they were promising a hundred thousand dollar prize. And at this time. We won. And Yeah what did is they gave us one of these large publishers. Clearinghouse is sex and very useful actually used to cover a hole in one in our only conference room. There was a hole in the wall and we covered it with that. At, this point you are, you are working out of an office, not not an apartment at this point we were working out of A. Shared Office space we work. Yeah. So they had given us publisher clearing house is is check but they fail to give us the small check for three months and we were getting really nervous, but it would still get it but. But ultimately, we got that one hundred thousand dollars and that's what we used to launch and our second market in DC in Washington DC and would did it require you guys to move down there or were you did you hire because I'm assuming you had to? A lot of your early capital was going into sales. Business Development hiring sales reps, is that right? Right, we had a couple of sales reps at the time. A. Very first employee ever was a sales rep is still with the company today and He was great. He figured out how to. Really charm his way. To the doctor. So there were no more security guards escorting anyone out. When did you? I'm assuming that even in two, thousand, nine, two, thousand, ten, and beyond we're not yet profitable. Far From It? Yeah. Far from it right because it's a capital intensive business. Yes. We obviously invested heavily in customer service wanted patients to have a great experience. And we had a quite sizable engineering team because that was actually a major engineering effort. So what started to happen when did you start to kind of see? A real turning point. Yeah. So we we we had launched New, York successfully with. Years. Of hardwork, we've gotten it off the ground is transported that to DC at work well, in DC, and now he said, well, why are we not in more cities and so we actually we raised serious be with fouled respond and We used to expand off the East Coast Francisco then Chicago and we just got better better at it. So we then ended up raising serious and two thousand eleven from Goldman NTSC, and we primarily use this to grow our sales team and sign up more more doctors in from two thousand eleven till two thousand, thirteen, we launched roughly thirty new cities I read that by by two thousand, fourteen would covered. Like forty percent of markets in the US, which is huge I mean that's right I mean that's a huge number of cities. And in that year evaluation. Of tzakda. Past Billion Dollars I mean that's That's pretty remarkable i. mean you were kind of on this like really rapid trajectory and you a pretty straightforward model right and you were charging doctors a flat fee every year and then. They could take all the bookings they wanted and I think that by that point like by two thousand, fourteen knew it was not cheap. It was expensive viewed really raised the price it was like three thousand dollars a year, right? Something like that. Yes recharged Dr Three thousand dollars a year and and there was a flat fee. No matter. How many bookings Actually facilitated for them and and the reality was for some doctors that got a lot of bookings that was a great deal. Yeah. But but there were also doctors that God a lot fewer bookings and for them that fixed cost was actually too expensive and some of them were starting to leave the service, and so we got into a situation that required us to invest a lot to stay where we are and then invest even more to continually grow our overall provider base, which means we had to build out a massive sales team to always sign up more doctors right and. Some point during this time L. Nick actually ran an analysis showed that it would take several years if ever fries to make our money back on on many of the doctors we signed up because you would have to sign up. X number of hundreds of thousands of doctors paying that amount every year. To make your money back to to make sort of our the cost of the sales team back. Wow and L. it. This was pure that would make us dependent on external capital for our very long time, and now it's a clearly there are many companies that have taken. Grow fast at all costs approach. And They Held onto this forty extended period of time by L., it clearly puts talking to a dependency to. Investors in their mind says, yeah. So. Meantime. You know I I from what I understand. There's disagreements I mean there there are you know the leadership team including Cyrus he he's I. Think he's he's sort of his position as the flat fee model is actually the best way to go is that a fair assessment of of his position? Yeah. I think that's right. I. Mean there were two fundamentally divergent ways held the business could go forward right. One way was to continue to work on optimizing the unit economics of our subscription model and the other way was to think about how to make it more transformative leap and then find a new more profitable. And more sustainable model and. Their. Look I can certainly understand The reluctance and taking this leap if companies rechange their underlying business model once they have a certain scale and then live to tell about it, right. We know the names of the companies that have done this net flicks, but from DVD's to streaming adobe. From box software to the cloud, but there's not a lot of companies that do that. and. Needed to make a choice which which direction I wanted to go. And and I should say over that. Became intensely personal for you because hugh and Cyrus really disagreed on on on the direction of the company should take. Steps down he he left the company and you moved into the role of CEO. Those right and what ask you about this neo. Beauty's in the flies of this show is its simplicity and we talked to one person or sometimes too. It's a single narrative, and so we don't have cyrus with us to tell us what happened but I wanna ask you about this time because. This was your co founder. This was your partner This is your friend and he was leaving the company. How did you feel at that time? I all I can say was a very hard and very emotional period for everyone involved and It was certainly a departure But how was through that given these two divergent choices you you couldn't. note, both of us could be useful to talk and. I have to imagine that for for period. China. was sort of the friendship. Look been we were very close we. Were not only friends we had worked for eight years believe together fourteen hours a day, and we probably talked more to each other than to anyone else in our lives but you know. Still touch from time to time and. I think he's joining us on from sideline. He still at prison million owner of the company Yeah, he's still. Here's the thing I mean we've we've told stories about breakups we've had we've had episodes were there were married couples who split divorced but continued the business e O products. Susan Griffin Black and an her husband Brad They continued the business stacy's pita chips continue the business after the divorce sold it for a quarter billion dollars. You guys were worth value to one point eight billion dollars at this point. was was ever party that just thought you know, God look at what we're doing on the core we're going and. I mean did you in service it down and say you know this thing is just growing and? Let's just figure this out. I think the challenge is that it's not as if there was an article way to decide what the right path forward is. As long as investors wanted to give us money growing all costs was yeah. Fine Strategy. The question was just how dependent you wanted to be on the continued goodwill of investors. It sounds like you were tired of going out raising money. You didn't want to do that anymore. Oh, not at all but I think you want to raise money from a position where you know what your turn to is and and. It wasn't clear that the business model would work in in a way that that we could just flip a switch and be profitable. Yeah. So. That was a tough year for you. Two, thousand fifteen. There was an article in business I think business insider, and it was about the sales team. It's October that year and it was. It was some allegations that you know Pete member sales team using adderall even cocaine they were under immense pressure. They were working all the time when you saw that article. And I'm not saying you even aware of any of this. You may not even aware of it but I. have to think that that article really alarmed you and and maybe even embarrassed you. Look A. There were a number of articles in two thousand fourteen fifteen. Didn't absolutely get everything, right but Budweiser I can say is that At. The time doctor had their sales team and we're. Getting very quickly and Your maybe maybe. Too focused on. L. Hitting targets and. Not. Focus enough on creating a strong culture the I hear these stories from six years ago from from time to time and from from now from candidates and and really every time. This happens like a Gut Punch. Because, this we know we're completely different company now. On on so many levels, but clearly, you saw that in new that you had to change something. While yes, I look I l there's a there's a couple of things about this. Right? We are a technology company, but we had said ourselves up too much about. Instead of writing wins and really too little about being adaptable and darning and and building the trust required to try things that now pet the risk of failure. and. So one of the first things I did is to change core values. You know to emphasize those behaviors each one of our values adaptable, not comfortable and other one is progress before perfection learners before masters right and. We only kept really one DIA CONSTANT DEL patients I. Personally that. That was more of the culture that I thought was right for Doc to succeed on many dimensions. So, you take over the company it's got high valuation, but you're still not making money and you know that you've gotta change the underlying business model you're never gonNA make money. And from what I understand this is the beginning of what you have internally described as the second founding of the company. That is right. That is right and that basically happens in in two thousand, eighteen you you launch this new business model where instead of the the dollar membership fee. Basically, you would charge doctors a lot less like two hundred or three hundred bucks, but then every booking you, you would take a cut from that booking. So like a travel agency. A little bit charge for new patient booking. So the existing patients to practice we made free but yes, there was the fundamental idea and. It sounds like such an obvious thing to do but but here's the problem with it and why why are we thought it was incredibly risky to try this. Our best customers that had been on for a long time. They got lots of pockets right and if we start charging them per bookings, their prices go up very significantly in some cases ten times more and that seemed. Competing, insane to us. In. Particular because when we talked to other companies that were at gone through similar changes and even pricing experts, they're number one advisor was make sure whatever you do never charged your best customers more and frost would be precisely. The opposite. In the thing that was counter-balancing this in our mind was well, maybe we'd be able to bring on a lot more doctors because the barrier to entry is now much lower that was there was the back and forth in the team to figure out whether that's the path we want to want to go. So, this is still a risky strategy because you're depending really on new bookings because the two hundred dollar annual fees dramatically lower and I have to imagine in year one, you actually saw drop in your revenue in the year one of of this curve. Second founding. Right. Well, it's from a risk profile worth at that. Right the warriors that you lose all your best customers in with it, all the bookings day used to be getting. and. So we needed to be ready for a very significant drop in bookings and revenue and the second Challenge was here that. The beauty of this approach modest and we got all this money upfront right and Sharon. Now to bond, we're getting paid after the booking with with a thirty day payment periods, we had a huge working capital requirement to make that happen. So did you see a drop and revenue in two thousand eighteen when you rolled this out? No we didn't because we actually didn't see the doctors leave the way that we hit on -ticipant did in fact, you know while we had very much worried that they would be upset and some of them certainly were upset. We were providing so much value to them that. You know what? What took you. So long I knew as getting a great deal all along. So that worked really well, and we had piloted in Georgia initially in April. Two thousand eighteen and then that had worked. So we we then all allowed in Colorado a few weeks later that work to, and from there we went to Washington state and again, very positive results and after these three days. Okay Great. We know this works does it out in our largest most important market? Let's go to New York and that and terribly horribly wrong. They the doctors in New York. Not only were so pissed off they actually I read. mounted a change dot org. Petition I. Don't know what to to to end this practice or something. They were really mad. They were really really mad and I guess you guys responded you said, are we won't we won't roll this out in New York for a while. Yeah look in New York. We. Facilitate Roughly, one in five new patient doctor relationship in the entire city on dock and so. The economic impact for the providers in. was much greater than for the providers in Georgia Colorado Washington. So yes, to give you one example, there's a dermatologist and so and he paid under the ultimate model ten doctor say paid thirty thousand dollars and under the new pricing model, his cost was going to go up from thirty thousand dollars to roughly three hundred, forty, thousand dollars. Wow. So what was your response to that? I? Mean it seems like a pretty reasonable. Concern. Yeah. So look after the conversation with the Dermatologists I. Actually. Put down the phone and I thought you know what? He's right. And so I pause and we regrouped and. We did a couple. Of things during this time, like the first one is we just went on a listening tour. You know we talked to provide their feedback and we just adjusted our this plan to give providers a much longer grace period to decide whether the wants to addition to the new model or not, and then. So then we read on New York six months later and and when dramatically better. So the strategy works and you see results from the strategy pretty quickly like within a year. Within a year, we had we finally at some incredible momentum was really going better than we had expected in our wildest dreams. Our existing client went down to essentially zero. I mean people still retire and and move jobs by no one really left the service and we were adding more and more providers because the barrier to entry was low and So in two thousand, nineteen we began growing profitably. It sounds like two thousand and nineteen was really the banner year. Two thousand nine hundred was a was a fantastic year and honestly we had so much momentum coming into twenty twenty and feel like, Hey, we worked really hard for three years and profitable and now the sky was the limit until. Tells Sam until March of two thousand twenty. Two Marjo twenty twenty and that's. That's really maybe the third founding DOC right? Well, I want to ask you about March twenty twenty because. Your Business is based on people booking with doctors and going to the doctor I have to imagine your revenues must have plummeted like every other industry like I mean doctors offices are still in most of the country. Slow or are trickle of patients coming in. With the lockdown started happening we saw impersonal bookings declining anywhere between fifty to ninety percent by the end of March I'm not surprised and lot of that buys I was getting was to. Lay off people and make sure that we hunker down to weather the storm but I saw an opportunity to build windmills, right so I thought well, we need to be there for our patients. We should be expanding into telehealth and I need every team member to help me do that and so we. Really went all important and supporting video visits and I'll probably June eighteen began redesigning the tire marketplace support virtual care, and so we actually released. Doctor Video Service and we made this available to. Any. Physician whether they are on soccer. for free. And by the way head, you plan to do this. How long would would I mean I'm imagining if you said in in February district I really want to focus on telehealth Would you have expected that by May would have been ready to go. Absolutely. Not I think what has been really fantastic to see is how? We really finished two years of roadmap in two months. Wow, and it's great because it's just gives us a window on what the next phase of doctor will be and really looking forward to that in my mind were the point were Amazon started from going. Books to also adding CDs. We have just gone from doing only in person to also A. Doing telehealth and I can't wait to see how this unfolds. It sounds like you. Might be reading between the lines but. You. Really, admire and respect your co-founders particularly. Cyrus and the work that he did to to build this company but I wonder if do you think that you will a I dunno, rekindle your friendship i. Is it something that is in the cards because a break is? Is Emotionally, it's hard Mesa really hard. Yeah, look I Do I think we'll work fourteen hours together again maybe not but you know I I've gotten through tougher breakups and reconciled in my past, and so I think we are we're in good shape and honestly know we are meeting were talking from time to time Yeah. We both have things to do and places to be so we're. Not, hanging out all the time. But it's now also five years ago So We are we're merch focused on making our join the baby successful. When you think about your journey and All Its happen to you how much do you think this has to do with? with luck and how much do you think it has to do with with the hard work you put in your your skills. Well I'm going look I I believe that there's really three ingredients to success. In order importance there are lock the talent, then hard work and. The only one. That's comedian. You control his how hard you work right and Now working hard to gives you more shots on goal It helps his day on the top of what you your talent allows and absolutely restarted at the right time the right place. So What what I'm proud of an all that journey has only that yet when we were wrong and when be had to revise and. When we needed the grit to actually make it work. I L we lived up to that and and that's really The all that anyone can ask themselves to. Oliver Karaz co-founder of Zach Braff by the way, remember how they originally wanted to call it physicians dot com or doctors dot. com. COULDN'T AFFORD THE MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG to buy the domain name. DOC DOT COM wasn't only available the price they paid for that domain name. Six Bucks. and. Thanks so much for listening to this show this week, you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You could also write to us at H. I. T. at NPR DOT Org. 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"Thanks very much to June and son Peter for that. Lovely, and for the length that we're going to in order to record said in true because I understand that social distancing. Guidelines were observed throughout that recording So I seem some sort of throwing recording device happened in that split second inbetween hearing jeans. Peter's Voice so Bravo Gop, sir, and thank you very much. Feel supports. Lovely, intro. Pleased to have had your intro used on a very significant week for tennis and the tennis podcast because. Is Back. We've bounced back. We're not rely reliving anything this episode David. We're just living in the sweet sweet moment of Palermo and Fiona Ferro up against an contemplates Tennessee is bouncing. It does feel properly like real tennis. Now, because this is the first time we've reviewed tennis tournament and previewed another one with. pre-tournament press conferences going on everywhere that we've been listening across to and chats amongst about people and look at draws actually looking it draws is. Suddenly such a thrill. It feels so so exotic do one of my lockdown. Tasks was to organize my phone apps into the hopeful folders. I. Completely Forgot which fold Roy put my eighty WPA schools happen to me quite a long time to hunt around to find that. Mind seem to shut itself down given that it hadn't been used five months after reloaded onto my phone. Just, a bit of a rough. It was glorious to see tournaments pop up in it. They wasn't. Oh Yeah. Yeah, such a defining feature of tennis happening the ATP. WGN APP being. Full. Kind of forgotten. How to preview tennis. The. Great. Stay tuned. Because the WTO always send. You know prior to every tournament, they send out match notes, really helpful staff and stat and. Kind of feels quite relevant at the moment because. The kind of it doesn't really matter who's won the most titles this year already, there's no such thing as form at the moment and it's all. It's all really unknown like what? What are the factors going to be with how players perform? Yeah. I mean, Fiona. Farrow is going to be like the new sort of defacto world number-one. Suddenly, she feels like the greatest player of all time to me because she's six to three all against the conservation I did find myself looking up Fiona Farrow before this podcast to work out what she'd done before it systems any sign of this having. Coming about six months ago. Matt Matt. Thanks. So I mean I've gone through her exhibition results she's unbeaten. Unbeaten an exhibition tennis during the lockdown ten Matt. We'll check submission Tennessee been playing matches arranged by the. F. F., T., and. Yes, she paid him one the mole and she's kind of this fall into. Palermo. I mean I'm getting I'm getting carried away with. These being perform because that's the only thing given the well, exactly. So maybe we should be looking at the players who have played a lot of exhibition. Tennis in this period, if people that are you're going to be having to make predictions. Maybe that's something to a life off to cling to. We have already made predictions and they've gone incredibly. They became irrelevant. They became relevant very quickly. nobody was picking Fina ferry now whether it is going to be interesting, though isn't it to chart the few players that have played a lot of matches over the last. Actually, there are quite a few players because if you think of all the exhibitions that have gone around on all around the world and some of them have been publicized, some of them have been televised some of them. We've talked about others have kind of gone by without really. Being. Noticed, but a lot of players that played a lot of tennis and then some party played any at all and it will be interesting to see whether that has any impassable.
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"Daria Gavrilova Dario Welcome or should I say Yeah Dasha that's about it. Thanks. Thanks for having me. I really excited to have a chat We've been in the lockdown so. As like yes. Sure. Chat. You guys probably not a lot of people to be honest right now not seeing too many people and. Also. Look at ten spicer were trying to be even Loris say. Because we are still allowed to go to training, but we're just being careful. So we create our own Babul within this bobble. There's another bubble it's just like. Crazy but that's okay. It seems like Australia's taking the quarantine current Ivar. So so so seriously because you were out of lockdown on your back in lockdown yet because our K. went up again. So they're probably GONNA keep going up for the loss while before gone back down but. Yet, wherein stage three right now is Toria somewhat every state. So even though you've been quarantined and all that I mean, have you actually stop training at all during this whole lockdown quarantine thing or have you not really been able to train as much? The first lockdown were lucky. We got all the gym equipment and. Hope back home and I just did my own workouts but I had like everything I had barbells ahead. You know all the heavy stuff. The chain I had the what black. Though I was able to train almost as normal, and we're allowed to go outside and do sessions outside and then yet. We're allowed to get back on the tennis court on a few weeks later. So that was the case and now. With tennis they restrictions noticed straight. So we're able to still come to the tennis and train. What's your thoughts though in when you will play a tournament because I know we have a scheduled tentatively starting from August onward where do you plan to go if anywhere? Well. I don't know to be on the I still have no idea I think many people due to illness. It's like the two options either starting in the in America or go straight to Europe. But I haven't decided. Let's talk about if. Everything everything still up in the air like ribs the. If it's all happening or not. So I'll just decide as light as possible. I think the one thing that I've taken from this whole quarantine whether or not the WTO starting again is just we know nothing that's all I know is that we know nothing there's nothing that's concrete. There's nothing written in stone at the moment though are. Able to come to the US like if you were to leave tomorrow for tournament, if there was a tournament, Mar, would you be able to head allows way? I'll will have to have an exemption and how hard is that to get well, we apply for an exemption to go overseas So we I think we're allowed to come see West but the de Straton government doesn't really want us to travel. So we need to have an exemption and we all applied for it and we still haven't had the answer but well, for example, arena already that shit got. An exemption, a world's intense. So quarantine what have you been up to staying sane I know not just training surely there's been a lot of new hobbies fun things to get into out of TIKTOK FU talks. I don't dance take talks 'cause I can't but I just. Make Fun of myself in posted anyway because it looks hilarious what else Well, I'm always been a bit like artsy artsy. I. I've been painting a bit I actually bought. Some real clay and been making like clay pieces and going to stadium than firing them of Maddie. Few they're all on my instagram few on the hub. And you know playing with the puppy and smashing natural lakes. You know I don raid much. But I've just that like rating Lena's book I was always intrigued on like how everything works in China how how does how does the federation work and how Cana tennis player come through and like she was the first one to come through and yeah, it's actually a real good book. It's awesome. Have your. Wedding plans taken a bit of a pause because of this whole thing. Yeah. We actually decided pretty early decided lack marsh that registered a postponed until next year
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"Air on Alexa and of the WTO P. app it is twelve twenty eight on a Saturday so once again whether on the aids and when it breaks out a loop on the ramp from Braddock road to the out of the crash involves a U. haul truck I don't understand it but I see it it is side ways on that ramp all lanes temporarily stop on the ramp from Braddock road to the outer loop of the capital beltway interlude at gallows road crash with one ends the Jersey wall along the right side not really blocking things are clear if you're traveling otherwise on the beltway in Virginia sixty six remains a good ride except east down inside the beltway near route twenty nine Washington Boulevard single left lane gets you by that work zone traveling in Maryland I. seventy eastbound at Alton fourteen Braddock heights the left lane gets by the work zone there thanks to Beth and for that update route fifty looking pretty good both ways as you make your way between the capital beltway in the eastern shore with two lanes in two lanes in the west bound direction the new windows when the nation will defer your payments for two years right now get to windows with every to you by call eight six six ninety nation visit WeatherNation dot com I'm rob Stallworth WTOP traffic without a pretty wet and unsettled pattern coming our way as we get into the next work week temperatures today though are going to be right around eighty degrees nice little breeze and there may be.
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"The weekend on WTO forty to one thirty second whether on the aids and when it breaks again again in Maryland specifically Frederick County on online to seventy the southbound ramp from AT Urbana that blocked for crash activity at least it was at last report we had one overturned evidently and then a further afield on it to seventy southbound after this right near the Clarksburg scale house apparently we have a works on set of the caller told us about this earlier and that a single file right to get by north down our crash activity after high it's down before Urbana the caller retellings earlier rightly getting by that may be conflicting now they may have flipped the script honestly maybe over A. B. lady by the let at least one lane is getting by north down to seventy after high it's town before Urbana on ninety five the on going work cell phone the paving and milling between I want ninety five at route one hundred two right lanes getting by not much delayed doing at the moment B. W. parkway drama free between the two about ways on fifty getting to the bay bridge from the beltway no reported delays across the bay bridge we have hi we have wind warnings in effect extra caution for high profile vehicles that for motorcycles additionally there's westbound work from Stevensville trying to get onto the bay bridge right you make that approach under the westbound span you'll find it two left lanes getting by works on on the beltway no reported delays in Virginia ninety five south bound on the ramp to the prince William parkway I believe our crash activity has now cleared should have that ramp back at your disposal three ninety five there's work both directions southbound before Duke street the left lane gets by a single file north bound at king street the work blocks a right lane sixty six east bound inside the beltway the work after Lee highway in Washington Boulevard exit sixty nine and one right lane will get by there seven eastbound coming out of Leesburg between route fifteen the Leesburg bypass and the battlefield parkway the right lane getting by that works on single file district travel on DEC two ninety five northbound crash before bending road single left lane getting by apparently had one go into the guard rail Michigan Avenue northeast in both directions at Taylor street we had crash activity have not gotten an all clear on this one yet same case on H. street northwest between first and second street to believe the crash could be closer to New Jersey Avenue and at last report all lanes were still blocked Ian Crawford WTOP traffic for years Saturday we warm to around eighty degrees with a mix of clouds and sunshine and some widely scattered late day showers and thunderstorms possible especially south and west of Washington for tomorrow will get easterly winds producing an on shore flow which will lead to a marine layer over the area so Sunday's weather think of San Fran in Malibu type.
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"To two thirty eight god you're with us here WTO traffic and weather on the aids and when it breaks all of pretty quiet ride around the capital beltway to Maryland and Virginia despite the wet roadways traffic's been flowing freely as of late will stand for Genya if you coming in on sixty six eastbound from Hey markets rosin looking good I know early issues report along route seven leaving Leesburg Ashburn sterling pastoral chapter Tyson's about a quiet ride does clean windows toward also moving well I know early incidence report along the George Washington parkway in either direction fasten the Potomac River bridges and Reagan national airport you're in good shape there as well now ninety five north in Virginia a good start Fredericksburg up to the beltway in Springfield no incidents anyway the express lanes are open to northbound traffic three ninety five north between the bell in the fourteenth street bridge you're also looking good and the express lanes on three ninety five also open the northbound traffic in the district again there are warning about the high water south on DEC two ninety five after eastern Avenue that have been along the right side I wish you were safe getting by the left lane the two right lanes kind underwater so please be careful I'm going fleece investigation lasting still had the west founder inbound lanes inventing road blocked at twenty First Street and twenty First Street was closed each way just north of manning road near G. street again part of that investigation yet watch for police trucks there re directing folks eastbound or outbound traffic inventing road was getting by without delay southbound Baltimore Washington parkway just south of one ninety eight laurel still dealing with the remnants of the vehicle fire now extinguish but they still have left lane blocked you get by single file to write rich hundred WTOP traffic we've been tracking the rain storm team four right are over the last few hours and we'll see more rain right on through the morning and into the afternoon as well on Friday now most of the day is dry Friday is not a wash out at all but a good idea to keep that umbrella handy we'll call it mostly cloudy with a little bit of sun highs in the mid sixties so a little bit warmer Saturday mostly cloudy high temperature around sixty four and on Sunday clouds move back in with a good chance for rain during the day so that I could be heavy at times with a high temperature around sixty six degrees I'm struggling for chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer at fifty three degrees and holding outside the WTOP studios this early morning formation on corona virus is changing rapidly turned to WTOP's twenty four seven at home at work in your car or on the go WTOP brings you constant updates so you never miss a moment on air online on Alexa and other WTO P. act following the advice to stay at home and for Amtrak it's led to I. ninety five percent decrease in ridership in some big cuts in their service now is the pandemic continues the real company is trying to decide what a return to full service will look like in track was on track to break even this year when it comes to revenue instead it expects to lose seven hundred million dollars because of the outbreak.
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"WTOP or send a signal to the WTO P. app sometimes the apple your smartphone doesn't give you the full story the crash involving the overturned tractor trailer near the Woodrow Wilson bridge the earlier flooding has receded and both of your lanes are open outer loop before river road downed tree along the right side but it's in that extra lane with a fuel leak their training the saddle tanks right now there's a hazmat crew on the scene WTOP he gives you the why behind the what in your traffic woes traffic reports every ten minutes on the aids on WTOP Thursday morning March nineteenth welcoming to WTOP it's twelve oh eight traffic and weather on the eight and when it breaks right on the edge of the valley just south of the exit for joint base Andrews sex and I'm excited to have broken down vehicles cleared from the roadway all lanes have been re opened so the rest of the beltway in Maryland's Montgomery and prince George's counties as well as the Virginia ballet between Alexandria McLean running well sixty six was found in the work zone as you approach and pass through one twenty three looks like they are stopping traffic down the work sound once you do get moving you will get by single fathers right but for the moment it does appear that they are brought traffic to a stop sixty six west bound as you approach an past one twenty three eastbound travel lanes are open so far no incidents no work sounds no lays on the eastbound side between Haymarket Raza just dealing with wet roadways about three ninety five south from the fourteenth street bridge down to the valley ninety five south leaving the valley headed south toward Fredericksburg even in the spots of any county for now no incidents anyway back in Maryland two seventy north south between about William Frederick I ninety five in the Baltimore Washington parkway between the two ballets as of late no incidents reported on either and if you're traveling in the district earlier incident inbound on the eleventh street bridge there and she was cleared of freeway itself looks good in both directions and now early issues on I. two ninety five or DEC two ninety five this morning WTOP reports are driven by fitz Gerald autumn all come see the all new Hyundai palisade if it's Gerald Hyundai Gisbergen rifle transparency and trust that stuff it's way rich hundred WTOP traffic don't be for tracking the rain making its way through our region now the good news is most of it should be out of here by the morning rush but we're looking at wet roads overnight so heads up out there on those roadways as you make your way through the overnight hours now by the morning most of the rain out here and that means pretty good day on Thursday going for high temperature in the low to mid seventies mixture of clouds and sun with the rain gets out here by around seven o'clock on Friday even warmer high temperature of eighty one with a chance of a.
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"They're on a Lexus and the WTO pia it's eleven forty eight on if you can weather on the aids and when it breaks are traveling in Maryland to seventeen north and south just north of route one twenty one Clark for her down to a single right lane in each direction past the workshop work continues in the Watkins mill road interchange project north of Montgomery village Avenue on the southbound side you get by two lanes right north found two left lanes get you bother work sound as I ninety five the Baltimore Washington parkway remain issue free at on the bay bridge the west Constand block for overnight maintenance he's gone carries two way traffic one lane for each direction as of late no reported delays Georgia Avenue north and Silver Spring this spring street single file right Kunj bother works on one count to ten in Charles county up and down and I keep just north of Marshall hall road down to one single lanes right to the works on southbound lanes were open Virginia if you're traveling three three ninety five north bound between leave road Washington Boulevard two lanes left which bother works on a cell phone three ninety five all lanes open headed south toward the beltway no issues on I ninety five between the beltway in Fredericksburg in either direction sixty six westbound west of twenty eight Centerville two left lanes get you bother working in north found twenty eight as you go into the sixty six interchange single far right which by the works on this evening rid your home of unwanted pests turned home paramount pest control call today for a free inspection eight eight eight eight eight eight home for home paramount dot com Richard have you checked the traffic the storm team four tracking the rain trying to make its way our way we're not going to see a lot of it out there if you leave the umbrella at home on your Tuesday I still think you'll be fine but don't be surprised to see a couple of sprinkles out there during the day.
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"Into WTO paid the so called ghost guns never even get a serial number and more of them are apparently being recovered locally in the district to that end police have showed off a troll of the untraceable weapons while calling for emergency legislation on the issue you can look at these guns that are on the table in front of me those are ghost guns DC police chief Peter Newsham speaking at police headquarters they are equally as dangerous as any firearm that is introduced into our city they're made from kits others could be three D. printed mayor Muriel Bowser says the emergency legislation that would prohibit the possession of any type of ghost gone and prohibit any DC resident from Prozac thing partially completed parts of the fire arm from this kid the council could take up the measure next week John Aaron WTOP news you know for years prosecutors locally in Montgomery County have argued that Katherine Heigl who is charged with murdering her two young children was faking her mental illness to avoid going to trial judge says he disagrees with that the father of Jacob and Sarah Hogle has described conversations with Catherine Hogle after she was arrested in which she clearly understood the charges against her her own mother told us that she thought she was malingering Montgomery County state's attorney John McCarthy did I think it was something we should have looked at absolutely but judge Robert Greenberg says Hoddle has not been diagnosed as malingering and McCarthy now says there's no current psychiatric information to support the argument meal law construing WTO Pino right now it is three AM half hour here on WTO I. sixty six tolls is seven hundred more people and a few hundred fewer cars a success I Meg Smith good morning welcome and it's three thirty eight on double the traffic and weather on the aids and when it breaks we'll start on sixty six inside the beltway crash activity after Lee highway Washington Boulevard now cleared from the roadway no other issues pending inside the beltway in either direction on sixty six outside the beltway well that's another matter eastbound we have new issue being reported on the ramp to go north on twenty eight at center will be exit fifty three B. and that ramp blocked by at this at least a disabled vehicle and I believe we're going to have a help truck there very soon if not already yeah and then a little farther upstream you'll find the work zone is eastbound sixty six near one twenty three was last seen the page right been crew is blocking two right lanes we had crash activity in Fairfax county Leesburg pike westbound before bearing camera near Danny drive to crash now shouldered right no longer blocking the traveling it's three ninety five north bound after Shirlington heading toward Washington Boulevard when last seen that work some with blocking right lane on the beltway quiet on the Maryland side pretty darn quiet we do have a couple more so step around fifty across the bay bridge why not left lane eastbound wind left lane west bound to and from the shore intercounty connector Maryland route two hundred lanes blocked at I. ninety five exit nineteen you do not get to go again on the ICC until exit sixteen that's route twenty nine the Columbia pike after that point you are good to go but those that do you part in between and we shut down until five o'clock Monday morning in the district on the south the southwest freeway we had worked both directions between main Avenue with the third three total blocking the left lane in each direction unclear what if anything remains of that one Ian Crawford WTOP traffic you are one day bathroom project made easy long baths dot com mostly clear and colder early on this Saturday beginning in the twenties in suburbs near thirty in DC and it's going to be a blustery chilly day only lower forties with a partly cloudy sky we have a wind to boot that will add to the bike to the air wind chills in the twenties on your Saturday Sunday is much better milder a lighter breeze sunshine highs near fifty as we kickstart March Monday starts with some sun increasing clouds mild sixty degrees but a shower possible late better chance of showers on Tuesday mid sixties I'm starving for meteorologist you principality I know we are twenty seven degrees in Fredericksburg Virginia twenty seven as well in Frederick Maryland it's twenty seven in Culpepper twenty eighth in Manassas twenty nine Leesburg thirty three Silver Spring or thirty one degrees in Waldorf it's now thirty two outside the WTOP studios in.
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"Morning glad you're with us here WTO people last night was the big night the gloves are off in Vegas for the latest in her credit debate now the presidential candidates have a huge day to look forward to coming up just next week in the campaign of course I would be super Tuesday a preview this morning from WTOP is Mitchel Miller on Capitol Hill delegates from fourteen states will be at stake on super Tuesday now less than two weeks away on March third one of the states in play is Virginia and the candidates are stretching their resources trying to target voters where they can Michael Bloomberg has already spent more than one hundred and twenty million dollars in the states more than all the other candidates combined Maryland senator Chris van Hollen hopes his fellow Democrats will spend less time taking aim at each other and focus on kitchen table issues important to voters getting a great education for their kids making sure they can get to and from work making sure that they have secure and affordable health care reduce the cost of prescription drugs retirement security those of the big issues on Capitol Hill Mitchell Miller WTOP news turning to save this Thursday morning a stunning claim this week from the U. K. the lawyer for Juliana Songz says he has evidence that president trump offered help offered to help him out if he helped of Russia more on that from the WTO is national security correspondent JJ green that's a hard word fitz Gerald told the court in London he has proof that former California congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered on behalf of president trump a pardon to a son if he said Russia had nothing to do with hacking of DNC emails the offer according to a second of silence lawyer who says she witnessed the whole thing allegedly happened in the Ecuadorean embassy August sixteenth twenty seventeen White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham responded saying the president's never spoken to him on this or almost any subject it's a complete fabrication and a lot of songs is trying to avoid extradition to the U. S. JJ green WTOP news funding is approved for several smaller scale transportation projects in northern Virginia that are meant to keep folks say food get around on foot or bike five and a half million dollars may not seem like a lot of money when it comes to transportation funding but we actually approved seven projects that are going to make real improvements in people's lives in northern Virginia that's John Swanson a planner with the metropolitan Washington council of governments he says the funding will take care of improvements to an area of Columbia pike that's highly used by folks who take public transportation another project in the town of Herndon along Central Elden street that's just lined with utility poles if you're in a wheelchair if you're just sort of a person in need was trying to walk there it's really hard the plan to narrow the road widening the sidewalk and relocate those utility poles Liz Anderson WTOP news meantime the plan to redevelop the Clarendon sector of Arlington county made sense when it was created fourteen years ago but now times have changed Arlington planning department once the County Board to review the plan and make sure it best suits the expanding needs of the rapidly growing area how should we cite the new fire station if that's possible a new park child care facilities and other road improvements in this area Arlington county planning director Robert Duffy county manager mark Schwartz said developers also ask them to look at other future needs they said please see what you can do about finding a place for people want to come and visit and stay in a hotel there's nothing nearby already three large development projects have been approved another is awaiting approval and at least two more applications are expected.
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"A WTO people wanting to Hampshire primary did not accomplish is to heal the rift between the progressive and establishment wings of the Democratic Party this morning to loophole will need a White House reporter at The Washington Post joins the conversation that is a significant risk that has papered over that in a major way has been president trump one thing that unites the party is the desire to get rid of president trump and I think that focus has caused some of the fights within the party to be put on the back burner but there's a major chance of those fights will emerge once again especially depending on how the primary plays out which candidate emerges or there are not any candidates voters feel it's like the process was fair or not so it remains to be seen whether or not the overwhelming desire among the Democratic Party to get rid of president trump is enough to overcome some of the dissension within the party some of that this unity over policy over ideology within the party which is pretty major pretty significant but because president trump as such a threat to the party that has been something of a party has focused on as much in terms of coming to some sort of coalition or solution about how to deal with the rift within the party between various wings represented by people like Bernie Sanders versus someone like put a judge who wants to represent the more moderate wing of the party that remains to be seen how that process is going to play out but the fact that president trump is looking more formidable in his reelection chances may be a saving grace for the Democrats as they try to use that to unify around the idea of getting rid of them something caught my eyes and ears during the Friday night debate at some point Tom's tire the businessman the billionaire said Hey we haven't talked about race and then they launched into an important discussion about black people incarcerated people who never committed a crime who are in prison but you're never quite heard them turn it around and talk about the dreams of young African Americans or Hispanics or anybody else in the country one thing about this primary is that hasn't really been a very joyful primary all of these candidates have talked about how dangerous president trump it's of the country all the problems that he's because all of the other problems that led to his election that are still part of our economy in part of our society and there's been a lot of focus on the problems and not as much focus on not only solutions but also sort of that broader message of joy and you know positivity and unity within the country that's been that's something that the Democrats have struggled with and it may be something that impacts their voters do Z. as in we haven't seen a lot of high voter turnout in some of these states so far away the turnout was pretty flat from four years ago a lot of people have been turned off by the negativity not only at the White House but also within the democratic race and they are looking for something that's more positive and the fact that the first couple of states were overwhelmingly white may have made it more difficult for some of these democratic candidates to speak to some of those hopes and aspirations of minority voters as the primary moves on to more diverse states I do think that something that voters will be expecting to hear from these candidates how they plan to make their individual lives better how they plan to speak to some of the issues that are faced by various communities in places like Nevada in places like South Carolina throughout the south in urban America were were all America big cities and small towns and.
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"Always on WTO the long windows get a free estimate and save fifteen hundred dollars long windows dot com traffic and weather on the aids and when it breaks right now authorities are checking both lose to the beltway near the Wilson bridge for crash and will let you know what's been found in our next report once we get more facts on I two seventy no problems doing from Frederick I ninety five B. W. parkway good through Howard and prince George's counties route fifty no problems inside and outside the beltway but don't forget we have wind warnings in effect in both directions for high profile vehicles across the bay bridge we also have a works on not causing any delays yes in the westbound direction the bay bridge right lane is blocked in three left later taken away in the eastbound direction tolls I also have an active closure works on closure heading through Gaithersburg along the eastbound side of route two hundred the ICC between shady Grove road in Georgia Avenue had a crash report out an oxen hill long the southbound side of route to tenant Palmer road may have at least one lane still blocked their old ridging sixty six these folks out there can't get a break still heavy with delays heading through Fairfax in the eastbound side with works on set up between fifty one twenty three at fifteen the work so start with two left lanes getting by and then as you get closer to one twenty three you have a single right lane getting by Richard back at speed after one twenty three heading eastbound log sixty six well several works on set up westbound after nightly street a single Leslie was getting by that and through the district is works on set up north bound on I two ninety five after MalcolmX blocking the left lane and of course northeast out down your cabin a South Dakota Avenue that works on there is all done and in Southeast authorities with a crash that happened last hour involving several vehicles that now has southern Avenue close both ways or the student parkway all police direction for alternate routes became Rick McClure WTOP traffic stormteam.
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"WTO T. mobile experience available free at your favorite apps store not just WTOP your WTOP eight twenty eight traffic and weather on the aids and when it breaks I don't like the way the night it's turned out on the roadways so far I don't want to throw shade yet but no issues reported throughout Maryland can you most of the rather related issues were on the ramps UC sultry the trucks making the rounds of the night giving those ramps overpasses electric TLC but we still moving go through Maryland or Virginia I two seventy W. parkway I ninety five route fifty no problems reported to have that works on so on on on westbound fifty F. route eight taking of the right lane and we may have some work on the eastbound side as well we'll let you know more about that one taking a few lanes before Toby one of the genocide six six three ninety five ninety five no problems to sixty seven no problems there the George Washington parkway is issue free and through the district no issues reported on the freeway and both I DC two ninety five to traveling well it's window nation triple zero sale put zero money down makes zero payments get zero percent financing until twenty twenty one can't beat that plus get fifty percent off any style window window nation dot com today Rick McClure WTOP traffic all the precipitation for more of it has now moved off to the east still plenty of moisture on the ground in some icy patches and mostly the northwestern suburbs the warm up will be slow to a curse of still some icy patches for the next couple of hours temperatures will slowly rise above the freezing point into the mid thirties from south to north during the late evening hours and then overnight mostly cloudy skies some areas of fog until a breeze picks up after will climb to near the forty degree mark by Sunday morning that will be the high for the day strong cold front moved through the area the mixture of clouds and sunshine and blustery the rest of the day Sunday after falling through the thirties during the afternoon going well below freezing Sunday night and then Monday the Martin Luther king junior holiday mostly sunny skies cold and very dry highs will be in the mid thirties Tuesday partly sunny still cold highs will be in the mid thirties I'm store team for meteorologist Matt writer thirty one degrees now in Vienna it is thirty three in College Park thirty two in Bethesda thirty three in Alexandria and thirty six degrees in Washington at eight thirty Baltimore excessive heat to the Shenandoah WTOP Washington's top news on air and online at W. T. O. P. dot com thing I'm Sarah Jacobs a leash Abelson is at the editor's desk coming up house impeachment managers have filed a brief laying out their case against president Donald Trump for the impeachment trial prince Harry and his wife Megan dropped the titles in the deal to step back from royal life thousands raise their voices for today's fourth annual women's March in DC police say they've arrested the final suspect in a jewelry heist all thanks to a tip I'm Erica Murphy eight eight thirty one Buckingham Palace issued an announcement detailing a much more limited role for prince Harry and Meghan even stripping them of their royal titles well not allowing them to use them they can still be there Royal Highness they just can't use that in public the queen issued a separate more supportive message CBS news correspondent M. T. as T. OB reports from London in a heartfelt statement from the queen tonight he sounded less like a monarch and more like a concerned grandmother she said Harry Meghan and Archie will always be much love members of my family I recognize the challenges they've experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life but independence comes with a cost according to the palace although Harry and Meghan will continue to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex the couple will no longer use the royal titles they won't receive any public funds for world duties and for army veteran Hary you'll have to let go of his royal military patronage is when the changes will take effect in the spring calling for a change in national leadership thousands of men and women March downtown today through the cold the rain and the snow this year's version of the women's March was smaller from years past but energy was still high with people chanting and carrying signs that said things like seek the truth ERA now and keep abortion legal it was one of hundreds of women March is going on today across the U. S. including this one in New York City don hill fired up the New York City crowd were two separate rallies and marches converged on Times Square she needed Evelyn Yang the wife of presidential candidate and Yang who recently disclosed.
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"WTO are not all that we know but what will be with this force and and again supposedly Hey he's doing taking this seriously no one held trying his feet to the fire in Chinese in modeling him all the credit for it although we do not for all the wrong reasons because he's worried about the trade deficit which is irrelevant right yeah so you know was it out this is this is what I see okay you know you look at imports and exports from the United States imports are down from China about thirteen percent from where they were a couple years ago exports are down about eighteen nineteen percent from where they were a couple years ago overall imports and exports are exactly the same now as they were a year ago they haven't changed a bit we're selling other countries or buying other countries and candidly that's good for the U. S. really it's the Sherman it's good for us long run it's good for the global economy and as far as I'm concerned they should put the damp here some place and leave them there for a very long time until China actually starts to follow the rules of the WTO period and and you know it's it's very simple this really hasn't had much of an impact on us almost none here insulation is the nicer US right now one point five percent it's slow down from last year we keep hearing hearing about how these you know these chairs are causing the price of goods to go up where what so we haven't really seen at this point so what is nothing what is going to slow this economy down what do you see coming where's the storm cloud and when if you can predict it yeah I can't and I don't see it really yeah I don't know what we really are truly in Goldilocks times which I buy I mean it's it's not too cold but it's not too hot no the almost surest sign of coming economic problems is when the economy is too good right now I mean look at it if if Donald Trump had his way and and and Jerome Powell lowered the federal funds rate to you know what is what is for trump want at negative one percent negative yeah but let's just say for the sake of argument Paul Paul just went crazy and then cut rate the government in negative territory the way trump wants him to and certainly you know we took the regulations of the banks and the banks aren't lending like crazy consumer started spending you know you're on the show when we feel good growth will go up what would you would start to see is is dangerous transforming within our county dangerous imbalances that you know are going down wind to blow up in our face at some point time in the future she so the fact that things aren't that good right now it's actually really good news so from my perspective steady as she goes means this expansion is going to continue to go for a long time now eventually something will come up but you know I just don't know what that is right now so if you see the people into the times is still invest in the stock market even though you think it's about I would say that I think the stock market's overvalued but but again saying stock market's overvalued is completely different than predicting a big downturn stock markets the only question is the the stock market could be irrational longer than you could be solved where's a good place to put money than in this kind of market you know I I still like real estate I think rules it's a good investment right now the obviously getting into the into the tax base of the venture capital stuff there's still some decent money being made out there here and there may be yeah I I think that probably here and they're getting some stocks and some small start up companies that do you have a bright bright future is a good idea but yeah I have a tough time telling you just get into a full out market five it you know may I thought my money in the stock market but you know that again I'm set on all this equity that's built up and then eventually will price will go down and all that equities going to leave and and I'm starting to worry about it you know it's not worth me trying to time the market this is a bit dangerous thing to do I'm gonna ask you Christopher too before we go with two minutes left what about the the new after the the U. S. M. C. A. which I've been reading is not that drastically different from after it is that then again I will not it will not it'll be a blip on the radar screen as far as the difference is going to make from where we were before is that accurate we did but we didn't have to change anything nafta was fine the idea nafta had to be changed for some reason this silly they updated it and I think there are some good ways they updated it maybe they're moved a little bit of the injustice and it here and there for certain sectors of the economy but here's you know forget China Canada and Mexico these are important trading partners by the way they're also important political partners right our neighbors in North America we should respect the socks which have great relationships with folks and saying thank thank god they're going to get this thing passed because that for me was far more scary than China in in thirty seconds left the deficit yeah very scary but that's a decade away before that comes home to roost amazing Christopher thank you have a wonderful holiday thanks for inside your course surfers economist founding partner begin economics in Los Angeles he's appeared on today show Nightline CNN fox NPR in almost all sure to all the good stuff and the website deacon econ Dr Christopher thank him so much Peter I want to say I want I want to thank you as well for your time over the over the years chatting with you I've always enjoyed it I've never not take a car from you guys because I just love talking to you I want you to have a great holiday and I'm looking forward to talking to you wherever you end up next we will do that Christopher taker all right Sir I am seven ninety KABC king ABC dependable traffic right now in their one deal six of five freeway south into Ramona Boulevard major record earlier several cars involved couple in like three times just got the all clear a traffic still extra slow there six two five south approaching that area on the back of beginning about lower as usual road moderate park sixty freeway he's better than letting Boulevard to crash earlier right side of the freeway affected traffic is extra tough from the ten freeway in that area Santa Monica get word of a break down ten freeway eastbound at Centinela Avenue with the right lane blocked traffic jam into the water and then el hambre ten east bound.
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"MP Stephen Doughty on how he discovered the plot and ruined mocks week. I managed to find out the probation was going to happen in the middle of the night I mean it was it was quite short email. I got back very late. Cardiff and I caught a tip from a couple of journalists. He texted me saying this very weird rumor going around parents prorogation and possibly ministers going up to Scotland to see the Queen Myself. I said shooting out this is I'm GonNa Call Buckingham Palace. You got through the switchboard. Stephen Dow's level is discussing with some privy councillors who are very interested interested to know whether or not there is a meeting of the Privy Council tomorrow because this is a very significant constitutional issue and essentially call denial from a press officer. This was happening anyway at least a nondenominational A. I don't really know what's going on story. I don't blame the individual officer but I was able to ascertain that the queen's private secretary had gone to Moro uh-huh which of course made me slightly suspicious because they don't go that all the time and they go their businesses to be transacted anyway the the next few hours. I was able to establish the in fact three three Privy Councillors Jacob result being one of them were on their way to Scotland and we were able then to alert the media so that we could get cameras to the Apple Santa Bowel moral and then of course by the early morning we get the full thing with them broken in in the media He's a longtime favorite of the show and a beloved national treasure. How much do you know about dominic coming. We talk about them a lot. Positive much is especially crucial this week so we thought we should dedicate sometime at the PM's very own beacon not least as Harry Lambert has written a fascinating profiled the New Statesman this week so it's a good meaty long read Philip interesting details. What did you make the profile. What did you learn that you didn't know before well. I was trying to find out what it was that not so much what he believes because it's clear what he believes in it's just shaking everything up and destroying in order to create but what does he want to change actually about but you society about the lives of and this sounds boringly earnest doesn't it. I get a lot of flack sometimes of being boring but what does he actually want to shake. It reminded me a lot as a policy of which of course was one of those key education policies if not his key education policy of Academy Academy schools now basically that's all about taking schools out of local authority control and putting them into giving them over control of academies and supposedly giving them more control over their future but does he actually improve the schools. The evidence is in now and the answer is no not necessarily at all it doesn't there's no systematic evidence that shows that it improves them so it's all about just going in there and shaking things up for the sake of shaking things up and disturbing and making making things just changing structures now okay great. You've changed structures but the trouble is then you have to have new structures to on the new systems and you end up with the same old bureaucracies and the same old problems and I as a philosophy eh I find this this tedious frankly because it's just all about throwing the Lego up in the air and then leaving it for someone else to pick up. I think that when I had child capone earlier I was being flipping but he did when helping in duncan-smith Defy David Davis he gave him the advice find the toughest guy in the room. David Davis embrace him like a brother and then just laugh slamming his head against the wall which is literally a quote from Al Capone mm-hmm did so there were lots of things that made him seem less than likable did anything in the pace make you warm to him. was there any any of his sort of ambitions where you just thought thought you had some sympathy. No Not really articulate sorry I tried. I honestly tried but for me. It was it was summed up by something he said which was was quoted in the piece way. He says that the ordinary voter is incapable of abstract sort and and that is an incredibly arrogant and also incredibly cynical thing to say about voters. It's it's it's a council despair to suggest that people can actually see beyond. Wha- what they're immediately confronted with the I I found that incredibly sad depressing you know so I think what it reminded me of and then I realized that it was one of those some Kenny West interviews around the China uses when he claimed to be Steve Jobs Podcastone Walt Disney rolled into only. It's just like Bismarck instead of Disney. Is this something kind of reading this profile. It was something selective absurd about him. I didn't think so I thought he it. It was a pretty good pace. It was really interesting. I thought he he pretty much fitted. A mode I see predominantly with men over and over which is the sort of simmering rage and frustration at the way things are but rose said like no real clear idea of what is the Yo so angry about in the first place on exactly what the fuck is. He's so angry about it doesn't civil service functions or anything is that it functions shitloads career them off but like I just feel like I can get through that without using my shit actually having a conversation about it so it seems to strike me those sort of people you look at them and okay what I think about you psychologically rather than politically because I don't see that there's enough political content to really engage in and I do see that personality type quite it's a lot and they usually concern print predominantly because company. Tony gets you so far remained a certain degree of countries. You've got an adversarial system. We have it in law. We have it in politics. We have it in debates. We have it inside the good I appreciate the way that that works and why that's important to human development but do you need a capacity to think what actually I want to work doc with others to achieve certain things. The guy only take you so far if he's obsessed with conflict I'm using the word he advised because it is almost always is guys do this and he seems to me to be a classic example of that problems are came away from it just thinking night. I just you know I would much rather you did fuck off. Frankly I know it's ironic. Considering we're devoting a segment to a long read about Dominic Cummings but rose chief think that there is a the danger of becoming to sort of fascinated with this with this sort of figure people love the idea of the the sort of the powerful kind of respite in figure he's being you know playboy Bendik cumberbatch on telly There's always gonNA gossip about him. He's always coming out and just saying like you know provocative. Shit is just perhaps a little too enthralled by him in a kind of the game of political personalities I ah Oh you know how how much energy do we need to devote to working out. What makes him tick. I think we do I mean obviously he's loving it which is a disincentive to overly psychoanalyzing him because he he's. He's just loving it so much but ultimately he's an totally unelected unelected individual who has been placed in a position of incredible power because Johnson as you know lots of people predicted is not at all interested in micromanaging stuff quite the opposite he just wants to delegate as much as he can to other people and then take the credit and in this case I think she's delegated for more than even he expected to to comings and he's always outsource large section of his brain to cummings but the interesting thing is here we have not just him in the Conservative Party or yet. Don't even know if he's a remember. Conservative Party didn't that profile say he had actually been bothered join yet but anyway victim or even vote for them but again you know destruction but we have him him and on the other side we have shames mill with Corbin who performs a very similar function but it'd be much less analyzed of course because he's leader the opposition position not prime minister yet so we have these two people completely unelected exerting a huge amount of power at the top of British politics and so yeah I do think we need to think about what he believes in if anything and what how he operates Ooh Ooh we're going to stay with us. Special Guest Chris Southwest Secretary the General of the International Chamber of Commerce. This is very much ends ballpark so I'm GONNA. Let you so what's going to happen to us if if brexit takes place in Britain. WTO tariff schedule there's all sorts of things we have to sort out that would previously have been done John by the given the circumstance which is taking place. How's that GONNA shape out for well. I think you know it's it's interesting for me. I mean I obviously watch three and a half years ago. I didn't know much about WTO or I I went looking around asking spending time down there myself and I'm amazed at just the lack of knowledge of the language and and level of debate is appalling some of it's just frightening completely wrong when you come out on WTO rules. Y- you you are one country one hundred fifty countries you know when you're operating in the he you you're operating in a in a sort of team really and so you you already have so common rules in the W have to negotiate with everybody together what's his an infinitely finitely more complicated it goes much slow pace for those very reasons and so in brexit environment in the UK come out of the EU one year a smaller player when when everybody else in the world is grouping up so you're up against countries with less leverage 'cause you're you ju- numbers game less people smaller market than Europe in that case you know you'll leverage points around the table less and so you just you just have to be realistic. I mean no longer in the primarily. The Premier League is the US China in a year those are the big players and they dictate and shape much of global trade and how global trade operates you come down into into sort of a mid tier alongside other countries like the Canadians Brazilians Japanese you know these countries are incredibly good at diplomacy now the UK. It has the assets through that we're very good diplomatic country but not if we're behaving the way we all but we have to behave different. We can't try and pretend that we're in the primarily Rinat. We have what we have to get better at is building the bridges between the countries because it's in our interest to do that to get the deals. You've got to really work those those relationships in order. Oh to then get alliances build build a commonality around ideas and then of course you start to to oil the wheels and get tragic but all means give and take right this idea that you can go out and I'd say the UK is doing Xyz doesn't work like that. A trade deal is a deal between two parties. There is no deal unless both parties agree and it's pretty nuts and bolts stuff you know so you've got to sit down and everyone has their own priorities and so if you're going to talk to New Zealand is they want more lamb more of the landmark have you talked to the Indians they want more labor coming in into the services market here and so you know everyone has to give and take and so that and that will be tough for the UK on its own you know when it's building building trade policy capability in the ocean capable if you haven't had for forty years and so you know I it's it's GonNa take a long time and when you're up against the Chinese or the US us the these are highly sophisticated. You know huge teams a veteran negotiators. You can't just waltz around and trump. Pretend that you you know you are going to get this an easy ride not going to get an easier ride. There's no such thing as friends in a trade deal. you know we may share ideas but at the the end of the day is hard nuts and bolts negotiation around hard issues that you won't necessarily like and of course that's where it becomes important in. Brexit context that we don't just carry on doing trade deals as we've always done. We've got to take a much more inclusive approach. We've got to engage more with the unions the civil society the NGOs so that when we get to the point of negotiated deal where all on board an you can see that with the USDA were carrying on talking about a US UK deal as if nothing's happened and I can tell you now that.
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