Making Sense with Ed Baxter

Making Sense with Ed Baxter

  • Making Sense - Kill Switches

    Apr 16, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed presents the battle between the manufacturers of mobile devices and the government over the need for security devices, like kill switches, as part of smartphones and other mobile devices.
  • Making Sense - Google Glass

    Apr 15, 2014 | 3 min
    Now that Google Glass is being made available to the public, Ed wonders about the product in the sense of public intrusion.
  • Making Sense - Tesla and the GOP

    Apr 14, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed points out how prominent Republicans are singing the praises of Tesla Motors.
  • Making Sense - Kaepernick Investigation

    Apr 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed comments on a Miami, Florida police report that possibly implicates San Francisco 49er quarterback Collin Kaepernick, and the media buzz surrounding it.
  • Making Sense - TV Glut

    Apr 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Now that online video content is competing with broadcast and cable shows, Ed wonders how all this competition for our watching time will play out.
  • Making Sense - Court Disrupted by Smart Phones

    Apr 09, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains how mobile devices are interrupting the progress of the Apple vs Samsung patent trial.
  • Making Sense - Chick-fil-A CEO's Conflict

    Apr 08, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed notes the conflict between faith and business as it relates to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.
  • Making Sense - CSU Success Fees

    Apr 07, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed finds a recent movie that describe his view of the California State Universities' way of dealing with tuition freezes.
  • Making Sense - Congressional Hearing on GM Recall

    Apr 04, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed comments on the Congressional hearings dealing with the General Motor recall, new GM CEO Mary Barra, and the image of the car maker.
  • Making Sense - Mammogram Confusion

    Apr 03, 2014 | 3 min
    With the news that an annual mammogram is not necessary, Ed if there is an alternative diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer.
  • Making Sense - Big Money in Political Contributions

    Apr 02, 2014 | 4 min
    Ed tries to discern how the United States Supreme Courts latest ruling on political contributions will alter the role of big money in the influence of Congress' law making.
  • Making Sense - Obamacare Tally

    Apr 01, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed expresses his frustration with the squabbling over facts and figures regarding the number of people who have signed up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making Sense - Is CA Legislature Dirty?

    Mar 31, 2014 | 3 min
    Are the chronicled indiscretions of California Senator Leland Yee indicative of just Yee, or do they run deeper within the state's legislature? Ed's thoughts are heard here.
  • Making Sense - Leland Yee

    Mar 28, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed makes his case against the legislative outcry to oust Leland Yee from his senate seat in the California legislature.
  • Making Sense - Spanish Jews

    Mar 27, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed opines on what Spain's effort to make amends to Jews of Spanish ancestry for actions taken during the Spanish Inquisition could mean in world affairs.
  • Making Sense - MLB Video Replay

    Mar 26, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed has his say about the introduction of video replay to Major League Baseball games this season.
  • Apple TV

    Mar 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed attempts to see the direction in which Apple TV is moving.
  • Cold War Revisited

    Mar 24, 2014 | 2 min
    Are we in a cold war with Russia once again? Ed has his opinion on this matter.
  • Making Sense - Valuation of Sharing Economy

    Mar 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed puts the spotlight on Airbnb, one example of a new type of business sweeping the nation.
  • Making Sense - Childhood: Yesterday and Today

    Mar 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed ponders how today's technology has changed childhood as experienced by Baby Boomers versus that of Millenials
  • Making Sense - The SAT

    Mar 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed takes note of how several entertainment and political luminaries did when they took the Scholastic Aptitude Test, while trying to figure out the exam's significance.
  • Making Sense - Political Hot Talk

    Mar 07, 2014 | 3 min
    The early speechmaking has begun as the political parties try to make some noise. Ed points out it really starts to look like the same old circus.
  • Making Sense - Groceries

    Mar 06, 2014 | 3 min
    Will the way we buy groceries change or are we changing itT Ed tries to look at the potential Safeway sale.
  • Making Sense - My Home My Rules

    Mar 06, 2014 | 3 min
    An eighteen year old girl is demanding child support from her parents. They say she moved out because she doesn't want to abide by their rules. Ed takes a look at whether she makes sense.
  • Making Sense - CarPlay

    Mar 04, 2014 | 3 min
    Apple's CarPlay is going to bring audio content directly to car dashboards. Ed is trying to make sense of how all of this will work.
  • Making Sense - Oscars 2014

    Mar 03, 2014 | 4 min
    Did the Oscar show nail a balance of entertaining and award show? Ed takes a look at what he thinks is one of the best shows ever.
  • Making Sense - Barry Switzer

    Feb 28, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed provides us with a bit of the wit and wisdom of former football coach Barry Switzer.
  • Making Sense - Gov Brewer's Veto

    Feb 27, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed reflects on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's decision to veto the bill which would have allowed business owners to discriminate against gays and others based upon religious beliefs.
  • Making Sense - ShowBiz Nonsense

    Feb 26, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed comments on some entertainment news featuring pop stars such as Katy Perry and Robin Thicke.
  • Making Sense - Gov Brewer's Decision

    Feb 25, 2014 | 3 min
    As Arizona waits for Governor Jan Brewer to sign or veto a new bill which would permit business owners to refuse service because of their religious beliefs, Ed presents the some of the conflicting values that may cloud her decision making.
  • Making Sense - Comcast and Internet Service

    Feb 24, 2014 | 3 min
    Comcast will take over the responsibility of streaming Neflix, and Ed views this in light of what it means for you, the internet user.
  • Making Sense - Zuckerberg Business Model

    Feb 21, 2014 | 3 min
    With Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion, Ed waxes whimsically on the unconventional business philosophy of Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Making Sense - Miley Cyrus Concert

    Feb 21, 2014 | 3 min
    With all of the previous media attention on Miley Cyrus' salatious acts onstage, Ed asks how parents could be so clueless as to take their youngsters to a concert by the former Hanna Montana star.
  • Making Sense - License Plate Tracking

    Feb 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed makes his case for why the state of California should not be handing off the responsibility of the license plate surveillance system to a vehicle repossession firm.
  • Making Sense - Saving Water

    Feb 18, 2014 | 3 min
    In light of the drought conditions in California, Ed asks us to decide what are reasonable ways for us to conserve our domestic use of water.
  • Making Sense - Presidents Day

    Feb 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed considers some of the the positive accomplishments of some of our more recent Presidents of the United States.
  • Making Sense - Guns and Facebook

    Feb 14, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed takes on concealed weapons and Facebook's way of identifying gender, which will make sense if you choose to listen.
  • Making Sense - Gentrification in Oakland

    Feb 13, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed senses changes happening in Oakland that could potentially change the city's ethnic diversity.
  • Making Sense - Shirley Temple Black

    Feb 12, 2014 | 3 min
    With the passing of Shirley Temple Black, Ed puts the former child actor's life up against some of the more contemporary kid celebs.
  • Making Sense - Samuel L. Jackson Interview

    Feb 11, 2014 | 3 min
    It's a case of mistaken identity that puts an entertainment reporter in an embarrassing situation and sends Samuel L. Jackson into verbal orbit at the reporter's expense. Here's Ed's take on this moment.
  • Making Sense - AOL 401K Investments

    Feb 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed wonders aloud what AOL's decision to scale back 401K investments for its employees means for the trend of other such companies.
  • Making Sense - Dog Clone

    Feb 07, 2014 | 3 min
    Do you love your pet so much that you would consider having it cloned? Ed looks at the logic of such a procedure.
  • Making Sense - Speed Traps

    Feb 06, 2014 | 2 min
    A court case in the news leads Ed to weigh the consequences of law enforcement speed traps versus on-the-road driver shenanigans.
  • Making Sense - Heroin Use

    Feb 05, 2014 | 3 min
    In light of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's likely OD on heroin, Ed discusses the rise of the drug throughout society.
  • Making Sense - Super Bowl Commericials

    Feb 03, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed has a few choice words in his commentary of this years collection of ads aired during Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • Making Sense - Super Bowl Hype

    Jan 31, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed notes some of the hype previous to the actual Super Bowl 2014 game.
  • Making Sense - Deport Bieber?

    Jan 30, 2014 | 3 min
    With the Obama administration expected to possibly weigh in on Justin Bieber's deportation, Ed considers the scope of the singer's criminal activity.
  • Making Sense - Obama and Income Inequality

    Jan 29, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed hones in on the subject of "raising the minimum raise" found within the content of President Obama's State of the Union address, and praises his intent on taking action regarding this issue.
  • Making Sense - NSA-Tech Company Deal

    Jan 28, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed tries to make sense of the new agreement between the NSA and Tech companies.
  • Making Sense - The Grammys

    Jan 27, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed reviews the new and improved Grammy Award Ceremony.
  • Making Sense - GOP View of Women

    Jan 24, 2014 | 3 min
    As evidenced for a recent sound bite from Mike Huckabee, Ed rails at the Republican Party's misguided attempt to woo women members to the GOP.
  • Making Sense - Justin Bieber

    Jan 23, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains why you should not be encouraging your children to look up to pop star Justin Bieber as a role model.
  • Making Sense - Sexual Assault

    Jan 22, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed calls for law enforcement to step up its game when it comes to keeping down the number of rapes in this country.
  • Making Sense - Passwords

    Jan 21, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed talks about one of the most frequent hassles of modern day life: changing passwords.
  • Making Sense - Richard Sherman's Rant

    Jan 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed questions the use and the meaning of the Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman's post-game rant following Sunday's NFC championship game.
  • Making Sense - Obama's NSA Concerns

    Jan 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed, in addressing President Obama's directives to the National Security Agency regarding its metadata mining procedures, reads between the lines and this commentary is what you get.
  • Making Sense - Hollande's Love Life

    Jan 16, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed asks, who's to blame for French President Francois Hollande's dalliances?
  • Making Sense - Net Neutrality

    Jan 15, 2014 | 3 min
    A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling leads Ed to wonder aloud about the direction of net neutrality on the World Wide Web.
  • Making Sense - Mitt Romney Gangnam Style

    Jan 14, 2014 | 2 min
    Mitt Romney surprises Ed by dancing Gangnam-style, which leads to a special commentary from Mr. Baxter.
  • Making Sense - A-Rod Doping Scandal

    Jan 13, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed comments on the media coverage of the the Alex Rodriguez doping scandal and suspension.
  • Making Sense - Credible Yelp Reviews

    Jan 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed considers Yelp's legal and moral obligation to ensure that reviews contributed to its website are valid opinions.
  • Making Sense - Chris Christie Apology

    Jan 09, 2014 | 3 min
    Can Chris Christie convince us he had no part in "Trafficgate"? Ed takes a look at both sides and tries to make sense.
  • Making Sense - Reaction to Rodman

    Jan 08, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed presents reactions to Dennis Rodman's sports diplomacy antics.
  • Making Sense - Rodman Diplomacy

    Jan 07, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed compares Dennis Rodman's relations with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un to the United States' ping pong diplomacy of the early 1970's.
  • Making Sense - Cold Football

    Jan 06, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed wonders why the NFL doesn't require domed stadiums where the weather makes playing football unhealthy and extremely dangerous.
  • Making Sense - Beautiful Challenge

    Jan 03, 2014 | 3 min
    A Seattle woman has eaten only Starbucks for year. Ed tries to make sense of whether she is persistent, or just a bit whacko.
  • Making Sense - Hollywood Truth

    Jan 02, 2014 | 4 min
    Does it make sense Hollywood be truthful and factual in making movies? Also, there is some interesting news regarding Leo DiCaprio's lap dance scene in Wolf on Wall Street.
  • Making Sense - Vietnam To Western

    Dec 31, 2013 | 2 min
    2013 saw a dramatic change in how we honor and treat our military veterans. Ed says it makes sense for this trend to continue.
  • Making Sense - Robin Roberts

    Dec 30, 2013 | 3 min
    Robin Roberts has come out. Ed takes a look at her very successfull year.
  • Making Sense - Made in America

    Dec 26, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed talks about the difficulties surrounding the claim "Made in America."
  • Making Sense - Smart Tattoos

    Dec 26, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed considers what our lives would be like when the smart tattoo becomes a reality.
  • Making Sense - Duck Dynasty Circus

    Dec 26, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed has some good fun with the interaction between a few vocal Republicans reaction to A&E's shelving of Duck Dynasty.
  • Making Sense - Conflicting Moral Decisicions

    Dec 26, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed notes the disparate viewpoints of a major cable network and a religious demomination's decisions related homosexuality.
  • Making Sense - Jennifer Lawrence

    Dec 18, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed addresses actress Jennifer Lawrence's need to have the media self-regulate whether young women are called fat.
  • Making Sense - Multi Vitamin News

    Dec 17, 2013 | 3 min
    With new study results declaring potential problems with multi-vitamins, Ed considers how the new information should affect our supplement intake.
  • Ed's Waiting at Red Lights book signing

    Dec 16, 2013 | 1 min
    Ed will be at Book Passage in San Francisco on Tuesday, December 17, starting at 6 p.m., for a signing for his new book, Waiting at Red Lights" Reflections of a Questioning Mind."
  • Making Sense - Happy Holidays

    Dec 16, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed speaks out on the complications of uttering the "right" words of greeting during this time of year.
  • Making Sense - GOP Turmoil

    Dec 13, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed wonders if the passing of a federal budget is an indication of the loosening up of the Republican Party.
  • Making Sense - Home Plate Collisions

    Dec 12, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed comments on Major League Baseball's throwing around the idea of banning home plate collisions.
  • Making Sense - New GM CEO

    Dec 11, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed's tired of having to hear that the new CEO of whatever company is a woman, and is here to tell you why.
  • Making Sense - High Tech Giants vs the NSA

    Dec 10, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed questions the motive of the high tech giants' cry for restrictions on the National Security Agency's spy activities.
  • Making Sense - Vacation

    Dec 09, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed contrasts the United States' concept of vacation with several other countries.
  • Making Sense - Best Butt Award

    Dec 06, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed reacts to actress Evangeline Lilly's voiced displeasure at being the recipient of a "best butt" award.
  • Making Sense - NSA Spying & the Truth

    Dec 05, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed's pondering of the valid usefulness of the National Security Agency's spying missions brings out memories of Jack Nicholson in the movie, "A Few Good Men."
  • Making Sense - Victoria's Secret & Male Cusomers

    Dec 04, 2013 | 3 min
    Does Victoria's Secret hustle its male customers? Listen in to Ed's answer to this question.
  • Making Sense - Gender Differences

    Dec 03, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed boils a new study on gender differences down to its essentials.
  • Making Sense - Amazon Drones

    Dec 02, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed voices his main concern about the announcement of Amazon's in-the-works, drone delivery system.
  • Making Sense - Bullet Train Stopped

    Nov 27, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed looks at the current state of the California high- speed- rail project, and wonders if it's still worth considering.
  • Making Sense - Obama Heckled in SF

    Nov 26, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed suggests the possibility that the heckling of President Obama during his speech on immigration in San Francisco might have been staged.
  • Making Sense - Obama's Popularity

    Nov 25, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed uses the football game as a metaphor by which to assess President Obama's floundering popularity.
  • Making Sense - JFK : 50 Years Later

    Nov 22, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed reflects on the significance and relevance of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years later.
  • Making Sense - Bias Online

    Nov 21, 2013 | 2 min
    As a wealth of discriminatory video, tweets and Facebook post make their way online, Ed voices his concern.
  • Making Sense - A Child's Health

    Nov 20, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed talks about a new study which reveals the lack of physical activity of today's children in contrast to generations past.
  • Making Sense - BART Do-Over

    Nov 19, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed airs his frustration with BART management and related parties responsible for dragging the San Franciscio Bay Area public into another potential transit strike.
  • Making Sense - Dick Cheney on Same-Sex Marriage

    Nov 18, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed portrays former Vice President Dick Cheney's diliemna as he stands in the middle of his daughters' fight over stances on same-sex marriage.
  • Making Sense - Sports Attitude

    Nov 15, 2013 | 3 min
    A couple of local sports stories have compelled Ed to vent the rational side of his sports fananticism.
  • Making Sense - UC President Janet Napolitano

    Nov 14, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed expresses his approval of new UC President Janet Napolitano's plans for making an education in the UC system affordable and predictable.
  • Making Sense - Fixing Obamacare

    Nov 13, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed wonders what it is going to take to make the Affordable Care Act affordable.
  • Making Sense - Violence in the Movies

    Nov 12, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed spotlights a new study on the amount of extreme violence found in movies with PG-13 ratings.
  • Making Sense - Korean War Veterans

    Nov 11, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed shares his interaction with veterans of the Korean War on this Veterans Day.
  • Making Sense - Porn Good for Health

    Nov 08, 2013 | 2 min
    After much "research", Ed discovers that porn, in moderation, is good for your health.
  • Making Sense - Twitter Goes Public

    Nov 07, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed considers the volatile nature of Twitter's decision to go public.
  • Making Sense - Election Day 2013

    Nov 06, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed comments on a couple of results from the November 5th elections that show democracy in action.
  • Making Sense - SpongeBob & Unemployment

    Nov 05, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed lauds SpongeBob SquarePants' ability to start a debate on unemployment, low wage earners, and corporate America.
  • Making Sense - The San Francisco A's?

    Nov 04, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed considers, outloud, the possibility of the A's sharing AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants.
  • Making Sense - Hi Tech and Spying

    Nov 01, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed ponders how a group of high-tech giants may be able to change the way the National Security Agency conducts its methods of surveillance.
  • Making Sense - Electronic Devices on Airplanes

    Nov 01, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed comments on the news that airlline passengers will now be allowed to use their electronic devices on flights.
  • Making Sense - Solar Energy

    Oct 28, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed observes the solar energy industry and the pushback from large, traditional power companies.
  • Making Sense - Cal Athletes Academics

    Oct 25, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed addresses the poor academic performance of Cal athletes, as shown in the dismal graduation rate.
  • Making Sense - Obamacare Open Enrollment

    Oct 24, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed discovers sticker shock while enrolling online for health insurance via Obamacare, and has a few select words to share.
  • Making Sense - First Born

    Oct 23, 2013 | 3 min
    Letting his bias show through, Ed comments on a blog's revelation that first born children are smarter and more successful than their younger siblings.
  • Making Sense - BART Strike: Never Again!

    Oct 22, 2013 | 2 min
    Ed echoes the sentiment of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom's vocal response to the BART strike: NEVER AGAIN!
  • Making Sense - Obamacare Fix

    Oct 21, 2013 | 2 min
    In terms of fixing the software glitches plaguing the current stage of the Affordable Care Act, Ed does believe that action would speak louder than words.
  • Making Sense - BART on Strike

    Oct 18, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed contributes some solid suggestions of things that need to happen, now that the BART strike has begun.
  • Making Sense - Island of D.C.

    Oct 17, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed pulls out lessons to learn from watching our United States Congress' performance(?) over the last few weeks.
  • Making Sense - NFL Brain Injuries

    Oct 16, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed speaks his mind about severe brain injuries to NFL players and the despicable coverup by team owners.
  • Making Sense - Affirmative Action

    Oct 15, 2013 | 3 min
    With the United States Supreme Court set to rule on the issue of affirmative action once again, Ed looks at the arguments that go back decades to try and make some sense.
  • Making Sense - No BART Strike!

    Oct 14, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed presents a plan to prevent anymore of this game playing going on between BART management and public-emplyee-service unions.
  • Making Sense - CA Law to Strenthen Shield Act

    Oct 11, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed talks about a new California law which enhances press freedom in the state.
  • Making Sense - GOP Ready to Default

    Oct 10, 2013 | 3 min
    Ed cites evidence that the leadership of the GOP in Congress doesn't seem to understand what raising the debt ceiling would accomplish.

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