Making Sense with Ed Baxter

Making Sense with Ed Baxter

Episodes

  • Making Sense - Burial Life Insurance

    Aug 28, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed tries to make some sense of a new ad campaign.
  • Making Sense - Sophia Vergara

    Aug 27, 2014 | 4 min
    Katie Couric seems to think that Sophia Vergara's performance on the Emmy's broadcast was a bit offensive. What does Ed think about this? Just listen.
  • Making Sense - Idiotic Driving Habits

    Aug 26, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains a personal story related to driving and offers observations of driving habits that make driving miserable for all of us.
  • Making Sense - Knee Defender

    Aug 26, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed notes the flight altercation over a reclining seat and defends,in a manner, the controversial "knee defender."
  • Making Sense - Napa Earthquake

    Aug 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed puts the strength of the recent earthquake in the Napa area into perspective with the 1989 Loma Prieta quake.
  • Making Sense - Plastic Bags

    Aug 22, 2014 | 3 min
    Is the California legislature new bill dealing with plastic bags the best way to govern environmentalism is this state? Ed opines here.
  • Making Sense - Poll on Race

    Aug 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed comments on a new Pew Poll about our reaction the subject of race relations today.
  • Making Sense - Water Bonds

    Aug 19, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains the basics of what California voters can expect from a water bond which will appear on the November ballot.
  • Making Sense - Governor Brown's Agenda

    Aug 19, 2014 | 4 min
    Based on California Governor Jerry Brown's appearance with the San Jose Mercury News' editorial board, Ed questions some of his plans for our state's infrastructure.
  • Making Sense - McCartney & the Stick

    Aug 19, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed reflects on Paul McCartney's concert which became the Candlestick's swan song.
  • Making Sense - Selfie Surgery

    Aug 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed finds this society's sense of vanity absurd, and he'll tell you why. Just listen.
  • Making Sense - Anna Paquin's Bisexuality

    Aug 1, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed comments on Larry King's seemingly confused state in learning about Anna Paquin's bisexuality.
  • Making Sense - Ed's Mixed Bag

    Jul 30, 2014 | 3 min
    In a world that doesn't make much sense, Ed picks a few recent examples for you: think Bieber vs Bloom, the world's worst meal, and the fire challenge.
  • Making Sense - Patriotic Tax Giving

    Jul 28, 2014 | 2 min
    Are you a patriot if the IRS sends you too much of a tax refund, if you send the overage back? Ed finds one man who did just that...or at least, tried to.
  • Making Sense - Home Intrusion

    Jul 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed documents and comments on the case of the 80 year-old man who fatally shot a home burglar because he felt endangered.
  • Making Sense - Obama's Contraception Compromise

    Jul 24, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed admires President Obama's attempt to provide a compromise to companies with certain religious beliefs wishing not to provide contraception coverage in their health plans, but already can see the backlash.
  • Making Sense - Carry-On Bags

    Jul 23, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed rants about people who refuse to play by the rules when it comes to carry-on luggage during airline flights.
  • Making Sense - Tony Dungy

    Jul 22, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed finds former NFL head coach Tony Dungy's morals askew considering his religious convictions.
  • Making Sense - Pay Attention, Please

    Jul 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed questions our ability as a society to pay attention to paying attention. What? Just listen.
  • Making Sense - Jason Biggs Tweets

    Jul 18, 2014 | 2 min
    Jason Biggs tweets about the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine, and Ed feels compelled to comment on Biggs' idiocy.
  • Making Sense - Breast Feed Instagram

    Jul 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains why he believes that Instagram was wrong in pulling down the breast feeding photo from its site.
  • Making Sense - California's Water Needs

    Jul 16, 2014 | 4 min
    Ed connects the political drive to split California into six states with the current water usage in the state's various regions.
  • Making Sense - CDC Gay Study

    Jul 15, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed takes note of a new study by the Center for Disease Control gaging the health and well-being of the homosexual population in the U.S.
  • Making Sense - Sandra Fluke

    Jul 14, 2014 | 3 min
    Sandra Fluke is running for a state senate seat in California, and Ed reminds us of the famous conservative talk show host who brought her to our attention.
  • Making Sense - Rapes at College

    Jul 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed expresses his shock at the lackadaisical attitude of colleges and universities when it comes to keeping our country's students safe from the rape incidents.
  • Making Sense - Crying News Anchor

    Jul 9, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains the difficulties of keeping emotion out of a newscast.
  • Oakland A's Deal

    Jul 8, 2014 | 4 min
    Ed, in observing the current negotiations between the Oakland A's and the city of Oakland, wonders if we may be seeing history repeating itself.
  • Making Sense - Jobs and the Economy

    Jul 3, 2014 | 3 min
    With the new jobs report out, Ed tries to make sense of it in the context of our current economy.
  • Making Sense - Guns and Felon Model

    Jul 2, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed comments on a couple of news stories featuring gun toting customers at Target, and a felon with a modeling contract.
  • Making Sense - Monica Lewinsky

    Jul 1, 2014 | 3 min
    Monica Lewinsky is back in the public's eye and ear, and Ed asks "Why?"
  • Making Sense - Mandated Contraception Coverage

    Jun 30, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed suggests a slippery slope in the United States Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v Hobby Lobby which allows companies to omit contraceptive coverage from healthcare plans based on religious beliefs.
  • Making Sense - Cheerleading

    Jun 27, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed backs up the American Medical Association's announcement that cheerleaders are bonafide athletes.
  • Making Sense - Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

    Jun 26, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed comments on the United States Supreme Court's ruling on abortion clinic buffer zones, weighing the worth of the freedom of speech against the safety of protesters and clinic employees/patients.
  • Making Sense - Digital Privacy

    Jun 25, 2014 | 3 min
    What will be the far-reaching effects of the United States Supreme Court's new ruling on cell phone privacy? Conjecture on this from Ed heard right here.
  • Making Sense - World Cup

    Jun 24, 2014 | 4 min
    In observing the overall worldwide enthusiasm for the World Cup, Ed wonders why the United States does not share in the same wonderment for professional soccer.
  • Making Sense - Treating Juvenile Sexual Assault

    Jun 23, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed ponders the rationale between treatment and incarceration of juvenile sexual offenders, as Audrie's Law moves through the California legislature.
  • Making Sense - Privacy vs Surveillance

    Jun 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed weighs the cost and balance of feeling safe where you live versus municipal surveillance systems, using Fremont as an example.
  • Making Sense - Lies on the Internet

    Jun 17, 2014 | 3 min
    How does libel and slander stand up on the internet? Ed spotlights the case of a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader's testing in court the legalities of untrue statements made on the world wide web.
  • Making Sense - US Options in Iraq

    Jun 16, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed examines the rational and irrational choices our country is considering in contributing to the current warfare in Iraq.
  • Making Sense - Maleficent

    Jun 16, 2014 | 4 min
    Does it make sense parents take their kids to see the movie Maleficent? Ed tries to put that together with Angelian Jolie's efforts to end rape in war zones.
  • Making Sense - Rick Perry's SF Visit

    Jun 12, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed examines Texas Governor Rick Perry's socio-political views to see how he measures up to the standard Republican values.
  • Making Sense - Rising Tides

    Jun 9, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed's expresses concern regarding our need to take the politics out of keeping our shorelines guarded in light of the ongoing global warming debate.
  • Making Sense - D-Day Anniversary

    Jun 6, 2014 | 4 min
    On this 70th anniversary of D-Day, Ed remembers those veterans who fought for our freedom and reminds us to learn from their actions.
  • Making Sense - Colin Kaepernick Deal

    Jun 5, 2014 | 3 min
    With San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's new contract, Ed wonders aloud about the worth of NFL players against salaries of teachers and firefighters.
  • Making Sense - California Primary

    Jun 4, 2014 | 4 min
    With the results of the California primary election in, Ed explains why he see optimism in the political debate leading up to the November general vote.
  • Making Sense - Prisoner Swap

    Jun 3, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed considers the various factors involved in the United States' decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for the sole US prisoner-of-war in Afghanistan.
  • Making Sense - California GOP Race for Governor

    Jun 2, 2014 | 3 min
    Heading into the primary elections, Ed looks at the race between the top two Republicans expecting to go up against Governor Jerry Brown in November.
  • Making Sense - NSA Reform Bill

    May 23, 2014 | 4 min
    Ed explains how a congressional bill meant to curb spying by the NSA, has been watered down to the point of being ineffective in its original intent.
  • Making Sense - Gender Pay Equality

    May 22, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed connects how work in the high-tech world is leading to a closer relationship in regards pay equality between men and women.
  • Making Sense - California Water Problems

    May 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed voices his concern regarding a new congressional water bill that is lacking in addressing many of California's problems in this area.
  • Making Sense - Blackshades

    May 20, 2014 | 3 min
    There's inexpensive malware out there that allows on to hack into webcams on your computer or mobile device. Ed explains what this programs does and asks what can and should be done about it.
  • Making Sense - AT&T-DirectTV Merger

    May 19, 2014 | 3 min
    Could the AT&T-DirectTV merger be at all good for the consumer? Ed weighs the pros and cons on this question.
  • Making Sense - Sexual Harassment at Serra High

    May 16, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed addresses sexual harassment by male students towards a female teacher at Serra High School.
  • Making Sense - Michael Jackson

    May 15, 2014 | 4 min
    Ed gives us a review of the lastest posthumous release from Michael Jackson.
  • Making Sense - Seven Year Old Harassment

    May 14, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed tries to make sense of a seven-year-old boy sexually harassing an eight-year-old girl.
  • Making Sense - Jeb Bush for President?

    May 13, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed shares with us reactions from Jeb Bush's family regarding Jeb as a Presidential hopeful.
  • Making Sense - Donald Sterling Apology

    May 12, 2014 | 2 min
    Donald Sterling apologizes and the Los Angeles Clippers are thriving. Does Ed surmise that there is a connection? Listen in.
  • Making Sense - Prom Draft

    May 9, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed questions the morality of an NFL-style draft to pick prom dates, a process practiced by students at a Newport Beach high school.
  • Making Sense - Undocumented Workers

    May 8, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed notes a couple of federal decision that will affect those who are illegally living in the United States.
  • Making Sense - Swear Words

    May 7, 2014 | 2 min
    With Prince's annoucement that he is giving up swearing, Ed pontificates about the use of objectionable verbage.
  • Making Sense - Holocaust Denying

    May 6, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed comments on the news story about the eighth grade assignment where students were instructed to research the existence of the Holocaust.
  • Making Sense - Web Med Advice

    May 5, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed counts the pros and cons of having a crowd-sourcing type website containing medical advice.
  • Making Sense - Gas Prices

    May 2, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed wonders verbally about the logic in the fluctuation of gas prices.
  • Making Sense - UC Admission of California Students

    May 1, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed does a bit of sleuthing to figure out why so many California students are getting snubbed when trying to be accepted into the University of California system. The answer lies within this podcast.
  • Making Sense - Donald Sterling Part 2

    Apr 30, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed takes a second look at the circumstances surrounding the decision being made in regard to Los Angles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
  • Making Sense - Storm Chasers

    Apr 29, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed shares audio of a storm chasing gone terribly wrong, and has to ask the question, Are storm chasers brave or just stupid?
  • Making Sense - Donald Sterling

    Apr 29, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed couples the racist remarks which could endanger his ownership of the the Los Angeles Clippers, with the drama created within the playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
  • Making Sense - Cliven Bundy

    Apr 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed explains how Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has gone from hero to zero by opening his mouth.
  • Making Sense - Artificial Intelligence

    Apr 24, 2014 | 2 min
    Ed considers the realm of artificial intelligence and the way it will serve humanity.
  • Making Sense - Sex and Pain

    Apr 23, 2014 | 2 min
    There's new research out there about men and women's reaction to pain levels when it comes to sex, and Ed has something to say about the results. Listen in.
  • Making Sense - Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

    Apr 22, 2014 | 2 min
    The United States Supreme Court has ruled that affirmative action should be a states right issue, and Ed asks, Is this right?
  • Making Sense - Willie Brown Defense of Leland Yee

    Apr 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed chides the written words of Willie Brown's newspaper column on the minimization of Leland Yee's alleged infractions affecting California citizens.
  • Making Sense - Son's Heart Transplant Anniversary

    Apr 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed gets personal as he recalls the live-saving surgery his son went through 19 years ago.
  • Making Sense - Housing Prices

    Apr 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Ed considers how the current upward trend in housing prices could affect the younger generations ability to buy homes in the future.
  • 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 9, 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 8, 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 7, 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 4, 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 3, 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 2, 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 1, 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 7, 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 6, 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 6, 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 4, 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 3, 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 7, 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 6, 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 5, 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 3, 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.

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