The San Francisco Experience

The San Francisco Experience

We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective. Your host Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

Episodes

December 1, 2022 37 min

Our guest today is a renaissance man of music: an accomplished musician, a recording artist, a published author and Emeritus Professor of Musicology at University of Pennsylvania. We explore the African American lexicon of music over a 400 year period. 

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Season Five of The Crown portrays the travails of the Queen and the Royal Family during the tumultuous period of 1992 to 1997 when Charles' and Diana's marriage was publicly falling apart. Their competing confessional TV interviews prompts the Queen to urge them to divorce in the final episode.

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While Latinos represent 19% of the US population, and generate $2.7 Trillion of the nation's $23 Trillion GDP, they are under represented in corporate leadership positions. Only 3% of all professionals and executives in the US are of Latino background. Latina Vida is on a mission to change the status quo.

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Max Brandrett has lived a colorful life of hard knocks,  from poverty,  to being sent to Dr. Barnardo's, running away to join the circus and jail time for forgery . But through it all, he has pursued his passion for painting, bringing joy to countless people. And in his own words, would not change anything . An upbeat and inspiring life story.

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Former President of MGM Michael Nathanson gives us a candid look at what it was like to oversee Pierce Brosnan's 007 movies, the decision to replace him with Daniel Craig and the Broccoli family's control of the James Bond franchise. 

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Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans in 1939 and spent much of his childhood there. David Feldman leads a a revealing and behind the scenes  walking tour of Oswald's  haunts, places where he lived, worked, partied and plotted. 59 years after the assassination of President Kennedy, Oswald remains as enigmatic today as he did when he first entered the nation's consciousness on November 22, 1963.  In no small measure, thi...

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A sweeping history of Eugenics starting in Victorian England, and how US Eugenics practices and laws were profoundly based on that research. Up to today with the Genome, gene editing technology and ethical questions which remain as regards how such technology is deployed.

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Two days after the Midterm elections and we are still waiting to find out if Democrats or Republicans will control the US Congress. And what happened to the Republican Red Wave ? David McCuan shares his perspective on the outcome.

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As America's Muslim population increases, and integrates into the mainstream, their depiction in popular culture must move beyond the stereotypes of terrorist, veiled women, greedy oil sheik and fanatical religious extremist. More nuanced Muslim characters are beginning to appear on the screen.  Crisis Diversity has helped usher in more realistic portrayals of Muslims as Professor Alsultany demonstrates in her book.

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Clay Small's second novel is an intricate crime story with the themes of art forgery, revenge and redemption featuring prominently in the plot. And notorious Dutch forger who copied Dutch masterpieces of Old Master Vermeer, Han Van Meegeren,  plays a central role.

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In the closing days of Campaign 2022, polls remain very close in four key Senate races which will determine which party controls the Upper House.  The House of Representatives appears to be on track to gain a Republican majority. Inflation, gas prices, sliding 401K values,  rising mortgage rates and crime seem to be top of voters' minds. The Democrats are trying to shift the narrative to the January 6th and Democracy in the clo...

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Saudi Arabia announced oil production cuts at the OPEC meeting in October by 2million barrels daily or 2% of global production. President Biden had asked the Kingdom's leadership to increase production in July. The Saudi move seemed to favor Russia and work against Western economic sanctions against Russia's Ukraine war. Why did they do it and what do they have to gain ? Professor  Nicholas Grossman explains what is at play...

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Rishi Sunak, 42 became Britain's youngest Prime Minister in 200 years. Born in Southampton of immigrant parents, he is the first Prime Minister of Asian descent. But he takes over amidst the financial turmoil of the Liz Truss government, Covid recovery , soaring energy prices and  lingering Brexit economic uncertainty. Professor Jonathan Hopkin profiles Rishi Sunak and the challenges facing his new administration.

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Elon Musk has said he is overpaying for Twitter at $44 billion. The deal must close by Friday night, October 28, to avoid a trial in Delaware's Chancery Court. How did he get trapped in this morass ? Bill Cohan walks us through the missteps that have led up to this point.

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Critically acclaimed author Liz Nugent talks about her body of work in the Emerald Noir subgenre and shares with us a preview of her upcoming book, "Strange Sally Diamond"

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Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in the screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates novel, "Blonde". Described by Oates as a fantasy or even fairytale , Blonde is a fictional and at times brutal take on events in the Hollywood star's life. It is a study of American celebrity as personified by Marilyn Monroe.

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Created by President Eisenhower in 1956, SCI fosters people to people contacts and programs between Americans and the global community. American soft diplomatic power and influence, cultural, educational, technical and professional, is a key part of US foreign policy. Bill Boerum shares with us his perspective and impressions from attending three  international conferences in his role as a citizen diplomat in Peru, Italy and Mexico...

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The 2022 Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Ben Bernanke, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, Douglas Diamond,  University of Chicago and Philip Dybvig, Washington University in St. Louis. All three and their research played a pivotal role in successfully navigating the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis. Professor Chincarini shares his commentary.

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President Biden announced a blanket pardon for Americans federally charged with minor drug possession. Is this a turning point ?

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Our guest is geopolitical strategist and noted Atlanticist, Alp Sevimlisoy of the Atlantic Council. Ukraine is not only a battleground for Russian territorial aggrandizement, but also for a confrontation between two competing world views, Atlanticism and Eurasianism. The former enshrines Western liberal democracy ideals while the latter eschews the rule of law and promotes authoritarianism.

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