And speaking of the caucuses, we're going to need to step up our game against foreign attacks on our elections. That starts with paper ballot trails.
The Technology Three for August 10, 2019
Presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet echoes the words of President Calvin Coolidge from nearly a century ago: And they're both right. We shouldn't have to think about the President very often at all.
What's going on with the nation's biggest newspaper chains? What about one of our iconic restaurant chains? And how about Russia's challenges to our airspace in the north -- hasn't the President been telling us what a great relationship he has with Putin?
Nobody should end up dead while in custody -- even when it's a person accused of awful, revolting crimes. Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide deprives his victims of true justice, and justice is a process, not just an end.
The Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day for August 10, 2019: How would you rank funnel cakes? High joy of the fair, or fried garbage?
Brian Gongol and Emery Songer debate the merits of making the Iowa State Fair Queen competition a little more...pay-per-view-friendly. Believe it or not, we actually manage to work in some notes on the Federalist Papers and the merits of separating the roles of head of state from the head of government. Because why not have a little side dish of nerdery along with your funnel cake?
The full live show from the Iowa State Fair on August 10, 2019
The full episode from August 3, 2019.
The SMART Act contains some dumb provisions
Get the inside track on what's in your water from the Des Moines Water Works Citizen Water Academy. Laura Sarcone has the details.
Josh Lamel of the Re:Create Coalition offers the case for "balanced copyright" -- so content creators can get protection, but the rest of us can be free to use what we discover
Capital One reports on a cybersecurity breach with a most unusual declaration
The Moon landing 50 years ago wouldn't have happened without Iowans. Emilee Richardson of the Science Center of Iowa has the details -- including upcoming events in commemoration of the anniversary.
It's the Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day for August 3, 2019
A classic small-town gas station has been turned into a modern-day veterinarian's office. It takes a lot of work to salvage old buildings for contemporary use. In this age when the President takes pot-shots at individual American cities, it's worthwhile for us to spend more time exchanging notes on how to keep our towns healthy and well-maintained than on cheap insults.
The President's tweets about Rep. Elijah Cummings and his Maryland district were totally out of line and deserve brisk condemnation.
The Technology Three for July 27, 2019
There's usually a character in Quentin Tarantino films -- one in every movie -- who will stick out to you, once you know to look for them. It's the one I always like best.
A new TV series is going to follow a "broke billionaire" around Erie, PA. Maybe it'll make good television, but it's not the way we need to think about breathing new life into the economies of Rust Belt communities -- and elsewhere.