Brian Gongol Show

Brian Gongol Show

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August 24, 2019 3 min

The President's tweet "ordering" American businesses to get out of China has overtones of Stalinism.

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August 24, 2019 11 min

The people of any place are the ones who should have the say on what happens with their place. That's the problem with how the President talks about "buying" Greenland.

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A study finds that the obsessive selfie-takers are turning off their friends

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Well...not exactly "at" the Fair. More like "to" it.

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The Technology Three for August 24, 2019

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Are things going to be different in the next recession? I have reason to worry that they might be -- because of big structural changes to our economy that mean the old tools don't work like they used to.

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Just about everyone holds the door for just about everyone else around here, and I think you can chalk it up to good old Midwestern egalitarianism. Or, at least, to cold Midwestern winters and basic human decency.

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Tongue-in-cheek, I suggest we connect the metro area with a network of Sky Gliders, just like at the Iowa State Fair. Tongue *not* in cheek, I say it's high time we actively think about unusual, out-of-the box answers to tomorrow's metro transportation problems, because cars aren't going to do the trick forever...especially as the metro keeps growing.

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The Technology Three for August 17, 2019: How iMessages are locking a generation into iPhones, hot takes on the Twitter desktop redesign, and why you should make your Facebook login take longer (it's for your own security!).

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We're at the Iowa State Fair, so a discussion of the best-of foods is in order. But also in order is a quick review of why people are getting antsy about the inverted yield curve -- and what that actually means in plain English. Also, why I'm sorry to see John Hickenlooper drop out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination -- no matter what you might think of his policies, he had an important and rare qualification.

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The Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day for August 17, 2019: Which portable storage did you use first -- a floppy disk or a flash drive?

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August 18, 2019 7 min

When people move, they don't just spontaneously lose the skills or talents they had before. The belief that they do is one of the ideas that contaminates and corrupts our discussions about immigration. If a wave of refugees were to leave Hong Kong overnight (in response, say, to an invasion by the Chinese People's Liberation Army), you could basically drop them in a corner of Montana and they would pretty quickly regain their footi... Read more

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The full show broadcast live from the Iowa State Fair on August 17, 2019

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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.

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The Technology Three for August 10, 2019

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August 10, 2019 5 min

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.

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August 10, 2019 11 min

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?

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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.

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August 10, 2019 5 min

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?

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August 10, 2019 16 min

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?

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