Brian Gongol Show

Brian Gongol Show

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The full episode from September 14, 2019

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September 15, 2019 4 min

When new technologies come along, perhaps a panic is inevitable. But we shouldn't necessarily succumb to it.

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September 15, 2019 12 min

The biggest tech companies, deep down, would rather be regulated as public utilities, with guaranteed market dominance and a captive regulatory environment

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September 15, 2019 12 min

You've seen the pictures of the $7,000 hot dog couch, right? It's a great argument for taxing the "rich" -- but not with wealth taxes. With consumption taxes!

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September 15, 2019 14 min

Everyone seems to sense that the world of work is changing permanently -- but nobody seems to have a clear idea what's being left behind by the rise of automation and gig work

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Presidential debates, the way we do them now, make for good television -- but terrible candidate selection. A few tweaks to the rules would at least make them tolerable affairs again.

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Filling in for Jeff Angelo on September 12, 2019

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September 12, 2019 15 min

Emery Songer shares analysis of what could happen if California makes it OK for student-athletes to get agents for endorsement deals. It could break the NCAA.

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The Democratic field of Presidential candidates is very big, and most of them are actively campaigning in Iowa. The Iowa Caucuses are as big and important as ever, and Iowa Democratic Party chair Troy Price sits down to talk about their plans for innovation and inclusion -- plus, whether he thinks any surprise candidates are yet to join the race.

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The Pew Research Center has found that veterans in the post-9/11 era are a lot different from their predecessors. Ruth Igielnik shares some of their results.

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Sahar Khodayari costumed herself to blend in at a soccer match, where as a woman she was not allowed. She was caught and charged, and faced six months in prison. She self-immolated instead, and died of her injuries. It says a lot about the fundamental longing for liberty.

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Filling in for Jeff Angelo -- the full show from September 11, 2019

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa have opened a new facility on the campus of Drake University, and they have big dreams about what it can accomplish.

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September 11, 2019 7 min

Seeing a billboard with a wildly out-of-place message in northwest Iowa teaches a few lessons

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September 11, 2019 13 min

The President and National Security Adviser John Bolton never seem to have gotten along. Now with their relationship broken-off, who will the President seek next? Kathryn Waldron of the R Street Institute brings analysis to the show.

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September 11, 2019 9 min

Now that the first children born after 9/11 are now turning into adults, we owe them (and ourselves) a serious reckoning about what that event means for us today

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The full episode from August 31, 2019

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September 2, 2019 1 min

Why is the President so eager to impress people that he would reveal classified secrets?

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If Iowans don't step up the fight against trillion-dollar deficits by cornering the Presidential candidates with tough questions, then who's going to do it? An interview with Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition with some eye-watering figures on what we owe as a country.

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A huge hurricane bears down. And: The trouble with mandatory minimum sentencing.

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