🎧 “The Daily”: Lost in the Storm, Part 1 | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Lost in the Storm, Part 1 by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Houston’s emergency response systems, crippled by Hurricane Harvey, failed to reach people who needed help the most.

This is going to be a classic implementation of painful miscommunication.

🎧 “The Daily”: The Spy Who Provoked Putin | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": The Spy Who Provoked Putin by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Two intelligence officers were men of the same age and training. After the Soviet Union collapsed, one rose — and one fell.

🎧 “The Daily”: Bob Woodward on Trump, Nixon and Anonymity | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Bob Woodward on Trump, Nixon and Anonymity by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The reporter sat down with “The Daily” to talk about what it took to get access to the White House and why he called his new book “Fear.”

l love that this is more about process and history with Nixon as well as covering “anonymous” sources (aka deep background) and what they really mean. There isn’t nearly the level of book promotion here that I might have otherwise suspected.

🎧 “The Daily”: The Kavanaugh Documents | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": The Kavanaugh Documents by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Previously secret emails involving President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee have come to light at the peak of a bitter confirmation battle.

🎧 “The Daily”: The Legacy of George Bush | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": The Legacy of George Bush by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The 41st president took the helm during a moment of seismic change on the international stage and in the political order at home.

Where have all the good public servants gone?

🎧 “The Daily”: Why Michael Cohen Lied to Congress | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Why Michael Cohen Lied to Congress by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

An admission by President Trump’s former lawyer about a proposed business deal in Russia sheds new light on where the special counsel investigation is headed.

How does this happen so late in the game?

🎧 “The Daily”: Nancy Pelosi’s Last Fight | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Nancy Pelosi’s Last Fight by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The leader of the House Democrats faces challenges from multiple factions in her quest to regain the speakership.

🎧 “The Daily”: What’s Going On With Paul Manafort? | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": What’s Going On With Paul Manafort? by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

We look at several twists in the case of President Trump’s former campaign chairman that raise fresh questions for the special counsel investigation.

🎧 “The Daily”: The Business of Selling Your Location | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": The Business of Selling Your Location by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Smartphone apps track a staggering amount of data about our whereabouts every day. That data has become a hot commodity.

Just the national security implications for this alone should require regulations of these tech companies.

🎧 Rachael Ray on Communicating Through the Medium of Food | Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda (ART19)

Listened to Rachael Ray on Communicating Through the Medium of Food from Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda (ART19)

Rachael Ray knows how to relate over food. When she cooks, she's always thinking about her audience and how to communicate a message through the medium of food. Her energy and talent have led her to create a billion dollar lifestyle empire, built around the concept of fun, healthy, and joyous experiences with food. In this episode of Clear+Vivid, Rachael Ray and Alan Alda cook up some pasta together and enjoy a lively conversation around the dinner table!

Clear+Vvid with Alan Alda coverart

This interview gives me a lot more respect for Rachel Ray and what she’s doing. On the surface she might appear to be too bright and too bubbly, but underneath she’s doing what all of the more serious-seeming foodies on television are doing (albeit perhaps even more successfully)–she’s just targeting a far different audience. But also now that I know this, I’m secretly wishing she would be doing some programming targeted directly at me.

I’ve been aware of Alan Alda’s work in the areas of science communication for a while, but his podcast and the subtle questions he’s asking are giving me greater respect for what he’s doing as well. We need several thousand more of him. We also need better curricula to improve these issues among scientists themselves. I remember needing to take at least three credits of writing intensive courses in college (far too few, but at least it was something), but it would be nice if all scientists and engineers were forced to have more basic training in communication at the lower levels.

🎧 W. Kamau Bell on How He Communicates with Racists by Alan AldaAlan Alda from Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda (ART19)

Listened to W. Kamau Bell on How He Communicates with Racists by Alan AldaAlan Alda from Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda (ART19)

W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN's "United Shades of America,” describes his show as giving people a “microphone” and “public square to tell their version of the story.” Putting it plainly, he's said his greatest gift as a communicator is in knowing, “... how to shut the f*ck up and let people talk.” Kamau is a gifted stand up comedian who delivers his comedy through a socio-political lens. In this episode of Clear+Vivid, Alan Alda asks W. Kamau Bell about his approach to comedy and how it's possible to talk with someone who you genuinely disagree with, like a member of the KKK — and still find relatable qualities, even humor. Before they finish, Kamau surprises Alan with a guest of his own!

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda cover art

How can you not love W. Kamau Bell? This reminds me that I still ought to get back to watching his show more regularly instead of letting it fester on my DVR. This is my first episode of Alda’s podcast, but he has an excellent interview style and he’s obviously got some interesting guests. The broader topic of communication and conversation is also an intriguing one to me. I’ve added it to my podcast list to catch up on past and future episodes.

Hat tip: @sciphi

🎧 Welcome to Farm to Taber! Episode 1: Kestrels & Peanuts | Farm to Taber

Listened to Welcome to Farm to Taber! Episode 1: Kestrels & Peanuts by Dr. Sarah Taber from Farm to Taber

Hi everyone! We're excited for Season One! There's a lot happening in agriculture that connects to major issues in labor, manufacturing, and sustainability.

An interesting first episode. I like that she lays out some of her background and where she’s coming from right up front. I do wish she’d given a bit more detail on it however.

🎧 Episode 025 System Theories, Racism & Human Relationships: Interview with TK Coleman | Human Current

Listened to Episode 025 System Theories, Racism & Human Relationships by Haley Campbell-GrossHaley Campbell-Gross from Human Current

In this episode, Haley interviews TK Coleman to discuss how humans allow their conflicting mental models to influence the way they handle controversial topics like racism. TK also shares how understanding context and patterns within human systems ultimately empowers us to actively contribute to human progress.

I generally prefer the harder sciences among Human Current’s episodes, but even episodes on the applications in other areas are really solid. I’m glad to hear about TK Coleman’s overarching philosophy and the idea of “human beings” versus “human doings.”

Also glad to have the recommendation of General Systems Theory: Beginning With Wholes by Barbara G. Hanson as a more accessible text in comparison to Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s text. The gang at Human Current should set up an Amazon Affiliate link so that when I buy books they recommend (which happens frequently), it helps to support and underwrite their work.

Highlights, Quotes, Annotations, & Marginalia

Reality is objective, but meaning is contextual.

—Barbara Hanson, General Systems Theory: Beginning with Wholes quoted within the episode

This quote is an interesting recap of a sentence in the first two paragraphs of Claude Shannon’s The Mathematical Theory of Communication.

🎧 This Week in Google 484 We're All Post-Natal Now | TWiT.TV

Listened to This Week in Google 484 We're All Post-Natal Now from TWiT.tv

  • At their re:Invent conference, Amazon makes dozens of announcements about AWS, machine learning, the blockchain, ARM chips, and more.
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass is now compatible with Alexa.
  • Cyber Monday was Amazon's biggest sales day ever, but it still can't hold a candle to Alibaba and Singles Day.
  • Google Duplex is coming to a Pixel near you
  • Pixel Slate review
  • Google Fi now available on most iPhones and Android phones.
  • Disney + Google =?
  • Possibly the biggest story of the decade: CRISPR babies!

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Starbucks Juniper Latte
  • Jeff's Number: Taylor Swift is the most influential Tweeter of 2018, plus: how big is the big cow?

Advent Calendar Picks

  • Stacey's Pick: Ginvent Advent Calendar
  • Jeff's Pick: Beef! Advent Calendar
  • Leo's Pick: Advent of Code Calendar

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google.

Started this episode yesterday afternoon and finished it up this morning.

🎧 This Week in Google 482 Queso Morphines | TWIT.tv

Listened to This Week in Google 482 Queso Morphines by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham from TWiT.tv
Google NHS Data, Amazon HQ2 & HQ3

  • Google ends forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims
  • The woman behind Google design
  • Waymo will launch driverless car service
  • Google AI helps New York Times get a handle on its vast photo archive
  • Amazon's HQ 2 and HQ 3: NYC and DC
  • Google will double its NYC staff
  • New Google LA HQ: Spruce Goose hangar
  • Controversy over Google's NHS kidney data
  • Night Sight comes to all Pixels
  • Squoosh your pictures
  • Pandora's new podcast recommendations
  • The new kilogram

Picks of the Week

  • Stacey's Thing: Notify Me skill on Alexa
  • Jeff's Numbers: $1 billion of charitable donations on Facebook, $699 Pixelbook at Best Buy on Black Friday
  • Leo's Tool: Mozilla Shop Safe This Holiday Season