RHODcast: Jan 12, 2021
Happy new year – an earnest hope. This week, change of plan brought about by much more than the TV shots that have drilled themselves into our brains since last Wednesday. The present crisis challenges most everything that Americans have come to understand about their One Nation Indivisible. Right now the focus is on simply getting through to the inauguration of a new president who is serious about governing with the consent of the governed, which he secured in November by 7 million votes. Time for a series of short conversations with some people I respect who can shed some light on what we are living through. First, a conversation recorded Monday January 11 with US Representative SETH MOULTON. If you listen, I’m sure you’ll gain a sense of the mood in Congress right now, and perhaps of where things are going. Stay safe.
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An extraordinary gamble in early 2020 made RICK BOYD rich. But since we spoke back in March of 2021, it’s been a torrid spring for Bitcoin investors. Would you be OK with it? Is he? And whatever happened after HEATHER CAIRNS realized some of the torrent of wealth that came her way when Google went public? It’s all about risk, after all.
It all began with… a Chinese dinner? Or did it begin when HEATHER CAIRNS would invigilate the tests taken by two “child prodigy” graduate students in the engineering faculty at Stanford. Anyway, one thing led to another. Heather eventually returned to her home town on Boston’s North Shore where people still call her The Google Lady.
One hot day in June, Rhod joins BETTE HUNT, the emeritus historian of Marblehead, Mass. for a walk through the town’s almost 400 year old graveyard. Old Burial Hill connects the living with the dead in some strange ways as they discourse on Thornton Wilder’s famous play, George Washington’s favorite general, the Marblehead woman convicted at the Salem witch trials and the fairly undiscussed existence of a “negro” burial site in this quintessentially Yankee town.
The BBC’s New York correspondent sees the USA that so excited him as a youth sapped of vitality, politically divided against itself but in an old saying, always headed to hell and never getting there. When America Stopped Being great merges Bryant’s reporting experiences with a historian’s perspective in a way which, as the Washington Post said, gives foreign laments a fresh arc.