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Africa Corruption, Kids and Hot Cars, Singer Sam Baker

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Aug 3, 2016 11:00 pm
  • 1:43:26

Off-Shore Accounts Draining African Economies Guest: Will Fitzgibbon, Reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington, DC, Involved in the Panama Papers Investigation The Panama Papers–that massive leak of documents revealing the inner-workings of the offshore tax haven world–have yielded a new wave of investigations focused on Africa. Every year, the world’s poorest continent takes in more than $50 billion in aid money from foreign countries, while that same amount of money is simultaneously siphoned out of Africa through bribes and money-laundering, often facilitated by secret companies set up to avoid taxes.  Learning Russian Through Debate Guests: Tony Brown, PhD, Associate Professor of Russian at BYU; Jennifer Brown, PhD, Associate Professor of Russian at BYU When it comes to learning a language, I’ve always heard it said that you know you’ve really mastered it when you start dreaming in that language. That may be true if fluent conversation is the goal. But students in advanced Russian classes at BYU have much higher hurdle to clear. They conduct entire debates on world issues in Russian, with native speaking Russians–often by videoconferencing.  Why Drug Prescriptions Should Not Be Race-Based Guest: Charmaine Royal, PhD, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, Genome Sciences and Policy at Duke University A little more than a decade ago, the first race-specific drug was approved by the FDA. BiDil was specifically intended for African Americans with heart failure. More often than you might think, doctors make drug and treatment decisions based on a patient’s race, because research has shown certain ethnic groups are particularly susceptible to some conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. But is ethnicity really the best indicator we can muster in deciding what medication to prescribe?  Apple Seed: Kevin Kling Guest: Sam Payne, Host of BYUradio’s “The Apple Seed” Sam Payne joins us to share tales of tellers and stories. Ending Deaths of Kids in Hot Cars Guest: Janette Fennell, President and Founder of KidsandCars.org  Heat waves are sweeping the nation, bringing with them a tragic kind of danger: At least twenty-three children have already died this year from being left in hot cars. In just one weekend in July, four children died this way. Our cars alert us to all kinds of things as we exit the vehicle, if the keys in the ignition, or the lights are left on. How hard would it be to alert us that someone is still sitting inside when we click that lock button?   Safety tips from KidsandCars.org. Music of Love and Mercy in a Time of Violence Guest: Sam Baker, Musician, Artist, Motivational Speaker Sam Baker didn't start writing music until he nearly died in a terrorist bombing.  It was 1986, and Baker was 31, a tourist on a train in Peru that was blown up by The Shining Path terror group. Baker’s injuries were so severe he had to relearn how to walk, move, and speak. During all of that time his body was healing, something changed inside Sam Baker as well. He gave up his job in a bank to write music, which he felt was a new calling for him. His album “Say Grace” was named one of the top ten country albums of 2013 by Rolling Stone.