Impeachment, NBA Refereeing, Illegal Fishing
Top of Mind with Julie Rose
- Nov 21, 2019 11:00 pm
- 1:40:45 mins
A Tale of Two Impeachment Narratives (0:30) Guest: Chris Karpowitz, PhD, professor of political science, BYU; Fred Gedicks, JD, professor of constitutional law, BYU We’ve now had five full days of televised testimony from witnesses in the into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. Democrat Adam Schiff, who heads the house committee that’s been holding these hearings, signaled at the start of Thursday’s session that a conclusion is imminent. As all of this has played out on live television –with Republicans and Democrats questioning the witnesses –it’s been fascinating to see the two parties interpreting the situation very differently. Here’s Devin Nunes –the ranking Republican on the intelligence committee kicking off his comments on Thursday –just after Congressman Schiff foreshadowed an impeachment decision. Which side is winning –if there is any winning when impeachment is on the line? What It’s Like to be a Professional Ref and Inside the NBA Replay Center (21:09) Guest: Joe Borgia, Senior Vice President, Referee Operations at the National Basketball Association No matter the call in sports, someone is always mad at the referee. But NBA refs have an out –no matter what stadium they’re in, they can signal a team in New Jersey to review the call. There, they have nearly 100 TV screens to analyze the play from every possible angle and break it down to 1/60thof a second. It seems pretty hard to dispute that. That Fish You’re Eating Might Be Illegal (37:39) Guest: Michele Kuruc, Vice President of Ocean Policy at the World Wildlife Fund -- United States One of the largest, best-paying criminal industries in the world is fishing. The illegal fishing industry can bring in between 10 and 23 billion dollars a year. It can irreparably harm marine life and it also fuels modern-day slavery. What We Learned from the Crack Crisis in America (51:08) Guest: David Farber, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of History, University of Kansas, Author of “Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed” America, as you know, is in the midst of a drug crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people have overdosed on opioids in the last decade. The companies that make prescription pain killers, the pharmacies that sell them and doctors that prescribe them are being prosecuted. Local governments are clamoring for cash to make treatment available to more people with opioid addiction. Before the opioid epidemic, there was the crack epidemic. But America responded very differently to that drug crisis. Historian David Farber says the comparison is worth looking into, for what it tells us about race, poverty and our “collective inability to treat each other with decency and mercy.” Teaching Diplomacy to Kids Through Model UN (1:26:27) Guest: Cory Leonard, Associate Director at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU Model United Nations is a program for kids to pretend they’re a representative of a country and debate global issues. Simulating diplomacy like this started in the 1920sbefore the UN even existed. But what’s the point of having students run around pretending to be the Peruvian or Russian delegate if none of it is real?