Bangladesh, American Gut Project, Armored Animals

Bangladesh, American Gut Project, Armored Animals

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

  • Jul 6, 2016 9:00 pm
  • 1:43:16 mins

Terrorism in Bangladesh Guest: Michael Kugelman, Senior Associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center In the past week, hundreds of civilians have died in attacks on four different Muslim countries. This comes just as the holy month of Ramadan ends. It’s supposed to be a time of celebration and reflection in Islam, but the extreme terror group ISIS has turned into a time of fear and mourning for many. The attacks happened in Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. That last one isn’t much on the radar of Americans and, until recently, has not been a prime target for ISIS. Late last week, gunmen stormed a bakery in Dhaka, which is the capital of Bangladesh, in an upscale neighborhood popular with expats and diplomats. The twenty people killed in the attack were mostly foreigners from Italy, Japan and India. One American is among the dead. ISIS has claimed responsibility. The Real-Life James Bond Guest: Larry Loftis, JD, Author of “Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov, World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond” James Bond is dashing, daring and larger than life, right? Well Ian Fleming’s tuxedoed spy, made famous in books and movies that are still smash hits at the box office, that impossible hero was inspired by a real World War 2 double agent who got himself into situations just as dangerous as those we’ve seen Sean Connery or Daniel Craig escape from on the big screen. In his new book “Into the Lion’s Mouth,” author Larry Loftis uncovers the undercover life of the Serbian spy Dusko Popov. A dashing, brilliant playboy millionaire who took Nazi Germany by storm, Dusko was a spy who changed the course of World War 2 and who is now, with this new book, finally getting the attention he was skilled enough to avoid as the top agent for the British Government. American Gut Project Guest: Rob Knight, PhD, Professor at the University of California San Diego, Co-Founder of the American Gut Project We think a lot about heart health and mental health – but how often do we consider the health of our gut? My next guest says the gut – specifically the bacteria that thrive there – are like a forgotten organ in the body that has an outsized impact on our well-being. Gut bacteria influence body weight, allergies, even the way we respond to medication.   More information about the American Gut Project here. Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne, Host of BYUradio’s “The Apple Seed” Sam Payne joins us each week with insights on tellers and stories. Why Animals Develop Body Armor Guest: Ted Stankowich, PhD, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at California State University, Long Beach We know that animals adapt and evolve to survive as their environments change. So what kind of an environment causes an animal to develop quills, spikes or noxious spray, while other animals living in the same environment have no such protection? A new theory published in the journal "Evolution" explains. Chavez’s Legacy in Venezuela Guest: Kirk Hawkins, PhD, Professor of Political Science at BYU As Venezuela sinks deeper into economic crisis and political despair, the name Hugo Chavez looms large. He’s been dead for three years. How much of Venezuela’s trouble today is tied to how he led the nation, or that fact that he’s no longer there to lead it?