The Dirtiest Things We Touch
  • Jul 13, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 17:12 mins

(originally aired March 7, 2017) Guest: Charles Gerba, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Environmental Sciences, University of Arizona Germophobes: prepare to be grossed out. "Dr. Germ" identifies the most contaminated things in our daily lives, and it turns out the worst offenders aren’t even in the bathroom.

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Social Media Under Threat in Egypt

14 MINS

Guest: Ramy Raoof, Senior Research Technologist, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) While we in America concern ourselves with the tone of our speech and whether our discourse is civil, there are places in the world where expressing yourself can get you put in prison.  The government of Egypt has been systematically cracking down on critical voices online. The latest proposal involves requiring every Egyptian who uses Facebook to get approval from the government first. If citizens get on social media without permission, they could end up in jail for six months or pay a significant fine. Ostensibly, the idea is to prevent terrorists from using social media to promote dangerous ideas. But critics say the proposal is just another attempt by the government to monitor citizens and stifle free speech.

Guest: Ramy Raoof, Senior Research Technologist, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) While we in America concern ourselves with the tone of our speech and whether our discourse is civil, there are places in the world where expressing yourself can get you put in prison.  The government of Egypt has been systematically cracking down on critical voices online. The latest proposal involves requiring every Egyptian who uses Facebook to get approval from the government first. If citizens get on social media without permission, they could end up in jail for six months or pay a significant fine. Ostensibly, the idea is to prevent terrorists from using social media to promote dangerous ideas. But critics say the proposal is just another attempt by the government to monitor citizens and stifle free speech.

Giving While Living

19 MINS

(originally aired Feb. 1, 2017) Guest: Christopher Oechsli, President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies The man Forbes magazine calls the most generous philanthropist in America is a billionaire you’ve likely never heard of. It’s not Bill or Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett. This donor has given away a much larger share of his fortune than they have - nearly all of it, in fact. His name is Chuck Feeney and he pioneered the duty-free shops now found in airports around the world. For decades he managed to keep his giving anonymous and he rarely talks to the press about his philanthropy, which he runs through a foundation called The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Foundation recently hit an important milestone – they gave away the last of Feeney’s money.

(originally aired Feb. 1, 2017) Guest: Christopher Oechsli, President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies The man Forbes magazine calls the most generous philanthropist in America is a billionaire you’ve likely never heard of. It’s not Bill or Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett. This donor has given away a much larger share of his fortune than they have - nearly all of it, in fact. His name is Chuck Feeney and he pioneered the duty-free shops now found in airports around the world. For decades he managed to keep his giving anonymous and he rarely talks to the press about his philanthropy, which he runs through a foundation called The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Foundation recently hit an important milestone – they gave away the last of Feeney’s money.