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Border Crisis, Uber Transit ,Axe Throwing, Blackbeard

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Nov 28, 2018
  • 01:44:00

Thousands of Migrants in Limbo at US/Mexico Border Guest: Kari Hong, Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School More than 5,000 migrants are camped out in Tijuana in deteriorating conditions, waiting to gain access to the US Port of Entry where they hope to make a claim for asylum in America. Most of them have travelled from Honduras, but US border agents are only allowing a limited number of asylum seekers to cross over each day. So the migrants are effectively in limbo and Tijuana’s mayor says the situation is a humanitarian crisis. The caravan of thousands arriving all at once like they did has overwhelmed the city’s shelters and a sports complex that has been converted into a camp. Seemingly Competitive Transportation Options Actually Complement Each Other Guest: Jonathan Hall, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto Ride hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft have taken off, while public transit ridership has fallen in metropolitan areas. So the one must have caused the other, right? It seems like an easy connection to make, but a new study shows that the opposite might be true: ride hailing actually gives public transportation a small boost in some cities. Throwing Axes for Fun Guest: Brayden Floyd, Owner of Social Axe Throwing in Utah A new hobby takes dartboards to a whole new level: axe throwing. More and more recreational axe throwing establishments are popping up around the country. With a couple of axes and a panel of wood with a target on it, people are simultaneously blowing off steam and having a great time with their friends. How long has axe throwing been around and where does it derive from? Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne Sam Payne shares a story. Was the Real Blackbeard a Jamaican Gentleman? Guest: Baylus Brooks, Author, "Quest for Blackbeard: The True Story of Edward Thache and His World.” 300 years ago, almost to the day, one of the most fearsome pirates to roam the Atlantic was captured and beheaded. “Blackbeard” was his nickname and merchants told stories of this wild man with pistols strapped across his chest, a fur cap perched on his head and a giant beard that would sometimes catch fire when he smoked. The Deadliest Flu Pandemic in Living Memory Happened 100 Years Ago. Could it Happen Again? Guest: Richard Gunderman, Professor of Medical Education, Indiana University. We’re marking the 100th anniversary this year of the armistice that ended the Great War. This also marks the 100th anniversary of the deadliest flu pandemic in recent memory, killing between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. That these two anniversaries coincide is actually not coincidental. The war was the vector that drove the epidemic. Show More...

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