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Close to Death is a podcast that profiles people who spend every day working with the dead and dying. Sound depressing? It isn’t. Sound creepy? It can be! From death doulas to crime scene cleaners, obituary writers to taxidermists, human composting farms to witches who talk to the dead, these death experts have seen it all. In each episode, with the help of comedians and reporters, we’ll hear their stories and find out what they have learned about life by working with death. Hosted by Utkars ...
 
Hosted by journalist Josh Bloch (“Uncover: Escaping NXIVM”), THE LOST KIDS dives deep into the search for a missing teen, uncovering the dark and twisted business of tough-love programs for “troubled teens” and their ties to one of America's most dangerous cults. Credits: Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio Josh Bloch- Executive Producer, Host, Producer Kathleen Goldhar- Executive Producer, Producer Amanda McPhillips- Executive Producer Stuart Coxe- Executive Produc ...
 
In 1973, David Kushner's 11-year-old older brother Jon biked through a suburban Florida forest to buy candy for his little brother, and never returned. Decades later, now an accomplished journalist and author, Kushner investigates his brother’s case and the profound impact it had on his family and community. Piecing together police reports, interviews, and the memories of loved ones––David tells the story of what happened to his family and his town, after his brother disappeared. Credits: Je ...
 
Kathleen Goldhar was so happy her friend Arya had finally found someone after a bad divorce. Mordechai Horowitz seemed perfect. Smart. Rich. Creative. But like so many things that seem to be perfect - it was too good to be true. Credits: Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio Josh Bloch- For USG Audio Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio Kathleen Goldhar- Host, Executive Producer, Producer Stuart Coxe- Executive Producer Michelle Shephard- Producer Alexis Green- Associate Producer Abhi Rahaja- Associate P ...
 
Kareem Maddox is a professional 3x3 basketball player and a lifelong fan of the Olympics, and he’s spent the last year exploring one question: What does it mean to be an Olympian? The Greatness with Kareem Maddox features athletes from different countries, different sports, and different decades. They share their Olympic dreams, what happens off the field, and what the Olympics mean to all of us. Credits: Josh Bloch- For USG Audio Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio ...
 
A daughter's call to police about memories of her mother's alleged crime triggers a year-long investigation into a cult, the disappearance of a child and a murder. THE FOLLOWERS: HOUSE OF PRAYER is hosted by journalist Leila Day and former prosecutor and investigative journalist Beth Karas (“Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers”) reports on the story. New episodes of the podcast from UCP Audio will drop weekly beginning March 3rd. Credits: Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio Jennif ...
 
Tune in each week as the American Enterprise Institute's James Pethokoukis interviews economists, business leaders, academics and others on the most important and interesting issues of the day. You can find all episodes at AEI, Ricochet, and wherever podcasts are downloaded, and look for follow-up transcripts and blog posts at
 
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While the scientific community has reached a broad consensus about climate change and the warming planet, just how well does the general public understand this consensus? In this week’s episode of the podcast, Steven E. Koonin is here to discuss what we know about climate change, what we don’t, and how we should respond to the warming planet. Steve…
 
When it comes to federal investment in research and development, failures like Solyndra are held up as evidence of wasteful government spending while success stories go largely unnoticed. But what kind of returns do we see on investments in scientific research by government? And should government funding emphasize basic or more practical, applied r…
 
NASA last launched astronauts into space with its final Space Shuttle mission in the summer of 2011. But, nine years later, a rocket built by SpaceX lifted off at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and carried two astronauts to the International Space Station. How did this private company, in less than 20 years, go from a fledgling startup to one …
 
When we think of infrastructure, roads and bridges are among the first things that come to mind. But over the past decade, massive investments in warehouse-scale data centers constitute a new kind of infrastructure build up. And that cloud computing infrastructure might be the beginning of a new economic revolution. My guest today is Mark Mills, an…
 
De-extincted woolly mammoths, genetically engineered livestock, and transgenic crops: Are biologists opening a Pandora’s box that will lead to the further destruction of the natural world? In this episode of “Political Economy,” Beth Shapiro joins the podcast to discuss that question, explain the latest discoveries in synthetic biology, and explore…
 
On the heels of a summer of billionaire space flights and William Shatner’s recent rocket trip, some Americans are echoing old arguments about the wastefulness of space exploration. Alongside this controversy, massive declines in launch costs and a burgeoning space economy have renewed interest in manned missions to the Moon and Mars. In today’s ep…
 
World’s Fairs hosted in American cities, like Chicago in 1893 and New York in 1964, are remembered as odes to progress. The United States showcased its prowess on the world’s stage and exhibitions awed visitors with the latest technological marvels. But America hasn’t hosted a World’s Fair in nearly 40 years. In this episode, Charles Pappas explore…
 
The Biden administration is pushing forward its legislative agenda with the Build Back Better program, and Democrats have a number of tax proposals to pay for it. Looking to the largest corporations and the wealthiest Americans, congressional Democrats are constrained by President Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $40…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted supply chains and disrupted the US economy. Production levels are back on track, but the labor force participation rate has remained stagnant since the summer of 2020. And millions of Americans are quitting their jobs in a labor market that was already facing a shortage of workers. What’s going on with this “Gr…
 
The word “order” evokes images of top-down structure and planning. Yet, in the absence of central control, economies almost seem to operate like machines — a concept economists call “emergent order.” How do systems of order emerge? And how can we benefit from the unplanned organization they create? Today, Neil Chilson joins “Political Economy” to e…
 
Futurists of the past dreamed of tapping into the heat of the Earth’s mantle to supply our energy needs, but today’s geothermal provides only a tiny fraction of the power we use. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing what’s next for geothermal, its possible advantages over solar and wind power, and the obstacles it faces. I’m joined by Jamie Bear…
 
Close to Death is a podcast that profiles people who spend every day working with the dead and dying. Sound depressing? It isn’t. Sound creepy? It can be! From death doulas to crime scene cleaners, obituary writers to taxidermists, human composting farms to witches who talk to the dead, these death experts have seen it all. In each episode, with th…
 
“Fusion power is the energy source of the future . . . and always will be,” skeptics joke. But a series of exciting breakthroughs have some experts convinced that we’re nearing a fusion revolution that could deliver abundant, clean energy for the future. My guest today is Arthur Turrell, and we’ll be discussing whether fusion power reactors are on …
 
Americans love rags-to-riches stories, believing hard work and talent — not connections — should be rewarded. But meritocracy has come under scrutiny, with some questioning how well America lives up to its ideals, while others ask if they’re even worth striving for. In this episode, we’ll discuss whether meritocracy succeeds in pulling talent up fr…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
In 2017, the US announced its intent to return to the Moon for the first time in a half-century. NASA and its international partners in the Artemis program hope to land a crewed lunar mission in 2024, but some experts have cast their doubts. So how did America achieve such a feat in the ’60s? And why haven’t we been back since the Nixon era? My gue…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
In the past, great inventions like the internal combustion engine and electrification had huge economic and societal impacts. Today, computing power continues to advance at an exponential rate and artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize the future. But will these innovations transform American society? Or will pessimism and fear slow the …
 
Check out Season 2 of the Followers : Madness of Two. How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did fi…
 
How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did five people end up dead? Host Sarah Treleaven explores r…
 
What will the American city look like one generation from now? While cities have always been hubs of opportunity, urban landscapes have faced an onslaught of difficulties in recent years. Soaring costs of living, the economic downturn of a global pandemic, and a recent uptick in violent crime are straining America’s urban engines of productivity. A…
 
Check out Season 2 of the Followers : Madness of Two. How did the perfect suburban mom get wrapped up with doomsday preppers and prophets? For months, the media has been chasing the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, covering the strange beliefs they shared and the disappearance of her two kids. Madness of Two digs deep into the why: Why did fi…
 
Today local governments compete to host growing companies in the hope that the opportunities they create will revitalize their home cities. But how much do these urban areas benefit from local innovations? And what changes should we expect given recent increases in working from home? Nicholas Bloom joins the podcast to discuss these questions and m…
 
Hi Alligator Candy listeners! Since you enjoyed our podcast we thought you would love our true-crime podcast Do You Know Mordechai? Kathleen Goldhar was so happy her friend Arya had finally found someone after a bad divorce. Mordechai Horowitz seemed perfect. Smart. Rich. Creative. But like so many things that seem to be perfect - it was too good t…
 
Hi Mordechai listeners! Since you enjoyed our podcast we thought you would love our true-crime podcast Art Bust. Art Bust is an investigative podcast series where UK author and art journalist, Ben Lewis, explores the murkier side of the art world, where scandals, cons, cultural looting, and big bucks reign. The entire series of Art Bust is availabl…
 
July was an exciting month for space enthusiasts of all sorts. From Richard Branson’s suborbital flight to Jeff Bezos’ launch, the era of private space travel has truly arrived. SpaceX and Blue Origin may be making the headlines, but they are far from the only companies involved in the emerging space economy. And at the same time, NASA intends to c…
 
Kareem Maddox is a professional 3x3 basketball player and a lifelong fan of the Olympics, and he’s spent the last year exploring one question: What does it mean to be an Olympian? The Greatness with Kareem Maddox features athletes from different countries, different sports, and different decades. They share their Olympic dreams, what happens off th…
 
To some, Amazon is a great business that brings opportunity to over a million employees and generates value for hundreds of millions of customers. To others, it’s a company that exploits its workers and destroys small businesses. Similarly, some see Jeff Bezos as a successful visionary, and they look forward to seeing him apply his talents to explo…
 
Art Bust is an investigative podcast series where UK author and arts journalist, Ben Lewis, explores the murkier side of the art world, where scandals, cons, cultural looting, and big bucks reign. Credits: Josh Bloch- For USG Audio Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio Ben Lewis- Host, Producer Stuart Coxe- Executive Produce…
 
Art Bust is an investigative podcast series where UK author and arts journalist, Ben Lewis, explores the murkier side of the art world, where scandals, cons, cultural looting, and big bucks reign. Credits: Josh Bloch- For USG Audio Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio Ben Lewis- Host, Producer Stuart Coxe- Executive Produce…
 
Kareem Maddox is a professional 3x3 basketball player and a lifelong fan of the Olympics, and he’s spent the last year exploring one question: What does it mean to be an Olympian? The Greatness with Kareem Maddox features athletes from different countries, different sports, and different decades. They share their Olympic dreams, what happens off th…
 
Health safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have shaken the American economy. Long term staples like indoor dining have taken a hit, while new opportunities have emerged in contactless services, telecommunications, and ecommerce. Just how have America’s entrepreneurs responded to these challenges and opportunities? Today, I’ve brought i…
 
Kareem Maddox is a professional 3x3 basketball player and a lifelong fan of the Olympics, and he’s spent the last year exploring one question: What does it mean to be an Olympian? The Greatness with Kareem Maddox features athletes from different countries, different sports, and different decades. They share their Olympic dreams, what happens off th…
 
Rivaling even the death toll of COVID-19, opioid abuse has wreaked havoc in countless American communities. Some have suggested that these deaths are the result of an economy that left Americans behind and feeling trapped. In their desperation, they reached to oxycontin and fentanyl to cope with the insecurity of a global economy. But is this the f…
 
Kareem Maddox is a professional 3x3 basketball player and a lifelong fan of the Olympics, and he’s spent the last year exploring one question: What does it mean to be an Olympian? The Greatness with Kareem Maddox features athletes from different countries, different sports, and different decades. They share their Olympic dreams, what happens off th…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed an economic downturn on the United States, forcing workers and businesses to adapt. Now that Americans are getting vaccinated and the country is opening up, what is the state of the US economy? How has the pandemic — and our public policy responses to it — affected the labor market? Has the pandemic brought about new…
 
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