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Writing Westward features conversations with writers and scholars of the North American West. Hosted by Brenden W. Rensink, it is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. The Redd Center is an interdisciplinary research center committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of the American West. Dr. Brenden W. Rensink is Associate Director of the Redd Center, an Associate Professor of History at BYU, General Editor of the Intermountain Hist ...
 
In this work, first published in 1883, James once again writes of an American trying to settle in England. The woman at the center, however, is not a product of the Boston or New York upper classes, but of the American West, and is thus distinguished from the characters of many of his other transatlantic works. - Summary by Nicholas Clifford
 
Cheri Jacobus breaks down what's happening in national politics. She gives it to you straight - even when it hurts! No spin - just the raw truth! From the halls of Congress to hitting the cable TV news airwaves with political commentary and launching the only news and commentary site for right-of-center so-called “Never Trump” voices, Cheri Jacobus is a known, trusted, reliable political analyst and operative who is not afraid to be direct. She is the founder, President, and Executive Produc ...
 
In 2016, Donald Trump conspired with a foreign government to become President of the United States. On July 25, 2019, with the 2020 election around the corner, he decided to do it again. The first time around, it was collusion, aiding and abetting Russia’s attack on American democracy. The second time, it was extortion, demanding the Ukrainian government manufacture dirt on Trump’s political opponents in exchange for help the country needs to fend off a Russian invasion and chart a democrati ...
 
Stories and interviews addressing the creative process, community, and place and the synergy that occurs where these things intersect. Welcome to In Site, a podcast from the Zion Canyon Mesa, a nascent arts and humanities residency center in Springdale, Utah, surrounded by Zion National Park. One of the primary drivers for these podcasts is concern for our times. To paraphrase Yeats, the center feels besieged. So we’ll consider the many crux issues we face, with an eye towards how creative t ...
 
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In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde examines the case of two young men in Sydney, Australia and Portland, Oregon, who ran a successful credential stuffing operation to make thousands of dollars over a period of more than two years. The Australian got two years and two months of supervised community service with zero prison time, while the America…
 
“WOOOOO! To see the beauty. To see the beauty. It feels like you want to put all that beauty on top of you like that in the morning when the sun comes up and everything, you know?...and then at night, to be able to stand on Mother Earth to look out among the stars…so then things have changed and I’ve been baptized a bunch of times you know, but all…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde conducts a deep dive on deepfake technology, its remarkable history, recent high-profile incidents on the dark web and surface web, recommendations and future assessments. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!…
 
A conversation with Steven L. Peck about his novel "The Tragedy of King Leere, Goatherd of the La Sals" (By Common Consent Press, 2019). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writi…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents the case of a medical center employee in Seattle, Washington who stole medical information of 39 patients to rent an apartment and buy two cars. The second segment of the episode contains tips on cybersecurity best practices for kids, as the pandemic has caused a drastic increase in screen time across …
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents the case of U.S. Postal Inspectors monitoring Americans' social media posts, reactions to that news, a history of the USPIS as well as examples of other agencies (in the U.S. and in Italy) that do the same thing on social media. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.co…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents the case of Geico's recent data breach announcement in California, a history of privacy issues regarding drivers' data and the possible links between the data breach and recent lawsuits that are being filed against Geico and other auto insurance companies. Please send questions, comments and suggestion…
 
“I’m interested in the ways that our social structures and technologies shape how we think and what we value.” C. Thi Nguyen This podcast is the first of a series on “The Anthropology of Truth.” Today in the U.S., truth, facts, and science are under unprecedented assault. What is happening? Is this just old news for us, perhaps forever stuck in Pla…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents the ongoing case of a former track and field coach who stalked female athletes on social media and solicited their nude photos. In the second segment, a high school student abused her mom's access to student records to cast fraudulent votes to become the homecoming queen. They were subsequently arreste…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents the FBI's recent report of a dramatic surge in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims that are being filed using stolen identities - a follow-up to the scam calls discussed in Episode 15, where scammers were spoofing the phone numbers of FBI field offices in West Texas. In the second segment that con…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents a case where conspiracy theories motivated an IT consultant to commit multiple cyber crimes in multiple states. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!By Bidemi Ologunde
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents a case where scammers successfully spoofed the official phone numbers of the FBI field offices in El Paso and Midland, Texas. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!By Bidemi Ologunde
 
It’s impossible. A horn section in Burkina Faso backs a string quartet in Lyon, France, together with guitarists in Nepal and Madrid while a choir in Manila supports the singer in Haiti and an African kora soloist, and we aren’t halfway through the video. Everyone plays outside, in city streets, courtyards, in front of temples, in marketplaces, tra…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents an analysis of the recent spike in the sale of COVID vaccines, negative COVID test results and COVID vaccine certificates on the dark web as well as an analysis of the rise in the use of COVID vaccine passports. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for …
 
Allegra “Happy” Haynes is the director of Denver Parks and Recreation, as well as the Deputy Mayor of Denver. Her career in public service stretches across four decades, including the Denver city council and school board. In this episode of The Landscape, Happy talks about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation fund, Denver’s unique syst…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents the case of an IT consultant who hacked and deleted over 1,200 Microsoft Office 365 enterprise user accounts for his former employer's clients (accounts that he helped set up) due to negative performance reviews that the client sent to his former employers. The revenge hack was done in August 2018 from…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde attempts to provide some context to the ongoing anti-Asian racism, harassment and violence by recalling a cyber bullying incident from March 2020, plus a historical examination of anti-Asian racism in the U.S. If you would like to donate to a non-profit organization that supports equality and anti-discriminatio…
 
Join Teresa Jordan and Kim Stafford in an ongoing conversation about practice. They talk about the benefits of cultivating a daily practice, not just for the purpose of becoming a better artist or writer, but also because it can improve one’s life. As Kim puts it, you may not write something good every day, but if you write every day “it will be a …
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents an incident where two young men are awaiting sentencing for breaking into female students' university email accounts and then gaining further access into their social media accounts to steal their nude pictures and trade them with their co-conspirators. Please send questions, comments and suggestions t…
 
Tommy Caldwell has been described as “the best all-around rock climber on the planet”—so why is he using his fame and platform to advocate for reforming the oil and gas leasing system on public lands? In this episode of The Landscape, Tommy talks about his career, his journey into advocacy, and what’s next in the climbing world. Watch Tommy in The …
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents a recent incident where a series of social media posts potentially led to a targeted cyberattack on a local government contractor in Raleigh, North Carolina. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!…
 
Jason Swann is a co-founder of Rising Routes, a new organization working at the intersection of social justice, environmental justice, and mental health. He’s also a land policy analyst with Western Resource Advocates and works with Outdoor Afro. In this episode of The Landscape, Jason talks about his journey into the outdoors, and why racial justi…
 
Craig Childs makes a point of going to the very places he’s writing about and immersing himself in them. In The Secret Knowledge of Water, he traces his very being into the rock itself by mapping waterholes in the Cabeza Prieta. In House of Rain, he follows the Ancestral Puebloans across the desert, walking in their footsteps to gain a particular k…
 
A conversation with Prof. Susan Lee Johnson about her new book, Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West (University of North Carolina Press. 2020). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents a December 2020 incident where a college professor and her two teenage daughters were pranked with Uber and Lyft ride requests and a ridiculous pizza order (they don't even eat pizza). Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents two recent incidents where both intentional and unintentional behaviors exposed users to cyberattacks. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!By Bidemi Ologunde
 
Ari Kelman is a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, and Native American history. Author of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War andA Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek.Historians Imagine is a monthly webinar devoted to this dimension of the craft. Patty Limerick and Matthew Ja…
 
In a time when many friendships have crashed on the rocks of political division, Dick Wadhams, former chair of the Colorado Republican Party, and Patty Limerick, Faculty Director of the Center of the American West, have maintained a steady tie of mutual respect. Drawing on years of finding each other's thoughts to be always worthy of consideration …
 
The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project just released the results of the 11th annual Conservation in the West Poll. In this episode of The Landscape, we talk to pollsters Lori Weigel of New Bridge Strategy and Dave Metz of FM3 Research about this year’s results. Follow along with highlights from the poll, the full poll results, and the ov…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents an instance of an exceptional use of cyber threat intelligence by a cyber threat actor who targeted a teacher in the fifth largest school district in the United States with help from an unsuspecting parent who regularly overshares on social media. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bide…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde takes a look at how to stay cyber secure while Zoom-schooling, 7 cyber security career-killers and how to avoid them, and how social engineering increases when people overshare personal details online. Please send questions, comments and suggestions to bidemi@thebidpicture.com. Thank you for your time!…
 
A conversation with Dr. Janne Lahti about his book The American West and the World: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge: 2019). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to …
 
In the latest episode of CWP’s The Landscape, a conversation with former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about President Biden’s executive order on climate change, the threat of anti-public lands extremists, and how to build coalitions and consensus through listening. Host/producer: Aaron Weiss Feedback: podcast@westernpriorities.org Music: Purple …
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde does a deep dive into the scourge of revenge porn and how it has become more rampant during this pandemic. The second segment in the episode puts a spotlight on why right now is the best time to request and negotiate a better compensation agreement at work and what to avoid during this complex and sensitive pro…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde explains effective personal data privacy practices from a pandemic perspective: how users can secure their online data by analyzing the devices they use and how their online searches, email and messaging platforms could affect their privacy. The second segment in the episode puts a spotlight on digital addictio…
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde presents two email-based cyber attacks that highlight (1) the sophisticated nature of a year-long spear-phishing attack on a well-known Indian journalist and (2) how innate human curiosity can leave anyone vulnerable and prone to being hacked despite the presence of clear warning signs. Another segment contains…
 
Politics with Cheri Jacobus Ben Meisales of @MeidasTouch joins Cheri to talk about the 2020 mega-success he and his two brothers have had with their 2020 campaign ads to defeat Trump, de-programming the Trump Cult and what's ahead. 400 ads and more than a half-billion views so far!By Cheri Jacobus
 
Jenny Rowland-Shea of the Center for American Progress joins CWP’s policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn to look at the barrage of environmental damage being unleashed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in the waning days of the Trump administration, as well as the tools the Biden administration may use to stop it. More reading David Bernhardt is …
 
In this short mid-week episode, host Bidemi Ologunde does a deep dive on Fitbit, its data collection and usage policies and the privacy impacts of its imminent billion-dollar acquisition by Google. The episode also provides insights into how we can be aware and in control of the different ways our personal health information is being collected, agg…
 
A conversation with Dr. James R. Skillen about his book "This Land is My Land: Rebellion in the West" (Oxford University Press, 2020). The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by Brenden W. Rensink. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, …
 
In this episode, host Bidemi Ologunde does a deep dive on the new WhatsApp data sharing policy with Facebook and how users are reacting to it; the impact of outgoing President Trump's ban on 10 Chinese apps; discussions about a location flaw in the Telegram app; the risks associated with "fleeceware" apps; T-Mobile's fourth data breach in 3 years; …
 
Having created historical context for the pipeline in two previous podcasts, In Site now explores the pipeline itself. Jane Whalen, board member of Conserve Southwest Utah and Coordinator of the Lake Powell Pipeline Coalition, was the primary architect of their collective, incredibly thorough and detailed one hundred and eighty-six page objection t…
 
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