Wednesday, July 22, 2020

MORE TROUBLE WITH CHINA; ORDERS TO CLOSE THE CHINESE CONSULATE IN HOUSTON FOLLOWING ACCUSATIONS OF SPYING

DEAN CHENG, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation joins us to talk more about this late breaking news.

WEBSITE: https://www.heritage.org/ 

Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States. Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure. He previously worked for 13 years as a senior analyst, first with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), the Fortune 500 specialist in defense and homeland security, and then with the China Studies division of the Center for Naval Analyses, the federally funded research institute. Before entering the private sector, Cheng studied China’s defense-industrial complex for a congressional agency, the Office of Technology Assessment, as an analyst in the International Security and Space Program. 

THE “CANCEL CULTURE” OF FREE SPEECH AND DEFENDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT

NICOLE NEILY is President of Speech First; a nationwide membership association that defends students’ first amendment rights on campus.

WEBSITE: https://speechfirst.org

Nicole’s commitment to First Amendment protections was strengthened while serving as the president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, an investigative journalism nonprofit focused on highlighting abuses of power, cronyism, and government overreach in the states. Nicole has also worked in the private sector as a senior vice president at Dezenhall Resources, a DC-based communications firm; as executive director and senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum; as manager of external relations for the Cato Institute; and as director of research analysis for the Winston Group, a public opinion and message design firm.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE IMPACT ON TRAVEL

RICK STEVES is an authority on European travel, founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe (A Travel Business), bestselling guidebook author and broadcaster. He urges our listeners to be patient, for now.

WEBSITE: https://www.ricksteves.com 

His latest book:

FOR THE LOVE OF EUROPE: MY FAVORITE PLACES, PEOPLE, AND STORIES

Publisher: Rick Steves; 1 edition (July 7, 2020) 

“After 40+ years of writing about Europe, Rick Steves has gathered 100 of his favorite memories together into one inspiring collection: For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People, and Stories.

Join Rick as he’s swept away by a fado singer in Lisbon, learns the dangers of falling in love with a gondolier in Venice, and savors a cheese course in the Loire Valley. Contemplate the mysteries of centuries-old stone circles in England, dangle from a cliff in the Swiss Alps, and hear a French farmer’s defense of foie gras. With a brand-new, original introduction from Rick reflecting on his decades of travel, For the Love of Europe features 100 of the best stories published throughout his career. Covering his adventures through England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and more, these are stories only Rick Steves could tell.

Wry, personal, and full of Rick’s signature humor, For the Love of Europe is a fond and inspirational look at a lifetime of travel.” 

RICK STEVES, America’s most respected authority on European travel, empowers Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves’ Europe, headquartered in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. There he produces a best-selling guidebook series, a popular public television show, a weekly public radio show, a syndicated travel column, and free travel information available through his travel center and ricksteves.com. Rick Steves’ Europe also runs a successful small-group tour program taking 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.

ELECTION 2020, STREET VIOLENCE AND YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PANDEMIC