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This week was my last: immediately before the show I joined my fellow class of 2015-ers on stage and shook Shalala’s hand– a bittersweet moment to be sure, but I wouldn’t even consider missing the show on my last possible day to do it! It was just David and I; past and future hosts. We started by having a lively discussion on Hecht vs. Stanford before moving into talking about race relations with emphasis over the past few years. Fittingly, we then followed with a discussion on how we’ve become too sensitive to talk about controversial issues. The last few minutes were basically me ranting, but I insist that it’s valuable information: my advice on encrypting computers & connections, Bitcoin, government surveillance, and the Copyright Alert System (CAS for short and AKA the “Six Strikes” program). While in short order and talked about in rapid-fire succession, I encourage anyone and everyone to learn more about these– particularly the CAS and encryption– because they’re extremely important and are often left out of the mainstream political dialogue.
And that’s a wrap! I’m done hosting Counterpoint. I’d like to thank all the listeners I’ve had the good pleasure of receiving texts from over the years and even those I’ve never heard from: you guys made all the hard work running this show worth it multiple times over! Naturally, I’d like to also take a minute to thank all my staff who have come on-air over the years– Jordan, Alex, Will, Mike F, Nicole M, Joey, Ronald, Perry, Kyle, Nicole D, Rachel, Drew, David B, and of course, David Silverman. Without all of you, the show wouldn’t have been possible: not just for logistical reasons of avoiding a weekly one-hour monologue by myself, but for making this the most enjoyable experience of my college career.
Enough heavy talk: as always, catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked.
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This week Lauren Gutman joined us on air to discuss human trafficking (which includes labour trafficking, sex trafficking, and much more) in order to complicate what is traditionally a narrow narrative on what trafficking looks like. We heard from Lauren on: What is human trafficking? Who does it effect most? What can we do to address these issues in our local communities? What is the difference between sex work and sex trafficking? How can we shift the narrative from victim blaming to structural implications? Although we know we don’t have the full answers to these massive questions, we enjoyed getting into the conversation with all of you. This podcast is a preface for more to come – including this coming Friday the Melissa Institute is putting on a conference in partnership with the School of Education and Human Development on Human Trafficking. Learn more about the conference here!
Listen here: Human Trafficking: Adding Complexity to our Understanding and Action by Mixcloud
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This week, we started with round two of the 2016 entrants: Rubio and Clinton, highlighting their strengths and perceived weaknesses. We joined the rest of our student media in covering Julio Frenk’s appointment to head The U following Shalala’s departure and shared our hopes for what type of impact he will have on both academics and sports– he certainly has some big shoes to fill in regards to both! We ended by speculating which 2016 hopefuls would announce next and comparing our dream tickets. As always, hit the jump after the break to catch a replay. Keep it locked.
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This week, we started with a lively debate on 2016′s newest entrant (and one of my personal heroes): Rand Paul! We’d be remiss to focus on one candidate, so we surveyed the field as well, touching on notables such as Cruz and Clinton. After speculation on 2016, we moved to our other topic: discussing the possibility of Cuba being taken off the state sponsors of terror list. We had quite a large cast in the studio this week, so we chose only two topics to accommodate. As always, catch a replay after the break. Keep it locked.
Dr. Scot Evans, Director of the Human and Social Development Program at the University of Miami, spoke to Shelly about how he got interested in the nonprofit world. He talks about the many challenges nonprofits face and gives practical advice on how to make a nonprofit more effective.
Empowered Youth is a non-profit organization that works exclusively with inner-city, at-risk young men between the ages of 12 and 19, most of whom have been referred to the program by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Colleen Adams, Founder of Empowered Youth, Jesus Mendoza, and Junior Izaguirre joined Shelly to talk about the programs and services Empowered Youth offers to the community of South Florida.
Detective Cabado talked to Shelly about internet crimes against children. Through various social media sites, online predators target children as young as ten years of age. Detective Cabado encourages parents to understand the importance of internet safety and urges children to understand the dangers of posting inappropriate pictures or sending inappropriate messages.
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This week, we had not one, not two, not even three, but four special additions to today’s show. Vinny “the Voice of Reason” used to host Counterpoint back in the day, Will was a long-time Counterpointer who graduated last year, and David joined us to fill the “middle” part of the political spectrum. Our fourth VIP was the next host of Counterpoint! David Silverman was able to make it out and take the first step towards taking over– co-hosting! I’d be remiss to forget Rachel, one of our regulars: she was only able to make part of the show, but we were still thrilled to have her, as always.
We started by talking about the Iran deal framework and the impact the final deal will have on the Middle East. We then moved to the Menendez charges and other recent corruption-related cases. We finished by talking about criminal justice reform and the event Vinny’s organization (Generation Opportunity) is hosting this Thursday at the FIU Kovens Center. We had a good discussion on the over-criminalization present in the American legal system of non-violent crimes, specifically in relation to over-codification, minimum sentences, financial crimes, and even police interactions with their local communities.
Good thing we record all our shows: this is one you definitely don’t want to miss! As always, you can catch a replay after the break. Keep it locked.