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The world remains dependent on maritime supply chains. This merits serious attention given the dramatic changes in the overall maritime theater, specifically geopolitical tensions that create choke points through confrontation. The threats are framed not only by escalating sovereignty claims, but an unprecedented build up in naval warships as well as advanced weaponry – think underwater sensor arrays and drones, etc. Further, consider the threat of naval blockades in the Black Sea, Iranian "piracy" in the Persian Gulf, maritime terrorism in the Red Sea or transnational criminal cartels drawing tremendous profits from illegal operations in waters worldwide. However, regardless of the threat potential there is unlimited opportunity, if the threat environment is studied, understood and proactively addressed. "De-risking" vital supply chains have many levels of meaning, but again, almost all of them look to the sea. (See the STRAT Podcast: Securing Strategic Sourcing).
Mark Mansfield and Hal Kempfer explore the various facets of this topic, drilling down below the headlines and catch phrases to develop a better understanding of not just what it means, but figuring out what it means we need to do.
MAKING SENSE OF MARITIME DOMAIN AWARENESS
There are people whose energy precedes them into a room. People who make you feel better, more positive and more hopeful. Two such people, Katie Stice and Cindy Burreson, join hosts Patrick Evans and Randy Florence on this episode of Big Conversations, Little Bar.
As President and CEO of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, Katie carried much of her City on her back during the pandemic. And Cindy was willing to take on a huge, important job and bring the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert back to life.
And… they are best friends! You’re going to love 50+ minutes of energy, laughs, and great stories from Katie and Cindy! Recorded at the Center of the Coachella Valley universe, Skip Paige’s Little Bar.
A Message from the Chairman of the new Mutual
The past year has been filled with a variety of challenges. Some have been personal, others from the professional side have really been more a matter of having patience to wait through red tape.
When I was waist-high to my uncle in my adolescence, he owned a small market radio station in the Pacific Northwest. That's where I first caught the radio bug. And working with family I first became acquainted with the Mutual Broadcasting System. By that time, it had already changed hand many times and was inscribed in the history books. Tens of millions of listeners across the country heard journalists break major international news stories and families tuned in to the best of legendary radio dramas and entertainment programs on a daily or weekly basis. But, it wasn't til I was in high school that my relationship with Mutual really became something special.
In 1978, Mutual very significantly supported my endeavor to launch a high school vocational radio station. Friendships and mentors were formed for life. And just after I turned 16, I was invited to come to Washington, DC, and attend the network's one and only affiliates convention in my lifetime. That 1979 confab netted me an invitation to the Crystal City, VA HQ and being a guest of their then-most high profile host, Larry King.
That event, where I solidified many relationships, made friends, and drew a few stares with that "who is that kid?" look was another step in my burgeoning relationship with Mutual - Your Network For News and Sports.
In 1999, several years after being absorbed by Westwood One Radio Networks, the corporate types decided that since the only thing still in existence under the Mutual flag was some of the company's news product, it was time to kill one of the most storied brands in American broadcast history.
As one of the early pioneers in digital audio media, I believed from the get-go there there should be an effort to keep this legend alive using streaming media. However, the folks at Westwood One would not surrender the brand. Well, not until 2022.
Nearly one-quarter century after airing their last hourly news update in April 1999, and on the 99th anniversary of Mutual's going into business originally, we are pleased to announce that we have legally acquired the brand and will attempt to do it justice as we move forward into 2024 - when we will celebrate Mutual's centennial anniversary.
Richie Roy and Johnny Mac have brewed up 2 hours of thought-provoking discussion for this episode of GAYBC Happy Hour. It’s a bi-coastal blast of current events, shenanigans, product recommendations and consumer warnings, some adult conversation to go along with the adult liquid concoctions they will provide you details on how to make! It’s another action-packed show.
Social media alt-right influencer Sneako has posted videos of himself interacting with young male fans at a Miami sporting event. They spouted transphobic, misogynistic, and violent homophobic comments. But, the hosts talk about ‘where do they learn that stuff from?’ It’s time for consequences. It’s not the first time our dynamic duo has had their hackles raised by Republicans who have had success using “parents rights” to push anti-LGBTQ policies in public schools. Turns out that polling shows this activism is not sitting well with most parents. Richie and Johnny pick the GOP apart like jackals with road kill. This week, Moms for Liberty, another of these nutty buddies on the right are being exposed by former South Park scriptwriter Toby Morton. Like any episode of South Park, it makes us laugh til we wanna pee our pants!
The transphobes across the pond in merry ‘ol England have gone as crazy as those beer drinking TV ad critics drinking Bud Light in the USA. God forbid! Braun is taking heat from the haters with an ad campaign focused on a FTM male using one of their razors. The hosts are itching their whiskers to chime in and you can, too. Join the conversation! Maybelle Blair is 96 years old and she just came out a year ago. She was a player in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She also served as an adviser to Amazon Prime’s production of A League of Their Own. We'll tell you about how the Mets are honoring her and more.
Finally, our resident mixologist Richie Roy is in the Happy Hour Bar playing with his swizzle stick!
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