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Life on Planet Earth with John Aidan Byrne in search of the truth. Join his voyage of discovery in an uncommon age of unparalleled scientific, economic, political and social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks answers, solutions, and above all hope, for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor, and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other outlets. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support

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Life on Planet Earth with John Aidan Byrne in search of the truth. Join his voyage of discovery in an uncommon age of unparalleled scientific, economic, political and social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks answers, solutions, and above all hope, for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor, and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other outlets. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support

    MANIA ON WALL STREET: Dr. Alden Cass, therapist for CEOs & stock traders, fears a financial bubble as irrational exuberance returns admidst social isolation & pandemic mental health concerns.

    MANIA ON WALL STREET: Dr. Alden Cass, therapist for CEOs & stock traders, fears a financial bubble as irrational exuberance returns admidst social isolation & pandemic mental health concerns.

    Dr. Alden Cass is President of Competitive Streak Consulting (CSC) in New York City. CSC is the performance coaching and professional consulting practice of Dr. Alden Cass. Pairing his work as a clinical psychologist and performance coach, Dr. Cass assists individuals, groups, teams, and firms in identifying and correcting self-defeating behaviors and emotions before they hamper productivity and job satisfaction. Through the use of personalized performance coaching, phone coaching sessions, educational, motivational, and specialized lectures, modules, profiling assessments and workshops, Dr. Cass says he has been able to inspire clients on a world wide scale and help them to achieve optimal levels of work performance. HIs clients include Wall Street executives and financial professionals as well as other driven personalities who work in the C-suites of corporations.


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    • 32 min
    WALL STREET'S JIM TOES urges independent study of US Election fraud charges for market confidence. Son of NYC Police Captain & head Security Traders Association talks highspeed trading - & DC riots

    WALL STREET'S JIM TOES urges independent study of US Election fraud charges for market confidence. Son of NYC Police Captain & head Security Traders Association talks highspeed trading - & DC riots

    Jim Toes is President and CEO of the Security Traders Association (STA), a grassroots trade organization which serves individuals employed in the financial services industry.

    In his role, Toes maintains STA’s relationship with U.S. regulators and congressional policymakers. Since assuming his role in 2011, STA has written more than fifty (50) comment letters on a wide range of issues under the regulatory oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Department of Treasury; Commodities and Futures Trading Commission; FINRA; and the Senate and House Financial Services Committees.

    In addition, Toes has penned close to 100 articles on current events and human interest stories under STA’s Monthly Newsletter; Taking Stock and Lighthouse columns. Using a combination of data; personal experiences and humor, these articles resonate well with individual members and align with one of STA’s core principles, the relationship matters.

    Toes has over 30 years experience in the securities business. Prior to joining STA, Mr. Toes was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 18 years where he held various management positions in equity and options sales, trading and clearing while interacting with a broad range of clients that included – institutional and middle market asset managers; broker-dealers; and retail investors. Over the course of his career, Mr. Toes has served on various best execution and market structure committees and has testified before Congress. He was particularly active in the STA’s successful work on Section 31a fees.

    Besides possessing a knowledge of market structure and the business models deployed across the industry, as a past President of the Security Traders Association of New York and a former Governor and Secretary of STA Toes brings has an understanding of the STA organization and the vital role its 24 Affiliate organizations in North America play in the success and mission of the Association.

    More about the Security Traders Association (STA): https://securitytraders.org




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    • 45 min
    PITTSBURGH'S NICK BOGACZ: World Pizza Champion, Founder Caliente Pizza & Draft House, published author & podcaster, explains how he skipped college, built his empire & created America's best pizza

    PITTSBURGH'S NICK BOGACZ: World Pizza Champion, Founder Caliente Pizza & Draft House, published author & podcaster, explains how he skipped college, built his empire & created America's best pizza

    Nick Bogacz is Founder and President Caliente Pizza & Draft House, launched in 2013 with five locations today in the Greater Pittsburgh region. He's won a multitude of awards on his journey to success and is the modern personification of the American Dream. Nick skipped college -- no student debt! --  worked multiple jobs and long hours from an early age. How Nick arrived at this point in his early 40s - running a growing chain of pizza locations serving great beers and operating during the pandemic - is a lesson in dedication, positive mindset, self-confidence and professionalism. Nick also has a most notable trait, an eye and habit for helping others succeed and overcame obstacles in life. 

    After beginning his journey in the pizza industry as a delivery driver over 20 years ago, Nick firmly left his footprint on the pizza industry - earning the title of World Pizza Champion, becoming a member of the World Pizza Team, successfully publishing a book, and launching a popular podcast known as The Business Equation.

    For more information: https://nickbogacz.com/





      


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    • 46 min
    CHINA'S COVID COVER-UP: Leading epidemiologist Dr. Maureen Miller of Workplace 2030 pandemic initiative opens up on China's role in Covid-19 & unveils the NEW futuristic office for protecting workers

    CHINA'S COVID COVER-UP: Leading epidemiologist Dr. Maureen Miller of Workplace 2030 pandemic initiative opens up on China's role in Covid-19 & unveils the NEW futuristic office for protecting workers

    Workplace 2030, a not-for-profit initiative to reimagine the office, has now opened to the public the world’s first epidemiologically-guided “office of the future” prototype in San Francisco, CA. The prototype office is an interactive learning center where workplace leaders can experience first-hand the latest workplace designs, technologies and collaborations for workplace health, security, confidence and comfort in one real-world space. The “office of the future” prototype is live in San Francisco through March 2021; New York and Chicago locales are planned.

    Over 50 of Bay Area’s largest employers have toured the prototype workplace in the last 2 months to experience the innovative concepts and technology, and now the space is available to any company for complimentary in-person (when permissible by local health guidelines) and virtual tours.

    Under the leadership of Founder, Executive Director Brandon Cook and oversight of leading infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Maureen Miller, PhD, Columbia University, Workplace 2030 aims to help protect the health of workers and drive economic recovery by enabling businesses to make informed and confident decisions on both when and how to reopen their offices. Workplace 2030 assembled a panel of ten leading workplace design and workplace technology experts to advise the initiative.

    “Security, HR, and Facilities leaders are tasked with reopening their company’s offices, yet no one has ever faced the current situation” said Cook. “By working hand-in-hand with an epidemiologist and experts, we will help clarify, from a scientific and prescriptive perspective, when and how to reopen – so as the vaccine becomes available and when infection rates decline, we can do so sooner and more safely than ever before.”

    There are two tectonic shifts in how work is done today. First, all organizations must proactively protect employees against viral disease transmission for an indeterminate amount of time, likely well after a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Second, the majority of workplaces are permanently moving to a hybrid of remote and in-office work.

    In four months and relying on over one million dollars worth of donated goods and services, Workplace 2030 successfully built a functioning “office of the future” designed to demonstrate solutions to these unprecedented challenges. The prototype serves as an educational resource available at no cost for workplace leaders evaluating how to deploy the latest technology and design to affordably upgrade their existing workplaces for enhanced safety and collaboration. The Workplace 2030 initiative also includes an online resource center with epidemiologically-reviewed academic data sources and original content from expert advisors.

    “Corporations and their employees are eager to return to a sense of normalcy,” notes Dr. Miller. “How to do that is not always obvious, so we are providing free in-the-weeds how-to information for the business people on the front lines of these office reopening projects. ” Dr. Miller, who consults for the public and private sector worldwide, helps Workplace 2030 to distill the latest academic research and health and safety guidelines into pragmatic, evidence-based recommendations. She advises on the development of all of the Workplace 2030 innovation use cases, and provides expert guidance free of charge online in Workplace2030.org’s ‘Ask an Epidemiologist’ section.

    “People are expecting to go back to a workplace that is more restrictive, sterile, and isolating, but we’ve actually built one that’s more collaborative, welcoming, comfortable, while also advancing employee health and safety significantly” said Cook. “By building a real office we’ve been able to find and test the technology and designs that work in the real-world and put them together in a

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    CAPITALISM FOR THE POOR: Christine Soule on her journey from drug-addicted stripper to Christianity; founder Seattle's Providence House, author, Broken and Beautiful; her economic solution for poverty

    CAPITALISM FOR THE POOR: Christine Soule on her journey from drug-addicted stripper to Christianity; founder Seattle's Providence House, author, Broken and Beautiful; her economic solution for poverty

    Christine Soule’s life was a jumbled pile of broken pieces. Her father was married seven times; her mother four times. Between her parents’ divorce when she was 5 years old and the day she allowed the power and presence of God into her heart, she watched her sister have an affair with her adoptive father; met 15 siblings she never knew at her biological father’s funeral; turned to drugs and alcohol; got pregnant at 17; had twins less than two years later; and became a victim of human trafficking. She had to break the cycle for the sake of her children. With nowhere else to turn, she dropped to her knees and prayed. And that’s when everything changed.

    Broken and Beautiful is Soule’s inspirational story of how God took the pieces of her broken, astonishingly dysfunctional life and transformed it all into a breathtaking mosaic of joy and purpose.

    “The places where you feel hopeless are exactly what He wants to redeem and fill with beauty, dignity and strength. He has a plan for your pain. A wonderful intention for your failures. A purpose for your hardest, darkest stories,” Soule writes.

    Told with honesty and surprising touches of humor, Soule shares her journey from drug-addicted stripper to exuberant Jesus lover with a passion for helping others embrace God’s love. Broken and Beautiful is a raw, authentic story of hope, from a place of experience.

    Author Christine Soule lives with the love of her life, Mitch Soule, in Seattle. They have five kids and two wonderful grandchildren (and counting). She is the founder and CEO of Providence Heights (www.providenceheights.org), a nonprofit created to house women and children in need and to provide counseling, education and jobs.

    For more information, please visit www.christinesoule.com.

    Broken and Beautiful

    Release Date: December 1, 2020

    ISBN-13: 979-8662957619

    Available from Amazon.com (Broken and Beautiful), providenceheights.org and christinesoule.com


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    • 40 min
    THE MONEY PLOT: Frederick Kaufman's penetrating history of money myths & fiction is perfect timing with Central Bankers' Covid-19 trillions. This injection is saving mankind, believes Kaufman

    THE MONEY PLOT: Frederick Kaufman's penetrating history of money myths & fiction is perfect timing with Central Bankers' Covid-19 trillions. This injection is saving mankind, believes Kaufman

    In his scintillating, controversial history The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate (Other Press Hardcover; November 24, 2020; ISBN: 9781590517185; $27.99), journalist and Professor Frederick Kaufman delves into the past 65,000 years to demystify the concept of money, reminding us that whether its form is polished shells, bills or bitcoin – in the end, it’s all a fiction. With the same ease that Salt: A World History and Freakonomics condensed thousands of years of history into a highly informative yet entertaining format, The Money Plot explains how money was created, used, and is constantly being transformed. It also peers through the fog of modern finance to reveal how the Federal Reserve creates those trillions, why most of today’s money exists in a complex yet poorly understood web of computer screen abstraction – and the twisted but inevitable path that led here.

    Frederick Kaufman’s media appearances and articles include this New Yorker piece on pandemics and conspiracy theories, NBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, TEDx, and Harper’s. This winter, he’ll take a virtual tour to talk about The Money Plot, including the Boston Athenæum, Mechanics’ Institute, Toronto Public Library, Decatur Library, Fountain Bookstore, Skylight Books, and more. 


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    • 46 min

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