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Podcast #358: The Stranger in the Woods — The Story of the Last True Hermit

Editor’s Note: This is a rebroadcast. The episode originally aired in November 2017.  Have you ever just wanted to get in your car, drive off into the middle of nowhere, leave behind the hustle and bustle of civilization, and just be by yourself?  Well, in 1986 a man named Christopher Knight did just that and lived alone in the Maine woods without any, any human contact for 27 years until he was discovered in 2013. My guest today wrote a biography — The Stranger in the Woods — about this...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Podcast, Japan, England, Montana, Life, China, Stephen King, America, Reagan, Earth, United States, Maine, Marines


What Queen Elizabeth's relationship was like with every US president, from Truman to Trump

Queen Elizabeth II, pictured on a visit to Hull last month. Getty Images President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II on their visit to the UK. Since 1951, the Queen has met with 11 US presidents and helped facilitate diplomatic relations. Here's what the queen's relationships and meetings with US presidents have been like. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are set to meet Queen Elizab...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, News, Washington Post, Washington, France, Life, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan, Joe Biden


28 photos of some of the most adorable dogs to live in the White House

President Barack Obama and his dog Bo were very close. Getty Dogs are the most popular pet for a president to have during his time in the White House. The Obamas' dog Bo died from cancer, the family announced on Saturday. The Bidens have two German shepherds, 13-year-old Champ and 3-year-old Major, who is a rescue. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Grover Cleveland's cocker spaniel named Gallagher had a brown coat and ears of "inconvenient length." Grove...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Obama, Dogs, California, Washington Post, Washington, Life, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan, Joe Biden, Features, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton


The Man Book: Creating a Reservoir of Timeless Wisdom

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in June 2019. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Dan Hickey.  Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. —Einstein In May of 2011, while scanning the Long Island Sound on the top deck of the Port Jefferson ferry, I had an epiphany. At ...
Tags: Google, Featured, Robin Williams, Life, Reagan, Ireland, Ben Franklin, Athletics, Bob, Jack, Frost, Einstein, Journaling, Craig, Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson


These 11 political friendships proved party lines don't have to divide Americans

AP Photo/Matt Rourke The 117th Congress is narrowly politically divided as they work towards another COVID relief bill.  Despite the political divides over the years, many politicians have forged bipartisan friendships.  Here are 11 famous political friendships that crossed the aisle.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The members of the 117th Congress are currently in the thick of negotiating another COVID-19 relief bill after years of historically pernicious partis...
Tags: Europe, Politics, New York, Obama, Congress, Navy, Washington Post, Washington, France, Life, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, Massachusetts, Politico


Glittering photos show how the White House has celebrated Christmas through the years

First lady Melania Trump walks past the 2019 White House Christmas decorations. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks December means homes across America are decking the halls, and the nation's most famous address is no exception. The White House has been decorated every December since John and Abigail Adams held the first White House Christmas party in 1800. The decorations have only gotten more elaborate with time. These photos show how White House Christmases of years past compare ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Life, White House, Christmas, US, America, West Virginia, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan, Ap, History


How Joe Biden went from being a kid from Scranton to a six-term Senator, VP, and now the President-elect

Joe Biden has long straddled the line between presenting himself as an accomplished, career politician and a cool, down-to-earth dad. Mark Makela/Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden turns 78 years old on Friday, November 20.  Biden, who served as US senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009 and then former President Obama's vice-president from 2009 to 2017, ran for president three times before winning the Democratic nomination. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on November 20, 1942, to a us...
Tags: Politics, England, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Obama, Congress, California, Washington Post, Life, Senate, White House, Iraq, US, Barack Obama


27 photos of some of the most adorable dogs to live in the White House

President Barack Obama and his dog Bo were very close. Getty Dogs are the most popular pet for a president to have during his time in the White House. President Donald Trump broke the presidential tradition when he didn't bring a dog into the White House, saying after two years in office that he would feel "a little phony doing so." President-elect Joe Biden is poised to reset the tradition of dogs in the Executive Mansion with his two German shepherds, one of whom would be the first shelt...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Dogs, Washington Post, Washington, Life, White House, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan, Joe Biden, Bbc, Features, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan


Here's the typical career path to become a Supreme Court justice

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Most recent Supreme Court Justices have taken similar educational and career paths to the highest court in the US. Many studied law at Harvard or Yale. Some served as clerks to other judges after law school, and many were judges on circuit courts before being nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, died at 87 due to complications from ca...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Stanford, US, Careers, Barack Obama, Trends, Strategy, Reagan, Features, Harvard, United States, Harvard University, Washington Dc, New Jersey


How the Generational Cycle of History Explains Our Current Crisis

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in July 2012. As is the generation of leaves, so to of men: At one time the wind shakes the leaves to the ground but then the flourishing woods Gives birth, and the season of spring comes into existence; So it is with the generations of men, which alternately come forth and pas...
Tags: Featured, Life, America, Reagan, Millennials, Athens, Medicare, Kate, Prophet, Boomers, Nomad, Baby Boomer, Baby Boomers, Strauss, Howe, Ecclesiastes


Podcast #572: The Unexpected Upsides of Being a Late Bloomer

There’s an unspoken timeline that people supposedly need to follow to have a successful life: be a good student in high school, get into a good college, and then get a good job right after you graduate.  But you’ve probably met successful people whose lives didn’t follow this kind of linear arc and neat timeline, and maybe yours didn’t either. Their young adult years weren’t very auspicious, and they didn’t come into their own and find their bearings until after college, or even much later. M...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Reagan, Michael Strahan, Rich, Lightbox, JCP, Rich Rich, Rich Karlgaard, Money & Career, LinkedIn Listen


In awe of the uniform.

I went looking to see if anyone was comparing the reaction to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — the Democrats' witness — to Oliver North — the Republican's witness from the Reagan Era. And yes, I did find this, "What to wear? Republicans flag Vindman's sartorial choice/As military officers do, the Army lieutenant colonel testified in his dress uniform: a column in Roll Call."“Lt. Col. Vindman, I see you wearing your dress uniform,” said [Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah], who is himself a retired Air Forc...
Tags: Fashion, Law, Congress, White House, Reagan, Military, United States, Army, Capitol Hill, North, National Security Council, Air Force, Perry, Oliver North, NSC, Ann Althouse


Figuring Out the 2020 Candidates by Counting Words

Back in 2004 Pete Buttigieg, his Harvard Colleague, Ganesh Sitaraman, along with Peter Emerson wrote an intriguing, fun article suggesting that by counting the number of words in the party platform, you could figure out who would win the presidential election. The smaller the page count, the more potential for winning the election. They surfaced a great deal of examples to support their proposal. They found that since 1960 the average page count of the Democrats' platforms in losing years w...
Tags: Politics, Elizabeth Warren, Careers, America, Reagan, Harvard, Ronald Reagan, Current Affairs, Iowa, Warren, Pete, Peter Emerson, Ganesh, Walter Mondale, Buttigieg, Conversational leadership


Ivanka Will Travel To Africa To Promote Her Women's Economic Empowerment Project

The first daughter and White House advisor's schedule isn't public, but we'll keep you posted on her goings-on every week.Ivanka Trump is traveling to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast this month to promote her global women's economic empowerment initiative. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which was announced by the the Trump administration in early February, aims to help 50 million women in the developing world get ahead economically by 2025. The administration has dedicated $...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Mexico, White House, Africa, Reagan, United States, Global development, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, World Bank Group, Trump, State, Mark Green, Ivanka, Kristalina Georgieva


The Trump Administration's Latest Move Could Effectively Defund Planned Parenthood

On Friday, the Trump Administration's Office of Population Affairs published the final text of proposed changes that will effectively block Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide or even mention abortions from receiving a type of federal funds.The new document, which is 312 pages long, outlines a series of rule changes related to how the federal government distributes money allocated for the family planning grant program known as Title X. This program, which was created in 1970 with ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Supreme Court, Reagan, Aclu, Bill Clinton, STI, Medicaid, Federal Register, Trump, American Medical Association, Department, U S Department of Health and Human Services, Wen, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Health and Human Services Department


Decades ago, ecstasy — yes, MDMA — was used in marriage counseling

For the first decade after it was synthesized, MDMA was used in individual and couples therapy.Many therapists spoke against the criminalization of MDMA in 1985 due to the drug's therapeutic potential.A revival has occurred in recent years, with the government allowing clinical trials to move forward. None Before the second "M" was affixed to "MDA," researchers spent decades searching for a utility for the mescaline derivative. Patented as "methylsafrylamin" in 1914 by Merck, the drug was shelv...
Tags: Marriage, California, Sex, Relationships, Love, Communication, Merck, Reagan, Vulnerability, Innovation, DEA, Derek, Mdma, Nixon, U S Army, MDA


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tax Proposal Isn't As "Radical" As Some Say

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday's 60 Minutes, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a higher tax on the super-wealthy as part of a plan to finance the Green New Deal program.Both the tax policy (what we know of it, at least) and the GND are ambitious. The GND, is actually one of the boldest climate-change and economic policies to be discussed in Congress — ever. It aims to cut carbon emissions to keep climate change from plunging the world into a complete Doomsday scenario, whi...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Fashion, Music, Congress, Reagan, Mit, Anderson Cooper, Johnson, Vox, Berkeley, Fdr, Kennedy, Stony Brook University, Matthew Yglesias, Yglesias, Peter Diamond


Podcast #472: Reagan, the Man

Like FDR or JFK, Ronald Reagan has become more of a symbol for many Americans than a flesh and blood person. For some he’s the embodiment of all that’s good in America, while for others he’s the very opposite. But beyond the political divides, who was Reagan, the man? My guest today spent five years researching and writing an epic, non-partisan biography that seeks to bring the abstraction of Reagan back down to earth. His name is Bob Spitz and his biography is Reagan: An American Journey. We...
Tags: Podcast, California, Life, America, Reagan, United States, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bob, Fdr, Nancy, Midwest, Nancy Reagan, Bob Spitz, Bob Bob, Screen Actor 's Guild


Young Kim Lost Her Race & Now Orange County Is 100% Blue

Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images. Young Kim was hoping to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress — and was Republicans' last hope in Orange County, California. But on Sunday, she lost to Democrat Gil Cisneros, making the state's 39th Congressional District yet another House Seat flipped by the Democrats. The seat, a closely watched midterms battleground, had been held by retiring Republican Ed Royce for 13 terms.Now, the O.C. — formerly called "Reagan country" — is no ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, Congress, Navy, California, Mexico, Reagan, DMV, Kim, Guatemala, Trump, Orange County California, Ed Royce, Frederic J Brown, Cisneros


Jamsheed Marker | Obituary

Naval officer under the Raj who became a cricket commentator and respected diplomat in Pakistan JAMSHEED MARKER, who has died aged 95, commanded a minesweeper in the Royal Indian Navy during the Second World War, pioneered cricket commentary in Pakistan in the 1950s, and served as a highly respected diplomat, representing Pakistan in the US and a dozen other countries for more than three decades, culminating in a posting to the United Nations. Obituary in the As ambassador to the US from 198...
Tags: New York, Congress, Indonesia, Washington, Life, India, US, Reagan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Guinea, United Nations, Portugal, Burma, Moscow, Pervez Musharraf


Judge Rules That Legal Permanent Resident Detained By ICE Can Remain In The U.S.

Update: Jose Luis Garcia, a legal permanent resident who was detained by immigration officials in early June, will be released from custody on Friday evening.Garcia, who migrated from Mexico 50 years ago, had a bond hearing in downtown Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. The hearing was meant to determine whether he could be released while deportation proceedings went on. However, an immigration judge fast-tracked his case and ruled Garcia could remain in the U.S. as a legal resident.“I'm beyond h...
Tags: Fashion, Music, California, Mexico, Los Angeles, Reagan, United States, Department Of Homeland Security, Southern California, Trump, Garcia, Natalie, Jose Luis, Jose Luis Garcia, Natalie Garcia, U S Immigration Customs and Enforcement


Marker’s Memory

Distinguished diplomat Jamsheed Marker was truly one of a kind There is no better description for Jamsheed Marker than the foreword penned by historian Stanley Wolpert for the former diplomat’s autobiography, Quiet Diplomacy: Memoirs of an Ambassador of Pakistan: “One of Pakistan’s wisest diplomats, whose career as its most brilliant Ambassador started in 1964, ending with the Security Council of the United Nations in 1994.” Article by Kemal Jufri—Newsweek, AFP Jamsheed Kaikobad Ardeshir Ma...
Tags: Indonesia, Washington, France, Life, Germany, India, Africa, Reagan, Afghanistan, Canada, Britain, United States, Ronald Reagan, Pakistan, New York Times, United Nations


Her Father Is A Legal Permanent Resident. Why Was He Detained By ICE?

It was a quiet Sunday morning in early June when Natalie Garcia heard the screams of her father Jose Luis Garcia coming from outside of their house in Southern California. The 62-year-old had been watering the lawn and drinking coffee, and Natalie ran outside thinking it was a medical emergency.The scene she found was a nightmare: Her father, who migrated to the United States 50 years ago and has been a legal permanent resident since the late 1980s, was in handcuffs and surrounded by about eigh...
Tags: Fashion, Music, California, Mexico, Reagan, United States, Department Of Homeland Security, Southern California, Trump, Natalie, Jose Luis, Jose Luis Garcia, Natalie Garcia, U S Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Photo Courtesy of the Garcia, Hena Mansori


What Would Carrie, Samantha, Miranda & Charlotte Wear Today?

June 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City, a revolutionary show about four independent women talking frankly about sex and their desires in New York. This story was originally published on August 24, 2016.If you’re on Instagram and don’t yet follow @everyoutfitonsatc, we can’t really be friends. Sounds serious, but I stand by it — the sardonic account started by Lauren Garroni and Chelsea Fairless has some of the best critical fashion writing around today, even though it only tac...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Instagram, Reagan, Brooklyn, Kate Spade, Chanel, Samantha, Gucci, Aidan, Steve, Dolce Gabbana, Hedi Slimane, Carrie Bradshaw, Antwerp


NRA President Calls Parkland Student Activists “Terrorists”

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Over the past several months, many have praised the anti-gun violence movement led by students who survived the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL. But for someone like the newly-elected president of the National Rifle Association, these teenagers are "terrorists.""They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Washington, America, Reagan, Iran, North, National Security Council, Nicaragua, Jim Crow, Nra, National Rifle Association, Oliver North, Justin Sullivan Getty, Contra


Why Thursday Is Your Chance To Get More Spiritual

This coming Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. You may not be familiar with this holiday, but if you haven't quite pinned down your personal definition of spirituality just yet, this day could be a natural opportunity to do so.Back in 1952, President Harry S. Truman declared that the American people should spend one day a year praying or meditating on their faith. At the time, he named July 4 the National Day of Prayer, but it's since been moved to the first Thursday in May. (We're...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Obama, Reagan, Harry S Truman


7 Things You Didn't Know About The White House Correspondents' Dinner

Prom season is upon us, and the nerdiest one of all is happening soon. But instead of high school kids dancing awkwardly to the sound of slow, romantic jams, a bunch of grown journalists will make jokes and talk about the importance of the First Amendment in one fancy evening.We're talking, of course, about the White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD), taking place April 28. This glitzy event is one of the biggest annual parties in Washington, D.C. (It's also the geekiest, hence the nickname "...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Obama, Washington, White House, Reagan, Pennsylvania, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, John F Kennedy, Seth Meyers, Donald Trump, Abc News, White House Correspondents ' Association, Trump


The Bain "Expert Generalist" Model and the Increasing Value of a Liberal Arts Degree...

With all the talk of automation and AI changing the nature of jobs in the future, one question we should all be asking (especially those of us with kids) is "what degrees, education and skills are going to have the most impact in the future?" Mark Cuban has an opinion - he thinks some of the degrees we're most focused on now are going to fade in importance and liberal arts - yes, liberal arts - is going to make a comeback.  Here's an excerpt of what he said in a recent interview via Business Ins...
Tags: Workplace, Dallas Mavericks, Careers, Economics, Gorbachev, Reagan, Mark Cuban, Ussr, Od, Kris Dunn, Tetlock, Philip Tetlock, Archilochus, Bain Co, Orit Gadiesh, Soviet Union Liberals


President's Day is a Time to Reflect - About What Your Official Holidays Are... (Bonus - My Top 5 Presidents)

Happy President's Day, suckers. Who's actually off on President's Day?  More people than you might think.  Check out this graph of the percentage of US offices closed on various holidays (email subscribers, click through if you don't see the graph below): Let's talk about that graph.  The big item in play in my eyes is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Strategically, your company needs to recognize MLK Jr. Day as an official holiday.  Some of you won't like that. Others will, and the rest will be ne...
Tags: Obama, US, Careers, America, Reagan, Jesus, Lincoln, Columbus, George W Bush, PTO, Kris Dunn


Trump's First Year In Office Was Terrible For Women — Here's Why

Almost exactly one year ago, Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States. The day after his inauguration, millions of women took to the streets to protest the new president — among other things — and what they believed to be an agenda that would hurt women.Turns out, their anxiety over Trump's future policies was not exactly unfounded.In the first 12 months since Trump took office, his administration has swiftly undone years of progress for women. Everything has been o...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Budget, Supreme Court, Obama, Cdc, Mexico, Senate, Alabama, Georgia, Reagan, Gop, United States, House, Paris, United Nations



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