16915: How to Talk about Difficulty Topics

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We all have to bear bad news. It is what we have to do. Tell your box that he is wrong, your neighbor that she is disturbing the piece, your employee that he is fired. How do you do it? How Do you do it other than starting with the horribly awkward “I don’t bring bad news but…” Our cast members Evelyne and Sulley explore this question and propose an answer, an answer that comes following a bit of a skirmish in this new series that is part of “How We Manage Stuff.”

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16405: Seattle & the Problems of an Innovative Organization

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This fall, the podcast moves to Seattle. Such moves keep us flexible, agile, ready to face any task. Well, perhaps any task. There is this problem with slugs. However, we’re in Seattle to consider the attributes of an innovative organization. In the process, we’re looking at four attributes: Vision, Refinement, Socialization, and Decision-making. But to do that, we have to settle into our office. A local property manager is some help (though not much) and our hardworking intern puts down her box of material to deliver the lyrical speech “Rohit that Slug had a mother.”

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16385: Leaving Washington: A summary of science & tech policy

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The time has come to move to our next site. Before we go, we do a quick summary of what we have learned about Science & Technology Policy while Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur shows us how she has actually applied it.

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16380: The Intern’s Dilemma or Anna gets an interview

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How has technology changed the role of interning? What is it like to move from a succession of unpaid jobs to a full time position? Are you really ready to be a full member of the workforce after a couple months of clerical work? The answer lies less with technology but with the nature of the economy, which is, of course, shaped by technology.

This week, our intern Anna considers the problem of trying to become a full time employee.

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16375: An Interview With Steve Crocker

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UnknownIn a special interview, Steve Crocker, Chair of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) talks about his organization, its future, and the future of the Internet.

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16370: Emvisible Friends: Privacy in an Connected Age

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What is privacy in the digital age and how do we defend it for the consumer? Especially when we want to have Pokemon Go. Our guest this week is Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, who talks about the role of her agency is defending consumer privacy.

And then there is Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur who has a new app called Embisivle Friends, which may push the boundaries of privacy because it is an app that is written by kids that collects data on kids.

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Maddie, the Eight-Year Old Entrepreneur

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With a week off for How We Manage Stuff, we offer a little snippet of Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur who is visiting Washington. Maddie represents all that is right with American business. Its energy. Its vision. Its optimism. She is also the side of it that is 8 years old. Enjoy the introduction of this little fireball from an episode released in May.

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16365: The Final Principle of Science Policy ( & Maddie comes to DC)

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It’s the last idea in Vannevar Bush’s list of principles to guide science policy and it is enshrined in law but it is really an observation of a fundamental conflict, the conflict between the interests of scientists and the interests of the public. The balance between these two communities is dynamic, we make adjustments as the needs of society change but at the same time, the heads of science agencies are responsible to the citizenry and must behave that way.

UnknownThe principle  is illustrated by the story of Allen V Astin, the Director of the National Bureau of Standards in the 1950s and the father of a well known comedic actor of the 1960s.

And our  cast slowly returns.  Rohit from IT is back from his term of public service and the 8 year old entrepreneur Maddie finds her way to Washington.

 

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