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Articles of Imp • France Strikes I: Macron at NATO • France Strikes II: It’s General • Rendering faces from DNA

Join American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, living in Asia, as they take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international news! In this week's episode:

  • Articles of impeachment shall be
  • France Strikes! Part Un: Macron and Trump mix it up at the NATO summit, while we explore the purpose of NATO
  • France Strikes! Part Deux: Macron faces a general strike at home
  • The tech now exists to reconstruct how someone looks just from their DNA. 😯 And of course it's being used for nothing but good purposes
  • It's been a brutal winter in Singapore with temps only modestly hot
  • That, more, and our usual dose of happy news! 

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. Thanks for listening!

Social media platforms as publishers • Future of podcasting • Confronting China

Join an American (Bill Poorman) and a Dutchman (Nikolaj Groeneweg), living in Asia, as they take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international news! In this week's episode:

  • Facebook, Google, and other social media platforms - or is that publishers?
  • "Illinois Nazis. I hate Illinois Nazis." - Jake & Elwood
  • The excerpted future of podcasting
  • Confronting China exactly the wrong way
  • And our usual dose of happy news! 

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. Thanks for listening!

Hong Kong Unrest • French Zest • Tech is the Best • Trump Fest

After a short hiatus traveling the region and covering events, hosts Bill Poorman (the American) and Nikolaj Groeneweg (the Dutchman) are back to take you on a romp through the week's international news! In this week's episode:

  • The unrest in Hong Kong worsens, and it's hard to see where it's all going
  • Protest is going worldwide
  • Tech and entrepreneurship might offer some answers
  • The Trump impeachment goes public
  • And our usual dose of happy news! (Lord knows we need it.)

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. Thanks for listening!

China Bucks • Trump’s Not Always Wrong and That’s Bad • We(outta)Work • Nuclear Floppy Disks

Hosts Bill Poorman (the American) and Nikolaj Groeneweg (the Dutchman) take you on a romp through the week's international news! In this week's episode:

  • China's trumping the U.S. in rich people and unicorns
  • Trump is not always wrong about everything, and that's the worst possible thing
  • WeWork pays its founder millions of bucks to go away 
  • Tech news, including algorithms building racism into health care and the the nuclear arsenal enter the 21st century

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. Thanks for listening!

US Dems Debate • Knuckling Under to China * AI’s Gonna Getchya

Hosts Bill Poorman (the American) and Nikolaj Groeneweg (the Dutchman) are flying solo again on this one. In this week's episode:

  • Bill is fresh off the latest Democratic party debate, and he's none too impressed with some of what he saw
  • The NBA and other American companies are knuckling under to China, and that ain't good
  • Your job and life will not be the same once AI gets here, says Nikolaj
  • But that's not nearly as bad as the squirrels playing chess

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. Thanks for listening!

Nile Bowie takes us on the ground in Hong Kong

Hosts Bill Poorman (the American) and Nikolaj Groeneweg (the Dutchman) focus on the situation in Hong Kong with Asia Times journalist Nile Bowie. Hong Kong has been gripped for months by protests and the police response as the city wrestles with how it will be governed now and in the future. Bowie just recently returned from the city, and he shares his insights, reflections, and first-hand reporting. In this week's show:

  • Nile Bowie's Five Points
  • The recent history of Hong Kong as the City of Protest
  • Where this might all be headed
  • In a new segment, finishing on a positive note in these tense times

Find more from Nile Bowie at https://www.asiatimes.com/ or at https://nilebowie.blogspot.com/.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluecepodcast.com or though social media. And remember, sharing is caring. :-) Thanks for listening!

Journalist Teymoor Nabili makes us sound good and smart

Hosts Bill Poorman (the American) and Nikolaj Groeneweg (the Dutchman) are joined in studio by veteran journalist and media consultant Teymoor Nabili for this week's romp through the news. Nabili has worked for Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNN, and Channel News Asia, among other news outlets, and covered some of the biggest events of the last 25 years. In this week's show:

  • It's totally okay now for foreign governments to meddle in US elections. (We're fans of foreign influence here.)
  • Boris gets bounced again on Brexit - this time by the EU.
  • The violence in Hong Kong goes from bad to worse, and where is it all headed?
  • Saudi Arabia is America's best friend - because they pay it to be.

Find out more about Teymoor Nabili at http://teymoornabili.com/

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. Thanks for listening!

Impeachment! • Greta & Climate Change • New Cold War with China

Your hosts, American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, take you on a romp through a week's worth of news and events. In this week's episode:

  • The impeachment of Donald Trump is upon us!
  • Greta Thunberg and how do we get moving on global warming
  • The war's getting cold with China
  • Political and private success in our post-truth world
  • A sad day in Star Trek geekdom

And more!

 

Another Mideast War? • Let Women Lead • Robots, Schrobots

Your hosts, American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, take you on a romp through a week's worth of news and events. In this week's episode:

  • It's. still. hazy.
  • Another Middle East War? Sure. Why not.
  • Women should take the lead - with just a dose of skepticism
  • The most famous robot overlord has a long way to go

Thanks for listening!

The Beginning (Again)

The dynamic duo flies again! Join American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg as they launch their new podcast, providing a humorous serious and seriously humorous romp through world current events, all from their home base in Singapore.  If you loved their previous podcast, We Don't Mean to Dwell, expect the same banter and local guests, but with a broader focus. In this week's episode:

  • The deep fake AI arms race and the death of truth
  • India goes to the south pole of the Moon - almost
  • Brexit and the Continentals
  • Hong Kong, the future of democracy, and using propaganda to monetize our podcast
  • It’s hazy here in Singapore. We think.

Thanks for listening!