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Paris Is Under Attack - Again • Covid Lockdowns in Europe • Asia’s Got It Together

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Paris faces attacks of freedom of expression - again.

• Europe is going under a new lockdown, the US never got it together, but Asia and the Pacific countries are coming out on top.

• And this time we have some fun with tape we like from this past week.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Trump Says If You Get the Covid, You’re Weak • How Patient Should You Be • Stoking War with China

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• The continuing saga of Trump getting the covid.

• How patient should you be with anyone who still supports Trump?

• Trump and the US's loose rhetoric against China stokes fear of war in Asia. 

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Make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Trump’s Got the Covid • Europe on Its Own • Bill Makes His Endorsement

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Well, we thought we'd be discussing the US presidential debate, but then Trump got the covid!

• With current international trends, Europe is increasingly on its own - for its well-being, security, and keeping the Enlightenment project alive.

• Bill makes is official presidential endorsement. If you're a US citizen, register to vote NOW. 

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Make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Are They Anti-Maskers or a Comedy Troupe? • “Supreme” Court • Pumpkins!

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Coronavirus chaos continues in the US, with the Trump administration seizing control over health science and anti-mask rallies that leave Bill questioning if it's reality or Comedy Central.

• We mourn the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by completely confounding Nikolaj on how any political system could seriously be designed this way.

• Good news: Pumpkins!

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

The Other Stuff Going on in the World: Hong Kong • Taiwan • Neural Pigs

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week we discuss some of the events we feel haven't gotten enough attention, as the US election and covid-19 dominate everyone's attention:

• Early on in FI we discussed the protests in Hong Kong and how we felt they were a front line in the defense of civil liberties in the 21st century. Unfortunately, things have not ended well. And it's precipitating a broader realignment in Asia.

• China and the US could be headed toward a confrontation over Taiwan and in the South China Sea unless cooler heads prevail.

• Neural pigs! On treadmills! That is to say, Elon Musk held a live demonstration of a new technology his company is developing called Neuralink, that directly connects a brain - in this case, a pig's - with a computer. Cyborgs aren't far away.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Truth Is Hard and That Ain’t Good • Parliamentary Politics Are Good • Our Good News Supply Dried Up

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Bill despairs at finding a common truth for Americans, while Nikolaj is just baffled by the entire spectacle. Conspiracy theories are running rampant, but it doesn't matter because we only believe people like us, anyway.

• Parliamentary-style politics might help save the day. Or at least we could feel a little better casting our vote.

• And this is a real emergency - our source for good news is running dry! Way to go, 2020.

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Make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Back After Bill’s Long March Back to the US

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• We're back after all the baloney Bill had with moving back to the US. 

• US presidential politics holds its conventions.

• In the good news, the dogs are taking our jobs. 🤔

Thanks for listening!

Make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

End of an Era • The West Has Given Up on Covid-19 • Masks Are for Suckers, It Seems

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Bill and Nikolaj record in the same studio for the last time in the foreseeable future. 

• The US, the Netherlands, France - everyone in the West seems to be giving up on fighting SARS-Cov-2.

• Somewhere along the line masks became controversial, and we're still confused. Stupid science.

Thanks for listening!

Make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Police Violence Protests Continue • Tech & Contact Tracing In Singapore • Restoring the US Reputation

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Protests against police violence against blacks continue in the US, and police are using ugly tactics against protestors.

• Singapore is preparing to require people to put on a wearable tracker when they go out in order to improve covid-19 contact tracing.

• The international reputation of the US is on the ballot.

Thanks for listening!

Make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

The ‘Merica Edition • Protests and Riots Rage • Singapore As Another Way? • SpaceX

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week, an episode mostly on 'Merica. Highlights are below, but please make sure to sign up for our newsletter - the Foreign Influence Dispatch - for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us.

• Cities across the United States are exploding with protests and riots over the death of a black man, George Floyd, at the knee of a white police officer. Racial disparities in policing and the culture wars in the US over them are, sadly, nothing new. 

• Singapore might be one example of a country that prevents racial tensions through its media and housing policies, but those interventions are unlikely to get support in the west.

• The US passes a grim milestone of 100,000 dead from covid-19, but on a per capita basis, it still trails behind.

• In a hint of international news, Europe is stuck in the middle of the US-China standoff over 5G technology and Huawei.

• The good news, including SpaceX's successful launch of humans into space from US soil, an example of police de-escalating, and turning 100 with a cook, frosty American (definitely not European) beer.

Thanks for listening!

Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

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