32: David Garrow: Barack Obama and Pulitzer-Prize Winning

August 11, 2017
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Making Barack Obama, the High Court, and more. Meredith geeks out a little about favorite Supreme Court justices with historian and author, David Garrow. In this captivating epsisode covering Obama, Roe v. Wade and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Meredith and David really dig into some interesting legal and political topics.

In his book, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, Pulitzer-Prize winner David Garrow addresses how Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. 

About David Garrow

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Star-Making-Barack-Obama/dp/0062641832 
Web: http://www.davidgarrow.com/

The Book: Rising Star

Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate.

Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's "rising star," Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008.

In Rising Star, David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is an extraordinary work of biography—tremendous in its research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.

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14: Dr. Darryl Johnson: Marijuana (Yes, Really)

May 13, 2017
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Marijuana. Yes. Really.  Legal Statement: Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Nevada, where Dr. Johnson conducts his research; Adult-use marijuana legal in NV, sales begin July 1, 2017 in the state of NV. Marijuana might not be legal in audience home state. Listener discretion is advised.

Marijuana. Cannabis. Yes, that's what we're talking about. In this incredibly informative and educational episode, Meredith talks with Dr. Johnson about the new research, safety and information on the wacky weed (okay, that's Meredith's term).

Darryl Johnson, PhD is the Scientific Director at Ace Analytical Laboratory (AAL), a cannabis safety and potency testing laboratory in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AAL is at the forefront of cannabis analysis, adhering to the world’s most stringent safety testing requirements. In addition, Dr. Johnson is also a contributing writer for Vegas Cannabis Magazine, and served on the Laboratory Working Group for the Governor’s Task Force for the implementation of Question 2 (legalization of adult-use marijuana in Nevada).

Dr. Johnson received his PhD in bioanalytical chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2013. While at UGA, he worked at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) developing novel separation methodologies for high-throughput mass spectrometry based proteomic analysis. Following graduation, he took a Research Chemist/ORISE Fellowship position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. During his time at the CDC, he was part of the Special Topics Team in the Chemical Terrorism Method Development Laboratory, developing bioanalytical assays to measure human exposure to organophosphorus nerve agents. Dr. Johnson has authored nearly 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and was part of a team of scientists awarded the CDC’s Excellence in Emergency Response International award in 2015.    

Show Outline

Personal Background of Dr. Johnson

NV mandatory safety and potency testing of all medical (and adult-use) products

Why is cannabis illegal?

What do we know about cannabis?

What exactly is cannabis?

There is way more to marijuana than just THC: way more than just “getting high”

Combination of more than 400 pharmacologically active compounds

How does marijuana “work” in the body? Endocannabinoid system

Are there other ways to consume cannabis besides smoking?

Why are edibles different?

What is the future of marijuana?

Resources:

Medical Jane:
https://www.medicaljane.com/

Leafly
http://www.leafly.com 

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