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“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

Hello there, and welcome to _bandwidth: coast to coast. One of the intents I have with this series, is to highlight what we take for granted, what structures, economies, influences, etc, that exist within and without each…


This is an excerpt from the audio introduction of the podcast _bandwidth: coast to coast

Hey there, thank you for tuning into _bandwidth: coast to coast. I’m a fan of metaphor and analogy, one doesn’t have to pay attention to me for very long to see that.

Despite my overuse of David Foster Wallace, or any other statement that proceeds my saying, “It’s like…” What I am most interested in, and what I most want to produce with this show, are explorations of the places in which metaphor, analogy or even words fail to be suitable synthetic models.

That statement can mean any number of things, but let’s narrow the lens for the purposes…


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Hey there, and thank you for taking the time to listen to this, perhaps my most important, episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

At the present event that this is being released, the world looking out from my spot in the middle of North America, looks and feels like absolute chaos.

A chaos, that further hides many of the issues which continue to surround us out in the open, while completely going unnoticed.

One of those issues that has a high ranking on my list of imminent concern, is nuclear weapons.

I use the parable by David Foster Wallace…


This is an excerpt from the audio introduction of the podcast _bandwidth: coast to coast

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Why hello, trust that this audio finds you either gripping with the end of the year, or exuberant with it’s passing. Either those or another, thank you for letting _bandwidth: coast to coast invade your auditory cortex.

We are, fundamentally, the same beings as we were in ancient times.

I was just talking with a friend of mine about the most recent Pompeii discoveries, and the conversation quickly landed at how we are essentially the same beings as then, only our technology and some of our culture has changed.

I would extend, that with technology came an influence into…


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Hey there! As the clock turns round and the sun comes up and down, thanks for taking the time and attention for _bandwidth: coast to coast.

This episode, like all things, is many different dimensions at once.

In April of 2016, I lived in Chicago, and was working on a short lived podcast on the side.

I’ve had a long interest in water as a resource.

How are we getting it, the increasing stress and instability of it, I can go on and on.

With that podcast, I wanted to highlight water infrastructure, and the looming issues with it…


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Why helllloooo, thanks for tuning into this episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast

This one, like the 10th episode with Ari Novy, I walked in primed and ready for an interview. But before we even really got going, we were already deep into a conversation about the conundrums of our present day.

Going with the flow, I threw out my notes and decided to see where the conversation with one of the foremost experts, and first to get into the game, on social media misinformation and disinformation would take us.

My guest is professor Yotam Ophir, who’s expertise ranges…


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Hey there, thanks for tapping into this episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

What we’re going to hear if you should listen to this episode, isn’t something happy.

But if you stick with it, I think it will bring you a lot of faith in our shared humanity and ability to persevere, just as much as a shock to what is silently happening to 48% of American’s who are renting right now.

For me, it gave me a deeper appreciation in the selflessness of others, to put their time and emotional fortitude in any way possible to help the…


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Howdy, hope this message finds you well and thank you for tapping into this episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

An idea that I will continue to build upon as the series gains momentum, is given the sheer pace of information and data being created, curated and transmitted, it is within the absences of information where many of the most important events and issues are taking place.

With everyone getting a tailored message from an algorithm, their chosen news authority, or social media account, what we each pay attention to seems to increasingly get smaller as it gets more fractured within.

Just think for a quick moment, most people at the time this episode is broadcasted are spending most…


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Thank you for letting this episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast invade your cerebellum.

I spend more time than most, reading and pondering the Romans. In my college years, I focused more on the republic, particularly the connection the founding fathers had with that ancient Republic.

But for the most part, my studies centered around the tragedy of the Republic, famously marked by the stabbing of Julius Cesar and the immortal words, “et tu brute?”

Cesar, came up at a time when ambition was the currency for glory. The force of the civilization was so grand, one had to create their immortality, as even the resulting civil wars didn’t shake it’s hold.

Cesar…


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If you had a view of our planet from space, what would you notice if you looked at it long enough?

The regularity of certain patterns.

Snow should be easy to spot.

Then maybe weather regularities, hurricanes and typhoons have pretty distinguishable features.

What about the past two hundred cycles around the sun would stand out more than nearly any other?

Thank you for finding this episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

If you were an alien, and every once in a while a specific part of your alien bureaucracy would point a telescope-like device over at our star system for a looksee.

Their department of interstellar geospatial intelligence would be having quite a lot of interest on our…

John Robert

Tech professional, entrepreneur, philosopher and polymath. bandwidthpodcast.com

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