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No 393: Cuomo’s big budget, Wei Yin’s smarter entrepreneurs and the prototypically helpful MTRC

  Welcome to the show: Hello and happy Wednesday to you, dear reader, as we speed toward the back nine of another busy workweek. Welcome especially new newsletter subscribers Ron, Mindy, Lauren, David, Nicholas, Christine, Dianne, Liz and Connie. Lace up, kids – you join us on National Walking Day, the American Heart Association’s first-Wednesday-of-April reminder to stretch those limbs once in a while. A.K.A. “Think Twice Day”: April 3 is also National Don’t Go…


No. 392: Birthing bots, baseball reborn and a second look at our 2019 innovation love-in

  Did you miss us? We missed you, dear reader, but here we are, back on the beat just in time to wrap up another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Friday, March 29, out there, and we’ve still got the warm fuzzies from Tuesday’s 2019 Innovator of the Year Awards, which filled the Crest Hollow Country Club with copious carbs, big brains and lots of love. Let’s go to the videotape: In case you…


No. 391: Kirk lives, rockets blast, lasers fire – and it’s a water world after all

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the end of another busy workweek is upon us, and the first weekend of spring has sprung. Well played. It’s March 22 out there, marking the United Nation’s annual World Water Day, which reminds us that clean, potable water is “a human right.” (They take this to heart at Adelphi University, as you’ll see below.) More Power to you: With Saturday’s national Powerball jackpot soaring…


No. 390: On relativity, finger-licking and extra Voices – and happy birthday, almost-2,000-year-old man

  Spring in your step: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the first day of spring in our lovely Northern Hemisphere – the vernal equinox occurs today at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time. We really had an easy winter. But the 15-or-so inches of snow measured by the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station won’t be a record low, according to historical accumulations recorded by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Veggie tales: This…


No. 389: Inventing escalators, building a better battery, finding FarmBot – and happy birthday, RBG!

  Stretch run: Welcome to Friday, intrepid reader, and the last leg of another busy workweek. It’s March 15 out there, and you’re already doing better than Julius Caesar, so, that’s a start. Universal translator: Today is World Speech Day, celebrating the power of a good sermon, and the 62nd annual World Contact Day, on which extraterrestrial enthusiasts highlight international efforts to reach out and touch someone. Or something. Et Tu Snow? Caesar, who finally…


No. 388: On Broadway, Barbie’s BFF and best workforce investments (mentoring, also aces for at-risk kids)

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we hurdle the hump of another busy workweek. It’s March 13 out there, which of course makes it National Elephant Day in Thailand, marking the 1998 addition of the white elephant to that nation’s flag. (Note: Not to be confused with World Elephant Day, held in August.) Hello, dolly: Today is also Ken Day, celebrating the 1961 debut of Ken Carson – yes, Barbie’s plastic…


No. 387: Old English, new mental-health thinking and please, Albany, Farmingdale State would like some more

  Get your Frīġedæġ on: However you say it, even in Old English, it’s Friday, dear readers – the end of a busy workweek and the precipice of another well-earned weekend. Gōd hælo! Near misses: It’s March 8 on Planet Earth, the earliest day on which Canberra Day (Australia), Decoration Day (Liberia), Passion Sunday (Christianity) and Commonwealth Day (in 53 member states, all former British territories) can fall. Today is none of those days. Dear…


No. 386: Hofstra in the minority, septuagenarians in bed and Gilbert in the weeds, again (plus: The Dude abides)

  Wednesday welcome: You’ve reached the midpoint of another exciting week of inventions, investments and bold business development. Well done, intrepid reader! It’s March 6 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Lily, Brian, Samantha, Caleb, Brandon, Frank, Alyssa, Ellen, Javier, Melissa, Martez and Joshua. Please make sure your snacks are peanut-free, and enjoy the show. Sometimes there’s a man: Our new friends join us on a special day for the…


No. 385: Pigs fly, Adelphi soars, Captain America meets Hitler – and a healthy turn at Bethpage Black

  Weekend update: Welcome to Friday, friends, as we complete another productive workweek and greet another weekend. It’s March 1 out there, already the 60th day of 2019. Before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Dean, Judy, Morgan, Brittney, Leo, Brenda, Conan, Leigh, Wei and Harvey. Your timing couldn’t be better, hopping aboard the innovation train on National Beer Day – in Iceland, marking the 1989 end of that country’s prohibition laws. Don’t mean…


No. 384: Inventing aspirin, Novocain and heroin – and fighting opioid addiction with feeling

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation here on Long Island and around the world. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the second day of Ayyám-i-Há for followers of the Bahá’í faith. (Of course, this observance only falls on this date on the Gregorian calendar if Bahá’í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which doesn’t always happen,…


No. 383: On politics, robotics, the five-and-dime and the power of dreaming big

  The end is nigh: But that’s a good thing, dear readers, as we wrap up another busy workweek and ease into another well-earned weekend. Welcome to Friday! Wu are you again? It’s Feb. 22 out there, and if you had Empress Wu Zetian abdicating her throne on (or about) this date in 705 A.D. – thereby restoring China’s on-again, off-again Tang dynasty – that’s pretty amazing. We’re crediting 100 wu shu coins to your…


No. 382: Daring photographers, prestigious fellows, international space adventures – and LICA’s tastiest Capital Forum yet

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy winter week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Feb. 20, and welcome especially to new newsletter subscribers Wendy, Charles, Sam, Dee, Lyn, Clive, J. Taylor, Rama, John, David and Rosemary. We’ve turned off the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign, so please feel free to move around the cabin. Those are all good things: Our new friends join us on The World Day of Social Justice,…


No. 381: The Spur evolves, MIDI steps up, Applied DNA in the weeds – and Amazon, we hardly knew ye

  Well done: It’s Friday, friends, and you’ve done it again – the end of the workweek is upon us and another welcomed weekend dawns. It’s Feb. 15 out there, and it’s a busy one – Liberation Day in Afghanistan, National Flag Day in Canada, Statehood Day in Serbia, Total Defence Day in Singapore and, here in the States, Susan B. Anthony Day, celebrating the life and times of our national matriarch of women’s suffrage…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


No 379: Tuning in at Hofstra, soaring high at JFK and music by John Williams (plus: a new origin story for the universe)

  Finishing touch: And down the stretch we come, dear readers, with the end of another busy workweek and the promised land of another well-earned weekend coming up fast. It’s Friday out there, Feb. 8 to be precise, and good luck to all our readers in India preparing to pop the question on this romantic Propose Day 2019. The pickings are slim (Scout’s honor): Here in the States, it’s National Opera Day (just two years…