Edwina Rodgers
This episode Derek brings another interview from his trip to The Amazing Meeting 13, a discussion with Edwina Rogers. Edwina is currently the CEO for the Secular Policy Institute where she is helping bring more critical thought into the halls of American Government. Find out more about how a conservative from rural Alabama came to be such a major champion for science and critical thinking.
 
Show Notes

– Date – August 18th, 2015
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Interview: Edwina Rogers [27:05]
Edwina is currently the president for the Secular Policy Institute.
– Has been a conservative her entire life.
– Around the time the League of Womens Voters stopped running the debates in the United States, most of the debates have become just press conferences.
– Worked for George H. W. Bush in international trade issues.
Obama met with the president from Nigera.
– Positive news in the US Senate was that they unanmously agree that Climate Change is real and humans have caused it.
Why does the United States government use words like ‘Czar’ for titles, it makes no sense.
– Edwina is the CEO of the Center for Prison Reform.
– It is amazing, and terrible that the United States allows for profit Prisons which is, essentially, allowing profit from crime.
– The City of Atlanta had a terrible run-in when they attempted to make their water/wastewater system go to a private corporation.
– Hopefully all the candidates will pay attention to the shift in public attitudes tword religious heavy politics.
– The parties have told Edwina that they are attempting to screen out candidates who may embarrass them like some current members have.
– Edwina got some attention due to how she wrapped gifts to show that the gifts fit into the federal gift giving rules/limits.
– You can only give a federal employee either a baseball cap or a coffee mug.
– Thanks again to the James Randi Educational Foundation for helping set up the interview.

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