The Rundown-Weds 2/7/18: Annie Duke; 1st man(nequin) to orbit the sun

I'm VERY excited to talk to our 7:36 AM guest, Annie Duke, who won a World Series of Poker championship "bracelet" (in a very complicated game:
Annie's new book is called "Thinking in Bets", and it has some great insights into how people do -- and how people should -- approach decisions in life that involve risk, unknowns, etc. Not just how to think about such decisions before they're made, but afterwards as well. Annie left grad school at the University of Pennsylvania to play poker just before finishing her PhD in psychology. When you read her writing, and when you hear her on the show, I think you'll understand why she was able to win several million dollars playing poker.

Just before Annie comes on, we'll talk with Starlee Coleman, a senior policy adviser at the Goldwater Institute about the "Right to Try" which President Trump mentioned during the State of the Union address. The Goldwater Institute has been on the front lines of supporting Right to Try legislation. For balance, on Friday morning at 8:06 AM we'll talk with a doctor and medical ethicist (that's one person, not two) who is against the legislation.

At 8:38 AM we'll talk with Phil Larson who is at CU now but used to work at SpaceX -- about Tuesday's successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, its payload a Tesla Roadster with a mannequin at the steering wheel which may orbit in space for thousands (or millions?) of years.

I'm posting this on Tuesday afternoon so I'm not sure what the video will look like on Wednesday, but the shots through the Tesla Roadster seeing the Earth come into view were absolutely stunning. One of the best PR stunts in the history of mankind (more about "mankind" below)...and I don't mean that to minimize a truly incredible accomplishment by Elon Musk.


Here's some animation of the launch, and as of this writing it appears that all has gone to plan thus far.


A fun short interview of SpaceX founder Elon Musk prior to the launch


Best story of the day:

Here's the audio of the prank call made by Russian comedians "Vovan" and "Lexus" in which Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff seems to be taking seriously their claims that they have, and will provide to Schiff, "compromising" pictures of "naked Trump" after Trump had "short relations" with a Russian model/actress. Schiff's office is now saying they always thought it was a bogus call, but it sure doesn't sound that way:

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