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The PETA Podcast PETA, the world's largest animal rights organization, is 6.5 million strong and growing. This is the place to find out why. Hear from insiders, thought leaders, activists, investigators, politicians, and others why animals need more than kindness—they have the right not to be abused or exploited in any way. Hosted by Emil Guillermo. Powered by PETA activism.
 
Award-winning Journalist, commentator, and humorist, Emil Guillermo gives his take on race, society, and politics from an Asian American perspective. A former NPR host, Emil's commentaries can be read at http://www.aaldef/org/blog His work has appeared on radio, TV, and print nationwide. His book "Amok:Essays from an Asian American perspective," won an American Book Award. Twitter: @emilamok
 
This is the podcast for the USA Bureau of Inquirer.net, the web home of the Manila-based Philippines Inquirer. There are close to 5-million Filipinos in America. They make nearly half of more than $24 billion in remittances to the Philippines. They live in America, care about the Philippines, and have stories to tell. Hear them here.
 
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Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement (CALE), talks with Emil Guillermo about the news since the "Tiger King" show premiered. And it all leads to what could be a permanent shutdown of big-cat petting zoos. For example, Tim Stark, a former business partner of Joe Exotic, was ordered to pay more than…
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, Jeff Smith, DevOps advocate, director of Ops at Centro, and author of the book Operations Anti-patterns, DevOps Solutions, talks about adapting DevOps patterns and avoiding pitfalls as companies grow out from startup to full size. We talk about the types of engineers companies need as they evolve and how to achie…
 
At age 27, Chuck Carroll was so addicted to fast food he thought he wouldn't see age 30. He has since lost 300 pounds and kept it off with a vegan diet. In conversation with Emil Guillermo, Carroll talks about how he did it, and how it led to his hosting, "The Exam Room," the podcast of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Carr…
 
For her birthday, Ingrid Newkirk is...what else? Saving animals. The president and co-founder of PETA talks about PETA's efforts globally to save as many animals as it can, from India and Asia, to Romania in Europe, to Petra in the Middle East, and back to Norfolk, Va., PETA headquarters. Newkirk tells Emil Guillermo about how efforts in India were…
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, I talk with Dave Thomas, author of The Pragmatic Programmer, and many other well-known software engineering books. We discuss how software engineering has changed over many decades and how Dave's experiences have informed his attitudes to testing. Key takeaways: Software is both abstract and changes the real worl…
 
The Washington National Primate Research Center in Seattle has been moving sick monkeys around this country for use in labs, according to documents obtained by PETA through an open records law request. Dr.Lisa Jones Engel, a former WaNPRC employee, now PETA's senior scientific advisor for primate experimentation, has reviewed the documents and file…
 
PETA Sr. VP Dan Mathews talks about paying his respects to George Floyd by recently attending the memorial that took place in Floyd's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Mathews, openly gay, saw it as an opportunity to link arms and show solidarity between all the issues he cares about animal rights, gay rights.and the fight for racial justic…
 
This episode of Semaphore Uncut features Jonathan Creamer, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft. We hear his monorepo experiences and about his work in the field of 'DivOps' - the term he coined to describe the engineering of front-end tooling. Key takeaways: DivOps is DevOps for the front-end Monorepo's power is having all dependencies at your fi…
 
After Katherine Roe and two of her fellow PETA scientists paid a visit to UMass Amherst about its cruel monkey experiments, the university went from enthusiastic to silent. The school would rather hang on to their federal grants worth millions--even if the science--based on animals--is unlikely to be of benefit to humans. Roe, the new director of t…
 
Hall of Fame Horse Trainer Bob Baffert is seen by many as the "face of horse racing." But after an unpredictable win at the Kentucky Derby, Baffert's horse, Medina Spirit, failed a drug test and was shown to have an illegal steroid in his blood. Now Baffert and the entire gambling sport has been shamed and placed under a cloud. The drug scandal is …
 
In this Semaphore Uncut episode, I meet Eric Seidel, co-creator of Flutter and Director of Engineering for the Flutter team at Google. We chat about the Flutter developer experience, the Dart language that powers it, and the transition Flutter is making from mobile to desktop. Key takeaways: Flutter allows one codebase for mobile, web and desktop D…
 
Looking for cruelty-free cosmetics and need a reputable list? Kathy Guillermo, PETA Sr.VP on Laboratory Investigations, knows. She has spent more than 30 years leading the cruelty-free cosmetics campaign at PETA. While most companies have stopped testing on animals, the issue continues to evolve as China still requires testing that impacts hundreds…
 
By Capt. Paul Watson's count there are 56 orcas being held in concrete prisons. And 163 who have died over the years. After 50 years at sea saving marine mammals, Watson's written a new book that essentially registers all the animals who are currently enslaved by amusement parks like Sea World. He talks about what's being done and how you can help,…
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, we meet Nader Dabit, Senior Developer Advocate at AWS. He gives us his perspective on managed services in cloud development, tells us about AWS Amplify, and gives his predictions on the future of cloud computing. Key takeaways: As the front-end ecosystem matures, more challenging products are possible Managed ser…
 
An Earth Day/Earth Month Special! A Filipino American group called Little Manila Rising is part of a "people-powered" Green Revolution that's changing how the community in Stockton, Calif. gets involved in environmental justice. Recently, community members, empowered by state money through AB617, rejected a $5 million proposal from the Port of Stoc…
 
Rachelle Owen directs Students Opposing Speciesism, or SOS, the new youth program at PETA. Students from around the country connect through hubs to form activism networks in person and on social media. Alexis Collum is a student at the University of Central Florida who organized a live protest at Orlando's SeaWorld, that went viral through other SO…
 
The problem with the Animal Welfare Act is an amendment attached to it in 2002 that could be an illegal "bill of attainder." This is legislation that declares an entire class of guilty without a fair trial. The Constitution forbids such things. Was the so-called Helms Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act--which banned animals like birds, rats, and m…
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, I talk to Benjy Weinberger, co-founder of Toolchain. We discuss the open-source build tool, 'Pants', and hear Benjy's views on the monorepo strategy for managing your codebase. Key takeaways: Pants: a fast, scalable build system Explicit modelling of dependencies is key to Pants performance Monorepo gives visibil…
 
After Easter, people abandon ducks and ducklings out in the wild, leaving them all sitting ducks for predators. John Di Leonardo, works as a Sr. Manager at PETA in the animals in entertainment division. But in his spare time, he rescues abandoned ducks. Di Leonardo talks with Emil Guillermo about how the need is so great, Di Leonardo's organization…
 
Jason Baker, Sr. VP in charge of PETA Asia, talks to Emil Guillermo about the latest in Asia. PETA investigators exposed the skin trade in pythons and how they literally inflated to death. Baker provides an update on the monkey used to fetch coconuts in Thailand. Consumers should support monkey-free coconut milk from other countries. And more than …
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, I talk to Michael Grinich, founder and CEO for WorkOS. We chat about how software companies fall foul of the 'Enterprise Chasm', and how WorkOS helps them cross it. We also learn about the engineering approach that the WorkOS team takes to maintain the reliability of their service, which is critical to their user…
 
The Covid-era Iditarod, Alaska's historic race, ended this month with a whimper. Nearly 200 dogs had to be pulled from the race due to injury or illness, and one musher pulled his team when he realized his sick dogs gave him no chance. John Di Leonardo, PETA's senior manager for animals in entertainment talks with Emil Guillermo about the lowlights…
 
The New York Times reports of a monkey shortage. But there's no monkey shortage at U.S. labs. The Times was used by vivisectors looking to get more monkeys. Dr.Lisa Jones-Engel, PETA Animal consultant and a one-time primatologist with National Primate Research Centers, crunches the numbers and shows that reports of monkey shortages in U.S. labs are…
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, I chat with Emile Vauge, founder and CEO of Traefik Labs. We talk about the origins of Traefik and the Traefik Labs products that have stemmed from it. We also discuss getting started in the complex Kubernetes world and look into the future of cloud-native. Key takeaways: Automated microservice container networki…
 
In 1975, philosopher Peter Singer argued for the end of tyranny by human animals over non-human animals. His book "Animal Liberation," has been an ethical compass for several generations of animal rights activists. In this conversation with Emil Guillermo, Singer talks about the changes in the last 45 years, how his book helped bring about those ch…
 
The Iditarod--originally intended to help get medicine to distant parts of Alaska--has now ironically become a COVID death trap for the dogs. Last year, 220 dogs had to be pulled off the race due to injury. John Di Leonardo, PETA's Iditarod specialist and an anthrozoologist in the animals in entertainment department talks to Emil Guillermo about th…
 
In this episode of Semaphore Uncut, I chat with Alex Ellis, creator of OpenFaaS, Inlets, and Arkade. He shares his experience of following his open-source passion while also making his work pay. Key takeaways: When an open-source project has traction and community, but no business model The sponsored app business model The Freemium business model E…
 
Angelo Quinto died after a policeman had a knee to the back of his neck for 5 minutes. Emil Amok is Emil Guillermo, journalist, commentary, performing artist reads from the column he wrote on www.aaldef.org/blog about Quinto, the need for re-thinking policing, and what this means for Asian Americans. Prof. Dan Gonzales of SF State Univ joins in to …
 
The Moulton Chinchilla Ranch is anything but a ranch. It's a shed the length of a football field, filled with 1,000 chinchillas. A PETA investigator got an undercover look at the facility in Fillmore County, Minnesota. What he saw will make you cringe. Animals in small cages, some in need of veterinary care, all in a filthy, smelly environment. It'…
 
Why were Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II? President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942 paved the way. And while some where given redress payments in 1988, the battle continues for a few hundred Japanese Latin Americans who were also incarcerated at the same time but left out of the settlement. …
 
After four years in Washington, DC, Louise Linton has returned to Hollywood with a new movie, "Me, You, Madness." It's a fun film that spoofs the rich, sends up serial killer movies of the '80s, and is loaded with animal rights messages. Linton talks about why she made the film, and her hopes for its success. She also talks about how she got from S…
 
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