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Listenwise News Bites is a current events podcast for young listeners featuring fun, interesting, relevant news stories that keep kids engaged, informed, and entertained. Veteran public radio journalist Monica Brady-Myerov poses thought-provoking questions following each news story that listeners can ponder or discuss with family members, teachers, or classmates. News Bites is produced by Listenwise, an award-winning learning platform using podcasts to improve students’ listening and literac ...
 
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Did you know that now, Federally Chartered Banks and Thrifts May Provide Custody Services For Crypto Assets? Do you even know what this means? Well, we can tell you that The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today published a letter clarifying national banks' and federal savings associations' authority to provide cryptocurrency custod…
 
This week we look back on the 57th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington at a time when marches for racial justice are demanding change. We learn about zoos reopening from the pandemic and 11-year-old Gui Khury who became the first skateboarder to land a 1080-degree spin during quarentine. For student reflection: Do you think public m…
 
It’s the Crypto Roundup, World View episode! We talk about Ethereum’s increasing popularity due to DeFi, stablecoins in China and so much more. Join the host of Crypto and Blockchain Talk, Aviva Ounap, and Ben Jessel of Forbes.com today and tune into this week’s educational and interesting podcast! Tune in to CryptoAndBlockchainTalk.com, the podcas…
 
Paypal and Venmo are going crypto! PayPal apparently is going to allow the buying and selling of crypto to its 325 million users which will ramp up adoption and of course, add legitimacy to digital currency – and Venmo is looking to do more of the same. It is all remarkably interesting, but what does this mean for crypto enthusiasts like you and me…
 
It's a Kodak Moment for sure! On July 28 of 2020, Kodak announced it was allegedly getting a $765 million loan from the US Government to aid it in producing drug ingredients. What happened next was obvious - the news about this federal support led to its stock to explode by 2,190% the next day. But this was not the end of the excitement as the SEC,…
 
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”, said Sir Walter Scott, and how right he was! Billions are missing from Wirecard’s coffers, and no one knows yet where it went, but there are many ideas. Wirecard has taken part in what the head of Germany's financial watchdog calls "a massive criminal act". So, what happened, and …
 
This week we hear about how masks can protect you and others in this pandemic. Also, we revisit the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, DC. As Confederate statues and other symbols of racism are being dismantled around the country, some people are calling for this statue’s removal, too. For student reflection: Do you think learning that masks prot…
 
You do the crime, you do the time – so they say, but sometimes punishments for identical crimes are unequal and even puzzling. Let us start with the case of Charles C. Liu and Xin Wang, a married couple and U.S. citizens in California, who raised over $27 million USD from Chinese companies claiming they were going to use these investments to build …
 
This week's news showcases Mississippi's flag, the last state flag with the Confederate emblem, which is now being removed. And some NBA teams are stepping up to help with voting during the pandemic. For student reflection: What can be done to make voting accessible, especially during a pandemic?
 
What is happening with the human race? How is it that we are now so addicted, so believing, so sheep-like, so affected by Social Media? Is it Fear Of Missing Out? Are we happier being pissed off all the time? Are we looking for anger? Join me, Aviva Ounap, host of Crypto and Blockchain Talk as I talk to the founder of Peteyvid.com Craig Stadler abo…
 
Why in the world would institutional investors invest in crypto? What are institutional investors and how do they differ from retail investors? Join Ben Jessel from Forbes. com and Aviva Õunap, host of Crypto and Blockchain Talk, as we discover why institutions would invest in something so volatile, yet so lucrative. Tune in to CryptoAndBlockchainT…
 
This week news is about how systemic racism is driving thousands of people across the country to protest for change. Also, the lock down during the pandemic has meant fewer cars on the road, which means it's safer for bikes, especially women on bikes in Pakistan. For student reflection: What do you think can be done to create positive change where …
 
Satoshi, is that you? It seems that 50 Bitcoin moved for the first time since 2009, and the world is effervescent with guesses – it is Satoshi? This hoard of BTC has not been touched since being rewarded for mining block 3654 in 2009, but to be fair, there were several early miners on the Bitcoin network in 2009. When the transfer of funds was made…
 
Goldman Sachs told their investors that Bitcoin is not a suitable investment and they gave five reasons why they feel Bitcoin is "not an asset class", including that it is primarily used as a conduit for illicit activity (um, like cash isn’t?). They made many other claims, but what they forgot to do was perhaps give great balance and food for thoug…
 
This weeks news focuses on protests happening in cities around the country following the death of George Floyd, a black man in police custody. And we hear from a grocery store cashier who is on the front lines of the pandemic. For student reflection: What can you do to protect essential workers? For more current events go to Listenwise.com…
 
This week's episode looks at how school leaders are looking for alternatives to traditional, in-person high school graduations. And dogs and their incredible sense of smell are being trained to detect COVID-19. For student reflection: What other ways do you think dogs might be trained to help humans? For more current events go to Listenwise.com…
 
Have the legal woes of Telegram set a precedent for every ICO under the SEC's watchful eyes? What does the Telegram lawsuit and ruling tell us about the present and future conditions which will be enforced by the SEC for all blockchain companies? Why didn't Telegram just comply with the SEC and their orders, and show their documents and statements,…
 
This week's episode looks at why farmers are throwing away food during the pandemic. And we hear how students in one community are helping their elderly neighbors. Also in Florida, cold weather means falling iguanas. For student reflection: What can you do to help people during the coronavirus pandemic? Listen to more current events at: listenwise.…
 
In this week's news we'll explore how contact tracing works. And a new toilet paper company in Maine stepped up production just as the coronavirus crisis hit. And do you miss your school building? One student did so he recreated it on Minecraft. For student reflection: What other skills, other than being a good listener, do you think are important …
 
Interesting developments are happening in the world of the Libra Association, aka Facebook's foray into blockchain and cryptocurrency. What is happening, you ask? Join me, host Aviva Ounap, and Igor Pejic, author of "Blockchain Babel" and winner of the Independent Press Award for the Best Technology Book of the Year as we talk about Facebook's Libr…
 
In this week's news we'll explore what going to school might look like in the fall. And will you be shaking hands once social distancing ends? A look at the history of the handshake and why it may become "history". Also, a lonely dog radio show. For student reflection: When school starts again in the fall what are some ways you think schools can ke…
 
This week in the news we look at how shortages of protective gear for health care workers is putting them in danger. And we visit some animals at the zoo, who are lonely without visitors. And you will learn what alligators can teach us about social distancing. For student reflection: reflect on what zoo animal you'd want to take care of and why. Fo…
 
Are you a teacher with students who have limited access to wifi or laptops? Are you running out of ideas to keep your kids engaged in high quality, fun learning? The Listenwise News Bites podcast combines NPR news stories selected for young listeners with instructional activities. Listen on wifi, or download for an easy, offline way to engage young…
 
Savings? Nope. Debt? Yes. Humans Suck at Finance. It is a fact. We have no clue about saving and spending as a species. The average human has almost no savings and is full of debt, despite working. Should we be teaching finance in schools, from kindergarten? I certainly think so! It should be right next to, "Johnny. how do you add 2+2? So can you a…
 
There are many stories in the news lately that could impact the future of the crypto market, that perhaps the subtlety of some of them are being overlooked in terms of how, when grouped altogether, they could alter the bigger picture. Join me, host Aviva Ounap and Michael McCarty from Shrimpy.io as we look at some of these headline stories and back…
 
DeFi has been in the news a lot lately, and the headlines are more bad than good, Besides knowing that DeFi stands for Decentralised Finance, what else do you know and understand about it? As Jon Evans from Github stated in a recently published article, "DeFi seems to me more like cosplaying a financial system than an actual viable alternative. I d…
 
The Digital Dollar project has been around now for some time and was supposed to have its debut officially unveiled within the US coronavirus stimulus bill that was signed into law on March 27th. But guess what - there was not a whisper of it anywhere within the entire document. Of course, it would have made sense to use Digital Dollar wallets to d…
 
Well, we are in the thick of it. A pandemic of global proportions which is impacting the world’s economies on an epic scale. Countries one after the other have rolled out rescue packages and stimulus bills to support troubled economies, and many people are feeling the effects in their pockets as they are quarantined to stop the ultra-contagious cor…
 
Coronavirus and the Crypto Markets. What’s going on? What is going on with the Crypto Marketplace during this time of the COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise known as the coronavirus pandemic? On March 12 of this year, Bitcoin (BTC) experienced the biggest single-day drop since 2013, losing around 40% of its value, but shortly after experienced a gain of …
 
Join me, Aviva Õunap, the host of Crypto and Blockchain Talk as we talk to Nick Todorov, the Co-Founder, and CEO of Limechain, and get a quick explanation of what Hyperledger and Hyperledger Fabric are, and how Limechain is now one of the eight companies worldwide admitted as a Hyperledger Fabric Certified Partner. The Hyperledger Fabric Certified …
 
The New York Attorney General’s (NYAG) Office allege that Bitfinex and associated stablecoin firm Tether covered up an $850 million loss and in doing so, misled investors in the state of New York. Instead, Bitfinex, once the world’s largest exchange, claims to have borrowed this money from Tether after it claimed it was having problems with its ban…
 
A report was produced by Bitwise Asset Management showing the existence of faked volumes in the bitcoin market – 95% of total volume according to its research. So, what is going on here and how can we move forward in the cryptosphere when one of the basic trading tools for these financial instruments is not working the way it should? Join me, Aviva…
 
SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce outlined details of a proposal that would provide crypto projects with a three-year safe harbor within which they could mature their token in order to successfully pass the SEC’s securities evaluation processes. In this no-holds-barred commentary from my side, I cannot tell you how poorly this proposal has been writte…
 
It is NO BULL! Making it in the business world is hard as heck. There is no easy way to make it but to put in the hard work and sweat. Sometimes you just want to jack it all in and run for the woods. That is what Founder and CEO of Bison Trails, Joe Lallouz, will tell you, but $30M in funding later, he can tell you it is ALL worth the work. But how…
 
What do you do after working at NASA, Boeing, and Samsung? You open a company called Shrimpy.io and make a crypto exchange trading bot for portfolio management, indexing the market, rebalancing, and strategy backtesting! Join Michael McCarty, the CEO of Shrimpy and me, Aviva Ounap, as we discuss how the cryptocurrency market is shaping the personal…
 
The former CTFC Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, and Accenture have launched a "Think Tank" To digitize the U.S Dollar, but does this really need to be organized outside of government departments and their employees? Is the next step that Amazon will be leading a "Think Tank" on minting and issuing US Dollars and Euros? They already print books,…
 
I love the smell of a legitimate project, which is the reason why I found this podcast topic to be of interest. Lightnet, a project based on the Stellar blockchain, will apparently be moving $50 Billion of International Payments by 2022 by targeting the Southeast Asian region. But I never heard of it, until this morning. That is not normal as usual…
 
Mattias Bergstrom, CEO of Quantum1Net has been right about many things, so how will his predictions for the next decade fare? Join me, Aviva Õunap, as I talk to Mattias about some of his thoughts on developments within the tech space over the next ten years and have a chat about general related topics. Plus, when am I getting my quantum blessed tri…
 
Being financially savvy is important these days, and ETFs have been around for a while. But what are they? And what do they have to do with crypto and blockchain? Tune in and listen to me, Aviva Õunap and Forbes.com writer Ben Jessel explain what ETFs are and what they do, and how it may impact you and investments in the future. One thing is that d…
 
Welcome to a brand new decade, with the same old scams! It may be the roaring '20s all over again, with the SEC coming out of the gates like a lion, looking to pounce on any companies trying to offload their coins and tokens without properly registering them as securities. The SEC has fined BCOT, but they have been kinda nice about it, considering …
 
“As alleged, these defendants created a multibillion-dollar ‘cryptocurrency’ company based completely on lies and deceit. They promised big returns and minimal risk, but, as alleged, this business was a pyramid scheme based on smoke and mirrors more than zeroes and ones. Investors were victimized while the defendants got rich.” This statement was r…
 
Alan Goodman is not just one of the geniuses behind MTV. He is a branding God, and one who applies his knowledge of branding, marketing and trust to crypto and blockchain. Listen to this fabulous podcast where I, Aviva Ounap, talk to the man who has created global brands from fairy dust, as we explore the world of crypto and blockchain. SUBSCRIBE t…
 
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