THE TITLE of this week’s show is a reference to an exchange this week on QVC about whether the Moon is a planet or a star. Closer to home, we discuss Russia, ISIS, a third gender, and a flap 60 years ago, when the United States tracked a pair of “natural” satellites that suddenly appeared on radar in low earth orbit over the equator.
WE BEGIN our 11th year of webcasting with a look at some of the issues we believe the world will confront in 2015. Of course, it doesn’t take much imagination to predict more turmoil in the Middle East. We also discuss Ebola, economics and the price of oil, and the continued conflict between the Islamic State and anyone who stands in the way of their dream of a restored caliphate.