Author Archives: Michael Smith

About Michael Smith

University-level educator in information systems with a background in production planning and inventory control. Proficient in systems analysis and design, project management, relational theory and database design, and programming. Interested in science and technology, education, history, and current events.

Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East

The documentary “Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East” is now available on Amazon Prime. It covers primarily the USSR’s struggle during the Second World War against Germany, beginning with Operation Barbarossa. It was made for Russian television by Russians and … Continue reading

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“The Forum” – Another Great Podcast from BBC Four

For years, BBC Four’s “In Our Time” podcast has been my go-to source for material with which to create “Radio MIKE” in preparation for road trips, flights, and long walks. But BBC Four hosts many other interesting programs.  “The Forum” … Continue reading

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Finished Reading “Founding Brothers” by J. Ellis.

I finished reading a book. “Founding Brothers” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Joseph Ellis. It is a collection of six stories that, together, explore the complicated interactions among six men whose thoughts and actions were essential to the founding … Continue reading

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How I Built This – A Great Podcast

Recently, I’ve enjoyed listening to episodes of a podcast “How I Built This“. It’s about “innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built.” This NPR podcast is created by Guy Raz, who also created the popular … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures

“Hidden Figures” is one of those must-see motion pictures of 2017–the story of black women who provided essential support as computers for NASA. In that day, “computer” was a job title for a human who performed calculations on electro-mechanical devices. They … Continue reading

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The Last Kingdom: Season 2

Finally, Netflix is streaming the second season of “The Last Kingdom“, the dramatization of Bernard Cornwell’s well researched and written “Saxon Tales“. Uhtred, the dispossessed heir of Bebbanburg, a Saxon raised by Danes, finds himself in the service of Alfred, … Continue reading

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Luna: Wolf Moon

Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald, is the sequel of Luna: New Moon and the second novel in what I hope will be a long series. There’s so much to explore in the world (moon) McDonald has created. Over the … Continue reading

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