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Power & the Powerful

Pres. Reagan's secret agent, Lee Wanta, masterminded a creative way to financially take down the economy of the Soviet Union. He joined Richard Syrett, along with Lon Gibby (director of a documentary about Wanta), to discuss his claim that he amassed trillions of dollars that were designated to go back to the American people. In his effort to carry out his mandate, he was imprisoned, and the funds were stolen or converted illegally into the Federal Reserve.

In the first hour, security consultant and researcher Colin Hall detailed his investigation into two unusual car accidents in England and France that seemed to have paranormal elements.

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Power & the Powerful

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Date: Saturday - September 25, 2010
Host: Ian Punnett
Guests: Jeffrey Pfeffer

Ian Punnett was joined by author and professor Jeffrey Pfeffer for a discussion on power, which he defined simply as "the ability to get your way." According to Pfeffer, the powerful pay a substantial price for their power, often giving up autonomy over their own lives and becoming the subject of public scrutiny. Among the world's most powerful, Pfeffer identified investor Warren Buffett, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin -- all billionaires. Money correlates with power, he added. American presidents did not fare so well in Pfeffer's assessment, as very few have successfully influenced the direction of the country, he noted.

Many people rise to powerful positions through deception, Pfeffer continued, pointing out the ubiquitous practice of embellishing one's resume to get a job. As an example, he cited the case of Notre Dame football coach George O'Leary, who was found to have lied about his academic and athletic background.Regardless of how they got there, the longer a person stays in power the harder it is to unseat them, Pfeffer explained. The powerful tend to live longer as well, as (unlike most people) they usually have a great deal of control over their high level positions, he said. Pfeffer also commented on CEO pay, the addictive nature of power, and characteristics shared by powerful people.

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Ian Punnett stumbled upon some funny convention footage of Leonard Nimoy explaining about how William Shatner used to steal and hide his bicycle during their Star Trek years. View at YouTube.

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