Would Renaming it Vandelay Exports help?
July 10, 2014
Hosted by Mark B. Toubin
As the result of Tea Party influence, the current charter on an eighty-year old institution that has supported more than $567 billion of U.S. exports may not be renewed come September. The Export-Import Bank of the United States, usually reauthorized on a bipartisan bases, is on the chopping block, caught in the cross-hairs of those who view it as ineffective, usurping the role of the private sector, interfering with the free play of market forces, engaging in crony capitalism, and picking winners and losers in the market. Listen in as Between the Synapse brings together a former member of the Export-Import Bank Board and a D.C- based reporter for the Dallas Morning News covering the controversy to provide insight and as well as an understanding of how this dispute represents the current climate of our nation's politics.
Between the Synapse
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Based on the blog of the same name, Between the Synapse explores topics that fall in-between the obvious and typical with insight, clarity and humor in the realm of politics, pop culture, foreign affairs, and sports. The shows will entertain, inform and provoke by asking questions such as whether Europe or the U.S. can better forecast the weather or how health myths are marketing to the public and presenting topics that include the last Mad Men, Congressional chaos, and the quest for Mid-East peace.
Mark B. Toubin
A veteran of radio, law, public affairs, and politics, Mark Toubin founded his blog, Between the Synapse, in 2008 as an avenue for exploring his ideas and insights with humor and an occasional dose of sarcasm. In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell. The Neuron Doctrine explains that though neurons are not continuous, cells may nonetheless communicate. BtS captures the linkage of that which falls in-between the obvious, conventional and typical. Its niche is a voice, not a topic.
Mark’s distinctive voice developed after practicing civil litigation for 11 years, running the Southwest region of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for 8 more, and operating his own consultancy, ConneXion, LLC, since 2008. ConneXion works with non-profits, political campaigns, and businesses as a fundraiser, strategic communications advisor, and writer. Back in the late 90’s, he hosted a once a week hour-long radio program on Houston’s 97.1 FM.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mark attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia before returning for law school at the University of Texas. Mark enjoys creative writing, tennis, travel, sports, and long, quiet walks on the beach with flightless waterfowl.