The following audio files come from a larger group of 161 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 45 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
ABA Tech Show 23 mins – “Breaking all of its previous attendance records, ABA TECHSHOW 2014 will certainly go down as one of the most successful. True-to-form, many of the attendees were from small firms and solo practices. With the introduction of How-To sessions, lawyers will be getting more out of ABA TECHSHOW for many years to come….” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Affordable Health Care 51 mins – “…Republican leaders continue to criticize the ACA. But supporters say the White House is vindicated by the enrollment numbers. Diane talks with a panel of  health care experts about the first phase of the new health insurance law and challenges that lie ahead.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Bad Kids 59 mins – “They’re small. And they’re cuddly. But sometimes it feels as though our babies were replaced with demon replicas — controlling, demanding, or just downright awful. This week, stories of infants and children who dominate the adults around them with their baditude, or whom adults have painted with the “bad” brush from early on. We also ask the question: at what age does badness begin?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bar Code Inventor 19 mins – “…A time without bar codes is hard to imagine now. But it wasn’t that long ago, and the story doesn’t start with George Laurer. It starts with an engineer named Joseph Woodland. In 1948 Woodland was trying to come up with simple symbol that, when scanned, would translate to a number that a computer could use to identify a product….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Families Survey 10 mins – “The well-being of the black family has been the subject of public debate. Ebony and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are out with the Survey of African American Families. Tell Me More takes a look.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Georgia 14 mins -”While at the SEATOA Conference in Raleigh last week, I met Mike Foor, the President and CEO of the Georgia Communications Cooperative (GCC). Given the important role GCC is playing in expanding great Internet access in rural Georgia, we wanted to interview him for Community Broadband Bits.” At the link right-click (there or here) “download this Mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change 5 mins – “…A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out and makes it clearer than ever that global warming is already changing the world and affecting our lives, and that the impacts are only going to get worse. The report contains a litany of sobering impacts, from too much water some places, to too little water elsewhere, shifting disease risks, failing infrastructure and food shortages….Note: This report reflects a correction from the original broadcast version. The IPCC’s AR 5 Working Group II report has roughly 750 (745) authors and editors, not 1,500, along with 1,729 expert and government reviewers.” At the link right-click find the title, “UN scientists tell us, ready or not, here comes climate change,” right-click “Media files 033120141.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Coding Python 42 mins – Hosts Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Shannon Morse introduce Python coding as a new module with Code Warrior Dale Chase! At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Contraceptives Case 89 mins – “Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Oral Arguments: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, combined with the case of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. The cases involved the provision of the Affordable Care Act that mandates contraception coverage, and whether for-profit corporations can deny employees that coverage based on the religious beliefs of its owners.This program contains the audio recording released by the court.” Listen at the link, but a download costs $.99; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Contribution Limits 46 mins – “The Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on personal political campaign contributions. We’ll look at the court’s vision of wide-open, big-money politics.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corruption in Ukraine 27 mins – “Lucy Ash talks to the Ukrainian volunteers and activists who are painstakingly restoring a stash of documents dumped in a lake on the abandoned estate of ex-president Yanukovich.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Ukraine – The Criminal Paper Trail,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140403-0350a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cosmic Concepts 51 mins – “Physicists are calling the findings of a recent experiment that may have provided a glimpse of what happened an instant after the Big Bang “huge,” “extraordinary” and “spectacular.” Claims that scientists at the South Pole have detected signs of gravitational waves in the fabric of space-time are renewing hopes of finding a complete theory of how the cosmos began. Some cosmologists say this is one of the biggest discoveries in the field in 20 years. Others argue more direct evidence is needed. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guests discuss possible proof of the Big Bang Theory.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Crypto Wars 27 mins – “Hacking, security, encryption: Gordon Corera explores the history of the war between governments and geeks to control computer cryptography.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Crypto Wars,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140402-0905a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the the pop-up menu.
Elementary Science 30 mins – “Elementary science has been on our minds recently. So it is fitting that our guest this week has been working hard helping elementary teachers tackle the Next Generation Science Standards. As Coordinator for Elementary Science in Baltimore County Schools, Eric Cromwell has the task of moving a large number of schools and teachers into an NGSS based curriculum. Listen to the show to hear of Eric’s experience in this transition as we discuss how elementary schools can embrace the NGSS.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Evolution 27 mins – “It’s hard to imagine the twists and turns of evolution that gave rise to Homo Sapiens. After all, it required geologic time, and the existence of many long-gone species that were once close relatives. That may be one reason why – according to a recent poll – one-third of all Americans reject the theory of evolution. They prefer to believe that humans and other living organisms have existed in their current form since the beginning of time.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fair Wages 55 mins – “…Along with their guests, Ed, Brian, and Peter discuss how slaves in the antebellum period could sometimes be brought into the wage economy, and how convict labor played havoc with wages in the wake of the Civil War. They discover why early 20th century feminists cheered the demise of state minimum wage legislation in the 1920s, and find out how the federal minimum wage came to be, a decade later.” At the link right-click the down-arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
FBI Burglary 60 mins – “Betty Medsger, author of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, talked about the events of March 8, 1971, when a group of people broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole every document in the building. Ms. Medsger talked about four members of the group: John Raines, Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, and Bill Davidon. She explained how they mailed her copies of the stolen documents when she was a reporter for the Washington Post in July of 1971, and how her article about the documents revealed a wide-ranging FBI program of illegal surveillance on numerous ordinary Americans. The burglary also exposed an FBI program known as COINTELPRO, in which the Bureau illegally targeted groups such as the Black Panthers.” Listen at the link, but a download costs $.99; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Foreign Service Jobs 45 mins – Hinckley Forum: Interest in a Career in Foreign Service by D. James Bjorkman, Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy, Managua, Nicaragua: preparation for, applying, family involvement and internships. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Funding Science 22 mins – In the Science Podcast: 4 April Show Jennifer Couzin-Frankel in the first half talks about how biomedical scientists are adapting to major changes in research funding, then the remaining half is devoted to a roundup of news stories from our daily news site with David Grimm. At the link right-click “Download MP3 file for this show” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Grad School Costs 12 mins – “Tell Me More looks at the growing amount of debt that graduate students have taken on, and how it’s become difficult for them to pay it off while continuing their studies.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guns In America 54 mins – “More gun deaths are due to suicide than homicide in the US. But what happens to the fiancée left behind, to friends and to the law enforcement officers involved? And, in the wake of the Clackamas mall shooting, we hear from people about their fear of violence, rational or not, that drives the fierce opposition to gun control.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Guns in America,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140329-0906a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Panel 62 mins – “Hinckley Forum: When Less is MORE in Health Care: A panel discussion addressing waste and unnecessary health care in our community.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Holocaust Death Marches 45 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Does the Bystander Foster Extremism – The Holocaust Death Marches…Amos Guiora, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Global Justice, S.J. Quinney College of Law” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Human Rights 55 mins – “British scholar and broadcaster Baroness Helena Kennedy explores new human rights challenges emerging in the 21st century. It’s part of the special lecture series Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights.” At the link find the title, “Fragile Freedoms – Helena Kennedy,” right-click (here or there) “Download Fragile Freedoms – Helena Kennedy” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration 19 mins – “For the first time in a while, there’s political momentum building to change the U.S. immigration system. On today’s show, we ask three economists: What would the perfect system look like? If we could scrap the mess of a system that we currently have and replace it with anything, what would it look like? Among the answers: Let in lots more doctors and engineers; Auction off immigration slots to the highest bidders; Open the gates, and let everyone in.” At the link find the title, “#436: If Economists Controlled The Borders,” right-click “Media files npr_298393820.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Methods 16 mins – “This week, Innovation Hub looks at what happens when you embrace the unexpected and flip ideas on their head. Guests include Dave Gilboa, the co-CEO of glasses company Warby Parker; Mahzarin Banaji, author of “Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People” and a psychologist at Harvard; and Yale professors Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayers, authors of “Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small.” At the link find the title, “4.5.14 Full Show – Flipping It,” right-click “Media files IHUB-040514-FullShow.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Invasion Biology 54 mins – “Millions of YouTube viewers have seen the jumping silver carp. It’s just the newest in a long line of “celebrity alien invaders”. Barbara Nichol examines the phenomenon of invasive species: a story as much about human nature as about nature.” At the link find the title, “Bioinvasion: Attack of the Alien Species!,” right-click (here or there) “Download Bioinvasion: Attack of the Alien Species!” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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Japanese Whaling Stops 4 mins – “Whale activists got some good news today. Japan’s whale hunting near Antarctica should stop immediately. The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan’s whale hunting must cease, because it’s not for scientific research purposes. That had been Japan’s argument, they they were doing it for science. The waters around Antarctica were declared a whale sanctuary in 1994… Virtually all of the world’s countries have agreed to a ban on commercial whaling, but a few, primarily Japan, Norway and Iceland, have resisted restrictions.” At the link find the title, “Japan told it can’t hunt whales near Antarctica,” right-click “Media files 033120142.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jared Diamond 45 mins – “Starkest warnings yet this week from the UN panel charged with forecasting the coming impact of climate change. It’s going to be bad, they said. Flooding, thirst, heat, food shortage. And we are not prepared. Jared Diamond is listening. He’s famously written the stories of civilizations that have fallen before in environmental collapse. Written “Guns, Germs and Steel,” and more. Now he’s thinking about the young, and how they will grapple with the world this century’s environment will create. This hour On Point: Jared Diamond and the world our young will inherit.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kenya Climate Change 4 mins – “One of the warnings from the new climate change report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, is food insecurity: It will be harder to grow many crops in parts of the world. That includes staple crops like corn, wheat and rice. In Kenya, this could dramatically shift societal norms, where corn is life….” At the link find the title, “A shifting climate could mean trouble for one of Africa’s staple crops,” right-click ” Media files 040120146.mp3″and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kidney Shortage 51 mins -”Close to 100,000 Americans are on the wait list for a kidney transplant. Each day 14 of those people will die. Some patients are too sick to be saved, but many of those deaths could have been prevented if they had received a new kidney in time. Meanwhile, rates of hypertension and diabetes continue to rise, which means demand for transplant organs will only increase. A discussion about why the list is growing, how to increase life-saving donations and the ethical questions involved.” [4 guests] You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Light Up for Kids 49 mins – “Josh Chan and Tarun Pondicherry, founders of Light Up (@Lightup or on Facebook), returned to the show. In episode 7, they were midway through their kickstarter, planning to make a product to teach electronics to elementary and middle school students. They’ve start shipping, even distributing, their MiniKits (other kits will ship soon!). Elecia asks them if building their business and shipping the product went according to plan.” At the link right-click “Download MP3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Malaria Rising 74 mins – This Week in Parasitism “hosts Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier discuss an increase in the altitude of malaria distribution in warmer years in the highlands of Colombia and Ethiopia.” At the link right-click “TWIP #69″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Martin Luther King 54 mins – “In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Massey Lectures. They were produced by Janet Somerville. Now — for the first time — she reveals the behind-the-scenes story leading to King’s message of hope.” At the link find the title, “To Heal A Sick Nation: Martin Luther King, Jr. and IDEAS,” right-click (here or there) “Download To Heal A Sick Nation: Martin Luther King, Jr. and IDEAS” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Michio Kaku 41 mins – “Dr. Michio Kaku – He is the face (and mind) of science! Dr. Kaku is a theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written two New York Times Best Sellers: Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future. His most recent book was released in February and is titled, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Additionally, Dr. Kaku is the host of the weekly, one-hour radio program Exploration. You probably recognize Dr. Kaku from TV – he’s basically been in every science related show that was released in the past 20 years!” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Missing Migrant Project 54 mins – “Each year, thousands of Latin American migrants illegally cross the US border via a treacherous journey, walking for days across the Arizona desert. Some succeed, others are deported, while many drop dead from exhaustion. The BBC’s Mexico Correspondent Will Grant travels to Tucson, Arizona, to meet the team behind The Missing Migrant Project, which works to identify the remains of the dead and, ultimately, return them to their family. ” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Missing Migrants 29 Mar 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140329-2000d.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Money Paradox 51 mins – “How does money motivate, trick, satisfy and disappoint us? In this hour, TED speakers share insights into our relationship with money.” At the link right-click “Download” beside “Listen to Full Show” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Navigation 46 mins – “Time was, a good map was rolled out in captain’s quarters on a rolling sea or a king’s table far from the front. Splotched with gravy. Embellished with mermaids. A grand, rough approximation of the world as we knew it. Flash forward to the smartphone in your pocket, the apps all over, the future rushing at us, and we’ve got maps gone wild. Cartography on digital steroids. Maps loaded with terabytes of data. 3D maps. Maps you can zoom over, zoom into. Walk through. Now Google and Apple are squaring off over the next great map frontier.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Network Movie 52 mins – “In a new book, New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff examines the lasting influence of the wildly popular and incendiary 1976 feature film Network. According to Itzkoff, the film’s legacy is due in large part to the genius of screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, who poured into it all his angst, anxiety and paranoia. The result was a film that used one mass medium to indict another, while also assailing the degradation and emptiness of modern American life. Itzkoff joins us Thursday to talk about it.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nuclear Watts Bar 20 mins – “Unlike Germany, which is closing down all its nuclear facilities in response to the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the U.S. will see completion of a new nuclear power plant in 2015 – the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 nuclear plant, located in east Tennessee. The hosts talk about the details of this plant, and about the outlook for nuclear power in general, with Gary Mauldin, General Manager of Project Assurance and Support Services for Watts Bar at the TVA.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Robot Ethics 27 mins – “…We’re at this cusp of time when educators have the power to enable their students to really push back on the world… Using robotic technologies, students aren’t just in this ivory tower anymore. They can measure water pollution, they can measure air pollution, they can make a robot that does something sculptural in the park. That power though, means that students need a sense of design, and a sense of ethical and moral thinking that we never thought we needed at that young age… we can invent stuff now that used to be the problems of research labs. So educators not only need to give students the power to invent – because they need to be creators – but they need to teach them what it means to think about the process of invention. To think about the ethics of society. And that’s not a lesson that we’ve ever been busy teaching people in say, middle school and high school before….” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
School Privatization 23 mins – “Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an “emerging market.” As Rupert Murdoch put it after purchasing an education technology company, “When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the US alone.” Education historian Diane Ravitch says the privatization of public education has to stop. As assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, she was an advocate of school choice and charter schools; under George W. Bush, she supported the No Child Left Behind initiative. But after careful investigation, she changed her mind, and has become, according to Salon, “the nation’s highest profile opponent” of charter-based education.” At the link find the title, “Public Schools for Sale?” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 312 Podcast.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tunneling Electrons 29 mins – “Keith & Russ welcome K.W. Hipps, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Washington State University. Hipps tells us some of the childhood “mad scientist” experiments that inspired him to become a scientist. He also introduces us to “tunneling,” in which electrons “slide” through an electron cloud without losing any energy. Visit the Hipps Tunneling Group at WSU: http://public.wsu.edu/~hipps/” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Under Employment 11 mins – “The National Urban League’s new “State of Black America” report finds that African-Americans are still struggling to find jobs, but there’s plenty they can do to recover from the recession.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Work Evolution 50 mins – “This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O’Leary and personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger tackle questions from our listeners. We’re all trying to save money, but there are some times when being cheap costs you more in the long run. Personal finance writer Daryl Paranada tells us about times when spending can actually help you save. The latest monthly jobs report is released, more people are quitting their jobs but the unemployment rate continues to drop from the height of the recession. Good news or bad news? Tim Wu tells us about how the rise of convenience means we’re spending more time than ever under the “tyranny of tiny tasks….’ ” At the link find the title, “04/04/2014 Marketplace Money – The costs of being cheap,” right-click “Media files
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