Media Mining Digest 157 – 14 Nov 2014: Adolescence, Affordable Care Act Status, Africa Leadership, Black and Latino Coalitions, Chevron Loses, Childhood Development, Chinese Bloggers, Climate Change, Climate Issues, Creative Commons, Displaced People, European Economy, Fig Man, Food Ignorance, Food Science, Jefferson Davis, Jury Duty, Kid Paralysis, Lie Detection, Lincoln and the Press, Lost Innocence, M.D. vs D.O., Mars Rover History, Mushrooms, Music Future, National Business Aviation Assoc Convention, Noodles Worldwide, Ocean Garbage, Online Medical Resources, Palliative Medicine, Personal Empowerment, Peter Paul and Mary, Rape Kit Backlog, Robot Gardener, Science Books, Sleep Deprivation, Snap Judgement, Street Harassment, Water Supply

The following audio files come from a larger group of 203 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 42 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Adolescence 27 mins – “…whether we like it or not, adolescence was the time when our brains were at the peak of their malleability and the time when we made some of our strongest memories. On this episode, Temple University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg discussed the neuroscience of adolescence and how the brain changes during this formative time. He’ll also tell us how adolescence has lengthened over time and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.” At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affordable Care Act Status 51 mins – “It’s been more than a year since the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the number of uninsured Americans has fallen about 25 percent. But those numbers are just one part of the story. The law has raised a host of concerns from changing premiums to difficulties finding a doctor.,,Joining me to talk about how the Affordable Care Act is performing so far, Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Ceci Connolly of PWC’s Health Research Institute and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times….” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Africa Leadership 13 mins – “Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can’t make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black and Latino Coalitions 54 mins – “This week we have a panel discussion presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, titled “Black and Latino Coalitions from the 1960s to Today.” Our speakers are: Babson College Professor of History and Foodways, Frederick Douglass Opie; and Boston Chief of Health and Human Services, Felix Arroyo.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chevron Loses 25 mins – “…In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. For years, Chevron has treated Richmond like a company town and its large refinery there has been a constant source of health and safety concerns… This year, Chevron fought back with an expensive barrage of negative campaign media. But on Election Day, the progressive slate triumphed, despite the roughly $250 per vote Chevron spent.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed,” right-click “Media files Moyers_and_Company_344_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood Development 37 mins – “Integrating nutrition and early childhood development interventions may amplify the benefits of both for the world’s underprivileged children. Almost a quarter of children under the age of five do not reach their full developmental potential as a result of chronic undernutrition, a lack of developmental and educational opportunities, and high social and environmental risks. Children everywhere need access to healthy food to develop their bodies and stimulating activities to develop their minds. Traditionally, these needs have been addressed separately, but would they both be more effective if combined into a single effort? Experts from around the world gather at the headquarters of UNICEF to discuss.” At the link find the title, “Nutrition and Early Childhood Development, June 26, 2014,” right-click “NutritionandECD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Bloggers 47 mins – “A Chinese blogger whose harsh anti-American essays have a huge following in China just got a big embrace from China’s top leadership.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 46 mins – “UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon sent the world a double-edged message on Sunday: When it comes to climate change, “Time is not on our side.” We only have around thirty years to fix the way we live and do business. But he also said we can do it. “All we need is the will to change.” While, there’s plenty of despair all round, There are men and women –scientists, sociologists, politicians—who work daily to map out solutions–basically, to map out the planet’s salvation. What now? Where do we go from here?” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Issues 60 mins – “SUMMARY: Super-scientist Mark Jacobson from Stanford explains soot-causing warming + a way to run the world on clean energy by 2030. We visit an Ultra-Mega coal power plant in India. Manzoor Qadir on the farm soil loss larger than France since 1990.” At the link right-click “lo-fi” where it says, “Download or listen ..” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Commons 55 mins – “…As funders roll out mandates globally for Open Access archiving of public research, scholarly societies have a responsibility to understand the OA licensing options mean. No two licenses are the same. The one you choose should respect your author’s wishes and protect your journal’s future. While scientists have shared access to networked archives since the 1970s, open access, as we understand it today, has only recently become a force remaking scholarly publishing. For publishers and societies, the OA movement is a direct challenge to longstanding business models of paid subscriptions. So-called article processing charges, however, have emerged as one leading way for publishers to recover the costs of publishing. Society publishers, particularly, have watched all these developments keenly. In the new environment, there are many questions related to copyright and licensing. What are the pros and cons of different OA licenses? What options should you give your authors? At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Displaced People 18 mins – “50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.” At the link right-click “Download” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

European Economy 51 mins – “By most accounts, Europe’s economic situation is bleak. While fears of a euro break-up are past, price and wage deflation are a growing concern. And as Europe faces a possible third recession since 2008, the renewed downturn is dragging on global markets. Economic stagnation is also feeding nationalism across the continent. In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron is confronting growing pressure to cap immigration. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns that limiting immigrants from other European Union countries would be a “point of no return” that could increase the risk of Britain leaving the Union.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Fig Man – 35 mins – “We are joined by Lloyd Kreizter, also known as the fig man. Lloyd has been a fig hobbyist and germplasm collector for many years in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. Today, Lloyd joins us to talk about the history and origins of the fig, the adaptability and variability of the fig, and the light and passion the fig inspires in him and others.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Ignorance 22 mins – “Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.” At the link you can only download video by clicking “Download” and then right-clicking “Video” to get the file.

Food Science 25 mins – “Food author Harold McGee reveals the chemistry of cooking and what is it like to work with Heston Bluementhal. And finally we find out why James Bond prefers his Martini shaken, not stirred.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jefferson Davis 59 mins – “James McPherson talked about his book, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, in which he presents Confederate president Jefferson Davis as an astute military strategist who best articulated the South’s “quest for an independent nation.” In his book, the author argues that the though the Confederacy lost the war, the loss was not due to the failures of Jefferson Davis. He spoke with Abraham Lincoln expert James Swanson.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Jury Duty  51 mins – “Jury duty is a key element of the American justice system. But absenteeism is a growing problem. In our nation’s capital, only 20 percent of those summoned actually show up to serve. And that trend spans much of the nation. Some courts have enacted strict punishments, from fines to jail time. Others say the answer is better education about jury service and how it benefits not just our legal system, but the individual serving. Studies show that political engagement can actually rise for people who deliberate on a jury, and satisfaction with our courts may increase as well. But for many Americans, a jury summons still represents a burden. Join us to discuss jury duty in America today and how some say it can be improved.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Kid Paralysis 21 mins – “More than a hundred children in the US — and at least six in Canada — have developed a mysterious form of paralysis. Health officials are trying to determine if it could be related to Enterovirus D68 which has hospitalized hundreds of kids in North America.” At the link find the title, “White Coat Mini Podcast – Mystery Paralysis and Makayla`s Choice Reaction,” right-click “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Mystery Paralysis and Makayla`s Choice Reaction” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lie Detection 19 mins – “On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lincoln and the Press 59 mins – “Harold Holzer talked about his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, in which he examines Abraham Lincoln’s relationships with the press. He talked about Lincoln’s strong-armed tactics with newspaper owners, using their power to steer issues such as slavery, union, and his own political career. He also talked about Lincoln’s authorization of some of the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, as he closed down “disloyal” papers, jailed their editors, and took over the nation’s use of the telegraph.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Harold Holzer, November 02, 2014,” right-click “Media files program.367891.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lost Innocence P4 54 mins – “World War Two drew everyone into its aura of excitement, danger and drama. For teenagers, it was a special time to be growing up — the war set the stage of magical beginnings of innocent relationships, infatuations, and love.” At the link find the title, “Lost Innocence, Part 4 – Like There Was No Tomorrow,” right-click “Download Lost Innocence, Part 4 – Like There Was No Tomorrow” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

M.D. vs D.O. 44 mins – “Neal started as a minister, now he’s a medical student. Listen to his journey, why he decided to change careers, how he went about it with his family, and how he’s liking medical school!” He also discusses the differences between a DO and MD degree. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mars Rover History 32 mins – “Curiosity is the name of the Mars rover that has recently begun exploring the red planet for signs of past habitability. On this episode, Rob Manning, chief NASA engineer on the project, discusses the challenges of constructing the rover.” At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mushroom World Savers 18 mins – “Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses.” At the link you can only download video by clicking “Download” and then right-clicking “Video” to get the file.

Mushrooms by Stamets (2 parts) 67 mins – “Mycologist and visionary Paul Stamets joins us for an hour long interview, presented here in two parts, about mushroom mycelium and how we can use mycelium to help heal the damage that humans are causing to the Earth. In Part I, Paul takes us on a journey through time, explaining the evolution and role of the mycelial mass in Earth’s history; he then tells us of the symbiosis between humans and mushrooms. [In Part II]…Stamets tells us how mushrooms can indeed help save the world. From remedies for small pox, to revolutionary biological pesticides, and the remediation of toxic wastes, Paul articulates a vision built on the five pillars of mycorestoration. As Paul describes it, his newest book, Mycelium Running, will be a gateway for other pioneers, and will lead to many important developments in the future. You can purchase Mycelium running and other books at Fungi Perfecti.” At the link (part 1) right-click “Download” for Part 1 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

Mushrooms for Phosphorous 17 mins – “Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that’s a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm — with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution? Perhaps … a microscopic mushroom.” It’s in French with English subtitles.” At the link you can only download video by clicking “Download” and then right-clicking “Video” to get the file. An English transcript is also available there.

Music Future 20 mins – “As it enables greater access to information, technology sheds light in corners of the media industry long obscured by fog and shadow. In Washington last week, at the 14th annual Future of Music Policy Summit, musicians and music industry executives shared a stage with attorneys and entrepreneurs for an illuminating discussion of “transparency” in their business, as seen from many angles….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Business Aviation Assoc Convention 74 mins – “Carl and Eric report live from the National Business Aviation Association Convention 2014. Carl interviewed Mark Miller from WSI about weather related products they make for GA pilots, including predicting turbulence, storms, radar, etc. You can buy a subscription to their iPad app for $120.00/year. Marina from Wyvern discussed being an advocate for the Cedar Key Airport, and the challenges associated with flying in and out of the airport. AvPlan-EFP: Plan smarter, fly sooner with Bevin Anderson. This app serves as an electronic flight plan and does everything a flight bag does but electronically. ForeFlight Intelligent apps for pilots produces another electronic flight bag product. Veterans AirliftCommand: Flying post-9/11 veterans for medical and other compassionate reasons outside the airline system as volunteers. Carl also spoke with a veteran and passenger of Veterans Airlift Command.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Noodles Worldwide 47 mins – “Noodle-mania. We track the birth story of a staple from China to Italy. Its savory history.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Garbage 51 mins – “The world’s oceans cover more than 140 million square miles and have remained stable for most of human history. But in the last 30 years, man’s impact on the seas has taken a heavy toll: human garbage is polluting our oceans and killing marine life. A recent study by a United Nations panel estimates that the recent buildup of trash in the world’s oceans could cause more than $13 billion in damage to marine life and habitats. The biggest culprit is plastic, which doesn’t fully degrade and is difficult to recycle. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: garbage in the world’s oceans and what can be done about it.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Online Medical Resources 10 mins –“For health professions learners of all levels, staying abreast of the literature can seem like an insurmountable task as the number of clinically oriented articles continues to grow at an increasing rate. Fortunately, there has been a veritable explosion of online secondary resources that endeavor to digest the expanding medical literature and present it in a format that is optimized for adult learners. Particularly in emergency medicine, these resources have been dubbed “free open access medical education,” also known as free open access meducation (FOAM). The FOAM movement has figured prominently in the proliferation of blogs and podcasts made available online by practicing clinicians. As an unintended consequence, learners must now contend with an exponentially expanding library of both primary literature and secondary online resources. To make effective use of this stream of knowledge, learners must filter and choose from myriad resources. Simple digital tools can be used to organize and manage this otherwise overwhelming amount of information. This article outlines 5 strategies to help learners and practicing physicians stay abreast of both foundational and cutting-edge literature by using digital solutions.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palliative Medicine 60 mins – “My lastest Books and Ideas podcast is an interview with Dr. Amos Bailey, who is a genuine pioneer in both Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He gives us an inside look at how Palliative Medicine emerged out of the incredible technical advances of modern medicine. He also dispells some of the most common misunderstandings.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode 56 of Books and Ideas” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personal Empowerment 51 mins – “We’re examining the unprecedented power at peoples’ fingertips ¬and its consequences. First up, highlights from the recent IHub live event about how power is shifting away from big companies and towards individuals. Panelists include: Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of the MIT Tech Review; Karim Lakhani, a Harvard Business School professor; Nicco Mele, the author of “The End of Big“; Jessica Banks, founder of Rock, Paper, Robot. Then, Nicholas Carr, author of “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us” discusses the personal and social ramifications of our growing dependence on computers. Plus, Jonathan Eig discusses his book “The Birth of the Pill” and the history around the invention of the birth control pill.” At at the link find the title, “11.8.14 – Power at Your Fingertips,” right-click “IHUB-110814-FullShow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peter Paul and Mary 51 mins – “In the 1960s, the group Peter, Paul and Mary brought folk music out of the coffeehouses and onto the airwaves. With their seamless three-part harmonies, they achieved the commercial success that paved the way for performers like Bob Dylan and John Denver. Their political lyrics struck a chord with the baby boom generation, as they gave voice to the struggle for civil rights, the women’s movement and efforts to end the war in Vietnam. They played together as a trio for nearly five decades, until the death of Mary Travers in 2009. A new book chronicles their time together in a series of photographs and written reflections. “Peter, Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life.’”

Rape Kit Backlog 51 mins – “Tens of thousands of untested rape evidence kits have been found in police storage facilities across the country. Many of these kits contain DNA evidence, like blood, taken from victims of sexual assaults. Some evidence has been sitting untested on shelves for years. When the first 2,300 unprocessed kits from the Cleveland Police Department were tested, it yielded 950 matches in the national DNA database and more than 200 indictments. Similar backlogs have been found in other cities, including Las Vegas and Detroit. Diane and a panel of [4] guests discuss the efforts to address the backlog in untested rape evidence kits.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Robot Gardener 55 mins – “Recorded from the floor of the 2014 South by Southwest conference, Frank welcomes three innovators in the Arduino for agriculture space: Will Bratton, Luke Iseman, and Sam Bagot to discuss the nature and challenges of the Internet of Things as it applies to agriculture. Topics of discussion include what is Arduino, why and how it is useful for sustainable agriculture, the failures of the open source community, competition from mega corporations like Verizon, fragmentation in the Arduino space, and how to jump start a movement towards a standard, open platform for managing agricultural microcontrollers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Books 29 mins – “On the show this week, Ian Sample looks at the shortlist for this year’s Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, with Robin McKie, the Observer’s science and technology editor, and Professor Nicky Clayton, a University of Cambridge neuroscientist, and chair of the judges of the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Also on the show we have our picks from the week’s science news, including the upcoming attempt to land a European space probe on a speeding comet, and the announcement that Fabiola Gianotti, who led one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson, will be the new leader of the Cern particle physics lab near Geneva.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Deprivation 27 mins – “This special edition of White Coat, Black Art was recorded live as part of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ International Conference on Residency held in Toronto. Dr. Brian Goldman hosted a lively panel with the provocative title “Is a Tired Doctor a Safe Doctor?” In the audience were residents, leading physicians and the public. The voices you’ll hear on the panel belong to four experts.” At the link find the title, “WCBA – Sleepy Docs Podcast 1101,” right-click “Download WCBA – Sleepy Docs Podcast 1101” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Snap Judgement 55 mins – Thousands of insightful stories presented in small batches once a week since 2011. This sample includes a teacher, summer camp, baseball, and young love. Well done. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Street Harassment 47 mins – “An internet video of a woman showered in catcalls on the street goes viral. We’ll look at women and men in public space. The catcall culture.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Street Harassment 47 mins – “An internet video of a woman showered in catcalls on the street goes viral. We’ll look at women and men in public space. The catcall culture.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Supply 58 mins – “Creating and maintaining a clean, sustainable water supply means delivering drinking water and collecting wastewater while dealing with pathogenic microorganisms and infrastructure challenges. It’s not all challenges, however. Two speakers; Sudhir Murthy, PhD, PE, BCEE, Innovation Chief at DC Water, and Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute, will speak to Microbes After Hours about promising new endeavours in water management as well as issues of water safety.” At the link you can watch, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

An alphabetic encyclopedia of 4200 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A file of the podcasts is here , updated weekly, and can be downloaded as a 21+ GB zipped file, or individually. A separate folder of C-Span, Diane Rehm, et. al. files that aren’t available at their sites is here, too, and can also be downloaded as a zip file or individually. Over 210 feeds used to prepare this blog are harvested with Feedreader3 and Juice. The feeds are available in this opml file which Feedreader and Juice can import. A list of the feeds is hereFree Commander is used to compare old with new downloads and remove duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used on batches of new files to boost playback speed 150%. A speed listening background article is here.  Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.

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Media Mining Digest 156 – 7 Nov 2014: Aging and Memory, Alcatel-Lucent, Alimentary Canal, Animal Sex, Bicycle Trends, Biological Networks, Blood Pressure Drugs, Body Toxins, Book Market, Cancer and Obesity, Cancer Research Process, Car Trends, Cocoa and Memory, Commodore 64 Storeis, Diabetes Gum Disease, Ebola Hype, Eco Examples, Engineering Needs, Epidemiology, Evolution, Grocery delivery, Histotripsy, Home Ownership, ICU Assesment, Immigrant Legal Services, Immigration reform, Industrial Internet, Islam in America, IV Bags, Jerry Lee Lewis, Medicaid Aid Issues, Meditation Health, Mexico Student Massacre, Micronutrients, Middle East Research, Migration Polic Politics, MS Story, Myth Busters, Obesity Battle, Predictive Coding, Protein Production, Public Lands Controversy, Quarantine History, Sight Science, Silk Road, Small Arms Technology, Spinal Cord Repair, Sushi, Swiss Child Labor, Technology Progressing or Not, Virtual Humanity, Vitamins, Voting Issues, Worst State for Women

The following audio files come from a larger group of 280 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 59 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode. Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging and Memory 18 mins – “Columbia University neurologist Scott Small uses fMRI imaging on mice to research our aging brains. Turns out, you’ve got some control over how sharp you stay.” At the link find the title, “Forget Me Not, March 13, 2009,” right-click “031309small.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcatel-Lucent 13 mins – “…Many regular listeners to this podcast will know of Alcatel-Lucent, the sprawling multinational telecommunications company. As well as providing much of the wired and wireless networking infrastructure that supports the Internet… But despite its major role in keeping the modern world spinning along, Alcatel-Lucent is not well known outside the world of high tech. This inspired a nonprofit organization known as Writers in Residence to seek out a writer who could spend months visiting Alcatel-Lucent facilities around the world and reflect deeply on what he saw… The resulting book, called Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent, …tries to find out what it means to have a global company of 60,000 people single-mindedly dedicated to making it easier, cheaper, and faster for anyone or anything to communicate with another.” At the link right-click “Download Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alimentary Canal 24 mins – “Gulp [starts at 4:25] Bestselling author, Mary Roach has been billed as American’s funniest science writer. In “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal“ she takes readers on a journey through the alimentary canal, extolling the marvels of spit on the beginning end, then moving on to the man who had a hole in his stomach that allowed a doctor to observe his digestion… Roach even interviews a prison inmate about “rectal smuggling” (including cell phones).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Sex 21 mins –“Think sex for animals is all about mating? You’re wrong. Learn about the diversity and biology behind the sex lives of animals at the Museum of Sex’s new exhibit. Warning: Explicit Content.” At the link find the title, “The Sex Lives of Animals, August 22, 2008,” right-click “082208animalsex.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bicycle Trends 51 mins – “According to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has been a 16 percent increase in bikers killed in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. This comes after years of steady decline. But many groups say these numbers are misleading, and a more important takeaway is the rising use of bikes in urban areas, with cities like New York and Washington, D.C. putting millions into bike infrastructure projects. But all parties agree: there is much to be done to safely incorporate cyclists onto our roadways, from adding bike lanes with physical protective barriers to stricter enforcement of traffic laws across the board. We take a look at sharing the road with bikes.” [5 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download: however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Biological Networks 42 mins – “NYU scientist Richard Bonneau delves into the complex interactions in biological systems – using the genome as his map.” At the link find the title, “The Circuits of Life’s Program, May 01, 2009,” right-click “050109bonneau.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Pressure Drugs P1 27 mins – “Vasoactive is an umbrella term for any drug that makes your heart rate and/or blood pressure go up or down. Vasopressor, on the other hand, is a term for a drug that makes your blood pressure goes up by the process of vasoconstriction (squeeze). A positive inotrope is different from a vasopressor in that an inotrope affects cardiac contractility in a positive way- e.g. it makes your heart pump stronger. So a positive inotrope increases the strength of the muscular contraction and a negative inotrope weakens the strength of the muscular contraction. Some drugs act as both a vasopressor and an inotrope. Drugs can also affect chronotropy which simply means a change in heart rate. Positive chronotropy means an increase in heart rate and negative chronotropy means a decrease in heart rate…” Drugs discussed: epinephrine, eosynephrine/phenylephrine, norepinephrine/Levophed, and Epineprine/Adrenalin. At the link find the title, “The post Vasoactives and Low Blood Pressure Part I,” right-click “Media files Vasoactives_Part_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Pressure Drugs P2 24 mins – “Dopamine is used with septic shock and cardiogenic shock…Dobutamine is used for severe heart failure that is refractory to other medical treatments. It is also used in cardiogenic shock (e.g. a patient who has had a severe myocardial infarction)….Vasopressin is synthetic ADH (anti-diuretic hormone)… In high drip concentrations, Vasopressin causes increased peripheral vascular resistance through arterial vasoconstriction- which hopefully aids in the increase of blood pressure. This is easy to remember because Vasopressin sounds just like vasopressor… Basically, the goal with hanging Vasopressin is to help wean down other vasoactive drips.” At the link find the title, “Vasoactives and Low Blood Pressure Part II,” right-click “Media files Vasoactives_Part_2.mp3,” and click on “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Body Toxins 18 mins – “’Experimental Man” David Ewing Duncan and toxicologist Matt Bogdanffy delve into the dangers (and myths) of toxins in our everyday environment.” At the link find the title, “Our Toxic World? April 03, 2009,” right-click “040309toxic.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Market 76 mins – “eReaders have many advantages over paperbacks and although Amazon would have you believe that eBooks are leading the way, the paperback is far from dead and we look at both sides of the debate.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer and Obesity 26 mins – “You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: the U.S. has a big problem with obesity. But did you know that there are demonstrated links between obesity and all kinds of serious health problems—including cancer? In this episode, Science & the City explores the obesity-cancer connection.” At the link find the title, “Unraveling the Obesity-Cancer Connection, March 26, 2012,” right-click “03282012_ObesityCancerConnection.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research Process 17 mins – “Visit the lab of Hunter College’s Jill Bargonetti, a biologist researching cancer. Her team studies P53, a natural tumor-suppressor protein found in our bodies with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality.” At the link find the title, “Looking for the Key in P53, October 16, 2009,” right-click “101609cancer.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Car Trends 27 mins – “Car crashes kill 1.2 million SciA: 30 Oct 14: Driverless Cars Special people globally, each year. Could robots be better than human drivers?” At the link find the title, “SciA: 30 Oct 14: Driverless Cars Special,” right-click “scia_20141030-2030a.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cocoa and Memory 21 mins – “Neuromyths in the classroom, how the brain keeps time, and a compound found in cocoa staves off memory decline in older adults.” The cocoa segments starts at 7 mins and lasts 7 mins. Inexpensive and low calorie cocoa powder that is not alkalinized (Dutch style) should contain 6% of flavanols that enhance memory, so a tablespoon should exceed the amount of 800mg used in the reported research. At the link find the title, “The NeuroPod: October 2014,” right-click “Media files neuropod-2014-10-30.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commodore 64 Stories 121 mins – Bil Herd was a key player in the development of the C64 in the 1980’s. Here he tells how an early nerd came to join Commodore International and what it was like to work in a high-pressure seat-of-the-pants engineering department with some less elegant solutions to problems that got the job done. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Numerous links are also listed at the site in the notes concerning ideas, parts, and systems and products discussed in the podcast

Diabetes Gum Disease 13 mins – “Good oral hygiene helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but the health of your mouth may have a big impact on the rest of your body too—especially if you have diabetes. Find out more in this special edition podcast from The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.” At the link find the title, “The Diabetes-Gum Disease Connection, April 14, 2011,” right-click “04142011_DiabetesGumDisease.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Hype 11 mins – “Panic over the Ebola virus in the U.S. has dominated headlines and cable news. So, we put together a template to help the discerning news consumer see through the media’s over-the-top coverage. It’s our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Infectious Disease Edition.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eco Examples 30 mins – “This week we re-visit conversations with two innovators making everyday items greener. First, we hear from Eben Bayer, one of the founders of Ecovative, a company that has developed a mushroom-based alternative to Styrofoam. Bayer tells us how Ecovative’s biologically-based material is replacing packaging, insulation and maybe soon food storage containers that were previously the exclusive domain of polluting, non-biodegradable stuff. Then, we hear from Geoff Larson, co-founder of Alaskan Brewing Company, a craft brewer that’s just as committed to environmental stewardship as it is to making a tasty libation. Larson and his team are at the cutting edge of what they call beer-powered beer, using technological advances to make beer without a drop of energy wasted.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineering Needs 74 mins – “James Trevelyan speaks with us about the skills and talents of expert engineers, and how those of us who have not yet achieved “expert” status can improve our ability to complete engineering projects on time and within budget… Our guest is James Trevelyan, a professor of Mechatronics Engineering at The University of Western Australia. Some of our listeners may remember Dr. Trevelyan from Episode 19. (Yes, Jeff said Episode 17 during the podcast, but he was wrong!) Dr. Trevelyan has recently published a book, The Making of an Expert Engineer.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Epidemiology 52 mins (2 parts) – “In this first section, the panel considers the evolution of viruses, the spillover of pathogens from animals to humans, and some cultural practices that increase the rate of this phenomenon. The discussion is moderated by award-winning author David Quammen. The panelists are Dr. Ian Lipkin, Captain Daniel B. Jernigan, and author Maryn McKenna. In [part 2]…the panelists discuss factors involved in preventing outbreaks from reaching pandemic scales. The SARS virus and SARS-like virus that appeared earlier this year in Saudi Arabia provide interesting case studies for considering containment policy.” At the link find two titles, “Wrath Goes Viral: Part 1 [and Part2],” right-click “20121128_WrathGoesViralPart1.mp3” and “20121205WrathPart2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” for each from the pop-up menu.

Evolution 53 mins – “Richard Dawkins launches his newest book in the third S&C Provocative Thinkers in Science event. He argues evolution is an indisputable fact, despite nearly half of Americans believing the opposite.”At the linkfind the title, “The Greatest Show on Earth, October 22, 2009,” right-click “102309dawkins.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grocery Deliveries 47 mins – “The Digitized, Home-Delivered Future Of Our Food Supply: Will going to the grocery store be history? How the online order and delivery business is reshaping our food economy.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Histotripsy 4 mins – “Surgery is moving more and more toward minimally‐invasive procedures — using laparoscopic approaches with instruments inserted through tiny incisions or catheters placed in blood vessels through puncture sites. These techniques minimize the risks to the patient such as bleeding complications or infection during surgery. Taken a step further, high‐intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can provide a tool to accomplish many of the same procedures without any incision at all….” At the link you can view the video portion, but nothing can be downloaded; however, a copy of the audio portion is in the blog archive.

Home Ownership 47 mins – “Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

ICU Assessment 42 mins – “Every ICU has a slightly different requirement as far as what you are assessing as the RN. Even though every patient is unique, there is a general ICU assessment that will work for most. In this audio only version, we will go through a basic ICU assessment and cover Neuro, Cardiac, Respiratory, GI/GU, Skin, and other miscellaneous items that will help you form a plan and help you attempt to form your own assessment “flow”.” For us lay people this discussion demonstrates what we can check when we visit someone in an ICU! At the link right-click “The ICU Assessment,” right-click “Media files Assessment.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Legal Services 93 mins – “The last several years have witnessed extraordinary developments related to the adjudication and representation of persons facing possible removal from the United States. This panel from the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference—organized in October 2014 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., the Center for Migration Studies, and Georgetown University Law Center—highlights innovative new legal service-delivery programs, including government-funded counsel in New York City, the Immigrant Justice Corps fellowship program, the Justice Americorps Program, nongovernmental organization initiatives to represent the growing numbers of unaccompanied child migrants (UACs) and others. It also discusses challenges related to the accelerated adjudication of proceedings for minors, the expansion in non-court removals, legal representation of persons apprehended near the U.S.-Mexico border, and an economic analysis of government-funded legal counsel in immigration proceedings.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Reform – State and Local 84 mins – “As federal immigration legislation continues to languish, state and municipal governments across the country are forging ahead and taking decisive action to integrate immigrants into their communities. This panel from the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference—organized in October 2014 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., the Center for Migration Studies, and Georgetown University Law Center—examines different approaches to advancing immigrant laws and policies at the state and local levels. Panelists discuss recent measures adopted by city and state governments to expand immigrants’ access to education and health care, limit local involvement in immigration enforcement, and enhance immigrants’ ability to participate in civic life and revitalize local economies. The panelists are: Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; the Hon. Ricardo Lara, Senator, 33rd District, California State Senate; and Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Industrial Internet 27 mins – “The Industrial Revolution had a profound effect on manufacturing — will the industrial Internet’s effect be as significant? In this podcast episode, Nate Oostendorp, co-founder and CTO of Sight Machine, says yes — where mechanization ruled the Industrial Revolution, data-driven automation will rule this next revolution:…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right-end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islam in America 55 mins – “The fastest growing major religion in the world today, Islam has some 1.6 billion followers practicing a wide array of religious traditions and speaking hundreds of different languages. And yet, even as more and more Americans convert to the faith and foreigners emigrate to the U.S. from all over the Islamic world, Muslims are still often caricatured in the American imagination. This time on BackStory, we look at the longer history of America’s relationship with Islam, from the Barbary Wars and the narratives of Muslim slaves in the New World, to the Nation of Islam and the Black Power movement of the 1960s. What has it meant to be Muslim in America — and how has the idea of Islam in the U.S. changed over time?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the ring end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IV Bags 29 mins – “Ever wondered what kind of fluids are hanging in your IV bag and why? Hopefully, this audio podcast will answer all of your questions about: Crystalloids; Isotonic Solutions: Normal Saline, Lactated Ringers, D5W; Hypotonic Solutions: D51/2 NS, .45% NS, D5W; Hypertonic Solutions: D5NS, D5LR, 3% NS, 10%NS; Colloids: Hetastarch, Albumin, Mannitol, Dextran” At the link find the title, “What’s in your IV bag?” right-click “Media files IVFluids.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerry Lee Lewis 49 mins – “Jerry Lee Lewis. A rock and roll pioneer. “The Killer” on the piano. Friend to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins. Notorious womanizer. Married seven times, including to his 13-year-old cousin. Addicted to pills and alcohol. Survived the deaths of wives and children. Now he’s shared it all with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicaid Aid Issues 19 mins – “Nina Owcharenko, Heritage Foundation Director of the Center for Health Policy Studies and Preston A. Wells, Jr. Fellow, sat down with our state team to discuss her chapter on the state side of Medicaid reform in Mercatus’ recent book, The Economics of Medicaid. In under 19 minutes, Owcharenko describes Medicaid funding, how states constrain ballooning costs, quality of care, and the waiver process and private option.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meditation Health 44 mins – “Can meditation have long-term beneficial effects on the plasticity of our brains? Bon meditation practitioner Alejandro Chaoul and oncologist Lorenzo Cohen evaluate the healing potential of meditation in a discussion from the Rubin Museum of Art’s Brainwave Festival.” At the link find the title, “Meditating Health, Friday, March 12, 2010,” right-click “031210meditation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico Student Massacre 46 mins –“If you thought mass graves and torture were just Islamic State issues these days – far away and unthinkable – look closer to home. To Mexico. Last month, just a hundred miles south of Mexico City, 43 young college students from the countryside were rounded up and “disappeared” in a town where officials and drug lords are all wrapped up together. All kinds of bodies have now been found. Burned. Face peeled. Eyes torn out. Even for Mexico, this is too much. Too far. The country is in uproar.” Program guests include Tracy Wilkinson, Mexico bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Selee, executive vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Author of “Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico.” Co-editor of “Mexico and the United States” and “Mexico’s Democratic Challenges.” And Anabel Hernandez, Mexican investigative journalist. Author of the book, “Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers.” Contributor to Reporte Indigo.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micronutrients 30 mins -In this first of a two-part series, experts from various sectors explore the available options to reduce “hidden hunger”—micronutrient deficiencies in a population. In this podcast series, the many partners of The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science offer perspective on their work to better understand human nutrition, and to find new and better ways of feeding the world. For this episode, experts from DSM, DuPont, Pepsico, Nestlé, Pfizer, the Food Fortification Initiative, the Mathile Institute, and Ajinomoto discuss the many ways people are solving the problem of supplying people everywhere with adequate vitamins and minerals.” At the link find the title, “Micronutrients: Supplementation, Fortification, and Beyond,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle East Research 25 mins – “A geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey discusses the challenges he’s faced when doing science in the Middle East, and his research on the Dead Sea basin.” At the link find the title, “Science in the Middle East, June 19, 2008,” right-click “Mideast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant Children 92 mins – “Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have been coming to the United States without a parent or guardian for many years. In 2008, Congress enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to provide special protections for this vulnerable population. In recent years, the number of unaccompanied child migrants (UACs) from these countries has increased significantly, culminating in much larger numbers arriving at US borders in 2014. This panel, from the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference organized in October 2014 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., the Center for Migration Studies, and Georgetown University Law Center, considers several key issues that have arisen with respect to U.S. and regional responses to the cross-border movements of these children, in particular with respect to due process, enforcement actions in the United States and Mexico, and Central American government plans to address the violence affecting these children in their home communities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration Policy and Politics 94 mins – “This panel from the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference—organized in October 2014 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., the Center for Migration Studies, and Georgetown University Law Center—examines the use of executive action in implementing immigration policy, the numbers of those who may potentially be affected by such action, underlying legal issues, and any challenges in implementation. The panelists—Ana Navarro, a Republican political contributor to CNN, CNN en Español, and ABC News; Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Simon Rosenberg, President and Founder, New Democrat Network (NDN); and Marc R. Rosenblum, Deputy Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute—discussed the possible political ramifications for future immigration reform policy during a conversation moderated by MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MS Story 52 mins – “Jason DaSilva was 25 when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As a filmmaker, he eventually decided to try and make sense of the disease through his art form. So, he set out to capture what he calls the transformative experience of becoming disabled. DaSilva let the camera run as he dealt with his loss of vision, muscle control, and many other complications. Next week, we’re screening When I Walk as part of the Through the Lens documentary series.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myth Busters 36 mins – “Adam Savage – Live on Stage in San Francisco On the show this week Indre talks to Adam Savage about the future of science communication (and why it’s terrifying TV networks), why he’s worried Elon Musk might become a Marvel supervillain, and why it’s so important to him that women be better represented in his field. Indre also talks to host of The Story Collider, Ben Lillie, about the Antares Rocket explosion, flavonols, and Ben explains why he’s fascinated by institutional review boards.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Battle 13 mins – “Obesity rates in Canada have tripled over the past thirty years. Now an editorial just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is calling for tough action to deal with obesity. Dr. Brian Goldman explains.” At the link find the title, “White Coat Mini Podcast – Obesity,” right-click “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Obesity” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Predictive Coding 33 mins – “Discovery, as all lawyers know, is the process of collecting and exchanging information about the court case to prepare for the trial. Traditionally, this was done by many lawyers over countless billable hours in which every page of potential evidence was examined for important information. Because of this, the more information existed in reference to a case, the more expensive the case was. As technology developed, law firms began using computers to do keyword searches and conceptual searches. Unfortunately, there were problems including picking the right keywords or concepts, misspelled words, how to structure the items, and that these searches only yielded 20% of important data. Recently, technology has advanced to predictive coding, or teaching a computer program to think like a lawyer would. But how cost effective and practical is predictive coding, and how well does it actually work?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protein Production 33 mins – “Experts discuss innovations in food science and programming that are aimed at sustainably producing adequate protein for the global population. Population growth and changes in dietary practices globally have led to a tremendous rise in the demand for animal-source foods. While consuming the required amount of protein is fundamental to human health, supplying protein to meet increasing worldwide needs can lead to environmental and health problems. This podcast is brought to you by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.” At the link find the title, “The Problem with Protein, May 28, 2014,” right-click “ProblemwithProtein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Lands Controversy 47 mins – “If you saw Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters on horseback this spring in Nevada, you saw one face of a movement to get the federal government’s hand off of vast lands in the American West. The suit-and-tie version of that movement wants control handed over to the states. And we’re talking a lot of land. Eighty-one percent of Nevada – federal-controlled. Sixty-seven percent of Utah. Forty-eight percent of California, Wyoming. Critics say the new Sagebrush Rebellion is about oil and gas and development. Supporters say “states’ rights.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quarantine History 46 mins – “The history of quarantines, from the Spanish Flu to polio to Ebola and the challenge of fighting an epidemic and fear of the epidemic. Quarantines –isolating the sick —have a long history, from the bubonic plague to polio. And now, quarantines are back as governors try to stop Ebola and public panic. But the first official effort to quarantine a nurse just back from Africa backfired. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie started out this past weekend playing it tough. By the end, he was backpedaling furiously after one angry nurse stood up to his quarantine order. She had a whole lot of science and the American medical establishment backing her up.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sight Science 29 mins – “See What You’ve Been Missing: Christof Koch and Apollo Robbins – There’s a lot more to vision than first meets the eye. An ex-magician and cognitive neuroscientist team and tackle the science of sight.” At the link find the title, “See What You’ve Been Missing, January 23, 2009, “right-click “012309vision.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silk Road 18 mins – “Take an anthropological tour of the Silk Road exhibit at the AMNH with its curator, Mark Norell. The 4,600-mile trail was the most important trade route in the Eastern world for more than 3,000 years.” At the link find the title, “The Silk Road, Friday, January 22, 2010,” right-click “012210silkroad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Small Arms Technology P1 8 mins –“In the first installment of this podcast, series editors Benjamin King and Glenn McDonald talk to us about the need for arms control policies that take these developments into account, with a detailed discussion of new polymers and additive manufacturing…. The Small Arms Survey has drafted a series of discussion papers to be presented at the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security in October 2014. These papers, which are due for public release later in the year as chapters in an Occasional Paper, cover a range of subjects: the additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) of small arms; the use of new polymers; modular weapons design; smart technologies; and the conversion of replica firearms to fully functioning firearms.” At the link find the title, “New Technologies, New Control Challenges, Part 1: Polymers, 3D printing, and appropriate policies,” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-26-New-Technologies-New-Control-Challenges-Part-1.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Small Arms Technology P2 8 mins – “Benjamin King and Glenn McDonald explain how the modular design of weapons systems complicates weapons marking, record -keeping, and tracing. They also examine the issues raised by the conversion of replica firearms into viable weapons; and they consider how new weapons technology presents opportunities for improved stockpile management….” At the link find the title, “New Technologies, New Control Challenges, Part 2: Modular weapons, conversion, and smart technologies,” right-click “Media Files SAS-Podcast-27-New-Technologies-New-Control-Challenges-Part-2.mp3”

Spinal Cord Repair 20 mins – “Biologist Marie Filbin says new discoveries in spinal nerve regeneration are giving researchers hope in the race to cure spinal cord injuries.” At the link find the title, “Back Me Up, April 17, 2009,” right-click “041709spinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sushi 15 mins – “Danish biophysicist Ole Mouritsen also happens to be an expert on, and lover of sushi. This week, we talk to him about his new book, Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body, and the Soul.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Sushi, January 01, 2010,” right-click “010110sushi.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Swiss Child Labor 26 mins – “Kavita Puri goes to Switzerland to hear the extraordinary stories of survivors who lived as indentured child labourers.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Switzerland: Stolen Childhoods – 30 Oct 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141030-0232c.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up media.

Technology Progressing or Not 45 mins – “In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, guest Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s leading investors and thinkers, discusses his new book Zero to One [interesting site]. In it Thiel explains his theories on markets, monopolies, and the lack of new technology. Born in Germany, raised in California, Thiel is a US-ranked chess master and cofounder of PayPal and Palantir.” At the link find the title, “Peter Thiel on markets, technology, and education.” right-click “Media files 20141024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Humanity 58 mins (2 parts) – “Online games offer immersive, three-dimensional worlds populated by thousands of characters who form intense relationships, functional economies, complex societies, and rich cultures. Often these virtual connections not only mimic real-world interactions but sometimes even supplant them. But just how far can virtual worlds take us? …Thomas M. Malaby of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Lee T. Guzofski of G2G Enterprises…[discuss]… the ways in which natural reality blends and blurs with the virtual reality of online games.” At the link find the titles, “Virtual Humanity – Part 1, December 15, 2011” and “…Part 2, December 26, 2011,” right-click ” 20111215_Guzofski.mp3” and “20111222_Malaby.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus.

Vitamins 25 mins – “Scurvy was once the scourge of the seven seas, but it turned out to have a simple solution: Vitamin C. In the second installment of our nutrition series, learn all about the power of vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients.” At the link find the title, “A Thought for Food: Tiny Amounts, February 27, 2012,” right-click “02292012_TinyAmounts.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Issues 28 mins – “What are changes in voting laws doing to democracy in the USA? Rajini Vaidyanathan travels to North Carolina to investigate voting rights in the United States.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Politics at the Polling Station 28 Oct 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141028-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Worst State for Women 52 mins – “A study released last week declared Utah the “worst state for women.” According to the business media website 24/7 Wall St., women in Utah earn significantly lower wages than their male counterparts, hold relatively few management positions in business, and make up a very small percentage of our state legislature. Tuesday, we’re assembling a panelist of female guests to discuss whether the study accurately reflects life on the ground for Utah’s women, and we hope to hear from our listeners, too.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 155 – 31 Oct 2014: Alzheimer’s Cure Prospect, Bad Paper, Beer Culture, Bonkbuster Sex Drugs, Brain Development and Imaging, British History, Buckminister Fuller, Car Future, Champagne Bubbles, Chemical Weapons, Child Safety Excesses, Chocolate and Health, Cholesterol History, Climate Change, Contractionism, Crap, Cutthroat Science, Data Collection, Death With Dignity, Digital Health, Discipline in School, E Book Report, Ebola-Debrief-In Canada-Recovery, Evolution by Zimmer and Research, Feeding the Planet, Food Mods, Gamergate, Green Skyscraper,Hedge Funds, Hospitals by Toyota, Improv for Scientists, India in World War One, Irish Church Scandal, Linux Laptops, Lost Innocence, Magnesium Chloride, Malaria Update, Microbiome, Modern Surveillance, Molecule Handedness, Myth of Prosecution, Nutrition Research, Online Harassment, Phages, Quantum Moment, Qubits, Rating Television, Recycling NYC Paper, Religious Objections, Right to Vote, Russia in 1914, Russians, Scotch Whiskies, South Pass Route, Stem Cell Research, Sugar Overview, Toll Roads, Venter on Research, Village Projects, Viral Research, War Dogs, Water Supply, White Bread

The following audio files come from a larger group of 245 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 77 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Alzheimer’s Cure Prospect 60 mins – “Alzheimer’s Disease is a growing health and economic concern worldwide, prompting innovative efforts to better understand the disease and translate that understanding into effective interventions. The search for a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease becomes increasingly urgent as global populations grow and age. In the United States alone, 16 million people are projected to suffer from AD by 2050. In this podcast, leading experts from different sections of the R&D pipeline discuss cutting-edge approaches to developing a cure.” At the link find the title, “Alzheimer’s Disease: Prospects for a Cure, June 30, 2014,” right-click “ProspectsforaCure.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bad Paper 59 mins – “Jake Halpern talked about his book, Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld, in which he argues that the collection industry is full of unregulated and questionable practices that can often compound the problems of working class citizens. He talked with author and former Wall Street executive Nomi Prins.” You can listen/watch at the link, but the audio download cost $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Beer Culture 12 mins – “While ancient civilizations were building pyramids and mapping the globe, they also brewed up a new use for grains. William Bostwick, author of “The Brewer’s Tale,” discusses the intersection between beer and innovation.” At the link find the title, “Brewing Up Innovation” right-click “IHUB-102514-C.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Bonkbuster Sex Drugs 21 mins – “A thrice failed antidepressant is at the centre of a new marketing campaign to win approval for what could become the world’s first blockbuster sex pill for women. Frustrated by the drug’s repeated rejection, proponents have orchestrated a fierce attack, accusing the regulator of unfairness, and enlisting support from several well connected…” At the link find the title, “The blockbuster sex drug for women; creating a feminist issue,” right-click “Media files 172404390-bmjgroup-the-sex-drug-for-women.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Development 65 mins – “The Origin of Brain Degenerative Disorders: Patrick Hof – A Mt. Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist explains the morpho-molecular features that render certain neuronal populations of the brain vulnerable to degeneration.” At the link find the title, “The Origin of Brain Degenerative Disorders, April 04, 2008,” right-click “hof.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Imaging 20 mins – “Blavatnik Award winning scientist Dr. Jonathan Fisher discusses the power of various visualization techniques in researching—and educating about—the brain. Dr. Fisher is the Founder and Director of the Neurodome Project, which adapts immersive visualization techniques used in planetariums to introduce new audiences to neuroscience.” At the link find the title, “Your Brain: The Final Frontier, November 21, 2013,” right-click “VisualizingtheBrain.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

British History 27 mins – “Today’s episode will take place in the turbulent years from 686 to 692 and the main characters will be… Aldfrith – King of Mercia, son of Oswiu, brother of Ecgfrith, and scholarly dude. Wilfrid – Former Bishop of York, friend of the terrifying pagan king Caedwalla, and man you really don’t want to cross. and Aethelred – King of Mercia, son of Penda, brother of Wulfhere, and (despite his rather pious upbringing) he really was his father’s son….” (Interesting discussion of the culture with such things as adoption of silver coins to cope with adulterated gold coins.)” At the link right “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Buckminster Fuller 23 mins – “Hear the story of one of the greatest innovators of the 20th century – the man behind the geodesic dome, Dymaxion Car and Dwelling Machine, and other inventive ideas.” At the link find the title, “Buckminster Fuller, July 03, 2008,” right-click “fuller.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Car Future 46 mins – “The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them. In the year 2025, cars and the rules of the road could look a whole lot different. Cars that drive themselves. Run on hydrogen. Made out of futuristic materials. That know your musical preferences. Favorite places to shop and eat. And get this: They’ll even sense if you’re having a heart attack. Companies are dreaming up and road testing the next generation of automobiles. And not too far down the road, today’s gas-guzzling, road clogging, unreliable cars could be left behind in the rear view mirror. This hour On Point: Driving ambitions and the future of cars.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Champagne Bubbles 41 mins – “Gerard Liger-Belair has been studying the science of champagne bubbles for 10 years. Learn just how important bubbles are to the taste this celebratory drink – and find out the science behind it.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Champagne, May 16, 2008,” right-click “champagne.mp3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu. Some interesting visual aids are used, but no video of this talk is available. However, a similar TED talk in French by the same person for 17 mins is here.

Chemical Weapons 44 mins – “Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I. As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look. We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the frontline during World War I—and discovers that for some people the war isn’t yet over…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Child Safety Excesses 52 mins – “There’s been a lot of talk recently about religious freedom, and it seems to have intensified as gay marriages have become legal in many states. Sen Orrin Hatch calls judges “uniformly hostile to religion.” Pundits see Sen Ted Cruz building a presidential campaign on the idea that religious liberty has “never been in more peril.” But the researcher and activist Jay Michaelson says this is a political strategy to marshal allies in the ongoing culture wars. He’ll join us to dissect what he sees as a “covert campaign against civil rights.”

Chocolate and Health 55 mins – “Jeffrey Blumberg, a nutrition scientist from Tufts University, gives an overview of the health benefits of chocolate. Sponsor: Chocolate Manufacturers Association. At the link find the title, “Science of Chocolate, February 29, 2008,” right-click “chocolate.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cholesterol History 4 mins “Next time your doctor tells you to get a cholesterol test, stir up some trouble. Ask who ordered it. There are probably a few answers to that question, but here’s mine: the order came from a doctor — of oceanography!— turned physiologist named Ancel Keys. It was Keys who first studied the correlation between diet and heart disease in large ethnic populations. He came to a conclusion that we now take for granted. High levels of serum cholesterol are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and more important, we influence that number every day by what we eat. It’s not quite so simple, though. We now know about “good” cholesterol, HDL, and we know that even so-called “bad” cholesterol, LDL, comes in two different sizes, one of which is relatively benign. Genes and lifestyle complicate matters further. But Keys’ work, which he began in the 1950s, was groundbreaking.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 2469, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 35 mins – “The Rapidly Changing Climate System: Michael Oppenheimer – A lead author with the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives a global warming overview.” At the link find the title, “The Rapidly Changing Climate System, March 21, 2008,” right-click “climate_change.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Contractionism 60 mins – “Then Gail Zawacki savages what’s left, while she campaigns against the unknown threat of ozone smog. It’s a panorama of inner conversations in twisted times. Author Frank Rotering from British Columbia, Canada hosts contractionism.org He called for the usual progressive bottom-up revolution against the consumer society. Now it’s too late for that, Frank says. We need to push a schism in the wealthy capitalists who control the game. Some billionaires are beginning to see they will be wiped out along with the rest of us in ecocide.” At the link right-click find the title, “Talk in Twisted Times,” right-click “CD” or “Lo-Fi” quality beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crap 8 mins – “Warning: This talk might contain much more than you’d ever want to know about the way the world poops. But as sanitation activist (and TED Fellow) Francis de los Reyes asks — doesn’t everyone deserve a safe place to go? Francis de los Reyes works with cutting-edge microbiological techniques in environmental biotech. But his passion, both professionally and personally, is helping to improve the plight of the world’s 2.5 billion people living without adequate sanitation.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crap Again 14 mins – “It’s 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there’s no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources — causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem… Rose George looks deeply into topics that are unseen but fundamental, whether that’s sewers or latrines or massive container ships or pirate hostages or menstrual hygiene.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cutthroat Science 32 mins – “From publish-or-perish to the race for ever-decreasing research dollars, scientists are under pressure to produce new scientific findings. Recent reports suggest an increase in the number of scientific articles published in journals, accompanied by an enormous increase in retractions. Has the competitive culture of science gone too far to ensure the integrity of scientific findings? How do scientists maintain ethics in the face of such pressure?” At the link find the title, “Envy: The Cutthroat Side of Science, May 16, 2013,” right-click “cutthroat science.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Collection 59 mins – “Adam Tanner, fellow at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University; author and Forbes contributor” talks about the world of personal data. At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death With Dignity 51 mins – “In a video that has been viewed by millions in recent weeks, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard explains her plan to end her life on Nov. 1, 2014. Maynard suffers from terminal brain cancer. Instead of waiting for the disease to kill her, she decided to move to Oregon with her husband and mother so that she could legally obtain a lethal prescription and end her life on a day of her choosing. Currently, her plan is a legal option in only five states. Advocates say it can be a critical component of end-of-life care should be more widely available. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the debate over “aid in dying,” also known as doctor-assisted suicide.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Digital Health 50 mins (2 parts) – In part one (25mins): “Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, Dr. Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist for Health Care Delivery at IBM Research, and Dr. Marc Triola, Associate Dean for Educational Informatics at NYU School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Educational Informatics, discuss the emerging roles of digital technology in healthcare.” In part two (25 mins ): ” Dr. Robert Kaplan, Director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Dr. Barbara Barry, research scientist with the Northeastern University Relational Agents Group, discuss the evolving role of technology in addressing the behavioral aspects of health.” At the link find the titles, “Digital Healthcare Technology Part 1: Virtual Patients, AI Doctors, and Beyond, Thursday, March 14, 2013″ and “Digital Healthcare Technology Part 2: Take One App a Day with Food, March 20, 2013,” then right-click ” transmed digitalhealth 1 [ and 2].mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Discipline in School 63 mins – “Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There’s no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there’s evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids. When it comes to disciplining young people, teachers are winging it. We ask middle school teachers all over the country to walk us through how they get a kid to take his hat off. The book Ira mentions is called Building a Better Teacher by reporter Elizabeth Green; it’s eye-opening in a number of ways.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E Book Report 15 mins – “National e-book markets are like snowflakes. No two are alike. Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own. In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, as well as the controversies and debates that inevitably surround the move away from print and toward digital. From the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Global eBook Report author Rüdiger Wischenbart joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally to share details on the just-launched fall 2014 update.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Debrief 27 mins – “Ebola is now regarded as an international threat to peace and security, according to the World Health Organisation. Up to 10,000 people a week could soon be infected in west Africa, with cases also reported in Europe and the US. Simon Cox asks why it took so long for the world to wake up to the threat posed by Ebola.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Ebola: What went Wrong,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141022-0332a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola in Canada  17 mins – “Should health care workers have the right to take a pass on caring for patients with Ebola?” At the link find the title, “White Coat Mini Podcast – Refusing to Treat Ebola,” right-click “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Refusing to Treat Ebola” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Recovery 27 mins – “This week Health Check focuses on Ebola, looking at proposed treatments and the timeline for vaccines.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: Ebola, blood treatment, vaccines,” right-click “Media files healthc_20141022-2030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolution by Zimmer 18 mins – “S&C chats with science writer Carl Zimmer about his newest book on evolution. Hear what’s changed since Darwin.” At the link find the title, “The Tangled Bank September 04, 2009,” right-click “090409zimmer.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolution Research 24 mins – “The theory of evolution explains how the fittest traits survive in a species, but not how those traits arise in the first place.  On this episode, Andreas Wagner discussed the arrival of the fittest.” At the right-click “Listen to  episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feeding the Planet 44 mins – “Alan Weisman, a journalist and nonfiction writer, came to the New York Academy of Sciences on September 25, 2013, to discuss his latest book, Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? Weisman considers difficult global issues in his work, peppering hard facts with compelling stories and extensive research. His previous book, A World Without Us, in which he imagines how our planet might adjust if humans disappeared, has been translated into 30 languages. In Countdown, Weisman explains why we need to address the global population crisis and offers some of the solutions to overpopulation he observed while traveling as a journalist.” At the link find the title, “Can We Feed the Planet? October 12, 2013,” right-click “feedingtheplanet.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Modification 23 mins – “People have been modifying their food for thousands of years – but not in a lab. Amy Harmon, an award-winning NY Times reporter, and Pamela Ronald, genetics professor and co-author of “Tomorrow’s Table,” talk about where GMOs are headed.” At the link find the title, “A Genetically Modified Menu,” right-click “IHUB-102514-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gamergate 48 mins – “#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash. Hashtag “Gamergate” is all over the world of online fisticuffs lately. If you’re in it, you know all about it. Gamers – video gamers, online gamers – on an online tear, charging corruption in the incestuous world of video game journalism. Standing as the new citizen activist. Warriors at the Alamo. Critics, charging that raging gamers are a bunch of culturally-privileged largely young white guys ready to unleash very real menace and misogyny to defend a passing era of supremacy.The threats are real and ugly and maybe the future of culture clash. This hour On Point: Inside Gamergate.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Skyscraper 20 mins – “Take a tour of the new Bank of America building at One Bryant Park – now the greenest office tower in New York City, with a Platinum LEED ranking. The building’s lead architect and mechanical engineer join to give context to this skyscraper’s ultra-sustainable features.” At the link find the title, “One Bryant Park, July 25, 2008,” right-click “one_bryant.mp3,” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Hedge Funds 22 mins – “This podcast is in response to the latest announcement by CALPRS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, that they have decided to liquidate their $4 billion in hedge fund investments. Paul discusses the sad truth about the expense, returns and slippery nature of the hedge fund industry. Here is just one of the many aspects he reports: At the end of 10 years only 5% of the hedge funds will still be in business. Does that sound like an investment you’d like to make? Of course, as long as it’s part of the 5%. Paul also discusses a hedge fund he helped form in 1995. The good news is it’s still in business.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hospitals by Toyota   27 mins – “Nearly forty years ago, Toyota adopted an efficiency system they called Toyota Way. Today, people in health care and other industries call it LEAN because it’s all about cutting waste. Is it a way for hospitals to better care for patients and save money?”  At the link find the title, “WCBA – The Toyota Way Podcast,” right-click “Download WCBA – The Toyota Way Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Improv for Scientists 19 mins – “Actor/director Alan Alda talks to us about problems in science communication today and why improv—yes, improv—can help scientists connect better with their audience. Physicist and World Science Festival co-founder Brian Greene joins in the conversation as Science & the City goes behind the scenes of the 2011 Festival.” At the link find the title, “Improv for Scientists, Friday, June 10, 2011,” right-click “110610_ImprovforScientists.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India in World War One 50 mins – “In the Indian capital Delhi stands India Gate, the largest memorial to the war for which 1.5 million Indian men were recruited. But Anita Rani discovers that World War One is something of a forgotten memory today, seen as part of its colonial history. She sets out to uncover some of the forgotten stories.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: India’s Forgotten War,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141024-1105a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irish Church Scandal 27 mins – “Women abused in institutions run by the Catholic Church are demanding answers from religious authorities and the government. But will the latest inquiry give them any peace?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Ireland’s Forced Labour Survivors,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141023-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from te pop-up menu.

Linux Laptops 103 mins – “Apple was right! The magic of hardware and operating system made for each other. Everything just works when a computer’s hardware and software are designed to work together.” At the link find the title, “Oct 17: #258 – Computer America #78,” right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lost Innocence P2 54 mins – “A rebroadcast of the highly-acclaimed award-winning CBC Radio series commemorating the outbreak of World War II.” At the link find the title, “Children on Lost Innocence, Part 2 – War At A Distance the Canadian home front tell of their fears and excitement,” right-click “Download Lost Innocence, Part 2 – War At A Distance” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lost Innocence P3 54 mins – “Livia Bittman-Jackson and Mariam Steiner were young girls when the Nazi’s marched into their villages and deported them to concentration camps. They recall the horror of the Holocaust.” At the link find the title, “Lost Innocence, Part 3 – Children of the Holocaust.” right-click “Download Lost Innocence, Part 3 – Children of the Holocaust” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Magnesium Chloride 6 mins – “Many of the simple inorganic compounds have a common name – because they are familiar from some everyday use – but magnesium chloride remains resolutely in the shade of other salts, and, despite being widely used, it has nothing to make it sound more friendly. Like many such compounds there is no clear date of discovery, but we do know that Michael Faraday produced magnesium metal by electrolysis of magnesium chloride back in 1833 and this process is still a major industrial source of the metal. The magnesium salt is typically extracted from salt water, particularly high salt content sources like the Dead Sea and the Great Salt Lake in Utah,…” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_MagnesiumChloride.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Update 13 mins – “Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré is the executive director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. In this podcast, she updates us on recent successes in the global effort to control the disease. A second podcast examines the effect of the current ebola outbreak on the prevention and treatment of malaria, and other diseases, in affected regions.” At the link find the title, “Update on malaria – new technologies helping to tackle the disease, October 24, 2014” right-click “Media files 173658604-bmjgroup-update-on-malaria-new-technologies-helping-to-tackle-the-disease.mp3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome 37 mins – “The genome of the bacteria that colonize our bodies vastly dwarfs our human genome! How will this new finding change how we understand our health? Dr. Martin Blaser, Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University Medical Center; and Dr. Lawrence Brandt, Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discuss the consequences of our co-evolution with bacteria and debate the implications for medical research. Christine Gorman, Senior Editor for Health and Medicine at Scientific American, moderates.” At the link find the title, “Hats Off to Bacteria! December 12, 2013,” right-click “hatsofftobacteria.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Modern Surveillance 59 mins – “In 1787, British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham conceived of the panopticon, a ring of cells observed by a central watchtower, as a labor-saving device for those in authority. In French philosopher Michel Foucault’s groundbreaking 1975 study, Discipline and Punish, the panopticon became a metaphor to describe the creeping effects of personalized surveillance as a means for ever-finer mechanisms of control. Years later, the available tools of scrutiny, supervision, and discipline are far more capable and insidious than Foucault dreamed, and yet less effective than Bentham hoped. Shopping malls, container ports, terrorist holding cells, and social networks all bristle with cameras, sensors, and trackers. But, crucially, they are also rife with resistance and prime opportunities for revolution. In this talk authors Emily Horne — a creator of the webcomic A Softer World — and Tim Maly — writer and Fellow at Harvard’s metaLAB — discuss their new book The Inspection House, and paint a stark, vivid portrait of our contemporary surveillance state and its opponents.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Molecule Handedness 13 mins – “Kent Kirshenbaum, an NYU chemistry professor, explains his team’s recent discovery of how to make molecules with a twist – these molecules can fold in to twisted helical shapes that can accelerate selected chemical reactions.” At the link find the title, “Twisted Molecules August 28, 2009,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myth of Prosecution 52 mins – “Religion scholar Candida Moss began thinking about Christian martyrs when she heard a sermon comparing the plight of today’s believers to that of the early church. But when she started exploring what early Christians really endured, she learned that these stories of victimization had been exaggerated and even invented to inspire the faithful. Friday, Moss joins Doug to talk about what she calls the myth of persecution and how those stories continue to create the “us vs them” mindset of today. Candida Moss is a Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. Her book is called The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Nutrition Research 70 mins (3 parts) – In Part One: “Scientists, health professionals, and food industry representatives discuss the process of putting the Research Agenda for Nutrition Science into action. Creating the agenda was a great first step, but effectively activating it is just as complex and important. A cross-section of experts from around the world discusses this process and their hopes and plans for the future of the field. In Part Two: “What, how and why we eat is a broad and complex issue touching on almost every discipline of the sciences, so how does a scientist know what questions have the potential to make the greatest impact? The Academy’s own Mandana Arabi discusses the creation of a roadmap for the study of human nutrition….” In part Three: “Experts from all aspects of the nutrition community, from food science to food production and beyond, gather at the Academy to discuss the nutrition science agenda, and how it can best be developed and used to move the field forward.” At the link find the titles, “A Research Agenda forNutrition Science: Why and How?,” “A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Mobilizing the Community,” and “A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Activating the Agenda,” then right-clicking, in turn, “NutritionResearchAgenda1.mp3,” “NutritionResearchAgenda2.mp3,” and “NutritionResearchAgenda3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus.

Online Harassment 51 mins – “#GamerGate has put the issue of women and online harassment in the headlines. It started as an ex-boyfriend’s rant and turned into a debate about the video game industry. Alongside the legitimate online discussion, there emerged a campaign of cyber threats against female game developers and critics. Anonymous messages on Twitter became so violent that three women have fled their homes, while others were forced offline. Yet, no arrests have been made, and the cyber attacks continue. This case is extreme, but it reflects an experience that is not unique. A study from 2012 found that one in five adults in the U.S. has suffered online harassment –- and the majority of victims are women. Today on the show: a look at online harassment of women and why it’s so hard to address.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Phages Fight Bacteria 9 mins – “This episode: Some phages can fight back against bacterial defenses with recently discovered genes!” At the link find the title, “BacterioFiles 180 – Phage Functions Fight Fortifications,” right-click “Download episode” and select and “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phages for Acne 3 mins – “This episode: Scientists find that phages might be good for treating acne!” At the link find the title, “BacterioFiles Micro Edition 106 – Bacteriophages Bust Blackheads,” right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phages in Bacteria 11 mins – “This episode: Defective phages in bacterial genomes can still have burdensome effects! Why do the bacteria keep them around?” At the link find the title, “BacterioFiles 179 – Functionless Phages Feel Fatiguing,” right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phages in the Gut 5 mins – “This episode: Gut bacteria use phages to beat their competition!” At the link find the title, “BacterioFiles Micro Edition 108 – Firing Phages to Fight faecalis,” right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.

Phages Protect Food 14 mins – “This episode: Phages could be used to reduce infection with dangerous bacteria from meat and vegetables!” At the link find the title, “177 – Phages Fight Food Filth,” right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quantum Moment 9 mins – “Politicians, writers, and even Lady Gaga have referenced quantum physics, but in its early, more scientific days, quantum mechanics was the source of a tussle between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.” At the link find the title, “Quantum: a Pop Culture Moment,” right-click “IHUB-102514-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Qubits 29 mins – “Russ talks with Kyriakos Porfyrakis, Head of Laboratory for Carbon Materials at the University of Oxford. Kyriakos is studying endohedral fullerenes, or “qubits” – atoms that are inserted into spherical fullerene molecules in order to induce electronic properties. Qubits may help revolutionize electronic devices in the near future.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rating Television 12 mins – “TV shows live and die by Nielsen ratings, but does their data still matter in a Netflix world? It all depends on advertisers, says TIME media critic James Poniewozik.” At the link find the title, “Rating Television,” right-click “IHUB-102514-A.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Recycling NYC Paper 21 mins – “From your old magazines to a brand new recycled paper pizza box, we take a trip to Pratt Industry’s Staten Island paper recycling facility to see how NYC’s paper is reused.” At the link find the title, “New York’s Paper Solutions Thursday, September 18, 2008,” right-click “091908recycling.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religious Objections 52 mins – “There’s been a lot of talk recently about religious freedom, and it seems to have intensified as gay marriages have become legal in many states. Sen Orrin Hatch calls judges “uniformly hostile to religion.” Pundits see Sen Ted Cruz building a presidential campaign on the idea that religious liberty has “never been in more peril.” But the researcher and activist Jay Michaelson says this is a political strategy to marshal allies in the ongoing culture wars. He’ll join us to dissect what he sees as a “covert campaign against civil rights.’” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right to Vote 25 mins – “This past weekend, the Supreme Court upheld Texas’ harsh voter ID law for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. The Lone Star state’s voter ID law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right’s desire to hold onto power, as demographic changes are altering the electoral landscape. In the last four years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy…This week, Bill talks with an attorney and journalist about the ongoing vote suppression controversy. Sherrilyn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a noted civil rights litigator whose work has included landmark voting rights cases.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: The Fight — and the Right — to Vote,” right-click “Moyers_and_Company_342_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russia in 1914 50 mins – “The Romanovs ruled Russia for centuries until World War One brought revolution and an abrupt end to their imperial reign. Allan Little explores the legacy of revolution and the hidden impact of WW1 on Russian policy today.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: St Petersburg: Revolution,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141018-1805a.mp3

Russians 51 mins – “Morning Edition co-host David Greene spent five years in Russia as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief. During that time, he took a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, reporting on the impressions, hopes and dreams of ordinary Russians. The experience affected him so deeply that Greene returned last year for another train trip. This time, he traveled nearly 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Vladivostok, interviewing people from all different parts of the country, including Siberia. The Russians he meets share the same struggle with old soviet ghosts of corruption and oppression. But most are deeply ambivalent about democratic reform. A cross-country journey into the heart of modern Russia.” [Greene’s book is Midnight in Siberia.] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Scotch Whiskies 17 mins – “Simon Brooking is the master ambassador for Ardmore and Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch whiskies. A well-known expert on Scotch whisky, he has worked for a number of leading Scotch distilleries, learning the art and science of distilling from the world’s foremost master distillers and blenders. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and a member of the Robertson Clan, he traces his roots back to the 13th Century and the Celtic Earls of Atholl. For over 10 years, Simon has led hundreds of Scotch whisky tastings for consumers, bartenders, and social organizations. Both informing and entertaining, his presentations have made him an in-demand speaker and spokesperson. At the Academy Brooking will present a talk titled “The Science and Craft of Single Malt Scotch from Malting to Maturation: An Exploration of ‘The Water of Life.’” At the link find the title, “The Science of Scotch, May 2008” right-click “scotch.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Pass Route 51 mins – “The Rocky Mountains have always posed a forbidding obstacle for travelers, but there’s one place where “God ran out of mountains,” and passage is relatively easy. For generations, Indians, fur traders, missionaries, and explorers moved through South Pass, a treeless valley in southwestern Wyoming. It’s a place rich with history and extraordinary tales, and it’s the focus of historian Will Bagley’s latest book. He joins us to explain how South Pass figured in the development of the American West… Bagley is an independent historian and author of numerous books. His latest is South Pass: Gate to a Continent.” At the link right-click on the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stem Cell Research 32 mins – “Dr. John Murray, a lawyer and geneticist, and Dr. Chris Henderson, scientific director of Target ALS, discuss the field of stem cell research and a recent legal challenge. The Supreme Court recently refused to hear a case challenging federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Experts discuss the case and its consequences, as well as exciting research being done with stem cells towards a treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease.” At the link find the title, “Lab Bench Meets Federal Bench: The Supreme Court and Stem Cell Research, February 15, 2013,” right-click “stem cell research.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Overview 39 mins – “The battle of wills to resist the last cupcake isn’t the only one being waged over sugar. In fact, sugar—or fructose to be more precise—is one of the most hotly contested subjects in the world of nutrition. Find out why in the fifth edition of our nutrition series.” Mentioned during the podcast is that there are forty-eight names for sucrose. At the link find the title, “A Thought for Food: Sugar in the Morning… June 27, 2012,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toll Roads 41 mins – “Toll roads make up a fraction of America’s highways, but their number is growing. More than 5,000 miles of U.S. roads require tolls today, up 15 percent over the past decade. One reason: The highway trust fund is in crisis. It’s currently financed by a federal gas tax that has not risen since Bill Clinton was president. So states are looking for other ways to pay for much needed transportation projects. Current laws prohibit the tolling of existing interstate highways. But many infrastructure advocates would like to change that. Others argue public roads should be accessible to all Americans. Diane and her [5] guests discuss how best to pay for highways and the future of toll roads.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Venter on Research  62 mins – “The leader of the private-sector human genome project has published an autobiography.” In this interview he refers to it, but focuses on genomic research. At the link find the title, “A Life Decoded: Craig Venter, February 22, 2008,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Village Projects 24 mins – “Engineering students in the Projects for Underserved Communities program at UT Austin are proving you’re never too young to make a difference by putting science to good use.” At the link find the title, “Engineering Sustainable Futures, February 13, 2014,” right-click “EngineeringSustainableFutures.MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viral Research 40 mins – “As the US government calls a temporary halt to experiments that can make viruses more transmissible or virulent, we explore the pros and cons of this research and the impact of the moratorium. In the studio are Wendy Barclay, professor of influenza virology at Imperial College London, Nicola Davis of Observer Tech Monthly, and Azeen Ghorayshi, a freelance science journalist based in London. And down the line is Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard.” This takes 35 mins and the remaining time deals with brain games and dinosaurs. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Dogs 51 mins – “Dogs were not officially made a part of the U.S. military until 1942. But their history of working on battlefields worldwide stretches back much further. Today, American military working dogs detect improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, with remarkable accuracy. They also provide comfort to men and women in uniform suffering emotional and physical wounds of war. But they are not always given the recognition that journalist Rebecca Frankel believes they deserve. When she began her weekly column on U.S. war dogs in 2010, she found that many were unaware of the critical role they can play in U.S. military missions. Frankel joins Diane to take us inside the world of war dogs.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Water Supply 58 mins – “Creating and maintaining a clean, sustainable water supply means delivering drinking water and collecting wastewater while dealing with pathogenic microorganisms and infrastructure challenges. It’s not all challenges, however. Two speakers; Sudhir Murthy, PhD, PE, BCEE, Innovation Chief at DC Water, and Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute, will speak to Microbes After Hours about promising new endeavors in water management as well as issues of water safety.” At the link right-click “MP3 Audio Only” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Bread 19 mins – “The first print advertisement for Wonder Bread came out before the bread itself. It stated only that “a wonder” was coming. In a lot of ways, the statement was true. Wonder Bread was the perfect loaf. “Slow food” advocates have pronounced industrial white bread of any brand a symbol of a modern grocery problem: consumers don’t know where our food comes from. The funny thing is that industrial white bread—that evenly sliced, squishy, moist, perfectly white and wondrous loaf—was once a highly designed solution to that very same problem.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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Media Mining Digest 154 – 24 Oct 2014: Aereo Court Decision, Affordable Care Impact, Animal and Plant Signaling, Big Data and Government, Blue Collar Job Changes, Blue eyed Boy, Bombay Symphony, Books-Cars-Drones-Lights-Slavery, Broadband Issues, Campus Assaults Prevention, Cataloging the World, Chinese in Yosemite, Christopher Columbus, Climate Warming, Controlling Our Actions, Country Music, Creativity, Cuban Embargo, Dan Rather, Defense of Europe, Delusional Disorders, Deportation Trends, Disability Matters, Drinking Water, Ebola By Nurses, Ferguson Protests, Fondue, Fusion, Grief Impact, Grimm Brothers Stories, Hair Licensing, Heart Attacks, Hummingbird Robotics, Invisibles, ISIS Recruiting, Job Search, Lawyers’ Future, Learning Process, Libya Failure, Living Planet Index, Magic, Mata hari and Edith Cavell, Mirror Neutrons, Nanoparticles in Plants, Nobel Prizes 2014, North Korea, Open Access Literature, Pedophile’s Brain, Right to Know, Self-Regulated Classroom, Slow Hunches, Stem Cells for Eyes,Tesla in Norway, Texas Politics, Thiel on Innovation and Universities, Visiting Hour Tragedy, Women Programmers

The following audio files come from a larger group of 191 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 62 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Aereo Court Decision 58 mins – “I’m pleased to post Show # 220, August 6, my interview with James Grimmelmann of the University of Maryland School of Law and David Post of Temple University School of Law, on the recent US Supreme Court decision in ABC, Inc. v. Aereo and Facebook’s emotional manipulation study. David and James are both repeat guests on Hearsay Culture, but have never been on together. We focused on two issues: (a) the Aereo amicus brief authored by David and James on behalf of law professors, and the impact of the Aereo decision on copyright law and how new content delivery systems may or may not run afoul of copyright law, and (b) the impact of Facebook’s secretive 2014 behavioral study in which it manipulated the content delivered to users’ newsfeeds, particularly James’ extensive analysis of the problems associated with the study.” At the link right-click the highlighted “Show # 220, August 6” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affordable Care Impact 13 mins – “Casey B. Mulligan Discusses the Affordable Care Act on the John Batchelor Show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal and Plant Signaling 18 mins – “Sure you have a big brain; it’s the hallmark of Homo sapiens. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve cornered the market on intelligence. Admittedly, it’s difficult to say, since the very definition of the term is elusive. Depending on what we mean by intelligence, a certain aquatic mammal is not as smart as we thought (hint: rhymes with “caulpin”) … and your rhododendron may be a photosynthesizing Einstein.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data and Government 58 mins – “I’m pleased to post Show # 218, July 23, my interview with Julia Lane of the American Institutes for Research and Prof. Victoria Stodden of the iSchool at Illinois, co-editors of Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement. Julia and Victoria, along with their co-editors Stefan Bender and Helen Nissenbaum (who were not on this show), have collected an impressive array of scholars to study the creation and use of “big data” — massive data sets — by government. Covering not only policy but the economics and statistics considerations of application of big data to decision-making, Julia and Victoria put together a wonderful resource on the challenges and opportunities of big data on a going-forward basis….” At the link right-click the highlighted “# 218, July 23” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blue Collar Job Changes 46 mins – “The new blue collar jobs. We’ll look at where they are and what it will take to get one.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blue Eyed Boy 59 mins – “Bob Timberg talked about his book, Blue Eyed Boy, in which he recounts his experiences in Vietnam and subsequent career in journalism. In 1967, Mr. Timberg was a Marine just 13 days away from coming home from Vietnam when his vehicle struck a North Vietnamese landmine and his life changed forever. He suffered third degree burns over much of his face and body. In the interview, he talks about the impact of the experience on his life, the 35 surgeries he had, his thoughts on the war, and how he physically and emotionally rebuilt himself and his career following this accident.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Bob Timberg,” right-click “Media files program.364366.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bombay Symphony 28 mins – “India is falling in love with Western classical music. In his home-city Mumbai, Zareer Masani encounters the country’s first national ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra of India. He visits Furtado’s, the city’s oldest music shop, which sells hundreds of pianos a year, and discovers that thousands of children learn a Western instrument. Yet, Zareer finds that this is not the total success it seems.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: A Bombay Symphony,” right-click ”Media files docarchive_20141015-0332a.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Books-Cars-Drones-Lights-Slavery 37 mins – “Techcon: how radio thrives in a digital and visual age; Digitalised slave narratives from Jamaica and USA; smart street lights in Copenhagen; Digital art on The Space.” At the link find the title, “DigitalP: 14 Oct 14: Techcon;slave narratives;street lights;Digital art,” right-click “Media files digitalp_20141014-2030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Issues 16 mins – “Lisa Gonzalez and I have been wading though all kinds of crazy talk since the cities of Wilson and Chattanooga filed petitions with the FCC to strike down state laws that prevent them from offering Internet access to their neighbors. In our first episode of Crazy Talk since way back in episode 72, we deal with claims that municipal networks often fail, whether the FCC has authority to restore local authority, and whether the state barriers in question are actually barriers at all.” At the link right-click “…download this MP3…” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Campus Assaults Prevention 51 mins – “University of Utah President David Pershing joins us to continue our conversation about sexual assault on college campuses. We’ll ask him how he’s thinking about the issue as both leader of Utah’s largest public university and as a father. We’ll then talk to journalist Robin Wilson and Westminster College’s General Counsel Melissa Flores to discuss how it is that universities became responsible for handling assault cases and what new federal regulations mean for the way institutions protect their students.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cataloging the World 57 mins – “…I’m pleased to post Show # 217, July 16, my interview with Alex Wright, author of Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age. Alex, who was previously on the show back in 2008 discussing his terrific book Glut, has written a fascinating biography of the heretofore forgotten information utopian named Paul Otlet. Otlet’s vision for a catalog of all of the world’s information is both inspiring and admirable, given his efforts spanned the first half of the twentieth century. In our interview, we discussed Otlet and his relevance to today’s issues involving information access, filtering and systems. As before, I greatly enjoyed our discussion and Alex’s work.” At the link right-click the highlighted “Show # 217, July 16” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese in Yosemite 4 mins – “No one really hears about Yosemite National Park’s immigrant history. Or at least Yenyen Chan hadn’t. A park ranger at the famed national park, she grew up in Los Angeles with her Chinese parents. When she landed the job at Yosemite, she realized how little she knew about the park’s immigrant past. So she dug in and stories spilled out about the critical role Chinese workers played in shaping Yosemite during the late 1800s and early 1900s. “Some of the hardest work that had to be accomplished was getting roads up these high, steep mountains, then blasting through rocks. Back then [they were] using hand tools and shovels and picks, and not the modern equipment that we have today,” Chan said.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The photo at the link is high resolution and can be enlarged several orders to see more details.

Christopher Columbus 25 mins – “Christopher Columbus redux: He loved god, worshipped gold and craved glory. And in 1492, Columbus set sail in the name of all three. Somewhere between the explorer hero of American schoolbooks and the murderous mariner of history’s dark side, there’s a complex tale of outsized ambition, ruthless subjugation and questionable honor.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming 60 mins – “Bojana Bajzelj of Cambridge finds raising food for 9 billion will take all our carbon emissions. Benjamin Blonder tells us how the current plant world was shaped by the last big meteorite hit. Eelco Rohling: sea level rose 5 meters (16 ft) in the last big warming melt.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Controlling Our Actions 3 mins – “Some people with mental illness report being influenced by alien control. In courts, people sometimes try to disclaim responsibility for their actions. Sense of agency refers to the way we feel in control of our actions. Vince Polito is investigating how and why these changes in sense of agency occur. He has developed ways of studying different examples in a unified way, and developed a new theory of the common causes and effects of agency change. We hear Vince Polito’s Famelab presentation in Perth earlier this year.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Country Music 49 mins – “Country singer Doug Seegers was homeless for years in New York and Nashville. He’s out with a new album and will break your heart.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 53 mins – “Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice in Stanford’s School of Engineering, describes how imagination leads to entrepreneurship, charting the course from rough ideas to polished ventures. Introducing a new framework called the “Inventure Cycle,” Seelig captures the attitudes and actions necessary to foster innovation and bring breakthrough ideas to the world.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download MP3 Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Embargo 57 mins – “The US embargo against Cuba is 54 years old next week and there are new calls –and maybe new reasons – to end it. We’ll hear the fresh debate.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dan Rather 52 mins – “Earlier this week, veteran news man Dan Rather was a guest at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah’s annual meeting. He sat down with Doug to talk about his influences, his more than 40 years of broadcasting and the state of journalism today. Friday, we’re broadcasting the conversation. Really, it’s Rather telling great stories – from his days at a small-town Texas radio station to covering JFK’s assassination and reporting from war zones and the White House.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Defense of Europe 39 mins – The past British Secretary State for Defense, Liam Fox, discusses the current role of NATO and defense status of Europe. At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with Liam Fox,” right-click “Media files 20141010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop of defense.

Delusional Disorders 60 mins – “A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deportation Trends 88 mins – “This panel discussion marks the release of the newMigration Policy Institute (MPI) report, Deportation and Discretion: Reviewing the Record and Options for Change. The report and discussion provide a detailed description of formal removals from the United States, including the previous immigration and criminal records of deportees, as well as their country of origin, gender, length of residence in the United States, and other demographic characteristics. Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director of MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program and lead author of the report, answers key questions about immigration enforcement: who is being removed, where are noncitizens being apprehended, how are they being removed, and how are DHS’s current enforcement priorities reflected in enforcement outcomes. Other issues covered in the discussion include MPI’s insights more broadly from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removals dataset, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by The New York Times, as well as the work done by the Government Accountability Office in this area. This event offers a unique opportunity to review the past decade-plus of deportations and determine what lessons can be learned for future policy and possible administrative action” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Matters 55 mins – “Joyce welcomes Fred Maahs, chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), to the show. The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation’s largest cross-disability membership organization that promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. During the show, he will share his story of how he became a member of the disability community, what it means to be chair of AAPD, and most importantly, the 2015 AAPD Gala in Washington, DC.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drinking Water 5 mins – “Millennials are spending — and giving away their cash — a lot differently than previous generations, and that’s changing the game for giving, and for the charities that depend on it. Scott Harrison’s group, Charity: Water, is a prime example…. Harrison volunteered to spend the next two years in West Africa. What he found when he first got to Liberia was a drinking water crisis. He watched 7-year-olds drink regularly from chocolate-colored swamps — water, he says, that he wouldn’t let his dog drink. Most childhood diseases in the developing countries he visited could be traced to unsafe drinking water, so everything changed for Harrison. He got inspired to start raising money for clean water when he returned to the states, but his friends were wary. “They all said, ‘I don’t trust charities. I don’t give. I believe these charities are just these black holes. I don’t even know how much money would actually go to the people who I’m trying to help,’ ” Harrison recalls. So his one cause became two: He started Charity: Water to dig wells to bring clean drinking water to the nearly 800 million people without access to it around the globe. But he also wanted to set an example with the way the organization did its work….” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola By Nurses 44 mins – “Wondering about Ebola and how it might affect you as a nurse? Well me, too! Join me and nurses Brittney Wilson and Joan Ekstrom Spitrey as we talk about the implications of the Ebola crisis for nurses. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it. It’s the Nursing Show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Protests 51 mins – “It’s been two months since a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed, African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury is considering whether to bring charges against officer Darren Wilson. And last week, an off-duty police officer fatally shot a black teenager in the Shaw neighborhood of Saint Louis. This past weekend, thousands of protestors staged the largest and most organized demonstrations yet. They are calling for a change in police tactics and racial equity nationwide. Voter registrations are up in Saint Louis, but so far, the movement hasn’t led to national policy changes. An update on the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and their political implications.” [Five guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Fondue 16 mins – “The popularity of fondue wasn’t an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years. On today’s show: Swiss cheese. A story about what happens when well-meaning folks decide that the rules of economics don’t apply to them. And got the world to eat gobs of melted fat.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fusion P-2 207 mins – “This episode is about ITER, the international project to build an experimental fusion plant in southern France. While on vacation in that area, I had the opportunity to visit the site and talk to Richard Pitts about many aspects of the project. We focus mostly on the physics and the engineering challenges, but also address some of the organizational aspects of this huge scientific project. Note that this episode is essentially a continuation of omega tau 022 – Nuclear Fusion at MPI für Plasmaphysik; I recommend to listen to this episode first, if you haven’t done so yet.” (omega tau 022 is retitled here as Fusion P1;100 mins ) At the link find the title, “157 – Fusion at ITER,” right-click “Media files omegatau-157-fusionAtITER.mp3” and right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grief Impact 6 mins – “Certain specialised cells which fight off rapidly dividing bacteria such as pneumonia are compromised during periods of grief. Anna Phillips is investigating whether bereaved people are at a greater risk of infection. She has determined that bereaved people have a poorer response to vaccines. Fewer antibodies are produced. Some ways of boosting response at all times, are continuing social contact and exercise.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grimm Brothers Stories 54 mins – “RadioWest and Plan-B Theatre return our radio drama series to the Halloween season with this year’s Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm. Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett has adapted three beloved Grimm Brother stories to their original, dark tellings: Little Snow-White, Rapunzel, and The Juniper Tree.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hair Licensing 13 mins – “A few years ago, Jestina Clayton started a hair braiding business in her home in Centerville, Utah. The business let her stay home with her kids, and in good months, she made enough to pay for groceries. She even put an ad on a local website. Then one day she got an email from a stranger who had seen the ad. “It is illegal in the state of Utah to do any form of extensions without a valid cosmetology license,” the e-mail read. “Please delete your ad, or you will be reported.” To get a license, Jestina would have to spend more than a year in cosmetology school. Tuition would cost $16,000 dollars or more. On today’s show: Why it’s illegal to braid hair without a license in Utah. And why that rule — and hundreds of others like it in states all around the country — are a disaster for the U.S. economy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Attacks 100 mins – “Heart attack: it is the never-miss diagnosis. Accordingly, we virtually never miss. Is the victory Pyrrhic? This month, with an eye on how we got here, and what matters most (hint: it’s not the doctor), we seek coronary absolution.” At the link right-click “SMART Troponins.m4a” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hummingbird Robotics 34 mins – “As founder of BirdBrain Technologies and maker of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, Tom Lauwers has been busy infusing robotics into classrooms of all types. In fact, Tom hails from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute’s CREATE lab (you might remember the CREATE lab when we talked about robots with Illah Nourbakhsh) where he focused on the process of designing hardware and software to support learners and educational environments. A few years later, Tom’s Hummingbird has been successful in helping teachers enrich their curricula with creativity using robotics. Listen to the show to learn how you too can foster a culture of creativity in your classroom with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.” At the link find and click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Invisibles 56 mins – “I’m pleased to post Show # 219, July 30 my interview with David Zweig, author of Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion. David has written a fascinating account of individuals who achieve professional success and satisfaction without engaging in the personal publicity efforts that are the hallmark of modern communications and socialization. While he is not opposed to social media, his critical take on its powers of distortion and limitations are worthy of deep consideration, which he admirably tackles in his book. In our conversation, we delved into the characteristics of his “invisibles” and what social media has — and has not — done for our humanity. I greatly enjoyed the discussion!” At the link right-click the highlighted “Show # 219” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Recruiting 56 mins – “A young American, arrested at O’Hare airport, allegedly on his way to join ISIS. Who is drawn to this? And why?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Search 141 mins – “Shaun Meehan joins Chris to talk about sugar rockets, pet robots, living in Antarctica for 2 years, huge lasers, tiny components and launching electronics into space. Shaun has two large industrial robots named FRED and Lefty… FRED was won in an online auction and transported from Connecticut to Coloardo… Shaun grew up in Fort Collins (north), near Colorado State University. His neighbors were professors there. He built his own kitchen timer rocket launcher and also cooked up the rocket fuel in the kitchen… In high school he worked at the lasers workshop at CSU. He was making optics mounts, vacuum chambers and more on the CNC mill…Another neighbor traded Shaun yardwork for a superconductor… After the lab, Shaun applied to be general assistant at South Pole. A friend gave hints on how to get into the program such as working at Tractor Supply Company (TSC) on heavy equipment and doing a deep snow survival course. He got into the program to be an assistant and flew down to the McMurdo Station on the coast… Once on site, he was an iron worker, helping build new buildings… One benefit of the job was getting to pick the brains of scientists stationed there… When Shaun went back to school he got dropped into a lab working on high power RF and laser work… A friend passing through town told Shaun he had just left a startup in SF. He applied and was hooked and then dropped his research program. He was the 3rd electrical engineer at Planet Labs, formerly Cosmogia…The Goal of Planet Labs: image the entire earth once per day. ..The benefit of regular captures is you can watch timelapse of data. This is useful for tracking agriculture, natural disasters and a lot more…Thanks to Shaun for sharing his crazy experiences and his work on satellites. Read more about Planet Labs or check out some of Shaun’s blog posts about robots over at Logic Low.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lawyers Future 16 mins – “Automation is reshaping all sorts of white-collar jobs that we once thought were safe. And for many lawyers, the question is: are we next? …We have tremendous demand for legal help…and yet very little availability of affordable legal help for the vast majority of Americans,” says Gillian Hadfield, a professor of law and economics at USC. Hadfield thinks law is ripe for a technological jump-start. “Lawyers are the ones that should be living within the context of ‘what is it that people really need?’” …It’s because the rules are so outdated, though, that Hadfield believes things could change – and change quickly. In other countries, both availability and affordability are being addressed. In Canada, for example, people can now stop by WalMart to get legal advice. In Britain, one supermarket chain offers legal advice alongside potato chips. Before long, Americans too may be able to get affordable legal advice next to the grocery deli counter.” At the link find the title, “Your Future Lawyer,” right-click “IHUB-101814-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Process 53 mins – “Learn or Die. That is the message this week! In order to stay competitive in today’s fast paced environment, you must continue to learn and grow. Those that refuse to do so will find that their jobs and skills have been replaced by a cheaper and more efficient technology. So how do you become a better and faster learner? How do you stay ahead of the curve? These are the questions we discuss this week as we talk with author and professor, Edward Hess.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Libya Failure 27 mins – “Tim Whewell is one of the few foreign reporters who’ve made it to Tobruk, last toehold of Libya’s elected authorities – holding out against a growing jihadi menace.” At the link find the title, “ DocArchive: Libya: Last Stand Against Jihad?” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141016-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Living Planet Index 60 mins – “WWF report: 52% of wildlife lost since 1970. Cost of climate change forum with Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Jack Lew. Update on climate march and results. Plus climate poetry and new song by Neil Young. The report is called the “Living Planet Report 2014″. It was published by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the new name for the World Wildlife Fund. The 180 page report features a new way to count the species most like us, those with backbones. That includes mammals of course, but also reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish. The new method is called “The Living Planet Index”.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Magic 54 mins – “It’s an ALL-NEW Snap! Ladies and Gentlemen, sit right back and watch us pull a rabbit out of our hat. From PRX and NPR, we proudly present “Presto!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mata Hari and Edith Cavell 54 mins – “Two independent women find themselves in front of firing squads during WW1. Nurse Edith Cavell is heralded as a heroine and a saint. Exotic dancer and courtesan Mata Hari becomes a symbol of evil and the enemy within.” At the link find the title, “The Vixen and the Virgin – Women, Espionage and Propaganda in WW1,” right-click “Download The Vixen and the Virgin…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mirror Neutrons 55 mins – “Ever since their chance discovery back in 1992 mirror neurons have captured the imagination of both scientists and nonscientists, but their actual role remains mostly speculative. In The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition Dr. Gregory Hickok (UC-Irvine) explains why the most popular theory is probably wrong. He also provides a fascinating account of how science is really done and the sobering lesson that scientists can fall prey to the same cognitive biases (and tendencies toward laziness) that plague all humans. I first discussed the discovery of mirror neurons back in BSP 35 when I featured Mirrors in the brain: How our minds share actions, emotions, and experience (2008) by Giacomo Rizzolatti and Corrado Sinigaglia. At that time what I found most fascinating was that since mirror neurons fire both when a subject (usually a monkey) performs an action and when a similar action is observed, this proves that single neurons are not necessarily purely motor or purely sensory. This surprising discovery seems to have been overshadowed n the rush to use mirror neurons to explain everything from autism to language evolution.” At the link right-click “FREE: Audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanoparticles in Plants 30 mins – “Keith & Russ welcome Hiram Castillo-Michel, a UTEP [University of Texas as El Paso] alum who is currently working at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. Hiram is using the synchrotron to examine metal nanoparticles that are being taken up by plants and is analyzing how those nanoparticles affect the plants’ functions.

Nobel Prizes 2014 5 mins – “The Nobel Prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry have been announced. Katie Silver reports.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The price concerning microscopy is detailed at this link or this link

North Korea  51 mins – “North Korea is arguably the most secretive country in the world today. Few foreign journalists enter its borders. When they do, they seldom see beyond what the government shows them. Frustrated by official reporting trips, Korean-American journalist Suki Kim decided to go undercover. In 2011, she posed as a teacher at a missionary school. During her months in the classroom, she was charmed by her students and overwhelmed by the regime’s totalitarian control. Suki Kim shares her story in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Open Access Literature 54 mins – “Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang – or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und drang continues to build character in the men and women of scholarly and scientific publishing around the globe. We live in an age of changing business models and realigning roles. As governments and funders mandate open access to published research, we can feel the ground shift beneath our feet, and we wonder, “Who holds the power?” Around the time Goethe began to write, a revolution began brewing in Boston, the home base of Copyright Clearance Center. To debate and to deliberate, the citizens of New England gathered in town meetings, just as they continue to do today. For this Frankfurt Book Fair Town Meeting, CCC’s panel gathered to debate and deliberate this question: Open Access—Who Holds The Power?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pedophile’s Brain 14 mins – “Recent theories suggest the brains of paedophiles encountered some sort of problem during development. It leads to children being seen as sexual targets rather than as vulnerable and requiring care. ‘Gold star’ paedophiles acknowledge their attraction but don’t want to act out on it. Some seek help. Amy Lykins has worked as a clinical psychologist and now lectures at the University of New England in Armidale NSW. She describes current thought regarding the brains of paedophiles.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right to Know 58 mins – “I’m very excited to post Show # 221, August 13, my interview with Prof. Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and formerly of Harvard’s Kennedy School, on the “right to know.” I heard Fred discuss this issue at a panel that I moderated on the philosophy of information at Duke Law School earlier this year, and was unsurprisingly blown away by his insights on the issues at stake and questions to be answered in “right to know” analysis. This seemingly simple question has become surprisingly complex in the world of multidirectional communication by institutions and individuals on interconnected networks (like the “Inter-net”). I was thrilled to have Fred on the show, and the discussion was fascinating. I hope that you enjoy it.” At the link right-click the highlighted “Show # 221, August 13” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Self-Regulated Classroom 54 mins – “What I.Q. was to the 20th century, self-regulation will be to the 21st. That’s the prediction of psychologist and philosopher, Dr. Stuart Shanker. For decades he’s been teaching kids how to self-regulate, so tantrums, meltdowns and lack of focus diminish.” (One approach is to use earphones to reduce noise exposure.) At the link find the title, “Neuron Therapy,” right-click “Download Neuron Therapy” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slow Hunches 52 mins – “On the show this week we talk to Steven Johnson, author of the new book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. In it, Johnson argues that seemingly mundane scientific breakthroughs have changed our world in profound ways—impacting everything from life expectancy to women’s fashion. We also welcome guest host Cynthia Graber who talks about a recent article she wrote for Nova on the “Diseaseome”; and Indre wonders if you are, in fact, smarter than a kindergartner.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stem Cells for Eyes 9 mins – “Robert Lanza discusses two-year follow-up findings of human embryonic stem-cell transplantation in the potential treatment of Stargardt’s Macular dystrophy and age-related macular degeneration.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 16 October,” right-click “Media files 16october.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla in Norway 37 mins – “Until recently, tiny Norway (population 5 million) has been the second largest market for Teslas (after the U.S.). Earlier this year, Tesla’s Model S became the best-selling car in the country ever for a one-month period. Not bad for a luxury electric vehicle whose base price in Norway is over $100,000. What’s behind this Tesla boom?” (A key element is a sovereign wealth fund.) At the link find the title, “How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Politics  108 mins (2 parts) – “Everything’s bigger in Texas and that goes for the personalities who run for election there. While the Republican party is dominant, Democrats believe that they can change the reddest of the red states blue in the coming years. Can the Democratic Party make big gains in the mid-term elections?” In Part 2: “Texas is crucial in the race for national power. Gary O’Donoghue travels to the Lone Star State to find out about the challenges the Republicans face on divisive issues like immigration and shifts in social attitudes – and what this could mean for the party and Texas.” At the link for Part 1 find the title, “DocArchive: The Politics of the Lone Star State,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20141014-0332a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. For Part 2: “DocArchive: The Politics of the Lone Star State – Part 2,” and “Media files docarchive 20141021-0332a.mp3”

Thiel on Innovation 16 mins – “The last half century has been a time of unprecedented invention and technological change. But recently we’ve mostly been benefiting from changes that are more virtual than physical. Peter Thiel made his fortune as a co-founder of PayPal — but now he says that we need to focus a bit less on the online world and a little more on the world around us. “I would like us to go back to the 1950s or 60s understanding of technology as encompassing both atoms and bits. And the hope is that we’re going to have progress in both in the decades ahead,” says Thiel, author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. The question of whether we’ll continue to get breakthrough technologies depends on many factors. But our current education system just isn’t preparing the kinds of future innovators we need, believes Thiel, a long-time critic of American education. Thiel, who is well-known for offering a fellowship that gives 20-25 students $100,000 to drop out of college and pursue their own projects, says too many are entering — and leaving — universities without much thought or purpose.” At the link find the title, “Peter Thiel Looks for the Next Big Thing,” right-click “IHUB-101814-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thiel on Universities 5 mins – “What’s it like getting $100,000 to drop out of school and pursue your own project? “I think it’s becoming a little bit more normal for folks to leave school. Perhaps not permanently, but at least for a couple of years to pursue whatever they’re passionate about,” says Laura Deming, a partner at The Longevity Fund – a venture capital firm that invests in companies focused on extending life. She’s a recipient of the Thiel Fellowship, a fund started by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel to get young, smart people to leave school and pursue a project they’re passionate about… Although she benefited from her fellowship, Deming cautions that dropping out isn’t for everyone. “Passion is one thing, but pure competency, being good at what you do, that’s very different. That’s difficult to find in undergrad.” Meet the newest Thiel fellows: Ari Weinstein, Noor Siddiqui and all the rest.” At the link find the title, “Life as a Thiel Fellow,” right-click “IHUB-101814-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visiting Hours Tragedy  54 mins (2 parts) – “On this edition of White Coat, Black Art: a personal reflection on hospital visitors and the role they play in the lives of patients and the people who look after them.” The following episode discussed subsequent feedback: “ Our show this week on hospital visitors got such a huge response we’re devoting this week’s minipodcast to your thoughts and stories on 24/7 hospital vistors.” At the link find the titles “WCBA – Visiting Hours Podcast” and “White Coat Mini Podcast – Visiting Hours React,” right-click accompanying “Download WCBA – Visiting Hours Podcast” and “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Visiting Hours React” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus.

Women Programmers 17 mins – “Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men. But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 153 – 17 Oct 2014: Abortion History, Aging and Dying, Authors As Team Players, Automated Aircraft, Automation and Employment, Brain’s GPS, Bronx City Alliance, Child Displacements, College Unbound, Creating in the Moment, Danish Sperm Donations, Debt Collection, Differences Between Us, Disability Rights Network, Drone Law, Ebola Discussion, Ebola Preparedness, Energy Future, Fiber Taps, Fracking in China, Good Countries, Green Energy Future, Gut Microbiome, Hospital Credentialing, Islamic Extremism, Leadership Ideas,Lost Innocence P1, Mayors Discussus America, Melanoma Advances, Mental Focus, Military Mental Illness, Misconceptions, MS Discussion, Mt Tambora Eruption, Oil Price Decline, Physical Exams, Pinball Machines, Prince’s Music, Restoring America, Shell Shock Bug,Solar Study, Sotomayor Impact, Text Book Costs, The Force Is Strong, Truckers, War Powers Act, Web Typography Book, Women in Public, Young Worker Attitude

The following audio files come from a larger group of 186 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 52 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Abortion History 51mins – “One in three American women will terminate a pregnancy by age 45. Yet, few issues remain as contentious as abortion. Even those who support it qualify their position by saying it’s “a bad thing” or “an agonizing decision.” In a new book, feminist writer Katha Pollitt argues it doesn’t have to be this way. “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights,” is an impassioned attempt to re-frame the debate. She claims that abortion opponents have gained ground in part because the “pro-choice” movement has failed to make its case. She calls abortion a “moral right” and a “social good,” saying it should be seen as a normal part of a woman’s reproductive life…Related Item – Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Aging and Dying 51 mins – “Modern medicine has advanced dramatically in the past century: Average life expectancy has increased from the mid-40s to the mid-70s today. But as medicine has advanced and people are living longer, children are more likely to live far away from aging parents. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are popular destinations, but often focus on safety and routines at the expense of quality of life and human interaction. Harvard physician and author Atul Gawande argues that making mortality a medical experience is failing society. And he says end-of-life treatments often end up shortening lives instead of extending them. A Harvard doctor on a smarter approach to aging and dying.” His related book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”. At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Authors As Team Players 14 mins – “Novelists and others who have made the trip to Hollywood know too well the challenge – they must accommodate their imaginations to the exciting yet confining realities of a studio back lot. In 2014, writers have app developers and not movie moguls to wrestle with, yet the problem is the same: How is an author to remain true to her tale? From Melbourne, Australia, fantasy novelist J.J. Gadd reminds CCC’s Chris Kenneally that content collaboration has a long and rich history.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automated Aircraft 120 mins – The crash of Air France Flight 447 that killed hundreds is discussed, in depth, in Vanity Fair which focuses on pilot skills being affected by automation. Episodes One and Eleven of The Airline Pilot Guy – the 120 mins — include segments that discuss the flight and related automation issue from the pilot side. The topic link is to the Vanity Fair article. At links “One” and “Eleven” right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menus

Automation and Employment 69 mins – “David Autor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the future of work and the role that automation and smart machines might play in the workforce. Autor stresses the importance of Michael Polanyi’s insight that many of the things we know and understand cannot be easily written down or communicated. Those kinds of tacit knowledge will be difficult for smart machines to access and use. In addition, Autor argues that fundamentally, the gains from machine productivity will accrue to humans. The conversation closes with a discussion of the distributional implications of a world with a vastly larger role for smart machines.” Reference is also made to Moravec’s Paradox and both are instructive. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Brain’s GPS 55 mins – “…Ian Sample and Nicola Davis meet the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and John O’Keefe from University College London. Their work spanned four decades and revealed the existence of the nerve cells in the brain that build up a map of the space around us and track our progress as we move around.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bronx City Alliance 28 mins – “By inviting the public to enjoy the Bronx River, the Bronx River Alliance is creating sustainability enthusiasts and improving the local ecosystem for both humans and wildlife.” At the link find the title, “Bronx River Alliance: Restoring Nature in the City,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Child Displacements 59 mins – “Stories about the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border filled news pages this summer. It’s often been referred to as an immigration “crisis.” But American history is replete with stories of children leaving their families to start new lives in America. On this week’s episode, BackStory delves into some of these, including first-hand accounts of European children sent to America during World War Two, and of New York orphans who were put on trains out West a generation earlier. And the American History Guys consider the complexities of “humanitarian” efforts to save children from communism during the Cold War, as well as from their own Native American culture.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right-end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Unbound 15 mins – “College majors may artificially divide students, instead of fostering a real world, interdisciplinary approach. Jeff Selingo, author of “College (Un)Bound,” says we should scrap the major.” At the link find the title, “Banishing the College Major,” right-click “IHUB-101114-A.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creating in the Moment 13 mins – ““Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.” At the click “Download” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Danish Sperm Donations 27 mins – “In recent years, sperm has been shipped out of Denmark at an astonishing rate, producing thousands of babies worldwide – many in the UK. In 2006, the UK was not importing any Danish sperm, but by 2010 Denmark was supplying around a third of our total imports. Why are Danish donors in such demand? Kate Brian investigates.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The New Vikings,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20141008-0332a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Debt Collection 18 mins – “Today’s show is the story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business: debt collection. It’s also the story of the low-level, semi-legal debt-collection economy that sprung up in Buffalo, New York. And, in a small way, it’s the story of the last 20 or so years in global finance, a time when the world went wild for debt. For more on Buffalo and the debt underworld, see the book Bad Paper and related articles in the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Differences Between Us 51 mins – “We make split second decisions about others – someone is male or female, black or white, us or them. But sometimes the degrees of separation are incredibly few. A mere handful of genes determine skin color, for example. Find out why race is almost non-existent from a biological perspective, and how the snippet of DNA that is the Y chromosome came to separate male from female. Plus, why we’re wired to categorize. And, a groundbreaking court case proposes to erase the dividing line between species: lawyers argue to grant personhood status to our chimpanzee cousins.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Rights Network 54 mins – “Joyce welcomes Christine M. Griffin, executive director of the Disability Law Center Inc. (DLC), of Massachusetts. The DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. Ms. Griffin will discuss the services of the DLC in depth, and also talk about her background as a life-long advocate for people with disabilities.”(and the Disability Rights Network) At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Law 115 mins – “Hollywood and drone regulation [first 30 minutes], the FCC tries to ban “Redskins”, can social network Ello overtake Facebook? And more!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside “Audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Discussion 93 mins – In episode 305 of This Week in Virology “Vincent, Alan, and Kathy continue their coverage of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, with a discussion of case fatality ratio, reproductive index, a conspiracy theory, and spread of the virus to the United States.” At the link right-click “Download TWIV 305” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Preparedness 47 mins – “Ebola reports every day now, from West Africa and well beyond. The Spanish nurse in trouble. An American cameraman being treated in Nebraska. The first case that walked into an American hospital, Thomas Duncan, dead today, in that hospital in Dallas. Is America ready for Ebola? The CDC says we’ll stop it in its tracks. But 80 percent of American nurses surveyed last week said their hospitals have not taught them about it. This hour On Point: America and Ebola. Are we ready?

Energy Future 59 mins – “For years we have relied on fossil fuels to produce the light, heat and energy we need to live and work. But these supplies are diminishing, and polluting our environment. So can renewable resources step into the breach and produce enough energy to power the world? In this special Naked Scientists show, live from the Cambridge Science Centre, we talk to some of the researchers trying to do just that, as well as conducting some energy-related experiments of our own…” At the link right-click “Download the mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fiber Taps 63 mins – This mix of topics includes “The semi-DIY computer named “Kano”, Fiber Tapping, Hybrid HD vs SSD, basic Linux terminal commands, and aircraft basics.” The six-minute fiber tap segment starts at 12:00. The thirteen minute segment on Linux starts at 35:00. Both includes visual aids that are helpful. The segment on disks is also useful. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking in China 58 mins (2 parts) – “Last week on Sea Change Radio, we learned about the new shale gas boom in China. This week, in the second part of my discussion with Jaeah Lee and James West of Mother Jones, we examine the larger questions that surround this shift in Chinese energy policy. Can natural gas be a bridge fuel as the industrial giant weans itself off coal? Will there be enough water to extract China’s significant shale deposits? Will shale gas exploration further divide urban and rural China, or could it help to close the country’s income gap?” At the link (Part 1) right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

Good Countries 18 mins – “It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, “Which country does the most good?” The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Energy Future 12 mins – “Driving a Prius may help psychologically, but to really be effective, renewable energy solutions need to happen on a national level. Dan Nocera, a leader in clean energy research, talks about big-picture solutions.” At the link find the title, “The Real Future of Green Energy,“ right-click “HUB-101114-Bmp3“” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Microbiome 38 mins – “…This week’s show looks at the vast community of microbes living inside us – the microbiome. As a new public study examines the effects of diet and lifestyle on these microbial hitchhikers, we consider new research that links childhood obesity to antibiotics. In the studio with Guardian science editor Ian Sample are Professor Nick Finer, a consultant endocrinologist from University College Hospital in London, and Nicola Davis, commissioning editor of Observer Tech Monthly. Joining us down the line from Barcelona is Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London. The team also tackles other stories in the news this week, including the origin of the HIV pandemic; the UK’s plans for a space weather forecasting centre; and lab-grown penises for men with congenital abnormalities, or who have undergone surgery or suffered traumatic injury.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hospital Credentialing 16 mins – Dr Gil Porat discusses his experience with the hospital group responsible for selecting, hiring, background-checking, controlling and discharging the physicians it employs and allows access to its facilities. Dr Porat is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Extremism 27 mins – “Linda Pressly travels to Kosovo and meets the sister of ISIS’ first suicide-bomber from the Balkans. How could Europe’s most pro-American state have fostered such extremism?” At the link find the title, K”Docs: Kosovo’s Jihadis – 9 Oct 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20141009-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leadership Ideas 55 mins – “Author and leadership educator Liz Wiseman shares why cultivating a “rookie mindset” is an advantage in a rapidly changing world. Wiseman presents insights from her books, Rookie Smarts and Multipliers, including frameworks and techniques for how entrepreneurs, leaders and employees can embrace a life of constant learning and build a passion for multiplying the genius of those around them.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leadership Ideas 58 mins – “Chris Roebuck – Everyone, everywhere is under pressure to work harder. Many of us work to survive and get paid. Bored and trapped, performance is low, family relationships suffer and organizational performance deteriorates. To deliver real success, people must be inspired to be their best. Whether you’re an individual leader, a boss, a manager, an HR professional or a CEO, you must know how to transform both your own and your employees’ performances. So I guess it’s a good thing that this week we are interviewing the guy who wrote the book (literally) on leadership.”

Lost Innocence P1 55 mins – “A rebroadcast of the highly-acclaimed award-winning CBC Radio series commemorating the outbreak of World War II. In this hour we hear the remarkable testimony of courageous children who fought against the Nazis in occupied Europe.” At the link find the title, “Lost Innocence, Part 1 – Little Fighters: Children in the Resistance,” right-click “Download Lost Innocence, Part1 -…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mayors Discuss America 47 mins – “We talk with mayors from across the country on going local to find the future. Plus: Jack Beatty on Boston’s own Mayor Menino.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Melanoma Advances 6 mins – “It has been another great conference for melanoma advances. We have heard exciting new data. The conference had to open an extra plenary session just dedicated to melanoma. I will talk about the three presentations in that plenary session, which was very well attended and well regarded. The first study is a phase 3 randomized trial[1] of nivolumab vs investigator’s choice of chemotherapy in patients who had previously received and progressed on ipilimumab. The findings were presented by Dr Jeffery Weber from the Moffitt Cancer Center.”At the link you can listen and read the results, but not download the audio file; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Mental Focus 69mins – “We talk first to microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles about the Ebola virus—what the risks really are, and why many people might be overreacting. [Then at the 25 min mark] …we talk to cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, and writer Daniel Levitin about his new book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload..” At the link find the title,”55 Daniel Levitin – The Organized Mind,” right-click “Media files 171461281-inquiringminds-55-daniel-levitin-the-organized-mind.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Mental Illness 51 mins – “Suicides in the military have skyrocketed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military’s suicide rate jumped more than 80 percent between 2002 and 2009. One military family is trying to change that. The Grahams lost two sons: one in combat in Iraq and one to suicide. But the Grahams were astonished by the different reactions their deaths received from the Army. The one killed in combat was lauded as a hero, while the other’s death was met with silence. In a new book, Yochi Dreazen, the managing editor of Foreign Policy, shows how this family channeled their grief into working to transform the military’s approach to soldiers with mental illness. Related Links – Yochi Dreazen: Stop Pretending Drone Warfare Is Casualty-Free for America; Yochi Dreazen: Suicide Mission” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Misconceptions 19 mins – “How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MS Discussion 25 mins – “With Nice announcing its latest guidelines on drugs and clinical care, the Guardian’s health editor is joined by an expert panel to discuss the implications for those who suffer from MS. Sarah is joined in studio by Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for clinical practice at Nice, Dr Paul Cooper, chair of the MS guidelines committee, Dr Nick Rijke, executive director of policy and research at the MS Society, and Amy Bowen, director of service development at the MS Trust.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mt Tambora Eruption 35 mins – “If you think Mount Pinatubo or Krakatoa was the largest recorded volcanic eruption, then you’re missing an important event in global history. Almost 200 years ago in 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora precipitated three years of dramatic global events that are only now being traced to the eruption. On this episode, Dr. Gillen D’Arcy Wood discussed the famines, epidemics, and extreme weather that characterized the early 19th century and how it all started with the periodic rumblings of a little island’s long dormant volcano.” At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Price Decline 46 mins – “Despite the Middle East crisis and Russian tensions, world oil prices are plummeting. We’ll look at why and what it means for rising clean energy.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physical Exams 35 mins – “In today’s episode, Ryan is joined by the lovely Allison who is celebrating her birthday today, as they get touchy-feely, talking about physical exams. In their search to figure out the topic for this week, Allison came across a great, beautiful piece featured on The New York Times written by Dr. Danielle Ofri, an associate professor at New York University. The most recent article she wrote, The Physical Exam as a Refuge, raises a number of great points that speak not only to physicians but to medical students as well. In this episode, the powerful duo will try to dissect these points for the listeners as well as share their insights so students will walk away with better understanding about this topic. So how do you view your physical exams going from medical student to doctor?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pinball Machines 15 mins – “Everyone has tried it at some point. The authorities started turning a blind eye years ago, but it wasn’t officially legalized until the summer of 2014. Finally, after more than 80 years of illegitimacy, the City of Oakland has legalized…pinball machines. Pinball’s design history can help explain why it was illegal for so long. The game used to be a bit more like billiards–you’d shoot the ball onto the play field with a pool stick. In the 1860s, the pool cue turned into a spring-loaded plunger, that you’d pull and release to launch the ball. The game was made small, to fit on top of a counter at a bar or drugstore, and it looked like a simple wooden box, with no electricity, flashy art, or bright colors….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prince’s Music 49 mins – “Musical icon Prince is back. With two new albums. We look at the life and music of the Purple One.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Restoring America 23mins – “Reporter Bob Herbert on his new book, Losing Our Way, an intimate and heartrending portrait of America in economic despair.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way,” right-click “Media files Moyers_and_Company_340_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shell Shock Bug 78 mins – At twenty-three minutes starts a 55 min discussion of the Shell Shock Bug. Some of the visual aids are helpful towards the end. The beginning part: “Windows 10 on the way, AMD making a 64bit ARM Processor, Verizon decides to not throttle customers, Incapsula reports 1 Billion attacks in four days,…” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Study 29 mins – “Keith travels to Sunspot, New Mexico, to visit with Steven Kyle, the retired director of the National Solar Observatory. Kyle talks about the amazing discoveries made by the NSO during his directorship. Kyle also explains how solar activity does and does NOT impact on our climate. Learn more about the NSO at http://www.nso.edu/.” At the link right-click the Play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” and from the pop-up menu.

Sotomayor Impact 47 mins – “…The nine justices of the high court can change your life with the twitch of an eyebrow. Right in the middle of those nine, Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sharp. Spirited. Up from a Bronx tenement. The first Latina Supreme court justice. Sotomayor has shared her own life in print. Now Supreme Court correspondent Joan Biskupic picks up where the Justice left off. The rest of the story – personal and professional….” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Text Book Costs 15 mins – “Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy. Faster than clothing, food, cars, and even healthcare. Listeners have been asking for years why textbooks are getting so expensive. On today’s show, we actually find an answer. College textbooks are expensive. You probably already know this. A new biology or economics book can cost $300. And prices have been soaring, doubling over the past decade, growing faster than the price of housing, cars, even healthcare. But, surprisingly, the amount students actually spend on textbooks has not been rising. In fact the best data we could find on this shows students have been spending a bit less over time.” At the link find the title, “# 573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing,” right-click “npr_353579292.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

The Force Is Strong 47 mins – “A long time ago in a galaxy called George Lucas, “Star Wars” was born. We look at how “Star Wars” conquered the cultural universe.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truckers 55 mins – “IDEAS host Paul Kennedy continues to report on a coast-to-coast study about how travelling affects almost everything else in our lives, with a look at the lives of several truckers from Prince Edward Island.” At the link find the title, “On The Move with Truckers ,” right-click “Down On The Move with Truckers” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Powers Act 48 mins – “…When Thomas Jefferson went after the Barbary pirates, he at least asked for a declaration of war from Congress. With Barack Obama going after ISIS, never mind that. He just cites an “authority” going back to 2001 against Al Qaeda. ISIS and Al Qaeda are not the same. They’re rivals. Should the president formally go to Congress for a declaration of war on the Islamic State? Some hot voices are saying yes, it’s right there in the Constitution. And others no, we’re past that. Are we? Should we be? When we’re talking a campaign of years? This hour, On Point: ISIS, the President and War Powers.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Web Typography Book 31 mins – “Jason Santa Maria of Vox Media & A Book Apart discusses his new book, On Web Typography, with host Jeffrey Zeldman. The two designers discuss writing on trains, placing objects and playing with type, the new web designer, designing the Typekit logo, editorial design and Vox Media, three years and two editors, heavenly italics, type classification systems, Dieter Rams and “touch-ability,” design as strategy, hitting it with the pretty stick, and more.” At the link right-click “MP3 Audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Public 55 mins – “Public spaces have a huge impact on millions of women around the world. Megan Williams explores how the conception and design of public space profoundly affects the lives of women.” At the link find the title, “Claiming Space,” right-click “Download Claiming Space” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Young Worker Attitude 13 mins – “A new generation of workers has a new generation of values – which can mean walking away from raises and promotions.” At the link find the title, “What the New Workforce Wants From Jobs,” right-click “IHUB-101114-C.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 152 – 10 Oct 2014: Aid Program Comparisons, ALEC Impact, Antibiotics, Apple Cider, Application Building, Architectural Innovation, Aristotle, Automation Concerns, Baldness, Bees-Bird-Pesticides, Biodiversity, Bloodletting, Broadband in Minnesota, Carbon Shock, Climate Challenge, Climate Science in School, CO2 Satellite, CPR Device, Crazy Mail, Danish Hotdogs, Digital Revolution,Disabled College Students, Disaster Fund Raising, Drug Abuse, Ebola Issues,Economics Philosopy, Engineer Education Upgrade, Facebook Tutorial, Female Genital Cutting, Fertility Research, Financial System Control, Hallucinogenic Therapy, Higher Education History, Ideas, Identities Online, Indian WomenScientists, InnovationHistory, ISIS Attack on Kobani, Laino America, Leprosy, Lizard Thinking, Machiavelli, Marshmallo Test, Microbiology Research, Microfluidics, Mooshimeter, O’Hare Snow Removal,Perovskite Solar Cell, Plastic Microsphere Pollution, Podcast Network, Podcast Startup, Police Shootings, Queuing, Theory, Radiation Therapy, Renewable Power Trend, Single Parenthood, Smarphone Security, Solar Cell Upgrade, Tobacco, Transgender Stories, Ultrasound Use In Emergency Room, Urine, Zodiac Killer

The following audio files come from a larger group of 188 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 63 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Aid Program Comparisons 43 mins – “A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.’s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ALEC Impact 51mins – “In recent weeks, a number of corporations have decided to end their membership in ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Many have attributed their departure to ALEC’s position on climate change issues. The organization, which drafts model state-level legislation, maintains it takes no position on climate. But ALEC policies on energy and the environment have drawn criticism. And many remain concerned that the organization represents a troubling trend of big money in politics. But others point to ALEC’s usefulness as a tool for getting legislation through to states, given Washington’s ongoing gridlock. A conversation about ALEC: how it works, who’s behind it, and why some worry about its role in shaping American politics.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the program is included in the blog archive.

Antibiotics 14 mins – “Drug-resistant bacteria and fewer new antibiotics could set us up for a return to the Dark Ages, when minor infections were fatal.” At the link find the title, “Life After Antibiotics,” right-click “IHUB-100414-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple Cider 47 mins – “All about hard cider. It’s all over these days. And sweet, fresh apple cider, too. We’ll look at the history and comeback.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Application Building 51 mins – “We’re Building an App! We want to create a Tasks app that can take pictures of things we want to remember, tag location data to specific tasks, allow us to share OR KEEP PRIVATE that task list, and do it all across all of our devices. The first thing we want to do when we’re developing an app is to break down its functions….” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Architectural Innovation 18 mins – “Straight lines form the core of our built environment. Building in straight lines makes predicting costs and calculating structural loads easier, since building materials come in linear units. Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient, but they are also completely “godless”—at least according to Austrian artist and designer Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (which translates to “Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Colored Hundred Waters” in German). Hundertwasser made a name for himself, so to speak, with his psychedelic, whimsical paintings and his public speaking engagements that he would sometimes deliver completely naked….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aristotle 47 mins – “How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automation Concerns 46 mins – “Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save this link as” from the pop-up menu.

Baldness 34 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We fix that cueball of yours.” At the link right-click “Sawbones18Baldness.mp3” beside “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bees-Bird-Pesticides 24 mins – “We look into the controversy over Neonicotinoid pesticides and their impact on pollinators and other wildlife. One of the biggest news stories in science this past summer was about the birds and the bees … and the pesticides. Studies flooded into the academic journals all summer long, with new findings about the effects of neonicotinoids, or neonics. They’re the most common class of insecticide in the world, used on crops all over the planet. And those studies raised alarming questions about the impact of neonicotinoids on both the birds and the bees. We sent freelance science writer, and Quirks contributor, Alanna Mitchell, to investigate.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biodiversity 25 mins – “Vincent Horn and Buddhist Geeks (4:42): On October 16th the Buddhist Geek Conference comes to boulder. Founder Vincent Horn speaks to us about how mindfulness, compassion and contemplative practice can be integrated into the technical world. Future Earth(12:58): On our second feature, CSU Professor Dennis Ojima talks to Susan Moran about the Future Earth Initiative. A lofty project which aims to connect scientists, policy makers and the business sector to design activities to tackle global environmental change at local and regional levels.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Bloodletting 30 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We put a leech on you and Justin loses a finger.” At the link right-click “Sawbones3Bloodletting.mp3” beside “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Minnesota 19 mins – “Calls for “dig once” policies have resonated for years. The general idea is that we can more fiber and conduit in the ground at lower prices if we coordinate to include them in various projects that already disturb the ground. In the south Twin Cities metro in Minnesota, Dakota County has been tweaking its dig once approach for more than a decade. This week, Network Collaboration Engineer David Asp and .Net Systems Analyst Rosalee McCready join us to discuss their approach to maximizing all opportunities to get fiber and conduit in the ground. They work in a county that ranges from rural farms in the south to urban cities in the north, offering lessons for any local government.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Shock 28 mins – “We hear a lot about putting a price on carbon but what does it really mean? This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Mark Schapiro, an investigative journalist and the author of Carbon Shock, helps us understand the bustling carbon market that already exists and explains the carbon taxes that all of us are already paying – whether we know it or not. Listen now as Schapiro and host Alex Wise explore the fundamental question of who should bear the burden of an overheated planet that has resulted from the burning of cheap fossil fuels over the past century and a half.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Challenge 19 mins – “…recent negotiations have not produced much in the way of significant commitments by the major producers – the US, China, India and Russia, and global emissions continue to rise. Dr. Mark Jaccard specializes in sustainable energy and climate policy in the School of Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He thinks chances of a major international agreement to control emissions in the near term are not great. On the other hand, he suggests that there are some very promising initiatives happening at the local and regional level, some within Canada, that demonstrate that regulation, appropriate economic policies, and sustainable technologies can have an impact on emissions. He suggests that this has removed some of the familiar excuses for inaction, including the notion that emissions reductions are not practical and will have dire economic consequences.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Science in School 27 mins -“ Season eight of of Lab Out Loud starts with our thoughts turning towards climate science. As Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Mark McCaffrey boasts an impressive resume in climate and environmental science. Mark helped lead the development of the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and has testified before the House Subcommittee on Research about climate and environmental education. As the author of the recently published book “Climate Smart & Energy Wise” (Corwin Press), Mark argues how humanity’s greatest challenge is missing from American science classrooms. Listen to Lab Out Loud to learn about Mark’s work and how all educators might infuse climate science into their classes.” At the link right-click “Download” by the sound bar and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CO2 Satellite 8 mins – “Earlier this summer, NASA successfully launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2 satellite. The satellite is designed to build a much more detailed picture of where CO2 is emitted – both from natural and man-made sources – and absorbed. While ground-based monitoring of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere has great precision, it doesn’t tell us much about where CO2 is coming from, and especially going to. We know oceans and forests take up large amounts of CO2, but there are vast gaps in our knowledge of just where this is taking place on a regional scale. According to Dr. David Crisp, the Science Team Leader for OCO-2 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the satellite will be able to build a detailed global map of CO2 sources and sinks.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CPR Device 4 mins – “J.D. Dhein speaks to Peggy Russo about the CPR RsQAssist Device. A device to help deliver pre-AED chest compressions. It delivers directions and improves your ability to deliver effective compressions.” A battery is incorporated, lasts ten years, and sounds an alarm when it gets weak. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu, but the video there is more useful. The device costs $80 or with a wall cabinet, $122.

Crazy Mail 20 mins – “As an editor at Scientific American John Rennie delighted in the weird correspondence they received, but then one letter crossed a line. John Rennie is a science writer, editor, and lecturer based in New York. Viewers of The Weather Channel know him as the host of the original series Hacking The Planet and co-host of the hit special The Truth About Twisters. He is also the editorial director of science for McGraw-Hill Education, overseeing its highly respected AccessScience online reference and the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. Rennie served as editor in chief of Scientific American (including the monthly magazine, Scientific American Mind, ScientificAmerican.com and other publications) between 1994 and 2009.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download” then select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Danish Hotdogs 27 mins – “ Neal Razzell goes to work with Copenhagen’s hot dog vendors who tell how the humble sausage is a barometer for changing attitudes to class, identity and immigration.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Man Bites Dog in Denmark – 02 Oct 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20141002-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Revolution 11 mins – A brief discussion about the disruptive impact of digital trends on labor. Reference is made to a report which can only be obtained by subscribing to “The Economist” for $160/yr. At the link note the reverse order of time and find the title, “Special report: The world economy,” towards the bottom of the page, right-click “Media files 20141001_sr_author.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled College Students 56 mins – “Joyce welcomes Gayle Oliver-Plath, President /Founder of CareerEco, Timothy Luzader, Director Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities and Annie Kollar, Recruiter Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to the show. Discussed on the show will be career opportunities for students with disabilities and Bender’s Virtual Career Fair on November 13, 2014.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Fund Raising 15 mins – “Medical workers in Monrovia, Liberia, put on their protective suits before treating Ebola patients. Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images The response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was massive: Billions of dollars in donations poured in. “It had everything,” says Joel Charny, who works with InterAction, a group that coordinates disaster relief. “It had this element of being an act of God in one of the poorest countries on the planet that’s very close to the United States. … And the global public just mobilized tremendously.” People haven’t responded to the Ebola outbreak in the same way; it just hasn’t led to that kind of philanthropic response….” At the link find the title, “#571: Why Raising Money For Ebola Is Hard,” right-click “npr_351851565.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Abuse 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at the science and policy of treating drug addiction. We’re joined by psychology professor and researcher Carl Hart to talk about his book “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.” And we’ll speak to Donald MacPherson, Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, about harm reduction strategies to reduce the negative consequences of drug use.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Issues, Etc 98 mins – “The TWiV [This Week In Virology] team consults an epidemiologist to forecast the future scope of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. This episode of TWiV is brought to you by the Department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Composed of over 20 virology labs, all centralized in one building in the heart of New York City, this department is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in pursuing virus research. The Department is presently looking to recruit any prospective graduate students to apply to our program by the December 1st deadline. Interested postdocs are also encouraged to contact faculty of interest. For more information about the Department, please visit www.mssm.edu/MIC.” At the link right-click “Download TWiV 304” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economics Philosophy 69 mins – “Martha Nussbaum of the University of Chicago and author of Creating Capabilities talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about an alternative to GDP for measuring economic performance at the national level. She is a proponent of the capabilities approach that emphasizes how easily individuals can acquire skills and use them, as well as the capability to live long and enjoy life. Nussbaum argues that government policy should focus on creating capabilities rather than allowing them to emerge through individual choices and civil society..” At the ink right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineer Education Upgrade 80 mins – “In a lively discussion of how to best prepare today’s engineering students for tomorrow’s engineering challenges, we talk with Dave Goldberg and Catherine Whitney about their new book, A Whole New Engineer.” The link provides reference documents in addition to the podcast. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file.

Facebook Tutorial 69 mins – “Robert Scoble shows Leo Laporte how to make Facebook’s News Feed work better for you.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Genital Cutting 43 mins – “Across Africa, some 92 million women and girls have undergone female genital cutting. It comes with serious health risks like bleeding, infections, and even death. Women’s rights activist Molly Melching says it’s understandable to be outraged, but you can’t simply tell people to abandon a deeply embedded cultural practice. Melching is founder of a non-profit called Tostan, which doesn’t “fight” FCG, but educates a community about what’s happening to their girls. Melching is in Utah, and joins Doug to discuss the crucial role of empathy in effecting change.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fertility Research 18 mins – “Discussion of a Series on fertility preservation, Listen to The Lancet: 03 October and an interview with Glenda Gray, new President of South Africa’s Medical Research Council.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 03 October,” right-click “Media files 03october.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial System Control 51 mins – “Martin Wolf’s column in the Financial Times has been called “required reading for the international financial elite.” The former World Bank economist has a new book about the global financial crisis. Wolf criticizes the policies that caused it as well the responses to it. He calls for abandoning the orthodox thinking that led policymakers to completely miss the signs of the oncoming meltdown. He talks with Diane about why the global financial system remains so fragile and what can be done to strengthen it.” At the link you can only listen, but a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Hallucinogenic Therapy 51 mins – “Millions of Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, including hundreds of thousands of veterans. Yet standard drug and therapy treatments have mixed success rates. Some cases of PTSD are considered untreatable. But researchers are seeing dramatic results from therapy that uses psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD, depression and addiction. Therapy involving substances like Psilocybin and MDMA, better known as ecstasy, show 80 percent success rates years after treatment. Diane and a panel of [4] guests discuss new research on drugs that have long been considered dangerous and illicit.” At the link you can only listen, but a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Higher Education History 57 mins – “Last year, President Obama proposed sweeping changes to the way government helps to finance students’ higher education, and an unprecedented system of collegiate rankings – all in the name of greater access and better value for the “consumer.” But others object to a consumerist mentality in the realm of higher education, and the application of “business” models to its institutions. So in this episode of BackStory, Peter, Ed, and Brian take on the history of higher ed – exploring earlier battles over the nature and purpose of the collegiate enterprise, and what they mean today.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ideas 55 mins – “ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. In this episode: humanity shares a complex world with other species. Speakers ponder how we can see ourselves as part of that larger context” At the link find the title, “Moses Znaimer’s ideacity Conference – Beyond Ourselves,” right-click “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity Conference – Beyond Ourselves” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Identities Online 72 mins – “Do you have a name? More than one? Does it matter to you who knows it? As digital systems become more integrated into our lives, these questions are becoming very important. We’re in the midst of a literal identity crisis where your identity is quickly becoming, rather than something you define, a social construct that is granted to you. aestetix, after being suspended twice by Google Plus for violating their “Real Names” policy, helped found NymRights, which has consulted on President Obama’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). In this talk he guides an exploration of the philosophy of names and identity, the digital systems we’ve created over the past decades, and the challenges that arise when the systems come into conflict with individual safety and freedom.” At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download the…” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Women Scientists 30 mins – “Two days ago, India celebrated the success of its first Mars mission. Since then, the country and the world have been celebrating something else: the role of the women behind this mission.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save ink As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation History 20 mins – “If you don’t think sewers are as impressive as iPads, think again. Author Steven Johnson explores some innovations with unintended consequences.” At the link find the title, “Unexpected Innovations That Shape Our World,” right-click “IHUB-100414-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS attack on Kobani 47 mins – “ISIS and the battle for control of the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have it. ISIS wants it. The US is bombing. We’ll look at the lessons of the battle for Kobani.” At the link right-click “Download to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latino America 46 mins – “Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leprosy 34 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We get biblical on leprosy.” At the link right-click “Sawbones28Leprosy.mp3” beside “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lizard Thinking 54 mins – “University of British Columbia student David Moscrop argues that modern democracy just isn’t built right for our brains, and that it dooms us into dumb thinking. He’s got an idea for fixing that.” At the link find the title, “Ideas from the Trenches – Too Dumb for Democracy,” right-click “Download Ideas from the Trenches – Too Dumb for Democracy” from the pop-up menu.

Machiavelli 55 mins – “Niccolo Machiavelli’s name is synonymous with treachery. His book, The Prince, has inspired political leaders around the world. Yet some scholars believe that it’s a brilliant satire. Nicola Luksic explores the case for both sides.” At the link find the title, “Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox,” right-click “Download Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marshmallow Test 51 mins – “In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel conducted a series of experiments with preschoolers at a Stanford University nursery school. Popularly known as “The Marshmallow Test,” 4 and 5-year-olds were presented with a difficult choice: they could eat one treat immediately or wait several minutes longer to be rewarded with two. Years later, Mischel followed up with children in his original study and discovered a surprising link: The kids who had waited for two treats had higher SAT scores, greater workplace success and a lower body mass index later in life. A leading expert on self-control discusses his famous “Marshmallow Test,” the nature of willpower and implications for public policy.“ At the link you can only listen, but a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Microbiology Research 51 mins – “Host: Michele Swanson speaks with Guests: Thomas Brock, Timothy Donohue, Katrina Forest, and Richard Gourse. members of the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, on the occasion of its designation as a Milestones in Microbiology site, where they discuss how the department has advanced the science and teaching of microbiology.” At the link right-click “TWiM #88” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microfluidics 20 mins – “Keith talks with Shuichi Takayama, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan. Shuichi studies microfluidics, which is a way of manipulating small volumes of fluids in useful ways. Microfluidics can save research dollars, emulate cell function, and find the fastest, healthiest sperm that will produce healthier embryos. Shuichi has a talent for metaphor – find out how baking a cake and tiny ants washing their hands fit in to how he describes his research!” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mooshimeter 85 mins – “Eric VanWyk, cofounder of the Mooshimeter and adjunct professor at Olin College of Engineering stops by to talk (sociopathic) compliance testing, manufacturing, crowd funding, LEGO and more!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

O’Hare Snow Removal 24 mins – “In the Midwestern United States, the winter of 2013-2014 was one of the most severe in recorded weather history. In Chicago, every type of transportation was affected by waves of Arctic cold and 80 inches of snowfall. At O’Hare International Airport, in suburban Chicago, the challenge of removing snow and ice from 14 miles of runways, 45 miles of taxiways, and 20 million square feet of gate areas during this period of extreme weather was immense – this for the second busiest airport in the U.S., handling more than 194,000 flight operations for the first 3 months of 2014. Yet O’Hare did such a good job that it won a top aviation industry award for excellence in snow and ice control – the coveted Balchen/Post Award issued annually by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives – O’Hare was this year’s winner in the large commercial airports category. Professor Schofer discusses the snow removal challenges at O’Hare Airport and how they are met with George Lyman, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation, Airport Airfield Operations and Vehicle Services Sections.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Perovskite Solar Cell 4 mins – “Hydrogen is regarded as an excellent candidate future fuel on the grounds that it is relatively easy to store and it burns cleanly to produce only heat and water. But present methods of production involve fossil fuels and are energy intensive, offsetting any benefits of the hydrogen. Instead, scientists would like to use electricity from renewable sources to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with solar power being one obvious choice. Unfortunately, current silicon-based cells cannot produce a sufficiently high output voltage individually, meaning that several of them need to be linked together in series. But, this week, a new generation of solar cells has been unveiled. They’re made from a lead-based material called Perovskite, which is more up to the job, as science writer Mark Peplow explains…” At the link right-cock “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Microsphere Pollution 9 mins – “Microplastic beads have been found in St. Lawrence River sediments for the first time. Microplastic pollution had been a problem in the oceans for many years. This can be plastic broken down into tiny fragments over time, or it can be in the form of microbeads, which are tiny, often colourful, pellets of plastic used in many cosmetics and household cleaners. They are commonly found floating in the surface water, and can number in the thousands per litre. But recently, Dr. Anthony Ricciardi, an Associate Professor and Invasive Species Biologist at McGill University in Montreal, was shocked to find them in the sediment at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, in similar quantities as those found in oceans. The beads sink to the bottom as they acquire micro-organisms, which absorb toxins, such as PCBs. Further research is required to determine if the harmful microbeads will make their way into the food chain.” At the link right “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Network 45 mins – “For 15 years, the journalist Alex Blumberg enjoyed a pretty respectable career in public radio. He was an executive producer on This American Life, and he co-hosted NPR’s Planet Money podcast. Given that success, why did he quit his day job, ditch public radio, and go it alone as a business entrepreneur? Don’t worry, Blumberg hasn’t gone too far afield. His new pursuit: it’s a podcast company. He joins us Tuesday to explain his career change and to share his story of getting a startup off the ground. Alex Blumberg served as an executive producer of This American Life since 1999. He co-hosted NPR’s Planet Money podcast. His new podcast is about the challenges of starting a for-profit podcast. It’s called StartUp.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Startup 27 mins – “A series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Planet Money.” At the link find the title, “ #4 Startups are a Risky Business,” right-click “Media files 169954282-hearstartup-4-startups-are-a-risky-business.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Police Shootings 47 mins – “Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Queuing Theory 4 mins – “It’s happened to all of us. We call with a question about a bill or to get help with a new purchase, and we’re shunted to a world of unfamiliar music and a voice that intermittently tells us: “All operators are busy. Please stay on the line and your call will be answered by the next available agent.” Why can’t companies simply hire enough people to answer our questions? In 1908 a young man by the name of Agner Erlang was faced with a similar question. A student of mathematics, Erlang was persuaded to join the Copenhagen Telephone Company as head of its newly established technical laboratory. The lab faced an important question: how many switchboards and operators should the phone company provide? ” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 2972” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radiation Therapy 37 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We’re radioactive.” At the link right-click “Sawbones13Radium.mp3” beside “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Renewable Power Trend 12 mins – “Reports that China will stop importing brown coal from Australia didn’t surprise Peter Newman. He says figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that investment in fossil fuel infrastructure such as coal fired power stations peaked in 2008. Emerging economies are now choosing renewable energy, with China showing the way and setting the agenda. New coal fired power stations are banned in the European Union and the US. The World Bank won’t finance them. China is closing coal fired stations around Beijing because the air quality is so bad. Peter Newman says the green economy is taking off faster than expected and new investments in coal will likely become stranded assets. It means the much hoped for 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 now looks possible.

Single Parenthood 51 mins – “Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many of those are unplanned. Too often, the result is increased poverty for many children. Some argue for a return to traditional marriage. Others say we need more social support for unmarried parents. Family policy expert Isabel Sawhill offers a third option which involves what she calls childbearing by design, not by default. Diane and her [3] guests discuss the impact of family structure on child well-being.” At the link you can only listen, but a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Smartphone Security 51 mins – “Tech giants Apple and Google recently announced that operating systems for their newest phones will be encrypted with a complex code. The move would make photos, videos and personal contacts accessible only by the owner of the phone. Privacy advocates hailed the decision as a welcome response to what they say is massive data collection by intelligence agencies. But law enforcement officials warn smartphone encryption will hinder criminal investigations and jeopardize public safety. And a Swedish company could gain control over the nation’s phone routing system. Diane and [4[ guests discuss new concerns over phones, intelligence gathering and national security.” At the link you can only listen, but a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Solar Cell Upgrade 4 mins – “Hydrogen is regarded as an excellent candidate future fuel on the grounds that it is relatively easy to store and it burns cleanly to produce only heat and water. But present methods of production involve fossil fuels and are energy intensive, offsetting any benefits of the hydrogen. Instead, scientists would like to use electricity from renewable sources to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with solar power being one obvious choice. Unfortunately, current silicon-based cells cannot produce a sufficiently high output voltage individually, meaning that several of them need to be linked together in series. But, this week, a new generation of solar cells has been unveiled. They’re made from a lead-based material called Perovskite, which is more up to the job, as science writer Mark Peplow explains…” At the link right-click “Download” and elect “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Tobacco 34 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We take a big drag off of wellness.” At the link right-click “Sawbones14Tobacco.mp3” beside “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Stories 50 mins – “It’s estimated that there are nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as transgender. That’s more than a million people with families, communities and stories we are only just starting to hear from. When someone transitions, the impact of that decision ripples beyond them to the people often closest to them: their families. In this hour of radio, we tell stories of trans people and their families at many different moments of life, from childhood to adulthood to elders, as parents, as spouses and as kids, themselves.” At the link find the title, “Trans Families,” right-click “Media files TransFamilies_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ultrasound Use in Emergency Room 28 mins – “Episode 22 is a response to an article on KevinMD from April 2014, “Forget Ultrasound, Do a Proper History and Physical Instead.” In this article, written by a radiologist, Dr. Saurabh Jha (@roguerad – follow him. I do, very interesting thoughts and perspective), the argument is made that POC US [Point Of Care Ultra Sound] is being done indiscriminately, instead of a good H/P. Amongst other things, the article concludes that POC US is bad for patients, costing taxpayer money and leading to over testing and over diagnosis. POC US has been similarly accused recently in regards to leading to over testing (see this thought provoking post from EM Nerd). Dr. Jha’s article was originally written in response to this article from NEJM, which sang praises for POC US, but did have some mischaracterizations. Admittedly, we may have overall overreacted a bit to this article as can be seen in the comments (the title alone is inflammatory, but frankly KevinMD often is recently). Dr. Jha made the following clarification in the comment section: “I’m advocating against indiscriminate use of ultrasound, as routine, as a substitute or extension of H & P (see NEJM article), not against selective use of imaging within clinical context.” At the link find the title, “Episode 22: Do an H/P, But Don’t Forget US,” right-click “US_or_physical_exam.m4a” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urine 35 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We keep your pee pee in a cup.” At the link right-click “Sawbones12Urine.mp3” beside Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zodiac Killer 56 mins – A story, or perhaps two, about a man who may be the son of the unidentified Zodiac Killer. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right-end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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Media Mining Digest 151 – 3 Oct 2014: 3D Printing, Aging Passionately, Antibiotic Resistance, Artificial Sweeteners, Astronomy, Augmentation, Autism Study, Bank Regulation, Bob Newhart Interview, Brain Trauma Treatment, CAD and CAM, Chess of Interest, Climate Activist, Climate and Capitalism, Climate Politics, Compernicus Complex, Data Breach Report, Data Gathering, Digital Journalism, Doctor-Patient Interaction, Dying in America, Fungi – Good and Bad, Genetic Genius, Google Story, Government CTO, Gun Seizures, Health Care for Third World, Human Age, Indian Prime Minister, Innovation Economics, Insect Eating, Invasion Biology, ISIS Controversy, Legal Injustices, Linux Assistive Tech, Little Miss Cornshucks, Midwifery in Canada, Migrant DACA and DREAM, Neuroscience for Kids, Overdiagnosing, Palliative vs Assisted Death, Parasites, Parkinson’s Patient, Police History, Press Freedom, Primitive Technology, Prison Reform, Rape and Alcohol On Campus, Richard Branson, Ride Sharing, Robin Williams Interview, Seeing Eye App for Apple, Sex Warfare, Smells, Tea Party, Technologist Innovator, Tennessee Williams, Texting Hazard, Traumatic Memory Control,

The following audio files come from a larger group of 241 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 58 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

3D Printing 54 mins – “This week, are we on the verge of being able to print a new kidney or liver? And will every home soon have a machine in it to make medicines so we don’t need to head off to the chemist for a dose of antibiotics? This is the world of 3D printing and we’ll show you what it promises to deliver… Plus, in the news, is fracking contaminating underground water or is it just leaky pipes? And a new breakthrough therapy for multiple sclerosis…” At the link right-click “Download as MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Passionately 10 mins – “Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 7 mins – “Susan Jaffe with discussion about the US President’s Scientific panel report on antibiotic resistance.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 19 September,” right-click “19september.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Sweeteners 41 mins – “It seems we are finally making headway in the fight against obesity. The Centers for Disease Control announced this week that rates of diabetes in the U.S. may be leveling off. Researchers credit the good news in part to a plateau in obesity rates. In other news, the top three soda makers pledged to cut beverage calories in the American diet by one-fifth over the next decade. But consumers turning to diet soda to decrease those calories should consider this: A new study in the journal “Nature” suggests artificial sweeteners may interfere with the way our bodies process sugar. Diane and her [5] guests discuss the latest news in the fight against obesity.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Astronomy 18 mins – “Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The visual aids are impressive, so you may want the video version, too.

Augmentation 54 mins – “ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. In this episode: Humans love tools, and speakers explore new devices for doing things — maybe even leaving the earth.” The main segment presents mind control of hardware based on a Canadian product called Muse from InteraXon.ca ($299). At the link find the title, “Moses Znaimer’s ideacity Conference – Augmenting Ourselves,” right-click “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity Conference – Augmenting Ourselves” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism Study 44 mins – “Ron and Cornelia Suskind had two healthy young sons, promising careers, and a brand new home when their youngest son Owen started to disappear. 3 months later a specialist sat Ron and Cornelia down and said the word that changed everything for them: Autism. In this episode, the Suskind family finds an unlikely way to access their silent son’s world. We set off to figure out what their story can tell us about Autism, a disorder with a wide spectrum of symptoms and severity. Along the way, we speak to specialists, therapists, and advocates including Simon Baron-Cohen, Barry and Raun Kaufmann, Dave Royko, Geraldine Dawson, Temple Grandin, and Gil Tippy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bank Regulation 59 mins – “536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra: An unprecedented look inside one of the most powerful, secretive institutions in the country. The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to monitor big banks. But when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed inside the Fed was so alarming that she got a tiny recorder and started secretly taping.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast. The web site also has the link to the mentioned confidential report of 27 pages.

Bob Newhart Interview 115 mins – “Bob Newhart is an American institution thanks to his incredibly funny and popular television shows. But the way Marc sees it, Bob Newhart is one of the most important stand-up comedians ever. Marc talks with the legend about the comedy albums that turned Bob into an overnight sensation and changed the game for American comedy….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Trauma Treatment 21mins – “Mental trauma is a growing issue in society, yet current treatments may not be addressing the issue. On this episode, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discussed new methods for healing mental trauma.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CAD and CAM 114 mins – “This week’s show (#278, if you’re keeping score) covers a lot of ground, and the silliness is certainly in full swing! In the NEWS department, Horizon has some new offerings and I got my OX CNC up and running … We conclude our CNC discussion this week with possible solutions for CAD design applications, as well as CAM programs. We wrap things up with Tim (IFLYOS) King discussing his adventures at the Heli Extravaganza he attended last weekend.” The CAD-CAM portion runs from 25 – 65 mins. At the link right-click “TCC_278.mp3” beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chess of Interest 48 mins – “A young grandmaster just did the impossible at a top chess tournament. No one paid attention. Does chess still matter?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Activist 25 mins – “As world leaders converge for the UN’s global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People’s Climate March, Bill talks to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming. Kelsey Juliana comes by her activism naturally – her parents met in the 1990’s while fighting the logging industry’s destruction of old growth forests and she attended her first protest when she was two months old. Now just out of high school, she’s co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit being spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions warming the earth and destroying the environment. She’s walking across America as part of the Great March for Climate Action, due to arrive in Washington, DC, on November 1.” At the link find the title, “Climate Change: The Next Generation,” right-click “Media files Moyers_and_Company_337_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate and Capitalism 47 mins – “Three hundred thousand in the streets of New York yesterday, shouting for change on the deteriorating global climate. More marches in more than 100 cities around the world. And more thousands flooding Wall Street this morning, saying no more business as usual. Steps so far aren’t cutting it. My guest today, Naomi Klein, says there’s a reason for that. We’re in a system, she says, that drives us toward global warming. A system called capitalism. It’s time to rein it in, she says. It’s the conservative nightmare. And a new rallying cry.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Politics 62 mins – “[Starts at 15 mins.]On the show this week we talk to author and social activist Naomi Klein about her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In it, Klein argues that we are past the time when incremental change can get us to where we need to be to properly address the challenge of climate change—we’re in a situation, she says, where no non-radical choices are left. This episode also features a discussion on new research that suggests gut bacteria could be affecting our minds, and a study that examines the cross-species influence of a babies’ cries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copernicus Complex 58 mins – “Caleb Scharf talked about his book The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities, in which he talks about the possible beginnings of life on earth and argues that earth and humanity are unique in the universe.” At the link find the title, “After Words: Caleb Scharf,” right-click “Media files program.362433.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Breach Report 28 mins – “Wade Baker, author of a yearly report from Verizon on worldwide data breaches, talks about the dimensions and types of data breaches and recommendations for reducing their frequency. Recent breaches include Home Depot, Target and JP Morgan Chase. “ At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Wade Baker,” right-click “Media files program.366185.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Gathering 52 mins – “You may not by aware of it, but you are being tracked. Nearly every move you make on the Internet results in data that is gathered not just by governments, but by marketers, retailers, and just about any company looking for a financial edge. They harvest your information with near impunity. The journalist Adam Tanner has surveyed the world of personal data and investigated the companies mining it for profit. He joins us Thursday to explore how big data could result in the end of privacy as we know it….Adam Tanner is a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and was previously a Nieman fellow there. Tanner has worked for Reuters News Agency as Balkans bureau chief and San Francisco bureau chief. His new book is called What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It.“ At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Journalism 10 mins – “The growing use of tablets and mobiles by younger people is creating new challenges and pressures on broadcasters, and making space for new organisations to enter the news business. Rajan Datar discusses the future of independent journalism and the implications for existing broadcasters with Marius Dragomir, the author of a major report on digital media from the Open Society Foundation, and professor Stewart Purvis of City University.” At the link for a short time find the title, “News in a Digital World,” right-click “Download 5MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor-Patient Interaction 17 mins – “In April 2006 one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands hit the national headlines with the exposure of “scandalously” poor results for cardiac surgery. Melvin Samsom, CEO of the hospital, explains how the high death rates galvanised quality improvement and innovative change, transforming it into a model for patient participation.” At the ink right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dying in America 48 mins – “A bipartisan report says medical care at the end of life needs a big overhaul. One bioethicist says, “After 75, no major interventions. Let me go.’” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungi – Good and Bad 66 mins – In This Week In Parasitism 77 hosts Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier discuss the exchange of messenger RNAs between a parasitic plant and its hosts. At the right-click TWIP #77” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Genius 54 mins – “2014 Friesen Prize Winner Lap-Chee Tsui talks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy about how a boy who remembers raising tadpoles in Hong Kong became the scientist who ultimately isolated and identified the gene that causes cystic fibrosis.” At the link find the title, “Genetic Genius,” right-click “Download Genetic Genius” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Story 41 mins – “When Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were looking for someone to run their fledgling Internet start-up, they chose Eric Schmidt. The Bell Labs alum took the reins at Google just as the company faced a major battle with Microsoft. Under Schmidt’s leadership, Google established itself as the dominant Internet search engine and a global technology giant with more than $55 billion in annual revenues. Known for its “Don’t be Evil” corporate motto, the Mountain View, Calif., company is consistently ranked as the best place to work in the United States. A conversation with Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, on fostering innovation, managing millenials and how the company is responding to privacy concerns by consumers.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Government CTO 5 mins – “If you’re looking to push government out of its funk, try technology. According to Aneesh Chopra, America’s first Chief Technology Officer, young techies are coming up with ingenious solutions to government problems in their spare time.” At the link find the title, “How Tech Helps Government,” right-click “IHUB-092714-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Seizures 6 mins – “Contrary to the impression given by Hollywood’s depictions, most firearms seized from drug traffickers and gang members in the United States are handguns, not automatic rifles or sub-machine guns. In this podcast, senior researcher Matt Schroeder highlights and explains key findings from his analysis of more than 140,000 records on firearms seized from criminals in eight US cities. These findings were released this summer as a chapter in Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns.” At the link find the title, “Instruments of Crime: Illicit weapons in the United States” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-25-Instruments-of-crime-illicit-weapons-in-the-US.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care for Third World 54 mins – “Healthcare professionals worldwide often have extensive non-clinical skills in management, public health, policy, or other fields which are not officially recognized through a degree. In this talk, Rebecca Weintraub, MD — Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Faculty Director of the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University — introduces the concept of digital badges for healthcare professionals, a means for demonstrating skills and experience to potential new employers, grant-giving organizations, and others. Like other well-known badge and certification systems — such as Fair Trade and organic standards for food, or LEED certification for buildings — digital badges can improve the quality of health services, and help others to recognize the skills of healthcare professionals. But how should such a system be implemented?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Age 52 mins – “As the writer Diane Ackerman tells it, homo sapiens is a force of nature nearly unprecedented in Earth’s 4.5-billion years. Like an asteroid blast, humans altered some of the planet’s fundamental processes in a geological blink of an eye. In her latest book, Ackerman takes stock of the changes wrought in the Anthropocene or “human age,” from the stamp of our settlements viewable from space, to the redistribution of life-forms, to ocean acidification. She joins us Monday to take stock of the world shaped by us… Her new book is called The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Prime Minister 39 mins – “This week, on a special edition of GPS, Fareed interviews two of the world’s most powerful men. Can India become the next China? And will the world’s largest democracy ever be strategic allies with the world’s first democracy? Fareed will ask India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, in a global exclusive interview. Then, on the eve of the 10th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Fareed asks former President Bill Clinton his thoughts…. “ At the link find the title, “Crisis.GPS September 21st,” click it and select “Save” from the pop-up menu.

Innovative Economics 14 mins – “America is in danger of losing its innovative edge and sliding into economic malaise. Clayton Christensen, author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” says that business leaders may be too scared to save us from the downturn.” At the link find the title, “Clayton Christensen: Our Innovation Slump,” right-click “IHUB-092714-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insect Eating 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at the environmental impact of foods we eat, and others that we should. We’ll speak to Daniella Martin, host of the insect cooking/travel show “Girl Meets Bug,” about her book “Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet.” And we’ll talk about the environmental effects of salmon farming with Peter Bridson, Aquaculture Research Manager for the Seafood Watch program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.” At the ink right-click “Listen Now” 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 “Download Bioinvasion: Attack of the Alien Species!” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Controversy 25 mins – “As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East. This week, Bill discusses the latest on the conflict with Jonathan Landay, a veteran national security reporter for McClatchy Newspapers and Matthew Hoh, a former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan. “As much as President Obama wishes we weren’t the world’s policemen, perhaps we are,” Landay tells Moyers. “And there’s no escaping that curse.” Hoh, who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy there, adds: “Is this really our model for the Middle East that we are going to bomb countries, continuously, take part in civil wars, sometimes supporting one side, maybe supporting the other, with no means or no real desire or effort to achieve a peace?” At the link find the title, “ Full Show: America’s New War in the Middle East,” right-click “Media files Moyers_and_Company_338_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legal Injustices 54 mins – “ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. In this episode: speakers ponder how we can start to really understand other people, other cultures and ways of thought.” Topics include the Innocence Project, Mandela, Sharansky and lust! At the link find the title, “Moses Znaimer’s ideacity – Remaking Ourselves,” right-click “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity – Remaking Ourselves” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux Assistive Tech 133 mins (2 parts) – “(Part 1-#255, 65m)Topic: The state of accessibility in Linux. “There are 1 billion people in the world with some type of disability. 360 million of these people are blind and have low vision. 90% of these people live in developing countries. How are they accessing technology you and I take for granted everyday? The problem is they’re not. There is proprietary software for accessible technology but it is extremely expensive and out of reach of the people that need to use it in order to access a computer. Did you know that 80% of blind people in the United States are unemployed? That’s why this is very important.” “(Part 2 -#256, 27m) In today’s episode, an introduction to assistive technology for desktop computers. Assistive technology is known by several names: Accessible technology, adaptive technology, rehabilitative devices, accessible computing, assistive devices, and more. Whatever it’s called, it’s designed to provide assistance to people with disabilities and impairments to help them improve or maintain the capabilities that their condition is preventing.” At the link and episodes 255 and 256, right-click “mp3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Little Miss Cornshucks 27 mins – “In the late 1930′s a young Mildred Cummings from Dayton, Ohio is barefoot, standing in the spotlight on stage, wearing that same old shabby dress and a broken straw hat. This is Little Miss Cornshucks and she has the audience in the palm of her hand, a unique act and larger than life personality. By the 1940′s she made top-billing at nightclubs across America, performing heartbreaking ballads. But who remembers her now? At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20140924-0332a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Midwifery in Canada 28 mins – “A check up on midwifery in Canada. We visit Toronto’s new birth centre where more than 400 babies are expected to be born this year, and then Brian goes to Newfoundland find out why it’s taken 30 years for midwives there to get licensed. “ At the link find the title, “Haves and Have Nots: Midwifery in Canada,” right-click “Download Haves and Have Nots: Midwifery in Canada” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant DACA and DREAM 61 mins – “With postsecondary degrees proving to be beyond the reach of many low-income immigrant youth, and a vastly under-resourced adult education system the weakest link in the U.S. educational pipeline, a lack of educational attainment and opportunities stands to block hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) youth from obtaining immigration protections for which they would otherwise qualify. This Migration Policy Institute (MPI) webinar discusses the findings of the report Diploma, Please: Promoting Educational Attainment for DACA- and Potential DREAM Act-Eligible Youth, from MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. The discussion covers the education challenges facing DACA youth, targeted programs designed to address them, and recommendations for overcoming the education-success obstacles that key subgroups of DACA-DREAM youth face. The report highlights some of the promising programs, emerging models, and policy contexts in states such as California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and Washington State.” At the link left click “Download,” then right-click the second “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscience for Kids 16 mins – “High school student Grace Greenwald shares her passion for neuroscience by connecting her peers with leading researchers in the field to inspire future innovators. At the age of 15, Grace came up against a lack of resources to help high school students explore the field of neuroscience. Undaunted, she designed her own neuroscience curriculum and founded The Synapse Project, a virtual learning platform that connects professionals in brain research to high school students, especially young women, offering the next generation of neuroscientists a head start through mentorship, classes, and lab experience.” At the link find the title, “The Synapse Project: Inspiring the Future of Neuroscience,” right-click “Media files synapseproject.MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overdiagnosing 15 mins – “ Jocalyn Clarke, executive editor at icdd,b, argues the solutions proposed to improve global health are too focused on the medical, and fail to tackle the underlying socioeconomic factors which will undermine those efforts. Read her full analysis of the situation.” At the link find the title, “Are we overmedicalising global health?” right-click “Media files 169434890-bmjgroup-are-we-overmedicalising-global.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palliative vs Assisted Death 13 mins – “Will more access to palliative care curb support for assisted suicide in Canada?” At the link find the title, “White Coat Mini Podcast – Palliative Care vs Assisted Death,” right-click “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Palliative Care vs Assisted Death” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasites 55 mins – “In this episode we talk to fellow podcasters Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier about viruses, bacteria and other parasites. Among other topics we discuss what each kind of parasite is made of an how they interact with the human organism (in good and bad ways).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parkinson’s Patient 28 mins – “The long and personal journey of Dr. Phil Hebert from family physician to patient with Parkinson’s disease. He tells why he kept the diagnosis a secret for so long and what finally convinced him he had to quit practising medicine. “ At the link find the title, “WCBA – Dr. Phil Hebert and Parkinson’s Disease,” right-click “Download WCBA – Dr. Phil Hebert and Parkinson’s Disease” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police History 52 mins – “For many Americans, the storyline that played out on August 9 in Ferguson, Mo. — when an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer — is not a new one. But the sustained protests that followed, in which Ferguson police used military equipment for crowd control, have generated a new round of questioning about the role of local police in their communities. So on this episode, we’re looking at the history of policing in America, and how the police departments we’re familiar with today began to take shape. And we’ll consider what happens when the police don’t protect those they serve.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Press Freedom 72 mins – “James Risen and other journalism advocates spoke at a press conference on freedom of the press and Obama administration efforts to compel New York Times reporter James Risen to disclose a confidential source. Mr. Risen was subpoenaed in 2008 to testify at the trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer accused of leaking information on Iran’s nuclear program. Mr. Risen refused to name a source for information about a CIA operation in Iran that appeared in his book, State of War. Journalists and journalism advocacy groups have supported a petition to the Justice Department to cancel the subpoena. National Press Club president Myron Belkind also spoke about the arrest of journalists covering protests in response to the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri” At the link you can watch and listen, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Primitive Technology 21 mins – “New evidence reveals the complicated history of stone tool use 400,000 – 200,000 years ago.” At the link find the title, “The spread of an ancient technology and a daily news roundup (26 September 2014),” right-click “Media files SciencePodcast_140926.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Reform 11 mins – “In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rape and Alcohol On Campus 52 mins – “Wednesday, we continue our examination of the problem of sexual assault on America’s college campuses. Alcohol is at the heart of that problem. According to researchers, students who are either the victims of rape or the assailants are more often than not drunk. But, for lots of reasons, schools avoid directly discussing alcohol and rape in the same breath. We’ll talk about what colleges and universities should be doing to prevent rape and where the blame lay when an assault does occur. GUESTS: Robin Wilson is a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education; Holly Mullen is the executive director of the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City; Kathleen Bogle is an assistant professor of sociology and criminology at LaSalle University.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Richard Branson 41 mins – “Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has never taken the traditional route. At 16, he dropped out of school to start “Student” magazine, marking the start of a lifetime spent building companies from scratch. Virgin Records, his first major venture, grew to become the world’s biggest independent record label. Today, Branson is worth $5 billion, and is as well-known for his publicity stunts and risk-taking as for his business success. One of his latest ventures may be the boldest yet: with plans to make commercial space flight a reality with Virgin Galactic, he says it’s time we stop looking at our iPhones and turn our gaze skyward. In his latest book, he reflects on more than 40 years of leadership and the risks that built the Virgin empire. Richard Branson on his unconventional life in business.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Ride Sharing 20 mins – “Nobody hitchhikes anymore. Back in the 1980s getting a ride with a stranger became decidedly un-trendy. Rugged individualism was in and ridesharing was out. But now, with the advent of social media and mobile platforms, ridesharing is making a come-back. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are Paul Minett, the founder of the Ridesharing Institute in Auckland, NZ and Mark Svenvold, a journalist and Professor at Seton Hall University who recently profiled Minett’s work on ridesharing for Orion Magazine. Dubbed by some as the Johnny Appleseed of the new ridesharing, Minett points out that if everybody carpooled one day a week we could see as much as a 20 percent reduction in traffic volumes. The corresponding reduction in traffic jams and carbon emissions would also be pretty great. Catch a ride with us now, across the planet, to hear what it will take to put ridesharing back in vogue.” At the ink right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robin Williams Interview 62 mins – “Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014. This is Marc’s conversation with Robin from April 26, 2010, as well as Marc’s reflections about the great comedian and actor.” At the ink right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seeing Eye App for Apple 2 mins – “A new app may provide invaluable aid to the blind. Charlie Turner reports.” From Dow Jones MarketWatch. The app is called KNFB. At the link you can only listen, but a copy of the file is in the blog archive.
Sex Warfare 47 mins – “The news is full of beheadings, but ISIS fighters are now infamous for a campaign of sexual violence. We’ll look at the Islamic State’s war on women.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smells 44 mins – “If you asked people which of their senses they most feared losing, they’d probably say sight or hearing. But what about the ability to smell? This episode of Distillations examines what is perhaps our most underrated sense, and ponders what life would be like without it. Producer Mariel Carr hit the streets of South Philadelphia to understand how a pervasive odor troubled neighborhood residents in the summer of 2014. Then reporter Jocelyn Frank tells us the story of Mario Rivas, a man who has lived his whole life without a sense of smell, and the great lengths he went to gain one. Then, we talk to two smell experts, Pamela Dalton, a psychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, and David Barnes, a professor of the history of medicine and public health at the University of Pennsylvania. Our guests discuss the connection between smelling, odors, and emotions, as well as the history of odors, germs, and public health crises.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tea Party 59 mins – “Jenny Beth Martin discusses her book, [Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution], how she helped found the organization, and the work it is doing on a grassroots level around the country.” At the find the title, “Q&A: Jenny Beth Martin.,” right-click “Media files program.364368.MP3-STD.mp3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technologist Innovator 29 mins – “Keith & Russ welcome Kenneth McLeod from the Department of Bioengineering at Binghamton University, where he is also the Entrepreneur in Residence and the Director of the Clinical Science & Engineering Research Center. Kenneth shares how his fascination with ideas spurred his career as an engineer and ultimately, an entrepreneur. Kenneth has successfully helped launch 12 companies that produce innovative products. He also explains why the process of trial & error is essential in eventual success.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tennessee Williams 47 mins – “Great American playwright Tennessee Williams’ battle for art and sanity – a big new biography brings his story alive.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texting Hazard 41 mins – “Eight years ago, a 19-year-old college student in Utah was driving in the Rocky Mountains. His car jumped a divider and hit another car, causing an accident that killed two scientists on their way to work. The driver said he had no idea what happened, but phone records showed he was texting. The case was one of the first texting-while-driving accidents and helped spark state laws and a national awareness campaign. A New York Times journalist, who won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on the use of cell phones while driving, is out with a new book about the accident. Matt Richtel argues texting while driving could be as dangerous as drunk driving, but may prove even harder to curb.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Traumatic Memory Control 54 mins – “Some neuroscientists believe they are on the verge of being able to delete memories. It could mean a cure for people who suffer from PTSD.” “But at what cost to the individual and at what cost to society?” At the link find the title “Hit Delete,” right-click “Download Hit Delete” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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