Media Mining Digest 146 – 29 August 2014: Alzheimer’s Prospects, Audience Hacking, Autism and Vaccines, Beef Production, Camels in US, College Majors, Conservation Tech, Digestion, Disease Processes, Education System, Engineer Mentors, Fat and Sugar, Fat Discussion, Fats and Carbs, Feeding the Planet, Ferguson Missouri, Fracking Issues, Fractals, French Fries, Grapes of Wrath, Grass to Bread, Gut Biome, Hacking IKEA, Jaguars, Makeshift Economy, Meat Eating, Medicare Part D, Micronutrients, Milk and Cheese, Monarch Butterflies, News Literacy, Nutrition Issues, Nutrition Science, Pickles and Ketchup, Problem Identification, Protein Sources, Resveratrol, Salt Seasoning, Sugar Overview, Unseen, Xanadu Project

The following audio files come from a larger group of 219 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 44 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 Prospects 60 mins 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… Visit the Academy’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Initiative for more info.” At the link find the title, “Alzheimer’s Disease: Prospects for a Cure,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Audience Hacking 15 mins – “This is a repurposed episode originally published at the Podcast Reporter podcast show, in which we interview Jonny Andrews of AudienceHacker.com. The interview took place at the first annual Podcast Movement conference.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism and Vaccines 57 mins – “Episode 25 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Dr. Paul A. Offit, author of “Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure.” The scientific evidence shows no connection between vaccines and autism yet opponents of vaccination continue to encourage parents to refuse to vaccinate their children against potentially life threatening diseases. In this episode we consider the evidence for vaccine safety and examine the factors that fuel the on-going controversy. Children are already dying from preventable diseases like measles and hemophilis influenza (Hib) meningitis, so it is vital that parents be informed about the unnecessary risks faced by unvaccinated children.” At the link right-click next to “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beef Production 30 mins – “How did the hamburger become a staple American food? A Thought for Food considers the science and history of the key ingredient, beef.” At the link find the title, “Meet the meat,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Camels in US 4 mins – “…In another program, I talk about Dromedary camels that the US Army imported into Texas in 1856. Those, it turned out, were only part of more widespread move to bring camels to America — or perhaps I should say bring back. Camels originated in the west, migrated to Asia some four million years ago; then they finally died out here only 10,000 years ago — probably hunted to extinction. Llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas are actually forms of camels….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clouds 29 mins – “In a rebroadcast from October 3, 2010, Keith & Russ talk with Sarah Brooks, Associate Professor in Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Science. Sarah explains the basics of cloud formation and cloud seeding. She also discusses how pollution can inadvertently affect cloud formation, and ultimately, weather. And Sarah & Russ engage in a brief, but lively, debate on whether clouds and water vapor contribute to climate change.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Majors 17 mins – “Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what’s shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be. The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000. On today’s show, we run the numbers. We talk to people who majored in the most- and least-lucrative subjects. And we hear from an economist who says, when it comes to income, choosing a major is more important than choosing a college.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservation Tech 51 mins – “New technologies are now giving conservationists abilities that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Using remote sensors, satellite mapping and drones, scientists and activists can now monitor deforestation and endangered wildlife in real time. And a new Wiki-leaks-style website is being used to target the kingpins of wildlife smuggling. But like many technologies, these new tools have risks. Tracking devices in the hand of poachers, for example, could prove devastating to endangered elephants. Join Diane and a panel of [3] guests for a discussion on how technology is transforming conservation efforts worldwide.”At the link you can only listen, not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Digestion 23 min – “How do we know what’s really good for us in an age of information overload? The first installment in our new podcast series on nutrition follows the journey of food from the table through the digestive tract to begin to get to the bottom of that big question.” At the link find the title, “My dinner with my dinner,” right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disease Processes 52 mins (two parts) – This two-part program is an overview of the disease process. “…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 the [second] section, the panelists discuss factors involved in preventing outbreaks from reaching pandemic scales. The SARS virus and SARS-like virus that appeared earlier… in Saudi Arabia provide interesting case studies for considering containment policy.” At the links (Part 1; Part2) you can listen, not download; however, a copy of each is included in the blog archive.

Education System 51 mins – “As kids head back to school, it’s time to look at the future of education and what people are doing to solve today’s biggest problems. Sal Khan discusses how he’s reinventing education with more than just online videos. Author Amanda Ripley tackles the increasing fear of many American parents that their kids are falling behind. Psychologist Dave Anderegg gives us his remedy for the problem: stop stigmatizing nerdiness. Plus, we learn about the founder of Montessori Method, and much more.” At the link find the title, “8.23.14 – Schooling the System – The Whole Education Special,” right-click “IHUB-082314-FullShow.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineer Mentors 83 mins – “Electrical engineer Meagan Pollock explains how engineers can be more effective role models. We also learn about promoting equity in the workplace, discover how digital movie projection technology is used to improve medical care, and consider whether or not software engineers deal with entropy….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat and Sugar 26 mins – “Though fat and sugar are often seen as the bad guys in the world of nutrients, the truth is our body needs them to survive. Begin to explore those most maligned compounds in the third edition of our nutrition series.” At the link find the title, “Fire in Your Belly,” right-click “Download” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Discussion 30 mins – “Trans fat, saturated fat, hydrogenated oil—such terms are plastered on food labels across the country. But what do any of them really mean? Find out all about fat in this episode of our nutrition series.” At the link find the title, “A Fat Lot of Good,” right-click on “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fats and Carbs 88 mins – “The Egg Nutrition Center is hosting this webinar, entitled Carbohydrate and Saturated Fat: Emerging Research and New Schools of Thought to discuss the body of scientific research behind low carb diets in the treatment of dyslipidemia and metabolic syndrome; discuss diagnostic tools that are used to evaluation cardiometabolic risk and how these markers are effected by diet; debate both sides of the saturated fat story; recognize common myths associated with heart health, and discuss evidence-based nutrition counseling and communication.” At the link you can only watch the video – no download, but the visual aids are helpful. An audio copy is included with the blog archive. Confusing terms used during the webinar include MUFA’s and PUFA’s.

Feeding the Planet 44 mins – “Author Alan Weisman considers the meaning and means of achieving a sustainable future in this excerpted coverage of a talk he presented at the Academy.” At the link find the title, “Can We Feed the Planet?” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Missouri 47 mins – “A deep read on Ferguson, Missouri and what we’re seeing about race, class, hope and fear in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Issues 51 mins – “Each year an estimated 35,000 oil and natural gas wells are processed using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. More than 15 million people live within a mile of a well that’s been drilled since 2000. The explosive growth in this industry has left scientists struggling to keep up, but research is beginning to mount related to how fracking is affecting the earth. A recent study connected fracking to increased earthquakes in Oklahoma and Stanford scientists are raising new concerns about contaminated drinking water. Please join us to discuss what we know about the environmental effects of fracking.”At the link you can only listen, not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Fracking Review 30 mins – “Even the most casual followers of energy policy have become aware of the controversy surrounding the massive expansion of fracking in this country over the past decade…This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Neela Banerjee, a journalist who covers energy and environmental policy for the Los Angeles Times, to get an update on the latest developments in natural gas exploration. She talks about the fight to keep drinking water safe around the 77,000 natural gas wells throughout the country, and the controversy surrounding the use of unpermitted diesel fuel in the fracking process.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fractals 31 mins – “Art, Science, Math and Culture: In this podcast, art historian Nina Samuel, biologists Brian Enquist and James Brown, and ethnomathematician Ron Eglash discuss the prevalence and power of fractals from the perspectives of their various disciplines.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

French Fries 22 mins -“In this installment of A Thought for Food’s consideration of the cheeseburger, we analyze the king of side dishes, the French fry.” At the link find the title, “Best Thing Ever,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grapes of Wrath 27 mins – “The classic novel, a parable of America’s Great Depression, as applied to the US today. Mark Mardell considers John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath.” At the link find the title, “ DocArchive: Grapes of Wrath Revisited,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140819-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grass to Bread 37 mins – “The second installment of A Thought for Food’s systematic analysis of America’s sandwich, the cheeseburger, looks at bread—one of the strangest and most interesting products humanity has ever invented.” Mention is made of a seminal book by the Sinclairs about the history of agriculture. At the link find the title, “Going to seed,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Biome 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,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking IKEA 20 mins – “Because IKEA products are available in so many countries and use metric measurements, a worldwide “hackerati” has been able to thrive. You see hacks posted from Australia, Russia, Israel and Dubai. Someone even posted a hack of a French country house library in an actual French country house. He used 60 Billy and Benno bookcases….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jaguars 51 mins – “Jaguars are the world’s third-largest wild cat – after tigers and lions. They have distinctive black rosettes on their fur and can weigh up to 250 pounds. Jaguars have been eradicated from 40 percent of their historic range. Today they live along a corridor from Argentina to Mexico. Their future is threatened by illegal hunting, deforestation and a loss of prey. One of the world’s leading big cat experts is responsible for creating a jaguar preserve in Central America, the first of its kind. In a new book, he shares why he’s committed to giving a voice to jaguars and how they helped him find his own voice.” At the link you can only listen, not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Makeshift Economy 46 mins – “We’ll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.” At the link right-click on “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meat Eating 30 mins – “The final installment of our step-by-step analysis of the cheeseburger culminates in a question that’s both very simple and tremendously complex—should we eat meat?” At the link find the title, “Eating Animals,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micronutrients 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, “Tiny Amounts,” right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Milk and Cheese 23 mins – “For the third installment of our dissection of the humble cheeseburger, A Thought for Food considers a Paleolithic super food that’s still popular worldwide—cheese.” At the link find the title, “Bad Milk Gone Good,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monarch Butterflies 47 mins – “This year’s monarch butterfly migration is the smallest ever recorded. We’ll ask why. It’s a big story. Plus: how climate change is creating new hybridized species.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

News Literacy 51 mins – “Americans are getting their news from more places than ever before. Besides traditional sources, we are turning to social media, email and even late-night TV to find out what’s happening in the world. And we are increasingly able to target news based on our interests and ideology. Some journalists worry the sheer volume of all that information is affecting our news literacy. They say we need to think critically about our daily media diet and ask more questions about who is producing and sourcing the news we consume and why. Diane and her [4] guests discuss how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age.” At the link you can only listen, not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Nutrition Issues 23 mins – “Nutrition is notoriously tricky to get a handle on, with conflicting reports and unsubstantiated fads all over the place. So why can’t science get to the bottom of what’s right—and right for you? For one, it has a lot to do with things called biomarkers.” At the link find the title, “How Do We Know What We Know?,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutrition Science 70 mins (3 parts) – In Part 1 of 19 mins “Nutrition science can help make the world a healthier, happier place, but how do researchers know where to start? In Part 2 of 29 mins “Scientists, health professionals, and food industry representatives discuss the process of putting the Research Agenda for Nutrition Science into action.” In part 3 of 22 mins “Scientists, health professionals, and food industry representatives discuss the importance of addressing global nutrition needs from a multidisciplinary perspective.” At the link find the three titles, “A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Activating the Agenda,” “A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Mobilizing the Community,” and “A Research Agenda for Nutrition Science: Why and How?” right-click their “Downloads” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pickles and Ketchup 29 mins – “The fourth installment of our systematic breakdown of a cheeseburger deals with ketchup and pickles, two attempts to give vegetables the power to defy time.” At the link find the title, “Veg Everlasting,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Problem Identification 31mins – “When you’re dealing with complex systems, failure is going to happen; it’s a given. What we do after that failure, however, strongly influences whether or not that failure will happen again. The traditional response to failure is to seek out the person responsible and punish them accordingly — should they be fired? Retrained? Moved to a different position where they can’t cause such havoc again? John Allspaw, SVP of technical operations at Etsy and co-chair of the O’Reilly Velocity Conference, argues that this “human error” approach is the equivalent of cutting off your nose to spite your face. He explains in a blog post that at Etsy, their approach it to “view mistakes, errors, slips, lapses, etc., with a perspective of learning.” To that end, Etsy practices “blameless postmortems” that focus more on the narrative of how something happened rather than who was behind it, and that remove punishment as an outcome of an investigation….” At the link right-click on the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protein Sources 34 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,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resverotrol 45 mins – “A few years ago, Resveratrol—a compound found in red wine and dark chocolate, among other foods—made a splash in the news as an anti-aging wonder and was soon after seized upon by marketers. But the truth is that research is still in its early stages. Dr. Joseph Baur leads us through the science behind the hype.” At the link find the title, “Getting Behind the Resveratrol Hype,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salt Seasoning 30 mins – “Salt is one of the most important and versatile ingredients in foods around the world. We like it, we need it, but are we getting too much of it these days? Get the big picture on this unique compound in episode six of our nutrition series.” At the link find the title, “Rock Steady,” right-click “Download” 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.” At the link find the title, “Sugar in the morning,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unseen 28 mins – “The prolific British science writer Philip Ball discusses his latest book Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen: This week on the podcast the Guardian’s Pascal Wyse meets science writer Philip Ball to delve into the role of the unseen in the evolution of science and culture. Throughout history, the world of the unseen has been fertile ground for both the ignorant and the enlightened. Ball’s book Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen is an exhaustive exploration of invisibility, from Plato’s ideas about the “ether”, via dark energy and matter to “invisibility cloaks” made from nano-materials.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Xanadu Project 49 mins – “Ted Nelson is a pioneer of information technology, philosopher, and sociologist. He is the founder of Project Xanadu and coined the terms “hypertext” and “hypermedia.’” More details are in this Wired article and wiki about Nelson. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 145 – 22 August 2014: Afghanistan Water, Air Transport Auxilliary, Biofuel from Watewater, Black Smoke Jumpers, Blind Exercise, Body Language, Brain Initiative – Connecting Dots, Broadband Management, Building Relationships, Cancer Research, Car Trends, Creative Collaboration, Detroit Water, Disease Spillover, Drones, Ebola, Edmond Morris, Ex-con Makes Good, Experiments Online, Fireflies, Food Waste Solutions, Fracking Is Bad, Hundred Dollar Bills, Iranian Wins Fields Medal, Ketogenic Diet, Law, LinkedIn, Lock Picking, Medical Trends with Craig Venter, Medicare Funding, Migraine Miracle, Muppet Show, Navigation trends, Nicholas Negroponte, Nixon Tapes, Open Access Journals, Organize Like a Chef, Pandora, PSA Controversy, Ralph Nader, Reggae and Jamaica, Regulations, Retirement Investing, Robin Williams, Robotics Overview, Save a Million, Scorched Earth Commerce, Scottish Independence, Slot Machine Design, Social Media Impact, Somalia President, Sonar Linux, Sounds of Sport, University of the People, Visible Microphone, Voting Rights, Warrior Cops, Wastewater Useage

The following audio files come from a larger group of 209 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 61 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Afghanistan Water 50 mins – “The Helmand valley dam complex, is the biggest engineering project in Afghanistan. How has it withstood the Soviet invasion and the conflict that began in 2001? “ At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Damming Afghanistan: Lost Stories from Helmand ‘” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140812-1051a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Air Transport Auxiliary 4 mins – “Lettice Curtis was just one of a whole group of British WW-II heroes. We choose her, simply as an exemplar. She was born in Devon, in 1915; but was a very 21st-century woman. She studied math at Oxford. She also captained the women’s tennis and fencing teams there. She took up flying in 1937 and did aerial ordnance survey work for two years. Then war: Curtis was among the first women to join the Air Transport Auxiliary – the ATA. We read volumes about combat pilots. But each of their planes had to be shipped from plants or depots, then moved about to be armed, modified, repaired. The ATA moved a third of a million airplanes – 130 different types – around the country, or flew them in from outside – all while England was under attack.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofuel from Wastewater 30 mins – “When life gives you lemons they say to make lemonade. And what if life gives you sewage released into an enclosed bay, what can you make? Certainly not lemonade, right? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is NASA scientist and UC Santa Cruz professor, Jonathan Trent. He has figured out how to use algae to turn wastewater pollution into biofuel. This ambitious project, called Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (or OMEGA) not only places algae where it can consume waste and excrete oils for fuel, it also creates spaces for low-impact aquaculture, captures CO2, and cleans pollutants out of bays.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Smoke Jumpers 4 mins – “Ask anyone about black Americans in WW-II, and you hear about the Tuskegee Airmen, those courageous fighter pilots who guarded American bombers so well, late in the war. The story of another unit of black soldiers is far less well known because they functioned in secrecy. Their story began in 1944, when the Army agreed to form the 555th Airborne Battalion, a unit of black paratroopers….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Exercise 20 mins – “Peter White is joined by opera singer Denise Leigh and Cindy Godfrey Mckay to offer advice and share their experiences of dieting and losing weight. They tackle some of the problems connected to controlling your weight without sight and offer advice to listener Matthew Johnson. “ At the link, for a few weeks only, find the title, “InTouch 12 Aug 14: Weight Control,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Body Language 53 mins – “Joe is quite literally a human lie detector. Having spent over 25 years as a counterintelligence officer with the FBI, Joe has mastered the art of reading non-verbal communication in order to catch spies, convict felons, and thwart terrorist attacks. In this episode we will learn what to look for in a liar, which body parts “give away the secret”, and how you can use your body language to get people to like you, hire you, and trust you. Joe is the author of What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Initiative – Connecting Dots 84 mins – “The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain… Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.” [from the NIH site] At the link you can download the video file in several formats by right-clicking the version and selecting “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. A copy of the audio part is included in the blog archive, but illustrations in the video should be seen, too.

Broadband Management 21 mins – “Hunter Newby is back for his second appearance on Community Broadband Bits to discuss his thoughts on carrier neutral approaches to spur our economy with more investment in better networks. We just talked with Hunter in episode 104 on carrier neutral approaches to middle mile networks. Now we discuss these types of approaches within communities – how to spur more competition without the owner of the infrastructure actually offering services directly. This has been a challenge historically, but we continue to see signs that this approach can be viable in the future. Hunter Newby is the CEO and founder of Allied Fiber.” At the link right-click “…download this MP3 directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Building Relationships 56 mins – “On Marketing Mavericks we talk to C-Suite host Jeffrey Hayzlett, Findly CEO Jeff Russakow, Nimble CEO Jon Ferrara, and The BeanCast host Bob Knorpp about Comcast’s PR crisis that keeps getting bigger, cultivating a relationship with your customers, and building a personal brand.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research 5 mins – “Cancer care is rapidly changing, if we think about where it was some years ago as it was really beautifully archived in a book by Sid Mukherjee, MD, The Emperor of All Maladies, and to where we can go in the future. Just launched recently, for example, was MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Moon Shots program in cancer care. The Moon Shots program is perhaps, because of genomics, digitizing the genome of the tumor, comparing it with the genome-native germ line. This gives us an opportunity we never had before.So what is the cancer clinic of the future going to look like, because it’s just starting to get developed today?” At the link find the title, “Topol on the Cancer Clinic of the Future,” right-click “780424.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Car Trends 51 mins – “New car sales in the U.S. are at their highest level in eight years, but technology is changing Americans’ relationship with automobiles. Diane and her [3] guests discuss the latest trends in driving and car-buying.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Creative Collaboration 12 mins – “Is the stereotypical lone genius just a myth? There would be no Beatles without Lennon and McCartney, no Google without Page and Brin, no Apple without Jobs and Wozniak.” At the link find the title, “For Creativity, Two is Better Than One,” right-click “IHUB-081614-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Water 19 mins – “Thousands of people in Detroit haven’t paid their water bills. Even some businesses have skipped payment. Today on the show, how a bankrupt city is dealing with the most basic of problems — how to get people to pay their bills.” At the link find the title, “#559: Detroit’s Water Bill,” right-click “npr_339000392.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disease Spillover 51 mins – “Two Americans contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, and while experts say the chances of a US outbreak are very small, it’s got a lot of people thinking about the deadly virus. Ebola is a “spillover” a disease that originated in animals and moved to humans. It’s the kind of disease science writer David Quammen traveled the world studying. Doug spoke with him a few years ago, and Friday, we’re rebroadcasting that conversation. It’s about the science, history and human impact of “Spillover.’” At the link right-click “Listen and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Regulation 4 mins – “It’s getting easier for the average civilian to own drones. The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn’t have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes. They’re available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola 115 mins – “Hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler…present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.” They also address the issue of hazards of research and make favorable mention of a novel, Fever, about Typhoid Mary.  At the link right-click “TWIV 297″ beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Reactions 27 mins – “ Claudia Hammond questions the effectiveness of both national and international responses to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: Ebola Who’s to blame?,” right-click “Media files healthc_20140813-2034a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Treatment 51 mins – “Nearly a thousand people have died from Ebola since the latest outbreak of the virus began. Last week the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency. Two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in Africa were flown back to the U.S. under tight security and given an experimental drug. Their health improved. But doctors do not yet know if the drug – called ZMapp – had any effect. The treatment of two white Americans when hundreds of Africans are fighting for their lives has spurred intense debate. Diane and [3] guests give an update on the epidemic and discuss the ethics of experimental drugs to treat Ebola.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Edmund Morris 59 mins – “Edmund Morris talked about his book, This Living Hand: And Other Essays, his forthcoming book on Thomas Edison and his career as a biographer of presidents and other notable historical figures. He also spoke about his experiences at White House get togethers with historians and presidents, his influences, and his approach to writing and choosing his subjects. Mr. Morris was born and educated in South Africa. In addition to This Living Hand, he has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Beethoven.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Ex-con Makes Good 12 mins- “In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, “a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Experiments Online 15 mins – “This week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid’s users on bad dates.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fireflies 14 mins – “Biologist Sara Lewis has spent the past 20 years getting to the bottom of the magic and wonder of fireflies. In this charming talk, she tells us how and why the beetles produce their silent sparks, what happens when two fireflies have sex, and why one group of females is known as the firefly vampire.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste Solutions 17 mins – “Designer Josh Treuhaft discusses the issue of food waste and his creative approach to combating the problem.” At the link find thet title, “Fighting Food Waste with Creativity,” right-click “Media files FightingFoodWaste.MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Is Bad 60 mins – “…On the show this week we talked to Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea about the science behind fracking—and had him explain why, nowadays, the scientific argument against fracking is more extensive. It involves not simply groundwater contamination, but also earthquake generation and the accidental emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.” [Methane gas release associated with fracking and natural gas exceeds any carbon offset compared with other fossil fuels.] At the link click “Download,” then “OK” on the pop-up menu to save the file.

Hundred Dollar Bills 17 mins – “The 100 dollar bill is the most popular product from the Federal Reserve. Eighty percent of all U.S. cash is in the form of 100 dollar bills, but you rarely see them. About twenty years ago, the Fed counted up all the hundreds it knew about — money in bank vaults and cash registers — and it found it had no idea where most of the hundred dollar bills had gone. And so they went on a mission to find them. Today on the show, where in the world are all the 100 dollar bills? What is Benjamin Franklin being used for? And if we don’t know where they all are, should the U.S. keep making them?” At the link find the title, “#560: Hunting For The Hundreds,” right-click “npr_340217911.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iranian Wins Fields Medal 5 mins – “Iranian woman Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the Fields Medal, known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces. The Prize was established in 1936. Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford University in California.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diet 102 mins – “On this episode of Latest in Paleo, Jimmy Moore and I discuss the ketogenic diet described in his new book, Keto Clarity, co-authored with Dr. Eric Westman. Jimmy tells the story of his public testimony regarding the American Dietary Guidelines, and he addresses some of my reservations regarding long-term ketosis. The After the Bell segment [30 mins] features Dr. Stephen Phinney.” At the link right-click “MP3 audio” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Law 65 mins – “Barry Weingast, professor of political science at Stanford University and senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the nature of law. Weingast takes issue with some of the standard views of law, and proposes a better way to understand law. The two discuss the fundamental principles of law, how it can emerge in a decentralized way to resolve disputes over property and other commercial and social interactions. Examples include Iceland, Ancient Greece, and California during the gold rush. Also considered are how laws coordinate expectations and the way that social pressure can be used to enforce law in a decentralized fashion.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LinkedIn 44 mins – In the first half of the program (20 mins) “Sarah & guest host Tonya Hall chat with Chuck Hester, host of LinkedConversations and social media marketing manager,….” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lock Picking 29 mins – The ThisWeekInTech Coding 101 operators cover several topics discovered at the annual computer security conference, including “Lock Picking: * Both Snubs and Padre are fans of the Lockpicking tools from ToooL (The Open Organization of Lockpickers). You can buy the tools, practice locks and support equipment from ToooL, and feel good about supporting a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching the next generation about physical security.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow.

Medical Trends with Craig Venter 22 mins – “…I’m Dr. Eric Topol, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. I’m really thrilled to have with me Dr. Craig Venter [founder and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics Inc.]. We’re going to be discussing genomics in medicine and all sorts of things….” At the link you can watch the interview, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the blog archive.

Medicare Funding 14 mins – “Charles Blahous discusses Medicare with Larry Kudlow on the John Batchelor Show. At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migraine Miracle 24 mins – “…(starts at 14:28) One of the most painful conditions to suffer through is a migraine headache… Dr. Turknett used to get 60 migraines a year – on average, that’s over one a week… For Turknett, his whole life changed dramatically when he made a basic lifestyle change that he believes many neurologists and migraine sufferers overlook. In his own case, his change meant that the number of migraines he suffers these days has gone from around 60 headaches a year, down to only two or three…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muppet Show 12 mins – “Jim Henson breathed new life into puppeteering by embracing technology and offering up a few of his own inventions.” At the link find the title, “Muppets, Money, and Jim Henson,” right-click “IHUB-081614-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Navigation Trends 51 mins – “Remember how we used to plan road trips? Get out the atlas, find the highways, roads and rural routes that would get us from Point A to Point B. And what happened if we got lost? Pull over to the side of the road and ask for directions. While reading maps is a skill some of us love and others of us loathe there is no doubt today it’s being replaced by digital technology. Google Maps in our cars and on our phones not only makes it easier than ever to get around. It also allows us to find a restaurant at the last minute or avoid a traffic jam. This has some wondering: is it still possible to be lost? Diane and her [4] guests discuss the art of getting lost.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Nicholas Negroponte 20 mins – “MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nixon Tapes 58 mins – “John Dean talked about his book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, in which he looks at the Watergate scandal through the lens of audio recordings of President NIxon. He spoke with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Open Access Journals 31 mins – “Today, 85% of scientific articles are not published in open access journals. This means that unless you are part of an institution that subscribes to the journal you’re interested in, you’ll have to pay for the research studies you want to read. Our guests today, Dr. Patrick Brown and Dr. Michael Eisen, are part of a movement to promote free access to scientific literature. The two professors are co-founders of the Public Library of Science, which is a collection of open access journals. On this episode, we’ll talk about the state of the publishing system, the shift towards open access, and the story of PLoS.”  At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organize Like a Chef 7 mins – “…Perhaps the principles of culinary organization can be extended to help even those of us who aren’t top chefs. The system that makes kitchens go is called mise-en-place, or, literally, “put in place.” It’s a French phrase that means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pandora 29 mins – “Chris Harrison, vice president for business practices for Pandora, talked about the Internet music service and legislation pertaining to music licensing. The company had appealed to Congress to update copyright laws that affect radio, the Internet, musicians, songwriters, publishers, and record labels.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

PSA Controversy 28 mins – “In this edition of Medscape One-on-One, host and Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Topol, MD, interviews Richard J. Ablin, PhD, DSc (Hon), who first discovered prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in 1970. At the time, Dr. Ablin and colleagues were trying to identify an antigen that was specific to prostate cancer. What Dr. Ablin identified instead was that PSA was present not only in malignant prostates but also in benign prostates. He did agree, however, that elevated levels of PSA might be useful in predicting a recurrence of prostate cancer in men who were thought to be in remission. It was much to Dr. Ablin’s dismay that more than 2 decades later, in the mid-1990s, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of PSA not only to test for recurrence of cancer, but also as a possible predictor of cancer. Since then, Dr. Ablin maintains, the United States spends billions each year administering a preventive prostate cancer screening test to men, using PSA, that produces false positives in the majority of cases. In his interview with Dr. Topol, Dr. Ablin explains why physicians and patients should proceed with caution when using PSA as a marker for preventive screening.”[transcript link here] At the link find the title, “PSA Discoverer Says Antigen Test Is Misused, Unreliable,” right-click “828854.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ralph Nader 60 mins – “Ralph Nader talked about his book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, in which he calls for an alliance between progressives, conservatives, and libertarians to take on issues like corporate bailouts, Pentagon spending, and civil liberties. During this event held at the Cato Institute, commentary was provided by Daniel McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, and Tim Carney, columnist for the Washington Examiner.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Reggae and Jamaica 54 mins (2 parts) – “How Rastafari turned from an ostracised religious sect into a global phenomenon – and its role in replacing the shackles of colonial rule with a forgotten African identity. Rastafari’s global impact after the explosion of Jamaica’s Roots Reggae scene in the 1970s. Does this spiritual and cultural movement still have relevance today?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Roots Reggae and Rebellion Part One ,” and DocArchive: Roots Reggae and Rebellion Part Two,” then right-click “Media files docarchive 20140813-1042a.mp3 “ for Part 1 and “Media files docarchive 0140820-0905a.mp3 “ for Part 2 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Regulations 25 mins – “In this episode, Patrick McLaughlin joins Mike Leland to discuss his new project, RegData, and how it can help measure the impact of regulations, like occupational licensing and those Uber and Lyft are confronting, in states” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Investing 48 mins – “Ken Roberts’ Bulls and Bears – A Radio Interview with Paul Merriman: Paul discusses a wide range of investment topics, why and how investors fail and succeed and offers his sound investing advice. We recommend you skip through the radio show ads and enjoy Paul’s interview.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robin Williams 47 mins – “Social media blew up last night with the news of Robin Williams’ death, by apparent suicide at his California home. There was sorrow, gratitude, memories of manic joy and genius, great lines tweeted by the thousand. Robin Williams meant a lot to people. For his brilliant, frenetic comedy. For dramatic roles that generations now quote for life advice. For an honesty that spared nothing but somehow felt like love. We knew he had demons. He told us. We didn’t want them to win. This hour On Point: Remembering the great Robin Williams.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robotics Overview 51 mins – “A special theme hour – starring a computer competing against a comedian for laughs, the Army’s recruitment chatbot, and Google crushing on robots.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Save a Million 17 mins -“Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That’s about a trillion dollars. Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Ken Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, says the $100 bill helps criminals: “Think about countries like Mexico, Colombia, where they’re really at war with the drug money, where the United States is not only buying the drugs but it’s providing this resource that very much helps the drug dealers.” Richard Stratton is a former drug smuggler who benefited from the $100 bill. In one deal, Stratton brought 15,000 pounds of hashish into the U.S. But the $50 million deal left Stratton with a problem: He had to get all that cash out of the country and into his bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. Hundreds made the job easier….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scorched Earth Commerce 4 mins – “Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest corporation in North America. But this fur empire didn’t get that way by being warm and fuzzy with the employees or their four-legged quarry. In 1819 the company was exploring the vast volcanic tablelands of what is now SW Idaho. They sent three of their trappers into the headwaters of a large river. The three were Sandwich Islanders—native Hawaiians. They vanished and were never seen again….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scottish Independence 51 mins “The stakes for next month’s Scottish independence referendum are high. If Scotland’s four million voters decide to leave the United Kingdom, it would dissolve a 300-year-old political union. It would also put the country in uncharted economic, political and strategic waters. Those in favor of independence say Scotland’s right to self rule is long overdue and that autonomy is key to a thriving economy and better social policies. Many voting “no” say Scotland is more secure within the U.K. but want greater financial and legal authority for the Scottish parliament. Diane and her [4] guests discuss what’s at stake in the Scottish vote for independence.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Slot Machine Design 14 mins – “The gambling industry has made serious money by manipulating the science of human behavior, according to Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist at MIT.” At the link find the title, “Gambling’s Innovations,” right-click “IHUB-081614-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Impact 51 mins – “A revolution in technology has connected us online more than ever before: Nearly 60 percent of Americans now have a Facebook account. Digital connections have replaced informal interaction with neighbors and acquaintances. And a quarter of Americans say they have no best friend to confide in. Some caution the decline in face-to-face interactions has led to polarization and congressional gridlock, while others argue that digital connections provide invaluable connections with far-flung family and friends. Diane and [3] guests discuss how virtual relationships affect real life connections and building community. “ At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Somalia President 83 mins – “Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud talked about the challenges facing democracy in his nation. President Mohamud said he would not call groups like al-Shabaab and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), jihadists or Islamists, but instead extremists, comparing them to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the World War II kamikaze pilots of Japan.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Sonar Linux 35 mins – “Jonathan Nadeau announces and discusses the release of Sonar 2014.1 on our podcast. Sonar has moved from being based off of Ubuntu to now being based off of Manjaro Linux and this is the first release using Manjaro as it’s base. Toward the end of the interview, Jonathan mentions a new Sonar flavor. Raspberry! Now Sonar will always have the latest and greatest in assistive technology for it’s users. Sonar uses Gnome as it’s default desktop but we will be releasing a Mate version in a few. weeks. Sonar has been working very close with the Mate team and they had done a lot of work to assure the accessibility of the Mate desktop. They hope to have a Mate release in a few weeks.” At the link find the title, “Going Linux #252 • Sonar Gnu/Linux,” right-click “ Media files glp252.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sounds of Sport 62 mins – “Way back in October 2011 (see episode #38, true believers!), we broadcast a short excerpt of a radio documentary produced by Peregrine Andrews about faking the sounds of sports on TV broadcasts. It was one of our most popular and provocative programs ever, primarily because people were shocked that any aspect of a sporting event might be faked. Since then, I’ve received several requests from the audience asking where they can hear the full-length documentary. Well today, my friends, you are in luck.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

University of the People 11 mins “At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing “from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.’” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visible Microphone 29 mins – The first seven minutes covers the description of sound reconstructed from video vibrations by Ian Woolf. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 51 mins – “Section Five of the Voting Rights Act required states with a history of discrimination to get ‘pre-clearance’ from the government before changing voting laws. Last year, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Act, including Section Five. Since then, 22 states have passed laws restricting voting rights. Some are requiring photo IDs or proof of citizenship. Others are cutting back on early voting days or eliminating polling places. And last week, a federal judge rejected a challenge to North Carolina’s new voting laws, widely considered the most restrictive in the nation. An update on voting rights around the country and calls for congressional action.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Warrior Cops 50 mins – “Investigative journalist Radley Balko [Rise of the Warrior Cop:…]says that American police forces have become more like armies than keepers of the peace. He traces it back to the creation of SWAT teams in the 60s, which led to increased use of military tactics and weapons. These days, there are some 50,000 raids each year as part of “wars” declared on drugs and crime. Balko joins Doug to talk about how law enforcement has changed throughout history and what militarized police forces mean for citizens.” At the link right-click “Listen and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wastewater Usage 24 mins – “Endocrine Disruptors and Drinking Water (starts at 3:12) Today we continue our series called The Ocean is Us, which explores our vital connection to the oceans. Alan Vajda, an environmental endocrinologist at the University of Colorado Denver, talks with How On Earth’s Susan Moran about a rare success story: why fish in Boulder Creek are acting and looking more sexually normal. We also explore broader water-quality issues in Colorado and beyond, and the implications for human health. For more information on studies conducted by CU and USGS scientists on endocrine disruptors related to Boulder Creek, South Platte River and elsewhere, visit BASIN….” At the link right-click “Download” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 144 – 15 August 2014: Afghanistan Saur Revolution, Amazon Glacier, Animal CSI, Argentine Grandmothers, Bats in Australia, Blind WWI Vets, Broadband and State Law, Building Things, Bundy Range War, Chickengunya, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Columbia’s Lost Children, Coral Reefs, Corporate Inversions, Crimea, Drought in California, Earned Income Tax, Ebola Hearing, Finding Our Way, Foldscope, Genius Grants, Hacking Happiness, Hepititus E,Innovation Process, Job Loss Moves, LinkedIn, Market Basket Demonstrations, McDonald Employees, Mentoring, Mexico Journalism, Neuromorphic Chips, Newburgh Sting, Online Education Debate, Online Learning Equality, Paris in WWII, Part-time Work Trends, Password Research, Police State U.S.A., Programming Vocation, Prostate Screening, Rare Earths, Renaissance Engineer, Slavery Impact, Solar Outshines Coal, Supreme Court Panel, Tipping, Water History in the U.S., Watergate Legacy, World Trade Center Bldg 7

The following audio files come from a larger group of 243 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 49 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Afghanistan Saur Revolution – 1978  20 mins – “David Loyn investigates how a lost document is helping Afghanistan come to terms with its painful past. A war crimes trial in the Netherlands has unearthed a list of 5,000 prisoners detained, tortured and killed by the radical communist regime that ran the country in 1978-79 – a “death list” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Afghanistan’s Death Lists,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20140806-1436a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Glacier  38 mins – Talk about this runs from 11 to 23 mins of this elpisode of KnowHow: “Amazon Glacier is one of the services sold within the “Amazon Web Services” family. It’s not like some of the other cloud-storage services (like Dropbox, OneDrive) because it’s NOT designed to be a fast and easy way to sync your files with multiple devices and the cloud. Amazon Glacier is designed to be ARCHIVE storage in the cloud. It’s SLOW; It’s NOT web accessible; It’s NOT designed for syncing across multiple devices; It’s NOT designed for continuous downloads. What is DOES offer is: — a TREMENDOUS amount of online storage for LITERALLY a penny a Gigabyte….” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow.

Animal CSI 5 mins – “At the International Mail Facility at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, an inspector for this US Fish and Wildlife Service opens a box that’s been flagged as suspicious, reaches inside and pulls out a zebra skin rug….The telltale pattern of the stripes shows that it was a common Burchell’s zebra, rather than a protected species, such as the Hartmann’s zebra. For trickier ID questions though, the inspectors often pack up suspicious samples of animals or plant material and ship them across the country to a facility in the hills of southern Oregon — the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Forensics Lab. It’s basically a CSI unit for wildlife crime. And it’s the only one in the world.” At the link right-click the down-pointing pointing arrow at the right end of the pop-up menu.

Argentina Grandmothers 5 mins – “In 1984, geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King began working with the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization that searches for the hundreds of babies stolen by Argentina’s military dictatorship during the country’s “Dirty War.’” 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.

Bats in Australia 62 mins – “Vincent visits the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia and speaks with Linfa about his work on bats and bat viruses.” At the link right-click “WIV 297 beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind WWI Vets – 20 mins “Dr Fred Reid joins Peter White to reflect on changes to blind and partially-sighted people’s lives since the start of World War I. Tom Walker talks to Blind Veterans UK archivist Robert Baker about the history of the charity and to ex-serviceman Joe Cousineau on how the charity has helped to rehabilitate him.” At the link, for a limited time, find the title, “Changes to blind people’s lives since WWI; Blind Veterans,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband and State Law 25 mins – “Given the exciting development of the FCC opening comment on petitions from Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN to restore local authority to their states, Lisa and I decided to take over this week’s podcast of Community Broadband Bits. We talk about the petitions, some background, and interview Will Aycock from Wilson’s Greenlight Gigabit Network and Danna Bailey from Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber network. We finish with some instructions on how you can comment on the record. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice also has commenting instructions and some sample comments.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Building Things 51 mins – “We’re looking at how to build something that lasts. First, those brightly colored blocks that we all played with — and some of us still do. Wharton professor David Robertson explains how Lego, the company, went wrong when they tried to innovate the same way as everyone else. Then, Daniel Brook, author of “A History of Future Cities,” describes the great cities of the past and what the super cities of the 21st century can learn from them. Plus, if today’s elementary school kids are going to be the engineers of tomorrow, they need better building blocks.” At the link find the title, “7.26.14 – The Whole building Show,” right-click “IHUB-072614-FullShow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bundy Range War 52 mins – “Over the weekend, rancher Cliven Bundy told a political gathering in St. George that God instructed him to “disarm” federal law enforcement agents when they tried to confiscate his cattle in April. We’re talking with Bundy on Wednesday about his controversial actions and about how his Mormon faith and heritage inform his political views. The journalist Scott Carrier will also join us to examine where Bundy and his self-styled freedom-fighter compatriots fit on the spectrum of political dissent.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chikungunya 4 mins – “But the chikungunya virus can cause such extreme joint pain that you can’t even sit up for weeks. There’s no cure or vaccine. And now the disease has established a beachhead in the United States. This month, health authorities in Florida identified what they say are the first two cases of the nasty disease that were clearly acquired in the US. Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes and has been slowly expanding around the tropics and subtropics from southern Africa over the past 50 years or so. It began knocking on the door of the US late last year when it caused a major outbreak in the Caribbean. Hundreds of cases have been spotted in the US but until this summer all of those had been contracted outside the country.” 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.

Colorectal Cancer Screening 25mins – ”Two related studies in the August issue of Gastroeneterology discuss factors that could affect colorectal cancer screening strategies, including age, sex, race, ethnicity, and whether or not repeat colonoscopy is advisable within ten years.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbia’s Lost Children 18 mins – “In Colombia’s Marxist guerrilla war, thousands of rebel fighters have been female. When they got pregnant, they were forced to have abortions or give their babies up. Now, many of these rebel mothers have demobilised and are desperate to find their children.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Colombia’s Lost Children,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140805-0400a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coral Reefs 51 mins – “A new report says most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years. Climate change has long been thought to be the main offender in the alarming rate of coral degradation. But this latest study says over-fishing and pollution are the key culprits, killing off vital grazers like parrot fish and sea urchins. Some scientists say this is good news: there is a clear path to removing these local stressors, including tighter fishing regulations. But others warn that destructive coral bleaching due to rising water temperatures remains a major concern. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: the health and future of our coral reefs.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Corporate Inversions 51 mins – “A growing number of American companies are re-incorporating overseas for lower tax rates. But critics say it’s a loophole that ends up costing taxpayers. Join us for debate over IRS rules for U.S. companies.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Crimea  20 mins – “-As Ukrainian holidaymakers stay away from Crimea’s beaches following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula, Lucy Ash meets the Russians who are reclaiming their bit of paradise.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Crimea: Paradise Regained,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140807-0330a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drought in California 48 mins – “They are praying for rain in California. And facing drought. A drought emergency, Governor Jerry Brown declared last week. Worst in years. Winter weather so warm you’ve got a confused bear wandering through skiers on the slopes last week. So dry that farmers are thinning herds and letting fields go fallow. Wondering which crops to lose. Up in the Sierra Nevada, only 20 percent of the normal snow pack. Less to melt, less to drink. It’s just dry. This hour On Point: fire, food, climate and the drought emergency in California.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Earned Income Tax 19 mins – “In 2012, a federal program took about $60 billion from wealthier Americans and gave it to millions of working poor. This program — a massive redistribution of wealth — has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. On today’s show, we look at a huge, often overlooked, surprisingly interesting corner of the tax code: The Earned Income Tax Credit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Hearing 148 mins – “Witnesses testified at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on the threat of the ebola virus. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the ebola outbreak in West Africa could be stopped but would take time and meticulous attention to detail. Dr. Frieden also said he was confident there would be no large outbreak in the U.S. The subcommittee also heard from representatives of two missionary groups working in Africa, Ken Issacs of Samaritan’s Purse and Dr. Frank Glover of Serving in Mission (SIM).” At the link you can listen or purchase the podcast for $.99, but a copy is included in the blog archive.

Evolution and Sculpting 52 mins – “Tuesday, Utah Valley University geneticist and artist Daniel Fairbanks is our guest. Fairbanks has written extensively on how humans have evolved over time. But his most recent book also demonstrates why it matters. Fairbanks says that evolution has impacted our environment, our food production, and even our health. He joins Doug to talk about how understanding evolution can help us make better choices for our future. We’ll also talk about his work as a sculptor, and how art helps him explore science.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Finding Our Way 17 mins – “As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them. Signage goes back at least as far as the Roman Empire where they constructed “milestones” along their roadways. Today, signage and other queues to help you find your way come from the field of environmental graphic design, or “wayfinding.” Chances are that any signs in an airport, in a hospital, or on a freeway, were created by professional wayfinders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foldscope 4 mins- “Origami may soon start saving lives. That’s the hope of Stanford professor Manu Prakash, who created Foldscope – a foldable paper microscope. He says it will help healthcare workers who need to quickly diagnose diseases like malaria. And it could be a low-cost, high-payoff tool for curious students around the world.” At the link find the title, “Your 1 Dollar Origami Microscope,” right-click “IHUB-0080914-E.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genius Grants 12 mins – “Lavishing money on cool projects isn’t just for billionaires – or millionaires – any more. We look at how the Awesome Foundation has grown so quickly by offering “micro-genius grants for flashes of micro-brilliance.” We’re joined by Christina Xu, chancellor of the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies.” At the link find the title, “Giving Money Away – Step Aside, Bill Gates,” right-click “IHUB-080914-D.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking Happiness 29 mins – “John Havens talked by video link from New York City about his book, Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World. Topics included how personal data was being tracked, what data brokers do, and how individuals could take back control of some of this data.” At the link you can listen or purchase the podcast for $.99, but a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hepatitis E 12 mins – “Richard Tedder discusses the prevalence and transmission of hepatitis E in blood donors and recipients in south-east England.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 28 July,” right-click “Media files 25july.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Process 2 mins – “Sometimes little bets are the ones that really pay off. Author Peter Sims talks about how surprisingly small moves have helped launch everything from Facebook to Pixar to the comedy routines of Chris Rock.” At the link find the title, “Small Ideas, Big Payoffs ,” right-click “IHUB-080914-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Loss Moves 17 mins – “Life transitions, from expanding families to job losses and promotions, can be financially stressful. Host Michel Martin speaks with money coaches about what to do when you are facing big changes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LinkedIn 70 mins – “Reid Hoffman, co-founder of professional networking site LinkedIn, and Ben Casnocha, former Chief-of-Staff of LinkedIn, talk to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about LinkedIn and their book The Alliance. Hoffman and Casnocha discuss the founding and vision of LinkedIn along with their ideas in The Alliance on how to improve employee/employer relations when turnover is high and loyalty on each side is low.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Market Basket Demonstrations 47 mins – “It’s not easy standing up as a worker-friendly company in America these days. Set yourself up as a Costco or Southwest Airlines with good benefits and wages and a long-term outlook, and the cost-cutting Wall Street crowd will be on your case in a hurry. Right now, workers at an American grocery chain called Market Basket are going to the mat for a CEO they think has their best interests at heart. Risking their jobs for a worker and community-oriented corporate culture that goes against the grain. This hour, On Point: a story of American workers saying “enough.’” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

McDonald Employees 47 mins – “Since the first strikes hit New York City, fast-food workers have been saying that the big corporations that dominate their industry were ultimately responsible for their working conditions. In other words, it wasn’t a coincidence that McDonald’s employees from Chicago to St. Louis, Philadelphia to Seattle have the same low wages and complain of the same unfair labor practices. Now, the general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s can be held responsible as a “joint employer” of those workers across the country alongside its franchisees.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mentoring 13 mins -”Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.” At the link find the title, “When Searching For Mentors, Look ‘Beyond Race’,” right-click “Media files 20140730 tmm_mentoring_matters.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico Journalists 7 mins – “ We have often turned to Alfredo Corchado to keep us up-to-date on our southern neighbor. He’s lived and worked in Mexico for some 20 years now. He is the bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and author of the memoir Midnight in Mexico. Recently though, he’s been spending time at the Guatemala-Mexico border following the journey of would-be immigrants. He joins us now from Mexico.” At the link find the title, “Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can ‘Bridge The Gap’,” right-click “Media files 20140731 tmm alfredos notebook.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuromorphic Chips 12 mins – “Bob Service discusses the future of neuromorphic chips, processors modeled on the brain’s architecture.” At the link right-click “download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newburgh Sting 52 mins – “ In 2009, four men from a poor New York town were arrested for trying to bomb a pair of synagogues. In the months leading up to their apprehension, the men were befriended by Shahed Hussain, an F.B.I. informant. The attorneys for the “Newburgh Four” thought they had a clear-cut case of entrapment, but the men received lengthy prison sentences. A new film dissects their story and sheds light on the F.B.I.’s pattern of targeting Muslims in depressed communities and luring them into committing terrorist acts. Filmmaker David Heilbroner joins us Monday to discuss his film. It’s called The Newburgh Sting.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Education Debate 51 mins – “Online degree programs are proliferating – and many cost a fraction of the price of a traditional, on-campus degree. Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCS, are also catching on in the U.S. and around the world. In a society that conducts more and more work and play online, these online offerings seem to represent a natural progression of the higher education experience. Proponents point out that “college by Internet” is flexible and economical, and allows students to review material as needed. But skeptics are concerned that taking courses online is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside a classroom. Two teams recently faced off on the motion, “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Obsolete,” in an Oxford-style debate for Intelligence Squared U.S.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Learning Inequality 74 mins – “How are inequality regimes challenged, or sometimes perpetuated, in online environments? In this talk Tressie McMillan Cottom — blogger, PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Emory University, and PhD Intern at the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective — discusses inequality in online learning, based on qualitative research with students taking courses online at for-profit institutions.”At the link right click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris in WWII 51 mins – “Seventy years ago, Paris was liberated from German occupation. Unlike other major European cities during World War II, “The City of Light” was spared mass devastation. This was part of Hitler’s plan — he wanted to preserve the beautiful Paris for his own. But if the physical damage to the city was minimal, a new book by European studies professor Ronald Rosbottom says four years of occupation left subtle scars. As he put it, they were ones that were difficult to evaluate and easier for history to ignore. “When Paris Went Dark” explores daily interaction between Parisians and Germans and looks at the kind of questions the occupation raised for the French about why they didn’t do more to prevent it.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Part-time Work Trends 51 mins – “The number of people working part-time who would rather work full-time is almost double what it was seven years ago at 7 million people. Despite signs of economic recovery, many businesses say they are still struggling and depend on part-time workers, especially those who work on-call. New federal data show that almost half of all part-time workers under age thirty-two work unpredictable hours, leaving them with reduced paychecks and scrambling for child-care. A discussion [4 guests] about the latest trends in part-time work and the push for new laws that protect employees.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Password Research 18 mins – “Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of real passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users — and secured sites — make to compromise security. And how, you may ask, did she study thousands of real passwords without compromising the security of any users? That’s a story in itself. It’s secret data worth knowing, especially if your password is 123456 … “ At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police State U.S.A. 58 mins – “Cheryl Chumley talked about her book, Police State U.S.A.: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality, in which she argues that the government’s desire to monitor and control the public is greater now than ever before. She spoke with former White House Chief Information Officer Theresa Payton.” At the link you can listen or purchase the podcast for $.99, but a copy is included in the blog archive.

Programming Vocation 46 mins – Hosts Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Shannon Morse interview Raphael Mudge, the founder of Strategic Cyber, LLC, and developer of Armitage and Cobalt Strike — tools for red teams and penetration testers. Mudge explains how he became a programmer, his work history, and compares formal versus informal training values. He recommends Joel Spolsky’sJoel on Software”. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow.

Prostate Screening 13 mins – “Professor Fritz Schröder discusses the latest research on prostate cancer screening.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 7 August,” right-click “Media files 07august.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rare Earths 29 mins – “In a rebroadcast from September 12, 2010, Keith & Russ talk with William J. Evans, Professor of Physical Sciences, Dept of Chemistry, University of California-Irvine. Bill introduces us to lanthanides and how they can lead to better fertilizers, synthetic rubber, and even better sutures for surgeons.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Renaissance Engineer 74 mins – “Our conversation with Dr. Janusz Kozinski, Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, covers the trials and tribulations of starting a new engineering school, as well as the the attributes and mindset of a “renaissance engineer.” Additionally, we learn a little bit about the skill sets that will be expected of tomorrow’s engineering professional.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slavery Impact 57 mins – “Chris Tomlinson talked about his book, Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black, in which he explores his family’s slave-owning history and the part of Texas that carries the family name, Tomlinson Hill. While researching his book, he found a history of two families, one white and one black. The author is the descendant of the Tomlinson Hill’s former slave owners, and former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson is a descendant of the hill’s former slaves. Mr. Tomlinson argued that the history of both families demonstrates how the legacy of slavery still affects American society. He spoke with Lavar Tomlinson, LaDainian’s younger brother and event coordinator at Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation.” At the link you can listen or purchase the podcast for $.99, but a copy is included in the blog archive.

Solar Outshines Coals 4 mins – In Australia solar power produced at a home now costs less than producing it with coal, described between the 4 and 8 minute marks in this thirty-minute program. In a few years the same will be true for nuclear-produced power. Links to several articles that provide more details are at the bottom of the page, there. At the link right-click “download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Panel 66 mins – “Constitutional law attorneys reviewed the 2013-14 Supreme Court term. Topics included campaign finance, cell phone searches, and presidential recess appointment powers. The American Constitution Society held its annual panel discussion at the National Press Club.” At the link you can listen or purchase the podcast for $.99, but a copy is included in the blog archive.

Tipping 38 mins – “As we all know, the practice of tipping can be awkward, random, and confusing. This episode tries to offer some clarity. At its center is Cornell professor Michael Lynn, who has written 51 academic papers on tipping.The practice of tipping is one of the most irrational, un-economic behaviors we engage in. It’s not in our economic best-interest to tip; essentially we do it because it’s a social norm — a nicety. In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, what kinds of things can nudge tips upward, and what’s wrong with tipping overall. Research shows that African American waiters make less in tips than people of other races, so tipping is a discriminatory practice. In the end, we wonder whether or not the practice of tipping should be eliminated altogether.” At the link find the title, “ Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast),” right-click “Play Now “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water History in the U.S. 52 mins – “The Western U.S. is in the grip of a punishing drought. Reservoir levels are dropping, and farmers are struggling to ensure water access for their crops and livestock. Consider California. Without water access, one of the nation’s largest states could lose up to $2.2 billion in revenue – and let’s not forget the strain on an already fragile climate. Some scientists even fear that Americans have reached “peak water” in the West.In this episode, we’re looking at how Americans have managed access to water throughout our history.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Watergate Legacy 18 mins – “Forty years on from President Nixon’€™s resignation we hear from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate story. Did their reporting make Americans more mistrustful of government and ready to believe the worst of their leaders?” At the link find the title, “Special: The Watergate Legacy,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140806-1408a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World Trade Center Bldg 7 29 mins – “Richard Gage talked about his group, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which claimed that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosive demolition on September 11, 2001. The group was founded in 2006 and said its mission was to “expose the official lies and cover-up surrounding the events of September 11, 2001 in a way that inspires the people to overcome denial and understand the truth.” Mr. Gage spoke via video link from San Francisco, California.” At the link you can listen or purchase the podcast for $.99, but a copy is included in the blog archive.

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Media Mining Digest 143 – 8 August 2014: Amazon versus Publishers, Auphonic and Levelator, Blind Choir Conductor, Brazil Activists, Brazil Soy, Broadband Collectives, Card Counting, Chinese Architecture, Climate Collapse, Corporations Leave America, Ebola Outbreaks, Ecopreneurs, Emtional Intelligence, End of Work, Fashion in America, Freediving, Gastrointestinal Toxicology, Genetic Tests, GM Ignition Switch Issue, Gold in Utah, Herculaneum, Humana Light Kit, Japan in Africa, John Wayne, Kurdish Women, Learning Science, Linda Ronstat, Manufacturing Innovation Hubs, Medical History, Neurology Discussion, Papua New Guinea Violence, Population Growth, Predator Paradox, Refugee Empolyment, Robot Journalism, Russia and Putin, Sential Program Medical Countermeasures, Social Media in War, Start-up Economics, Stressful Situations, Technology Trends, Tobacco Regulation,Tour De France, Upgrade Woes, Veteran Affairs Repair, Watergate Scandal, World War One, Yemen Marriage Swaps, Young Africans Summit

The following audio files come from a larger group of 220 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 49 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Amazon versus Publishers 9 mins – “We’re fighting for you. That’s what Amazon told authors this week as the public battle between the retail giant and Hachette Book Group continued. In a post on Amazon’s Kindle Forums, the Seattle company says consumers should pay less for e-books, and authors deserve a more sizable cut of the 70% of each sale that is currently paid out to publishers. .. “The real news here was Amazon basically calling out Hachette, and by extension, all of the major publishers, for their low e-book royalties,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “In the post, Amazon said it was perfectly happy with the 30% agency cut it had been getting—and indeed, was forced to get, they noted, when the publishers illegally colluded—note the jab there. But the pricing was the issue,” Albanese continues. “But they also said they have proposed that authors and publishers should split the remaining 70%. As our listeners will know, right now, authors generally get 25% of the publishers’ 70% of e-book sales.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Auphonic and Levelator 80 mins – “Post processing your audio podcast can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What effects do you use? How to adjust the effects once you choose them? These questions and many more like them can easily scare a podcaster away from doing any polishing of their audio podcast file. But if you’re interested in rounding out your sound to make it better overall and don’t want to learn the tech behind doing it there’s Auphonic.com. On this episode I’m talking with Georg Holtmann, the creator of Auphonic, software for helping you get the best audio possible.” [Levelator, mentioned during the interview, can be downloaded here.] At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Choir Conductor 20 mins – “Peter White talks to three blind musicians, who learned how to conduct a choir; and we meet James King, a visually disabled businessman in the building trade.” At the link, for a limited time, find the title, “Conducting a Choir when Blind,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Activists 4 mins – “908. That’s the number of environmental and land-reform activists assassinated worldwide between 2003 and 2013, according to a study by the NGO Global Witness. The number might shock you, but perhaps even more shocking is that nearly half of those murders — 448 — took place in one country: Brazil.” 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.

Brazil Soy 5 mins – “It’s covered by millions of acres of industrial farms and deep green soy fields. If this year’s harvest — the best in Brazilian history — comes in as expected, Brazil is poised to surpass the US and become the world’s largest soy producer. Soy beans have boosted Brazil’s economy and even brought President Dilma Roussef to Mato Grosso to congratulate farmers in person. But in a nearby indigenous village, no one is celebrating. The boom in soy production coincided with a spike in deforestation. And Hiparidi Toptiro, an activist from the indigenous Xavante people, says local soy farmers are willing to do anything for a chunk of the forest where the Xavante live….” At he 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.

Broadband Collectives 17 mins – “If you have doubts that we can or will connect rural America with high quality Internet connections, listen to our show today. Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts, the Industry Affairs Manager at the Utilities Telecom Council, joins me to talk about how utilities are investing in the Internet connections that their communities need….” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Card Counting 4 mins – “Casinos are big business in the United States. They tallied thirty-two billion dollars of gambling revenue in 2006. And they really are business. Gone are the days when pit bosses kept a look out for lucky streaks. Lucky streaks are statistical aberrations. They’ll wash out when all the money’s counted at day’s end. Today’s casino operators are mathematicians. Roulette, craps, slot machines – everything’s designed to favor the house. But casinos’ve put a joker in their own deck. It’s called blackjack. Blackjack, or twenty-one, is the only casino game where players can turn the odds in their favor….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Architecture 12 mins – “The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores. And then there are entire knock-off cities. There are Venices with complete canals and replicas of the Doge’s Palace. A Paris with an Eiffel Tower and an Arc de Triomphe. In the suburbs of any Chinese city, there are endless examples of “duplitecture.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Collapse  47 mins – “A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393. Here’s a story to chill your bones. It is the year 2393, almost 400 years from now. And a Chinese historian is looking back on our century, the 21st century, and trying to explain how the world saw climate change coming and did nothing. How we denied and delayed as an unbelievable price tag of suffering and destruction gathered around us. How that suffering finally came – with flood and heat and mass migration and chaos. How Western civilization collapsed . This hour On Point: a horror story from the future about climate change and the rest of our lives.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporations Leaving America 47 mins – “It’s a neat trick for big American companies to avoid a heap of American taxes: stop being American. American corporations are bailing out of American “citizenship.” One day they are proudly based in the USA. The next, they’re not. They’re suddenly Irish or Dutch or Australian or Israeli. And paying lower taxes on the same operations. It’s technically called “inversion.” Last week President Obama called it desertion. It’s a big deal….” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Outbreaks 51 mins – “The latest Ebola outbreak is being called the worst in history. The virus has killed nearly 700 people since March in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency, and Liberia’s government is putting communities on quarantine. In the past week, the disease claimed Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor and the first American to die in this outbreak. While experts say a U.S. epidemic is unlikely, international concern is growing as the disease shows no signs of slowing its spread. Understanding the deadly Ebola virus, and the international effort to contain it.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Ecopreneurs 30 mins – “A wide array of economic analysts are increasingly recognizing the link between economic development and gender equality. Research is showing that when women succeed, developing economies thrive. But what impact, if any, does the increased economic role of women in the global south have in terms of the environment? This week on Sea Change Radio, we feature two stories of women in Asia who are leading the way both economically and sustainably. First, host Alex Wise talks to Jenny Fernan, the President of Pangea Green Energy, a landfill gas company based in the Philippines. She tells us about this pioneering company which runs a biogas plant, converting hazardous garbage into electricity. Then we hear from Shilpi Chhotray, a consultant with Future 500 who discusses the burgeoning seaweed industry in India and the important role that women are playing in making it a success.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Intelligence 11 mins – “We’ve long debated whether intelligence is innate or acquired. Author Annie Murphy Paul talks about the latest scientific research – and looks at simple techniques that may be able to enhance our brains.” At the link find the title, “Secrets to Getting Smarter,” right-click  “IHUB-080214-A.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Work  50 mins – “The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need YOU, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better – surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do: shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?” The following guests discuss the situation: Ray Kurzweil, best-selling author, futurist, inventor, Director of Engineering at Google, and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near; Andrew McAfee, director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, author of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies; Charles Derber, B.C. sociologist and author of  The Surplus American, and Sarah Jaffe, journalist and host of Dissent‘s labor podcast, “Belabored.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fashion in America 52 mins – “Summer might mean taking off the layers, but what Americans wear reflects so much more than the weather. In this episode, we explore what our self-presentation can say about our society and culture, and what fashions reflect about moments and movements in American history. Can fashion statements be political statements? How does fashion evolve, or does it revolve? And does the United States have a unique style? Just some of the questions we’ll be asking about the history of fashion in America…” 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.

Freediving 51 mins – “James Nestor – The ocean is the final, unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness. In fact, we know more about other planets and stars lightyears away than we do about our oceans, which cover more than 2/3 of our planet. Join us this week as we follow author James Nestor on an amazing journey to the depths of the ocean. James is the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves which is ranked as one of Amazon’s best non-fiction books of 2014. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean’s depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gastrointestinal Toxicology 36 mins – “In Episode 18, we take a look at the ingestions and insertions – both accidental and not – that make their way into the GI tracts of your patients. This is by no means a comprehensive review of all things toxicology that can affect the GI system. Rather, we focus on ingestions, foreign bodies, and whether or not GI decontamination actually helps.” [Notes for the talk are here.]At the link find the title, “Elpisode 18: GI Toxicology,” right-click “GI_Tox_final.m4a” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Testing 27 mins – “A Health Check special on living with genetic disorders.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: Living with genetic conditions 30 July 14,” right-click “Media files healthc 20140730-1900a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GM Ignition Switch Claims 51 mins – “CEO Mary Barra says GM is committed to doing the right thing for the families of people killed and those injured because of faulty ignition switches. Defective switches were installed in approximately 2.6 million cars. GM has hired mediator and attorney Ken Feinberg to evaluate claims and make compensation offers. The individual pay-outs will likely range from a few thousand dollars into the millions. Ken Feinberg, who previously lead the 9/11 victim compensation fund and several other high profile compensation efforts, joins Diane to talk about how he’ll be evaluating claims against GM and what families with losses can expect.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Gold in Utah 52 mins – “Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for lost treasure, and some even claimed to have found it. Friday, we’re telling and hearing the tales of golden caches hidden in Utah’s mountains and we’ll see how they stack up to the academic history of our state’s past.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Herculaneum 4 mins – “Like Pompeii, Herculaneum was a Roman city wiped out by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The story of its destruction is different, however. During the initial phase of” At the link right-click eruption, winds carried ash and pumice over Pompeii for many hours, burying the town in over two meters of material. Herculaneum, though closer to the volcano, escaped this rain of debris for almost a day, giving the residents plenty of time to assess the danger. Initially, few human remains were found at Herculaneum. So it was assumed that the population had wisely escaped. The Ring Lady (named for the rings still on her fingers), one of the first skeletons publicized from the find at Herculaneum. Then in 1982, a grisly discovery was made. Along what was then the waterfront, piles of remains were found on the beach and in large vaulted chambers. Gradually evidence emerged that over 300 people died en masse while waiting to escape by sea. And much of the site remains to be excavated. There may be hundreds more still to discover. How did this happen?” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Humana Light Kit 66 mins – Episode 158 of Ham Nation from the 22 – 32 minute marks promotes the Humana Light Kit produced by non-profit called Ears to Our World that “…chanced upon a bright idea: an easy-to-build kit for a bright, long-lasting LED mini-lamp that’s powered by…the residual energy in depleted AA batteries… In 2014, we decided to make a simple kit of the Humana Light they we can sell on the market and use the proceeds to fuel our mission… Ears To Our World, and those we serve, are very much in debt to our volunteer engineers who made this possible. Many thanks to Gregory Majewski for developing and designing the original Humana Light circuit… We also thank David Cripe (NM0S) for designing the Humana Light circuit board and kit… You can purchase the Humana Light kit through Universal Radio in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.” The light will run for four weeks on a fresh AA battery and two on a ‘dead ‘ one. At the link right-click you can see the kit being built, or download the audio by right-clicking “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Japan Aid in Africa 197 mins – “Sub-Saharan Africa is forecasted to grow by six percent in 2014, which would make the region second only to Asia in economic dynamism. Improved governance, better economic management and a friendly business climate have led donor countries to take notice and step up their engagement in ways that go beyond traditional aid and humanitarian efforts—most notably with concessional loans for infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships and a more active private sector. One country recalibrating its engagement with Africa is Japan. After 20 years of conventional development support, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) held in Yokohama in June 2013 added a new element: private sector involvement. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that, over the next five years, Japan’s contributions to African development would include $16 billion from public and private resources and $2 billion in trade insurance in addition to $14 billion in official development assistance….” At the link right-click the title, “Rethinking the Aid Paradigm:…” above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Wayne 52 mins – “Tuesday, we’re talking about the life and career of one of Hollywood’s biggest legends, John Wayne. Of course, any time you’re talking Westerns, the landscape of Utah plays a role as well. Wayne starred in many movies filmed here like The Searchers, El Dorado and Rio Grande. Wayne was also in the St. George area in 1956 filming The Conqueror – downwind from nuclear weapons tests. Doug is joined by biographer Scott Eyman and BYU film historian James D’Arc to talk about The Duke on and off screen.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kurdish Women 27 mins – “Tim Whewell meets the dynamic young women in Turkish Kurdistan who are defining the future of their society.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Fearless Women in Turkish Kurdistan,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140731-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Science 54 mins – “Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian novelists, was a man of strict routine. Every day, notes his biographer Claire Tomalin, Dickens would write from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After that, he would put his work away and go out for a long walk. Sometimes he walked as far as 30 miles; sometimes, he walked into the night. “If I couldn’t walk fast and far, I should just explode and perish,” Dickens wrote. According to engineering professor Barbara Oakley, author of the new book,  A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), Dickens wasn’t just a guy who knew how to keep himself healthy. Rather, his habits are indicative of someone who has figured out how to make his brain function at a very high level. And for this, Dickens’ walks were just as important as his writing sessions. “That sort of downtime, when you’re not thinking directly about what you’re trying to learn, or figure out, or write about—that downtime is a time of subconscious processing that allows you [learn] better,” explains Oakley on this week’s episode. We learn about her new book—and how you can train your brain to learn more efficiently.” At the link click “Download” and “OK’ on the pop-up window with “Save File” selected.

Linda Ronstadt 51 mins – “Growing up on a ranch outside Tuscon, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt always knew she wanted to be a singer. Her musical family played and listened to a wide range of styles, including opera, classical and Mexican folk music. Ronstadt landed her first recording contract as a teenager and in 1974, released “Heart Like a Wheel,” a mix of oldies covers and contemporary songs like “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.” The album hit number one and has never been out of print in 40 years. Ronstadt went on to sell more than 100 million records. But last year, she announced that a Parkinson’s diagnosis had forced her to stop singing. Diane talks with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt on her career in music and her life today.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Manufacturing Innovation Hubs 178 mins – “Accounting for roughly 12 percent of U.S. GDP, the manufacturing sector is an important driver of the economy and jobs. To kick-start a manufacturing renaissance in states and localities, the administration designated several cities – Chicago, Youngstown, Detroit, and Raleigh – to be “regional manufacturing hubs” to accelerate expansion and adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies.On July 9, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a half-day conference focused on manufacturing expansion policies and their efficacy and impact on the future of U.S. innovation.” At the link select the audio tab, then right-click the title, “Regional Manufacturing Hubs: …” just above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical History 51 mins – “Germs can make us sick, but we didn’t know about these puny pathogens prior to the end of the 19th century. Just the suggestion that a tiny bug could spread disease made eyes roll. Then came germ theory, sterilization, and antibiotics. It was a revolution in medicine. Now we’re on the cusp of another one. This time we may cure what ails us by replacing what ails us. Bioengineers use advancements in stem cell therapy to grow red and white cells for human blood. Meanwhile, a breakthrough in 3D printing: scientists print blood vessels and say that human organs may be next. Plus, implanting electronic grids to repair neural pathways. Future prosthetics wired to the brain may allow paralyzed limbs to move. We begin with the story of the scientist who discovered the bacteria that caused tuberculosis, and the famous author who revealed that his cure for TB was a sham.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neurology Discussion 64 mins – “Frank Amthor‘s latest book Neurobiology for Dummies isn’t just for readers who are new to neuroscience. In this excellent follow-up to his Neuroscience for Dummies Dr. Amthor discusses a wide variety of brain-related topics. Since I have known Frank for several years it was a special treat to interview him for BSP 110. We talked about a wide variety of ideas ranging from what makes neurons special to how brains differ from current computers.” At the link right-click “audio MP3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Papua New Guinea Violence 50 mins – “***WARNING: This programme includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence*** ‘A humanitarian crisis’, that’s how the medical charity Medicins Sans Frontiers describes the levels of violence against women they are dealing with in Papua New Guinea – levels they usually only witness in war-zones. Russian photojournalist Vlad Sokhin reports on the untold stories of women subjected to the most extreme violence perpetrated anywhere on earth, including the brutal torture of women accused of witchcraft.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Open Eye: Crying Meri,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140726-1806a.mp3

Population Growth 18 mins – “Overpopulation affects not only humans but also wildlife. On this episode, Stephanie Feldstein discussed the crowded planet.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Predator Paradox 52 mins – “For centuries, humans have waged war against other apex predators, and mostly, we’ve won. But at what cost? And how successful have we really been? Stories of backyard bears and cat-eating coyotes are becoming increasingly common—even for people living in non-rural areas. In a new book, wildlife biologist John Shivik lays out a game plan for ending our conflict with wolves, coyotes, bears and cougars, while maintaining safety and maintaining healthy ecosystems. He joins us Wednesday to make his case.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Employment 18 mins – “In most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work. But Mohammed Osman Ali is a refugee in Uganda, and there, he legally runs a video game arcade and a variety store. Today on the show, why most countries won’t let refugees work. And why Uganda is trying something different.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from thep op-up menu.

Robot Journalism 11mins – “…When AP announced recently that data-driven stories about company earnings would soon be written automatically, AP Managing Editor Lou Ferrara stressed the move was not intended to replace living, breathing writers with heartless machines, but to free up his staff to do more reporting, going beyond the numbers to provide insights on what the numbers mean. The remarkable technology that produces personalized narrative content from Big Data is developed by Durham-based Automated Insights, which helps companies in such markets as finance, fitness, business intelligence, real estate and sports to realize the full potential of their data….

Russia and Putin 47 mins – “For decades, Moscow was the great bogeyman of the West. The Cold War enemy. Then the Berlin Wall came down, and the world was jubilant to say goodbye to all that. Is it back? Just when it’s the last thing anybody needs? Vladimir Putin is pushing a hard line into Ukraine and specifically against the West. Malaysia’s airliner is in pieces and the shock waves still shake us. New sanctions are going at the heart of Russia’s wealth – oil. And now there’s talk of the US helping target Russian weapons. That’s hot. This hour On Point: is it Cold War again?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sentinel Program Medical Countermeasures 59 mins – “This webinar reviewed the FDA’s Mini-Sentinel pilot effectiveness in capturing information on individuals receiving a medical product in the context of a Medical Countermeasures (MCM) event, and link that information to relevant data in the Mini-Sentinel Distributed Database. The effort is intended to enhance the system’s capability to identify associated adverse events and safety issues. The project included field test and white paper components that assessed capabilities for data collection and linkage and evaluated broader issues, respectively.” At the link right-click the title, “WEBINAR: Findings from a Mini-Sentinel Medical Countermeasures Surveillance Field Test,” just above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media in War 48 mins – “Social media is changing how the world sees and talks about Israel and Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll look at the impact.” At the link right-click ‘Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Start-up Economics 66 mins – “Sam Altman, president of startup accelerating firm Y Combinator, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Y Combinator’s innovative strategy for discovering, funding, and coaching groundbreaking startups, what the company looks for in a potential startup, and Silicon Valley’s attitude toward entrenched firms. The two also discuss Altman’s thoughts on sectors of the economy that are ripe for innovation and how new firms are revolutionizing operations in these industries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stressful Situations 43 mins – “Mike Lauria is the @resuspadawan. …he was Air Force Pararescue, now a medic on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DART), and will be starting medical school in the Fall. He has a special interest in cognitive decision making under stress, aka the Mind of the Resuscitationist.” At the link right-click (way at the bottom of the page) “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 22 mins – “ Look ahead 10, 15 years. How will technology shape our lives? We ask Roger McNamee, an investing legend in Silicon Valley, and Farhad Manjoo, who writes about tech for the New York Times.” At the link find the title “Our Tech Future, From Silicon Valley Insiders,” right-click “IHUB-080214-B.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tobacco Regulation 15 mins – “Michael Marlow Discusses His Public Interest Comment on Proposed FDA Rule on Tobacco Products. In this interview, Michael Marlow discusses his public interest comment. He argues that the FDA has failed to make a strong and compelling case that its proposed rule improves public health.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tour de France 4 mins – “The Tour de France wobbled into the world in 1903, the offspring of the mass-produced bicycle and mass-produced news. Not surprisingly, it was often difficult to distinguish between cycle and cyclist. Where did the machine leave off and man begin?” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”

Upgrade Woes 54 mins – “Why do we all do day-of upgrades, when we know what can go wrong? What’s the worst upgrade you’ve been through? Kevin & Christie kick off the chorus of woe.” At the link right-click “MP3 Audio” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Veterans Affairs Repair 51 mins – “The leaders of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees agreed yesterday to move forward on a bill that addresses critical problems at the V.A. The draft legislation would allow some veterans to be treated by non-V.A. health care providers, and would give the incoming V.A. secretary more authority to fire under-performing senior executives. The $17 billion package is being called a rare act of bipartisanship in a Congress known more for gridlock. Veterans groups, for the most part, say the bill is a step in the right direction, but they will continue to press for additional reforms.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Watergate Scandal 51 mins – “As the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation approaches, you may think we have learned all there is to know about Watergate. But a key member of Nixon’s White House would disagree. John Dean says he now understands more about Watergate than when he played a central role in the scandal and its resolution. Dean has listened to thousands of hours of Nixon’s secret Oval Office tapes — many of which he says historians have overlooked. And he’s found a few surprises. Former White House counsel John Dean talks with guest host Susan Page about what he now believes the president knew and when he knew it.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

World War One 47 mins – “Marking 100 Years Since The Start Of WWI: Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One. We’ll look at lessons learned and our uneasy peace right now.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen Marriage Swaps 27 mins – “‘I’ll marry your sister if you marry mine. And if you divorce my sister, I’ll divorce yours.’ That is Yemen’s ‘Shegar’, or swap marriage, an agreement between two men to marry each other’s sisters, thereby removing the need for expensive dowry payments. But the agreement also entails that if one marriage fails, the other couple must separate as well – even if they are happy.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Yemen’s Swap Marriages,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Young Africans Summit 67 mins – “President Obama spoke to members of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, made up of young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa. He announced new efforts to expand the program and renamed it the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Following his speech he answered questions in a town hall format from audience members at the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Presidential Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.” At the link you can watch and listen, but a download costs $.99; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

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Media Mining Digest 142 – 1 August 2014: Affordable Care Act Ads Backfire, Bachelet on Chile, Balloons and Hydrogen, Balloon of Napoleon, Blind Women in War Zones, Bubblewrap Lab, Carbon in Soil, Cash and Poverty, Child Endangerment, CIA Beauracracy, Classical Music, Computer Algorithms, Conflict Resolution, Elephant Whisperer, Excess Munitions, Fungi, Furniture Production, Galapagos Recovery, Geology Engineer, Gun Report Ends, Internet Race Swap, Juvenile, Prisons, Laboratory Regulation, Mary Jo Foley, May Clinic Parasitologist, MCAT Changes, Minority Tech, Motor Voter Act, Music Genome, Partisan Growth, Part-Time Work, Power of Cities, Pregnancy Discrimination, Racially-Charged Casting, Radiation history, Russian Gas Matrix, Shawn Wallace, Skeleton Crew, Snowden as Criminal, Speaking Powerfully, Standing Tall, Star Astronomy, Taxing Food, U.S. Forests, Women Entrepreneurship, Women in Astronomy, Worm Picking

The following audio files come from a larger group of 207 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 47 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Affordable Care Act Ads Backfire 6 mins – “Spending on negative Obamacare ads eclipsed spending on positive ads by a remarkable 15-1 ratio. Brooke talks with Niam Yaraghi of the Brooking Institution, who says that anti-Obamacare ads actually drove up enrollment.” At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bachelet on Chile  51mins – “On June 30, Foreign Policy’s Latin America Initiative at Brookings hosted President Michelle Bachelet of Chile for a discussion on strengthening democracy and stability, focused on Chile’s present reform efforts…President Bachelet was re-elected in December 2013, having previously served as Chile’s first female president from 2006 to 2010. Her term in office was marked by her efforts to improve equity and social inclusion. Previously, she served as Chile’s minister of defense (2002-2004) and as minister of health (2000-2002). In a lifetime of public service, she has also held global leadership roles in the International Labor Organization, World Health Organization and as the inaugural director of U.N. Women.” At the link choose the audio section, right-click on the topic title just above the “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Balloons and Hydrogen 4 mins – “…A Hydrogen balloon must release sand to rise, or release hydrogen to go down. Once the hydrogen is spent, the balloon can only sink. A hot air balloon has to be larger since hot air is not as light as hydrogen. We control a hot air balloon’s altitude by alternately heating the air in the gas bag or letting it cool. To travel great distances, that took increasingly heavy loads of fuel. Rozier had a solution: He built a double balloon….” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2405: The Great Balloon Disaster,” right-click  “Media file
KUHF 334266934.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Balloon of Napoleon 4 mins – Napoleon’s megalomania combined with a disagreeable use of a hot air balloon in 1804 thwarted the use of observation balloons for another fifty years.  At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2404: Napoleon’s Aerial Crown,” right-click  “Media files KUHF 333879142.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Women in War Zones 20 mins – “Two blind women speak frankly about their experiences of living through the current conflict in Gaza and Israel: how they find out information about the proximity of rockets and bombs; how they deal with the uncertainty and how their lives have been affected.” At the link for a limited time find the title, “Two Blind Women on living in Gaza and Israel,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bubblewrap Lab 2 mins – “Used bubble wrap could find new life as medical testing equipment.” [Here's the link with the article that's the basis for the podcast.] At the link find the title, Episode 395 – July 21, 2014,” right click (Here or there) “direct link ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon in Soil 29 mins – “What if the solution for reducing our collective carbon footprint were right under our feet? Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio believes it is – soil is a natural and planet-healthy repository for CO2. A slight rise in carbon dioxide levels in the soil could help fend off the encroaching warming of the climate. Author Courtney White [Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country]   talks about this as well as the environmental problems caused by today’s common farming practices….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cash and Poverty 71 mins – “Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid recipients and allowing them to spend it as they please. Blattman shares his research and cautious optimism about giving cash and discusses how infusions of cash affect growth, educational outcomes, and political behavior (including violence). The conversation concludes with a discussion of the limits of aid and the some of the moral issues facing aid activists and researchers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. [Many articles and other podcast links also at the site.]

Child Endangerment  17 mins – “A South Carolina mother was jailed on charges of child neglect because her 9-year-old daughter was found playing at a park by herself. Should she have been punished? A panel of parents weigh in.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA Bureaucracy 6 mins – “Jeff Scudder was working in the CIA’s Historical Collections Division when he found a trove of documents that were declassified and ready for release to the public, but hadn’t, due to bureaucratic strife. So he filed a FOIA request. Bob talks with Scudder about how this request ultimately resulted in his ousting from the agency.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 Classical Music  51 mins – “Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences…everything from intimate “living room” concerts organized on social media, to collaborations with pop and rock artists. A look at classical music’s place in society, and what’s in store for its future.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Computer Algorithms  79 mins  – “Our online lives are organized by computer algorithms that select and recommend advertisements, search results, news, and online social interactions. These algorithms are often closely-guarded secrets kept by Internet companies. But researchers, users, and the public might legitimately need to know how these algorithms operate. In this talk, Christian Sandvig (University of Michigan), Karrie Karahalios (University of Illinois), and Cedric Langbort (University of Illinois) use the Facebook newsfeed as an example to ask how users can investigate how these algorithms work from the outside.” At the link right-click “MP3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Resolution 29 mins – “One of the most challenging roles of an effective entrepreneur or small business owner is that of “peacekeeper.” The ability to effectively navigate conflict will ultimately propel you to grow – both professionally and personally [emotional intelligence].  As a leader without this ability, it can be extremely difficult to see projects through to fruition and successfully manage your team. Business consultant, licensed mediator and Amazon bestselling author Susan Steinbrecher [ Kenso ] joins Anita Campbell in this episode to reveal the “Three Golden Rules” of engagement and the “Six Steps to Conflict Resolution.'” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elephant Whisperer 46 mins – “We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II  heroism. Anyone with a pet understands the special relationship between people and animals. But the story of Elephant Bill is on another level – the tale of British soldier Billy Williams, who used his intimate connection to the largest animals on earth to help the Allies defeat the Japanese in World War II. Vicki Croke, a present-day journalist whose beat is animals, has told it in her new book “Elephant Company.” Are there 21st century lessons for us? Can we even be sure that elephants can survive the relentless assault of poachers? This hour On Point: how the elephant whisperer did it.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Excess Munitions 7 mins – “Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are a significant safety concern for governments and a major security challenge for the international community. The Small Arms Survey has documented more than 500 such incidents in 100 countries over the 35-year period from 1979 to 2013. The Handbook ‘Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Excess Stockpiles as Liabilities rather than Assets’, published in June 2014, is a reference and training tool that provides contextual information and analysis .useful for policy makers, programmers, and practitioners addressing stockpile management and surplus destruction concerns…” At the link right-click the download arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungi 28 mins – “Dr Bryn Dentinger, a researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, bought a packet of dried porcini mushrooms in a local shop. Being an expert in fungi, Bryn wanted to know what species of porcini he had purchased, so he sequenced the dried mushrooms’ DNA (obviously) and was rather surprised at the result. Ben went to Kew to talk to Bryn about fungi and about his discovery… Also on the podcast this month, we interviewed Artemis Louyakis, who studies Thrombolites: tough, rock-like structures, which are actually macrocolonies of bacteria. Artemis tells us about her research and the practical uses that these structures might have in space travel.” At the link click “Download” then “OK” to “Safe File” in the pop-up menu.

Furniture Production  8 mins – “Beth Macy’s new book, “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town,” profiles John D. Bassett III and his fight to stay profitable and keep American workers employed at his plant in Galax, Virginia. As a reporter for the Roanoke Times, Beth Macy covered the region in Virginia and North Carolina that had once been known as the nation’s “furniture belt.” She witnessed the plant closings and layoffs that resulted from globalization, as cheaper Asian knockoffs and imports took their toll on the American industry. “Every time a factory closed down, we had gone down and done a story, but we never went back and said what happened to all those people.” A few years ago, Macy decided it was time to do that.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and then “OK” to “Save File” in the pop-up box.

Galapagos Recovery  64 mins – “Today, the strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening? We are dedicating a whole hour to the Galapagos archipelago, the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. 179 years later, the Galapagos are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose — and possibly answer — critical questions about the fragility and resilience of life on Earth.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As'” from the pop-up menu.

Geology Engineer 75 mins – “Geological engineer Pamela Rogalski shares her insights about using social license to enact change in organizations and communities during this episode of The Engineering Commons….”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Report Ends 11 mins – “The Gun Report was a New York Times blog that chronicled daily shootings across the country in an effort to highlight victims of gun violence between mass shootings. Brooke talks with Jennifer Mascia, the blog’s co-author, about her experience compiling the records of who gets shot in America.” At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Race Swap   10 mins – “Whether you think the internet is a great or terrible place is partly a reflection of which parts of the internet you choose to visit. It’s also a reflection of who you are, and how people online react to you. Mikki Kendall is a writer who deals with an extraordinary amount of trolling and vitriol online. Mikki is a black woman in real life, and she created an experiment to see how her online life would change if she were a white man.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Juvenile Prisons  30 mins – “The cold hard facts about juvenile prisons. And the case for shutting them all down.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Laboratory Problems 99 mins – “The TWiV team reviews the discovery of old vials of smallpox virus at NIH, anthrax and influenza mishaps at CDC, the baby who was not cured of HIV, Cambridge Working Group, and sacking of NSABB members.[National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity]” At the link right-click “TWIV 294″ beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Mary Jo Foley 60 mins – “Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for over 25 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She has kept close tabs on Microsoft strategy, products and technologies for the past 10 years. She also is the author of “Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era,” and is the co-host of “Windows Weekly.”  At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mayo Clinic Parasitologist  69 mins – “Dr Bobbi Pritt joins Profs Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier to talk about directing a clinical parasitology laboratory and her weekly case reports at Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites. At the link right-click “TWIP #75″ next to “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCAT Changes  47 mins – “In this session, we bring back Bryan, a personal tutor with a 44 MCAT score and the Academic Director from Next Step Test Prep. He previously joined us in Session 59 to talk about MCAT retakes. This time we are tackling the MCAT 2015 and what you, as a premed, need to do to start preparing for it. The MCAT is a seasoned test and times have changed. The industry recognizes that it needs to be updated in line with the expectations of the medical schools hence, the change happening in the MCAT. The test is already stressful as it is and with this change looming in the horizon, you would want to tackle this monster the right way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority Tech 13 mins – “Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of activists and innovators about the future of technology, and recruiting the next generation of African-Americans and Latinos into the tech field.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Motor Voter Act 19 mins – “…The idea behind Rock the Vote was simple: get young people to vote for politicians who wouldn’t censor music. Ayeroff got about sixty people together in a Los Angeles hotel to talk about launching Rock The Vote. Frank Zappa was there, past and present California Governor Jerry Brown was there, as well as a bunch of record executives, including Jeff’s friend, a record executive  at Warner Brothers named Jeff Gold. Gold’s major project at the time was trying to figure out how to package CDs…” At the link right-click Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Genome 88 mins – “The evolution of internet based radio, how artists connect with fans, Pandora and the connected car, the freemium model, and is youtube still relevant for new artists?” With guests   Heidi Browning Pearson, Ted Cohen , Geoffrey Colon, and David Holmes  At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Partisan Growth 4 mins – “…Iwrite this in 2014. A Pew Research Center poll has just compared us with ourselves 20 years ago. Liberals and conservatives have dramatically polarized. Today, something like a third of democrats and republicans see the opposing party as a threat to the nation’s well being. That’s twice as extreme as it was in 1994. Democrats shifting left, republicans shifting right. The report goes on for many pages and the data are frightening. They portray us as a nation headed toward the kind of ideological conflict we see abroad…Click here for the Pew Research council report. See also the Snopes website, the PolitiFact site, and the PunditFact site. Some Newspapers also have fact-checking websites. See e.g. this one by the Washington Post.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2959: A Great Divide,” right-click “Media files
KUHF 335143046.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Part-Time work 12 mins – “Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power of Cities 4 mins – “…Power laws are all around us: If you add twice the amount of salt, a dish will not taste twice as salty. Rather, it will appear about 2^1.4 or 2.6 times as salty. A star twice the mass of our Sun will be 10 times as bright. There are many other examples, and surprisingly even human constructs behave similarly. Cities are particularly fascinating: If the size of a city doubles, we see more than a doubling of the number inventors and artists that reside in the city. The number of patents also more than doubles, but, unfortunately, so does the amount of time we spend in traffic. All of these quantities follow power laws. On the other hand some quantities grow more slowly — if a city doubles in size, we spend less than twice the gasoline or electricity — bigger cities are more efficient. But all is not rosy — the number of crimes and cases of a disease more than double in cities of twice the size….” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2957: The Power of Cities,” right-click “Media files KUHF 334664247.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pregnancy Discrimination 8 mins – “More than 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed by Congress, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated their guidelines. Host Michel Martin learns more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Racially-Charged Casting 17 mins – “A casting call asked for attractive light-skinned women of any race but black women who looked “poor” and “not in good shape.” A panel of industry insiders weighs in.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radiation History 41 mins – “Historian Lisa Rumiel recently presented a talk entitled “Three Mile Island to Bhopal: the Life and Work of Environmental Activist Rosalie Bertell” in front of an engaged audience at Toronto’s Parkdale library.  Bertell, who has a PhD in biometrics, has long spoken out about the environmental consequences of nuclear power. The presentation is the second talk of the 2011 History Matters lecture series.  Now in its second year, the series gives the public an opportunity to connect with working historians and discover some of the many and surprising ways in which the past shapes the present.  This year’s talks focus on two themes: labour and environmental history.”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Gas Matrix 88 mins – “As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, European countries dependent upon Russian gas to meet their energy demands grow increasingly anxious. With nearly 40 percent of EU gas imports coming from Russia—much of which travels through Ukraine—recent threats by Russian gas producer Gazprom to halt Ukrainian shipments could have consequences for the entire region. Meanwhile, a nearly-closed deal that has been 10 years in the making could see Russia exporting 38 billion cubic meters of gas a year to China. On May 27, the Energy Security Initiative (ESI) and the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings hosted a discussion to launch the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies’ (OIES) new book on The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change. This study looks at the shifting relationship between supply and demand for Russian gas and Russia’s influence in the European and Asian energy sectors. James Henderson, co-editor of the study, presented OIES’s findings along with Jonathan Stern, one of the book’s contributors and chairman of the Natural Gas Research Program at OIES….” At the link right-click on the topic title just above the “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shawn Wallace  47 mins – “From “The Princess Bride” to “My Dinner with Andre “and “A Master Builder,” actor and writer Wallace Shawn joins us. You know him as an impish villain in “The Princess Bride,” or an improbable Lothario in “Manhattan,” or the voice of Rex the Dinosaur in “Toy Story.” But Wallace Shawn’s real passion is not acting but writing. He spent 15 years translating and adapting a 19th century Norwegian play by Henrik Ibsen – which is now a new movie, “A Master Builder,” starring Shawn and his friend Andre Gregory. We’ll ask how he balances the twin sides of his working life – and competing demands from audiences and his own conscience. This hour, On Point: a conversation with Wallace Shawn.” At the link right-click “Save this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Skeleton Crew 11mins – “There’s an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the United States. When writer Deborah Halber heard this figure, she did some research and discovered a thriving community of internet sleuths who spend hours trying to attach names to these John and Jane Does. Brooke speaks to Halber about her new book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.”   At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Snowden as Criminal  57 mins “I’m pleased to post Show # 216, July 9, my interview with Prof. David Schanzer of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, on Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency (NSA). It was a bit over a year ago that Edward Snowden appeared on the scene as the source of a seemingly-endless array of information about the NSA’s legal and illegal spying. Snowden has since become a household name for his willingness to expose this behavior despite significant personal risk, which has caused scholars, policymakers and others to weigh in on how Snowden should be viewed. In my interview with David, we discussed David’s views on Snowden as a felon, and whether the “whistleblower” label is appropriate. In the process, we also discussed some of the NSA’s activities and how policymakers might approach reform of the NSA. David’s experience in the counter-terrorism and law enforcement world is vast, and I greatly enjoyed the discussion.” At the link (or above) right-click “Show #216″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Speaking Powerfully 10 mins – “Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.” Click “Download” but can only download a video file; however, an audio copy is in the blog archive.

Standing Tall  9 mins – “Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.” Standing Tall is his book. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Star Astronomy  52mins  – “The stars are out tonight. And they do more than just twinkle. These boiling balls of hot plasma can tell us something about other celestial phenomena. They betray the hiding places of black holes, for one. But they can also fool us. Find out why one of the most intriguing discoveries in astrobiology – that of the potentially habitable exoplanet Gliese 581g – may have been just a mirage. Plus, the highest levels of ultraviolet light ever mentioned on Earth’s surface puzzles scientists: is it a fluke of nature, or something manmade? And a physicist suggests that stars could be used by advanced aliens to send hailing signals deep into space.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taxing Food 15 mins – “We all know what a sandwich is. It’s something delicious, slapped between two slices of bread. But when it comes to taxes, nothing is simple. Today on the show, what regulating sandwiches and all other takeout food tells us about taxation. And how something as simple as the sandwich sales tax ends up spawning a complicated list of definitions, interlocking exemptions and rules which somehow transform the burrito into a sandwich in the eyes of the law.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Forests 51 mins – “The emerald ash borer is a small insect doing a massive amount of damage. Tree experts say it will eventually kill nearly all of this country’s ash trees, and there’s not much that can be done to stop it. The devastation spread by the emerald ash borer is just one of many threats to the health and future of the nation’s trees and forests. Other kinds of insects, diseases, climate change and mismanaged fire areas are chief among the challenges. We discuss how our forests are changing and current efforts in forests and on city streets to secure the future of our trees.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, the file is in the blog archive.

Women Entrepreneurs  27 mins – “Jacqueline Baptist was amazed at how rarely the media tells stories of women entrepreneurs. As a result, she has decided to take matters into her own hands and has set out on a course to produce a documentary titled, “She Means Business.” The documentary will explore the key issues women entrepreneurs face such as similarities/differences in female-led versus male-led companies; women’s access to capital and entrepreneur training/business skills; and successes and strategies of woman-led businesses. She Means Business will share true, honest portrayals of human experience, focusing on four to six early-stage and/or transitioning woman-owned businesses, following their successes, failures, struggles, concerns, disasters, and miracles.” Tune in for this special episode as Jacqueline Baptist, Executive Producer of She Means Business, joins Anita Campbell to discuss her journey and the journey of thousands of female entrepreneurs.” SmallBusinessTrendsRadio  Right-click “Download”

Women in Astronomy 4 mins – “…Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering had a problem. He headed the Harvard Observatory in the late 19th century, and he needed to catalog the spectra of stars. Spectra are like fingerprints. A star’s spectrum contains information about how hot it is, what it’s made of, how luminous it is, and how fast it’s moving. ..Pickering had money to assemble the catalog of spectra from the… Henry Draper Memorial Fund at the Harvard Observatory. Pickering had access to the fund, but he needed someone to do the cataloging work. He needed cheap, educated, dependable labor. So he hired women… Women were making progress in their struggle to gain educational equality with men, but they had far to go….  The jobs were tedious. They were repetitive. They required endless examination of photographic plates. But they also gave the women a chance to immerse themselves in data. And the women made good use of this opportunity…..” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2354: Harvard Computers,” right-click “Media files KUHF 333402523.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Worm Picking  4 mins – “At the back of Fishing Finatics in Everett, Massachusetts, behind the counter, inside an upright refrigerator — that’s where owner Pete Santini keeps some of his most valuable merchandise. “[It's] the number one bait for fresh water in the United States. Fish like to eat it. They’re very tasty. It’s like ordering a pizza if you’re a fish. They love it,” he explains. Nightcrawlers are earthworms. They’re also called angleworms because of how popular they are as bait. Santini sells about 4,000 of these wrigglers every week during fishing season….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 141 – 25 July 2014: Abortion Rights, Adenosine Triphosphate, Aereo Decision, Affordable Care in Kentucky, Alberta Tar Sands, Alcoholism Treatment, Audiophile Vinyl, Black Capt America, Book World Changes, Broke in a Mercedes, Bubble Wrap, Campaign Technology, Cancer Options, China’s Revolution Addiction, Chloral Hydrate, Computer Repair Business, Consciousness Science, Diabetes Definition, Dietary Suppplements, Digital Learning, Dimethylmercury, Drought in California, Ear Grit, Edible Packaging, Export-Import Bank, Fundamentalism Fight, Gas Pipelines, George Will, Heavy Water, HIV Diagnosis, Immigrant Submariners, International Dollar, Kenya Indians, Kevlar, Las Vegas Wynn Resorts, Latino Media, Life Coaches, Literati.org, Luminol, Malala Yousafzai follow up, Middle East Borders, Minimum Wage, Minority Programs, Mortality Rates, Mustard Gas Exposure, Napalm, Natto Science, Postpartum Depression, Poverty Project, Research Fraud, Spanish Fly, Tamoxifen, Teaching Tactics, Tech Shops, Transcranial Direct Stimulation, Transgender Issues, Trayvon Follow Up, Turmeric, Urea, Variable Pricing

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Media Mining Digest 140 – 18 July 2014: AirBnB, Alaska, Abumin, American Red Light District, Antibiotic Impact on Health, Asphalt Sealers, Bakelite, Behavior Rewards, Blind Dining, Boko Harum, Bubble gum, CarShare, Cholesterol, Chosing to Die, College Voters, Cosmos Series, Education Trends, Experts and Research, FCC Internet Rules, Fire Escapes, Forensic Research, GMO Labeling, Graphene, Howard U, Innovation Districts, ISIS Defined, Jared Diamond, Jazz in India, Language and Technology, Libertarian Manifesto, Media Trends, Online Learning Research, Opsins, Petrol, Population Growth and Climate Change, Post Doc Surplus, Power and Leadership, Power Grid Future, Racism Struggle, Radioactive Waste, Real Estate Trends, Religion and Beliefs, Religion and the State, Salvarsan, Sharing Economy, Squalene, Taxi Drivers, Uber and Lyft, Whales vs Sonar

The following audio files come from a larger group of 257 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 49 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

AirBnB 46 mins – “Summertime, with a little luck, is vacation time at some point.  Pack the car.  Hit the road, the skies.  Head for the hills, the lake, the beach, the city of your dreams.  And when you get there?  Well, things are changing.  Maybe there’s a little cabin or motel or grand hotel you’ve always loved.  A house you’ve always rented.  And suddenly, everybody’s hopping online and sharing.  Snagging houses and apartments and cottages on Airbnb that take them right out of hotel lobbies and into, well, maybe your neighborhood.  This hour On Point:  summer vacations in the age of the sharing economy and Airbnb.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alaska  52 mins  – “Interior Alaska can be a forbidding place. The region is largely wilderness, covered with expansive stretches of tundra and towering mountain ranges. Winters are long and dark, with just a few hours of sunlight on the shortest days and temperatures that often plunge to -50F. Because of its isolation and climate, the region has long attracted people drawn to the challenges and opportunities of a wild, remote place. In this episode of SOTRU [State of the Re Union], we’ll meet a number of athletes, journalists, scientists, and activists who embody the spirit of Interior Alaska through their grit, determination, and iconoclasm.” At the link find the title, “Interior Alaska,” right-click “Alaska_Podcast.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Albumin 5 mins – “Albumin – the protein with an i – should not be confused with albumen with an e. Historically albumen with an e referred to any water soluble protein and is still used to refer to things like egg white. Albumin with an i refers to a specific protein found in blood plasma….” At the link right-click (or here) “Download: CIIE_Albumin.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Red Light District 61 mins – “The history of the American red light district is quite brief –- from railroad signal lights to hotel bathroom selfies -– and clouded in myth. Soon it may be lost. In this talk, Melissa Gira Grant — freelance journalist and author of “Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work” (Verso, 2014) — reconsiders how communication technologies shape sex-for-sale, proposes that sex work has merged with the network, and discusses what we can learn from how sex workers have remained a step ahead.” At the link (or here) right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Impact on Health 51 mins – “The development of antibiotics in the 1940s ushered in a golden age of medicine. Bacterial infections and illnesses that were commonly fatal became treatable. But researchers now say the overuse of antibiotics has disturbed the natural balance of beneficial bacteria in our bodies. New studies indicate that some diseases – including obesity, childhood diabetes and asthma – may be on the rise because we have upset the delicate equilibrium of microbes in our gut and on our skin. In the next hour, Diane Rehm talks with two leading medical experts about this new research.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Asphalt Sealers 3 mins – “Pavement sealant ban lessens environmental risks.” At the link find the title, “Episode 389 – July 07, 2014,” right-click “direct link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bakelite 5 mins – “When early humans first began to produce tools and other artefacts, they were limited to stone and living matter – whether wood, plant material or animal-based – as the basis for their manufacturing. With time, the ability to heat materials and process them added metals, glass and ceramics like pottery to that line up. But for a good two thousand years there was nothing else available. In the early 1900s a sixth type of substance, the first truly artificial manufacturing material, joined the original five. It was called Bakelite….” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Behavior Rewards 12 mins – “Congestion on city streets or mass-transit systems would be much less of a problem if more commuters were willing to shift their travel to off-peak times. Some cities, such as London, have tried to address this problem by charging drivers a congestion fee during busy times. But Balaji Prabhakar, a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University, believes that rewarding drivers for good behavior gets better results than punishing them for bad behavior. To this end, he has created a so-called nudge engine….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Dining  20 mins – “Red Szell tests the new and much-talked about SmartGlasses being developed by Oxford University, and are you self-conscious about eating out?” At the link find the title, “SmartGlasses; Eating Out,” right-click (here or there) “Download 9MB ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boko Haram 27 mins – “Yalda Hakim hears from residents deep in Boko Haram territory, in northern Nigeria, who are caught between the Islamist militant group and the Nigerian military.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Nigeria Undercover,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20140710-0330a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bubble Gum 6 mins – “Our story begins in 1928. Walter E. Diemer, an accountant in a food company, liked to spend his spare time fiddling with recipes for new products. Generally, his experiments yielded duds. But one day, he hit on a magic formula – and also happened to find some pink dye lying around the factory. What did Walter Diemer create?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CarShare  29 mins – “Shared mobility – it’s a concept that might be a little foreign to the millions of Americans who get in their cars by themselves everyday and embark on a solo, carbon-intensive oh-so-individual drive to wherever they need to go. But there are new converts to the shared mobility model every day. City CarShare is a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit that provides its members with temporary cars. The organization’s mission is actually to take cars off the road by allowing more city-dwellers to eschew car ownership altogether.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cholesterol 6 mins – “Most people who know anything about Dorothy Hodgkin know that she solved the 3D structure of insulin. This was what she was most famous for – this and the technique she used: x-ray diffraction. But insulin’s fiendishly difficult structure took her three decades to crack – she began on it before the outbreak of the second world war and finished it in the year of the moon landing – and in the meantime she turned her attention to other important biological structures. In fact, she received her Nobel prize before the work for which she is best remembered was completed. By 1964, when the prize was awarded, she had already published the 3D crystallographic structures of penicillin and vitamin B12. But she is also credited with nailing the first 3D structure of a complex bio-organic molecule. And that molecule was cholesterol….” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chosing to Die 51 mins – “The aid in dying movement is growing. Montana, Oregon and Washington already have laws permitting right-to-die options. In January, a New Mexico district court authorized physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent terminally ill adults. And last year, Vermont passed a law permitting patients to choose what advocates call “death with dignity.” Public support of assisted dying has expanded in recent years as baby boomers deal with the death of their parents, many of whom are living into their 80s and 90s and suffering from diseases linked to longevity, such as dementia and many types of cancer. Diane and her [4] guests discuss the aid in dying movement and what is driving its growth.” At the link you can listen to the audio but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

College Voters  9 mins – “College students in North Carolina say the state’s new voter ID law violates their right to vote based on age. They’re challenging the law in court. Host Michel Martin learns more about the case.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cosmos Series  45 mins – “…Fox’s and National Geographic’s new Cosmos series set a new milestone in television history. According to National Geographic, it was the largest global rollout of a TV series ever, appearing on 220 channels in 181 countries, and 45 languages…  At the center of the show is the “heir apparent” to legendary science popularizer and original Cosmos host Carl Sagan: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who we interview on this week’s episode about what it’s like to fill Sagan’s shoes. Tyson discusses topics ranging from what we know now about the Cosmos that Sagan didn’t to why science seems to have gotten so supercool again. This episode also features a discussion of whether bringing extinct species back to life is a good idea, and of new research suggesting that climate change led to the rise of Genghis Khan.” At the link click “Download” and “OK” with “Save File” on the pop-up menu.

Education Trends 16 mins – “Technology theorist Clay Shirky has been studying the Internet since before most of us had email. In the first part of our interview, he says that the media need to shape up, or prepare for extinction.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Experts and Research 55 mins – “Remember “Climategate”? It was the 2009 non-scandal scandal in which a trove of climate scientists’ emails, pilfered from the University of East Anglia in the UK, were used to call all of modern climate research into question. ..  Suddenly, these “experts” looked more like ordinary human beings who speak their minds, who sometimes have emotions and rivalries with one another, and (shocker) don’t really like people who question the validity of their knowledge…  On the show this week we talked to Collins about why scientific expertise matters—especially in a world where more and more people are getting their answers from Google searches. At the link click “Download,” then “OK” and “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

FCC Internet Rules 29 mins – “Kevin Werbach, Matt Wood, and Randolph May talked about the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rules that could allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery, and what the proposals mean for net neutrality and the future of the Internet.” At the link you can listen /watch, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the bog archive.

Fire Escapes 19 mins – “When designing a commercial structure, there is one safety component that must be designed right into the building from the start: egress. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Research 44 mins – “As a writer, Deborah Blum says she has a “love of evil chemistry.” It seems that audiences do too: Her latest book, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, was not only a bestseller, but was just turned into a film by PBS. The book tells the story of Charles Norris, New York City’s first medical examiner, and Alexander Gettler, his toxicologist and forensic chemist. They were a scientific and medical duo who brought real evidence and reliable forensic techniques to the pressing task of apprehending poisoners, who were running rampant at the time because there was no science capable of catching them. On the show this week we talk to Blum about this “golden age for poisoners” and the science that goes along with it. This episode also features an interview with Quartz meteorology writer Eric Holthaus about whether global warming may be producing more extreme cold weather in the mid-latitudes, just like what much of America experienced this week.” At the link click “Download,” then “OK” to “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Labeling 46 mins – “More than 60 countries around the world, and nearly all of Europe, require the labeling of genetically modified foods – GMOs.  The United States does not.  This spring, Vermont voted to require foods with GMO ingredients to be labeled.  First state to do it.  It’s a big deal.  Crack the fierce industry resistance in one state, and it could spread all over.  Oregon voters just submitted petitions to put GMO labeling to a popular vote in November.  Monsanto and big food distributors hate it.   Say we need the science and the GMO food.  This hour On Point:  the GMO labeling fight in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graphene 6 mins – “…Graphene has since amazed and inspired researchers with its abilities. It is 200 times stronger than steel, making it one of the strongest materials ever tested. In fact, it would take an elephant, standing on a pin, to produce enough pressure to break through the single sheet of atoms. It has both the highest electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity of any material at room temperature, beating silver and diamond respectively….” At the link (or here) right-click  “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Howard U  59 mins – “Wayne A.I. Frederick talked about the challenges facing Howard University and other historically black colleges, as well as the state of higher education in the United States. Mr. Frederick also spoke about his career as a surgical oncologist and his upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago, including his fight with sickle cell anemia.”  At the link you can listen/watch, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Innovation Districts 46 mins – “Every city planner wants an “innovation district” these days.  That hot, hip, high-tech neighborhood where coffee shops and capital and talent churn together to turn out new businesses and economic growth.  They’re in Barcelona and Berlin, Seoul and Stockholm.  They’re up or coming in Boston, Seattle, St. Louis, Philadelphia,  Atlanta, Cleveland – all over.  Everybody wants their own urban Silicon Valley.  Well, almost everybody.  There’s pushback, too.  And a hot debate right now on the innovation bandwagon itself.  This hour On Point:  innovation districts in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Defined  46 mins – “Until they came bursting into Mosul last month with black flags and pick-up trucks, ISIS was – to most Americans – just part of a chaotic jumble of fighters in Syria.  The next thing we knew, they had taken over a huge swath of Iraq, declared themselves the Islamic State, and announced a new caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.  This weekend the self-proclaimed caliph of the caliphate – Abu Bakr al Baghdadi – purportedly stepped out of the shadows and spoke to the world.  They’re too brutal for al Qaeda.  They literally crucify.  And right now they rule.  This hour On Point:  ISIS and the Islamic State.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jared Diamond  52 mins   – “Jared Diamond, author of a suite of massive, bestselling books about the precarious state of our civilization (including the Pulitzer-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel), calls himself “cautiously optimistic” about the future of humanity.  …Diamond’s first book, The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal… It’s a sweeping survey of who we humans are—evolutionarily speaking, that is—and what that says about whether we can solve the “various messes that we’re making now,” as Diamond puts it. And this month, The Third Chimpanzee has been released in a new, shortened and illustrated edition for young adults, underscoring Diamond’s sense that our entire future depends on “enabl[ing] young people to make better decisions than their parents.”  …This episode also features a discussion of the science (and superstition) behind this week’s “blood moon,” and the case of K.C., the late amnesiac patient who taught us so much about the nature of human memory.” At the link click “Download,” then “OK” to “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Jazz in India 27 mins – ” Sarfraz Manzoor charts the extraordinary story of jazz in India when some of the world’s most accomplished musicians including Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong brought their talents to the east and mixed with performers such as Chic Chocolate, Micky Correa, Teddy Weatherford and Frank Fernand – all regarded in India today as jazz legends.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Bombay Jazz,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140709-0332a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language and Technology 11 mins – “To the annoyance of teachers everywhere, students now turn in papers with abbreviations they learned from texting, sentences with lower-case “i”s, and other grammatical taboos.  Frustrating, yes, but do these tiny shifts really change language itself? “People notice the novelties, the sudden inventiveness that people do when they get this new technology and they think ‘oh dear, oh dear the entire language is changing.’ But in actual fact, only small bits of the language are changing,” says David Crystal, a British linguist and author of over 100 books, including “How Language Works” and “Language and the Internet.'” At the link right-click on the down-pointing arrow on the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Libertarian Manifesto 59 mins – “Matt Kibbe talked about his book, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto, in which he argues that the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to self-determination, but politicians and corporate leaders have been steadily eroding that right for decades. In his book, Mr. Kibbe provides what he believes is a foolproof plan to restore Constitutional liberties. He talked with Tim Carney, director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Culture of Competition Project.” At the link you can listen/watch, but a download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in this blog’s archive.

Media Trends 16 mins – “Technology theorist Clay Shirky has been studying the Internet since before most of us had email. In the first part of our interview, he says that the media need to shape up, or prepare for extinction.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the right end of the top sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Learning Research  78 mins – “Millions of learners on platforms like edX and Coursera are generating terabytes of data tracking their activity in real time. Online learning platforms capture extraordinarily detailed records of student behavior, and now the challenge for researchers is to explore how these new datasets can be used to advance the science of learning. In this edX co-sponsored talk Justin Reich — educational researcher, co-founder of EdTechTeacher, and Berkman Fellow — examines current trends and future directions in research into online learning in large-scale settings.” At the link (or here) right-click ” Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opsins  7 mins – “Of all the complex compounds that make the human body work, it’s hard not to have a particular fondness for the opsins, sometimes called retinylidene proteins. These tangled molecules, formed of a bundle of seven helixes, change their signalling pathways in response to being hit by light. They are the compounds that give us sight.  Animals aren’t alone in making use of opsins – some bacteria use different members of the opsin family to produce energy from light – but it is the opsins in animal eyes that make such a difference in their sensory environment….” At the link right-click (or here) “Download: CIIE_Opsins.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Petrol 7 mins – “…A good way to get a feel for just how much energy petrol packs in is to compare it with the explosive TNT. Petrol has 15 times the energy per unit weight of TNT. The reason we think of TNT as packing such a punch is that it releases its energy so quickly – but a kilogram of petrol has much more oomph than a kilogram of TNT. Another useful comparison that illustrates the effectiveness of petrol is that it enables us to drive cars with, say, 100 horsepower. That’s around 75 kilowatts. To get that kind of power from current solar panels would require about 500 square metres – that’s a lot of solar panels on top of your car….” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Population Growth and Climate Change 44 mins – “This week, Chris Mooney talks to environmental journalist Alan Weisman, who explains why, following on his 2007 New York Times bestseller, The World Without Us, he decided to centrally take on the issue of human population. For his just-published book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, Weisman traveled to 21 countries—from Israel to Mexico, and from Pakistan to Niger—to report on how different cultures are responding to booming populations and the strain this is putting on their governments and resources…This episode of Inquiring Minds also features a discussion of the latest myths circulating on global warming, and the brave new world of gene therapy that we’re entering—where being rich might be your key ticket to the finest health care.” At the link click “Download,” then “OK” to “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Post Doc Surplus 54 mins – “… According to Brandeis University biochemist Dr. Gregory Petsko, who recently chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee on the postdoctoral experience in the US, less than 20 percent of aspiring postdocs today get highly coveted jobs in academia. That’s less than one in five. Naturally, many more end up in industry, in government, and in many other sectors—but not the one they were trained for or probably hoping for… This episode also features a story about the upcoming release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on global warming impacts, and a discussion about the difficult question of when screening for disease conditions is (and isn’t) a good idea.” At the link click “Download” then “OK” to “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Power and Leadership 68 mins – “Michael Lindsay, co-author of View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World, talked about the results of his ten-year study on power and leadership in America. Mr. Lindsay said that a few thousand people in the U.S. make decisions that impact the rest of us. He and his team conducted in-depth interviews with 550 government and business leaders to find out how they operated. After his remarks he was joined by his co-author, M.G. Hager, to answer questions from members of the audience….” At the link you can listen/watch, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the this blog’s archive.

Power Grid Future 11 mins – “…What will the power grid look like 50 years from now? More importantly, what do we want it to look like, and how will we supply reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity to a global population that may reach 10 billion by midcentury? IEEE Spectrum considered those important questions as part of its recent special report “The Future We Deserve.” Clark Gellings is one of the world’s leading experts on the electricity system. He’s a Fellow of the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, and also a Life Fellow of the IEEE. During the course of his 46-year career, his ideas, his writing, and his testimony have really helped propel the electricity industry toward greater energy efficiency, more widespread adoption of the smart grid, and more integration of renewable energy and other clean technologies….” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism Struggle 27 mins – “Baroness Oona King, former British Labour MP, discovers her American family’s role in the fight for equality. Her grandfather and uncles worked with Martin Luther King in The Albany Movement, a campaign that tried to desegregate their home town in Georgia. Oona travelled to Albany to speak to members of the movement on the 50th anniversary of the passing of The Civil Rights Act.” At the link find the title, “My Family’s Fight for Civil Rights,” right-click ” Media files docarchive_20140702-0332a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radioactive Waste  30 mins – “…Edward H. Kraus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan talks about how to keep materials from losing their structures when irradiated. He also explains how biological species are capable of storing radioactive material.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Real Estate Trends 46 mins – “…The American real estate market is not the same since the Great Recession.  Private equity firms buying up tons of houses.  Mortgage rates low, but mortgages still hard to snag.  And then there are the foreign home buyers.  More than ever.  From all over the world.  Looking at the US and seeing a great place to own.  To, in effect, stash money.  And sometimes to launder it.  When you hear “all-cash purchase,” that cash may well be from abroad.  They’re buying $90 million condos in New York, and maybe something on your block.  This hour On Point:  foreign buyers, American real estate.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religion and Beliefs  54 mins   – “Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 4: James Carse.” At the link find the title, “After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 4 (Encore May 3, 2012),” right click (there or here) “Download After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 4 (Encore May 3, 2012)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religion and the State  54 mins – “Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 3: William Cavanaugh.” At the link find the title, “After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 3 (Encore May 2, 2012) ,” right click (there or here) “Download After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 3 (Encore May 2, 2012)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salvarsan 7 mins – “A black and white movie; the scene is a doctor’s office. A young man is slumped dejectedly in his chair, head in hands, while the doctor impotently attempts consolation. ‘You mustn’t be disheartened,’ he offers, ‘there are many as badly off as you.’  …this is the opening sequence of a film made in 1940 and the scene itself is set over 100 years before today. The diagnosis is in fact syphilis and the film is Dr Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet: a biopic of Paul Ehrlich and the story of the first chemotherapeutic drug: Salvarsan, also known as arsphenamine. Syphilis was the 19th century version of today’s Aids epidemic – … no treatment existed that could successfully halt its progress through the stages of infection, ultimately leading to tumorous, necrotic growths, damage to the brain and heart, and eventually death….” At the link right-click (or here) “Download: CIIE_Salvarsan.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sharing Economy 63 mins – “Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the sharing economy–companies like Uber, AirBnB, FlightApp, and DogVacay that let people share their houses, cars, or other assets with strangers in exchange for money. These companies dramatically increase the use of resources that would otherwise be idle and disrupt existing services such as hotels and taxis. Topics discussed include the regulatory response to these companies, the politics of that response, and the significance of these new products. The conversation closes with the potential impact of Uber combining with driverless cars to change the automobile industry and cities. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Squalene 5 mins – “…it is true that if sharks don’t keep swimming they will sink. The reason is that they don’t have a gas-filled balloon, known as a swim bladder, like most bony fish do. Instead sharks have evolved large, oil-rich livers that help boost their buoyancy, although not as much as if they carried around a bubble of air inside them. A major component of that shark liver oil is an organic molecule called squalene.   …it is less dense than saltwater, which is why it helps to keep sharks buoyant in the water column. Another property of this molecule is being harnessed by people, after researchers discovered that it helps to make vaccines more effective – in particular the flu vaccine. Squalene is used as what’s known as an adjuvant, an effect originally discovered in the 1920s by French researcher Gaston Ramon. He found that adding certain substances to vaccines produced a stronger immune response and he called them ….  At the link right-click ( or here) “Download: CIIE_Squalene.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taxi Drivers 27 mins – “Meet New York’s rookie cabbies – fledgling taxi-drivers trying to earn a living in the most stressful city in the world. Most are immigrants, already grappling with the challenges of a new language and a new culture. Now they have to deal with long hours, short fares, and grumpy passengers in the back.” At the link find thte title, “DocArchive: Yellow Cab Blues,” right click “Media files
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Uber and Lyft 20 mins – “…Senior Research Fellow Matthew Mitchell and Associate Director of State Relations Michael Leland discuss taxi regulations that create barriers to entry for ridesharing applications and keep innovators from competing to create the best services available to consumers. Matt discusses red tape holding back taxi companies and how state regulators can move forward in a way that encourages innovation and is fair to existing firms.” At the link right-click “Download MP3″ and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whales vs Sonar 51 mins – “Whales ruled the oceans for tens of millions of years. Until man came along. Like other great creatures on Earth, they may have met their match in modern-day weapons and technology.  A new book tells the story of a fight for survival that pits whales against the U.S. Navy. It has been described as an eco-thriller, except it’s non-fiction. It begins in the Bahamas with a mass stranding of whales. A researcher passionate about marine mammals teams up with a relentless environmental lawyer, and together, they seek to prove that Navy sonar is harming whales. We discuss their battle as it goes to the U.S. Supreme Court – and continues today.” At the link you can listen to the audio but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
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