The following audio files come from a larger group of 120 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 162 MB zip file of 26 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 11 hours of listening is here for four months vs 589 MB normal speed using topic links, below, for 18 hours of listening. Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Alcohol Withdrawal 35 mins – “In this episode we talk to Timothy Wiegand from Rochester about treating the toxicity associated with alcohol and alcohol withdrawal. This was prompted by a recent [American Academy of Toxicology] ACMT pre-symposium in Puerto Rico. We also refer to work by Jose Maldonado with a nice full text review available here. Contributors include Matt Zuckerman and Timothy Wiegand. ” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ambucycles 10 mins – “As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs — many on foot — ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea is going global. Eli Beer, the founder and president of United Hatzalah, has re-imagined first response by training EMT volunteers to respond to local calls and keep people alive until official help arrives.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download to desktop (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Apple Product Trends 113 mins – “Apple’s quarterly results, what will the iWatch be like, first look at the Leap Motion Controller, and more.” discussed by Leo Laporte, Alex Lindsay, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie. The LeapMotion demonstration starts at the 97 min mark and looks better in the video (1:37 mark), than in the audio version which gives it a poor rating. Other evaluations, here, here and here, give mixed reviews and recognition that refinement is ongoing. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Assisted Living Issues 51 mins – “For the elderly who are unable to live alone but don’t want a nursing home, assisted living can seem like a nice alternative. Many feel they can still have independence in communities that have the look and feel of an apartment complex, rather than a hospital. Since the first one opened 20 years ago, the number of assisted living facilities has exploded. Nearly 750,000 Americans call them home. But unlike nursing homes, assisted living facilities are not federally regulated, leaving them subject to a patchwork of state and local laws. Diane and her  guests discuss new questions about assisted living.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Child Trafficking 12 mins – “The FBI recently rescued more than 100 children from prostitution, and arrested over 150 pimps who allegedly trafficked them. Host Michel Martin learns more about child sex trafficking, and attempts to fight it, from NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson and Malika Saada Saar of Rights4Girls.” At the link right-click “Discover” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Colorado Rafting 53 mins – “In the summer of 1983, the flooded Colorado River threatened to overwhelm Glen Canyon Dam. The dam’s engineers had no choice but to open the floodgates. Down river, three boatmen had a crazy plan: use the raging river to slingshot a wooden boat called the Emerald Mile through the Grand Canyon faster than any vessel ever. In their attempt, the boatmen experienced the Colorado’s ancestral power, as it was before being shackled by two enormous dams. The journalist Kevin Fedarko has written a book about this epic story, and he joins us Tuesday to tell it.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dolby Technology 62 mins – Scott Wilkinson chats with senior VP Ioan Allen about Dolby and cinema. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Domestic Homicide 51 mins – “The Justice Department estimates that three women and one man are killed in domestic violence homicides every day. Between the years 2000 and 2006, murders resulting from domestic violence claimed 10,600 lives. In response to the murder of a woman north of Boston, a domestic violence crisis center decided to try a new approach to identify women at high-risk. Police, advocates and the courts there now work together to prevent murders by predicting when they might happen. Since then, homicides have dropped significantly. Now communities across the country are trying to replicate their success.” — 4 guests. You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Fair Wage Debate 51 mins – “Hundreds of fast food workers in Detroit, St Louis and several other cities are walking off the job this week. Their complaint: while the fast food industry is making record profits, workers make minimum wage. They can’t afford, they claim, to cover the basics such as rent and food. Their call for a livable wage of $15 an hour does not seem likely to be met. Still, their grievances strike a chord, especially among those with concerns about the widening gap between rich and poor in this country.”– with four guests. You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Freelance Economy 52 mins – “As many as one-third of workers in the United States are freelancers. Between 10 and 42 million people now work outside the traditional 9-to-5 model. Many full-time employees, from graphic artists and construction workers to lawyers, started working as independent contractors out of necessity during the recession. While freelancers enjoy more flexibility and autonomy, working independently comes with challenges. Freelancers receive no pension, no health insurance, no workers compensation and no job security. A discussion [with 3 guests] about the risks and benefits of the new “freelance economy.’” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Gun Carrying for Women 32 mins – “Author Lynne Finch joins us to discuss weapon handling, off-duty carry, and choosing a concealment holster for women in law enforcement. Her book, “Taking Your First Shot: A Woman’s Introduction to Defensive Shooting and Personal Safety” was published in June. She also discusses situational awareness.” At the link find the title, “Off-Duty Carry for Female Officers,” right-click “Media files taking-your-first-shot.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hayek and Keynes 4 mins “It’s a shame but it’s understandable. Complex stories get reduced to easily digestible nuggets. We miss the nuances, but then again, our brains have only so much space. Consider the history of twentieth century economics. A pervasive undercurrent that continues to this day is the role of government in the economy: should government take an active role or simply leave markets alone? On the side of government intervention stands the towering figure of John Maynard Keynes. In the opposite corner, we find lesser-known free market champion Friedrich Hayek. Both voiced strong opinions. But were they hardened advocates of extreme positions? Positions that popular rhetoric would have us believe?” At the link right-click “Click here…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hostage Notes 50 mins – “In September 2011, Judith and David Tebbutt set off to Kenya on holiday. They were kidnapped by armed pirates. Judith was separated from her husband and taken to Somalia. Held hostage for more than six months in harsh and humiliating conditions, for a large ransom, responsibility for securing her release rested with her son, Ollie. In this rare interview she explains how hope helped her endure the horrific ordeal.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Six Months in Captivity,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130727-1915a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
India Super Singers 50 mins – “Sisters Lata and Asha have forged Bollywood singing careers spanning more than six decades and are known as the ‘Nightingales of India’.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Nightingales of India,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130728-0906a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Inequality 52 mins – “Bill reports on striking extremes of wealth and poverty on display in California’s Silicon Valley. Facebook, Google, and Apple are minting millionaires while the area’s homeless — who’ve grown 20 percent in the last two years — are living in tent cities at their virtual doorsteps. These are the human faces of economic inequality. Later, writer Sherman Alexie, who was born on a Native American reservation, shares his irreverent perspective on contemporary American life, and discusses the challenges of living in two different cultures at the same time — especially when one dominates the other. Alexie has been navigating the cultural boundaries of American culture in poetry, novels, short stories, screenplays, even stand-up comedy for over two decades.” At the link find the title, “Encore: Living Outside Tribal Lines,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Longevity 51 mins – “Here’s to a long life – which, on average, is longer today than it was a century ago. How much farther can we extend that ultimate finish line? Scientists are in hot pursuit of the secret to longer life. The latest in aging studies and why there’s a silver lining for the silver-haired set: older people are happier. Also, what longevity means if you’re a tree. Plus, why civilizations need to stick around if we’re to make contact with E.T. And, how our perception of time shifts as we age, and other tricks that clocks play on the mind.” — 5 guests. At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Paralympics – Ghana 27 mins – “Ghana sent just four Paralympians to the 2012 Olympics, none of whom made it to the victory podium. After the difficulties they faced getting there, is there still the will to make it to Rio 2016? Have the athletes helped dispel Ghanaians’ negative attitude towards disability?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Race for Equality, Episode 2,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130730-0806b.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Patriot Act Comments 52 mins – “For the first time in nearly a decade, American public opinion is shifting on NSA surveillance and privacy. A new Pew Research Center poll shows a 56 percent majority favor tougher restrictions on the government’s ability to collect phone and Internet data. Last week, 55 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans defied their leaders to vote for an amendment to defund the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program. The measure was defeated by a narrow margin of only 12 votes, and opponents of the program continue to push for limits and oversight. A panel [of 5] joins Diane to discuss the debate over balancing privacy rights with government efforts to find terrorists.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Russian Lady Pilots 4 mins – “I write this in July, 2013. Nadia Popova has just died at age 91. Popova was a Russian woman who’d wanted to be a singer and an actress. WW-II intervened; and, instead of singing, she joined the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. She flew an incredible 852 missions.” At the link right-click “Click here…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saul Griffith 52 mins – “Saul Griffith is an inventor whose designs look like they’re straight out of science fiction: wind turbines that float like kites, and inflatable robots that resemble walking animal balloons. The San Francisco-based co-founder of Squid Labs talks about his latest creations, his comic book for inventive kids, and his vision for the future of renewable energy.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
School Criticism 33 mins – “Best-selling author and former Yahoo! VP Seth Godin talks to Kara about a new economy and why our education system is failing us.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sebastian Junger 18 mins – “A journalist spends many years covering war and thinks that he’s come close to knowing what soldiers experience.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Sex Offenders 50 mins – “Miracle Village is home to over a hundred sex offenders. But do Florida’s strict residency rules make the population safer, and prevent re-offending?” At the link find the title, “Docs: Miracle Village,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130801-0100a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Touch Screen Replacement 13 mins – “Know How to replace the glass on your touchscreen: Even if you’re super-careful with your phone, accidents happen. Sometimes that beautiful touchscreen phone takes a fall and the glass cracks. Today, we’ll show you how to remove the glass from a touchscreen phone (in this case, a Samsung Galaxy S3), then apply a new piece of glass on it. We are not removing the actual display or digitizer. A digitizer is what actually recognizes your inputs. Burke McQuinn came by to show us how he repaired his cracked Galaxy S3. He consulted the forums at XDA Developers to provide a guide.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Washington Culture 52 mins – “You’ve heard the lament that Washington DC is hopelessly divided, but journalist Mark Leibovich says the real problem is that everyone is interconnected. As he sees it, the new bipartisan ideal is getting rich, and whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, the ultimate goal is self-perpetuation. Leibovich has just published a scathing, insider’s view called “This Town,” and Monday, he joins Doug to pull back the curtain on the big politics, big money, big media and big egos that fuel our nation’s capital. Mark Leibovich is chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. He’s the author of The New Imperialists [Amazon/Indiebound], a collection of profiles of technology pioneers and his latest This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital [Amazon/Indiebound]” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
World Peace Game 51 mins – “In 1978, John Hunter was a young teacher looking to make social studies relevant to inner-city kids. What he came up with: a four-by-four piece of plywood on which students attempted to solve the problems of Africa. Over time, this board became multidimensional, growing to encompass nations, prime ministers, the U.N. and the World Bank. The goal is to solve geo-political problems with the least amount of military intervention. And for Hunter, it’s come to represent a philosophy of education. John Hunter joins Diane to talk about “The World Peace Game” and three decades of teaching.” (Perhaps this is one way to deal with Seth Godin’s criticisms under “School Criticisms,” above. You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) and a pdf list are here. Jan-Jun 2012 files in 8 segments (362 podcasts) and a pdf list are here, and 591 for Jul-Dec here. For 2011 a list and 5 segments 184 podcasts. For 2010 and earlier 64 podcasts are listed in this PDF and are zipped here as Part 1 and Part 2. (Dead links in old episodes are due to updating; try a current episode.) Over 160 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opml file which Feedreader can import. A PDF list of feeds is here. Free Commander is used to compare old with new downloads to remove duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used to boost playback speed to 1.5x. A speed listening background article is here. Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.
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