Media Mining Digest 176 – Mar 27, 2015: Adaptive Video Acceleration, Addiction Elimination, Admissions Mania, Afghanistan, Africa, Agent Orange, Aging, Alice Dunnigan, Allison’s Brain, Amateurs vs Pros, Amazon Forest Loss, America, American Indians, Ancient Wooden Sidewalk, Aneesh Chopra, Ant Life, Anthropocene Age, Antimicrobial Resistance, Apollo Computer System, Area 51, Arguing, Arianna Huffington, Arsenic, Artificial Intelligence, Australian Detention Camp, Autism, Awake Intubations, Azerbaijan, Battle of the Bulge, Belva Davis, Berlin Airlift, Big Data Revolution, Bihar India, Biodiversity Weds Tech, Biomedicine Status Panel, Bishop’s Wife, Blindness Case Study, Blueseed Project, Bollywood, Book of Unknown Americans, Brain Trauma, Broadband in Bozeman and Mesa, Challenge Coins, Clash of East and West, Climate Change and Fires, College Closings, Computer Generated Stories, Dept of Interior, Digital Vellum, Doctor’s Emotions, Drone Investigations, Female Engineers, Ferguson, Frog Watch, Future Crimes, Geoengineering andChem Trails, Human Age, Human Trafficking Abortions, Incubators, Irrationality, ISIS Evolution, Island Histories, Kidzania, Language Type, Latin American Upgrade, Lusitania, Mediacom Founder, Mexican Relations, Microbiome, Photojournalists, Podcasting Trends, Prison Entrepreneur, Prozac, Rhino Dung, Right to Work, Scanning, Social Media, Spirit of America, Terrorism and Media, Twitter Stories and Rushdie, Typography, Urban Travel, Water Shortage in San Paulo

The following audio files come from a larger group of 316 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 96 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Adaptive Video Acceleration 66 mins – “Yoel Zanger, CEO of Giraffic, talk about video streaming from codecs, bandwidth limitations and bottle necks, 4K, and the solution Giraffic Adapative Video Acceleration provides for streaming content to consumer electronics.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Addiction Elimination 66 mins – “Addiction affects 23.2 million Americans. The head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse believes that all addictions can be eliminated if the brain’s receptors can be controlled. She will explain her groundbreaking work and the amazing personal story that has allowed her, as the great-granddaughter of famed Russian dissident Leon Trotsky, to achieve her current prominence.”

Admissions Mania 51 mins – “The announced closing of Sweet Briar College in Virginia spotlights declining enrollment at many liberal arts schools nationwide. The financial challenges for small colleges and what some institutions are doing to attract students.” At the link find the title (for a short time), “Worries About the Future of Liberal Arts Colleges” right-click “Media files r2150319.mp3,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan 59 mins – “Ansary, author of Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, and Arghandiwal, author of Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story, moved to the West from Afghanistan as young men. Arghandiwal was born into a military family and Ansary into an academic family. They will discuss the past, present and future of their troubled homeland.Tamim Ansary, Director, SF Writers Workshop; Atta Arghandiwal, Banking Consultant; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Challenge 65 mins – “Afghanistan’s Challenge: A View from Ghazni Province – As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, many Americans ponder the human costs of this conflict. Rarely in our calculations do we have direct input from the leaders of Afghanistan who are working the gritty issues and building a working representative government in a troubled land. Come hear the official who is working on urban development and construction issues in Afghanistan address the future of his country and his government. Listen to a female member of parliament speak about the development of democratic institutions and the role of women in Afghan society. And hear the governor of Ghazni province speak to the challenges and opportunities he faces. Mohammad Yousef Pashtun, Senior Advisor to President Karzai on Urban Development and National Construction; Mohammad Musa Khan, Governor of Ghazni Province; Shah Gul Rezaie, Member of Parliament from Ghazni Province.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Africa 68 mins – “Africa 2007 by  Ledgard, J.M.- Africa Correspondent, The Economist; Author, Giraffe, 2006; also known as Jonathan Ledgard” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Africa IT 64 mins – “How Africa’s Entry into the Information Age Is Changing Its Economic and Political Perspective – Through CherryPal, Max is dedicated to changing the world, one computer at a time. He has been succeful where others failed in providing laptop computers that cost less than $100 to millions of Africans. He believes that it’s crucial to bridge the “digital divide”, and make computers affordable for everyone. That’s why he’s developed the most energy-efficient, user-friendly and green laptop ever created – at the lowest price point the world has ever seen! Max Seybold, CEO, CherryPal” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Aid 67 mins – “The current system of aiding Africa is not working, says Moyo, citing the fact that more than $1 trillion in aid has been given in the past 50 years, with no improvement in most Africans’ lives. Moyo proposes a complete overhaul in the way prosperous nations reach out to African countries in need, in an effort to end the cycle of corruption and co-dependence, and to alleviate the suffering that persists. Dambisa Moyo, Head of Economic Research for Africa, Goldman Sachs; Author, Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working, and How There is a Better Way for Africa; Smita Singh, Program Director for the Global Development Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African American Art 51 mins – “This year, State of the Re:Union recognizes Black History Month through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole.” At the link find the title, “ The Power of African American Art: A Black History Month Special,” right-click “Media files PowerofAfricanAmericanArt_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Conflicts 64 mins – “South Africa’s Conflict Resolution Role in Africa – While dramatic changes are taking place on the international scene and among the major powers, Africa continues to suffer from a multitude of violent conflicts. Ebrahim, a hero in the struggle against apartheid, will provide insights and perspectives on the current state of Africa’s conflict zones, the outlook for reconciliation and peace, South Africa’s role on the UN Security Council, and the role South Africa is playing as mediator in Africa. Hon. Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, the Republic of South Africa; In conversation with Dr. Saleem Badat, Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University, South Africa; Kevin O’Malley, President TechTalk / Studio – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agent Orange 69 mind – “Wars don’t end when the guns fall silent. Thirty-five years after the end of the Vietnam War, the legacy of Agent Orange – dioxin contaminated soils and a heavy burden of disability on people in Vietnam as well as on American veterans – continues to be a challenge. Recent progress, however, has created a window of opportunity for the U.S. to intensify its effort in a shared commitment to reduce the public health impact in Vietnam. Drawing on extensive experience in today’s Vietnam, the speakers will show how this is a humanitarian concern that we can do something about.Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause; Charles R. Bailey, Director, Ford Foundation Special Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging 67 mins – “On the show this week we talk to Bill Gifford, author of the new book Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alice Dunnigan 37 mins – “Carol McCabe Booker discusses pioneering journalist Alice Dunnigan, who shattered barriers in the late 1940s by becoming the first black female reporter credentialed to cover Congress and the White House. Booker edited and annotated a newly published edition of Dunnigan’s autobiography, “Alone Atop the Hill,” providing historical context to the journalist’s remarkable story.” At the link find the title, “Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press,” right-click “Media files IM_20150228.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Allison’s Brain 55  mins – “In 2011, Allison Woyiwada was told that she had a giant brain aneurysm. After surgery, she experienced severe cognitive and physical defects. But then she began a programme of music therapy: this is the remarkable story of her brain’s recovery.” At the link find the title, “Allison’s Brain, February 19, 2015,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150219_68457.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amateurs vs Pros 58 mins – “This week, stories of people who are in put into positions they’re completely unqualified to handle … but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Forest Loss 57 mins “Hinckley Forum: How Green Gold Will Save the Amazon by Mark Neeleman, Chairman and Founder of Bamazon” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

America Fragmented 66 mins – “George Packer: The New America – Packer argues that seismic economic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. He will present the story of this America over the past three decades, which he sees as a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer relevant.”

American Dream Declines 66 mins – “Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream? – Is the American Dream becoming a lost ideal of the past? Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-winning journalist Smith suggests that it is as a result of four decades of erosion induced by corporate and political decisions. Smith will discuss the extent to which the American Dream has declined, as well as the future. Hedrick Smith, Former Reporter, The New York Times; Producer, PBS; Author, Who Stole the American Dream?; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, California Watch, Center For Investigative Reporting – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Imperialism 61 mins – “America’s Imperial Overstretch by Johnson, Chalmers- Professor emeritus, University of California at San Diego; president, Japan Policy Research Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Indians 56 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Decolonizing Settler-Colonialism and Native Americans by Leo Killsback, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University; Co-sponsored by the Peace Advocacy Coalition (PAC); Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice; Tanner Center for Human Rights, U of U; Utah Valley University Peace & Justice Studies, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Salt Lake City Public Library; Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Justice Peril 67 mins – “Lauded as one of the country’s best lawyers in 2011 and the American Bar Association’s first Hispanic president, Zack will discuss underlying threats to the American legal system such as underfunding and political indecisiveness. Zack fled Cuba at the age of 14 after a harrowing night of detention and isolation at the hands of the Cuban secret police. After building up a powerhouse Florida litigation firm, he was tapped by David Boies to work on Gore vs. Bush in 2000. Following that monumental case, the two law firms merged. Come listen to one of the nation’s top legal voices speak about what he sees as a failing system. Stephen Zack, President, American Bar Association; Geoffrey Hazard, Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ancient Wooden Sidewalk 4 mins – “Today, we walk a six-thousand-year-old highway. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. Roman roads loom large in legend and song! We forget there was ever anything before them. But archaeologist John Coles tells about a strange road, far older. In 1970, Raymond Sweet was cleaning drainage ditches in a peat bog near Bristol, England. Deep in the peat, he struck a wooden plank. It was the wrong thing in the wrong place. He took it to Coles at Cambridge University. Coles dated it at 4000 B.C. A major dig was begun, and the full story began to come clear. The trail of wood went on and on, from what had been one island in the fen to another — over a mile away….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aneesh Chopra 64 mins – “Chopra was sworn in by President Obama in May 2009 as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. Chopra has sought to use information technology to raise public awareness about President Obama’s policies on health care, energy and the environment. Chopra will discuss how investing in technological innovation is a crucial aspect of job creation, reducing health-care costs and protecting the country. Aneesh Chopra, United States CTO; Michael Moritz, Managing Member, Sequoia Capital; Former Board Member, Google, PayPal and Yahoo!; Current Board Member, GameFly and Kayak; Former Correspondent and San Francisco Bureau Chief, Time – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ant Life 56 mins – “Teamwork is part of life for ants. These social insects live in a society where group work is wired into each individual’s brain. Listen in as co-host Jane Rector and Dr. Biology learn about the world of ants from biologist Jennifer Fewell. Could leafcutter ants be one of the first animals to farm?” Two parts. At the link (part 1), right-click “MP3 download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same here for part 2.

Anthropocene Age 52 mins – “The world is hot, and getting hotter. But higher temperatures aren’t the only impact our species is having on mother Earth. Urbanization, deforestation, and dumping millions of tons of plastic into the oceans … these are all ways in which humans are leaving their mark. So are we still in the Holocene, the geological epoch that started a mere 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age? Some say we’ve moved on to the age of man – the Anthropocene. It’s the dawn of an era, but can we survive this new phase in the history of our planet?” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antimicrobial Resistance 21 mins – “On this week’s show: antimicrobial resistance in low-income countries, and a roundup of daily news stories.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 file for this show” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apollo Computer System 115 mins – “This episode is a mix between computer architecture, programming and (historic) space flight. We cover the ins and outs of the Apollo Guidance Computer. Our guest ist Frank O’Brien, who wrote an incredibly detailed book about this machine. In the episode we cover the hardware architecture, the instruction set, the various layers (native, executive and interpreter) as well as some mission programs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Area 51 67 mins – “Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities, and some conspiracy theorists believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. No credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. With unprecedented access to military and intelligence personnel, Jacobsen takes an unprecedented look into the Nevada desert activities, from testing nuclear reactions to building super-secret, super-sonic jets to pursuing the war on terror. Annie Jacobsen, Columnist, Los Angeles Times Magazine; Author, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base; Gil Gross, KGO Radio Host – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arguing 71 mins – “Why do human beings get into arguments? What does science have to say about argumentation? Is there an evolutionary explanation? Is arguing adaptive? Is all our bickering in comments, forums, social media and elsewhere a good or a bad thing? Those are some of the questions posed in this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast. We ask those questions of. Jeremy Sherman is an evolutionary epistemologist. He says that means he researches how humans evolved to draw conclusions from inconclusive data. At 24, he was an elder in the world’s largest hippie commune, but now he lectures at the Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville California and is a chief researcher at Berkely’s Consortium for Emergent Dynamics where he and others research how minds emerge from matter. He is now working on a book, “Doubt: A Natural History; A User’s Guide” and he blogs at Psychology Today.” At the link right-click “Pod” beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arianna Huffington 63 mins – “Arianna Huffington: Beyond the Post – “It is no longer an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species,” says Huffington. She is now sounding the alarm on “Third World America” She takes on the menacing duo of Washington and Wall Street, brazenly charging politicians with abandonment of the middle class and claiming the disappearance of the American Dream. Is the American middle class really in danger of extinction? How can we close the widening gap between the haves and have-nots? Hear what one of the most influential voices in modern media has to say about America’s imminent (or not so imminent) collapse. Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post; Author, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream; In conversation with Raj Patel, Journalist, Activist, Author, Stuffed and Starved – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arsenic 4 mins – “In a remote area in the Andes mountain there exist perilously high levels of arsenic: one of the most toxic substances known to man. But people have been living there for thousands of years, and it has now been discovered that this population has adapted to this dangerous environment. The group have a DNA mutation associated with a fast metabolism- this means they can flush arsenic out of their system much more quickly than most people. Georgia Mills spoke to researcher Karin Broberg to find out more…” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence   79 mins –  “For decades pioneering inventor and theorist Kurzweil has explored how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines. Drawing on the most recent neuroscience research, his own research and inventions in artificial intelligence, and compelling thought experiments, Kurzweil describes his new theory of how the neocortex (the thinking part of the brain) works: as a self-organizing hierarchical system of pattern recognizers. He shows how these insights could enable us to vastly extend the powers of our own mind and provides a roadmap for the creation of superintelligence.” Ray Kurzweil Inventor; Futurist; Author, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Detention Camp 27 mins – “ Australia is one of the most popular destinations for asylum seekers escaping their home countries. But Australia doesn’t want them. Asylum seekers dreaming of a life in Australia are being banished to camps in Papua New Guinea. Fariba Sahraei presents.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Banished to Papua New Guinea 19 Feb 15,” right click “Media files docarchive_20150219-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism 6 mins – ““People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.” At he link click ‘Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Awake Intubations 27 mins – “It requires forethought and humility–you must be able to say to yourself, “I am not sure I will be able to successfully intubate this patient.” However, the payoff for this thought process is enormous. You can attempt an intubation on a difficult airway with very few downsides. If you get it, you look like a star, if you don’t you have not made the situation worse. Two of my critical care resident specialists, Raghu Seethala and Xun Zhong, volunteered to intubate each other awake. The purpose of this was to let them gain experience, understand what their patients would feel during the procedure, and to prove that awake intubation can be done without complicated nerve block injections or fragile equipment, such as a bronchoscope.” At the link you can watch or right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Azerbaijan 67 mins – “Azerbaijan: Central Asia’s Non-OPEC Energy Option – Standing at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations, Azerbaijan, a secular, modern, majority-Muslim nation, has an important geographic position, on the western shore of the energy-rich Caspian Sea. It is a significant producer of oil and natural gas, distributing energy to Europe and other regions through its huge BTC Pipeline, a non-OPEC source of oil terminating in NATO-allied Turkey and the open Mediterranean. Azerbaijan is also an important hub for transit of Eastern Caspian oil and gas from other Central Asian nations including Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Suleymanov, the Republic of Azerbaijan’s first consul general to the Western United States, will explain the global significance of this Central Asian country. Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan Consul General, Western United States” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Battle of the Bulge 66 mins – “A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge takes us behind the scenes of the biggest and costliest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army, lasting from December 16th, 1944, to January 25, 1945. As many as 250,000 German soldiers and 1,000 tanks pushed the Allied line back during a very cold, snowy Ardennes Forest winter. Jameson, who was a decorated 19-year-old sergeant in the battle, will describe with visuals and maps both the German and American perspectives on this historic event. Andrew Jameson, Military Historian; Former Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belva Davis 65 mins – “Raised in a dysfunctional family in Louisiana and the Bay Area, Davis rose through the black radio industry, became the first black female reporter west of the Mississippi with her hiring at KPIX, and eventually anchored KQED’s “Evening Edition,” the station’s nightly news show. Davis will discuss her extraordinary journey, personal and professional. Belva Davis: A Bay Area Legend Tells All; Broadcast Journalist; Host, “This Week In Northern California,” KQED Television; Author, My Wildest Dreams; In conversation with Ray Taliaferro, KGO Radio Host” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Berlin Airlift 65 mins – “Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift – Best-selling author Reeves offers a gripping account of one of the most audacious and perilous actions of the post-WWII years – the Berlin Airlift. When the Soviets cut off all supplies to two million West Berliners in 1948, President Truman boldly resolved to resupply the isolated city by air. What followed was a daring humanitarian operation in which American and British planes delivered 2.3 million tons of supplies, demonstrating the West’s resolve to keep Berlin independent. Reeves shares the gripping story and discusses its impact. Richard Reeves, Author, Daring Young Men” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Revolution 65 mins – “What does a car’s paint color reveal about its roadworthiness? How did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak? One key to answering questions like these is big data. “Big data” refers to our ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw conclusions from it. Two leading experts in the field reveal what big data is, how it may change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University; Co-author, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think; Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor, The Economist; Co-author, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think; Moira Gunn, Host, “Tech Nation,” NPR – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bihar India 27 mins – “India is home to an extraordinary number of people, languages and religions, but one of the more surprising statistics is that hundreds of millions of people still live on, or below, the poverty line. Indian journalist Rupa Jha starts her journey in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar. She gets to know four local residents, who come from very different backgrounds, but are unified by their sense of ambition.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Living India – Bihar,” right-click “docarchive_20150310-0232c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biodiversity Weds Tech 68 mins – “How are bold new technologies helping in the fight to retain global biodiversity? Google’s Birch will talk about the life-and-death consequences of empowering indigenous peoples in Brazil and Africa to monitor their biodiversity. Loarie and Ueda will share the goals of iNaturalist, an online social network for naturalists, and discuss ways social media and mobile technology can bring the power of crowds to the problems of biodiversity. Scott Loarie, Co-director, iNaturalist.org, California Academy of Sciences; Ken-ichi Ueda, Co-founder and Co-director, iNaturalist.org, California Academy of Sciences; Tanya Birch, Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach; Mary Ellen Hannibal, Journalist – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biomedicine Status Panel 160 mins – “As policy agendas for 2015 come into sharper focus, much of the national conversation is aimed at tackling challenges in biomedical innovation. The first two months of the year alone have seen landmark proposals from Congress and the Obama Administration, including the House’s 21st Century Cures initiative, a bipartisan Senate working group focused on medical progress, President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and a number of additional priorities being advanced by federal agencies and other stakeholders. On March 13, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted the State of Biomedical Innovation Conference to provide an overview of emerging policy efforts and priorities related to improving the biomedical innovation process. Senior leaders from government, academia, industry, and patient advocacy shared their thoughts on the challenges facing medical product development and promising approaches to overcome them. The discussion also examined the data and analyses that provide the basis for new policies and track their ultimate success.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bishop’s Wife 53 mins – “Utah novelist Mette Ivie Harrison had already written YA novels and a memoir, but she was still trying to work through her thoughts about Mormonism, women’s roles, motherhood and grief. Her ideas eventually coalesced around a female detective in Draper, Utah. The result is a crime novel that’s been getting attention around the country. Wednesday, Harrison joins Doug to talk about the real stories that influenced the book, her faith, and her observations on Mormon culture.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Case Study 63 mins – “Stanford University sociologist Krieger presents a romance, a travel adventure, an emotional quest, and a deeply reflective discussion of coming to terms with lack of sight. Krieger will offer pointed observations on vision, blindness and learning to walk with a service animal, Teela, her “lively golden guide.” Susan Krieger, Author, Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side

Blueseed Project 61 mins – “Projected to be the first floating city in international waters, The Blueseed Project is dedicated to harvesting entrepreneurship by creating a place where the world’s top tech minds can collaborate. Twelve miles off the coast of Northern California, residents would not be subject to work visa limitations. Called the “Googleplex of the Sea,” The Blueseed Project is awakening a host of complex issues including immigration policy, visa limitations, international policy, social entrepreneurship and more. Max Marty, CEO, The Blueseed Project; Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University; University Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research, Pratt School of Engineering; Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford; Nate C. Hindman, Small Business Editor, The Huffington Post – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bollywood 58 mins – “In this special program, Stanford Fellow Tiwari introduces us to historical and contemporary Indian Hindi film. She will provide insight into the significant conventions, economics and genres, including a screening of excerpts from old and new musical film performances. Bulbul Tiwari, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book of Unknown Americans 51 mins – “ Thursday, we’re wrapping up our coverage on US-Latin American relations with novelist Cristina Henriquez. Her latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans, is about immigrants who have come here from various Latin-American countries and have settled in one apartment building in Delaware. It’s not the typical setting for immigrants maybe, but Henriquez says immigration is a story that’s everywhere … it’s an American story. The Book of Unknown Americans is Cristina Henríquez’s second novel, and it’s due out in paperback next.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Trauma 24 mins – “In this episode, we discuss what is known about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an increasingly discussed issue due to its effects on current and former football players. We discuss who else CTE affects, what is happening in the brain of affected individuals, and how more research is needed to solve this serious problem.” At the link find the title, “Punch Drunk: Boxing, football, and why chronic brain trauma matters,” right-click “135336499-thepetridish-punch-drunk-boxing-football.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Bozeman 15 mins – “ In Montana, local businesses and the city of Bozeman have been working on a public-private partnership approach to expanding Internet access that is likely to involve the city building an open access fiber network. We discuss their approach this week with Brit Fontenot, Economic Development Director for the city of Bozeman; David Fine, Bozeman Economic Development Specialist; and the President of Hoplite Industries, Anthony Cochenour. Bozeman has long been known as a city with opportunities for outdoor activities but it also has a significant tech presence though like nearly every other community in the United States, many recognize the need for more investment in better options for connectivity.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Mesa AZ 13 mins – “Arizona’s city of Mesa is one of the largest communities in the nation to benefit from the city taking role in ensuring conduit and fiber are available throughout the area. This week we talk with Alex Deshuk, the city’s Manager of Technology and Innovation that was brought on in 2008. We talk about how Mesa has, for longer than a decade, ensured that it was putting conduit in the ground and making fiber available to independent providers as needed to ensure they had multiple options around town and especially to select areas where they wanted to encourage development. Having this fiber available has helped to encourage high tech investment, including the new Apple Global Command Center.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Challenge Coins 22 mins – “The United States Military is not known for being touchy-feely. There’s not much hugging or head-patting, and superiors don’t always have the authority to offer a serviceman a raise or promotion. When a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard wants to show appreciation, love, sympathy, or professional connection, they can use challenge coins….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clash of East and West 18 mins – “Tiger moms or helicopter dads? Psychologist Hazel Markus talks about the stark differences between Eastern and Western cultures, and how they affect the way we all view the world.” At the link find the title, “The New East Meets West,” right-click “Media files IHUB-Markus-WebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change and Fires 19 mins – “Today we are joined in the studio with Mark Gross of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society institute at CU and Alicia Gibb Director of The Blow Things Up Lab, one of the spaces part of the ATLAS department. ATLAS was formed in 1997 as a university wide initiative to integrate information technology into social endeavor. Snowy frigid weather here in February may put wildfires way on the back burner for many of us here in Colorado. But as fire managers have been telling us, wildfire season has become a year-round phenomenon….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Closings 52 mins – “After a century of educating women, Sweet Briar College in rural Virginia announced this month it would close. Its endowment of about $84 million did not protect the school from the financial strains of declining enrollment. Some higher education experts warn Sweet Briar is part of a national trend of declining student interest in expensive liberal arts education and single-sex schools in place of more vocational degrees. The challenges many small private colleges face, what some schools are doing to attract students, and if it matters.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Computer Generated Stories 21 mins – “Robot art has come a long way from HAL singing “Daisy” in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Algorithms are writing novels now. Bot artist Darius Kazemi and computer scientist Kris Hammond talk about the future of computer-generated narratives.” At the link find the title, “Robots Become Writers,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0321-BWEB.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dept of Interior 51 mins – “Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks about the Obama administration’s energy priorities and why she wants tougher pollution rules for federal land, incentives for wind and solar and a focus on cutting carbon pollution.” At the link find the title, (for a short time). “A Conversation With Interior Secretary Sally Jewell,” right-click “Media files r1150319.mp3,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Digital Vellum 55 mins – “Why games are crashing through the screen and into the physical world, looking for the digital elephant that never forgets, reclaiming online ephemera and more.” At the link find the title, “277: Digital vellum, reclaiming ephemera, room escape games and more,” right-click “spark_20150301_41749.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor’s Emotions 56 mins – “In this episode, we talk to Danielle Ofri, a physician and author of “What Doctors Feel” – a book about the emotional lives of doctors and how compassion fatigue, biases, and other mental phenomena affect their decisions, their motivations, and their relationships with patients. You’ll also hear Ofri discuss emotional epidemiology, the viral-like spread of fear and other emotions that can lead to panics like those we’ve seen surrounding Ebola, the Swine Flu, SARS, and other illnesses.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Investigations 34 mins – “We speak with Bill English from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about that agency’s investigations of unmanned aircraft accidents. Bill talks about the scope of their involvement, the data available to investigators, and the similarities to manned aircraft. We also talk about the FAA NPRM and the role of the NTSB when FAA enforcement penalties are appealed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Engineers 20 mins – “In our inaugural episode of 2014, we discuss how a company called GoldieBlox is helping to create the next generation of female engineers, how the three of us got bitten by the science “bug”, and what can be done to get kids more interested in STEM fields.” At the link find the title, “She Blinded Me With Science,” right-click “131168648-thepetridish-she-blinded-me-with-science.mp3” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Federal Report 24 mins – “Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to reporters about the results of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The investigation concluded there was racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department and the city’s municipal court.” At the link find the title, “Attorney General Eric Holder on Ferguson, Missouri Investigation,” right-click “Media files program.391654.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frog Watch 2 mins – “The season to spot frogs and toads has arrived, and Hogle Zoo is part of a nationwide, citizen-science effort to monitor them in Utah. The zoo’s Suzanne Zgraggen, coordinator for FrogWatch USA in Utah, teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Crimes 69 mins – “Host: Leo Laporte interviews: Marc Goodman is a global strategist, author and consultant focused on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs. His latest book is “Future Crimes.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geoengineering and Chem Trails 60 mins – “In this program we talk with one of the world’s top experts on geoeningeering to cool the planet, Harvard’s Dr. David Keith. Then from the UK, Dr. Rose Cairns investigates the internet phenomenon of chemtrails, the belief that aircraft are already poisoning the sky. Is it an expression of public fears about geoengineering?” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Age 11 mins – “Climate change, megacities, ocean acidification. Author Diane Ackerman believes humans have shaped the world so much that we’re now living in a new geologic epoch, one that’s defined by our actions.” At the link find the title, “The Human Epoch,” right-click “Media files IHUB-ACKERMAN-WEB-MIX.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking Abortions 51 mins – “It’s already been more than four months since President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general. Now a Senate stalemate threatens to extend that delay. Majority leader Mitch McConnell said this week there will be no vote on Lynch until the Senate passes a contested human trafficking bill, but Democrats refuse to move forward, opposed to a provision barring abortion funding. Both sides could take a political hit for the delay, Democrats for blocking what was to be a rare bipartisan bill and Republicans for appearing to hold up the historic nomination of the country’s first black woman as attorney general. We look at what’s behind the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch. ” At the link find the title, (For a short time), “The Stalled Nomination Of Loretta Lynch For Attorney General,” right-click “Media files r1150317.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Incubators 5 mins – “Incubators. They’re supposed to help startups raise capital, build revenue, and maybe become the next Facebook or Yahoo! But how effective are they? Reporter Daniel Gross examines the industry.” At the link find the title, “Cracking Open Incubators,” right-click “Media files IHUB-Gross-WebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irrationality 17 mins – “We’re all irrational some of the time, probably more of the time than we are ready to acknowledge.  Lisa Bortolotti discusses the nature of irrationality with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Evolution 51 mins – “In their new book, “ISIS: The State Of Terror,” Jessica Stern and JM Berger, experts on violent extremism and terrorism, explain the genesis, evolution and implications of today’s barbaric jihadist army.” At the link find the title, “Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger: “ISIS: The State Of Terror,’” right-click “Media files r2150317.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Island Histories 59 mins – “For those of us who live on the mainland, islands are something we tend to think of as destinations. As places to visit, perhaps, to take a break from our ordinary lives. And then to leave again. They’re places on the periphery — and that’s borne out not only in the way we draw our maps, but also in the way we write our history. On this episode, we make the peripheral central. From the Caribbean, through the Great Lakes, to the San Francisco Bay and beyond, it’s an hour all about islands in American history.” 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.

Kidzania 18 mins – “In this week’s magazine, Rebecca Mead writes about KidZania, a company that operates giant children’s play centers resembling miniature cities. Rather than escape into a fantasy world, at KidZania children take jobs, purchase items branded by corporate sponsors, pay taxes, and even run a legal system. On this week’s Out Loud, Mead joins Michael Agger, the culture editor of newyorker.com, along with the staff writer Nick Paumgarten, to discuss KidZania’s unusual approach to play. They discuss the parenting and educational philosophies behind various forms of kids’ entertainment, the challenge of finding safe play spaces for children that offer real freedom, and some of the disconcerting aspects of the KidZania model. Like a Vegas casino, Paumgarten says, “on the one hand, you’re impressed by the verisimilitude; on the other it’s spooky and cheesy.” At the link find the title, “Play and Parenting at KidZania,” right-click “Media files 150112_outloud_kidzania.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Types 49 mins – “In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.” At the link find the title, “Spoken And Unspoken,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latin American Upgrade 56 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Trends and Transformations – The New Latin America By Hinckley Institute of Politics by Peter Schecter​, Atlantic Council, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lusitania 51 mins – “A hundred years ago, a German U-boat torpedoed a British passenger liner, one of the most significant maritime tragedies in history. Best-selling author Erik Larson retells the story of the last crossing of the Lusitania.” At the link (for a short time) find the title, “Erik Larson: “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” right-click “Media files r2150318.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mediacom Founder 29  mins – ”Mediacom Founder and CEO Rocco Commisso discusses his company, the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to approve new rules to regulate the Internet as a public utility, and Republican legislative efforts to pare back the rule changes.” At the link find the title, “Communicators: Rocco Commisso,” right-click “Media files program.390384.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Relations 54 mins – “Hinckley Forum: The Future of U.S. – Mexican Relations: By Hinckley Institute of Politics by Ambassador Alejandro Estivill-Castro, Deputy Head of Mission of the Mexican Embassy to the United States of America” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome 52 mins – “You are what you eat. Whether you dine on kimchi, carnitas, or corn dogs determines which microbes live in your stomach. And gut microbes make up only part of your total microbiome. Find out how your microbes are the brains-without-brains that affect your health and even your mood. Also, why you and your cohorts are closer than you thought: new research suggests that you swap and adopt bugs from your social set. Plus, the philosophical questions that are arise when we realize that we have more microbial DNA than human DNA. And a woman who skipped soap and shampoo for a month to see what would grow on her.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photojournalists 49 mins – “Award-winning photographers MaryAnne Golon and Lucian Perkins share their experiences of recording crises around the world and putting themselves in harm’s way to capture conflict on the human level. They are joined by Michael Abramowitz, director of the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which relies on documentation taken by photojournalists to provide evidence of war crimes and to capture stories of destruction and devastation.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasting Trends 45 mins – “Ray Ortega is a professional podcaster.  In addition to his own part-time entrepreneurial work as an audio podcaster (with his own shows like The Podcasters Studio and Podcasters Roundtable), his main day-job is that of a video podcaster for a non-profit organization. In this episode, Ray delivers his story of how he creates video content and then repurposes it as an audio podcast, with the proper iTunes listing and feed to his audience — the Podcasters Roundtable. In addition, Lon Naylor also describes the formula for repurposing audio podcast episodes into compelling, creative, visually engaging and message-driven screencasts with a good call-to-action.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Entrepreneur 17 mins – “Frederick Hutson is an entrepreneur whose biggest early venture landed him in prison for nearly five years—distributing marijuana through UPS and FedEx. While in prison, he realized that a lot of the problems of everyday prison life could use a business solution. And then, he got out. Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prozac 7 mins – “The 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson could well have been writing about depression from her own experience; sadly there were no medicines to treat it. It is only since the second world war that antidepressant molecules have been available. The effects of amphetamines on mood had been discovered in the 1930s. They were widely used during the second world war to improve alertness, and their use (and abuse) continued afterwards; into the 1960s medicines like Drinamyl (a combination of dextroamphetamine and Amobarbital) were seen as innocuous medications, which they were not. The first specific antidepressants were hit upon accidentally. A drug named imipramine which was unsuccessful as a treatment for schizophrenics proved ideal for people suffering from depression….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Prozac.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rhino Dung 5 mins – “In a small factory in the northeastern India, a strange type of swill churns in a vat. Bits of chopped-up old hosiery swirl around in almost 200 gallons of water while, at six-second intervals, 72-year-old Mahesh Bora adds fists full of rhino dung… Manesh Bora says he was inspired to try a new approach to protecting rhinos after others had failed. When he heard about an effort elsewhere in India to use elephant dung in paper, he figured the same could work for rhinos… He visited the elephant project, came back to Assam, and set up a business called Elrhino. It started with his wife’s kitchen blender and some window screens, but now employs 50 people. They gather the dung and other natural ingredients and work in the factory. Rhino dung is rich in fiber useful in making paper, and relatively easy to find in the animals’ territory. One rhino can drop up to 900 pounds in one spot over 10 days or so. The dung is easy to find; when rhinos find a good place to poop, they tend to return there for at least 10 days. And they drop a lot of it, maybe 900 pounds or so in one spot.” 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.

Right to Work 45 mins – “Lawmakers across the country are racing to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation, the euphemistically named union-busting policy that restricts the collection of fees from all workers covered by a union contract. Militating against the principle of the union shop, right-to-work campaigns have pushed bills in various states, coupled with court battles and fierce anti-union rhetoric peddled by politicians like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. This week, Loyola University historian Elizabeth Shermer speaks with Belabored about the politics and history of right-to-work policies, and what labor can do to fight back. We also discuss the groundbreaking new student debt strike led by the Debt Collective, the truth about Walmart’s wage hike, the battle in Seattle for fair wages, and catering workers pressuring airlines to beef up their paltry healthcare benefits….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scanning 65 mins – “Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations, but they’re under threat from pollution, war and neglect. Kacyra invented a groundbreaking 3D laser scanning system and is using his invention to scan and preserve the world’s heritage in archival detail. His nonprofit organization, CyArk, is now launching the 500 Challenge, an ambitious goal to “digitally preserve” 500 heritage sites. Digital Preservation, a technology twist on brick and mortar conservation, takes advantage of digital content to share the stories and significance of these ancient places with children and adults through virtual tours, online lesson plans, and soon, “the holodeck,” in addition to making critical data available to conservators for their conservation

Social Media in Business 42 mins – “…Social media is here and it’s a necessity for any business these days. Even more importantly is the specific way you interact on social media, what you share, how you share it, and what your strategy is. Love it or hate it, it’s time to step up your social media game. This week we interview entrepreneur and social media expert, Laura Roeder. Laura is a social media marketing expert who teaches small businesses how to become well-known and claim their brands online. She is the creator of LKR Social Media Marketer and Creating Fame,.. In 2011, Laura Roeder was honored at The White House as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media in Science 25 mins – “Have you wanted to reach out to other science teachers with your questions about NGSS?  Our guests this week can help.  Using Twitter, Fred Ende and Tricia Shelton moderate #NGSSchat – an online forum to learn and share around the Next Generation Science Standards and great science teaching.  Listen to the show to find out how you can “lurk”, learn and contribute to #NGSSchat.” [Synchronous and asynchronous messaging are mentioned. Here’s a link that defines these.] At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spirit of America   21 mins –  “Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, And Spirit Of America In this episode, the host of Uncommon Knowledge speaks with Jim Hake, founder of Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization created to save lives and support the missions of US soldiers abroad. Hake’s goal was to go beyond what the government could do, with the motive of seeing America succeed. Begun in 2003, the idea gained enormous support, including from General Jim Mattis, commander of some of the first missions in Iraq. Today, Spirit of America is working around the world, sending our troops material needs, from sewing machines to Frisbees, wherever there is a need.” At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, and Spirit of America,” right-click “20150313.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism and Media 55 mins – “Terrorism and Today’s Media: Roles, Responsibilities and the Changing Dynamics of Reporting a War on Terror by Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Global Justice, University of Utah; Bill Warren, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, University of Utah and moderator Kirk Jowers Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Twitter Stories and Rushdie 60 mins – “Teju Cole’s Twitter-based faction project “Small Fates 1912” (newspaper headlines rendered as short shorts) is performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright. And old frenemies in Chennai are caught up in disaster in Salman Rushdie’s “In the South,” performed by Michael Stuhlbarg.” At the link find the title, “In an Instant,” right-click “Media files 196644144-selectedshorts-pcast-ss201426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Typography 15 mins – “Paul Shaw, an award-winning graphic designer, typographer, and calligrapher in New York City, teaches at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. The designer or codesigner of eighteen typefaces, he is the coauthor of Blackletter: Type and National Identity and the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System (MIT Press). He writes about letter design in the blog Blue Pencil.” At the link find the title, “EPISODE 70 (MAR. ’15): Paul Shaw,” right-click “Listen to Interview” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Travel 30 mins – “We’ve all deliberated ad nauseum about which road to take to avoid traffic. Today’s discussions about transportation choices are more about the mode than the route, with greener options like biking, public transit, and innovative ride-sharing ideas exploding. This week on Sea Change Radio, Amanda Eaken of the Natural Resources Defense Council takes us on a tour of the latest innovations in urban transport – from car and bike-sharing services to mapping to the potential of self-driving cars. ” At the link find the title, “Getting Around: Urban Transport Solutions,” right-click “ Media files SC-2015-03-10.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Shortage in San Paulo 4 mins – “Imagine this: São Paulo, South America’s largest city and economic hub, running out of water by June. That’s what Brazil’s federal government predicted just weeks ago. The region is in its worst drought in 80 years. The reservoir that supplies half the city is just over 10 percent full. The government has begun rationing water, though haphazardly. Many people in São Paulo are worried their future may look a lot like what happened last year in the small, nearby city of Itu. Last August, without warning, the city’s homes had their water supplies shut off. Residents had to use public taps, and neighbors fought neighbors as dozens of people swarmed around the faucet. The outage went on for weeks, stretching into September. Itu resident Alexandre Oliveira remembers it as “a water war.” Oliveira volunteered as a water carrier for homebound neighbors, but others charged for the service and became known as “water traffickers.” Emergency water trucks were eventually called in, but there weren’t enough. When they did arrive, some residents blocked the trucks with flaming barricades to make sure they didn’t leave before every house on the street got water.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right-end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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Media Mining Digest 175 – Mar 20, 2015: Africa Mobile Health, American Leadership in Asia, Aniracetam, Ara Sea, Arsenio, Baha’i Faith, Barbituric Acid, Blindness Variations, Blood Analysis Breakthrough, Blood Analysis Help, CIA Reorganization, Cold Storage Film, Cuba-U.S. Relations, Cuban Detente, Drug Disposal Program, Education, Email Assistants, Ferguson, Foreign Service Careers, Forensic Science, Forenisc Toxicology, Freak and RowHammer, Human Powered Helicopter, Human Rights, Immigrant Education Help, Immigrant Youth, India and China, Innovation Science, Intelligence, Kidnapping for Ransom, Kids Chances Decline, Longevity Kitchen, Malaria Resistance, Microbiome Hype, Middle Class Decline, Neuroscience future, Overmedication of Women, Palm Tree Rustling, Palm Rustling, Police Commissioner of Baltimore, Police Issues, Racism Challenge, Russian Deception Strategy, S&P 500, Salmon, Science Talk, Small Cap Funds, Ukraine Crisis, Undocumented Immigrant, Wall Street Reform, Water Evaluation, Wayne Brady, West Without Water, Women in Science, Women in STEM,

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 67 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Africa Mobile Health 112 mins – “Mobile technology is upending how healthcare is delivered in Africa. Mobile devices and mobile health (mHealth) services have, for example, revolutionized maternal care, chronic disease prevention, and the management of Ebola and malaria epidemics. Innovations in mHealth have shown to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of African medical systems through patient tracking and reporting, as well as extend critically needed health services to underserved areas, found both in rural and urban African communities. On March 12, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings examined mHealth applications in Africa, with a particular emphasis on mHealth innovations in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone paying specific attention to child and maternal health. Discussion centered on current implementation in Nigeria and elsewhere, how mobile solutions can serve to improve patient treatment and public health reporting in the developing world, and how communities are using such technologies to provide crucial epidemic treatment information to address health issues such as maternal mortality and epidemic outbreaks. Brookings Vice President Darrell West also presented his findings from a forthcoming paper, “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health and Fight Ebola: A Case Study of Mobile Innovation in Nigeria.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Leadership in Asia 42 mins – “In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge Dartmouth professors of government Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth join Peter for an in-depth conversation about foreign policy and national security strategies in an ever-changing environment. Jennifer Lind is an associate professor of government; her most recent book is Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics. William Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government; his most recent book is World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy.” At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with Dartmouth professors Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth,” right-click “Media files 20150226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aniracetam 28 mins – “Aniracetam has been reported to yield significant increases in cognitive functioning and abilities. This is further enhanced by its effects on memory recall and, probably more importantly, its high-level effects on learning. To add to that, the drug has been proven as an anxiolytic, a drug which helps reduce anxiety.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Sve Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aral Sea 27 mins – “As part of the BBC’s A Richer World season, Rustam Qobil visits a desert where people have lost their sea, health and loved ones to a man-made disaster. He meets 86 year-old Khojabay who lives in Kazakhstan in the middle of a vast toxic desert made of mud, dust and pesticides – once The Aral Sea. 40 years ago his village was a seaside fishing port surrounded by freshwater lakes and barley fields, and he could catch up to 400 kilos of fish in one go. However, 26,000 square miles of sea is now called Aralkum or ‘The Aral Sands’ locally. When the Soviets started building dozens of dams and canals in the 1960s they deprived the Aral Sea of its two main tributaries and the sea started shrinking. Rustam Qobil travels to ‘The Aral Sands’ and hears from the people whose lives and families have been affected.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Gone,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150225-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arsenio 82 mins – “The Late night legend sits down with the Champs to discuss a variety of things, including how his career began, Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Redd Foxx, and of course, the making of “Coming To America.”  He also refers to Neal as a “negrophile.”  And does a mean Paul Mooney impression.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Baha’i Faith 60 mins – “Come learn about the history, tenets and values of the Baha’i faith, which upholds the unity of God and the oneness of the human race. The Faith was founded in 19th century Persia by the Prophet/Founder Baha’u’llah. It is the 2nd largest minority religion in Iran, but its adherents have been discriminated against in Iran and elsewhere. Its Holy Shrines and offices are in Israel. Sabetan is the spokesperson for the International Baha’i community in the United States.” Farhad Sabetan, Ph.D. in Economics; Human Rights Defender; Michael Pappas, Executive Director, SF Interfaith Council. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Barbituric Acid 8 mins – “‘No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.’ Thus speaks the sage in Thus speaks Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche’s work of philosophical fiction, pronouncing untroubled sleep God’s reward for a day lived virtuously. But Zarathustra, the vehicle for Nietzsche’s new, godless philosophy, is unconvinced – he dismisses the sage and his followers as unenlightened sleepwalkers, retorting ‘Blessed are the sleepy ones, for they will soon drop off.’ Now, whether you believe that deities dictate dozing, or that sleep is assuredly secular, adherents of both philosophies at least agree that sleep is not always easily achieved. Who has not lain awake feeling the dawn’s slow approach, exhausted but unable to slumber? Thankfully, merciful chemistry is agnostic and throughout history, the sleepless just and unjust alike have appealed to her for reprieve.” At the link right-click “Download CIIE_Barbituric_acid.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blindness Variations 20 mins – “Listener, Chris Markiewicz explains how colour contrasts on some packaging makes the labelling difficult to read. Also, Lyndall Bywater who was born blind, and Ken Reid, who lost his sight in his late thirties discuss which of the two situations is ‘better’. And In Touch listeners’ response to Damon Rose column, broadcast last week, about the colours and light show he is constantly seeing, even though he is totally blind.” At the link find the title (for a limited time), “InTouch 03 Mar 15: Born Blind – Gone Blind,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Analysis Breakthrough 20 mins – “If 29-year-old Elizabeth Holmes has her way, patients will no longer have to go to physicians’ offices, hospitals, or laboratories to get high-complexity diagnostic blood tests. Nor will vial after vial of blood draws be necessary to do these tests. Barely out of the gate after a decade of secrecy, the Stanford dropout is already drawing comparisons with Steve Jobs (she often wears the same black turtleneck). And her company, Theranos, Inc., which emerged from the shadows in September, just might be healthcare’s answer to Apple. The so-called disruptive technology that Ms. Holmes, a former engineering major, and Theranos have created is said to have the potential to shake up and forever change the way laboratory medicine is conducted. Since forgoing college at 19, Ms. Holmes has secured millions of dollars in funding for her new venture, including $45 million in private equity funding in 2010. The board of directors of her company is a Who’s Who of distinguished former and current technology, academic, and government officials. In an exclusive interview, Ms. Holmes talks to Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Topol, MD, about the decade she spent building her company; plans for the present and the future, including a recent deal with Walgreens drugstores; and whether she’s on the path to the creative destruction of laboratory medicine.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of is included in the blog archive.

Blood Analysis Help 31 mins – “In Episode #60, we’re joined by Dr. Alexis Shields, naturopathic doctor and blood chemistry specialist. Dr. Shields shares her knowledge of blood chemistry analysis as a way to monitor and improve overall health, and how the insights we gain can help us maintain optimal neurotransmitter levels and boost cognition….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA Reorganization 47 mins – “ The Central Intelligence Agency – the CIA – was officially launched in 1947 to ensure, it was said at the time, that the United States would never face another Pearl Harbor.  In the decades that followed, its activities – and reputation – were all over the place.  But there was no new Pearl Harbor.  Until 9/11 came, and that comparison was all over.  And the Iraq War case, with its flawed intelligence.  And American torture, with the CIA at its center.  Last week, the CIA announced its biggest overhaul in decades.  This hour On Point: reorganizing the CIA.” At the link right-click “Download this story” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold Storage Film 17 mins – “In ancient Sumer, more than 4,500 years ago, the first libraries were archives of clay tablets etched with cuneiform script.  In our own time, a library may contain not only printed books and journals, but also audio and visual recordings in analog and digital form.  Yet the purpose remains little changed over the millennia – to share information from one human being to another and to preserve a body of knowledge from generation to generation. The Harvard Depository in rural Massachusetts is a library, too, but on a scale and with a purpose unlike your local public library branch.  The just-released documentary Cold Storage takes us inside the HD and offers a chilling glimpse of the future of scholarship.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuba – U.S. Relations  52 mins – “For almost fifty years, the United States has maintained economic sanctions against Cuba. Little human, financial, or commercial traffic flows between the two countries, although much bad blood does. Recent political events suggest that might be changing. Wednesday, we’re examining the tense history of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and we’ll focus on the embargo. Just how effective has it been? What was its original purpose? What has it achieved? And will America and Cuba ever get along?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Detente 52 mins – “Hinckley Forum: A Long 90 Miles – Reality of Cuban Detente b Rachel DeLevie-Orey​, Atlantic Council, Assistant Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Disposal Program 57 mins – “In June 2012, Alameda County in California became the first local government body to pass a safe drug disposal ordinance that would hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the safe collection and disposal of unused medications from the public. Now San Francisco and numerous additional local governments are on the cusp of doing the same. Today we’ll talk with former Center for Disease Control physician, Dr. Matt Willis; Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the CA Product Stewardship Council; Guillermo Rodriguez of the San Francisco Department of the Environment; and Conor Johnston, from the office of the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education By Doing 70  mins – “It’s no secret California and the nation continue to fight an uphill battle to stay educationally competitive. A recent study showed that American students ranked 25th among 34 countries in math and science, behind China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland. And California ranked “below average” in the U.S. What are the solutions for getting back on track? How can students develop the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for postsecondary success and citizenship in a world fueled by innovations in science and technology? Hear from a panel of educational experts who say the answer lies in real world problem solving, what’s termed “experiential education” or learning by doing. Hear about innovative work that could well hold the key to turning around the educational system and America’s future.” Charles Best, Founder, Donorschoose.org; Vince Bertram, Ph.D., President and CEO, Project Lead the Way; Helen Quinn, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Physics and Former Chair, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Stanford University; Chair, National Board on Science Education; Dennis Bartels, Ph.D., Executive Director, Exploratorium; Member, Education Working Group for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Issues 13 mins – “Private foundations are now pouring billions into public education. But Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, says that this may not fix the system.” At the link find the title, “Billionaires and Education,” right-click “Media files IHUB-022815-A.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Email Assistants 23 mins – “A look at two algorithmically-aided approaches to email overload.” At the link find the title, “Less Mail,” right-click “Media files misenerontech_20141104_87133.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson 51 mins – “Last year, a Saint Louis grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. But the Justice Department launched its own investigation and yesterday we learned the results: No civil rights charges will be brought against Officer Wilson. But the Justice Department said it did find a pattern of bias and discrimination against African-Americans by Ferguson police and the courts. Blacks were twice as likely as whites to be searched at traffic stops, and local courts used heavy fines to send many black residents to jail. Diane and [5] guests discuss the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson and what it means for civil rights and police departments around the country.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Ferguson Report 47 mins – “If you wondered last summer why Ferguson, Missouri blew up so fast and hard after the killing of Michael Brown, yesterday the Department of Justice had one answer for you.  This, said Attorney General Eric Holder and a big DOJ report, was a town under a racist police force.  Emailing starkly racist jokes – the President as a chimpanzee.  Stopping and arresting African-American citizens at a far higher rate than whites.  Using force and dogs and poverty in a way that trapped people – jailed people – to fill city coffers.  This hour On Point:  the Ferguson report, and what comes now” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Traffic Fines 24 mins – “Claire Bolderson reports on the tiny independent cities that make up St Louis County and how they stand accused of fuelling community tensions.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Bizarre Workings of St Louis County Missouri – 26 Mar 2015,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150226-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foreign Service Careers 55 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Careers in the Foreign Service By Hinckley Institute of Politics by Harry K. Thomas, State Department diplomat-in-residence for the Southwest” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Science 60 mins – “This week, we’re listening to “Getting Away With Murder,” a panel discussion abouForensic Sciencet forensic science and pop culture recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Amanda Leinbaugh, Emily Finke, Bug Girl Gwen Pearson, and Raychelle “Dr. Rubidium” Burks discuss the Hollywood treatment of forensic investigations, and the way crime scene security, DNA analysis, and pattern evidence work in the real world.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Science Report 28 mins – “There have been several programs looking at exoneration of people previously convicted of crimes. This includes The Innocence Project, currently boasting 325 DNA exonerations, and a project of the University of Michigan Law School that works on cases in which DNA is unavailable. The latter project has exonerated 1,553 individuals when we recorded this podcast. As it turns out, many of these people were convicted based on forensic science that was later proved to not be scientifically valid. So, what particular forensic disciplines are actually valid in the criminal justice system? At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the ringt end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Toxicology 29 mins – “Keith welcomes Bonnie Gunn, UTEP Forensic Science Advisor; and Vanessa De La Rosa, IRACDA Post-Doctoral Fellow in Toxicology at the University of New Mexico.  They discuss forensic toxicology, and the long-term effect toxins in the environment have on people.  In De La Rosa’s case, she is studying how arsenic & uranium are affecting Native American populations in Northern New Mexico.” At the link right-click on “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freak and RowHammer 107 mins – “Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte: Steve and Leo catch up with several VERY interesting security events and stories of the week, then we take a deep dive into two of the week’s big security stories: FREAK and RowHammer.” At the link find “SN 498: Freak & RowHammer,” right-click “sn0498.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Powered Helicopter  5 mins – “Here are three words to strike fear into your heart: Human. Powered. Helicopter. And by “powered,” I don’t mean a foot on the gas pedal. I mean if you stop pedaling, it falls. The only “power” in this helicopter is the Power Bar you eat before you climb inside. And you better eat a lot of them. “It is extremely difficult because the faster you go, the more power it takes,” says Cameron Robertson, co-founder of AeroVelo, a company in Canada dedicated to human-powered engineering. In 2013, AeroVelo won the Sikorsky Prize, a $250,000 award for building a human-powered helicopter that can stay in the air at least 60 seconds and reach an altitude of 3 meters — about 10 feet. How big a feat of engineering was this? The prize had gone unclaimed for 33 years.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Rights 64 mins – “During the last half of the 20th century, human rights became a plumb line against which the international community measured a country’s respectability. Today human rights are nominally accepted as the lingua franca of international relations, invoked by politicians, jurists and young people leading revolutions in the Middle East. In this address, Schulz will outline the major human rights challenges around the globe today and reflect on how our understanding of human rights may change in the future.” Dr. William F. Schulz, Former Executive Director, Amnesty International USA; President, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Education Help 57 mins – “Laurene Powell Jobs, in conversation with Stanford Engineering Professor Tom Byers, shares her path to entrepreneurship and her strong commitment to addressing massive challenges in education and immigration reform through College Track and Emerson Collective, organizations she founded to spark systemic change and improve lives at the individual level.” At the link hover over “Podcast,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Youth 54 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Indocumentado – Immigration and Youth in Crisis By Hinckley Institute of Politics with Julie Stewart, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Westminster College; Sol Jimenez, Latino/a Youth Immigrant Activist, Mestizo Arts and Activism, Undergraduate Student in political Science, Sociology, and Ethnic Studies; Ciria Alvarez, Project Leader, U Dream Advising Corps, Somos Dreamers Scholarship Foundation, Undergraduate Student in Political Science, Sociology; Luis Garza, Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas; Nina Frias Valle, Community Relations, Mexican Consulate, and Felix Vivanco-Salazar (moderator) Community Engaged Scholar Leadership Team, Bennion Center – Co-sponsored by the Bennion Center” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India and China 65 mins – “India and China are the world’s two most populous countries, with dynamic, fast-growing economies that are reshaping the economic balance of power. It is widely accepted that both countries are becoming forces to contend with – which will present the United States with challenges and opportunities. But though they are often spoken of together, their political and economic systems are very different. The similarities and differences between India and China, the distinct economic paths they have chosen, and the success of their respective models will heavily influence the shape of the future global economy – and the United States. Two noted experts on China and India will compare and contrast modern India and China, and assess their present and future roles.” William Miller, Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business; President Emeritus, SRI International; Rafiq Dossani, Senior Research Scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative; Sean Randolph, President and CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute – Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Science 67 mins – “A new generation of emerging entrepreneurs is coming to this country from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. They have been competitively selected to visit entrepreneurship and innovation hubs all over the U.S., including Silicon Valley, to share high-tech inventions that will help address challenges in medicine, the environment, cosmetics, mobile phone technology and more. Known as “GIST Transformers,” these men and women are winners of rigorous competitions under the Global Innovations through Science & Technology (GIST) initiative, a program designed to accelerate technology commercialization and entrepreneurship through global networking, entrepreneurship skill-building, mentorship and strategic funding. Come learn about this remarkable initiative and the future of innovation.” Cathy Campbell, President and CEO, CRDF Global, Washington, D.C.; Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State; Hasanul Qader Mirza, Director of Operations, Greennovation Technologies, Bangladesh; Khairul Idzwan Baharin, CEO, MyDerm, Malaysia; Moustapha Kane, Founder, Amarante, Senegal, West Africa Chiri, Co-founder, SmellNat, Algeria, North Africa Quentin Hardy, Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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, “Get Smart…er,” right-click “Media files IHUB-022115-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kidnapping for Ransom 21 mins – “Someone is kidnapped every day in Nigeria. It’s big business, with potentially big rewards in ransom money. And like any business, kidnapping has a particular set of principles and best practices. Today on the show: how a consultant analyzed the kidnapping industry in order to find its weak points and better protect the people he loved.” At the link find the title, “#607: Captive Market,” right-click “Media files npr_389614736.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kids Chances Decline 47 mins – “Robert Putnam is perhaps the most famed social scientist in the United States.  A kid from working class Ohio.  Now a big deal at Harvard.  He went out to see how it is now for kids hoping to rise up in working class America.  And he was shocked.  Deeply unsettled at how difficult it has become.  At how rocketing American inequality has shoved the American dream stunningly out of reach for millions and millions of kids.  “Our kids,” he says.  And put America’s very future at risk.  This hour On Point:  Robert Putnam’s new cry to save our kids and our country.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longevity Kitchen 67 mins – “Wondering how you can eat your way to a longer life? Nationally recognized culinary translator and nutrition expert Rebecca Katz has put together more than 100 recipes that highlight the top superfoods proven to fight the most chronic conditions in her latest cookbook, The Longevity Kitchen. Author of the award-winning cookbook The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Katz is the founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, which focuses on educating individuals on the healing power of the kitchen and creating healthy connections with food. Join Katz for a discussion on how to increase your longevity through tasty recipes, such as roasted asparagus salad with arugula and hazelnuts or yogurt berry brûlée with almond brittle.” Rebecca Katz, Chef; Educator; Author, The Longevity Kitchen and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen; In conversation with Cathy Curtis, Chair, Bay Gourmet Member-Led Forum; Vice President of Board of Directors, CUESA. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Resistance 51 mins – “There are an estimated 200 million cases of malaria worldwide each year, and around 600,000 deaths. But the last 15 years represent a success story in the fight against the disease: Increased investment in treatment and prevention have cut the death rate nearly in half. Now, researchers warn that resistance to the primary drug used to treat malaria is spreading. A new study has detected a resistant strain in Myanmar near the Indian border, raising concerns that resistance could soon extend its hold to sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 90 percent of malaria deaths occur. Diane and her guests discuss new concerns about combating malaria worldwide.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Microbiome Hype 64 mins – “On the show this week we talk to evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, who studies the evolution and ecology of microbes and genomes. We delve into the tiny world of the microbiome—the thousands of microorganisms that live inside all of us.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Decline 53 mins – “President Obama and his critics have been arguing a lot lately over whose policies best serve America’s middle class. And you can understand why when close to half of Americans identify as “middle-class.” In his State of the Union address, the president defined “middle-class economics” as “the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same set of rules.” Now, however you think of it, the middle class is a powerful idea in American culture. So on this episode, we explore the rise — and, some would say, the fall — of the middle class in the United States. What is the middle class, anyway? Who’s in it, and who isn’t? And how have middle-class lives and middle-class values changed over time? “ 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.

Neuroscience Future 64 mins – “A fundamental challenge of modern society is the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function in both healthy and impaired individuals, and some people have serious concerns about the ability of either our current education or health-care system to meet this challenge. Gazzaley will share a vision of the future in which video games integrated with technological innovations in software and hardware are used as an engine to harness brain plasticity and enhance our cognitive abilities, thus reducing our reliance on non-specific drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions and allowing us to better target and personalize our educational efforts.“ Adam Gazzaley, M.D.; Ph.D; Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overmedication of Women 47 mins – “Americans take a lot of pharmaceuticals to control their moods, their emotions, their state of mind.  And women take a lot more than men.  One in four American women, now on some kind of psychiatric medication.  You know the names from the ads all over TV:  Cymbalta, Zoloft, Abilify, more.  My guest today, psychiatrist Julie Holland, says that flood of drugs is shutting down natural emotions that women need.  Numbing women in a way that’s bad for many of them, and bad for society.  This hour On Point:  a cry against medicating women’s feelings.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palm Tree Rustling 17 mins – “…Reports of palm theft have appeared in San Diego, and in Texas; palm rustling also gets a mention in Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. To understand why someone would want to steal a palm tree, we need to understand their value—which has a lot to do with the space they occupy in our collective imagination. We don’t plant palms for any of the normal reasons we want other trees around. They produce little shade, are difficult to climb, and don’t, for the most part, produce edible fruit…..” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paul Allen 63 mins – “In conversation with John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University. In 2007 and 2008, Time named Microsoft co-founder Allen one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since making his fortune with Bill Gates, Allen’s impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music and philanthropy. Allen explains how he has solved problems, what he’s learned from his many endeavors (the triumphs and the failures) and his compelling vision for the future.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Commission of Baltimore 60 mins – “Anthony Batts talked about the challenges of policing the city of Baltimore, Maryland, tensions between the community and the police force, issues of police brutality, and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the practices of his department. He also spoke about the declining murder and crime rates in the city and his initiatives in the coming year. Commissioner Batts also discussed growing up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles, his past experiences as a beat officer and police chief in Long Beach, California, and his tenure as chief of police in Oakland.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Anthony Batts,” right-click “Media files program.385634.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Issues 63 mins – “Our second hour of stories about policing and race. We hear about one city where relations between police and black residents went terribly, and another city where they seem to be improving remarkably. And one of our producers asks: Why aren’t police chiefs talking about race after incidents where unarmed black men are wrongly killed by officers? (Here is the bleeped version.)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism Challenge 14 mins – “Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a place for his young family to live nearby. He tells this powerful story about the lived experience of “everyday racism” — and how it echoes today in the way he’s had to teach his grandchildren to interact with police.” At the link click ‘Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Deception Strategy 27 mins – “Lucy Ash examines the Russian military strategy of deception, maskirovka, from the 14th Century to the current crisis in Ukraine.” At the link find the title, “Docarchive: Maskirovka: Deception Russian-Style,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150303-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

S&P 500 43 mins – “This podcast is the first in a series dedicated to the asset classes recommended in the combination of equity asset classes that comprise the Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy (put link to article). Through the articles and podcasts, investors will get a better idea of the good, bad and ugly of each asset class.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salmon 8 mins – “David Suzuki says science and resource managers share a common problem. They chop up the world studying, or managing individual segments, often missing the big picture which shows vital connectivity between individual pieces. He describes the ecology of the coastal forests along the Canadian Pacific coast. Here, salmon swim up the rivers to spawn. The salmon are a major food source for bears and so begins a series of links where one species feeds on another and nutrients move from ocean to land supporting tall forests. Meanwhile government departments compete for resources, with self-interest winning out over the interest of the entire ecosystem.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Talk 54 mins – “We live in an age in which science and technology pervade our lives like never before. Yet, over the last several years Americans have become increasingly skeptical of scientific findings, especially when it comes to hot button issues like climate change, vaccines and genetically modified food. In a recent survey of U.S. scientists, only half said it is a good time for science. Some blame politics. They argue that research is being held hostage by ideology. Others say the growing complexity of our world makes us cling to our beliefs, even when confronted with evidence that demonstrates the contrary. Why many Americans doubt science and how scientists can better communicate their findings.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Small Cap Funds 40 mins – “10 Things You Should Know About Small Cap Funds: This podcast looks at the one year, 15 year and 40 year returns of the Small Cap Index as well as the impact of size, value and diversification on returns. Paul compares the Small Cap Index at Vanguard and DFA, and discusses the problems of active management with this asset class.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 55 mins – “Hinckley Forum: The Ukraine Crisis and the Challenge of Kremlin Revisionism by Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center; US Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006)” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 54 mins – “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy: This week we feature a panel discussion presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, titled “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy.”  Our speakers are: Harvard University visiting professor, Pawel Karolewski; Brandeis University assistant professor, Chandler Rosenberger; and New School professor, Nina Khrushcheva.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 63 mins – “World tensions spike as the situation in Ukraine seems capable of boiling over into a larger conflict between Russia and the West. Dan blames hubris and political short-sightedness.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Undocumented Immigrant 64 mins – “’I convinced myself that all would be OK if I lived up to the qualities of a ‘citizen': hard work, self-reliance, love of my country.” Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Vargas just revealed to The New York Times that he immigrated to the United States illegally at the age of 12. Raised and educated in the Bay Area, Vargas won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his breaking news piece on the Virginia Tech shootings. Now 30 and no longer a reporter at the Post, Vargas has founded Define American, to changed the conversation on immigration reform. Fresh on the heels of this game-changing Times article, hear Vargas speak first at the Club.Jose Antonio Vargas, Former Reporter, The Washington Post; Founder, Define American In conversation with Phil Bronstein, Editor-at-Large, Hearst Newspapers. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Street Reform 64 mins – “Wall Street is a giant casino where gambling masquerades as investment, says Faust; pundits, politicians and regulators suggest only meager reforms that do nothing to eliminate the systemic rot that is leading us to financial disaster. Faust, an outspoken financial services insider and investment advisor, argues that a fundamental overhaul of the system is needed to rebuild the great economic engine that once powered prosperity. He offers insights to accomplishing this.” Leland Faust, Founder and Chairman, CSI Capital Management. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Evaluation 62 mins – “The global water crisis is real, and in many parts of the world, worsening. Growing populations, increased competition for scarce resources, the impacts of climatic changes, and other risks and threats are all contributing to local, regional and international concerns over freshwater. Dr. Gleick will look at the future of our water challenges here and abroad, drawing on lessons learned over the past 2,000 years to describe the three “Ages of Water.” He will offer suggestions for moving to a more equitable and sustainable future.” Peter Gleick, Water Expert; Co-founder, Pacific Institute; MacArthur Fellow. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Innovation 66 mins – “Water: We can’t live without it – but most of the world practically does. The event will begin with a meaningful but refreshing conversation about the global water crisis and those working on creative new approaches for providing clean drinking water. Hear from the leaders in the field and find out more about innovative projects like a town run entirely off recycled water, collaborative coalitions and breakout projects that deliver on reliable and safe water for those who need it most. After the kick-off panel, we’ll dive right into an interactive social in an attempt to grasp the realities of H20 hardships and opportunities. It’s the ultimate genesis of life as we know it – let’s hear the stories and wade neck-deep into the worldwide water crisis.” Jake Norton, Co-founder and Lead Climber, Challenge 21; Evan Thomas, Assistant Professor and Director, The SWEET Lab; Executive Vice President, Manna Energy Limited; Jon Rose, Professional Surfer; Founder, Waves for Water; Peter Gleick, Water Expert; Co-founder and President, Pacific Institute; MacArthur Fellow; Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal – Moderator. A the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Scarcity 60 mins – “David Zetland of Leiden University College in the Netherlands and author of Living with Water Scarcity talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of water management. Issues covered include the sustainability of water supplies, the affordability of water for the poor, the incentives water companies face, and the management of water systems in the poorest countries. Also discussed are the diamond and water paradox, campaigns to reduce water usage, and the role of prices in managing a water system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Use in California 41 mins – “How should California manage its water in the future and which incentives will motivate the biggest changes in conservation and agricultural efficiency? Which water policies and practices have backfired? Join water economist David Zetland for a fresh perspective on how we can manage our most precious resource in the 21st century and what we can learn from past mistakes.” David Zetland, Author, The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wayne Brady 83 mins – “Neal’s old buddy stops by to talk with the Champs to discuss Vegas, Cruise Ships, the Chappelle’s Show sketch, the appopriate amount blackness and High School liars.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

West Without Water 59 mins – “The West Without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over 20 millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Its authors ask the central questions of what is “normal” for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. Their answers are derived by merging climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources.” B. Lynn Ingram, Professor, Earth & Planetary Science and Geography, UC Berkeley; Co-author, The West Without Water; Frances Malamud-Roam, Senior Environmental Planner and Biologist, Caltrans; Co-author, The West Without Water. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Science 28 mins – (2 parts) Part 1:”Young scientists, CG Schultz and Jessica Mathews, two of the top winners at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair talk about their work and interview ASU ecologist Kiona Ogle. Pauline Davies hosts the show as Dr. Biology is exploring the Panama rainforest to bring back fun and exciting stories.” Part 2: “Young scientists, Farah Eltohamy, Amanda Benedetto and Sarah Sakha, three of the top winners at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair talk about their work and interview ASU biologist Susan Holechek. Pauline Davies hosts the show as Dr. Biology is exploring the Panama rainforest to bring back fun and exciting stories.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu for Part 1; the same here for Part 2.

Women in STEM 60 mins – “ This week, we’re celebrating Women in Science by looking at the victories and challenges of women working in science and tech. Join us for a panel discussion with postdoctoral research associate and science communicator Raychelle “Dr. Rubidium” Burks, Colgate University Professor of Psychology Jessica Cundiff, Ph.D., Physics Professor Dr. Shohini Ghose, Director of the Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Women in Science, and Catherine Hill, Ph.D, vice president for research at the American Association of University Women. And we’ll speak to Brianna Wu, Head of Development at videogame company Giant Spacekat, about feminism, gaming industry culture, and her experience as an outspoken critic of #GamerGate.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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Media Mining Digest 174 – Mar 13, 2015: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Affordable Care Act, Alcohol Misuse, Allergy Solutions, Alzheimer’s Sensor, American Dream Fades, Antibiotic Resistance, Beet Juice for Brain, Big Data Impact, Bioethics, BPA Reduction, Brazil Guns and Drugs, Bretton Woods Conference, Broadband in Missouri, California Wine Tasting, Carbon Math, Cell Phone Surveillance, Censorship, Combat Objectives, Commercial Trucks, Community College Catapult, Connectome, Consent to Harm, Consumer Electronics Show, Copyright Research, Critical Thinking, Cybercrime, Dr King’s Last Year, Drones, Drones Over Paris, Econ 101, Emotional Responses, End of Life, Energy Efficient Homes, Ethiopia Coffee, Financial Inequality, Food Waste in U.S., Fracking Air Pollution and Earthquakes, Google Earth Outreach, Google Insights, Heart Attack Prevention, Honor Killings, Influenza Treatment, Information Leak Websites, John Cleese, Kellogg’s Cereal, Kevin MD, Learning Process, Lethal Injections, Marijuana Uses, Medical Tactics, Misconceptions of Science, Noah Webster, Oil and Earthquakes, Parasitism Case Study, Patient Advocates, Poverty Innovation, Prevention Not Treatment, Prohibition in Wine Country, RNA, Sandhurst and Sheikhs, Sexologist, Technology Impact, Terrorism Prevention, Toxic Risk Help, Transcranial Stimulation DIY, Vaccinations, Video Games Value, Wayans Brothers, Why Do We Exist, Wisdom

The following audio files come from a larger group of 260 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 73 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Adverse Childhood Experiences 16 mins – “Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affordable Care Act 39 mins – “As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act — King v. Burwell — Dahlia Lithwick hears from experts on both sides of what could be the most important case in the Court’s entire term. First, she speaks with Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and a one of the lawsuit’s chief architects. Then she hears from Abbe Gluck, a professor at Yale Law School and a co-author of an amicus brief submitted in the case.” At the link find the title, “The Letter of the Law,” right-click “Media files 2015-02-28-Amicus-012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol Misuse 34 mins – “As the level of alcohol consumption goes up, so the risk of physical, psychological, and social problems increases. In this podcast we’re joined by Ed Day, consultant addiction psychiatrist at Kings College London, Alex Copello, professor of addiction research at the University of Birmingham, and Martyn Hull, GP with a special interest in substance misuse at the Ridgacre Medical Centres in Birmingham. They discuss practical aspects of the assessment and treatment of alcohol use disorders from the perspective of the non-specialist hospital doctor or general practitioner. “ At the link find the title, “Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders,” right-click “Media files 191951284-bmjgroup-alcohol-misuse.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Allergy Solutions 47 mins – “Peanut allergies have exploded in recent years.  The bane of many families.  A big fear in many schools.  And the big message that parents took from the medical community was to keep their young children – babies – away, away, away from peanuts.  This week, new research says wait a minute: the opposite may be better advice.  At-risk babies given small amounts of peanut product had far fewer peanut allergies.  And there’s more on the allergy front — a Swedish study says we may be keeping things too clean for our own good.  This hour On Point:  everything you need to know about the allergy breakthroughs.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s Sensor 6 mins – “60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him … and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer’s.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Dream Fades 66 mins – “Is the American Dream becoming a lost ideal of the past? Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-winning journalist Smith suggests that it is as a result of four decades of erosion induced by corporate and political decisions. Smith will discuss the extent to which the American Dream has declined, as well as the future.” Hedrick Smith, Former Reporter, The New York Times; Producer, PBS; Author, Who Stole the American Dream?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 15 mins – “Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant. He calls on all of us (patients and doctors alike) to think of antibiotics — and their ongoing effectiveness — as a finite resource, and to think twice before we tap into it. It’s a sobering look at how global medical trends can strike home.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beet Juice for Brain 26 mins – “In episode #41 Jesse speaks to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University and expert on this week’s topic: beetroot juice. They discuss the nitrogen cycle and its effects on brain function, safe levels of nitrate consumption, and why you should have listened to your mother all those years!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Impact 16 mins – “Self-driving cars were just the start. What’s the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what’s next for machine learning — and human knowledge” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bioethics 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at the debates over the ethics of medicine and medical research, and the future of new medical technology. We’ll talk bioethics and public policy with Center for Inquiry CEO Ronald Lindsay. And we’re joined by Dr. Rob Tarzwell, to discuss Nootropics, the so-called “smart drugs” that might make designer brains a reality.” At the link fiind the title, “#197 Future Bioethics,” right-click “Skeptically_Speaking_197_Future_Bioethics_2013.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BPA Reduction 4 mins – “Scientists are reporting discovery of a more sustainable way of disposing of plastics that contain bisphenol A (BPA) — without releasing that potentially harmful substance to the environment. The new method involves exposing polycarbonate plastic waste to ultraviolet light and heat. Just as cooking makes food more digestible for humans, this pretreatment approach makes polycarbonate plastic more digestible for certain fungi, which the scientists used to break down polycarbonate plastic. Their study appears in the ACS’ monthly journal Biomacromolecules.” At the link right-click “Listen to Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Guns and Drugs 14 mins – “Throughout her career in banking Ilona Szabó de Carvalho never imagined she’d someday start a social movement. But living in her native Brazil, which leads the world in homicidal violence, she realized she couldn’t just stand by and watch drugs and guns tear her country apart. Szabó de Carvalho reveals four crucial lessons she learned when she left her cushy job and took a fearless stand against the status quo.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bretton Woods Conference 65 mins – “Benn Steil of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Bretton Woods, the conference that resulted in the IMF, the World Bank, and the post-war international monetary system. Topics discussed include America and Britain’s conflicting interests during and after World War II, the relative instability of the post-war system, and the personalities and egos of the individuals at Bretton Woods, including John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Missouri 19 mins – “As high quality Internet has become more essential for business and quality of life, those who realized that the existing telecom providers had no intention to invest in better connections in their rural Missouri communities began to ask their electric cooperative – Co-Mo – to step up and do it. This week, we talk with Randy Klindt, General Manager of Co-Mo Connect, which is building a gigabit fiber network out to its members despite having not been chosen to receive any stimulus funds. We discuss how they have structured the network, why they felt compelled to get into the business, and some of the results from their approach….” At the link right-click “… download this Mp3 file ….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Wine Tasting 67 mins – “In The New California Wine, James Beard Award-winning wine editor Jon Bonné brings us the untold story of the innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking and transforming the California wine industry. Uncovering vintners’ quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir and revealing the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly technocratic, reactionary practices of the recent past, Bonné takes us to the front lines of the California wine revolution. Join us as he shares the fascinating stories, philosophies and techniques of the iconoclastic young winemakers who are changing the face of California viticulture.Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste; In conversation with Fred Swan, Wine Writer, NorCalWine; Educator, The San Francisco Wine School. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Math 70 mins -“Energy companies have five times as much oil and coal and gas on their books than climate scientists think is safe to burn. That was the takeaway from McKibben’s recent Rolling Stone article on “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” McKibben says it is his single most important work since his first book The End of Nature nearly 30 years ago.Now the activist is launching a “Do the Math” campaign around the country to galvanize support for stronger action to reduce carbon pollution. Hofmeister says environmental measures driven too quickly will only backfire as the inconvenience or cost meets grass roots resistance. Time is an ally, he says, and enhances our ability to adapt to change, and energy companies are not monoliths and can be part of the solution. Join us for a conversation.” Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org, Author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet; John Hofmeister, CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Former President, Shell Oil Company. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cell Phone Surveillance 57 mins – “I am pleased to post Show # 229, February 11, my interview with Prof. Stephanie Pell of the Army Cyber Institute and Chris Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union on StingRay and their newly-published Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy article entitled Your Secret Stingray’s No Secret Anymore: The Vanishing Government Monopoly over Cell Phone Surveillance and Its Impact on National Security and Consumer Privacy….” At the link right-click “Show #229” in the narrative and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Censorship 52 mins – “Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, talks about his new book, “The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Combat Objectives 41 mins – “In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution.” At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with General Jim Mattis,” right-click “Media files 20150306.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commercial Trucks 62 mins “For the first time ever, commercial trucks will soon be subject to federal standards for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. How will that impact buyers and makers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks? California is a center of activity for creating and deploying hybrid and fully electric drivetrains and other technologies. We’ll discuss the move to increase efficiency, create jobs and build a cleaner transportation sector.” John Boesel, CEO, CALSTART; Mike Tunnell, Director, Environmental Affairs, American Trucking Associations; Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO, Quantum Technologies. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Community College Catapult 79 mins – “Does going to a community college eliminate your opportunities for achieving your goals? Or, to put it more bluntly, is your life over if you can’t attend your dream school? Well, in the words of Batman, Teddy Roosevelt, and my dad: “No.” To elaborate on that, I brought my friend Isa Adney onto the show this week. Isa is a professional speaker, educator, and the author of the book Community College Success. Moreover, she started out in community college herself after realizing she’d be unable to afford her dream school. Fast forward a couple year from when she started college, and Isa had won a prestigious scholarship that gave her $30,000/year to complete her 4-year degree… and $50,000/year to go on and finish a Master’s….” At the link find Episode 46 (How to Make Comm8nity College an Ivy League Experience with Isa Adney) and load it on the web page. Then right-click the orange down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Connectome 65 mins -“Are we simply the products of our genes? Seung says otherwise. The MIT professor has found what he calls the nexus of nature and nurture: the network of connections between neurons in the human brain. He will take you inside his ambitious quest to model what he calls the Connectome, which, if successful, would uncover the basis of personality, intelligence, memory and disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. McGill University Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences Daniel Levitin wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Connectome is “the best lay book on brain science I’ve ever read.'” Sebastian Seung, Ph.D., Author, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consent to Harm 55 mins – “’Yes means yes. No means no.” Giving consent seems straightforward. But what we’re allowed to consent to is actually deeply fraught territory. And it gets especially fraught when the question of sex enters the equation. When does the law intervene?” At the link find the title, “Consent to Harm, Part 2,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150226_99710.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consumer Electronics Show 33 mins – “Joining from the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show, Ericsson Chief Technology Officer Ulf Ewaldsson and Cisco Senior Vice President Kelly Ahuja discuss the networks on which the Internet, mobile phone networks, and cloud technology are built.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Ulf Ewaldsson and Kelly Ahuja,” right-click “Media files program.389622.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Copyright Research 57 mins – “I’m thrilled to post Show # 230, February 18, my interview with Prof. Elizabeth Townsend Gard of Tulane University Law School and Ron Gard of Limited Times LLC, on The Durationator, an online tool to determine whether any work of authorship is covered by copyright, and social entrepreneurship. I have been a big fan of Elizabeth’s copyright duration work for a long time, and had her on the show in 2009 to discuss her amazing project entitled The Durationator. Now, after many years of work, The Durationator is a reality and publicly available through a partnership with Thomson Reuters. Having formed an entity, Limited Times LLC, with her husband Ron Gard to run The Durationator as well as focus on their social entrepreneurship efforts, we had a wide ranging and celebratory discussion about social entrepreneurship, as The Durationator launched on February 18, 2015, the day that the show aired on KZSU! I hope that you enjoy the discussion and learning about Elizabeth and Ron’s fascinating and useful work. Congrats Elizabeth and Ron!” (Difficult to find information about prices for the research services.) At the link find the title, “Show #230,” then right click the same in the description and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Critical Thinking 12 mins – “Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it’s hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybercrime 68 mins – “Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars a year fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible and very smart new breed of criminal. Intrepid investigative reporter Glenny gives an edge-of-your-seat account of a new form of crime spawned by the digital world. He has traveled the world speaking with members of military and intelligence communities, police, politicians, lawyers and with the hackers themselves and their victims. He advances often-surprising suggestions for the ways in which the authorities might begin to end the cybercrime epidemic.” Misha Glenny: Author; Journalist; Visiting Professor, London School of Economics. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr King’s Last Year 66 mins – “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley (and new Dancing with the Stars contestant) chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.” Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones 47 mins – “New rules proposed last week for small drones – 55 pounds and under – in America.  For the kinds of buzzing, hovering, little workhorses that are suddenly showing up all over the country, the culture, even – uninvited – on the White House lawn.  The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing only “within sight” use.  Within 500 feet of the operator.  Enough to do a lot of cool or unnerving things – depending on how you look at it.  Not enough for Amazon to send your new purchase by drone.  Amazon’s pushing back.  We’ve got their lobbyist, and more.  This hour On Point: the future of drones in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones Over Paris 4 mins – “Paris woke up to a mystery today. On Monday night, at least five drones — the kind you can buy at a store, not the military variety — were spotted flying above Paris landmarks like the Eiffel Tower. The city, still in shock over the Charlie Hebdo attacks, is taking it seriously.” 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.

Econ 101 37 mins – “On this week’s episode of SlateMoney, host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate’s Jordan Weissmann, and Cathy O’Neil of Mathbabe.org devote the entire episode to a letter from Nathan Connelly, running down a list of the top nine (or maybe ten, depending on who’s counting) essential economic concepts every high school graduate should understand. At the link find the title,“The “Econ 101″ Edition,” right-click “Media files SM15010301_MONEY.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Responses 14 mins – “There’s a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards — your brain can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we binge watch.” At the link find the title, “Why Jokes are Funny,” right-click “IHUB-030715-Davies.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life 17 mins – “End of life care is rarely discussed, although it is perhaps one of the most important conversations that one must have. On this episode, Dr. Angelo Volandes discussed end-of-life medical care.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Efficient Homes 11 mins – “The suburb was established in the 1950s This house looks like any other. Josh Byrne set out to prove that with minimal financial outlay, this rather common looking house could be built at the same cost as any other. A 3KW rooftop system allows the house to produce 30% more power than it uses over the whole year. Cross ventilation means there is no need for air conditioning. The house contains energy efficient lighting and appliances. Grey water, rain water and bore water means this most precious resource is not wasted. After having looked at individual houses, and the behaviour and attitudes of their occupants, the focus is now on entire precincts as a means of minimising use of energy and water.”

Ethiopia Coffee 63 mins – “Ethiopia is fighting to shed its history and public image of drought, famine and war by embracing the heritage and potential of its defining crop: coffee, one of the world’s 10 most-valued commodities. Burhardt recounts that process in a tale of opportunity, resources, education and tradition, transcending the bean itself to explore food anthropology, development, adventure, Ethiopia’s landscape and peoples, and the impact of coffee on world politics and global understanding. Burhardt has traveled throughout the world by bike, canoe and – more often than not – by hand and foot. For the past two decades, she has journeyed from Africa to the waters of the Arctic, and her stories of unlikely human interaction inspire and inform international audiences.” Majka Burhardt, Author, Coffee Story: Ethiopia; Climber; Guide. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Inequality 50 mins – “As evidence grows that major historical sites are being looted in Syria, how much are groups such as Islamic State profiting from the global trade in illicit antiquities?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: ISIS: Looting for Terror,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150305-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste in U.S. 62 mins – “The ubiquity of food in the United States blinds the mind to a tragic fact: much of it is wasted. …estimates suggest that at least a quarter and as much as half of the food produced in this country is never consumed. A panel of food experts convened by Climate One says that much of the waste is unnecessary… “We have tremendous inefficiencies on both sides, pre-harvest and post harvest,” says A.G. Kawamura, former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture. If prices collapse, he says, a farmer might not be able to afford to pay for the fuel and labor needed to harvest a crop. Fortunately, he says, groups such Farm to Table are partnering with farmers to offset the cost of a second or third harvest to prevent food from wasting in the field. For Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change, the primary driver of waste in the food system is how we think. “It’s really changing our consciousness about what is waste and what is not. That’s the first step in combating this problem,” he says….” Jonathan Bloom, Author, American Wasteland; Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change; A.G. Kawamura, Former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture. “t the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Air Pollution 30 mins – “The potential damage posed by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” to ground water, its contribution to earthquake risk, and overall deceptive practices by the industry, have all been exposed through science and good journalism. Today on Sea Change Radio we explore aspects of fracking that may be less known. This week’s guest is Caroline Cox, the Research Director for the Center for Environmental Health who recently co-authored an important study tracking the air pollution associated with this controversial extraction process. We talk about the study’s methods, findings, and what it may mean moving forward. Then, we re-visit our interview with Jaeah Lee and James West of Mother Jones and their profile of the burgeoning fracking industry in China.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Earthquakes 8 mins – “Earthquake activity has been increasing in parts of the US which historically have low earthquake activity.  The increase is not uniform and is affected by local geology. Induced earthquakes have been linked to the injection of waste water underground following the extraction of oil. One barrel of oil produces dozens of barrels of salt water which need disposal. The challenge is to identify any link between changing frequency of smaller earthquakes and potentially larger earthquakes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Earth Outreach 60 mins – “Moore conceived of and now leads the Google Earth Outreach program. The program supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google’s mapping tools to the world’s problems such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Moore also initiated the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform that supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Moore will discuss the company’s latest projects to help preserve our planet.” Rebecca Moore, Lead, Google Earth Outreach Program and Google Earth Engine….” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Insights 63 mins – “Is it the five-star chefs, free laundry and on-site masseuses that are the secret to Google’s success? Perhaps its unique management style and innovative team? Either way, the revolutionary search engine has so deeply impacted our work and culture that we have turned the company name into a verb. Despite being one of the most successful and celebrated companies in history, Google maintains an air of mystery, and cultural myths abound. How has Google stayed innovative and cutting edge while making the transition to tech giant? What exactly happens inside the elusive Google campus? Levy took a deep dive into Google management, its products and its company culture. Join us as he shares untold stories and unpacks the mythology behind Google.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Attack Prevention 81 mins – “Heart attacks are the number-one killer in the United States, but that doesn’t have to be true. The latest research shows that diet is strongly linked to heart attacks. Steve Blake suggests that there are plenty of fun, healthy foods that you can add to your diet to reduce your risk of a heart attack. He’ll also discuss how vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart attachs, and how certain oils can reduce risk and certain fats can increase risk. Through this inspiring discussion, you can learn how to implement heart-safe lifestyle options.” Steve Blake, ScD, Faculty Nutritional Biochemist, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience LLC; Author, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Honor Killings 18 mins – “Nearly 1000 “honor” killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed “shameful,” such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi lost a close friend to the practice, she resolved to campaign against it. Yet she met resistance from an unlikely source: the very community she hoped to protect. In this powerful, honest talk, Brohi shares how she took a hard look at her own process, and offers sharp insights for other passionate activists.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Influenza Treatment 29 mins – Australian discussion of tamiflu issues and the pharmaceutical industry involvement with flu treatment. At the link find the Episode 6 for 2015, right-click adjacent “Mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Leak Websites 57 mins – “I’m pleased to post Show #228, January 28, my interview with Prof. Lisa Lynch of Concordia University, on WikiLeaks and information leakers. Lisa has written extensively about the nature and role of information leakers in society today. Having interacted with Julian Assange for several years — including before he was the infamous figure that he is today (she’s even benefited from his editing suggestions) — her insights regarding the role of WikiLeaks draws on both scholarly and personal experience.“ At the link right-click “Show #228” in the narrative and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Cleese 78 mins – “Join Cleese as he takes us on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town to the pinnacle of comedy and worldwide success.” John Cleese, Actor; Writer; Producer; Author, So, Anyway…; In conversation with Adam Savage, Host, “Mythbusters”. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kellogg’s Cereal 47 – “Hard times in Battle Creek, Michigan, home of Kellogg’s, the world’s largest cereal maker.  Cereal sales are dropping.  Kellogg’s fortunes are dropping with them.  The home of Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is in trouble as Americans’ breakfast habits and menus change.  Carbs and sugar are no longer the hot “go-to.”  Greek yogurt and fruit smoothies and even green salads are moving in.  Eggs have a new lease on breakfast life with the latest report on cholesterol.  We’ve got Chinese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Mexican-style — all at the table.  This hour On Point:  what’s for breakfast now in the USA.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kevin MD 30 mins – “Kevin Pho is most known for his blog, KevinMD, is still a practicing physician. We talk about healthcare today and what you should know about it as a premed.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Process 58 mins – “What if almost everything we know about learning was wrong? With our brain sensitive to mood, timing, location and environment, how do we absorb and retain information? Find out more about whether repetition is necessary, why sleeping and daydreaming can be important to the learning process, and hear Carey’s tips for the best techniques to remember more. Carey has been with The New York Times for 10 years and writes about neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology and everyday psychology.” Benedict Carey, Science Reporter, The New York Times; Author, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens; Twitter: @bencareynyt.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lethal Injections 28 mins – “As the Supreme Court prepares to revisit the constitutionality of lethal injection, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two experts about the controversial drugs being used for execution and whether the capital punishment system can be repaired. This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.” At the link find the title, “Botched Protocols,” right-click “Media files 2015-02-07-Amicus-012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Uses 62 mins – “If using marijuana can reduce our chances for developing a variety of cancers as well as dementia from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, asks Werner, why is it still illegal? Sixteen states have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the federal government continues to battle these efforts, claiming that there is no evidence that marijuana is safe or effective. Werner says that surprising scientific discoveries tell a different story. Werner argues that research has uncovered a previously unknown but significant biological communications and regulatory network known as the endocannabinoid system, which influences nearly all of our physiological activity. He explains that the unique compounds found in the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids, closely mimic and supplement the health-protective activity of our bodies’ own endocannabinoids, which work to prevent and interrupt disease processes through the endocannabinoid system.” Clint Werner, Author, Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Tactics 27 mins – “Interactive training for Ebola healthcare workers; Portable cervical cancer treatment in Peru; Psychological support in Eastern Ukraine.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: Interactive Training for Ebola Health Care Workers,” right-click “Media files healthc_20150304-2035a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Misconceptions of Science 55 mins – “…There’s a progression that happens when you hear a new idea – you run it through your brain, try to envision where it might lead. Who will benefit from this new idea? Who will it hurt? Will it be worth the cost? Is it legal; is it morally defensible? Is it, in fact, a good idea? In our latest episode of Freakonomics Radio, we run that progression in reverse. Rather than asking if a new idea is a good one, we ask whether it’d be better if some of the ideas we cling to were killed off. The episode is called “This Idea Must Die.’” At the link find the title, “This Idea Must Die,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Noah Webster 14 mins – “Noah Webster may be the most important founding father you’ve never heard about. Historian Joshua Kendall talks about how Webster helped write the Constitution, invented American English, and was so crotchety we’ve basically forgotten about him.” At the link find the title, “Defining Noah Webster,” right-click “IHUB-030715-Kendall.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil and Earthquakes 59 mins – “How do natural resources and geologic features affect the course of Middle East history and geopolitics? Barazangi highlights the critical importance of better understanding Islamic history and cultures of the Arab/Persian region, which has the world’s largest oil reserves. He will also discuss the earthquake hazards of the Dead Sea Fault and the decline of science and technology in Arabia. Dr. Barazangi was educated in Syria and the U.S. and has had a distinguished career in research and education in the U.S and in the Middle East.” Dr. Muawia Barazangi, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Ph.D Seismology. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasitism Case Study 106 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.” A great many sidebars occur during this discussion that will interest even lay listeners. At the link right-click “Download TWIP #84” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Advocates 63 mins – “Many Americans today are dealing with chronic illnesses, trying to navigate through insurance, to decide what treatments are best or most affordable, and what decisions to make for themselves and their families. To address the issue of patient-oriented health care, we are bringing together healthcare innovators and experts to share their first-hand perspectives.” Jennifer Brokaw, MD; Founder, Good Medicine; Sean Duffy, Co-Founder and CEO, Omada Health; Marty Tenenbaum, Founder, Cancer Commons; Wayne Pan, MD; Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Health Access Solutions; Chief Medical Officer, Pacific Partners Management Services Inc. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Innovation 64 mins – “Professor Patell will discuss lessons learned in the development of Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability, an interdisciplinary project course taught at the Stanford d-school in which graduate students apply design, engineering and business skills to create comprehensive solutions for challenges faced by the world’s poor. Now in its ninth year, the course has partnered with 22 organizations in 14 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Projects have ranged from irrigation systems to solar-rechargeable lights to incubators for low birth-weight infants.” James M. Patell,  Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prevention Not Treatment 175 mins – “The paradigm of Western medicine focuses on disease management. Interventions typically come when organ damage is identified. At that time medications are given to modify the symptoms. Allopathic medicine and insurance companies have been slow to incorporate research looking at interventions that address the causes of illnesses rather than the damage that follows years later. This program will include steps we can take to prevent/reverse atherosclerosis, hypertension, and the worse crippler of all, dementia.” Mark Houston, MD; Author, What Your Doctor May not Tell You About Hypertension and What Your Doctor May not Tell You About Heart Disease; Pamela Smith, MD, MPH; Director, Center for Healthy Living and Longevity; International Speaker; Author, HRT: The Answers and Vitamins Hype or Hope; Richard Smayda, DO, Journalist; Co-author,The Healing Nutrients Within and journal articles. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prohibition in Wine Country 52 mins – “Sosnowski details the enthralling, true story of California winemakers and their battle to survive Prohibition. She explores the passion of these vintners to preserve one of America’s most beloved and romantic industries. With their livelihoods in jeopardy and limited options available to them, winemakers across Napa and Sonoma counties kept the wine industry alive through its darkest years.Vivienne Sosnowski, Author, When the Rivers Ran Red; Editorial Director, Washington Examiner, San Francisco Examiner and Baltimore Examiner; Photographer.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

RNA 5 mins – “RNA, short for ribonucleic acid, is the less famous cousin of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. This, as you will probably be aware, stores our genes in a series of nucleotide bases, often represented as the letters G, A, T and C and forms the iconic double stranded helix. RNA is very similar in many ways: it too is made up of four bases attached to a backbone, although in RNA the ‘T’ (thymine) is replaced by ‘U’ (uracil) and the backbone is made of ribose sugars. Much like DNA, it is used by the body to encode information. Yet unlike DNA, the chains of RNA are generally single stranded. Further, the small chemical difference in the structure of RNA that distinguishes it from DNA, just the presence of a hydroxyl group on the sugar backbone, makes RNA far less stable than its counterpart.” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_RNA.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sandhurst and the Sheikhs 27 mins – “Four reigning Arab monarchs have passed through the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst or its associated institutions – the kings of Bahrain and Jordan, the Emir of Qatar and the Sultan of Oman, alongside a long list of lesser sheikhs and princes, and many of the region’s military chiefs of staff. Is training at Sandhurst Military Academy, bolstering militarised monarchies in the Arab world?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Sandhurst and the Sheikhs,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150304-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexologist 55 mins – “Feminist and sexologist, Leonore Tiefer in conversation with IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell about women’s sexuality and our “hypersexual” culture.” At the link find the title, “Sex and the Sisterhood,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150303_11826.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Impact 71 mins – “…Is all this new technology improving our thinking or dampening it? Are all these new communication tools turning us into navel-gazing human/brand hybrids, or are we developing a new set of senses that allow us to benefit from never severing contact with the people most important to us? That’s the topic of this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, and to answer these questions we welcome this episode’s guest, Clive Thompson, who is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better….” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Prevention 62 mins – “Despite the billions of dollars that have poured into wars, homeland security and disaster response, are we fundamentally no better prepared for the next terrorist attack or unprecedented flood than we were in 2001? Our response to catastrophes remains unchanged: add another step to airport security, another meter to the levee wall. Military leaders, public health officials and business professionals would all like to be more adaptable, but few have figured out how. Sagarin argues that we can learn from observing how nature is organized, how organisms learn, how they create partnerships, and how life continually diversifies on this unpredictable planet.” Rafe Sagarin, Ph.D,, Marin Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst, University of Arizona; Author, Learning from the Octopus. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxic Risk Help 71 mins – “When the news media report on contamination in the air, drinking water or food supply, the public understandably demands to know straight away, “Is it safe?” A distinguished panel of toxicologists and environmental journalists will discuss why the question defies straightforward answers, what’s keeping the public in the dark, and how citizens can make informed decisions on toxic risks in the absence of certainty.” Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Kent R. Olson, M.D., Medical Director of the California Poison Control Center;John Incardona, Supervisory Research Toxicologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center; Philip Wexler, Technical Information Specialist, National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program; Chris Bowman, Chairman, Environment-Energy News Initiative, Capital Public Radio; Marla Cone, Editor-In-Chief, Environmental Health News; Janet Raloff, Senior Editor, Science News; Jane Kay,San Francisco- based environment writer. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcranial Stimulation 38 mins – “Dr. Felipe Fregni is the director of the Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Center of Clinical Research Training. He is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School of Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and an active clinical researcher and educator. In this episode, Dr. Fregni talks about his research into the use and benefits of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcranial Stimulation DIY 23 mins – “Jesse interviews Nathan Whitmore, creator of the open-source project OpenBrainStim, an affordable alternative to commercial transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices. Nathan tells us how the project got started, how the “DIY-tCDS” community has grown, and how you can experiment from the comfort of your own home.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaccinations 52 mins – “Wondering whether to vaccinate your children? The decision can feel like a shot in the dark if you don’t know how to evaluate risk. Find out why all of us succumb to the reasoning pitfalls of cognitive and omission bias, whether we’re saying no to vaccines or getting a tan on the beach. Plus, an infectious disease expert on why it may take a dangerous resurgence of preventable diseases – measles, whooping cough, polio – to remind us that vaccines save lives. Also, a quaint but real vaccine fear: that the 18th century smallpox vaccine, made from cowpox, could turn you into a cow! It’s our monthly look at critical thinking … but don’t take our word for it!” At the link right-click “Download file” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Games Value 72 mins – “Our brains exhibit an amazing ability to modify both their structure and function in response to new experiences throughout our lives, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. Efforts to capitalize on neuroplasticity have led to the development of brain training software to improve cognitive abilities in healthy adults, as well as those suffering from cognitive impairment. There is emerging evidence showing the power of commercially available video games to improve cognitive function and transfer skills to different domains. Dr. Gazzaley will present data that demonstrate the range of cognitive abilities enhanced by action video game play, the methods used to study this, and the elements of video games that we believe most strongly mediate these effects. He will also describe the latest research by his laboratory to understand brain mechanisms that underlie video game-induced cognitive enhancement.” Dr. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wayans Brothers 78 mins – “The stars of the Scary Movie franchise as well as the Wayans Brothers sitcom sit down with The Champs to discuss their long careers in comedy, snapping on Eddie Murphy’s pants when they were in grade school, Tupac Shakur, and why Shawn drives a minivan.” At the link find the title, “Shawn + Marlon Wayans,” right-click “Direct download: Wayans Brothers.output.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Why Do We Exist 22 mins – “What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wisdom 16 mins – “The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

 

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Media Mining Digest 173 – Mar 6, 2015: Advertising Changes, Affirmative Action, Afghanistan, Aging, Brain, C-Span Founder, Canada’s Oil Sands, Cancer Experience, Chris Rock, Climate, Dementia Hellp, Digestive Health, Ebola Containment in Nigera, Energy, EV Riders, Eye Writing, Google, Immigration, Internet Security, Internet Wisdom, Jared Diamond, Ketosis, Key and Peel, Math Educaiton, Medicine, Newspaper Future, Nootropics, Nuclear Threat, Peanut Allergies, Pecha Kucha, Pharmacological Studies, Planet Health, Rachel Maddow, Read and Learn, Resume Tips, Retirement Investment Protection, Science Comic, SEAL Training, Secular Life, Self Education, Shakespeare On Trial, Sicily, Social Media for Good, Solar Suitcase, Startup Questions, Starvation Diet, Students First, Studying, Superstorm, Synthetic Biology, Syria War, Teach for America, Wine Gurus, Wine in California 2014

The following audio files come from a larger group of 232 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 71 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Advertising Changes 17 mins – “The days of passive consumers are long gone. If advertisers want to engage today’s audiences, they need to create shareable experiences, say Thinkmodo co-founder James Percelay and advertising professor Edward Boches.” At the link find the title, “21st Century Mad Men,” right-click “IHUB-022815-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affirmative Action 67 mins – “Kennedy reckons with one of the most explosively contentious and sharply divisive issues in American society, sharing the little-known history of affirmative action and exploring the policy’s pros and cons. Kennedy was awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law. Now a professor at Harvard Law School, he formerly served as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Combat Story 52 mins – “Ridgeway recounts his experiences as a combat arms soldier and speaks about his published work of photographs, currently on exhibit in the Club office. Along with his personal story, he will be discussing the complex situations facing American men and women serving inAfghanistan and will address his transformation from soldier to student.” Jeremiah “Jeb” Ridgeway, Former Soldier; Photographer. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan First Lady 52 mins – “When Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated president of Afghanistan last September, he publicly acknowledged his wife, Rula Ghani, the new first lady. It was a hugely symbolic moment in a country where first ladies have kept a low profile and remained mainly behind closed doors. Rula Ghani has chosen not to follow in this tradition. She is running an office in the presidential palace and is working to shape the troubled country’s future. She joins Diane to discuss her country, her upbringing and what she hopes to achieve as First Lady.” At the link you can listen but not download’ however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Afghanistan War 66 mins “As senior correspondent for The Washington Post and a political pundit for CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, author Chandrasekaran is one of the world’s foremost reporters on the war and nation-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, gives us a startling, behind-the-scenes account of the struggle between President Obama and the military to reconstruct Afghanistan. Chandrasekaran describes the disillusioned diplomats, frustrated soldiers, and headstrong officers that have come to define the process of pumping American money and soldiers into Afghan nation-building. Come hear this expert’s first-hand account of one of the most complex and formative events of the 21st century.” Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent & Associate Editor, The Washington Post; Author, Imperial Life in the Emerald City and  Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Brain 66 mins – “Canick posits that aging is not simply a neurodegenerative process resulting in serious memory decline or cognitive loss. On the contrary: Some mental abilities actually improve and are only seen in the mature brain. In people with highly developed intellect, says Canick, assessment of cognitive problems is crucial because such problems are often overlooked. He will explain that understanding myths and aging bias, as well as pursuing activities that enhance cognition and stopping harmful actions, is essential for healthy and successful aging.” Jonathan Canick, Member, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, California Pacific Medical Center; Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Gracefully 59 mins – “Aging is inevitable. So we might ask ourselves, how will it be for us as we age or question why we should even look at it now? Perhaps there is an older loved one ready to make a decision about a lifestyle change. This program will provide a better understanding of the aging process, what changes one may face, and ways to prepare to enjoy life to the fullest.” Linda Leary, LVN, Owner, Reliable Caregivers; Pamela Sharkey, RN, MHA, LNC; Talya Onorato, Gerontologist. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Institute 53 mins – “By working to slow the effects of aging and prevent or delay the disorders commonly associated with it, McEachron and Buck Institute scientists are focused on extending the healthy years of life so that growing older doesn’t have to mean growing ill.” Mary L. McEachron, J.D., Chief Administrative Officer, the Buck Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Aging 32 mins – “Welcome to the new old age! In the fourth book of her Scientific American series about the brain, Horstman presents a realistic and encouraging overview of the well-aged brain, a sobering look at what can go wrong, and the latest in what neuroscience is finding to help you – and your brain – stay healthy longer. This new and positive message about growing older describes how to preserve what you’ve got, minimize what you’ve lost, and optimize the vigor and health of your brain as you grow older.” Ms. Horstman is the author of multiple Scientific American Guides, including Healthy Brain Aging, Love Sex and the Brain, and the book this interview discusses most, Brave New Brain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Improvement 38 mins – “In this week’s episode, Jesse talks with Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist and the founder and Chief Director of The Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her new book, Make Your Brain Smarter, shares information based on the latest quantitative studies (including her own research) on how to exercise and strengthen your brain across your life span, starting from any age.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Power Boost 33 mins – “In Episode #29, Jesse interviews author Dan Hurley on the subject of cognitive training. Dan Hurley is a science writer and journalist who regularly contributes to The New York Times Science Times. He also writes for numerous medical newspapers, including Neurology Today (the newspaper of the American Academy of Neurology), Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, Pharmacy Practice News, General Surgery News, and others. He has been senior writer at the Medical Tribune and contributing editor to Psychology Today, where his article on the violent mentally ill won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ award for investigative journalism in 1995.  He is a former Vice President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Most recently, his new book Smarter follows his personal investigation into brain-training and the growing number of means now available to people to literally improve their intelligence.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Scans 18 mins – “Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose “machinery.” Another surprise: There’s so much left to learn” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio (or video)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Waste Removal 12 mins – “The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

C-Span Founder 65 mins – “For the last 25 years, Sunday night at 8 p.m. on C-SPAN has been appointment television for many Americans. During that time, host Brian Lamb has invited people to his Capitol Hill studio for hour-long conversations about contemporary society and history. In today’s sound-bite culture, that hour remains one of television’s last vestiges of in-depth, civil conversation. Brian Lamb, Founder & Retired CEO, C-SPAN; Author, Sundays at Eight: 25 Years of Stories from C-SPAN’s Q&A and Booknotes.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canada’s Oil Sands 65 mins – “Public debate about an oil pipeline from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, one of the country’s most controversial energy projects, is coming to a head as the U.S. government nears a final decision on the $7 billion project. Nearly half a million citizens and dozens of members of Congress have weighed in on the conduit, which traverses six states and has become a heated proxy battle for the direction of U.S. energy policy. Supporters say the Keystone XL pipeline would provide transportation fuel from a friendly neighbor and displace petroleum supplies from hostile foreign regimes. Opponents say tapping the Canadian oil sands (also known as tar sands) would trigger a climate catastrophe and would lock the United States for decades into burning some of the dirtiest fuel on Earth. What is at stake here? What are the alternatives?” Cassie Doyle, Consul General, Canada; Former Canadian Deputy Minister of Natural Resources; Jason Mark, Earth Island Institute; Carl Pope, Chairman, The Sierra Club; Alex Pourbaix, President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, TransCanada. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Experience 16 mins – “Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chris Rock 64 mins – “A true comedy great sits down with The Champs to discuss his early exposure to white people, Martin Lawrence, Sam Kinison and how he made himself into one of the best comedians ever. At the link find the title, “Chirs Rock,” right-click “Media files Chris_Rock_Output-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Deadline 60 mins – “America’s famous scientist Michael Mann unloads climate reality. Kristin Ohlson says “The Soil Will Save Us”. Frances Moore: climate stalls European food production.” 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.

Climate Science 63 mins – “Alley will receive the first $10,000 Climate One award in honor of the late Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider. Dr. Alley, host of the PBS documentary “Earth: The Operators Manual,” once testified before Congress using his bald head to illustrate ice age cycles and recorded a video explaining geoscience while strumming guitar to a Johnny Cash song. He knows how to reach people through their heads and their hearts. He will offer fresh insights on climate science and how people can communicate science more effectively with the public and counter misinformation advanced by climate deniers. Dr. Alley will close the program with a tune.” Dr. Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Help 64 mins – “Through Aging Matters, Mahakian’s basic principles of care involve promoting self-esteem and independence above all. She will discuss how to help promote emotional well-being of older persons with memory impairment through self-empowerment and validation. Murphy will introduce the life journal to develop and use when caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The life journal stimulates communication, preserves memories and establishes points of reference to use for managing difficult behaviors. Come learn from the experts excelling at helping those with dementia needs.” Jane Mahakian, Ph.D., President/Founder, Aging Matters, Inc.;Cathy Murphy, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care San Francisco. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digestive Health 66 mins – “Three experts will discuss the most common maladies of the digestive tract, such as belching, bloating and flatulence, heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation and dietary fiber intake, absorption of nutrients, and the effects of aging and medication on the digestive tract.” Liz Lipski, Ph.D. and C.C.N.; Richard Auld, M.D.; Len Saputo, M.D. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Containment in Nigeria 68 mins – “On July 20, 2014 the Ebola outbreak landed in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. Public health officials warned that an outbreak could be catastrophic in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million. 19 confirmed cases left 11 dead from the disease, but Nigeria’s nightmare scenario never occurred. Within three months, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free, deeming the nation’s efforts to contain the disease a “spectacular success story”. In a country with 130 million mobile-phone users and active social networks, social media and mobile technology played a central role in Nigeria’s Ebola containment. In this talk Aimee Corrigan — Co-Director of Nollywood Workshops, a hub for filmmakers in Lagos, Nigeria — discusses how viral video, SMS, and social media were used to sensitize audiences, manage fear and myths, and reduce stigma around Ebola. And how these strategies might be utilized in public health challenges in Africa and beyond.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Epicenter 19 mins – “’Ebola threatens everything that makes us human,” says Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization. And when the Ebola epidemic exploded in 2014, it caused a worldwide panic. But humanity can beat Ebola — and Aylward shows four strategies that show how we are succeeding. The fight against Ebola is not yet won, he says, but it can be” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Conservation 57 mins – “Energy underpins our civilization. It’s hardly surprising that convincing people to use less of something so tied to their comfort and survival is challenging. Smart policy has given California a head start, but it’s not enough. We need to dig deeper to reap energy savings, say these three experts convened by Climate One. “I think there’s a downside in focusing too narrowly on money,” says Gregory Walton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University. Instead, Walton and his team focus on creating the sense that saving energy is a community movement. We need to reach a point where saving energy becomes the social norm, he says, as is the case with wearing seat belts and recycling… There are still other levers to pull. “I have a bit of an advantage, in that most religions can use guilt,” jokes Rev. Sally G. Bingham, President and Founder, California Interfaith Power & Light. “Sometimes it works…. Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, eMeter, says customers need better information. …give customers a monthly breakdown for electricity use by all appliances, which he says can be done with up to 90% accuracy using a combination of the smart meter and algorithms.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Politics 64 mins – “Do Americans consider the environment and clean energy when they vote for politicians? Conventional thinking says even environmentalists cast ballots based on the economy and delivery of government services that directly affect their lives. That explains why some politicians privately acknowledge concern about the changing climate but don’t utter the word in public. There’s little political advantage in doing so. What numbers are Republicans and Democrats considering? How does campaign funding fit into the equation? This discussion with three experts on energy and public opinion will look at the public attitudes underneath the debate about America’s energy future.” Donnie Fowler, Clean Tech Strategist; Loren Kaye, President, California Foundation for Commerce and Education; Dave Metz, Pollster, FM3. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Solutions 67 mins – “Renowned environmentalist Lovins maps business-led pathways for the U.S. to phase out fossil fuels and win the global clean energy race. He envisions a future in which a 2.6-times larger U.S. economy in 2050 could need no oil, coal or nuclear energy, use one-third less natural gas, and save trillions. The transition can be led by business for profit and requires no act of Congress, says Lovins. He lays out his bold vision.” Amory Lovins, Author; Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EV Riders 63 mins – “All major automakers are now selling models that are totally gas free (Nissan, Ford, Tesla) or run on electricity and gasoline (GM, Toyota). Charging stations are popping up around the state and customers are getting used to a whole new way of fueling their mobility. While these cars are often associated with environmental benefits, drivers say the zippy and quiet driving experience is a main reason to cut the fuel line. How bad is range anxiety? What’s the best part of owning a car with a plug? What’s your story of driving on electricity? This program will feature owners of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars discussing their life on the cutting edge of a new paradigm of personal mobility.” John Kalb, Founder, EV Charging Pros; Owner of a BMW ActiveE; Andrea Kissack, Senior Editor for Quest, KQED; Felix Kramer, Founder, CalCars; Owner of a Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eye Writing 8 mins – “The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist — and gives others in his circumstance — the means to make art again.” At the link click ‘Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Earth Outreach 60 mins – “Moore conceived of and now leads the Google Earth Outreach program. The program supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google’s mapping tools to the world’s problems such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Moore also initiated the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform that supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Moore will discuss the company’s latest projects to help preserve our planet.” Rebecca Moore, Lead, Google Earth Outreach Program and Google Earth Engine….” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Insights 63 mins – “Is it the five-star chefs, free laundry and on-site masseuses that are the secret to Google’s success? Perhaps its unique management style and innovative team? Either way, the revolutionary search engine has so deeply impacted our work and culture that we have turned the company name into a verb. Despite being one of the most successful and celebrated companies in history, Google maintains an air of mystery, and cultural myths abound. How has Google stayed innovative and cutting edge while making the transition to tech giant? What exactly happens inside the elusive Google campus? Levy took a deep dive into Google management, its products and its company culture. Join us as he shares untold stories and unpacks the mythology behind Google.” Steven Levy, Senior Writer, Wired; Formerly Senior Editor and Chief Technology Writer, Newsweek; Author, In the Plex in conversation with John Battelle, Journalist; Founder and Chairman, Federated Media Publishing. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Experience 58 mins – “Santa Clara County is made up of a multitude of different ethnicities with more than one-third of residents born outside of the U.S. Hear this year’s selected authors as they share their stories of immigrating and the balance of maintaining connections to the culture and heritage of their homelands.” NoViolet Bulawayo, Author, We Need New Names; Cristina Henriquez, Author, The Book of Unknown Americans; Bich Minh Nguyen, Author, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Neurosurgeon   60 mins – “Dr. Q, as he’s known to patients and colleagues, is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, a position even more notable for the fact that he was once an undocumented migrant worker toiling in the fields of the Central Valley of California. He will present his incredible life story, from his impoverished childhood in Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at UC Berkeley and then Harvard Medical School.” Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Security 30 mins- “On August 3rd, 2012, Wired Magazine writer Mat Honan had his entire online identity destroyed by hackers… The hackers simply wanted to mess with his desirable, 3-letter Twitter name (@mat) – and to do so, they decided to trash his entire online life in less than an hour… That’s why today’s podcast episode is all about online security. It may not be the most fun topic, but it’s incredibly important to learn how to protect yourself online. No system is perfectly safe, but there is a lot you can do to make mitigate your risk – and sadly, most students aren’t doing any of it…. Things you should do right after listening: Go to your most important online accounts – Amazon, Facebook, Gmail, online banking – and make change your password. Sign up for LastPass (or your manager of choice) and start getting your accounts into it. Enable two-factor authentication.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Internet Wisdom 30 mins – “On August 3rd, 2012, Wired Magazine writer Mat Honan had his entire online identity destroyed by hackers. They accessed his Amazon account, then used that to hack his Apple account and completely erase his iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. From there, the hackers broke into his Google account and changed the password, locking him out.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the log archive.

Jared Diamond 70 mins – “Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday. Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring concepts like how humans evolved to be so different from animals, despite sharing over 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, and why Eurasian peoples conquered Native Americans and Africans instead of vice versa. Diamond yet again challenges the way our brains think in The World Until Yesterday as he chronicles tribal peoples and what they can teach us about the shortcomings of modern society. Join us for a night of intellectual stimulation with one of the world’s most celebrated polymaths.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketosis 36 mins – “In Episode #39, Jesse talks with Dr. Emily Deans on the subject of ketosis. Ketosis is a biological state that occurs during fasting or a low-carb dieting when glycogen stores in the liver are depleted. This causes the body to burn acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate for fuel, instead of blood sugar. The effects of the “ketogenic state” go beyond kicking on the fat-burning furnace. Some people report a perception of higher cognitive function as well, and doctors have used ketosis to treat some otherwise unmanageable neurological disorders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.
Kevin MD 30 mins – “Kevin Pho is most known for his blog, KevinMD, is still a practicing physician. We talk about healthcare today and what you should know about it as a premed.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Key and Peel 2  86 mins – “The other half of the sketch comedy duo sits down with the Champs to discuss the hit Comedy Central show, cutting back on weed, Burt Reynolds in Amsterdam, race and other Champs issues.” At the link right-click ”Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Key and Peele 1 75 mins – “Keegan-Michael Key sits down with the Champs to discuss his experience driving a crackhead around to do errands and almost dying in Greece, then compares notes with Neal about having a sketch show on Comedy Central.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math Education 68 mins – “What kinds of math skills will the citizen of tomorrow require? Are we providing our children with the math education that will most benefit them? Join NPR’s math expert as he offers his thoughts on this vital issue.” Keith Devlin, The Math Guy, National Public Radio; Co- Founder and Executive Director, Stanford University’s H-STAR Institute.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Service Problems 62 mins – “Dr. Martin’s life journey has taken him from humble beginnings as a Mennonite farm boy to the highest levels of academic and medical leadership. Along the way, he witnessed many of the discoveries and events central to the turbulent transformation of medicine that began in the second half of the 20th century. As dean of Harvard Medical School, he helped create the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, bringing together seven Harvard-affiliated institutions for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer. Dr. Martin sees a crisis in health-care reform and the “fee for service” system as unsustainable. He asks,  “Where have all the doctors gone?” Come hear from one of the nation’s leaders in medicine.” Joseph B. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Former Chancellor of UCSF and Former Dean of Harvard Medical School; Author, Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine of Animals and Man 15 mins – “What do you call a veterinarian who can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine Transformation 58 mins – “In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, examines what he calls medicine’s “Gutenberg moment.” Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology – from the smartphone to machine learning – is poised to democratize medicine.Eric Topol, MD, Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Clinic; Author, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newspaper Future 65 mins – “The average San Franciscan is more likely to get their media from a screen than from a paper, so it’s no surprise that newspapers and magazines are shutting down all around us; the editorial space and the way we consume news has changed. What will editorial look like years from now? Will curated content really be king? Can non-digital publications stay afloat? Leading digital experts will share their experiences, honest thoughts and predictions for the future of publishing.” Clara Jeffery, Editor in Chief, Mother Jones; Mark Johnson, CEO of Zite; Laney Whitcanack, Chief Community Officer, Federated Media; Chris Taylor, Deputy Editor, Mashable. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nootropics 47 mins – “As we cruise into Episode #40 of our little podcast, we take stock of the current state of affairs in the smart drugs market by switching up our format just a bit. Jesse has a conversational “roundtable” chat with Mike Minneman, founder of the popular smart drug blog SmarterNootropics.com and Mans Denton, blogger at TheHackedMind.com and an online nootropics retailer at PureNootropics.net. They discuss some popular misconceptions about smart drugs, their personal favorite stacks, and other topics surrounding the growing popularity of neurological performance enhancers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Threat 66 mins – “Three distinguished statesmen discuss their vision for international security in these precarious times. Secretaries Shultz and Perry and Senator Nunn will assess the current state of nuclear threats, including Iran’s drive to build a bomb, the North Korean nuclear weapons program, and future prospects for limiting the spread of nuclear materials and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons.” George Shultz, Former U.S Secretary of State under President Reagan; William Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Clinton; Sam Nunn, Former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peanut Allergies 51 mins – “For reasons not entirely clear, the number of people allergic to peanuts has risen dramatically in recent years. Peanut allergies usually appear in childhood. The condition is sometimes fatal, and there is no cure. For children with risk factors for allergies, pediatricians have long advised complete avoidance of peanuts. But a new study by British doctors — just published in The New England Journal of Medicine — suggests that advice was wrong. The study shows that exposing infants to peanuts could sharply cut the incidence of allergies to the legume. Many pediatricians are optimistic but not ready to issue new guidelines. We discuss the latest research.” At the link you can listen but not download’ however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Pecha Kucha 78 mins – “Pecha Kucha is a method of presentation developed in Japan based on a simple idea: 20 images, 20 seconds per image. This method is a way of bringing several and diverse leaders together for quick, concise and interesting presentations. We’re bringing together designers, business leaders, tech giants, poets, scientists and politicians to solve one of the most important issues of our time: How do we build a sustainable future?” Mark Dwight, Founder & CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks; Rob Forbes, Founder, Design Within Reach; Founder, Public; Flora Grubb, Founder, Flora Grubb Gardens; Nikki Henderson, Executive Director, People’s Grocery; Walter Hood, Principal, Hood Design; Professor and Former Chair of Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley; Max Schorr, Co-founder and Publisher, GOOD Magazine; Bryony Schwan, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute; Paul Jamtgaard, Founder, Pecha Kucha SF – MCJoin us. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmacological Studies 30 mins – “In this week’s podcast, Dr. Raza Naqvi shares the conclusions he derived after reviewing 32 high-quality published medical studies done on the effects of drugs, vitamins and  supplements on cognitive decline in healthy older adults. Dr Naqvi is currently a Geriatric Medical Fellow at the University of Toronto, who has interests in geriatric care and specifically issues relating to memory loss and dementia.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Planet Health 55 mins “Dr. Wackernagel will discuss the Living Planet Report, 2014 and the Global Footprint Network’s ecological footprint. The Living Planet Report is a science-based analysis of the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Wackernagel has worked on sustainability on six continents and lectured at more than 100 universities. Join us as he speaks about current science and the health of our planet and the serious challenges ahead to ensure healthy, safe environments worldwide at the global, national and local levels. Dr. Wackernagel is co-creator of the concept of the ecological footprint. His awards include the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto, the 2012 Blue Planet Award and the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rachel Maddow 68 mins – “Rhodes Scholar, AIDS activist, civics geek, “blindly partisan” and even the “grand doyenne of liberal demagoguery” according to Gawker – Rachel Maddow has been called many things over the years, but until now, “author” has not been one of them. This year the sassy and smart-as-a-whip host of MSNBC’s politico program, The Rachel Maddow Show, joins the literary fold and takes on what she believes to be the debate between civilian life and the war machine in her new book, Drift. Join us for an organ intro, popcorn munchies, and an exclusive interview with Rachel Maddow.” Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show; Author, Drift in Conversation with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, Author; Screenwriter; Accordionist. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Read and Learn 78 mins – “I’ve been following Shane Parrish, the founder of the excellent Farnam Street blog, for quite a while now. At Farnam street, Shane posts lessons from the many, many books he reads – covering subjects including psychology, business, philosophy, and more…In this episode, you’ll learn how he reads and takes notes from books, why Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger swore by “mental models,” and more. At the link findEpisode 48, right-click “Media files 6878.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resume Tips 37 mins – “Which sounds more interesting on your resume? “Filed documents,” or “Filed 2,500 documents.” The second one, right? Using data to quantify your achievements helps you resume stand out from the crowd, and it’s just one of the many techniques you can use to improve your job prospects. As a sophomore, I learned about many of these techniques in a book called Confessions of a Recruiting Director, which was written by Brad Karsh – and today, I’ve got Brad on the show to share what he knows… In this episode, Brad and I discuss how to use your hidden job market to get out of the stack of 500 resumes and into the stack with ten. You’ll learn other great ways to stand out as well, such as using your cover letter as a platform for telling your (short) story and why you want that job and to take notes during the interview.” At the link find Episode 40, right-click “Media files 5886.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Investment Protection 46 mins – “More than ever these days, beyond Social Security, Americans are on their own for retirement.  Saving.  Investing.  Praying.  This week, the White House saying at least people shouldn’t have to worry about the interests of brokers helping them make those investment decisions.  They ought to have the investor’s interest first in mind – not hidden fees or payments for themselves.  They’re pushing new rules.  Finance industry, pushing back. This hour On Point:  the stakes, and whether brokers need a top-down order to put your interests first.  Plus, we’ll look at shrinking bonuses on Wall Street..” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Comic 34 mins – “Continuing our exploration of art in science, we invite author, illustrator and math/science teacher Dale Debakcsy to the show.  Every two weeks, Debakcsywrites and illustrates about important women in science.  Now that he has now completed half of his two-year project, Debakcsy has compiled the first 26 portraits into a book called The Illustrated Women in Science: Year One.  Listen to the show to hear about how Debakcsy started making science comics, the importance of showcasing women in science, and how you can use his art in your classroom.

SEAL Training 32 mins – “In Episode #28, Jesse speaks with former Navy SEAL Mark Divine about mental toughness and maintaining focus in the face of adversity.  Mark’s diverse background includes a professional career as a CPA for the company which became PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as a SEAL  (at 26  he graduated as honor-man, the #1 ranked trainee in his SEAL BUD/s class), and – after retiring at the rank of Commander in 2011 – beginning a third career as an entrepreneur, co-founding a highly successful Southern California Brewery Restaurant and launching NavySEALs.com in the same year.  (NavySEALs.com is the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs.)” At the link find Episode 28, right-click “SDS028.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Secular Life 48 mins – “Religion is a solace and inspiration for millions and millions of Americans.  For millions of others, it’s not.  Twenty percent of Americans now say they have no religious affiliation.  For young people, it’s nearly a third.  They don’t all say they are atheist, or even agnostic.  But many millions are now living a secular life.  Non-religious.  My guest today has interviewed lots of those Americans and the people who study them.  To look at where they find their morals, their community, their transcendence, their awe.  This hour On Point:  Meaning, morals, and the secular life.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Self Education 68 mins – “Our education system is imploding, and self-education may be a key component of what will replace it. Ellsberg has spent the last two years interviewing the world’s most successful people who did not complete college—including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, and Facebook’s Sean Parker. He shares insights about self-education and the higher education crisis in this provocative, challenging lecture. Michael Ellsberg, Author, The Education of Millionaires; Blogger, Forbes.com. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shakespeare On Trial 55 mins – “Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, conducts the trial of the century. An all-star cast of lawyers examine the evidence about an age-old question: did Shakespeare write the plays he’s credited for? And if not him — then who?” At the link find the title, “Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150224_78442.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sicily 55 mins – This program focuses on Sicily, despite the following description: “He was a monarch like no other: he was a poet, a lover of science, and in his court multicultural collaboration and innovation were a matter of policy. A look at the life of Frederick II.” At the link find the title, “The Wonder of the World: Frederick II, Part 2,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150225_26144.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media for Good 73 mins – “What are the tools, tricks and triumphs of social media as an essential component of any organization’s mission in the 21st century? Social media experts examine the consequences, opportunities and workable lessons this landscape presents for nonprofits and causes.” Beth Kanter, CEO, Zoetica; Author, Beth’s Blog; Co-author, The Networked Nonprofit; May Boeve, Director for Partnerships and Policy and Co-founder, 350.org ; Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO, Change.org. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Suitcase 52 mins – “Two award-winning social entrepreneurs discuss their solar projects that help save lives in developing nations. d.light is an affordable solar light that replaces kerosene lamps that have badly burned bodies and homes. We Care’s solar suitcase provides hospitals light at night, replacing surgery by flashlight. Stachel and Tozun have recently been featured in magazines and on television for their products that save lives of many individuals. Hear why they decided to produce these items and what it took to do so.Laura Stachel, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar; Ned Tozun, Co-Founder and President, d.light.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup Questions 67 mins – “Join Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur-turned-educator Blank in a lively discussion with  Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft. This program will introduce best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Hear about a tested and proven Customer Development Process, helping get it right –and how to “get, keep, and grow” customers.” Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur; Founder, E.piphany; Professor, UC Berkeley and Stanford Engineering; Author, The Startup Owners Manual; In conversation with Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Strategic and Emerging Business Development (SEBT), Microsoft. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Starvation Diet 33 mins – “As a follow-up to our much-anticipated Water Fast Week, Jesse is joined by Dr. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Science, and Director of the USC Longevity Institute.  Dr. Longo shares with us his research on the beneficial effects of fasting on everything from our immune responses to our lifespans, and addresses some points of curiosity that arose over the course of our calorie-free week.” At the link right-click “Download” and elect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Students First 68 mins – “Students First is an organization that Rhee calls a “national movement to transform education.” In her controversial three years as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., school system, she closed nearly two dozen schools, cut administrative positions and proposed that teacher salaries be based on merit rather than tenure. Today, her goal is to “put pressure on elected officials and press for changes in legislation to make things better for kids.” Sacramento Mayor Johnson says he’s “committed to identifying ways to strategically drive education reform.” Upon retiring from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Johnson returned to his hometown of Sacramento to serve as the CEO of St. HOPE, a nonprofit community development organization he founded to revitalize inner-city communities. Hear from these two leaders about what can be done to save the American education system.Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson: How to Transform American Education.” Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, Students First; Former Chancellor, District of Columbia Public School System; Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento; Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Public Education. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Study Advice 29 mins – “…Vincent Nguyen has held three internships at the same time, while still taking classes full-time. He’s reached out to some of the most popular and successful people in the online entrepreneurship world, and has build relationships with several of them. He’s written for several huge blogs, including LifeHack.org, Marc and Angel Hack Life, and UnCollege. He also started his own blog on personal development called Self Stairway, which is only around 10 months old but is already getting thousands of visitors and around 30 comments per post…. But here’s the craziest part: Vincent is only 19. So, how does a 19-year-old beginning blogger a college student (well, former – but we’ll get to the details about that in the episode) do all of this? Trust me, I was just as curious as you probably are – so I asked him to talk about it on the podcast….” At the link find the title,“The Less-Traveled Road To Success With Vincent Nguyen (Ep. 15),” right-click “Media files 1711.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Studying Advice 67 mins – “What’s the path of a medical student like? How many billions of hours do they have to spend studying while the rest of us are at football games or, in my case, playing Mario Kart? Today I’m talking with my friend Ryan Nguyen to get those questions answered (though he has the same last name […]” At the link find the title, “Study Advice From A Medical Student With Ryan Nguyen (Ep. 26).\,” right-click “Media files 3480.mp3”

Superstorm 60 mins – “This week, we’re exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it’s influenced by our warming planet. We’ll talk about the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded with writer Kathryn Miles, author of “Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.” And we’ll talk about the relationship between climate change and hurricane strength and frequency with Christopher Landsea, Ph.D, Science and Operations Officer at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synthetic Biology 64 mins – “We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. When humans can control the genetic makeup of organisms to the extent foreseen by synthetic biologists, renowned molecular geneticist Church believes, nature will no longer be the exclusive arbiter of life, death and evolution. Church will discuss where these technologies came from and where they’re going.” Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics; Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria War 69 mins – “As the death toll tops 190,000, over three million refugees have fled from Syria into neighboring countries. Avi Melamed, a former Israeli official for Arab affairs, will discuss the history of the war in Syria, offering his thoughts on why the conflict is considered one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Middle East. He will also discuss the possible global ramifications of this war and how its outcome will shape the region for decades to come. Avi Melamed, Israeli Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teach for America 63 mins – “On Teach For America’s 20th anniversary, founder Kopp draws on the experiences of the organization’s 25,000 teachers and alumni who, driven by passionate belief in their students’ potential, have set out to accomplish what most think is impossible. Through engaging stories from the front lines of the achievement gap, Kopp offers a provocative exploration of what’s driving the unprecedented success in a growing number of low-income communities’ classrooms, schools and districts. She will identify what she firmly believes will provide transformational education – education that changes the academic and life trajectories predicted by children’s socioeconomic backgrounds and our nation’s future.” Wendy Kopp , Founder and CEO, Teach for America; Author, A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine Gurus 68 mins – “Wine obsessed?  Wine curious?  Young wine lovers, makers and educators are breaking new ground in the way wine is created and enjoyed, from experimenting with little known varietals and blends, to box wine and screw caps.  San Francisco’s leading young sommeliers will tell us how to unlock the mysteries of wine and introduce your pallet to hot new international trends, food pairings, and the basics of ordering.” Christy DuFoe, Sommelier Quinn’s Restaraunt; Courtney Cochran, Owner, Your Personal Sommelier; Mark Bright, Wine Director, Oola. At the in right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine in California 2014 68 mins – “California vintners and growers have broadly embraced sustainable and other green wine-growing practices to protect and preserve our signature Golden State industry. Plans and decisions made throughout the wine-growing year reflect a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and the desire to pass land businesses on to future generations.” Steve Lohr, Chairman & CEO, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines;Karl Wente, Winemaker, Wente Vineyards; Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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Media Mining Digest 172 – Feb 27, 2015: 3D Scanning, Adaptability Skills, Afghanistan Post War, Aging By the Book,Aging Prevention, Bats, Black Journalist Story, Brain Plasticity, Burning Man, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Climate and Disease, Cloud Computing, Communicating Vividly, Creative Diversity, Crises Responses, Cyber Security, Duke Energy CEO, Energy Policy in U.S., Evolutionary Biologist, Fishless World, Fukushima Aftermath, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Ghettoside, Green Myths, Human Trafficking, India Innovation, ISIS Shock and Awe, LGMT Community, Longshoremen, Medical Concepts, Medicine and Money, Mexico’s Drug War, Muslim Comic, Muslims in America, Net Neutrality, Neuroplasticity, Nuclear Power Future, Ocean Plastic Load, Omega-3 Concern, Pebble Mine Impact, Pope of Wine, Prison Slavery, PTSD Impact, San Francisco Silver, Social Networking Impact, Solar Farms, Standardized Testing, Startup Beginnings, Sufism, Syria Town Hall, Talent Gap, Technology Revolution, Terrorists Viewpoints, Through a Lens Darkly, University Reform, Urban Agriculture Case Study, Urban Wine Making, Wall Street Culpability, Water in India, Weavers of Oaxaca, Wine in California, You Tube

The following audio files come from a larger group of 132 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 65 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

3D Scanning 65mins – “Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations, but they’re under threat from pollution, war and neglect. Kacyra invented a groundbreaking 3D laser scanning system and is using his invention to scan and preserve the world’s heritage in archival detail. His nonprofit organization, CyArk, is now launching the 500 Challenge, an ambitious goal to “digitally preserve” 500 heritage sites. Digital Preservation, a technology twist on brick and mortar conservation, takes advantage of digital content to share the stories and significance of these ancient places with children and adults through virtual tours, online lesson plans, and soon, “the holodeck,” in addition to making critical data available to conservators for their conservation work.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adaptability Skills 51 mins – “Jenny Blake is one of the most skilled people I know when it comes to adapting to new situations and challenges. As a professional speaker, business coach, published author, and the founder of Life After College – a site that both helped and inspired me as a freshman in college – Jenny is a pro .” At the link find the title, “Building The Skill Of Adaptability In Your Career With Jenny Blake (Ep. 24),” right-click “Media files 2882.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Post War 61 mins – “A leading advocate for global women’s issues discusses the state of post-troop withdrawal in Afghanistan as well as the role of women in peace talks with the Taliban. Since 2002, Noori has helped more than 33,000 women survivors of war in Afghanistan rebuild their lives through business and vocational skills training, rights awareness and health education.” Sweeta Nori, Afghanistan Country Director, Women for Women International ; Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Social Entrepreneur in Residence, The Commonwealth Club – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging By the Book 55mins – “Ottawa librarian Wendy Robbins looks at the growing popularity of a narrative approach to aging, even for individuals with dementia.” At the link find the title, “Aging by the Book,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150216_56442.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Prevention 47 mins – “Reporter Bill Gifford hit 40 and decided that was about enough aging for him.  Decided he’d rather stay young, or as young as lifestyle and science would allow.  So he plunged into that world of age-defiance to see what he could find.  There is a lot out there, both fantasy and fact.  Starvation diets and manageable diets.  Wild exercise, and routines that work.  Voodoo science and real science that is pretty astonishing in its implications.  He’s put it all together for anyone interested in staying forever young.  This hour On Point:  reporter Bill Gifford looks to put the brakes on aging.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bats  47 mins – “Bats are totally amazing.  The only flying mammal.  Incredible consumers of insects.  They save the crops that feed us.  The most attentive parents.  Incredible immune systems.  Bats are also incredible carriers of diseases that can hit humans.  Rabies, of course.  But also measles, mumps, SARS, MERS — Ebola.  That Ebola piece is getting a lot of attention right now.  West Africans being warned not to eat bat soup.  But understanding bats may also be a way out of disease. This hour On Point:  the world of bats, vulnerability and immunity.  Plus, the very latest on Ebola. “ At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Journalist Story 66 mins – “From being the first black TV journalist in the West to one of the most respected media figures in the nation, Davis has indisputably changed the face of American journalism. In her book Never in My Wildest Dreams, Davis recounts a harrowing personal history interwoven with the volatile cultural upheaval of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. In her five decades of reporting, Davis covered the most explosive local and national stories of the last half-century, including the Berkeley student protests, the rise of feminism, the birth of the Black Panthers, the Moscone/Milk murders, the onset of the AIDS epidemic and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Join us as this extraordinary woman shares her story of courage, grace, and determination as she witnessed and reported on many of the most transformative events of her generation. Having won eight local Emmys and a number of lifetime achievement awards, Davis has established herself as a cultural icon intimately tied to American history.” Belva Davis, Emmy Award-winning TV Journalist/Anchor; Host, This Week in Northern California, KQED TV; Author, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Pasticity 67 mins – “It is now known that our brain changes structurally and functionally in response to our interactions with our environment throughout our lives, not just during critical times like childhood. This modern perspective is called neuroplasticity and scientists are actively exploring the intricacies of this phenomenon. Gazzaley discusses new theories on the topic, such as cognitive reserve, use-it-or-lose-it, and neural efficiency. He will also tackle the hotly debated topic of the impact of brain training and cognitive exercises.” Adam Gazzaley, Professor, UCSF At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burning Man 61 mins – “A first-time Burning Man attendee once said, “I walked through the gates, looked around, and asked myself, ‘What is this place? Is it real?’” Every year up to 50,000 ‘burners’ make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City for eight days of commerce-free, debauchery-filled expression of human imagination. Leaving no trace of the party behind them, this diverse group of international artists, CEOs, technologists, intellectuals, families and bohemians alike carry on Burning Man founder Harvey’s world – one of mutant cars, themed villages and a 40-foot fiery effigy. Join us as we speak to the founder himself, and find out what Burning Man’s new HQ in SF will mean for that fair city.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 47 mins – “As many as two and a half million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. There is no formal diagnosis – but there is a huge debate about what it is and what to call it.  Many who suffer from it say the name, chronic fatigue syndrome, trivializes the illness.  So now, the Institute of Medicine has come up with a new diagnosis, and a new name:  Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, to better describe its debilitating effects.  This hour, On Point: what’s in a name? The debate over chronic fatigue syndrome.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate and Disease 29 mins – “Climate change is affecting the spread of infectious diseases like Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue fever and West Nile Virus. Scientists are using a host of techniques to try to understand what is happening.” At the link find the title, “SciA: Climate change and infectious diseases….,” right-click “Media files scia_20150219-2030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Computing Defined 72 mins – “A panel of tech insiders explores the various forms of cloud computing, the economics of the cloud, and the key technology of virtualization, which enables the abstraction of resources into massive pools that can be tapped on demand. Come explore the challenges of security, privacy, accessibility and the opportunities for efficient resource utilization toward a greener planet. Will the cloud be an on-demand instant gratification engine, the ultimate equalizer bringing the power of the infinite into the hands of a single person, or just the ubiquitous computing model of our increasingly digital life? Will it rain? Will cloud computing become fully adopted as part of everyday computing?” Timothy Chou, Pioneer in Software on Demand; Author; Former CEO, Oracle On-Demand; Simon Crosby, Founder and CTO, Bromium Inc., Former CTO, Citrix Systems;Gina Tomlinson, CTO, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Technology; Abhijit Phanse, CEO, UnitedLayer, Managing Partner, Accelon Capital – Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Computing Strategies 67 mins – “Without massive customer adoption, any cloud strategy is prone to failure. Jones and McFarland posit that we need to shift our thinking from pushing computation to pulling demand. Learn from two industry insiders about this newly emerging field and how to make it work for you, your company and your customers.” Chris Jones, Principal, Engineering and Strategy, Hot Studio; Ian McFarland, Vice President of Technology, Principal, Pivotal Labs, MLF: Business & Leadership At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Computing Value 61 mins – “Arch rivals Microsoft and Google find common cause at Climate One promoting the energy efficiency of the cloud. Efficiency alone won’t solve the climate crisis, Rob Bernard of Microsoft and Google’s William Weihl say, but smart IT can reduce emissions, help green the grid, and save money companies and consumers money….” Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft; William Weihl, Green Energy Czar, Google; Greg Dalton, Climate One Founder, Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communicating Vividly 60 mins – “In business, politics and life, we’re surrounded by “blah” – misleading and unintelligible words. And with the more words we hear, says Roam, the less we understand. Learn his method for becoming a better communicator through “vivid thinking” techniques. When words are accompanied by the right pictures, we will start to see and understand each other like never before.” Dan Roam, Founder and President, Digital Roam Inc.; Author, The Back of the Napkin and Blah, Blah, Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Diversity 83mins – “What is your creative style, and when might it be most effective? We talk about creative diversity with electrical engineer Kathryn Jablokow in this episode of The Engineering Commons podcast… Our guest is Kathryn Jablokow, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Design at Penn State University. Her teaching and research interests include problem solving, invention, and creativity in science and engineering, as well as robotics and computational dynamics… A well-known model of cognitive style is Kirton’s Adaption-Innovation theory. A normal distribution exists across this continuum, both for the general public and for engineering professionals…Inventive problem-solving techniques such as TRIZ and SIT can lead to new solutions, regardless of one’s creative style. Kathryn recently helped teach a free massively open online course (MOOC) titled “Creativity, Innovation, and Change.’….” At the link right “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crisis Responses 63 mins – “In a world beset with global financial, climate and poverty crises, getting a good handle on the problems is as important as finding good solutions. What steps can we take to better anticipate and manage mega-crises, such as Haiti, Katrina and 9/11? Engaging with one of the fathers of modern crisis management, this panel will offer tools and frameworks you and your organization can use to more effectively deal with the interconnected “messes” and crises of today and tomorrow.” Ian Mitroff, Professor Emeritus, USC; Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis; Can M. Alpasian, Professor, College of Business and Economics, California State University, Northridge; Kevin O’Malley, President, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 115 mins – “Hosts: Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte catch up with several VERY interesting security events and stories of the week, then we take a close look and a deep dive into the operation of the industry’s first change in the official HTTP protocol in 15 years — the finalization and emergence of the HTTP/2 IETF specification which significantly streamlines web browser and web server interaction.” Briefly mentioned is a site/service that can freeze credit activities at Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to stop criminals from opening new credit in yourname. The link is http://bit.ly/freezecredit At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Duke Energy CEO 63 mins – “Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO, Duke Energy Outside of the Oval Office, one of the most influential voices in the energy debate is Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy. Here Rogers talks about the future of energy policy in the United States in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster… Rogers prefers that Congress, not the EPA, show companies the way forward.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Policy in U.S. 64 mins – “The United States does not have a national energy policy. In this panel convened by Climate One three experts long involved in the US energy debate conspire to shape their own… Knowles and T.J. Glauthier, a former Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Energy, advocate for retrofitting the country’s heavy trucking fleet to run on domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG)….  Knowles and Glauthier also recommend that shale gas be a part of the energy mix. “It’s great for the American public, it’s great for the energy sector, to have natural gas supplies that are much larger, and they’re all domestic,” says Glauthier.” T.J. Glauthier, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy ; James Sweeney, Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford; Tony Knowles, Chair, National Energy Policy Institute; Former Governor, Alaska. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolutionary Biologist 64 mins – “Dawkins has been central to the debates surrounding creationism, intelligent design and religion. He coined the word meme, and his gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism. From his early childhood in Africa to his educational awakening at Oxford, Dawkins shares his personal experiences that shaped his remarkable life and intellectual development.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fishless World 71 mins – “Former commercial fisherman and best-selling author Kurlansky examines the devastating effects of industrialized fishing and shares simple rules that families can use to help support sustainable fishing. In his new children’s book, he depicts what’s happening to the fish we commonly eat – tuna, salmon, cod and swordfish – and the domino effect it would have if it all disappeared in the next 50 years.” Author, Cod, Salt and The World Without Fish; Alison van Diggelen, Host, Fresh Dialogues – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fukushima Aftermath 70 mins “The media an – d public reaction to the nuclear accident at Fukushima involving light water reactors and their associated spent-fuel storage pools threaten to cripple the nuclear renaissance that is humanity’s best hope for mitigating climate disruption, Shu contends. He will review how light water reactors and the “once-through” fuel cycle came to dominate the landscape for generating nuclear power today and assess options for the future.” Frank H. Shu, University Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay and Lesbian Rights 66 mins – “Equal parts investigative legal history and compelling detective tale, Flagrant Conduct is the still-untold story of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court. Drawing from dozens of new interviews that yield surprising new evidence, Carpenter reexamines the motives of almost every character involved, from the arresting police officers to the gay-rights attorneys, to the nine Supreme Court justices. This is the first complete history of the case, which expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.” Dale Carpenter: Flagrant Conduct- The Untold Story of Lawrence v. Texas; Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law,University of Minnesota Law School. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ghettoside 7 mins – “The big hashtag and signs on the streets for months now have read “Black Lives Matter.”  There are many ways to think about that.  Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy has gone very deep on one.  When young black men are killed – murdered – in Los Angeles, their killers don’t get arrested.  Only 38 percent of the time in the thousands of killings of black male victims in LA.  In other cities, it’s been even lower.  Thirty five percent in Chicago.  Twenty two percent in New Orleans.  Twenty one percent in Detroit.  Jill Leovy tells us why.  This hour On Point:  Black lives. Unsolved murders.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Myths 66 mins – “Your low-carbon lifestyle might be dirtier than you think. A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living, debunks many cherished facets of sustainable consumption. Among their conclusions:  Buying local food is not the most effective way to combat global warming; it’s not always best to just keep reusing products like refrigerators and cars; just turning off the lights is not the best way to conserve energy; hybrid cars are not always the best choice; and consumers do not have to sacrifice comfort to reduce their emissions. What’s a well-intentioned consumer to do?….” Diana Donlon, Cool Foods Campaign Director, The Center For Food Safety; David Friedman, Deputy Director, Union of Concerned Scientists; Betsy Rosenberg, Radio Host, On The Green Front. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking 62 mins – “The distinguished panel of activists and experts will discuss the tragedy of human trafficking and efforts to combat what has been described as the fastest growing criminal industry, second only to drug trafficking in profitability, in the world. Human trafficking, considered a modern form of slavery, has historical roots in the Middle East, where it still thrives.” David Batstone, Founder & CEO, Not For Sale; Professor of Business, USF; Mimi Chakarova, Photo Journalist, Filmmaker, Price of Sex 2011; Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting; Dr. Dolores Donovan, Professor & Director of International Programming, USF School of Law; Author, Law Review & Journal Articles on Human Rights, Developing Law Systems and Criminal Justice Systems; Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist. Authour, Cambodia’s Curse – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Innovation 54 mins – “India’s pervasive resource and capital scarcity combined with massive diversity and growing connectivity are turning the country into a large-scale, living laboratory where grassroots entrepreneurs and corporations are coming up with frugal inventions that are both affordable and sustainable. Radjou explains how “indovations” have relevance not only within India but worldwide.” Navi Radjou, Independent Consultant and Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School; Former Executive Director, Centre for India & Global Business, University of Cambridge. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Control  51 mins – “Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have reportedly, for now, beaten back an assault by ISIS. Earlier this week Egyptian warplanes dropped bombs on Islamic state targets in Libya. That attack was in retaliation for the apparent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. The video which allegedly verifies these murders suggests that the extremist group is expanding its reach beyond territory it already controls in Iraq and Syria. Many say the U-S and other western nations are failing to appreciate the growing threat of ISIS and the need for a strong military response. Please join us [4 guests] to discuss the threat of ISIS.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

ISIS Shock and Awe 48 mins – “…violent extremism.  Europe has recently had a front row seat on the issue. The Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.  Seventeen dead.  The killings this weekend in Copenhagen.  And right across the water, in North Africa – Libya – ISIS video of 21 Coptic Christians being beheaded on the shore of the Mediterranean.   With an ISIS killer pointing a bloody dagger north, vowing to “take Rome.”  It’s grotesque theater.  And a vivid threat.  This hour On Point:  Europe and ISIS, from North Africa to Copenhagen” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Community 73 mins – “Reverend Lee was among the first voices to speak out against the passage of Prop. 8, and he continues to support LGBT equality. As a longtime civil rights activist, he advocates supporting all disenfranchised communities unequivocally and tells us that the LGBT community’s struggle is part of a larger struggle for justice that includes immigration reform and economic and racial justice. An LGBT leader, Reverend Johnson is known for bringing clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues and for her hard work in building solidarity in the intersections of social justice. Reverends Lee and Johnson will discuss their work in the multiple communities they serve.” Reverend Eric Lee, President and CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles; Chairman and President, the California Christian Leadership Conference; Reverend Deborah Johnson, Founding Minister and President, Inner Light Ministries. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longshoremen 51 mins – “Now, a labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies threatens to shut down the ports. Some economists estimate this would cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day. President Barack Obama has sent Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to San Francisco this week to try to broker a deal. But the two sides remain deadlocked. Diane and [3] guests discuss what’s behind the West Coast port slowdown and what it could mean for the U.S. economy.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Medical Concepts 63 mins – “Despite advances in modern medicine, Agus asks why we aren’t better at curing illness. Agus insists that we must embrace a totally new view of looking at our health to prevent and combat hearth disease, cancer and autoimmune disorder. He offers a practical health guide to better understand the human body and takes on some myths and misconceptions about the benefits of vitamins and supplements, foods, and the role of DNA. He also will discuss exciting breakthrough technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation.” Director, USC’s Westside Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine; Co Founder, Navigenics; Author, The End of Illness. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine and Money 65 mins – “Finance, Brawley asserts, is inextricably linked to health care in America’s current system. Even the very procedures patients undergo, he says, are frequently determined more by doctors’ expected payment for performing them than their actual appropriateness in mitigating the ailment with which the patient is afflicted. Brawley will discuss the extent of this problem as well as possible solutions.” Dr. Otis Brawley: Fighting Patient Mistreatment in America; Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society; Co-author, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America; Lisa Aliferis, KQED Health Editor – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico’s Drug War 63 mins – “Ciudad Juárez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state, with the city’s murder rate exceeding that of Baghdad. This is just one of thousands of sites of Mexico’s drug war, which has claimed more than 30,000 lives since December 2006, when a U.S.-backed military crackdown on cartels began. Bowden will take you inside Mexico’s drug war, which he says demonstrates the consequences of U.S. drug policy, free trade policy and immigration policy.” Charles Bowden, Author, Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Comic 47 mins – “Maz Jobrani’s memoir is called, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV. And he has. Born in Iran, Jobrani came to the U.S. as a kid during the Iranian Revolution. But it was tough getting used to his adopted culture: baseball didn’t make sense and kids blamed him for the Iranian hostage crisis. And when casting directors came calling, they only wanted him to play kebab-eating, bomb-toting, terrorists.  So he did. But no more. Now, in the age of Charlie Hebdo and Muslim killings in North Carolina, he does comedy. This hour, On Point: Middle Eastern funny man, Maz Jobrani.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslims In America 66 mins – “A panel of five leading Silicon Valley executives, educators and entrepreneurs will share their stories and perspectives surrounding the experience of growing up Muslim in the American context. Both anecdotally and analytically, panelists will explore the impact that their Muslim identity has had on their personal and professional assimilation into American society. The speakers will provide insight into some of the nuances of the Islamic faith and will discuss many of the misconceptions commonly associated with their religion.” Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation; Sumbul ali-Karamali, Lawyer; Author, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing; Raaina Mohsen, Executive Director, Cities Association of Santa Clara County; Barbara Marshman, Opinion Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality Impact 31 mins – “Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, discusses his opposition to FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s proposed new rules to ensure net neutrality.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Michael Powell,” right-click “Media files program.388251.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality Status 28 mins – “Federal Communications Commission (FCC) counsel Gigi Sohn discusses FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s proposed rules to ensure net neutrality. The proposal would strengthen the FCC’s regulation of the internet and extend the rules to mobile phones and devices.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Gigi Sohn,” right-click “Media files program.387510.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroplasticity 38 mins ­ “ Norman Doidge talks about the implications of neuroplasticity and his new book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’, and from San Jose in California Ian Sample gives a roundup of key issues discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Norman Doidge is a Canadian psychiatrist on the faculty of both the University of Toronto and of Columbia University in New York.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power Future 67 mins – “Two new nuclear plants are moving forward for the first time in nearly 30 years. Boosters of atomic power say that’s an indication an American atomic revival is back on track after the radioactive disaster in Fukushima. But the cost of the new U.S. plants are a staggering $10 billion a piece, raising questions of whether new nukes can stand on their own legs without government crutches. Abundant and cheap natural gas is also undercutting new nuclear, coal and renewable sources of electricity. What other sources of low carbon energy could supply the 20 percent of electricity now generated by splitting atoms? Join us for a discussion about a critical juncture in powering America’s future.” Jim Boyd, Former Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Marv Fertel, CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute; Joe Rubin, Reporter, Capital Public Radio/Center for Investigative Journalism. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Plastic Load 56 mins – The first eleven minutes of this multi-topic episode concerns plastic accumulation in the ocean. At the link the entire program must be downloaded by right-clicking “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Omega-3 Concern 71 mins – “Unsaturated fats (Omega 3, Omega 6) are in our food, supplements and body – for better and for worse. Tel-Oren demonstrates that most omega-3 products are not ecological and contain rancid, polluted oil and have side-effects. Experts quote the literature which some believe has been heavily EPA/DHA-biased and largely ignore the rancidity issue. Tel-Oren discusses naturally stable plant-based Omega-3 and its proven health impact and reveals what the popular omega 3 oil industries don’t want you to know. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pebble Mine Impact 59 mins – “The proposed Pebble Mine would be one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world, located at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska. Proposed by a consortium of international mining giants – including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Northern Dynasty Minerals – the mine would include an open pit 2,000 feet deep and two miles wide and an underground mine 5,000 feet deep. Opponents argue that it would generate an estimated 10 billion tons of waste, laced with toxic contaminants, stored in perpetuity behind giant earthen dams taller than the Three Gorges Dam in China – all within an active earthquake zone. It would require construction of major power plants, slurry pipelines, heavy industrial traffic-bearing roads across the mountains, and a deep-water port in Cook Inlet, home to a federally protected population of endangered Beluga whales. Some 50 leading jewelry companies, including Tiffany & Co., have taken the “No Pebble Pledge,” committing not to source minerals from the mine. They join Alaskan natives, commercial and recreational fishermen, conservationists, sportsmen, and local and regional businesses in an unprecedented coalition opposed to the mine. Come hear a panel of opponents of the mine discuss this project that has the potential to re-shape the land, wildlife and people in its path.” Michael Kowalski, Chairman and CEO, Tiffany & Co.; Joel Reynolds, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council; Kimberly Williams, Executive Director, Nunamta Aulukestai; Wendy Schmidt, The Schmidt Family Foundation – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pope of Wine 53 mins – “Salesman, self-promoter, journalist, author, ladies man, connoisseur, war veteran, chateau-owner and – above all – French wine enthusiastic, Alexis Lichine led a fascinating life and is credited with creating the American market for French wine. In honor of the 60th anniversary of his publication The Wines of France, Lichine’s biographer Hennessy will discuss the wine enthusiast’s intriguing existence and his impact on wine.” Leslie A. Hennessy Jr., Author, The Pope of Wine: The Biography of Alexis Lichine. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Slavery 63 mins – “Monday Night Philosophy investigates one aspect of the future of work, and finds a resurgence, in different dress, of the institution of human slavery. We’ll look at the controversial topic of prison populations in the U.S., which are continuing to surge; the labor of many of those forcibly idled inmates is being put to use. Are long prison terms for petty crimes a recruiting tool? Hear Cantor’s arguments and concerns about the re-emergence and social acceptance of this ancient form of exploitation.” Matt Cantor, Columnist, Berkeley Daily Planet. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD Impact 62 mins – “Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame. This week we speak with David Morris, former Marine turned war correspondent. While on assignment, David’s humvee was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device) and his life was forever changed.  In this episode we discuss America’s hunger for violence, the effect of war movies on our nation (specifically we discuss the newest blockbuster – American Sniper), the truth about PTSD, and much more. David is the author of the brand new best-selling book, The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

San Francisco Silver 62 mins – “The discovery of silver in 1859 propelled San Francisco from a dusty mining boomtown into a world-class metropolis. Director Lynch shares the subject and story of his historical documentary film, City of White Gold, which tells of epic struggle for wealth and power in the Wild West, beginning with the fateful unearthing of the legendary Comstock Lode. Lynch intersperses video clips from the film-in-progress and readings from letters of the era with a fascinating account of how silver shaped San Francisco in the 19th century Gilded Age.” Geordie Lynch, Director, City of White Gold. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Networking Impact 65mins – “More than a billion people around the world are engaged in a massive and unprecedented experiment in how social media technologies are changing society, commerce, politics, health, innovation, love, work, the arts and more. But what is this new tech literally doing to our brains? How is it impacting who we are as humans, and how is it making us different from previous generations in how we interact with information, our environment and each other? This provocative panel will feature a neuroscientist who studies the impact of multitasking on our gray matter and those who believe new social networking may be leading us to a more connected and even better world, as well as those who are wary of the physiological and societal impact that social media has on humanity….” Adam Gazzaley, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Josh McHugh, CEO, Attention Span Media; Tiffany Shlain, Founder, Webby Awards; Filmmaker, Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death and Technology; David Ewing Duncan, Author, Experimental Man; Co-host, Tech Talk Radio – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Farms 66 mins – “California’s desert offers abundant solar energy, but locating large installations often triggers a good old Western dust-up among neighbors, environmentalists and investors. Federal and state officials have identified preferred solar zones to provide clarity and predictability. Are they all on the same page? Can different levels of government work with businesses and environmentalists to speed the production of clean energy in the desert while improving the habitat for wildlife? We’ll discuss ambitious plans to soak up the sun in the American West with the voices leading the debate.” David Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior; John Laird, Secretary, California Resources Agency; David Festa, West Coast Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund; Michael Hatfield, Director of Development, First Solar. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Standardized Testing 51 mins – “Thirteen years ago, Congress passed No Child Left Behind. It mandated annual standardized testing as a way to ensure that students did not fall through the cracks. Over the years, programs like Race to the Top ratcheted up the stakes, increasing pressure on teachers, schools and districts to perform. Now No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization and some lawmakers are calling for a removal of the mandate. This would allow states more wiggle room to design their own assessment methods. Meanwhile, parents and educators are increasingly questioning the number of tests students take and what the focus on testing is doing to our school system. An update on the debate over the way we use standardized testing in America’s schools.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Startup Beginnings 58 mins – “John Collison, co-founder and president of the online payment system Stripe, explains how even the most celebrated startups repeatedly encountered uncertainty and failures along the way. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Collison shares his thoughts on how a venture’s path can evolve after its early days, even as the vision holds constant.” At the link hover over “Download,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sufism 55 mins – “Don’t miss this chance to learn about Sufism – the inner, mystical interpretation and expression of Islam – from an internationally esteemed Persian Sufi scholar, author and lecturer. Dr. Angha will discuss Sufi history and Sufi literature, with an emphasis on the poetry of Rumi and Omar Khayam, considered by many to be among the highest literary expressions of spirituality. Angha, a human rights activist, women’s rights and interfaith activist will also discuss the rights of women in Islam.” Nahid Angha, Ph.D. , Co-director, The International Association of Sufism; Director, Sufi Women Organization; Michael Pappas, Executive Director, SF Interfaith Council – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Town Hall 65 mins – “The crisis in Syria has created global tension since the recent poison gas attack that killed some 1,400 people. How should the United States and other world leaders respond? Should the U.S. Congress grant President Obama “limited” authority to launch a military strike on Syria? Would a limited military intervention be effective or would it cause more problems than it solves? What would military intervention look like? Cruise missiles? Drones? What are the targets and what is the goal if not regime change? Would it deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from more attacks on civilians – or provoke him to launch more attacks? Would it trigger regional havoc in the Middle East possibly involving Iran, Israel, Lebanon and others? What are the repercussions if the U.S. does not strike? How might diplomacy and negotiation work to bring peace to the region?” Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration; Fred H. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Mills College; Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist; Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Policy Expert, the Pentagon, U.S. State Department and National Security Council; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, West Point; Keith David Watenpaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace, and Director, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Talent Gap 43 mins – “Tiffani Lennon – Are women better? Although we like to think that we are an equal opportunity economy, the glass ceiling still very much exists.  As a matter of fact, in 2011, women ran only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies. So how does this impact our ability to compete in a global environment? If women aren’t given an equal chance to succeed, aren’t we missing out on half of the talented people in the country? As a matter of fact, it’s worse than that. According to our guest this week, the data shows that women are outperforming men across the board – and it’s time we recognize them for it. This week we speak with Tiffani Lennon, author of the new book, Recognizing Women’s Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Revolution 41 mins – “Few people have had a better perspective on the rise of the “technology revolution” than our guest this week, Kevin Kelly. As a young hippie backpacking his way around the world, Kevin aspired to make art and to learn about the world. By his own admission, he disliked most technologies, especially the computer – which was a large, clunky, useless machine. However, when he snuck his way into one of the earliest groups to try out the internet, he realized that the world was about to change in a big way and he wanted a front row ticket. Soon after, in 1993 Kevin co-founded Wired Magazine and they have been predicting the future ever since. Kevin is the author of the new book, Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorists Viewpoints 65 mins – “A veteran journalist will take you inside the U.S.-led war on terror. Drawing on firsthand reporting in Northern Ireland, Columbia, Spain and the Middle East, Erlich challenges the definition of “terrorist” and argues that yesterday’s terrorist may be today’s national leader, and today’s freedom fighter might be tomorrow’s terrorist.” Reese Erlich, Foreign Correspondent; Author, Conversations with Terrorists. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Through a Lens Darkly 59 mins – “Thomas Allen Harris discusses his film, [Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People], in which he explores how African-Americans have been portrayed in photographic images from the time of slavery up through today.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Thomas Allen Harris,” right-click “Media files program.383609.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

University Reform 48 mis – “Sometimes a state debate gets the whole country’s attention.  For Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, that seemed to part of the idea:  to take on Wisconsin’s public university system and its time-honored ideals as a sign to conservative Republican primary voters that he should be their hard-nosed man in the White House.  He proposed a $300 million cut to the university system, and draft language that would have cut the “search for truth” out of its mission statement.  Would gut, say critics, the “Wisconsin Idea” of great higher ed for all.  This hour On Point:  the battle over higher education and the Wisconsin Idea.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Agriculture Case Study 59 mins – “Hosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello talk with Dan Albert, founder of Farmbox Greens, a commercial urban farm in Seattle, Washington.” At the link right-click “Download UrbAg 13,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Wine Making 65 mins – “Move over, Napa and Sonoma. Wine producing is making a huge shift from rural wineries to urban producers. For the past five years, wine has been making its way downtown, ditching Napa and taking root in the East Bay. Urban winemakers in Oakland and San Francisco source their fruit from the best vineyards in California and around the globe, turning the grapes into world-class juice in their metropolitan facilities. Not being tied to the land gives these urban artisans the freedom to experiment, producing small batches of lovingly crafted wines that are original, local and affordable. Drink up and indulge your inner oenophile and locavore as our panel of wine wizards explores this growing urban trend.” Jim Mirowski, Co-founder and Owner, Treasure Island Wines; Derek Rohlffs, Proprietor and Winemaker, Bravium Wines; Sasha Verhage, Winemaker and Proprietor, Eno Wines; Kathryn Cohen, Proprietor, Stomping Girl Wines; Ryan Flinn, Reporter, Bloomberg News; Wine Reviewer – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Street Culpability 62 mins – “Could the global economic meltdown of the last few years have been prevented? Ferguson believes the crisis was no accident. After Inside Job won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, Ferguson started his acceptance speech by charging that there was a lack of accountability of the finance industry and Wall Street, pointing out that three years after the horrific crisis started not a single financial executive had gone to jail. Predator Nation continues to examine the important issues raised in Inside Job, arguing that an out-of-control finance industry took advantage of a deregulated atmosphere and purposely got rich at the expense of others. Through his extensive interviews with financial insiders and government officials, Ferguson exposes the “corrupted networks” that caused the economic collapse and offers a plan of action to help our country get back on track.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water in India 68 mins – “As India’s urban population and income grow in unprecedented numbers, supplying water reliably to the community has become a growing concern. Faced with limited reservoir storage, aging piped infrastructure, and rapidly growing demand, no Indian city today has a 24/7 water supply. India’s rapidly growing cities represent both a challenge and an opportunity. Because much of the infrastructure is still being built, there is the opportunity to follow a different development path than has been followed elsewhere in the world. Join Srinivasan for a discussion on possible pathways to build a sustainable water supply system in India.” Veena Srinivasan: Ph.D., Research Associate, Pacific Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weavers of Oaxaca 62 mins – “The Chavez Santiago family of the famed weaving village of Teotitlan de Valle presents its story of this ancient art form, a family, a culture and preserving a way of life across generations. Critics have recognized their work for its combination of traditional patterns and weaving techniques with modern colors and sensibilities. As weavers and educators, they are working both within and outside Mexico to bring together the members of local villages and national and international organizations to promote an economic base that continues to support traditional Zapotec culture.” Federico Chavez Sosa, Master Weaver in the Zapotec tradition; Eric Chavez Santiago, Coordinator of the Education Department, Textile Museum of Oaxaca; Janet Chavez Santiago, Coordinator of Education, San Pablo Center for Academics and Culture, Oaxaca. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine in California 60 mins -“In The New California Wine, James Beard Award-winning wine editor Jon Bonné brings us the untold story of the innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking and transforming the California wine industry. Uncovering vintners’ quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir and revealing the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly technocratic, reactionary practices of the recent past, Bonné takes us to the front lines of the California wine revolution. Join us as he shares the fascinating stories, philosophies and techniques of the iconoclastic young winemakers who are changing the face of California viticulture.”Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste; in conversation with Fred Swan, Wine Writer, NorCalWine; Educator, The San Francisco Wine School. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

You Tube  47 mins – “YouTube is ten years old this month.  The novelty of people uploading home videos and cute cats a decade ago has turned into something much, much bigger.  Six billion hours of You Tube video watched globally every month, with everything under the sun available.  Sports.  Pranks.  Music.  Beauty tips.  Terrorists.  High-minded lectures and how-to clips on trimming shrubs.  Now Hollywood is buying in.  Channels, networks, are rising up.  And so are competitors, taking video times from six minutes to six seconds.  This hour On Point:  YouTube at ten, and the world on video.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 171 – Feb 20, 2015: African Filmmaker Kasujja, Agriculture Subsidies, Alzheimer’s Prevention, Appalachian Coal Mining, Atul Gawande, Beer History, Bread Making, Cisco Take on Future, Climate Change Snow, Cruelty Solution, Cybersecurity, Dating, Dating Science, Debtor Prisons, Drunken Botanist, Dry Farming Wine, Egyptian Justice, Engine Cooling, Extreme Weather, Farm Innovation, Female Talent, First Nations Sorrows, Forest Management, Freakonomics, Glasgow’s Digital Creativity, Harper Lee, Hubble and Humason, Human Upgrade, Hybrid Car History, Immigrant Skills, Indian Classics, Indian Growth, ISIS Control, Jail Use, Lead and Aggression, Learning Tips, Love, Lysosome Biology, Maidan Killings, March: Book Two, Marijuana Business, Miami, Minimum Wage, Mountain Connect, Nuclear Threat, Opiate Addiction, Paleo Diet Help, Patient Spotlight, Polar People, Police Issues, Poverty Fixes, Prison Gangs, PTSD Issues, Ralph Nader, Robert Reich, Sal Khan, Science History, SEAL Training, Senior Cohousing, Shepherd Center, Sky Color, Smart TV’s, Stalin Archives, Syrian War, Terrorism Solutions, Tolerance, Truth Spin, Turing Book, Vaccination Regulation, Visualizing Molecular Structures, War Unending, Women at Work

The following audio files come from a larger group of 182 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 75 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

African Filmmaker Kasujja 27 mins – “My Africa offers a series of inspiring snapshots of a continent working towards future prosperity. As part of the BBC’s Richer World season, Alan Kasujja travels to three countries in his native east Africa to meet young Africans determined to build a better future.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: My Africa – Uganda,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150210-0315b.mp3” and select “SaveLink As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Subsidies 69 mins – “Daniel Sumner of the University of California talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about agricultural subsidies in the United States, the winners and losers from those subsidies, and how the structure of subsidies has changed from the New Deal to the present. Sumner also explains how American policies have affected foreign farmers. “ At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s Prevention 57 mins – “Patricia Renaut Spilman, M.S., Senior Scientist, Buck Institute As a growing portion of the American population ages into its golden years, there will inevitably be a greater number of those suffering from Alzheimer’s, a degenerative disease for which there is currently no effective reversing treatment. At the forefront of the effort to find a breakthrough cure is the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA, a facility dedicated to confronting Alzheimer’s and other chronic age-related illnesses. While researchers continue to press for a reversing process, all of us can make health and lifestyle changes that greatly reduce the chance of developing this devastating disease. Spilman, a senior scientist at the Buck Institute, will share with us proactive “healthstyle” choices that encourage a healthy mind and body far into one’s later years, choices that encourage a healthy mind and body far into one’s later years.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Appalachian Coal Mining 56 mins – “Gilomen and Rubin discuss their new film, Mine, based on the mining practices and impacts on local ecologies and communities in Appalachia. Gilomen and Rubin’s precedent-setting documentary is about families and the decisions they must make to preserve their generational lands and survive economically.  Gilomen and Rubin will also discuss recent action by the EPA to place holds on permits for mountaintop coal mining.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Atul Gawande 65 mins – “Atul Gawande, Author, The Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End; Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Professor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health. Gawande tackles the question of how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Modern medicine, dedicated to prolonging life, inevitably runs counter to the natural condition of aging and death. Nursing homes, hospitals and doctors, in the process of provide the aging and dying with the best care, continue to pin patients to railed beds and carry out devastating procedures that ultimately extend suffering. A practicing surgeon and MacArthur fellow, Gawande addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beer History 64 mins -“Ever wonder when the first beer was brewed? Or, better yet, how it tasted? In his latest book, The Brewer’s Tale, home-brewer and beer critic William Bostwick uncovers the stories of brewers past – the unknown recipes, the odd ingredients, and the long-lost flavors – telling a history of the world through the eyes of brewers throughout the centuries. Join Bostwick as he celebrates the beers of ages past and raise a glass to the fermented magic we all know and love.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bread Making 42 mins -“In this discussion, journalist Fromartz and renowned baker Robertson will delve deep into bread, attempting to define a great loaf and what it takes to make it. Fromartz, a home baker for more than 17 years, traveled through the U.S. and to Europe to meet bakers, millers and sourdough microbiologists and translate their lessons to his kitchen. Robertson, the owner of Tartine Bakery, travelled to countries, including Denmark, bringing a new understanding of whole grain loaves into his repertoire. The two will riff off themes in Fromartz’s book, touching on everything from the art of fermentation to the craft of the baker.” Samuel Fromartz, Author, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey; Blogger, ChewsWise; Twitter @fromartz, In conversation with Chad Robertson, owner Tartine, Bar Tartine; Author, Tartine Book No. 3: Modern, Ancient, Classic, Whole; Twitter @tartinebaker.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Cisco Take on Future 63 mins – “Today’s innovation and success landscape is much different than just 10 years ago. Major technology trends are converging and shaping how we live, how we work, how we learn and how we play. In turn, there are business imperatives that result and Warrior says that only those who can encourage and ride this wave of ongoing innovation will thrive. Join Padmasree Warrior to talk about the future of technology and the opportunities that result for businesses, governments and education. It’s an era of the Internet of Everything with $14.4 trillion of value at stake – how will you realize the value?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Snow 3 mins – “I haven’t told my 5-year-old daughter about global warming. There are some obvious reasons for that but one purely practical one is that she’d just be damn confused. Especially these last couple of weeks. The snowbanks outside our house in Boston right now are high enough for her to climb up into our cherry tree and sled down onto the sidewalk. How would she square that with her dad telling her the world is warming up? And it’s not just confusing to five year-olds. The unrelenting blasts of snow that have hit Boston over the past few weeks are enough to give even those most well-schooled in climate science a bad case of cognitive dissonance. Distilled into a Tweet, the question might simply be, “WTF?’” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cruelty Solution 72 mins – “Monday Night Philosophy explains the sources of cruelty and how deeply embedded they are in our personal pursuit of happiness. This starkly clear understanding of how and why we have an unnecessary and counter-productive fondness for inflicting pain on others also demonstrates that it is in your own self-interest to transcend this destructive (and self-destructive) desire and to learn how to disarm and dissuade others from being cruel to you.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity 52 mins – “President Barack Obama will meet with business leaders in California later this week to discuss new efforts to boost cyber security. Recent high profile attacks on Anthem Health Insurance and Sony underscore the ongoing risks to both U.S. consumers and companies. Some say government strategy should be more forceful, but others argue “offensive” action against perpetrators could have unintended and negative consequences. A look at how cyber security threats are shifting and new efforts to reduce the risks.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Dating 18 mins – “…Online dating makes the whole thing easier, or at least, it’s supposed to. It presents users with a multitude of options: bearded hipsters, guys who go kayaking, nurses who are totally over drama, and countless more. So you evaluate people based on your exact specifications, fill out quizzes and tests to find matches, swipe left or right based on someone’s picture – all to find love. But all this searching doesn’t just get you a date to sip overpriced cocktails with, it also says something about you….” At the link click “Download” and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Dating Science 13 mins – “Neuroscientist Indre Viskontas and her friends turn to science to find the right way to date. Indre Viskontas is a neuroscientist and opera singer. She is also the host of Inquiring Minds, an in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide.” At the link click “Download” and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Debtor Prisons 46 mins – “Six months ago this week, Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri.  Around the world, people wondered at the depth of anger and frustration that poured into Ferguson’s streets.  There are many strands to follow.  One goes to the municipal courts around St. Louis.  They are major money-makers for little cities like Ferguson.  Traffic fees and fines on many who are black and poor.  Jail time.  Lost jobs.  A sense of systematic oppression.  Debtors’ prison.  Now there’s reform talk.  It’s a national issue.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drunken Botanist 65 mins – “Amy Stewart, Author, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks — Wondering how to enhance your garden and become a better bartender? Enter Amy Stewart, New York Times best-selling author of Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and, most recently, The Drunken Botanist, a guide to the most interesting, unusual and delicious herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that have helped create the world’s most intoxicating spirits. Join Amy as she blends together one part science, one part history and just a splash of mixology to explore the fascinating world of botany and booze – with a few gardening tips and drink recipes along the way..” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dry Farming Wine 69 mins -“Join us for a panel discussion to learn first-hand from wine growers the history of dry farming to produce quality grapes. Dry farming refers to growing wine grapes without irrigation, instead using residual moisture from the rainy season to sustain them through the dry season. It has had a long history of use, particularly in the Mediterranean region. Prior to the 1970s, dry farming was standard practice in premium wine regions in California as well, but fell out of favor with the invention of drip irrigation. Today, there are still dry-farmed vineyards across the state, and growers agree: dry farming produces quality wine. Learn how this time-tested growing method produces top-quality wines and promotes environmental and water stewardship. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Egyptian Justice 27 mins – “Claire Read has spent the last six months following a court case in Egypt and trying to get to grips with how the country’s justice system operates under the government of President Sisi.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Egypt – Searching for Justice,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150211-1501a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engine Cooling 4 mins – “…Let’s imagine that we’re late 19th-century engineers and we’ve just created a new internal combustion engine. So: how to cool the cylinders? The temperature reaches, maybe, 3000 degrees Fahrenheit inside them. They’ll be ruined if we don’t cool them. We can put cooling fins on them, then force cool air to flow around them. Or we can jacket the cylinders and force cool water through the jacket. That gives better cooling but the water’s hot when it leaves the jacket. Now we need a radiator to cool it before it recirculates. (Ah, this world of engineering compromise!)….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extreme Weather 49 mins – “Winter storms, now costing the economy billions. Summer storms, too. And spring. And fall. And drought. We’ll look at the economics of extreme weather. Epic snows in my backyard lately, in Boston.  Six feet-plus in a month, and it’s still coming.  The most ever recorded coming down that fast.  It’s been paralyzing.  And very costly.  Exposing all kinds of infrastructure problems you would never think of on a gentle day in May.  That’s what extreme weather does, whether it’s blizzard or drought or hurricane or deluge.  Paralyzes.  Costs a lot.  And can take apart an economy.  Now American business is paying attention.  To climate change.  This hour On Point:  extreme weather and its mounting consequences for the economic bottom line.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Innovation 17 mins – “What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant’s-eye view.“ At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Talent 43 mins – “Tiffani Lennon – Are women better? Although we like to think that we are an equal opportunity economy, the glass ceiling still very much exists.  As a matter of fact, in 2011, women ran only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies. So how does this impact our ability to compete in a global environment? If women aren’t given an equal chance to succeed, aren’t we missing out on half of the talented people in the country? As a matter of fact, it’s worse than that. According to our guest this week, the data shows that women are outperforming men across the board – and it’s time we recognize them for it. This week we speak with Tiffani Lennon, author of the new book, Recognizing Women’s Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Sorrows 54 mins – “In the wake of the Idle No More protest movement, John Ralston Saul decided to write a book about Canada’s difficult relationship with the First Nations. Paul Kennedy explores the thesis with Saul and Hayden King of Ryerson University.” At the link find the title, “The Comeback,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150210_36182.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forest Management 60 mins – “Frank welcomes guest Carlton Owen of the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities. With 30% of the United States in forest, and many of those forests suffering from decades of fire suppression, insect attacks, and drought, the need has never been greater for the creation of markets for small diameter wood products. Carlton explains the efforts of the US Endowment to help develop these markets, with a particular focus on wood biomass energy. He explains the reason why the market seems dominated largely by government projects, and breaks down the nature of the economic “valley of death” the industry currently finds itself in. He concludes with a call for a new method for collaboration to prevent the loss of large extensions of land and wood resources to catastrophic wildfire.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freakonomics 64 mins – “Steven Levitt, Author, Think Like a Freak, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics; Stephen Dubner, Author, Think Like a Freak, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics. In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival – Now, it’s time for you to think like a “freak.” Levitt and Dubner’s newest masterpiece helps us get wacky to analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and even the morals we chose. Get freaky – and these statistic gurus will teach you how to make smarter, harder and better decisions. With practical insights from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed – With No Talent,” Levitt and Dubner have again turned our brains inside out and made statistics sexy. There’s a hidden side to everything.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Glasgow’s Digital Creativity 48 mins – “A report on how technology is making Glasgow smarter and healthier.” At the link find the title, “DigitalP: Glasgow’s Digital Creativity,” right-click “Media files digitalp_20150210-2115a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harper Lee 51 mins – “The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee came out in 1960. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a major Hollywood movie. The book has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and is still taught in classrooms across America. But author Harper Lee faded into the background, never publishing another novel — until now. Last week, word of a newly discovered manuscript, to be published in July, became the biggest literary story in some time. Questions quickly followed about the reclusive 88-year-old author’s health and the role of her lawyer and publishing company. We explore the intrigue over Harper Lee’s first novel in more than a half century.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hubble and Humason 4 mins – “…Edwin Hubble is without question one of the most famous astronomers in history. With stellar credentials from the University of Chicago, Hubble not only discovered the universe is expanding — leading to the Big Bang Theory — but he quantified the rate of expansion through a law that bears his name. Today, however, we don’t focus our sights on the luminary Hubble, but instead on his collaborator, Milton Humason. …” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Upgrade 47 mins – “Humans – homo sapiens – rule the world.  For better or worse, some might say.  My guest today looks at how that happened – why – and where we’re headed next.  It’s us and not others, he says, because of our affinity for myth-making and stories.  We buy into big ideas that bind us together and have given us power.  Religion.  Money.  Nation states.  Now that power may threaten the planet.  But evolution isn’t over.  Homo sapiens may be in their last few hundred years, he says.  Ready to merge with machines.  This hour On Point:  historian Yuval Noah Harari on the rise and maybe end of us, homo sapiens .” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hybrid Car History 4 mins – “…Auto makers had been considering hybrid cars from the beginning. The one in my book is the 1917 Dual Power car built by the Woods Motor Vehicle Company. Both the engine and brakes drove an electric generator that charged batteries. The batteries could either supplement the modest 12-horsepower engine at higher speeds, or they could power the car by themselves….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Skills 91 mins – “This Migration Policy Institute event marks the launch of the report Through an Immigrant Lens: PIAAC Assessment of the Competencies of Adults in the United States, which uses data from the 2012 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to describe the literacy, numeracy, and computer skills of adults in the United States, including both immigrants and the native born. Report authors Jeanne Batalova and Michael Fix of MPI present their findings and discuss what their analysis reveals about the literacy of the first- and second-generation immigrant population in the United States, the U.S. education and workforce training system, and the implications for the future of the U.S. labor market and its role in the global economy. Panelists Demetra Smith Nightingale of the U.S. Department of Labor and Andy Van Kleunen of the National Skills Coalition present commentaries setting the results in the context of the United States workforce and education policies. Finally, MPI’s Demetrios G. Papademetriou sets the results in the global context.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Classics 47 mins – “Talk of the classics, classical literature, and minds quickly go to ancient Greece and Rome.  To Greek and Latin.  Homer and Virgil.  But there are other, giant classical traditions, of course.  One of the greatest, out of India.  Essentially unknown in the West until 200 years ago.  Its surface still barely scratched in English translation.  A huge new project aims to change that, with 500 new volumes.  The first five are out.  It’s a different setting:  elephants, blood rice, moonbirds.  And a different way of seeing human life.  This hour On Point: we’re dipping into the new Murty Classical Library of India.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Growth 66 mins – “Gurcharan Das, Columnist, The Times of India; Contributor, The New York Times; Author, India Grows at Night, in conversation with Lata Krishnan, Chair, American India Foundation – How could a nation become the world’s second fastest growing economy despite a weak, flailing state? Its recent economic slowdown is a sign that India may have begun to experience the limits of growing at “night” – private growth outside the scope of government involvement. What India needs, Das says, is a strong liberal state. Such a state would have the authority to take quick, decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally, it would be accountable to the people. But achieving this will not be easy, says Das, because India has historically had a weak state and a strong society.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Control 45 mins – “Barack Obama has directed nearly 2000 US airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria over the last six months.  Now, he wants formal Congressional authorization.  War powers.  What should Congress give him?  The White House request says no “enduring offensive ground operations.”  It imposes a three-year limit on the green light.  But what is the right thing here?  More, say Washington hawks.  No holds barred to get ISIS.  Less, say skeptics.  War is not working.  It may be the problem. This hour On Point:  the war powers request, and what’s needed to deal with the Islamic State.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jail Use 52 mins – “While convicted criminals are usually sent to do their time in prisons, U.S. jails are typically for those awaiting trial, and those who have been deemed dangerous or a flight risk. But according to a new report, U.S. jails have today become overcrowded warehouses for vulnerable members of society. Many are too poor to post bail, or are suffering from mental illness or addiction. Nearly 75 percent of those in jail are there for non-violent crimes, some as minor as traffic violations. Now there are new calls to re-think who we put in our jails, and how long we keep them there. A conversation about reforming our local criminal justice systems.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Lead and Aggression 28 mins – “Could lead exposure in childhood lead to an adult life marked by violent crime? In the latter half of the 20th century, violent crime soared in many countries. Recent research suggests leaded petrol emissions may be behind the epidemic. Anja Taylor investigates current sources of lead exposure and its developmental effects on children.” At the link right-click “Download MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Tips 55 mins – “My guest for today is fellow podcaster and blogger Thomas Frank of CollegeInfoGeek.com, which is dedicated to helping undergrads be AWESOME at college. He covers studying more efficiently and effectively, how to land the most awesome jobs, and paying off your loans the soonest possible. He paid off his loans while he was still a student. In today’s episode, Thomas shares about his new [free] eBook, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less)  and how as a premed you can take this information to improve your chances of getting into medical school. “At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Love 51 mins – “ A recent column in The New York Times described one woman’s experiment with finding love: Mandy Len Catron wondered whether it was possible to find the perfect match just by asking the right questions. Catron and a man she didn’t know that well met for dinner and asked each other a series of 36 probing questions, based on the work of psychologist Arthur Aron. Topics included whether they would like to be famous, and their most treasured memories. The result was a committed relationship that continues to this day. Diane and [3] guests discuss whether there’s a “science” to falling in love.“ At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Lysosome Biology 39 mins – “Leading scientists discuss the latest breakthroughs in lysosome biology and what they mean for treating Batten disease, and more common conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and cancer.” At the link find the title, “Curing Human Diseases: Targeting the Lysosome,” right-click “Media files 150213lysosome.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maidan Killinsgs 27 mins – “One year on from the massacre in Kiev’s Maidan square, when more than fifty protestors were killed. It was the events on Maidan that led to Ukraine’s pro-Russian president fleeing the country, sparking a confrontation over Crimea and now in the east of the country. So what did happen on Maidan square, an event that has pushed the world to the brink of a new cold war? Gabriel Gatehouse investigates.” At the link find the title, “Ukraine: The Untold Story of the Maidan Killings,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150212-0500a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

March: Book Two 51 mins “Most Americans alive today were either not yet born or were small children when the civil rights movement took place. Congressman John Lewis, who turns 75 next week, was a student leader of the movement. He, along with Martin Luther King Jr. and others, risked their lives many times over to fight for equality for all races. To help younger generations better understand that critical period in American history, Congressman Lewis and a young co-author have embarked on a trilogy of graphic novels. They join us to talk about the trilogy and what they hope to accomplish.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Marijuana Business P2 20 mins – “Pot is now legal in some states. But on the federal level, it’s illegal. The legal gray area means banks in the U.S. are wary to give pot businesses access to basic financial instruments – like checking accounts. Today on the show, we visit a country where medical marijuana is fully legal. And we see how bank accounts, loans, and investors can transform an industry.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Miami 51 mins – “Famous for its beaches and clubs, Miami is also the 3rd poorest city in the nation. If you own a store in South Beach, your customers are equally likely to be billionaires or homeless people. And, on top of that, they’re very likely to have started life somewhere else.  Miami is an incredibly international city—but not in the way many others are. Here, instead of working towards assimilation and blending with one another, ethnic communities exist as a patchwork, remaining like isolated microcosms of their homeland.” At the link find the title, “Miami: Bridging the Divide [May 2011]” and select “Media files miami_fl.mp3” then right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimum Wage 17 mins – “For most of U.S. history, there was no minimum wage. A few times, politicians passed laws tiptoeing toward a minimum. But the Supreme Court struck those laws down. On today’s show: how the U.S. finally got a minimum wage. It’s a story of exploding bakeries, a blue eagle, and a guy who may or may not have been drunk.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mountain Connect 18 mins – “Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as well. Mountain Connect is growing in many ways and I am excited to return to it in early June. As Jeff and I discuss, it is focused on all solutions to expanding access – whether private sector, coop, muni, partnership, etc….” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Threat 60 mins – “Famous anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott warns nuclear extinction still looms – a threat as great as climate change. Then author David Bollier explains the new Commons on the ground and in cyber-space.” 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.

Opiate Addiction 24 mins – “Targeting nursing fatigue, taking another look at statin effectiveness, getting U.S. girls the HPV vaccine and we’ll take a look at treatment options for opiate addictions with a special segment on buprenorphine management. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it. It’s the Nursing Show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paleo Diet Help 120 mins – “On this episode: Fair food in Australia & via Michael Pollan; a Heart Healthy Paleo Diet study, plus more Paleo Diet in the news; why standing may not necessarily be the solution to too much sitting. In the Listener Mail segment: why I’m trying to get fats from whole foods only; whether I’m concerned about vitamin B12 & K2 levels; and tips on how to get kids to eat healthy. We discuss the role of willpower in the Moment of Paleo. After the Bell, it’s David McRaney explaining how we miss what’s missing.” At the link find the title, “129: Heart Healthy Paleo,” right-click “Media files paleo-129.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Spotlight 77 mins – “ Participants in our discussion on person centered care in January agreed that a change in culture and better use of technology could benefit both patients and doctors.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polar People 16 mins – “Wanted Antarctic workers – positions available, apply within. Would you apply? Each year, over 2000 people apply for jobs in Antarctica, few are successful. So what are the physical and psychological attributes required to work in the most remote location on Earth? To find out, Mark Horstman follows two successful applicants – Jan is the lone station doctor, responsible for keeping the small isolated community alive and well for fourteen months; and Cliff is one of the tradies looking after the station’s buildings and infrastructure.” At the link right-click “Download MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Issues P1 60 mins – “There are so many cops who look at the killing of Eric Garner or Mike Brown and say race didn’t play a factor. And there are tons of black people who say that’s insane. There’s a division between people who distrust the police — even fear them — and people who see cops as a force for good. Stories of people living on both sides of that divide, and people trying to bridge it.” Problems here seem much like those faced by the disabled, discussed in the Shepherd Center podcast. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Fixes 63 mins – “Thomas A. Nazario, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law; Author Living on a Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor; Founder & President, The Forgotten International – People often spend too much time discounting one proposal aimed at tackling a problem in order to shore up or push another. As with many of the world’s great problems, however, there is no silver bullet that will resolve them all, but advocates insist that solutions do exist. After traveling around the world and visiting with some of the world’s poor, Nazario,… will present some strategies he believes can help to end a great deal of the poverty and suffering presently experienced by one-sixth of the world’s people. Nazario’s expertise lies in the area of children’s rights and global poverty.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Gangs 88 mins – “Though only about 2,000 members are currently housed in the state’s prisons, California prison gangs have tens of thousands of associates and members in cities statewide, and their influence on crime is enormous. Lt. Robinson is an authority on prison gangs and will talk about recruitment and retention practices, the gangs’ own peculiar ethos, and the methods the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation use to protect both other prisoners and California communities from prison-gang influence.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD Issues 58 mins – “On the show this week we talk to David J Morris, former Marine infantry officer, war correspondent, and author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We explore the history of PTSD and the science that surrounds it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ralph Nader 30 mins – “Ralph Nader has fought for decades on behalf of American citizens against what he sees as the pervasive influence of corporations on our society. Large majorities tell pollsters that big corporations have too much political power, and Nader believes that the ever-tightening influence of big business on the mainstream media, elections and our government have caused many Americans to believe they have no political voice. Nader draws on a half century of his own experience working with the grassroots and Congress and tells of many surprising victories that have united progressive and conservative forces. Far from espousing compromises that meet halfway, Nader argues that citizens of different political labels must join in the struggle against the corporate state, because if left unchecked, that corporate state will ruin the republic, shred the Constitution, and stampede over the rights of the American people.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robert Reich 68 mins – “Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. Come hear his provocative thoughts on the future of the U.S. economy.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sal Khan 58 mins – “Sal Khan, Founder, Khan Academy; Author, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined – When Sal Khan started helping his teenage cousin with algebra from across the country, he didn’t set out to change the world. Starting only with an office in his Bay Area apartment, he now has over 4,000 video lessons in his online library, ranging from chemistry to history to finance. Khan is truly an educational pioneer, reaching millions of students, teachers and individuals. Khan Academy’s mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere has breached the educational divide between poor and privileged and pioneered a transformation at the intersection of learning and technology. INFORUM will award this educational innovator with our 21st Century Visionary Award.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science History 29 mins – “Nobel laureate and theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg is one of the world’s most respected scientists. His new book To Explain The World conveys just how hard scientific understanding has been for us to arrive at as a civilisation, and why modern science should retain a sense of history to avoid repeating past mistakes. Professor Weinberg tells Ian Sample about his life’s quest being a desire to create a universal textbook: a single volume explaining the laws of nature in a few basic principle.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SEAL Training 62 mins – “Lieutenant Commander Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the 2012 hit film Act of Valor, based on real-life SEAL missions. Don’t miss this chance to go inside the personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program of a veteran of the front lines. Denver will share lessons learned from the intensity and struggle of war, and his time directing SEAL instruction. Denver’s experiences are conveyed in the new book he co-authored, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Senior Cohousing 75 mins – “Today we can text our sibling to find out what they are having for lunch in Paris, but we don’t know the name of our next-door neighbor nor his or her birthday – unless you’ve looked up him or her on PoliceReport.com – because shouldn’t we know who our neighbor is? It’s only prudent to be precautious. Learn how seniors are countering the pathologies in our society today by affecting their personal lives and collective lives and affecting society positively by planning new cohousing communities. They bring environmental ethics, justice, village life – community to the table. A real work by real people with real values and real lives who make an environment that responds to their real needs. How romantic is community? Very; everyone is talking about it in the abstract. How realistic is community? Very; there are lots of folks around North America who have decided that this important complement in our lives – community – needs to be revived.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shepherd Center 54 mins – “Joyce welcomes Mark Johnson, director of the Shepherd Center. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Mr. Johnson will discuss the programs and services of this facility, in depth.” Problems here seem much like those faced by the police, disc used in the Police Issues podcast. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sky Color 4 mins – “…The blue color of the sky is due to a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering. As sunlight passes through the earth’s atmosphere, the shorter wavelengths of blue are scattered more by oxygen and nitrogen molecules than the higher wavelengths of orange and red. This highly scattered blue light bounces around the atmosphere, giving it its blue color. In winter and at higher latitudes, sunlight passes more tangentially through the earth’s atmosphere and travels a greater distance. As a result, some of the blue light is scattered away and more of the orange light reaches our eyes….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smart TV’s 29 mins – “TV watches the watchers by Ian Woolf, Garrick Bercero describes La Pallaise Manila’s biohacker group, Peter Simpson-Young gives us a taste of his brain stimulating device…” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stalin Archives 27 mins – “For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed? The Stalin Digital Archive aims to release 400,000 pages of Soviet secrets from 1890 through to 1952, and may give us a new way of looking at this period, and at Stalin.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Digitising Stalin,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150211-1654a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian War 69 mins – “As the death toll tops 190,000, over three million refugees have fled from Syria into neighboring countries. Avi Melamed, a former Israeli official for Arab affairs, will discuss the history of the war in Syria, offering his thoughts on why the conflict is considered one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Middle East. He will also discuss the possible global ramifications of this war and how its outcome will shape the region for decades to come.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Solutions 43 mins – “The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.” At the link find the title, “Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?”right-click “freakonomics_podcast021215.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tolerance 54 mins – “Is Canada too tolerant for its own good? Should we tolerate intolerant people? Michael Blake, Genevieve Chornenki, Sunny Yi and producer Sara Wolch tackle the nature and meaning of tolerance in our diverse and seemingly tolerant society.” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Tolerance, Part 3,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150211_99740.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truth and Spin 65mins – “Charles Lewis, Reporter; Founder, Center for Public Integrity; Author, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity – A government “of the people, by the people, for the people” assumes some sort of informed citizenry, but how many citizens feel accurately informed about what our leaders are up to? Unfortunately for citizens of the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing fact from fiction is more confusing than ever. In our present age, the line between truth and spin continues to blur dramatically. Addressing hot-button issues about the control, manipulation and misuse of information, Lewis reveals the many ways in which truth can be distorted by those groups and individuals wielding power.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turing Book 60 mins – “This week, we’re learning more about the groundbreaking work and too-short life of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician, codebreaker and philosopher who laid the groundwork for the modern age of computing. We’ll spend the hour with Oxford University Senior Research Fellow Andrew Hodges, talking about his book “Alan Turing: The Enigma.’” At the link right-click “Listen now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaccination Regulation 46 mins – “In the year 2000, measles was eliminated from the United States.  Gone. This year and last?  It’s back with a vengeance.  An outbreak in Disneyland, and it threatens the country.  Why the return?  The vulnerability?  American vaccination rates.  They are down.  Lower now than in Zimbabwe.  Bangladesh.  Tanzania.  Anti-vaccination Americans have opted out, leaving everyone more exposed.  Now there is pushback.  State legislators saying “enough.”  Proposing mandatory vaccination to get back our “herd immunity.’” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visualizing Molecular Structures 23 mins – “Our guest this week is scientist and artist Dr. David Goodsell.  As Associate Professor at the Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Goodsell splits his time on research and science outreach.  His science outreach includes artwork featured online, in a variety of media and even in science museums.  Listen to the show to learn how Dr. Goodsell makes his art, how accurate science is reflected in this art, and how you can use it to teach molecular structure and function.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Unending 55 mins – “Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Hedges spent decades as a war correspondent before the suffering he witnessed became too much to bear. In the fall of 2014, he gave a lecture at Ryerson University in Toronto. He later joined Paul Kennedy in conversation.” At the link find the title, “Chris Hedges: War is a drug,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150209_82879.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women at Work 52 mins – “This time on BackStory, we look at women in the workforce, from 19th century domestic workers, to the Rosies of World War II, to the labs of Silicon Valley — where programming a computer was once very much a woman’s job. Find out how sexual harassment claims came into being, and why “protective” labor laws regarding women often amounted to discriminatory exclusion from certain jobs.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 170 – Feb 13, 2015: Advertising History, A.I. Threat, Australian Economics, Big Burn 1910, Big Data Impact, Bipolar Insights, Cancer Test, Cash to Poor, Cocoa Trees, Columbia Guerrillas, Corruption Control Crop Insurance, Cuban Medical School, Data Flood, Death, Deforestation Control Drug War Failure, Dying Needs, Ebola Finances, Electronet, Environmental Economist, ER Momentum Breakers, Evil, Financial Performance, Financial Sector Value, Flying Cameras, Frugal Innovation,Ham College, Human Waste, Independent Media, Infrastructure, Innovation Renaissance, ISIS Control, Machiavelli, McDonald’s, Measles, Mechanical Turk, Medical Students, Mengele Twins, Micro Robots, Microbiology Breakthroughs, Microbiome Parts, Nicaragua Canal, Online Ethics, Open Access, P.J. O’Rourke, PEDOT, Pesticide Resistance, Precision Medicine, Privacy Issues, Publishing E-Formats, Ransom Policy, Raspberry Pi, Reforestation with Drones, Second Machine Age, Silk Road Trial, Social Media Medicine, Soup, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Sustainable Materials, Tata Industry, Teenage Brain, The Martian, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trolly Problems, Troubled Shores, Vatican Bank, Vietnam, William Burroughs, Wound Patch

The following audio files come from a larger group of 190 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 72 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Advertising History 60 mins – “…on this episode, the Guys tackle the history of advertising in the United States. When did the industry come into being? What makes a great commercial jingle? And how do you sell America on the idea of lunar exploration? We have stories that answer these questions and more. Plus, a special treat — ads for BackStory in bygone styles, suggested by our faithful listeners….” 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.

AI Threat 10 mins – “…We’ve all seen science fiction movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Matrix, where the villain is an artificial intelligence program that has gone rogue. These killer AI scenarios have provided entertainment at the cinema for decades, but some scientists are now warning that we need to take the AI threat very seriously. There’s a new book out by the Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom that explores this threat in great detail. Bostrom directs Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, and he studies all the ways the human species could be wiped off the planet. In his book, called Superintelligence, he explains how a supersmart AI could arise and destroy us. Now, the book’s a bit dense—Bostrom is a philosopher, after all….” At the link right-click “Download podcast” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Australian Economics 62 mins – “Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the National Press Club in Canberra on the Federal Government’s policies.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Prime Minister Tony Abbott,” right-click “NPCc_TonyAbbott_0202_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Burn 1910 52 mins – “In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead. “The Big Burn” was the largest fire in American history, and it changed fundamentally how the country managed its public lands. PBS is showing a new documentary Tuesday night about the history and ramifications of the Great Fire of 1910, and director Stephen Ives and writer Timothy Egan will join us to talk about it….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Impact 57 mins – “I’m pleased to post the first show of the winter quarter, Show # 227, January 14, 2015, my interview with Solon Barocas, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, co-author of the article Big Data’s Disparate Impact (with Andrew D. Selbst). Algorithmic computing and decision-making have entered our world much faster than our understanding of it. In Solon’s article, he takes a close look at the massively under-explored impact of algorithms on traditional forms of employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (think discrimination on the basis of race or gender). Identifying both the technical and legal issues involved is a challenge, but this article does a wonderful job exposing the risks of algorithms in this space, which often (although not exclusively) includes embedding human prejudices in the code itself. We examined these and other ramifications of algorithmic computing and civil rights discrimination in our discussion.” At the link right-click “Show #227…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bipolar Insights 51 mins – “From a young age, Actress Glenn Close and her sister Jessie led different lives. In the 1950s, their parents joined a religious cult and the family splintered apart. While Glenn pursued acting in New York, Jessie started hearing voices and ended up in Montana on a path of self-destruction. The sisters grew distant. But after Jessie’s son became suicidal, Jessie reached out to Glenn for help. Join Diane for a discussion with Glenn and Jessie Close about their family’s struggle with mental illness and their work to end the stigma surrounding psychological disorders.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Cancer Test  11 mins – “Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cash to Poor  7 mins – “Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun explores two ways to help the poor.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cocoa Trees 18 mins – “­The world is running out of chocolate. Cocoa is in short supply. Demand is way up, thanks to China and India developing a taste for the sweet stuff. Producing more cocoa isn’t so easy. Cocoa is a fussy plant. It doesn’t grow in very many places and it gets diseases really easily. Today on the show, we learn about one man in Ecuador who came up with an answer to the global cocoa shortage. A warning here; if you’re a die-hard chocolate lover, you might not like it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbia Guerrillas 14 mins – “In my lifetime, I have never lived one day of peace in my country,” says Jose Miguel Sokoloff. This ad executive from Colombia saw a chance to help guerrilla fighters choose to come home — with smart marketing. He shares how some creative, welcoming messages have helped thousands of guerrillas decide to put down their weapons — and the key insights behind these surprising tactics.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption Control 83 mins – “Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, and Janine Wedel, author of Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security, talked about curbing corruption. They spoke at the New America Foundation in New York City.” At the link you can listen and buy a copy, but not download it; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Crop Insurance 27 mins – “In this second part of an interview with James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International, Frank and James discuss the importance of crop insurance to the farmer, both as a risk management tool and as a mechanism for gaining greater access to credit. James then explains how changes to the 2014 Farm Bill provide for innovative insurance products that have the potential to improve the attractiveness of crop insurance for the sustainable, diversified producer. The products, moreover, provide incentives for further crop diversification, and may pave the way to incentivize other sustainable production techniques like cover crops, no-till, and green manures. Please take the time to educate yourself about this most critical topic.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Medical School 17 mins – “Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Flood 11 mins – “…It’s easy to get lost in the Internet. Just ask anyone who went to Wikipedia to quickly determine how many years Putin has been in power and then found themselves, three hours later, staring bleary eyed at a biography of Momofuko Ando, the inventor of instant noodles. (Just to clarify, the ‘anyone’ in that scenario is me). This avalanche of online content can be a problem, especially for news organizations trying to do their primary job — namely, informing their (increasingly busy and distracted) audience. Listicles are one solution, but they don’t solve the whole ‘I never get to the last paragraph of a really good article’ thing…..” At the link find the title, “More Easily Digestible Media,” right-click “IHUB-020715-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death P3 55 mins – “Mary O’Connell concludes her three-part series with a look at the burgeoning green burial movement and its message of de-corporatizing death.” At the link find the title, “Death Becomes Us, Part 3,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150205_93276.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deforestation Control 15 mins – “”Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He has five ideas about what we should do next. And he asks if the lessons learned in Brazil could be applied to an even bigger problem: global climate change.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug War Failure 17 mins – “Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the “backward, heartless, disastrous” movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dying Needs 6 mins – “Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Finances 15 mins – “Karen Grépin, assistant professor of global health policy at New York University, has been examining the pledges made by the international community to help fight the ebola virus outbreak – was it really too little, too late? Read her full analysis.” At the link find the title, “International donations to the Ebola virus outbreak: too little, too late?” right-click “Media files 189431002-bmjgroup-ebola-donations-too-little-too-late.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronet 11 mins – “Hi, I’m Jean Kumagai, and welcome to IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations.” 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 Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Economist 33 mins – “We discuss Levinson’s new working paper “How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence From California” (and a related Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization paper, called “California Energy Efficiency: Lessons for the Rest of the World, or Not?). The evidence from California may surprise you: “There is no evidence,” Levinson writes, “that homes constructed since California instituted its building energy codes use less electricity today than homes built before the codes came into effect.” At the link find the title, “How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ER Momentum Breakers 24 mins – “In Part 2, Joseph Cruz (@CruzaderJC)presents his top 5 on shift momentum breakers for EM residents. Think about them ahead of time, so you can be ready when they show up on shift! “ At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Evil P1 14 mins – “Plotinus, who lived in the 3rd Century A.D., was the founder of neo-platonism. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Peter Adamson explains what Plotinus had to say about evil.” At the link right-click “Listen to Peter Adamson on Plotinus on Evil” and select “Save link As” from thepop-up menu.

Evil P2 14 mins – “What is evil? Is it consistent with the existence of a benevolent God? In this interview Stephen Law gives an original take on this traditional philosophical problem.” At the link right-click “Listen to Stephen Law on The Problem of Evil” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evil P3 14 mins – “The Problem of Evil is usually presented as a problem for believers. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Marilyn McCord Adams suggests that it is a problem for optimistic non-believers.” At the link find right-click “Listen to Marilyn McCord Adams on Evil“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Performance 40 mins – “What are the most important things investors should know about the performance of their investments? This is the first in a series of podcasts about performance to give investors an in-depth knowledge of the asset classes Paul encourages investors to hold in their portfolios. This podcast covers many of the misleading aspects of performance including one Paul calls “the big fat lie.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Financial Sector Value 62 mins – “Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts on whether the financial sector is good for society and about the gap between how banks and bankers are perceived by the public vs. finance professors. Zingales discusses the costs and benefits of financial innovation, compares the finance sector to the health sector, and suggests how business education should talk about finance to create better behavior.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flying Cameras  6 mins – “Let’s admit it: aerial photo drones and UAVs are a little creepy, and they come with big regulatory and safety problems. But aerial photos can be a powerful way of telling the truth about the world: the size of a protest, the spread of an oil spill, the wildlife hidden in a delta. Sergei Lupashin demos Fotokite, a nifty new way to see the world from on high, safely and under control.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frugal Innovation 16 mins – “Navi Radjou has spent years studying “jugaad,” also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less. “ Reference is made during this talk to M-Kopa, Be-Bound, Quelle Banque, and Megaffic solutions. At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ham College 66 mins – “Ham College, the new show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. In episode 1 we bring you some news, discuss what an ‘Elmer’ is, talk about early radio history, build a spark gap transmitter, present 10 more questions and answers from the Technical class question pool, and more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Waste  12 mins – “In rural India, the lack of toilets creates a big, stinking problem. It leads to poor quality water, one of the leading causes of disease in India, and has a disproportionately negative effect on women. Joe Madiath introduces a program to help villagers help themselves, by building clean, protected water and sanitation systems and requiring everyone in the village to collaborate — with significant benefits that ripple across health, education and even government.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Independent Media 14 mins – “In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he’s experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure 47 mins – “American roads, rails and bridges are in need of massive repair. President Obama wants to tax American companies’ overseas profits to pay the bill. Is that the way to go?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Renaissance 10 mins – “The Sistine Chapel, Galileo’s scientific discoveries, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and Machiavelli’s political writings were all great achievements of the Renaissance. But what were the essential ingredients of that famous era of art and innovation? And can Italy recreate its winning recipe today? …Kick-starting a 21st century Renaissance may require a primal model. “You have to be inspired by evolution. Nature never had any separation among disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology. I think the interdisciplinarity of science at the moment is the key factor for success in innovation,” says Roberto Cingolani, the scientific director at the Italian Institute of Technology. Finding that delicate balance is the key if there’s any hope for a Renaissance reboot.” AT the link find the title, “Can the Renaissance Be Recreated?” right-click “IHUB-020715-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Control 51 mins – “Jordan carried out airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria early this morning, following the group’s gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot. Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed “relentless war” against the so-called Islamic State. The leader took swift initial action in retaliation for the pilot’s death, hanging two Iraqi prisoners with ties to ISIS. Now, he is weighing what would be a major escalation in Jordan’s involvement with the U.S.-led coalition against the terror group. This raises questions about the future of a coalition many fear is too weak to meet its goals of defeating the Islamic State. We look at Jordan’s role in the fight against ISIS, reaction from the Muslim world and what’s next for the U.S.-led coalition.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Machiavelli 26 mins – “In this episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites Quentin Skinner discusses Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, one of the most notorious works of political philosophy. Skinner sets the book in its historical context and explains its key themes.” At the link right-click “Listen to Quentin Skinner on Machiavelli’s The Prince” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”

McDonald’s 48 mins – “Mighty McDonald’s is in big trouble. Sales are plummeting. We look at the future of a fast food legend, and what Americans eat.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Measles 52 mins – “Fifteen years ago, the U.S. was declared measles-free thanks to a vaccine developed in the 1960s. But last year, there were more than 600 new measles cases, the highest number in a quarter century. And a measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last month has now infected more than 80 people in seven states. Health officials say most of those who got sick were not vaccinated. Parents opting out of vaccines for their children say they are afraid of harmful side effects, especially autism. But most doctors continue to stress that the vaccines are completely safe. Diane and guests discuss a surge in measles cases, the anti-vaccine movement and implications for public health nationwide.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Mechanical Turk 23 mins – “They are hundreds of thousands of people out there doing stuff to your internet that you probably think is automatic. They aren’t computer programmers, they’re just regular people working from their offices, homes and bedrooms. They are the people of Amazon Mechanical Turk. Amazon Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace for work. Businesses use it to farm out tiny little tasks like counting the number of people in a photo, and people around the world race to perform those tasks, sometimes for pennies. Today on the show, we sneak into the land of Mechanical Turk to meet the people inside.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Students 44 mins – “This week I am bringing back Richard Levy. He is the Executive Director of the National Society for Non Traditional Premedical and Medical Students, better known as OldPremeds.org. Rich is the go-to guy for nontraditional students, for which I know comprise a large majority of you listening right now. In this episode, he talks about what’s going in the non-traditional world and healthcare in general. He shares with us his pieces of advice to those who might want to pursue the medical path as a non-traditional student, how to start, where to start, and where to find advisers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mengele Twins 26 mins – “The testimonies of twins who survived the brutal medical experiments of Dr Josef Mengele during the second world war in Auschwitz.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Mengele Twins 31 Jan 15,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150131-1700a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micro Robots 6 mins – “By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the future.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiology Breakthroughs 74 mins – “Hosts  Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson …reveal how bacteria in a shipworm’s gills help digest wood in the gut, and an approach that identifies a new antibiotic from the soil.” At the link right-click “download TWiM#97” and select “Save ink As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome Parts 25 mins – “Do you consider yourself human? We hate to break it to you, but your human cells are considerably outnumbered by the millions of microbes living in you and on you. They’re what are known as our microbiome, and recently researchers have started to realise that these multitudes may be having an effect on our health, weight and even mood. To learn more about these microbial friends, how they get there and what they’re doing, Kat Arney spoke to science writer Ed Yong to get the basics…” At the link right-click the parts of interest then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus.

Nicaragua Canal 47 mins – “Nicaragua breaks ground on a massive new Atlantic-to-Pacific canal. Big Chinese money – and big environmental concerns – in Central America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Ethics 74 mins – “Fresh from a party, a teen posts a photo on Facebook of a friend drinking a beer. A college student repurposes an article from Wikipedia for a paper. A group of players in a multiplayer online game routinely cheat new players by selling them worthless virtual accessories for high prices. How do youth, and the adults in their lives, think about the moral and ethical dimensions of their participation in online communities? In this talk Carrie James — Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of “Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap” — explores how young people approach questionable situations online as well as more dramatic ethical dilemmas that arise in digital contexts.” At the link right-click MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access 41 mins – “For scholarly and scientific publishing, business models are shifting and changing dramatically. Research funding organizations primarily in the UK and US, but elsewhere in Europe and Asia as well, increasingly require unfettered access for the public to the research they have funded in academic laboratories. Failure to comply with such mandates puts future funding at risk. Yet without a flexible and friction-free infrastructure to collect article processing charges – so-called APCs – and deliver detailed reporting on those, authors and publishers face significant challenges.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

P.J. O’Rourke 35 mins – “Author P.J. O’Rourke reflects on life in the sixties to today with nostalgia and humor.” At the link find the title, “Author P.J. O’Rourke…” right-click “Media files 20150204.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PEDOT 6 mins – “Thankfully for everyone’s sanity, poly 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene is also known as PEDOT, which I gather means ‘beasts’, ‘brutes’ or ‘ogres’ in Finnish. In reality, the molecule that is repeated to make up this long chain looks rather more like two confused mating beetles, with a linked pair of shapes, each consisting of a benzene ring with two of the carbons replaced by oxygen, and a pentagonal ring featuring a sulfur atom. What sets PEDOT apart from many other polymers (and for that matter many other substances) is that it is both a conductor and transparent. The free electrons that make, for instance, metals good conductors tend also to make for easy absorption of photons, so by far the majority of conductors are opaque. But PEDOT lets the light through, making it ideal for applications that bring light and electrical circuitry together, notably light emitting diodes, or LEDs, and solar cells.” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Pedot.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pesticide Resistance 51 mins – “The cycle is ongoing: We develop ways to control pests and weeds, they adapt accordingly. Resistance to pesticides is an urgent concern for agriculture, and experts are divided on the way forward. Some say chemicals are still the best solution. The EPA this fall approved “Enlist Duo,” a new combination of herbicides meant to fight chemical-resistant “super weeds.” But the NRDC and other groups filed suit to block it, citing risks to the environment and human health and concerns that we are on a dangerous path toward increased chemical use. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, what’s at stake and what’s ahead in the race against pests and weeds.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Precision Medicine  48 mins – “Precision medicine, tailored to your genes. President Obama announces a big push. We’ll take a look at the track record and potential. Plus: we’ll look at the growing measles outbreak around the United States.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy Issues  21 mins – “Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States’ extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publishing E-Formats 21 mins – “In books and across all media, mobile matters.  Yet for many publishers and authors, mobile is something of a foreign country inhabited by unfathomable digital natives and littered with devices and technologies.  Published by F+W Media and released in conjunction with this year’s Digital Book World Conference, Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing offers a snapshot of the fast developing mobile landscape and the range of mobile strategies for book publishers, both print and digital. “Mobile is no longer an add-on to a desktop computer. Publishers may think they don’t have to prioritize it, but the statistics show repeatedly that the universe is no longer desktop-to-mobile. Mobile is the universe,” says Thad McIlroy, the report author and an electronic publishing analyst based in San Francisco.  “And this realization means it’s not business as usual anymore….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransom Policy 51 mins – “The U.S., Japan and other nations strongly condemned the apparent beheading of a Japanese journalist by the extremist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. ISIS had demanded millions of dollars for his release. Japan and Jordan were trying to arrange a prisoner swap to secure the journalist’s freedom. The murder was announced by ISIS in a video over the weekend. Recent kidnappings underscore the dilemma faced by nations whose citizens are captured by extremists. The U.S. policy is that it does not pay ransom. But other nations do, usually through intermediaries. Diane and her guests discuss hostage policy.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Raspberry Pi 64 mins – “Welcome Matt Richardson, the first US member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation! The foundation has about 15 people in various roles (hardware, admin, education, outreach). There are now approximately 4.5 million Raspberry Pi’s in the world! Dave was curious how many were orphaned but Matt says “they don’t expire”. The official add-on boards are called HATs. Adafruit coined the term “Plates” for a similar concept. The Model B+ moved from a smaller connector to a 40 pin connector, with much more pin fanout from the chip.  Each HAT has an EEPROM onboard to tell the Broadcom chip how to configure the pins. Matt has published a wide range of projects on his portfolio site. Some of the best known are the awesome button and the enough already projects….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reforestation With Drones 34 mins – “Lauren Fletcher discusses using drones to precisely drop seeds to aid reforestation; Patrick Thevoz talks about rescue drones that can bump into people without hurting them; A report on the risks of identifying people through credit card transactions; Sylvia Smith reports on the technology allowing for virtual bell ringing.” At the link find the title, “DigitalP: Drones for Good Part 1; Drones for Good Part 2; Credit Cards Anonymous; Virtual Bell Ringing” aright-click “Media files digitalp_20150203-2030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Second Machine Age 8 mins – “Historically, technological innovation has been the most reliable foundation of improved standards of living around the world. Despite dismal beginnings, the Industrial Revolution ultimately created a huge rise in the income of workers, which in turn permitted huge improvements in nutrition, sanitation, health care, and education. Electrification then accelerated these industrial trends, allowing for safer and cleaner factories and homes. My guest today, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Erik Brynjolfsson, and his coauthor, Andrew McAfee, also at the MIT Center for Digital Business, refer to the automation of physical labor begun by steam power as the first machine age. Their latest book, The Second Machine Age, explores the impacts of the recent acceleration in the automation of mental labor due to digital technology, and how we might avoid having technology, for the first time, lead to long-term reductions in the quality of life for a significant portion of the population.” At the link right-click “Download podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silk Road Trial 121 mins – Hosts Leo Laporte, Nick Bilton, and Baratunde Thurston talk about the Silk Road trial in the first twenty minutes of this show. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Medicine 36 mins – “So Brent Thoma and I made a video as an introduction to Social Media and FOAM. Emergency Medicine Australasia was kind enough to publish it (Thank you Geof and Anthony!!). Here is the official published version.” Excellent talk about how and why professionals need to use social media. At the link you can see the video and notes and/or right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to download the program.

Soup 48 mins – “Is it soup yet? Grab your big spoons. Bone broth and more. We have the latest in hot soups for a cold winter.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome 52 mins – “Joyce welcomes Julie McCawley founder of SJS Kids Support group, a branch of the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Foundation. She is presently a junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is majoring in human development and minoring in education. During the show, Julie will explain the mission of the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Foundation, share why she has become a strong advocate for the organization, update everyone on her advocacy efforts against bullying and share her insight as to what students who face bullying today can do to overcome it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainable Materials 29 mins – “Keith & Russ welcome Michelle Dolgos of the Oregon State University Department of Chemistry.  She discusses her research into creating materials that contribute to the sustainability of the planet.  Her lab uses nontoxic starting materials and low-energy inputs in their research.   She also the interesting features of the piezoelectric effect, which can create materials that act as either actuators or sensors.  We can find many of these materials in our own phones or in our car’s brake systems. http://dolgosgroup.chem.oregonstate.edu/” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tata Industry 27 mins – “Tata is the biggest industrial employer in the UK, owning Jaguar, Land Rover & Tetley. Now, the Tata family no longer controls the companies which bear its name. Can this powerful organisation hold onto its historic values in a world of the ruthless multinationals?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Tata: India’s Global Giant,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150203-0255a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teenage Brain 59 mins – “Neuroscientist Dr. Frances Jensen talks about her book [The Teenage Brain], the most recent work in the study of the human brain, adolescent development, and the issues of alcohol and drug abuse among teens.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Dr. Frances Jensen,” right-click “Media files program.385988.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

The Martian 65 mins – “On the show this week we talk to author Andy Weir about The Martian, his hit science fiction novel about a man stranded on Mars—which is now being made into a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The Martian is not only packed full of science, it’s packed full of science that makes sense.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trans-Pacific Partnership 51 mins – “Negotiators from 12 countries have been meeting for more than a decade on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trade experts say the deal could boost U.S. exports by more than $100 billion dollars annually and add 600,000 jobs. As the meetings near the end, key sticking points remain on intellectual property and food imports. Critics of the TPP say the process is too secretive and favors big businesses. Supporters argue the deal would even the playing field for American manufacturers by eliminating most tariffs. Diane and guests discuss debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what it could mean for the U.S. economy and American workers.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trolly Problems 17 mins – “Is it ever morally acceptable to kill one person to save many? Most people agree that in some extreme circumstances this, though psychologically difficult, can be the right action to take. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Nigel Warburton interviews David Edmonds (co-creator of the Philosophy Bites podcast) about the life and death thought experiments known as Trolley Problems. David Edmonds book about  Trolley Problems Would You Kill the Fat Man? will be published in Autumn 2013 by Princeton University Press.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download: “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Troubled Shores 58 mins – [2 parts] “With so much focus on the BP oil spill and the havoc it has wrought on the Gulf Coast, it’s easy to overlook the broader, more long-term environmental dilemma that serves as the backdrop for that catastrophe: Louisiana’s coastline is shrinking at an alarming rate. This week on Sea Change Radio, we welcome Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall of the New Orleans-based The Lens. In conjunction with Pro Publica, The Lens recently published Marshall’s in-depth piece on Louisiana’s imperiled shores. In the first part of our two-part discussion, Marshall recounts the history of the region’s struggle to keep dry, and delves into the reasons why human efforts to harness Mother Nature so often have gone awry…[In Part 2]…we focus on the massive undertaking of reversing a century and a half of policies that have left the Mississippi River Delta region battered.Marshall will tell us about the struggle to raise funds and political will in a part of the country where oil and gas are king. Then, from the deep South we go “Down East” to talk with former Maine State Representative Seth Berry about his state’s coastal problems — ocean acidifcation and rising sea temperatures are putting much of Maine’s fishing economy at risk. Like Louisiana, Maine has a Republican Governor, who has been throwing up obstacles for environmental groups who are trying to address the issue. Berry discusses what it will take to win the battle against the governor Politico dubbed, “America’s Craziest.” At the link right-click “Download” for Part 1 and here for Part 2, then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vatican Bank 51 mins – “For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church relied mostly on taxes and donations to finance operations. But during World War II, Pope Pius created The Institute for the Works of Religion. Commonly known as the Vatican Bank, it now holds billions of dollars in assets. For decades, the Bank has been plagued by a series of scandals, including bribery and money laundering. And the author of a new book says the Bank collaborated with the Nazis and tried to hide that fact for years. Pope Francis has enacted a series of reforms to end the scandals and increase transparency. Diane and guests discuss the history of the Vatican Bank and the current pope’s efforts to make lasting changes.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Vietnam 27 mins – “A Vietnamese woman’s perspective of the Vietnam War. Her memoirs have inspired film director Oliver Stone and given an essential insight into the conflict between Vietnam and the US.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Heaven and Earth: Le Ly Hayslip,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150204-0300b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

William Burroughs 61 mins – “This American Life host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn’t get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn’t very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthday, we hear that story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wound Sealant 5 mins – “Forget stitches — there’s a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. (Contains medical images.)” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wound Patch 5 mins – “Forget stitches — there’s a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. (Contains medical images.)” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” (or video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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