Media Mining Digest 221 – Feb 5, 2016: Afghani Women, African Agriculture Development, Age and Cognition, Aging and Blindness, Aging Issues, Antarctic Activities, Antisemitism, Arctic Changes, Auction World, Australia Energy, Blended Families, Blindness Onset, Bombing vs Ground Troops, Book Publishing, Boycott Value, Categorizing Mental Disorders, Clean Energy Solutions, Climate Tactics, Compassion, Con Artists, Contrarians, Creationism, Crimean Annexation, Data Analysis, Data Collection by Smartphone, Data Overload, Davos Activities, Desalinization, Econometrics, Elderly Architecture, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Engineering Academic, Ethidium Bromide, Female Friends, Feminism Challenges, Flint Water, Foreign Policy Issues, Galapagos, Great Moghul of India, Healthcare Data Visualization, High Altitude Biology, Holocaust Music, Immortality, InfraGard, Interactive Science, Iran Sanctions Removal, ISTE Student Stndards, Knee Replacement Issues, Latino Factor, Legionnaires Case, Levitating Trains, Lying, Marco Polo, Mass Shooting in Canada, Microbiome Changes, Morality Foundations, Murder Trials, Music Recording Deals, National Cyber Protection, National Health Care Trends, Ocean Decline, One child Policy, Opiates Problem in Canada, Organ Invention, Partially Sighted, Patient Experiences, Perception and Action, Pilot Concerns, Planned Parenthood, Poverty Research, Problem Solving, Race Reality, Racial Divide, Radiology, Rasputin to Putin, Reading Process, Refugees, Republican Party Takeover, Research Replication, Rome Underground, Rwanda Mind Control, Scams and Scammers, Silicon Valley Titans, Slavery, Sneakers Market, Social Media Marketing, South Africa Reconciliation, Space History, Stem Cells, Supplements and Safety, Thomas Paine Common Sense, Treasury Department Automation, Vatican Secrets, Water Keepers, World Progress, Zika Virus

The best 99 podcasts from a larger group of 274 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Afghani Women 49 mins – “Two years ago a young couple in Afghanistan fell in love. They’re from different races, ethnic groups and Muslim sects. She’s a Caucasian Sunni and he’s an Asian Shiite. They defied their parents’ opposition to marrying and eloped. His family came to accept the marriage, but hers wants her dead – to restore their honor. This Afghan Romeo and Juliet story gained international attention when a New York Times reporter wrote about the couple in a series of articles – and now in a book. We talk to the author, a young Afghan human rights advocate and an Afghanistan expert about honor killings and the struggle many Muslim women are engaged in to win basic rights.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

African Agriculture Development 58 mins – “In a global system that seems to be remorselessly concentrating capital into fewer hands, this lecture will examine efforts to move money the other way in order to promote food security, with particular reference to Ethiopia.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Age and Cognition 88 mins – “ Decline in cognition with age and brain is not inevitable; there is considerable variability in how much and how fast. UCSF doctors explore age-related declines, their causes and how to tell if cognitive changes are because of aging or something else. Recorded on 10/21/2015. (#30138)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging and Blindness 19 mins – “The RNIB and Age Concern are worried that social care for older, blind people is steadily declining. They outline their evidence and explain how they think things could be improved. We get reaction to last week’s item about the need for a stylish symbol to indicate that you’re partially sighted. And we hear about a blind travel agent who flew three Channel 4 comedians over Ayers Rock himself.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Issues 65 mins – “Professor Tom Kirkwood, Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University, explores how the ageing process is influenced by a broad range of lifestyle and environmental factors.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Antarctic Activities 57 mins – “In her recent article for Newsweek, “The Big Melt: The Last Antarctic Explorers Are Seeking Answers Inside The Continent’s Ice” (http://bit.ly/1RcuVpp), Nina Burleigh writes: “The history of the planet is held in frozen suspension in the Antarctic. Vertical miles of ice encase air bubbles that hold bits of atmosphere… some dating as far back as a million years ago. Fossil records show the place was once green, teeming with life,…[but now holds] 90% of the planet’s ice…and those 7.2 million cubic miles of ice are now melting at unprecedented rates… Scientists have predicted that even partial melting of the Antarctic ice will raise sea levels enough to force the 150 million people around the world—including parts of New York City, Miami and Mumbai, India—to abandon their homes.” Tune in as Nina shares her first-hand experience exploring Antarctica, and how vital scientific research being conducted there may provide answers to some of the most dangerous unknowns about climate change.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antisemitism 54 mins – “Anti-semitism has deep roots in France. Recent anti-Jewish demonstrations show that anti-semitism is still a potent force in contemporary France. Philip Coulter talks to scholars, historians and Jewish community leaders in Paris.” At the link find the title, “The Oldest Hatred,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160126_24426.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Changes 30 mins – “When we try to visualize the Arctic, we usually think of ice as far as the eye can see. But, unfortunately, that’s changing. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, author Roy Scranton, gives us a first-hand glimpse into the rapidly melting polar cap up North. Scranton, who recently took a cruise through Greenland and Northern Canada for a piece published in The Nation magazine, presents us with the many challenges we face as this vast region undergoes vast transformation. Then, host Alex Wise and Scranton discuss Scranton’s book, Learning How To Die In The Anthropocene, and how his time as a U.S. soldier in the Iraq War gave him a unique perspective on climate change and environmentalism.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Auction World 15 mins – “We uncover the secrets of the auction world. There is conniving. There are tricks. Also: Hydraulic hammers.” At the link find the title, “#678: Auction Fever,” right-click “Media files 20160122 pmoney_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pot-up menu.

Australia Energy Issues 54 mins – “In just over 35 years, the world population is expected to increase by almost 50%, from 7 billion people now to 10 billion. Without change, in less than 20 years enough fossil fuel will have been burnt to increase average global temperature by an average of 2 degrees Celsius. Some areas in the Arctic are already 5 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Urgent action is required. Coal and oil needs to stay in the ground and other sources of power need to be implemented quickly. But such a transition will not happen overnight. So what are the options for Sydney, and other Australian cities? How is it that France became nuclear powered? How has China, with its smog managed to embrace solar power so quickly? The Geological Society of Australia assembled this forum of scientists and engineers to discuss options in Australia and reflect on achievements elsewhere” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blended Families 47 mins – “In the old “Brady Bunch” TV show, two families were thrown together by remarriage and blended. It was an icon early in America’s introduction to widespread divorce and reshuffling. Today, a full 40 percent of marriages are remarriages. And nobody thinks blending families is a snap. Some say it can take a decade. Some don’t even like the phrase “blended family.” There are many configurations. Some never blend. This hour On Point, what it really takes to blend two families, or to make a step-family.At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save LinkAs” from pop-up menu.

Blindness Onset 53 mins – “…we begin our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival with the story of John Hull. Hull went blind in 1983 and he knew that if he didn’t try to understand this massive change, it would defeat him. So he kept an audio diary of his experiences. While he may have appeared to be adjusting well on the surface, his tapes reveal a desperate inner struggle. Directors James Spinney and Peter Middleton will join us to discuss their innovative documentary about Hull’s journey to a “world beyond sight.” The film Notes on Blindness is written, directed, and produced by James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who also created a series of award-winning short documentaries based on John Hull’s audio diary. Notes on Blindness is screening in the New Frontier category at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Spinney and Middleton also collaborated with cross-platform artists to create a virtual reality experience called “Notes on Blindness–Into Darkness,” which gives participants an idea of what blindness might have been like for John Hull.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bombing vs Ground Troops 26 mins – “It was widely seen as a stumble on the international stage when PM Trudeau didn’t offer specifics on the pledge to pull Canadian fighter jets out of the coalition that’s bombing ISIS. Today, we look for a clearer picture of Canada’s anti-ISIS plans.” At the link find the title, “Defence minister Harjit Sajjan faces heat over Canada’s anti-ISIS strategy – Jan. 26, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160126_40256.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Publishing 13 mins – “At the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute meeting this week in Denver, indie booksellers heard their online nemesis Amazon branded a monopolist and a tax evader. Douglas Preston, who has led the Authors United movement to force the Dept of Justice to charge Amazon with antitrust violations, even told ABA members that the company is a contemporary equivalent of Standard Oil, the Gilded Age giant that finally fell to the trust-busting sword of President Theodore Roosevelt…“Yes, Amazon is the clear market leader. Yes they are brutal negotiators. But if they went away tomorrow, you could still get books and publish easily. You could still exchange ideas, and speech. God forbid a reader should have to patronize Barnes & Noble, or Apple, or Google, or Kobo, or Sony, or Smashwords, or an indie bookstore. “Whatever Amazon is doing, there is still a vibrant supply chain existing alongside them in publishing that has grown by leaps and bounds in efficiency,” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “In that light, the call for an Amazon action looks to me to be less about the free flow of ideas than about preserving a market position.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boycott Value 37 mins – “The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the South African divestment campaign, Chick-fil-A! Almost anyone can launch a boycott, and the media loves to cover them. But do boycotts actually produce the change they’re fighting for?” At the link right-click the three-dot bar beside “Que” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Categorizing Mental Disorders 17 mins – “Steven E. Hyman discusses the philosophical issues that arise from attempting to categorise mental disorders with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clean Energy Solutions 53 mins – “Professor Saiful Islam, of the University’s Department of Chemistry, gives a flavour of the fascinating chemistry behind green technologies such as hybrid petrol-electric cars and fuel cells.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Climate Tactics 60 mins “Swedish anthropologist Alf Hornborg says economic crash could empower change to save climate. UK scientist Sergei Petrovskii on new paper: warming die-off of oxygen-making plankton. Robert Shirkey gets climate warning labels on Canadian gas pumps. Radio Ecoshock 160120 “ At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Compassion 77 mins – “Over the last decade, a quiet revolution has taken place in the sciences of the mind and psychotherapy. Eastern mind training traditions, and Western psychology have come together in an unprecedented fashion, allowing the development of advanced new psychotherapies. Concepts such as mindfulness, acceptance and compassion, which were once typically associated with Eastern meditative practices are now central therapeutic concepts that are being researched the world over… Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is currently considered the best method in existence to treat a variety of mental illnesses ranging from anxiety, to panic, to OCD. However, many people don’t realize that there are a number of different kinds of therapy under the CBT umbrella. Our guest this week is Dennis Tirch, the foremost expert in one of the newest and most effective forms of CBT known as Compassion Focused Therapy….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Con Artists 26 mins – “Why is it that people who are otherwise smart and rational keep getting sucked-in by the con artist’s magic? From snake oil… to email scams, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova gets inside the con artist’s head in her book, The Confidence Game.” At the link find the title, “Hooked on a feeling: inside the con artist’s confidence game – Jan 19, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Download Hooked on a feeling: inside the con artist’s confidence game – Jan 19, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Con Artists 29 mins – “How does the brain of the con artist differ from the rest of us? And how could some of their skills be redeployed for the greater good? Why are we more likely to be tricked when we’re emotionally vulnerable? In The Confidence Game, author Maria Konnikova surveys con artists from different walks of life, from global swindlers to small-time street hustlers. With her, we take a look at the con artist’s shared traits of narcissism, psychopathy and machiavellianism, and Konnikova suggests how some of the skills of the con artist might be redeployed for the greater good.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”

Contrarians 54 mins – “IDEAS presents some very contrary views from Moses Znaimer’s 2015 ideacity conference: Dr. Amy Lehman on aid & development; Dr. Patick Moore on science & environmentalism; and Alex Epstein on the moral case for fossil fuels.” At the link find the title, “Contrarians, January 2016” right-click “Media files ideas_20160122_51758.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creationism 59 mins – “Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College London, describes why he believes that creationism is wrong and evolution is right at a lecture organised by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath.” At the link click “Download” to download the file.

Crimean Annexation 26 mins – “Two years ago in a referendum, Ukrainian-controlled Crimea voted to be annexed to Russia. Two years on, Mother Russia is anything but nurturing as Ukrainian nationals and a Tatar minority leave out of fear and Western sanctions squeeze those who remain. Russian Regrets?” At the link find the title, “Crimeans disenchanted 2 years after annexation – Jan. 26, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160126_71390.mp3 (MP3 – File, 23.3 KB)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Analysis 12 mins – “Does collecting more data lead to better decision-making? Competitive, data-savvy companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have learned that data analysis alone doesn’t always produce optimum results. In this talk, data scientist Sebastian Wernicke breaks down what goes wrong when we make decisions based purely on data — and suggests a brainier way to use it.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Overload 21 mins – “Our friends at Note to Self have just launched a new project called Infomagical, which hopes to be an antidote to “infomania” and a “collective FOMO course correction”. It’s not about your gadgets per se, it’s about all the stuff on them, and all the stuff coming out of them, and getting a grip on the constant stream of information. Through Infomagical, Note to Self hopes to turn your anxiety-inducing information portals into overload-fighting machines. We’re bringing you the introductory episode (listen above). You can visit Note to Self’s page to stay tuned and find out more about Infomagical.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Davos Activities 46 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, Felix goes to the World Economic Forum in Davos! Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by special guest Jenny Anderson, a Quartz reporter at the conference. They discuss: Their first takes on Davos; Diversity at the World Economic Forum; The $68 Davos burger; And, of course, Donald Trump.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Desalinization 15 mins – “Water infrastructure issues are much in the news in the U.S. — not only in the West, where drought continues to take a high toll, but also in other parts of the country, where the water needs for municipalities, energy production, commercial interests, and agriculture intersect and sometimes conflict. In this interview, one in a series of three exploring some of the nation’s water challenges, we talk with Bob Yamada, Director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority, about the mix of strategies adopted to meet the growing needs of the authority’s customers, and the new Carlsbad Desalination plant. This advanced technology reverse osmosis facility was built, financed, and will be operated through a public-private partnership under a water purchase agreement to serve the region for the next three decades.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Econometrics 64 mins – “Nobel Laureate James Heckman of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the state of econometrics and the challenges of measurement in assessing economic theories and public policy. Heckman gives us his take on natural experiments, selection bias, randomized control trials and the reliability of sophisticated statistical analysis. The conversation closes with Heckman reminiscing about his intellectual influences throughout his career.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elderly Architecture 48 mins – “Our homes are a resource for us as we age. Though age-friendly design is often about grab bars and ramps for supporting mobility and preventing accidents, it is most of all about living well in our homes. Architect and social entrepreneur Susi Stadler will help the audience discover the potential of our homes to adapt to our changing needs. She will teach us how, by demanding practical, creative and elegant solutions, to arrive at a different way of living in our homes by seeing age-friendly design as a way to enhance overall quality of life.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eleanore of Aquitane 45 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life, times and influence of Eleanor of Aquitaine (c1122-1204) who was one of the most powerful women in Twelfth Century Europe, possibly in the entire Middle Ages. She inherited land from the Loire down to the Pyrenees, about a third of modern France. She married first the King of France, Louis VII, joining him on the Second Crusade. She became stronger still after their marriage was annulled, as her next husband, Henry Plantagenet became Henry II of England. Two of their sons, Richard and John, became kings and she ruled for them when they were abroad. By her death in her eighties, Eleanor had children and grandchildren in power across western Europe. This led to competing claims of inheritance and, for much of the next 250 years, the Plantagenet and French kings battled over Eleanor’s land…” At the link find the title, “Eleanor of Aquitaine,” right-click “Media files p03gt847.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineering Academic 101 mins – “Jon Ellis (@profgears), researcher and professor at the University of Rochester, talks about the rigors of being on the tenure track, doing high precision distance measurement and helping define NIST standards” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethidium Bromide 5 mins- “…Originally used as an anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and anti-viral drug in the 1940s, ethidium bromide has a passionate affinity for DNA, which gives it its medicinal properties. Made up of linked rings of carbon and hydrogen atoms (with a few nitrogens and a bromine ion thrown in) its flat, plate-like shape enables it to easily slip between the rungs of DNA’s double helical ladder – a feat known as intercalation. By locking into DNA like this, ethidium bromide blocks the enzyme responsible for copying out the genetic code when cells, bacteria and viruses reproduce. Not only that, but by slotting into the helix it also changes the way that DNA interacts with UV light, creating that characteristic orange gleam….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Ethidium bromide.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Female Friends 16 mins – “Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women’s role in future of our planet. “I don’t even know what I would do without my women friends,” Fonda says. “I exist because I have my women friends.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feminism Challenges 60 mins – “Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Washington power player who upset the feminist applecart. At the peak of her career — as first female Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department — she turned her back on her dream job with Hillary Clinton in order to spend more time with her teenage sons. How, cried her contemporaries, could she have sacrificed her high-powered career for her family? Slaughter’s ensuing article for The Atlantic, ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All’, went viral, sparking furious debate about how men and women juggle their working lives. Having it all, Slaughter argued, remained a mirage. Women who managed to be both mothers and top professionals were either ‘superhuman, rich or self-employed’. On January 26, Anne-Marie Slaughter came to the Intelligence Squared stage, together with Amanda Foreman, award-winning historian and presenter of the recent BBC documentary series The Ascent of Woman, which charts the role of women in society over 10,000 years. They were joined by neuroscientist and broadcaster Daniel Glaser and Sky News social affairs editor Afua Hirsch, as they examined what real equality might look like for both men and women. Is gender equality a matter of women ‘leaning in’ harder in their careers? Or do we all need to fundamentally rethink the roles we assign ourselves, so that both sexes can break free from traditional gender stereotypes?” At the link find the title, “What Next For Feminism?” right-click “Media files 244413825-intelligence2-what-next-for-feminism.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flint Water 54 mins – “The economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, is making headlines across the country because there’s something in its water that shouldn’t be there. You may have heard about the problems in Flint: about how the tap water can be brownish, stinky, funny-tasting. After denying there was a problem for more than a year, state and city officials finally admitted it – there was too much lead in the water. On this hour of Reveal, you’re going to hear the whole story of how people in Flint went from trusting their tap water to fearing it. And thanks to Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith, who produced an incredible documentary called “Not Safe to Drink,” we dive right in.” At the link find the title, “Do not drink: The water crisis in Flint, Michigan,” right-click “Media files Do-not-drink_-The-water-crisis-in-Flint-Michigan.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foreign Policy Issues 57 mins – “Lord Rees-Mogg, former Editor of The Times, gives a free public lecture on the changing international scene.” At the link click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Galapagos 54 mins – “This week, a glaring omission is corrected. The Science Show goes to the Galapagos Islands. Despite being on holidays, Robyn Williams has his trusty recorder and microphone on hand as he takes a boat trip between the islands. Naturalists explain the habits of fish, reptiles and birds and we visit the sites where Charles Darwin was so inspired by what he saw, that it led to the development of his theory of natural selection, explaining evolution and the diversity of life on Earth.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Great Moghul of India 59 mins – “Nicholas Fogg describes life at the Court of the Great Moghul, his campaigns, his foibles and his lasting impact on the history of India.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Healthcare Data Visualization 55 mins – “Dr Este Geraghty is the Chief Medical Officer of Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) in Redlands, California. Having originally trained in Internal Medicine and working as an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at UC Davis her primary focus is now on how healthcare data visualization can change how we deliver healthcare in the modern world. This is an exciting conversation with topics ranging from how technology will guide the patient to the best car parking space to how recent infectious diseases crisis like the ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone and Liberia was managed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

High Altitude Biology 46 mins – “Like the mutating cells it was trying to investigate, and through a serendipitous series of unrelated coincidences, what started out as a multi-disciplinary UK-based research project to explore the stratosphere using helium balloons somehow evolved and mutated into a high-powered rocketry based research collaboration with NASA Astrobiologists in the Nevada Desert. At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Holocaust Music 27 mins – “Music teacher Francesco Lotoro resurrects the music of Holocaust victims, with the help of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. For the past few decades Francesco has been collecting music written in concentration camps from World War Two. Working closely with composer Adam Gorb, together they pick through an archive of 8000 pieces, much of which has never been heard.” At the link find the title, “Raising the Dead,” right-click “Media files p03gnshg.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immortality 53 mins – “Professor Malcolm Johnson from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath looks at the changing face of death in an ageing society.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

InfraGard 28 mins – “InfraGard, one of the longest running outreach associations, represents a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. Members include businesses professionals (including many law firm employees), people from academic institutions, and local participants who share their experience and expertise with the FBI to assist in crime prevention. In the recent climate of rampant cyber security issues, many in the private sector are better equipped to fight these cyber threats. So why is it important for lawyers to know about and potentially join InfraGard? In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview FBI special agent and InfraGard coordinator Kara Sidener about the way InfraGard works and why lawyers and other law firm professionals should be interested in joining this two-way information sharing platform.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Interactive Science 53 mins – “Professor Stephen Payne from the University of Bath, will discuss how his research combines an understanding of the human mind with the design of interactive systems.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Iran Sanctions Removal 28 mins – “After years of isolation, Iran has flung open it doors, at least to foreign investment. How will this affect Iranian-Canadians who have family and friends still in Iran, who have felt the brunt of economic sanctions in the past?” At the link find the title, “How will renewed economic relations with Iran affect Iranian-Canadians? – Jan 29, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160129_81653.mp3 (MP3 – File, 25.2 KB)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISTE Student Standards 41 mins – [International Society for Technology in Education] “We decided to need to … instead of get off the pot. So here we are! Hopefully we still have a few listeners… Mom? Dad? Anyone” [The Tech Chicks recommended these useful and interesting sites: ISTE Standards for Students Draft, Star Wars DC Posters, Nearpod Revisited, ClassKick, Sites for Sources Images on the iPad, NYPL Release of Images, H&R Block Budget Challenge, 50 iPad Apps for Struggling Readers and Writers, 10 Google Add-Ons for Teachers, 5 Makerspace Books You Need to Read, What Was There, History Pin, and Pixar in a Box At the topic link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Knee Replacement 51 mins – “Modern knee replacement is a highly successful operation, relieving the pain and disability of knee osteoarthritis. However, it has limitations and these, combined with the changes in population demographics, present significant challenges for both current and future healthcare systems. Professor Richie Gill’s inaugural lecture ‘What is wrong with knee replacement?’ explores these issues and the research being done to overcome them.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Latino Factor 48 mins – “The Latino factor in 2016 and beyond. We’re in California, where Latinos are now the biggest ethnic group in the state.” At the link find the title, “On Point Live: Lessons For The Country In California’s Latino Plurality,” right-click “Media files npr_464328054.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legionnaire Case 30 mins – “An unwelcomed stranger snuck into the city last summer, and New Yorkers were panicking. A sudden outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria, had landed in the city in July… They narrowed down the search to five suspect water coolers in the South Bronx, and shared this information with the public… Though they eventually tracked the source to one cooling tower, they couldn’t be sure. They still needed to grow more Legionella in the lab and match it to the bacteria in infected people to confirm that they had indeed cleaned the right unit, which would take weeks… New legislation was passed that required building owners in the entire city, not just the Bronx, to clean their cooling towers within two weeks. In the public’s eyes, this mass effort was something close to heroic. The deaths stopped, new cases weren’t reported. The whole city seemed to be actively fighting this strange disease. But it was the city health department, quietly waiting for the Legionella to grow in labs, that would truly put an end to the outbreak. Dr. Varma and his team were able to match the bacteria samples to one single water cooler tower on top of a hotel. A tower they had, luckily, cleaned weeks before. At the link find the title, “How to Stop and Outbreak,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman012616_cms569032_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Levitating Trains 50 mins – “*sorry about the audio quality* *one guy was in china, and my mic broke and all sorts of bad stuff happened. :(* Erika Ensign, from all the dr. who podcasts, has come on our show so that Darren Peets and Abby Shockley and I can do our best to explain how VORTICES enable MAGNETIC PINNING in TYPE 2 SUPERCONDUCTORS.” At the link right click “Direct download: Ep 61 Levitating Trains.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lying 54 mins – “Everyone agrees that lying is, generally, a bad thing to do. But it’s actually quite hard to figure out what’s wrong with it! Philosophers Michael Blake, Samantha Brennan, Arthur Ripstein and IDEAS host Paul Kennedy tell us the truth about lying.”At the link find the title, “The Truth About Lying, January, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160120_85184.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marco Polo 54 mins – “Almost everything we think we know about Marco Polo – traveller, explorer, the man who brought the wonders of the East to the west – is being questioned. Tony Luppino searches for the real man and story behind the legendary wanderer.” At the link find the title, “Making Maro Polo, January 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160121_23195.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mass Shooting in Canada 23 mins – “It has been a weekend of mourning, disbelief and a multitude of questions, in tiny La Loche, Sask., after a 17-year-old boy was charged in Friday’s mass shooting. Today we’re asking how the tight-knit community is coping and what it needs now.” At the link find the title, “La Loche, Sask., struggle to cope with tragic mass shooting – Jan 25, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160125_71580.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome Changes 60 mins – “Why are obesity, juvenile diabetes and asthma increasing? Is it something in the environment or in our modern lifestyle? Dr. Martin Blaser thinks that it may be due to changes in our microbiome – the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis that some of the greatest medical advances in the 20th century – antibiotics, C-sections and antiseptics- may be having unintended consequences. Dr. Martin Blaser has studied the role of bacteria in human disease for over 30 years. He is the director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU. He founded the Bellevue Literary Review and has been written about in newspapers including The New Yorker, Nature, Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His more than 100 media appearances include The Today Show, The Daily Show, Fresh Air (NPR) GMA, the BBC, The O’Reilly Factor, and CNN. He lives in New York City.” At the link you can view the video with many visual aids or right-click “MP3 Audio Only” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Morality Foundations 54 mins – “Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures–including the cultures of American progressive, conservatives, and libertarians.” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Murder Trials 52 mins – “…On this episode of BackStory, the Guys will explore our fascination with courtroom drama. What makes for a compelling case and why have some landmark proceedings received little attention? We’ll consider why so many Americans followed the trial of a young clerk accused of murdering a New York City prostitute in 1836, and why we’re still talking about Sacco and Vanzetti nearly a century after they were sentenced to death. From public hanging in Puritan Massachusetts, to the murder trial of Black Panther leader Huey Newton in the late 1960’s, the Guys will reveal the deep-seated issues beneath American trial-watching.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Recording Deals 52 mins – “Stepping away from radio promotion to attend law school, George Gilbert began a record label with the intent of licensing out-of-print R&B titles from Atlantic Records. When financing fell through, George began working on the musical reunion of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman that would eventually result in the release of the multi-platinum ‘Bat Out of Hell 2’. Listen to part two of Gilbert’s interview as he explains how he convinced label executives that despite having four consecutive flops, Meat Loaf was still as popular as ever. He also tells of how the key man clause in Whitney Houston’s contact saved Clive Davis’s job; why musicians are often afraid to audit their record labels; and how the upcoming battle over copyright termination rights is going to be one fierce fight. Hear this and more, exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Cyber Protection 6 mins – “DHS [Department of Homeland Security] Information Security – Audio interview by GAO staff with Greg Wilshusen, Director, Information Technology” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Health Care Trends 36 mins – “We look at the innovations that are changing the NHS today and asks what science on the horizon will transform the health service in the next decade It employs 1.6 million people, spends more than £4,000 a second, and performed 10m operations last year in England alone. Millions more visit emergency units, have outpatient care, and receive help for mental health problems. This week we’re focusing on the NHS and how science and technology underpin the care doctors can give to patients. Ian Sample talks to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors. Bruce is responsible for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation, having previously been a surgeon and physician who specialised in cardiac surgery. And we hear from three specialists from very different parts of the NHS:….” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Decline 60 mins – “Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute Liz Cunningham, Author; Environmental Activist From the depths of the ocean to the highest mountain summits, our planet is under assault as never before. From very different perspectives, two female adventurers share their extraordinary worldwide experiences to inspire action to meet urgent environmental challenges that face us now and in the future. Their message is one of inspiration and hope that all of us working together can save and preserve the wild and wonderful environments on our planet. Learn about their work, adventures and inspiration, now and for the future of planet earth.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

One Child Policy 56 mins – “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong talks about her book, [One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment], about the one-child policy in China and its impact on the country” At the link find the title, “After Words with Mei Fong,” right-click “Media files program.425831.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiates Problem in Canada 26 mins – “Starting in February, codeine will no longer be available without a prescription in Manitoba. How bold of a move is this? And will it be enough to curb abuse?” At the link find the title, “Codeine will require a prescription in Manitoba in February – Jan. 29, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160129_98633.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Invention 4 mins – “…In the very first years after Alexander, people like Euclid and Archimedes worked in Alexandria. So, too, did one of the greatest engineers who ever lived — a man named Ktesibios. Ktesibios was fascinated by fluid flow — the movement of water and air. He revolutionized the measurement of time when he invented a new water clock. The flow of water into it was held steady by the first feedback-controlled water supply valve. He invented a piston-powered water pump and used it to force water into a closed reservoir where it trapped air. That compressed air could then expel water through, say, a fire-fighting nozzle. Ktesibios was also interested in music. Writer Thomas Levenson tells how Ktesibios solved the problem of supplying air to a set of pipes. He used his water-powered air-reservoir to fill a box that fed the pipes. He created a keyboard that let performers open individual pipes to the air box. In one stroke he’d given us the pipe organ, close to its modern form, over 2200 years ago… ….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Partially Sighted 19 mins – “Symbols to Say You Are Partially Sighted – News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Experiences 59 mins – “…Despite enormous sums spent on health care and extensive training of professionals, patients are largely dissatisfied with the service they receive. A growing body of evidence points to the human experience as a key driver for improved patient satisfaction, health outcomes and loyalty. How can we turn this around? What role can patients, with unprecedented access to health-care information, play in a system that historically has disempowered them? What is a realistic vision of a patient-centric system that delivers both medical care and compassionate health-care journeys? Dr. Bridget Duffy, the nation’s first chief experience officer at the Cleveland Clinic and the leader of the patient experience movement, has spent more than 20 years defining the components of an ideal healing environment. Relentless in her mission to fix this broken system, Dr. Duffy will share 10 ways to restore humanity, respect and trusted relationships in health care.” At the linkr ight-click “play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Perception and Action 68 mins – “The idea that our brains are prediction machines is not new, but in his latest book, Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind, Andy Clark explores how this idea can be integrated with embodied cognition. The key idea is that while our brains are constantly predicting sensory input, this is intimately tied to action. Perception is active, not passive, and there is an ongoing loop between perception, attention and action. I explore these ideas with Dr. Clark in the latest episode of the Brain Science Podcast. Thanks to Dr. Clark these potentially intimidating ideas are accessible to listeners of all backgrounds.” At the link right-click “FREE audio mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pilot Concerns and Issues 172 mins – “The crew for this week’s episode is Captain Jeff, Miami Rick, and Captain Nick. NEWS: Retired Alaska Airlines Captain Accused Of Piloting Plane While Under The Influence; ‘Plane wreckage’ found in Thailand fuels talk of missing Malaysian jet; FAA updates flight review guidance; JFK allowed passengers arriving on international flight to exit without going through Customs; German tourist escorted off plane by police after ‘opening emergency exit door just for fun’; It happened again: AA flight diverted back to DFW, airline claims dark runway; FAA Registered Nearly 300,000 Unmanned Aircraft Owners.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Planned Parenthood Cases 48 mins – “A grand jury in Texas investigating Planned Parenthood instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization. We discuss what makes an undercover investigation criminal and the ongoing political battle over Planned Parenthood’s role and funding.” [5 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Poverty Research 52 mins – “The President of the Child Poverty Action Group, Baroness Ruth Lister, gives an insight into poverty research in the UK.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Problem Solving 7 mins – “The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant — but it’s actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Race Reality 50 mins – “ On Martin Luther King Day, a conversation about racism in America and Black Lives Matter with poet Claudia Rankine and activist DeRay Mckesson. Protesters hold signs at a press conference in front of city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Friday, Jan 8, 2016, in the wake of the release of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on bond. Slager was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist in April 2015. The last year and a half have been hot in a way many didn’t see coming on the subject of race in this country. From Ferguson on, exploding layers of dissatisfaction with the way things are – all these years after the civil rights movement. On this Martin Luther King Day, we’re taking on this new chapter in American race relations with celebrated poet Claudia Rankine and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson. This hour On Point, America’s next chapter on race.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Divide 65 mins – “On this episode of BackStory, the Guys will consider how and why Americans throughout the centuries have crossed the lines of racial identity, and find out what the history of passing has to say about race, identity, and privilege in America. We’ll look at stories of African-Americans who passed as white to escape slavery or Jim Crow and find out how the “one-drop rule” enabled one blonde-haired, blue-eyed American to live a double life without ever arousing suspicion. We’ll also explore the story of an African-American musician who pioneered a genre of exotic music with a bejeweled turban and an invented biography, and examine the hidden costs of crossing over.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radiology 88 mins – “Most cases of kidney cancer are found incidentally by imaging. How can this technology help to not only diagnose but treat? Hear from UCSF radiologists on new insights into cutting edge techniques. Recorded on 11/17/2015. (#30136) “ At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rasputin to Putin 38 mins – “Professor David Gillespie, from the University of Bath’s Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, explores Russian culture and the country’s search for a national identity.” At the link click “Download” and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.

Reading Process 41 mins – “My guest today is Liz Schotter, a postgraduate student in psychology at UC San Diego and one of the most active researchers in the field of reading and eye-tracking at the moment. I reached out to her when I was doing research for the 3rd video in the speed reading series, and the insight she was kind enough to provide really helped to make that video shine. After finishing that video series, however, I still had questions…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Health Issues 14 mins – “Etienne Langlois discusses the importance of access to appropriate health-care services for refugees worldwide.” At the link find the title, “Refugees and health-care services: The Lancet: January 22, 2016,” right-click “Media files 22january.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Summits 62 mins – “With global displacement at record levels, it is clear that humanitarian protection will continue to be a key focus for policymakers and the international community throughout 2016. This year’s calendar is dotted with a series of high-profile international events related to migration and refugee protection—including conferences in London (February 4) and Geneva (March 30) addressing the fallout of the Syrian civil war, and a pair of summits on refugees and migrants hosted by the United Nations and the United States in September. These high-level meetings could prove crucial in paving the way for meaningful solutions for the world’s forcibly displaced populations. Migration Policy Institute (MPI) experts join the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on International Migration, Peter Sutherlan, for a webinar focusing on what can be expected to be discussed at this year’s high-level migration summits, and what tangible results might occur. In addition to Mr. Sutherland, the webinar features MPI Senior Fellow T. Alexander Aleinikoff, former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, and MPI Senior Fellow and Co-Founder Kathleen Newland.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Republican Party Takeover 63 mins – “Cliff and Digby discuss Trump and the fracturing GOP. Planned Parenthood developments—good news in Texas, but Ohio still a major battleground. The centrist Democrat leadership terrorized by Sanders, and the concomitant rise of the Bloomberg spectre. Digby: Hillman Award-winning blogger; American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo; contributing writer for Salon Magazine.@digby56 http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/ http://www.salon.com/writer/heather_digby_parton/ Cliff: President, Libertas, LLC (PR). Bestselling Author: The Real McCain; Daily Beast columnist; weekly guest, The Majority Report; co-founder and part owner of Washington DC’s independent progressive radio station, We Act Radio, 1480AM. Find his firm at http://www.libertasllc.com and his site at cliffschecter.com Follow @cliffschecter The 2016 Virtually Speaking Media Panel Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Culture of Truth, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Isaiah Poole, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Sara Robinson, Susie Madrak, Spocko, Stuart Zechman” At the link find the title, “digby & Cliff Schecter • VS Sundays,” right-click “Media files digby-cliff-schecter-vs-sundays.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Research Replication 21 mins – “How much of published scientific research is false? Scientists are trying to figure it out.” At the link find the title, “#677: The Experiment Experiment,” right-click “Media files 20160115 pmoney pmoneypod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rome Underground 54 mins – “Delving into Rome’s past by venturing into what lies below it. Megan Williams goes underground in the city that was once known as the capital of the world. She uncovers the quiet secrets it continues to offer up and the questions that hang unsolved.” At the link find the title, “Underground Rome (Encore March 12, 2015),” right-click “Media files ideas_20160127_49226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rwanda Mind Control 26 mins – “After covering brutal conflict and crisis in several African countries. Anjan Sundaram headed to Rwanda to teach journalism. He was excited to be in a country praised by the West for its progressive President. And then he tried actually reporting.” At the link find the title, ‘Bad News’ author exposes repression of journalists in Rwanda – Jan. 25, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160125_84825.mp3 (MP3 – File, 22.9 KB)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scams and Scammers 23 mins – “You’ve seen these ads: “You can work from home and get rich. It’s easy. Call this number!” So, what happens when you respond?” At the link find the title, “#680: Anatomy Of A Scam,”Media files 20160129_pmoney_podcast012916.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silicon Valley Titans 25 mins – “It was a meeting of two American masters: Robert Noyce, who, in inventing the integrated computer chip and founding Intel, willed Silicon Valley into being, and Tom Wolfe, who in holding a magnifying glass over the social and class currents that shape America, rewrote the laws of what it meant to be a journalist. Their resulting Esquire story from 1983, “The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce,” remains one of the most revealing and entertaining portraits of early Silicon Valley and the personalities, imagination, and free wheeling gall that triggered and continue to power the computer revolution. Kara Swisher, who spent two decades covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal before cofounding the influential technology site Re/code, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss what both Noyce and Wolfe wrought, and how the influence of each—in computers and nonfiction writing, respectively—remains as powerful and mesmerizing as ever.” At the link find the title, “The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce, by Tom Wolfe,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/13153/2415459/Esquire-Classic_-The-Tinkerings-of-Robert-Noyce-by-Tom-Wolfe.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slave Geneology 46 mins – “Regina Mason’s great, great, great grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was as runaway slave and the author of what is now considered the first fugitive slave narrative. Mason talks about finding out her family’s secret history. [then] Kevin Whitehead reviews two unusual cross-cultural recordings from musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt.” At the link find the title, “January 18, 2016 , A Family Discovers Its Connection To An Escaped Slave,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slavery 48 mins – “Kevin Bales discusses the lives of enslaved people and the environmental impact of human bondage. Slavery often exists in places where “the local environment [has] just been destroyed,” Bales says. His book is ‘Blood and Earth.’ [then] Ken Tucker reviews Benji Hughes’ album ‘Songs in the Key of Animals.’” At the link find the title, “January 20, 2016 ‘Blood And Earth’: How Modern Slavery Contributes To Ecocide,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sneakers Market 63 mins – “How many pairs of sneakers do you own? Josh Luber of Campless and StockX talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the world of sneakerheads–people passionate for collecting and trading sneakers. Each week people line up to buy classic sneaker models Nike re-releases. Luber has collected millions of transactions from Ebay on these sneakers and others and has analyzed the return to investing in various sneaker models. The conversation includes a discussion of how Nike has helped to create this market and Luber’s work creating a stock market for sneakers and other goods.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Marketing 56 mins – “Thanks to social media, today’s teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand? In “Generation Like,” author and FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff (“The Merchants of Cool,” “The Persuaders”) explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Do kids think they’re being used? Do they care? Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it? The film is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.” At the link find the title, “Generation Like, Feb 2014,” right-click “Media files 136878864-frontlinepbs-generation-like.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Africa Reconcilitation 54 mins – “Judge Richard Goldstone presents the 2015 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture. It’s been twenty-one years since the end of Apartheid. Goldstone reviews the successes and the failures of the African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in his lecture.” At the link find the title, “Reconciliation in South Africa – Richard Goldstone,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160125_37835.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space History 49 mins – “ Award-winning space historian, Piers Bizony, presents an illustrated account of the Space Age, from the first tiny satellites to America’s colossal project to land men on the moon.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Stem Cells 53 mins – “Professor Melanie Welham from the University of Bath’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology talks about the benefits of stem cells.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Supplements and Safety 56 mins – “FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation examine the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight.” At the link find the title, “Supplements and Safety, January 20, 2016” right-click “Media files 242902953-frontlinepbs-supplements-and-safety.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Paine Common Sense 46 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Thomas Paine and his pamphlet “Common Sense” which was published in Philadelphia in January 1776 and promoted the argument for American independence from Britain. Addressed to The Inhabitants of America, it sold one hundred and fifty thousand copies in the first few months and is said, proportionately, to be the best-selling book in American history. Paine had arrived from England barely a year before. He vigorously attacked monarchy generally and George the Third in particular. He argued the colonies should abandon all hope of resolving their dispute with Britain and declare independence immediately. Many Americans were scandalised. More were inspired and, for Paine’s vision of America’s independent future, he has been called a Founding Father of the United States….” At the link find the title, “Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, January 2016,” and click it to download the file.

Treasury Department Automation 65 mins- “In 1997, as a freshly-minted lawyer, Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar joined the staff of the Treasury Department’s Office of Enforcement. Almost immediately, he was drawn into some of the fascinating issues that Treasury confronted at the time, from the regulation of electronic money to international policing and anti-corruption initiatives. In this talk, he reflects on his years at Treasury and discusses some of the connections between the challenges he encountered at Treasury then, and some of the dilemmas facing the world today.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vatican Secrets 86 mins – “ Thanks to social media, today’s teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand? In “Generation Like,” author and FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff (“The Merchants of Cool,” “The Persuaders”) explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Do kids think they’re being used? Do they care? Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it? The film is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.” At the link find the title, “Secrets of the Vatican ,” right-click “Media files 136878961-frontlinepbs-secrets-of-the-vatican.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Keepers 57 mins – “On today’s episode of Go Green Radio, we will talk to Marc Yaggi, Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance (www.waterkeeper.org), about how- in 21st century America- a town of 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan was exposed to extremely high levels of lead in their drinking water. We will talk about the public policy failures, the actions taken by policymakers, how individual residents will be affected, and lessons that every community in America should learn from this disaster. Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with over 270 Waterkeeper Organizations protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents. The organization’s President is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World Progress 44 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of Mathbabe, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by special guest William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University and author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. They dig into: The realities of the developing world; Poor and displaced populations; The World Bank” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus 48 mins – “ Health officials are alarmed at the rapid spread of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. Brazil reported its first case of the mosquito-borne virus last year. Since then, cases have been reported in 21 countries and territories throughout the region. Disease experts suspect the virus of causing an unusual spike of a rare birth defect. It may also be linked to a syndrome that can lead to paralysis. The Centers for Disease Control is advising pregnant women to avoid travel to countries where the virus is spreading. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and a panel of guests discuss efforts to control the virus and develop a vaccine.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

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Media Mining Digest 221 – Jan 29, 2016: Academics in Government, Age Friendly Homes, Alcoholism Movie, Anxiety, Aquaponics, Assisted Dying, Astronomy History, Bee Decline, Black Politician, Brain Diseases, Brown v. Board of Education, Building Materials, Cat Trapping, Chernobyl, Common Rights, Computers Replace Lawyers, ConArtists, Corruption in China, Creative Problem Solving, CRSPR Technology, Crusades, CSI Unmsked, Dead Body Disposal, Death and Dying, Disaster Stories, Drug Reserch Costs, Elderly Aids from Technology, Emotional Robots, Energy from Microbes, Every Student Succeeds, Eye Witness Indentification, Fear, Financial Strategies, Flint Water, Genius Defined, Gravity and Light, Greenland Glaciers, Habits and Happiness, Hounds for Heroes, Information Architecture, International Security, Policy Kew Gardens, Koch Brother Activities, Logical Fallacies, Marijuana in Canada, Money and Power, Nanotechnology, National Health System History, Nuclear West Tests, Oscar Awards Controversy, Particle Physics, Police Shootings in Canada, Political Decline, Political Stagnation, Probability, Radio Astronomy, Rage Causes, Rosenwald and racism, Siege of Moscow, Soil Rehabilitation, Stabilizing Peace, Stock Market Trends, Tea History, Time of Death Bacteria, United Nations History, Wildlife, Zika Virus

The best 72 podcasts from a larger group of 254 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

Academics in Government 44 mins – “Professor Dame Janet Finch talks about how academia and government can work together.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Age Friendly Homes 58 mins – “Our homes are a resource for us as we age. Though age-friendly design is often about grab bars and ramps for supporting mobility and preventing accidents, it is most of all about living well in our homes. Architect and social entrepreneur Susi Stadler will help the audience discover the potential of our homes to adapt to our changing needs. She will teach us how, by demanding practical, creative and elegant solutions, to arrive at a different way of living in our homes by seeing age-friendly design as a way to enhance overall quality of life.” At the link right-click Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcoholism Movie 25 mins – “Can a pill cure alcoholism? It’s one of the questions explored in Wasted, a new documentary that follows Mike Pond, a psychotherapist and alcoholic, who seeks out the latest, science-based addiction treatments.” At the link find the title, “Wasted’ documentary looks at how prescription drugs can fight addiction – Jan 20, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Download ‘Wasted’ documentary looks at how prescription drugs can fight addiction – Jan 20, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anxiety 71 mins – “Professor Paul Salkovskis talks about understanding and treating anxiety.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Aquaponics 44 mins – “ In the second part of my interview with Doug Burdette we talk about aquaculture as a community development strategy, the mechanics of aquaponics, and I read a listener’s comments.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Dying 76 mins – “Lord Joel Joffe believes that there is an ‘urgent need’ to change the law on assisted dying and will argue in his lecture that assisted dying and palliative care are essential and complementary aspects of care for people suffering from painful incurable diseases.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Astronomy History 47 mins – “Michael Lemonick, a freelance science journalist from Princeton University, looks at the discoveries of William and Caroline Herschel.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bee Decline 41 mins – “Stuart Roberts, research fellow at the University of Reading, discusses the decline of bees and its effect on the environment. Evidence is presented on the state and trends of bees, the likely drivers of change and the possible long term effects.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Black Politician 54 mins – “Civic leader Michael Tubbs shares his story of growing up in the California Central Valley, attending Stanford and going on to become one of the youngest elected officials in U.S. history. The Stockton City Councilman calls on entrepreneurs behind today’s biggest tech innovations to also focus on solving society’s biggest problems, like poverty, illiteracy and inequality.

Brain Diseases 89 mins – “A look at the causes and treatments of progressive dementia with UCSF’s Dr. Michael Geschwind and Dr. Jeff Gelfand. Recorded on 10/14/2015. (#30137) “ At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brown v. Board of Education 94 mins – “Jeffrey Rosen and Tomiko Brown-Nagin talk about the 1954 Supreme Court case [Brown v. Board of Education], in which the Court unanimously ruled that separate public schools were not equal, reversing previous court decisions.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Landmark Case [Brown v. Board of Education],” right-click “Media files program.411314.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Building Materials 46 mins – “Professor Peter Walker discusses research into new ways of using traditional building materials such as earth, hemp and straw as a greener choice for modern construction. Professor Walker is Director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Cat Trapping 51 mins – “We live in a country of cat lovers. About 80 million cats live in our homes today, but what about the other 80 million living outside of the house? In this episode of Reveal, we take a look at two cats whose fates diverged – one, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped.” At the link find the title, “Cat Fight, Jan 2016,” right-click “Media files Cat-Fight_PCAST.mp3” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chernobyl P2 18 mins – “Alla Kravchuk, the daughter of two former employees at the power station, returns to the nearby town of Pripyat. Now a world famous ghost town with trees growing through the once neat concrete squares and streets, it used to be her hometown. As well as an emotional journey back, Alla also talks to other people dealing with the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster.Burying “ At the link find thte title, “Chernobyl – Part Two,” right-click “Media files p03fz0ln.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Common Rights 48 mins – “In this lecture, Dr Susan Oosthuizen, historic landscape specialist from the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, will explore the archaeological evidence for the management of prehistoric pasture.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Computers Replace Lawyers 40 mins – “After years of writing and thinking about the future of the legal profession, Richard Susskind began to run into legal professionals whose careers are being affected by technology. In addition to lawyers, those in the medical, architecture, financial, and other fields have begun to notice a shift in the provision of professional services. Richard got together with his son, Daniel Susskind, at the time working in justice policy, education policy, and health policy for the British Prime Minister, to examine how technology is increasingly playing a fundamental role in how all service-based professions work. They recently published a book on the subject called “The Future of the Professions.” In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview Richard and Daniel Susskind about their new book and key topics within that might interest lawyers who wish to prepare for the future. They discuss a “grand bargain” concept of exclusivity, the capability of machines to replace cognitive, physical/manual, and emotional skills currently provided by human professionals, and the right questions to ask about the future of legal services. Are there any tasks that computers won’t be able to do?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Con Artists 26 mins – “Why is it that people who are otherwise smart and rational keep getting sucked-in by the con artist’s magic? From snake oil… to email scams, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova gets inside the con artist’s head in her book, The Confidence Game.” At the link find the title, “Hooked on a feeling: inside the con artist’s confidence game – Jan 19, 2016 (3/3)” right-click “Download Hooked on a feeling: inside the con artist’s confidence game – Jan 19, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption in China 28 mins – “To make way for growth, China’s government is seizing land from farmers and villagers. The seeds of unrest have been planted and property owners seem to be the biggest losers in the country’s urban boom.” At the link find the title, “China’s government land grab fuels unrest with farmers, villagers – Jan 20, 2016 (3/3)”,” right-click “Download China’s government land grab fuels unrest with farmers, villagers – Jan 20, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Problem Solving 16 mins – “Challenges and problems can derail your creative process … or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess. “ At the link right-click “Download,” then right=click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRSPR Technology 27 mins – “Science Magazine recently reported on the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this episode of Science Studio, we’ll learn about two of them: CRISPR Gene Editing Technology, and Reproducibility in Psychology.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crusades 39 mins – “Ms Lambert, of Goldsmiths University, has worked as a history lecturer for 20 years. Her talk will look at the repeated failures to recover ‘holy land’ territories after 1147.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

CSI Unmasked 43 mins – “Forensic anthropologist Kathleen Conabree discusses issues surrounding what really goes on at a crime scene and what the term forensic actually means.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Dead Body Disposal 53 mins – “Why is it that we care for the dead? The philosopher Diogenes suggested that his corpse simply be tossed over the city wall, but it’s an idea that seems unthinkable. Historian Thomas Laqueur says bodies matter because we’ve decided they do – from prehistoric times, regardless of faith or creed. Laqueur’s new book explores the ways we’ve ritualized and remembered the dead throughout history. Wednesday, he joins Doug to explain how our relationship to the dead has helped shape the modern world. Thomas Laqueur is is the Helen Fawcett Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His book is called The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death and Dying 57 mins – “Professor Allan Kellehear, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society, gives an overview of the changing attitudes and behaviour of human beings and other hominids in their response to death, dying and loss over the last two million years.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Disaster Stories 34 mins – “In this week’s episode hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley got the chance to interview EMS author B.J. Schneider over Skype to find out more about his book, “Welcome to New Orleans: How Many Shots Did You Hear?” In this return episode, B.J. continues to discuss his experiences in New Orleans. This week he talks specifically about his response with New Orleans EMS to Hurricane Katrina. This is a rare look at Katrina response from the inside. We have had federal and NGO responders on the show before, but we’ve never taken a hard look at the local responders and what they went through during the devastation following that storm. Check out this amazing episode with B.J. and check out his book via the links below.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Research Costs 48 mins – “Mobile technology is emerging as a powerful tool for transforming the way clinical research is conducted now and in the future.” At the link find the title, “Improving Clinical Trials through Mobile Technology,” right-click “Media files 160119_mobiletech.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elderly Aids from Technology 63 mins – “Professor Gail Mountain, Professor of Health Services Research (Assisted Living Research) at University of Sheffield; Director of EPSRC-funded SMART Consortium & Principle Director of KT-EQUAL Consortium will describe how technology can be used to meet the needs of an ageing population.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Emotional Robots 50 mins – “Dr Joanna Bryson, an expert in machines that have their own artificial intelligence, explores the issues associated with the concept.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Energy from Microbes 73 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.The microbophiles investigate the ratio of bacterial to human cells in our bodies, and how placing solar panels on a bacterium enables it to carry out photosynthesis.” At the link right-click “download TWiM#119” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Every Student Succeeds 62mins – “”The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recently signed into law updates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and provides a stronger focus on closing the achievement gap between English learners and other students. The law maintains accountability for subgroups of students, including English learners. Most importantly, it builds on that requirement by elevating English proficiency outcomes to be a key element of statewide accountability systems. Despite these changes and other improvements for English learners, the law moves many critical accountability decisions from the federal to the state level, meaning that new strategies and efforts will be needed to ensure quality education services for these children. The creation of state plans and accountability measures to implement the new law’s provisions will provide immigrant groups and other English learner stakeholders with numerous opportunities to safeguard English learners’ rights to an equitable education and ensure they can excel along with other students. Join us January 21 to learn more about ESSA’s provisions and particular areas of concern for stakeholders who seek to maintain and build policies and practices that support immigrant and English-learner students’ success.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eye Witness Identification 43 mins – “Dr Adrian Scott, from the University’s Department of Psychology, considers the fallibility of human memory and how past experience and knowledge of the world influence recollection.” At the link click ‘Download” to get the file.

Fear 60 mins – “This week we’re talking about fear: how it works, what it does to our bodies and brains, and why we sometimes seek it out. We’ll spend the hour with Margee Kerr – a sociologist, fear researcher, and diehard haunted house fan – talking about her new book “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear”.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Strategies 30 mins – “Paul responds to the many questions he has received regarding what to do during this highly volatile market. Should investors respond by rebalancing or changing their choice of assert classes or asset allocation? Paul discusses several internet resources he believes give investors a better understanding of how difficult it is to predict the future. The first is a link to a portion of a chapter of Larry Swedroe’s book, “The Successful Investor Today: 14 Simple Truths You Must Know When You Invest.” While the book was published in 2003 it totally valid today. The second is a link to the most powerful graphic lessons for investors trying to understand how difficult predicting the future can be. “The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns” allows you to quickly see the returns of the last 20 years and how each of 10 asset classes performed each year. If you believe a picture is worth 1000 words this one may be worth 10,000 words.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flint Water Crisis 49 mins – “In April 2014, the water supply in Flint, Michigan, was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money. Almost immediately, residents reported problems with its smell, taste and appearance. Even a local GM plant stopped using it. Officials insisted the water was safe but then, last fall, a Flint pediatrician found dangerous levels of lead in children had risen since the water switch. Fast forward to today – a state of emergency has been declared and there are growing calls to hold government officials accountable. Guest host Susan Page discusses the latest on the Flint water crisis.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Flint Water Crisis 28 mins – “For over a year, Flint, Michigan’s water has been unfit to drink. Many say it points to a continuing neglect of a poor, and largely black community, in the former industrial heart of America. We discuss the water woes in Flint and its correlation to race.” At the link find the title, “Flint’s water crisis reflects history linking lead levels to race and poverty – Jan 22, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Download Flint’s water crisis reflects history linking lead levels to race and poverty – Jan 22, 2016 (3/3)and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genius Defined 49 mins – “Athens. Vienna. Silicon Valley. Calcutta. Hangzhou, China. Edinburgh. Florence. All of them are cities that, at different moments in history, have seen genius thrive. With artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, philosophers like Aristotle and Plato, and with our modern tech innovators, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. This hour On Point, the geography of genius and creativity around the globe.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gravity and Light 56 mins – “Professor Mark Birkinshaw talks about the effect of gravity on light as part of the 2008 Herschel lecture, named in remembrance of the Bath astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Greenland Glaciers 16 mins tot – “In Greenland, a climate change mystery with clues written in water and stone The effects of climate change are starting to make themselves clear just about everywhere, but nowhere more dramatically than Greenland. The giant island holds the world’s second largest ice sheet, and it’s melting fast—an average of 287 billion metric tons of ice a year. Global warming is the big culprit, but scientists aren’t so sure about a lot of the details. And they need to be, to help figure what might be ahead for the rest of us as melting ice leads to sea level rise and big changes in the oceans. Recently The World’s Ari Daniel traveled to Greenland, with a group of researchers who are trying to unlock parts of the mystery. Here’s the first of his reports from the edge of the ice sheet.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu. Do the same here for Part 2.

Habits and Happiness 58 mins – “We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviors every day. Whether they are good or bad, Rubin believes that when we change our habits, we change our lives. So how do we change? Through research and experimentation, Rubin offers a framework of different strategies to fit our individual personalities. Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, with more than two million copies sold worldwide.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hounds for Heroes 43 mins – “June Ward talks about the charity Hounds for Heroes.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Information Architecture 47 mins – “Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest is Abby Covert, Information Architect; curator of IA Summit; co-founder of World IA Day; president of IA Institute; teacher in the Products of Design MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts; and author of How To Make Sense of Any Mess, a “brilliant introduction to information architecture” (Peter Morville) that is frequently purchased at Amazon with Don’t Make Me Think and The Design of Everyday Things, the two classics of usable design. Discussed: why IA matters now more than ever, the difference between IA and content strategy (IA is building the vehicle, CS is putting fueling it and making sure it won’t run out of gas), writing and designing a book, building agreement among stakeholders, “not having opinions, not having ideas of one’s own,” IA’s origins in language and structure, the fun of the IA Summit, the creation and growth of World IA Day, the joy of teaching, and more.

International Security Policy 51 mins – “Professor Adrian Hyde-Price from the University’s Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies examines the nature and causes of contemporary war and conflict, and considers the prospect of peace in the 21st Century.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Kew Gardens 74 mins – “Professor Angela McFarlane explores how The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is using digital media to engage new, global audiences in its science and conservation work.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Koch Brothers Activities 49 mins – “Jane Mayer investigates the Koch family and how ‘Dark Money’ enters and influences our political system. [then] Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Past’ by Tessa Hadley.” At the link find the title, “January 19, 2016, The ‘Hidden History’ Of The Koch Brothers,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Logical Fallacies 41 mins – “If you have ever been in an argument, you’ve likely committed a logical fallacy, and if you know how logical fallacies work, you’ve likely committed the fallacy fallacy. Listen as three experts in logic and arguing explain just what a formal argument really is, and how to spot, avoid, and defend against the one logical fallacy that is most likely to turn you into an internet blowhard.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana in Canada 22 mins – “The Liberal government will introduce legislation that will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. And there are already competing interests making their voices heard over who will get to grow and sell legalized recreational marijuana.” At the link find the title, “How Canada can ensure legalized pot trumps the black market – Jan 20, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Download How Canada can ensure legalized pot trumps the black market – Jan 20, 2016 (1/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money and Power 38 mins – “Entrepreneur and journalist Margaret Heffernan takes a fresh look at money and power.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Nanotechnology 48 mins – “Richard Jones, professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, looks at how we can manipulate matter at the level of individual atoms and molecules and the possible impact this will have on advances of medicine, energy and information technology.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

National Health System History 89 mins – “Delivered by Professor Allyson Pollock, public health research and policy specialist at Queen Mary, University of London, this IPR lecture explored major changes and challenges to the NHS through government reform, what this means for patient access and what needs to be done about it.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Nuclear West Tests 52 mins – “…we’re talking about the effects of nuclear weapons on people who lived near uranium mines and downwind from testing sites during and after the Cold War. Historian Sarah Alisabeth Fox says that all wars happen where people live, grow their food and raise their children. So to understand what happened, she talked to ranchers, farmers, and housewives who suffered from cancer and economic ruin. Fox joins Doug to talk about “A People’s History of the Nuclear West.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oscar Awards Controversy 25 mins – “The lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominees has led American stars to call for an Oscars boycott. We convene a panel of Canadian industry movers-and-shakers for an overdue conversation and ask for their thoughts on diversity in the Canadian scene.” At the link find the title, “Why Oscar nominee diversity matters beyond Hollywood – Jan 22, 2016 (2/3) ,” right-click “Download Why Oscar nominee diversity matters beyond Hollywood – Jan 22, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Particle Physics 61 mins – “Dr Glen Patrick. of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, talks about how it’s possible to probe the hidden universe and what particle physics can tell us about its secrets.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Police Shootings in Canada 25 mins – “In Canada, almost 40 per cent of civilians killed by police were dealing with a mental health crisis. As a jury deliberates in the police shooting of Sammy Yatim, we look at a documentary exploring lethal encounters between police and the mentally ill.” At the link find the title, “Close to 40 per cent of civilians killed by police are in mental crisis – Jan 21, 2016 (2/3) ,” right-click “Download Close to 40 per cent of civilians killed by police are in mental crisis – Jan 21, 2016 (2/3)”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Decline 49 mins – “ Former Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Tom Daschle say the partisan gridlock in Washington has become a national crisis. While they disagree on many issues, they agree that congressional dysfunction has had a crippling effect on democracy. In their new book, “Crisis Point: Why We Must — And How We Can — Overcome Our Broken Politics In Washington And Across America,” they propose a number of reforms, including limiting filibusters, shortening the campaign season and having all state primaries on one day. But more important than reforms, they say is changing Washington’s political culture. Guest host Susan Page talks with the senators about how politicians from both parties can work together.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Political Stagnation 48 mins – “The level of political partisanship has surged in recent years. Some point to the election of Barack Obama as the cause. But Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne argues the roots of today’s politics go back to Barry Goldwater’s failed campaign for the presidency in 1964. Dionne argues it was “Goldwaterism,” with its promises to abolish large parts of the federal government that created what he calls a cycle of disappointment and betrayal among Republican voters. He says the result was a steady march rightward within the GOP. Guest host Susan Page and guests discuss the history and evolution of contemporary American conservatism.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Probability 55 mins – “Professor Andreas Kyprianou from the Department of Mathematical Sciences gives a gentle introduction to probability theory and its pivotal role in current mathematics research.” At the link click “Download” to download the file.

Radio Astronomy 58 mins – “Professor Phil Diamond, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, talks about the research activities at the observatory, home to one of the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescopes.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Rage Causes 66 mins – “[5 min mark on] On the show this week we talk to neurobiologist Douglas Fields about his new book Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.” At the link find the title, “117 Douglas Fields – The Science of Rage and Why We Snap,” right-click “Media files 2cfad8e6-41e4-45cf-ba6b-847d5e284f1c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rosenwald and Racism 58 mins – “Filmmaker Aviva Kempner discusses her documentary [Rosenwald], about the life of American businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Aviva Kempner,” right-click “Media files program.424002.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Siege of Moscow 21 mins – “This episode, narrated Tim Martin, of the newly launched Valiant: Stories of Heroes Podcast, covers Guderian’s dash to Tula. Ray will be back next time, with full vocal ability in tow.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode152, 11816_8.30_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soil Rehabilitation 30 mins – “Author Courtney White believes he has a quick fix for what ails the planet: build topsoil, fix creeks and eat meat from pasture-raised animals. He outlines this strategy in his latest book Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country. White and Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise discuss the profound impact that could result from some simple changes in ranching and farming practices, and why this might appeal to both liberals and conservatives. Then, we hear from British-based sustainability consultant, Michael Townsend who explains why we need to re-frame how we view the economy to better incorporate well-being.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stabilizing Peace 71 mins – “Lord Paddy Ashdown – former High Representative in the successful reconstruction of Bosnia and a former leader of the Liberal Democrats – severely criticises the reconstruction of Iraq, calling it a ‘catastrophic failure’ in which ‘daily carnage’ is taking place. This lecture was organised by the University of Bath and the Royal Society of the Arts.” At the link click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stock Market Trends 50 mins – “The report Friday as Wall Street closed for a long weekend: US markets have never had a worse start to a new year than this one, 2016. From Shanghai to New York and way beyond, the opening weeks of the year were down, down, down. There’s room to bounce. Asian markets did at the opening bell today. But big fears still, too. On China. On oil On troubles all over, and what’s being called the “crisis economy.” This hour On Point, 2016’s rough start in the markets and what it means.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tea History 56 mins – “Garden historian Russell Bowes talks about the horticultural history of the tea bag, from its origins in the foothills of the Himalayas right through to the modern tea bag.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Time of Death Bacteria 25mins – “This week on How on Earth, we speak with Jessica Metcalf, an evolutionary biologist, who studies bacteria, specifically the microbiome. One of her research interests is using molecular biology to address basic hypotheses about the role of microbes in corpse decomposition. The time since death, or postmortem interval, also known as (PMI), is important for criminal investigations because it can lead to the identification of the deceased and validate alibis. PMI is critical to both forensic science and pop culture (e.g. TV shows Bones, CSI). Recently she co-authored a paper published in Science, describing how various species of the microbiome can be used to accurately and repeatedly determine the post-mortem interval” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

United Nations History 69 mins – “Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and co-ordinator of the UN Intellectual History Project draws on the 17-volume official history of the UN” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Wildlife Preservation 56 mins – “In this lecture, Mr Simon Garrett, Head of Learning at Bristol Zoo, asks the controversial question of how much wildlife we actually need, or even like in this thought provoking insight into the future.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.

Wildlife Smuggling 18 mins – “This week, Actuality visits a lab at the front line of the fight against a peculiar crime — animal trafficking. The global black market for snakes, sea cucumbers, ivory and the like is hot, but the world is starting to crack down. Plus, whale euthanasia.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus 50 mins – “More Zika virus news in the US yesterday. Three women recently back from South America found infected in Miami, Tampa. Another in Hawaii, back from Brazil. Her baby born with the birth defect. The small head. The CDC is advising pregnant women not to travel to areas of Zika transmission. But that area may soon stretch into the US. It’s mosquito-born. It is spreading fast. This hour On Point, all about the Zika virus. Plus, Joe Biden’s “moonshot” push to find a cure for cancer.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus 9 mins – “There’s an increase in microcephaly, a condition when babies are born with unusually small heads. And the increase is being linked to a surge in cases of Zika. But what exactly is Zika? “It’s related, quite distantly, to yellow fever virus,” says virus researcher Derek Gatherer at Lancaster University in England. “Zika was also discovered in Uganda in 1947 in the great lakes region. But there we no reports of any serious illness associated with it.” He says the interest in Zika was so low that no case studies had appeared in the tropical medicine literature from 1947 onward to 2008. Mosquitos spread Zika. And the classic symptoms are a relatively mild fever and muscle aches. “But in all of the classic cases, until the turn of the millennium, it always resolves successfully and no patients had ever died.” That’s not the case in Brazil, where at least five people have died from Zika. Gatherer says it’s serious, but still not that deadly when you consider there are 1.3 million case of Zika. “It might represent an indication that Zika is becoming more virulent,” he says. But what’s caused real concern — and a CDC travel warning — is the disease’s possible connection to the birth defect of microcephaly….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 41 mins – “

Zika Virus 22 mins – “A mosquito carrying the Zika virus is believed to be responsible for rare birth defects, triggering travel warnings for pregnant women. The rise in mosquito-borne viruses in Brazil has experts concerned South America is losing the war on the mosquito.” At the link find the title, “New mosquito-borne virus in Brazil linked to thousands of birth defects – Jan 19, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Download New mosquito-borne virus in Brazil linked to thousands of birth defects – Jan 19, 2016 (1/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 219 – Jan 22, 2016: Agri-therm Pyrolysis, Alcohol Issues, Algae Systems, Appropedia Aquaculture, Best-By-Date Issue, Brooke Gladstone, Bruce Dern, Cancer and Dogs, carbon Footprint of Food, Carly Simon, Carol Loomis, Cartoonist Threats, Chemical Weapon Neutralization, Chernobyl, Coal Industry, Coalition for Local Internet, Collective Bargaining, Colonoscopies, Copyright and Technology, Counter Culture Krassner, Dark Matter, David Bowie, Dementia, Deportation Raids, Dick Cheny, Emission Control, George Takei, Head Lice, Healthcare Decisions, Holistic Management of Nature, Homeless in New Hampshire, Immigrant Boarder Crossings, Inca Empire, Ira Glass, Jane Goodall, Lotteries, Malcom Gladwell, Martin Luther King Death, MCR-1 Gene, Mein Kampf, North Korea Abductions, Nuclear Threats, Ocean Preservation, Parasite Diagnosis and Research, Prostitution in Europe, Racism in U.S., Refugees, Rhino Poaching Prevention, Saturn, Second Amendment, Sepsis Management, Siege of Leningrad, STEAM Movement, Stroke Story, Tribalism, Venezuela Conditions, Voice of America, Washington Post Editor, Wine Vine Protection

The best 66 podcasts from a larger group of 224 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but are limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile.  The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 270 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

Agri-therm Pyrolysis 24 mins – “Ron Golden gives us the break down on Agri-therm’s mobile pyrolysis technology. Pyrolysis is an ancient technology that is being upgraded for the distributed energy economy of the 21st century, and Agri-therm is on the front lines of this transformation. From bio-oil to char, fast pyrolysis produces a number of outputs, all the while being carbon neutral and opening a whole new range of possibilities in agricultural residue management.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol Issues 26 mins – “Private medical clinics are offering a cure for the common hangover, if you are willing to pay the fee. An IV drip infused with vitamins to hydrate you may be a useful wellness cure for many people but to some it’s simply a slow steady trickle of denial.” At the link find the title, “IV hangover cure prompts concern service endorses binge drinking,” right-click “Download IV hangover cure prompts concern service endorses binge drinking – Jan 13, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Algae Systems 30 mins – “Who doesn’t need a miracle? As the lyricist for many timeless Grateful Dead classics, as a privacy rights activist, or as the founder of the biofuel company, Algae Systems, John Perry Barlow has used creativity and sheer will to advance a wide array of “miracles.” That is until a devastating illness left him hospitalized for most of 2015. Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise sat down recently with Barlow, who’s still on the mend, along with the CEO of Algae Systems, Matthew Atwood. They discuss the company’s technology which turns waste water into fuel, and the current Indiegogo campaign to raise new capital for Algae Systems. They also delve into Barlow’s relationship with Edward Snowden, his recovery from this illness, and the unfortunate tale of how he missed out on the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well mini-tour.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Appropedia 1 46 mins – “There’s a lot of synergy going in the open source appropriate technology (OSAT) world, and this podcast is a perfect example of that. On the same day that Agroinnovations posted a call for collaborators on the appropedia website, I spoke with Lonny Grafman and Curt Beckmann, founder and system administrator, respectively, of this premier open source AT wiki and online community. If you’re interested in OSAT, then THIS is the podcast to listen to. If you’ve never heard of OSAT, then listen and learn.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. In part 2 “…we discuss Open Source AT (OSAT) in a historical context, and look at some of the tensions and areas where Appropedia must improve if it is to truly have a lasting impact.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. For Part 2, at this link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aquaculture 1 22 mins – “Doug Burdette has over 40 years of experience in the area of aquaculture. He has pioneered a number of important technologies in this area. In this interview, we speak with Doug about the history of aquaculture, his aquaculture innovations, and the biological efficiency of aquaculture systems. Visit Doug’s website to learn more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. “In the second part of my interview with Doug Burdette we talk about aquaculture as a community development strategy, the mechanics of aquaponics, and I read a listener’s comments.” At this link for part 2 right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Best-By-Date Issue 17 mins – “Montana throws more milk down the drain than other states because the sell-by date on the milk is required by state law to be just 12 days after pasteurization (the industry standard is 21 days). After these 12 days, Montana law requires that the milk be thrown away. It can’t be sold or donated. Thousands of gallons of milk are thrown away each week that many believe is perfectly fine to drink….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brooke Gladstone 65 mins – “Brooke Gladstone is the co-host of On the Media and the author of The Influencing Machine.” At the link right-click the “Pod” beside “Episode 175: Brooke Gladstone” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bruce Dern 86 mins – “Gilbert and Frank dial up one of their favorite actors, screen legend and two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, for a refreshingly candid conversation about acting, risk taking, the definition of genius and the value of teamwork. Also, Bette Davis bashes Joan Crawford, Alfred Hitchcock “punks” Karen Black, Jack Nicholson coins a phrase and Bruce attends the “University of Corman.” PLUS: Paging Dr. Death! The wisdom of Elia Kazan! The brilliance of Douglas Trumbull! Bruce “kills” the Duke! And “The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant.” At the link find the title, “Bruce Dern,” right-click beside “Enclosure:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer and Dogs 25 mins – “Loyal, loving and furry. There’s a new partner in the fight against cancer: dogs. Author of “Heal” joins us to explain how dogs could unlock a cure for cancer and how some dogs are literally sniffing-out cancers in humans.” At the link find the title, “Dogs could be the key to curing cancer,” right-click “Download Dogs could be the key to curing cancer – Jan 13, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Footprint of Food 33 mins – “This second part in a three part series on food, organized by Kathy Issacson and Phil Pohl, features Jack Mizner of Sandia National Labs. Jack talks us through the idea of carbon footprints and ecological footprints, and uses this concept to show us the differing carbon footprints of two very different meals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carly Simon 48 mins – “In the early seventies, singer-songwriter Carly Simon scored a string of hits including “Anticipation” and the feminist anthem “You’re So Vain.” With her gravelly voice, deeply personal lyrics, and endless smile, she became an icon of the era. Her romance with fellow musician James Taylor seemed to complete the folk-rock fairy tale. Yet in her new memoir, “Boys in the Trees,” Simon says that was hardly the case. A childhood filled with secrets and trauma left her insecure. Crippling stage fright plagued her career. And the end of her marriage to Taylor almost destroyed her. A conversation with Carly Simon about heartbreak, resilience and taking refuge in song.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Carol Loomis 60 mins – “Carol Loomis retired last summer after 60 years at Fortune. She continues to edit Warren Buffett’s annual report.” At the link find the title, “Episode 152..,” right-click “Media files Ep._152, Carol_Loomis.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cartoonist Threats 57 mins – “Pulitzer Prizing-winning editorial cartoonists Ann Telnaes of The Washington Post and Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News will talk about the role of political cartoonists and will reflect on the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.” At the link find the title, “Charlie Hebdo: One Year Later,” right-click “Media files IM_20160109.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemical Weapon Neutralization 3 mins – “Clothing resistant to chemical weapons moves a step closer to reality.” At the link find the title, “Episode 590 – January 11 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements, Jan11, 2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chernobyl P1 27 mins – “Alla Kravchuk, the daughter of a former Chernobyl engineer, returns to her father’s workplace as the huge mobile Sarcophagus built to cover the damaged reactor nears completion. Can the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986 be made safe without risking the health of those involved it the task?” At the link find the title, “Burying Chernobyl – Part One,” right-click “Media files p03fb1tc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal Industry 48 mins – “Are we nearing the end of the age of coal? The headlines on the industry are pretty dire. Two of the largest coal producers in the U.S. have filed for bankruptcy, and American coal production has fallen to its lowest level in decades. Reasons for the decline include competition from cheap natural gas and new environmental policies… not to mention a slowing of global demand from places like China, and a new climate change agreement out of Paris. While this is bad news for the industry, with significant implications for jobs, some environmentalists argue its great news for the planet. Still it appears coal isn’t quite done just yet. We’ll talk about its future.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Coalition for Local Internet 19 mins – “The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) has its first local chapter with the formation of CLIC-NC. Catharine Rice, who is both part of CLIC-NC and the Project Director for CLIC, explains what is happening on episode 184 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. We remind listeners what CLIC is and the goals of CLIC-NC more specifically. We also discuss the interesting comments of NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is both challenging the FCC’s authority to remove North Carolina’s anti-muni law and supportive of removing the law via the state legislature. Catharine has long been involved in the effort for Local Internet Choice and put up an incredibly strong fight to stop anti-competition bills advanced by Time Warner Cable, AT&T, and others over multiple years in North Carolina. She was the guest on our 5th episode of this show.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Collective Bargaining 37 mins – “Ever since 1977, government workers in half of the states have paid mandatory administrative fees to the unions that represent them. This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could put an end to that practice. The plaintiffs in Friedrichs v California Teachers Association argue that public sector union activity is inherently political, and so forcing them to support that activity violates their First Amendment rights. On this week’s episode, we hear from lawyers who submitted amicus briefs on each side of the case. Ilya Shapiro is a senor fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute who submitted a brief on behalf of the Cato Institute. Samuel Bagenstos is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who authored a brief for a group of cities, counties, and elected officials who support the unions’ right to collect mandatory fees from their workers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Colonoscopies 86 mins – “Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer but early screening and knowing your risk factors can make a big difference in your prognosis. Judy Yee, MD, FACR, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF; Chief, Department of Radiology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA discusses why getting a colonoscopy is important and dispels myths about the process. Recorded on 11/10/2015. (#30135)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copyright and Technology 16 mins – “It’s a truism in intellectual property that copyright legislation is in a never-ending race with technology, and always playing catch-up. When copyright and technology first found themselves in this circular arrangement, the disruptive technology of the moment was the player piano. On Tuesday, January 19, at New York University, attorneys, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, and educators will take turns untwisting the tangled relationship of Copyright and Technology at a one-day conference. Among the unusual perspectives is a look at how piracy-related data could drive business innovation, as well as predictions for the future of collective licensing schemes, first conceived in the 1940s. In addition, the U.S. Copyright Office last month published Notices of Request and Public Comment for so-called “Section 512,” regarding limitations of copyright liability for online service providers under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel of the Copyright Office, will discuss that topic — and more — when she delivers the conference keynote speech.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Counter Culture Krassner 24 mins – “For more than half a century, social satirist Paul Krassner has been calling it like he’s sees it. He was a co-founder of the Yippies and remains an ambassador from the counter-culture of yore. He joins Lara Rae to talk about satire and politics.” At the link find the title, “Social-satirist Paul Krassner blurs absurdity with humour” right-clickDownload Social-satirist Paul Krassner blurs absurdity with humour – Jan 15, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dark Matter 31 mins -”We look at the science of uncertainties, taking in meteoroid impacts and gravity, to ask what role dark matter may have played in the demise of the dinosaurs Joining Nicola Davis is Lisa Randall, theoretical physicist at Harvard University and author of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Malcolm Fairbairn, physicist at King’s College London and Gerry Gilmore, Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

David Bowie 49 mins – “ David Bowie seemed ageless. An icon beyond the space and time he sang about. A pop artist who was always new, always changing. But he knew otherwise, finally. David Bowie died Sunday at 69 after a fight with cancer. He left new music that speaks directly to the death he faced. And a life’s work that speaks to much more. This hour On Point, beyond boundaries. We’re looking at the life and work of David Bowie.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia 53 mins – “Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. That’s more than 5 million people and the number is growing. Add to that the fact Alzheimer’s is only one type of dementia, and it makes sense that journalist David Shenk calls this an epidemic. Wednesday, as we launch a new short documentary series profiling one Utah woman’s advancing dementia, Shenk joins us to talk about the disease and its impact on individuals and the community. David Shenk is the author of The Forgetting, Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic [Indiebound|Amazon], which was also the basis of the PBS documentary of the same name. Shenk is also creator and executive producer of a film project called Living with Alzheimer’s.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deportation Raids 48 mins – “The Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it has started deporting people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally within the last two years. Authorities apprehended 121 adults and children in raids in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina earlier this month. Despite an uproar from Democrats and immigrant advocates, officials say raids will continue. Authorities argue that they hope to send a message to prevent a repeat of the surge in illegal border crossings last year. Officials say more than 10,000 children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in October and November. Guest host Derek McGinty and a panel of guests discuss what’s behind the new wave of deportations and reaction from communities and political leaders.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Dick Cheney 56 mins – “Fox News Correspondent James Rosen discusses his book, [Cheney One on One], about the life and political career of former Vice President Dick Cheney. He is interviewed by former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.” At the link find the title, “After Words with James Rosen,” right-click “Media files program.422567.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emission Control 48 mins – “Making big commercial airplanes more climate-friendly. From batteries to alternative fuel and new designs, we’ll look at what’s on the drawing board for cleaner air travel. Plus, a look at whether the new cars at the Detroit auto show will meet federal emissions standards. All over the world, people are bending over backwards now to try to figure out how to lower the CO2 emissions that lead to climate change. But every time we step onto a jet airliner, those big jet engines pour out greenhouse gases. If it were a country, the world’s aviation industry would be the sixth-biggest CO2 emitter. Now there are big ideas on the drawing board to change that. This hour On Point, thinking outside the box to clean up air travel.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

George Takei 48 mins – “George Takei found stardom through his role as Sulu on the original “Star Trek” television series. But today many people know of him through his (often humorous) online presence: prolific sharing of memes and a prominent voice for LGBT rights have earned him millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter. Now, Takei has turned his focus to a painful chapter in his family’s past – and a moment in American history he says is still not discussed enough: Japanese-American internment in the ’40s. His Broadway musical “Allegiance,” on stage now, was partly inspired by his own experience as a young boy forced to live in internment camps. Takei discusses his career, his musical and why he’s saving a seat at the theater for Donald Trump.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Head Lice 25 mins – “An Ontario school board has decided it will no longer force kids with head lice out of school, citing lice is not a medical condition. But many parents are concerned the new policy will force them to spend too much time… literally, nit-picking.” At the link find the title, “New lice policy that allows children back in class bugs parents,” right-click “Download New lice policy that allows children back in class bugs parents – Jan 14, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Healthcare Decisions 66 mins – “Mileva Saulo Lewis, Ed.D., RN, Associate Professor, Samuel Merritt University; Vice President, The Center for Medical Ethics and Mediation The values that guide our medical treatment decisions become increasingly important when we face the sudden onset of a stroke or heart attack and become even more critical when we cannot speak for ourselves after serious trauma from a car accident or fall. Dr. Lewis’ presentation draws on a values history approach developed at The Center for Medical Ethics and Mediation in San Diego, which examines the decision-making process and quality-of-life factors. It provides a way to shape and share health-care decisions with family and health-care providers, and to review or revise them as your health changes. It is a critical component of end-of-life choices.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Holistic Management of Nature mins – “Allan Savory is the pioneer of Holistic Management, a decision making framework that has had exceptional success stories in the areas of range and livestock management. In this interview, Allan lays out the basics of Holistic Management, how he discovered it, and how it works. This is part one of a two part series.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. “In part two of our interview with Allan Savory, we discuss the process of developing a holisticgoal, the role of monitoring in Holistic Management, and the scientific evidence that supports the claims of Holistic management. I conclude with a brief summary of the work Agricultural Innovations is doing with Holistic Management International, and some other general comments about the podcast.” At this link right-click “Download” for Part 2 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in New Hampshire 57 mins – “It’s a question Granite State communities are grappling with, as progress appears to have stalled on finding housing for homeless people. Advocates agree a dearth of affordable housing exacerbates the problem. But there’s debate over whether providing temporary shelter can forestall lasting solutions on such challenges as unemployment and substance abuse.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Border Crossings 19 mins – “Sneaking people across the U.S.-Mexico border is a well established, booming business. Today on the show, we meet a businessman and a client in the evolving industry of human smuggling.” At the link find the title,”#675: The Cost Of Crossing, Jan 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160108 pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Policy 48 mins – “The world has been focused on the rush of Syrian refugees into Europe. The Obama administration is eyeing a push that’s closer to home. In 2014, mothers and children from troubled Central America streamed to the US border. Now there’s a spike again. The White House fears a flood. In response, it’s rounding up Central American families and sending them home. To send a message. This hour On Point, humanity, politics, border order – and the Obama administration’s new deportation drive.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inca Empire 54 mins – “A small ancient city is perched high up in the Andes. Constructed around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, its natural defences include sheer drops of 2000m. But it all ended suddenly just 130 years later with the arrival of the Spanish. As Robyn Williams visits Machu Picchu, we hear about the amazing culture which survived for hundreds of years succumbing to the invaders and their guns, steel, disease and one of the worst genocides in human history. ” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inca Gold 10mins – “When the civilization of the Incas as at its peak the elite surrounded themselves with gold, silver, precious stones, textiles and ceramics. This exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia until 21st April 2014 features over 200 objects, almost all of which were found in graves. Curator Christine Dixon takes Robyn Williams on a tour of the exhibition which reveals so much about the brief civilization which flourished in the high mountains of Peru.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ira Glass 65 mins – “Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of This American Life.” At the link right-click “Pod” beside “Episode 159: Ira Glass” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jane Goodall 54 mins – “Pioneering primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall discusses the evolving relationship between humans and animals, saving the planet and the role the next generation can play in both.” At the link find the title, “Jane Goodall’s Hope,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160115_56377.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lottery Odds 23mins – “If those are the winning Powerball numbers, this will be our last show. Also: The story of Queen Elizabeth’s 1567 lottery, and we meet a man who has won multiple jackpots, no luck needed.” At the link find the title, “10 11 51 52 62 18, Jan 2016” right-click “Media files 20160113 pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lottery Psychology 48 mins – “It’s nuts to play. The odds of winning are infinitesimally small. The payout isn’t really what it seems. And yet, and yet. Just say the number…$1.5 billion…and the urge to be in the running, be in the game, have a shot, clearly begins to eat at a whole lot of people. And the dreams. The big spread. The place on the beach. The ease and splendor.  Oh look, there we go. Powerball fever. This hour On Point, the human psychology and raw mechanics of Powerball.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malcolm Gladwell 58 mins – “Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” At the link right-click “Media files Ep._62, Malcolm_Gladwell.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malcom Gladwell 58 mins – “Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” At the link find the title, “Episode 62: Malcolm Gladwell,” right-click “Media files Ep._62_-_Malcolm_Gladwell.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Martin Luther King Death 30 mins – “In 1968, just hours after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the legendary historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills—then a young writer for Esquire—rushed to Memphis, Tennessee, where he watched as King’s body was embalmed at the mortuary, then later traveled twelve hours by bus with mourners to King’s funeral in Atlanta. Nearly fifty years later, Wills’s “Martin Luther King Jr Is Still on the Case!” remains one of the most revealing and lasting portraits of King and his turbulent era ever written. Writer and director John Ridley—who won an Oscar for his screenplay for 12 Years a Slave—joins host David Brancaccio to discuss why Wills’s wrenching portrait of King continues to resonate today, what has changed in America since it was written, and, most important, what still needs to change.” At the link right-click the link beside “Enclosure:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCR-1 Gene 27 mins – “The MCR-1 gene that enables bacteria to be resistant to the strongest antibiotics we have raises questions about what we’re giving to livestock, not to mention what we’re giving ourselves. We hear from the doctor who found the MCR-1 link.” At the link find the title, “MCR-1 and the dawn of the post-antibiotic age,” right-click “Download MCR-1 and the dawn of the post-antibiotic age – Jan 12, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mein Kampf 47 mins – “Years before he became the leader of the Third Reich, Adolph Hitler went on trial and served prison time for an attempted coup. Author Peter Ross Range says 1924 paved the way for his rise to power.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Abductions 48 mins – “Imagine walking on a beach in Japan with your girlfriend. Suddenly you’re being stuffed into a sack and taken to North Korea, where you’ll spend the next 25 years of your life completely cut off from the outside world. This actually happened. In the 1970s and ’80s, North Korean agents abducted dozens of people from Asia, Europe and the Middle East. A new book recounts the experiences of the few Japanese victims who were eventually allowed to return home. The bizarre but true story of North Korean abductions, and insights into the hermit kingdom today.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Nuclear Threats 72 mins – “William Perry, Ph.D., U.S. Secretary of Defense 1994-97;Senior Fellow, Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute and Hoover Institution … As secretary of Defense, Dr. Perry galvanized efforts to secure nuclear stockpiles inherited by former Soviet states and presided over the dismantlement of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons. Since then he has unrelentingly practiced a unique form of diplomacy that blends his warm personal relationships with officials in many countries with diplomatic initiatives focusing on the world’s most critical security hotspots, including North Korea, Iran, Russia and China. In 2007, Dr. Perry, George Shultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger together formed the Nuclear Security Project, to share the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that can be taken immediately to reduce nuclear dangers. To implement this imperative, Dr. Perry also founded the William J. Perry Project in 2013, educating a new generation of young people to understand the nuclear threat and work to eliminate it.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Preservation 48 mins – “National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is on a mission to save the oceans. From everything that threatens to erase their majesty. His scientific expeditions take him all over the world: from the coast of Gabon to the Galapagos Islands. He dives, takes gorgeous videos and is taking a big message to world leaders: protect the oceans or watch them die. This hour On Point, under the deep blue sea with Enric Sala.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasite Diagnosis and Research 113 mins – “The TWiP trifecta solves the case of the Woman from Bolivia with Belly Pain, and discuss a method for population modification of malaria mosquitoes using a Cas9-mediated driver gene. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin” At the link right-click “TWiP #100beside “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prostitution in Europe 50 mins – “Despite both liberal and conservative reforms in different countries being hailed as the answer to stamping out prostitution, Europe seems to be losing the battle against sex trafficking. Why do these countries, which work successfully together against other crimes, struggle to combat sexual exploitation and forced prostitution?” At the link find the title, “Red Lights and Red Lines: Prostitution in Europe,” right-click “Media files p03dyhz2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in U.S. 48 mins “When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, some believed it would usher in a post-racial era. But Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, was leery of these predictions from the beginning. He says people were caught up in the symbolic nature of Obama’s presidency — not the substance of his policy positions. Now as Obama enters his final year in office, Glaude says he believes he was right to be skeptical. In a new book, “Democracy In Black: How Race Still Enslaves The American Soul,” Glaude calls for major changes when voters go to the polls in 2016. He joins guest host Derek McGinty to talk about race, democracy and the presidency.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Refugee Child Story 25 mins – “Gulwali Passerlay was just 12 years old when his mother paid human traffickers to get him out of Afghanistan. The trip became a year-long odyssey of suffering, abuse, deprivation and only occasional kindnesses. He shares his story.” At the link find the title, “A 12-year-old refugee’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan,” right-click “Download A 12-year-old refugee’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan – Jan 12, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Podcast 52 mins – “In November, independent radio producer Scott Carrier traveled overland from Copenhagen, Denmark, south to the Greek island of Lesbos. His journey traced the trail taken by refugees fleeing conflict in Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Carrier wanted to talk to the refugees themselves and find out why they left their homes, where they were going, and what they thought their futures would be like. He joins us Tuesday share what he learned about the European refugee crisis.Scott Carrier is a writer and independent radio producer. His podcast is called Home of the Brave, and he produced a series of episodes for it that document his journey along Europe’s refugee trail. The following links will take you to those stories, in chronological order: The Refugee Trail–Introduction On the Border of Greece and Macedonia On the Isle of Lesbos On the Ferry from Lesbos to Athens The Balkan RouteAt the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rhino Poaching Prevention 6 mins – “Ectoparasiticides are compounds used deter or kill animal parasites like tics and fleas. Martha Henriques asks how conservationists at a rhino reserve in South Africa are making use of ectoparasiticides to keep not fleas, but poachers away from their rhino population…. “ At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Ectoparasiticides.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saturn 47 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the planet Saturn with its rings of ice and rock and over 60 moons. In 1610, Galileo used an early telescope to observe Saturn, one of the brightest points in the night sky, but could not make sense of what he saw: perhaps two large moons on either side. When he looked a few years later, those supposed moons had disappeared. It was another forty years before Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens solved the mystery, realizing the moons were really a system of rings. Successive astronomers added more detail, with the greatest leaps forward in the last forty years. The Pioneer 11 spacecraft and two Voyager missions have flown by, sending back the first close-up images, and Cassini is still there, in orbit, confirming Saturn, with its rings and many moons, as one of the most intriguing and beautiful planets in our Solar System. With Carolin Crawford Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge Michele Dougherty Professor of Space Physics at Imperial College London And Andrew Coates Deputy Director in charge of the Solar System at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at UCL.” At the link find the title, “Saturn,” right-click “Media files p03fgfgb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Second Amendment 48 mins – “The Second Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution in 1781 as part of the Bill of Rights. Drafted by James Madison, the amendment went largely unnoticed for decades. Then in the 1970s and 80s, gun advocates began pointing to the Second Amendment as an absolute right, and justification for limiting firearms regulation. In 2008, the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that individuals have a right to gun ownership. Many gun control advocates argue that the high court’s decision keeps Congress from enacting meaningful gun control legislation. Diane and a panel of constitutional scholars discuss the origin and evolution of the Second Amendment and implications for U.S. gun policy.”[4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sepsis Management 78 mins – “At smaccChicago, I had the honor to host an incredible panel of Sepsis Experts. I think most everyone who heard it was left with more questions than answers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Siege of Leningrad 2 18 mins – “OKH Chief Franz Halder makes plans for a modest end to 1941 for Operation Barbarossa, but Hitler overrides him and orders the capture of Moscow, before the heavy snows come. Yet, Stalin, finally taking an advisor’s advice, allows several armies from the Russian Far East to transfer west and help with the defense of his capital.” At the link find the title, “ Episode 151-Operation Typhoon Part 2” right-click “Media files Episode151, 1916_10.32_AM.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEAM Movement 63 mins – “The STEM to STEAM movement takes the benefits of STEM and integrates access principles in and through the arts, connecting learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles and standards. Donn Harris, executive and artistic director of Oakland School for the Arts and the chairman of the California Arts Council, is joined by science and technology leaders in talking about the future of STEAM at the center of transforming the 21st-century economy through research policy,education and workplace innovation.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stroke Story 13 mins – “A neuroscientist tests the limits of wonder when his own father suffers a stroke.” At the link click “Download” to download the podcast.

Tribalism 54 mins – “In a time of accelerated global migration and communication, lifelong traveller and writer Pico Iyer finds pathways to adventure and connection by making time to sit still.” At the link find the title, “Global Migration and Finding Home – Pico Iyer,” right-click “Media files ideas 20160112_17958.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuela Conditions 25 mins – “If you think the plunging price of oil has rocked the Canadian economy, wait until you hear about the societal effects it’s having on oil-rich Venezuela… a country teetering on the brink of despair.” At the link find the title, “Venezuela verges on meltdown as opposition takes control of parliament,” right-click “Download Venezuela verges on meltdown as opposition takes control of parliament – Jan 11, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voice of America 29 mins – “John Lansing, the new CEO of the Broadcasting Boarding Board of Governors, speaks with Ron Nixon of the [New York Times] about the agency and its media operations, which include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti and Alhurra.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with John Lansing,” right-click “Media files program.427077.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Washington Post Editor 59 mins – “[Washington Post] Executive Editor Marty Baron discusses the changes at the [Post] since he took over in 2013. He also talks about the depiction of his work as editor-in-chief of the [Boston Globe] in the movie [Spotlight].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Marty Baron,” right-click “Media files program.426272.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine Vine Protection 3 mins – “Scientists, wine vintners go out on the limb to make a better grape.” At the link find the title, “Episode 592,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Jan14_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 218 – Jan 15, 2016: 3D Printed Clothing, Aging and Young Blood, Aluminum, Animal Feeling, Anti-Government Radicals, Attention Issues, Beatrix Potter Mycologist, Blogging Trends, Climate Trends, Computer History, Contraception, Corruption in Brazil, Emotional Intelligence, EMT Work, Gender Pay Gap, Gun Control Reform, Gun Culture, Gut Bacteria, Habits, How Things Work, Integration in Canada, ISIS Life, Khan Academy School, Lunchroom Economics, Medical Student Age, Obsidian, Paris Attack Insights, Physician Burnout, Political Trends in U.S., Racism in RCMP, Refugee Camp in Kenya, Refugees, Saudi Arabia and Iran, The Four Hour Workweek

The best 38 podcasts from a larger group of 216 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but are limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile.  The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 270 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

3D Printed Clothing 6 mins – “Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg’s fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear. “Fashion is a very physical thing,” she says. “I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

3D Printing Faster 11 mins – “What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over … slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — that’s 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help to fulfill the tremendous promise of 3D printing?” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging and Young Blood 14 mins – “Tony Wyss-Coray studies the impact of aging on the human body and brain. In this eye-opening talk, he shares new research from his Stanford lab and other teams which shows that a solution for some of the less great aspects of old age might actually lie within us all.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aluminum 4 mins – “…Have you ever wondered why the English say aluMINium instead of alUminum? When Sir Humphry Davy identified the stuff in 1809 he called it alumium after its kinship to potash alum. That word soon became aluminum. Then, to get a Latin-sounding word, the English put in an extra letter I. They’ve called it aluMINium ever since. Pure aluminum doesn’t occur in nature. It’s chemically bound to other elements. Aluminum oxide, or bauxite, is the commonest source. It’s very hard to separate aluminum from oxygen. Not ’til 1845 did a German chemist isolate a pinpoint sample of aluminum. In 1854 a French chemist, Henri Deville, invented a commercial process for extracting aluminum from bauxite. But his aluminum was still very expensive — practically a new precious metal. Napoleon III commissioned a breastplate, spoons for banquets, and a baby rattle — all made of aluminum….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Feelings 53 mins – “Animals have deeply fascinated the writer Carl Safina since he was a little kid, and he’s always wondered what animals do and why they do it. More than anything, Safina wants to know what it’s like inside other animals’ minds and in their day to day lives. To try to find out, he traveled to Yellowstone to observe wolf packs, visited elephants in Africa, tracked orcas in Vancouver, and just hung out with his dog at home. Safina joins us Wednesday to offer his insight into what animals think and feel. Carl Safina is the founding president of the Safina Center at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He’s the author of seven books, most recently, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel .” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anti-Government Radicals 28 mins – “The Oregon armed standoff is a reminder of how U.S. domestic threats can arise out of the blue. We speak with a former Department of Homeland Security analyst who says the U.S. government is not taking the threat of domestic terrorism seriously.” At the link find the title, “US government ignoring threat of domestic terrorism, says former Homeland Security Analyst – Jan 6, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Download US government ignoring threat of domestic terrorism, says former Homeland Security Analyst – Jan 6, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Attention Issues 62mins – “Psychologist Daniel Goleman shot to fame with his groundbreaking bestseller ‘Emotional Intelligence’. The premise of the book, now widely accepted, is that raw intelligence alone is not a sure predictor of success in life. A greater role is played by ‘softer’ skills such as self-control, self-motivation, empathy and good interpersonal relationships. In this exclusive talk for Intelligence Squared, Goleman discusses the themes of his latest book, ‘Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence’. Attention, he argues is an underrated asset for high achievers in any field. Incorporating findings from neuroscience, Goleman shows why we need three kinds of focus: inner, for self-awareness; other, for the empathy that builds effective relationships; and outer, for understanding the larger systems in which organisations operate. Those who excel rely on Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and positive emotions that help improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.” At the link find the title, “From the Library – Daniel Goleman On Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment,” right-click “Media files 241000865-intelligence2-daniel-goleman.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beatrix Potter Mycologist 54 mins – “Most people only know Beatrix Potter as the author of children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in 35 languages. But Beatrix Potter only began writing seriously in her 30s and before this pursued an interest in the natural sciences. She made intricate drawings of fungi and lichens and worked as an amateur scientist. She even wrote a scientific paper which despite its quality was dismissed as it was written by a female amateur. Sharon Carleton traces the scientific life of author Beatrix Potter.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blogging Trends 19 mins – “Where it comes to media, as digital diva Clay Shirky once noted, consumers are now producers, and that is the big story. The once-great wall separating reporters from readers has crumbled like sand…In the just-released Elements of Blogging, coauthor Mark Leccese celebrates this democratization, though he cautions that the best blogs take hard work and require the authors to act responsibly…Mark Leccese is the author, with his Emerson colleague Jerry Lanson of the book The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of Journalism. Lanson and Leccese also co-blog at theelemementsofblogging.comAt the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Trends 60 mins – “Why the wild weather & floods across N. Hemisphere, rain at N. Pole? Then Alex talks with David Montgomery, author of “Dirt The Erosion of Civilizations”, with co-author Anne Bikle, new book “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health”. Radio Ecoshock 160106 Welcome to Radio Ecoshock in this new year of 2016. In this program I’ll talk with two guests who tell us about the erosion of civilizations, climate answers in the soil, and the danger of killing off your own ecology – of microbes in your body. But first in this new year of 2016, I need a little time to talk with you.” At the link near “Download…” right-click “Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer History 108 mins – This Week in Technology host, Leo Laporte, interviews Lee Felsenstein who was “One of the first to apply principles of “open architecture” to computer hardware design” [At the program end Felsenstein describes a new programming hardware game he calls AndOrBit which he wishes to crowdfund.] At the link click “Download Options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Contraception 60 mins – “This week we’re taking a closer look at our current – and potential future – contraceptive methods. We’ll speak with Beth Sundstrom and Andrea DeMaria, Co-Directors of the Women’s Health Research Team at the College of Charleston, about why the pill is still our go-to birth control choice when we have long acting reversible contraception methods like the IUD and the implant available for women. And we’ll talk with Elaine Lissner, Executive Director of the Parsemus Foundation, about their continuing work to bring Vasalgel, a long acting, reversible, non-hormonal male contraceptive, to market.” At the link find the title, “#351 Contraception,” right-click “Media files Science for the People, 351_Contraception_v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption in Brazil 27mins – “Brazil is in trouble. Confronted with a massive downturn in the economy, its currency the Real has crashed, while its political class sinks in a quagmire of corruption allegations linked to the state oil company, Petrobras… Meanwhile in Maranhao’s state capital, Sao Luis, a Governor with just a year in post, is attempting to bring a new broom to one of Brazil’s poorest regions – Flavio Dino claims to have cut expenses by thousands of Reals just by removing luxury items like seafood and champagne from state banquet menus. Linda Pressly reports from one of Brazil’s least known regions. Produced and presented by Linda Pressly” At the link find the title, “Brazil versus Sleaze,”Media files p03dr087.mp3” and select “Save Link Ass” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Intelligence 13 mins – “Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EMT Work 47 mins – “Former paramedic Kevin Hazzard has rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. His memoir is, ‘A Thousand Naked Strangers.’ Also, [last 11 mins] we remember late cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in an excerpt of his 1990 interview.” At the link find the title, “January 5, 2016 Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating ‘A Thousand Naked Strangers’” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Pay Gap 44 mins – “Discrimination can’t explain why women earn so much less than men. If only it were that easy.” At the link find the title, “The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap,” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast010616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Culture 54 mins – “Mass shootings in the U.S. have become commonplace. Yet the culture of gun ownership remains stronger than ever. A.J. Somerset, Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, and Christopher Hedges in conversation with Paul Kennedy about gun culture in Canada and the U.S.” At the link find the title, “Gun Crazy,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160107_22989.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control Reform 51 mins – “President Obama began the year with a plea for “common sense” gun safety but admitted that it won’t be easy. We examine the myths and messages that surround, and often obscure, the national conversation on gun safety. Plus, do most Americans really support reform? And, if so, does it matter?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Bacteria 55 mins – Roughly one hundred trillion bacteria are living, and gorging, in our gut–all the more so during the indulgent holidays. Microbes influence our health and well-being, by affecting our gut directly, as well as the crops we eat and the soils in which we grow crops. These microbial communities – called the gut microbiome — have been linked to many disorders, including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, and even mental illness. We are just at the dawn of a new era of microbial treatments for many illnesses. After a recent How On Earth show generated so much interest, we decided to bring our guest, Amy Sheflin, back for an hour-long call-in show on A Public Affair on KGNU. Amy is a doctoral student at Colorado State University in food science and human nutrition. She studies how the food we eat alters the microbial communities in our gut, and how those microbes in our bodies influence our overall health. For more info on the gut microbiome, check out Amy’s favorite books on the topic: The Good Gut, by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg; and The Inside Tract, by Gerard Mullins. Also check out the American Gut Project.” At the link find the title, “Our Microbes, Ourselves — Special Call-in Show, Dec 2015,” right-click “Media files Sheflin-Interview-edit-KGNU-123015×112.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Habits 36 mins – “Habit is the topic at hand for our inaugural episode of 2016. Postdoctoral Research Associate Jen Labrecque joins Jesse for an in-depth look at habit and human behavior. Tune in to find out more about habit formation, the power of environmental cues, and ideal ways to implement changes in your habits — for New Years Resolutions and beyond. Elsewhere in the episode, Jesse offers some good news for those who want to boost their long-term memory without supplements, without mnemonic tricks, and without extra time for sleep. Is this even possible? According to new research: Yes. And it’s surprisingly simple — but you’ll have to listen to find out.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

How Things Work 24 mins – “This month we discuss Thing explainer by Randall Munroe. In this book the xkcd creator attempts to explain things as diverse as the International Space Station and the human body, using only the most common ten hundred words in the English language (‘thousand’ is not one of those words).See if you can guess the objects from the extracts we read out and hear about our experiences of imposing the rules on our own writing. Finally, take up our challenge and have a go yourself using the xkcd simple writer.” At the link right-click beside “Download:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Integration in Canada 22 mins – “Ujjal Dosanjh, the former B.C. premier, has published a provocative piece, arguing fear of a political correctness backlash is keeping powerful politicians from saying what they really think… damaging Canadian democracy as a direct result.” At the link find the title, “White male politicians are being stifled by political correctness, says Ujjal Dosanjh – Jan 6, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Download White male politicians are being stifled by political correctness, says Ujjal Dosanjh – Jan 6, 2016 (1/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Life 29 mins – “We seldom hear voices from inside the so-called Islamic state. But after interviewing some twenty ISIS defectors, we hear from a researcher who shares a picture of life inside their Caliphate… as well as a clear idea of why they left.” At the link find the title, “Lessons from ISIS defectors on how to fight indoctrination – Jan 5, 2016 (3/3),” right-click Download Lessons from ISIS defectors on how to fight indoctrination – Jan 5, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Khan Academy School 27 mins – “Salman Khan’s Lab School in Mountain View, CA, has slowly been gaining recognition—but is it really as innovative as people might imagine? EdSurge asked that very question last week. Khan had the idea to open a school long before he started his online platform Khan Academy, and after visiting the Lab School, we at EdSurge were curious about whether he wants to expand to other cities—but before engaging in a Q&A with the man himself, we took to Twitter to get an idea of what our podcast listeners would want to know. Questions came rolling in: Are students actually learning? Is this just an easy way for Khan Academy employees to try out new products on children? After all, the Lab School and Khan Academy are in the same building; the school’s on the first floor, and the nonprofit’s on the second. Check out EdSurge’s podcast interview with Khan to see what we found out.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lunchroom Economics 75 mins – “On today’s Planet Money, the complex economy of one elementary-school lunchroom.” At the link find the title, “#15: Delicious Cake Futures,” right-click “Media files 20160106_pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Student Age 20 mins – “In this episode of the Medical School Headquarters podcast, we hear a different podcast – the OldPreMeds Podcast! This is a new podcast in partnership with OldPreMeds, which is now part of the MSHQ family! Ryan and Rich dive into the forums over at OldPreMeds.org where they pull a question and deliver the answers right on to you. Here are the insights from Ryan & Rich: Age is not a factor. Here are some facts and figures:About a thousand a year over the age of 30 matriculate every year into an allopath medical school which is about 5% of the total number of students who start the year. From that number, about 200 are of the age of 35. About 350 people a year over the age of 31 start osteopathic school; 10-12 people a year over the age of 50 start medical school” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obsidian 4 mins – “Today, we ask why the Aztecs didn’t make full use of metal… One question that torments historians of technology is the “Why didn’t?” question. Why didn’t the Chinese, with all their inventions, produce the industrial revolution? Why didn’t the Romans ever make full use of water wheels? Why was Europe 400 years behind China in printing with movable type? All those questions come back upon the present, of course. Why aren’t we doing the right thing today — whatever that might be? So: why didn’t the Aztecs ever emerge from the stone age? Why did such a remarkably advanced people make such limited use of metal? Anthropologist Terry Stocker offers a troubling answer. When you already have a fine technology, you don’t see beyond it. And the Aztecs had obsidian for their axes and knives….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Attack Insights 54 mins – “This edition of The Enright Files looks back at some of our conversations from 2015 with people who tried to help us understand the terror attacks in Paris and the questions that flow from them.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files – Understanding the terror attacks in Paris,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160104_55850.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physician Burnout 51mins – “Dr Dike Drummond is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician who now specializes in physician burnout. The founder of TheHappyMD.com and author ‘Stop Physician Burnout’ he has come face to face with the realities of burnout as a physician on two separate occasions himself. He understands the complexities of physician burnout and how the one suffering burnout is often the last to know. Dr Drummond has coached thousands of physicians through the challenging times of burnout and speaks regularly across the globe to healthcare institutions in need of guidance on addressing this ever growing problem. In this episode we discuss how burnout manifests in physicians, how men and women differ in their display of symptoms and most importantly we discuss the steps to addressing burnout. This discussion was one of the most eye opening conversations on burnout I have had and explained so much of why we feel the way we do in times of stress.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Trends in U.S. 63 mins – “Dave Johnson and Marcy Wheeler wrote posts in December referring to Jimmy Carter’s “Malaise Speech” and its relationship to where the United States is today. Marcy and Dave describe some key inflection points we can expect to see in 2016, ranging from the impact of climate change policy to the Saudi/Iranian axis’ impact on the Middle East and US policy. Also, the effect of the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) on American policy and politics, and the role of declining middle class wages on the Presidential election. Jay Ackroyd hosts. Marcy’s post “Obama’s Terrorism Cancer Speech, Carter’s Malaise Speech” link Dave has several at Seeing the Forest. The 2016 VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Culture of Truth, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Isaiah Poole, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Sara Robinson, Susie Madrak, Spocko, Stuart Zechman” At the link find the title, “Marcy Wheeler and Dave Johnson Virtually Speaking Sundays,” right-click “Media files marcy wheeler and dave johnson virtually speaking sundays.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in RCMP 25 mins – “RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he wants to kick racist officers out of the force. Today, we are picking up on this conversation on racism in Canada’s police force and hear from two former police officers.” At the link find the title, “Racism within RCMP stirs debate over bad apples or systemic problems – Jan 5, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Download Racism within RCMP stirs debate over bad apples or systemic problems – Jan 5, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Camp in Kenya 28 mins – “In many ways, 2015 was the year of the refugee. More than a million people made their way to Europe seeking shelter. And the world was forced to reckon with the fact that millions more have already made their way to the relative safety of UN run camps in countries like Turkey and Lebanon. But, inside the world’s largest refugee camp, 2015 was just another year that came and went, with very little attention paid by the wider world. That camp is an inhospitable corner of northern Kenya, in the desert, where only thorn bushes grow. That camp is Dadaab, and it’s home to more than half-a-million people. The camp first opened in the early 1990s, Dadaab was meant to be a temporary city in the desert. But its hardened since into an uneasy permanence. “There’s no plumbing, no permanent roads, there’s no drainage, no electricity… everybody operates on the fiction that this place is temporary but it’s actually become permanent.” – Journalist Ben Rawlence, author of “City of Thorns.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports about 15.2 million refugees live in camps. (Reuters) For the past four years, journalist Ben Rawlence has been visiting the camp, and collecting its stories in his book, “City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp.” Ben Rawlence joined Connie Walker from London, England.” At the link find title, “Forgotten Dadaab camp refugees share their harrowing stories of survival – Jan 4, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Download Forgotten Dadaab camp refugees share their harrowing stories of survival – Jan 4, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Camp in Kenya 2 48 mins – “Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in northern Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, ‘City of Thorns.’ Also, [last 8 mins] Ken Tucker reviews Ellie Goulding’s new album, ‘ Delirium.’” At the link find the title, “January 4, 2016 Inside The World’s Largest Refugee Camp,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Problem 20 mins – “UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres thinks that we can solve the global refugee crisis — and he offers compelling, surprising reasons why we must try. In conversation with TED’s Bruno Giussani, Guterres discusses the historical causes of the current crisis and outlines the mood of the European countries that are trying to screen, shelter and resettle hundreds of thousands of desperate families. Bigger picture: Guterres calls for a multilateral turn toward acceptance and respect — to defy groups like ISIS’s anti-refugee propaganda and recruiting machine.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Stories 27 mins – “Life as a refugee after fleeing the war in Syria to make a new life in Lebanon.” At the link find the title, “The Listening Project in Lebanon,” right-click “Media files p03dnk1m.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Story 3 24 mins – “Having arrived in Germany, the Dhnie family’s dramatic journey to their new home may be over, but the difficulties of adjusting to a new life are just beginning.” At the link find the title, “A New Life 3 – Germany,” right-click “Media files p03cy2tx.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia and Iran 46 mins – “Robin Wright, who writes about Saudi Arabia and Iran in the current issue of ‘The New Yorker,’ says the latest conflict between the countries comes at an especially sensitive moment. Also, [last 6 mins] film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Anomalisa.’” At the link find the title, “January 7, 2016 Journalist Says Iran-Saudi Showdown Comes At A ‘Really Dangerous’ Time,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

The 4 Hour Workweek 41 mins – “Usually, it’s my job to deconstruct world-class performers. This time around, the tables are turned. Many of you have asked to hear me interviewed, so this week Daymond John (@thesharkdaymond), star of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO and founder of FUBU, is in charge and asking the questions. Daymond has a new book called The Power of Broke, and he is an expert interviewer and interrogator. In this episode, you’ll learn untold stories about my beginnings and rough starts. If you’ve ever felt like a beginner in business, or found your back against a wall, you will learn how to take your lack of resources and turn it into a strength.” [Ferris authored “The 4 Hour Workweek”.] At the link right-click beside “Download as a MP3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 217 – Jan 8, 2016: 3D Printer Impact, 911 System, Bloomberg at City Lab, Bullshit Detection, Chemical Pollutants, Christmas Humor, Church and State, Cilantro, Climate Warming Weather, Complex Diseases, Condoms, Constitutional Law, Cosmology Story, Credit for US Poor, Drew Pearson, Drones, Economic Anomalies, Engineered Networks, Extreme Giving, Farming in Texas, Financial Commandments, Football Schools, Ice Ages, Intelligent Design in Court, Iron Age History, Jim Crow Continues, Job Per State, Landing Approahces, Libyan Reconstruction, Life Coach, London Fogs, Los Angeles, Lusitania, Marissa Mayer, Med School HQ Founder, Medical Tests, Medicating Women, Mein Kampf, Mental Facilities, Music Business, Neil Gaiman, Neurologist, New Hampshire Life, Oil Decline in Alberta, Otis Redding, Pesticides on Food, Philippine Immigrants, Pilot Training Schools, PTSD in the Workplace, Racism in America, Refugee Children, Refugees, Rescue Death, Sari Description, Shenck v. U.S., Science Comedy, Seabed Mining, Sharing Cities, Solar Cell Windows, Song Writer Bill Medley, Steam Turbines, Strokes, Syrian Life, Syrian Refugees, Technology Assisted Review, Vitamin D, WWII US POW Camp

The best 73 podcasts from a larger group of 295 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but are limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile.  The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 270 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

3D Printer Impact 1 32 mins – “In this episode of the podcast I interview Andrew Bowyer of the Reprap Machine Project. Reprap is a self-replicating prototyper with profound implications for the Open Source Appropriate Technology Movement.” At the link find the title, Episode #39: Reprap with Adrian Bowyer Part I, Jan 05, 2009,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

3D Printer Impact 2 28 mins – “Part II of my interview with Adrian Bowyer deals with two aspects of the reprap project: the global economic implications of distributed fabrication and practical tips for getting Reprap out there in as many hands as possible. Other issues, like economic collapse and Peak Oil are also addressed.” At the link find the title, “Episode #40: Reprap with Adrian Bowyer Part II, Jan 12, 2009,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

911 System 49 mins – “In the late 1950s, the National Association of Fire Chiefs recommended creating a single number for reporting fires. That was the catalyst for what is now the most recognized telephone number in the country: 911. A decade later the first 911 was call was made. Today, an estimated 96 percent of the population is covered by the emergency service. But the system was created for the landline, so as the country migrates quickly to mobile devices, government officials say the system is “dangerously out of date.” Diane and her [4] guests discuss what can be done to upgrade 911.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Bloomberg at City Lab 24 mins – “The philanthropist and former mayor of New York City is offering $125 million to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in low- and middle-income cities and countries.” At the link find the title, “Michael Bloomberg on safer cities, new urban thinking,” right-click “Media files CITYCAST, Bloomberg bounce_v1, cc-0d0f22eb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bullshit Detection 46 mins – “How strong is your bullshit detector? And what exactly IS the scientific definition of bullshit? In this episode we explore what makes a person susceptible to bullshit, how to identify and defend against it, and what kind of people are the most and least likely to be bowled over by bullshit artists and other merchants of pseudo-profound, feel-good woo.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemical Pollutants 30 mins – “Thousands of chemicals are used in everyday products – in our water, our food and in the air we breathe. It’s the chemical soup of modern life and it’s virtually impossible to escape them. In this special edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of these chemicals, and compares the level of chemicals in her own body with clean living convert and media personality Sarah Wilson. Is there adequate regulation and testing, or are we in the midst of an uncontrolled, human experiment?” At the link right-click “Download video: MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Christmas Humor 61 mis – “No Christmas can ever be as good as the ones you had as a kid. But this week we go all in and bring the joy, the spontaneity, the sense that anything can happen back to Christmas. We’ve got a live Christmas performance from some of the best improvisors in the country including Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, and SNL’s Aidy Bryant and Sasheer Zamata. Also holiday meals – on fire.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Church and State 49 mins – ““Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These sixteen words from the first amendment of the Constitution have guided the career of Reverend Barry Lynn. As head of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, he has spent the last 25 years helping define what this phrase means in our everyday lives. From prayer in public schools, to abortion, to same-sex marriage, he’s debated in courts of law and the court of public opinion. Now, Lynn reflects on the issues that have defined his career and those that continue to concern him.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Cilantro 32 mins – “On the surface, it’s just a leafy green herb. Its feathery fronds add a decorative note and a distinctive flavor to dishes across Latin America and Asia, from guacamole to phở. And yet cilantro is the most divisive herb in the kitchen, inspiring both deep dislike and equally deep devotion. What’s the history and science behind these strong reactions—and can cilantro disgust ever be overcome?” At the link find the title, “The post The Good, The Bad, The Cilantro,” right-click “Media files The Good The Bad The Cilantro.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Weather 28 mins – “Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He joins us to tell us about the projections for a significantly warmer climate in the Southwestern United States in the next century. He also explains why a monsoon doesn’t necessarily have to do with precipitation, and how an especially strong El Niño weather system can actually affect the Earth’s rotation.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Complex Diseases 28 mins – “Six smart, strong women – mothers of children with complex diseases – are on a mission to make the system better. Not just for them but for you.” At the link find the title, “One More Thing,” right-click “Download One More Thing” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Condoms 30 mins – “Regardless of the ever present risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, condoms are still a hard sell. But what if one could be made from a material that mimics human skin and is imperceptible to wear? Dr Jonica Newby puts them to the test.” At the link right-click “Download video: MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitutional Law 39 mins – “John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general for President George Bush and now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Hugh Hewitt, former Reagan administration official and now a talk radio host, discuss the Constitution and current events in America. Topics range from Obamacare to the Middle East, the future of the United States, and how the Constitution applies to today’s problems.” At the link find the title, “The Constitution,” right-click “Media files 20150904.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cosmology Story 18 mins – “When Adam Becker realizes a visiting film crew is made up of geocentrists, he has to prevent them from exploiting his adviser’s work. Adam Becker is a cosmologist, a journalist, a programmer, and a science publishing troublemaker. He hails from a tiny town in northern New Jersey, and he has a PhD in physics from the University of Michigan. He strongly believes that scientific research should be open, that the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics is nonsense, and that David Tennant was the best Doctor.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Credit for US Poor 57 mins – “Author Mehrsa Baradaran discusses her book, [How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy], in which she argues there are two banking systems in the U.S. – one for the poor and one for everyone else.” At the link find the title, “Washington Journal: Mehrsa Baradaran on Inequality in the U.S. Banking System,” right-click “Media files program.425016.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drew Pearson 60 mins – “Tyler Abell, editor of [The Drew Pearson Diaries: Vol. II], discusses the second volume of his stepfather’s diaries, which provide an insider’s view of Washington, D.C. from 1960-1969.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Tyler Abell,” right-click “Media files program.423557.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones 22mins – “Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, have been put to use by various military bodies around the world as silent harbingers of death and destruction. But they might also be put to use for good causes: deployed in rescue operations, for example, or accurately dropping seeds to aid reforestation. Realistically, will they ever be used to deliver your mail? And can the danger from drones that fail and drop out of the sky ever be nullified? Click assembles a panel of experts to discuss the future of drones. Joining Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson in the BBC Radio Theatre will be Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London, Lauren Fletcher, CEO of BioCarbon Engineering, Mya Padget, a licensed commercial drone pilot, Liam Young, one of the key people behind the Barbican’s Drones Orchestra. Click also hears from Adrien Briod, Head of Technology at Flyability.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Anomalies 43 mins – “Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars, central heating, and cell phones. The real problem for the poor is the destruction of the family, which Sowell argues dramatically increased once welfare policies were introduced in the 1960s.” At the link find the title, “Wealth, Poverty, and Politics,” right-click “Media files 20151208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineered Networks 4 mins – “Today, let’s talk about engineered social networks. The University of Houston Mathematics Department presents this program about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. The chain of acquaintances between two typical people in the world is not very long. So why do contagious diseases not always spread across the globe? The reason is that not all acquaintances are equal: A person with the flu is much more likely to infect people they interact with daily than a former high school friend. How we interact, not only who we interact with determines how epidemics spread. Ideas and behaviors also spread through social networks. Suppose a friend recommends a movie to you. Will you go see it? This depends on how much you trust her opinion. The number of friends that recommend the movie is also important. To know how a movie recommendation spreads through social interactions, it is important to understand the dynamics and structure of social networks.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extreme Giving 19 mins – “For many the holiday season is a time for acts of charity, but some people are wary of selflessness because it may harm people you are close to. Larissa MacFarquhar examines what motivates people to become extreme do-gooders and the backlash against them.” At the link find the title, “Sacrificing everything for others: a look at people who are “extreme do-gooders” – December 24, 2015 (1/3)” right-click “Download Sacrificing everything for others: a look at people who are “extreme do-gooders”” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming in Texas 31 mins – “In this interview I speak with Eric Herm, who blogs at Sonofafarmer.com. Eric is a fourth generation farmer in West Texas who shares his personal story and his perspectives on soil health, Peak Oil, sustainability, and economic collapse. If you want to hear the perspective of farmers who are in the trenches and on the frontlines of the fight for sustainable food production, then listen to this episode.” At the link find the title, “Episode #44: Son of a Farmer,right-click the image above it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Commandants 60 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and author Harold Pollack discuss:Harold’s simple financial guide, The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated; The current state of the Affordable Care Act; The economics behind neglected diseasesAt the link find the title, “The Stay Healthy Edition,” right-click “Media files SM6290852802.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Football Schools 52 mins – “The highest paid public employee in Utah—not to mention 31 other states—is a college football coach. For the journalist Gilbert Gaul, that fact is perfect evidence of the financial powerhouse that is college pigskin. In a new book, Gaul investigates how college football programs became “giant entertainment businesses that happen to do a little education on the side.” He joins us Thursday. We’ll also talk to the sports economist David Berri about how student athletes are affected by all of this.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Ice Ages 42 mins – “Jane Francis, Richard Corfield and Carrie Lear join Melvyn Bragg to discuss ice ages, periods when a reduction in the surface temperature of the Earth has resulted in ice sheets at the Poles. Although the term ‘ice age’ is commonly associated with prehistoric eras when much of northern Europe was covered in ice, we are in fact currently in an ice age which began up to 40 million years ago. Geological evidence indicates that there have been several in the Earth’s history, although their precise cause is not known. Ice ages have had profound effects on the geography and biology of our planet. With: Jane Francis Professor of Paleoclimatology at the University of Leeds Richard Corfield Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University Carrie Lear Senior Lecturer in Palaeoceanography at Cardiff University. Producer: Thomas Morris.” At the link find the title, “Ice Ages, Mar 2013,” right-click “Media files p02q5b5c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligent Design in Court 32 mins – “Evolutionary biologist Nicholas Matzke talks about the Kitzmiller v. Dover evolution trial on the 10th anniversary of the decision. He advised the plaintiffs while working for the National Center for Science Education. He also discusses the continuing post-Dover attempts to get creationist narratives taught in public school science classrooms “ At the link find the title, “Evolution Still on Trial 10 Years after Dover,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iron Age History 42 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the dawn of the European Iron Age.In around 3000 BC European metalworkers started to make tools and weapons out of bronze. A complex trading network evolved to convey this valuable metal and other goods around the continent. But two millennia later, a new skill arrived from the Middle East: iron smelting. This harder, more versatile metal represented a huge technological breakthrough.The arrival of the European Iron Age, in around 1000 BC, was a time of huge social as well as technological change. New civilisations arose, the landscape was transformed, and societies developed new cultures and lifestyles. Whether this was the direct result of the arrival of iron is one of the most intriguing questions in archaeology. With:Sir Barry Cunliffe Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford; Sue Hamilton Professor of Prehistory at University College London; Timothy Champion Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton; Producer: Thomas Morris” At the line find the title, “The Iron Age, Mar 2011,” right-click “Media files p02q5d5z.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jim Crow Continues 11 mins – “When it was released in 2010, Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” became a sensation and redefined the way many look at the incarceration of black men in the United States. The book led to many public and private discussions of the role that race plays in prison statistics and the legacy of racism in the legal treatment of blacks. While many praised the book, there were also critics. Adolph Reed, professor of political science at The University of Pennsylvania says that the analogy between mass incarceration and “Jim Crow” doesn’t hold up, because they are not identical systems. “I think that a lot of younger scholars find it [the comparison] powerful because they don’t understand the old Jim Crow,” says Reed.” At the link find the title, “What ‘The New Jim Crow’ gets wrong about the old Jim Crow,” right-click “ Media files reed-crow-edit.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Per State 41 mins – “His email went something like this: “My friend Heath just finished working an hourly job in all 50 states while living in an RV and paying off $15,000 in student debt. You should meet him.” …and of course I was interested. And here we are. To be a bit more specific, Heath graduated college and initially got a job like most people. After doing that for a while (and being very nonchalant about paying off his student loans), he and his wife Alyssa decided to do something crazy for their honeymoon – buy an RV and take a trip to every U.S. state. Of course, the idea had to get crazier – so Heath decided to attempt working an hourly job in all 50 states and make a documentary out of it. Along the way, he and Alyssa learned that living in an RV can be really, really cheap – and pretty awesome as well….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Landing Approaches 56 mins – “In the second episode of Plane Safety Podcast we’re discussing the Stable Approach concept.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Landing Distances 73 mins – “In this episode we’re looking at landing distances, news and feedback.” At the right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Libyan Reconstruction 27 mins – “Twenty three of Libya’s finest technology graduates plan to rebuild their country.” At the link find the title, “Young, Clever and Libyan,” right-click “Media files p03c52vb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Coach 38 mins – “By popular demand, this is a follow-up with the amazing Derek Sivers (@sivers)! This episode can be listened to independently of our first popular conversation, and he answers some of my (and your) favorite questions. Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians. If you only listen to one answer from this episode, don’t miss his response to “What do you believe that other people think is insane?” It gets progressively weirder and weirder and starts around 34:09…save as an MP3 by right-clicking here):” Or listen at the link and read more.

London Fogs 24 mins – “The fog rolls in and we are enveloped in the history and lore of the mysterious mist – from foggy London Town, to foggy Nova Scotia. Today we go into the fog to understand its place in poetry, and reality.” At the link find the title, “Into the fog: ominous, deadly and persistent in English literature – Dec 28, 2015,” right-click “Download Into the fog: ominous, deadly and persistent in English literature” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Los Angeles Renovation 20 mins – “The new mayor says he governs like he is “the city’s CEO,” requiring department heads to reapply for their jobs and undergo data-driven performance reviews. Here, he’s interviewed by Walter Isaacson, president of The Aspen Institute.” At the ink find the title, “LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on ‘reinventing city hall,’” right-click “Media files CITYCAST, Garcetti_bounce v1_cc-07c6de93.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Los Angeles Transportation 9 mins – “The former Transportation Commissioner of New York transformed Times Square from a cab-choked bottleneck into an airy pedestrian mall. Now, she’s working on walking, biking and commuting in Southern California.” At the link find the title, “Janette Sadik-Khan on LA, NYC and the future of transportation,” right-click “Media files FY15_CityCast, JSK_bounce-a2b36c58.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lusitania 60 mins – “Author Erik Larson discusses his book, [Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania], about the world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania at the hands of German U-Boat submarines during its voyage from New York to England.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Erik Larson,” right-click “Media files program.393251.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marissa Mayer 28 mins – “Nicholas Carlson talked by video from New York City about how Silicon Valley companies operate. The author of Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!, he focused on Ms. Mayer’s career in Google and becoming the chief executive officer of Yahoo!” At the link you can listen and look, but an audio file download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Med School HQ Founder 46 mins – “Dr Ryan Gray is a Flight Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Physician who has also founded MedicalSchoolHQ.net, which guides applicants through the often arduous process of applying to medical school. In this interview we deep dive into some of the ingredients to an excellent medical school application, what a Flight Surgeon really does and how to deal with adversity when unexpected things come your way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Tests 16 mins – “When Mary sat down with Zeke Emanuel, one of the main architects of the Affordable Care Act, she basically wanted to know one thing: if the ACA was supposed to revolutionize healthcare, how come she still can’t understand her medical bills? Even though he’s an oncologist, bioethicist, and healthcare wonk, Dr. Emanuel still struggles to navigate the system. Arcane hospital bills stump him, too. So if patients aren’t to blame for not understanding medical costs, is there anything we can do? Emanuel suggests that we start looking closely at the number of medical tests we sign up for. Take the PSA blood test for prostate cancer: it prevents a very small number of deaths, and often results in overdiagnosis. Some doctors disagree with him, but Emanuel sees it as a totally unnecessary expense that can lead to even more costs. He has never wanted one for himself, yet he’s been given the test twice — without being aware of it. When a doctor called to give him his results, Dr. Emanuel slammed the phone down before hearing them. He believes the PSA leads to unnecessary worry — and, more importantly, unnecessary treatment for men in this country. This week, Dr. Emanuel talks about what you can do to be a smarter consumer of healthcare, and the ways the system might be slowly changing to help all of us — doctors, hospitals, insurers, and patients — understand cost better.” At the link find the title, “Why is Healthcare So Expensive? We Ask an Expert,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman122915_cms560768_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicating Women 46 mins – “Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim. 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 episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mein Kampf 55 mins – “What should be done with Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf? Scholars in Munich have just finished a new, heavily annotated version of the book before the copyright expires on December 31, 2015.” At the link find the title, “The Struggle Over Mein Kampf (Encore June 6, 2014),” right-click “Media files ideas_20151229_16386.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Institutes 58 mins – “The Closing of Lakeview: Why it Happened and What’s Next – After months of scrutiny for abuse and neglect, this residential facility for people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities closed. We’re following up on an investigation by NHPR and the radio program Reveal about the history of the center, its connections to similar facilities nationwide – and what this means for a vulnerable population.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Business 30 mins – “Allen Bargfrede, Berklee School of Music professor, discusses how the music industry functions, payment systems for new music platforms, and what actions musicians would like Congress to take to bring fairness to those systems.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Allen Bargfrede,” right-click “Media files program.416634.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil Gaiman 49 mins – “ There are things in this book, as in life, that might upset you. There is death and pain in here, tears and discomfort, violence of all kinds, cruelty, even abuse.” That is how best-selling author Neil Gaiman introduces his latest collection of short fiction and poems. The book is called “Trigger Warning,” named for the caution now used on images, films and literature that could trigger flashbacks or anxiety. The anthology is filled with what the Newbery Medal-winning author is best known for: ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales. Join Diane for a conversation with Gaiman on why he says these stories are about the masks we all wear.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Neurologist 12 mins – “ As grad school for neuroscience wears on, Michael Nitabach feels the pull of law school, and goes. But he had another surprise coming. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, personal story about science. Find more here: storycollider.org/ Mike Nitabach is Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology and of Genetics at Yale School of Medicine, where he directs a research program aimed at understanding how neural circuits process information and control behavior. He received his PhD at Columbia University and post-doctoral training at NYU. He also made a detour between graduate school and post-doctoral training to law school at NYU, and practiced law for five years at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he focused on biotech and pharmaceutical patent prosecution and litigation.” At the link find the title, “Mike Nitabach: I was supposed to be a lawyer., Jun 2013,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.

New Hampshire Life 8 mins – “This week, The Bookshelf features Brendan Smith. When you move to northern New England from somewhere else, you join a group of people known as “flatlanders.” Once a pejorative, the word “flatlander” is now a more acceptable term for folks from away and does not refer to the geography of the place those folks came from. Humor columnist Brendan Smith lives in Laconia, but he’s been a “flatlander” since he moved to New Hampshire from Long Island in the mid-1980s. He’s been sharing his observations about life and New Hampshire in columns in The Weirs Times and Cocheco Times for years, and he’s collected some of his best in Best of a F.O.O.L. in New Hampshire—that’s “Flatlander’s Observations On Life.‘” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Decline in Alberta 26 mins – “It’s been one of this year’s biggest reversal-of-fortune stories, as the high-flying economy of Alberta has been laid low by the plunging price of oil. We revisit our show in Calgary for stories of how life has been turned upside down in the province.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Calgarians re-imagine lives amid Alberta’s economic downturn – Dec 29, 2015 (3/3),” right-click “Download ENCORE: Calgarians re-imagine lives amid Alberta’s economic downturn” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Otis Redding 49 mins – “By the time singer Otis Redding was a teenager, he was already a star in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. But thanks to a recording contract with Memphis-based Stax records, he started to produce R&B chartoppers like “These Arms of Mine” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” But Redding’s biggest hit — “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” — wouldn’t come until after he died: Three days after he recorded it, Redding was killed in a plane crash at just 26 years old. The song, a blend of folk and soul that marked a big departure from his usual sound, was released posthumously and became one of the most popular tunes of the 20th century. Diane and biographer Mark Ribowsky discuss the short life and legendary career of soul superstar Otis Redding.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Pesticides on Food 18 mins – “About one-third of the fresh tomatoes sold in the U.S. come from Florida. Mainly migrant workers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean hand-pick the tomatoes in or near the town of Immokalee, just north of the Everglades. For decades, Florida tomato pickers endured some of the worst working conditions in America. Beatings, rape and sexual harassment were common problems. Often, there were no toilets, shade or clean drinking water. Work hours were unpredictable and wages were extremely low. There were even cases of slavery. In 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers began to organize. At first, it focused on ending slavery in the fields, then expanded its work to deal with wage theft and abuse. In 2001, it launched the Fair Food Program. The group brought about change by pressuring large retailers to use their market muscle to demand higher standards from suppliers. Host Al Letson and producer Jonathan Miller of Homelands Productions travel to the Sunshine State to tell us what happened after the tomato workers organized, pushed for reform and got the public to help.” At the link find the title,”When working conditions are ripe for change,” right-click “Media files When working conditions are ripe for change.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philippine Immigrants 103 mins – “The Philippines has the most sophisticated labor-exporting model in the world. Despite the robust supply of workers in the Philippines, there is a concern that emigration—coupled with limited capacity of local training institutions—has contributed to labor shortages in key industries. The International Organization for Migration and the Migration Policy Institute hosted a breakfast briefing to discuss these critical issues and launch the Issue in Brief, Shortage amid Surplus: Emigration and Human Capital Development in the Philippines, the fifteenth in this joint-publication series offering succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today.” At the link find the title, “Shortage Amid Surplus: Emigration and Human Capital Development in the Philippines,” right-click “Media files 151216_003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pilot Social Media 79 mins – “Do you have a social media policy for your career? Welcome to the podcast where we inform, motivate, and give you an inside look at the many aviation careers. Some of our favorite co hosts join us. First , Eric Crump, Aerospace Director at Polk State College and a passionate aviation educator. We also have Tom Wachowski, Corporate Pilot and career advocate. Welcome to the show Eric and Tom!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pilot Training Schools 51 mins – “Welcome to Episode 84. The goal of this podcast is to inform, entertain, and motivate you to achieve your career goal. We to bring you the viewpoint of all those involved with careers in aviation and aerospace. Although we primarily focus on the positive aspects of a career in aviation and specifically as an airline pilot we also know that we must represent the challenges of choosing a career in aviation. To help you understand some of the challenges concerning salaries in the piloting career I have with me Ben Mandell author of Don’t Pay Any Flight School More Than $2500 In Advance: The Censored Information The Bad Guys Don’t Want You To Know and Pilots on food stamps: An Inside Look At Why Your Flight Was Cancelled.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD in the Workplace 25 mins – “Manitoba is breaking new ground when it comes to recognizing PTSD in professions you might not associate with trauma. So who has been falling through the cracks when it comes to treating workplace related PTSD? Should the new approach go nationwide?” At the link find the title, Manitoba legislation recognizes PTSD as workplace related condition – Dec 30, 2015 (2/3)” right-click “Download Manitoba legislation recognizes PTSD as workplace related condition” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in America 54 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “All Eyes are Upon Us – Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn.” Our speaker is Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History from the University of New Hampshire.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Children Education 24 mins – “Thousands of children entering public schools across this country are there as refugees of war. We revisit our conversation with an expert on the integration of refugee children who says Canadian teachers are ill-prepared for the new arrivals.” At the link find the title, ENCORE: Teachers struggle to meet the needs of Syrian refugee children – Dec 31, 2015 (3/3) ,” right-click “Download ENCORE: Teachers struggle to meet the needs of Syrian refugee children,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Story (2 parts) 24 mins “Meet the Dhnie family in Turkey as they prepare to make the journey to Greece, along with thousands of others, from Syria.” At the link find the title, “A New Life 1 – The Dhnie Family,” right-click “Media files p03cy2fk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. In part two, “The Dhnie family find themselves sleeping rough, getting caught up in riots and being detained as they try to reach Europe after their flight from Syria.” at “Media files p03cy24j.mp3”.

Refugees in Italy 25 mins – “Young refugees are going it alone. Today we revisit the stories of unaccompanied minors seeking a better life in Italy, and here in Canada. Humanitarian workers in Italy say thousands of migrant children are simply disappearing into Europe. At the link find the title,” ENCORE: Unaccompanied refugee minors learn how to live on their own – Dec 31, 2015 (2/3),” right-click “Download ENCORE: Unaccompanied refugee minors learn how to live on their own” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rescue Death 7 mins – “With winter now here, New Hampshire’s search-and-rescue teams are watching for storms in the Presidential mountains and worrying that once again, a hiker will make a decision that puts lives at risk.That’s what happened last February, when Kate Matrosova, a 32 year-old from New York, who thought she could beat an approaching storm….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sari Description 27 mins – “Shahidha traces the story of the sari, explores how it feels to wear one and asks what it meant for women like her mother. She discovers the unexpected ways in which clothing can be imprinted with feelings of nostalgia, love and loss.” At the link find the title, “My Mother’s Sari,” right-click “Media files p03cy8yq.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Schenck v. U.S. 92 mins- “Beverly Gage and Thomas Goldstein talk about the 1919 Supreme Court case [Schenck v. United States], in which the Court unanimously ruled that the Espionage Act of 1917 was constitutional.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Landmark Case [Schenck v. United States],” right-click “Media files program.411306.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Comedy 54 mins – “Where are the laughs in global warming? Is there a comedy of climate? Three renowned experts in the field offer their considered opinions: Rod Quantock, Hannah Gadsby and Andrew Denton. Recorded at Womadelaide’s 2015 Planet Talks, our guests provide advice on boiling billionaires for dinner, and how to change the minds of sceptics.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seabed Mining 10 mins – “In this exclusive interview for Oil & Gas IQ, Caitlyn L. Antrim, Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans gives us a bite-size summary of 140 years of seabed mining, including the stumbling blocks, advances and why this exotic form of mining is beginning to make sense in the 21st century. Caitlyn Antrim researches the future of the oceans, the Arctic, and the environment. Her experience as a diplomat at the Law of the Sea Conferece and the UN Conference on Environment and Development reinforce her capability as an analyst of regimes for the international commons. Her current areas of study are the geopolitics of Arctic governance, and the implementation of the Law of the Sea Convention.” At the link you can sign up for the podcasts and a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sharing Cities 43 mins – “From bike share to Airbnb, the urban landscape now shows new systems of people passing private property around and using resources in new ways. We’ll look at this with April Rinne, Sharing Economy Advisory Board, City of Seoul, South Korea; David Sheard, Council Leader, Kirklees; Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Airbnb; and Arun Sundararajan, Professor and Rosen Faculty Fellow, New York University.” At the link find the title, “What’s mine is yours? The new dynamics of the sharing city,” right-click “Media files FY15 CityCast, The_Sharing_city-8cb8ead6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Cell Windows 28 mins – “Imagine a world where every window-laden skyscraper generates its own solar power, where the skylights in your ceiling are a source of light and electricity, and where your iPhone charges itself through the power of the sun. What could make this imagined world possible? Photovoltaic solar cells that are as transparent as regular glass. Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio is Prof. Richard Lunt, the lead researcher on the MIT team that developed the technology, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy, the commercial enterprise through which this energy-capturing glassy-film will be distributed. Lunt talks about the science behind transparent luminescent solar concentrators and the opportunities ahead with applications ranging from power-generating car and building windows, to use on every device you can think of, from smart phones to store signs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Song Writer Bill Medley 49 mins – “Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were the Righteous Brothers. In the 1960s, they brought out some of the biggest pop hits in history. Unchained Melody. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. Some of the most-played songs in the history of recording. And their songs came back. In soundtracks of “Top Gun” and “Ghost.” In “Dirty Dancing.” Year after year, still with a hold on popular culture. Something deep in our minds. This hour On Point, we’ll talk with Bill Medley about those songs, his life, and the Righteous Brothers.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steam Turbines 4 mins – “…In the 250 years before Cleopatra, the Egyptians created all kinds of steam-driven toys. They all worked on the same principle: they had small water tanks heated by a fire. Steam escaped through jets to drive the toy. But no one could quite figure out how to make steam jets produce useful power. Finally, in the early 1700s, English engineers came up with a completely different scheme for getting power out of steam. They used steam to drive pistons. Soon, the whole world was powered by piston steam-engines, and those Egyptian jets were forgotten….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

Strokes 83 mins – “Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the US and can occur at any age. Randall Higashida, MD discusses the symptoms of stroke, the importance of early diagnosis, new treatments and more. Recorded on 11/03/2015. (#30134)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Life 27 mins – “A fuzzy team photo from the 1980s sends Tim Whewell on a journey to track down football players from a small town in northern Syria who were once the champions of Aleppo province. In the last four years of war their hometown, Mare’a, has become a war zone – bombed by the Assad regime, besieged by Islamic State, subject even to a mustard gas attack. And the civil war has torn through what was once a band of friends – some now pro-rebel, some pro-regime. They’re scattered across Syria and beyond, some fighting near Mare’a, some in refugee camps abroad. What have they gone through since they won that cup? And do they think they can ever be reunited? Shabnam Grewal producing.” At the link find the title, “The Battered Champions of Aleppo,” right-click “Media files p03d9bj1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Refugees 52 mins – “Caren Bohan, editor in charge of U.S. Politics for Reuters, and Kathleen Newland, senior fellow and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute, discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and the U.S. response amid national security concerns.” At the link find the title, “The U.S. Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis,” right-click “Media files IM_20151219.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Assisted Review 29 mins – “Technology Assisted Review (TAR), also known as Computer Assisted Review, Predictive Coding, Computer Assisted Coding, and Predictive Ranking, has been around for 50 years, but is now becoming incredibly useful in the legal field. This technology can speed up cases of all kinds and greatly reduce discovery costs for their clients. But how do lawyers learn about TAR? After all, we’re not dummies. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview John Tredennick, the CEO of Catalyst Repository Systems, about his new book “TAR for Smart People,” what exactly TAR includes, and specific ways it has helped companies reduce discovery costs….” At the link find the title, “Technology Assisted Review for Smart People,” right-click “Media files technology-assisted-review.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Vitamin D 74 mins – “This special episode from 2009 featured a rare off-topic discussion about Steve Gibson’s research into vitamin D.” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII US POW Camp 60 mins – “Jan Jarboe Russell discusses her book, [The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II], about the Texas camp, which was home to Japanese, German and Italian detainees.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Jan Jarboe Russell,” right-click “Media files program.389119.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 216 – Jan 1, 2016: Addiction Fixes, Birth Control Pill, Brazilian African Descrimination, Broadband in Nebraska, Climate Conference Results, Climate Cure Tactics, Cold War Dancers, Data Mining, Dental Training, Ebola Lessons, Economic Evolution, Electronics Manufacturing, Fair Food Program, Global Justice, ICANN, Indian Shopping Online, Insider Trading, Job Relocating, Judy Collins, Li-Fi Uses, Mapp v Ohio, Marijuana and Driving, Michael Faraday, Military Base Expansion, Native American Law, Oil Prices, Personal Statements, Philanthropy Economics, Pioneer Food in Texas, Radio Lab Stories, Russian Bootleg Music, SPARC Technology and Biology, String Theory, Styrofoam Eating Worms, Tornadoes, Video Games, Water Infrastructure, WWII at Moscow

The best 40 podcasts from a larger group of 300 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but are limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile.  The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 270 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

Addiction Fixes 41 mins – “This episode we take a sober look at the throbbing, aching, craving desire states that return people (again and again) to the object of their addiction … and the pills that just might set them free. Reporter Amy O’Leary was fed up with her ex-boyfriend’s hard-drinking, when she discovered a French doctor’s memoir titled The End of My Addiction.  The fix that he proposed seemed too good to be true. But her phone call with the doctor left her, and us, even more intrigued. Could this malady – so often seen as moral and spiritual – really be beaten back with a pill? We talk to addiction researcher Dr. Anna Rose Childress, addiction psychologist Dr. Mark Willenbring, journalist Gabrielle Glaser, The National Institute of Health’s Dr. Nora Volkow, and scores of people dealing with substance abuse as we try to figure out whether we’re in the midst of a sea change in how we think about addiction.

Birth Control Pill 48 mins – “If a woman wants to obtain hormonal birth control like the pill or the patch, they have to first go to their doctor for a prescription. Now two western states – California and Oregon – have passed laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control. Public health advocates see it as a way to expand access to the pill, and many doctors say it’s safe. But others argue these measures don’t go far enough. They want to see birth control pills offered over the counter and bills have been introduced in congress to do just that. Diane and her guests discuss why some say women don’t need doctors to access contraception.” (Four Guests.) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Brazilian African Discrimination 52 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, with support from the Boston University Center for the Humanities, and the Latin American Studies Program. Our speaker is Dr. Kia Caldwell, Associate Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Caldwell’s lecture is titled “The Alyne Case: An Intersectional Analysis of Gender, Race, and the Human Right to Health in Brazil.‘” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Nebraska 29 mins – “As we noted in a preliminary story last week, the city of Lincoln has crafted a collection of conduits allowing greater competition for advanced telecommunications services. As we discuss this week in episode 182 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, they have also crafted a smart policy to continue expanding the conduit system. To better understand their impressive approach, we interviewed David Young, Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager; Mike Lang, Economic Development Aide; and Steve Huggenberger, Assistant City Attorney. We think this policy is one that many communities will want to consider and copy. Lincoln is already seeing the benefits from the conduit system, with multiple providers using it and at least one investing in an FTTH network. Nebraska prohibits local governments and public power systems from building their own networks to connect local businesses and residents, but this approach allows the community to ensure they have a brighter, more fiber-lit future.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Conference Results 29 mins – “Victor Hugo said of Paris that nothing was more fantastic, more tragic, or more sublime. Will the same ever be said of the COP 21 climate agreement brokered this month in the iconic city?  This week on Sea Change Radio, we re-cap the Climate Summit with prominent freelance journalist Vivienne Walt. Walt and host Alex Wise discuss the impact of the Paris Agreement on the world’s largest polluters, explore how big banks and deep-pocketed interests are reacting to the pact, and examine efforts to accelerate the transition to clean energy in developing nations. Walt also talks about how the world views U.S. climate skepticism and what effect the November terrorist attacks and climate protests had on the summit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Cure Tactics 60 mins “SUMMARY: First net-zero city fights off giant fracking leak in California.; Vancouver aims fossil free; 1st Nations vs. pipelines. Mayors & activists report. Scientist Paul Beckwith & RAN Exec Dir Lindsey Allen wrap up Paris climate talks. Carolyn Baker’s seminar on how to cope…. Reactions to the Paris climate agreement are all over the map. Unexpectedly, our correspondent Paul Beckwith suggests this may be a tipping point in human affairs, after extreme weather all over the planet. Lindsey Allen from RAN isn’t so sure. Before we talk with them, I want you to hear an extraordinary teleconference hosted by former Earthbeat radio host Daphne Wysham. We hear how West Coast cities are leading us out of the fossil age, even as they struggle with constant demand for more pipelines and ports. Oh by the way, one California mayor reports thousands are living under a toxic cloud, while fracking has poisoned the water system used for one quarter of North America’s produce.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold War Dancers 27 mins – “How dance during the Cold War was designed to challenge America’s military image with The Martha Graham Dance Company’s US State Department tour of South East Asia, 1974.” At the link find the title, “A Cold War Dance,” right-click “Media files p03cy79m.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Mining 32 mins – “How targeted ads for a pair of men’s sandals broke up one relationship, the researchers trying to keep data tracking honest, and the casualties of ad blockers. Listen, decode, and decide: Is data tracking evil?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dental Training 32 mins – “New simulators are allowing students of professions such as dentistry to get hands-on experience of dental procedures. Generic Robotics – a UK company based in Reading – is one of the companies leading this change. Nicola Davis is joined in the studio by its director, Dr. Alastair Barrow, and also by Dr. Barry Quinn, senior specialist clinical teacher at King’s College London. Meanwhile at Queen Mary, University of London, Dr Andrew McPherson of the Centre for Digital Music demonstrates the magnetic resonator piano to Iain Chambers, and discusses their work with augmented musical instruments.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Lessons 47 mins – “The Ebola outbreak that roiled the world in 2014 appears to be finally wrapping up as the world – and West Africa in particular – come to the end of 2015. Quarantines ending for last patients. Questions lingering about how Ebola may linger, subtly invisible. And lessons learned – globally and locally. For health workers in Africa, some of those lessons were cruel. Ostracized for doing the necessary in handling dead bodies. Risking their own lives. And then, for some, never paid for their critical labor. This hour On Point, lessons for next time in the latest great Ebola scare.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Evolution 71 mins – “THE 3rd WAY is a very big idea. In the information age, you simply cannot get ahead on wages alone. In addition to your labor, you must acquire capital (stock, real estate, technology, etc.). Now the middle class is in crisis. Median wages adjusted for inflation have decreased steadily for decades. The middle class is simply not sharing in the nation’s capital centered economic growth. Widespread current discontent is destined to lead to serious unrest unless we promptly put the correct solutions in place… Exponential advances in technology relentlessly exacerbate the ever widening chasm between the productive power of capital vs. labor. An innovative system to re-link these fundamental forces must be expeditiously ordained to equitably share the capitalist blessings of wealth and avert a looming social calamity…This week we speak with Veny Musum and Upendra Chivukula, co-authors of the brand new book, The 3rd Way: Economic Reform or Social Revolution. In this book, and in this episode, Veny and Upendra present a big, bold idea on how we can close the gap between the rich and the poor and how companies can benefit in the process.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronics Manufacturing 88 mins – “Jeff Keyzer once again visits the show to talk about high volume manufacturing in China and creating a consumer product.” At the link right-click “Download”for episode 279 and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fair Food Program 18 mins – “About one-third of the fresh tomatoes sold in the U.S. come from Florida. Mainly migrant workers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean hand-pick the tomatoes in or near the town of Immokalee, just north of the Everglades. For decades, Florida tomato pickers endured some of the worst working conditions in America. Beatings, rape and sexual harassment were common problems. Often, there were no toilets, shade or clean drinking water. Work hours were unpredictable and wages were extremely low. There were even cases of slavery. In 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers began to organize. At first, it focused on ending slavery in the fields, then expanded its work to deal with wage theft and abuse. In 2001, it launched the Fair Food Program. The group brought about change by pressuring large retailers to use their market muscle to demand higher standards from suppliers….” At the link find the title, “When working conditions are ripe for change,” right-click “Media files When-working-conditions-are-ripe-for-change.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Justice 1 55 mins – “Global Justice is rooted in the aspiration to make the world a better place. It seeks to help us understand how human beings – no matter who they are or where they live – can be treated fairly. But who decides what justice really is?” At the link find the title, “Global Justice, Part 1: Justice Across Borders,” right-click “Media files ideas 20151221_80463.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Justice 2 54 mins – “Global Justice is rooted in the aspiration to make the world a better place. It seeks to help us understand how human beings – no matter who they are or where they live – can be treated fairly. But who decides what justice really is?” At the link find the title, “Global Justice, Part 2: Protecting Human Rights in a World of Conflict,” right-click “Media files ideas 20151222_79228.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ICANN 28 mins -”Fadi Chehade, President & CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, explains ICANN’s role in assigning new internet domain names, how people apply for new top level domains, & how disputes are resolved in the naming protocols.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Fadi Chehade,” right-click “Media files 317453-1-MP3-STD_01.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Shopping Online 45 mins – “Shopping in India is traditionally an intensely hands-on experience, but many are now embracing the online shopping revolution. From motorbike delivery couriers to Amazon India, and bringing online shopping to rural towns, Mukti Jain Campion discovers how Indian businesses are innovating to meet the new challenges.” At the link find the title, “Online Shopping, Indian Style,” right-click “Media files p03crlmz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insider Trading 19 mins- “Today on the show: A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why. Though he’s still struggling with that last one.” At the find “#671: An Insider Trader Tells All,” right-click “Media files 20151223 pmoney_pmoneypod.mp3” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

Job Relocating 65 mins- “Mechanical engineer Jim Heilman returns to The Engineering Commons to cover questions engineers should ask before relocating to advance their careers.Adam moved for his current job, but had to abandon the high-speed internet connection he enjoyed at his previous residence. Our guest for this episode is Jim Heilman, a mechanical engineer who spent two decades in industry before becoming a plastics industry recruiter for Discovery Personnel. Although many relocations take place for the sake of career advancement, Jim notes an increasing trend toward changing residences to be closer to family members. With increasing pressure on businesses to deliver profits, and with individuals needing to cover medical, educational, and household expenses, everyone is taking a closer look at the details in relocation packages. While some employers will increase their salary offer to induce a reluctant candidate to relocate, many employers are loath to “buy” an employee’s loyalty. No matter how attractive a job offer might seem, it’s important to gather familial consensus before agreeing to a cross-country move. While more senior engineers may be offered substantial relocation packages, younger engineers are more likely to be offered smaller, one-time cash payments to cover relocation expenses. Very few employers are willing to buy homes to help with relocation, even though this was once a common practice. During the height of the Great Recession, Jim says candidates “dug their heels in” and absolutely refused to relocate. Many employers require relocated employees to pay back a pro-rated portion of their company-paid moving expenses if they don’t remain with the firm for at least a year (or two). Whereas companies at one time were quite rigid in what they would offer for relocation, most firms are now open to negotiating relocation terms. Since housing is the largest expense for most families, one should investigate housing costs before getting too deep into negotiating a job move. Our guest notes that most employers are not keen on employees who fly or drive “home” to a different residence on the weekends. Engineers who repeatedly change jobs every year or two may eventually find it difficult to find employment, regardless of their skill level. It’s not unusual, says Jim, for an engineer to be fired when their employer discovers they are looking for a new job. Brian suggests young engineers always accept calls from recruiters, as the recruiter may be able to help secure new employment when it’s needed. Jim once dealt with a candidate who waited until very late in the relocation process to request help moving his snake collection. It’s crucial to talk with one’s family before initiating a job change that will require the family to relocate.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judy Collins 48 mins – “Singer-songwriter Judy Collins grew up in Colorado in a musical family. She was a piano prodigy but as a teenager joined the folk music movement and began performing at clubs. In 1968, Collins released “Both Sides, Now,” written by Joni Mitchell. The song became a major hit, making Billboard’s top 10. Since then, Judy Collins’ musical career has spanned five decades and includes several top-ten hits and gold-and platinum-selling albums. Today, Collins continues to play more than a hundred live concert dates every year. Her newest album is a collection of duets titled, “Strangers Again.” Diane talks with Grammy Award-winning singer Judy Collins about her life in music and the secret to her enduring success. “ At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Li-Fi Uses 7 mins – “What if we could use existing technologies to provide Internet access to the more than 4 billion people living in places where the infrastructure can’t support it? Using off-the-shelf LEDs and solar cells, Harald Haas and his team have pioneered a new technology that transmits data using light, and it may just be the key to bridging the digital divide. Take a look at what the future of the Internet could look like.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download video” (the only option) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mapp v Ohio 93 mins – “Professors Carolyn Long and Renee Hutchins talk about the 1961 Supreme Court case [Mapp v. Ohio], in which the Court applied Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” to state criminal cases.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Landmark Case [Mapp v. Ohio],” right-click “Media files program.411318.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana and Driving 52 mins – “In this episode we talk to Brett Marlin, Tom Nappe, & Chris Hoyte about NACCT 2015[North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology]. Later we talk to Rebecca Hartman about her research on how marijuana affects driving skills. Checkout the article here. Hosted by Matthew Zuckerman.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Michael Faraday 46 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the eminent 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Born into a poor working-class family, he received little formal schooling but became interested in science while working as a bookbinder’s apprentice. He is celebrated today for carrying out pioneering research into the relationship between electricity and magnetism. Faraday showed that if a wire was turned in the presence of a magnet or a magnet was turned in relation to a wire, an electric current was generated. This ground-breaking discovery led to the development of the electric generator and ultimately to modern power stations. During his life he became the most famous scientist in Britain and he played a key role in founding the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures which continue today. With: Geoffrey Cantor Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Leeds Laura Herz Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford Frank James Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution Producer: Victoria Brignell.” At the link find the title, “Michael Faraday, Dec, 2015 ,” right-click “Media files p03cnh58.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Base Expansion 47 mins – “The U.S. military has bases in a lot of places around the world. It wants more. It wants to build up a new string of bases in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa. In part to go after ISIS. Americans know well that U.S. troops are in Germany, Japan, South Korea. They are well-beyond too, in Bulgaria, Djibouti, Kenya, Qatar. Now the Pentagon is proposing new light-footprint bases in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kurdistan, Ethiopia and more. This hour On Point, we’ll look at the Pentagon’s new challenges and new dreams of more American military bases around the world.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native American Law 32 mins – “An alleged sexual assault on the Choctaw reservation has the Supreme Court asking whether non-Indians should face justice in the Indian court system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Network Councils 31 mins – “This episode is not about Star Wars. Instead, it’s about something most people call “mastermind groups” – though I’m really not a fan of that term. So I’m living up to this site’s namesake and christening it Jedi Councils instead. Whatever you’d like to call them, I think Jedi Councils are incredibly valuable. I’m part of five – two of which are regular group calls with 3-4 people, and three of which are just less frequent calls with me and one other person. In each council meeting, we go over our goals, give each other advice, and hold each other accountable. Each person I talk with in these council meetings is simultaneously a friend, business contact, mentor, and mentee. Each brings unique experience and expertise to the table. I probably first mentioned my Jedi Council meetings in the “What I’m Struggling With” video …and since then, I’ve gotten a lot of emails from students who all have the same questions: “How do I create my own Jedi Councils? How do I find people who would be up for that kind of thing?” That’s exactly what I hope to answer in this episode. Now, while I’ve got some general advice, most of the show simply consists of the origin stories for each council I’m in….Things mentioned in this episode: Stefano Ganddini – Collegetopia…Zach Sexton – Asian Efficiency; Tom Miller – WTF Professor; …Caleb Wojcik – DIY Video Guy; Kalid Azad – Better Explained; James Ashenhurst – Mastering Organic Chemistry;…How to Adult; Fizzle; World Domination Summit” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow in the description frame and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Prices 49 mins – “Oil prices have fallen to an 11-year low, and last week’s repeal of the oil export ban allows U.S. producers to ship overseas. Join us for a discussion on the economic and geopolitical implications of the global oil surplus.” At the link you can listen, but not download the file; however, a copy is include in the blog archive.

Personal Statements 26 mins – “Ryan discusses the 5 most common mistakes he sees when reviewing personal statements. One of the most common is not giving yourself enough time. Take a listen!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philanthropy Economics 42 mins – “A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.’s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.” At the link find the title, “Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition,” right-click “Media files freakonomics podcast122315.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pioneer Food in Texas 4 mins – “… Today we typically eat 3000 calories a day. Historian Matilda Houston tells us that early Texans frontiersmen ate more like 4500 calories. No one seemed aware that there’s more to food than its energy content. Pork and corn dominated diets of people hacking out a living in the Texas wilderness. It was too hard to protect chickens from predators, and Texas longhorns were still running wild. They wouldn’t be harnessed for food and commerce ’til later. For now, cattle were too valuable to eat. They gave milk and served as beasts of burden. They were even a medium of exchange in a land with no reliable currency. So pork dominated the Texas diet. Outsiders began calling Texas “The Republic of Porkdom.”….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1080.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radio Lab Stories 72 mins – “Radiolab wraps 2015 with a series of special episodes. First, Jad and Robert walk us through some particularly compelling moments from Radiolab’s most-listened-to episodes. Then, the producers take center stage and pull back the curtain some more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Bootleg Music 19 mins – “In 1950s Soviet Russia, citizens craved Western popular music—everything from jazz to rock & roll. But smuggling vinyl was dangerous, and acquiring the scarce material to make copies of those records that did make it into the country was expensive… Musical records posed a particularly complex challenge, largely due to the need for vinyl. Some were printed on special coated paper, but these only lasted for a few plays. Ruslan Bogoslowski changed the game when he encoded music onto exposed X-Rays from medical archives and hospital trash bins. Bogoslowski would eventually spend five years imprisoned in Siberia for this innovation. The records themselves were low-tech affairs, cut from their rectilinear forms into rough circles with scissors, then burned out in the center with a cigarette so they could be seated on turntables. …even today there are fans and collectors of these precious vinyl prints, even though today the music can be exchanged more openly in free markets.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

String Theory 109 mins – “String Theory is currently one of the most important theories in fundamental physics, with applications to a variety of subfields including black holes and cosmology, nuclear physics others. This episode is an introduction to the core ideas of the field, as well as to some of its applications. Our guest is Alexander Westphal of Germany’s particle physics lab DESY. He does a wonderful job of introducing the very abstract topic in a way that could be understood by non-physicists, at least to some degree.” At the link find the title, “191 – String Theory,” right-click “Media files omegatau-191-stringTheory.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SPARC Biology & Technology (Day 1) 7:50 hrs – “SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes the open sharing of scholarship. SPARC is committed to the faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process to increase the impact of research, fuel the advancement of knowledge, and increase the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a global membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide…The Common Fund’s new SPARC program has the central goal of providing a basic understanding of the peripheral nervous system to catalyze development of therapies based on neuromodulation of end-organ system function. The SPARC Biology and Technology Workshop serves as an initial step toward program success by bringing together research communities to assess the following: the current status of functional and anatomical mapping of peripheral innervation in organs; the opportunities for additional knowledge and technologies that would be foundational for mapping neuronal control of organ and organ system function in animal models and humans. Furthermore, this workshop will help communicate technical and biological opportunities within and across communities in a variety of organs and conditions.” At the link find the titles,” SPARC Strategic Planning Workshop: Biology & Technology (Day 2)” and “…(Day 1),” right-click the play button beside “Audio Podcast” for each and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Styrofoam EatingWorms 2 mins – “Worms have a taste for coffee cups? Who knew? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Styrofoam and other plastics can take over hundreds of years to degrade. Yeesh! Is there a way to make them go away faster? Stanford researchers may have a solution – mealworms. These critters are the larval form of the darkling beetle. And would you believe they have microorganisms in their guts that can break down Styrofoam? It’s true! In the Stanford study, one-hundred mealworms ingested a small pill’s worth of Styrofoam per day. Within twenty four hours, they excreted the waste as fragments that looked like rabbit droppings! It may be awhile before mealworms are deployed to plastic waste heaps, though. While the worms degrade half the plastic they ingest, they release the other half as carbon dioxide. That’s a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming. Mealworms would do the same with any food source, but it’s still something to keep in mind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tornadoes 45 mins – “What do you do when a twisting funnel drops from the sky with tearing winds of up to 500 km an hour? Neal Razzell goes out and about with the storm chasers in Oklahoma City, USA.” At the link find the title, “Tornado: Hide and Seek,” right-click “Media files p02rszgv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Games 47 mins – “We humans love our diversions, our immersions, our escapes and inspirations. We celebrate them in movies and in books, in music. And for many these days, in video games.  We are a long, long way from “Pong” and “Donkey Kong.” Games are deep and vast, with plots and personalities designed to engulf you. Take you away. Maybe solo. More often these days, in a world of players. Teaming up. Throwing down. Journeying. This hour On Point, from “Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time,” to “Halo 5” and “Splatoon,” we’re looking at the best video games of 2015.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Infrastructure 14 mins – “Water infrastructure issues are much in the news in the U.S. — not only in the West, where drought continues to take a high toll, but also in other parts of the country, where the water needs for municipalities, energy production, commercial interests, and agriculture intersect and sometimes conflict. In this interview, one in a series of three exploring some of the nation’s water challenges, we talk with Robert Glennon, Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy at the University of Arizona, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It. Prof. Glennon discusses the trade-offs between competing demands for water, the conflicts in allocation, and strategies for both conserving and sharing scarce water more effectively.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII at Moscow P2 22 mins – “The Germans smash through the latest Soviet Defensive lines. The 4th Panzer Group, along with Gen. Kluge’s 4th Army now have men just 128 KM or 80 miles from Moscow.” At the link find the title, “Episode 150-Operation Typhoon,” right-click “Media files Episode150, 122115_10.01_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 215 – Dec 25, 2015: Adrenalin Hits, Adulthood, Africa Corps, African Philosophy, Agricultural Chemicals, Angular Resolution, Antibiotic Resistance, Artificial Intelligence, Assisted Suicide, Biochemistry Classes, Black Girls Code, Blind Technology, Books International, Broadband in Ohio, California Farming, Cambodia Doctors, Chemistry Lobbyist, Circadian Rhythms, Climate Agreement, Climate Conference, Climate Tactics, Dementia Hackathon and Binnersproject, Democracy and Knowledge, Diversity, DNA Evidence, El Nino, Extremism Intervention, First Nations Speaker, First Responder PTSD, Fish Management, Food and Flavor, Gaming Benefits, Genetic Code Discovery, Greenhouse Gases, Gun Violence, Gym Membership, Home Brewing, Immigrant Training, ISIS Propaganda, Land Warfare Future, Making Choices, MCR-1 Gene, Medical Innovation, Mexican Immigrants, Middle Class Decline, Mockingbird, Mohave Captive Story, Music for Studying, Muslim Women, Natural Language Processing, New Yorker Cartoons, North Koreans, Nursing Profession, Open Borders or Not, Patient Checklists, Philosophy in Africa, Pluto and Comets, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Religious Violence, School Threats, Science Philosophy, Shopify Platform, Sinatra, Shaker Heads, Solar City, Space Medicine, Space Station History, Star Wars, States of Freedom, Suicides, Technology Future, Tesla Cars, Therapy Online, Too Big to Fail, Transgender Story, Transparency, Trump, Ukraine Crisis, Viral Videos, Weather Extremes, Working Mother Problems, WWII at Moscow

The best 84 podcasts from a larger group of 191 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but are limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile.  The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 270 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

Adrenalin Hits 23 mins – “Inspired by my friend Mike Mallin, today I discuss the post-resuscitation. This squarely fits into the Mind of the Resuscitationist (MotR) series. Parasympathetic Backlash Follows the adrenaline dump. You are basically performing at a much lower level than normal. The moment of greatest vulnerability is the instant immediately after victory. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte We briefly touched on this concept in the On Combat bookclub. …It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that a soldier must pay a heavy physiological price for an enervating process this intense. The price that the body pays is an equally powerful backlash when the neglected demands of the parasympathetic system become ascendant. This parasympathetic backlash occurs as soon as the danger and the excitement are over, and it takes the form of an incredibly powerful weariness and sleepiness on the part of the soldier. “Grossman, On Combat” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adulthood 52 mins – “For centuries, people thought of their lives as passing through distinct stages. A child became an adult and then an elder. Thatmiddle stage, adulthood, was regarded as the prime of life. But historian Steven Mintz says that way of thinking is “profoundly misleading.” Human development, he says, is an ongoing process, one with peaks and troughs rather than simply steps up and down life’s stairway. Mintz joins us to explore how what it means to grow up has fundamentally changed” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Africa Corps 61 mins – “CorpsAfrica was started by former Peace Corps volunteers to provide educated young Africans the chance to serve in their own countries, along the lines of the Peace Corps model. Young Africans are living in faraway regions of their own country, developing the kind of understanding of poverty that only comes from living it, and benefitting personally and professionally from the transformative experience of achieving successful development efforts. CorpsAfrica volunteers ask local people what they want, connect them to the resources of local, regional and international NGOs, and build the villagers’ capacity to help themselves.” at the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Philosophy 27 mins- “In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katrin Flikschuh addresses the question ‘What sort of philosophy is going on in Africa?’” At the link right click “Direct download: Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Chemicals 13 mins – “Strawberries used to be a delicacy. The fruit is fragile, prone to disease and requires a very particular climate to grow.But these days, you can buy strawberries almost anywhere at any time – including in Barrow, Alaska, a polar community with an average annual temperature of -9 degrees Fahrenheit.So how did strawberries become so ubiquitous, and what are the consequences for farmworkers? The answer takes us on a meandering tour back to World War I, the Hawaiian pineapple fields of the 1930s and a savvy marketing campaign in the 1970s and ’80s.” At the link find the title, “From the battlefields to the strawberry fields,” right-click “Media files From-the-battlefields-to-the-strawberry-fields.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Angular Resolution 73 mins – ”Radio telescopes have really crummy resolution but if we line them up and hook them together, using a technique called “radio interferometry” we can see the head of a screw 300 km away.This episode, our guest is Ben Acker, one of the authors of “the thrilling adventure hour”. Amazing! Our Physicists are Rupinder Brar and Sabrina Stierwalt!” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep 60, Meters Of Interference.mp3 ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 5 mins – “Awareness about antimicrobial resistance got a boost through recent campaigns such as Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” At the link find the title, “The Biggest Infectious Disease Threats,” right-click “Media files 855382.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence 60 mins – “This week, we’re talking about artificial intelligence, and how thinking machines are fitting into – and changing – our lives and cultures. Should we be concerned or excited about the future of artificial intelligence? To try and find out, we’re joined by a panel of four: Kerstin Dautenhahn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Hertfordshire; Raymond Mooney, Director of the University of Texas Artificial Intelligence Lab; Despina Kakoudaki, Director of the Humanities Lab at American University; and Rose Eveleth, science writer and host of Gizmodo’s “Meanwhile In The Future” podcast. Read the companion post on Skepchick.” At the link find the title, “#348 Artificial Intelligence,” right-click “Media files Science for the People 348, Artificial Intelligence.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Suicide 28 mins – “Beyond the debate. Quebec’s step-by-step march to allow doctors to help terminally ill patients to die…and what that means for the rest of the country.” At the link find the title, WCBA – Death’s Door ,right-click “Download WCBA – Death’s Door” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biochemistry Classes 39 mins – “In this episode, Ryan is joined by Dr. Adele Wolfson, a biochemistry professor at Wellesley College. They discuss the liberal arts degree and how it can actually be a better or even the best choice for premed. Adele wrote an essay talking about the big swing in the admissions process away from strictly science-based students and having students that can crush the MCAT to having students with people skills. She further talks about the importance of not discounting the study of science as an academic discipline while studying social sciences. It’s all about balance.” At th link right-click the down-pointing arrow near the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Girls Code in Kampala 27 mins – “Akwasi Sarpong visits Uganda’s thriving coding scene, to find out if home-grown, technology-based solutions can help tackle some of the country’s big development challenges.” At the link find the title, “Young, Geeky and Black: Kampala,” right-click “Media files p03b0mgv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Technology 9 mins – “How can technology help improve our quality of life? How can we navigate the world without using the sense of vision? Inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who’s been blind since the age of fourteen, is working on answering these questions. In a charming demo, she shows off some new technology that’s helping blind people explore the world ever more independently … because, she suggests, when we design for greater accessibility, everyone benefits.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Books International 12 mins – “Ann Morgan considered herself well read — until she discovered the “massive blindspot” on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few books from beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she’s urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Ohio 22 mins – “When Hudson, Ohio, businesses couldn’t get the connectivity they needed from the incumbent cable and telephone companies, the local government stepped up to provide what it calls a “service” rather than a “utility.” Hudson City Manager Jane Howington joins me this week to explain their approach in Episode 181 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.Hudson has a municipal electric utility already and is now investing in a fiber optic network to connect local businesses. Branded “Velocity,” and launched earlier this year, the network is exceeding expectations thus far in terms of local business interest. City Manager Howington and I discuss how they decided to build a network, their incremental approach, and how they will know if they are successful in coming years.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file …” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Farming 6 mins – “…Caspi moved to California from Israel eight years ago to run a vineyard. Now, he grows produce in a community supported agricultural operation. And while the presence of pigs might be shocking to some, he too has been shocked when it comes to some local farming practices. For instance, he can’t believe that some California farmers still flood their fields to irrigate their crops. “You know, first time I came to this country I said, ‘What is that? Something went wrong here. They blew up a pipe or something.’” That was back before the state’s record drought, now in its fourth year….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cambodia Doctors – “A recent health scandal in Cambodia has prompted the government to clamp down on unlicensed doctors. But these ‘doctors’ are often the preferred option for many in the countryside.” At the link find the title, “Cambodia: Trust Me I’m Not a Doctor,” right-click “Media files p03c97wf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemistry Lobbyist 27 mins – “Ryan Davison is the Manager of Advocacy at the American Chemical Society (ACS). In certain circles, he could be considered a lobbyist. Davison advocates in Washington, D.C., for more basic, fundamental scientific research. The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, and much of the research done by many scientists can take years…often too long a period of time for many members of Congress to consider worth investing in.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Circadian Rhythms 48 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the evolution and role of Circadian Rhythms, the so-called body clock that influences an organism’s daily cycle of physical, behavioural and mental changes. The rhythms are generated within organisms and also in response to external stimuli, mainly light and darkness. They are found throughout the living world, from bacteria to plants, fungi to animals and, in humans, are noticed most clearly in sleep patterns. With Russell Foster Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford Debra Skene Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Surrey And Steve Jones Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London.” At the link find the title, “Circadian Rhythms,” right-click “Media files p03cc8kr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Agreement 48 mins – “Nearly 200 nations approved a landmark climate accord over the weekend. They agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt other measures to limit the increase of the average global temperature. The deal hammered out over two weeks in Paris states that climate change represents “an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.” And it calls on all nations to take action to combat it. President Obama declared the Paris accord a victory for the planet, but warned against becoming complacent. Environmentalists agreed much more needs to be done. Join Diane in a discussion of the UN summit on climate change” (Three guests.). At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Climate Conference Progress 27 mins – Details of the progress made in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in comparison with a lack of progress in past conferences. At the link find the title, “A Cold War Dance,” right-click “Media files p03c7dy9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Conference Review 57 mins – “On December 17, the Brookings Group on Energy and Climate, an institution-wide initiative that generates policy recommendations to address climate change and related issues, hosted Todd Stern, U.S. Department of State’s special envoy for climate change, for a conversation on the outcomes of the Paris negotiations and the next steps in terms of implementation of the agreement. Brookings Vice President Bruce Jones, director of the Foreign Policy program and chair of the Brookings Group on Energy and Climate, lead the discussion with Stern, who addressed the future of international cooperation in combating climate change.” At the link right-click “Unpacking the Paris climate conference: A conversation with Todd Stern” just over “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Tactics 28 mins – “As the Paris climate change conference takes place, author Tim Flannery talks to Ian Sample about the prospects for preventing irreversible climate change Professor Tim Flannery, author of Atmosphere of Hope, gives his assessment of new technology designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and the importance of the Paris summit.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Hackathon and Binnersproject 54 mins – “…Spark goes to DementiaHack, a hacakthon with a goal to come up with tools and technologies that can be of practical benefit to people with dementia and their caregivers. Organizers Shaharris Beh (HackerNest) and Jordan Banks (Facebook Canada) talk about the importance of this hackathon…[10 mins] [The next one for 2016 is in NYC.]. [then] Many urban centres have binners — people who collect recyclable material from garbage bins. They help divert a lot of waste in our cities, but remain marginalized and stigmatized. Michael Leland has been binning for over 10 years. He’s now a member of the Binners Core Group for The Binners’ Project, a Vancouver initiative dedicated to improving opportunities for binners.” [13 mins] [Two more segments follow.] At the link find the title, “302: Dementia, dumpster diving, driverless cars and more,” right-click “Download 302: Dementia, dumpster diving, driverless cars and moreand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy and Knowledge 55 mins – “How can democracies encourage and utilize the kinds of knowledge necessary to make them sustainable? Is it really possible to speak truth to power? A Royal Society of Canada symposium considers such questions, with a keynote address from Sheila Jasanoff.Democracy and Knowledge “ At the link find the title, “Democracy and Knowledge, Dec 2015,” right-clcik “Media files ideas_20151217_74936.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diversity 53 mins – “If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ, there are a few things you’d probably notice right off the bat. First, it’s crowded – like a grungy dorm room. Second, the lighting… it’s not great. Not many windows. Third, it’s white. Really white. 24 of Gimlet’s 27 employees are white. In this episode, we look at diversity (or lack thereof) at Gimlet. And we try to figure out what diversity should mean for the company going forward. The Facts: Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. John Kimbrough composed music for this episode. More music written and performed by John Delore along with his band mates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick and Isamu McGregor. Our Sponsors: PC Does What?! Audible.comAt the link find the title, “#19 Diversity Report ,” right-click “Play Now” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Evidence 48 mins – “Forensic DNA testing has been used to exonerate more than 300 innocent people, including 22 on death row. It’s helped capture dangerous repeat offenders and led to convictions in seemingly unsolvable cases. Yet, some warn it’s not the silver bullet it’s perceived to be. A recent study in Texas found DNA evidence was misanalyzed in cases dating back to 1999. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced policy changes to address concerns over the quality of crime labs that process forensic evidence, including DNA. Today, understanding the strengths and limitations of one of crime fighting’s most powerful tools.” (Four guests.) At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

El Nino 56 mins – “El Niño produces extreme consequences for weather around the globe. The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast a strong El Niño for the winter of 2015-16. As a result, the NOAA Winter Outlook shows probabilities for above normal precipitation over much of CA, AZ, and southern NV, bringing substantial risk for levee failures, landslides, and flooding. The FEMA Region 9 office, in Oakland, CA has established an El Niño task force, consisting of subject matter experts from federal, state, local, tribal and community partners, who recently participated in a Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) exercise to practice the newly released Disaster Response Plan for California, Arizona, Nevada and its flood decision support tools. Today these experts will join us to discuss practical ways families and businesses can be ready for the hazards that a strong El Nino will produce.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extremism Intervention 89 mins – “The Islamic State’s recruitment of foreign fighters has thrust the debate over how to counter violent extremism (CVE) onto the center of domestic and international security agendas. How might nonconventional methods of early intervention such as counseling, education, and community building better prepare governments and communities for the CVE challenge? On November 9, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, in conjunction with the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, hosted a panel of experts to discuss the causes and possible solutions to violent extremism.” At the link right-click “Countering violent extremism through early interventions” just above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Speaker 55 mins – “Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo delivers the inaugural Indigenous Speakers Series lecture at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.” At the link find the title, “Rumbling and Reckoning – Shawn Atleo,” right-click “Media files ideas_20151214_31025.mp3” and sselect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Responder PTSD 28 mins – “How a unique art project mounted by a Calgary-based EMT is helping first responders heal from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” At the link find the title, “Sock Drawer Stories,” right-click “Download Sock Drawer Stories “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fish Management 14 mins – “The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food and Flavor 45 mins – “On the show this week we talk to Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, “a lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.” At the link find the title, “114 Mark Schatzker – The Dorito Effect,” right-click “Media files 5b2e3116-7ee9-4fc6-8ea8-c7ac23f30984.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gaming Benefits 97 mins – “Jane McGonigal (@avantgame), PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times. She has been called one of the “top ten innovators to watch” by BusinessWeek and one of the “100 most creative people in business” by Fast Company. Her TED talks on games have been viewed more than ten million times. In this conversation, we dig into everything from recovering from head trauma to how you can use Candy Crush Saga to lose weight. Not enough? How about using Tetris to prevent PTSD, or using Call of Duty to increase empathy? Her latest book is SuperBetter, which offers a revolutionary (science-based) approach for getting stronger, happier, and more resilient. I’ve been testing it, and it works. Not only am I feeling better, but I’m having more fun.As adults, we often lose track of play. My hope is that this episode will help you to reclaim it. It’s not frivolous; it can help you get a lot more done with less stress.” At the link right-click “Donwload as an MP3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Code Discovery 65 mins – “Episode 60 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Matthew Cobb, author of Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code. We focus on some of the unsung scientists who made essential discoveries.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 60-BI-cobb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greenhouse Gases 25 mins – “Beth interviews Craig Hover, author of A World to Come Home To: Ending Global Warming in Our Lifetime. Craig is a licensed professional engineer with more than 30 years of engineering, project and facilities management, financial services and consulting. In his book he lays out a comprehensive vision of implementing sustainable strategies for reducing carbon emissions and reversing the current trends in climate change. What you can do about global warming.” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Violence 46 mins – “Three years ago today, Adam Lanza, stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and fatally shot 20 children and six adults. There were candlelight vigils and an anguished push to change gun laws. Then, nothing. More shootings. On streets all over. In Charleston. Roseburg, Oregon. Colorado Springs. San Bernardino. More than 30,000 Americans die every year from gun violence. No other developed country comes close to that level. How do they avoid it? This hour On Point, the global picture on gun violence, and the huge American exception.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gym Memberships 16 mins – “Today on the show: The mind games that gyms play with you. From design to pricing to free bagels, gyms want to be a product that everyone buys, but no one actually uses.” At the link find the title, “#590: The Planet Money Workout,” right-click “Media files 20151216_pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save LInk As” from the pop-up menu.

Home Brewing 172 mins – “…Today I am doing a follow up to Episode-1684- Making Dead Simple Ciders, Meads and Fruit Wines because I have been blown away by how many went out and gave it a shot. I have also gotten a lot of questions about it. I put out requests for questions on that episode and efforts so far and got a huge response, today I will attempt to answer most of those questions. I do want to lead off with something to put everything here into context though. These quick simple small batches… this means is that making ciders and meads like this can either lead to full on bad ass to the bone home vinting, mead and cider making. Or a path to really easy and fast daily drinkers, either bottled or kegged. Or just be a fun way to make and enjoy a few batches a year. It is all up to you. Just understand that is the angle my answers come from today. I have been brewing beers, ciders, fruit wines, meads and blends there of since 1994, so that is 21 years. I have even produced a few award winning beers in my time.I rank my experience as a brewer at a 8 of 10, mainly only because I have never done full mash. Cider I would rank as a 8 as well, mainly because I have never worked up to proper blending or real cider apples, something very hard to even get today. I would also give myself an 8 as a mead maker, only because I have seen what a 10 is and that isn’t it. ….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Training 65 mins – “Timed to coincide with the release of a series of new fact sheets that provide in-depth data profiles of immigrant and refugee adult learners and workers, this webinar explores the relationship of key Census data findings to current state and local efforts to devise plans for implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In recent decades roughly 1 million foreign-born individuals have settled in the United States per year, many with needs for adult education and workforce training services. WIOA’s implementation could play a critical role in supporting the upward mobility of these immigrants and refugees in the workforce and their successful integration into the civic life of the cities and states where they have settled. However, the law’s narrow accountability measures are expected by many to make it more difficult for local providers to serve immigrants and refugees seeking to learn English or improve their basic skills, especially those who are not on track to earn postsecondary credentials or who do not have this as a goal.” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Propaganda Networks 88 mins – “The Islamic State (or ISIS) uses social media in unprecedented ways to enlist new members to its ranks. ISIS’s propaganda networks pose a real challenge to the international community as it tries to counter ISIS’s ability to recruit members and share its extremist ideology. On October 21, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World hosted Ambassador Alberto Fernandez for the launch of his new Brookings paper, “Here to stay and growing: Combating ISIS propaganda networks.” Ambassador Fernandez explored the propaganda history of al-Qaida and ISIS, as well as the various approaches that different regional and international actors have taken to counter ISIS messaging. Ambassador Richard LeBaron, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, joined Ambassador Fernandez on the panel, which was moderated by Brookings Fellow Will McCants.” At the link right-click “Combating ISIS propaganda networksjust above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Land Warfare Future 94 mins – “In today’s U.S. defense policy debates, big land wars are out. Drones, cyber weapons, special forces, and space weapons are in. But what happens if we bet too heavily on these battlefield changes? Both historical and present day concerns argue that it’s not so easy to declare an end to large and messy land wars and other operations. In his new book, “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Michael O’Hanlon offers an analysis of the future of the world’s ground forces. O’Hanlon considers a number of illustrative scenarios in which large conventional forces may be necessary and he asks hard questions about which situations might require significant numbers of American boots in the future.” At the link right-click “The future of land warfare” just over “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Making Choices 16 mins – “Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCR-1 Gene 47 mins – “Antibiotics make so much possible that we just take for granted. Knocking out infections before they kill. All kinds of medical procedures, therapies that would be too risky if bacteria could move in. But superbugs are growing. Antibiotic-resistant and hard to handle. The latest, in China and Denmark, looks practically impossible to handle. A gene called MCR-1 creeping into bacteria and making those bacteria immune to our very most aggressive drugs. So pay attention. This hour On Point. fear that the ultimate antibiotic-resistant superbug has arrived. And is spreading.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Innovation 54 mins – “Dr David Albert is a Cardiologist, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur who holds over 40 patents and has been the founder of multiple successful medtech startups. Currently he is the founder AliveCor, a personalized EKG device that is compatible with your smartphone which went viral after a famous 4 minute self made Youtube video. The medtech world is increasingly appealing to physicians but is fraught with challenges and pitfalls. Dr Albert has managed to navigate this world to immense success and shares his journey here. For anyone interested in the mechanics of Digital Medicine entrepreneurship, this episode is a must listen.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Immigrants 60 mins – “MPI Leadership Visions held a discussion with the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, for the first public appearance during her first visit to Washington, DC in her current capacity. With the growing importance of migration matters tying the United States and Mexico together, this Leadership Visions program moderated by MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner offers a special opportunity to hear from and engage with a critical figure in the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Minister Ruiz-Massieu was appointed to her post by President Enrique Peña Nieto on August 27, 2015, having previously served as Minister of Tourism since 2012. Prior to joining the Peña Nieto administration, she served two terms as an elected member of Mexico’s House of Representatives. Minister Ruiz-Massieu has also had a distinguished academic career.” At the link find the title, “Leadership Visions: A Discussion with Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu,” right-click “Media files 20151214MexicanMinisterEvent.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Decline 46 mins – “A big report shows the US is no longer a majority middle class country. We’ll look at the implications, and how that could be turned around. In the 20th Century, the thing that defined the United States to much of the world was its amazing middle class. Lots of countries had rich and poor. America had a majority middle income population that dazzled. It wasn’t just the biggest slice of the pie, it defined American culture, American politics. You can still hear that on the campaign trail. But a big new report says America is no longer majority middle class. Rich, growing. Poor, growing. Middle class, shrinking. Majority lost. This hour, On Point — what it means when America’s great middle goes down.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mockingbird 61 mins – “Charles Shields discusses his book, [Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee], about the life of author Harper Lee, as well as the discovery and publication of her manuscript, [Go Set a Watchman], which was written before [To Kill a Mockingbird].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Charles Shields, Jul 2015” right-click “Media files program.405772.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mohave Captive Story 53 mins – “Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old Mormon pioneer when Yavapai Indians killed her family and enslaved her. She was traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. After being ransomed and returned to white society, Oatman found herself caught between conflicting cultures. Her tattoo clashed with her pale complexion, marking her as both Mohave and European. Margot Mifflin has written a book about Oatman, and she joins us Wednesday to discuss Oatman’s life as a cultural hybrid. Margot Mifflin writes about women, art, and contemporary culture. She’s the author of the book The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, as well as Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music for Studying 59 mins – “Should you study with music or not? I get this question a lot, and I’ve seen plenty of answers that range from a simple, “No,” to, “Only listen to classical,” to people excitedly trying to link me to their epic female vocal trance playlist I’m not even mad about this). What does science have to say about it, though? Well, to find out, today I’m talking with Junaid Kalmadi and Adam Hewett – two of the people behind a web app called Brain.fm. Brain.fm is an app that uses artificial intelligence to generate ultra-precise music designed to improve your brain’s performance. They have “sessions” designed for several purposes, including: Focus and creativity; Relaxation; Sleep” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Women 68 mins – “Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Cornell University Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, San Francisco State University Barazangi will discuss her work in Muslim and Arab women’s education, identity development and belief studies as well as feminist and gender issues. She will sign her newest book, Woman’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith. She describes this book as a first step in a comprehensive attempt to contrast Hadith with the Qur’an to uncover unjust practices concerning women and gender issues.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Natural Language Processing 17 min – “Artificial Intelligence 60 mins – ““Natural language processing,” “machine-based metadata” – these aren’t phrases that we’re thrown around in editorial meetings or at publishers’ sales conferences until very recently. Behind the IT world jargon, though, is a fairly basic drive to improve “discoverability” in a book world of millions of available titles. Rather than recommend a book based on what others have bought, as Amazon does, the Trajectory algorithm claims to recommend titles based on which books a reader has previously read. This new focus of attention represents a fundamental breakthrough, according to Trajectory co-founder and CEO Jim Bryant.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Yorker Cartoons 24 mins – “This is Bob Mankoff’s time. The cartoon editor of the New Yorker has just published a memoir: “How About Never. Is Never Good for You?” He’s a regular on WNYC’s The New Yorker Radio Hour. And he was featured in the documentary “Very Semi-Serious,” which debuted on HBO last week. Recently our Bob sat down with their Bob to talk about art, life, cartoons, and much, much more.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Koreans 83 mins – “In light of North Korea’s repeated provocations, it is easy to overlook the lives of ordinary North Korean citizens. Meanwhile, it would be almost impossible to resolve the pressing issues so often linked to North Korea without full knowledge of the domestic situation of North Koreans, including their values and ideology. In the second edition of their book, “The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh provide an updated and comprehensive overview of the everyday lives of North Koreans under the Kim Jong-un regime. On September 28, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted Kongdan Oh to examine the current struggles of North Koreans under the failed state-controlled economy and restrictive political class and legal systems. Katharine H.S. Moon, the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.” At the link right-click “Hidden people of North Korea: New economy, old politicsjust above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nursing Profession 54 mins – “Nurse and [New York Times] columnist Theresa Brown discusses her book [The Shift], in which she talks about health care and her experiences in patient care and patient safety. She is interviewed by Debra Hatmaker of the American Nurses Association.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Theresa Brown,” right-click “Media files program.415965.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Borders or Not 62 mins – “The argument for open borders is compelling — and deeply problematic.” At the link find the title, “Is Migration a Basic Human Right?” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast121615.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Checklists 21 mins – “Does a more humane hospital make a safer hospital? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes. Dr. Pronovost is a critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s known best for innovating an approach to patient safety a decade ago with something really simple: checklists. Preventable death rates at hospitals are high. Infections from central lines, the catheters inserted into major veins to let doctors administer drugs and draw blood more easily, are estimated to account for more than 60,000 deaths per year — about as many as breast and prostate cancer deaths combined. Dr. Pronovost created a checklist of five simple precautions to follow — such as washing hands, draping the patient in a sterile sheet — and brought the infections rate down to almost zero. Now, Dr. Pronovost wants to tackle all preventable risks in the hospital, such as ventilator-related infections, blood clots, and delirium. Johns Hopkins is calling this experiment Project Emerge. For the past year and a half, doctors and nurses in an intensive care unit at the hospital have been using a tablet app that automatically runs a patient’s medical records through different electronic checklists — and then flags any risk. The goal is to make it impossible to miss a dangerous mistake. Project Emerge does something else too — it makes humane care a top priority. The system flags “disrespect of a patient” or a “mismatch of goals” for a patient’s care. Johns Hopkins is testing the theory that safety and empathy go hand in hand — and whether they can engineer more humane care in the hospital” At the link find the title, “Putting Care Back in the ICU,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman121515_cms558819_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philosophy in Africa 17 mins – “In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katrin Flikschuh addresses the question ‘What sort of philosophy is going on in Africa?’” At the link find the title, “Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa,”Media files,” right-click “Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pluto and Comets 62 mins – “Guardian science correspondent was joined by an expert panel of scientists, including Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Andrew Coates, Kevin Fong and Monica Grady, to discuss the latest findings from the Rosetta mission and to ask what’s next for New Horizons and other groundbreaking missions planned for the coming decade. And as Major Tim Peake, the first official British astronaut, prepares for his five-month mission to the International Space Station, the panel will discuss the future of human spaceflight.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polymerase Chain Reaction 5 mins – “…The man who challenged the idea that life couldn’t take the heat was biologist Thomas Brock. In the 1960s, he set up a scientific research station in Yellowstone, and set about sampling bacteria in the park’s lakes, springs and geysers. To his surprise, he discovered thin pink threads of bacteria thriving in one of the park’s hot springs at temperatures above 80 degrees – the first organism ever found to be able to withstand such extreme conditions. He named it Thermus aquaticus Taq for short – as a nod to the hot water he’d found it in, and started to investigate its unusual properties, finding that it can tolerate being heated right up to boiling point – over 95 degrees – without any ill-effects. But at the time there was little interest in such extreme bugs, and he closed the research station in 1975, depositing a sample of the bacteria in a national bug bank. Taq‘s time came in the early 1980s, thanks to researcher Kary Mullis, who played a key role in a revolution in molecular biology. He’d had a brilliant idea for a new way to amplify a few small pieces of DNA into millions in the lab, so that researchers could study them in more detail or even cut and paste them together to make new molecules. It’s a bit like inventing a photocopying machine for DNA. The new method, known as the polymerase chain reaction or PCR, works by using an enzyme called DNA polymerase to copy out a DNA template. The reaction is then heated up to 95 degrees to separate the DNA template from the new copy, so everything can begin again and more copies can be made. Because each new copy can also act as a template, the number of pieces of DNA expands exponentially, so it’s a quick way to generate thousands or millions of new pieces of DNA in just a few reaction cycles….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Taq.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religious Violence 93 mins – “In his new book, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks examines the recent phenomenon of violent extremism by exploring the origins of violence and its relationship to religion. Rabbi Sacks challenges the assertion that religion is an intrinsic source of violence and describes how theology can be central to combating religious violence and extremism. Through analysis of biblical texts tied to the three Abrahamic faiths, Rabbi Sacks illustrates how religiously-inspired violence stems from a critical misreading of these texts. On November 12, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a discussion addressing Rabbi Sacks’ book and other important issues related to the roots of religious violence. This event is part of the long-running Governing Ideas book series, which is hosted by William A. Galston..” At the link right-click “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” just above (Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Threats 48 mins – “This week, the nation’s two largest school systems received threats of a terrorist attack. Los Angeles closed all its schools, affecting nearly 700,000 children and their families. But New York dismissed the same threat as a hoax. The incident highlights the difficult choices facing schools in these situations — they must consider not just student safety, but financial consequences, and the message a decision sends to parents and the community. One recent report says violent threats to schools are on the rise. But some worry we are at risk of going overboard, cancelling school and disrupting learning too often. Managing threats against our schools.” (Four guests.) At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Science Philosophy 51 mins – “What kind of knowledge is required to sustain a healthy democracy? How can we guarantee a solid foundation for sound policies and social practices? A Royal Society of Canada symposium considers such questions, with a keynote address from Harry Collins.” At the link find the title, “Knowledge and Democracy,” right-click “Media files ideas 20151216_73699.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shopify Platform 49 mins – “In this episode of The Voice, host Tina Barton is joined by Shopify’s Brennan Loh, Head of Business Development, and Courtney Symons, Partner Marketing Manager. Many companies pursue the hi-tech dream, but few see the success that Shopify has. Only a decade ago, the company was a modest e-commerce platform run by three guys selling snowboarding equipment. The company is now a major commerce player that serves more than 175,000 businesses in about 150 countries, employs over 800 people, and has produced $10 billion in total sales. They’ve scored big partner deals with Facebook, Twitter, Uber and most recently Amazon. And they have support and endorsements from major business players such as Richard Branson and Tim Ferris too. This episode is not just about breakout startup success, but how to create an environment where innovation can let loose, how to build successful partnerships from the ground up – even when starting from scratch – and how strategic content development provides the basis for everything. Joined by Brennan Loh, Head of Business Development, and Courtney Symons, Partner Marketing Manager, we cover Shopify’s path to stretching “up market”, and hear a preview of what’s next.” At the link right click “Direct download: ep94_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sinatra 48 mins – “Long before the late Frank Sinatra – Old Blue Eyes, with his scotch on the rocks and cigarettes – there was the young Sinatra. He was the teen idol — the mama’s boy out of Hoboken with the chip on his shoulder and screaming mobs of girls on his trail – all before World War II. Old Blue Eyes was smooth, maybe surly, and tough. Young Blue Eyes was trying to figure it all out, over Bing Crosby and Tommy Dorsey, mob bosses and Ava Gardner. A new biography tells that story.” At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sinatra’s 100th Birthday 60 mins – “For Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday: stories, tributes, and attempts to understand the Chairman of the Board.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men. \

Sneaker Heads 12 mins – “Josh Luber is a “sneakerhead,” a collector of rare or limited sneakers. With their insatiable appetite for exclusive sneakers, these tastemakers drive marketing and create hype for the brands they love, specifically Nike, which absolutely dominates the multi-billion dollar secondary market for sneakers. Luber’s company, Campless, collects data about this market and analyzes it for collectors and investors. In this talk, he takes us on a journey into this complicated, unregulated market and imagines how it could be a model for a stock market for commerce.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar City 62 mins – “Lyndon Rive, Co-Founder and CEO of SolarCity, and Tim Draper, founding parter of the venture capital firm DFJ, discuss the clean-energy company’s mission to save the planet while exploring the many aspects of its business, from the science of solar power to the need for better government incentives and policies.” At the link hover over “Podcast,” right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Medicine 27 mins – “In September the European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen became the first Dane in space when he went to the International Space Station (ISS). He was also the first to test a new skin suit developed by scientists at King’s College in London. The skin suit aims to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of microgravity, such as back problems experienced by some as a result of the body elongating by as much as seven centimetres in space. Tracey Logan meets Dr David A. Green, one of the developers of the suit, and Claudia talks to Andreas Mogensen about what it was like to wear it on the ISS. Planet Concordia One way of working out how people might cope both physically and psychologically on a trip to Mars is to study humans who are isolated on earth. Dr Alexander Kumar did just that for the European Space Agency, when he spent nine months at the Antarctic station Concordia conducting various physiological and psychological experiments on his team mates. They endured temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees, very low oxygen levels and spent four long, dark months in winter with no daylight. No-one could leave and the team of 12 were completely reliant on each other. As well as on Dr Kumar, who was also the station doctor. Overview Effect Anyone who has been to space never forgets their first experience of looking back at the earth from space. It is something that fewer than 600 people in the world have ever had the privilege to do, but psychological research shows that it can have a huge impact on the way astronauts view life and their place in it….” At the link find the title,”Space Week: A Space Medicine Special,” right-click “Media files p03c8vbm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Station History 50 mins – “European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is back on Earth after 200 days in space. She tells the full story of the International Space Station, in orbit 400 km above our planet.A Home in Space Media files p03bvvqk.mp3

Star Wars 52 mins – “Thursday, we’re geeking out about the new Star Wars movie. BYU professor Darl Larsen will be our guest. He actually wrote a graduate thesis about George Lucas, and he says the original 1977 Star Wars film was and remains massively popular because it presents the classic hero’s quest in a pastiche of genre styles meant to appeal to a broad audience. Of course, not all the films in Lucas’ saga fared as well. Larsen will help us puzzle out where the series is headed without the influence of its creator. Darl Larsen is a professor of Theatre & Media Arts and the Center for Animation at BYU, with emphases in film genres and history, animation, and screenwriting. His 1993 PhD thesis was titled “Raider of the Lost Art: George Lucas and Auteurism in THX 1138, American Graffiti, and Star Wars.” His most recent book is about the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It’s called A Book About the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail: All the References, from African Swallows to Zoot” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

States of Freedom 77 mins – “Yep this show is about active anarchy, didn’t put that in the title so it would not immediately shut down people that do not know what real anarchy is. Anarchy is not spoiled young adult children living in the parents basements, listening thrash music and playing games while wearing a black shirt with an A on it. Anarchy is not burning down buildings, demonstrating in the streets or being a non conformist by getting the same tattoo 5,000 other people have.  It isn’t hating everyone who is a cop or works for “the system” while you yourself take advantage of the same “system” every day. It to be blunt isn’t even dominantly a political view, it is more an ethics based view that drives a political philosophy. The ethics I am talking about are things like the firm belief, that cohesion, theft and force outside of defensive force are wrong, all the time, period the end. We accept that society is currently a bunch of spoiled children not ready to step up and be moral. We also accept that our way won’t be the dominant way in our own lifetimes. Yet for us, living against our ethics is simply not an option….”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicides 48 mins – “Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. And the suicide rate has grown slightly over the past decade. But a group of psychiatrists and health care professionals is working to change this trend. They’ve launched an initiative that aims to reduce the number of suicides to zero. It sounds impossible, but a health system in Michigan is reporting impressive results. After overhauling the way it screens and treats patients, it reduced the number of suicides by 80 percent. And one year, no suicides were reported. Now others are trying to replicate this success. Diane and a panel of [4] guests discuss the “Zero Suicide” initiative.” At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Technology Future 53 mins – “A special panel of highly scientific minds discusses what the future holds for tech innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Panelists include Google’s “captain of moonshots,” Astro Teller, Stanford bioengineer Christina Smolke, an associate professor at the university’s medical school, and DFJ General Partner Steve Jurvetson. Persis Drell, dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, moderates the discussion, with introductions by Stanford Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt.” At the link hover over “Podcast,” right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla Cars 4 mins – “ I was recently making my way through a shopping mall when I happened upon something that completely caught me off guard: a store that sold cars. Not toy or model cars, but actual cars. Only two were on display, but there were private meeting spaces where a buyer could choose the color, interior trim, and so on. Delivery of a made-to-order car took six to eight weeks. The clean, simple design of the surroundings made me feel as if I’d walked into an Apple store; and the young “product specialist” who helped me reminded me more of a transplant from an Apple Genius Bar than of a car salesman.The store was the creation of Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker that’s received so much attention. And from a technological perspective the attention is well deserved. Electric cars are very different from their gas powered, internal combustion cousins… Since explosions are replaced by the movement of electricity, there’s far less to wear out in an electric motor, greatly reducing car maintenance. The tradeoff is that even rechargeable batteries eventually wear out, and they can be expensive to dispose of and replace.” At the link “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Therapy Online 54 mins – “This week, a special look at design. Crafting tools that help people connect and learn.” [A major tool is talkspace.] At the link find the title, “301: Teaching through text message, designing connection and more,” right-click “Download 301: Teaching through text message, designing connection and more” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Too Big To Fail 62 mins – “Did Ben Bernanke and the Fed save the U.S. economy from disaster in 2008 or did the Fed make things worse? Why did the Fed reward banks that kept reserves rather than releasing funds into the economy? George Selgin of the Cato Institute tries to answer these questions and more in this conversation with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Selgin argues that the Fed made critical mistakes both before and after the collapse of Lehman Brothers by lending to insolvent banks as well as by paying interest on reserves held at the Fed by member banks.” At the link find the title, “George Selgin on Monetary Policy and the Great Recession,” right-click “Media files Selginrecession.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Story 22 mins – “Shawn Demmons is a 50-year-old man now, but when he was growing up, he was Shawna Demmons. Lately we’ve heard a lot of stories about people who, after years in the closet, found the courage to come out as transgender. But for Shawn, courage was never the problem. His leap was a four decade journey to realize he was a man. And then he had to decide just what kind of man he wanted to be.” At the link find the title, “Episode 6: My Name Is Shawn and I Prefer He, right-click “Media files LeapEpisode6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transparency 57 min – “I’m pleased to post Show # 245, October 9, my interview with author David Brin, on transparency, reciprocal accountability, cyber-utopianism and the preservation of excitement in an age of cynicism. David was an early guest on Hearsay Culture, having been on show # 30 back in early 2007 discussing his now-classic Transparent Society. In the intervening eight years, our sense of utopianism has continued to wane, even as technology’s ability to positively confront the world’s ills has improved. David’s prolific writings on this and other topics was the subject of our far-ranging discussion, from transparency today to how to teach children to maintain energy and optimism despite life’s seemingly hyper-complex challenges. As in 2007, David was a fascinating and engaging guest, and I greatly enjoyed our talk.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Rally 61 mins – “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.Donald “ At the link find the title, “Trump Campaign Rally in Des Moines, Iowa,” right-click “Media files program.424377.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 49 mins – “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.” At the link find the title, “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy, Feb 2015right-click “Media files worldofideas_0301_ukraine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viral Videos 33 mins – “How people-rating app Peeple drew rage and put its co-founders in danger, how a 16-year-old embraced identity through virality, and the funny video that threatened to put its makers into crushing debt. Listen, decode, and decide: Is going viral evil?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weather Extremes 60 mins – “Extreme rainfall events are cropping up around the world. In England, once in a thousand year floods have repeated 3 times now, in five years. Records are falling in many countries. In a warmer world, we’ve gained 7 percent more water vapor in the atmosphere. It has to come down somewhere. The short news clips about extreme rainfall events around the world came courtesy of BBC, Reuters, Fox, ABC, CBS, Euronews. A few weeks ago, our guest David Wasdell suggested the outcome of our current path of emissions would eventually be a world at least 8 degrees C hotter on average, maybe more. Some questioned that. It is now the most heavily downloaded interview I’ve posted on soundcloud. If you missed it, listen in here. This week the University of Edinburgh released a paper echoing Wasdell’s climate. Eight degrees is possible, according to Professor Roy Thompson, as published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Find the University press release here.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Mother Problems 16 mins – “We need women to work, and we need working women to have babies. So why is America one of the only countries in the world that offers no national paid leave to new working mothers? In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. Her idea worth spreading: the time has come for us to recognize the economic, physical and psychological costs of our approach to working mothers and their babies, and to secure our economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II at Moscow 25 mins – “The Germans and Russians clash to the west of Moscow. But within mere days, the Soviet’s three Fronts are either destroyed or encircled. The road to Moscow is left open.” At the link find the title, “Episode 148-The March on Moscow Part 2,” right-click “Media files Episode 148, 121215_9.13PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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