Mining Digest 369 – Dec 14, 2018: Activist Switchboard, Agro Forestry, AI at War, Anti-Intellectualism, Astana Declaration, Autism Diagnosis in Women, Brexit Effects, Caesareans Increase, Cancer Coaches, Climate and Food Production, Climate Warming and Barley Shortage, CRISPR Impact, Ebola in the Congo, Emily Dickenson, Environment Monitoring by Satellite, Epilepsy Patterns, Gay Murder Investigation, Glyphosate Use in Australia, Gynecology for Disabled Women, Investment Q and A, Jamal Khashoggi Murder, John Weseley Powell, Kavanaugh Confirmation Opposition, Kazakstani Progress, Lab-Grown Diamonds, Library Fire in Los Angeles, Maria Hinojosa, Marijuana Use in Canada, Murders of Women in Serbia, Neutrino Discussion, Open Access Books, Opioid Crisis in Kentucky, Orthopedic Vet, Overfishing in Africa, Paralympic Concerns, Parkinsons Off Condition, Philanthropy in African Agriculture, Plastic Recycled into Roads, Poison in Fake Pot, Probiotic Caution, Quantum Mechanics, Robotics Introduction, Sexual Assault Report Delays, Sexual Consent Issues, Sheldon Adelson and Trump, Social Media Weaponization, Sound Podcast, Structural Engineer, Suicide Discussion, Sweden’s Crime Problem, Transit Vehicle Access, Tree of Life, Trump Monetary Losses, Trump Tax Returns, Victorian Virtual Reality, Virtual Assistants, Visual Technology Impact, White Cane Day, Women in Computer Industry

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Activist Switchboard 29 mins – “One thing that we are consistently reminded of during election season is that each and every person can make a difference – whether it’s casting a vote in a super tight election, or confronting a US Senator in an elevator, the power of one can’t be easily dismissed. This week on Sea Change Radio, we explore how even someone who may not have lots of money or technical know-how but cares deeply for the environment can have an impact. Today we are speaking with Steve Seeger, the creator of Steve’s Weave, a new environmentally-focused community website which he hopes will soon be known as the “Green” Craigslist. We learn about what inspired Steve to embark on this project, hear about how his passion for recycling began at a young age, and discuss his new way of connecting eco-conscious individuals to each other, to opportunities, and to action. Then, we turn to the Sea Change Radio archives and meet Doniece Sandoval, the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit which provides shower-equipped buses to the homeless.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agro Forestry 30 mins – “Occam’s Razor is a principle that tells us that the simplest solution to a problem tends to be the correct one. Farmers around the world are abiding by this philosophy in droves by practicing agroforesty, an ancient agricultural technique that supports biodiversity while simultaneously sequestering carbon. This week on Sea Change Radio, we learn all about agroforestry from Erik Hoffner, an editor at Mongabay. Hoffner takes a look at examples of agroforestry efforts around the globe, examines recent investments into the sector and shows how it stacks up to large, industrial agricultural systems. As you’ll see, sometimes the best answers are right under our noses the whole time.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI at War 20 mins ”The wars of the future will be fought in megacities around the world by soldiers connected – and possibly even augmented – by neural implants and AI. In this episode, we examine how military leaders are preparing for a radical shift in combat.

AI Economics 56 mins – “Joshua Gans is the author of Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. He talks with Megan Morrone about how Artificial Intelligence is changing our economy.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anti-Intellectualism 60 mins – “This week we get to the bottom of anti-intellectualism. We’ll be speaking with David Robson, senior journalist at BBC Future, about misology — the hatred of reason and argument — and how it may be connected to distrust of intellectuals. Then we’ll speak with Bruno Takahashi, associate professor of environmental journalism and communication at Michigan State University, about how the way we consume media affects our scientific knowledge and how we feel about scientists and the press.” At the link find the title, “#496 Anti-Intellectualism: Down With the Scientist!,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astana Declaration 26 mins – “The Astana Declaration: a look back at primary care services 40 years after the Alma-Ata Declaration, and future priorities for strengthening primary care worldwide within the context of sustainable development.” At the link find the title, “The Astana Declaration,” right-click “Download audio” beside the comment and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism Diagnosis in Women 16 mins – “A Canadian women describes her late diagnosis.” At the link find the title, “Thousands of women with autism may be going undiagnosed because it’s a ‘male disorder’” right-click “Download Thousands of women with autism may be going undiagnosed because it’s a ‘male disorder’” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit Effects 12 mins – “After 22 years as Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Sir Philip Campbell has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature publishing. He continues to lead the Springer Nature Editorial Advisory Group and maintain responsibility for editorial policies across the Springer Nature group. He says the major concern about Brexit within the science community is the loss of talent. And uncertainty. He describes the challenges for paid journals when some journals are free, but he says the charge for journals such as Nature, brings with it reliability that review has been done. He says with free news comes fake news. Philip Campbell also describes his approach to deniers of climate science and tells of his experience seeking review of a paper submitted by a climate science denier.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caesareans Increase 15 mins – “Jocalyn Clark and guests Marleen Temmerman and Ana-Pilar Betran discuss the challenge of overuse and underuse of caesarean section procedures worldwide.” At the link find the title, “C-section Series,” right-click “Download audio” beside the comment and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Cancer Coaches 27 mins – “Dr Brian Goldman heads to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to learn about an emerging health care profession: cancer coaches.” At the link find the title, “Why every cancer patient in Canada deserves a cancer coach,” right-click “Download Why every cancer patient in Canada deserves a cancer coach” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Dioxide and Crops 9 mins – “Robert Sharwood and Ben Long, both of ANU in Canberra are part of a worldwide effort to dramatically increase the yield of crop plants. Previous approaches mostly using selective breeding, have seen incremental increases. This research hopes to generate increased yields within the range 10-15%. The method involves delivering genes which drive the concentration of carbon dioxide around an enzyme within chloroplasts. The result is increased growth. This work has the potential to produce increased crop yield, mitigate against heatwaves and produce varieties more suited to growing in an atmosphere with elevated carbon dioxide.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Dioxide in Oceans 12 mins – “Ocean water from the North Atlantic travels south, slowly, deep down, and moves to the surface in the Southern Ocean around Antarctic. It moves vast quantities of heat and dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide. This circulation is a major driving force for our climate. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey are trying to understand the nature of the mixing of this water as it emerges from the depths. While the movement south is slow, once it rises, it joins the fast-moving Antarctic Circumpolar Current, equivalent to 500 Amazon Rivers.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chocolate Age  7 mins – “Archaeologists find evidence that chocolate is older than the pyramids “ At the link find the title, “Aged chocolate: Archaeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink,” right-click “Download Aged chocolate: Archaeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate and Angkor Demise (first item) 27 mins – “Angkor, in what is now modern Cambodia, was the capital city of the Khmer Empire. It flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor was a megacity supporting at least a million people (0.1% of the global population) during 1010–1220. The city houses the magnificent temple Angkor Wat, one of Cambodia’s popular tourist attractions. The city established a vast network of canals, embankments, moats and reservoirs to capture, store and distribute surface water resources. It was very extensive, covering up to 1200sq kilometres. The city foundered during the 15th Century and was largely, but not completely, abandoned by 1431. Did monsoon-driven flooding weaken the infrastructure of water management in the city and contribute to its demise? (Then) Antimicrobials in Livestock Feed – Global pharmaceutical companies are selling antibiotics as performance enhancers and artificial fatteners to livestock farmers in India. This unnecessary use of antibiotics has been made illegal in the US and Europe, as it is thought to increase the risk of antibiotic resistance. The practice is not illegal in India, but with the subcontinent suffering from the highest incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) it is something the whole world needs to worry about. (Then) Facing Hurricane Michael -Hurricane expert professor James Elsner, at Florida State University, has studied tropical cyclones for most of his career. He advocates for a higher Category Six to be created for the stronger and stronger storms we are seeing. He lives in Tallahassee in Florida and has just faced Hurricane Michael – is this the first time the expert has been face to face with a Category Five storm? (Then) Refuting Claims for Earliest Life – Two years ago, a paper was published in the journal Nature, stating that the earliest evidence of life on Earth had been discovered in rocks from Greenland’s Supercrustal Belt in Isua. Stromatolites – fossils of conical structures created by bacterial action were thought to have been identified in rocks that were at least 3.8 billion years old. However this week, also in the journal Nature, is a study refuting these claims and describing the conical structures as mere folds in the metamorphic rock.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate and Food Production (first item) 27 mins – “With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcing that we need to keep global warming under 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, Science in Action explores the impact of food production on the environment. A new study calculates the current and predicted impact of land and fresh water use, fertiliser pollution and the change to more Western meat and dairy-based diets by 2050 and concluded that our current mitigation measures are not going to be enough. And that our planet will not be able to sustain this level of environmental cost. (Then) Windfarms and Warming – A study of wind power generation across the continental United States calculates that the warming effect of wind turbines, due to possible circulatory changes in the atmosphere at night, could be enough to cause a 0.24 °C rise if the US switched to wind power for all their energy demands. It’s a small change, but coupled with other environmental impacts of sustainable energy production, it has to be factored in. (Then) Science Publishing and Copyright -Two scientific publishers are suing the academic networking site ResearchGate for breaking copyright laws. ResearchGate asks scientists to publish papers and articles on their site. The claim is that they are not putting enough checks in place to stop work that is copyrighted to pay-walled science journals being uploaded. Is social media, and greater connectivity on the internet, changing the way science publishing works and how profits are made? (Then) Drugs from Fingerprints – Illegal drug-use often has a contributing factor in cause of death. Testing for drug-use in both living and dead people relies on detecting the breakdown products (metabolites) for drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opiates or amphetamines in bodily fluids (blood, urine, saliva) or tissue samples. These are invasive and take time. Now a University of East Anglia spin out company “Intelligent Fingerprinting” have developed a device called the fingerprint drug screening cartridge that can detect metabolites of illicit drugs in the sweat found in fingerprints. And furthermore they can do this on dead bodies as well as living people.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Climate Change Efforts 28 mins – “It’s election season. To say that the political atmosphere is polarized understates the wormhole into which the US has fallen. We have a president who tells easily disprovable lies without compunction, and a party of elected officials who line up behind him, drafting off his autocratic slipstream. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio is Greg Sargent, longtime opinion writer for the Washington Post and author of the popular blog, The Plumline. His new book is “An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy In An Age Of Trumpian Disinformation And Thunderdome Politics.” We discuss the mess that is the state of this country’s politics, try to understand one party’s justification for voter suppression tactics, and examine the role of the media in shaping our opinions. Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives to hear from political advisers Becky Bond and Zack Exley who remind us of the many things we can all do to pitch in as the election nears.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Climate Warming and Barley Shortage 9 mins – “As the climate gets warmer cold beer could be rarer” At the link find the title, “Beer shortages could be a result of climate change thanks to barley crop failures,” right-click “Download Beer shortages could be a result of climate change thanks to barley crop failures” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Communication Devices 51 mins – “What do we expect from our virtual assistants and what happens when we let them be teacher, therapist, and friend? Journalist Judith Shulevitz joins us to talk about how much we should trust Alexa. Journalist Judith Shulevitz realized something strange was happening when she confessed to Alexa that she was lonely. Shulevitz says that’s something she wouldn’t even say aloud to husband, and it brought up a lot of questions about our relationship with artificial intelligence. What exactly do we expect our virtual assistants to do for us and what happens to our brains when we let them be teacher, therapist, and friend? Shulevitz joins us Wednesday to talk about how much we should trust Alexa.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR Impact 15 mins – “In labs around the world, scientists are using gene-editing technology to revive species that disappeared from the face of the earth long, long ago. In this episode, we talk to the researchers working on a project straight out of science fiction.

Diagnosing Women with Autism 16 mins – “A Canadian women describes her late diagnosis.” At the link find the title, Thousands of women with autism may be going undiagnosed because it’s a ‘male disorder’,” right-click “Download Thousands of women with autism may be going undiagnosed because it’s a ‘male disorder’” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola in the Congo 22 mins – “Marianne Guenot talks to  Benedict Moran, author of the World Report “Fighting Ebola in conflict in the DR Congo”, about the effect of conflict on responding to a public health emergency.” At the link find the title, “Fighting Ebola in conflict in the DR Congo,” right-click “Download audio” beside the comment and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Egg History 45 mins – “We love eggs scrambled, fried, or poached; we couldn’t enjoy a quiche, meringue, or flan without them. But for scientists and archaeologists, these perfect packages are a source of both wonder and curiosity. Why do eggs come in such a spectacular variety of colors, shapes, and sizes? Why are we stuck mostly eating chicken eggs, when our ancestors feasted on emu, ostrich, and guillemot eggs? This episode, we explore the science and history of eggs, from dinosaurs to double-yolkers!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emily Dickinson 51 mins – “After the show today you might just ditch everything you thought you knew about the poet Emily Dickinson. Filmmaker Madeleine Olnek’s new film tries to correct the idea a lot of us have of Dickinson as a sullen, distant recluse. Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with something decidedly different. We’re talking about a playful and probing new feature film about Emily Dickinson. As most of us learned in English class, Dickinson was a recluse, a wallflower, too sensitive for this world. Except she wasn’t. Madeleine Olnek’s film about the poet examines a more complicated character. Yes, she was sensitive, but she could also be vivacious and irreverent. Not to mention, transgressive.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environment Monitoring by Satellite 27 mins – “An ecologist who fell in love with computing, Jacqueline McGlade pioneered the use of satellites study the state of the global environment. Today thanks to programmes like Google Earth, we can see the surface of the earth in great detail. But when Jacqueline was a student, earth observation satellites were used for weather forecasting and not much else. Early in her career, she used satellite images to study fish populations, thinking it would be useful to know not only how many fish were in the sea but where they were likely to be. Few believed such an ambitious undertaking would be possible but, after a spell in Silicon Valley, Jacqueline found a way. The moving maps she created changed the way oceanographers and fishermen viewed the sea. In the early 1980s, she started trying to model the global climate using some of the earliest supercomputers and a roomful of un-networked PCs. As Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, she introduced monitoring systems for a range of environmental indicators and insisted that the information provided by Europe’s first earth observation satellite should be made available to everyone for free. She retired from her latest job, as chief scientist to the United Nations Environment Programme last year and now lives in a mud hut in the Masai Mara, having married a Masai chief.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Epilepsy Patterns 12 mins – “Mark Cook and Phillippa Karoly join The Lancet Neurology to discuss their retrospective study of cyclical patterns in epileptic seizures.” At the link find the title, “Epileptic seizures,” right-click “Download audio” bsedie the comment and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Equal Representation in New Hampshire 38 mins – “New Hampshire prides itself on having a volunteer, citizen legislature. But the legislators writing laws for the rest of the state are older, whiter, and disproportionately male compared to the state’s population. Factions inside the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to change that, here and across the country. This week on Word of Mouth, we get inside that effort.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Safety 60 mins – “This week, let’s go back in time. Back to the 1900s, when life was pure and clean, and your milk was preserved with formaldehyde, your meat with Borax and your canned peas with copper. On second thought, that trip back in time doesn’t sound so great. This week, we’re meeting the Poison Squad. We’re spending the hour with Deborah Blum talking about the history of food regulation, or the lack thereof, and her new book “The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”. This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer…” At the link find the title, “#498 The Poison Squad,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Supply Question (first item) 27 mins – “With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcing that we need to keep global warming under 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, Science in Action explores the impact of food production on the environment. A new study calculates the current and predicted impact of land and fresh water use, fertiliser pollution and the change to more Western meat and dairy-based diets by 2050 and concluded that our current mitigation measures are not going to be enough. And that our planet will not be able to sustain this level of environmental cost. (Then) Windfarms and Warming – A study of wind power generation across the continental United States calculates that the warming effect of wind turbines, due to possible circulatory changes in the atmosphere at night, could be enough to cause a 0.24 °C rise if the US switched to wind power for all their energy demands. It’s a small change, but coupled with other environmental impacts of sustainable energy production, it has to be factored in. (Then) Science Publishing and Copyright – Two scientific publishers are suing the academic networking site ResearchGate for breaking copyright laws. ResearchGate asks scientists to publish papers and articles on their site. The claim is that they are not putting enough checks in place to stop work that is copyrighted to pay-walled science journals being uploaded. Is social media, and greater connectivity on the internet, changing the way science publishing works and how profits are made? (Then) Drugs from Fingerprints – Illegal drug-use often has a contributing factor in cause of death. Testing for drug-use in both living and dead people relies on detecting the breakdown products (metabolites) for drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opiates or amphetamines in bodily fluids (blood, urine, saliva) or tissue samples. These are invasive and take time. Now a University of East Anglia spin out company “Intelligent Fingerprinting” have developed a device called the fingerprint drug screening cartridge that can detect metabolites of illicit drugs in the sweat found in fingerprints. And furthermore they can do this on dead bodies as well as living people.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is available in the blog archive.

Gay Murder Investigation 51 mins – “Investigative journalist Eric Peterson recently uncovered a cold case murder that panicked Utah’s emerging LGBTQ subculture in the ‘70s and dealt a chilling blow to the area’s newly organizing gay rights movement. Investigative journalist Eric Peterson recently uncovered a cold case murder that panicked Utah’s emerging LGBTQ subculture in the ‘70s. Those who knew him say Anthony Adams was a rising star in Salt Lake’s newly organizing gay rights movement. When he was killed, police detectives called it “a bar pickup-turned-bloody,” and dismissed claims that it was an assassination. In either case, gay rights in the state were dealt a chilling blow. Peterson and local historian Ben Williams join us to talk about it.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Glyphosate Use in Australia 12 mins – “Four Corners on 8th October 2018 raised concerns regarding Monsanto and its herbicide product, Roundup, based on the chemical glyphosate. Emeritus Professor Ben Selinger responds. He says some key facts were left out. He says the literature quoted looks at carcinogenic risk and not the hazard. By way of example, he says our roads contain asphalt, comprising high concentrations of dangerous chemicals but we live with it. He says glyphosate is not a high-risk substance. Roundup breaks down easily leaving no trace elements. Food crops sprayed with Roundup are checked for residue. There were problems in the past with dangerous persistence chemicals such as DDT and dieldrin. But glyphosate-based Roundup, if used with care, does not pose a risk.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gynecology for Disabled Women 27 mins – “Doctors need to see people with disabilities as sexual beings.” At the link find the title, “Women with disabilities have sex. So why are their sexual health needs often ignored?,” right-click “Download Women with disabilities have sex. So why are their sexual health needs often ignored?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hip Replacement 12 mins – “Sion Glyn-Jones discusses current practice and outstanding challenges for total hip replacement surgery, linked to a two-part Series about hip and knee replacement. ” At the link find the title, “Hip replacement,” right-click “Download audio” beside the comment and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Industrial Designer 50 mins -”…we continue our Through the Lens series with a documentary about the father of modern industrial design, Dieter Rams. While Rams may not be a household name, his influence can be seen in a lot of everyday household items, from calculators and electric razors to coffeemakers and radios. His mantra is simple: Less but better. Director Gary Hustwit’s film is a portrait of the iconic designer. It’s also an exploration of modern consumerism, sustainability, and the future of the things we use.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet History 89 mins – “Brian McCullough is the author of How the Internet Happened: from Netscape to the iPhone. He talks with Megan Morrone about the booms and busts of the early days of the Internet.” At the link find the title click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investing – Two Funds for Life 56 mins – “These 10 important lessons should be considered when putting to work the “2 Funds for Life” portfolio in your portfolio. Paul focuses on the likely long-term gains and the likely short-term losses, answers questions, and discusses the other sources of information on the strategies. For the video, articles, tables and Q&A about the “Two Funds for Life” investment strategy, go to: www.2fundsforlife.comAt the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Investing with Target Date Funds 53 mins – “After making the point in “The three greatest investment products” that the target date fund is the best of the three (mutual funds second, and index funds third), Paul discusses the glaring problems inherent in almost all target date funds. While challenges include high expenses, active management and too much in bonds, the biggest challenge is the lack of exposure to several very important asset classes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Investment Q and A 43 mins – “In a recent conversation with Ken Roberts, of Ken’s Bulls and Bears, Paul answers some timely questions, such as: Do you expect value to be a top performer again? How much do you think investors should have in value? With the market being so high, what are you telling investors who are just retiring to do? Emerging markets have not done well recently. Do you think the possible returns are worth the risk? Tune in for these and a lot more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Jamal Khashoggi Murder 33 mins – “On October 2nd, journalist Jamal Khashoggi stepped into Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul – and has not been heard from since. Growing evidence suggests Khashoggi was brutally murdered by a 15-member Saudi intelligence team, and that such a plot could not have happened without consent from the highest levels of the Saudi government. The entire incident has ignited a crisis between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia not seen since 9/11. While President Trump’s reaction has been to shield Saudi leaders from blame, the White House is facing difficult questions about their closest Middle East ally. Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, came into the studio to walk Diane through this complicated story. He says it’s time to re-think this relationship.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

John Kerry Memoir 27 mins – “John Kerry has long been in the public eye … as senator from Massachusetts, as a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, and, most recently, as Secretary of State under President Obama. Now, Kerry is out with a new memoir, “Every Day is Extra.” It is a reflection on the many chapters of his life, but, as he looks back, Kerry is keenly interested in our current political moment. He has criticized President Trump for undemocratic leadership – and he thinks the upcoming midterms are a critical chance to change the course of the country.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

John Wesley Powell 51 mins – “John Wesley Powell was more than the explorer who first navigated the Grand Canyon. Biographer John Ross says he was also a visionary who asked questions that are still relevant in the American West. When you hear the name John Wesley Powell, you probably think of the gritty, one-armed explorer who first navigated the wild Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869. But biographer John Ross says Powell was more than that. He was a visionary who started asking questions about the West that are still relevant today: Just how much can the land support and how should it be developed? John Ross joins us Tuesday to talk about Powell’s perilous journey and his vision for the American West.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Confirmation 34 mins – “David Frum has been an outspoken critic of President Trump since before he took office. He sees Trump’s presidency as a symptom of the country’s diminished commitment to liberal democracy. As he watched Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination unfold, his biggest concern was that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be a significant step toward a more politicized Supreme Court, a Court that might have to rule on Trump’s presidential powers.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Kavanaugh Confirmation Opposition 46 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about why he admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record, but also why he wouldn’t vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a member of the Supreme Court. Further reading:Why I wouldn’t confirm Brett KavanaughKavanaugh’s Minnesota Law Review article, cited by Benjamin Wittes in this episodeKavanaugh on Judge David Barron’s book on Congress, the presidency, and war powers Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcast” At the link find the title, “Benjamin Wittes admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record. So why wouldn’t he confirm him?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT5264684139.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh FBI Investigation 30 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Honig, former federal and state prosecutor and now a professor at Rutgers University about who the FBI should be talking to and the significance of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar entries. Also: what does Honig make of the questions asked by Rachel Mitchell? And John Di Domenico returns with more tweets! Further reading:Rachel Mitchell did sex-crime victims a disservice Three things the FBI must investigate on Ford and Kavanaugh” At the link find the title, “What should the FBI be examining about Judge Kavanaugh?, Oct, 2018, Media files PPY7936841358.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Impact 34 mins – “David Frum has been an outspoken critic of President Trump since before he took office. He sees Trump’s presidency as a symptom of the country’s diminished commitment to liberal democracy. As he watched Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination unfold, his biggest concern was that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be a significant step toward a more politicized Supreme Court, a Court that might have to rule on Trump’s presidential powers.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Kazakhstani Progress 50 mins – “ore than 25 years after independence, young Kazakhstanis are still trying to make sense of their dark history and their place in the new world order. At least half of the 18 million population of Kazakhstan is under 30 – born and raised in the post-Soviet era. Russian journalist Tatyana Movshevich goes to Almaty, the cultural capital of Kazakhstan to meet young Kazakhs and find out how they are moving their country forward, how they navigate their lives under an authoritarian regime and play their part in a global world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lab-Grown Diamonds 17 mins – “The days of diamond mining may be numbered, and lab-grown stones have become almost indistinguishable from those pulled from the earth. In this episode, we talk to the diamond dealers and growers hedging against a future in which the mines run dry.

Los Angeles Library Fire 37 mins – “On April 28, 1986, the biggest library fire in the history of the U.S. destroyed and damaged hundreds of thousands of books at the Los Angeles Central Library. Author Susan Orlean, living and working in New York at the time, didn’t learn about the event until years later. When she did, she knew it would become the topic of her next book. Called simply “The Library Book” Orlean explores not just the fire and the mystery behind how it occurred — but her own attachment to libraries and why they occupy such an important space in our society today.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Maria Hinojosa 52 mins – “…we wrap up our Realities of Diversity series with Latina journalist Maria Hinojosa. She joined us to discuss what she’s learned about racism and how to have difficult conversations about race. Monday, we’re wrapping up our Realities of Diversity series with Maria Hinojosa. She’s Mexican-American, an immigrant, and a Latina journalist who came to her work as a way of telling stories about people like her – stories she says she didn’t see growing up. She joined us recently to discuss what she’s learned over the years about the nature of racism and how you go about having difficult conversations with people who are feeling anxious and afraid about the demographic changes in the country.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana in Canada 27 mins – “Recorded at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, scientists and physicians from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research tackle questions ranging from whether it’s safe to drive after using cannabis, the dangers of second-hand pot smoke to how long the drug stays in your system, and how it interacts with other drugs – and much more.” At the link find the title, “The cannabis question show,” right-click Download The cannabis question show” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Use in Canada 54 mins – “Cannabis and the brain: the knowns and the big unknowns; What’s in a pot plant? Exploring the genes of your favourite ganja; Cultivating cannabis: Five tips on how to grow your own a bit better at home; Cannabis in a van: American researchers get creative to study high-potency products; Addiction and cannabis: it’s real and this is what you need to know about it.” At the link find the title, “The Great Canadian Ganja Experiment – The Science of Cannabis: Quirks & Quarks explores the questions researchers want to answer with the dawn of legal recreational use, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files quirksaio-NOM2tpY3-20181012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Murders of Women in Serbia 26 mins – “Violence against women is a persistent problem in Serbia. The numbers aren’t clear, but in the last decade more than 330 women have been murdered by men, mostly partners or close family members. Already this year, more than twenty women have been murdered and countless others abused. According to some studies, 1 in 3 women has experienced physical violence, and almost half of all women have endured psychological violence. In November 2016 the Serbian Parliament adopted a new law on the Prevention Of Domestic Violence, introducing a series of legal and protection measures. The legal aspects were aimed at meeting the standards set by the Council Of Europe Convention On Domestic Violence, ratified by Serbia in 2013. Despite the new law coming into force in June 2017, reported gender-based violence is on the rise. As Serbia continues its negotiations to join the European Union, Nicola Kelly reports from Belgrade on the progress to address violence against women. She speaks to victims of abuse and relatives of those killed and asks what more can be done to address what critics say are systemic institutional failings.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neutrino Discussion 12 mins – “Fifty kilometres west of downtown Chicago is Fermilab. This facility is on the forefront of research in particle physics. Their focus is neutrinos, those tiny ubiquitous particles that seemingly pass through matter without any effect and are difficult to detect. It is thought neutrinos could reveal important information which could help solve some of the big questions about mass in the universe and the very existence of a universe at all! Dan Falk visits Fermilab and takes us deep underground to see their facilities which shoot neutrinos through hundreds of kilometres of solid rock to see how they change.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access Books 19 mins – “In 2017, the Directory of Open Access Books marked the 10,000 titles milestone. Today, this important service lists almost 13,000 academic peer-reviewed books, monographs and chapters from 282 publishers.” At the link find the title, “The Rise of Open Access Books, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files RiseOfOABooks.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Crisis in Kentucky P1 50 mins – “The opioid epidemic in America is hurting all levels of society – in this three part documentary series we explore its impact, in real-time, on people in one city, Louisville, Kentucky. We work with a team of reporters on the Louisville Courier Journal as they follow opioid stories across the community – in particular, how it is affecting schools and colleges, as well as health care, law and order and prisons.” The link has no download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Opioid Crisis in Kentucky P2 50 mins – “The opioid epidemic in America is impacting the criminal justice system. We meet the drug court judge who tells us about her hopes for those going through the court. We attend the drug court graduation ceremony and follow the police as they search for drugs. And, we assess the impact on Louisville’s city jail, which runs the state Kentucky’s biggest detox centre.” The link has no download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Opioid Crisis in Kentucky P3 47 mins – “The opioid epidemic in America is hurting all levels of society. In Louisville, Kentucky, drug overdose related deaths are twice the national average. What will the impact be on the next generation? We hear of babies born addicted as a result of their mothers’ drug use, an inspiring school choir and the families finding ways to face up to the epidemic. A mother is campaigning to hold pharmaceutical companies to account and citizens, faith groups and politicians are responding to the crisis.” The link has no download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Orthopedic Vet 29 mins – “For all his success as a Supervet on TV and as a pioneering orthopedic surgeon, Noel Fitzpatrick insists that his life has been full of failures. He didn’t enjoy studying for his specialist vet exams and spent ten years working as an actor before setting up his veterinary practice, Fitzpatrick Referrals. Determined to offer animals access to medical treatments and facilities that are more commonly reserved for humans, he has pioneered several new surgical procedures for small animals, specialising in spinal injuries and creating bionic limbs. The prosthetic leg he made for a German shepherd dog Storm was the first of its kind, inspired by the method that was used to rebuild the arm of one of the victims of the 7/7 bombing in London. And he built the world’s first prosthetic paws for a cat called Oscar whose feet had been crushed by a combine harvester. Now he’s on a mission to break down the barriers between human and veterinary medicine so that both animals and humans can benefit from cutting edge research, without the need to do experiments on animals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overfishing in Africa 27 mins – “Overfishing is blighting traditional livelihoods along the coast of Senegal. Fish catches are collapsing there after years of overfishing, mainly by foreign trawlers, some of whom are fishing illegally. Meanwhile, Senegal’s traditional fishermen have been evicted from the rich waters of neighbouring Mauritania, leading to a vicious circle of rapidly falling catches, economic desperation and yet more overfishing. Some have continued crossing the border, provoking an armed response from Mauritania’s coastguard. Senegal’s main traditional fishing port St Louis has seen anti-Mauritanian violence break out as a result. Alfonso Daniels travels to St Louis to find a community in despair, with some young men now seeing no choice but to join the exodus of migrants trying to reach Europe. He also gains rare access to Mauritania – usually off-limits to foreign journalists – and discovers an insatiable onshore fish processing industry now being encouraged across the region, and consuming catches on a vast scale. Much of the industry is fed by big foreign trawlers, and the end product, known as fishmeal, exported to wealthier countries to feed livestock and aquaculture. At the centre of this story is the humble sardinella, a small oily fish which migrates up and down the West African coast, breeding and supporting other species as it moves across borders. With bigger and more nutritious fish routinely exported, sardinella is a staple for several West African countries whose people cannot afford meat. It is also the stock that fishmeal factories typically utilise. Its increasing scarcity threatens millions with malnutrition. As fish stocks collapse and powerful interests vie for those that remain, ordinary Africans are paying the price.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paralympic Concerns 27 mins – “Last year, Assignment investigated whether some athletes and coaches game the Paralympic classification system in order to win medals. We heard allegations that some competitors had gone to astonishing lengths such as taping up their arms to make their disability appear worse. A parliamentary select committee hearing looked into the way British Paralympic athletes are classified and questions were raised over whether the system was fit for purpose. In this programme, we examine fresh claims of athletes exaggerating or even faking a disability to get ahead in para sports. We look at the case of an athlete where concerns have been raised after they competed in several different disability classifications. A Paralympic gold medallist tells Assignment that he believes that gaming the system in para sports is at a similar level to cheating in able bodied sports and reveals the tell-tale signs that athletes may be trying to get into an easier classification. Reporter Simon Cox speaks to a former international classifier – the people responsible for ensuring athletes are placed in the right category – who reveals how it is possible for classifiers to be fooled. But the head of the British Paralympic Association says he does not believe cheating happens at any meaningful level. The concerns raised by the programme come as a report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee into sports governance which has examined classification in para sports is due to be published in the UK.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parkinsons Cause (first item) 27 mins – “For a long time, Parkinson’s disease was thought to be merely a disorder of the nervous system. But in the past decade researchers have started to look elsewhere in the body for clues to this debilitating disease—particularly in the gut. Host Meagan Cantwell talks with Viviane Labrie of the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, about new research suggesting people without their appendixes have a reduced risk of Parkinson’s. Labrie also describes the possible mechanism behind this connection. And host Sarah Crespi talks with Peter Fratzl of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany, about what materials scientists can learn from nature. The natural world might not produce innovations like carbon nanotubes, but evolution has forged innumerable materials from very limited resources—mostly sugars, proteins, and minerals. Fratzl discusses how plants make time-release seedpods that are triggered by nothing but fire and rain, the amazing suckerin protein that comprises squid teeth, and how cicadas make their transparent, self-cleaning wings from simple building blocks.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parkinsons Off Condition 52 mins – ““Off” times (or periods) are when Parkinson’s symptoms return because medication, specifically levodopa, isn’t working optimally. In this month’s Third Thursdays Webinar, our panelists including a person with Parkinson’s, a biotech entrepreneur and an Edmond J. Safra Fellow in Movement Disorders define “off,” discuss ways to manage these periods and the importance of therapies in development to prevent or alleviate these times. The panel is moderated by a member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Pediatrics 27 mins – “The dissident doctor who put women and children first You may not know Dr. Michael Klein’s name, but if you’ve had a child in the past 30 years, he may have played a key role in how that baby came into the world. Klein was a pioneer in pushing the medical system to put the needs of mothers and babies first — including exposing the fact that the episiotomy, a once-routine procedure performed on mothers giving birth was doing more harm than good. Brian speaks to him about his new memoir: Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo, and finds out how Klein’s past as a Vietnam draft deserter whose father was blacklisted in the McCarthy era, led him to a revolutionary career in medicine. (Perhaps you’ve heard of his daughter…Naomi?)” At the link find the title, “ The dissident doctor who put women and children first, ”right-click Download The dissident doctor who put women and children first” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philanthropy from Outside Africa 29 mins – “In 2016 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to invest five billion dollars in poverty reduction and health in Africa. Other big givers like the Rockefeller Foundation have spent billions on health, agriculture and livelihood programmes. Some say governments and global agencies have come to depend on the donations of big philanthropic donors for their programmes, but how much influence do they have, and with the rise of home-grown African wealth what is the future is for philanthropy here?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philanthropy in African Agriculture 27 mins – “Around one in four people in sub-Saharan Africa is malnourished, and tackling food insecurity is a huge challenge. Alan Kasujja explores how big philanthropy is putting a lot of money into supporting agriculture to improve livelihoods. He talks to farmers in Kenya about the development of new seeds and scientific solutions like fortified crops. But he also discovers that not all farmers are happy about it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philanthropy Inside Africa 27 mins – “With the rise of a wealthy class of high net worth individuals in Africa, home-grown philanthropy is on the rise. We meet some of these rich givers to find out what motivates them. The concept of philanthropy among communities is not new here, but as the economic landscape changes Alan Kasujja looks at what impact Africa’s new wealth might have, the impact of social media on how people donate, and what the future might hold for the concept of philanthropy in Africa.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Recycled Into Roads 9 mins – “The world is awash with plastic. One type which is often removed from recycling channels is soft plastic. It is used widely in distribution to wrap boxes and items on pallets. Passengers can be seen wrapping their bags with it at airports. Some supermarkets have collection points. The Downer Group makes asphalt for roads. They are running trials using soft plastic to replace bitumen in their asphalt mix. The advantage is a reduction in the use of new hydrocarbons in road making, with the potential to set up a hungry new use for the mountains of soft plastic which are either stockpiled or buried. Dante Cremasco describes the process using soft plastic in asphalt and how the trial is proceeding.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poison in Fake Pot 71 mins – “Join Dan (@drusyniak) &Howard (@heshiegreshie) as they chat with Dr. Steve Aks as they talk about one of the more concerning toxicologic outbreaks in recent memory – the exposure to brodifacoum through synthetic cannabinoid use. Although still ongoing, this crisis highlights the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Delicious Links: From the Department of Health in Illinois – synthetic cannabinoids. A brief discussion of this very topic from Leon Gussow. Not the first problem associated with the synthetic cannabinoids. From the archive, Zombie Day in NYC. The emerging threat of superwarfarins: history, detection, mechanisms, and countermeasures. A case of brodifacoum intoxication with marijuana smoking. And if that wasn’t good enough, a case of severe coagulopathy as a consequence of smoking crack cocaine laced with rodenticide. Why is vitamin K so expensive? Rattled by drug price increases, hospitals seek ways to stay on guard. Why don’t we worry about kids with unintentional exposures to brodifacoum? From the Illinois Poison Center on the dangers of “Fake Weed” on NPR. Who was Wally Pipp? Why is Steve the “Wally Pipp” of the Dantastic Tox? That’s an answer for over a few drinks….” At the link find the title, “The Bloody Mess, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files S2e4_The Bloody Mess -10718_4.03_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Politics and Long-Term Problems 8 mins – “Power and profit are short-term. But the world needs coordinated action on long-term problems. These include biodiversity, food security and climate. There are many more. Len Fisher describes the problem and offers a pathway for a solution, on how to communicate and get action on long-term problems from politicians who are here today, and likely gone tomorrow, or soon after.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy Discussion 63 mins – “This episode features Peter Eckersley, an expert in law and computer science, who has worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Partnership on AI. Peter and Julia first delve into some of the most fundamental questions about privacy: What are the risks of losing privacy? Do we have more to fear from governments or industry? Which companies do a good job of protecting their users’ privacy? Are there tradeoffs between supporting privacy and supporting competitive markets? Next, they discuss Peter’s work measuring recent progress in AI, and debate to what extent recent progress is cause for optimism.” At the link right-click “Download Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Probiotic Caution 16 mins – “Probiotics don’t live up to the hype, scientists say” At the link find the title, “Probiotics probably aren’t making you well, and they could make you sicker,” right-click “Download Probiotics probably aren’t making you well, and they could make you sicker” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Product Development 32 mins – “This podcast is named The Everyday Innovator and I call the people who listen Everyday Innovators. That has meaning. Everyday Innovators see the world a little bit differently. We actively look for problems and unmet needs, recognizing that those are opportunities to create value for customers. Our mental wheels are constantly spinning, thinking about how we can make existing products better and create new products that wow customers. In short, where we find our most energy and satisfaction is creating products that customers love. So, when I saw a new book titled, Deliver Great Products That Customers Love, I knew I had found a kindred Everyday Innovator and I asked him to talk with us. The author of the book is Valerio Zanini. He has created products and led product teams for Fortune 500 companies including Cisco and Capital One, advised several small and medium businesses, and founded a Product Innovation, Design Thinking and Agile coaching practice called 5D Vision. He also has an awesome Italian accent, which you’ll hear in a moment.” At the link right-click “Download” at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Propaganda in the Trump Era 18 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Clint Watts, the author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News, about the question of cyberwar. What is it? What counts? Does the United States have a clear strategy around it? And what’s some basic internet hygiene we all can practice for safe surfing? Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the weekend’s tweets.” At the link find the title, “Cyberwar and Security in the Trump Era, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT1325213276.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quantum Mechanics 4 mins – “Until recently, the strange and mysterious world of quantum mechanics has been for physicists and chemists, not biologists. But as Kim Al-Khalili explains, mechanisms and phenomena within living cells, at the molecular scale, can only have their workings explained, by applying the ideas of quantum mechanics. Examples are genetic mutations, the working of some enzymes and some reactions which are part of photosynthesis.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Restaurants 15 mins – “The restaurant industry is embracing automation, from robot-staffed espresso bars to fully automated burger chefs. In this episode, we explore what this means for workers, diners and–most importantly–the quality of our food.

Robotics Introduction 36 mins – “I have a special episode for you. I believe that as product managers and innovators, we have a responsibility to help prepare the next generation of innovators. I’ve explored this topic in a few past episodes and it is time to do it again. So, this episode is about encouraging you and providing you with ideas for helping future innovators. For this discussion, I traveled to a study room on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I met with a new student, 17-year-old Kyle Markland. While being accepted to MIT is a significant accomplishment itself, what Kyle is known for is his robotic video tutorials. He is a kid teaching kids. His story is an inspiration to Everyday Innovators, as we can also encourage an interest in robotics and other STEM topics, as well as innovation in general, by sharing our experiences.” At the link right-click “Download” at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Hackers and Trump Election 23 mins – “There has yet to be a thorough investigation into exactly how much the Russian influence campaign affected the outcome of the 2016 election. The national intelligence community is prohibited from looking into domestic politics and Congress has refused to take up the cause. So, University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson has decided to try fill that void. In a new book she attempts to find out exactly what we do, don’t, and may never know. The book is called “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.

Russian Tsar Family Murder 12 mins – “Bradford’s science and Media Museum contains some of the oldest photographs in the world. When curator Natalia Sidlina asked to see museum pieces with a Russian connection she didn’t expect a mysterious crate to land on her desk. It contained 22 photographic albums prepared by the English language tutor to the nieces and nephews of Russia’s last Tsar, Nicolas II. The tutor documented the family and their activities over an 8-year period between 1908 and 1916. Curator Natalia Sidlina describes the photographs and the intriguing story of the murder of the family and attempts to cover up the crime. An exhibition based on the photographs and other objects can be seen at London’s Science Museum until 24 March 2019.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scientist Movement Freedom (first item) 27 mins “Two reports out this week are looking at internationalism and movement of scientists. The first is close to home in the form of a letter signed by a number of leading UK-based scientists (including 27 Nobel Laureates) to the UK Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, citing grave concerns over Brexit becoming a barrier to scientific research, movement of scientists and collaboration. The second report is on the publication of results of a survey for the, Together Science Can campaign, looking more widely at the global movement of scientists. (Then) Bee Cloud – Roland goes to see the World Bee Project Hive Network and discovers how utilising cloud technology, could help analyse huge amount of data from beehives across the planet. (Then) Fish Evolution – The first vertebrates on Earth originated and diversified in the shallow water lagoons lining the mid-Paleozoic coastline. By understanding the habitat these creatures lived in 480-360 million years ago, we get a better idea of the evolutionary pressures which led some creatures to head back out of the water and evolve into land-dwelling animals.

Sexual Assault Report Delays 11 mins – “In recent publicised reports of sexual assault, often from events many years ago, some ask why those reporting the assault waited so long to make their report.  There are often many reasons. One can be the effect of alcohol. Heather Flowe at the University of Birmingham reports on results of one experiment which show victims are more likely to blame themselves if they believe they consumed alcohol.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Consent Issues P2 41 mins – “In the year since accusations of sexual assault were first brought against Harvey Weinstein, our news has been flooded with stories of sexual misconduct, indicting very visible figures in our public life. Most of these cases have involved unequivocal breaches of consent, some of which have been criminal. But what have also emerged are conversations surrounding more difficult situations to parse – ones that exist in a much grayer space. When we started our own reporting through this gray zone, we stumbled into a challenging conversation that we can’t stop thinking about. In this second episode of ‘In the No’, radio-maker Kaitlin Prest joins us for a conversation with Hanna Stotland, an educational consultant who specializes in crisis management. Her clients include students who have been expelled from school for sexual misconduct. In the aftermath, Hanna helps them reapply to school. While Hanna shares some of her more nuanced and confusing cases, we wrestle with questions of culpability, generational divides, and the utility of fear in changing our culture.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Consent Issues P3 29 mins – “In the final episode of our “In The No” series, we sat down with several different groups of college-age women to talk about their sexual experiences. And we found that despite colleges now being steeped in conversations about consent, there was another conversation in intimate moments that just wasn’t happening. In search of a script, we dive into the details of BDSM negotiations and are left wondering if all of this talk about consent is ignoring a larger problem. Further reading: “It’s all about the Journey”: Skepticism and Spirituality in the BDSM Subculture, by Julie Fennell” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sheldon Adelson and Trump 30 mins – “Late on a Thursday evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his first visit with President Donald Trump. A few hours earlier, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Boeing 737, which is so large it can seat 149 people, touched down at Reagan National Airport after a flight from Las Vegas. Adelson dined that night at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were among Trump’s biggest benefactors, writing checks for $20 million in the campaign and pitching in an additional $5 million for the inaugural festivities. Adelson was in town to see the Japanese prime minister about a much greater sum of money. Japan, after years of acrimonious public debate, has legalized casinos. For more than a decade, Adelson and his company, Las Vegas Sands, have sought to build a multibillion-dollar casino resort there. He has called expanding to the country, one of the world’s last major untapped markets, the “holy grail.” Nearly every major casino company in the world is competing to secure one of a limited number of licenses to enter a market worth up to $25 billion per year. “This opportunity won’t come along again, potentially ever,” said Kahlil Philander, an academic who studies the industry…. “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sheldon Adelson and Trump 30 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Justin Elliott, a reporter at Pro Publica, about his new report on Sheldon Adelson, his donations to Donald Trump, and the influence he’s gained within the administration.“ At the link find the title, “Sheldon Adelson’s Influence, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT8740895648.mp3” for a short version of the podcast. A longer version is included in the blog archive.

Singers in Columbia 27 mins – “Down but not out in a Colombian border town, four Venezuelans pin their hopes on music. Cucuta is a desperate place, overflowing with Venezuelans who are streaming across the nearby border, fleeing economic collapse. In among the desperation are glimmers of hope, like the four young musicians busking their way round the city’s restaurants to earn money. Karenina Velandia, who grew up in Venezuela, follows her compatriots’ highs and lows as they try to scrape together enough to survive – not just for themselves, but for the parents, wives, and children they’ve left behind. Presenter: Karenina Velandia Producer: Simon Maybin” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Weaponization 43 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Peter Singer, co-author of the book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” about how Trump began using social media to rebrand himself into political life, Mike Flynn’s Twitter habits, conspiracy theorists, and why it’s tough to disconnect (even though we know better).” At the link find the title, “Where The Trump Tweets Began”, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT2967225418.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sound Podcast 51 mins – “…we’re talking about a podcast that challenges listeners to refine their sense of hearing. Host Dallas Taylor says there are a ton of shows about food and taste, but he wants to be the Gordon Ramsay for your ears. His show is called Twenty Thousand Hertz. Each episode takes a sound – like the NBC Chimes or the sound of space – and explores the story and science behind it. For Taylor, sound is a way to change how we experience and enjoy life and the world around us.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Structural Engineer 60 mins – “This week we’re talking about towers, bridges, sinking cathedrals, and other feats of structural engineering. How do we build skyscrapers? How do engineers plan for disaster? What have we learned from structures that have failed about how to build things better? We speak with structural engineer Roma Agrawal about her book “Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures” and what the constructed world we live in looks like through an engineer’s eyes.” At the link find the title, “#497 Built,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicide Discussion 49 mins – “When someone takes their own life, how does it affect those left behind? Suicide claims the life of someone, somewhere in the world, approximately every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. And that rate is increasing. The devastating effects on those left behind can go on for generations, especially where suicide is taboo or difficult to talk about. Mark Dowd hears the stories of people bereaved by suicide and reflects on his own experience following the suicide of his brother Chris.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Swedens Crime Problem 27 mins – “In February 2017, President Trump made a speech to his supporters. He moved on to the topic of immigration and Sweden. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” he told the crowd at a rally in Florida. “They took in large numbers; they’re having problems like they never thought possible”. This confused the Swedes because they had not noticed anything happening that Friday night in their country. But since then there has been a spate of violent crime in Sweden. Ruth Alexander investigates.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transit Vehicle Access 17 mins – “An important function of public transit is providing mobility for people with disabilities. This is particularly challenging because of the broad variety of needs and the complexity of providing appropriate facilities and services as a part of, or separate from, mainstream transit operations. Metro, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area with rail transit, buses, and paratransit vehicles. Metro is a leader among U.S. cities in providing accessible transportation. To learn more about how Metro works to meet the needs of the disabled, we talk with David Shaffer, Metro’s Accessibility Policy Officer.” At the link find the title, “Accessible Public Transportation Services, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tree of Life 60 mins – “The idea of the tree of life appears in many of the world’s religions, and it appears, famously, in science, with Darwin’s famous tree of life, where species evolve over millions of years from a common ancestor in the trunk to new species in the branches. But while Darwin’s tree of life endures in textbooks, t-shirts and tattoos, science has moved on. And the tree of life has become more of a tangle. We will speak with David Quammen about his new book “The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life”, and with Julie Dunning Hotopp, who studies how… ” At the link find the title, “#494 The Tangled Taxonomic Tree,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Saudia Arabia 12 mins – “The disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi Consulate has brought renewed attention to what’s been true for years: The United States — and its president — has an important, and extremely complicated, relationship with Saudi Arabia. Trump has been doing business with Saudis for years, even bragging during his presidential campaign about the large amount of money Saudi buyers paid for his apartments. “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million,” he said at a rally in Mobile, Alabama, in August 2015. “Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.” In this Trump, Inc. podcast extra, WNYC’s Charlie Herman talks with The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold and Joe Nocera from Bloomberg Opinion about all the ways Saudi Arabia is intertwined with U.S. business interests, including those of the president himself.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Deals 39 mins – “Since Donald Trump’s fortunes came surging back with the success of “The Apprentice” 14 years ago, his deals have often been scrutinized for the large number of his partners who have ventured to the very edges of the law, and sometimes beyond. Those associates have included accused money launderers, alleged funders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and a felon who slashed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass. Trump and his company have typically countered by saying they were merely licensing his name on these real estate projects in exchange for a fee. They weren’t the developers or in any way responsible. But an eight-month investigation by ProPublica and WNYC reveals that the post-millennium Trump business model is different from what has been previously reported. The Trumps were typically way more than mere licensors or bystanders in their often-troubled deals. They were deeply involved in these projects. They helped mislead investors and buyers — and they profited handsomely from it….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Monetary Losses 13 mins – “Nearly 20 years ago, Donald Trump told Fortune magazine that he could run for president and make money doing it. “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” he said in an interview in 2000. But now that he’s president, the story is looking a bit different. A new report from Forbes concluded that the presidency has not enriched Trump overall: Measuring Trump’s net worth before he announced his run for the presidency in 2015 to the last two years, Trump’s fortune has dropped from $4.5 billion to $3.1 billion. In a statement to the magazine, Eric Trump, who is co-managing the Trump Organization, said, “My father made a tremendous sacrifice when he left a company that he spent his entire life building to go into politics. Everything he does is for the good” of the American people. In this Trump, Inc. extra, Charlie Herman talks with one of the Forbes reporter who looked into Trump’s finances, Dan Alexander, and how Trump could have saved millions (and prevented a lot of headaches as well).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Tax Returns 30 mins – “From the moment during the presidential campaign that Donald Trump broke decades of precedent and declined to release his personal tax returns, the issue of Trump and the taxes he has paid (or not paid) has been the subject of widespread fascination, scrutiny and not a little controversy. That scrutiny ratcheted up significantly in recent weeks with two substantial media investigations of the tax-paying practices of Trump’s family and those of Trump in-law and White House official Jared Kushner. This week’s episode of Trump, Inc. brings clarity to a complex subject. It identifies three patterns in the president’s approach to taxes. First, it describes a history of ignoring norms (which, for presidential candidates, include releasing tax returns). Second, it delves into a recent New York Times investigation — which concluded that the president’s family committed “outright fraud” — to show a history of breaking tax rules. Finally, it examines Trump’s ability to change tax rules to benefit himself and his wealthy peers. The episode includes an interview with The New York Times’ Susanne Craig, the co-author of the expose that reported that Fred Trump passed $413 million in today’s dollars to his son Donald, who describes how she reported her article and the mysteries she and her colleagues unraveled. It also examines a second New York Times article that explored how Kushner exploited a seemingly prosaic tax technique — depreciation — to wipe out his taxable income. (Representatives of the Trumps and Kushners have denied any tax improprieties.) Finally, the episode looks at many of the ways in which Trump’s signature tax cut will redound to the benefit of the real estate industry. The bigger picture? As tax expert Jenny Johnson Ware puts it in the podcast, for taxpayers who want to be aggressive, ‘It’s a great time.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumps Nationalist 37 mins – “Pipe bombs, heated rhetoric and President Trump’s embrace of the word “nationalist.” With the midterm elections just around the corner, Diane checks in with NPR’s Ron Elving to hear his take on where the politics of division is taking us as a country. Then, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced that she has dementia and will be withdrawing from public life. We listen back to Diane’s 2006 interview with O’Connor, shortly after she stepped down from the bench.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Victorian Virtual Reality 30 mins – “In the Victorian era, plaster casts became a way to preserve important artifacts in 3-D. Now, virtual reality promises to preserve places and experiences. But who decides what gets preserved? And is the technology an accurate recreation of the experience, or does it fool us into thinking we’ve encountered the real thing when we’ve done nothing of the sort? Guests include: Jaron Lanier, VR pioneer; Nonny de la Pena, VR artist; Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.” At the link find the title, “08: VR or It Didn’t Happen, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT3607410792.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Assistants 30 mins – “What do we expect from our virtual assistants and what happens when we let them be teacher, therapist, and friend? Journalist Judith Shulevitz joins us to talk about how much we should trust Alexa. Journalist Judith Shulevitz realized something strange was happening when she confessed to Alexa that she was lonely. Shulevitz says that’s something she wouldn’t even say aloud to husband, and it brought up a lot of questions about our relationship with artificial intelligence. What exactly do we expect our virtual assistants to do for us and what happens to our brains when we let them be teacher, therapist, and friend? Shulevitz joins us Wednesday to talk about how much we should trust Alexa.” At the link right-click “Download audio,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visual Technology Impact 36 mins – “In 1969, an anthropologist introduced photographs and films to people in Papua New Guinea who’d never seen themselves represented in media before. It changed their conception of the world. In modern society, social media floods us with imagery at a pace we’ve never encountered before, and powerful video manipulation technology threatens to blur the line between real and fake. Are we the new Papuans, about to be overwhelmed by a wholesale media shift? Guests include: Nathan Jurgenson, Snapchat’s in-house sociologist; Hany Farid, Dartmouth computer science professor.” At the link find the title, “06: From Zero to Selfie, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT7073952716.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Drives 28 mins – “Voting. It’s the fundamental premise underpinning our governmental system. There shouldn’t be disagreement about that, irrespective of political party, right? Why, then, across the nation, are we seeing Republican-run state governments purging voter rolls and erecting barriers to prevent people from exercising their franchise. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Raven Brooks, the COO of Vote.Org, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to getting more Americans to vote. We discuss Vote.Org’s approach to voter registration, how the organization persists in the face of voter suppression tactics, and as we approach the midterm election on Nov. 6th, what’s happening with the vote in places like Florida, North Dakota, Georgia, Kansas, and Texas.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Voting Laws and District Maps 27 mins – “Giles Edwards travels to North Carolina to investigate whether new voting laws and partisan district maps could swing November’s elections. Over the last two decades the controversy over voting laws has become increasingly bitter. President Trump regularly complains about unfair rules and illegal votes, and North Carolina has become a key location where these arguments play out.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Cane Day 16 mins – “October 11 is White Cane Day in Minnesota and the Blindness community came out strong to support the awareness of the White Cane. Speakers shared the history of White Cane day and others talked about the freedom and independence the white cane brings to them. The Minnesota State Academy for the Blind shared their voices and sang aloud in the Capital’s Rotundra. With the support of the local Lions Clubs, MSAB, NFB of MN and Blind, Inc. the White Cane Day event was a great event with a lot of participation. From joining in on the song to marching in the walk from the St. Paul Capital to the St. Paul Cathedral and bac, participants chatted and talked while blazing through the chilly and windy Autumn day in Minnesota. As Carol Pankow put it, “Rain, sleet or snow, we do it and the weather doesn’t stop us. We just keep moving and grooving with life….” At the link find the title, “What Does White Cane Day Mean to You? Voices at the Capital 2018 (Transcript Provided),, Oct, 2018,” right-click”Media files AmyKavanaghCanes2Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Computer Industry 70 mins – “Claire Evans is the author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. She is also the founding editor of Terraform, VICE’s science-fiction vertical, and the singer of the band YACHT. She talks with Leo Laporte about the untold history of women in the computer industry.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Mining Digest 368 – Dec 7, 2018: American Indian History, Angry Women, Bassem Youssef, Bay Blankets, Bloodline Issues, Breathing for Performance, Brexit Explained, Bulletproof Diet, Cancer Immunotherapy, Cheetah Urine and Vision Research, Childhood Obesity, Climate Report, Coal in West Virginia, Congressional Violence, Conservative Corrosiveness, Crossfit Training Expert, Cybersecurity Threats, E-cigarettes in Schools, Fertilizer in Water, FISA Warrants, Gun History, HIV Infection Intro, Hypertension, Immigration History in U.S., Impeachment Lawyer, Khashoggi Death Investigation, Latino Vote in U.S., Libel Laws, Minority Gun Ownership, Money History, Nuclear Weapons Posturing, Opioid Abuse Treatment, Over Population, Pregnancy Discrimination, Prescription Price Disclosure, Privacy Policies, Problem Solving, Rock Climbing El Capitan, Sears Catalog and Jim Crow, Silicon Valley Work Conditions, Stoicism, Student Loan Crisis, Supreme Court Legitimacy, Tenement Museum, U.S. and Saudi Arabia, Voting Security, Whales and Whaling

Exercise your ears: the 88 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 701 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group for the next four months here, or double (ctrl-click) individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of 23,435 podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-E at this link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 150GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get the discarded material, too, using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 496 sources. And try PodcastRE from the University of Wisconsin with over 150,000 titles. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.

Affirmative Action in Universities 47 mins -”Affirmative Action is on trial. Harvard goes to court to defend itself against charges it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. We’ll have the debate.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Indian History 53 mins – “On Thursday in the Wall Street Journal, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged his sharp tone in recent hearings. This week, we examine the anger and resentment driving the #MeToo backlash. Plus, a deep dive into into our flawed narratives about Native American history, and a close look at the role problematic fantasies about indigenous people play in German culture.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Angry Women 60 mins – “New York Magazine’s Rebecca Traister traces the history of female anger and how it has fueled political movements. She’s interviewed by Brittany Cooper, Rutgers University Women’s & Gender Studies professor and author of ‘Eloquent Rage.’” At the link find the title, “After Words with Rebecca Traister, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.512577.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arianna Huffington 46 mins – “Arianna Huffington is one of the most influential and iconic women in the world. Arianna has been named to both TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list and Forbes’ “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list, and her Pulitzer Prize-winning blog, The Huffington Post, is read by more than 43 million people worldwide every month! She is the author of 14 books, including Arianna’s latest book Thrive, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Arianna joins this episode of Bulletproof Radio, to discuss the inspiration behind it and: The three metrics of success; Start-up company culture; Women and stress; Epigenetics, and tons more! ”At the link “Click here to download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bassem Youssef 44 mins – “My grandmother used to tell a story about coming to America from Poland. How she sang God Bless America to cheer up all the grownups on the ship. She was 5 or 6 years old, traveling alone with her mom. For her, it must have been a big adventure. I can hardly imagine what it was like for her mom— my great grandmother — how bad things must have been for Jews in their home town of Bialystok for her to pick up and leave like that, without her husband, heading toward some distant cousin in the undiscovered country of Vineland, New Jersey. My guest today left Egypt as an adult for the US, also under politically grim circumstances. During the Arab Spring, as his country convulsed toward revolution, he became a leading voice of dissent. A trained surgeon, he made an unlikely transition to famous tv satirist for millions of viewers on his nightly political comedy show. Bassem risked jail, helped facilitate the toppling of a dictator who’d been in power for 30 years, and after all that change decided it was time to start a new life in America. And just yesterday I was complaining that I’m sick of New York City, but I don’t see how I could possibly leave . . . Bassem Youssef is a comedian, writer, and the smart, funny host of the podcast ReMade in America.” At the link find the title, “160. Bassem Youssef (political satirist) – Now I Have to Answer for This?, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5078586000.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bay Blankets 39 mins – “The Bay Blanket. These warm blankets are as iconic as Mariah Carey’s lip-syncing, but some people believe they were used to spread smallpox and decimate entire Indigenous communities. We dive into the history of The Hudson’s Bay Company and unpack the very complicated story of the iconic striped blanket. For books and films referenced in this episode please visit our website at cbc.ca/secretlifeofcanada” At the link find the title, “S2: Bay Blanket,” right-click “Download S2: Bay Blanket” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bloodline Issues 54 mins – “In using a genetic test to try to prove her Native ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren inadvertently stepped into a quagmire. This week, we examine the tensions around DNA and identity. Plus, after Jamal Khashoggi’s death, revisiting the trope of the so-called reformist Saudi royal. And, a look at what we can learn — and how we’ve tried to learn it — from twins, triplets and other multiple births.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bone Health 58 mins -”Don’t count on vitamin D and calcium pills to keep your bones strong. Make sure you get plenty of green veggies in your diet and spend some time in the sun.For years, people were urged to take calcium supplements to avoid losing bone density. This advice was aimed particularly at menopausal and postmenopausal women because they are especially susceptible to bone fragility and fractures. All the same, calcium supplements were often recommended to all older adults. Will taking calcium pills really keep your bones strong? Seniors were also supposed to take vitamin D pills so that they could avoid going out in the sun. Sun exposure is a double-edged sword, after all: it can lead to vitamin D production, which may help keep your bones strong. On the other hand, it also increases your chance of developing skin cancer. Weighing pros and cons is difficult, so many experts prefer to sidestep the question and recommend pills instead….” At the link left-click “Buy the CD” and select “MP3 selection” from the menu to get the podcast.

Breathing for Performance 34 min – “Robert Lee is a resident fellow in Law, Science, & Technology at Stanford University, an innovation advisor at Singularity University, and an instructor with Performance Freediving. He has a JD/MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BS in Biochemistry & BA in philosophy from Yale University, and has served in a number of roles throughout Silicon Valley, including as CEO of Fly Online, and VP of Intellevate. He has authored a paper published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, is certified as a personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine, is a member of both the CA State Bar and US Patent Bar, and has been a guest speaker at entities such as Google, Twitter, UC Berkeley and Stanford business and law schools, as well as the 2014 Bulletproof Biohacking Conference.Robert comes on Bulletproof Radio, live from the Bulletproof Conference, to discuss the art of respiratory hacking, how to train to breathe differently, the relationship between breathing and emotion and cognitive functioning, and how to mindfulness breathing to everyday life. Enjoy the show!” At the link find the title, “Robert Lee: Breathing for Performance, Focus, & Freediving – #185, Jan, 2015,” right-click “Media files 52eec198-93c1-4b33-958e-61be7c431243.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit Explained 64 mins – Brexit impact and details discussed. At the link find the title,”The Brexit Special Edition, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5072837524.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bulletproof Diet 14 mins – “The Bulletproof Radio Short Report is a highly condensed show to quickly bring you the most important ways to upgrade yourself and kick ass at life. This week is all about the Bulletproof Diet and the 14 steps to know if you want a better body, a clearer mind, and upgraded over all performance. Whether you’re discovering these hacks for the first time or you want a quick refresh on what you already know, this BPR Short Report is a great way to rapidly improve performance. Enjoy!” At the link right-click “Click here to download the mp3 of Bulletproof Radio Short Report: 14 Steps to Eating Bulletproof – Podcast #146” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Immunotherapy 47 mins – “James Allison won the Nobel Prize for his landmark work on the immune system and cancer treatment. We’ll talk with him and other top researchers on where we are in the search for a cure.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cheetah Urine and Vision Research 26 mins – “Scientific American Assistant News Editor Tanya Lewis and Collections Editor Andrea Gawrylewski host a new podcast that takes a deeper look at short articles from the Advances news section of the magazine. This episode they talk about the articles Tinder for Cheetahs? Big Cats Are Attracted by Urine Smell and Blind Except for Movement: Woman’s Injury Offers Insight into How the Brain Works.” “Zoos looking to breed cheetahs in captivity face a serious matchmaking problem. But researchers may have found an unconventional solution: letting feline bachelorettes choose a mate based on the scent of his pee….” “Milena Canning can see steam rising from a coffee cup but not the cup. She can see her daughter’s ponytail swing from side to side, but she can’t see her daughter. Canning is blind, yet moving objects somehow find a way into her perception. Scientists studying her condition say it could reveal secrets about how humans process vision in general….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chief Justice John Roberts 67 mins – “Chief Justice Roberts Remarks at University of Minnesota Law School Chief Justice John Roberts stressed the importance of an independent judiciary at a discussion hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School. He delivered the prepared remarks ahead of a question and answer session. He was asked about topics that included the public’s perception of the Court, how it operates, and whether cameras belong in the court room.” At the link left-click “Purchase a DVD or download,” to get the option of buying the MP3 for $0.99. A copy of them MP3 can also be downloaded from the blog archive.

Childhood Obesity 75 mins – “America is losing the war against childhood obesity. This seemingly unstoppable epidemic is the single biggest health risk to our youth, and in most cases, it’s completely avoidable.  Today’s guest is the world-renowned Dr. David Ludwig, a man who has dedicated his life to saving our children from this scourge with his cutting-edge research at Harvard. In this episode, Dr. Ludwig reveals the science behind why our children are most vulnerable to childhood obesity, and how a change of diet can save their lives.” At the link find the title, “Dr. David Ludwig: Food Addiction & Why Will Power is Not Enough – #272, Jan, 2016,” right-click “Media files c856d8dd-2802-4287-b598-81a3015c6979.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childrens Books 48 mins – “Once upon a time, there was a rabbit. No…Not a rabbit. Lewis Carroll already did that… How about an Amazonian river dolphin. Ok. once upon a time there was an Amazonian river dolphin who wondered about his cousins in the wide, open ocean, free from mud and muck and strangling roots. Hey – It’s not much, but it’s a start. Think back to any story you really loved as a child. Chances are, it starts with a tiny thread like this one. After that, it’s up to the courage, imagination, and perseverance of the storyteller to write it, rewrite it, and get it out into the world, with all the perspiration that entails. My guest today, Jacob Sager Weinstein, has pulled this trick off brilliantly. He’s the author of a smart, funny, utterly charming adventure trilogy for kids, the first book of which is called HYACINTH AND THE SECRETS BENEATH. It weaves together a semi-mythical history of London with details like a giant boar who communicates by handing out elegantly printed cards appropriate to any occasion, including if the Queen of England happens to spill peanut butter on your pet electric eel. Andre C. Willis on the real meaning of hope, Michelle Thaler on the next stage in human evolution” At the link find the title, “134. Jacob Sager Weinstein (children’s author) – Imaginary Histories, Possible Futures,” right-click “Media files PPY3831743740.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 47 mins – “Slate Money on Winners Take All, Silicon Valley’s Saudi Arabia problem, and the alarming IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel Climate Report] climate report on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, Emily Peck, and Anand Giridharadas. In the Slate Plus segment, Felix, Anna, Emily and Anand further discuss the people Anand talked to for his book.” At the link find the title, “The Win-Win Edition, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4903131081.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Report 47 mins – “A new U.N. report says the targets set by the Paris climate accord aren’t enough to stop massive ecosystem change in the next 50 years. We’ll look at what can be done.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal in West Virginia 21 mins – “Nearly two years since the 2016 Presidential Election, much of the press are still covering so-called “Trump country” using a series of simplistic narratives, blaming these states for Trump and portraying them as irrevocably scarred by the decline of the coal industry. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real problems surrounding the fossil fuel industry. Ken Ward Jr. is a reporter at West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette-Mail, where since 1991 he’s been covering the coal, chemical and natural gas industries, and their impact on communities that were promised a better future. Bob speaks with Ken about the reporting that earned him a 2018 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, and how West Virginia’s coal country is moving forward.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congressional Violence 68 mins – “Yale University historian Joanne Freeman discusses her book, “The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Joanne Freeman” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservative Corrosion 48 mins – “Conservative luminary Max Boot explains why he left the Republican Party and is urging people to vote against the modern GOP. ” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crossfit Training Expert 42 mins – “Do you own your biology or not? Crossfit Masters Champion, Amanda Allen, certainly does, but it took her a while to get there. On this episode of Bulletproof Radio Amanda talks about her 40-year journey to becoming a mega-athlete and finding her flow state in human performance. Allen talks candidly about her struggles to harness her addictive personality into something positive and what it takes to be a successful female athlete of all types including: her diet regimen, the menstruation effect, and why she has four coaches. Amanda is a true Bulletproof badass. Take a listen! Amanda Allen is the 2013 Crossfit Games Masters Champion (40-44) and an all around mega-athlete. She found Crossfit when trying to make Worlds in canoeing and after someone told her it would help supplement her abs workout! Before kicking ass at Crossfit, Amanda was a professional Triathlete and Track Cyclist with state, national and world titles in both and even tried her hand at firefighting. She is a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach in Adelaide, Australia, and her dog’s name is Pep.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crossfit Training Expert 46 mins – “One of the 50 fittest women in the world comes on Bulletproof Radio to talk about how strong is the new skinny and how she became a major player in the CrossFit community. On this episode of Bulletproof Radio you’ll get a look inside the mind of a real CrossFit master and she’s sassy too. Alverson talks about her strict adherence to a Paleo diet, her thoughts on women and ketosis, and if she thinks it’s okay to do CrossFit while pregnant. Get the show below! Shana Alvesrson owns Crossfit East Decatur in Georgia. She is a level 1 Certified CrossFit trainer as well as a Level I CrossFit Running & Endurance Certified. Shana also trains in CrossFit Olympic lifting, movement & mobility, gymnastics, and Crossfit kids. Her passion for the gym began at 15 after discovering how nutrition and exercise elevated her mood. She has been teaching people how to exercise since 1995, and in 2007 began her CrossFit training career. Catch her kicking ass a CrossFit East Decatur and on Twitter @ShanaAlverson.” At the link “Click here to download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity Threats 33 mins – “The Department of Homeland Security’s Jeanette Manfra talks about cyber threats against the U.S. in 2018, how the U.S. is working to foil foreign efforts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, and emergency communications during disasters.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Jeanette Manfra, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.512926.MP3-A13.mp3” and select ”Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Drag Queen RuPaul 47 mins – “RuPaul Charles, America’s most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn’t let go. RuPaul tell us it was drag that finally set him free.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-cigarettes in Schools 25 mins – “Elijah Stewart first heard about the Juul three years ago, during his sophomore year of high school. Many of his friends had started sucking on the e-cigarette that resembles a USB flash drive. It was suddenly a lot more socially acceptable, even cool, “to Juul” than to smoke cigarettes. Stewart was an occasional cigarette smoker when he began experimenting with Juul. Very quickly, he felt he was addicted. “After about a week, you feel like you need to puff on the Juul,” he says. “To some people it is like a baby pacifier, and they freak out when it’s not near….”..At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emergency Communications 33 mins – “Jeff Cohen, government relations director of the Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials, talks about efforts to improve communications among first responders since 9/11 attacks showed the flaws in communications systems.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Jeff Cohen, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.512428.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fertilizer in Water (2nd Item) – “In 2016, Art Cullen wrote a series of editorials for the Storm Lake Times, a small newspaper in Iowa, uncovering the murky depths of a fight between local and state governments about water pollution. They followed the money, and discovered a fight funded by agricultural corporations, and ended up winning the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Cullen’s new book is Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope From a Heartland Newspaper.” At the link find the title, “Something in the Water, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7559650008.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FISA Warrants P1 58 mins – “Welcome to part 1 of a 2-part deep-dive series concerning FISA!  In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck begin with the history and context leading up to the creation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, and then explain the central features of the statute and some of the key issues that arose during its first two decades.  Part 2 (episode 97), which carries the story forward to the present, will post tomorrow! Oh, hey, while we have your attention: Yes, there was another two-week extension in Doe v. Mattis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FISA Warrants P2 73 mins – “Aaaaand we’re back!  Yesterday we posted the first in a series of Deep Dive episodes on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, covering the origins and early-evolution of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Today, we pick up the thread with two critical aspects of the story: the rise and (seeming) fall of “the wall” between foreign intelligence and law enforcement investigations; and the rise and fall and transformed-revival of the Terrorist Surveillance Program. But wait, there’s more…we figured out early-on in this episode that we will need much more time to cover all that we want to cover.  And so this is not the deepest dive we’ll take on the FISA topic.  Next week, in episode 98, we’ll dive deeper still in order to complete the transition from TSP to 702, and then to discuss an array of other topics including the bulk metadata story and, inevitably, Snowden.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FISA Warrants P3 83 mins- “This week we’ve got the concluding episode in our trilogy of deep dives exploring the history and evolution of our foreign-intelligence collection legal architecture (see here and here for the two earlier episodes).  Our focus this week? Section 702, PRISM, and Upstream: What exactly is this, what are the key points of controversy, and how has it been tweaked by statute recently? Section 215, contact chaining with bulk communications metadata, and the USA Freedom Act: Same questions (what is this, what are the points of controversy, how has it been tweaked?) And in the aftermath of it all, we explore whether we have, from 2013 to today, created a new equilibrium for surveillance law, restoring stability as had occurred previously in 1978.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geology of Woodlawn Cemetery 33 mins – “A tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., focuses on the geology of the landscape and the mausoleums.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun History 33 mins – “When you think of the industrial revolution what comes to mind? Steam engines probably. Lone genius inventors. Factories and coal mines, perhaps. And depending on your professional interests and political leanings, either suffering laborers in sweat shops or the Great Onward March of Civilization. Did anybody think of guns? According to my guest today Stanford historian Priya Satia, guns are inextricably bound up with industrialization and it is our long and ever-changing relationship with these tools, toys, trade goods, status symbols, and instruments of war that makes them such a persistent fact of life to this day. Priya Satia’s latest book is EMPIRE OF GUNS: the Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution.” At the link find the title, 153. Guns: The Genie and the Bottle – Priya Satia (Historian), Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5660791796.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hillary Clinton 30 mins – “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in the Atlantic Festival at Sidney Harman Hall Theater. She discussed the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump administration, and Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Jeffrey Goldberg moderated the conversation.” At the link left-click “Purchase a DVD or download,” to get the option of buying the MP3 for $0.99. A copy of them MP3 can also be downloaded from the blog archive.

Historic Trends 72 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. Since 2015, the Think Again podcast has been taking us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Today’s guest Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. Peter’s new book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is an international bestseller, described by William Dalrymple as a ‘historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement’. At an anxious moment in Western history, Frankopan encourages us to take a historical perspective, understanding how change happens in societies and how people typically react to it. This conversation unpacks the fascinating and dense history of the Silk Road countries and digs deep into the economic and social forces that shape our lives.” At the link find the title, “110. Peter Frankopan (historian) – You Can’t Stop the Clock, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP4346682845.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HIV Infection Intro 44 mins – “Dr. Anupama Raghuram presents the “Basics of HIV Infection” by first discussing the epidemiology, pathogenesis and transmission of HIV infection. After, she presents the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “save Link as from the pop-up menu.

Hypertension 52 mins – “Dr. Nina Vasavada presents Hypertension by first discussing a general approach to ambulatory patients with elevated blood pressure. She then presents primary versus secondary hypertension, and ends her discussion on hypertension management in special populations.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “save Link as from the pop-up menu.

Immigration History in U.S. 54 mins – “Around three quarters of a million people applied to be American Citizens in 2017. But what does citizenship actually mean? The way Americans have defined citizenship has changed over time and many have found their citizenship challenged, undermined, resisted and even revoked. On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Nathan and Joanne discover the path to citizenship has never been easy.” At the link find the title, “To be a Citizen? The History of Becoming American, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5567403600.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Impeachment Lawyer 44 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN contributor and impeachment attorney Ross Garber about the recently unsealed Watergate “Road Map,” and what it could imply for any reports issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.” At the link find the title, “Return of the Repressed, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT9496329356.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investigative Journalism 39 mins – “In Hollywood movies diplomats always get a bad rap. I’m picturing Claude Rains as “Mr. Dryden” in Lawrence of Arabia looking, as Clyde Rains always does, somewhat reptilian as he hunches over a map of the Middle East with General Allenby, smirking secretively. Hollywood diplomats are slippery. Untrustworthy. More often than not, they turn out to be double agents. On screen, definitive action plays better than careful talk or compromise. This is true of America in general and of our politics in particular—we’re just not comfortable with ambiguity. Leave that to the French. Americans are about gettin’ things done. But the geopolitical world is complex, and allegedly getting more so every day. Meanwhile, over the last several presidencies, America has quietly been shifting its foreign policy approach from diplomacy to military muscle. With the current president, the gutting of the State Department in favor of the Pentagon is starting to look like Friday the 13th part whatever. My guest today is investigative journalist and former State Department official Ronan Farrow. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his his work in the New Yorker on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. His new book is War on Peace, The End of Diplomacy and The Decline of American Influence — and the title is pretty much self-explanatory.” At the link find the title, “147. Ronan Farrow (investigative journalist) — A Failure to Communicate, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1155411093.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Marshall 58 mins – “Joel Richard Paul, professor of law at the University of California Hastings Law School, discusses his biography of the nation’s fourth chief justice, John Marshall.” At the link find the title, Q&A with Joel Richard Paul, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.513898.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Review 58 mins – “Dahlia Lithwick talks with Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon about the “deep wounds” in the senate following Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. And she’s joined by Vox’s Matthew Yglesias who brings his nihilism about the institution of the Supreme Court to the show.” At the link find the title, “Due Processing, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1897661503.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Khashoggi Death Investigation 47 mins – “Former Sen. Bob Graham can’t forget what he learned about Saudi Arabia when he co-chaired the 9/11 Commission. And with the killing of the Saudi journalist, he says it’s high time to stop coddling the kingdom.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latino Vote in U.S. 36 mins – “León Krauze talks with Roberto Suro, professor of public policy and journalism at the University of Southern California, about the much-buzzed-about Latino vote and the 2018 midterms. And John Di Domenico returns with more tweets.” At the link find the title, “Is There A Latino Vote?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5892341942.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Libel Laws 46 mins – “Cries of “defamation” came from the White House following the publication of in-depth reporting on President Donald Trump and his finances by The New York Times, but this is not the first time the president has expressed criticism of the press or U.S. libel laws. Adam Liptak of The New York Times and NYU Law Professor Richard Epstein join Jeffrey Rosen to explain what libel is and how laws against libel and slander fit within the First Amendment’s protections of free speech and the free press. Liptak and Epstein also debate media objectivity today and the effect of the heated coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle on the legitimacy of our democratic institutions.” At the link find the title, “Libel, the Media, and Constitutional Legitimacy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4379117189.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mercury Mission 132 mins – “On October 20, the BepiColombo started its flight to Mercury on an Ariane 5 from Kourou. I was at the launch press event at ESOC in Darmstadt to follow the launch and to record a couple of interviews. The episode consists of three major parts. The first part is an interview with Pablo Munoz about mission analysis and flight dynamics. The second part looks at the science with Joe Zender, Roberto Peron, Ajako Matsuoka and Joana Oliveira. And part three are multiple short takes with Paolo Ferri, Andreas Rudolph and Fabian Luedicke recorded in the middle of the night at ESOC.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority Gun Ownership 47 mins -”African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a “literal arms race … ramped up by racialized fear.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money History 53 mins – “Ten autumns ago came two watershed moments in the history of money. In September 2008, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers triggered a financial meltdown from which the world has yet to fully recover. The following month, someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto introduced BitCoin, the first cryptocurrency. Before our eyes, the very architecture of money was evolving — potentially changing the world in the process. In this hour, On the Media looks at the story of money, from its uncertain origins to its digital reinvention in the form of cryptocurrency….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mushroom Business 52 mins – “Jeff Chilton comes on Bulletproof Radio today to discuss medicinal mushrooms, mushroom industry flaws, understanding mushroom spores, and vitamin D in mushrooms. Enjoy the show!Jeff Chilton has been in the mushroom industry since 1973. He is a founding member of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products and a member of the International Society for Mushroom Science. Jeff Chilton’s company, Nammex, was the first company to offer certified organic mushrooms to the supplement industry in the United States. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are considered high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds. ” At the link “Click here to download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nikki Haley Resignation 46 mins – “Ambassador Nikki Haley will step down at the end of the year. We’ll look at her record at the United Nations, what’s next for her and who’s next to represent America at the U.N.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapons Posturing 47 mins -”President Trump threatens to withdraw from a key nuclear missile treaty with Russia, and hints at another arms race with Russia and China. We go past the hot headlines to see what this really means.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Abuse Treatment 58 mins – “Journalist Beth Macy reports on the opioid crisis in America in her book, [Dopesick]. She’s interviewed by Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA).” At the link find the title, “After Words with Beth Macy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.510761.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Epidemic 46 mins – “A sister’s obituary for a young Vermont mother’s opioid addiction went viral. So did the response from the Burlington, Vermont, police chief. Also, we hear from Beth Macy, author of “Dopesick.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Over Population P1 36 mins – “Today, we’re talking about population. How it went from being on the front pages of our newspapers and all over late night television to being the issue that you’ll only hear from out of the mouth of comic book super-villain Thanos. It’s a big story, so we’re spending two episodes on it.” At the link find the title, “So Over Population [Part 1], Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2081489757.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Over Population P2 37 mins – “Today the second in our two-part series on the politics of population. In this episode, we’re digging into the story of how around the turn of the millennium, population got all tangled up in immigration in one vote at the Sierra Club. That ugly fight represents a pivot point for the movement: a transition from the environmental politics of the 70s and 80s to the environmental politics of today.” At the link find the title, “So Over Population [Part 2], Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2889363501.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oxygen Needs 32 mins – “As the accompanying editorial to this article says, “oxygen has long been a friend of the medical profession Even old friendships require reappraisal in the light of new information.” And that’s what a new rapid reccomendation – Oxygen therapy for acutely ill medical patients – does. To discuss we’re joined by two of the authors, Reed Simieniuk, general internist at McMaster University and Gordon Guyatt, distinguished professor at McMaster University.” At the link find the title, “How much oxygen is too much oxygen?, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 523304850-bmjgroup-how-much-oxygen-is-too-much-oxygen.mp3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Pete Souza Photographer 41 mins – “Pete Souza has taken photographs for National Geographic, Life magazine, and other dream outlets for any journalist. He’s covered wars, and he shot covers for magazines, including Newsweek and Fortune. During the Obama years, he was the chief official White House photographer. His book, Obama, An Intimate Portrait, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. In 2017 Pete Souza started posting images from the Obama presidency on Instagram with captions that indirectly comment on the current occupant of the White House. He now has over two million Instagram followers and he’s just published a new book titled: Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. Debbie talks with Pete Souza about his years as the Obama administration official photographer. “I acknowledge that I’m not the greatest photographer in the world, but I think that I was absolutely the best photographer for this particular situation.” At the link find the title, “Pete Souza, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Pete-Souza.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Placebo Research 29 mins – “Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical school – and leading placebo researcher, has just published an analysis on bmj.com describing the effect of open label placebo – placebos that patient’s know are placebos, but still seem to have some clinical effect. Ted joins us to speculate about what’s going on in the body, what this means for designing a more effective placebo, and asking whether it’s time to start honestly prescribing placebos in the clinic. Read his full analysis: www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k3889At the link find the title, “The counter intuitive effect of open label placebo, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 510340968-bmjgroup-the-counter-intuitive-effect-of-open-label-placebo.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Climate 49 mins – “Gina Loudon, Fox News guest analyst and member of the Trump 2020 Campaign Media Advisory Board, offers her analysis of the current political climate. She’s interviewed by Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX).” At the link find the title, “After Words with Gina Loudon, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.511930.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pregnancy Discrimination 47 mins – “Harrowing stories of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. It’s rampant and in some cases, can lead to miscarriage. We’ll take a deep dive into The New York Times investigation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prescription Price Disclosure 47 mins – “The Trump Administration wants pharma companies to list drug prices on ads for all prescriptions paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Could it drive down costs?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President George W Bush 58 mins – “James Mann talks about his biography of President George W. Bush.” At the linkf ind the title, “Q&A with James Mann, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.511041.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy Policies 32 mins – “Joseph Turow, a University of Pennsylvania professor, talks about what privacy policies mean and what people think they mean. He says many people mistakenly believe that the term “privacy policy” guarantees their information will be kept private.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Joseph Turow, “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Problem Solving 58 mins – “If you want to solve BIG problems, spend LESS time on them. That’s the concept behind Sprint, an innovative problem-solving technique developed by Jake Knapp that has taken Silicon Valley by storm. In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Jake reveals how “Sprint” has helped companies like Slack, Nest & 23andMe achieve success with less time and resources than a typical startup.  If you have a big opportunity, problem, or idea, and want to get the ball rolling, TODAY, this episode is for you.” At the link right-click download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resistance Starch 57 mins – “Dr. Grace Liu is renowned for the information she publishes on the blog, Animal Pharm, under the name “Dr. BG”. She is a Food and Nutritional Scientist and Functional Medicine Practitioner with a doctorate in Pharmacology, and one of the most knowledgeable people on the hot button topics of resistant starch (RS) and its effects on the health of the gut microbiome. She uses her expertise in the pharmaceutical world to explore the various scientific, nutritional, and pharmacological ins and outs of optimal health. Dr. Grace Liu comes on Bulletproof Radio to discuss the difference between resistant starch and regular starch, how resistant starch works in the body, how to prioritize the different testing methods for determining gut health, and the things you can do to start fixing your gut immediately. There is tons of in-depth information in this episode. Check out all of the resource links below. Enjoy the show!”At the link “Click here to download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rock Climbing El Capitan 47 mins – “No ropes. No carabiners. No cams. Nothing but his hands and feet. We’ll talk with rock climbing superstar Alex Honnold about his record breaking 3,000-foot, free-solo climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sears Bankruptcy 47 mins – “Sears once changed the American marketplace. Now, it’s filed for bankruptcy. We’ll look at the retail industry’s latest disruption.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sears Catalog and Jim Crow 18 mins – “Another chapter in the history of American consumerism came to a close this week when the retail giant Sears announced it was filing for bankruptcy and closing 142 of its unprofitable stores. As experts sifted through the details about what doomed Sears, we found ourselves reading a Twitter thread about a little-known bit of shopping history. Louis Hyman is an economic historian and professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He tweeted: “In my history of consumption class, I teach about Sears, but what most people don’t know is just how radical the catalogue was in the era of Jim Crow.” In this week’s podcast extra, Hyman talks to Brooke about what we can learn from the way Sears upended Jim Crow power dynamics, and what lessons it offers about capitalism more broadly. His latest book is Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sears Discussion 41 mins – “Slate Money on the death of Sears, the Robinhood high frequency trading scandal, and the retreat of the Financial Stability Oversight Council on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Emily Peck. In the Slate Plus segment, Felix, Anna, and Emily discuss the plethora of bad Facebook PR.” At the link find the title, “The Prudential Managers Edition, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3350195426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silicon Valley Work Conditions 47 mins – “Writer Dan Lyons says Silicon Valley values are spreading us across the country and have made a lot of folks unhappy and stressed at work. He writes about it in his book “Lab Rats.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stoicism P1 60 mins – “What does Stoicism look like in practice, in both ancient and modern contexts? You might think that eschewing the shallow, out-of-our-control trappings of fame and wealth in favor of personal cultivation would make one unambitious, but Ryan uses Marcus as a prime example of how to be a Stoic while trying to accomplish great things. Unlike his key influence Epictetus, Marcus did not need Stoicism to exert his freedom while being a slave, though arguably Marcus’s position as Roman emperor (which he did not choose) placed burdens on him akin to slavery. Marcus’s concern was to keep his cool and not let his power corrupt him while enacting his duties, and he wrote the Meditations as a philosophical journal for his own benefit, though he usually wrote with care, using his best literary chops. Very little in the Meditations is (or claimed to be) original, so the value of the text is in its providing an exemplar on how to live the Stoic tradition, which is very inspirational to modern Stoics like Ryan. Mark, Seth, Wes, and Dylan all engage Ryan in a very contemporary debate: Given what we’ve learned about psychology over the last 2000 years, does this method of basically repeating wise sayings to yourself over and over actually hold up? Is it desirable or possible to essentially overwrite our instincts with Stoic ideas about proper mental comportment? Marcus has specific ideas about nature and our place within it that would seem very archaic to most of us; does that undermine his viability as a model? Many modern Stoics advocate a pick-and-choose philosophy that tends to ignore issues like the metaphysical grounding for Stoicism, in favor of merely figuring out what works for you. Whereas Marcus took our duty and purpose as a given, and our job as to function properly in that role, Ryan offers more of an “existential Stoicism,” where you choose or figure out what you want to make of your life, and then use Stoicism to do that as effectively as possible. This is our third try to get a handle on Stoicism; listeners may find it valuable to start with our earlier episodes on Epictetus and then Seneca.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stoicism P2 60 mins – “We talk Stoicism as “pre-mourning,” love of fate even with trauma, are Stoics committed to a divine plan, Stoic political ethics, ethical models for emulation, and the idea of overwriting your brain with the Stoic operating system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Student Loan Crisis 13 mins – “Can anyone afford college anymore? Would it help if we sold stock in students? Would Young Einstein have been a popular commodity? In this week’s episode of Big Think’s Think Again podcast, host Jason Gots and sometime co-host Eric Sanders are joined byBrian Greene, theoretical physicist, director of the World Science Festival, and author of The Elegant Universe. An interview clip from economist Daniel Altman launches a discussion of why we bother to learn anything in the first place.” At the link find the title, “6. Brian Greene (Theoretical Physicist) – Student for Sale, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files PP3798450475.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Supreme Court Legitimacy 58 mins – “In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, debates about the Supreme Court’s legitimacy remain in the public spotlight. Some believe that the Kavanaugh confirmation caused a legitimacy crisis that can only be solved by reform proposals such as court packing and term limits for justices, while others believe the Court has maintained its legitimacy and is still a neutral arbiter of the law. Is the Supreme Court really having a legitimacy crisis? Host Jeffrey Rosen discusses that question and the future of the Court with two constitutional scholars from opposing sides of the Kavanaugh debate – Professor Jennifer Mascott, who testified on Justice Kavanaugh’s behalf at his confirmation hearings, and Professor Melissa Murray, who testified against his nomination.” At the link find the title, “Is There a Supreme Court Legitimacy Crisis?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4589128798.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tenement Museum 58 mins – “To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Tenement Museum, co-founder Ruth Abram told the story of the building at 97 Orchard Street in New York’s Lower East Side. She described how the museum has grown and developed, and how they use the stories of 19th and 20th century immigrants who lived at Orchard street to bring history to life for visitors.. Ruth Abram was interviewed by Tenement Museum president Kevin Jennings.” At the link left-click “Purchase a DVD or download,” to get the option of buying the MP3 for $0.99. A copy of them MP3 can also be downloaded from the blog archive.

Trade Negotiations 44 mins – “The World Trade Organization is the referee for 164 trading partners, each with their own political and economic agendas. Lately, those agendas have gotten more complicated — especially with President Trump’s tariff blitz. Roberto Azevêdo, head of the W.T.O., tells us why it’s so hard to balance protectionism and globalism; what’s really behind the loss of jobs; and what he’d say to Trump (if he ever gets the chance).” At the ink find the title, “352. Can This Man Stop a Trade War?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files d021e4bd-9d17-4abd-9105-f677e85a333f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tucker Carlson Interview 58 mins – “Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses his book, [Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Tucker Carlson, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.512583.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. and Saudia Arabia 47 mins – “President Trump vows severe punishment and sends Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman as the rift grows over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Foreign Policy 47 mins – “When it comes to U.S. foreign policy failures, Stephen Walt says it all traces back to what he calls a “liberal hegemony” and the idea that the U.S. can spread democracy without accountability. In his new book “The Hell of Good Intentions,” Walt argues that it’s time for a more restrained approach.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vagal Nerve Impact 60 mins – “Stephen Porges comes to Bulletproof Radio to share his pioneering research on the vagus nerve, how the cues it receives play a major role in stress, social behavior and the nervous system and some tips on how to improve its response. Enjoy the show!Dr. Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he directs the Trauma Research Center in the Kinsey Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he chaired the Department of Human Development and directed the Institute for Child Study. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 46 mins – “Some lawmakers seek to prevent many people from voting ahead of this fall’s midterms. Those efforts don’t show up in polls, but could affect the results. Guests Wendy Weiserdirector of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She founded the program’s Voting Rights and Elections Project. (@WendyRWeiser) Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. (@dale_e_ho) John Merrill, Alabama secretary of state. (@JohnHMerrill)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 48 mins – “As Americans prepare to head to the polls next week, We the People partnered with Ballotpedia for a rundown of the election law and voting rights issues most relevant to the 2018 midterms. Ballotpedia’s News Editor Sarah Rosier joins election law scholars Franita Tolson and Michael Morley to break down all sides of the legal arguments surrounding voter ID laws, gerrymandering, “signature matching,” the purging of voter rolls, and felon disenfranchisement. Jeffrey Rosen hosts.” At the link find the title, “Voting Rights, Election Law, and the Midterms, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5572273986.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Security 27 mins – “Cybersecurity analyst and reporter Kim Zetter discusses voting machines and election security ahead of the November midterm elections.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Kim Zetter, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.514434.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whales and Whaling P1 44 mins – “Whale deaths are defying yearly averages on the East Coast according to the New England Aquarium, once again increasing concerns about our conservation responsibilities and the continued recovery of the species after nearly two centuries of whaling. Americans romanticized whaling through books like “Moby Dick,” even though whale hunting nearly led to the extinction of the sperm whale. On this episode, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore how Native American whalers faced stereotypes within the industry, how whaling went from boom to bust, and learn how a real white whale named Mocha Dick became the inspiration for Herman Melville’s novel.” At the link find the title, “Thar She Blows: The History of Whales and America, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2276567428.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whales and Whaling P2 63 mins – “BackStory shoots up from the depths and spouts another great episode exploring the extraordinary tale of whales and whaling in America. Brian, Nathan, Joanne and Ed uncover the story of Cabin Boys who were women in disguise, find out why a decomposing whale was turned away from a Midwestern Town, and learn all about the Black whaler and entrepreneur who became one of the wealthiest men in America.” At the link find the title, “Thar She Blows Again: The History of Whales and America (Part 2), Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8541551206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One 49 mins – “On November 11, 1918, Germany formally surrendered to the Allied Powers, about 19 months after the United States entered the conflict. On this episode, Brian and Nathan reflect on how, 100 years later, “the war to end all wars” is still with Americans.” At the link find the title, “The War to End All Wars: Remembering WWI, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4399414801.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen War Discussion 33 mins – “On The Gist, should we continue to trust Facebook with our data? Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war with rebel tribes in Yemen is 3½ years deep, as is America’s support for it. Michael Knights, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, details the kingdom’s goals: stopping the missile attacks sailing in from Yemen, restoring the country’s ousted leaders, and countering the rebels’ biggest ally, Iran. In the Spiel, the disappearance of abortion providers, the rise of crisis pregnancy centers, and what Google can do about it.” At the link find the title, “And What About Yemen?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4212356670.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yoga Uses 58 mins – “Yoga has become extremely popular over the last few decades. You have probably seen photographs of fit-looking young people in stretchy clothing and improbable poses and wondered why they are so enthusiastic about this practice. However, yoga is not about extreme poses or looking good. Practicing yoga is a path to good health. What exactly are the health benefits of yoga?…” At the link left-click “Download the free mp3” and select “MP3” from the menu to get the podcast.

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Mining Digest 367 – Nov 30, 2018: AI Creator and China Impact, Bias Conflicts, Cancer Cure, Catalysts, Challenger Disaster Lesson, Crime in Australia, Cybersecurity, Disabled Women, Dr Who as a Woman, Ebola Responses, Elephant Preserve, End of Life Facts, Equal Rights for Women, Executive Abuses of Police and Intelligence Operations, Fake News Technology, Free Radicals, Gig Economy Tactics, Girl Child International Day, Hidden Video Cameras, Historic Storms, Hungarian Democracy Declines, Immigrant Housing, Malaria Vaccine, Mesmerism, Microchipping Employees, Militarized Democracy, Native Indian DNA Discussion, Native Indian Education, Nipah Virus Outbreak, Orbit Braille Reader, Oscar Wilde Women, Parkinsons and Genetics, Pennsylvania Gerrymandering, Prosthetic Joint Infections, Reconstruction Amendments, Suicides in Military, Surviving the Next Century, Trump Supporters, Virtual Reality Equipment, Wage Equity

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AI Creator and China Impact 48 mins – “We talk to artificial intelligence expert and former president of Google China Kai-Fu Lee about his recent book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.” At the link find the title, “China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files d9746b31-9e44-4ec2-9c38-d4310fde64ef.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Algorithms and People 31 mins – “We talk to mathematician and science writer Hannah Fry about her latest book Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.” At the link find the title, “Being Human in the Age of Algorithms, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a8d2e26b-7116-4f7b-8f2b-cb02f9b5ca89.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bias Conflicts 41 mins – “In this episode, we are joined by author and social scientist, Dolly Chugh, to discuss her book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, which studies how implicit bias and unintentional ethical behavior affects our everyday decision making. Dolly is a Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University, has won several awards for excellence in teaching and ethics, and is a monthly columnist for Forbes.com. Why our brains are biased, and the ways in which we can begin to recognize our own conscious and unconscious biases Why confirmation bias can hinder the success of a recruiting the best potential talent in the workplace How we can learn to recognize and use our own privileges to challenge and help change other people’s biases” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Bike Racing in Europe 72 mins – “Minerva lecture on 12 September 2018 given by Dr Ian Walker. Transport psychologist from the University of Bath, Dr Ian Walker, notched up 4,300km in just 11 days to win the North Cape 4000 unsupported bike race this summer. How do you prepare for this kind of ride? What do you pack? What should you eat and what do you actually end up eating? If you hit the wall and feel like there’s nothing left in the tank, then how do you push through? And what do you think about for mile after mile, cycling up to 16 hours a day? Hear more from Ian sharing his experiences and reflections with some expert help from researchers across the University.” At the link rind the title, “How I cycled through 11 countries in 11 days to win the trans-European North Cape bike race, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 521566062-uniofbath-how-i-cycled-through-11-countries-in-11-days-to-win-the-trans-european-north-cape-bike-race.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Business Enterprise Program 10 mins – “The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) is a great way for interested Blind/Visually Impaired clients of their State Agency/Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to own their own business and be their own boss. Michael Colbrunn is a business owner in the BEP and joined Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities in the studio to talk about the BEP and about his work at his campus location and his work on the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind in Minnesota. Join Michael and Jeff in this brief interview packed with useful information. You can find out more about the BEP and more from Michael Colbrunn on a previous podcast: The Business Enterprise program: Business Ownership Opportunities and a Promising Career If you are interested in knowing more about the Business Enterprise Program, and live in Minnesota, email John Hulet If outside Minnesota, contact your State Servicesand ask about the Business Enterprise Program and how you can learn more about the opportunities available to you.” At the link find the title, “Meet Michael Colbrunn: Business Enterprise Program Owner/Operator and Advocate for the Blind, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files MikeBEP2018.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Cure 56 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on cancer research with freshly-minted 2018 Nobel laureate and immunologist Dr. Jim Allison, who’s at the frontier of finding new cancer immunotherapy treatments.” At the link find the title, “Curing Cancer, with 2018 Nobel Laureate Jim Allison, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ff094cac-2a19-4848-8e82-eba3669d0702.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research 39 mins – “Unexplained cancer outbreaks are happening around the world. But here’s the mystery – why is the epidemic striking certain parts of the world, while others remain untouched? In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim looks at how, with the latest technology, teams of “DNA Detectives” are discovering surprising clues in the fight to cure cancer. Kim talks to Dr. Cullen Taniguchi of the MD Anderson Cancer Center who shares crucial, new information about the progress of the fight against cancer.” At the link find the title, “Cancer: How DNA detectives are cracking the case against the world’s most perplexing killer, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD DNA DETECTIVES FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Catalysts 58 mins – “From brewing beer to cleaning up car emissions and even making less polluting fuels. We’re asking – what exactly are catalysts, and how do they work? Plus, in the news, scientists discover the mechanism behind the majority of Alzheimer’s cases, new technology helps beekeepers keep bees, and we explore the prospects for the survival of humanity with the Astronomer Royal.” At the link find the title, “Catalysts: Our Tiny Chemists, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files catalysts-our-tiny-chemists.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Challenger Disaster Lesson 32 mins – “Failure Is Your Friend In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.” At the link you can listen but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Copyright Problems 26 mins – “Making copyright fit for purpose for the digital world is a popular undertaking for governments– though almost never so for publishers. So-called “reforms” are often little more than thinly-veiled attacks on the fundamental principles of intellectual property and the livelihoods of publishers and authors. Notions of balance seem to have vanished as the scales tip further away from rightsholders. At the 2018 Frankfurt Book FairMichael Healy, Executive Director, International Relations, spoke with Michiel Kolman, President of the International Publishers Association and Senior Vice President for Information Industry Relations, Elsevier. According to Kolman, the critical connection to make for legislators and the public alike is that intellectual property rights make up the foundation of value in publishing. “I would say overall in the copyright discussion, it [should be] linked to a much broader discussion, and that’s the value of publishing. If the value of publishing is more broadly appreciated and recognized, the copyright discussions are easier. And I think that is an area where we [as publishers] should all invest in,” Kolman explained. “Whether you’re a trade publisher or a literary publisher or an educational publisher or a science publisher, if the products that we deliver – our books and articles and databases – don’t have that appreciated value, then the copyright discussions are much more complicated,” he told CCC’s Healy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crime in Australia 62 mins -”Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton addresses the National Press Club in Canberra on the topic of organised crime.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Peter Dutton, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files NPCc_Dutton_1010_512k.mp4” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyberlaw 38 mins – “It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month, and whether it’s a data leak or a data breach, it seems that your private information is getting passed around every day. In this episode of Komando on Demand, guest host and renowned attorney Steven Teppler talks to retired FBI special agent Lawrence Wolfenden, now a cybersecurity and privacy expert, about his experiences with electronic privacy issues during his career as well as what the government can and can’t do when it comes to protecting our privacy.” At the link find the title, “Can the government protect your online privacy?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD_Cyberlaw_Replay_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity 41 mins – “The rate and intensity of cyber attacks on financial institutions has increased in recent years, but the risk that these attacks pose to our financial stability remains understudied in the financial industry and among regulators and policymakers. What would it look like if malicious actors took direct aim at the systemic stability of U.S. financial institutions? On October 11, Susan Hennessey spoke to three senior research scholars from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs who are taking early steps to find the answer: Katheryn Rosen, former deputy assistant treasury secretary for financial institution policy; Jason Healey, former White House cyber adviser on the Bush administration; and financial-stability expert and former Federal Reserve official Patricia Mosser. They talked about how to understand financial stability, the unique risks that cyber threats pose to it, and what gaps remain in how to mitigate those risks.” At the link find the title, “Cybersecurity and Financial Stability,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 361.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled Women 73 mins – “Millions of people are dealing with invisible illness, possibly not even knowing it. Guest co-host and contributor Yves Jeffcoat discusses women with invisible illnesses.” At the link find the title, “Invisible Illness, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW5057567608.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Who as a Woman 21 mins – “Our guest on this week’s Nerdette is the very first lady doctor. No! We’re not talking about Merit-Ptah, chief physician of the court of the Egyptian pharaoh back in 2700 B.C. We’re not even talking about British physician Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States back in 1849. Both of those ladies were not available for an interview. We’re talking with Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the lead role in the long-running, time-travel-based BBC television series Doctor Who. (That means that Whittaker, rather than a doctor of medicine, is a fictional doctor of time.) Whittaker, who also starred in the critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch, told Nerdette host Greta Johnsen how she got the Doctor Who role, how fans have reacted to her casting, and why she thinks her character’s gender, “more so than probably any other role I’ve ever played, is irrelevant.” Below are highlights.” At the link find the title, “Jodie Whittaker And The New ‘Doctor Who’, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files jodie whittaker and the new doctor who greta johnsen.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Responses 10 mins – “Human Ebola virus disease can be caused by four viruses: Sudan virus, Tai Forest virus, Bundibugyo virus, and Ebola virus (EBOV, species Zaire ebolavirus). The 2014 outbreak of EBOV in West Africa was the worst ever, with more than 28,000 cases and more than 11,000 deaths in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Mali. Investigational studies undertaken during the latter stages of the response, however, have led to progress in the development and use of biologic and chemical compounds to treat EBOV and Ebola virus disease (EVD). Recommendations to study vaccines and therapeutics and evaluate their benefit in the context of Ebola responses have been issued by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the form of an EVD Blueprint.1,2At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the popup menu.

Elephant Preserve 84 mins – “John Kay reveals his journey from escaping the Iron Curtain, getting on with limited vision, his passion for music and his love and commitment for wildlife and especially elephants. Ironically, I first learned about John Kay being legally blind from Dan Gausman, a librarian at State Services for the Blind of Minnesota. A client requested to have the Communications Center record an audio copy of John Kay’s 1994 autobiography, Magic Carpet Ride. This is a service provided to people who are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic or have difficulty in reading the printed word. Dan mentioned that John was legally blind. This I did not know. John Kay explains his vision and how it led him from behind the Iron Curtain to the freedoms of West Berlin, his adventures as a youth and his days at Sight Saving school in Toronto. Canada. Most importantly, John talks about feeding the fire, feeding his passion for music and for the protection of wildlife. John Kay is transforming from Rock Star to Wildlife Advocate as his touring days with John Kay and Steppenwolf come to a well-deserved rest after 50 years since the release of the first Steppenwolf album. John is ready to make this transition as he has been devoting his time and proceeds from his touring over the last 10 years towards John and his wife Jutta’s Maue Kay Foundation, and NGOs, Non-Governmental Organization, similar to a Non-profit organization, that focus on the protection of wildlife….” At the link find the title, “John Kay: From Rock Star to Elephants, We Were All Born To Be Wild #Steppenwolf to #MaueKayFoundation, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files JohnKayFinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Facts 14 mins – At the link find the title, “End-of-Life Facts and Sentiments – Part 2,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Equal Rights for Women 43 mins – “Episode Four begins, as all episodes should: with Dolly Parton. Parton wrote a song for us (!) about the 19th Amendment and women (finally) getting the right to vote.
Also in this episode: Our siblings at
Radiolab share a story with us that they did about how the 19th Amendment almost died on a hot summer night in Tennessee. The 19th Amendment was obviously a huge milestone for women in the United States. But it was pretty well-understood that this wasn’t a victory for all women; it was a victory for white women. People of color have faced all sorts of barriers to voting throughout our nation’s history. This includes poll taxes, which were fees people had to pay in order to vote. The 24th Amendment eliminated federal poll taxes in 1964. We hear a song inspired by the 24th Amendment, created for us by Caroline Shaw. Kevin Morby made an excellent song for us about the 24th, too. Check it out here. Finally, Simon Tam, from the band The Slants tells the story of the Supreme Court case about their name, and talks about the song they wrote about the 18th and 21st Amendments for our album. (It’s a jam!)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Executive Abuse of Police and Intelligence Operations 43 mins – “On October 3, Benjamin Wittes co-hosted an event with his Brookings colleague, Norm Eisen, on The State of Rule of Law in the U.S. Ben moderated a panel on national security and law enforcement with Lawfare contributor and long-time Department of Justice official Mary McCord; former head of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg; and Representative Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. They spoke about the impact of today’s political environment on national security investigations in the Executive Branch; Congress’s conduct in this recent spate of such investigations; and how—under normal circumstances—these two branches are supposed to interact.” At the link find the title, “The State of Rule of Law in the U.S.: National Security and Law Enforcement,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 356.mp3”and select ‘Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Failure Value 32 mins – “Why are so many people so reluctant to quit projects or jobs or relationships that have soured? One reason, Stephen Dubner argues, is that we tend to equate quitting with failure, and there’s a huge stigma attached to failure. But … should there be? In their new book Think Like a Freak , Dubner and Steven Levitt  argue that perhaps we’re not thinking clearly about failure. Failure, they say, can be your friend: LEVITT: I always tell my students — fail quickly. The quicker you fail the more chances you have to fail at something else before you eventually maybe find the thing that you don’t fail at. When failure is stigmatized, people will do everything they can to avoid it, often at great cost. Levitt tells the story of a large multinational retailer that was opening its first store in China — and how the company’s executives couldn’t express their misgivings to a bullish boss. Then we hear a story in which the boss’s “go fever” had far more tragic ramifications: the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Allan McDonald, an engineer on the shuttle project and author of the book Truth, Lies, and O-Rings , tell us how his attempts to delay the launch were overruled:…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar nd select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Fake News Technology 34 mins – “It seems like every time we fire up the computer, we are bombarded with doctored images, fake videos, false accusations, and outright lies. With all these messages hitting us, how can we determine what’s true and what’s false? In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim looks at the latest technology that people are using to generate fake news and how to spot it. Kim talks to filmmaker Charles Dutka about how fake videos and images are created as well as Adrienne Gonzales, owner of Go Fraud Me, who combats fake online fundraisers.” At the link find the title, “Generation Deceived: The tech behind fake news, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD Fake News-Generation Deceived FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fantasy Computer Games 110 mins – At the link find the title, “331. The Art of Dungeons and Dragons (with Michael Witwer, Brian Stillman), Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files geeksguide331final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Radicals 42 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the properties of atoms or molecules with a single unpaired electron, which tend to be more reactive, keen to seize an electron to make it a pair. In the atmosphere, they are linked to reactions such as rusting. Free radicals came to prominence in the 1950s with the discovery that radiation poisoning operates through free radicals, as it splits water molecules and produces a very reactive hydroxyl radical which damages DNA and other molecules in the cell. There is also an argument that free radicals are a byproduct of normal respiration and over time they cause an accumulation of damage that is effectively the process of ageing. For all their negative associations, free radicals play an important role in signalling and are also linked with driving cell division, both cancer and normal cell division, even if they tend to become damaging when there are too many of them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Trends 71 mins – “Economist and author Michael Munger of Duke University talks about his book, Tomorrow 3.0, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Munger analyzes the rise of companies like Uber and AirBnB as an example of how technology lowers transactions costs. Users and providers can find each other more easily through their smartphones, increasing opportunity. Munger expects these costs to fall elsewhere and predicts an expansion of the sharing economy to a wide array of items in our daily lives.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gig Economy 33 mins – “Looking for a way to make some extra money but find your time is limited? Many employers don’t want to go through the hassle of hiring employees but still need people to meet specific needs. Enter the Gig Economy. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim takes a look at how people are making a quick buck on sites like Wonolo, Bellhops, Doordash and others. Kim talks to Randi Himelfarb, a video editor who is thriving in the Gig Economy.” At the link find the title, “How to take advantage of the Gig Economy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD_THE_NEW_GIG_ECONOMY_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-u menu.

Girl Child International Day 69 mins – At the link find the title, “International Day of the Girl Child: A Conversation with Kakenya Ntaiya and Sarah Craven, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Kakenya Edited Discussion.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hidden TV Cameras 34 mins – “In this digital age, hidden surveillance is everywhere and if you’ve ever felt watched in the past, odds are you probably were. From Airbnb to a house of worship, hidden cameras are everywhere. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim looks at how hidden spy cameras have become so prevalent in our society and how technology has enabled these cameras to be placed anywhere. Kim also gives tips and advice on how to protect yourself from hidden cameras.” At the link find the title, “Who’s watching you? The threat of hidden cameras in the digital age, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD_11-01-2018_WHOS_WATCHING_ME_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Historic Storms 34 mins – “We’re traveling back to a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina about catastrophic storms, which are almost historical characters in their own right, leaving indelible marks on the places they affect. Here, we cover five of history’s most destructive storms, including the Tri-state Tornado of 1925 and the Great Hurricane of 1780.” At the link find the title, “SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Storms, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW2683621085.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Hollywood Power Broker 66 mins – “Michael Ovitz changed the business of show business. In 1975, with a $21,000 loan, he co-founded Creative Artists Agency, which quickly became the world’s leading talent agency. As a leader of CAA, Michael’s clients included Paul Newman, Barbara Streisand, and Steven Spielberg. But Ovitz has never been a mere Hollywood mogul. Over the years he’s deployed his deal-making skills in advertising, finance, and philanthropy. In other words, Michael Ovitz has had a remarkable, and very public, career. He tells his side of the story in a new memoir, Who is Michael Ovitz. Debbie talks to Michael Ovitz about his long and controversial career as a Hollywood power broker. “When you are in the eye of the storm, you really don’t see around you very well.” At the link find the title, “Michael Ovitz, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Michael-Ovitz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong Operations 74 mins – “Neil Monnery, author of Architect of Prosperity, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book–a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Monnery describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy. How much those policies mattered is the focus of the conversation. Other topics include the relationship between Hong Kong and China and the irony of the challenges Hong Kong faced from U.S. and British protectionism.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hungarian Democracy Declines 46 mins – “Last week while traveling in the United Kingdom, Benjamin Wittes met up with András Pap, a Hungarian scholar of constitutional law. Pap is a professor with Central European University’s Nationalist Studies Program in Budapest, and the two spoke over breakfast about the decline of Hungarian democracy. They talked about the Fidesz party, Hungary’s strongman ruler Viktor Orbán, to what extent Hungary is similar to and different from other European countries, and why Pap was cheerfully having breakfast with Ben talking about all these things and not fearing what would happen to him when he returns to Budapest.” At the link find the title, “ András Pap on Viktor Orbán and the Decline of Hungarian Democracy,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 358.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Housing 55 mins – “PhD student Mei Lan Fang’s parents survived the Cultural Revolution and immigrated to Canada with dreams of settling in a country where human rights are protected and social mobility is possible. After years of financial struggle in Vancouver, the family verged on homelessness. Mei uses her family’s own experience of migration from China to help her understand the life struggles of Vancouver’s marginalized seniors in a virtually impossible housing market. Her approach is known as the “life course perspective”, reflecting a shift in how many social scientists view their work, and their roles.” At the link find the title, “The Life Course – trauma, migration and ‘renoviction’ in Vancouver, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-fcjQ8lke-20181009.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Life 20 mins – “The big end of season show! Kalki is joined by guests Insia Dariwala, Rahul Sonpimple and Diskit Angmo at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, where they talk to students about being a young adult and Indian in the 21st century. Includes some difficult issues. #MyIndianLife” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irish War 53 mins – “Bank robberies, building explosives and prison hunger strikes. These were just part of Kieran Conway’s life in the Irish Republican Army. Decades later, he’s a well-known criminal lawyer in Dublin. This episode from IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell looks at Conway’s political transformation from British admirer to IRA fighter.” At the link find the title, “Avenging Empire: My time in the IRA, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-rNGuLhCC-20181026.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lawyers Grow Older 30 mins – “The Insurance Industry Studies the Future of Law Practice Chris Newbold discusses the role of malpractice carriers and how the risk assessment process changes in law practice and the future of the profession.” At the link find the title, “The Digital Edge : The Insurance Industry Studies the Future of Law Practice, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files episode_130.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lecturing Rules 34 mins – “Last podcast Mike and Jacob gave you their tips on how to be an effective lecturer. This week our mentors (Haney Mallemat, Resa Lewiss, Alyson McGregor, Victoria Brazil, Matt Dawson, and Anand Swaminathan) give us their top tips for how to be a rockstar on the stage. Check it out! Wanna learn from us in person? Well, we have good news. There are 2 conferences coming up, one in Bend, Oregon, and the other in Lexington, Ky. Click the links to learn more!” At the link find the title, “Top tips for how to be a rockstar on the stage, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files How_to_lecture_Part_2_V2.mp4and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Vaccine 39 mins – “To eliminate malaria, you have to stop transmission, and that’s what Carolina Barillas-Mury hopes to do. Her work on the interaction of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum may lead to a transmission-blocking vaccine. She explains how, and discusses the co-evolution of malaria, mosquitos, and man. …Julie’s Biggest Takeaways: When born, babies carry antibodies from their mothers, which may protect them through passive immunity; additionally, babies are more easily protected from mosquito exposure by placing them under bed netting. As they grow, children become more active, and their passive immunity concurrently wanes. They may be exposed to mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites and their still-developing immune systems aren’t able to keep the parasites from replicating, leading to more severe disease, including cerebral malaria. The Culicines and Anopholines are two major groups of mosquitoes that carry disease. The culicines have recently spread around the world, but the Anopholines species moved from Africa into South America one hundred million years ago, but malaria only moved into the New World a few hundred years ago with the slave trade. The relationship between the mosquitoes and malaria parasites has been evolving much longer in Africa than it has been with the specific population of mosquitoes in South America – one of the reasons why the disease is less devastating in South America. The ‘invisibility gene,’ pfs47, is expressed in the banana-shaped ookinete and helps the malaria parasite to avoid detection by the mosquito immune system. The pfs47 malarial gene is adapted for the localized mosquito populations from the same region as the parasite; if an African mosquito is infected with a South American parasite, the parasite is more likely to be recognized and killed than if the African mosquito is infected with an African parasite. The most immunogenic proteins in parasites may produce an immune response, but this immune response may not block infection. New vaccines are concentrating on where antibodies bind, to ensure there is a biological effect of the immune response, and this is why Barillas-Mury has used a modified Pfs47 protein to generate immune responses, rather than its native form.” At the link find the title, “092: A new type of malaria vaccine utilizing the mosquito immune system with Carolina Barillas-Mury, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM092.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mesmerism 29 mins – “We’re revisiting a 2010 Halloween episode from Sarah and Katie. Today, Franz Mesmer is hailed as the father of hypnosis. His original pursuit was called mesmerism, but what exactly was it? How did it (supposedly) work?” At the link find the title, “SYMHC Classics: He Was Killed by Mesmerism, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW1711825748.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microchipping Employees 49 mins – “Microchip implants are starting to increase in popularity, especially for employers microchiping their employees. But, is this merely the next logical step in efficiency and security? Or is it the next step toward a frightening 1984, Big Brother society that many have warned us about for years? In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim looks at the technology behind embedding RFID microchips in our bodies, how some employers in Sweden are already starting to microchip their employees as well as how this technology works.” At the link find the title, Are employees getting microchip implants for convenience and security?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD MICROCHIPPING EMPLOYEES_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant Caravan 45 mins – “There is a caravan—you’ve probably heard something about it. Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, has heard something about it. On Friday, Benjamin Wittes caught up with Stephanie to talk about her time on the Mexico-Guatemala border traveling with migrants who are following a trail not unlike that of the caravan. They talked about why people are joining this caravan, what the alternatives to it are, why certain migrants are shunning it, the pushes out of countries like Honduras and Guatemala, and what it’s like to be a child on the long trek to the United States.” At the link find the title, “The Migrant Caravan and its Dissenters,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 359.mp3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Militarized Democracy 39 mins – “In recent decades, both democratic and republican administrations have tried to guide other countries toward liberal democracy. But international relations theorist John Mearsheimer’s latest book, “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realties,” says that strategy has made the U.S. a “highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home.” Last week at the Hoover Institution’s Washington office, Jack Goldsmith sat down with Mearsheimer to talk about the book. They talked about why administrations try to promote democracy, how that strategy has bolstered non-democratic governments, and whether a more restrained foreign policy could better serve U.S. interests.” At the link find the title, “John Mearsheimer on ‘The Great Delusion’” “Direct download: Episode 357.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Narrative Value 56 mins – “Narrative thinking is how we process and understand our own story. American psychologist, Dan McAdams wrote, “We are all storytellers, and we are the stories we tell.” But some of us have no unfolding internal autobiography that helps us bridge our brains and minds. Some of us experience life episodically with one event simply following what came before with no sense of any overarching continuity. If narrative thinking is what makes us human, makes us conscious of ourselves, where does that leave those who who don’t tell themselves this story, and their place in the world?” At the link find the title, “Have I Got A Story For You!, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-Ep2sOhVa-20181025.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native Indian DNA Discussion 43 mins – “Ok, so far be it from me to mention in passing Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee heritage claims. Seriously, I intended for it be a throwaway comment.. I certainly neve intended for it to be a TWENTY FIVE minute conversation. I had WAY more planned for this week’s show than what we got to. but hey, good news right? I dont have to prepare for next week’s show! Because BRANDON couldn’t let a simple stupid comment lie. So, the majority of this week’s episode is unexpectedly about Elizabeth Warren’s Native American claims and her subsequent DNA test release. Honestly, i wish id been more prepared to talk about it, but silly me i thought it was ginna be a 30 second conversation. (Yes i’m a little inebriated as I write this if you’re womdering, but no I wasn’t when we recorded it.)/. i actually had like 3 times as much stuff as we needed for a full show as usual. i’m always prepared. but sometimes things… go off the rails. so anywaty, yea. ELIZABETH WARREN!!!! cuckoo crazy bird that she is. takes over the show. whatever. It’s still entertaining if muy memory serves. it sure was fun to record anyway. I liked ity. I only do this show to have anexcuse to talk to my brother anywatY!!!! so…shutup/. it’s fun and ebnjoyable to listen to. so download the audio file and enjoy. Then we talk about the Noth Dakota voter ID registration debacle, which honestly i think i remember we both agree on. the issue. i dunno man, this was like,… two days ago. im peretty sure we agreed. Listen and find out. Nativetalk.net bitch. we gotta buncha shows. it’s fun. we like it, . liosten. lots. cliff & brandoN” At the link find the title, “Elizabeth Warren Cherokee Heritage & North Dakota Voter ID Laws, Oct, 2018,”right-click “Media files elizabeth warren cherokee heritage north dakota voter id laws.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native Indian Education 42 mins – “On todays NativeTalk.net radio program, we begin with the Plains Indians and the fact that not ALL of them were nomadic. Some actually stayed back and farmed, and built permanant structures. We talk about what they farmed, how they built their homes, and about some of the festivals they had. Then we discuss the dismal graduation rate in North Dakota (65%), especially when compared to their white counterparts which is 23% higher. We discuss this and some of the changes the N.D. school system is adopting to address the situation. A year later, it does seem as though things are improving. Finally, Chris wrote in in response to the last live show we did to call CLiff out on his views in regard to white privilege, and seeks to explain what it is, and why it is a thing. Quite a good program, and I am sure everyone will enjoy listening!” At the link find the title, “Plains Food, Native HS Graduation Rate & Chris Writes In On White Privilege, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files plains food native hs graduation rate chris writes in on-white privilege.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neolithic Age 42 mins – “This week we go back thousands of years to meet our Neolithic ancestors, and discover how their innovations paved the way for all life as we know it. Explore the origin of farming and wine making, and find out how the Neolithic wielded the remarkable material obsidian.” At the link find the title, “Meet the Neolithic!, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files meet-the-neolithic.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nipah Virus Outbreak 42 mins – “A recent Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, India, was halted due to improved detection capabilities. G. Arunkumar tells the story of his involvement. …Julie’s Biggest Takeaways: Because bats are the normal reservoir, Nipah virus outbreaks appear to be seasonal, with an increase in cases coinciding with the spring, when the bat reproduction season is. Once a person is infected through direct contact with the virus, the virus is transmitted person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Family clusters combined with the right incubation time acted as a clue that a Nipah virus outbreak had begun. Molecular tests improved virus detection during the 2018 Nipah outbreak because patients presented symptoms within a few days, which was too short for them to have developed antibodies. Molecular tests allowed identification of infected patients within days. Previous outbreaks have taken weeks to months, or even years, to identify the infectious virus. A single crossover event in the recent Nipah outbreak led to person-to-person transmission within the 22 additional individuals. Hospital infection control practices are important to reduce transmission to healthcare workers and hospital attendants….’This is the first time in the history of Nipah that the diagnosis was done in country. All the previous diagnoses were done at CDC Atlanta.’”At the link find the title, “094: Containing a Nipah virus outbreak with G Arunkumar, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM094.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nobel Prizes 2018 12 mins – “This week: We recap the 2018 Nobel Prizes and look at a study exploring a new way to use electrical stimulation to regenerate nerves.” At the link find the title, “Up To Date Nobel Prizes and Electrical Nerve Regeneration, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 29e09150-a455-44c8-8f56-6c473b81e770.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Dating 33mins – “Online dating can feel like drudgery… can science help you game the system? And do those matching algorithms actually work? To find out, we talked to psychologist Asst. Prof. Paul Eastwick, social psychologist Prof. Viren Swami, mathematician Asst. Prof. Hannah Fry, and Rose Reid.” At the link find the title, “Online Dating: Can Science Find You Love?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT1248820241.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Use 30 mins – “There is very little guidance on withdrawing or tapering opioids in chronic pain (not caused by cancer). People can fear pain, withdrawal symptoms, a lack of social and healthcare support, and they may also distrust non-opioid methods of pain management. This can mean that patients receive repeat opioid prescriptions for extended periods of time. In this podcast, Harbinder Sandhu, health psychologist in pain management at Warwick Medical School, Andrea Furlan, associate professor of medicine at University of Toronto, and Sam Eldabe, consultant in pain medicine at The James Cook University Hospital join us to set out the evidence on tapering opioids – and give practical advice on how to support patients. We’re also joined by Colin, who was prescribed opioids for a decade, before he decided to reduce his usage. What you need to know: For people with chronic pain and who do not have cancer, the benefits of long term opioids are outweighed by the issues of tolerance, dependence, and the requirement for higher doses Tapering is the gradual reduction of opioids with the aim of limiting withdrawal symptoms; it may target complete discontinuation of the opioid, or on occasion a reduction of the dose It is not clear how best to support people to taper their opioids; whether it is best done by interdisciplinary pain management programmes, buprenorphine substitution, or behavioural interventions” At the link find the title, “How to taper opioids, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 512673732-bmjgroup-how-to-taper-opioids.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orbit Braille Reader 19 mins – “Two years ago the RNIB hailed the Orbit Reader 20 a revolutionary development in affordable, refreshable Braille, but despite assurances it would be available within six months, it took a long time coming. But it’s here now and we put our questions to the RNIB’s director of services David Clarke. And there’s been a gene therapy breakthrough in the treatment of the rare eye condition, choroideremia. Trials involving the injection of a virus containing a missing gene have been ongoing since 2011 at the Oxford Eye Hospital, and the newly published results show a significant gain in vision across the group of patients as a whole. We talk to Professor Robert Maclaren about his study, now led by Nightstar Therapeutics. And Joe Pepper, one of the patients, tells us how it transformed his life.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Oscar Wilde Women 56 mins – “Irish-born Oscar Wilde was Britain’s most famous playwright in the late 19th century. He was also famous, or infamous, for being gay. But the people who arguably had the most important influence on him and his work were women. From the Stratford Festival, a discussion featuring writer and director Peter Hinton, literary scholar Carol Tattersall and theatre director Lezlie Wade.” At the link find the title, “Wilde Women in a Man’s World, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-R8q1WuZy-20181016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parkinsons and Genetics 60 mins – “New discoveries are deepening our understanding of how genetics influences the risk of developing Parkinson’s and how we can effectively treat the disease.In our Third Thursdays Webinar series, Moderator Dave Iverson was joined by a Parkinson’s patient, a Columbia University neurology professor and the chief of the neurogenetics laboratory at the National Institute on Aging. The wide-ranging discussion covered: What we know about Parkinson’s genetics The relationship between genes and cellular proteins And ways to participate in genetic research, even if you don’t have a known Parkinson’s mutation” At the link right-click “Download Audio File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pennsylvania Gerrymandering 47 mins – “Pennsylvania is key to American politics. It’s a state that helps pick presidents, of course, and it’s a microcosm that reflects the country as a whole. It’s populous with a mix of urban and rural voters. The electorate is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. President Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 45,000 votes out of the 6 million ballots cast here in 2016. So it would make sense to expect that same even split in the state’s Congressional delegation — half Democrat, half Republican. But that’s not the case. The GOP held 13 out of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional seats after the 2016 election cycle. It was one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. That changed this year. The state supreme court struck down the old district map and made a new one. It wipes away the 13-5 GOP advantage. Suddenly, more than a half-dozen of Pennsylvania’s congressional races are newly competitive. That could mean major change in the midterm elections….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” as from the pop-up menu.

Political Spectrum Changes 56 mins – “If you’re not a socialist at twenty, you have no heart; and if you’re not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.” The saying has been around since at least the late 19th century, and it’s not entirely clear who coined it. But the fact that it’s still in circulation today says something about the way many of us do become more conservative as the years pass. Producer Peter Mitton explores why this tendency exists, and what it says about the way we acquire our political beliefs.” At the link find the title, “Conservative with Age: Why your political stripes change over time (Encore December 11, 2017), Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-u5OxogFM-20181030.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Positive Mental Health 52 mins – “In this episode, we are joined by Steven MacGregor, who is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona and author of Sustaining Executive Performance and his latest book is Chief Wellbeing Officer, in which he discusses the importance of maintaining positive mental health in the workplace. Steven is also an academic specializing in executive education and has taught at Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, and CIBS in Shanghai. Why Steven believes that positive mental health and humanity will help us to thrive in the future world of work .How not to be over busy, and the benefits of slowing down in the workplace. Why Steven believes we should focus on the small picture, and how to quickly learn new and automatic habits.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Prosthetic Joint Infections 60 mins – “Robin Patel discusses her work on prosthetic joint infections and how metagenomics is changing infectious disease diagnostic procedures. …Julie’s Biggest Takeaways: The term antimicrobial resistance can mean many things. Although acquisition of genetic elements can lead to drug resistance, so can different growth lifestyles of bacteria; the same bacteria growing in liquid culture may be more susceptible to a drug than those bacteria growing on a biofilm. Lifestyle and genetics can intertwine, however, when bacteria growing as a biofilm exchange resistance genes through horizontal gene transfer. How do bacteria reach an implanted surface, such as on a prosthetic joint, to cause infection? It may rarely occur during surgery, if even a single bacterium reaches the joint surface despite the sterile conditions; alternatively, it could occur through hematogenous spread (through the blood) after the surgery is over. Most infections are believed to be seeded at the time of implantation. While scientists don’t perform teeny, tiny implants in animal models of infection, the materials are placed in animal bone to mimic as similar an immune response as possible. Targeted metagenomics and shotgun metagenomics are both being developed clinically. Targeted metagenomics looks at one specific gene found in a number of species, such as the 16S ribosomal RNA gene. Shotgun metagenomic looks at all DNA present, and requires a lot more cleaning up to eliminate human genomic material, which is the major sequence of any human-derived sample. At the link find the title, “093: Biofilms and metagenomic diagnostics in clinical infections with Robin Patel, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM093.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publish Your Material 105 mins – “Phil M. Williams is an author, permaculture consultant, and activist for a stateless society. He is the author of thirteen books with permaculture and anarchist themes. In 2008, after a decade as a landscape contractor, Phil sold his business and moved from the McMansion filled suburbs of Northern Virginia to rural Pennsylvania. He spent a couple of years as a mediocre gardener, before finding permaculture. A few years later, and two completed PDC’s, he became a permaculture consultant. In addition to consulting, he’s spent the past six years developing his six-acre hillside into a permaculture site. His permaculture work can be found at FoodProduction101.com. Phil is an accidental author. He had been writing in the winter for many years—with no intention of publishing. With the support of his wife, he published his first book, Fire the Landscaper in 2015. With his permaculture site mostly complete, more of his time is now spent writing. He believes that entertainment is biased in favor of the state. Books, movies, and television often feature government employees as heroes, and anti-government people as the antagonists. With his books, he endeavors to counteract this bias, and show the state as it is.  He joins us today to discuss how independent publishing can be a path to freedom.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reconstruction Amendments 33 mins – “Amendments 13, 14, and 15 are collectively known as the Reconstruction Amendments: they were passed as instructions to rebuild the country after Civil War. They addressed slavery, citizenship, equality and voting rights for black people. This week, the More Perfect team explores the legacy of the amendments beyond the Civil War — the ways the promises of these amendments changed the country and the ways they’ve fallen short. First, More Perfect Executive Producer Suzie Lechtenberg and Legal Editor Elie Mystal explore the loophole in the 13th Amendment’s slavery ban that’s being used in a strange context: college football. We share songs about the 13th Amendment from Kash Doll and Bette Smith. Then, producer Julia Longoria shares a conversation with her roommate Alia Almeida exploring their relationship to the amendments. Inspired by the 14th’s Amendment’s grant of equal protection and citizenship rights, Sarah Kay’s poem tells the story of her grandmother, a U.S. citizen who was interned during World War II in a Japanese American Internment camp. Despite the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, the Supreme Court upheld the internment of U.S. citizens based solely on their Japanese heritage in a case called Korematsu v. United States. In 2018, the Supreme Court said Korematsu was “wrong the day it was decided.” The Court went on to uphold President Trump’s controversial travel ban in Trump v. Hawaii. “Korematsu has nothing to do with this case,” wrote the majority. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sotomayor accused the majority of “redeploying the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu” when they upheld the ban. Finally, hear songs inspired by the 15th Amendment by Aisha Burns and Nnamidi Ogbonnaya.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling for Blind 19 mins – “What help can you get if you struggle to recycle your rubbish? Listeners talk about the problems they have with recycling their rubbish: from knowing which bin to put the right rubbish in, to finding it again once it has been collected. We talk to Wayne Priestly from the Association for Public Service Excellence about what help visually impaired-residents can expect to receive from their local council. Professor Christopher Tyler from London City University believes he has found evidence artist Leonardo da Vinci had an eye condition called Strabismus – where the eyes are misaligned. He thinks this may have had an impact on the way Da Vinci represented three-dimensional art on a canvas. Ross King, biographer of Claude Monet, says Monet’s cataracts impacted his work later in life.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Routers for Gaming 57 mins – “Gaming is much bigger than the system a game is running on. Nowadays, gaming is enhanced and oftentimes defined by how it interplays with the cloud, and that poses complications for home networks. Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica check out the category of gaming routers to understand what makes them effective, and how even mediocre systems are now capable of so much more thanks to cloud gaming services.” At the link left-click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” on the pop-up menu and select “Save Link As” from the next pop-up menu.

Scottish Enlightenment 56 mins – “Two hundred and fifty years ago, a relatively remote and economically-challenged country called Scotland became the surprising host to one of the most exciting intellectual developments in the world. Magically, the best and the brightest minds were being promoted and distributed by enterprising and adventurous publishers, in places like Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Not surprisingly, a select group of printers with rare genius rose to meet an obvious need. Beautiful books were born! Part 2 of a 3-part series.” At the link find the title, “A book lover, his library and the Scottish Enlightenment (Encore February 22, 2018), Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-rWykllrg-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sinking of SS Princess Sophia 37 mins – “The sinking of the SS Princess Sophia was a massive tragedy for both Canada and the United States. But it was also really overshadowed by the end of World War I and the flu pandemic, so it’s been nicknamed the unknown Titanic of the West Coast.” At the link find the title, “The Sinking of the SS Princess Sophia, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW1301113216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicides in the Military 48 mins – “Women veterans are taking their own lives at staggering rates, according to the latest research from the VA. E&B take a closer look at the numbers to better understand the problem – and possible solutions.” At the link find the title, “SMNTY Classics: Skyrocketing Suicide Among Women Vets, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW2951247201.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surviving the Next Century 54 mins – “How can humanity survive the next century of climate change, a growing population, and emerging technological threats? Where do we stand now, and what steps can we take to cooperate and address our greatest existential risks? In this special podcast episode, Ariel speaks with Martin Rees about his new book, On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, which discusses humanity’s existential risks and the role that technology plays in determining our collective future. Martin is a cosmologist and space scientist based in the University of Cambridge. He is director of The Institute of Astronomy and Master of Trinity College, and he was president of The Royal Society, which is the UK’s Academy of Science, from 2005 to 2010. In 2005 he was also appointed to the UK’s House of Lords….” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to download the podcast.

Trump Supporters 58 mins – “Back in January, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Mike Doran—a foreign policy and Middle East specialist who served in the George W. Bush White House, State Department, and Pentagon, and is a former Brookings colleague—to discuss his support of President Trump and dismissal of the Trump-Russia allegations and the investigation of L’Affaire Russe. At the end of that conversation, Ben and Mike said they would check in again in a few months to see who was right. Earlier this week, the two sat down over Scotch to talk through Doran’s views on—among other things—the Mueller investigation, the Steele dossier, Carter Page’s FISA warrant, and the congressional investigations into L’Affaire Russe. It’s safe to say that their views have not converged, and Doran’s view of the world differs from the standard fare on Lawfare. Hang onto your hats, folks, this one’s a wild ride.” At the link find the title, “Through the Looking Glass with Mike Doran, An Update,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 355.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trustworthiness 16 mins – “Is it always good to be trustworthy? Can trustworthiness come into conflict with other values, such as generosity? Katherine Hawley discusses these and other questions about trustworthiness with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link find the title, “Katherine Hawley on Trustworthiness,” right-click “Direct download: Katherine Hawley on Trustworthiness.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. and EU Relationship 58 mins – “It’s easy to spend all our time focusing on American domestic politics these days, but the rest of the world is not going away. Take the European Union, for example—our neighbors from across the pond, and one of the US’s most valuable economic and security relationships. There’s a lot going on over there, and some of it even involves us. How is that relationship faring in the age of tariffs, presidential blusters, Brexit, and tensions over Iran sanctions? To figure that out, Shannon Togawa Mercer and Benjamin Wittes spoke to David O’Sullivan, the EU Ambassador to the United States. They talked about the US-EU trade relationship, Iran and Russia sanctions, Privacy Shield, the rule of law in deconsolidating democracies in the EU, and more.” At the link find the title, “Ambassador David O’Sullivan on the US-EU Relationship,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 354.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ultrasound Research Tactics 34 mins – “We always lecture about ultrasound, but we’ve never lectured on how to lecture about ultrasound. In our latest episode, Mike Mallin and Jacob Avila discuss the finer points of how to produce a good lecture. Also, stay tuned for our next episode where we get tips from the experts: Haney Mallemat, Anand Swaminathan, Resa Lewiss, Vic Brazil, Ashley Shreeves and Matt Dawson. Wanna learn from us in person? Well, we have good news. There are 2 conferences coming up, one in Bend, Oregon, and the other in Lexington, Ky. Click the links to learn more!” At the link find the title, “How to Lecture, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files How to lecture V2.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality Equipment 53 mins – “Virtual Reality is experiencing explosive growth and that means you have options! From mobile phone solutions like Daydream, to high-end systems like the Oculus Rift, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica and Jason Howell show them off and advise on ways to improve on their strengths out of the box.” At the link left-click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” on the pop-up menu and select “Save Link As” from the next pop-up menu.

Wage Equity 69 mins – “One of the ways frequently proposed to combat the gender and racial wage gaps is with pay transparency, but that begs the question – why are we so weird about money? A & B take a closer look at pay transparency, and get a little weird themselves.” At the link find the title, “Women and Pay Transparency, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW4187774382.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen War 58 mins – “Since 2011, Yemen has transitioned from the scene of a political crisis to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world, but how U.S. policy affects the situation is the subject of little discussion. The United States provides intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition fighting against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, and the conflict implicates the future stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the U.S.’s longest standing ally in the region. To shed light on the complicated dynamic of the conflict, on October 25, the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion on U.S. policy in Yemen, featuring Brookings senior fellows Daniel Byman and Bruce Riedel, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dafna Rand, and Arabia Foundation senior analyst Fatima Abo Alasrar. They talked about the U.S.’s role in the conflict, the extent of the humanitarian crisis, and how the dire conditions on the ground can be alleviated.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Policy and the Crisis in Yemen,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 360.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Mining Digest 366 – Nov 23, 2018: Adoptions in Canada, Advice Columnist, AI and Man-Machine Interface, Arctic Warming, Black NRA, Black Run Court, Blockchain Uses, Brazil Politics, Britain and U.S.in Middle East, Broadband Industry, Cameroon Atrocities, Canadian Personal Debt, Caravan of Refugees, Chinese Leonardo Di Vinci, Climate Warming Lawsuit, Computer Repair Business, Congresswoman Lee, Construction Insurance, Disinformation Menace, Eating Disorders, Evolution Research, Hajj Boycott, Heat Wave Deaths, Indigenous Canadian Youth Suicides, Jamal Khashoggi Death, Jewish Refugees in China, John Service, Julious Assange, Kavanagh Selection Impact, Longevity Explorers, Marijuana Legalization in Canada, Matt Nathanson, Medical Doctor Burnout, Medically Assisted Death, Myanmar Muslims, Opioids in Philadelphia, Organ Transplants in China, Personal Finances, Phone Scams, Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings, Political Differences, Pollution in Nova Scotia Water, Prenatal Care, Presidential Leadership, Refugee Scandal in Nauru, Refugee Shelter Arson, Sleep Needs, Social Media Hazard, Storm Proofing Homes, Urban Agriculture, Virginia Voters, Woman Nobel Laureate, Women in Politics, Women Working in Afghanistan, Writer Ron Friedman, Yemen Starvation

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Adoptions in Canada 18 mins – “The Fifth Estate’s Habiba Nosheen shares details into a year-long investigation that found Canada bans adoptions from Muslim countries saying Shariah law prohibits it. The Liberal government inherited the 2013 policy and it’s still in effect.” At the link find the title, “How a controversial adoption ban on Pakistan kept a Canadian family in limbo for years, Oct, 2018,” right-click”Media files current-MQDNkSa7-20181029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Advice Columnist 50 mins – “Cheryl Strayed, one of the most exciting and uplifting authors of our time, is funny, down to earth, complex, and the perfect person to offer Alan Alda solid advice about how to give good advice. She’s the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and the co-host of the New York Times/WBUR podcast Dear Sugars, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column, and she’s the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Her novel, Wild, about her life in the wake of tragic events, is a well-known bestseller and a feature movie.” At the link find the title, “Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice, Se” right-click “Media files 4d798628-2a5b-4f41-85a4-f712d74e029c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Consumer Packaged Goods 22 mins – “One of most fun parts about doing our geolocation pieces at TechEmeergence is that we are able to interview so many people within a given country or city. Recently we did a huge piece on AI in India. We got to interview folks from the government and the bigger existing businesses, as well as a handful of people at the unicorns in Bangalore. One of those companies is Fractal Analytics. Fractal Analytics works in a number of spaces. One of them, consumer packaged goods, is an area on which we haven’t done much coverage. Many of our readers are in the retail space, but CPG has some pretty curious AI use cases. This week, we interview Prashant Joshi, Head of AI and Machine Learning at Fractal Analytics, about the different applications of machine learning in the CPG sector: doing chemical tests or finding new buyer segments within existing groups of consumers to determine who is buying from a company and who is buying from competitors. Hopefully, for those in retail, this interview will not only highlight some of the interesting use cases of AI in the CPG world but also provide some ideas about winning market share from what some of the bigger CPG firms are doing with Fractal Analytics.” At the link find the title, “How Machine Learning Could Help CPG Companies Beat Out Their Competitors,” right-click “Direct download: AI in Industry-Prashant Joshi-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Corporate Data 21 mins – “In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Grant Ingersoll at Lucidworks, about enterprise search. Ingersoll talks about how companies have massive amounts of siloed data, making it difficult to find within enterprise systems. We hope businesses might take away from this interview what is required and what is involved in building search applications to make corporate data more accessible and structured. Ingersoll will also discuss how data strategies are going to evolve and how scientists and data experts might come together to build an enterprise search application.” At the link find the title, “AI for Enterprise Search – Challenges and Opportunities,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Grant_Ingersoll-Mixdown.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Data Infrastructure 22 mins – “For business leaders who are thinking about integrating AI into their company or who are just in the very beginning of that journey, this may be a useful episode of the podcast. Many times, people think that finding the right talent is the biggest challenge when it comes to integrating AI into the enterprise. Much of our own research and  conversations with machine learning vendors and the consultants trying to sell AI into the enterprise actually think there’s another, bigger problem: combing the expertise of subject matter experts and that of data scientists to leverage information for future initiatives in business. This week, we interview Grant Wernick, CEO of Insight Engines in San Francisco. We speak with Grant about the initial challenges of organizing data and setting up a data infrastructure a business can use to leverage AI. We also talk about using data in leveraging normal workflows so that non-technical personnel can use it to drive better product innovation to help the company.” At the link find the title, “ Bridging the Data Science Gap – Why Subject-Matter Experts Matter,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Grant_Wernick-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and IT 26 mins – “In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Nikhil Malhotra, Creator and Head of Maker’s Lab at Tech Mahindra, about how artificial intelligence changed the nature of IT services and business services in general. Malhotra talks about what businesses should consider to make themselves relevant for the future. In addition, he discusses the philosophy shift that has to happen for people to be appreciative of the process of problem-solving, and to see profit and growth from AI. We hope business leaders in the IT services industry will take from this interview the low-hanging fruit applications in the IT services industry.” At the link find the title, “How IT Services Firms Can Adapt to Artifical Intelligence ,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Nikhil_Malhotra-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Man-Machine Balance 19 mins – “In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Rajat Mishra, VP of Customer Experience at Cisco, about the best practices for adopting AI in the enterprise and how business leaders should think about the man-machine balance at their companies. Mishra talks with us about how the executive team should be able to imagine the future of specific work roles that might integrate AI technology or envision how those roles will shift in the short-term. In other words, how will AI affect workflows?” At the link find the title, “Balancing Machines and Human Employees When Adopting AI in the Enterprise,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Rajat_Mishra-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Sales Propensity 22 mins – “Prominent technology companies like Google and Amazon lead the way in the B2C world, having access to streams of searches, clicks, and online purchases. They have access to large volumes of consumer data pointss numbering in the billions that can be used to train machine learning algorithms. B2B companies operate under a different model: “propensity to buy,” as it’s called. A typical B2B company might at most make a couple hundred sales per year, and many B2B companies make only dozens. In other words, every sale matters. In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Kiran Rama, Director of Data Sciences Center of Excellence at VMWare, about purchasing external data and to leveraging internal data. Rama also talks about using data to determine how likely certain leads are to turn into high-value customers. In addition, he discusses with us the “propensity to buy.” We hope that this interview can help business leaders determine if and how AI can help their organizations identify which leads could yield the highest ROI and which customers are the most primed for reselling.” At the link find the title, “Predicting Sales Propensity with Artificial Intelligence – Opportunities and Challenges,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Kiran_Rama-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Warming 29 mins – “The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. That’s certain to impact on the weather we experience in Britain. Physicist Helen Czerski and an icebreaker full of scientists have just spent six weeks at the North Pole conducting experiments to find out much more about the impacts of this extraordinary change to our planet. Join Helen on the Arctic ice floes for the very latest research on the rapid changes to the far north.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ayn Rand P1 55 mins – “The intelligentsia mocked her writings and lampooned her philosophy, which she called Objectivism. But Ayn Rand’s books, especially her two major works The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, continue to sell millions of copies. There are Ayn Rand think tanks, academies, even dating sites. And her influence on politics and popular culture are stronger than ever. Contributor Sandy Bourque outlines Rand’s improbable rise to fame and influence, and the surprising Canadian connection, which helped secure her place in the history of ideas.” At the link find the title, “The Long Arm of Ayn Rand: Why She Still Matters, Part 1, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-y3rzltTV-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ayn Rand P2 55 mins – “The intelligentsia mocked her writings and lampooned her philosophy, which she called Objectivism. But Ayn Rand’s books, especially her two major works, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, continue to sell millions of copies. There are Ayn Rand think tanks, academies, even dating sites. And her influence on politics and popular culture are stronger than ever. Contributor Sandy Bourque outlines Rand’s improbable rise to fame and influence, and the surprising Canadian connection which helped secure her place in the history of ideas. This episode is part 2 of a two-part series.” At the link find the title, “The Long Arm of Ayn Rand: Why she still matters, Part 2, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-ypGQ8gs5-20181102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Black NRA 24 mins – “RJ Young learned to shoot to better understand his future in-law’s feelings about guns” At the link find the title, “Black journalist RJ Young explores why guns matter to white Americans, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-i45MHHmh-20181102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Run Court 21 mins – “The new city of South Fulton, Ga., is attracting attention and inspiring hope because it was briefly the first city in U.S. history where the entire criminal justice system was run by black women.” At the link find the title, “Meet the group of African-American women running the justice system in a city in Georgia, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-5D40i74K-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Uses 36 mins – “Recorded Friday, October 5, at the RightsTech Summit in New York City, a panel of media and technology industry leaders offered a big-picture view of the current state of media rights management and licensing for rights owners and users; CCC’s Chris Kenneally moderated the discussion. Covering a diverse range of media, from games to music to journalism, the group shared views on how blockchain technology is changing the way rights are cleared and paid for. They also debated whether and how much new technologies – including crypto currencies and artificial intelligence – may transform rights markets to be more efficient, scalable and transparent.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Politics 26 mins – “As Brazilians head to the polls Sunday, a dramatic election campaign – where one candidate is in prison, and another was stabbed – could deliver a watershed moment in the country’s history.” At the link find the title, “Could Brazil be about to elect ‘the Tropical Trump’?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0wTd49fE-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Britain and U.S. in Middle East 62 mins – “In this week’s episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast, the historian and author of Lords of the Desert James Barr sat down with Times journalist Catherine Philp to reveal the the story of the hidden 25-year rivalry between Britain and the United States, using newly declassified records and long-forgotten memoirs.” At the link find the title, “James Barr and Catherine Philp on the Secret British-American Rivalry in the Middle East, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in California 26 mins – “For the next few days, Christopher is at the 2018 Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference in Ontario, California. As he always does while he’s out of the office, rubbing elbows with folks from the field, he’s recording some interviews with people like this week’s guest, General Manager of SandyNet and IT Director for the City of Sandy, Oregon. Joe has been on the show before, the last time in 2015 when he and City Council President Jeremy Pietzold brought us up to speed on all the ways their network had benefitted the residents and businesses of Sandy. This time, Joe is offering another update. Over the past few years, Sandy has grown quickly and so has the popularity of SandyNet and its $60 symmetrical gigabit. Joe and Christopher touch on some of the characteristics of the municipal network that make SandyNet so popular, including the fact that it is local and that the people behind it are part of the community. Sandy is now looking at their long-term strategy, which includes folks beyond the city limits. There have been challenges for the community, which Joe describes and he provides words of advise for other communities that are considering how to begin investigating the possibility of developing their own publicly owned network.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Texas 27 mins – “We don’t often get the opportunity to interview people from Texas, so when we heard about Mont Belvieu’s gigabit fiber optic network we knew we had to have them on the show. When we learned that four officials from the east Texas town would join us we said, “Even better!” City Manager Nathan Watkins, Director of Broadband and IT Dwight Thomas, Assistant City Manager Scott Swigert, and Communications and Marketing Director Brian Ligon are on the show this week to talk about their publicly owned network, MB Link. Before they were able to provide the fast, affordable, reliable service to residents all over town, Mont Belvieu had to assert themselves in a legal proceeding against the State of Texas. In this conversation, the guys discuss their elegant argument that won over the court. You’ll also hear why community leaders decided that, even though Mont Belvieu had a thriving oil and gas industry, they felt that investing in high-quality Internet access for residents was a goal they aimed to achieve for the public good. The residents in Mont Belvieu drove this project. People in Mont Belvieu have clambered to sign up for the network. Our guests discuss how they’ve used their town’s strengths to market the services they offer and how they continue to use communications to help subscribers get the most from MB Link. The guys also talk about how the city plans to add businesses to the network and the reactions from incumbents.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Wisconsin 22 mins – “It’s been a while since we last visited with Reedsburg Utilities Commission General Manager Brett Schuppner. He’s back on the show again to help us spread the word about this Wisconsin town’s decision to switch all their muni network subscribers to affordable gigabit connectivity and to eliminate all other tiers. Brett and Christopher get into why the RUC decided that going all-gig would benefit the community’s residents and businesses and how they decided that their role was to provide the service and let the community run with it. RUC has been offering high-quality connectivity for about 15 years, making it one of the oldest publicly owned networks in the U.S. When Brett was on the show in 2015, he and Christopher talked about the RUC’s plans to expand. “Deja vu” as the same topic comes up again on this week’s episode. The RUC has been awarded funding to help pay for expansion to two nearby communities that need Internet access for the 21st century. Brett shares information about those communities and the logistics behind the projects. Located about an hour from Madison, RUC’s affordable LightSpeed provides the connections that area Wisconsinites need to telecommute. Brett and Christopher also touch on Reedsburg’s recent designation as a certified Telecommute Forward! community. The certification lets companies know that the city and areas served by LightSpeed have the capacity to support remote employees.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Industry 29 mins – “While Christopher was in Ontario, California at the 2018 Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference, he took advantage of the opportunity and recorded several discussions with experts to share with our Community Broadband Bits Podcast audience. This week, we’re presenting his conversation with Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities, and Bob Knight, Executive Vice President and COO of Harrison Edwards. His Public Relations and Marketing Firm has some special insight into the broadband industry. In their discussion, Deb, Bob, and Christopher get into the challenge that faces every community that searches for ways to improve local connectivity — political will.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cameroon Atrocities 29 mins – “Increasing civil unrest in Cameroon could be pushing the country to the brink of civil war, as the government battles Boko Haram in the north and its own Anglophone minority in the south.” At the link find the title, “Could a conflict along language lines push Cameroon to civil war?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BMIkrClP-20181031.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Personal Debt 24 mins – “As part of the CBC News series, Debt Nation, chartered accountant Doug Hoyes explains how Canadians carrying debt need to understand how higher interest rates will affect their payments.” At the link find the title, Expert advice on how to stop ‘using our houses like ATM machines’, O” right-click “Media files current-cKtTn5kj-20181024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caravan of Refugees 24 mins – “U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a thousands-strong caravan of migrants heading towards the U.S. border is teeming with criminals. But New York Times reporter Annie Correal, who has been travelling with the caravan, says the people bear little resemblance to the president’s account.” At the link find the title, “Migrant caravan headed towards U.S. sparks heated debate ahead of midterm elections, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-G11Dm722-20181025.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Tax in Canada 19 mins – “Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke to The Current about the federal government’s plan to slap a carbon tax on the provinces and territories that did not sign onto the pan-Canadian framework on climate change.” At the link find the title, “McKenna defends federal government’s carbon tax plan amid premiers’ opposition, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-l2z051XX-20181024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caribou Extinction 9 mins – “South Selkirk caribou are close to a local extinction. The CBC’s Bob Keating describes the last ditch efforts to save the dwindling species.” At the link find the title, “How B.C. biologists plan to save South Selkirk caribou from extinction, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-kpEcAjCN-20181102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Leonardo Di Vinci 34 mins – “Now that we have Deng Xiaoping out of the way, we’re back looking at random topics throughout the ages.  This week we look at the great Song Dynasty statesman and sage Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072).  In this episode we’ll review aspects of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and Ouyang Xiu’s place in this amazing age in China. Also featured in this podcast will be other notable scholar-statesmen, Fan Zhongyan, Wang Anshi and Sima Guang.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Medicine 28 mins – “China’s $900bn Belt and Road Initiative is taking Chinese money, expertise and workers all around the world. From South-East Asia all the way to South America, Chinese influence can be spotted at construction sites for roads, dams and railways. Evidence is mounting that this is bad news for rare and endangered species. Local people discover that Chinese workers have an appetite for the skin, bones and teeth of rare creatures for use in so-called Traditional Chinese Medicine. A market is established and before long an illicit trade is established, reaching all the way back to China. The Chinese government has just announced a partial reversal of its 25 year ban on the sale of rhinoceros and tiger parts. That decision is expected to boost the illegal trade in endangered species. Peter Hadfield has travelled across the world from the Kazakhstan steppe to the markets of Hong Kong, in search of the species threatened by the trade and the buyers of body parts. He discovers a new drive from scientists to create alternative compounds and asks if consumers will accept an artificial option.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Food Shortage 25 mins – “Evan Fraser says he doesn’t want to live in a world without steak and ice cream. But after this week’s UN report urging global action to combat climate change, he says it’s time to rethink what we eat and how food is produced as part of the solution to slow down global warming.” At the link find the title, “’’Eat less steak and ice cream’: What climate change means for the food you love, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8OkmUpca-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Impact 19 mins – “A new UN report is urging swift international action to tackle climate change. A journalist following the political response to this urgent call says environmental groups are angry the federal government isn’t moving fast enough.” At the link find the title, “Ottawa too ‘timid’ in its fight against climate change, says environment reporter, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-CWyNVei7-20181010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Lawsuit 24 mins – “Twenty-one young co-plaintiffs say they are fed up with the U.S. government’s lack of action on climate change. So they’re taking their government to court.” At the link find the title, “By suing U.S. government over climate change, young people ‘take some of that control into our own hands’, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-1EMwRbMH-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Business 92 mins – “Making the Switch to a Full Time IT Business Owner” At the link right-click “Direct MP3 Download: The Computer Repair Podcast #295 – Making the Switch” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congresswoman Lee 69 mins – “Congresswoman Barbara Lee has spent 20 years representing Oakland and the East Bay in Congress. First elected as U.S. representative for California’s 9th (now 13th) congressional district in 1998, she has enjoyed a storied career, including stints within the California State Assembly and State Senate. Throughout her career, Lee has advocated for LGBTQ rights, minority rights, women’s rights and an end to the cycle of poverty. Most notably, she was the lone vote against the war on terror, which was lauded by the anti-war community. Today, she serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Committee on the Budget, and she previously served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.” At the link find the title,”Rep. Barbara Lee: Celebrating 20 Years in Congress, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181005_FEA_Rep_Barbara_Lee_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Construction Insurance 21 mins – “As we are continuing to prepare to start construction, I have been calling around for quotes for the insurance that will need to be in place before we begin work and I’ve run into some challenges.  There are two policies that you’ll need to protect yourself if you are acting as an owner-builder, one is builders risk insurance and the other is general liability insurance.  You may have trouble finding general liability insurance.  In this week’s episode, I’ll tell you how to overcome that trouble.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 55 mins – “There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who study it as well as artists, inventors, and pathbreakers who live it every day: Ai Weiwei, James Dyson, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Egan, Rosanne Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Maira Kalman, and more. (Ep. 1 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)” At the link find the title, “354. How to Be Creative, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 084c26bf-cd9a-4798-9a24-80e176eafc17.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deng Xiaoping P3 30 mins – “Today in Part 3 of our Deng Xiaoping overview we look at The Great One’s life from 1952 after his return from the Southwest Bureau all the way up to the start of the Cultural Revolution.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deng Xiaoping P4 37 mins – “After a bit of a delay, this week we look again at Deng Xiaoping and his struggles during the Cultural Revolution Years from 1966 to 1975. Seems we still have a long way to go yet. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a possible new iTunes Feed for the China History Podcast.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deng Xiaoping P6 37 mins – “In this sixth installment of the Deng Xiaoping overview we focus in on 1978-1979.  In this episode we see Deng return to power a third time.  Deng immediately throws all his energy into advancing the cause of modernization in China.  The age of reform takes off in earnest. But first he has to deal with Hua Guofeng.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disinformation Menace 21 mins – “With the midterm elections around the corner, should internet users be on alert for fake news? As research director at New Knowledge, Renee DiResta investigates the spread of disinformation across social networks. Since the 2016 presidential election, tech companies like hers have taken “meaningful steps,” she says. In her conversation with Kashmir Hill, investigative reporter for Gizmodo Media, DiResta explains how she’s working to stop disinformation from going viral.” At the link find the title, “Off Stage 6: The Menace of Disinformation, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files c38df05f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eating Disorders 26 mins – “Saskatchewan couple Andrea and Mick Parmar lay bare the challenges they faced overcoming a more-than-decade-long eating disorder in their new book Alone in a Crowd.” At the link find the title, “Nurse reveals her secret 16-year battle with bulimia to inspire others to get help, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Rx4YcCMR-20181022.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolution Research 26 mins – “What were the earliest animals on Earth? The origin of the animal kingdom is one of the most mysterious chapters in the evolution of life on Earth. Our animal ancestors appeared and began to diversify about half a billion years ago. What might they have looked like, and which creatures alive today can be traced to these primordial times? Answers are beginning to come with new techniques for both studying ancient fossils and for reading evolutionary history from the DNA of animals alive today. Zoologist Professor Matthew Cobb explores the latest discoveries and controversies with the researchers on the trail of the Earth’s first animals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop- menu.

Fossil Hunter Anning 26 mins – “Mary Anning lived in Lyme Regis on what is now known as the Jurassic Coast in the first half of the 19th century. Knowing the shore from childhood and with a remarkable eye for detection she was extremely successful in finding fossils. In 1812 she unearthed parts of an Icthyosaur and in 1823 she discovered the first skeleton of what became known as a Plesiosaurus – a long-necked, flippered creature with a tiny head. It looked a bit like an elongated turtle with no shell. Naomi Alderman tells the science story of how Mary Anning, a poor and relatively uneducated young woman, became the supplier of the best fossils to the gentlemen geologists who were beginning to understand that the earth was very old and had been inhabited by strange extinct creatures. Naomi talks to Tracy Chevalier, author of Remarkable Creatures, a novel about Mary Anning, about her life and relationship with the geologists of the time, and to Dr Susannah Maidment, Curator of Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, about fossil hunting today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hajj Boycott 24 mins – “Hajj, the journey to Mecca in Saudia Arabia, is considered a pillar of the Muslim faith. But the death of journalist Jamal Khahsoggi and the civil war in Yemen has sparked a difficult moral quandary in the hearts and minds of Muslims like Aymann Ismail.” At the link find the title, “Should Muslims still travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj after journalist Khashoggi’s death?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-2VEMVlYg-20181026.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heat Wave Deaths 26 mins – “The summer of 2003 saw the largest number of deaths ever recorded in a UK heatwave – but by 2040 climate models predict the extreme summer temperatures experienced then will be normal. We will also be experiencing colder winters, and droughts and floods will become more common. Our infrastructure, housing, water, sewerage, transport and public buildings are not designed for such conditions. Gaia Vince asks how we can adapt and prepare our cities, where most people live and work, for the new normal weather conditions. New buildings in temperate climates are now designed with keeping us warm in mind, better insulation, more efficient heating and airtight glazing. However when it comes to overheating these measures designed to keep out the cold can be part of the problem. Can we adapt solutions from other countries where extreme heat is a more usual seasonal event? Will we simply have to change the way we organise our day to keep out of the heat? Is the real answer for mad dogs and Englishmen to take a siesta?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop- menu.

Indigenous Canadian Woman Murdered 64 mins – “Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Over 30 years later, SKS host David Ridgen joins Kerrie’s friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe now at cbc.ca/sks.” At the link find the title, “Introducing Someone Knows Something Season 5, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0zZYLu25-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadian Women Murder Trial 29 mins– “The Supreme Court’s hearing on the case of Cindy Gladue will decide whether Bradley Barton will face a new trial, but could also have implications for sexual assault laws, and the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada’s criminal justice system.” At the link find the title, “Canada’s justice system holds Indigenous women at fault for ‘ending up murdered,’ says NDP MLA, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-1Y01n2Re-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadian Youth Suicides 44 mins – “The northern Quebec Inuit community of Nunavik is reeling from a recent spike in suicides. Nigel Adams and Mary Simon discuss how suicide – especially the deaths of youths in their community – has affected their lives.” At the link find the title, “Quebec Inuit leaders plea for support in wake of youth suicides, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-RODuvUBT-20181019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jamal Khashoggi Death 19 mins– “Speculation is rife about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but his close friend Lawrence Wright says that whoever is behind it has underestimated the missing man’s fiancée.” At the link find the title, “Alleged plot surrounding missing Saudi journalist didn’t factor in his fiancée, says Lawrence Wright, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-gmxkw8pN-20181012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jamal Khashoggi Murder 19 mins – “A Yemeni-Canadian says that allegations that Saudi Arabia was involved in the disappearance of one of its own citizens will not come as a surprise to those following the Kingdom’s involvement in the war in Yemen.” At the link find the title, “Could outcry over missing Saudi journalist change tide of war in Yemen?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8mTIQmsm-20181018.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jewish Refugees in China P1 45 mins – “Laszlo is back with a new series that looks at the history of the Jewish refugees who came to China during the first part of the twentieth century. In this episode, after a long drawn out intro that examines a bit of background on Jewish history, Laszlo explains how many Jews made their way to China to escape hard times back home. In the next episode the story will continue with more from Harbin, Tianjin and Shanghai. All Yiddish and Jewish terms from this episode can be found in the usual list of terms that accompanies each episode.” At the link right-click “Direct download: CHP-208-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part_1.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P1 46 mins – “This week we explore the life and times of John S. Service.  I’m using writer Lynne Joiner’s book Honorable Survivor, Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America and the Persecution of John S. Service. This original “China Hand” was born in China and grew up in Chengdu and Shanghai.  He went on to a brilliant career in the State Department serving in China as a Foreign Service officer during the Second Sino-Japanese War and throughout WWII.  Because of his past association with the Communists in Yan’an and the sympathetic view he had about their policies, Service became a prime target of the anti-Communist witch hunts of the early 1950’s.  His career was ruined and he went on to live a life of anonymity and fought for years to clear his name.  In this episode we will look at the early part of his career and examine the lead-up to the Dixie Mission.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P2 41 mins – “In this second episode covering the life of John S. Service we take a look at the general situation and the proliferation of mistrust and bad faith in wartime Chongqing.  Chiang Kai-shek remains baffled and frustrated with American efforts to cozy up to Mao. He blames the China Hands such as John Service for feeding American officials the CCP propaganda.  It’s a poisonous atmosphere in China and the spectre of civil war keeps growing.  Factions within the US government begin to circle their wagons and listen only to each other rather than understand what was happening in front of their eyes.  In this episode we continue to watch as these events unfold as told through the life of John Service.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P3 52 mins – “This week’s episode runs way into overtime but at least we’re getting through to the end of 1944.  The Dixie Mission is in full swing by the end of that year.  John Service has established himself in Washington circles as one of the most informed and dynamic China hands.  But there are those who don’t welcome his glowing reports of the Communists and damning news about the Nationalist government.  As WWII enters its final year, new battle lines are being drawn that will pit pro-Communist against anti-Communist and this battle will ultimately lead to the Cold War.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P4 46mins – “In this episode we will conclude our overview of the life and times of John Stewart Service.  Ambassador Hurley has declared war against his detractors.  US-China policy is thrown for a loop as the two contenders for power vie for control of the agenda.  Already the CCP and KMT are facing off militarily in some parts of China.  As the Red Army brings Mao Zedong to power, people in the US who are following this situation start screaming bloody murder and demanding to know how this happened.  In this rush to judgment, John Service will serve as the lightning rod for much of the bitter struggle.  For a little over a decade Service became one of the most famous victims of the McCarthy hearings.  But in the end there was a happy ending.  He truly was one of the great China Hands of his time. ” At the link find the title, ‘CHP-118-John Service Part 4, May, 2013,” right-click “Media files CHP-118-John_Service_Part_4f.mp” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Julian Assange 22 mins – “The Ecuadorian Embassy has set some house rules for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to clean up after his cat and do his own laundry. It’s perfectly in line to set these kinds of rules, says veteran majordomo Charles MacPherson.” At the link find the title, “How to be a good house guest? Don’t be like Julian Assange, says this master butler, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-rU0IbwoH-20181019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanagh Conservative Supporter 21 mins– “As the Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, we talk to two Republican women about where they stand on the allegations made against him.” At the link find the title, “If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats could just impeach him, says Republican activist, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BYO2s4tV-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanagh Selection Impact 60 mins – “After the spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the already deep political divide in the country seems to have calcified. To try to understand where this rancorous political moment came from — and where it might be going — Katie and Brian talk with two experts. First, they welcome back to the show Rebecca Traister, author of the new book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Rebecca explains why she’s so devastated about the new Supreme Court justice, and she reckons with the fact that women have been on both sides of this bitter political debate. Then they turn to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert and Harvard Law professor, for a legal perspective. What will happen to the Supreme Court as an institution, and what does that mean for the American people?” At the link find the title, “79. Women’s Anger and the Supreme Court, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3362bf30-202d-47b5-9f6f-2aac604df9d7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longevity Explorers 49 mins – “Richard Caro will describe the Longevity Explorers’ most recent explorations. The explorers are a unique sharing, evaluation and ideation community made up of older adults (in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s) and their friends, families and caregivers. The presentation will include promising products the explorers have tried, ideas the explorers have been discussing related to improving the quality of life for older adults and some ideas for products we wish someone would develop. The Longevity Explorers program is an initiative enabled by Tech-enhanced Life.” At the link find the title, “Longevity Explorers: Exploring the Future of Aging,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana in Colorado 26 mins – “Cannabis will be legal and regulated across Canada tomorrow, but Colorado has a four-year head start on ending prohibition. Host Geoff Turner travelled to Colorado to see what legalization looks like.” At the link find the title, “What Canada can learn about legal pot from Colorado, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-R6A8xpv6-20181016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization 29 mins – “Ottawa Public Health nurses have been running information sessions for parents about how to talk to kids about cannabis in the lead up to Canada’s end of prohibition. Here’s how to inform your kids about marijuana use.” At the link find the title, “How do you talk to your kids about cannabis? First, know the facts,” right-click “Media files current-Mq9Udnyk-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization in Canada 24 mins – “With an era coming to an end this Wednesday, the host of CBC’s On Drugs podcast explains how politics and fear drove the early days of cannabis prohibition in Canada.” At the link find the title, “The ban on cannabis in Canada is ending – do you know how it started?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BnuimoQy-20181015.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization in Canada 48 mins– “The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti hosted a town hall event to discuss the road to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and the bumps that still lie in the road ahead.” At the link find the title, “’Legalization 1.0′: Cannabis is legal now, but what problems still need to be solved?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ngfNbqu8-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Matt Nathanson 82 mins – “Join Matt Nathanson, singer, songwriter and Bay Area local, in conversation with author Kelly Corrigan about his brand new album, Sings His Sad Heart, due out October 5—as well as a special solo acoustic performance by Nathanson. All tickets include a copy of a signed Sings His Sad Heart lithograph, and copies of the album will be on sale. Nathanson is a multiplatinum-selling, chart-topping acclaimed singer-songwriter; O magazine calls Corrigan “the voice of her generation,” and The Huffington Post calls her “the poet laureate of the ordinary.” Nathanson and Corrigan are friends joining up for a rare live evening together. Based in San Francisco, Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough, multiplatinum hit “Come on Get Higher.” His 2013 release, Last of the Great Pretenders, debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard top 200 while hitting No. 1 on iTunes’ alternative albums chart. Nathanson’s latest album, Show Me Your Fangs, was hailed as his most adventurous and prolific album to date, featuring the songs, “Giants,” “Bill Murray” and “Adrenaline.”  This year, Nathanson has announced that his new album, Sings His Sad Heart, will be released on October 5. The album comes on the heels of Pyromattia, which shot to No. 1 on iTunes alternative chart upon its release. Pyromattia featured a Def Leppard-approved cover album, based on their iconic Pyromania. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott called the album “an amazing reinterpretation” with “heart & soul.” At the link find the title, “An Evening with Matt Nathanson: A Record Release Party, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181005_INF_Matt Nathanson for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Doctor Burnout 26 mins – “After hearing The Current’s segment earlier this month about doctors and medical residents who suffer burnout and depression, we heard from doctors who wanted to add their voice to this “public health issue.” At the link find the title, ‘Leadership shapes culture’: Addressing doctor burnout, depression must start at the top, doctors say, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dOspoB68-20181019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Doctor Burnout 27 mins – “A new report says medical residents experience burnout and depression in Canada at a greater rate than other physicians. The Current hears from a Vancouver resident who says it’s a lack of support in the system that contributes to symptoms.” At the link find the title, “Medical residents vulnerable to depression and burnout, survey suggests, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-e2vc6dng-20181010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medically Assisted Death 27 mins – “Audrey Parker will receive a medically assisted death Thursday. She feared if she waited any longer, she would risk being able to have the procedure.” At the link find the title, “Halifax woman, who chose early medically assisted death, gets ‘the last say’ with her life, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dWIBLRRH-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myanmar Muslims 19 mins – “‘CBC reporter Nahlah Ayed watched the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in 2017. She recently returned and was let into the country. She told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti what she learned there.” At the link find the title, “What country is next?’ Amnesty director warns inaction on Rohingya crisis could lead to wider abuse, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-chNLD7sT-20181009.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioids in Philadelphia 59 mins – “We should never, ever forget that addiction treatment is a search for meaning in a place other than using drugs.” —Nancy Campbell, historian of drug addiction (This is the third and final chapter of a three-part series. See Part 1 and Part 2.) In the final chapter of this series we travel to the heart of our modern opioid crisis. In what is now a notorious Philadelphia neighborhood called Kensington, we meet two victims of the epidemic and follow them on two distinct paths toward recovery. Our current devastating opioid crisis is unprecedented in its reach and deadliness, but it’s not the first such epidemic the United States has experienced or tried to treat. In fact, it’s the third. Treating America’s Opioid Addiction is a three-part series that investigates how we’ve understood and treated opioid addiction over more than a century. Through the years we’ve categorized opioid addiction as some combination of a moral failure, a mental illness, a biological disease, or a crime. And though we’ve desperately wanted the problem to be something science alone can solve, the more we look, the more complicated we learn it is.” At the link find the title,”Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 3: Searching for Meaning in Kensington, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Opioids_3_102618_3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Transplants 27 mins – “For 11 years, Joan Wynden has anxiously been waiting to hear from one of the five recipients who received her late brother’s organs. The silence feels like a second loss, she says. Sherry Robinson, a liver recipient, explains why she can’t write a letter to the donor family.” At the link find the title, “Why a transplant recipient says writing a donor family can feel impossible, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-g73TvlO1-20181031.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Transplants in China 26 mins – “In the second programme exploring the Chinese approach to organ transplantation, Matthew Hill looks at what is happening today. Where are the organs coming from today? Have the Chinese overcome their traditional opposition to donating them? There is still a lack of transparency about the sources. Some critics have suggested that there is still a trade in organs and there are reports that transplant tourism is still going on. Matthew Hill talks to Chinese and international transplant doctors about the current situation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personal Finances 63 mins – “Kevin and Tony talk about his latest book, biohacking, and more. After interviewing 50 of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, “Unshakable,” a book that takes you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom.” At the link find the title, “#27 – Tony Robbins – transforming your financial life, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files eaa65152.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phone Scams 26 mins – “A recent jail sentence in a Jamaican phone scam operation may have put a dent in what has become a rival to the drug trade as one of the country’s most lucrative criminal enterprises.” At the link find the title, “Sentencing of Jamaican phone scam mastermind a milestone for U.S. prosecutors, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-deKTmZUn-20181024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Shootings 33 mins – “Over the weekend, a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews that the United States has ever seen. On this special episode, Katie and Brian talk with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League — an organization that fights against anti-Semitism and other racially-motivated hate. Jonathan talks about the rise of hate crimes in the U.S., the role of social media and political rhetoric, and what all Americans can do in the wake of this tragedy.” At the link find the title, “ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ce67f664-0d45-4936-b9d5-43346fb17357.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings 19 mins – “A mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has prompted a Jewish group to call on U.S. President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacy.” At the link find the title, “Jewish leaders demand Trump denounce white nationalism or ‘you are not welcome in Pittsburgh, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-nxPk5sIZ-20181029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings 19 mins – “Social media networks that allow hatred to spread unchecked should be “deplatformed,” according to a technology writer who investigates hate groups.” At the link find the title, “Pittsburgh shooting stresses a need to ‘deplatform’ sites that spread hate, says tech reporter, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Gqfa7Jm6-20181030.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Differences 46 mins – “David talks to the author of The End of History about his new book, Identity. Can ‘identity politics’ really make sense of everything from populism to #MeToo? Why are liberal democracies struggling to meet their citizens’ desire for recognition? And what happened to the end of history anyway? Plus we discuss the Kavanaugh hearings, ‘getting to Denmark’ and the challenge of an ageing population.” At the link find the title, “Francis Fukuyama,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Trends 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe. Our speaker is Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.  Professor Berman’s lecture is titled “Populism and the Future of Liberal Democracy in the West.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pollution in Nova Scotia Waters 24 mins – “Tensions over a pulp mill’s plan to release treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait are so high that fishermen are “thinking about carrying rifles on board,” says Nova Scotia MP.” At the link find the title, “Tensions over Northern Pulp Mill effluent pipe have reached fever pitch, says Nova Scotia MP, O” right-click”Media files current-sHUWHMnj-20181029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prenatal Care 24 mins – “A decade ago, South Carolina was one of the most dangerous places in America for a baby to be born. But now, it’s taking an unconventional approach to fixing it: having pregnant women sit in circles with other pregnant women and…talk. The early evidence from this experiment suggests that these group sessions might be leading to better birth outcomes, and giving South Carolina babies a healthier start to life. In this episode, we’ll try to understand what it is about these workshops that works… and why this low-tech intervention might be just what the doctor ordered.” At the link find the title, “Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files d236fad1-9464-407d-a3e8-51ba97751dfc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Leadership 50 mins – “NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Goodwin is the author of seven books, including her most recent Leadership in Turbulent Times, which examines the origins and qualities of leadership through the lens of four presidents.  Goodwin spoke about her book with NHPR political reporter Lauren Chooljian.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Scandal in Nauru 19 mins – “A former Australian medical officer is calling out his government after reports that hundreds of migrants currently detained on the remote island of Nauru were suffering from severe mental and physical distress.” At the link find the title, “Doctors censure Australian government over treatment of migrants held in island detention centre, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-f0NJzrLp-20181022.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Shelter Arson 16mins A flaming gas can was found at a Toronto hotel last week. The hotel, which is currently housing 577 refugees, has drawn the attention of anti-migrant groups.” At the link find the title, “’It was like a nightmare’: Police investigate fire started at Toronto hotel housing refugees, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-jIdcBfsi-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salinger Conbubine 24 mins – “An author who was “excoriated” in 1998 when she published allegations of sexual abuse by J.D. Salinger says that despite the growth of the #MeToo movement, not much has changed in the past 20 years.” At the link find the title, “Author ‘condemned’ for alleging abuse by J.D. Salinger in 1998 says little has changed despite #MeToo movement, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-2G7bXy3n-20181010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Needs 72 mins – “Harpreet Rai is the San Francisco-based CEO of Oura Health, a company in Finland that developed the Oura Ring five years ago. Oura is the world’s first wellness ring and app that shows how your body responds to your lifestyle by analyzing your sleep, activity levels, daily rhythms and the physiological responses in your body. This podcast was recorded live at Bulletproof Alpha Labs (on Vancouver Island) and we talk about sleep, circadian rhythms and why Harpreet believes that “sleep is the foundation of your body and your mind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Hazard 27 mins – “He’s a Sillicon Valley pioneer and a scientist employed by Microsoft – but Jaron Lanier is calling on all of us to take back control and abandon social media for good. He says the catastrophic losses of personal dignity are not worth it.” At the link find the title, “Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QmRQ8733-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Storm Proofing Homes 16 mins – “Whether you believe in global warming or not, it seems that storms are becoming more and more prevalent and damaging.  And even if you don’t live in tornado alley or a coastal region that’s prone to hurricanes, you might want to consider adding some storm-proofing measures to your new house.   Storm resistant materials and techniques will not only make our homes stronger and more wind and water resistant but also more airtight and energy efficient, in many instances. Since high winds and heavy rain can potentially occur in many regions outside of areas classified as “storm-prone,” it’s beneficial to learn about what we can do to protect our homes from even occasional, unexpected stormy weather.  Case and point: Hurricane Michael.  Not only did it bring hurricane force winds to coastal areas, but it also brought 155-mph winds and associated tornados to inland communities, far from the coast.  So take a listen to this week’s list of storm-proofing features to see if any of them makes sense for your new build.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Agriculture 31 mins – “Food — from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. We begin October with a conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives. Guests: Susan Chin-Design Trust, Karen Washington-Rise & Root Farm and Ysanet Batista-Woke Foods.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virginia Voters 29 mins – “Anthony Flaccavento is running for the US House seat in Virginia’s 9th district, a large, sparsely populated region in the southwestern corner of the state. We’ll meet the people working on his grassroots campaign, a coalition of farmers, miners, students, seniors and activists that may serve as a practical blueprint for many Democrats competing in so-called “Red States”. Music featured, Appalachian artist Nora Jane Struthers singing “Champion” to the tree sitters in the woods of Elliston, Virginia.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woman Nobel Laureate 24 mins – “This week, what life is like when you’ve just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.” At the link find the title, “11 October 2018: The life of a new Nobel laureate and organised ants, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics 11 mins – “Women who try to report sexual harassment in the North face enormous risk, says Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern because the smaller communities mean there are fewer jobs, and there’s still a tendency to believe abusers in a position of power.” At the link find the title, “The stakes are higher to report abuse as #MeToo hasn’t come to Nunavut, says Iqaluit mayor, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-fZoEyZbw-20181016.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Women Working in Afghanistan 52 mins – At the link find the title, “Who Run the World: Girls Powering Afghanistan’s Digital Future, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Afghan Event.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Writer Ron Friedman 89 mins – “In one of their funniest episodes out of 200+, Gilbert and Frank chat with veteran comedy writer Ron Friedman (“Get Smart,” “The Odd Couple,” “All in the Family”) who worked with everyone from Lucille Ball to Milton Berle to Danny Kaye to Orson Welles and has the war stories to show for it. Also, Herve Villechaize packs a rod, Sammy Davis meets Charlie’s Angels, Ron writes “Murder Can Hurt You!” and Pat McCormick takes a…”dip” in Jonathan Winters’ pool. PLUS: Vaughn Meader! Stump and Stumpy! Christmas carols for Jewish people! Forrest Tucker introduces “the General”! And Ron creates Paul Lynde’s Uncle Arthur!” At the link find the title, “#229 Ron Friedman, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ec49d8d1-d0f0-4981-9fbd-91e9ed8c8519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen Starvation 27 mins – “As photojournalist covering war zones seek to expose the cost of war in a powerful image, there’s a heavy toll that’s left behind. Three of the best war photographers in the world share their stories.” At the link find the title, “These award-winning photojournalists share the emotional cost of covering war, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-HIaWaio7-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Mining Digest 365 – Nov 16, 2018: Actor James Karen, Airline Industry Regulation, Allan Arkush, America Divided, Animal Shelters, Australia and U.S., Basketball Business, Bio Detecting Dogs, Brain Health, Brazil Politics, Brexit on the Brink, California Latinos, Capitalism Survival, Carbon Capture, China Greening Policy, Chinese Environmental Policy, Chinese Martial Arts, Civility, Climate Change Stories, Climate Politics in White House, Climate Warming Solutions, Comic Hasan Minhaj, Cooperative Development, Democracy Undermining Tactics, Domestic Violence Prevention, Dr Amy Kavanagh, Excess and Scarcity, Forests and Climate Change, Free Press Under Fire, Haitian Baron de Vastey, Hajj Memories, Immigration Issues, India Power Trends, Industrial Pollution, Jihadi Violence Countermeasures, Jobs for Young Adults, Lead in NJ Water, Metabolic Syndrome, Middle Class Future, Minority Voters, Mushrooms by Stamets, Native Artisan Work, Neuroscientist on Free Will, Open Boarders Discussion, Opioid Abuse Policy, Pittsburgh Shootings, Political Polarization Issues, Presidents at War, Prison Guard, Recycling Restrictions by China, Retirement Security, Right to Repair, Rwanda Reconciliation, San Antonio Mayor, Seattle Political Experiment, Social Credit Score in China, Social Innovation, Soviet Union Operations, Stolen Money Movement, Student Loan Whistleblower, Supreme Court Power, Sustainability Practices, Tempurpedic Founder, Terrorist Financing Control, Trade Agreements and Wars, Trump vs Red Tape, Unconventional Monetary Policy, Voting Rights Issues, West Nile Virus, White Nationalism, Wildlife Extinction, World War One Chinese Labor Corps, World War One in California, Yemen War

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Actor James Karen 94 mins – “Character actor extraordinaire James Karen has appeared in over 80 movies, over 100 television shows and a staggering 5,000 TV commercials. In a career spanning nearly 7 decades (!), he’s worked with Frederic March, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford and Will Smith, to name but a few. Gilbert and Frank phoned James one recent Saturday night to cover a VERY wide range of topics, including his film debut in the immortal “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster,” his years-long friendship with the legendary Buster Keaton and his experience sharing a townhouse with Marlon Brando, Wally Cox and Maureen Stapleton. Also, James “sells” Craig T. Nelson a haunted house, a Boy Scout uniform leads to an acting career and a controversial “Jeffersons” episode nearly torpedoes a plum TV pitchman gig. PLUS: James parties with Clark Gable and Louis B. Mayer! Gilbert gets a one-cent residual check! Moe Howard recites from “The Tempest”! And James teaches a teenaged Michael Douglas to drive!” At the link find the title, “#33: James Karen, Jan, 2015,” right-click “Media files f3fb3f07-81cb-40bf-a424-b21bc102c44e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI in Law and Medicine 31 mins – “We talk to mathematician and science writer Hannah Fry about her latest book Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.” At the link find the title, “Being Human in the Age of Algorithms, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a8d2e26b-7116-4f7b-8f2b-cb02f9b5ca89.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Airline Industry Regulation 149 mins – “40 years after deregulation, remaining challenges for airlines and public policy” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Airline Pilot Q and A 44 mins – “What Airline Pilots Should Consider When Flying Recreationally. Welcome to the inspirational, informational, and transparent aviation careers podcast. Joining me today is co host Justin Ash to help me answer your questions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Allan Arkush 111 mins – “Emmy-winning director and producer Allan Arkush entertains Gilbert and Frank with tales of working at the late, great Fillmore East, crossing paths with Ol’ Blue Eyes (and Groucho!) apprenticing for the legendary Roger Corman and directing the cult classic “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” Also, Jackie Mason fails to connect, Malcolm McDowell talks to his crotch, Bruce Willis locks horns with Cybill Shepherd and “A Hard Day’s Night” changes Allan’s life forever. PLUS: P.J. Soles! “The Girl Can’t Help It”! In praise of Alexander & Karaszewski! Zacherle introduces the Grateful Dead! And Allan (reluctantly) remembers “Caddyshack 2”!” At the link find the title, “#228 Allan Arkush, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a5f7cca7-b82c-490d-9a12-3ea6021d58da.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

America Divided 120 mins – “Trump-driven polarization reflects divergent views of America’s future …Governance Studies at Brookings and PRRI hosted an event to release this year’s American Values Survey.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

American Civil War 129 mins – “This was originally going to be one giant episode to finish off the series, but then it grew into TOO giant of an episode, so I decided to divide it in order to conquer it. Here’s the beginning of the end of the Not-So-Civil War series. Join CJ as he discusses: -The costs of the war in death & destruction; – Changes wrought by the war; – The fate of the veterans in the decades following the war” At the link find the title, “Ep. 0170: Johnny Comes Marching Home: The Not-So-Civil War part 14, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL4896296299.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Shelters 49 mins – “The CW has just launched a new Saturday morning show called, Ready, Set, Pet, hosted by Phil Torres. Phil has appeared on shows like Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, and has been published in Wired, BBC, National Geographic, WSJ, MSNBC, and more. Ready, Set, Pet will educate and inform teens and their families about pet adoption, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of a green space for pets. Each episode, Phil will guide a family through the pet adoption process after a careful look at their unique situation to help them make an informed decision in finding the right pet for their lifestyle. While the family visits local shelters and rescues, experts revitalize their outdoor space to make a safe and eco-friendly home for their new pet.. Ready, Set, Pet will teach viewers that thoughtful preparation is key when learning to care for an animal’s needs. Join us as we talk with Phil on today’s episode!” At the link find the title, “Phil Torres – Host of the CW’s Ready, Set, Pet,” right-click “Media files buck101918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia and U.S. 64 mins – “For over 100 years, Australia and the United States have enjoyed a relationship—military, social and economic—unlike any other. From the World War I battlefields of France 100 years ago to the present time, when the United States remains the largest investor in Australia—the history of the two countries is inexorably linked. The countries are joined not just by common values but also by common challenges so that one wonders: where to for the next century? Over the last three years, Consul-General Chris Oldfield has taken the opportunity to engage and reflect on the issues critical to the ongoing future of this vitally important relationship.” At the link find the title, “Mateship and Australia–U.S. Relations: A Foundation for the Next 100 Years, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181031_MLF_Austrila Consolute for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Basketball Business 49 mins – “A federal jury on Wednesday convicted three men of conspiring to use cash payments to recruit players to top basketball programs. Writer Michael Sokolove says the case exposes the sordid competition for young athletes, involving apparel companies, scouts, coaches, parents and so-called street agents, or runners, who seek out players as young as 12. “They’re exploitative, they’re dealers in human, athletic flesh, and they’re trying to get their hooks into kids, and get their hooks into families and get into their inner circles, and then to see what’s in it for me?” Sokolove’s new book is ‘The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.’ Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy thriller ‘Suspiria,’ from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino.” At the link find the title, “Corruption, Scandal & The Big Business Of College Basketball, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181025_fa_fapodthurs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bio Detecting Dogs 7 mins– “…Dogs possess a sense of smell many times more sensitive than even the most advanced man-made instrument. Just how powerful is a pupper schnoz? Powerful enough to detect substances at concentrations of one part per trillion—a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. With training, dogs can sniff out bombs and drugs, pursue suspects, and find dead bodies. And more and more, they’re being used experimentally to detect human disease—cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, and now, malaria—from smell alone….”The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors,Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files audio-c5296a28-94ea-41ce-a2db-6af123a1241f-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blue Jeans 27 mins – “For the most part, we tend to keep our clothes relatively clean and avoid spills and rips and tears. But denim is so hard-wearing and hard-working that it just kind of amasses more and more signs of wear. So you can learn a lot from observing an old pair of blue jeans.Articles of Interest is a show about what we wear; a six-part series within 99% Invisible, looking at clothingEpisodes will be released on Tuesdays and Fridays from September 25th through October 12th.For Denim, Avery Trufelman spoke with her friend, artist and curator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo; Tracey Panek, the corporate historian at Levi Strauss and Company; Lynn Downey, a biographer of Levi Strauss and the former Levis corporate historian; Ada Kong, the toxics manager at Greenpeace East Asia; Emma McClendon associate curator of costume at The Fashion Institute of Technology; Ulrich Simpson, owner of the small independent denim brand UBI-IND.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Health 39 mins – “Anyone who wants to be highly creative, be an innovator, and generate killer ideas needs above all else one thing.  You need your brain. That’s why it’s of primary importance that you take care of your brain health. Your brain, like any muscle can be exercised and strengthened.  In today’s show, we talk about how you can optimize your brain health for innovation and creativity.” At the link find the title, “Brain Health for Innovation and Creativity S14 Ep31, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Brain Health for Innovation and Creativity S14_Ep31.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Politics 47 mins – “Brazil has voted in a new president who says he’ll rule with “authority” if not outright authoritarianism. We’ll look at the implications of Brazil’s election for the global lurch to the right.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit on the Brink 89 mins – “…the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the Brexit endgame. It examined what the decisions of the coming weeks could mean for the U.K., Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, the European Union, and the United States.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

California Latinos 64 mins – “The future of political power in the United States may be determined by what happens in the congressional districts in Orange County, California, once a conservative bastion. Today, however, Orange County has become a very different place than it once was, with a high percentage of minorities remaking its politics and economics. No one understands the changes happening there better than journalist Gustavo Arellano. The former publisher and editor of Orange County’s alternative weekly, OC Weekly, Arellano is now the California columnist for the Los Angeles Times’ op-ed section and a sought-after essayist for numerous publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He penned the award-winning syndicated column, “¡Ask a Mexican!,” and is the author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. In the winter issue of The Journal of Alta California, Arellano takes on the changes going on around him in Orange County as only Arellano can….” At the link find the title, “Journalist Gustavo Arellano in Conversation with Will Hearst, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_2018_10_11_FEA Gustavo Arellano for_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Capitalism Survival 67 mins – “Now more than ever, it seems that the turmoil of American political and economic life leaves many Americans questioning the intentions of our most powerful leaders. Millions have been lifted out of poverty, and productivity has never been greater, but in the United States most of the economic growth has fallen into the hands of the richest 10 percent. As seen with his latest book, Can American Capitalism Survive?, Steven Pearlstein’s critique of capitalism falls in line with this trend. A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Pearlstein describes his problems with current economic methodology and offers his solutions to save capitalism. His conviction challenges the status quo of today’s leading business ideas. Pearlstein argues that qualities such as trust, fairness and integrity are necessary in correcting these problems with American capitalism.” At the link find the title, “Steven Pearlstein: Can American Capitalism Survive?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181019_FEA Pearlstein for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Capture 9 mins – “On paper, carbon capture is a simple proposition: Take carbon that we’ve pulled out of the Earth in the form of coal and oil and put into the atmosphere, and pull it out of the atmosphere and put it back in the Earth. It’s like hitting undo on the Industrial Revolution. And scientists can indeed yank CO2 out of thin air, except that the process is expensive, not very efficient, and morally complicated. …Carbon Engineering says its facility in British Columbia—which works by blowing air over a filter, where proprietary chemicals leach out the CO2—can suck in one ton of carbon a day. (A ton of CO2 is the equivalent of burning around 100 gallons of gas, by the way.) But direct air capture tech remains expensive because there are few incentives to develop it. The authors of the new NAS report say that at the moment, the price to operate these things is around $600 per ton of CO2. But Oldham says Carbon Engineering has gotten the price down to $100 per ton, in part by co-opting technologies in its facility from other industries like water treatment. …Alternately, governments can implement what they should have long ago: carbon taxes. The general principle is that if you release carbon, you get taxed, and that money goes toward fighting climate change. “The beauty of a carbon tax is it puts in motion so many different ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that we can’t even predict,” says MIT economist Christopher Knittel, who studies the mechanism. “This is one of them—we don’t know what the best technology is for taking carbon out of the air.” The trouble with passing carbon taxes, though, comes right back to the fossil fuel companies. “Historically the difficulty with the carbon tax is that it in principle would penalize a bunch of very large firms that produce oil and coal, and those large firms have a large degree of lobbying power,” says Knittel. Even a blue state like Washington has tried and failed to pass a carbon tax, though that’s now on the ballot again. That moral hazard? Yeah, it just got a lot more hazardous.” At the link find the title, “Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files audio-e8cf1a79-96b3-479a-8c5c-386518e860b3-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Causation and Correlation 20 mins – “We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.” At the link find the title, “#453: What Causes What?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181017 pmoney_pmpod453.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caution and Openness 26 mins – “An uncomfortable encounter with a stranger sets producer Abby Wendle on a quest to answer the question: who do you let in and who do you keep out? In her search for balance between openness and caution – she navigates the struggles of her long-distance relationship and chats up musician John Prine.” At the link find the title, “BONUS: Who Do You Let In?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181016_invsb_johndoc-2aa812f1-5eb8-49f3-8e97-31ef9d73b597.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Greening Policy 50 mins – “Chinese factories churn out parts and products that end up in our cars, our kitchens and our cell phones. And all that productivity has improved the lives of its citizens, many of whom can now afford cars and cell phones of their own. It’s also made China the global leader in carbon emissions. But in her new book, “Will China Save the Planet,” Barbara Finamore says that China may well take the lead in saving the world from environmental catastrophe. How? By phasing out coal and investing in green energy to power its factories and keep its cities moving. With the US government cutting efforts to curb carbon pollution, is it possible that China is our best hope for saving the planet?” At the link find the title, “Will China Save the Planet?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181021_cl1_Will China Save the Planet PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China-U.S. Competition 92 mins – “…Brookings’s Project on International Order and Strategy, and the John L. Thornton China Center hosted a discussion of how ideology and values may intensify U.S.-China rivalry, particularly in the wake of significant shifts in U.S. policy, and developments in China, such as a push toward mass surveillance and piloting of a “social credit” system; well-documented reports of large-scale repression of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang province; and efforts to reshape the international human rights regime.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

China-U.S. Interests 83 mins – “The China debate: Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible? –Evan Osnos moderated a public debate about the future of U.S.-China relations.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Chinese Environmental Policy 94 mins – “China’s environmental agenda: Local tolls and global goals -… John L. Thornton China Center convened a panel of experts to discuss China’s environmental agenda at the international, national, and subnational levels.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Chinese Martial Arts P1 53 mins – “Don’t be fooled by the title. Wing Chin and Ip Man will be covered next episode. Today’s the first in a two part series that offers up a survey of the development of martial arts in China from the mythical times of the Yellow Emperor to the present day. Let’s look at the China history timeline once more, with feeling, and see how these martial arts embraced by millions and millions around the world slowly developed through the centuries. This will serve as the setup to next episode when we zero in on one particular style of martial arts and one of its best known masters.” At the link find the title, “CHP-203-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 1, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL3123123839.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Martial Arts P2 48 mins – “We continue on from last episode’s overview of the Chinese martial arts history timeline. Today we zero in on the history and legends behind the Wing Chun style of king fu. We’ll also look at Grandmaster Ip Man and all those Wing Chin greats who came before him going back to the founder Ng Mui (Wu Mei). Thanks to Detroit attorney and unofficial Wing Chun ambassador Michael Benkstein for all the support and input that went into this series.” At the link find the title, “CHP-204-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 2, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL6579503677.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civility 47 mins – “Civility in our shared national political conversation: Do we need it? How do we get it back?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Efforts 12 mins – “…Recent articles in Vox, the Guardian, and the Outline have warned that individuals “going green” in daily life won’t make enough of a difference to be worth the effort. In fact, they argue, such efforts could actually make matters worse, as focusing on individual actions might distract people from pressuring corporations and government officials to lower greenhouse gas emissions and enact the broader policy change we need to meet our climate goals. These articles and others like them tend to conclude that the only truly meaningful action people can take to influence our climate future is to vote. Voting is crucial, but this perspective misses a large point of individual actions. We don’t recommend taking personal actions like limiting plane rides, eating less meat, or investing in solar energy because all of these small tweaks will build up to enough carbon savings (though it could help). We do so because people taking action in their personal lives is actually one of the best ways to get to a society that implements the policy-level change that is truly needed. Research on social behavior suggests lifestyle change can build momentum for systemic change. Humans are social animals, and we use social cues to recognize emergencies. People don’t spring into action just because they see smoke; they spring into action because they see others rushing in with water. The same principle applies to personal actions on climate change….”At the link find the title, “Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files audio-7c00b4ef-da63-4a3e-ae19-931263843313-encodings” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Stories 50 mins – “Stephen Most will speak about visual storytelling as an effective form of public education on crucial subjects that mass media tend to ignore, misrepresent or present without adequate context. He will discuss how documentaries convey experiences that enlarge the viewer’s understanding. Focusing on Oil on Ice and Wilder than Wild: Fires, Forests and the Future, which he worked on as a screenwriter and writer/producer, Most will speak about representing climate change via stories for the screen. He will discuss how films aid campaigns that change the climate of opinion. Addressing the challenges nonfiction filmmakers face in showing arts’ complexities and unprecedented realities, Most will read passages from his book, Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary.At the link find the title, “Fire and Ice: Documentary Storytelling and the Climate Crisis, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181018_MLF_Fire and Ice For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Politics in White House 50 mins – “Climate used to have bipartisan support. Now that the Republican party is skeptical about fighting climate change, companies are moving into a leadership void. On the show today we’ll hear from two former White House spokesmen in Republican and Democratic administrations now working on climate from different angles. Robert Gibbs addresses what McDonald’s is doing to cut its carbon emissions and environmental impact. Jeff Nesbit heads a communications organization trying to get the climate story covered more prominently in the mainstream news media.” At the link find the title, “Climate Press Pool: Robert Gibbs and Jeff Nesbit, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files cc_20181014_cl1_ClimatePressPool.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Discussion 53 mins – “The Earth’s temperature has been rising. To limit catastrophic outcomes, we must limit warming to no more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) average temperature rise. Economists agree we will save trillions of dollars by acting early. But how do we act successfully? What is the plan if we fall short? Bridging climate science, design, psychology, politics and religion, we explore the practical steps to reduce global warming and to adapt to the inevitable, all the while improving the bottom line, beautifying our communities and increasing human health for all of us who occupy and shape our environment.” At the link find the title, “Two Degrees: Cities, Architecture and Our Changing Environments, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181029_MLF Two Degrees For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Solutions 78 mins – “This program will serve as a way-finding event that balances the realism of climate change with the practical solutions currently at work with the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Project Drawdown. The density and intensity of the presentations inspire action. The audience will be challenged to find their own voices and amplify the work of the team of experts already on the front lines of climate solutions. Amanda Ravenhill and Malcolm Walter bring their diverse backgrounds and experience to deliver a powerful and inspiring presentation that will engage and empower. Malcolm Walter, a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality leadership training, will explore with attendees the current state of climate change and policy as he asks: Can we change, and will we change? Amanda Ravenhill will present some of Project Drawdown’s 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. Following a Q&A session, attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to learn more specifics from experts and work to identify individual contributions to this important work. The intention is to provide a message of hope and instill urgency. We hope all guests will leave feeling poised to take action.” At the link find the title, “From Climate Reality to Project Drawdown: Is This Happening to Us or for Us?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181015_MLF_Climate For Podcast.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comic Hasan Minhaj 49 mins – “’I’m an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian or am I more American?’ Minhaj asks. The former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent has a new weekly political comedy series on Neflix called ‘Patriot Act.’ Minhaj spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when his comedy special ‘Homecoming King’ was released and he had just done the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews ‘Homecoming’ on Amazon Prime Video. The series stars Julia Roberts as a therapist who’s working with a soldier returning from Afghanistan.” At the link find the title, “Comic Hasan Minhaj, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181102_fa_fapodfri.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cooperative Development 30 mins – “10 years since the financial crash we’ve learned that there exists in the US not just one economy, but many, as well as many kinds of economic actors. From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are continuously building economic alternatives. So says Nathan Schneider, crusader for collective ownership and author of “Everything for Everyone: the Radical Tradition That Is Shaping The Next Economy.” Plus, professor and author Virginia Eubanks on how government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Undermining Tactics 66 mins – “Democracies are facing multiplying challenges—from structural changes to geopolitical shifts to cultural transformations. Though the United States remains one of the strongest democratic nations in the world, it is by no means immune to democratic backsliding. As the American public becomes more polarized on issues such as the freedom of press and U.S.–Russia relations, will our institutions hold? Do the systemic weaknesses revealed by recent pressures on the U.S. Constitution require fundamental change in how the Constitution is interpreted and implemented? How likely is it that our democracy could erode? And what can be done to mitigate the risk? Aziz Huq is a noted scholar on the interaction of constitutional design with individual rights and liberties. Before joining the law school faculty, Huq worked as associate counsel and then director of the Liberty and National Security Project of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, litigating cases in both the United States courts of appeals and the Supreme Court. He was also a senior consultant analyst for the International Crisis Group, researching constitutional design and implementation in Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. In 2015, Huq received the University of Chicago Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School.” At the link find the title, “Law Professor Aziz Huq: How to Save a Constitutional Democracy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181015_FEA_Aziz Huq For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diplomatic Negotiations 67 mins – “From her early career as a social worker to serving as one of the few women present in international negotiations, Wendy Sherman has experienced politics and international diplomacy like few have. Among her past positions, Sherman has served as special advisor to President Bill Clinton, North Korea policy coordinator and chief U.S. negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal. With the current administration’s shift away from foreign policy, as seen in President Trump’s withdrawal from the very deal with Iran that she helped create, Sherman believes American diplomacy is under greater threat now than in any other recent time. Yet even still, this era is marked by increasing global interconnectedness. Sherman has focused on diplomatic negotiations to achieve greater peace and security. In her book, Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence, Sherman describes her experiences and perspectives to give us all a deeper understanding of past and present international diplomacy.” At the link find the title, “Ambassador Wendy Sherman: Iran and Lessons on Diplomacy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181016_FEA Wendy Sherman for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domestic Violence Prevention 66 mins – “1992 was triumphantly declared the Year of the Woman. But, in the 26 years since, how much have policies and perceptions changed in the pursuit of gender equality? Women and men are speaking out about the harassment, injustice and violence, which remains pervasive in our society. In order to generate long-term solutions with real change, many experts believe we must address the systemic causes of abuse. Join Representative Jackie Speier and Suzy Loftus, former San Francisco police commission president, as they discuss the cycle of abuse and how the women’s movement can help end domestic violence.” At the link find the title, “Ending the Silence on Domestic Violence, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181022_FEA_Ending Domestic Violence for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Amy Kavanagh P1 29 mins – “Dr. Amy Kavanagh was fed up with the grabbing, pushing, polling from the cited community when she adventured out into the public sphere. All to knowing that the adventure itself was challenging in it’s own right, the unsolicited touching nearly kept her from stepping out of the house. Taking to her Twitter feed, Amy talked about the incidences and created the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab. People started to respond and began using the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab and soon request came in for her to speak on radio and television shows. Meanwhile, her Twitter feed blew up with responses, requests and others chiming in and using #JustAskDontGrab. Amy is quite passionate about her message and shares what led up to the #JustAskDontGrab campaign. Amy wants the message to be a tool and an opening for conversation on how to help someone who may appear to need help by asking and not just doing what they think is best. Join Dr. Amy Kavanagh and Jeff Thompson as they sit down in the Blind Abilities Studio to bring more awareness, education and a teaching moment to the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab. Stay tuned for the next episode in this 3-part series with Amy Kavanagh and her introduction to the white cane and getting on the list at GuideDogs.UK. And the 3rdin this series on Amy’s journey and revolations when she accepted her blindness.” At the link find the title, “Just Ask Don’t Grab – Meet Dr. Amy Kavanagh, Blogger, Activist, and Volunteer with a Message – #JustAskDontGrab, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files AmyKavanaghJADG.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Amy Kavanagh P2 33 mins – “On White Cane Day, Blind Abilities is proud to bring you part 2 of Dr. Amy Kavanagh: Accepting the Cane and Guide Dog Possibilities. Amy has adjusted to her limited vision since she was born and when it came time for the White cane, she thought it was for other people to understand or recognize that she doesn’t see very well. Never thinking she needed a cane for her own good and never thought about using a Guide Dog. This all changed when she made a couple of phone calls to GuideDogsUK – it was life changing! Her new-found independence and her ability to gain so much information from the White Cane was revolutionary and put to ease some of the constant struggles that held her back from reaching her full potential. Join Dr. Amy Kavanagh and Jeff Thompson as they explore Amy’s long road toward accepting the cane and her introduction to GuideDogsUK.” At the link find the title, “Dr. Amy Kavanagh: Accepting the Cane and Guide Dog Possibilities – The 2nd in this 3-Part Series, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files AmyKavanaghCanes2Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Excess and Scarcity 49 mins – “Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? On this week’s Radio Replay, we bring you a March 2017 story about the phenomenon of scarcity, and how it can blind us to the big picture. Then, we go to the opposite end of the spectrum to look at the perils of excess. We’ll bring you an October 2016 conversation with Brooke Harrington, a sociologist who wanted to know what it’s like to be one of the richest people on the planet. For more on these topics, visit us at https://n.pr/2O8DkdV.” At the link find the title, “Radio Replay: Too Little, Too Much, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181026 hiddenbrain_hb-too little too much hybrid-rr_mix_10-23-3eff7b6d-e668-4d9f-933d-6b5f14b6accf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Family Border Separations 53 mins – “Meet and hear from two attorneys involved in representing immigrant families separated and in border detention centers. Kristina McKibben is an immigration attorney in Sacramento who specializes in removal defense, humanitarian relief, and detention work. As a Central Valley native, Kristina has always had a passion for the underdog. After attending the University of California at Davis and Boston University School of Law, McKibben returned to Northern California and focused her time on freeing immigrants from detention, securing relief for unaccompanied minors, and connecting clients with humanitarian relief in a range of contexts. Jason Sias is a Los Angeles native and attorney with expertise in civil rights cases and post-conviction relief. His work includes safeguarding clients from immigration consequences and seeking justice for victims of police misconduct. Jason earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and is a member of the California and Louisiana state bars.” At the link find the title, “Families Separated at the Border: What Is Happening to Them?, “ right-click “Media files cc_20181017_MM_KM_JS for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forests and Climate Change 52 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.  Our speaker is Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute.  Ms. Seymour’s lecture is titled “Why Forests? Why Now?  The Science, Economics and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Press Under Fire 53 mins – “…[Marvin] Kalb debuted his book at Brookings and was joined by veteran journalist Dan Rather for a discussion about its main themes. The two journalists explored how Trump has delegitimized the American press and why we should fear for the future of American democracy.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Gender-Neutral Child 51 mins – “”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s a popular quote that’s made its way onto coffee mugs and bumper stickers — but it’s not the easiest principle to live. On this week’s Hidden Brain, we meet Royce and Jessica James, a couple who decided to raise their daughter in a gender-neutral way. It was far harder than they ever could have imagined. For further reading on children and gender norms, visit us at https://n.pr/2AmmiW1.” At the link find the title, “Be The Change, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181022 hiddenbrain_hb_pr_83-1_be_the_change-rebroadcast_10-22-18.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Workplaces 75 mins – “Google is known as a pioneer in offering workplace programs and services such as food, fitness, wellness, transportation and more. Michel Bakker, Google’s director of global programs for real estate and workplace services, will discuss how creating amazing workplaces and experiences helps attract highly sought-after talent and enables Googlers and Google to thrive. He’ll speak to how his team strives to deliver sustainable programs and services at scale, and he’ll also discuss their approach to driving innovation in the workplace through the power of internal and external partnerships. “ At the link find the title, “In Search of a Healthy Workplace, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181023_MLF Google Food for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Haitian Baron de Vastey 52 mins – Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and titled “Haiti’s Baron de Vastey and the Black Atlantic.”  Our speaker is Marlene Daut, Professor of African American Studies at University of Virginia.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hajj Memories 60 mins – “Ejaz Naqvi, author of The Three Abrahamic Testaments: How the Torah, Gospels, and Qur’an Hold the Keys for Healing Our Fears, will discuss Hajj, the great pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam. He will share his precious memories of the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a once-in-a-lifetime, sacred duty demonstrating Muslim solidarity and submission to Allah. He will share the lessons he learned for personal spiritual growth as well as for the benefit of society at large. Naqvi is a practicing physician and serves on the Board of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.” At the link find the title, “Reliving My Hajj: Reflections Beyond Ritual, Oct, 2018,” right-click :”Media files cc_20181026_MLF Reliving My Hajj for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Issues 61 mins – “Aarti Kohli landed in Queens, New York, as a seven-year-old with her family and saw first-hand what it means to be a struggling immigrant in the United States. She is currently the executive director at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. At Advancing Justice-ALC she oversees key program areas, including national security and civil rights, immigration, and criminal justice reform. She also helps guide the state and national policy work of the Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Formerly, she was the director of immigration policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law, where one of her key projects involved creating an intensive immigration seminar for professional journalists. Prior to her work in California, she worked in Washington, D.C., as Judiciary Committee counsel to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) and as assistant legislative director at UNITE union, where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers who were primarily immigrant women.” At the link find the title, “Aarti Kohli on The Michelle Meow Show 10/25/18, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files cc_20181025_MM_Aarti Kohli for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Power Trends 60 mins – “A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense, climate and trade. Alyssa Ayres considers the role this ascendant democracy will play internationally, the obstacles it continues to face and the implications of its rise for the United States and other nations.” At the link find the title, “Alyssa Ayres: How India Is Making Its Place in the World, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181022_SV Alyssa Ayres For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Industrial Pollution 48 mins – “Red states, blue states – when it comes to our environment, are we really two different Americas? New Yorker writer Eliza Griswold spent time in southwestern Pennsylvania to tell the story of a family living on the front lines of the fracking boom. Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild traveled to Louisiana to escape what she calls the “bubble” of coastal thinking. Both writers emerged with books that paint an honest portrait of a misunderstood America. On today’s program, tales of the people whose lives have been impacted by America’s craving for energy, the choices they’ve made, and their fight to protect their families and their environment.” At the link find the title, “Prosperity and Paradox: A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild and Eliza Griswold, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181104_cl1 Prosperity and Paradox_PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jihadi Violence Countermeasures 90 mins – “The limits of punishment: Transitional justice and violent extremism – …the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) presented a discussion of alternative strategies and justice issues for countries affected by jihadi violence.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Jobs for Young Adults 89 mins – “the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted an event in partnership with Child Trends, marking the release of new research examining the quality of jobs held by young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and the specific employment, education and training experiences that are associated with higher-quality jobs.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Kibbutz History 67 mins – “Economist and author Ran Abramitzky of Stanford University talks about his book, The Mystery of the Kibbutz, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Abramitzky traces the evolution of the kibbutz movement in Israel and how the kibbutz structure changed to cope with the modernization and development of the Israeli economy. The conversation includes a discussion of how the history of the kibbutz might help us to understand the appeal and challenges of the socialism and freedom.” At the link find the title, Ran Abramitzky on the Mystery of the Kibbutz, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Abramitzkykibbutz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead in NJ Water 48 mins – “The levels of lead in Newark, New Jersey’s drinking water are some of the highest recently recorded by a large water system in the United States. Experts agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Pregnant women and children are most at risk: Even low lead levels are associated with serious, irreversible damage to developing brains and nervous systems. For years, the city has had the greatest number of lead-poisoned children in New Jersey. This likely stems from a variety of exposures to lead, including from contaminated tap water and other sources. Indeed, 2016 tests revealed 30 public schools with elevated water lead levels. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), together with the Newark Education Workers Caucus, is fighting in court to ensure that the residents of Newark have access to safe, clean drinking water every time they turn on the tap. Tune in as we speak with Mae Wu, Senior Attorney for the NRDC’s Health Program.” At the link find the title, “Newark Drinking Water Crisis, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files buck110218.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metabolic Syndrome 69 mins – “Modern health means metabolic health. The main pathway to chronic diseases today is the breakdown of our finely tuned metabolic machinery inside, due to processed food, lifestyle and – mental health? Stress and depression have potent effects on our behavior and creating imbalance of hormones such as glucose, insulin and inflammation. Poor mental health contributes to the metabolic syndrome, a cluster of common maladies including a large waist, high lipid levels and blood pressure, breakdown of the balance between insulin and glucose, and the most invisible to all, a fatty liver. You will hear from four experts in this area on the important topics of nutrition, optimal daily habits and how to prevent depression and the cascade of dysregulation that manifests as the metabolic syndrome. Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Epel studied psychology and psychobiology at Stanford University (BA), and clinical and health psychology at Yale University (Ph.D.).… Wolfram Alderson’s career in pursuit of social and environmental change spans across four decades. He currently serves as CEO of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation.… Dr. Lustig specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system.… Dr. Rasgon is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine….” At the link find the title, “Metabolic Syndrome and Mental Health, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181101_MLF Metabolic Syndrome for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Future 119 mins – “…the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings hosted Governors John Hickenlooper (D-Col.) and John Kasich (R-Ohio) for an event marking the launch of a new book by Brookings Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill, ‘The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation.’” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Midterm Election Impact 64 mins – “The 2018 election will change the balance of power in California and the nation. While the factors that have driven climate change and drought are on the rise, environmental actions, policies and agencies face rollbacks and cutbacks. The outcome of the November vote on candidates and ballot initiatives will likely have far-reaching ecological and social impacts. Our panel will discuss the present and future of the 2018 midterm elections and the environmental turning points ahead.” At the link find the title, “What Do the Midterm Elections Mean for the Environment, California and the Nation?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181030_MLF Midterms for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority Voters 63 mins – “The role of minority voters in the 2018 midterm elections – …Governance Studies hosted a panel of experts to discuss these questions as they relate to the upcoming elections.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Mushrooms by Stamets 147 mins– “Paul Stamets (@PaulStamets) is an intellectual and industry leader in the habitat, medicinal use, and production of fungi. Part of his mission is to deepen our understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life. Paul is the author of a new study in Nature’s Scientific Reports, which details how mushroom extracts—specifically extracts from woodland polypore mushrooms—can greatly reduce viruses that contribute to bee colony collapse. Paul is the author of six books, including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide, and he has discovered and named numerous species of psilocybin mushrooms. Paul is also the founder and owner of Fungi Perfecti, makers of the Host Defense mushroom supplement line, and it is something I’ve been using since Samin Nosrat recommended it in my last book, Tribe of Mentors….” At the link find the title, “#340: Paul Stamets — How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a347d207-3697-4540-a7fd-5f5344067421.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Anthem Issues 27 mins – “Where does change come from?” At the link find the title, “Anthems, pledges and change, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 8731186a-5bbc-474c-b45a-05f8096c6d8a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native Artisan Work 27 mins – “Bethany Yellowtail—fashion designer, business owner, and general badass—is a Mash-Up to Know. She is the owner and designer of B.YELLOWTAIL, a fashion line, and the leader of B.YELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a platform for the work of Native artisans of different nations. Rebecca and Amy try not to fan girl too hard about her beautiful clothes and amazing work, and they get to the heart of why dating as an Indigenous woman in LA is just as challenging as it sounds.” At the link find the title, “Bethany Yellowtail Won’t Quit, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4963da8f-1ba1-4ab5-87a4-73463bb9ce4a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscientist on Free Will 48 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates free will, morality, meditation, psychedelic experiences, artificial intelligence, and more alongside neuroscientist and author Sam Harris, comic co-host Godfrey, neurotheologist Andrew Newberg, and neuroscientist Robert Wright. You have no choice but to listen.” At the link find the title, “The Illusion of Free Will, with Sam Harris,, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files b72f0fad-d170-425c-a83b-89412b12fe15.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newt Gingrich Political Impact 47 mins – “’Atlantic’ journalist McKay Coppins says that by the time the former speaker of the house left Congress in 1999, he had enshrined a “combative, tribal, angry attitude in politics that would infect our national discourse in Washington and Congress for decades to come.” Coppins explains how Gingrich set the stage for President Trump’s rise, and how Democrats are now using some of his tactics. Coppins’ new article is ‘The Man Who Broke Politics.’ Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the Orson Welles film ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ which was unfinished before his death — now complete and streaming on Netflix.”How Newt Gingrich ‘Broke Politics’, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181101_fa_fapodthurs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Boarders Discussion 66 mins – “Immigration policy has long divided America and continues to be one of the country’s biggest issues. Substantive discussion gets sidelined by predispositions that people hold for their opposition. Movements to restrict immigration is assumed to be reinforced by cruel, racist and nativist intentions. However, Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of two Bangladeshi immigrants, delivers his rational and considerate argument against open borders. In his book Melting Pot or Civil War?, Salam argues that uncontrolled immigration simply reorganizes low-skilled immigrants into immobile social and economic classes. The melting pot ideal is overshadowed by the reality of a declining demand for less-skilled labor and gentrification of low-income neighborhoods. Ultimately, an immigration policy based on open border principles will create a new ethnic underclass and stimulate racial segregation. Join Salam for a stirring conversation beyond the partisan stereotypes that surround immigration policy and why he believes a rethink of policy will help America.” At the link find the title, “Reihan Salam: The Case Against Open Borders, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181010_FEA_Riahan_Salam_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Abuse Policy 52 mins – “Crafting public policy to address the nation’s opioid epidemic – …Governance Studies Brookings hosted a forum to explore the complex public policy questions raised by opioid abuse.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Opioid Use 49 mins – “More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year — many of them from heroin and other opioids. One of the most widely-used tools to confront this crisis is a drug called naloxone. It can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds, and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But earlier this year, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behavior — and causing more deaths than it saves. This week, we talk with researchers, drug users, and families about the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there’s still so much we’re struggling to understand about addiction. For more information about the research in this episode, visit https://n.pr/2OZfuGQ.” At the link find the title, “The Lazarus Drug, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181030_hiddenbrain_the_lazarus_drug_10302018_mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Shootings 47 mins – “Eleven people were killed in an attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gunman is in custody. We look at the shooting and rising anti-Semitism around the world.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Shootings 53 mins – “Joyce welcomes executive board members of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), William Ris and John Register to the show. AAPD is the largest membership organization of people with disabilities in the country. Guests will discuss their roles within AAPD in-depth.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Identity Causes 27 mins – “When most of us think about how we came to our political views, we often give a straightforward answer. We believe our stances on taxes, immigration or national security are shaped by those around us — our friends, parents, teachers. We assume our life experiences are the root of our political ideologies. But what if there is something deeper in us that drives the music we listen to, the food we eat — even the politicians that we elect? This week, we explore the role of biology in shaping our political identities.” At the link find the title, “Red Brain, Blue Brain, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181008 hiddenbrain_hb_spotlight-john_hibbing-10-08_final_mix-1e0612b6-7162-4a26-9222-5ebe96a70aa2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Polarization Issues 62 mins – “One of America’s leading political scientists and theorists Francis Fukuyama is back with a provocative new look at one of the most critical issues facing America: identity politics and, most specifically, its role in promoting democracy as well as undermining it through polarization. In 2014, Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay due to the power of powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people,” who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the entire population. At the same time, groups previously marginalized based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion are increasingly demanding equal recognition in society, setting up a clash in identity politics at a time when national unity is so needed.  Fukuyama’s new book looks at the contrasting ways identity has become a potent new battleground in society and discusses the threat to society when there are such significant challenges to collective action and communication. His book also makes a spirited call for the importance of forging a national identity that supports democracy as opposed to breaking it apart….” At the link find the title, “Francis Fukuyama on Identity: How It Separates Us and Can Bring Us Together, Oct, 2018,” right-click “cc_20181030_MC_Fukuyama For Podcast_EXPLICIT.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polling Issues 61 mins – “Prior to this November’s midterm elections, Monday Night Philosophy dives into 2016’s political polling. Josh Libresco examines what the polls can teach us about the 2016 presidential election, even as American pollsters attempt to make sense of an election that was very different from anything Americans have seen in generations. Libresco will explain why it was especially difficult for pollsters to make predictions in 2016 and what techniques they use in an effort to understand how and why people vote the way they do. He will also offer insights into the November 2018 congressional elections and California’s governor and Senate races.” At the link find the title, “What Pollsters Learned in 2016 and What It Means for 2018, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files cc_20181008_MLF Polsters Learned For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidents at War 67 mins – “In times of crisis, how have America’s commanders in chief guided the country through conflict to victory? In his new book, Presidents of War, presidential historian Michael Beschloss takes us behind the scenes and into the room with American presidents. Beschloss illustrates scenes in striking detail, portraying how presidents have had to make difficult decisions, sometimes sending hundreds of thousands of men and women to their deaths. From James Madison and the War of 1812 to the recent times, Beschloss describes how presidents struggled with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters. Come learn and understand how these presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war—both physically and emotionally—or were broken by them. Beschloss will discuss how far we have traveled from the time of our founders, who tried to restrain presidential power, to the modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that could destroy much of the human race.” At the link find the title “Michael Beschloss: American Presidents at War, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181018_FEA_Michael Beschloss for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Guard 64 mins – “In 2014, Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer made national headlines when he went not-so-undercover as a guard at Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Louisiana. He used his real name, and due to lack of any real background checks, remained employed for four months. In that short time, Bauer witnessed firsthand the horrific conditions both prisoners and guards faced at the hands of the billion-dollar private prison industry and wrote an exposé that became Mother Jones’ most read piece of all time. He argues that the private prison system is rarely held accountable for the atrocities that happen quietly within its concrete walls. Join Bauer as he discusses his unique experience, the for-profit prison industry’s past and present in American history, and the state of justice at that intersection of our legal system, capitalism and mass incarceration.” At the link find the title, “Shane Bauer: The Business of Prison, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181008_INF_Shane Bauer For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Recycling Defined 54 mins – “Recycling programs as we know it are at risk, because China, as one of the world’s biggest recycled goods buyers, has increased their standards for the recycled goods they will import. Standards have gotten so tough that even one dirty pizza box can contaminate tons of recyclable material and send them to the landfill. According to Republic Services, as much as 30% of the materials in the recycling stream are currently contaminated. So, what’s the solution? In the long-term, companies are improving technology to better sort and clean recycling. But for now, it’s more important than ever that people know what to recycle and how. The nation’s recycling model is broken, but it can be fixed. Republic Services has recently launched a new consumer campaign called Recycling Simplified, to discuss the general issues facing the recycling industry. It’s an important issue for every town in America– if people know the guidelines, they won’t risk ruining the recycled goods of others.” At the link find the title, “Republic Services’ New ‘Recycling Simplified’ Campaign, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files buck100518.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling Restrictions by China 53 mins – “Recycling in the U.S. is highly dependent on the ability to export our recycling overseas. In California alone, 62 percent of the states’ recycling is exported to China. However, in July 2017, China announced a policy called National Sword, which limits the import of contaminated recyclable commodities and increases inspections of recyclable commodity imports. Tune in as we speak with Zoe Heller, Assistant Director for Policy Development at the California Department of Resources Recycling, about how National Sword is impacting local recycling efforts across the U.S., and what investments would be required to create the domestic recycling infrastructure needed to keep U.S. recycling onshore.” At the link find the title, “Encore: National Sword: How China’s Crackdown is Affecting U.S. Recycling,” Oct, 2018, right-click “Media files buck020918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Security 61 mins – “…the Center on Regulation and Markets at Brookings hosted Kara Stein, commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to give her perspective on how the SEC can best provide that assistance.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Right to Repair 47 mins – “The companies that build our smartphones, our cars and our appliances don’t want you or your repairman to be able to fix them. And the “right-to-repair” movement is fighting back.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rwanda Reconciliation 59 mins – “Twenty-four years after the genocide against the Tutsi, a process of reconciliation and redevelopment has helped Rwandans transcend many of the divisions that tore their nation apart. The process of reconciliation today is embodied by government initiatives intended to erase the old colonial construct of operation along ethnic identities. This event will discuss Rwanda’s history and how its people were able to heal the wounds of genocide and harness a shared spirit to challenge the forces that tore the country apart.” At the link find the title, “Rwanda: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Ethnic and Religious Strife, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181102 MLF Rwanda For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

San Antonio Mayor 66 mins – “In many ways, there was no reason Julián Castro should have been successful. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping this circumstance seemed bleak. Yet he and his twin brother, Joaquin, did not let cynicism hold them back. Instead, they aspired to achieve the American dream despite unlikely odds. Castro’s success as the mayor of San Antonio propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention—the same spot President Obama held in 2004. He then went on to Washington, D.C., where he served as the Obama administration’s secretary of housing and urban development. His meteoric rise has many wondering if a presidential run is in his future. Join us as Castro tells the unlikely story of how he believes the American dream can still lift unlikely heroes, no matter one’s politics.” At the link find the title, “Julián Castro: An American Journey, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181026_FEA Julian Castro for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seattle Political Experiment – “Seattle’s radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.” At the link find the title, “#873: The Seattle Experiment,” right-click “Media files 20181102_pmoney pmpod873v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sesame Street History 22 mins – “In the last 50 years, there’s a good chance you’ve watched “Sesame Street”—whether as an adult, a child, or both—and that it’s shaped the way you see the world around you. Sherrie Westin heads up Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” and touts the show’s unique approach to creating learning opportunities: “We’re combining the power of popular media with our engaging, nonthreatening Muppets to enlighten young children. That’s pretty powerful.” With Muppets who talk about everything from autism to incarceration to refugees to personal hygiene, friendly fuzzy faces tackle important subjects for a young audience every single day in 150 countries around the world. In 2018, Sesame Workshop, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), won the MacArthur Foundation’s first ever $100 million 100&Change grant competition. This enormous grant enables Sesame Workshop and IRC to implement the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, targeting children and families in the Syrian response region, which includes Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The goal? To improve children’s learning outcomes, support their vital intellectual and emotional development, and help them overcome the trauma of war….” At the link find the title, “Sesame Street: Changing Children’s Lives Around the World, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181030_INF_Sesame Street for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sketch Noting 31 mins – “Nichole Carter trains teachers and kids on the art of sketch noting. In this episode, Tim and Scott pick Nichole’s brain about how to get our students taking better notes. Nichole’s sketch notes can be seen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsCarterHLA . Check out Kathy Schrock’s web page all about sketch noting: http://www.schrockguide.net/sketchnoting.html The Bedley Bros is sponsored by Rockin’ the Standards, educational rock songs that help elementary aged kids learn effortlessly.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Soap Producer Interview 59 mins -”In the late 1990s, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan took on the notion that “green doesn’t clean” by setting out to make soap that could clean a bathtub without harming the environment. Adam started experimenting with baking soda, vinegar, and scented oils, while Eric worked on making sleek bottles that looked good on a kitchen counter. Just a few years later, Adam and Eric were selling Method cleaning products in stores throughout the country, after a bold gamble got them on the shelves of Target. PLUS, for our postscript “How You Built That,” how Loren and Lisa Poncia turned a 100 year-old family business into an organic beef supplier: Stemple Creek Ranch.” At the link find the title, “method: Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181004_hibt_method-f2a7e0de-79ab-4b93-b186-10907ecae1f9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Credit Score in China 21 mins – “China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?” At the link find the title, “#871: Blacklisted In China, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181026_pmoney_pmpod871.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Innovation 90 mins – “Lean impact: How to innovate for radically greater social good – …the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted an event to learn about a more iterative, agile approach to solving development problems that tackle the norms, systems, and institutions that impede innovation in the social sector.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Soviet Union Operations 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is given by Dr. Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, and adjunct professor of European Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Polyakova’s lecture is titled “Russian Influence Operations in the Digital Age” and is presented by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stolen Money Movement 22 mins – “We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.” At the link find the title, “#868: Moneyland, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181005_pmoney pmpod868_1-6c7bf59b-dcaf-4ce6-a71e-4ad4101aec10.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Student Loan Whistleblower 21 mins – “Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.” At the link find the title, “#869: The Student Loan Whistleblower, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181012_pmoney pmpod869v2-ee6dad54-75ef-43e7-b5ae-a447e72ef72a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Power 48 mins – “Author David A. Kaplan warns that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: “Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?” We’ll also talk about what Trump’s two appointees – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – mean for the future of the court. Kaplan’s book is ‘The Most Dangerous Branch.’Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kurt Vile’s new album, ‘Bottle It In.’” At the link find the title, “Is SCOTUS Too Powerful?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181031_fa_fapodweds.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surgery History 44 mins – “We talk to Arnold Van de Laar, a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, about his new book Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations.” At the link find the title, “The Remarkable History of Surgery, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files b36534a6-da73-468a-8e23-d24d053d3f3b.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainability Practices 78 mins – “Businesses are taking the lead on climate change initiatives. This panel gathers leaders at organizations that go beyond reducing their ecological footprint to demonstrating sustainability and generating a greater value with fewer resources and emissions. These leading firms are addressing both environmental impacts and the transformation of organizational culture. They are showing how to design and run a conscious business, a self-aware and purpose-driven organization dedicated to serving society and the environment. Audiences will come away with best practices for implementing impactful initiatives in their own organizations.” At the link find the title, “Conscious Business: How Leaders Are Embedding Sustainability Principles in Their Organizations, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181024_MLF Conscious Business for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tempurpedic Founder 64 mins – “At age 40, Bobby Trussell’s promising career in horse racing hit a dead end. With bills to pay and a family to support, he stumbled across a curious product that turned into a lifeline: squishy-squashy memory foam. He jumped at the chance to distribute Swedish memory foam pillows and mattresses to Americans. Tempur-Pedic USA began by selling to chiropractors and specialty stores, providing one of the first alternatives to spring mattresses. Today, the company is one of the largest bedding providers in the world. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Christopher Rannefors created BatBnB: a sleek wooden box that hangs on your house and provides a home for mosquito-eating bats.” At th link find the title, “Tempur-Pedic: Bobby Trussell, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181019_hibt_tempurpedic.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Financing Control 57 mins – “The Project on International Order and Strategy hosted Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing, to address how the Treasury Department’s financial tools fit into the larger strategy to address the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Trade Agreements and Wars 88 mins – “A new dawn for protectionism? From trade wars to mega-regional trade agreements – …the Center for East Asia Policy Studies hosted a panel of experts to examine the challenges facing the rules-based trading system in this geopolitical moment.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Trump Supporters 49 mins – “There is one truth that has endured through the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency: he has kept the support of the core voters who propelled him to the White House. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore two competing perspectives on the motivations of Trump supporters, and what they can tell us about the state of our union.” At the link find the title,”Voting With Your Middle Finger, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181018 hiddenbrain voting with your middle finger final_10-18-98b88581-3ffd-4b58-b08a-c34a12d45bbe.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump vs Red Tape 21 mins – “President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?” At the link find the title, “#870: Trump vs. Red Tape, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181019_pmoney pmpod870.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truthful Living 51 mins – “This week, we speak with Jeffrey Gitomer. Jeffrey is best known as the “King of Sales.” He is an author, a professional speaker, and a business trainer. Jeffrey has written thirteen books, including multiple New York Times best sellers. His works range from The Sales Bible to The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude to The Little Red Book of Selling. He’s sold millions of copies and has been translated into 14 languages! Jeffrey’s newest book, Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill comes out on October 30th. To find out more about Jeffrey, head over to his site at: www.gitomer.com.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unconventional Monetary Policy 146 mins – “…the Hutchins Center will host an event at which the authors of those papers – Ken Kuttner of Williams College, who wrote about the United States, and Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Pau Rabanal, and Damiano Sandri of the International Monetary Fund, who wrote about the rest of the world – will present their findings and discuss them with a panel of monetary policy experts.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Voter Suppression 49 mins – “Twenty-four states have implemented new voting restrictions disproportionately affecting minorities — ranging from requiring voter IDs to closing polling places. We talk with ‘Mother Jones’ reporter Ari Berman about voter suppression and the ongoing fight for voter rights. “The 2018 election could go in two different ways,” he says. “It could be tainted by voter suppression, or it could be remembered as an election in which voting rights were expanded for millions of people.” At the link find the title, “How Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181023_fa_fapodtues.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights Issues 34 mins – “This is a story about who is allowed to vote… and who is not. In Florida, the ultimate swing state, 1.5 million people cannot vote, because they have a past felony on their record. And there is one way to try and get that right back: Ask the governor directly.” At the link find the title, “The Hearing, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181101_embd_the hearing final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

West Nile Virus 46 mins – “Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today’s episode of Arthro-Pod, the whole gang gets together for some discussion on mosquitoes and mosquito vectored disease. Up front there is discussion of insect themed music and what is good and what is bad. Then some coverage on mosquito biology and a focus on West Nile virus. This disease has been a big issue in the Nebraska area in 2018 so we dissect the symptoms and how people can protect themselves!” At the link find the title, “Arthro-Pod EP 52 West Nile virus and Mosquitoes,Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Arthro-Pod EP52 West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes.mp3” and select ‘”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Nationalism 49 mins– “Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: “In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy.” Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morning about the tragedy and its “straight line” to the white nationalist movement. Also, we’ll listen back to an excerpt of the interview with Saslow and former white nationalist Derek Black from September. Saslow’s book, ‘Rising Out of Hatred,’ focuses on Derek, who was once a leading voice in the white nationalist movement but has since denounced his views.” At the link find the title,”White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181029_fa_fapodmon.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildlife Extinction 47 mins – “An epic crisis for marine life and dramatic declines in rainforest insect populations. New reports flag the planet’s hidden climate change effects. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One Chinese Labor Corps 39 mins – “In commemoration of the American Labor Day Holiday, Laszlo brings you a rather forgotten tale from the annals of Chinese modern history. Discussed in previous CHP episodes, the Chinese Labour Corps played a thankless but critical role in the allied victory over Germany in WWI. Who could have predicted the series of events that would happen as a result of the story of these men and the subsequent peace treaty that didn’t recognize them or their country. When it was over in early 1919, the Chinese people woke up and took appropriate action. Happy Labor Day!!!” At the link find the title, “CHP-207-The Forgotten Chinese Labour Corps, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL5778622097.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One in California 58 mins – “World War I propelled the United States into the 20th century and served as a powerful catalyst for the making of modern California, expanding the role of the government and enlarging private citizens’ associations. Never before had so many Californians taken such a dynamic part in community, state, national and international affairs. Diane North not only writes about transformative battlefield experiences, but she also documents how daily life has changed for everyone on the home front—factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians. Even before the United States entered the war, California’s economy flourished because its industrialized agriculture helped feed British troops. The war also provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the military’s presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and construction and research contracts. Most citizens embraced wartime restrictions with patriotic zeal without foreseeing the retreat into suspicion, loyalty oaths and unwarranted surveillance, all of which set the stage for the beginnings of our modern security state.” At the link find the title, “California at War, Oct 2018,right-click “Media files cc_20181004_MLF_CA at War For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen War 59 mins – “..the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Daniel Byman and Bruce Riedel, senior fellows in the Center for Middle East Policy, were joined by Dafna Rand, vice president for policy and research at Mercy Corps and a former White House and State Department official, and Fatima Abo Alasrar, senior analyst at the Arabia Foundation.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

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Mining Digest 364 – Nov 9, 2018: 3D Printing and Amazon, Activist Investors, Aerobic Exercise Value, Animal Feed from Bugs, Aquaculture Improvement, Author Alexandra Levit, Automating Inequality, Autonomous Tractors, Barriers to Equality Panel, Blockchain for Startups, Botswana Families Shrink, Brain Fitness, Campaign Finance Experiment, Cancer in Kids, Cool Tools, Data Use in Universities, Disability Issues, Educating Immigrants and Refugees, Elvis Costello Interview, Environmental Movement, Fake News Discussion, Female Anger, Gender Pay Gaps, Grief Responses, Hate Crimes, Health Leads, Helping Others, Hostage Crisis, Immigrant Integration, Immigration and Law Keynote, Itzhak Perlman, Jamal Khashoggi Murder, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Magic Card Game, Malaria Vaccine, Medical Coaching, Microbiome Discussion, Military Commissions, Music Can Heal, Neoliberalism, Neuroscientist Kandel, Neurosurgeon Bob Hariri, Nitrogen Fixing Corn, Ocean Conservation, Population Growth Support, Psychedelics by Pollan, Puerto Rican Hurricane, Reservation Life, Restaurant History, Revenge Porn, School Shooting Protection, Seriously Ill Conversations, Sexism in Social Media Panel, Social Good Software, Social Isolation, Soft Robots, Spanish Flu, Spinal Cord Injury Repair, Stories from the Soil, Stunt Woman, Synapse Evolution, Trumps War on Justice, Violent Urges, Weight Management, Whistle-blowing, Who Are We, Women in Politics and Work Panel

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3D Printing Adoption 16 mins – ““What does it going to take for 3D printing to top and be more wisely adopted by manufacturers of products to become a more integrated and integral part of manufacturing around the world?” This is the question that Tom was inspired to answer while watching an interview of the CEO of MarkForged, Greg Mark. Struck by his answer that points to the role of engineers, Tom goes and gives his take on how these engineers will be the path to the 3D Print tipping point. He touches on the aspects of manufacturing, prototyping, and the demands of the consumer market to point out other factors that could push the industry besides engineering.” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

3D Printing and Amazon 33 mins – “There are several markets now that are very viable for 3D printing, and that’s what Steve Crimi, CEO of Goldsol, Inc., is looking at right now. Steve, along with his business partner and wife, Brenda, sells lots of different products on Amazon in particular. He has spent his lifetime owning and operating successful businesses in the industries of electrical, energy efficiency, and LED lighting. Steve recognizes that 3D-printed end-use products, not just prototyping, are here to stay, and it’s a very big market in and of itself. Very recently, the US government is charging product importers a tariff of 10% percent, increasing to 25% at the beginning of next year. The vast majority of products purchased in the United States being imported, Steve knows importation may just not be cost effective anymore. Steve takes a look at how import tariffs may accelerate 3D-printed consumer goods.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Activist Investors 14 mins – “In a talk that’s equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world’s top activist investors, showing how individuals and institutions can take a page from their playbook and put pressure on companies to drive positive change. “It’s your right to have your money managed in line with your values,” Shandal says. “Use your voice, and trust that it matters.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Advice on Advice Giving 50 mins – “Cheryl Strayed, one of the most exciting and uplifting authors of our time, is funny, down to earth, complex, and the perfect person to offer Alan Alda solid advice about how to give good advice. She’s the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and the co-host of the New York Times/WBUR podcast Dear Sugars, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column, and she’s the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Her novel, Wild, about her life in the wake of tragic events, is a well-known bestseller and a feature movie.” At the link find the title, “Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4d798628-2a5b-4f41-85a4-f712d74e029c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aerobic Exercise Value 68 mins – “This episode is a special edition of Bulletproof Radio because a good friend and mentor, Charles Poliquin, a man who has helped elite professional athletes and Olympians win hundreds of medals, passed away unexpectedly. Charles was a knowledgeable biohacker, and a wealth of knowledge and was always eager and willing to share it. We lost an amazing biohacker when he passed but I am grateful to be able to share his amazing knowledge one more time in this episode. During this episode, we discuss how too much aerobic exercise may be destroying your body, but weightlifting can save it! World-renowned strength and conditioning educator, Charles Poliquin, reveals what he’s learned to tune the human body to its optimal working state using his decades of experience and knowledge training elite professional athletes and Olympians who have won hundreds of medals. Everything you think you know about exercise and its effects on the human body is wrong and Charles is here dispel those commonly believed myths that have been breaking down your body on the cellular level and making you susceptible to degenerative brain diseases later on life.” At the link find the title, “Special Edition: Aerobic exercise may be destroying your body – Charles Poliquin #537, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 664a0393-fbed-4954-8d77-2c1ac1cfdc1f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Management 17 mins – ‘Many artificial intelligence researchers expect AI to outsmart humans at all tasks and jobs within decades, enabling a future where we’re restricted only by the laws of physics, not the limits of our intelligence. MIT physicist and AI researcher Max Tegmark separates the real opportunities and threats from the myths, describing the concrete steps we should take today to ensure that AI ends up being the best — rather than worst — thing to ever happen to humanity.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Ai Weiwei 75 mins – “Family environments and “diversifying experiences” (including the early death of a parent); intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations; schools that value assessments, but don’t assess the things we value. All these elements factor into the long, mysterious march towards a creative life. To learn more, we examine the early years of Ai Weiwei, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Maira Kalman, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Egan, and others. (Ep. 2 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)” At the link find the title, “355. Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 2bbc06ac-4b9b-4d85-ae9e-827c625fdb06.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Truths 49 mins – “American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation’s founding.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Feed from Bugs 33 mins – “What do we use to feed our food?  From cattle to fish, livestock require substantial inputs to thrive, and a substantial part of that is their feed.  This has measurable impacts from the environment to producer costs.  Sam Glickstein of Biotrophics has a solution.  Sustainability might be surprising, but he offers an excellent solution.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Aquaculture Improvement 26 mins – “Tony Chen is the Co-Founder of Manolin Inc., a new startup in the aquaculture space. Manolin is a software company that aims to accelerate resource sharing between salmon farms as well as prevent and manage sea lice outbreaks through digital health management. Before co-founding Manolin, Tony was developing software for the U.S. government and was only interested in aquaculture as a hobby. His fascination grew to new heights when he discovered how oyster farming works and the plight of its farmers. Tony joins me today to share his thoughts on aquaculture and why he thinks it’s going to radically change the way we look at agriculture in the near future. He explains what aquaculture is all about, how he believes it can contribute to solving the world food production crisis, and how their company aims to help ocean farmers. He discusses some of the issues of aquaculture and how they tie with the ocean’s current problems. He also describes why they worked with HATCH among other startup accelerators in the industry.” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 120: Data to Improve Aquaculture Farms with Tony Chen of Manolin, Sept, 2018,”” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asylum Seeker Policy 76 mins – “The administration has acted strongly and quickly to restrict the pathways to seek and gain asylum in the United States. In Matter of A-B the Attorney General overturned a Board of Immigration Appeals case in an attempt to eliminate domestic and gang violence as grounds for granting asylum. Such serious harm is often one of the central reasons why asylum seekers, especially from Central America, flee. Other new policies include criminally prosecuting asylum seekers who cross the border unlawfully for the first time; pushing back families without valid visas who seek asylum at ports of entry (despite laws that allow people to apply for protection at legal crossing points); detaining families, including pregnant women, while they pursue an asylum claim; and imposing case completion quotas on immigration judges so that they issue asylum and other immigration decisions more quickly. Whither asylum? This panel–including Georgetown Law Professor Andrew I. Schoenholtz; Dilley Pro Bono Project Managing Attorney Shalyn Fluharty; Immigration Reform Law Institute Director of Litigation Christopher J. Hajec; and U.C. Hastings College of the Law Bank of America Chair Karen Musalo–discussed the legal issues underpinning the asylum system changes and the immediate and longer-term effects of the administration’s actions on the U.S. asylum system. They also considered whether the new policies are in conflict with the international treaties to which the United States is signatory and other international law obligations.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Author Alexandra Levit 50 mins – “This week, we speak with Alexandra Levit. Alexandra conducts primary workplace research on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies. She is a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes. Alexandra has authored many books, but Alexandra’s latest book, Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future hits store’s shelves on October 28th. Check it out! To find out more about Alexandra, head over to her site at: humanityworksbook.com.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automating Inequality 78 mins – “Virginia Eubanks joins us for a rousing conversation about her timely and provocative book, Automating Inequality. In Automating Inequality, Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile. “This book is downright scary,” says Naomi Klein, “but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.” At the link find the title, “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 519697860-berkmanklein automating inequality how high-tech tools profile police and punish the poor.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autonomous Tractors 34 mins – “Zack James is the Founder of Rabbit Tractors, a team that designs and builds swarm-enabled, compact, and autonomous farm equipment. His company’s aim is to help farmers save time and money while increasing productivity. He has a degree in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and attended University of Michigan Law School with a focus on corporate governance and securities. Zack joins me today to share his company’s ideas and solutions when it comes to increasing farm efficiency. He introduces the concept of Rabbit Tractors, describes how they developed the idea and explains how it can improve farm productivity. He also describes how they incorporated autonomy in their technology and how farmers can simply run their machines with smartphones.” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 118: Autonomous, Swarm-Enabled Tractors with Zack James of Rabbit Tractors, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files FOA_118 Autonomous Swarm-Enabled Tractors with Zack James of Rabbit Tractors_Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Barriers to Equality Panel 74 mins – “In this panel debate Dr Susan Milner, Dr Rita Griffiths, Professor Professor Nira Yuval-Davis and Professor Jane Millar OBE FBA discuss barriers to equality; gender pay gap; childcare costs; poverty; Universal Credit; and loneliness. This panel debate took place on 13 September 2018 as part of the IPR’s Annual Symposium, ‘Feminism, Gender Equality, and Public Policy: Where are we now?’” At the link find the title, “IPR Symposium 2018: Panel Debate on Barriers to Equality, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 515100162-uniofbath-ipr-symposium-2018-panel debate on barriers to equality.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Becoming Better 12 mins – “What if your attachment to being a “good” person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior — like why it’s hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes — and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. “In every other part of our lives, we give ourselves room to grow — except in this one, where it matters most,” Chugh says.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biotech Trends 45 mins – “The future gets closer every day, and many argue that technology will radically change the world for the better in the next 20 years– if we have the courage to let it.  Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and host of the Fringe FM Podcast.  He shares his provocative view of how technology is shifting life and priorities, and how the strangling force of regulation stands to slow progress.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain for Startups 7 mins – “We’re living in a golden era of innovation, says entrepreneur Ashwini Anburajan — but venture capital hasn’t evolved to keep up, and startups aren’t getting the funding they need to grow. In this quick talk, she shares the story of how her company became part of an entirely new way to raise capital, using the powers of cooperation and cryptocurrency.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boiling Amazon River 16 mins -”When Andrés Ruzo was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, after training as a geoscientist, he set out on a journey deep into the jungle of South America in search of this boiling river. At a time when everything seems mapped and measured, join Ruzo as he explores a river that forces us to question the line between known and unknown … and reminds us that there are great wonders yet to be discovered.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Botswana Families Shrink 24 mins – “Fifty years ago, the average woman in Botswana had seven children. Now she will have fewer than three. Enabling women to control their fertility has had huge ramifications for their health, education and employment – could President Trump’s ‘ global gag rule’ threaten this? Nicola Davis travels to Botswana to investigate” At the link find the title, “Falling fertility: lessons learned from Botswana – Science Weekly podcast, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 25-35434-gnl.sci.181026.gj.falling fertility lessons learnt from botswana.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Fitness 69 mins – “I have been using the SharpBrains website as a source of information and ideas since the early days of my Brain Science Podcast, so it seemed fitting to invite SharpBrains co-founder Alvaro Fernandez to be my guest for Episode 100.   We talked about the second edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age, which he co-authored with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg (BSP 18). The goal of this book is to give people from all backgrounds a practical guide for evaluating the current science and establishing their own “brain fitness” regimen, much in the way that each of us must choose a physical fitness that meets our individual needs and lifestyle.” At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit Impact 44 mins – “As crunch time approaches, we talk through some worst-case Brexit scenarios: for the government, for the economy, for Remainers, for Europe. Have the negotiations been a humiliation for Britain? Is the Tory Party facing an existential crisis? And what might go wrong if the marchers for a ‘people’s vote’ got their way? Plus we speculate about what a no-deal Brexit would mean for Britain’s service economy. With Diane Coyle, Helen Thompson and Chris Bickerton.” At the link find the title, “How Bad Could it Get?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Campaign Finance Experiment 30 mins – “Seattle is running the country’s most radical experiment to fix campaign finance. Last year, the city sent every resident $100 that they could donate to the local campaign of their choice. Seattle flooded its election with small donations to try to drown out the influence of big money in politics. In the first episode of our second season, we set out to discover if Seattle’s experiment made a difference for who decides to run for office, how candidates interact with voters, and who donates to campaigns. We also come across some talking dogs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer in Kids 32 mins – “Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States and Europe. Despite prevailing increases in overall survival rates, it continues to be one of the most challenging diseases to treat. This podcast will discuss the latest advancements in pediatric cancer research and how they can lead to newer, faster, and better treatments for children and adolescents with cancer. This podcast was produced using excerpts from the 2018 Sohn Conference: Accelerating Translation of Pediatric Cancer Research on this topic held in partnership between the Sohn Conference Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences.” At the link left-click “Download this episode,” select “Save File and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Car Crash Reduction 18 mins – “The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) was among the winners of the 2017 Federal Highway Administration biennial National Roadway Safety Award in the category of Infrastructure and Operational Improvements. DelDOT’s winner was systematic deployment of a high-friction surface treatment that substantially reduced road departure crashes, especially in wet weather. In this podcast we learn about this surface treatment and DelDOT’s overall highway safety plan from the agency’s Chief Traffic Engineer, Mark Luszcz.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CBD Oil 49 mins – “CBD products are all the rage. What you need to know about the marijuana ingredient that’s being used for conditions including insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Change Has Accelerated 17 mins – “For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China and AI 49 mins – “Top Chinese technologist Kai-Fu Lee talks about China, the U.S., the race for dominance in artificial intelligence and how we can survive the AI revolution.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cognitive-Emotional Brain 69 mins – “In The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration neuroscientist Luiz Pessoa argues that emotion and cognition are deeply intertwined throughout many levels of the brain. In a recent interview (BSP 106) Pessoa and I focused on recent discoveries about the amygdala and Thalamus that challenge traditional assumptions about what these structures do. The amygdala processes more than fear (and other negative stimuli) and the Thalamus is more than  a mere relay station. This a fairly technical discussion but Pessoa did a good job of making the material accessible to all listeners. The reason I think these concepts matter is that not only do they challenge overly simplistic notions of how the brain works, but they also challenge our tendency to see emotion and cognition as separate and often opposing processes.” At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Connectome 42 mins – “The Human Connectome is a description of the structural connectivity of the human brain, but according to Olaf Sporns, author of Discovering the Human Connectome, this description  must include a description of the brain’s dynamic behavior. I first talked with Sporns back in BSP 74, but BSP 103 gave us a chance to talk about recent progress in connectomics. Sporns sees the study of the brain’s connections as fundamental to understanding how the brain works. “It will allow us to ask new questions that perhaps we couldn’t ask before. It will be a foundational data set for us, just like the genome is. We will not be able to imagine neuroscience going back to a time when we did not have the connectome, but it will not give us all the answers.” In his first book, Networks of the Brain, Sporns described how Network Theory provides important tools for dealing with the large data sets that are created by studying complex systems like the human brain.  In BSP 103 we discuss both the challenges and the promise of Discovering the Human Connectome.” At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness Discussion 55 mins – “What is consciousness? Why does it even exist? It has long been treated as the byproduct of biological complexity. The more complicated the brain, the more self-aware. Other thinkers have seen consciousness as totally distinct from the body — dualism. But maybe consciousness, like space and time, mass and energy, is just a basic characteristic of the universe. Maybe it’s a fundamental property of matter. Welcome to the concept of “panpsychism”. IDEAS producer Naheed Mustafa in conversation with philosopher Philip Goff.” At the link find the title, “Panpsychism and the Nature of Consciousness, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-AwCVxgrs-20180913.mp3” and select ‘Save Link ass” from the pop-up menu.

Cool Tools 26 mins – “Our guest this week is Carl Bass. Carl has been designing and making buildings, boats, sculpture, and machinery for the last 40 years. He is the former CEO of Autodesk and now spends his time researching the boundaries of digital fabrication in his shops in Berkeley and with a number of companies he’s working with.” At the link left-click the box with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Minds 54 mins – “Truth and lies. Ideology and imagination. Politics and polarization. Novelist Salman Rushdie, performance artist Andrea Fraser, filmmaker Charles Officer, and musician Iskwé wrestle with making sense of our chaotic world through their work. This AGO Creative Minds event was recorded earlier this year at Toronto’s Massey Hall, and was moderated by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti.” At the link find the title, “Creative Minds: Can art speak truth?, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-SsecAHwy-20180910.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Use in Universities 69 mins – “Universities have automated many aspects of teaching, instruction, student services, libraries, personnel management, building management, and finance, leading to a profusion of discrete data about the activities of individuals. Universities see great value of these data for learning analytics, faculty evaluation, strategic decisions, and other sensitive matters. Commercial entities, governments, and private individuals also see value in these data and are besieging universities with requests for access. In this talk, Christine L. Borgman discusses the conflicts & challenges of balancing obligations for stewardship, trust, privacy, confidentiality – and often academic freedom – with the value of exploiting data for analytical and commercial purposes. For more information about this event visit: https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018-10-09/open-data-grey-data-and-stewardship Photo by @AlyssaAGoodman” At the link find the title, “Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 514752984-berkmanklein open data grey data and stewardship universities at the privacy frontier.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Director Peter Bonerz 90 mins – “Actor and director Peter Bonerz shares his views on the state of television comedy, the pros and cons of laugh tracks and the rights and wrongs of improvisational theater and looks back on his decades-long friendships with Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette. Also, Redd Foxx changes his tune, Carroll O’Connor cashes a check, Woody Allen brings down the house and Peter directs Gilbert in an episode of “Wings.” PLUS: Rod Serling! Captain Kangaroo! The wit and wisdom of Buck Henry! Murphy Brown meets Walter Cronkite! And Peter remembers the late, great Bill Daily!” At the link find the title, “#230 Peter Bonerz, “ right-click “Media files 55fde90b-9360-432b-8be1-e75ed289892e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Issues 51 mins – “Rachel Gershon — Senior Associate at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School — discusses the nature of disability and disability determination; the resulting limitations in data availability; and implications for public policy. This year, several states applied for and received permission from the federal government to implement work requirements in their Medicaid programs. Policy designs vary by state, but all states build in considerations for people with disabilities. These considerations include exemptions and exceptions from work requirements for individuals unable to work due to a disability. Due to the nature of disability and the nature of disability determination processes, states will face limitations in identifying all individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. Medical claims do not necessarily provide enough information to determine a person’s ability to work. Medical diagnoses and disability determinations both can lag symptoms by months or years. As a result, relying on claims or disability determination data could leave out individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. At the same time, waiting for a diagnosis or a disability determination is a critical time period for individuals with disabilities to be able to access health care.” At the link left-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Driverless World 12 mins – “What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Transportation geek Wanis Kabbaj thinks we can find inspiration in the genius of our biology to design the transit systems of the future. In this forward-thinking talk, preview exciting concepts like modular, detachable buses, flying taxis and networks of suspended magnetic pods that could help make the dream of a dynamic, driverless world into a reality.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ecosystem Management 15 mins – “Human growth has strained the earth’s resources, but as Johan Rockström reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine “planetary boundaries” that can guide us in protecting our planet’s many overlapping ecosystems.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educating Immigrants and Refugees 61 mins –It is generally recognized that successful long-term immigrant integration requires a broad understanding of U.S. culture and systems, combined with strong English proficiency and other basic skills. For the past 50 years, English instruction classes provided via state adult education systems have been the default mechanism to meet immigrants’ English acquisition—and, to a limited extent, integration—needs. However, this federal-state partnership system meets less than 4 percent of adult learner needs nationally and suffers from serious flaws in the nature and design of instruction when viewed through an immigrant integration lens. Leeway within the system to support successful integration has steadily narrowed in recent years, particularly with passage in 2014 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which instituted mandatory performance measures for adult education programs that focus mainly on employment outcomes and the attainment of postsecondary credentials, placing no value on other essential integration skills or topics. Taking stock of weaknesses in the WIOA-driven design of most current programming, MPI analysts draw on research from the integration, adult education, and postsecondary success fields in arguing for the adoption of a new “English Plus Integration” (EPI) adult education program model. Seeking to make more effective use of immigrant adult learners’ time in a formal program, the model would maintain a central focus on English language acquisition while also building skills and critical systems knowledge to support continued learning long after program exit and speed integration success along multiple individual and family dimensions….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elvis Costello Interview 83 mins – “A conversation with the iconic singer-songwriter, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “How to Be Creative.” At the link find the title, “Extra: Elvis Costello Full Interview, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 829bbda0-b437-4b96-814b-755cf6bb3d1b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Empathy Value 45 mins – “Yale Professor Paul Bloom doesn’t think empathy is such a good thing. He’s even written a book about it called, The Case Against Empathy. However, he does have an interesting theory about what he calls rational compassion. Paul and Alan Alda discuss their views for and against empathy and find out that they have more in common than they thought.” At the link find the title, “Is Empathy Good or Bad? A Conversation with Paul Bloom, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5b7c106a-b926-4629-bb60-1f6d19e23a2d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Movement 53 mins – “It was a simple file folder, enigmatically labelled “B”. But it was the key to learning how a small secret society of key scientists in the federal government in the 1920s, thwarted an ill-conceived plan to move Plains Bison into Wood Buffalo National Park because it would have mixed incompatible species. But the “Brotherhood” did much more than that. Author and naturalist Briony Penn tells the story of the B, and how over the decades they quietly shaped the environmental movement and how we think about nature.” At the link find the title, “The Bison and the “B”, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-jHuvR25B-20180921.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News Discussion 44 mins – “We try to uncover the truth about fake news with Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, and Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power. Why have elections around the world been so easy to hack? Can newspapers survive the age of ‘free’? And is anonymity a friend or an enemy to democracy? Big questions, big answers.” At the link find the title, “Democracy Hacked, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Anger 49 mins – “The Serena Williams firestorm at the U.S. Open started a conversation about women’s anger. We’ll have it with author of the new book ‘Rage Becomes Her.’” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financing for Life 56 mins – “These 10 important lessons should be considered when putting to work the “2 Funds for Life” portfolio in your portfolio. Paul focuses on the likely long-term gains and the likely short-term losses, answers questions, and discusses the other sources of information on the strategies.” At the link right-click “Download” for “2 Fund for Life:….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Perfect Podcast 22 mins – “Explore provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. Vox’s Dylan Matthews tackles big questions about the most effective ways to save lives, fight global warming, and end world poverty. Dylan looks at ways that bills in Congress, actions in your everyday life, and everything in between can help bring about a more perfect future.” At the link find the title, “Introducing Future Perfect, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 652e6646-956c-4426-8c0b-fa998a6d1385.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gary Hart Presidential Campaign 24 mins – “Matt Bai, author of “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid” & Jason Reitman, director of “The Front Runner” sit down with Chuck to discuss the story of Gary Hart’s embattled 1988 presidential campaign. At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘”Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Gender Pay Gaps 64 mins – “In this IPR Lecture Professor Emma Griffin (University of East Anglia) explores the history of the gender pay gap. This IPR Lecture took place on 13 September 2018 as part of the IPR’s Annual Symposium, ‘Feminism, Gender Equality, and Public Policy: Where are we now?’” At the link find the title, “Prof Emma Griffin: The History of Gender Pay Gaps, Oct, 2018,” righ-click “Media files 514644897-uniofbath-prof-emma-griffin-the-history-of-gender-pay-gap.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Generation Unlimited 14 mins – “A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it’s the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing them and details an ambitious new global initiative, Generation Unlimited, which aims to ensure every young person is in school, training or employed by 2030..” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grief Responses 14 mins – “In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after her death, Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of moving through and with loss — as well as some quiet wisdom for anyone else experiencing life-changing grief.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Crimes 52 mins – “Incidents of hate crimes against religious minority communities have surged alarmingly high in the last couple of years. The FBI reported an almost 20% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes and the ADL recorded a 57% increase of anti-Semitic incidents last year alone. It is critical to build bridges across line of religious difference. During this session, the panelists will discuss best practices from the findings of our recent report, Pluralism in Peril: Challenges to an American Ideal. Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will also join this panel.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Health Leads l6 mins – “Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that — and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helping Others 51 mins – “How do you talk to a member of a deadly gang? How do you help someone leave that life, and why did they join it in the first place? The answers are surprising. And they throw light on how to communicate with anyone. In this episode of Clear+Vivid Alan Alda has a lively and eye-opening conversation with Father Greg Boyle who tells how his Homeboys Industries in Los Angeles has been a lifeline to thousands of young people escaping the deadly culture of gang life. And how he answers violence with tenderness.” At the link find the title, “Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3a82da18-89bf-42a6-8cd0-3a2048f84c68.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

History of Life 44 mins – “We talk to science writer David Quammen about his new book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. [Charles Darwin’s theories, first published more than 150 years ago, still set the paradigm of how we understand the evolution of life–but scientific advances of recent decades have radically altered that. Now two pioneering scientists draw on their years of experience in paleontology, biology, chemistry, and astrobiology to deliver an eye-opening narrative using a generation’s worth of insights culled from new research.]” At the link find the title, “A Radical New History of Life, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 6ed2506f-8d0c-42f6-a254-849f16e9f294.mp3” and select save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Hostage Crisis 48 mins – “Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator who has used communication to save lives. Alan Alda interviews Chris about his experiences and they discuss intense situations where empathy has been successfully used as a tool to guard against the unthinkable. Alan also has a few tricks up his own sleeve as he lures Chris into a role play situation to see how well he does under pressure.” At the link find the title, “Hostage Crisis: How to Negotiate Through the Unthinkable with Chris Voss, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3c9bd6d2-d60f-4082-b554-e7dcc2c80ca8.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Family Detentions 49 mins – “The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Integration 62 mins – “Can tiny tweaks in how public policy is designed and how services work really “nudge” us to become better citizens? An increasing number of governments think so. Policymakers have used behavioral insights—an interdisciplinary, research-based approach to policy design grounded in understanding how people make choices in practice—to great effect to inspire people to become organ donors, encourage them to pay their taxes on time, and more. But while behavioral insights have been adopted in everything from education to health policy, their application in the field of immigrant integration has so far been limited. Could this method be used to promote social mixing and reduce inequality between those with and without a migrant background? Emerging experimental and real-world evidence suggests a range of ways a behavioral lens could to help policymakers reach their integration goals, from fostering open-mindedness among young people and reducing classroom segregation to encouraging immigrants to become citizens.  On this webinar, speakers—Meghan Benton, MPI Assistant Director for Research in the International Programme; Antonio Silva, Behavioural Insights Team Senior Advisor; Laura Gonzalez-Murphy, New York State Department of State Director of Immigration Policy and Research; and Will Somerville, Unbound Philanthropy UK Programme Director and MPI UK Senior Fellow—explored what untapped potential behavioral insights may hold for integration policy, and how policymakers can start fitting this approach into their work. The webinar marked the release of an MPI Europe-Behavioural Insights Team report, Applying Behavioural Insights to Support Immigrant Integration and Social Cohesion, produced under the framework of MPI Europe’s Integration Futures Working Group.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration and Law Keynote 40 mins – “L. Francis Cissna, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), delivered the keynote at the 15th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference on October 1, 2018. In his remarks, he discussed his priorities for USCIS; the proposed public charge regulation; USCIS’s role in the administration of the U.S. asylum and refugee admission system, including recent developments and operational challenges; policy changes surrounding the adjudication of applications and notices to appear; and USCIS’s work in identifying cases that may be referred for denaturalization.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Education 59 mins – “Getting recently arrived immigrants and refugees into work has long been considered the lynchpin of successful integration, with the legitimacy of migration and asylum systems often linked to positive economic outcomes. Spurred in part by the European migration crisis, significant social innovations and public-sector investments have focused on assessing newcomers’ existing skills, matching them with available jobs, and providing training to those in need. But with labour markets increasingly characterized by technological disruption and the flexible but precarious “gig economy,” this model risks being severely upended. This Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar marks the release of two publications produced in the framework of its Integration Futures Working Group. Jobs in 2028: How Will Changing Labor Markets Affect Immigrant Integration in Europe? examines possible scenarios for how social, economic, and technological trends could affect jobs, labor market policy, education and social policies, and migrant integration. The second report, Tech Jobs for Refugees: Assessing the Potential of Coding Schools for Refugee Integration in Germany, explores the potential of coding schools for refugees to help alleviate skills shortages and provide a pathway to work—for more than only a high-skilled minority. Join the experts for a discussion of key questions: How can governments equip newcomers—and indeed citizens—with the skills to thrive in the job markets of the future? How can governments prepare public services and contribution-based benefit schemes for a changing world of work? And for those unable to find work, what are the alternative ways that newcomers can meaningfully and measurably contribute to society?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Policy Restrictions 49 mins – “So why is Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of immigrants calling for tighter restrictions on immigration? We’ll ask him.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Policy Trends 79 mins – “Immigration has played an uncommonly prominent role in elections and on Americans’ TV screens since the 2016 presidential campaign. Recent coverage has been non-stop due to family separations and zero-tolerance policies at the border. Heading into a highly contested election season, campaign strategists contend that immigration is the single issue that could move the conservative base and save GOP majorities in Congress. Yet polling shows a larger share of people say immigration is good for the nation than at any point since 2001. What role is immigration likely to play in the November mid-terms? Underneath national debates, the immigration landscape continues to fracture under the pressure of communities embracing different policies of cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, protection of vulnerable immigrants, and more. The federal government is pushing back by threatening to withhold federal dollars and heading into court to challenge state and local policies it views as harmful. This panel–with MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, Democratic Political Strategist Maria Cardona, the New Center’s Co-Chair William A. Galston, Vox Senior Reporter Dara Lind, and Barry Jackson, Former Chief of Staff for Speaker Boehner and Senior Staff to President George W. Bush–assesses these and associated political and policy trends.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Itzhak Perlman 44 mins – “In this delightful and spirited conversation, Alan Alda talks with his good friend the world-renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman. They explore the power of spontaneity in both music and acting, and what happens when a musician talks to the audience.” At the link find the title, “Itzhak Perlman on the Spontaneity and Connection of Performance, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 36bb4ae1-9ab6-47c9-afab-d9f67098b56f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jamal Khashoggi Murder 57 mins – “Tommy and Lovett discuss Senator Elizabeth Warren’s October surprise, Democrats carping about Beto O’Rourke’s fundraising, GOP voter suppression tactics, Kushner’s taxes and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Then they talk with the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.” At the link find the title, “”Ride or die with dictators.” Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4cc122a8-4a6c-428f-adb0-94971f352410.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Dean 49 mins – “Former President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel John Dean is back in the spotlight with a warning about unchecked presidential power. He’s with us.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judge Judy 46 mins – “Every day, 10 million Americans watch Judge Judy on TV. Her style is direct and to the point. Her job is to know how to quickly separate fact from fiction. She talks with Alan about justice and what it’s like for a judge to have such an impact on the lives of others.” At the link find the title, “Media files 39b69a8c-1644-4023-8e87-1f331a18b47b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh and Supreme Court 59 mins – “After the spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the already deep political divide in the country seems to have calcified. To try to understand where this rancorous political moment came from — and where it might be going — Katie and Brian talk with two experts. First, they welcome back to the show Rebecca Traister, author of the new book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Rebecca explains why she’s so devastated about the new Supreme Court justice, and she reckons with the fact that women have been on both sides of this bitter political debate. Then they turn to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert and Harvard Law professor, for a legal perspective. What will happen to the Supreme Court as an institution, and what does that mean for the American people?” At the link find the title, “79. Women’s Anger and the Supreme Court, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3362bf30-202d-47b5-9f6f-2aac604df9d7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Investigation 58 mins – “Making big decisions about other people’s lives can feel pretty awful. Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. Among her discoveries: Those protestors in the elevator? They aren’t the reason he did what he did.” At the link you can listen but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.  

Learning and Innovation 56 minsIn this episode, we are joined by author and professor, Ed Hess. Ed has published several notable books on learning and innovation including Learn or Die and his most recent work, Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age. Ed is currently a professor, Batten Executive-in-Residence and Batten Faculty Fellow at the Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia. The company of the future in the smart machine age is one where innovation is the strategic differentiator – as operational excellence is going to be primarily technology enabled; How human learning underpins both operational excellence and innovation; Why mitigating and overcoming fear and ego is the key to becoming a better learner…. ‘Unbossing’ and how to create an idea meritocracy by devaluing the hierarchy of empowerment. How the future of technology will humanize business, help people to overcome their own personal limitations and develop as highly creative, intuitive, and innovative human beings. How changing our mental models can help us develop listening and engagement skills to connect with others to drive innovation.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Libertarian Gary Johnson 51 mins -”Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, likes to say that most Americans are libertarians but don’t know it yet. So why can’t Libertarians (and other third parties) gain more political traction?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Magic Card Game 49 mins – “Twenty-five years ago, the card game Magic: The Gathering hit store shelves. More than 30 million people are still playing in this fantasy battle world.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Vaccine 46 mins – “To eliminate malaria, you have to stop transmission, and that’s what Carolina Barillas-Mury hopes to do. Her work on the interaction of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum may lead to a transmission-blocking vaccine. …The Culicines and Anopholines are two major groups of mosquitoes that carry disease. The culicines have recently spread around the world, but the Anopholines species moved from Africa into South America one hundred million years ago, but malaria only moved into the New World a few hundred years ago with the slave trade. The relationship between the mosquitoes and malaria parasites has been evolving much longer in Africa than it has been with the specific population of mosquitoes in South America – one of the reasons why the disease is less devastating in South America. The ‘invisibility gene,’ pfs47, is expressed in the banana-shaped ookinete and helps the malaria parasite to avoid detection by the mosquito immune system. The pfs47 malarial gene is adapted for the localized mosquito populations from the same region as the parasite; if an African mosquito is infected with a South American parasite, the parasite is more likely to be recognized and killed than if the African mosquito is infected with an African parasite. The most immunogenic proteins in parasites may produce an immune response, but this immune response may not block infection. New vaccines are concentrating on where antibodies bind, to ensure there is a biological effect of the immune response, and this is why Barillas-Mury has used a modified Pfs47 protein to generate immune responses, rather than its native form.” At the link find the title, “092: A new type of malaria vaccine utilizing the mosquito immune system with Carolina Barillas-Mury, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM092.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Vaccine 7 mins – “The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago — yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immunologist and TED Fellow Faith Osier shows how she’s combining cutting-edge technology with century-old insights in the hopes of creating a new vaccine that eradicates malaria once and for all.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mango History 36 mins – “The mango is an incredibly important fruit worldwide, yet little is known about its precise origins or domestication. Today’s podcast explores this important fruit with Dr. Emily Warschefsky, who studied this fruit during her doctoral training. She reveals a surprising background story about this popular fruit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Coaching 62 mins – “Coaching is an integral part of sports, it’s often used by corporate executives, and even helps people manage ADHD.  But until recently coaching wasn’t something physicians used to achieve their goals.  For this show, Mark Moubarek, Aline Sandouk, and Amy Young talk with Georgetown University faculty member Maggi Cary and Georgetown student Jack Penner.  Dr. Cary is a certified coach specializing in leadership coaching for healthcare professionals. But a serendipitous acquaintance with Jack lead to him becoming a client.  Recognizing its value for him as a student–in dealing with the so-called hidden curriculum and impostor syndrome, among other things–they have put together a  pro-bono arrangement for twelve Georgetown student with area coaches.  These relationships have allowed students to address areas of concern for them without the fears they may have in reaching out to faculty or peers, such as raising red flags or competitive issues.  It has also allowed them to get some of the individual attention they may be missing in education systems that are focused more on mass production of doctors.  And as medicine itself moves away from the idea that the doctor is the captain of the ship and towards a more integrative model of cooperation between medical professionals, more doctors are excited about learning leadership, management, and even surgical skills that encourage and value the input of their teammates.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Innovations 18 mins – “Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meteorologist 22 mins – “Today, we’re looking skyward to explore the life of geologist Ursula Marvin, who used her exceptional ability to identify minerals to study asteroids. Planetary geology wasn’t a field that welcomed women but Marvin never let that stop her. In the 1970s, she became the first woman to travel to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites. Also, another story from our continuing series on vanity plates.” At the link find left-click the “Listen” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome Discussion 56 mins – “There are trillions of them on — and in — our bodies. Microbes have existed on earth for more than three and a half billion years. Makes you wonder who’s playing host to whom, and whether we humans are merely vessels for these tiny survivors. They influence everything from intestinal disorders to mental health conditions — and we’re only just beginning to understand their power over us. Contributor Stephen Humphrey journeys into the mysterious world of the microbiome.” At the link find the title, “Planet You: The mysterious world of the microbiome, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-ZoUiTe18-20180918.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant Family Separations 88 mins – “Whether at the border or in the interior, the government is taking a hardline stance: separating arriving migrant families in a bid to deter future flows from Central America; stepping up pressure on “sanctuary” jurisdictions; increasing focus on denaturalization; and releasing a public-charge ruling that could deter vast numbers of legal immigrants and their U.S.-citizen dependents from accessing public benefits. What legal and political issues do these policies raise? What is their impact likely to be? And how are immigrant communities and their representatives reacting? Muzaffar Chishti, Director of MPI’s office at NYU School of Law, moderated a discussion on these issues between “The New Yorker”‘s Staff Writer Jonathan Blitzer; Ur Jaddou, Former Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; James F. Peterson, Judicial Watch Attorney; and Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The panel was opened by remarks from Georgetown Law Center Dean William Treanor.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Commissions 89 mins – “There’s no shortage of news this week, but comparatively little of it is national security law news, and so we are back with a fresh deep dive episode.  For better or worse, it’s our longest episode yet (topping out a bit over 1:20). So find a comfy spot, pop in the headphones, and prepare to dive deep, deep, deep into the history of military commissions in the United States!  Get ready for Ex Parte Milligan, Ex Parte Quirin, and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, and much more besides!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Can Heal 39 mins – “Surprisingly, Renée Fleming has been using her iconic voice to help scientists discover how music heals us. Alan talks with Renée about their mutual interest in science, her new starring role in Carousel, and what it’s like to really be present as a performer.” At the link find the title, “Renée Fleming and the Healing Power of Music, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4a35b668-2adc-4aa3-83b0-25ef831568d2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil Armstrong 54 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and Astro Mike Massimino celebrate Neil Armstrong and the impact of his career and the legacy of his first steps on the Moon. Featuring interviews with Neil Armstrong and Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz.” At the link find the title, “First Man – Celebrating Neil Armstrong, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 2ad9ab41-e03c-4cf4-b74b-b71ce3b581f2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neoliberalism 56 mins – “Deregulation. Infinite growth. Self-correcting markets. All are hallmarks of neoliberal thinking. But they’re more than just assumptions about the economy. They undergird much of the most influential thinking about governance right now, and dominate political and economic thinking everywhere. The results, according to some, have been disastrous. Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey asks four experts about the rise and rule of neoliberal thought, and what it may mean for societies around the world.” At the link find the title, “Is Neoliberalism destroying the world?, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-sYakMT5w-20180926.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscientist Kandel 62 mins – “Today’s guest is an Austrian-American who emigrated from Vienna to Brooklyn in 1939 at the age of 9, Dr. Eric Kandel will celebrate nearly nine decades of curiosity, study and incredible scientific discovery at his upcoming 89th birthday on November 7 (about the time this podcast will air). Dr. Kandel is a renowned neuroscientist with a psychiatric background who is considered one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts. Dr. Kandel has been described by a colleague as: “one of the truly great intellects, … one of the greatest scientists and greatest neuroscientists of the last 100 years.” “…[He has] this wonderful far-reaching mind that is not afraid … to ask questions, to be integrative, to take a bold leap of imagination.” Today, Dr. Kandel tells us about his research on the biological foundations of memory and his newest book, “The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell us About Ourselves.” At the link find the title, “Unusual Brain of Dr. Eric Kandel #538, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 231994ad-9c62-44f1-9218-18f0f4ae285e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neurosurgeon Bob Hariri 56 mins – “Dr. Hariri is an amazing human being with 30 years of experience as a neurosurgeon and a medical entrepreneur. He has created a huge number of startups that have been innovating at the very forefront of how we can gain control of our own biology. Dr. Hariri’s work has now expanded to include anti-ageing, longevity and stem cell treatments particularly with a company called Celularity which is pioneering some of the most innovative ways we can live longer than we ever thought we could.” At the link find the title, “100 Years Old is the New 60 – Dr. Bob Hariri #539, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 1accc7aa-0f01-4228-96e3-cf99728e8e1c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Zealand Maori 49 mins – “Emmy Rakete, a Māori communist and organizer from New Zealand, joins Breht to discuss Māori indigenous history in Polynesia, Marxism-Leninism, Prison Abolition, Colonialism, Climate Change, culture, and much more! Learn about and support her prison abolitionist organization PAPA here: https://papa.org.nz/publications/ Read the free PDF version of the book “Abolitionist Demands” that she contributed to and recommended in the interview here: https://papa.org.nz/assets/bca4acc165/Abolitionist-Demands.pdfAt the link find the title, “Polynesian Politics: Māori Indigenous History & Marxist Prison Abolition, Se” right-click “Media files New_Zealand.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Nitrogen Fixing Corn 36 mins – “Nitrogen is required for plant growth, and is a significant input in terms of cost and environmental impact. While plants are literally surrounded by nitrogen, it is present in the atmosphere in an unusable form. Some plants (like legumes) have the ability to fix nitrogen, converting it from a gas into a form the plant can use. The idea of somehow moving this important trait from legumes (or microbes) to grain crops has long been considered a holy grail of plant biotechnology.  However, the problem is much more complex, and after decades of research it has not been possible.  But a land race of maize deep in the heart of corn’s domestication region, selected and cultivated by Indigenous People, may have solved this problem. Researchers, led by Dr. Alan Bennett at UC-Davis identified this type of corn that produces aerial roots that exude a clear mucilage. This carbohydrate-dense liquid hosts nitrogen-fixing bacteria that render atmospheric nitrogen usable by the plant.  The hope is that the study of the genes that control the plant’s association with the microbes, and study of the microbial communities, may bring about new technologies to help crop plants be less dependent on supplied nitrogen.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Conservation 12 mins – “David Lang, the creator of an open-source underwater robotics platform, shows us how we can all do our part to save the oceans. Each and every one of us can take steps to help protect the future of these environments, and with the right tools, anyone can become a visionary in this fight. David Lang is the co-founder of OpenROV, manufacturers of underwater drones, and OpenExplorer, a platform for connected exploration as well as an entrepreneur and writer. David is also a TED Senior Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer. His TED talk on DIY robotics and ocean exploration has garnered more than one million views. His writing has been featured on BackChannel, MAKE, and Popular Mechanics. His first book, Zero to Maker, chronicled his journey from underskilled beginner to underwater robot manufacturer. David’s story of career reinvention and adventure has drawn a lot of attention. His work and company has been written about and featured in The New York Times, WIRED, and dozens of other popular outlets. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Industry 59 mins – “We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?” At the link find the title,”356. America’s Hidden Duopoly, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 69521e8d-df4f-40bc-b552-f4c97707cbd6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Politics Improvement 48 minsOur latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten.” We Americans may love our democracy — at least in theory — but at the moment our feelings toward the Federal government lie somewhere between disdain and hatred. Which electoral and political ideas should be killed off to make way for a saner system?” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Population Growth Support 13 mins – “By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science journalist Charles C. Mann breaks down the proposed solutions and finds that the answers fall into two camps — wizards and prophets — while offering his own take on the best path to survival.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President Harding 44 mins – “Steamy love letters. Jazz. Scandal. Psychics. Newspapers. The Hope Diamond. Historian Nicole Hemmer helps guide us through the wild life and presidency of Warren G. Harding.” At the link find the title, “Warren G. Harding: Love and scandal, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files 5bc4a89ae4b078f0fafdfc1b_1351620000001-300040_t_1539614877512_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychedelics by Pollan 54 mins – “In his book “How to Change Your Mind”, Michael Pollan explores how psychedelic drugs have been used to enhance spiritual experiences and treat many conditions from depression to anxiety. He speaks to IDEAS producer, Mary O’Connell.” At the link find the title, “Shaking the snow globe: Michael Pollan on the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-86hTzBIh-20180925.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Puerto Rico Hurricane 36 mins – “Early on the morning of September 20th, 2017, a category four hurricane namd Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico. It was a beast of a hurricane — the strongest one to hit the island since 1932. Wind speeds hit 155 miles per hour, making it almost a category five. Daniel Alarcón went down to Puerto Rico to report on the aftermath of the storm. He wrote a piece for Wired about the almost year-long struggle to get power working on the island, and the utility worker who became a Puerto Rican folk hero. Jorge Bracero – The morning after the hurricane, lots of people woke up and surveyed the damage done to their homes. One of them was a man named Jorge Bracero, from the capital city of San Juan, who  was completely caught off guard by how bad this storm was. Jorge works at the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the public utility that provides electricity for nearly the entire island. When he got to work, he made his way over to a big computer screen that showed the outline of Puerto Rico. Every single line was down, which had never happened before.

Racism 54 mins – “Decades after the civil rights era, the post-colonial movement, and the beginning of the multiculturalism project, racism that had lain in the shadows of Western democracies is out in the open and thriving. On this month’s edition of The Enright Files, conversations about the history and persistence of racism and an ideology of whiteness that lies behind it.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files on Race and Racism, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-j1OjvwH1-20181001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reservation Life 27 mins – “Bethany Yellowtail—fashion designer, business owner, and general badass—is a Mash-Up to Know. She is the owner and designer of B.YELLOWTAIL, a fashion line, and the leader of B.YELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a platform for the work of Native artisans of different nations. Rebecca and Amy try not to fan girl too hard about her beautiful clothes and amazing work, and they get to the heart of why dating as an Indigenous woman in LA is just as challenging as it sounds.” At the link find the title, ‘Bethany Yellowtail Won’t Quit, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4963da8f-1ba1-4ab5-87a4-73463bb9ce4a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Restaurant History 56 mins – “There’s a lot more happening at a restaurant than simply ordering from a menu and getting your food. Restaurants are sites of self-expression – spaces in which status and distinction are performed and lines between class, race, and gender are reflected and reinforced. Contributing producers Michelle Macklem and Zoe Tennant explore how we’ve gone from dining in to dining out, and what dining out reveals about our identities.” At the link find the title, “The Restaurant: A Table Divided (Encore May 21,2018), Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-a57u9qV9-20180912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Revenge Porn 10 mins – “I had about five minutes before I was set to deliver a talk to a bunch of business owners about visibility and being on camera. After all, I was the so-called expert there, the former 20-year television news anchor and life and business coach. I happened to take a look down at my cell phone just to catch the time, and I noticed that I had a missed call from my ex-husband. I can still hear his voice. “Darieth, what is going on? I just got a call from some strange man who told me to go to this website, and now I’m looking at all of these photos of you naked. Your private parts are all over this website. Who’s seen this?” …My manipulative, jealous, stalker ex-boyfriend did exactly what he said he would do: he put up a website with my name on it, and he posted this. And this. And several explicit photos that he had taken of me while I was asleep, living with him in Jamaica. For months prior to that, he had been sending me threatening text messages like this. He was trying to make me out to be some sleazy, low-life slut. He had even threatened to kill me. He told me that he would shoot me in my head and stab me in my heart, simply because I wanted to end the controlling relationship. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. I didn’t even know what to call it. You might know it as cyberharassment or cyberbullying. The media calls it “revenge porn.” I now call it ‘digital domestic violence.’” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Connections 12 mins – “We’re far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we’re biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines — and how it might help us better understand ourselves.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rock Climbing 12 mins – “Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite’s El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever. A gifted but hard-working athlete, Honnold is known as much for his humble, self-effacing attitude as he is for the dizzyingly tall cliffs he has climbed without a rope to protect him if he falls. Honnold has been profiled by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, featured on the cover of National Geographic, appeared in international television commercials and starred in numerous adventure films, including the Emmy-nominated Alone on the Wall. He is the subject of the documentary feature Free Solo, which was released by National Geographic Documentary Films….” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sarah Silverman 46 mins – “Alan Alda talks with comedian Sarah Silverman about how she befriended someone who was hateful toward her on Twitter, and how her new series on Hulu challenges her to connect with people that she doesn’t agree with. Her question to us is “Can Americans put down their “porcupine needles” and really listen to one another again?” At the link find the title, “Sarah Silverman and the Joy of Enjoying People You Don’t Agree With, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 6b39cf6d-b5fb-4c60-bbe3-fb40df4ce27a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Shooting Protection 60 mins – There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting. And no real way to prepare for one. This week, people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seriously Ill Conversations 44 mins – “Alan talks with Kate about the awkward, funny, and often misguided, ways people approach the subject when they know someone is seriously ill. New York Times Bestselling author and Duke University divinity professor, Kate Bowler tells Alan how stage 4 cancer led her to write a humorous, and graceful book about communicating with someone who’s received the worst possible news.” At the link find the title, “Kate Bowler and How to Handle the Worst News of All, J” right-click “Media files 8a970459-4188-42f4-974b-7b5516cffaf2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Set Designer Lessons 11 mins – “You don’t have to work on Broadway to design a set, says creative director David Korins — you can be the set designer of any space in your life. Sharing insights from his work on hits like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” Korins offers a three-step process to start creating the world you want to live in.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexism in Social Media Panel 58 mins – “In this panel debate Olivia Dickinson (Let Toys Be Toys), Azmina Dhrodia (Amnesty International), Stephanie Boland (Prospect) and Dr Leda Blackwood discuss social media and everyday sexism. This panel debate took place on 13 September 2018 as part of the IPR’s Annual Symposium, ‘Feminism, Gender Equality, and Public Policy: Where are we now?’” At the link find the title, “IPR Symposium 2018: Panel Debate on Social Media and Everyday Sexism, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 515126703-uniofbath-ipr-symposium-2018-panel debate on social media and everyday sexism.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Good Software 59 mins – “The Berkman Klein Center geeks primarily engage in specific project support, software development and data science, and other ad-hoc technology activities at the Center. They also build amazing tools to support projects and center wide goals. In this talk they discuss and demo some of the tools we produce, including TagTeam and Media Cloud.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. An online video version is also available at that link.

Social Isolation 56 mins – “The forces of division have been tearing America’s social fabric for decades. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around.” At the link find the title, “The Cultural Revolution We Need, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4736cff3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soft Robots 9 mins – “Robots are designed for speed and precision — but their rigidity has often limited how they’re used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in “soft robotics,” an emerging field that aims to create nimble machines that imitate nature, like a robotic octopus. Learn more about how these flexible structures could play a critical role in surgery, medicine and our daily lives.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spanish Flu 56 mins – “In 1918, Spanish flu wiped out more people than World War 1. Now, a century on, we’re asking why this pandemic packed such a punch, where flu came from in the first place, and how flu vaccines are made. Plus, fossilised fats from the world’s first animals, a look at the IgNobel prizes, genes linked to hypertension, and the computer game that gets kids into engineering…” At the link find the title, “Flu Do You Think You Are?, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files flu-do-you-think-you-are.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spinal Cord Injury Repair 27 mins – “Four people with paraplegia were recently implanted with electrodes in their lower backs. They all regained movement below their injuries, and two walked again. This week Nicola Davis investigates this technique – epidural stimulation – and other approaches for treating spinal cord injuries” At the link find the title, “A step in the right direction: could implants help people walk again? – Science Weekly podcast, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 11-52394-gnl.sci.181012.gm.a step in the right direction.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stalin 150 mins – “Justin and Jeremy from Proles of the Round Table join Breht to elucidate the Marxist-Leninist perspective on Joseph Stalin.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save file” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Stanford Prison Experiment 37 mins- “This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of a show about human nature and circumstance, “Fear Thy Nature.” …The episode is about how profoundly human behavior is influenced not only by our inner bearings but our outer circumstances. It centers on the fascinating show Sleep No More, created by the British theater group Punchdrunk; and the famous 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which student volunteers were asked to play the role of inmates and prison guards. What do the SPE and SNM have in common? Give a listen to find out.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar.

Stories from the Soil 21 mins – “ Jim Loar is CEO and President of Cool Planet, an innovations company that seeks to improve upon the current agricultural technologies we have today to facilitate increased profits and crop production at a low cost in a sustainable manner. …Jim joins me today to discuss his ideas around soil health and why he says it’s the future of agricultural innovations. He explains what soil health is and what exactly makes soil healthy. He introduces a new project called Stories From The Soil and describes its purpose and what he wants it to achieve. Jim also discusses how improving soil health benefits not only the environment but also the economy around the agricultural industry.” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 119: Stories from the Soil with Jim Loar of Cool Planet, Sept 2018,” right-click “Media files FOA_119_Stories from the Soil with Jim Loar of Cool Planet Final_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Story Corps Founder 22 mins – “Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. His TED Prize wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Hear his vision to take StoryCorps global — and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stunt Woman 9 mins – “Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She’s jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a boost along the way. Backed by footage of her work, Streb reflects on her lifelong quest to defy gravity and fly the only way a human can — by mastering the landing..” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synapse Evolution 66 mins – “Early in his career Seth Grant helped develop the transgenic mice that Eric Kandel used in his studies of how memory works. Since then he has combined his skill in genetics with his work on isolating the proteins that form the functional components of the synapse. (The synapse is a key component in the nervous systems of all multi-cellular animals.) When we last talked back in BSP 51 I was particularly struck by how many of these proteins actually evolved with single celled life–long before the arrival of nervous systems. Recently Grant’s work has focused on the discovery that the vertebrate synapse is actually much more complex than the one present in invertebrates. For BSP 101 we got together to talk about two papers he and his collegues recently published in Nature Neuroscience. These papers explore how small changes in the synapse proteins effect learning in measurable ways. Grant has a special gift for making complex ideas clear, which means that this interview can be enjoyed by all listeners, even those who are new to the Brain Science Podcast and neuroscience.” At the link find the title, “BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 150-BS-Grant.mp3” and select “save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synaptome 61 mins – “BS 150 is my 4th interview with Dr. Seth Grant, the molecular biologist who has discovered surprising things about the evolution of the synapse, including the fact that vertebrates have much more complex synapses than invertebrates. In this interview we talk about his latest paper in Neuron in which his team has developed a method for mapping the synapses across the entire mouse brain. This is called a synaptome and reveals that there is surprising diversity depending on which part of the brain is examined. We discuss the implications of this discovery and how it suggests a new theory of how memory works. Even though this is a follow up to last year’s interview (BS 137), Dr. Grant provides all the background that a new listener will need to appreciate his work. At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Tina Fey 31 mins – “Two icons of improv and comedy together on the same podcast. Alan Alda and Tina Fey – do we need to say more? This episode was originally recorded live on stage. Tina also joined Alan in studio to answer 7 questions about herself. Her answers are profound and funny and show why she’s one of the great comedians of all time.” At the link find the title, “Tina Fey and the Transformative Power of Improv, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files fc93342a-5503-490d-94c9-070ba7330fe7.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Immigration Crackdown 78 mins – “In its first year and a half, the Trump administration tested the limits of its power to reduce immigration, targeting longstanding humanitarian programs and scrutinizing immigration benefits. These unprecedented actions included deciding to end Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure for nationals from seven countries, attempting to terminate DACA, introducing new limitations on applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile status, releasing several iterations of the much-litigated travel ban, slashing refugee resettlement numbers, tightening visa screening guidelines, and changing H-1B processing. Many of these actions, as well as the way decisions have been implemented, have been challenged in the courts. In a discussion moderated by CLINIC Director of Advocacy Jill Bussey, CARECEN Executive Director Abel Nunez, International Refugee Assistance Project Staff Attorney Julie Kornfeld, and Council for Global Immigration Director of Government Affairs Rebecca K. Peters discussed the legal questions presented in litigation, as well as the consequences of these actions domestically and abroad.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Key Phrases 56 mins – “We talk to the historian Sarah Churchwell about the origins of some of the ideas churning up politics in the age of Trump: ‘America First’, ‘Make America Great Again’, ‘Fake News’. Where do these phrases come from and what do they mean? We try to unpick the racism from the isolationism and the anti-immigrant from the anti-elitist sentiment. Plus we discuss whether fascism in America was a real threat in the 1930s and whether it’s a real threat today. With Andrew Preston, historian of US foreign policy. Next week: the midterms!” At the link find the title, “America First?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumps War on Justice 120 mins – “FRONTLINE goes inside President Trump’s fight against the investigation of his campaign and whether he obstructed justice. With the threat of impeachment growing, this two-hour documentary from filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team traces Trump’s unprecedented war against the special counsel, the FBI, and even his own attorney general.” At the link find th title, “Trump’s Showdown, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 513344037-frontlinepbs-trumps-showdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violent Urges 56 mins – “How does a just society reconcile the desire for peace, with the desire, most often by men, for violence? How much does nature stir boys, men, to fight? And to what extent can they control that stirring? Author Daemon Fairless takes IDEAS producer Mary Lynk on a road trip to try and unlock why some men are drawn to violence. They meet up with a science teacher, a MMA fighter, and a serial killer, who are profiled in his new book: Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives of Violent Men.” At the link find the title, “Taming the Beast: Are violent urges part of men’s nature? (Encore May 2, 2018), Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-JXcpU0ou-20180918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violinist Micarelli 50 mins – “Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She’s with us.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weight Management 60 mins – “Drew Manning is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons From Gaining And Losing 75 Lbs On Purpose. In this episode, we talk about Drew’s winding journey of fitness, faith, failure and feats of self-awareness. He’s best known for his year-long Fit2Fat2Fit.com experiment that went viral, garnered national attention, and led to appearances on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The View and more. His experiment also became a hit TV show called “Fit to Fat to Fit,” and aired on the A&E and Lifetime channels. In the 7 years since that experiment, Drew has helped thousands of people learn to live a healthy lifestyle and transform their lives.” At the link find the title, Empathy: the Unexpected Key to Transforming Lives, Drew Manning #534, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 551a9418-56f5-492a-ab73-adb27cb079ce.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whistle-blowing 12 mins – “Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they’ve shared information that has shaped society — and why they need our trust and protection.” At the link left-click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Who Are We 60 mins – “Mistaken Identities: The Conflict Over Culture, Class, Gender and Nation with Kwame Anthony Appiah and John Gray – Race, religion and identity are being talked about as never before. While minority groups raise their voices for recognition and inclusion, others feel that their culture is being eroded. In these increasingly febrile times, Intelligence Squared brought together two of the world’s most prominent thinkers to debate the issues that are polarising our society. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy at New York University, unpicked the very notion of identity. He argues that our outdated prejudices taint the way we understand concepts of race, class, nationality and sexuality. Race, he claims, is a fiction based on Victorian-era pseudoscience. Appiah urges us to question and rethink our assumptions in order to build a more tolerant and accepting society. But how helpful is this viewpoint to those who face the reality of racism and feel the brunt of discrimination on a daily basis? In conversation with Appiah was John Gray, one of Britain’s most provocative and original commentators. In contrast to Appiah, Gray argues that categories like race are not just ‘mistakes’; they come about as the result of concrete political situations which cannot just be wished away by a philosopher in his ivory tower. Gray also contends that liberals who seek to undo traditional notions of identity have become even more dogmatic, intolerant and illiberal than the conservatives whom they criticise. In their hypocrisy, they have created a new hierarchy of identity which privileges ethnicity, gender and sexuality over nation and religion.” At the link find the title, “Mistaken Identities: The Conflict Over Culture, Class, Gender and Nation with Kwame Anthony Appiah and John Gray, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics and Work Panel 82 mins – “In this panel debate Dr Ana Weeks, Gita Sahgal, Professor Sarah Childs, Dr Farah Mihlar and Dr Emma Carmel discuss the role of women in politics and work. This panel debate took place on 13 September 2018 as part of the IPR’s Annual Symposium, ‘Feminism, Gender Equality, and Public Policy: Where are we now?’” At the link find the title, “IPR Symposium 2018: Panel Debate on the Role of Women in Politics and Work, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 515089089-uniofbath-ipr-symposium-2018-panel debate on the role of women in politics and work.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Mining Digest 363 – Nov 2, 2018: Americans in Combat, Arctic Shipping, Canada Trade Agreement Discussion, Cancer in Dense Breasts, Communicating with Alan Alda, CRISPR Gene Editing, Cybercrime Stalking, Digital Arms Race, Disaster Preparation, Economic Growth Goals, Fighting Online Extremism, Financial Crisis of 2008 Review, LNG Project in Canada, Food Research Questioned, Gender Bias in Medicine, Identity Podcasts, Immigrant Family Separation, Immigrants Value, Immigration Restrictions, Investment Strategies, Ivory Burning in Canada, Kavanaugh vs Ford, Leadership Failure, LNG in Canada, Marijuana Investing, Minimalist Living, Mountain Top Removal Problem, Muslims in China, Myers-Briggs Tests, Nuclear Weapons Use, Nursing Home Deaths, Ocean Reserve Creation, Online Shopping Trends, Opioid Crisis in Libraries, Pharmaceutical Conflict, Populism Growth, Private Government, Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery, Random Selection of Officials, Reading Online Impact, Russian Poisonings, Science Pushes Boundaries, Sexual Harassment, Slow Journalism, Social Media Destructiveness, Soldiers and Scouts, South African Transformation, Suicide Awareness, Syrian War at 7 Years, Team Building with Strangers, Trump and Fear, Venezuelan Refugees, Veteran War Stories Needed, Voting Rights Concerns, West Virginia Stories, Wound Healing Invention

Exercise your ears: the 99 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 600 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group for the next four months here, or double (ctrl-click) individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of 23,035 podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-B at this link, files C-E link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 140GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get the discarded material, too, using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 496 sources. And try PodcastRE from the University of Wisconsin with over 150,000 titles. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.

African Medicine 27 mins – “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann talks about the just-issued Goalkeepers Report, tracking progress against poverty and disease even as the population keeps rising.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Americans in Combat 28 mins – “In his new book The Fighters, C.J. Chivers explores the human cost of U.S. foreign policy following the 9/11 attacks – the price paid by the low-ranking soldiers that were sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.” At the link find the title, “War erases what a human life could be, says Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-i8YCEVCS-20180911.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Shipping 22 mins – “Almost all of the Canadian Arctic is unmapped. Researchers are hoping to fill the uncharted gaps with a new Canadian technology, to keep the increasing ship traffic passing through the territory out of danger.” At the link find the title, “Researchers use ‘HydroBall’ technology to chart Arctic waters missing on maps, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-PRBFTXfy-20180911.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Birth Order Issues 26 mins – “Could the overlooked middle-born child really become obsolete? A recent study suggests families are no longer having more than three kids.” At the link find the title, “Smaller families are pushing ‘the middle child’ into extinction, study suggests, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-28lHReWq-20180912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Klansman 19 mins – “Ron Stallworth was the first African-American detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department – and he also ran a sting operation that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.” At the link find the title, “The true story behind BlacKkKlansman: How a black police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-qTA6MMK2-20180926.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Pressure Control 60 mins – “High blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. A recent change in guidelines urges doctors to treat people whose blood pressure would not have been considered particularly high a few years ago. (Here is a link to the guidelines, published in March 2018.) Most of the time, that treatment consists of prescription medications, all of which have some potential side effects. Is there a different way? The European Society of Cardiology and European Society of Hypertension have just published their new guidelines. Unlike the American medical societies, the Europeans declined to lower the threshold for treatment. It remains at 140/90 for most patients.” At the link left-click “Download the mp3,” select “Choose CD or mp3” from the next screen to get the free podcast.

Brazil Museum Fire 26 mins – “After Brazil’s National Museum lost 90 per cent of its collection in a devastating fire earlier this month, museum expert Robert Janes suggests culling collections so that resources can be devoted to protecting irreplaceable material.” At the link find the title, “Brazil’s museum inferno signals a need to better manage collections, says expert, “ right-click “Media files current-WrkR3KN4-20180910.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Politics 26 mins – “As Brazilians head to the polls Sunday, a dramatic election campaign – where one candidate is in prison, and another was stabbed – could deliver a watershed moment in the country’s history.” At the link find the title, “Could Brazil be about to elect ‘the Tropical Trump’?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files current-0wTd49fE-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canada and Mexico Trade Agreement 15 mins – “Trade experts from all three countries weigh up the wins, losses, and the fine detail of the new United States-Mexico-Canada deal.” At the link find the title, “Who are the real winners and losers in the USMCA deal?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8Pxom2zH-20181002.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canada Trade Agreement Discussion 21 mins – “As details of the new USMCA trade deal emerge, one Canadian dairy farmer argues that the stability of Canada’s supply management system is being eroded.” At the link find the title,”’Death by a thousand cuts’: Canadian dairy farmer disappointed by USMCA deal, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-9QQ8lITF-20181001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Politics 26 mins – “Parties outside the federalist-sovereigntist axis are expected to make gains in the Quebec provincial election, which some experts argue will mean a reshaping of the political landscape.” At the link find the title, “Quebec politics moving away from sovereignty debate, says pollster, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-AGSO2Hrm-20181001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer in Dense Breasts 18 mins – “Most women aren’t routinely informed if they have dense breasts, but the condition can mean cancers are less likely to show up on mammograms. Kathy Kaufield, a cancer survivor and advocate, wants doctors to be mandated to tell women.” At the link find the title, “Telling women they have dense breasts could save lives, says cancer survivor, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-1nfyFj8B-20180912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer in Dense Breasts 27 mins – “More than 40 per cent of Canadian women have dense breasts that increase the risk of breast cancer and render many of those cancers invisible on a mammogram. It’s a surprisingly common problem that experts say should be getting much more public attention.” At the link find the title, “The hidden dangers of dense breasts, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-9fsYSX1X-20180914.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold Case Deaths P1 39 mins – “Three boys kick over a mysterious barrel in the woods. A small town cop fishes for answers. Evidence is buried, and the case goes cold.” At the link find the title, “EP 1: Hide and Seek, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5870933706.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comic Books in School 11 mins – “Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher’s toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education — and reveals some unexpected insights about their potential for helping kids learn.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communicating with Alan Alda 27 mins – “Alan Alda is best known for his 11 seasons on MASH but he’s also forged a second career as an expert in communication. He tells Dr. Brian Goldman it began with hosting Scientific American on PBS, where he talked to some of the world’s smartest people and helped them get their ideas across. About a decdade ago the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science was established. It’s trained more than 13,000 doctors and health professionals, using improvisation as a key tool. Alda also talks about his new podcast, Clear and Vivid which is all about human relationships, and he reveals why he went public with this diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease this summer.” At the link find the title, “How Alan Alda went from playing a doctor on TV to teaching doctors about empathy, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-9XFINDeK-20180921.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Con Man of the 1920s 24 mins – “Edgar Laplante was a world-class grifter. It won him world-class women; adulation from royalty and presidents, and it eventually landed him in prison.” At the link find the title, “King Con: Man successfully impersonates Indigenous leaders his whole life, acquiring riches and fame, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8TkzCzzC-20180921.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cooling with Outer Space 13 mins – “…Cooling systems today collectively account for 17 percent of the electricity we use worldwide. This includes everything from the air conditioners I so desperately wanted during my summer vacations, to the refrigeration systems that keep our food safe and cold for us in our supermarkets, to the industrial scale systems that keep our data centers operational. Collectively, these systems account for eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. But what keeps me up at night is that our energy use for cooling might grow sixfold by the year 2050, primarily driven by increasing usage in Asian and African countries….” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crime Scenes and Vultures 11 mins – “Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes — and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigating murders. (This talk contains graphic images.)” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR Gene Editing 92 mins – “CRISPR is a family of DNA sequences in bacteria and archaea that are a part of these organisms’ cellular defense system. A recent discovery showed how this mechanism can be used to edit genes much more easily than legacy methods. In this episode I chat with Sam Sternberg about the naturally occuring CRISPR systems, how they work, and how CRISPR together with its associated enzymes can be used to cut, and subsequently, edit, DNA. We conclude the episode with an outlook on the potential use in medicine. Check out Sam’s book A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybercrime Stalking 25 mins – “The rise of technology has created new avenues for domestic abusers to target victims. An Edmonton woman shares her story of how her ex-boyfriend sent men to her house for sexual encounters by setting up a fake online dating account.” At the link find the title, “How domestic abusers are leveraging technology to harass, control, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-aFDlsqTC-20180917.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dealing with Death 16 mins – “With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, she takes us on her journey to make friends with reality — and peace with death. Life is an enormous gift, Levine says: “You enrich it as best you can, and then you give it back.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Arms Race 21 mins – “Charlie Angus, the NDP MP questioning a Canadian company’s role in the Brexit vote, has warned that Canada is not immune to efforts to undermine elections.” At the link find the title, “’Very naive’ to think election interference can’t happen in Canada, says MP Charlie Angus, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-C2Nf9FIP-20181004.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Arms Race 24 mins – “A new study about Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggests the rhetoric that surrounded its release in 2017 was in part the product of organized twitter campaigns by activists, bots and even Russian trolls trying to advance wider political agendas.” At the link find the title, “Russian trolls ‘pushed their agenda’ with Star Wars critiques, study suggests, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8Tre5uo1-20181008.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Preparation 77 mins – “We just had one hell of a hurricane in the Carolinas and the problems there are far from over.  Storm season is still upon us and there will likely be at least one more major storm impact this year. Next up, well winter is on the way, blizzards and ice storms are soon to follow.  Next thing you know it will be spring, time for mudslides, tornadoes and other “fun stuff”.  Then back to summer, forest fires, more storms and it just goes on. If you think about it we don’t have a disaster season, we have seasons with disasters that are more common during them, and even that rule gets broken.  You don’t think of winter and tornadoes but in 2015 in the three days following Christmas we had the December 2015 North American storm complex.  In three days we had a total of 32 tornadoes confirmed, 60 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed. To be blunt, shit happens!  And depending on the size of the shit, you are going to be your own first responder for hours, days or at times even weeks.  As I say in Spirko’s 7th Law of Life.  “Preparedness for hard times, is nothing more than being a responsible adult.”  Today we talk about the most basic preps that every grown ass adult should put into place for themselves and their family.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Growth Goals 16 mins – “What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s essentials — and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Technology 71 mins – “…If we had a show title based on the show conversations, it would likely be Miguel’s comment, “The boy turned away from Linux, I thought he was doomed!” Miguel and Wes also discussed the importance of students learning how to effectively and responsibly create video today, the recent European Human Rights Court ruling finding the mass surveillance of Great Britain’s GHCQ intelligence organization illegal that was originally highlighted by Edward Snowden, and the prospect of worldwide surveillance through drone monitoring. The Australian government’s new anti-encryption legislation, an FBI alarm on student data privacy, the launch of FireFox’s “Privacy Monitor,” and the feared demise of Evernote as a notetaking cloud platform were also discussed. Miguel set a new global record for podcast “Geek of the Week” shares, including Paranoia Works for personal encryption of data, the book Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez, Glary Utilities for WindowsOS management, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft, the TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes. Wes’ Geek of the Week was “Learning Creative Learning,” a Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evidence Based Medicine 60 mins – “How well do doctors follow the evidence in choosing treatments? Might they be swayed by their relationship with a pharmaceutical or device manufacturer? …Doctors have been advocating evidence-based medicine for a few decades, but a surprising amount of medical practice is based on tradition. How can you sort out the value of evidence-based medicine from eminence-based medicine? (That is, what the most influential experts recommend, based on their own experience or beliefs.)” At the link left-click “Download the mp3,” select “Choose CD or mp3” from the next screen to get the free podcast.

Execution Drug Cocktails 28 mins – “Fearing a public backlash that could harm their sales, pharmaceutical companies have increasingly tried to block U.S. officials using their drugs for lethal injections. That has left states “scrambling” for an alternative, says one advocate.” At the link find the title, “Use of fentanyl to execute U.S. death row prisoners a risk to public safety: advocate, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-AJrW2F9v-20180910.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FDIC Functions 48 mins – “Sheila Bair was the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during the 2008 financial crisis. She warns that American democracy may not be able to withstand another bank bailout.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fighting Online Extremism 14 mins – “Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Alphabet Inc., the collection of companies that also includes Google) to counter radicalization and online harassment — including a project that could give commenters real-time feedback about how their words might land, which has already increased spaces for dialogue. “If we ever thought that we could build an internet insulated from the dark side of humanity, we were wrong,” Green says. “We have to throw our entire selves into building solutions that are as human as the problems they aim to solve.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Crisis of 2008 Impacts 24 mins – “Ten years after the financial crash, many people are still struggling with the aftermath. One man’s dream home turned into a nightmare that lasted ten years.” At the link find the title, “The financial crisis happened 10 years ago – that’s how long it took this man to sell his house, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-gvE3hjzF-20180914.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Crisis of 2008 Book 49 mins – “It’s been 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the nightmare of the global financial crisis. The author of the book “Too Big to Fail” takes us back to those frightening days. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Research Questioned 19 mins – “Brian Wansink, an expert in eating behaviour, became a daytime TV darling that used science to promote eating smaller portions. Now his theories are being questioned after 6 studies were retracted in one day.” At the link find the title, “Brian Wansink, researcher behind 100-calorie snacks, discredited after 13 papers retracted, Sept, 2018,” right-click”Media files current-4L6edYtd-20180921.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fossil Blackmarket 49 mins – “A true crime story 70 million years in the making. We’ll go inside the perilous and riveting world of fossil hunters.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frankenstein and Zombies and Medicine 27 mins – “This week: The surprising intersection between the worlds of medicine and monsters” At the link find the title, “Of Monsters and Medicine, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-JAw15uDs-20181004.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Functional Medicine 53 mins – “This week we interview Dr. Elizabeth Boham. Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center is Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. Her DVD, Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.” At the ink right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Bias in Medicine 19 mins – “Canadian Donna Strickland became the third woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. A UBC professor explains how she’s working toward inspiring more underrepresented young students to pursue the field.” At the link find the title, “3 women have a Nobel Prize in Physics. This UBC professor aims to eliminate the gender bias, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-rfD2TuKS-20181003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Goal Setting 12 mins -”Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it’s not always because they’re bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr — often, it’s simply because they’re leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with “Objectives and Key Results,” or OKRs — a goal-setting system that’s been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure — and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hearing Test By Cellphone 5 mins – “Children who live in rural areas can have a hard time getting to the doctor — much less to an audiologist’s clinic for expensive, complex tests to check their hearing. The result for too many kids is hearing loss caused by ear infections and other curable or preventable problems. That’s why ear surgeon and TED Fellow Susan Emmett is working with 15 communities in rural Alaska to create a simple, low-cost test that only requires a cell phone. Learn more about her work and how it could change the lives of children who don’t have access to hearing care.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human History 58 mins – “With the international sensation, critical favorite, and New York Times bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari unleashed a global phenomenon. His electrifying debut resonated with notable public figures: the book was lauded by President Obama, Bill Gate, Sebastian Junger, and Mark Zuckerberg. In this episode we discuss Sapiens, as well as his newest endeavor, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. In Sapiens, Harari showed us how the human race came to rule the planet. In Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, he offers a spellbinding glimpse of the (near) future. A future in which the zeal to upgrade humans into gods could threaten humanity’s supremacy, meaning, and very existence. And not even rabid science fiction fans will be prepared for Harari’s vivid, original, and endlessly surprising vision of tomorrow. This is the shape of the new world as Harari envisions it, where the gap between those who get onboard and those left behind will be bigger even than the gap between Sapiens and Neanderthals. This is the next stage of evolution.” At the ink right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Holocaust Tattooist 27 mins – “During his time in Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov was forced to tattoo other prisoners with their concentration camp serial numbers. Despite the horror that surrounded him, Sokolov fell in love, and survived. But it wasn’t until decades later that he told his story to the writer Heather Morris.” At the link find the title, “The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and the love that helped him survive, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-UkbryHQx-20180925.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up up menu.

Homesteading Updated 67 mins – “…Computers are continuing to become better, smarter, faster and cheaper.  Anything you want from lobster tails to fine silk can be delivered to your home in 12-24 hours from the almighty Amazon.  You can understand when it comes to homesteading why some people are like, why bother? The other side though is pretty amazing.  We have people on YouTube documenting their homesteading journeys with hundreds of thousands of people following them.   A few such people have more than a million followers.  Sites like Pinterest and Instagram are full of pictures and short videos of everything from “square foot gardens” to urban chicken tractors.   Celebrity Chefs like Guy Fieri show off their backyard flocks and compost piles. Yes even in a world of high speed processors and “Door Dash” food delivery the back yard homestead is thriving in 2018.  Today we discuss ways to be a practical homesteader in the modern world.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Identity Podcasts 54 mins – “We’ve got a story of self-discovery that begins with a blonde wig, a pastor who created her own city of refuge and a journalist who helped revolutionise the newsroom. Featuring: It’s Not a Race, Politically Re-active, The Mortified Podcast, Bitchface, Remade in America with Bassem Youssef, RUDE podcasts, The Stoop.” At the link find the title, “Podcasts about identity: How who we are shapes our world,” right-click “Download Podcasts about identity: How who we are shapes our world” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Family Separation 49 mins – “The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrants Value 8 mins – “Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narratives of immigrants and shares the stories of the worlds they belong to. “We’re walking melting pots of culture,” Rain says. “If something in that pot smells new or different to you, don’t turn up your nose. Ask us to share.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Restrictions 49 mins – “So why is Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of immigrants calling for tighter restrictions on immigration? We’ll ask him.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Guidance 59 mins – “As Paul is preparing to release a new investment strategy, in this podcast he discusses the nature of hypothetical returns. What numbers can we trust and what numbers might be unfairly biased? Also, he addresses 7 questions from his readers and listeners.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Strategies 52 mins – “This is the first of a three-part series, laying the foundation for the upcoming “2 Fund for Life” strategy.  In this podcast, Paul discusses the mutual fund, index fund and target date fund, which have been responsible for some of the greatest wealth building for the average investor. In the case of the mutual fund and the index fund, Paul talks about the advantages and disadvantages of each. In the case of the target date fund, he focuses on the advantages. The next in the series (in two weeks) will cover the advantages and disadvantages of the target date fund.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ivory Burning in Canada 27 mins – “The creators of the Anthropocene project are using large-scale photography, film and installations to illustrate just how much impact humans are having on the planet – documenting landscapes many people normally don’t see.” At the link find the title, “Anthropocene project highlights the apocalyptic beauty of humans’ effect on the planet, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8BnR8UEj-20180926.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Dean 49 mins – “Former President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel John Dean is back in the spotlight with a warning about unchecked presidential power. He’s with us. Guests John Dean, former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973. Best known as a key witness for the prosecution in the Watergate scandal. (@JohnWDean)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh vs Ford 90 mins – “Jon, Dan, and Erin Ryan discuss the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Then Katie Couric talks to Jon about her new podcast documentary that reflects on the tenth anniversary of her famous interviews with Sarah Palin.” At the link find the title, “”We believe Christine Blasey Ford.”, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files fe1bf614-1117-4d75-b1b3-325f16de4225.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leadership Failure 61 mins – “This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.John Hennessy has been called the “godfather of Silicon Valley.” From his early days as a computer scientist to serving as the 10th president of Stanford University, Hennessy reflects on the core elements of his leadership philosophy. Focusing on the journey rather than the destination, Hennessy details the pivotal role that humility, authenticity, courage, collaboration, innovation and curiosity have all played in his successful career as a tech entrepreneur, academic and administrator.” At the link find the title, “John Hennessy: Why Leading Matters,Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180927_FEA_John Hennessy for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LNG in Canada 24 mins – “The liquefied natural gas project announced for B.C. has been hailed by some as an economic boon, but one environmentalist warns that energy development could overtake its usefulness.” At the link find the title, “China’s development could undermine $40B natural gas investment, warns environmentalist, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-7utr4GfR-20181003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Podcasts 53 mins – “Part two of our two part series about recreational substances. Weed is going to be legal in Canada very soon. So, let’s take a closer look at the controversial plant with fascinating stories from Stoner, Endless Thread and Unladylike. Planet Money: The Indicator, Stoner, Unladylike, Stance, Sickboy, 2 Dope Queens, Endless Thread.” At the link find the title, “Podcasts about Marijuana, right-click “Download Podcasts about Marijuanaand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Investing 26 mins – “Cannabis companies have had a wild ride on the stock market, with share prices soaring and plummeting before legalization next month. One investor has enjoyed huge success, but experts warn the odds are against average individuals.” At the link find the title, “This man made $1M investing in cannabis – but expert warns it’s a lottery, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-cAzVFTZI-20180927.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Me Too Movement 52 mins – “Today’s podcast focuses on what’s next in the Me Too conversation – for the victims, the accused, and the movement itself? Anna Maraia Tremonti was joined by Maclean’s Anne Kingston and criminology professor Neil Boyd. We have also included highlights from today’s national call-in portion.” At the link find the title, “Where should the #MeToo conversation go next?, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-3I8Fs3Oy-20180924.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimal Life Style 26 mins – “Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.” At the link find the title, “#26 – The Minimalists, Sept, 2018,” right-click “ right-click “Media files ed8063f3.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimalist Living 25 mins – “In a world of stuff, there’s a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centered, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.” At the link find the title, “Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-j8r0snDC-20180919.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mountaintop Removal Problem 14 mins – “Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the pushback he’s received from the coal industry, advocating for the ethical obligation scientists have to speak the truth.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslims in China 27 mins – “Uighurs who have made refugee claims in Canada are anxiously waiting to find out if they’ll be deported back to China, now that the country is doubling down on its suppression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.” At the link find the title, “Uighurs in Canada fear deportation after China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-J5CMSPjc-20180913.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myers-Briggs Tests 24 mins – “Using the Myers-Briggs personality test is a way to engineer a workforce while appearing to care about employees’ self fulfillment, says Merve Emre, the author of The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.” At the link find the title,”Myers-Briggs tests in the workplace help the employer, not the employee, says author, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-pjKADs79-20180926.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapons Use 51 mins – “In 1983, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov prevented what could have been a devastating nuclear war by trusting his gut instinct that the algorithm in his early-warning system wrongly sensed incoming missiles. In this case, we praise Petrov for choosing human judgment over the automated system in front of him. But what will happen as the AI algorithms deployed in the nuclear sphere become much more advanced, accurate, and difficult to understand? Will the next officer in Petrov’s position be more likely to trust the “smart” machine in front of him? On this month’s podcast, Ariel spoke with Paul Scharre and Mike Horowitz from the Center for a New American Security about the role of automation in the nuclear sphere, and how the proliferation of AI technologies could change nuclear posturing and the effectiveness of deterrence. Paul is a former Pentagon policy official, and the author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons in the Future of War. Mike Horowitz is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nursing Home Deaths 27 mins – “’Provide good quality care, not just any care,’ nursing home advocate says of Wettlaufer inquiry lessons” At the link find the title, “What families can learn from Wettlaufer inquiry into nursing home care, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-bAGfbYkU-20180928.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Reserve Creation 13 mins – “What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas — some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country — by creating a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world’s ocean. By protecting the high seas, Sala believes we will restore the ecological, economic and social benefits of the ocean. “When we can align economic needs with conservation, miracles can happen,” Sala says.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Twilight Zone 10 mins – “What will we find in the twilight zone: the vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean’s surface? Heidi M. Sosik of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution wants to find out. In this wonder-filled talk, she shares her plan to investigate these uncharted waters, which may hold a million new species and 90 percent of the world’s fish biomass, using submersible technology. What we discover there won’t just astound us, Sosik says — it will help us be better stewards of the world’s oceans. (This ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of The Audacious Project, TED’s new initiative to inspire global change.)” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Shopping Trends 49 mins – “Are online shopping and all those deals turning us into a nation of hoarders? What you should know before clicking buy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Crisis in Libraries 12 mins – “Public libraries have always been about more than just books — and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she’s put it to use to save patrons’ lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of us to find new ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmaceutical Conflict 57 mins – “Americans take a lot of medications. We appear to have adopted the advertising-based attitude that there is a pill for every ill. But while some medicines may be helpful or even essential in some circumstances, a lot of people end up taking too many of them. Sometimes doctors end up prescribing one drug to counteract the side effect of another. This prescribing cascade can really add up, especially for older adults who may be more susceptible to side effects. What can be done? Have you asked if you really need that pill?” At the link left-click “Download the mp3,” select “Choose CD or mp3” from the next screen to get the free podcast.

Populism Growth 27 mins – “As the West grapples with the rise of populism, experts argue that mainstream politicians should listen to the public’s grievances, even if they don’t adopt their solutions.” At the link find the title, “’A broken clock is right twice a day’: Politicians need to listen to their voters’ fears, says author, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-gJQXitrb-20180919.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Private Government P1 55 mins – “The U. of Michigan prof joins us to discuss Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It) (2017) and “What Is the Point of Equality?” (1999). What is government? Liz points to the historical use of the term to refer to not just the state, but any organized power relations, including the relation between a firm and its employees. What is it for something to be private? The term is relative, meaning that something is not private in itself but private with regard to some people: it’s not their concern. A state can be a public government if it’s nominally responsive to the concerns of the people, i.e., if it’s representative. A tyranny would be a private government. With these terms in place, Liz wants to describe companies as private governments, and hence we should use the scholarship of political science to evaluate them and try to make them more just, more accountable to the people whose lives they affect….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Private Government P2 63 mins – “Continuing on Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (2017) and “What Is the Point of Equality?” (1999). Should the amount of respect that a worker gets be proportional to his or her market value? Our guest tells us more about how all citizens have the right to have their interests considered and what this means for how the relationship between employers and employees might change. We talk health care, income inequality, Tyler Cowen, libertarianism, and more. Start with part one. We’ll do some post-guest discussion to more thoroughly cover the text in part 3, but you needn’t wait: Get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Private Government P3 66 mins – “Mark, Wes, Seth, and Dylan continue to discuss “What Is the Point of Equality?” (1999) and how it lays foundations for Private Government (2017). We connect Anderson’s idea of democratic equality with Rawlsian liberalism, with luck egalitarianism, Kantian alienable autonomy, Adam Smith, communism, and more. Is her idea of the economy as “cooperative, joint production” sensible or creepy?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery 21 mins – “A year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the population of the U.S. territory is in the grips of a mental health crisis.” At the link find the title, “One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico crisis hotline receiving 600 calls a day, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Bqj8MzPU-20180917.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Random Selection of Officials 10 mins – “If you think democracy is broken, here’s an idea: let’s replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials — a system with roots in ancient Athens that taps into the wisdom of the crowd and entrusts ordinary people with making balanced decisions for the greater good of everyone. Sound crazy? Learn more about how it could work to create a world free of partisan politics.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reading Online Trends 49 mins – “Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Children Separation – “An 11-year-old girl has been granted refugee status in Canada due to the risk of facing FGM in her native Sierra Leone. Her mother and young brother have not been granted permission to stay, leaving her mother with an impossible choice.” At the link find the title, “Facing FGM in Sierra Leone, girl wins refugee status, but her family could still be deported, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8QrhP8cr-20180917.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Fake News 5 mins – “When facts are false, decisions are wrong, says editor and TED Fellow Olga Yurkova. To stop the spread of fake news, she and a group of journalists launched StopFake.org, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in order to rebuild the trust we’ve lost in our journalists, leaders and institutions. Learn more about the fight against misinformation as well as two critical ways we can ensure we’re not reading (or sharing) fake news.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Poisonings 24 mins – “The alleged poisoning of a member of Pussy Riot, along with the appearance of two alleged poisoners on Russian state TV, is a message to the West, says Putin critic.” At the link find the title ,“Allegedly poisoned Russian activist’s life could depend on Canada’s response: Browder,, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-fZxeS8fH-20180914.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Pushes Boundaries 14 mins – ““You do not mess with something so fundamental, so precious, as science,” says Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s first Minister of Science. In a heartfelt, inspiring talk about pushing boundaries, she makes the case that researchers must be free to present uncomfortable truths and challenge the thinking of the day — and that we all have a duty to speak up when we see science being stifled or suppressed.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Harassment Apologies 21 mins – “Two prestigious platforms have garnered backlash in recent weeks after featuring personal essays penned by disgraced radio hosts, reflecting on the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the era of #MeToo.” At the link find the title, “How publishers have ignited the debate on redemption in the #MeToo era, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dV1lSxHL-20180918.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Harassment 8 mins – “The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a report on sexual harassment of women working in academic sciences, engineering, and medicine.1 Its findings are deeply disturbing: sexual harassment is common across scientific fields, has not abated, and remains a particular problem in medicine, where potential sources of harassment include not just colleagues and supervisors, but also patients and their families. To highlight one statistic, as many as 50% of female medical students report experiencing sexual harassment. Imagine a medical-school dean addressing the incoming class with this demoralizing prediction: “Look at the woman to your left and then at the woman to your right. On average, one of them will be sexually harassed during the next 4 years, before she has even begun her career as a physician.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slow Journalism 27 mins – “Journalist Paul Salopek has been trekking the world by foot retracing our ancestors journey out of Africa. The National Geographic Fellow estimates he’s walked 12,000 km in over five years – only a third of the way along his global walk.” At the link find the title, “How the daughter of an African revolutionary learned about racism in a Canadian playground, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-HWsD1WrY-20181001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Destructiveness 26 mins – “He’s a Sillicon Valley pioneer and a scientist employed by Microsoft – but Jaron Lanier is calling on all of us to take back control and abandon social media for good. He says the catastrophic losses of personal dignity are not worth it.” At the link find the title, “Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QmRQ8733-20181005.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Power 99 mins – “Shawn became intrigued with self-sufficiency around the 2008 financial crisis. Working in and around the power generation market for 18 years led him to increase his knowledge of renewable energy generation. In 2012 he purchased an off grid home and he designed and installed his own off grid solar photovoltaic system. Shawn, his wife, and two daughters have lived off grid since 2012 in Middle Tennessee where they utilize solar pv, solar thermal, rainwater catchment, and other appropriate technologies to live a more self-sufficient and positive cash flow lifestyle. In 2017 he started a consulting business, Hack my Solar, to help others identify and implement ways to increase their personal energy independence.  He joins us today to discuss when solar power makes sense and equally when it doesn’t.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soldiers and Scouts 93 mins – “An expert on rationality, judgement, and strategy, Julia Galef notes that “our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. On the one hand, reason helps us figure out what’s true; on the other hand, it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. I’ll explore these two different modes of thought — I call them “the scout” and “the soldier” — and what determines which mode we default to. Finally, I’ll argue that modern humans would be better off with more scout mode and less soldier mode, and I’ll share some thoughts on how to make that happen.” Galef is founder of the Update Project and hosts the podcast Rationally Speaking.” At the link find the title, “Julia Galef: Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren’t built for truth, and how we can change that, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files salt-020180912-galef-podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South African Transformation 24 mins – “The daughter of an ANC guerrilla in exile, Sisonke Msimang grew up moving from country to country. The author says it gave her an outsider’s perspective, and framed her understanding of “home.” At the link find the title, “How the daughter of an African revolutionary learned about racism in a Canadian playground, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-hLDpPgxB-20180928.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicide Awareness 12 mins – “Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide — but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he’s on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally silent men in his community open up about their struggles. “We can all be life preservers,” he says.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian War at 7 Years 18 mins – “Syrian civilians in Idlib are preparing for the worst as Russian and pro-regime forces threaten an all-out bombing campaign to retake the region. Alaa Alakel, who lives in Canada but has family in the Syrian province, can only watch and wait in agony.” At the link find the title, “Ryerson student’s morning routine: Checking whether her family in Idlib are still alive, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dar66F3h-20180910.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Team Building with Strangers 13 mins – “Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies “teaming,” where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile underground in Chile in 2010, Edmondson shares the elements needed to turn a group of strangers into a quick-thinking team that can nimbly respond to challenges.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Theater Role in Democracy 13 mins – “Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director Oskar Eustis. In this powerful talk, Eustis outlines his plan to reach (and listen to) people in places across the US where the theater, like many other institutions, has turned its back — like the deindustrialized Rust Belt. “Our job is to try to hold up a vision to America that shows not only who all of us are individually, but that welds us back into the commonality that we need to be,” Eustis says. “That’s what the theater is supposed to do.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Fear 27 mins – “Legendary U.S. journalist Bob Woodward described the interactions between Donald Trump and his inner circle in the White House as resembling ‘the absence of a reasonable logical process’ in a Canadian exclusive interview with The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti.” At the link find the title, “Bob Woodward paints picture of chaotic White House under Donald Trump in new book, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-DtufMR6T-20180912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuelan Refugees 19 mins – “The economic situation in Venezuela is pushing civilians to the brink of desperation. As advocates warn that the exodus could rival the migrant crisis coming out of Syria, Venezuelans around the world fear for their loved ones back home.” At the link find the title, “Venezuelans ‘selling their hair’ to feed their families, says CBC reporter at border, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dPMReq3j-20180911.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Veteran War Stories Needed 14 mins – “Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain — who went on to write “The Other Wes Moore” — explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it’s just not sufficient. It’s a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights Concerns 46 mins – “In her new book, author and academic Carol Anderson explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S., and argues that a resurgence of those tactics affected the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” At the link find the title, “Laws to suppress black vote in U.S. are being drafted with ‘horrific efficiency,’ says author, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-15tu9JPv-20180918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

West Virginia Stories 56 mins – “We’re excited to announce that West Virginia Public Broadcasting has invited Us & Them to be a regular part of their radio programming. Starting this week, West Virginia audiences are going to hear stories about America’s culture divides — many that our devoted podcast listeners have been enjoying since 2015 – but now… On The Radio!!! Can you tell that we’re excited?” At the link find the the title, And Now… on the Radio!, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files UsandThem 69_AndNowonthe Radio 09.27.18_PP_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wound Healing Invention 7 mins – “Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of chronic wounds, which don’t heal properly due to preexisting conditions like diabetes and account for billions in medical costs worldwide. Join Naiknaware as she explains how her “smart bandage” works — and how she’s sharing her story to inspire others to make a difference.” At the link left-click the share circle, left-click the download arrow, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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