Media Mining Digest 275 – Feb 17, 2017: Abolition Rights, Adam Smith, Autocratic America, Bannon and Breitbart, Beliefs Drive Us, Bioethics in Politics, Bionic Bodies, Black History, Black People and Pain, Blind Professor, Blind Woman’s Journey, Body Part Sles,, British Cybernetics, Broadband Cells, Cabbage History, Canada vs Trump, Cannibalism, Chocolate Status, Civil Rights Leaders, Cold Cases, Community Support Agriculture, Computer Shrinkage, Conservation Park Killings, Corporate Reaction to Travel Ban, Countering Religious Extremism, Cyber Threat Analysis, Decision Theory, Deep Freedom, Deep Sea Biology, Democracy Erosion, Dermatopathologist Story, Diabetes Trends, Disabled Disaster Aid, Drone Uses, Dystopian Fiction, Eagles Eat Chickens, Education Options, Educational Philosophy, Emmitt Till, Empathy, Energy Production, Fasting, Fentanyl Threat, Gerrymandering, Globilization, Gluten in Food, Greed and Oxytocin, Gun Control in Japan, Handbag Company, Hate Speech, Healthcare Philosphy, Helping Kids, Immigrant Scientists, Immigration Ban, Internet Trends, Journalist Adversaries, Journalist PTSD, Judge Gorsuch, Kratom Drug Use, Leviathan, Library Backlash, Machiavelli, Maker Cities, Math in Shanghai, McDonald’s Ray Kroc, Medicaid Payments, Medical Specialties, Meme Warfare, Middle East Policy, Missing Canadian Woman, Moral Self, News Processes, Northwest Passage Turism, Nuclear Power in Germany, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Performance Enhancement, Picture Brides, Podcast Production, Police Shooting Unarmed Blacks, Political Argument, Political Bioethics, Political Division, Political Outlooks, Political Tribes, Porphyrins, Poverty Solution in Peru, Professor Politician, Publishing Worldwide, Quantum Physics, Quebec Mosque Attack, Racism in America, Refugee Crisis, Refugee Life, Renewable Energy Patrons, Robot Competition, Rock Crushing, Rousseau, Rural Urban Divide, Saddam Hussein Interrogation, Signal and Noise, Smoking Ban, Sports and Politics, Steve Bannon, Sugar Hazard, Supreme Court Nominees, Surveillance, Survivalists, Synchrotron Radiation, Syrian Refugees, Tim Ferris, Toy Lab, Trauma, Trayvon Martin, Treasure Hunting, Trump, Tuberculosis Trends, Tunisian Women, Turtles Band, Unsaleable Stuff, Viscose Rayon Is Hazardous, Voter Rights, White House Uses, Wildfires, Wine and Stink Bugs, Women Investors, Writing Well

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Abortion Rights 57 mins – “Friday’s annual March for Life in Washington occurred a week after the Women’s March on Washington, which included an abortion-rights message.  And last week, the Trump Administration revived a ban on foreign aid to groups that provide abortion counseling, bolstering anti-abortion groups.  We ask how Americans feel about abortion, 44 years after it became legal — and whether our laws reflect those feelings.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Abortion Rights 56 mins – “Abortion and abortion rights front and center in Washington, as President Trump prepares to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.” At the link find the title, “Abortion Rights And Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files npr_512498151.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adam Smith 16mins – “Adam Smith, the great thinker of the Scottish Enlightenment, is best known as an economist. But much of his work was philosophical, and even his economic thinking is probably best understood as part of a larger project of attempting a science of humanity. Nick Phillipson, author of an acclaimed biography of Adam Smith, discusses Smith’s philosophical agenda in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Nicholas Phillipson on Adam Smith.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autocratic America 25 mins – “Today is the first real test for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vow to make things work with U.S. President Donald Trump as the two meet at the White House. Based on Trump’s interactions with other world leaders, it’s not certain things will go smoothly.” At the linkf ind the title, “Feb 13: ‘It’s so unpredictable’: Trudeau faces challenge in 1st meeting with Trump, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170213_98946.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bannon and Breitbrt 13 mins – “WH chief strategist Steve Bannon is credited with influencing the president’s every move, from speeches to executive orders. This week it was announced that he will take the place of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Security Council principals committee so we thought it was a good time to revisit an interview Brooke did with Joshua Green who profiled Bannon for Bloomberg News.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beliefs Drive Us 51 mins – “Campbell presents an eye-opening look at the latest research on how our feelings do not come from what has happened to us, or past events in our lives, or the relationships we have. They come from our beliefs about what has happened to us, and the beliefs about those events, and our beliefs about those relationships. When you change those beliefs, your feelings follow. When this was posited back in 1962 in one of the first books on cognitive psychology, A Guide to Rational Living, it changed psychology forever. It argued that we can affect how we feel about ourselves, and about our lives and loved ones by changing our beliefs. Campbell shows how.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Bioethics in Politics 20 mins – “How should health resources be distributed? Jonathan Wolff discusses this and related questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode was originally released on Bioethics Bites in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.” At the link find the title, “Jonathan Wolff on Political Bioethics (originally on Bioethics Bites) Jun, 2012,” right-click “Media files Jonathan Wolff on Political Bioethics_3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bionic Bodies P1 58 mins – “Sight for the blind, hearing for the deaf, a body with functionality restored. These are the promises of bionics. It’s a field which combines medicine, engineering and robotics. In part 1 of his 2-part series Bionic Bodies, Carl Smith introduces the people whose lives have been changed, and the innovators whose ideas and initiative are behind remarkable results in the field of artificial body parts.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black History 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “The Black (and White) Dream Dancers of the New England Past and Their Message for the Coming Generation.”  Our speaker is author Spencer Jourdain.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black People and Pain 28 mins – “A recent paper found that black patients receive less pain medication for broken bones and cancer. Black children receive less pain medication than white children for appendicitis. The research is new, but the phenomenon is not. This week, we revisit an episode from our archive that looked at the intersection of race, pain, and medicine. It might not be suitable for young children.” At the link find the title, “Encore of Episode 20: Remembering Anarcha,” right-click “Media files 20170206_hiddenbrain_20.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Blind Professor 25 mins – “Join Nick as he talks with Nicci Mariconi, a professor at the University of Phoenix. Nicci was visually impaired when she took her college classes on campus in Illinois and applied to the University of Phoenix and landed her dream job. Nicci lost the rest of her remaining sight and continues today to teach and fulfill her goal of teaching American history.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Woman’s Journey 30 mins – “Lois Strachan: A Different Way of Seeing: A Blind Woman’s Journey of Living an “Ordinary” Life in an Extraordinary Way. Lois Strachan is an inspirational speaker who guides people to see that they can use their strengths and their passions to influence them through challenges and arrive at success. When Lois became blind at the age of 21 she seized the opportunity of achieving a childhood dream… and has never looked back! Join Jeff Thompson as he sits down with Lois Strachan and talks about her “Ordinary Life”, her newly released book, “A Different Way of Seeing: A Blind Woman’s Journey of Living and “Ordinary Life in an Extraordinary Way. Lois has also authored a series with Missy Mouse going on adventures just as Lois does herself. Missy Mouse uses the White Cane and children can read her adventures and realize that Missy Mouse does the same things every one else does.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Body Part Sales 18 mins – “Everyday people die in hospitals because there aren’t enough organs available for transplant. In most countries of the world – though not all – it is illegal to sell organs. Governments insist that the motive for donating organs has to be altruistic, it can’t be financial reward. The idea of being able to sell body parts makes many people uneasy. But is it time for a policy change: should we be permitted to flog one of our kidneys on ebay, say, for $10,000. If not, why not? Tim Lewens is a Cambridge philosopher and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.” At the link find the title, “Selling Organs, Nov, 2011,” right-click “Media files LewensMixSesM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

British Cybernetics 25 mins – “Alex Hearn takes a look back at the ‘no professors allowed’ informal dining club The Ratio Club which laid the foundations for the British cybernetics movement and, ultimately, artificial intelligence “ At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Cells 33 mins – “We’ve been covering happenings in Lincoln, Nebraska for several years now. The city’s Right of Way Manager David Young joins us for episode 238 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. David is a returning guest; this week, he’s here to talk about Lincoln’s new venture into small cell technology. The state imposes restrictions on municipalities in Nebraska. Nevertheless, Lincoln has found a way to make a smart investment in conduit and public fiber to create a welcoming environment for providers. An extensive conduit network and smart local policies in Lincoln have improved competition, expanded access, and now the small cell program is improving mobile broadband.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file….” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Cabbage History 33 mins – “Did you know that broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage are all the same species?  Just like dogs are highly-diverse members of the same species descended from a common ancestor, the members of Brassica oleracea also share a common genetic origin.  In this episode I’m joined by Dr. J. Chris Pires and his graduate students Makenzie Mabry and Shawn Abrahams from the University of Missouri.  We discuss the genetic origins of these crops, their evolution and genetic improvement trends.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Canada vs Trump 26 mins – “Should our government be reacting and creating policy based on the actions of the Trump administration? How should world leaders — including Canada’s — respond to the new president’s actions? Our panel of parliamentarians takes up that question.” At the link find the title, “Jan 31: Is Canada obliged to stand up to the Trump White House? 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170131_93200.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cannabilism 12 mins – “Catalin Avramescu discusses the fascinating topic of the part played by the idea of cannibalism in the history of philosophy in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Catalin Avramescu on Cannibalism.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chocolate Status 46 mins – “…today, cacao cultivation is facing a series of wicked problems—ones that threaten to drastically shrink the supply of chocolate just as global demand grows. If the threats aren’t taken seriously, might we lose one of our favorite treats? And, if so, will we also lose our next wonder drug?” 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.

Civil Rights Leaders 69 mins -”Black Lives Matter. Immigrant rights. Climate justice. Are demands for change leading to lasting change? Are we rewriting the rules, or just arguing about them? How do movements—their leaders and their members — successfully build power and spur lasting change? What can we learn from leaders of recent efforts and from history? At a time of great disruption, join us as we continue The San Francisco Foundation’s series People, Place and Power with a discussion with Movement Leaders on Building Power and Voice.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Cold Cases 14 mins – “Detective Tim Marcia of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has a unique approach to solving homicide cases. Because of that, he’s caught some of the worst criminals in California. In this podcast, the veteran cop describes how he approaches investigations, balances case work and family responsibilities, and continues his search for the elusive killer who murdered 15-year-old Kari Lenander in 1980.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Community Supported Agriculture 86 mins – “Peter brings his ecological background to his farming practice. He spent a decade at UW-Madison, teaching courses in ecology and complex systems theory, and researching the history and functioning of midwestern ecosystems. He realized the critical role that animals play in the creation and maintenance of functional ecosystems. He also realized that in order to achieve broad-scale ecological restoration, it must be an eco”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Shrinkage 21 mins – “For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking? “ At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservation Park Killings 27 mins – “How one of the world’s greatest wildlife reserves has built its success on a hardline conservation policy that includes shooting suspected poachers.” At the link find the title, “Killing for Conservation in India Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04s9d2f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporate Reaction to Travel Ban 23 mins – “Facebook, Apple, Uber Ford and Starbucks are just some of America’s biggest corporations united this week in their condemnation president Trump’s controversial travel ban. As they speak out, The Current looks at the role of corporate activism.” At the link find the title,”Feb 3: Corporate CEOs push back on Trump’s policies, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170203_59114.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Countering Religious Extremism 64 mins – “Bishop Michael B. Curry reflects on his recent trip to Ghana and discusses the role religious communities can play in countering radicalization and violent extremism.” 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.

Cyber Threat Analysis 49 mins – “In the inaugural show of HackerNinjaScissors, Bret Padres interviews Robert M Lee. Robert M. Lee is the CEO and Founder of the critical infrastructure cyber security company Dragos where he has a passion for control system traffic analysis, digital forensics, and threat intelligence research. He is also a non-resident National Cybersecurity Fellow at New America focusing on policy issues relating to the cyber security of critical infrastructure. For his research and focus areas, Robert was named one of Passcode’s Influencers, awarded EnergySec’s Cyber Security Professional of the Year (2015), and inducted into Forbes’ 30 under 30 for Enterprise Technology (2016).” At the link find the title, “HackerNinjaScissors,” right-click “Direct download: HNS Podcast 1 Final.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Decision Theory 12 mins – “What is involved in understanding a decision? Richard Bradley of the LSE addresses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. As a decision theorist, he views decisions as gambles involving weightings of beliefs and desires.” At the link find the title, “Richard Bradley on Understanding Decisions, Nov, 2009,” right-click “Media files Richard Bradley on Understanding Decisions.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Freedom 18 mins – “Roberto Unger argues that contemporary political progressives have abandoned what 19th century liberals knew: that some ways of living are better than others. In this conversation with Nigel Warburton he argues that we need a different concept of freedom, one that will allow humans to thrive.” At the link find the title, “Roberto Mangabeira Unger on Deep Freedom. Mar, 2014,” right-click “Media files Roberto Unger on Deep Freedom.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Sea Biology 26 mins – “What’s it like to travel right down to the bottom of the ocean? Deep sea microbiologist Julie Huber should know. Her group, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, USA, is trying to uncover more about the microbes living in the deepest darkest depths of the ocean. But that’s not all – there are even microbes living thousands of metres beneath the ocean floor itself, within the rocks and sediment. This is an environment that couldn’t be more different to our world on land – no light, huge pressures, underwater volcanoes and hardly any nutrients. So what kind of microbes do we see living there, and how do they manage to make a living?” At the link click “Download episode” and click “OK” to download the episode.

Democracy Erosion 32 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Yascha Mounk about the first two weeks of the Trump administration.” At the link find the title, “A Time for Bromides, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM4111931848.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dermatopathologist Story 58 mins – “Dr. Hure is a Caribbean medical school grad who went on to complete a Derm residency in the US. Here her advice for those thinking about offshore med schools.” At the link find the t title, “220: From Caribbean Med School to a US Dermatology Residency,” right-click “Media files PMY220.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetes Trends 15 mins – “Melanie Davies and Sudesna Chatterjee discuss a Seminar on type 2 diabetes, and outline plans for a Lancet Diabetes Commission.” At the link find the title, “Type 2 diabetes: The Lancet: February 9, 2017,” right-click “Media files 09february.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled Disaster Aid 52 minsA discussion of assistance available for the disabled when a disaster occurs. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Uses 36 mins – “Thinking of becoming a drone pilot? Want to know what opportunities are available in this new and exciting field of aviation? Want to know the future of drone careers?  Today I have with me Jon Rupprecht, drone attorney to answer these questions and discuss drone pilot careers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dystopian Fiction 42 mins – “George Orwell. Margaret Atwood. Aldous Huxley. Books by these authors and others are flying off the shelves as millions of readers reach for fictional accounts of tyrants, new world orders and dark, futuristic landscapes. We talk about the books and writers many Americans are turning to at a time of uncertainty and change. Is this the literature of our discontent?” At the link find the title, “A Bleak Read: Why Dystopian Fiction Is Popular Now, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170208_1a podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eagles Eat Chickens 18 mins – “Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet.” At the link find the title, “#752: Eagles vs. Chickens,” right-click “Media files 20170203 pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Options 57 mins – “At the local and national level, the movement to give families more options outside of their local district gains traction. In New Hampshire, several proposed bills would provide more funds and greater access to charter schools and other forms of education. But some worry these efforts will harm public school districts and rural counties.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Education Philosophy 19 mins – “What are the aims of education? Meira Levinson discusses this important question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosoph Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Meira Levinson on the Aims of Education.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emmett Till 37 mins – “Author Timothy B. Tyson’s “The Blood of Emmett Till” begins with a confession that most knew but few had heard. “That part’s not true,” Carolyn Bryant tells Tyson in a rare interview. Bryant is referring to testimony she gave in her husband’s trial for Till’s murder, when she said the black teenager physically accosted her in 1955. Till’s brutal murder turned the world’s eye to racial violence in the segregated South, and sparked organizing and protests that strengthened the mission of the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll talk with Tyson about his controversial interview with Till’s accuser and how the case still impacts America today.” At the link find the title, “The Blood Of Emmett Till, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170209_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Empathy 37 mins – “This week, Observer Magazine columnist and neuroscientist Dr Daniel Glaser takes a look at the world of empathy, mirror neurons and Theory of Mind. Meeting King’s College London’s Professor Francesca Happé at the school gates, Daniel explores when and how children develop empathy, whether it can be taught, and how we can create a more empathetic society.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Production 61 mins – “New Hampshire already permits a limited amount of net-metering, which allows solar panel owners to sell some power back to the electric grid.  The solar industry has long called for those limits to be lifted, but the state’s utilities say they can only accommodate so much, without passing on costs to other customers.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fasting 60 mins – “On this episode of The Paleo Solution Podcast we have guests Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jason Fung. Jimmy Moore, who everyone probably already knows, is the founder of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb, author of Keto Clarity, co-author of The Complete Guide to Fasting, and more. Dr. Jason Fung is a world renowned nephrologist based out of Toronto, and also a co-author of The Complete Guide to Fasting.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Fentanyl Threat 8 mins – “Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, poses an increasing public health threat. Low production costs encourage suppliers to “cut” heroin with the drug, particularly white powder heroin sold in the eastern United States.1 Fentanyl also appears as a prevalent active ingredient in counterfeit OxyContin (oxycodone) tablets. The result is that fentanyl plays a major role in rising mortality due to heroin or opioid overdose. It poses a serious overdose risk because it can rapidly suppress respiration and cause death more quickly than do other opioids.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering 24 mins – “The classic gerrymandered map you learned about in high school civics class is full of oddly-shaped legislative districts, drawn with obvious intent to boost one party. But in New Hampshire, that’s rarely the case: It’s very hard to see, just by looking at the election maps, which districts might help or hurt a certain party’s chances.So has gerrymandering been a factor in the state’s politics? And if so, how much? New Hampshire Public Radio crunched 30 years of election data, focusing on the state senate. And that analysis revealed an undeniable gerrymander that, with few exceptions, benefits Republicans….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Globilization 24 mins – “Does the anti-globalization movement, pioneered by the political left, have to redefine their efforts now that protectionist policies have proved so popular with a xenophobic hard-right?” At the link find the title, “Jan 30: How the right trumped the left on anti-globalization 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170130_20778.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gluten in Food 36 mins- “…Avoiding gluten and processed sugars keeps your blood sugar stable and gluten antibodies low.  If you’re not sure if you’re consuming gluten, Cyrex Labs has probably the best gluten test in the world.  Even if you think you’re off gluten, you should take the test, as gluten can be hiding in the craziest place.  Meyer was being exposed to gluten in her horse’s feed!…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greed and Oxytocin 22 mins – “As part of our Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series, Dr. Paul Zak discusses his work studying the relation of hormones to human behavior. Specifically, his research focuses on oxytocin’s role in regulating generosity and greed.” At the link find the title, “Greed: Hormones and Moral Behavior, Jul, 2013,” right-click “Media files greed.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control in Japan 26 mins – “Futons and martial arts-trained police play a part in Japan’s low gun crime. Just one person was killed with a gun in 2015 – a mob crime boss – and in the same year, just six shots were fired by the nation’s law enforcers. A pacifist culture and stringent tests, inspections and penalties also contribute to the absence of gun violence. Find more innovative ideas from the first series go to www.bbcworldservice.com/perfectcountry” At the link find the title, “Gun Control – Japan, My Perfect Country Boxset, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04rn566.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Handbag Company 42 mins– “A 1991 conversation at a Mexican restaurant led Kate & Andy Spade to ask, “What’s missing in designer handbags?” Kate’s answer was a simple modern-shaped handbag that launched the iconic fashion brand: Kate Spade.” At the link find the title, “Spade: Kate & Andy Spade,” Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170203_hibt_hibtpod2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Hate Speech 15 mins – “Is it true that words can’t harm you? What about hate speech? In the US the First Amendment protects a wide range of free expression, far wider than is tolerated, for instance, in the United Kingdom. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Rae Langton discusses the phenomenon of hate speech and some of the moral questions it gives rise to. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link find the title, “Rae Langton on Hate” Speech, Jul, 2012,” right-click “Media files Rae Langton on Hate Speech.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Healthcare Philosophy 16 mins – “Should we be striving to reduce health inequalities? If so, how? Harvard philosopher Norman Daniels discusses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Noel Malcolm on Hobbes Leviathan in Context.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helping Kids 15 mins – “Investing in the success of young people around a dining room table. It’s more than just a meal, it’s breaking down barriers and establishing relationships rooted in love.” At the link find the title, “S02 Episode 2: All Our Kids, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 01 CGT_202_All Our Kids-HLS_mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Ban 28 mins – “David Cole on the ACLU’s response to President Trump’s executive order restriction immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, their opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, why President Trump is most likely already in violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and what actions concerned citizens can take.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.” At the link you can listen, but not download: however, a coy is included in the blog archive.

Immigrant Scientists 10 mins – “224 EE 5 Immigrants and Refugees Who Changed U.S. Science. At the link find that title, dated Jan 2017, right-click “Media files ede_224-oc4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Ban 57 mins – “New Hampshire reaction to the Trump immigration order. We hear from an array of Granite State voices:  politicians who feel this will, in the end, make the state safer.  Immigrants and refugees worried about their families and their futures. Colleges who welcome foreign students.  And major employers from hi-tech to hospitals. At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Trends 29 mins – “C-SPAN visits the “State of the Net” Conference, where C-SPAN interviews key thinkers about communications policy and how to combat terrorists’ use of the internet.” At the link find the title, “Communicators at “State of the Net” Conference, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.467750.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalist Adversaries 50 mins – “Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with Fred Peabody’s documentary film All Governments Lie. It’s inspired by the work of I.F. Stone, an investigative journalist and gadfly in the early 1950s to the `70s. Stone’s modern torchbearers—journalists like Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others profiled in the film—produce their adversarial journalism outside mainstream media. Peabody joins us Wednesday to discuss the value of alternative news and the role of independent journalists. Fred Peabody directed the documentary film All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalist PTSD 27 mins – “After a trip to the Philippines to report on a devastating typhoon, longtime CBC correspondent Curt Petrovich couldn’t shake the tragic scenes from his mind. He shares his experience with PTSD in a new CBC documentary.” At the link find the title, “Feb 2: ‘You can’t look away from a smell’: A reporter’s struggle with PTSD, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170202_20447.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judge Gorsuch 52 mins – “In our 100-Day Spotlight on the Trump Administration: The President announces his pick for the Supreme Court. We’ll look at the nominee and confirmation battle ahead.” At the link find the title, “President Trump’s SCOTUS Pick, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_512890297.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judge Gorsuch 53 mins – “Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of Neil Gorsuch: “If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in.” Also, we remember British actor John Hurt, who died last week. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘The Salesman,’ which is nominated for an Oscar.” At the link find the title, “February 1, 2017 Would SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Rule Contrary To Trump?” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judge Gorsuch 52 mins – “Exit polls from November’s election found that 1 in 5 people said Supreme Court appointments were “the most important factor” in casting their Presidential vote. Well, this week President Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Court’s empty seat, and Neil Gorsuch is the potential justice Republicans have been waiting for. Thursday, Doug sits down with University of Utah law professors Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones to talk about what the appointment heralds for the Court. United States Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. RonNell Andersen Jones is a Professor in the College of Law at the University of Utah. She teaches and writes about the intersection between the media and the courts, with a particular focus on the U.S. Supreme Court. Jones clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Amy Wildermuth is also a Professor of Law at the University of Utah with expertise in U.S. Supreme Court practice and administrative law. Wildermuth clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kratom Drug Use 37 mins – “Kratom, a drug made from the leaves of a tree native to Southeast Asia, has been in the news lately due to a proposed moved by the DEA to classify it as a Schedule 1 drug — the same classification as drugs likes heroin and LSD. But is a supplement derived from a plant related to coffee really similar to heroin?  In episode 165, Jesse talks to Dr. Alicia Lydecker, a toxicologist at UMass, as well as an anonymous kratom user, about what all the fuss is about.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leviathan 28 mins – “Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, published in 1651, remains one of the great works of political philosophy. Noel Malcolm has recently published a 3 volume scholarly edition of this book, based on decades of research. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses how a better understanding of the context in which Hobbes was writing can lead to new insights. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Noel Malcolm on Hobbes Leviathan in Context.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Library Backlash 12 mins – “With the information world long since moved online, today’s librarians may worry more about broadband than bookshelves. The shift to digital in our nation’s libraries means close attention to private Internet service providers as well as public regulators from groups like the American Libraries Association. This week, ALA criticized FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to revoke the FCC’s 2016 Lifeline modernization order, which librarians called critical to bringing information and opportunity to underserved communities….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

McDonald’s Ray Kroc 47 mins – “These days, and for a long time now, McDonald’s is all over and as common as ground beef. But there was a time in the 1950s and 60s, when McDonald’s was something very new and exciting. The man who pumped the excitement and took it global was Ray Kroc. He became super-wealthy. But when he found McDonald’s he was fifty-something and kind of in trouble. A new movie tells the story.  This hour On Point, McDonald’s, Ray Kroc, and the director of the new film, “The Founder.” At the link right the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Machiavelli 26 mins – “Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is one of the most notorious works of political philosophy ever written. Quentin Skinner sets it in its historical context and explains its key themes in this episode of Philosophy Bites.” At the link find the title, “Quentin Skinner on Machiavelli’s The Prince, Jul, 2008,” right-click “Media files Quentin Skinner on Machiavellis The Prince.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maker Cities 84 mins – “Dale Dougherty and Peter Hirshberg are the authors of Maker City: A Practical Guide for Remaking our Cities. Together they have a plan for bringing back hands-on education, building a local maker ecosystem, and creating a maker economy to replace our failing mass-market manufacturing process.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math in Shanghai 27 mins – “Becoming a maths master is within reach for every pupil taught the Shanghai model for teaching maths. There is no streaming according to ability, a highly trained, specialist teacher moves slowly through topics and does not move on until every single pupil gets it. But does the method come with too much pressure? Find more innovative ideas from the first series go to” At the link find the title, “A Model for Teaching Maths – Shanghai, My Perfect Country Boxset, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04rn36q.mp3”

Medicaid Payments 4 mins – “Data Challenges Contribute to Billions in Medicaid Improper Payments” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu, or click “Learn More”.

Medical Specialties 50 mins – “Ian Drummond is a fourth-year student at Case Western.  When it came time to consider what specialty to go into, Ian realized he didn’t have the knowledge needed to make an informed choice. So he did what anyone would do: started a podcast in which he will interview physicians from all 120 medical specialties listed on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine site.  Okay, not everyone would do that, but he did, and iatroblasts everywhere owe him a huge thank you.  Because while it is a massive undertaking for him, it is also super helpful to you!  Cole Cheney, Tarun Kadaru, Liza Mann, and Hillary O’Brien spoke with Ian to find out what he’s learning from his guests on The Undifferentiated Medical Student.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meme Warfare 36 mins – “Radio Motherboard discusses the extent that memes have taken over political discourse with Ryan Milner, a College of Charleston assistant professor who wrote his PhD. dissertation on memetics. We also discuss the idea of meme warfare, meme insurgency, and meme use by nation states. Milner is the author of World Made Meme, published by MIT Press.” At the link find the title,”Meme Warfare, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Meme_Warfare.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle East Policy 27 mins – “A veteran American diplomatic and strategic advisor to presidents of both parties, Ambassador James Jeffrey discusses the vital U.S. interest in the Middle East and how the Trump administration can protect and advance them.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Middle East Strategy with Ambassador James Jeffrey, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files PolicyCast15Jeffrey.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Missing Canadian Woman P1 22 mins – “While the mainstream media is finally starting to cover the story of missing and murdered Indigenous women, communicating those stories in a way that’s respectful and not re-traumatizing means striking a tricky balance.” At the link find the title, “Family often feel ‘used by media,’ says Indigenous reporter of MMIW coverage, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170201_67854.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Missing Canadian Woman P2 28 mins – “As part of The Current’s public forum in Vancouver, the audience weighs in with their stories involving murdered and missing Indigenous women — including the roots of violence against Indigenous women and the process of healing and closure.” At the link find the title, “’Culture is so much a part of healing’: MMIW public forum audience share stories, Media files current_20170201_86313.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moral Self 18 mins – “What can experimental psychology contribute to our self-development as moral agents? Philosopher Regina Rini explores this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link find the title, “Regina Rini on the Moral Self and Psychology, Jun, 2014,” right-click “Media files Regina Rini on the Moral Self and Psychology.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

News Processes 62 mins – “There is no fact/fiction lobe, no area in the cerebral cortex that holds true facts. We’re not wired for truth—but we are deeply wired for stories. In fact, compelling stories trump true facts as often as not, and our world view is defined by the fake world of 24 or suitcase nukes than they are by cold reality. We’re been looking for this program for a decade, someone who can talk clearly about the nuance of narrative, the power of stories and the resilience of myth. Tried twice before, and didn’t get it. But tonight America’s leading investigative journalist draws on her academic training and over a decade deep in the weeds of natiional security, intelligence and politic to talk about truth. The discussion draws heavily from Marcy’s post On “Fake News” At the link find the title, “Marcy Wheeler: Fake News is Nothing New, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files marcy-wheeler-fake-news-is-nothing-new.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Northwest Passage Tourism 38 mins – “Every year, over 20 million people get on a cruise ship and set sail for a seafaring vacation. Most of those cruises take their vacationers to warm, sunny climates. But thanks to climate change, a new hoard of ships might start sailing North rather than South. This episode of Flash Forward explores a future where the Arctic becomes a tourist destination just like the Bahamas or the Great Barrier Reef.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power in Germany 7 mins – “…The Rheinsberg facility, which went online in 1966, was the first nuclear power plant in East Germany. In the 1980s, though, big changes came to Rheinsberg. After an explosion and nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in the Soviet Union, some Germans started to question the safety of their own plants. After the Berlin Wall fell, the Rheinsberg power plant reached the end of its lifespan and was retired.” …As Germany moves ahead with its nuclear phaseout, it could learn a useful lesson from Rheinsberg — that the legacy of nuclear energy will be felt for decades to come.” At the link find the title, “A glimpse inside a defunct East German nuclear plant — and what it says about the future of energy in Europe, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0207201708.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids 46 mins – “Over the past half-century, the “Standard American Diet” (often and appropriately abbreviated “SAD”) has been gradually pruned of cod liver oil, liver, and egg yolks.  Each of these were foods our grandparents and great-grandparents would have found familiar — and each of which, according to Dr. Chris Masterjohn, help deliver nutritionally crucial fatty acids. Dr. Masterjohn’s personal journey includes the transition from a vegetarian to one of the most vocal public advocates of animal fats and proteins.  Now host of “The Daily Lipid” podcast and deeply involved in ongoing nutritional research, he works to educate the public on the utility of fats, the “master hormone” cholesterol, and the difficulty of maintaining health while straying far from a natural human diet….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Performance Enhancement 17 mins – “ In this bonus episode of Philosophy Bites made in association with the Open University, Michael Sandel addresses the question of whether we should allow genetic enhancement of athletes. Drawing on themes from his recent book, The Case Against Perfection, he discusses the ethical issues at stake. A transcript of this episode is available at www.open2.net/ethicsbites/” At the link find the title, “Direct download: Michael Sandel on Genetic Enhancement in Sports.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Picture Brides 30 mins – “On Thursday, a federal appeals panel unanimously rejected President Trump’s move to reinstate the ban on travel from seven largely Muslim nations into the United States. The restriction, put into effect by executive order on Jan. 27, is commonly believed to be a ban on Muslims. So, on this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, and Joanne look back at sweeping immigration restrictions in the 19th and 20th centuries, and how immigrant communities navigated these changing rules.” 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.

Podcast Production 30 mins – “For our Season 2 finale, we’re pulling back the curtain to reveal the specialist behind the podcast and radio show Snap Judgment, and a little about what goes into making our show. Plus: a very special announcement from our team! Make sure you listen through to the end to hear it. http://www.specialistpodcast.com/At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click ‘Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Shooting Unarmed Blacks 27 mins – “Did a white US police officer break the law by shooting dead an unarmed black youth?” At the link find the title, “Unarmed Black Male, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04rjwvt.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Argument 20 mins – “Why is argument so important in politics? Bob Talisse, co-author of Why We Argue (and how we should), explores this issue in conversation with David Edmonds for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link find the title, “Robert Talisse on the Importance of Arguments in Politics, Oct, 2013,” right-click “Media files Robert Talisse on the Importance of Argument in Politics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Bioethics 19 mins – “How should health resources be distributed? Jonathan Wolff discusses this and related questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode was originally released on Bioethics Bites in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust. “ At the link find the title, “Jonathan Wolff on Political Bioethics (originally on Bioethics Bites), Jun, 2012,” right-click “Media files Jonathan Wolff on Political Bioethics_3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Division 32 mins – “Professor Russell Muirhead argues that to do anything in politics you need a party but just because a party currently rules does not mean it will be successful and continue to rule. …The ultimate goal in elections is to create a constitutional majority and keep that majority for more than one election cycle. …The Electoral College is a constitutional majority because it represents an enduring and geographically dispersed population that is larger in space and more enduring in time and thus a more thoughtful, right, and just majority. …The voters hope that President Trump will translate their hopes and grievances into good government. Peter Robinson and Russell Muirhead end the interview by briefly discussing the global project that depends on the success of the United States, with Muirhead arguing that there is no global project without the United States. The fight for justice requires people/citizens who are tough, resilient, and ready to fight the world’s fight for good; that type of character is what we need to model at colleges and universities today.” At the link find the title, “The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20170202-muirhead.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Outlooks 67 mins – “Continuing on Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th Century America (1998). We talk more about Rorty’s description of the conflict between the “reformist left” and the “cultural left.” Do political-comedy shows serve a a positive political purpose? Can an enlightened political viewpoint really be a mass movement at all? Is it better to pursue specific political campaigns (e.g., pass law X) or be part of a “movement?” Can Rorty’s diagnosis cure Seth’s malaise? Listen to part 1 first, though you should probably just get the ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Realism 17 mins – “Raymond Geuss wants political philosophers to focus on real politics rather than abstract notions. In this interview with Nigel Warburton for Philosophy Bites he explains why he believes philosophers such as Robert Nozick and John Rawls were fundamentally misguided in the way they approached political philosophy.” At the link find the title, “Raymond Geuss on Real Politics, Oct, 2008,” right-click “Media files Raymond Geuss on Real Politics.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Political Tribes 45 mins – “President Trump announces his nominee for the Supreme Court, legal battles ramp up in opposition to the Trump’s executive order on immigration restrictions,and some in Congress vow to resist: Three political experts speculate on the future of our three branches of government and their respective powers in the Trump administration.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Porphyrins 6 mins – “Brian Clegg examines the colourful compounds that no red-blooded creature can do without: Porphyrins” At the link find the title, “Porphyrins: Chemistry in its element, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files CiiE_Porphyrins.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Solution in Peru 27 mins – “Economic growth benefits the poorest families in Peru. A fast-growing economy provides funds for social projects, such as giving $30 a month to each female head of a household. The poverty rate in Peru has halved in ten years from 55% in 2005 to 22% in 2015. Can poverty continue to be cut further? Find more innovative ideas from the first series go to www.bbcworldservice.com/perfectcountry” At the link find the title, “Cutting Poverty – Peru, My Perfect Country Boxset, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04rn5sn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Professor Politician 18 mins -.”Michael Ignatieff was an academic with a keen inerest in political theory before he learnt the hard way about politics in practice. He was an academic who became leader of the opposition in Canada then lost heavily in the 2011 Prime Ministerial election. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses the relationship between theory and practice in politics with Nigel Warburton.” At the link find the title, “Michael Ignatieff on Political Theory and Political Practice.mp3,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quantum Physics 39 mins – “The 20th century was a golden one for science. Big bang cosmology, the unravelling of the genetic code of life, and of course Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But it also saw the birth of quantum mechanics – a description of the world on a subatomic level – and unlike many of the other great achievements of the century, the weird world of quantum physics remains as mysterious today as it was a century ago. But what if strange quantum behaviour emerged from familiar, classical physics? How would this alter our view of the quantum world? And, more importantly, what would it tell us about the fundamental nature of reality? To explore this and more, Ian Sample speaks to an advocate of an emergent theory of quantum mechanics, Gerard t’Hooft, Nobel prize winner, and emeritus professor of theoretical physics atP Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Providing some historical background, we hear from Kings College London’s Dr Eleanor Knox. Finally, Aix Marseille Université’s Professor Carlo Rovelli offers an alternative, “relational” interpretation of quantum mechanics.” At the link right-click MPD3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quebec Mosque Attack P1 – “Six people were killed and eight wounded during evening prayers Sunday, in what Quebec’s premier described as a “murderous act directed at a specific community.” At the link find the title, “Jan 30: Quebec City reacts to lethal terrorist attack at local mosque, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170130_79928.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quebec Mosque Attack P2 – “Can we connect political words to murderous deeds? We are in a world of political disruption, anger, change, protest and defiance, but how do we process all of this? Law professor Payam Akhavan tells us what we’re not seeing.” At the link find the title, “Jan 31: Quebec mosque attack symptom of ‘populist hatred spreading,’ says law prof, 2017,”right-click “Media files current_20170131_45021.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quebec Mosque Attack P3 – “As the country mourns the loss of six men killed at a mosque in Quebec City, their deaths cast light on the anti-Muslim sentiment that remains far too pervasive in Canada. A panel of Muslims share their experiences and reflect on the tragedy.” At the link find the title, “Feb 3: How Muslim Canadians are coping after Quebec City attack, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170203_42964.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in America 52 mins – “We wrap up the show with Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, and Tanner Colby reflecting on what they’ve learned through this experiment in multiracial dialogue, and the ways in which we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, power, and privilege in our most-definitely-not-yet-pre-post-yet-still-very-racial society.” At the link find the title,”#1704: What have we learned? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP1394647317.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Crises 22 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), about the effects of President Trump’s executive order on refugees worldwide.” At the link find the title, “The President’s Executive Disorder, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8823700882.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Life 60 mins – “This week we document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect temporarily banning travel from seven countries, and we talk about the way it was implemented. A major policy change thrown into the world like a fastball with no warning. It’s hard not to ask: “What just happened? What was that all about?” At the link right-click “Download,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Renewable Energy Patrons 30 mins – “What do you think of when you hear the word, “billionaires?” Ruthless capitalists? Decadent narcissists? Evil cheese-puffs? What about renewable power? Well, today on Sea Change Radio we hear from Sammy Roth, energy reporter for The Desert Sun, who recently wrote a three-part series about how some American billionaires with deep roots in the fossil fuel industry, are planning bold clean power initiatives. We talk about the enormous wind farm that conservative tycoon Philip Anschutz hopes to build in Wyoming, discuss the efforts that famed investor Warren Buffett is making to enter California’s electricity marketplace, and learn what “balancing authorities” are and the role they play in our electric grid. Is what’s happening in the West just another capitalist scheme to benefit the 1%, or might these moves actually reduce climate pollution and lower energy bills?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Competition 12 mins – “This March, 17 middle-school teams descended on the Academy for the 2nd Annual FIRST LEGO League Robotics Scrimmage. Find out what went down this year, as teams turned their sights to food safety.” At the link find the title, “Junior Roboticists Take on a Food Challenge, Apr, 2012,” right-click “Media files RobotScrim2012_SciCity.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rock Crushing 53 mins – “Tim Pannell has developed an award-winning machine called the Reefinator, which he manufacture and sells to Farmers and Contractors across Australia. The Reefinator converts shallow, rocky soil into deep productive soils at an economical cost. In this episode, we learn about That Tim started thinking about the Reefinator almost 20 years ago, but he only recently started to work on it recently How the Reefinator works to crush rock The process that Tim followed to build the initial prototype How Tim found the manufacturer for his equipment Protecting his idea when working with third party manufacturers (and the advantages of working with them) … Links and resources mentioned in this episode Website: rocksgone.com.au” At the link find the title, “Developing a Rock Crushing Machine & Quality Control with Tim Pannell of Rocksgone – The Product Startup: Product development for small business, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files TPS039-Tim Pannell with Rocksgone.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rousseau 16 mins – “Modern society is for most people synonymous with progress. Not for the eighteenth century thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau believed that civilization corrupts us in certain ways. Melissa Lane explains Rousseau’s views on progress in this episode of Philosophy Bites.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Melissa Lane on Rousseau on Civilization.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rural Urban Divide 50 mins – “According to the New York Times, the 2016 election “highlighted a growing rural-urban split.” So, on this episode of BackStory, Brian, Ed and Nathan look at what happens when urban and rural Americans collide….” 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.

Saddam Hussein Interrogation 60 mins – “Former Senior CIA analyst John Nixon joins us to talk about his book, [Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein]. A programming note, this program contains language which some viewers may find offensive.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with John Nixon, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.464447.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Signals vs. Noise 36 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about Donald Trump’s isolationist policies and whether Americans should be worried about the future of our democracy.” At the link find the title, “Signals vs. Noise, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM3260467340.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smoking Ban 27 mins – “Bollards disguised as cigarette butts indicating smoking areas, high prices, compulsory plain packaging, advertising campaigns showing how smoking damages your health, an app to support giving up, and a culture of shame: anti-smoking messages come at Australians from all angles. Only around 13% of Australians smoke. Find more innovative ideas from the first series go to www.bbcworldservice.com/perfectcountry” At the link find the title, “Australia – Curbing Smoking, My Perfect Country Boxset, Feb, 2017” right-click “Media files p04rn202.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sports and Politics 30 mins – “It has been a nightmarish week. The new president has kicked off his reign with a series of illegal and immoral executive orders and a set of preposterous appointments. Every day we wake up and remember that this is really happening. Many of us are looking to the upcoming Super Bowl more and more for solace and distraction. Today on Sea Change Radio we are having a Super Bowl special of a sort. Our guest is Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of Edge of Sports podcast, best known for his articulate treatment of the intersection of sports and politics. Zirin and host Alex Wise talk about the Brady-Trump connection (or what we are calling ConflateGate), and more broadly about the role of athletes in our political discourse.” At the link right-click Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Bannon 46 mins – “Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, on fact and fiction in the Trump era and the rise of Steve Bannon.” At the link find the title, “Fact, Fiction And Trump, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_512687456.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Hazard 77 mins – “Sugar appears to have no nutritional value. But is it more than just empty calories? Is it actually bad for us? Author and journalist Gary Taubes talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar. Taubes argues that there is substantial circumstantial evidence suggesting that sugar is the underlying cause of a host of modern health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Taubes concedes the evidence is not iron-clad or definitive and reflects along the way on the intellectual and personal challenges of holding a strong view in the face of significant skepticism.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Nominees 64 mins – “In an elaborately choreographed prime-time ceremony this week, President Trump tapped Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for almost a year. We sit down with the Constitutional Accountability Center’s Elizabeth Wydra to examine Judge Gorsuch’s judicial record, whether he really is “Scalia 2.0,” and the difficult choices confronting Senate Democrats in the wake of this nomination. We also consider the ramifications of reports that some U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are defying federal court orders around Trump’s new travel restrictions. Slate staffers Mark Joseph Stern and Leon Neyfakh tell us what they learned from constitutional law scholars about the possibility of a standoff between two branches of the federal government. …Finally, we zero in on one of the many lawsuits filed this week against Trump’s executive order. Aziz v. Trump centers on a pair of young men who were en route to join their father in Michigan when the order was issued, and wound up being deported to Ethiopia upon their arrival at Dulles International Airport. We’re joined by the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case.” At the link find the title, “Will You Accept This Robe? Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2137165052.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Impact 18 mins – “What, if anything, is wrong with surveillance? Why value privacy? Tom Sorrell answers these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in assocation with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link find the title, “Tom Sorell on Surveillance, Jan, 2013,” right-click “Media files Tom Sorell on Surveillance.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Survivalists 48 mins – “Journalist Evan Osnos talks about the Silicon Valley survivalists who are stockpiling food and weapons and investing in luxury underground bunkers. “They feel a sense of fragility in our politics,” he says. Osnos has also been writing about Trump.” At the link find the title,”January 25, 2017 ‘Survival Of The Richest’,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synchrotron Radiation 27 mins – “Open SESAME! And no we are not talking about Ali Baba in this case. SESAME is an acronym for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Application in the Middle East. But what exactly does that mean? A synchrotron light produces very intense pulses of light that allows detailed studies of various objects. Join hosts Dr. Keith Pannell and Dr. Russell Chianelli as they speak to Stanford professor Herman Winick  about his role and involvement in SESAME.: At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Syrian Refugees 49 mins – “Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps, discusses the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria and the effect of the Trump administration’s executive order barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series….” 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.

Tim Ferris 75 mins – “Whether you’re a millionaire-in-the-making or just trying to check off your to-do list every single day, you’re always on the hunt for how to do your best, but where do you even start? Enter Tim Ferris of Four-Hour Work Week, and his latest book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Just for you, Tim picked the brains of 200+ of the most creative, successful leaders from around the world to help you do better every day, including Brene Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Jamie Foxx, Reid Hoffman, and dozens of others. He asked them actionable questions (What does the first hour of their day look like? What do their workout routines look like and why? What are the biggest time wastes they avoid?) so that you can apply their philosophies to your own life. To quote Tim, who tried many of these tactics himself, “The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.” Come hear from Tim at INFORUM, and who knows—maybe you’ll end up featured in his next book! At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Toy Lab 56 mins – “It may not be rocket science, but there’s still much to consider when inventing children’s toys, starting with all the ideas for what to build. Within the famous design firm IDEO, a small team toils away in a toy lab founded by Brendan Boyle, who also teaches design thinking at Stanford University. In conversation with Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Boyle discusses the importance of playfulness, divergent thinking and creativity in making toys.” 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.

Trauma P1 84 mins – “UCSF doctors present an overview of the concepts of injury survey in trauma patients when time is critical. Recorded on 10/13/2016. (#31564)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trauma P2 54 mins- “Drs. Lucy Kornblith and Aaron Kornblith provide an overview of advances in trauma care and the impact they are having. Recorded on 11/17/2016. (#31569)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trayvon Martin 36 mins – “On February 26th, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead at a residential complex in Sanford, a small city north of Orlando, Florida. The following year, the man who shot Martin, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of second-degree murder. Soon after, the Black Lives Matter movement formed, inspiring a new chapter in civil rights activism. At the center of it all were Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. We check in with them about how they’re doing five years after their son’s death and ask about their new book, “Rest In Power,” which pays loving tribute to Trayvon Martin.” At the link find the title, “Rest In Power: How Trayvon Martin Transformed A Nation, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170207_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Treasure Hunting 20 mins – “W.C. Jameson has searched for a recovered buried treasure across the world. But on a search in Arizona, he found something he never expected. Find out more about W.C. Jameson’s work and adventures at http://www.wcjameson.com/At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click ‘Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Administration Review 45 mins – “President Trump announces his nominee for the Supreme Court, legal battles ramp up in opposition to the Trump’s executive order on immigration restrictions,and some in Congress vow to resist: Three political experts speculate on the future of our three branches of government and their respective powers in the Trump administration.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trump and Higher Education 46 mins – “Donald Trump talks about “America first” and walls and tighter borders, and shows a harder face to the world. American high tech and higher education have thrived by doing just the opposite. American universities brim with the brains and money of international students. American high tech giants are decidedly global and often founded by immigrants. These two sectors are American jewels. Global leaders. Will they stay that way? This hour in our On Point 100-Day Spotlight, high tech and higher-ed in the time of Trump.” At the link right the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Orwell 24 mins – “It was a novel set in a dystopian future —the year 1984. But in today’s world of fake news and alternative facts, George Orwell’s doublethink and newspeak seem more relevant than ever.” At the link find the title “Feb 3: Orwell’s 1984 eerily parallels reality in the age of Trump, says author, Feb 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170203_89226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Putin 42 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, the investor and author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. The two discuss how business in Russia operates, the threats made on his life by Vladamir Putin, and the dangers facing our country with a President that’s willing to curry favor to Russia.” At the link find the title, “The Magnitsky Act and The Looming Russian Danger, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM4941536192.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and the Press 76 mins – “Live from the Skirball Center at New York University – A handful of New York’s top editors talk about how journalists and the media at large can play a bigger role in making sure that fact prevails over fiction in the coming months and years under a Trump administration.” At the link find the title, ”Not the New Normal: How the Media Should Cover the Trump Presidency (Live Edition), Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM6380704571.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Womens’ Rights 4 mins – “The request from Donald Trump’s transition team set off alarm bells within the small world of groups that promote global women’s rights. Trump’s team wanted details about the US State Department’s spending on gender equality, and names of people whose primary function was to promote gender issues. “It wasn’t a benign request,” said Ambassador Cathy Russell, head of the Office of Global Women’s Issues in Barack Obama’s State Department, whose office fielded the request. “They were looking for the family planning money and the LGBT programming and spending.” She didn’t give them the information. Weeks later, President Trump signed an executive order cutting off US funding to global women’s health organizations worldwide if they counseled, referred or advocated for access to abortion….” At the link find the title, “The future of global women’s rights under Trump? ‘It could be devastating.’ Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 02092017_03.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Education Options 57 mins – “At the local and national level, the movement to give families more options outside of their local district gains traction. In New Hampshire, several proposed bills would provide more funds and greater access to charter schools and other forms of education. But some worry these efforts will harm public school districts and rural counties.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Trump Executive Orders Impact 44 mins – “UC Berkeley students protest Milo Yiannopoulos, Budweiser releases Super Bowl ad with immigration theme, the economic future of the Inland Empire.” At the link find the title, “Protest at UC Berkeley, Super Bowl ad tackles immigration, the economic future of the Inland Empire, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW 020217-736da01d.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Precautions 31 mins ­ After an election that sent shock waves across the world and plunged America into an uncertain future, host Sabrina Siddiqui explores what Americans can do in response. From grassroots organizations to the halls of Congress, she asks guests what Americans can expect, and how to prepare for and fight back when one of the most divisive President-elects in modern history takes office. Political historian David Szakonyi of George Washington University notes that Donald Trump’s leadership represents a government shakeup that many voters are hungry for, but history offers some warnings. “It’s almost tragic how little success business people have had compared to the expectations that people have placed on them,” says Szakonyi. Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego says that Donald Trump does not have a mandate to violate the constitutional rights of his constituents. Gallego plans to work hard for an America that does not promote a “fear of the other”. At the link right “Download MP3” and select “save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Threat to Science [First segment] 56 mins – “US scientists call Canada on how to deal with being muzzled; Carl Sagan saw the future; Chimps, war and the “cuddle hormone”; Tales From The Parasitic Crypt; What gives a tomato its flavour; Death and decay are part of life; Quirks & Questions – Moons.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Scientists Call Canada For Help; Chimps, War and the Cuddle Hormone; Carl Sagan Saw The Future, and more, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files quirksaio_20170128_66177.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump’s EPA Director 46 mins – “President Obama’s EPA Chief Gina McCarthy joins us to look at President Trump’s early moves on the environment.” At yhe link find the title, “Obama’s EPA Chief On The U.S. And Climate Change, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_512893262.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tuberculosis Trends 9 mins – “One third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. It kills 1.5 million people each year. It exists in a latent or active form. Current treatment involves 4 or 5 drugs. Drug resistant strains can take up to 24 months to treat. In poor countries, without social welfare, where the choice is food or treatment, patients often cease treatment when there are the first signs of improvement, usually before the full course of drugs has been taken. This encourages drug resistance and often there is a relapse with an untreatable strain. What is needed is a new form of treatment which is cheap and fast. Greg Cook’s team at the University of Otago is investigating a cellular enzyme which has a unique vulnerability within the tuberculosis bacterium. Existing drugs for TB affect normal cells, making patients weak. The goal is to develop drugs which target TB’s vulnerable enzyme, producing a fast, affective treatment.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tunisian Women 27 mins – “A Muslim country with a cosmopolitan outlook, Tunisia is both liberal and conservative. The code of personal status introduced by Tunisia’s first president Habib Bourguiba established equality laws for women after Tunisia’s independence. But inequalities and violence towards women persist. How long will it be before there is true equality? Find more innovative ideas from the first series go to www.bbcworldservice.com/perfectcountryAt the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turtles Band 76 mins – “Musician and vocalist Howard Kaylan (The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) joins Gilbert and Frank for a funny, freewheeling discussion of a host of topics, including the virtuosity of Harry Nilsson, the “free love” of the 1960s, the nostalgic appeal of “That Thing You Do!” and the underrated artistry of The Zombies. Also: Howard disses Lulu, parties with Soupy Sales, runs afoul of Jimi Hendrix and meets his personal “Louis Prima.” PLUS: Kate Smith! “Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club!” Donald Fagen buys a suit! John Lennon feuds with Frank Zappa! And the Turtles invade the White House!” At the link find the title, “#141 Howard Kaylan,” right-click “Media files edb5f9cb-92eb-499f-a4da-57881a4d003a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unsaleable Stuff 18 mins – “Michael Sandel. 2009 Reith Lecturer, discusses the moral limits of markets.” At the link right-click “ Direct download: Michael Sandel on What Shouldn’t Be Sold.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viscose Rayon is Hazardous 58 mins – “In his new book, Paul D. Blanc, M.D., outlines the century-long history of “fake silk,” or cellulose viscose, used to produce such products as rayon textiles and tires, cellophane, and everyday kitchen sponges. He explores the export of hazardous manufacturing to developing countries, and the current “greenwashing” of viscose as an eco-friendly product. He describes the poisonous materials and environmental abuses involved in the manufacturing process, and the grave impact it has on human health. Deeply researched and boldly presented, Dr. Blanc’s book brings to light an industrial hazard whose egregious history ranks with those of asbestos, lead, and mercury.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voter Rights 24 mins – “Jamelle Bouie talks to The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk about the dangers being proposed to voting rights by the Trump administration.” At the link find the title, “The Worst Case Scenario for Voting Rights, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2091860251.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White House Uses 26 mins – “President Trump frequents his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, has a triplex penthouse in Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan and has his last name blazoned on dozens of properties around the world. Does that change things for the office of the presidency?” At the link find the title, “Should Trump be spending weekends at Mar-a-Lago? Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 589d498be4b09a0a172eb839_1351620000001-300030_t_1486703005653_44100_160_2.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfires 30 mins – “When wildfires engulfed the Canadian city of Fort McMurray last May 90,000 people were displaced and well over £2bn of damage was caused, making it one of the costliest natural disasters of all time. That fire proved to be just the start of a summer of flames that ripped through California, Greece and France. An area the size of India now burns every year and climate change is blamed for an increase in the length of the fire season across the boreal forests of North America. Tom Heap visits Fort McMurray to find out how a city could be so easily engulfed by fire and to meet the local scientists and firefighters working out fresh strategies to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine and Stink Bugs 3 mins – “Researchers help wine makers solve a stinky problem.” At the link find the title, “Episode 736 – The Stench in Wine,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Feb2_2017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women Investors 68 mins – “Are you ready to take charge of your career and financial destiny? Let Sallie Krawcheck show you how to harness your potential and fearlessly go after your goals. Sallie Krawcheck has been called the most powerful woman on Wall Street, and she’s opening up her years of experience to create a playbook for women’s professional success in Own It: The Power of Women at Work—one that incorporates women’s strengths, allows for non-traditional career paths, and shapes women’s power to advance themselves creatively and courageously. Sallie once held senior positions at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Citigroup. Now, she runs Ellevest, a digital platform focused on redefining investment tools, resources and strategies for women. “[Ellevest] isn’t ‘for women,’ ‘pink it and shrink it,’ ‘make it smaller,’” Sallie shared in a recent interview, reminding us that women often have different salary arcs, live longer on average, and often make decisions such as taking a few years off from career to raise children—all key components in investment strategies. Sallie’s wide range of experiences—from reaching the top rung in the “boys’ club” of Wall Street to launching Ellevest—mean there are myriad stories, skills, and sage pieces of advice, and we can’t wait to hear from her. Spend an evening walking in Sallie’s high-powered heels with INFORUM, and get inspired to own your future.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Writing Well 62 mins – “Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading authorities on language, mind and human nature. A professor of psychology at Harvard, he is the bestselling author of eight books and regularly appears in lists of the world’s top 100 thinkers. In 2014 he returned to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his latest publication ‘The Sense of Style’, a short and entertaining writing guide for the 21st century… Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretence, empathy, and a drive for coherence. … Pinker showed how everyone can improve their mastery of writing and their appreciation of the art. Professor Pinker was in conversation with Ian McEwan, one of Britain’s most acclaimed novelists, who has frequently explored the common ground between art and science….” At the link find the title, “Steven Pinker on Good Writing, with Ian McEwan, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 274 – Feb 10, 2017: Addiction Stories, Algae Uses, Animal Rights, Atheism, Aviation Careers, Belief Changes, Book Manufacturing, Border Tax, Bread History, Breast Feeding Controversy, Brexit Impact, Broadband in Nebraska, Bureaucracies, Canadian Racial Issue, Canadian Tax Havens, Chicken Tax, Chimp Smuggling, CIA at War, Civil War, Consciousness, Conspiracy Theories, Dan Carlin Background, Data Saving Effort, Decision Making, Ebola Stories, Eisenhower Era, Fake News, Fake Reality, Fasting Value, Fat Causes and Uses, Fentanyl Overdoses, Fish Talk, Free Markets, Freedom Variations, Gender Crime, Genome Definition, GMO Report Findings, Gun Control, Gun Ownership, Hannah Arendt, Human Enhancement, Immigration Ban, Immigration Guest Workers, Inequality, IRS Assistance, Isaac Newton, ISIS Control, James Baldwin, Journalism Decline in Canada, Karl Marx, Labor Change Trauma, Memories Explained, Middle East with Dan Carlin, Militarized Police, Moose Problems, Nuclear Threat, Nuclear Weapons Strategies, Older Workers, Physiology of Exercise, Police Abuse of Blacks, Political Representation, Presidential Tweets, Publishing Worldwide, Racism in America, Reconciliation in Canada, Religion for Atheists, Retraining Program Failure, Richard Branson Story, Russia and Trump, Russian Politics, Science Structure, Software Developer Anil Dash, Steve Bannon, Syrian Conflict, Thomas Friedman Talk, Trump and Keystone XL Pipeline, Trump and the Press, Vaccine Research, Vegetarianism, White House Press, Wolf Pack Democracy

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 90 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 286 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twenty-four group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 86GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 13,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Addiction Stories 56 mins – “Evidence is growing that certain medicines can ease cravings for drugs and alcohol and improve people’s lives. And the medical community, backed by substantial federal funding, is promoting these drugs, calling them life-savers in many cases. But there are skeptics: Some who feel this approach merely replaces one addiction for another and others who fear this is just another profit-making venture of so-called “big pharma.” At the link right-click the play button beside, “Listen” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Algae Uses 28 mins – “Think of algae and you’ll probably think trouble. Algal blooms turned the diving pool green at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Smelly seaweed ruins many a trip to the beach. But Alison Smith, Professor of Plant Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, argues that we should appreciate algae more. They range in size from giant kelp to microscopic diatoms. They are found all over the world from the Arctic to the Tropics, live in water and make energy from the sun by photosynthesis. Alison Smith talks to Jim al-Khalili about algae’s sometimes bizarre biochemistry and how she discovered that they obtain their vitamins from bacteria they live alongside in the sea. They also discuss how we are beginning to farm algae to make all kinds of chemicals, from food stuffs to biofuels. We may become very dependent on them when the oil runs out.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Rights 16 mins – “How should we treat animals? Jeremy Bentham argued that we should weigh animal suffering in our moral decision making, and Peter Singer’s concept of speciesism is a modern version of that utilitarian approach. Gary L. Francione argues that philosophers like Peter Singer who focus on animal welfare have not gone far enough: what matters is that we shouldn’t use animals at all. He calls his approach abolitionism. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link find the title, “Gary Francione on Animal Abolitionism, Oct, 2012,” right-click “Media filesGary Francione on Animal Abolitionism.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Rights 16 mins – “Many philosophers argue in favour of the welfare of animals because of their capacity for feeling pain. Harvard philosopher Christine Korsgaard is unusual in using Kantian arguments to defend the status of animals as ends in themselves. She discusses her approach with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link find the title, “Christine Korsgaard on the Status of Animals, Feb, 2015,” right-click “Media files Christine Korsgaard on the Status of Animals.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Atheism 12 mins – Is belief in the existence of a God or gods the equivalent of believing that there are fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or can it be defended on the basis of reason or evidence? In this interview for Philosophy Bites  Anthony Grayling gives a philosophical defence of atheism and explains why he believes it to be a well-grounded and ultimately life-affirming position to hold.” At the link right-click “Direct download: GraylingA.MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aviation Careers 35 mins – “In episode 124 we discuss leaving a six-figure salary for an airline job, shout outs, our new weekly show, and your questions answered.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Safe Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belief Changes P2 56 mins – “If you try to correct someone who you know is wrong, you run the risk of alarming their brains to a sort-of existential, epistemic threat, and if you do that, when that person expends effortful thinking to escape, that effort can strengthen their beliefs instead of weakening them. In this episode you’ll hear from three experts who explain how trying to correct misinformation can end up causing more harm than good.” At the link find the title, “094 – The Backfire Effect – Part Two,” right-click “Media files 094-The Backfire Effect-Part_Two.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Manufacturing 51mins – “ With sales of printed books on the rise, there’s little sign the reading experience will go entirely digital any time soon. So how does a novel make the jump from manuscript to bookshop, and what happens next? We start our story at Hodder & Stoughton, where director of production Joanna Seaton gives us a whistlestop tour of the editorial process. Next we head to Suffolk, where Chris Impey takes us from printing plate to bound copy at one of the UK’s biggest printers, Clays. Waterstones fiction buyer Chris White tells us how they decide which titles make it on to the shelves, while Book Industry Communication’s Karina Luke and Book Aid International’s Simon Mercer explain what happens to the books that never get sold….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Border Tax 21 mins – “Over the next few months, we’re going to explain President Trump’s economic plans. Today: a totally new idea for corporate taxes. What’s the plan, what’s the theory behind it, and does it work?” At the link find the title, “#751: The Thing About That Border Tax,” right-click “Media files 20170201 pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bread History 36 mins – “The second installment of A Thought for Food’s systematic analysis of America’s sandwich, the cheeseburger, looks at bread—one of the strangest and most interesting products humanity has ever invented. Featured in this episode are  conversations with Thomas R. and Carol Janas Sinclair, authors of Bread, Beer, and the Seeds of Change , Maudene Nelson of Columbia University, Dr. Michael McBurney of DSM Nutritional Products, and Dr. Stephen Pintauro of the University of Vermont. This podcast is a co-production of the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and Science & the City.” At the link find the title, “June 14, 2013 A Thought for Food: Going to Seed,” right-click “Downloadand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Breast Feeding Controversy 24 mins – “It’s a message you hear again and again: Breastfeeding is best. But some moms who struggle with breastfeeding say the pressure to do it can be too much to bear. The Current looks into the burden some mothers face and the pushback against ‘Lactivists.’” At the link find the title, “Jan 25: Breastfeeding ‘lactivists’ may be doing more harm than good, says author, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170125_67781.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Brexit Impact 58 mins – “Some have called it the unravelling of Europe, while others claim it may signal the end of liberalism. Brexit both surprised and confounded experts who never thought it would happen. Timothy Garton delivers the Donner Canadian Foundation Lecture.” At the link find the title, “The Causes and Consequences of Brexit: Timothy Garton Ash, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170126_51668.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Nebraska 33 mins – “We’ve been covering happenings in Lincoln, Nebraska for several years now. The city’s Right of Way Manager David Young joins us for episode 238 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. David is a returning guest; this week, he’s here to talk about Lincoln’s new venture into small cell technology. The state imposes restrictions on municipalities in Nebraska. Nevertheless, Lincoln has found a way to make a smart investment in conduit and public fiber to create a welcoming environment for providers. An extensive conduit network and smart local policies in Lincoln have improved competition, expanded access, and now the small cell program is improving mobile …” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bureaucracies 59 mins – “Johns Hopkins University political science professor Benjamin Ginsberg discusses his book, [What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Benjamin Ginsberg, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462998.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Canadian Racial Issue P1 21 mins – “Today marks the one year anniversary since the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s historic finding that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves. Critics say too little progress has been made to fix things.” At the link find the title, “Jan 26: Indigenous leaders give Trudeau government failing grade on delivering promises 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170126_64886.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Racial Issue P2 9 mins – “Yesterday Minister Carolyn Bennett joined The Current for a ‘report card’ on how well the Trudeau government has done on delivering its promises to Indigenous Canadians. NDP MP Charlie Angus wants to rebut one of her major claims.” At the link find the title, “Jan 27: Minister Bennett lied about funding to Indigenous communities, says MP Charlie Angus 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170127_48206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Tax Havens 21 mins – “When you think of offshore tax havens, add Canada to the list. A joint CBC News and Toronto Star investigation reveals how Canada is becoming a destination for tax evasion.” At the link find the title, “Jan 26: Canada marketed as global tax haven, experts say 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170126_32150.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chicken Tax 18 mins – “President Trump talks about putting tariffs on foreign cars. But there are already tariffs on auto imports and one got there because of chickens in Germany. This is how trade barriers tend to spread.” At the link find the title, “#632: The Chicken Tax,” right-click “Media files 20170125 pmoney_podcast012517.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chimp Smuggling 27 mins – “The BBC exposes the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees, captured in Africa and exported to the Gulf or Asia as pets or for private zoos. Capturing a baby chimp means killing the parents and often other adult chimpanzees. The trade is starting to threaten chimp populations in the wild. Reporter David Shukman infiltrates a smuggling ring based in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, and discovers the scale of this illegal trade which crosses several continents.” At the link find the title, “Chimp Smuggling Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04rg83m.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA at War 32 mins – “I was originally going to discuss the song “Battle Cry of Freedom” and the Emancipation Proclamation, and then cover another major battle or two at the end. However, by the time I got done talking about the Proclamation, I had more than enough material for an entire episode, so decided to just stop there for now.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War P3 77 mins – “In this episode we’re talking about mobilization of manpower and resources for large-scale warfare and the resultant growth in the size and power of the central state, something that happened on a massive scale in the case of both the Union and the Confederate governments.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness 17 mins – “Why do we have consciousness at all? Neuroscientist Chris Frith discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Mind Bites which is part of a series made in association with Philosophy Bites for Nick Shea’s AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project.” At the link find the title, “Chris Frith on The Point of Consciousness, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files Chris Frith on the Point of Consciousness.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conspiracy Theories 21 mins – “What is a conspiracy? Why do conspiracies – real or imagined –  matter to philsophy? Cassim Quaassam explores these questions in conversation with Nigel WarburtonAt the link right-click “Direct download: Quassim Cassam on Conspiracy Theories.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dan Carlin Background 75 mins – “Imagine celebrities from the 1960s and 1970s who were involved in sexual conduct with minors in their heyday being called to account for it today. It’s currently happening in Great Britain. Dan has some thoughts.” At the link find the title, “Show 276 – Past Transgressions, Jun, 2014,” right-click “Media files cswdcc76.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Saving Effort 12 mins – “Dozens of scientists working at schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Toronto, and a handful of others are frantically working on a series of projects to preserve government science from alteration or deletion under the Donald Trump administration. In this episode, we’ll be checking in with Nick Shapiro and Bethany Wiggin, who are organizing efforts to download and rehost vital climate change data before Trump takes office.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Decision Making 24 mins – “Michael Lewis, author of financial thrillers such as “The Big Short” and “Moneyball” turns his attention to the world of psychology, and a bromance between two scientists who changed the way we think.” At the link find the title, “Jan 27: How two game-changing psychologists changed the way we think about thinking 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170127_38675.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Stories 24 mins – “What do you do when a life-threatening disease makes it too dangerous to save the person closest to you? Dr. Phillip Ireland was a physician at JFK Hospital in Liberia during the virulent outbreak of Ebola in 2014 when families were torn apart by the runaway virus….For more on the work of producer Jake Halpern go to http://www.jakehalpern.com.”

Eisenhower Era 58 mins – “Fox News Channel chief political anchor Bret Baier looks at the exchange of power from President Eisenhower to President Kennedy. He is interviewed by Susan Eisenhower, president of the Eisenhower Group.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Bret Baier, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.465514.MP3-STD.mp3

Fake News 12 mins ­- ”In a world of fake news, The Current looks to online resource Snopes.com — a website that is thriving in this ‘post-truth’ era by checking the facts.” At the link find the title, “Jan 23: Fact-checking website Snopes fights fake news in ‘post-truth’ era 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170123_47140.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake Reality 52 mins – “Playing for Team Human is Jonathan Larsen. Larsen is a journalist, comedy writer, and TV producer who has worked on the Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart, Up w/ Chris Hayes, and Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann. Larsen recently launched TheFingNews.com, a news digest that brings context, analysis, and humor to the daily news. Jonathan joins Douglas Rushkoff to talk about the Fucking News and the new Indivertible Guide. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larsen and Rushkoff look behind the scenes of reporting and discuss propaganda, fake news, and strategies for resisting the reality TV show era of the Trump presidency.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 20 Jonathan Larsen ‘Fake Reality’” right-click “Media files TH_20-Jonathan-Larsen.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fasting Value 60 mins – “On this episode of The Paleo Solution Podcast we have guests Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jason Fung. Jimmy Moore, who everyone probably already knows, is the founder of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb, author of Keto Clarity, co-author of The Complete Guide to Fasting, and more. Dr. Jason Fung is a world renowned nephrologist based out of Toronto, and also a co-author of The Complete Guide to Fasting.” At the link right-clickDownload Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Causes and Uses 29 mins – “When Sylvia Tara had more trouble fitting into her skinny jeans than her friends, she decided to learn why she was prone to being fat.  Her new book is –  The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fentanyl Overdoses 12 mins – “Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health officer provides a solution to the fentanyl crisis — access to treatment with medical grade heroin, and decriminalizing illicit drugs.” At the link find the title, “Jan 23: ‘One of the worst crises I’ve ever seen’: Vancouver Coastal Health calls for prescription heroin 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170123_92454.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fish Talk 58 mins – “Whales are threatened by us. Their language eroding through noise and climate change. Carrie Haber explores how marine scientists around the world are thinking about our evolutionary courtship with these magnificent mammals in the sea.” At the link find the title, “Darkwave – Underwater languages at the brink of extinction (Encore Sept 28, 2016) 2017” right-click “Media files ideas_20170124_19778.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Markets 18 mins – ”Is free market fairness an oxymoron? John Tomasi, author of Free Market Fairness, argues that economic freedom and social justice are compatible. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explains his position in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.At the link right-click “Direct download: John Tomasi on Free Market Fairness.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freedom Variations 18 mins – “Ancient and modern concepts of freedom differ. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast political philosopher Alan Ryan compares and contrasts ancient and modern concepts of freedom in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link find the title, “Alan Ryan on Freedom and Its History, Dec, 2012,” right-click “Direct download: Alan Ryan on Freedom and Its History_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Crime 18mins – “In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Catharine MacKinnon talks to Nigel Warburton about the concept of Gender Crime. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link find the title, “Catharine MacKinnon on Gender Crime, Mar, 2011,” right-click “Media files Catherine MacKinnon on Gender Crime.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genome Definition 17 mins – “Genomics is a new approach to understanding our biology, one with far-reaching consequences for our understanding of what we are and where are responsibilities lie. Philosopher of biology John Dupre explains in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: John Dupre on Genomics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Report Findings 34 mins – “The National Academies of Science is one of the most respected scientific organizations on the planet, composed of well-established scientists and other scholars that perform important functions in vetting scientific claims and steering scientific agendas of a nation.  Every several years the NAS commissions a review of the literature on genetic engineering in crop plants.  Over the last several years the NAS appointed a diverse group do perform the 3rd such comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Fred Gould was the Chair of that group, and speaks with Dr. Paul Vincelli about the charge to the committee and some of the outcomes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control 17 mins – “Jeff McMahan argues against the private ownership of guns in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Jeff McMahan on Gun Control.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Ownership with Carlin 52 mins – “Dan has a couple of issues he’s been meaning to get to…a bit about guns, a bit about Marijuana, a bit about everyone’s Intolerable Oppression limits. He offers a bit of popcorn analysis on all of them.” At the link find the title, “Show 289 – Overdue Analysis, ‘ right-click “Media files cswdcc89.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hannah Arendt 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt. She developed many of her ideas in response to the rise of totalitarianism in the C20th, partly informed by her own experience as a Jew in Nazi Germany before her escape to France and then America. She wanted to understand how politics had taken such a disastrous turn and, drawing on ideas of Greek philosophers as well as her peers, what might be done to create a better political life. Often unsettling, she wrote of ‘the banality of evil’ when covering the trial of Eichmann, one of the organisers of the Holocaust.” At the link click “Download,” and select high or low quality download, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Enhancement 20 mins – “Philosophy Bites looks at ethical questions raised by enhancement. Technological developments have opened up many new opportunities for intervening in biological processes to improve ourselves. Allen Buchanan of Duke University discusses some of these and their implications in conversation with Nigel Warburton.” At the link find the title, “Allen Buchanan on Enhancement, May, 2009,” right-click “Media files Allen_Buchanan_on_Enhancement.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Ban 36 mins – “An executive order issued Friday banning refugees and limiting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries set off a flurry of protests and court filings over the weekend. Thousands of people across the country demonstrated at airports where those affected by the executive orders were being detained. Some of the provisions have been temporarily stayed in court, but confusion remains. In this special broadcast, 1A answers your questions about the orders.” At the link find the title “Special: Answering Your Questions On Trump’s Immigration Freeze, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170129_1a_1a podcast_01-29-2017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Ban 23 mins – “Barely a week after assuming office, President Donald Trump set off a worldwide firestorm when he decided to temporarily ban entry to migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from all over the world. In response, many people are looking to the past, to see what history can teach us. But this process can fraught with psychological peril. On today’s Hidden Brain, we revisit a specific incident from World War II – the American decision to refuse entry to Jewish refugees aboard the SS St. Louis – and explore how it speaks to the current mood in the United States.” At the link find the title, “Episode 60: Fortress America,” right-click “Media files 20170130 hiddenbrain_60.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Ban 26 mins – “Is President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring entry into the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries within the bounds of presidential power? With Marc Fisher, Post senior editor and author of “Trump Revealed,” we answer that and more.” At the link find the title, “Will President Trump’s immigration ban survive? Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 589403d0e4b03735090c2a4b_1351620000001-300040_t_1486095320398_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Safe Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Guest Workers 65 mins – “George Borjas of Harvard University and author of We Wanted Workers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about immigration and the challenges of measuring the impact of increased immigration on American workers and consumers. The discussion also looks at the cultural impact of immigration and what immigration in the past can tell us about immigration today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inequality 16 mins – “Does inequality really matter? Or should we be more concerned with raising the standards of the least well off than any disparity between those who have and those who have not? Alex Voorhoeve of the London School of Economics discusses these questions with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Alex Voorhoeve on Inequality.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IRS Assistance 7 mins – “Taxpayers rely on IRS to help them comply with the tax code and file their taxes. Although IRS improved its telephone service during the 2016 tax filing season, service year-round was not as good. We also looked at how IRS helps taxpayers who are victims of ID theft refund fraud—wherein fraudsters pose as taxpayers and file returns seeking refunds. IRS has improved aspects of service for victims, but inefficiencies continue to contribute to delays in resolving these cases. Among other things, we recommend IRS display its service standards and performance online to let customers know what to expect, and improve service to refund fraud victims.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Isaac Newton P1 58 mins – “In part 1 of our multipart biography of the father of physics, we look at the life of Isaac Newton from his early years in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire through his grammar school days to his time at Trinity College, Cambridge.  We take some time to specifically look at the cultural and religious background that influenced his upbringing as well as his work on vision, color, light and optics.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Control 65 mins – “To defeat ISIS, you need to understand ISIS. Brian Fishman is a leading expert on ISIS. He served as the director of research at the United States Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center and began studying the progenitors of ISIS in 2005. He predicted the rise of the Islamic State in early 2011, prior to the Syrian civil war. Fishman says that the rise of ISIS was neither an accident of history nor an unpredictable product of chaos in Syria, but rather the fulfillment of a vision to capitalize on Syria’s demographic and geopolitical frailty, detailed in a plan that runs through 2020. He says that “master plan” offers important insight into how ISIS might now evolve. Fishman says that only by learning the Islamic State’s full history and the strategy that drove it can we understand the forces that could ultimately tear it apart. Fishman is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS History 53 mins – “Graeme Wood discusses The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, his intimate new account of what drives the jihadi group’s true believers.” 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.

James Baldwin 42 mins – “Author, speaker, playwright and activist James Baldwin’s legacy has affected American consciousness for decades. And while much of his most notable work was completed in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, Baldwin is everywhere today. Activists are inspired by him, authors are compared to him, and a new documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ has received exuberant critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination. What’s behind this resurgence, and what makes his work so profoundly true in our present moment?” At the link find the title, “Revisiting James Baldwin, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170202_1a podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalism Decline in Canada 12 mins – “Canadian news media has been suffering through years of cuts, cutbacks, closures, consolidations and buyouts — Could they all be adding up to a threat to our democracy, and an opening for the spread of fake news?” At the link find the title, “Jan 27: Canadian news industry at crisis point, suggests new report 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170127_69708.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Karl Marx 15 mins – “Karl Marx’s theory of alienated labour is the topic of this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today? explains what Marx meant by alienation. He also sheds light on Marx’s controversial description of what non-alienated labour would be like.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Johnathan Wolff on Marx on Alienation_1.mp3”and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Labor Change Trauma 35 mins – “For years, economists promised that global free trade would be mostly win-win. Now they admit the pace of change has been “traumatic.” This has already led to a political insurrection — so what’s next?” At the link find the title, “Did China Eat America’s Jobs? Jan, 2017” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast012517.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Memories Explained 9 mins – “In this mini podcast, Observer Magazine columnist and neuroscientist Dr Daniel Glaser answers listener’s emails in response to our A Neuroscientist Explains podcast on memory storage.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle East with Dan Carlin 66 mins – “The Middle East seems to be imploding. Dan thinks this is likely all part of a natural process of redrawing artificial borders and re-balancing power relationships. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be fun to live through.” At the link find the link, “Show 277 – Riding Chaos to Stasis” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Militarized Police 57 mins– “A police shooting in Missouri sparks unrest, and the paramilitary response is making headlines. Also, Islamic radicals in Iraq threaten the lives of many locals, how should the world respond?” At the link find the title, “Show 279 – If It Even Saves One,” right-click “Media files cswdcc79.mp3”and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Moose Problems 57 mins – “More than a North Country mascot, moose are an indicator of ecosystem health and climate change. With populations in New Hampshire decimated in recent years, a four-year, three-state study is collecting data on the health of the moose population and the devastation caused by winter ticks.  We discuss other threats to the moose population, such as brainworm, and how moose are managed in the state.

Nuclear Threat 27 mins – “Former US Secretary of Defence William J Perry has spent his entire seven-decade career on the nuclear brink. A brilliant mathematician, he became involved in the development of weapons-related technology in the aftermath of World War Two. He reflects on the nuclear nightmare, and lays out his formula for nuclear security in our changing world.” At the linkf ind the title, “Atom Man, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04rfybb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapons Strategies 350 mins – “What happens if human beings can’t handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind’s efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Older Workers 19 mins – “New research shows more Canadians aren’t just hitting the golf course in their 60s, they’re starting new jobs. Some because they have too, but many because they simply want to.” At the link find the title, “Jan 24: Why more Canadians are ditching retirement for new careers 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170124_90741.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physiology of Exercise 92 mins – “Martin Gibala, Ph.D. (@gibalam) is a professor and chair of the kinesiology department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His research on the physiological and health benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has attracted immense scientific attention and worldwide media coverage. Martin has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles, is frequently invited to speak at international scientific meetings, and has received multiple awards for teaching excellence. He is also the co-author of the brand-new book The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter.” At the link find the link “#217: The One-Minute Workout Designed by Scientists — Dr. Martin Gibala” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show- Dr. Martin Gibala.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Abuse of Blacks 62 mins – “Recorded to the soothing background sounds of jackhammers, this show talks about the electorate’s collective memory with a bit about riots and partisan self-image thrown in for variety’s sake.” At the link find the title, “Show 291 – Past Performance & Future Results,”right-click “Media files cswdcc91.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Representation 18 mins – “Political representation in a democracy doesn’t necessarily reflect the variety of people within a society. Most noticeably, there is a much lower percentage of women acting as representatives than there is in the wider population. Does this matter? Anne Phillips believes it does. She explains why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Anne Phillips on Political Representation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Tweets 28 mins – “We take a close look at Trump’s tweets now that he’s president. Can he make official policy statements on Twitter? And does that dictate government action? We explore the pros and cons when a president has a direct line to the people. This episode is co-hosted by Post reporter Abby Phillip and features interviews with Rutgers professor David Greenberg, former Obama digital strategist Laura Olin, data scientist David Robinson and former Rand Paul digital strategist Vincent Harris.” At the link find the title, “Can he tweet that? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 588ad427e4b03735090c1a68_1351620000001-300030_t_1485493303488_44100_160_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publishing Worldwide 13 mins – “A week after author Roxane Guy pulled her next book from Simon & Schuster over its decision to publish right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos, Hillary Clinton has signed with the same publisher for a book of personal essays reflecting on favorite quotations. The Clinton announcement came a day before demonstrators on the UC Berkeley campus blocked a scheduled appearance there by Yiannopoulos. In early January, media reports said Yiannopoulos had received a $250,000 advance for Dangerous, described as “autobiographical.” In 2016, Twitter permanently banned Yiannopoulos after several incidents of alleged abusive behavior….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in America 56 mins – “We wrap up the show with Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, and Tanner Colby reflecting on what they’ve learned through this experiment in multiracial dialogue, and the ways in which we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, power, and privilege in our most-definitely-not-yet-pre-post-yet-still-very-racial society.” At the link find the title, “#1704: What have we learned? Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files PP1394647317.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reconciliation in Canada 54 mins – “Dr. Tracey Lindberg explores the importance of reconciliation with self, with community, and with Indigenous peoples in advance of reconciliation with Canada.” At the link find the title, “Reconciliation Before Reconciliation with Dr. Tracey Lindberg, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170123_17309.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Religion for Atheists 15 mins – “Some atheists despise religion and ridicule it as absurd. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists, takes a more pragmatic line, arguing that atheists can learn a great deal from religion. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Allen Buchanan on Enhancement.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Retraining Program Failure 19 mins – “When an American loses his/her job to trade, there is program to help. It’s been around for decades. It makes a lot of sense. It is a generous program. And almost nobody’s heard of it. But why?” At the link find the title, “#750: Retraining Day,” right-click “Media files 20170127 pmoney podcast012716.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Richard Branson Story 36 mins – “Richard Branson took a record shop and built it into a label, a bank, an airline, space tourism, and 200 other businesses — all under the name Virgin. But the serial entrepreneur has also had his share of failures.” At the link find the title, ‘Virgin: Richard Branson, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170126_hibt_virgin.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russia and Trump 25 mins – “Russia has asserted itself on the global stage — from supporting Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, to its alleged involvement in the election of Trump. Is this all part of Putin’s plan to make Russia great again?” At the link find the title, “Jan 23: Is Russia on its way back to superpower status? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170123_86720.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Politics 43 mins – “Journalist Luke Harding has an insider’s understanding of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Harding served as Moscow bureau chief for the British newspaper The Guardian from 2007 until 2011. During his tenure, Russian agents followed him, tapped his phone and repeatedly broke into his home. “I almost feel like I could write the KGB handbook, I lived it for quite a long time,” he tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. …Harding understands how Russia’s reach extends far beyond its borders, and he takes very seriously the issue of Russia’s interference in the U.S. election. “I don’t want to sound too hyperbolic, but it’s really an assault on the Western liberal order,” he says….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Structure 58 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson compares notes with British physicist and TV host Brian Cox about wormholes, lightsabers, science literacy and more. Also featuring futurist Jason Silva, Dr. Janna Levin, and co-host Maeve Higgins. Plus, Bill Nye extols the value of ‘Looking Up.’”The Value of Science, with Brian Cox, Jan, 2016,” right-click “Media files 244466879 startalk the value of science with bri.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Software Developer Anil Dash 58 mins – “If you’re intersted in the tech world, you have almost certainly run across Anil Dash in one form or another. Maybe it was something he helped create, like a blogging platform. Or maybe it was something on internet ethics that he’s written, like a column for Wired, or his personal blog, which he started back in 1999. He was one of the first people on Twitter and tens of thousands of tweets later he’s covered everything from tech, to pop culture, and live as a dad. He is currently the CEO of Fog Creek Software. Debbie talks to Anil about politics, technology and culture. “The single industry that is more responsible for creating culture today than any other, even entertainment or media, is tech. And part of it is we’re the mediators for the media world.” AT the link find the title, “Anill Dash,” right-click “Media files anil-dash.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Bannon 45 mins – “President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council. His controversial chief strategist, Steve Bannon, joins the NSC and the president has demoted the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. How big of a role is the ex-chief executive of the ‘alt-right’ Breitbart News Network playing in the new administration? Also, Donald Trump has been president for a week. His opponents believe he stoked division and has given legitimacy to extremists. Others see Trump’s election victory as the true will of the American people, who are hungry for change and fed up with the status quo. In partnership with the organizers of Intelligence Squared, 1A asks, “Should we give President Trump a chance?” At the link find the title, “Who Is Steve Bannon And Should We Give Trump A Chance? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170131_1a_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Conflict 36 mins – “The conflict in Syria has killed more than 300,000 people and displaced 11 million others since it began nearly six years ago. But could new developments signal an impending end to the violence? With the U.S. on the sidelines, Russia is pushing forward in its fight against ISIS and Al-Nusra. The Russians are aided in this by Iran and Turkey. And US President Donald Trump has promised to work with Russia in Syria, rather than focus on removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad’s government forces have also retaken Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city and a former stronghold of anti-Assad rebels. However, ISIS is still active in the area and the group is reclaiming lost land. With a new round of peace negotiations set to take place in Geneva, we look at what the future may hold for the complicated conflict.” At the link find the title, “Aleppo: What’s Left? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170130_1a_1apodcastfinal01302017.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Friedman Talk 64 mins – “He has been called ‘the most influential columnist in America’, and is read by everyone from small-business owners to President Obama. As a star columnist of The New York Times, Thomas Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times. Although he has been dubbed ‘the high priest of globalisation’, Friedman is well aware that it is the tensions created by globalisation which have paved the way for the election of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, when he comes to the Intelligence Squared stage, Friedman will argue that contrary to Trump’s promises of walls and tariffs, it is openness to trade and ideas that will allow us all to thrive amid the rapid, startling changes sweeping through the world…. ” At the link find the title, “Thomas Friedman on Thriving in the Age of Acceleration, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Keystone XL Pipeline 19 mins – “Yesterday U.S. President Donald Trump signed new life into the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But with plans afoot for Canada’s own pipelines and lingering environmental concerns, is the return of Keystone something for Canada to celebrate?” At the link find the title, “Jan 25: Is Keystone XL pipeline approval good news for Canada? 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170125_72682.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and the Press 16 mins – “White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his boss have had a rough first few days in their new jobs. Historian Martha Joynt Kumar explains that the relationship between the press secretary and the press has always been a tricky one.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Trade 48 mins – “Globalization in the Trump era: we check in on Davos and the globalizers under fire.” At the link find the title, “The Davos Man, Under Attack, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_511455577.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Facts 19 mins – ”The word “normalized” is heard quite a bit when it comes to how reporters should cover President Trump. How to cover this unprecedented American president is on the minds of editors and news consumers everywhere.” At the link find the title, “Jan 23: Journalists warn against normalizing Trump 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170123_28103.mp3” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Travel Ban 36 mins – “An executive order issued Friday banning refugees and limiting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries set off a flurry of protests and court filings over the weekend. Thousands of people across the country demonstrated at airports where those affected by the executive orders were being detained. Some of the provisions have been temporarily stayed in court, but confusion remains. In this special broadcast, 1A answers your questions about the orders.” At the link find the title, “Special: Answering Your Questions On Trump’s Immigration Freeze, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170129_1a_1a podcast 01-29-2017.mp3” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.

Vaccine Research 14 mins – Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Gates Foundation, talks to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the efforts to create vaccine platforms for rapid responses to epidemics.” 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.

Vegetarianism 16 mins – “Why shouldn’t you eat meat? Jeff McMahan argues that there are no good reasons not to be a vegetarianism (and many good reasons for being one) in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Jeff McMahan on Vegetarianism.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White House Press 49 mins – “President Trump may be the most vocal with his disdain, but he’s hardly the first president to have a rocky relationship with the press. Plus, why the White House press corps is so frustrating for everyone involved, and whether Trump’s open animosity could actually be a blessing in disguise for the media. And, how the Obama administration’s last-minute expansion of surveillance powers might function in new hands.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wolf Pack Democracy with Dan Carlin 66 mins – “Dan Talks to Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, gets his view on current events, discusses his Wolf-Pac reform idea and probes his thoughts on the future of media.” At the link find the title, “Show 278 – Uyguristic Perspectives, Jul, 2014,” right-click “Media files cswdcc78.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 273 – Feb 3, 2017: 3D Printer Operation, Abortions in Malawi, Adamantane, Arctic Exploration, Artificial Intelligence Primer, Assisted Death, Atmosphere Escape, Audiobook Growth, Autism, Aviation Careers Questions, Big Cultural Ideas, Black Friends, Black Hole Hunting, Blind Employment in England, Blind Storyteller, Broadband in Kitsap Washington, Circular Particle Accelerator, Civil War, Climate Change with Al Gore, Climate Data Increase, Climate in Australia, Climate Warming, Climatologist Interview, Cosmos Show, Cybercrime, Designer Babies, Desktop Fabrication, Digital Revolution, Divided U.S., Dutch Sustainability, Economic Concepts, Economic Needs in US, Election Aftermath, Electronic Health Records, Electroshock Therapy, Emergency Home Power, Engineer Skills, EPA Administrator, Explosive Demolition, Facial Recognition Errors, Fact or Fiction, Federal Budget Program, Female to Male Surgeries, Fitness Science, Genome Revolution, Gravity Waves and Black Holes, Group Flow Conditions, Hate Speech Online, Identity Cards in Australia, In the Dark Podcast, Industrial Ecology, Internet Trends, LGBT Medical Students, Love and Sex, Metallica, Microscopic Enemies, Multiverse, Muslim Chaplain, Muslim Kids, Muslims, Norman Lear, NY Academy of Science Bicentennial, Obama Legacy, Obesity Science, Oliver Sacks, Opiate Deaths, Opiate Epidemic, Organ Donor Baby, Pancreatic Cancer, Parasitism, Perspectives with Sarandon, Placebo Effect, Plant Immunity, Play and Innovation, Police Abuse of Blacks, Policing after Ferguson, Political Feelings, Poverty in America, Pregnant Women, President and the Press, Race Car Environmentalist, Racial Improvement or Not, Racism, Ransomware Epidemic, Ray Kurzweil Interview, Renewable Energy, Schwarzenegger Interview, Science and Humor, Science and Politics with Clinton, Scientific Process, Segregated Schools, Sex Abuse Investigation, Silicon Valley, Simplifying Work, Singing Process, Ski Lift Emergencies, Snowden, Spinster Power, Spreadsheet Inventor, Star Trek Legacy, Storytelling, Sugar, Tariff Impact, Trump, Truthiness, Twitter, Unsung Heroes, USP Post Office, Virology Introduction, Voice Recognition, Wartime Civilian Protection, Water Wars, Women in Economies, Women’s March, Women’s Rights, Young Lords, Zappos Founder, Zika Control in US

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 133 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 326 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 13,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

3D Printer Operation 30 mins – “In this installment, I give a brief review of my new 3D Printer, as the title of this show shows. I’ve been impressed with this budget-minded, turn-key machine, but there were a few hurdles I had to go through to figure everything out. If you’ve been thinking of getting into 3D Printing, you may want to listen to this one!” At the link right-click “Direct download: TCC 357.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Abortions in Malawi 27 mins – “Malawi’s parliament is now poised to vote on a controversial Termination of Pregnancy Bill after more than two years of fierce debate and consultation. But, as Chipiliro Kansilanga reports, the issue has split Malawian society and put many politicians and health officials at odds with religious leaders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adamantane 7 mins – “This week, a versatile compound whose name is easily confused with the fictional metal fused to Wolverine’s skeleton in the Marvel universe. But comic book fans shouldn’t be disappointed – it may not be the marvellous metal of Logan’s claws, but it is the basis of a huge variety of medicines. Brian Clegg explains more…” At the link find the title, “Adamantane: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CiiE Adamantane.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Exploration 24 mins – “John England has spent half a century exploring the Arctic and its ice. He shares some of his passion for Canada’s underappreciated frozen assets.” At the link find the title, “Jan 19: Arctic researcher shares 50 years of watching climate change happen, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170119_60140.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence Primer 63 mins – “Over the coming decades, artificial intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live, work, wage war, play, seek a mate, educate our young and care for our elderly. It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independent of their creators and outperform us in domains previously believed to be the sole dominion of humans. Jerry Kaplan is widely known as an artificial intelligence expert, serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, educator, bestselling author and futurist. He co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, two of which became publicly traded companies, and teaches at Stanford University. Join Kaplan for an illuminating conversation about the future of artificial intelligence and how much humans should entrust to machines.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Death 20 mins – “One of the first Canadians to be approved for a medically-assisted death, Noreen Campbell, provides a rare, intimate insight into her life-ending decision with the CBC’s Brian Goldman — days before dying.Jan 17: ‘For me every breath is work’: Why Noreen Campbell chose assisted dying, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170117_68658.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Atmosphere Escape 12 mins – “Every minute, 400 pounds of hydrogen and almost 7 pounds of helium escape from Earth’s atmosphere into outer space. Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi studies the phenomenon of atmospheric escape, and in this fascinating and accessible talk, she considers how this process might one day (a few billion years from now) turn our blue planet red.” At the link click “Download” option, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Audiobook Growth 27 mins – “Can you hear that?  It’s in the background everywhere you go in the book world, and it’s growing louder. The sound comes from audiobooks, the fastest growing segment of the trade book publishing market.  OverDrive, a leading provider of digital publishing to public libraries, has recently reported a 34% rise in 2016 audiobook borrowing numbers over 2015, with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins the most popular title. To accommodate consumer and reader demand, audiobook production has flourished.  The US-based Audio Publishers Association says available titles grew from about 7,000 in 2011 to more than 35,000 in 2015.  Michele Cobb, APA’s executive director, says the boom in audiobooks owes its start to Apple and Amazon.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism 55 mins – “Discover how her autism helped Dr. Temple Grandin revolutionize animal science when she sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Chuck Nice, Dr. Paul Wang of Autism Speaks, and Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society.” At the link find the title, “Autism and Animal Science with Dr. Temple Grandin, Apr, 2015,” right-click “Media files 200327461 startalk autism and animal-science with dr temple grandin.mp3,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aviation Careers Questions 36 mins – “Welcome to a new episode! We are trying a new format, which is shorter and should lead to more episodes. Today we have questions about GI benefits, building hours towards a pilot job, and specialized training once you land that dream pilot job. Also, the 2017 versions of the Aerospace Scholarships Guide will be out very soon.” At the link find the title, “ ACP123 What Specialized Training Does An Airline Pilot Receive And Your Questions Answered,” right-click “Media files ACP123 What Specialized Training Does An Airline Pilot Receive And Your Questions Answered.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Cultural Ideas 58 mins – “This month on The Enright Files, ideas to improve our communities, our countries and our quality of life. Interviews with Rutger Bregman, Janette Sadik-Khan, Pasi Sahlberg & Karyn McCluskey.” At the link “Enright Files – Ideas to make a better world, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170102_58547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Friends 38 mins – “Anna Holmes, Tanner Colby, and Fazeelat Aslam discuss listener feedback to episode #1701: ‘Will You Be My Black Friend?’” At the link find the title, “#1701-B: The “Will You Be My Black Friend?” B-Side,” right-click “Media files PP1581056915.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Hole Hunting 55 mins – “If light can’t escape from black holes, how can we observe them at all? Find out from astrophysicist Janna Levin, co-host Matt Kirshen, and Shep Doeleman, the MIT astrophysicist leading the Event Horizon Telescope project to study black hole Sgr A* at the center of our galaxy. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.” At the link find the title, “Hunting for Black Holes, with Janna Levin – StarTalk All-Stars, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 293178168 startalk hunting for black holes with janna levin startalk all-stars.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Employment in England 20 mins – “Peter White is joined by RNIB’s Geoff Fimister, disability employment advisor Caroline Stansfield and Professor Roy Sainsbury, to discuss the implications of the Government’s green paper on Work, Health and Disability. Peter asks Geoff and Roy about the RNIB’s statistic claiming that 1 in 4 blind people of working age are in employment. Mike Lambert’s latest column outlines his experience of the changing work place, where he feels there is now an emphasis on quantity rather than quality, which puts blind people at a disadvantage.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Storyteller 32 mins – “Pete and Jeff talk to Michael Schwartz about passions, regaining the skills and confidence to keep the passion alive and making the blindness issue just an inconvenience. The Wandering Film Maker, the Visual Story Teller and the creator of The Palette Project is Michael Schwartz. Michael is visually impaired and continues to follow his calling as a Visual Story Teller. After losing most of his sight, Michael has continued as the Wandering film Maker using a Palette of colors to map his documentary on Blindness. From the red center of Australia, to the yellow sands of the deserts and the blue ocean New Zealand sailing, Michael’s TrailHead Productions team is putting it all together. And you can check out their progress on his YouTube Channel.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Kitsap Washington 33 mins – “When we first learned of the Lookout Lane fiber-optic project in the Kitsap Public Utility District in Washington, we knew we wanted to learn more. Kitsap PUD General Manager Bob Hunter and Telecommunications Superintendent Paul Avis join us for episode 237 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. KPUD has historically focused on water and wastewater services but they increasingly hear from residents and businesses that Internet access is a major priority. We talk about their approach and how neighborhoods are able to petition KPUD to build fiber to them. The first area to use this option had very poor Internet access from the incumbent telephone provider. The discussion covers a lot of interesting ground, from how it is financed to where the demand is heaviest, and why public utility districts should have the option of using a retail model in some areas rather than continuing to be limited solely to wholesale-only by state law.” At the link right-click “…download this MP3 directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu 

Circular Particle Accelerators 103 mins – “Particle accelerators are the backbone of today’s particle physics research and help us understand the smallest building blocks our world is made of. To understand this deeper, more powerful accelerators are needed, beyond what is possible with today’s LHC. The world’s physics community is continuously running studies to explore science questions and evaluate the required accelerators; one of those the studies is the Future Circular Collider study led by CERN. In this episode we discuss the science questions as well as the core engineering challenges with the two leaders of the FCC study, Michael Benedikt and Frank Zimmermann.” At the link right-click “Download .MP3 File Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War P3 70 mins – “In this episode we’re talking about mobilization of manpower and resources for large-scale warfare and the resultant growth in the size and power of the central state, something that happened on a massive scale in the case of both the Union and the Confederate governments.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change with Al Gore 65 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson looks past politics to examine climate change, clean energy, the future of life on Earth, and spider goats with environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore, blogger Andrew Revkin, and comic co-host Maeve Higgins.” At the link find the title, “Climate Change and the Future, with Al Gore, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files 269551006 startalk climate change and the future with al-gore.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Data Increase 60 mins – “What is happening and what is coming? Alex’s guest is risk analyst, published author, and host of Robert Scribbler’s Blog. From the worst fears to faint glimmers of hope, the hunt for climate truth. Plus short clips of Dr. Michael Mann (when money buys anti-science) and Dr. Jennifer Francis (a new Arctic feedback). Radio Ecoshock 170125” At the link right-click “Download Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate in Australia – “Local and global effects have combined to produce a marked change in the climate of south western Australia. Europeans began altering the landscape following settlement of the region in 1829. Vast areas of eucalypt forest were cleared for crops and pasture. Cleared land produces less turbulence as storms move across the landscape. And fewer big trees means less transpiration. The atmosphere is drier, the storms slip by, with less rain produced. Now global effects mean cold fronts are passing further south, some missing the continent altogether. The water table is falling by half a metre a year. If the trend continues, there are predictions of a 17% drop in agricultural production in future decades. And there is less water for the population of Perth with rainfall in decline and a reliance on expensive, power hungry desalination. Bill Bunbury reports.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming 47 mins – “StarTalk All-Stars Series Premiere: Host Bill Nye the Science Guy and co-host Chuck Nice answer Cosmic Queries about humanity’s major challenge, with a little help from climatologist Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.” At the link find the title,”Understanding Climate Change with Bill Nye, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files 275460304 startalk understanding climate change with bill nye.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climatologist Interview 58 mins – “On a hot night in Brooklyn, Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman get steamed up about climate change with help from their guests, Nobel Prize-winning climatologist Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig and comedians Jemaine Clement and Michael Che.” At the link find the title, “StarTalk Live! Climate Change, Aug, 2015,” right-click “Media files 220521232 startalk startalk live climate change.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cosmos Show 44 mins – “Worlds collide when Neil deGrasse Tyson puts on his StarTalk Radio hosting hat to interview astrophysicist Dr. Steven Soter, co-writer of the new COSMOS series on FOX hosted by Neil.” At the link find the title, “A COSMOS Conversation with Steven Soter, Apr, 2014,” right-click “Media files 145449899 startalk cosmos conversation with steven soter.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybercrime 14 mins – “Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the insufficiency of our current strategies to protect our data. His solution? We need to respond to cybercrime with the same collective effort as we apply to a health care crisis, sharing timely information on who is infected and how the disease is spreading. If we’re not sharing, he says, then we’re part of the problem.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Designer Babies 18 mins – “Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it’s a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos — from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases. In this thought-provoking talk, Knoepfler readies us for the coming designer baby revolution and its very personal, and unforeseeable, consequences.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Desktop Fabrication 28 mins – “Our guest this week is Zach Kaplan.  As founder and CEO of Inventables, Kaplan hopes to inspire and enlist a new wave of makers with tools like Carvey (a desktop 3D carving machine) and Easel (a simple and free cloud-based app for 3D design to carving).  In schools, with an increased focus on engineering and a push to include more STEAM classes and Makerspaces, these tools are also providing students with an opportunity to learn career and college ready skills in a hands-on and authentic manner. Zach joins us to discuss Inventables, the growth of the maker movement, and the future of desktop fabrication and manufacturing.” At the link right-click “…download the mp3 directly….”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Revolution 51 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the information age with two of its digital elite: Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington and BuzzMachine’s Jeff Jarvis. Chuck Nice co-hosts, and Bill Nye shares about sharing.” At the link find the title, “The Digital Revolution with Arianna Huffington, Aug, 2015,” right-click “Media files 218386976 startalk the digital revolution with Arianna Huffington.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Divided U.S. 120 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. (Part 2 of 2)” At the link find the title, “Divided States of America: Part 2, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 305254275 frontlinepbs divided states of america part 2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dutch Sustainability 30 mins – “When liberal politicians suggest we look for policy-making inspiration from social democracies in Europe, the automatic reaction from some corners of the political scene is something like “well, then, move to Sweden!” or “Love it or leave it!” But today, reflecting upon the millions of women, men, and children who participated in the historical march over the weekend, it’s pretty clear that advocating for change is part of why we do love it. There is no reason that we can’t take lessons from other systems in our collective pursuit of a more perfect union, not to mention a more healthy environment. This week on Sea Change Radio we take a peek at how the Dutch do things. Host Alex Wise speaks with two American environmentalists based in the Netherlands to get their perspective on Holland’s environmental policies and practices. Michael Payne, a wind energy and bicycle advocate, and Mike Fawcett, the founder of Farm Zero discuss the cultural, economic, and financial keys to Dutch sustainability.” At the ink right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Concepts 50 mins – “In this IPR Public Lecture, eminent economist Professor Roger Farmer of UCLA takes a look at financial crises, and their fundamental causes. Drawing on a number of novel economic models, he makes his suggestions for monetary and fiscal policy.” At the link click the rectangle with three dots, right-click “Download” and elect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Needs in US 43 mins – “The American economy’s biggest problem is growth. To achieve growth, Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane argues, America needs to simplify the tax code and deregulate the economy. …Cochrane points out that the ability to bring people together to get good bills through is what a great politician like Lincoln did; it is hoped that the next president will do this. Robinson and Cochrane further debate technological innovation, the role of robots in the economy, and whether Americans need to be concerned about robots taking over our jobs.” At the link find the title, “What’s wrong with the American economy?, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20170119-cochrane.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Aftermath 46 mins- “What do you want the new president to know about your community ahead of his inauguration?” At the link find the title, “A Nation Engaged, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_510119446.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronic Health Records 12 mins – “Evidence shows using electronic health records can increase efficiency, and reduce preventable medical errors – but only if they are used properly. However, in the US, the president of the American Medical Association calls them almost unusable. In this debate, Richard Hurley is joined by George Gellert, Regional Medical Informatics Officer at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and Edward Melnick, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale, who debate whether US doctors should be using electronic medical records.” At the link find the title, “Should all American doctors be using electronic medical records? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 303515262-bmjgroup-should-all-american-doctors-be-using-electronic-medical-records.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electroshock Therapy 46 mins – “Shocking the brain to treat depression. Does it work? Former presidential candidate Mike Dukakis and his wife Kitty say it saved her life. They join us.” At the link find the title, “A Dukakis Call For Electroshock Therapy, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr 510290380.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emergency Home Power 198 mins (2 parts) – “I am going to teach you on these two podcasts EXACTLY how to build 1. A Home Battery Bank and 2. A Mobile Battery Bank.  These will power most stuff you need in your house during a disaster.” At the link right-click “Download .MP3” for Show 1 and Show 2 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineer Skills 63 mins – “The gang discusses how one acquires the skills most frequently used by engineering professionals. Brian knows that parliamentary procedures are described in Robert’s Rules of Order, but he has not had to use such procedures in the course of his engineering career. A quorum is the minimum number of voting members from a deliberative group “ At the link find the title, “Episode 124 — Mad Skillz,” right-click “Media files TheEngineeringCommons 0124-MadSkillz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EPA Administrator 58 mins – “What will it take to keep Earth habitable for humanity? Neil Tyson finds out from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Also featuring environmental blogger Andrew Revkin, science historian Naomi Oreskes, co-host Maeve Higgins and Bill Nye the Science Guy.” At the link find the title, “Protecting Our Environment, with Gina McCarthy, Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files 245483341 startalk protecting our environment with gina-mccarthy.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Explosive Demolition 19 mins- “When infrastructure becomes obsolete, unsafe, or the need for it goes away, and when the space is better used for something new, that facility must be demolished. Structures are usually disassembled piece by piece, but sometimes controlled explosion may be more efficient or necessary. This process may be no less complex than building a structure anew. In this interview we talk with Mark Loizeaux, President of Controlled Demolition, who tells us about how explosives are used to remove structures rapidly and safely.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facial Recognition Errors 44 mins – “Facial recognition software is now everywhere – in airports, stores, on our gadgets and on social media. The goal is improving security and improving public safety, but along with our growing dependency on biometrics comes a problem: not all faces are treated equally. Today, the inherent bias of facial recognition software. Plus, once the drug of choice for dropping out of the rat race, LSD is now being touted as a “hot new business trend”.  We’ll talk to a journalist who tried out the new Silicon Valley method of taking tiny doses of acid to improve performance at work.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fact or Fiction 44 mins – “There’s big money to be made warping reality, but now, some of the world’s biggest newsrooms are setting themselves up to call out lies when they happen. Joshua Johnson talks with two media reporters about what can be done to fight what’s often called “fake news,” and the false accusations of “fake news.” Plus, we’ll hear from a news literacy expert for tips on how not to get duped by fiction masquerading as journalism.” At the link find the title, “Fighting For The Facts: How To Tell What’s News And What’s Fiction, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170123_1a_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Budget Process 60 mins – “Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, discusses the federal budget process and what to expect from the 115th Congress and the incoming Trump administration.” At the link find the title,”Q&A with Maya MacGuineas, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.466455.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female to Male Surgeries 88 mins – “Preparing for surgeries. Genital gender affirming surgery: Surgical options, Cadaver-lab review of surgical anatomy, state of the art surgical techniques, and staging of surgeries. Before and after surgery: challenges and quality of life. Recorded on 11/16/2016. (#31563)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fitness Science 58 mins – “It’s time to get pumped up when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews former NFL star and actor Terry Crews about physical fitness. In studio, Neil and Chuck Nice team up with exercise physiologist Dr. Felicia Stoler and neural science professor Wendy Suzuki.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Fitness, with Terry Crews, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files 303711724 startalk the science of fitness with terry-crews.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genome Revolution 58 mins – “Get an update from the front lines of the genomic revolution when Neil Tyson interviews Anne Wojcicki, co-founder/CEO of genetic testing company 23andMe. In studio, bioethicist Prof. Robert Klitzman provides perspective. Chuck Nice co-hosts.” At the link right-click “The Promise and Peril of the Genomic Revolution, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 261515030 startalk the promise and peril of-the genomic revolution.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gravity Waves and Black Holes (2 parts) – “Everything you ever wanted to know about gravitational waves, explained by Neil Tyson, Eugene Mirman, cosmologist Dr. Janna Levin, LIGO astrophysicist Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, and comedian Michael Showalter. Recorded live at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.” At the link find the titles, “StarTalk Live! LIGO and the Black Hole Blues (Part 1), Jul, 2016,” and “…(Part2), Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 275796977 startalk startalk live ligo and the black hole blues-part-1.mp3” and “…part-2” and select “Save Links As” from the pop-up menu.

Group Flow Conditions 48 mins – “I’m very interested in how innovation can be made better and one category of tools is related to team performance – higher performing teams can create products that produce higher value. One particular tool is Group Flow, which was the topic of a paper published by The International Council on Systems Engineering titled “Group Flow: the Genesis of Innovation.” Its author is Laurie Buss, who I interviewed to learn how teams can create group flow. When I discovered Laurie’s work, I felt like I found a kindred spirit based on how she describes innovation, which is, that…Innovation is key to the continued growth of established economies, not only for the creation of new designs, products, services, and markets but also for the development and retention of top-performing employees….” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Speech Online 16 mins – “Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It’s time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.” At the link click “Download” option, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Identify Cards in Australia 29 mins – “One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson is campaigning for the introduction of a card to identify everyone using Government services, so its time to revisit the ID Card. Synthetic interview with former NSW Privacy Commissioner Anna Johnston about privacy concerns, Aras Vaichas speaks with Ian Woolf about RFID cards, Interview with Professor Graham Greenleaf about the Access Card and Cyberlaw” At the link find the title, “Identity cards for Australia again?, Jan 2017,” right-click “Play Now “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Industrial Ecology 60 mins – “This week, we’re going back to a previous episode and looking across the Periodic Table and assessing the scarcity of modern society’s essential elements. We’re joined by Dr. Thomas Graedel, Director of the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University, to talk about the rare metals that play a role in our electronic devices. We’ll speak to physics Professor Dr. Moses Hung-Wai Chan about our dwindling supply of helium. And we’ll talk about the phosphorous that plays a critical role in modern agriculture, with ecology professor Dr. James Elser, co-organizer of the Sustainable Phosphorus Initiative at Arizona State University.” At the link find the title, “#406 Running Low, Jan 2017,” right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

In The Dark Podcast 5 mins – “After he disappeared nearly 27 years ago, Jacob Wetterling’s remains have been found. Why did it take so long?” At the link find the title, “Coming Soon: In the Dark, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files inthedark0_128.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Ten more podcasts that complete the series are also available there.

Internet Trends 58 mins – “Corporate control, and the “tyranny of the popular.” Fake news, filter bubbles, and apps as “walled gardens.” Have we lost a free and democratic internet? And did we do this to ourselves? Featuring Sue Gardner, Hossein Derakhan, and Brodie Fenlon” At the link find the title, “Screened Off: The dangers of an insular web, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170116_47658.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Medical Students 59 mins – “UCSF Medical School Students and Fellows speak about their training and experiences as LGBT students. Recorded on 10/26/2016. (#31560)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Love and Sex 36 mins – “Dim the lights and get comfy when Neil Tyson chats with sex columnist Dan Savage about modern love. Chuck Nice and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher look at sex scientifically, and Bill Nye rants about… what else?” At the link find the title, “The Evolution of Love and Sex with Dan Savage, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 204578482 startalk the evolution of love and sex with Dan Savage.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metallica 18 min – “Metallica formed in 1981. They were teenagers. Since then, they’ve gone on to become one of the most successful bands of all time, selling over 110 million records worldwide. In November 2016, they released their tenth album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. In this episode, the song “Moth into Flame” gets taken apart by singer and guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.” At the link find the title, “Metallica – Moth into Flame, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SongExploder93-Metallica.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microscopic Enemies 58 mins – Former President Jimmy Carter gives Neil deGrasse Tyson a progress report on eradicating Guinea Worm and other diseases. In studio, Chuck Nice and Mark Siddall, “The Leech Guy,” talk about parasites, and Bill Nye warns about our microscopic enemies.” At the link find the title, “Combating Disease with Jimmy Carter, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 208127727 startalk combating disease with jimmy carter.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Multiverse 59 mins – “Itching to know more about the multiverse? You’re not alone! Join us when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Princeton theoretical physicist Paul Steinhardt answer fan-submitted questions about cosmology chosen by co-host Chuck Nice.” At the link find the title, “Cosmic Queries: The Multiverse, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 278995484 startalk cosmic queries the multiverse.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Chaplain 48 mins – “Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in ‘The Secret Life of Muslims,’ a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University. Comedian and commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a “pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, married-to-an-atheist” Muslim, but after Trump’s election she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions.” At the link find the title, “January 18, 2017 Muslim Chaplain Khalid Latif,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Kids 18 mins – “As the child of an Afghan mother and Pakistani father raised in Norway, Deeyah Khan knows what it’s like to be a young person stuck between your community and your country. In this powerful, emotional talk, the filmmaker unearths the rejection and isolation felt by many Muslim kids growing up in the West — and the deadly consequences of not embracing our youth before extremist groups do.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslims 32 mins – “We’re launching a new series on 1A called Big Screen/Small Screen. In this inaugural installment, we’ll look at a group that’s underrepresented on television: Muslims. Too often, when you see a Muslim character on a TV show, he is a terrorist. We’ll talk about the long effort to portray Muslims fairly in Hollywood and why such narrow depictions are particularly dangerous in an age of Islamophobia.” At the link find the title, “Fear, Faith And Fair Portrayals Of Muslims, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170126_1a_1a_podcast_final_01-26-2017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Norman Lear 53 mins– “Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at the relationship between television and American culture, with the help of writer and producer Norman Lear, author Saul Austerlitz, and co-host Chuck Nice. Plus, Bill Nye remembers ‘All in the Family.’” At the link find the title, “TV and the Evolution of American Culture with Norman Lear, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files 212346146 startalk tv and the evolution of american culture with norman-lear.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NY Science Academy Bicentennial 43 mins – “In this special podcast, learn about the stories that shaped the Academy’s 200 year history. From the emergence of the Academy on a bustling street in downtown Manhattan of 1817 to the professionalization and expansion of the sciences through the 1800s. From our early efforts to help disseminate and share scientific research long before the internet to our efforts today to expand who has access to scientific careers around the globe.” At the link find the title, “A Cross-Fertilization of Ideas: 200 Years of the New York Academy of Sciences, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 170126_200years.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obama Legacy 58 mins – “[New York] magazine columnist Jonathan Chait examines President Obama’s record as president. He is interviewed by Jim Acosta, senior White House correspondent for CNN.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Jonathan Chait, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.464167.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Science 27 mins – “Is it true that some people put on weight more easily than others? And if so why? It’s a question that’s close to many of our hearts. And it’s a question that medical researcher, Professor Sadaf Farooqi is trying to answer. In 1997, Sadaf noticed that two children she was studying lacked the hormone leptin. From there, she went on to discover the first single gene defect that causes obesity. For most us, how much we eat is within our control. But for children with this rare inherited condition and, it turned out, several other rare genetic disorders, the evidence is clear. A voracious appetite is not a lifestyle choice: it’s a biological response to brains signalling starvation. Sadaf tells Jim how she discovered ten rare genetic disorders that cause severe childhood obesity and what this means for the rest of us.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oliver Sacks 58 mins – “Join us for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s original interview with his recently departed friend Oliver Sacks, now extended with exclusive, never-before-heard content. Also featuring guest Cara Santa Maria and co-host Chuck Nice.” At the link find the title, “Extended Classic: “Are You Out of Your Mind?” with Oliver Sacks, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files 222492798 startalk extended classic are you out of your mind with oliver-sacks.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Deaths 5 mins – “Dr. Meredith Shiels discusses trends in premature mortality in the US since 1999.” At the link find the title, “US premature mortality: The Lancet: January 25, 2017,” right-click “Media files 25january.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Epidemic 70 mins – “How did heroin spread beyond big cities in America? What’s the connection between heroin and America’s opioid problem? Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America. That in turn became entangled with the growth in the use of pain-killers as recreational drugs. Drawing on the investigative reporting that culminated in his book, Quinones lays out the recent history and economics of the growth in heroin and pain-killer usage and the lost lives along the way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Organ Donor Babies 26 mins – “A donation leads Sarah and Ross Gray to places we rarely get a chance to see. In this surprising journey, they gain a view of science that is redemptive, fussy facts that are tender, and parts of a loved one that add up to something unexpected. Before he was even born, Sarah and Ross knew that their son Thomas wouldn’t live long. But as they let go of him, they made a decision that reverberated through a world that they never bothered to think about. Years later, after a couple awkward phone calls and an unexpected family road trip, they managed to meet the people and places for whom Thomas’ short life was an altogether different kind of gift.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Pancreatic Cancer 12 mins – “John Neoptolomos discusses the ESPAC-4 trial, investigating a chemotherapy drug combination for patients with pancreatic cancer.” At the link find the title, “Pancreatic cancer: The Lancet: January 24, 2017,” right-click “Media files 24january.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasitism 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the relationship between parasites and hosts, where one species lives on or in another to the benefit of the parasite but at a cost to the host, potentially leading to disease or death of the host. Typical examples are mistletoe and trees, hookworms and vertebrates, cuckoos and other birds. In many cases the parasite species do so well in or on a particular host that they reproduce much faster and can adapt to changes more efficiently, and it is thought that almost half of all animal species have a parasitic stage in their lifetime. What techniques do hosts have to counter the parasites, and what impact do parasites have on the evolution of their hosts?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Perspectives with Sarandon 58 mins – “Ready to have your perspectives expanded, cosmically and otherwise? Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes actress and activist Susan Sarandon, exoplanetary scientist Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer, astrophysicist Dr. Emily Rice, Bill Nye and co-host Maeve Higgins.” At the link find the title, “Expanding Our Perspectives, with Susan Sarandon, Dec, 2015,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Placebo Effect 47 mins – “The mind is a powerful thing — it can heal the body or harm the body.  Of course, it can’t affect everything; no amount of wishing is going to take away our basic needs like eating and drinking. Still, the power of placebo should not be underestimated.  Dr. Tor Wager, director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder, joins Jesse to talk to us about the mystery of placebo.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plant Immunity 45 mins – “Following on last week’s episode, plants contain a family of genes called “R genes” that play important roles in resistance to disease. They are part of an evolutionary arms race between plants and pathogens.  Matt Helm is a graduate student at Indiana University in Roger Innes’ lab. They are working on reworking the networks that sense pathogens, hoping to adapt their sensitivity to threats not innately sensed. In other words, putting different different bait on the mousetrap in the interest of catching a different pest with the same hardware.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Play and Innovation 47 mins– “Steven Johnson’s latest book Wonderland charts the human impulse to play. In particular, how play has shaped our world and led to our greatest discoveries. Johnson, a historian, argues that play — our pursuit of surprise, pleasure, pure and simple joy — is the primordial soup from which the most amazing advances and innovations rise. Also, OK Go’s music videos are designed to dazzle. Their most recent, for the song “Upside Down and Inside Out,” literally takes viewers to new heights with the use of parabolic flight to create weightlessness. That video earned the band and Trish Sie the Smithsonian Magazine 2016 American Ingenuity Award for Visual Arts. Joshua sits down with OK Go’s lead singer Damian Kulash, bassist Tim Nordwind and video director and cinematographer Trish Sie, to discuss what drives them to push artistic boundaries in their work.” At the link find the title, “How Play Shapes The World, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170125_1a_125.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Abuse of Blacks 30 mins – “As the list of names of unarmed African-Americans killed or brutalized by police grows, questions around legal actions against law enforcement grow as well. Drexel University law professor Donald Tibbs joins The Remix to discuss police violence, viral videos, race, gender and how the criminal justice system is failing communities of color.Race, gender and the politics of police violence” At the link find the title, “Race, gender and the politics of police violence, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files tibbs-webb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Policing after Ferguson 46 mins – “On Martin Luther King Day – police and their communities now, in the era of Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter.” At the link find the title, “Policing In America In The Age Of Black Lives Matter, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_510123350.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Feelings 22 mins – “In the months since the presidential election, many have noted that lots of Americans live in bubbles — echo chambers filled with the voices of people who mostly agree with us. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild felt this long before the rise of Donald Trump, and five years ago she went on a mission to understand the other side. She left her own liberal bubble in Berkeley, California for a conservative one, deep in the Louisiana bayou.” At the link find the title, “Episode 59: The Deep Story, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170123 hiddenbrain_59.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty in America P1 23 mins – “Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainable solution, because most of its citizens see the problem of poverty from a distance, through a distorted lens. So we present “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” a series exploring how our understanding of poverty is shaped not by facts, but by private presumptions, media narratives, and the tales of the American Dream. Brooke traveled to Ohio, a state that reflects the varied nature of poverty, to talk directly with people who are poor and understand how they got that way, and why, under current policies, they are likely to stay that way. You’ll hear from them over the next several weeks. But first, we examine how the story of poverty gets told — and whether media attention makes any difference — with the help of Jack Frech, a longtime Athens County welfare director who has been leading reporters on “poverty tours” of Appalachia for decades.” At the link find the title, “”Busted” #1: The Poverty Tour, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files otm011717podextra1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty in America P2 41 mins – “In the second installment of our series on poverty myths we trace the history of welfare in America, from aid to widows after the Civil War to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty to Bill Clinton’s pledge to “end welfare as we know it.” With the help of Kathy Edin, co-author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, we consider how the notion of government assistance sapping people of initiative has long shaped policy…and permitted many in poverty to fall through the cracks. And Brooke meets Carla Scott, a young woman in Cleveland forced to sell her plasma for bus fare after a series of events derailed her life, as well as Carla’s nonagenarian grandmother, Grace, a hard-line believer in “personal responsibility.” UPDATE: Since this series began, OTM has received numerous inquiries from listeners who want to help Carla Scott. If you’d like to donate, she has set up a PayPal account here. Please note that neither OTM nor WNYC is affiliated with this account. We do not control the money nor do we monitor how it is spent. Donations are considered a gift to Scott, and are not tax-deductible.At the link find the title, ““Busted” #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files otm011717podextra2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty in America P3 26 mins – “In the third installment of our series, “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” we take on one of our country’s most fundamental notions: that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all. And we ask why, in spite of a wealth of evidence to the contrary, does this idea persist? With the help of historian Jill Lepore, Brooke traces the history of the “rags to riches” narrative, beginning with Benjamin Franklin, whose 18th century paper manufacturing business literally turned rags into riches. We hear from Natasha Boyer, a young Ohio woman who was saved from eviction by a generous surprise from strangers… only for the miracle to prove fleeting. And we consider the efficacy of “random acts of kindness” and the fateful role of luck — where you’re born, and to whom — in determining success….” At the link find the title, “”Busted” #3: Rags to Riches, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files otm011717podextra3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty in America P4 26 mins “In the fourth installment of our series Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” we examine the strengths and shortcomings of our nation’s safety net. Government assistance does help lift millions out of poverty each year — indeed, without it, poverty would be twice as high — but those in the most dire circumstances often slip through the cracks. With the help of Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, and Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, we consider how anti-poverty programs can actually keep people poor and offer little hope for a way out. Also, Brooke meets Margaret Smith, a Columbus woman made homeless after a violent crime derailed the life she’d carefully built with her six children. And we visit an Athens County food pantry that provides not just meals to the community, but also school supplies, clothing, furniture, job training, home repairs, disaster relief…even burial plots.” At the link find the title, “”Busted” #4: When the Safety Net Doesn’t Catch You, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files otm011717podextra4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty in America P5 22 mins – “When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps and pundits make prescriptions that disregard the facts. So, in the fifth and final installment of our series, “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” we present a Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Poverty in America Edition. It’ll equip you with the tools to spot shoddy reporting and the knowledge to identify coverage with insight. With help from Jack Frech, former Athens County welfare director; Kathryn Edin, co-author of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America; Greg Kaufmann, editor of TalkPoverty.org; Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City; and Linda Tirado, author of Hand To Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America. At the link find the title, “Busted” #5: Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Poverty in America Edition, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files otm011717podextra5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pregnant Women 15 mins – ““When we tell women that sex isn’t worth the risk during pregnancy, what we’re telling her is that her sexual pleasure doesn’t matter … that she in fact doesn’t matter,” says sex researcher Sofia Jawed-Wessel. In this eye-opening talk, Jawed-Wessel mines our views about pregnancy and pleasure to lay bare the relationship between women, sex and systems of power.” At the link click “Download” option, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President and the Press 47 mins – “A history of how the White House and the press corps learned how to live with each other. …As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to move into The White House, we consider how the presidential relationship with the press will change, given his avowed contempt for aspects of the “Fourth Estate”. Our Washington correspondent Jon Sopel – no stranger to a presidential press conference – looks at the history of the connection between the US president and the press over more than 100 years and speculates on how it is set to change.” At the link find the title, “The President and the Press, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04pfb0y.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Race Car Environmentalist 58 minsWe’re waving two very different green flags this week when Neil Tyson interviews NASCAR driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter. Eugene Mirman co-hosts, with guests Dr. Marcia DeLonge and Don Anair of the Union of Concerned Scientists.” At the link find the title, “Racing Extinction with Leilani Münter, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 260373952 startalk racing extinction with leilani-munter.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Improvement or Not 39 mins – “Anna Holmes, Fazeelat Aslam, and Tanner Colby talk about the assertion that President Obama made in his farewell address that we’re better off in terms of race than we have been in the past 10, 20, 30 years.” At the link find the title,”#1702: Better Off…?” right-click “Media files PP9469870889.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism 46 mins – “Michael Eric Dyson’s fiery challenge to White America: stop ignoring the injustices facing Black America. He’s with us.” At the link find the title, “Michael Eric Dyson’s ‘Sermon To White America’, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_510284143.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomware Epidemic 26 mins “To those unfamiliar with ransomware, it is a malicious software that effectively holds your files hostage until you pay a ransom. For lawyers, this could mean losing or compromising the data that keeps your business running smoothly. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek discuss this malware with the CEO of LMG Security, Sherri Davidoff. Sherri divulges what we know about ransomware, what to do when it has infected your computer, and how to prevent data loss. While there are few ways to stop the infection when it has started, backing up your information and educating your team on malware countermeasures can significantly lessen ransomware’s impact on your business.” 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.

Ray Kurzweil Interview 46 mins – “Gaze into the future when Neil Tyson interviews noted futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil about artificial intelligence, the human brain, nanotechnology, life extension and biotechnology. Recorded live at the 92nd Street Y “7 Days of Genius” series.” At the link find the title, “A Conversation with Ray Kurzweil Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 282133556 startalk a conversation with ray-kurzweil.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Renewable Energy 8 mins – “222 EE How to Support Renewable Energy (And Why You Really Should)” At the link find this 222 title, right-click “Media files ede_222-pd4.mp3” and select ‘Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Scharzenegger Interview 76 mins – Arnold Schwarzenegger (@Schwarzenegger) told you he’d be back. In our first conversation (episode 60), the former Mr. Olympia, Terminator, and Governator shared lessons learned, daily routines, psychological warfare tactics, favorite books, early entrepreneurial ventures (and tips), meditation, and many stories no one had heard before. This time around, the new host of the Celebrity Apprentice answered your most popular and upvoted questions, including some controversial ones….” At the link find the title, “#216: Arnold Schwarzenegger Part 2! Bodybuilding, Investing, and Online Battles,”right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Arnold Schwarzenegger Part 2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science and Politics with Clinton 58 mins – “Neil Tyson explores science and politics with former President Bill Clinton, from the human genome to the Higgs boson to the Hubble Space Telescope. Chuck Nice and futurist Juan Enriquez join Neil in studio, Richard A. Muller calls into the show, and Bill Nye hails our ‘scientists in chief.’” At the link find the title, “Decoding Science and Politics with Bill Clinton, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files 231865932 startalk decoding science and politics with bill clinton.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science of Humor – “Neil deGrasse Tyson studies the science of comedy with Larry Wilmore, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems. Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” calls into the show and Bill Nye attempts a little comedy improv.” At the link find the title, “Exploring Science and Comedy with Larry Wilmore, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files 232920472 startalk exploring science and comedy with larry-wilmore.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scientific Progress 13 mins – “Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious — but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. We’re studying an astonishingly narrow sliver of life, says biologist Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, and hoping it’ll be enough to solve the oldest, most challenging problems in science, like cancer. In this visually captivating talk, Alvarado calls on us to interrogate the unknown and shows us the remarkable discoveries that surface when we do.” At the link click “Download” option, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Segregated Schools 50 mins – “Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America “as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children.” Comedian and commentator Zahra Noorbakhsh often jokes about being a “pork-eating, alcohol-drinking Muslim, but after Trump’s election she finds herself wanting to connect with her religious traditions. Rachel Bloom talks to ‘Fresh Air’ producer Ann Marie Baldonado about ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in.” At the link find the title, “January 20, 2017 Best Of: Segregation In Schools / Rachel Bloom Of ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Abuse Investigation 46 mins – “This week, Reveal revisits the story of a woman who decides to confront the man she says abused her decades earlier.Reporter Tennessee Watson was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid. Over 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account of the arduous process of seeking justice in her own case exposes discrepancies in prosecutors’ responses to reports of child sexual abuse and spotlights a lack of accountability.” At the link find the title, “Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Dropped-and-dismissed_Child-sex-abuse-lost-in-the-system_podcast_r.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silicon Valley 46 mins – “We talk to author and Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe about her new book Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story.” At the link find the title, “164 Alexandra Wolfe – Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story,” right-click “Media files 578ae1d5-0cca-4fde-81cc-271f58996de3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Simplifying Work 43 mins – “In today’s episode, futurist and simplification guru Lisa Bodell and our host Mark Bidwell reconvene to share more essential tools for leaders and teams to simplify their work environment from her second book Why Simple Wins; they explore insights into how companies like SAP, Southwest Airlines and Syngenta are putting simplification principles into action; and get a sneak peak at her favourite tool “killing complexity” that you can try out for yourself and your team.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Singing Process 37 mins – “There’s more to a song than meets the ear, as Neil deGrasse Tyson finds out when he interviews singer/songwriter/producer Josh Groban. In studio, concert pianist and MIT Lecturer in Music Elaine Kwon and co-host Chuck Nice add their voices to the chorus to help us hear the science woven into the songs.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Music with Josh Groban, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 206993554 startalk the science of music with josh groban” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ski Lift Emergencies P2 37 mins – “We talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you check out Ski Patrol Disaster Training part one last week.” At the link right-click “Download” from the pop-up menu.

Snowden Interview [2 parts] ­”In Part 1, they discuss Isaac Newton, knowledge and learning, the Periodic Table, encryption and privacy, and much more.Neil deGrasse Tyson’s exclusive, one-on-one conversation with Edward Snowden – via robot – concludes (Part 2) with a deeper dive into metadata, personal privacy and covert communications, before exploring pulsars and cosmic background radiation.” At the link find “A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 1) [and] A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 2),” right-click “Media files 224303043 startalk a conversation with edward snowden part-1.mp3 [and] Media files 225464347 startalk a conversation with edward snowden part-2.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spinster Power 46 mins – “With over 50% of American women unmarried— we’ll look at the push to reclaim the word “spinster” – to be single and proud of it.” At the link find the title, “‘Spinster’ – And Loving It, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_510819305.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spreadsheet Inventor 12 mins – “Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.” At the link click “Download” option, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Star Trek Legacy 53 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson delves into the legacy of Star Trek with George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. In studio, co-host Leighann Lord and astrophysicist Charles Liu discuss how the series inspired the future.” At the link find the title, “George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek, Apr, 2015” right-click Media files 202512737 startalk george takei and the legacy of star trek.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Storytelling 13 mins – “Stories are necessary, but they’re not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our emphasis on storytelling and spotlights the decline of facts. During a critical time when listening has been confused for action, Msimang asks us to switch off our phones, step away from our screens and step out into the real world to create a plan for justice.” At the link click “Download” option, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Addiction 25 mins – “It’s the fine white powder that addicts blame for ruining their lives — and donuts are full of it. After hearing Gary Taubes make the case against sugar this week, The Current looks into treating sugar addiction.” At the link find the title, “Jan 18: Sugar acts similarly to alcohol or cocaine in our brains, says neuroscientist, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170118_42962.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Hazard 21 mins – “Sugar is a ubiquitous part of our lives and author Gary Taubes warns sugar should be treated like tobacco — there’s no safe level. He argues it’s sugar not over consumption and sedentary behaviour that’s behind our obesity crisis, and it’s killing us.” At the link find the title, “Jan 16: Is sugar killing us? Author Gary Taubes makes his case, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170116_80648.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tariff Impacts 18mins – “President Trump talks about putting tariffs on foreign cars. But there are already tariffs on auto imports and one got there because of chickens in Germany. This is how trade barriers tend to spread.” At the link find the title, “#632: The Chicken Tax,” right-click “Media files 20170125 pmoney_podcast012517.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Libraries 15 mins – “A book contract with a leading publisher, together with a six-figure advance, are the cherished dreams of many authors. But when the author is a controversial figure like Milo Yiannapoulos, others say they feel like they’re in a nightmare. A Breitbart News contributor who calls himself a “free speech evangelist,” Yiannopoulos is author of Dangerous, scheduled for release in March. “Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy sent a letter to her employees and some authors earlier this week to assure those concerned by the Yiannopoulos signing that the publisher will not publish books that contain hate speech,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “The Reidy letter comes partly in response to another letter delivered to Reidy earlier this month, and signed by a number of S&S children’s authors, protesting the contract with Yiannopoulos, for which Yiannopoulos reportedly received a $250,000 advance,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Russia 46 mins – “New York Times columnist Roger Cohen on president-elect Trump and Russia. A stark warning on Putin’s plans for Europe, NATO, and us.” At the link find the title, “Roger Cohen On Trump’s Russia Challenge, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_510616058.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Ethics 49 mins – “Norm Eisen and Richard Painter discuss Trump’s business conflicts. The new president will be “violating the constitutional conflicts clause … as soon as he takes the oath of office,” Eisen says.” At the link find the title,Jan 19, 2017, Ethics Lawyers Call Trump’s Business Conflicts ‘Nakedly Unconstitutional’”click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump For and Against 66 mins – “Some people are super-stoked for the political changes that are coming. We hear from them. And others. [in 6 acts]” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Journalism 51 mins – “As tensions between the press and the president-elect continue to mount, a look at why some news outlets chose to publish a salacious but unverified set of allegations about Donald Trump. Plus, how the rules of journalism may change in the Era of Trump and what journalists need to do to adjust; and writer Rebecca Solnit on finding hope in dark and uncertain places.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Tweets 27 mins – “What do Donald Trump’s tweets reveal about the man who, on 20 January, will be America’s next president? Will he continue to use what he has called his “beautiful Twitter” account to tell the world what he is thinking – and doing?” At the link find the title, “Trump Tweet by Tweet, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04ptl3q.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truthiness 58 mins – “The election of Donald Trump has ignited talk that we’re now living in a “post-truth” era. But are we? And if we are, what are the origins of this idea that the truth no longer exists, or if it does, that it doesn’t matter anymore?” At the link find the title, “The Truth about ‘Post-Truth’ Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170119_52893.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Twitter Future 24 mins – “The social media platform where much of our political and social commentary happens is part of the infrastructure of the internet. But it’s not without serious problems. Could Twitter just disappear? Like a deleted, late-night tweet?” At the link find the title, “Jan 17: Can Twitter remain a viable business? 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170117_18212.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Twitter Impact 58 mins – “Explore social media’s impact on society when Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone. Sociologist Dr. Alondra Nelson and journalist Clive Thompson also join Neil and Eugene Mirman, while Bill Nye “likes” the revolution.” At the link find the title, “The Impact of Twitter on Society with Biz Stone, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files 210198123-startalk-the-impact-of-twitter-on-society-with-biz-stone.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unsung Heroes 17 mins – “There are Unsung Heroes among us that keep our workplace, campus, and community running smoothly and efficiently behind the scenes, but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. We just have to take the time to listen and show a level of acknowledgment.” At the link find the title, “S02 Episode 1: Unsung Heroes, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Crazy Good Turns-Unsung Heroes MIX REV2, 1-18-2017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Post Office 29 mins – “SWinifred Gallagher, author of How the Post Office Created America: A History, argues that the post office is not simply an inexpensive way to send a letter. The service was designed to unite a bunch of disparate towns and people under one flag, and in doing so, she believes the post office actually created the United States of America.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virology Introduction 43 mins – “Infectious disease expert Laurie Garrett is back with Neil deGrasse Tyson to answer your questions about deadly viruses and current epidemics like H7N9 influenza and MERS-CoV.” At the link find the title,”Cosmic Queries: Viruses, Outbreaks and Pandemics, Aug, 2013,” right-click “Media files 105008553 startalk cosmic queries viruses.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voice Recognition 46 mins – “You can ask Amazon’s Alexa anything. Is she making us lazy or giving us time for other things? We’ll talk with Alexa.” At the link find the title, “Alexa, What’s The Future Of AI? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_510616074.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wartime Civilian Protection 58 mins – “As civilians increasingly are targeted in armed conflict, more peace operations have been mandated to protect civilians from violence, including sexual violence. Peacekeeping forces around the world have struggled to meet these responsibilities. In one recent example, peacekeepers in South Sudan failed to respond when civilians in a refugee camp were subjected to gross human rights violations and aid workers at a hotel compound were raped. The independent special investigation led by Cammaert found that the peace operation failed to “respond effectively to the violence due to an overall lack of leadership, preparedness, and integration among the various components of the mission.” Drawing on lessons from South Sudan and beyond, Cammaert and Mahmoud reflect on what’s needed to ensure that peace operations around the world are better able to protect civilians from violence, including sexual violence.” 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.

Water Wars 48 mins – “Next to the air we breathe, it’s the planet’s most precious resource: fresh water. And it’s disappearing. The world’s largest food company describes the lack of water as a looming catastrophe that is expected to play out in the coming decades. In this episode of Reveal, we look at what’s happening in places that already are running out of water.” At the link find the title “Water wars, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Water-wars_podcast-master.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Economies 66 mins – “Drawing on more than a decade of experience researching emerging economies in Asia, Kalpana Kochhar discusses gender inequalities inhibiting economic growth, as well as strategies for removing structural barriers to women’s economic advancement. This meeting was generously sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.” 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.

Women’s March 54 mins – ”Anna Holmes, Raquel Cepeda, and Irin Carmon try to absorb the reality of Trump’s now official presidency, and discuss the Women’s March happening just hours from this podcast hitting your feed.” At the link find the title,”#1703: Women’s March, Women’s Show,” right-click “Media files PP2240286471.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Womens’ Marches 58 mins – “Organizers of this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington have taken pains to avoid calling the event– and the hundreds of “sister marches” planned across the country — anti-Trump.  As Terie Norelli, former Democratic Speaker of the N.H. House and a longtime state representative,  said on The Exchange this week: “I would say this is a pro United States rally. I believe — and I know many others who do —  that the United States stands for the values of equality and justice and dignity for everyone, and we’re a little bit afraid, many of us, that not everyone respects that today. And we want to make sure that we are standing together to say truly that we stand for these values — that we believe in the United States, that the Statue of Liberty was there really to bring all different kinds of people together and that we are standing with them.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Womens’ Rights 45 mins – “The weekend’s women’s marches across the country have been estimated as the biggest one-day protest in American history. Eight years ago, after President Obama’s inauguration, a much smaller Tea Party birthed a national movement that reset the Republican agenda, arguably setting the stage for candidate Donald Trump. So how might the women’s march move from protest to policy?” At the link find the title, “Social Movements: What It Takes To Go From Protest To Policy, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170124_1a_124.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Young Lords 36 mins – “In the late 1960s, the Black Panther Party made racial pride a rallying point for social justice and arming citizens against police brutality – and was targeted by the FBI. So was the Puerto Rican nationalist party called the Young Lords. Today, we look back the little known activist movement strongly influenced by feminist ideals and the Latina experience. Plus, want information? Google it. But try Googling: “is the Holocaust real?” and you’ll be led to a barrage of Holocaust denial. We’ll dig into why even when the facts are indisputable, finding truth online is not guaranteed.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zappos Founder 30 mins – “Computer scientist Tony Hsieh made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn’t make his mark until he built Zappos — a customer service company that “happens to sell shoes.” Now Zappos is worth over a billion dollars and known for its completely unorthodox management style.” At the link find the title, “Zappos: Tony Hsieh, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170119_hibt_hibtpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Control in US 56 mins – “If you want to sleep tonight, skip this episode of StarTalk All-Stars. Bill Nye, Chuck Nice and virus expert Laurie Garrett examine how we’re fighting Zika, Dengue, West Nile, HIV and other viruses – and why the battle may not be going our way.” At the link find the title, “Confronting Zika and other Viruses, with Bill Nye and Laurie Garrett – StarTalk All-Stars, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 278517250-startalk- confronting zika and other viruses with bill nye and laurie garrett startalk all-stars.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 272 – Jan 27, 2017: Alzheimer’s in Australia, Antarctic Ice Crack, Anthropocene Epoch, Antibiotic Resistance, Astronomy History, August Wilson Playwright, Bacterial Threat, Belief Changes, Bellevue History, Bitcoin History, Black Woman Journalist, Blackjack Math, Book Designer Boom, Botox History, Broadband in North Carolina, Chess Playing, Chinese Renewable Energy, City of Refuge, Civil War History, Colored American Opera, Communications Business, Computer Forensics, Creative Thinking, CRISPR Use, Defense Logistics Agency, Designer Bob Gill, Diabetic and Starving, Digital vs Books, Drug Interactions, Drug Production Overseas, Elevator History, Empathy Pitfalls, Empire State Building Crash, Europe Direction, Fast Pay Business, Feminist Movement, GM Science, Groucho Marx Last Years, Gun Culture, Gut Project, Hacking Future, Health Physiology, Hugge vs High Tech, Ennovation Engineering, Ira Glass, Jerusalem Embassy, Ketogenic Diet, Lead in Water LGBT Challenges, Mary Queen of Scots, MCAT Test, Mindfulness Experiment, Muon Science, Negotiation Process, North Carolina Politics, Obamacare Changes, Online Harassment, Pancuronium Bromide, Photonics Engineer, Presidential Rules, Prostate MRI and Biopsies, Public Transport in Toronto, Restaurant History, Science and Politics, Secret Radio Messages, Smartphone Impact, Solid State Chemistry, Spark Camp, STEM Pipeline, Steve Jobs Bio, Supreme Court Cases, Syrian War and America, Taser History, Tesla Gigafactory Tour, Texas Tower Sniper, Transgender Surgeries, Trump Cabinet, Trump False Rumors, Trump’s Presidential Powers, Ukraine History and Life, Universal Basic Income, WWII Britain

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 88 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 290 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 13,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Alzheimer’s in Australia 60 mins – “The National Press Club marks World Alzheimer’s Day with a special event featuring Dr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: World Alzheimer’s D” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antarctic Ice Crack 27 mins – “[first of four items]The British Antarctic Survey will evacuate all their researchers from the Halley VI base at the start of the Antarctic winter for safety reasons. This will be the first time experiments looking at the Ozone hole and measurements of the extreme environment will be put on hold. The reason? A big chasm is opening up on the Brunt Ice Shelf where the Ice Station is situated.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antarctic Ice Shelf Break 58 mins – “The crack in the Antarctic ice shelf grows by 11 miles. We’ll look at what’s coming, and talk with physicist Helen Czerski about the dynamics of the world around us.” At the link find the title, “Antarctic Ice Shelves And Global Dynamics, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509164739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anthropocene Epoch 28 mins – “Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at Leicester University, talks to Jim al-Khalili about the Anthropocene, the concept that humans now drive much geology on the earth. He’s one of the leading lights in the community of scientists who are working to get the Anthropocene, the Age of Man, recognised. They discuss the controversy about the date of when it began- some say it was a thousand years ago, or the Industrial revolution, others that it was the Second World War, and yet others that it’s as recent as the 1960s. It all turns on finding the Golden Spike, a layer in rock strata above which the geology changes. Jan Zalasiewicz began his career as a traditional geologist studying rocks 500 million years old in Welsh border. After years out in the field mapping the landscape for the British Geological Survey he moved into academia at Leicester University.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 5 mins – “If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on. Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics. “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion….“People have asked me many times ‘How scared should we be?’ … ‘How close are we to the edge of the cliff?’ And I tell them: We’re already falling off the cliff,” Johnson said. “It’s happening. It’s just happening — so far — on a relatively small scale and mostly far away from us. People that we don’t see … so it doesn’t have the same emotional impact.’’ At the link find the title, “Think antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ are only a distant threat? Think again. Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0117201701.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 56 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.” At the link find the title, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files 213819981-frontlinepbs-hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomy History 45 mins – “This week we consider the work of Jesuit astronomers across Europe and around the world before returning to a discussion of weighing the heliocentric and geoheliocentric models of the solar system.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

August Wilson Playwright 52 mins – “Wednesday, we’re talking about August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces was Fences. Denzel Washington’s film version is now in theaters, and the stage version has just opened at Pioneer Theatre Company. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the heart breaking beauty of August Wilson’s work.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bacterial Threat 40 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics,” right-click “Media files 209419838-frontlinepbs-the-trouble-with-antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bacterial Threat 43 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files 209419838-frontlinepbs-the-trouble-with-antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belief Changes 45 mins – “We don’t treat all of our beliefs the same. The research shows that when a strong-yet-erroneous, belief is challenged, yes, you might experience some temporary weakening of your convictions, some softening of your certainty, but most people rebound from that and not only reassert their original belief at its original strength, but go beyond that and dig in their heels, deepening their resolve over the long run. Psychologists call this the backfire effect, and this episode is the first of three shows exploring this well-documented and much-studied psychological phenomenon, one that you’ve likely encountered quite a bit lately. In this episode, we explore its neurological underpinning as two neuroscientists at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute explain how their latest research sheds new light on how the brain reacts when its deepest beliefs are challenged.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 093-The Backfire Effect-Part One.mp3”and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bellevue History 38 mins – “Pulitzer Prize–winning N.Y.U. historian David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, talks about his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital.” 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.

Bitcoin History 37 mins – “In this episode of Radio Motherboard, we talked to New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper about the process of researching his new book about Bitcoin. We also spoke to Courtney Marie Warner, who loves Bitcoin, even though it put her boyfriend in prison. And we spoke to some random people at a park to see just how far we have to go before Bitcoin is truly mainstream.” At the link find the title,”The History of Bitcoin, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files The_History_of_Bitcoin.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Black Woman Journalist 74 mins – “Carol McCabe Booker discusses pioneering journalist Alice Dunnigan, who shattered barriers in the late 1940s by becoming the first black female reporter credentialed to cover Congress and the White House. Booker edited and annotated a newly published edition of Dunnigan’s autobiography, “Alone Atop the Hill,” providing historical context to the journalist’s remarkable story.” At the link find the title, “Sat, 28 February 2015, Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press,” right-click “Direct download: IM_20150228.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blackjack Math 26 mins – “Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too.” At the link find the title, “#749: Professor Blackjack,” right-click “Media files 20170120 pmoney podacst012016.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Designer Boom 46 mins – “Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs.” At the link find the title, “Irma Boom, Mar, 2014,” right-click “Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Irma-Boom.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Botox History 48 mins – “The Botox explosion. It’s not just for wrinkles anymore. Migraines, depression. We’ll track the spreading use of Botox.” At the link find the title, “Botox Revolution Moves Beyond Wrinkles, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509001739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in North Carolina 23 mins – “From our research, we believe the municipal fiber-optic network in Wilson, North Carolina, has the best low-income Internet access program in the nation. Called Greenlight, the fiber network has led to job growth and been a financial success. And now it also offers $10 per month 50 Mbps symmetrical Internet access to those living in housing units owned by the public housing authority. Greenlight General Manager Will Aycock is back again to tell us about this program and is joined by two additional guests: CEO and President Kelly Vick from the Wilson Housing Authority and Wilson Communications and Marketing Director Rebecca Agner. We discuss how the program was created, how it is funded, and how it is impacting the community in addition to public reaction to it. Wilson continues to set a higher bar for what a community can expect when it builds its own network and seeks creative ways to improve opportunity for its businesses and residents.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chess Playing 56 mins – “We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.” At the linkf idn the title, “161 Patrick Wolff – How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion,” right-click “Media files ab4af996-a6c8-4eda-9028-e9d6d41d3fbd.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Renewable Energy 4 mins – “In Donald Trump’s vision of America, some parts of the country’s future look a lot like its past. Exhibit A: his promise to revive the flagging coal industry. Meanwhile the world’s other economic giant, China, which now uses more coal than any other country on Earth, is moving sharply in the opposite direction. China recently announced another huge new investment in renewable energy — $360 billion by 2020, which the Chinese government says will also create 13 million new jobs. So which is the better bet on where the jobs and the energy of the future will come from? We put the question to Mary Kay Magistad, The World’s longtime China correspondent and now the host of its podcast “Whose Century Is It?….” At the link find the title, “Donald Trump sees the future in coal. China sees the future in renewables. Who’s making the safer bet? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0119201705.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

City of Refuge 20 mins – “He’s a white preacher from the hills of Virginia who brought his wife and five daughters to live in one of the most dangerous areas of Atlanta. Fought off car thieves, addicts, and deranged would-be killers. And took it upon himself to fight the city’s worst problems and create a refuge for those who needed it. Why? Meet the man who was “conned by God.” At the linkf ind the title, “S01 Episode 2: City of Refuge, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files CGT Episode 2, City of Refuge, 072216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War History 113 mins – “In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Colored American Opera Company 27 mins – “The Colored American Opera Company was born at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church — the first all-black church in the nation’s capitol — where an Italian priest invited a white Spanish American veteran of the U.S. Marine Band, and teacher of march legend John Philip Sousa, to teach a French style of opéra bouffe to an African American choir. In doing so, in 1873, just a decade after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, together, they created the first American opera company — black or white — in the nation. Listen as Shelley Brown, producer and former artistic director of the Strathmore theater in Bethesda, Maryland, and Patrick Warfield, a professor of musicology at the University of Maryland and author of Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years,1854-1893 discuss this hidden American story.” At the link find the title, “17: The Colored American Opera Company,” right-click “Media files 587d4383eb50589014deef60.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communications Business 24 mins – “This week on The Voice, our host Tina Barton chats with Deborah Hinton, Partner at Hinton and Co., and Sohini Bhattacharya, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Allegoro Communications, about the ups and downs of going “indie”, out-of-the gate factors to have in place, the importance of planning for lean times and how else to set yourself up for success.” At the link find the title, “Wed, 13 May 2015 Mini-Series: Episode 1 – How to Become an “Indie” Communications Consultant,” right-click “Direct download: Ep87_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Forensics 28 mins – Episode 27 of Digital Detectives is a FAQ on the topic by two lawyers who specialize in law and technology. The podcast is no longer available at the link, but is included in the blog archive.

Creative Thinking 94 mins – “My guest this episode is my friend, Eric Weinstein (@ericrweinstein), managing director of Thiel Capital, a Ph.D in mathematical physics from Harvard, and a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. We recorded at my house after Eric emailed me this question: “Wanna try a podcast on… psychedelics, theories of everything, and the need to destroy education in order to save it?” He’s brilliant and hilarious. If you enjoyed my podcasts with Derek Sivers or Sam Harris, you’ll love this one. We cover a lot of ground…..” [Books mentioned include The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr, Heraclitean Fire by Erwin Chargaff and Kayfabe Essay] At the link find the title, “#131: Eric Weinstein on Challenging “Reality,” Working with Peter Thiel, and Destroying Education to Save It,” right-click “Media files Tim_Ferriss_Show_-_Eric_Weinstein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR Use 50 mins – “New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter talks about the dramatic advances in genetic research. He says there are new tools that allow scientists “to edit genes in the way a word processor would edit words,” so they can alter, delete, and rearrange the DNA of living organisms. Critic at large John Powers reviews ’20th Century Women,’ the new film written and directed by Mike Mills.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up the menu.” At the link find the title, “January 12, 2017, Rewriting the Genetic Code,” click the arrow with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Defense Logistics Agency 19 mins – “Earlier this week, Motherboard published a year-long investigation that revealed the Pentagon has been sending defective gun parts to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In more than 60 cases, the barrels of guns have literally exploded and, in at least one case, a soldier was seriously injured. Radio Motherboard talks with reporter Damien Spleeters about how he was able to make sense of thousands of pages of documents from the Defense Logistics Agency and with features editor Brian Anderson about the implications of Spleeters’s findings. We also talk about the DLA, which spends $40 billion a year but is little known outside of defense circles.” At the link find the title, “When Big Guns Go Down, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files When Big Guns Go Down.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Designer Bob Gill 46 mins -”Legendary designer Bob Gill talks about design in the 1950s, working with the Beatles and the problem with so many designers today.” At the link find the title, “Design Matters From the Archive: Bob Gill, Sept, 2015,”Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Bob-Gill.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetic and Starving 30 mins – “Diabetes is usually considered a disease of excess—so why are so many starving people in India getting it?” At the link find the title “The Disease We’re Getting Wrong, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files The_Disease_Were_Getting_Wrong.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital vs Books 14 mins – Along with ALA Midwinter, the publishing conference calendar for 2017 opened this week with a trimmed down and refocused Digital Book World show returning to New York City. As keynote speaker, Macmillan CEO John Sargent offered some candid remarks on the state of the business, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Sargent told attendees that the digital part of the business – which fell 16% among traditional publishers in 2016, according to Nielsen – will decline again in 2017. At the same time, he acknowledged that self-publishing and Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, were large, and getting larger,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “His takeaway? That if self-publishing is growing, and traditional publishers are not shrinking, there is a lot of reading going on, and that better data and analytics will help publishers compete,” Albanese adds….” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Interactions 58 mins – “Medications are often crucial for maintaining our health, but every drug you take has potential side effects and may interact with other medicines. What do you know about these hazards? Understanding Benefits and Risks: Our guest, Dr. Russ Altman, suggests that physicians should exercise more restraint in prescribing and patients should ask more questions about the drugs they are expected to take. That way, everyone will have a better understanding of the balance of benefits and risks that accompany every prescription.” At the link find the title, “Show 1064: How Can You Avoid Hazardous Drug Interactions?” right-click “Media files PP-1064Interactions.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Production Overseas 7 mins – “FDA Oversight of Foreign Drug Safety At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elevator History 21 mins – “Elevators are old. They would have to be. Because it is in our nature to rise. History is full of things that lift other things. In ancient Greece, and China, and Hungary, there were systems of weights and pulleys and platforms designed to bring nobility–or their meals–to new heights. …And then came Elisha Otis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Empathy Pitfalls 42 mins – “We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.” At the link find the title, “162 Paul Bloom – Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 41da138d-ec82-408f-93a9-f342c1dfca9c.mp3”and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Empire State Building Crash 17 mins – “On July 28, 1945, an airplane crashed into the Empire State Building. A B-25 bomber was flying a routine mission, chartering servicemen from Massachusetts to New York City…. When the plane hit, parts of the engine flew ahead and severed the lifting cables of two elevators on the 79th floor. The elevators crashed to the sub-basement. In one of the elevators was a 19-year-old elevator operator named Betty Lou Oliver. She broke her pelvis, back and neck — but she survived….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Europe Direction 53 mins – “Our discussion this week is presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Goethe-Institut Boston.  Our discussion is titled “Quo Vadis, Europe?”  Our speaker is Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the think tank Europe’s Future at the Bertelsmann Stiftung.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Fast Pay Business 48 mins – “Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are finding alternatives to traditional banks, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers, and payday lenders. Her book is ‘The Unbanking of America.’ Also, we remember activist and jazz writer Nat Hentoff with an excerpt of his 1986 interview.” At the link find the title, “January 10, 2017 Why More Americans Are Giving Up On Banks,”click the arrow with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feminist Movement 37 mins – “The feminist movement has always been about equality for all women, but there are many paths to that goal. One of them is this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington which began with a rallying cry on social media. But will the march follow a path toward more inclusiveness, toward equal pay, and to greater equality between men and women? And just what does it mean to be a feminist?” At the link find the title, “Feminism And The Women’s March On Washington, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170117_1a 118.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GM Science 39 mins – “Plants contain a family of genes called “R genes” that play important roles in resistance to disease.  Plants and pathogens exist in an evolutionary arms race, each developing new means to attack or defend against the other.  Professor Jonathan Jones has been at the forefront of R gene biology for decades.  How to plants use these specialized molecules to detect a pathogen?  How do pathogens evade detection?  How can these genes be mixed and matched between plants to create new varieties resistant to disease?  Hosted by Dr. Paul Vincelli.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Groucho Marx Last Years 86 mins – “Marx Brothers fanatics Gilbert and Frank sit down for a fascinating conversation with Groucho’s personal assistant and archivist (and author of the memoir, “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House”) Steve Stoliar, who shares fond memories of the man himself, as well as brothers Gummo, Zeppo and famous houseguests George Burns, Liza Minnelli and Mae West. Also, Marvin Hamlisch grouses, Groucho takes in an Alice Cooper concert, Zeppo heads south of the border and Steve rescues “Animal Crackers.” PLUS: Claude Rains! S.J. Perelman! The “Israeli Chico Marx”! Bob Hope roasts Danny Thomas! And Erin Fleming turns down Woody Allen!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Culture 51 mins – “Historian Pamela Haag says there’s a mythology around American gun culture. The conventional wisdom is that since the Revolutionary War we’ve had some primal bond with our firearms. But Haag argues that our guns were once just another tool of everyday life, and that the gun industry convinced us we needed to be armed. In her latest book, she follows the rise of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the marketing campaign she says created our gun culture. We spoke with Haag about the story.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Project 26 mins – “The American Gut project is the largest crowd-sourced project ever: to date, over 80.000 participants have contributed fecal, skin, or oral samples. The ambitious goal is to characterize the microbiota of as many individuals as possible to identify the diverse species living in and on us. Beth interviews Dr Embrietta Hyde, Project Manager of the Gut project about results and progess.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking Future 56 mins – “As our lives become ever more digitized, the security of our data will become ever more important to protect. So far, judging by the daily routine of data breaches and large scale hacks, it seems like we’re failing to secure our most precious digital belongings. As some in the world of information security say, everything will get hacked. But is that really true? As part of The Hacks We Can’t See, Motherboard’s theme week exploring the future of hacking, we asked real hackers what they think the future holds. We also spoke to Morgan Marquis-Boire, a well-known security researcher who’s spent the last few years hunting malware and helping human rights activists and journalists protect themselves. What’s the craziest thing that’ll get hacked in the future? And what can you do to protect yourself? Listen to this week’s episode of Radio Motherboard to find out.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Hacking. Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Future of Hacking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Physiology 186 mins – “Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). He has also deadlifted 500 pounds for 10 reps after a seven-day fast. He’s a beast and — no big surprise — he’s a good buddy of Dr. Peter Attia, my MD friend who drinks “jet fuel” in search of optimal athletic performance. The primary focus of Dom’s laboratory is developing and testing metabolic therapies, including ketogenic diets, ketone esters and ketone supplements to induce nutritional/therapeutic ketosis. D’Agostino’s laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies and nutritional strategies for peak performance and resilience. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.” At the link find the title, “#117: Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and The End of Cancer, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files Tim Ferriss Show-Dominic Dagostino.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hygge vs High Tech 46 mins – “Danes are the happiest people in the world. They say they get there with hygge – coziness. We’ll ask how that works.” At the link find the title, “Forget Your Troubles, Come On, Get Hygge, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509720121.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Engineering 38 mins – “Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing.” At the link find the title, “037 – Reviving the Swiss Watch Industry: The Remarkable Story of Swatch with Elmar Mock,” right-click “Media files IE037-ElmarMock.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ira Glass 77 mins – “Radio and podcast personality (and lifelong Gilbert fan) Ira Glass drops by the studio to share his love of, among other things, old-school entertainment, classic comedy albums, the Frank Sinatra songbook and the grand spectacle of “The Poseidon Adventure.” Also, Sammy Davis Jr. finds religion, Davy Jones finds inspiration, Ruth Buzzi hangs (or doesn’t) with Orson Welles and Ira crashes the set of a legendary sitcom. PLUS: “The Komodo Dragon Expert”! Red Buttons’ sister! The mercurial Zero Mostel! Yoko Ono improvises! And “The Incredible Mr. Limpet!” This episode is brought to you Harold Ramis Film School.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerusalem Embassy 36 mins – “If the Trump administration follows through on campaign commitments to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, how should it proceed? How will America’s Arab partners respond? And could an embassy relocation play a positive role in reinvigorated American engagement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Join us for a conversation with the scholars David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari about a potential American embassy in Jerusalem.” At the link find the title, “Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem with Ghaith al-Omari and David Makovsky, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files PolicyCast14AlOmariMakovskyJerusalem.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diet 37 mins – “This week we have guest Dr. Ron Rosedale. Dr. Rosedale is the author of “The Rosedale Diet“, and an internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine who has done groundbreaking work with diabetics. Listen in as we talk about the current state of medicine and doctor’s education, insulin, leptin, the causes and solutions to some modern diseases like diabetes, and more.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here(MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diet 38 mins – “Idebenone, CoQ10, ubiquinol…  what’s the difference?  Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), is back to talk all things mitochondria and CoQ10….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead in Water 37 mins – “The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is ongoing, and there have been even more devastating discoveries of contaminants like lead in water systems across the country. Many of the affected communities are poor and people of color. Why are these neighborhoods so often victimized when it comes to environmental health issues?” At the link find the title, “Lead, Landfills, and Low-Income Neighborhoods, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170117_1a 117b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Challenges 82 mins – “This overview of LGBT health looks at: LGBTQ disparities, Family Acceptance Project;, and Health Challenges for Trans Women in International Settings. Recorded on 10/12/2016. (#31558)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Violence 88 mins – “This overview looks at Violence and Discrimination in the LGBT Community; LGBTQ Youth/Hate Crimes on College Campuses; IPV in the LGBTQ community. Recorded on 10/19/2016. (#31559)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mary, Queen of Scots 56 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, who had potential to be one of the most powerful rulers in Europe, yet she was also one of the most vulnerable. In France, when she was the teenage bride to their future king, she was seen as rightful heir to the thrones of England and Ireland, as well as Queen of Scotland and one day of France, which would have been an extraordinary union. She was widowed too young, though and, a Catholic returning to Protestant Scotland, she struggled to overcome rivalries in her own country. She fled to Protestant England, where she was implicated in plots to overthrow Elizabeth, and it was Elizabeth herself who signed Mary’s death warrant.” At the link find the title, “Mary, Queen of Scots, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04q0bn3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCAT Test 46 mins – “In this episode, Ryan talks with Eric Chiu, Executive Director of the Pre-Health Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and he is in charge of the MCAT prep at Kaplan. …The MCAT is an evolving exam…The MCAT is not that last test you’ll have to take. Schools want to make sure that students are well-prepared to do well on the USMLE or COMPLEX exams so they can be placed into the right residency program….How to become better test preparers:…The biggest mistake students make in preparing for the MCAT: Starting to wait. Eric’s advice to students planning to take the MCAT: Start thinking about what their prep plans are a year out from when they’re planning to test. Start acclimating yourself to the types of content and the practice you can start to do early on. Kaplan courses average between 2-4 months or an option to extend their preparation for up to a full year. Students planning to test in September 2017 can start preparing now in January 2017. The sooner you begin, the more benefit you will accrue from the prep resources you invest in….Change your mindset towards the MCAT from being an obstacle to an opportunity. The MCAT is not an obstacle but an opportunity for you to show medical schools that you have what it takes to perform well in their programs, that you can do the hard work of reviewing content and learning how to take the test. At the link find the title, “Session 217,” right-click “Media files PMY217.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Risk 37 mins – “In episode 336, James and Mike finish their review of clinical practice guidelines. We talk about how well clinicians and patients understand the benefits and harms of treatments and tests and then end with how the perfect clinical practice guideline should be written.” At the link “Download this podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mindfulness Experiment 54 mins – “An in depth exploration of Mindfulness, including the science, the industry and its claims, as well as an actual scan of Bob’s brain to see the changes mindfulness can bring.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Mindfulness, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files quirksaio 20170114_58707.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muon Science 60 mins – “Muons are very small fundamental particles that are much heavier than they should be. They fall apart pretty quickly, but they rain down on us. It’s magical. Today’s physicists are Ryan Martin, the particle physicist; and Diana Cowern, host of the “Physics Girl” youtube channel. Our Guest this time is Sarah Gailey, the author!” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep 70 Science Cat Muon.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”

Negotiation Process 26 mins – “If you really want to win at negotiation, stop fighting and start listening. In this episode of Stanford Innovation Lab, host Tina Seelig speaks with Margaret “Maggie” Neale, professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, for answers to the burning questions about negotiating. Is emotion your most powerful tool? When does deference earn you more than dominance? Will setting a walk-away price decrease your drive to negotiate for more? Maggie also shares pro-tips on negotiating in all settings, from the office to the farmers’ market.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Carolina Politics 48 mins – “Our ‘Listening To America’ tour kicks off in Charlotte with a citizens’ roundtable on North Carolina’s fevered politics.” At the link find the title, “#OnPointNC: Listening To Charlotte, Jan, 2017, right-click “Media files npr_508950052.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Changes 34 mins – “What would happen to you tomorrow if the Affordable Care Act was repealed tonight? We asked our listeners to share their questions, concerns and stories about health coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “ At the link find the title, “Obamacare On Life Support, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170110_1a_1apod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Harassment 44 mins – “Soon after news broke that Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones’s website had been hacked and replaced with stolen nude photos and racist memes, I got an urgent email from Whitney Phillips, one of the world’s foremost experts on online trolling and harassment (Phillips quite literally has a doctorate in 4chan). Phillips wanted to know if Motherboard was going to cover the hack, and how we were going to do it. “I have some thoughts on the ethics of amplification—how, we can’t not comment on stories like this, but commenting perpetuates the disgusting narrative and associated imagery. The question being, what’s the ethical way not just for journalists and academics to respond, but for individuals, as well?” she said. “Is more harm than good done when the association of Jones with Harambe is given longer life? I’m honestly not sure,” she added. “BUT I WANT TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.” In her book This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Phillips explores how early trolls from 4chan’s /b/ board manipulated the media into spreading their message. Though “trolling” is now an outdated, imprecise term, the Twitter harassment and illegal hacking of Jones’s website are amplified the more journalists write about it, the more people retweet it, the more we allow it to stay in our collective consciousness. Phillips emailed me as I was also considering whether there’s an ethical way to cover abhorrent behavior on the internet—decisions about how and whether to write about racially, sexually, or xenophobically motivated hacks and harassment is a question the Motherboard staff considers all the time, but it’s rarely a conversation that ever makes it to the public. And so I decided to have that conversation with Phillips and the roles we all play in amplifying questionable or grotesque online behavior.” At the link find the title, “Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pancuronium Bromide 7 mins – “On-demand muscle paralysis revolutionised surgery. Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle relaxants used in medical procedures. This week, a drug that plays a significant role in modern surgery. Katrina Krämer has dug into the archives and discovered the lengths to which some researchers would go in the hunt for better drugs…” At the link find the title, “Pancuronium bromide: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CIIE Pancuronium bromide.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photonics Engineer 71 mins – “We talk with mechanical engineer Tim Quinn about advances being made in the world of photonics, wave–particle duality, and optical computing in this episode of The Engineering Commons.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Rules 24 mins – “Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama’s staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?” At the link find the title, “#748: Undoing Obama,” right-click “Media files 20170118 pmoney podcast011816.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prostate MRI and Biopsies 12 mins – “Hashim Ahmed discusses his study about the diagnostic accuracy of multi-parametric MRI in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer in men.” At the link find the title, “Use of MRI in prostate cancer screening: The Lancet: January 19, 2017,” right-click “Media files 19january mri.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Restaurant History 46 mins- “Early humans may have visited each others’ caves for a shared meal, but they wouldn’t have expected to be served at their own table, or to choose when and what to eat. But today, restaurants are ubiquitous: there are millions of them worldwide, and the average American eats roughly 200 meals a year in one. So who invented the first restaurant, and when and where did it appear? How did it change society—and change along with society? And, in today’s saturated market, is there a scientific way to choose the best?” 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.

Public Transport in Toronto   48 mins – “Work can’t help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person’s professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements?” At the link find the title, “Commute From Hell, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170109_16942.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science and Politics 34 mins – “This week, as we near the inauguration of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with science journalist Dave Levitan about his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.” At the link find the title, “163 Dave Levitan – The Return Of “I’m Not a Scientist” right-click “Media files d0105483-d14b-486e-9927-54bf8675828d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Secret Radio Messages 24 mins – “If you tune around on a shortwave radio, you might stumble across a voice reciting an endless stream of numbers. Just numbers, all day, everyday. These so-called “numbers stations,” say nothing about where they are transmitting from or who they are trying to reach, but they can be heard in Spanish, Thai, German, Russian, Chinese, and any number of other languages from around the world….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smartphone Impact 22 mins – “Your phone uses the equivalent of two refrigerators’ worth of electricity every year. If you add in all of the electricity required to store and move data across high-speed cable and wireless networks and climate-controlled server farms to deliver an hour of video to your phone each week, in the space of a year it adds up to more power than two new Energy Star refrigerators consume in the same time.” At the link find the title, “The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Solid State Chemistry 26 mins – “Alejandro Briseño, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering, shares the groundbreaking work his research team has achieved through the study of organic and polymer semiconductor single crystals, polymer semiconductor devices and synthesis of novel organic and polymer semiconductors.“ At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spark Camp 44 mins – ”Debbie Millman talks to Spark Camp founders Amanda Michel + Amy Webb about redesigning the traditional conference and its lasting effect on participants.” At the link find the title, “Amanda Michel + Amy Webb, Jan, 2014,” right-click “Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Spark-Camp.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEM Pipeline 60 mins – “This week we look at the current state of the STEM pipeline and what happens when people drip out. We speak with Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics at Georgia State University, about practicing “PhD contraception” in order to better match supply with realistic demand. We talk with Gary McDowell, Executive Director of Future of Research, about ways we might try to change the STEM process from the inside. And we speak with Melissa Vaught, a biochemist turned editor, about the realities of going into a science PhD and what to do on the other side.” At the link find the title, “#405 STEM Pipeline,” right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Jobs Bio 25 mins – “Joe Nocera’s “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” from 1986 remains the most intimate and honest appraisals of the computer visionary ever written. Nocera, a longtime New York Times reporter and op-ed writer, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss Jobs’s legacy, and how the man he wrote about twenty years ago is far different from the one portrayed today.” At the link find the title, “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, by Joe Nocera, Dec, 2015,” right-click “Media files Esquire Classic-The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Joe Nocera.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Cases 35 mins – “Dahlia sits down with the LA Times’ David Savage to consider three of the big cases on the SCOTUS docket this fall — and whether liberals are right to be worried about the outcomes of those cases….Please let us know what you think of our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Podcast production by Tony Field.” At the link find the title, “2015 Term Preview, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM9639749876.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian War and America 56 mins – “Inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the civil war in Syria. (Original Upload Date: 06/02/2015)” At the link right-click “Obama at War,” right-click “Media files 209432000-frontlinepbs-obama-at-war.mp” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taser History 22 mins – “On January 3, 1979, two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department went to the home of Eulia May Love, a 39-year-old African-American mother. The police were there because of a dispute over an unpaid gas bill. The officers approached her, and Love allegedly threatened them with a knife. They fired twelve times and killed her. Neither of the two officers involved were prosecuted for the killing.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla Gigafactory Tour 24 mins – “Elon Musk’s new temple of energy is open for business in the middle of the desert outside Reno, Nevada. A few weeks ago, I went to the opening of the Tesla Gigagfactory, where Musk proposes to ramp up production of car batteries to the point where Tesla can begin to sell an affordable, mass-market electric cars. Musk’s ideas and Tesla’s futuristic cars get a lot of attention, but the company has still only sold just over 150,000 cars. The good news for Tesla is that many of those 150,000 customers are rabid fans who are happy to evangelize for the company. I went to the Gigafactory’s opening party to meet the people who not only owned a Tesla, but also convinced five of their friends to buy one. This podcast is meant to be a quick primer on the world of Tesla—what’s it like to own one? Who are these superfans and why do they love the company so much? What’s it like to drive a Model S in “Ludicrous Mode?” What’s inside the Gigafactory? And what is Elon Musk’s long-term vision for the future of transportation and energy?” At the link find the title, “Inside the Tesla Gigafactory, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files Inside the Tesla Gigafactory.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Tower Sniper 52 mins – “On August, 1, 1966, a lone gunman opened fire from the top floor of a tower at the University of Texas at Austin. It was America’s first mass school shooting, and civilians and law enforcement on the ground struggled to respond. When the gunshots were silenced, 16 people lay dead and dozens were wounded. In a new documentary film, director Keith Maitland revisits the events of that infamous day through the words of the people who lived it. Maitland joins us Thursday to talk about his film. It’s called TOWER.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Surgeries 82 mins – “Topics: Facial Feminization and breast augmentation surgeries: overview, challenges and state of the art approaches. Genital gender affirming surgeries: Surgical options, Cadaver- lab review of surgical anatomy, state of the art techniques, and quality of life measures after surgery. Recorded on 11/09/2016. (#31562)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Cabinet 48 mins – “Ethics and the Trump Cabinet. Confirmations hearings for Trump’s nominees begin before ethics reviews are completed. It’s unprecedented. We’re on it.” At the link find the title “Ethical Quandaries In The Trump Cabinet, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509164725.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump False Rumors 21 mins – “For weeks now, journalists have been aware of a dossier circulating among top officials and the media; it alleges among other things, that Russia has compromising (Kompromat) information on President Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn’t until a chain of events set off by a presidential briefing about the contents of the dossier that the media felt free to talk about what they knew. Brooke speaks with Slate’s Will Oremus about Buzzfeed’s (and Slate’s) decision to publish the anonymous (and unverified) Russia memos in full.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Presidential Powers 88 mins – “Motherboard’s writers, editors, and contributors have spent the last week talking to activists, researchers, and policy makers about the powers that Donald Trump will inherit when he takes power in January. There’s little sense in speculating about what Trump will do when he takes office, but it’s important to understand the powers he will have to affect things like climate change, energy policy, surveillance, cybersecurity, and the other things Motherboard holds dear.” At the link find the title, “Trump’s Powers, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files Trumps_Powers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine History and Life 58 mins – “Journalist Sophie Pinkham discusses Ukraine’s history and life today in the country amidst ongoing conflict. She is interviewed by Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia “ At the link find the title, “University.After Words with Sophie Pinkham, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462976.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universal Basic Income 58 mins – “…The movement is gaining steam around the world: Switzerland voted this last weekend on whether the country should “guarantee the introduction of an unconditional basic income.” The measure failed, but the fact that it was even on the ballot speaks to its increasing relevancy. In the United States, the startup incubator Y Combinator is doing an experiment that will give 100 people in Oakland between $1,000 and $2,000 per month to see how the “mechanics” of a basic income would work and to see what people do with the money. That project is controversial for reasons we get into the podcast. I called up Matt Krisiloff, who is head of the basic income project at Y Combinator, and Elizabeth Rhodes, the research lead of the project, to talk about how it’ll work and why a Silicon Valley startup accelerator is interested in this idea. Then, we talk to Natalie Foster, who is a cofounder of the Universal Income Project, about why she finds the idea so compelling. Finally, we look at the history of basic income around the world and deconstruct the policy itself. Could it ever work?” At the link find the title, “The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universal Basic Income 64 mins – ”Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the virtues and negatives of a basic guaranteed income–giving every American adult an annual amount of money to guarantee a subsistence level of well-being. How would such a plan work? How would it interact with current anti-poverty programs? How would it affect recipients and taxpayers? Munger attacks these issues and more in a lively conversation with Roberts.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII Britain 32 mins – “This episode covers 4 missed or lightly treated subjects: Operation Pied Piper- the evacuation of Britain’s children, the disaster of the Lancastria, the occupation of The Channel Islands by the Nazis and the Italian Conquest of British Somaliland.” At the link find the title, “Episode 53- Things Missed,” right-click “Media files Episode53.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 271 – Jan 20, 2017: Addiction Neurology, ALS Research, Arctic Ice, Astrobiologist, Automation Increases Jobs, Big Data Enterprises, Biofilm Infection Control, Black Holes Discussion, Blind College Student, Broadband in Tennessee, Canadian Parks, Citizen Science, Climate Denial, Computer Repair Business, Conflict Journalism, Creative People, Denial and Self Deception, Dioxin Disaster, Drone Warfare, Drug Costs in Canada, Electronic Recycling, Emotional First Aid, Empathy Issues, EPA Head Impact, Fast Radio Bursts, Fat Facts, Fat Secrets, First Nations Photo Project, HG Wells, Homeless in Los Angeles, Human Trafficking in Canada, Hungry Students Solution, Hypertension Emergencies, Interpreter Injustice, Investment Stories, Iraqi Arrest, Medical Costs and Qualities, Medical Excesses, Medical Guidelines, Middle School Concerns, Moderation or Not, Muslim Issues, Nanotechnology Tools, Nietzsche, Obamacare Future, Obamacare Repeal, Ocean Predator, Opioid Deaths in Canada, Oprah Show History, Presidential Campaigns, Product Management, Retirement Plans, Right Care, Saturn Project, Sea Rise Affects Military, Ship Waste Disposal, Ski Lift Emergencies, Stagnation or Recession, Stress Control with Ketamin,Tax Reduction Experiment, Telomere Effect, Terrorist Attack, Trevor Noah, Trump Insights, Trump Ties with Russia, Violence Decline, Woman Journalists, WW II Submarine Warfare, X-ray History

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 77 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 217 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 13,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Addiction Neurology 27 mins – “Ulises Ricoy, PhD, Chair of Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at Northern New Mexico College, shares his expertise on neuroscience and its relation to addiction.” At the link right-click the play button by Listen and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

ALS Research 32 mins – “For years, Dr. Richard Bedlack has hunted for a cure for ALS, a fatal degenerative disease. And then one day he builds a website called ALS Untangled. That’s when strange things start to happen. Reported by Peter Andrey Smith and Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni.” At the link find the title, “#85 The Reversal, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT1138963105.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Ice 132 mins – “The sea ice in the arctic and antarctic regions of the earth is an especially sensitive indicator of the earth’s climate, and in particular, the current overall atmospheric temperature of the planet. It was recently reported to have reached a new low. Our guest, NASA’s Walt Meier explains why this is the case and which processes govern the increase or decrease of the ice. We then discuss how the ice mass is measured based on satellite and how its thickness is estimated based mostly on in-situ measurements. We cover climate modeling and its connection to sea ice and conclude with an outlook on future research.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astrobiologist 37 mins – “Sometimes when we are having personal or health problems, it helps to get an outside perspective: talk to other friends who have experienced similar problems and how they dealt with them, and other friends about how they avoided those problems. Talk to experts. Then using all that input, we try to make the best choice to solve the problems and to live a long and happy life. This is perhaps the situation we find ourselves in now with the health of our environment and the long-term viability of the human race. So where to we look for that “outside perspective” and expert help? The answer may be: look to other planets and talk to those who study them. This is the approach astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon takes in his new book: “Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future”. Dr. Grinspoon is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, and in 2013 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. We had a chance to talk with Dr. Grinspoon about how he compares Earth’s story to those of other planets, and how our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective….” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automation Increases Jobs 19 mins – “Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Basic Minimum Income 14 mins – “The province is preparing to launch a universal basic income pilot project, joining other governments around the world. What exactly is a base wage and how would it change things?” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170106_78812.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Enterprises 29 mins – “Carnegie Mellon University professor Rahul Telang discusses his book [Streaming, Sharing, Stealing], which examines how technology is reshaping television, film, music, and publishing.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Rahul Telang, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455050.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofilm Infection Control 66 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele SwansonVincent, Michael, and Michele explain the use of an electrochemical gradient to eliminate bacterial biofilms, and how phage susceptibility can be transferred by exchange of receptor proteins.” At the link right-click “Right click to download TWIM#143” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Holes Discussion 36 mins – “The origin of the universe, the distribution of galaxies, and the nature of black holes – it’s all in a day’s work for one of the most prominent scientists of all time. On 8 January 1942, Frank and Isobel Hawking celebrated the birth of their son, Stephen. 75 years later and Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most prominent scientists of all time. In a career spanning half a century, the cosmologist has notched up more than 150 scientific papers, a dozen or so books, and a string of TV and film appearances. It’s an achievement made all the more remarkable given his diagnosis with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 .In this special edition of Science Weekly, we ask a handful of physicists about his contributions to science and the wider world. Speaking to Ian Sample this week are long-time friend and collaborator Professor Sir Roger Penrose, former student Professor Marika Taylor, Professor Sabine Hossenfelder, and Professor Max Tegmark.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind College Student 23 mins – “Kayla Weathers was the first totally Blind person to graduate from Dalton State Collegeand she is now looking forward to her Masters Degree and the challenges ahead of her. Her road to Dalton State was not actually a direct shot. Kayla had to make some decisions along the way to enhance her opportunities to succeed. Transitioning from High School to College is not always a smooth road and sometimes that road takes you out of your comfort zone and across the states. Kayla went to BLIND, Inc. a training center located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not quite the same climate as Georgia has to offer. Kayla talks extensively about how her blindness training proved her opportunities to achieve her educational goals and how she gained the skills and confidence to do just about anything she set her mind to do.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Tennessee 29 mins – “Nestled in the Cherokee National Forest on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, not far from Virginia, is Erwin. Erwin Utilities runs the water, wastewater, and electricity for the town of 6,000 and long wanted to invest in a fiber network. After years of following industry trends, they developed a plan to build it and tell us how in Community Broadband Bits episode 235. General Manager Lee Brown and Fiber-Optic Engineer John Williams join us to discuss what started as a pilot project but is now an incremental plan to connect the entire community with a Fiber-to-the-Home network offering high speed Internet access and telephone service. We discuss the reaction from the community, financing, and how they are using it for smart utility management — not only for electricity but also for water services.” At the link right-click “…can download this mp3 file directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Parks 20 mins – “Some conservationists are concerned 2017’s free entry to national parks will bring significant harm to our natural reserves.J” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Parks Canada’s free entry raises ecological impact concerns, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_13776.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Citizen Science 31 mins – “Our guest this week is ecologist & author Caren Cooper.  As an Associate Professor at North Carolina State university, Dr. Cooper also works with the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program on Leadership in Public Science.  She is an advocate of citizen science, believing that anyone, anywhere at any time, can help conduct genuine scientific research. In her new book, Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, Dr. Cooper tells the stories of citizen scientists who are challenging assumptions of how and where knowledge can be acquired.  Dr. Cooper joins us to share some of these stories, along with ideas and resources on how educators might engage their students in creating new knowledge from the world around them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Denial 58 mins – “Renee Lertzman, Climate Engagement Strategist, Author; Speaker Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect Cristine Russell, Freelance Science Journalist Tom Toles, Political Cartoonist; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect The majority of Americans agree climate disruption is a major concern. The Paris Climate Agreement has been ratified by 61 countries and counting, which so far represents 47.81 percent of the world’s emissions. So we all agree, climate change is the biggest problem humankind has ever faced? Not so fast. Here in the United States, denial and confusion about the science is rampant, and we may be the only developed nation where it is written into a major political party’s platform. Climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tom Toles take a satirical look at how this lack of consensus came to be. Cristine Russell is a veteran science journalist with deep knowledge about conveying complex scientific issues to a broad public. How deep does climate doubt run, and how can communication help us move on to solutions? Join us for a fun and informative look at manufactured doubt and genuine skepticism.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Business 74 mins – “A Show for Computer Repair Techs by Computer Repair Techs. Jeff Halash from TechNutPC.com Talks to Computer Technicians” At the link right-click Direct MpeDownload: Podnuts Daily #478” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Journalists 50 mins – “British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he’s been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every appearance, he looks weaker and gaunter. In this special hour, we consider how Cantlie’s plight is a window into the challenges of reporting on Syria, and why the world’s tangled policy on hostages means that some live to tell the tale, and others don’t.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative People 54 mins – “Where does genius come from? Some people say geniuses are born, or that they’re made by thousands of hours of work. But what if genius is actually grown, like a plant? Travel writer Eric Weiner has scanned the globe and come to exactly that conclusion. He says genius arises in clumps at particular places and times when certain ingredients are present. Think Ancient Greece, 14th-century Florence, or modern-day Silicon Valley. Weiner joins us to explain his theory of the geography of genius. Eric Weiner is a regular columnist for BBC Travel and a former foreign correspondent for NPR. He’s the author of four books, including The Geography of Bliss and, his newest, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon” At the link right-click the play button by Listen and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Denial and Self Deception 31 mins – “Genius medical researcher Ajit Varki on his book “Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind.” Erika Spanger-Siegfried from the Union of Concerned Scientists on American military bases endangered by rising seas. Humans society in times of climate change is like a sinking boat taking on water. The crowds will rush from one side to the other. As we know, sometimes that causes the ship to tip, throwing everyone into the sea. Right now in America and Australia, and perhaps soon in the UK or Europe, the captains try to say there is no problem….Later in this program we’ll hear from Erika Spanger-Siegfried at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She led a comprehensive report into the coming challenges to military bases as climate change unfolds. But first, we’ll talk with a medical genius who can explain how and why denial is so easy to trigger in human beings. I’m Alex Smith. Here’s this week’s serving of need-to-know” At the link right-click “…download this Radio Ecoshock show in…Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dioxin Disaster 6 mins – “Matt Gunther looks into TCDD, or dioxin, and the tragic Seveso accidentThis week, Matt Gunther has a particularly grim story, unearthed from beneath a beautiful park…The Seveso Oak Forest Park in northern Italy looks like any other park with its lush greenery and babbling brooks. But it sits above the remnants of one of the largest environmental disasters in European history….” At the link find the title, “TCDD or dioxin: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CiiE TCDD or dioxin.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Warfare 27 mins – “Vin Ray looks at the challenges facing the drone programme and how drones are fundamentally changing the face of warfare.” At the link find the title, “Remote Control War, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04nydqn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Costs in Canada 26 mins – “Canada is the only developed country in the world that has universal health care but no universal drug coverage. Canadians are being priced out of prescription drugs they desperately need — pushing advocates to call for a national pharmacare program.” At the link find the title, “Jan 13: 1 in 10 Canadians can’t afford prescriptions: the case for national pharmacare, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170113_80896.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronics Recycling 45 mins – “You got that new computer or phone you wanted for the holidays – but what happens to your old gadgets? They might not end up where you expect. Next time on Reveal, environmentalists follow the global trail of America’s electronic castoffs.” A the link find the title, “America’s digital dumping ground,” Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Americas-digital-dumping-ground_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional First Aid 58 mins – “Learn how you can apply emotional first aid to recover from slights, hurt feelings and other minor emotional injuries that occur in everyday life. Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decided to hang out with somebody else. What do you do in a situation like this? Emotional First Aid Kit: Just as children learn how to apply first aid for cuts and scratches, they should learn about emotional first aid for minor psychological injuries. But usually they don’t. In fact, most adults are clueless about how to treat small emotional wounds. The appropriate preventive steps can keep such slights from turning into big psychological problems because they were neglected. Now you can learn about the emotional first aid that can help short-circuit rumination, overcome loneliness and turn failure into an opportunity for self-discovery.” At the link you can purchase the file or download it from the archive of this blog.

Empathy Issues 26 mins – “Paul Bloom says empathy is a capricious feeling that plays on our prejudices, and what we need is more ‘rational compassion.’” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Against Empathy: Yale psychology professor says too much emotion leads to bad moral decisions, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_37995.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EPA Head Impact 28 mins – “When someone sues an organization repeatedly and then gets put in charge of that agency it’s a pretty classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse. Welcome to the Bizarro World of the Trump Administration where the fossil fuel industry’s favorite son, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is poised to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The appointment of a climate change denier like Pruitt to run the EPA affirms, as NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen has put it, that “the US government is officially done with being evidence-based.” On this week’s Sea Change Radio, Mother Jones reporter Rebecca Leber gives us a closer look at the new head of the EPA, what his appointment means politically, what the repercussions could be for the climate and how states may be able to protect the environment locally.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fast Radio Bursts 8 mins – “What Are Fast Radio Bursts?” At the link find the title, “221 EE What Are Fast Radio Bursts?” right-click “Media files ede_221-cb5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Facts 47 mins – “The secret life of fat. The latest science on America’s unending battle.Fat sounds simple, but it’s not. Fat is subtle. It’s vital. It’s a tough customer. It will fight to stick around. In the right quantity, that’s all good for you.  But carry too much – or way too much – and it’s definitely not your friend. A lot of Americans know that. Carry that. Just about now, after a few weeks of cookies and egg nog, you may be in the market for a little more insight. The latest science. We’ve got it. This hour On Point, the secret life of fat.? “ At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Secrets 51 mins – ”Body fat is a source of shame for many people, something to be hidden, fought, and burned away. But fat, says the biochemist Sylvia Tara, isn’t just unsightly blubber, it’s an essential and deeply misunderstood organ that’s vital to our existence. It enables our reproductive organs, strengthens our immune system, protects us from disease, and may even help us live longer. In a new book, Tara explores the science behind our least appreciated organ, and she joins us Wednesday to talk about it. Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Her new book is called The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Photo Project 28 mins – “Project Naming aims to identify Indigenous people forgotten or misrepresented in archival photos, sparking conversations in Indigenous communities about their past.” At the link find the title, “Project adds Indigenous names to Canadian history, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170103_92594.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HG Wells 54 mins – “He foretold the atomic bomb, he believed in a world government, he wrote books about both science and science fiction and was the first popular communicator of scientific ideas. Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert George Wells. HG Wells changed the way science was understood by the public, his writings and his warnings are part of the way we think today. The backdrop to all his work, both fiction and non-fiction, was what science will deliver in the future and what we will do with the knowledge. Will it be used for good or evil? Sharon Carleton reports.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Loss Angeles 96 mins – “Secretary of Veterans Affairs meets with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti about homeless veterans; tour of Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission; a surge in homeless families.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs on LA’s homeless veterans, voices on homeless families, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_0105-ff30e263.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking in Canada 18 mins – “Ontario’s new anti-human trafficking office is being led by a woman who knows exactly what it’s like to be trafficked across the country. Jennifer Richardson gives voice to the hidden crime in Canada.” At the link find the title, “Jan 13: Ont.’s anti-human trafficking director knows first-hand about ‘hidden crime’, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170113_86676.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Hungry Students Solution 12 mins – “What can we expect our kids to learn if they’re hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students’ bodies in addition to their minds.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hypertension Emergencies 25 mins – “Hypertensive emergencies, hypertensive urgencies, markedly elevated blood pressure–ugggh! Hypertension is a real annoyance in emergency medicine. Folks get scared of numbers and encourage dangerous behavior because of them. It’s a bit better in the ICU, where there is a filter to keep out non-emergent hypertension cases. “Hypertensive Emergencies” are a whole different bag. In these conditions, the hypertension is usually secondary to the actual emergency. So I prefer to call these emergencies with a side of hypertension” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

Indigenous or Not 28 mins – “Questions about Joseph Boyden’s heritage stir conversations about race and identity.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5: Indigenous identity and the case of Joseph Boyden, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170105_47918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Interpreter Injustice 61 mins – “We’ve fought two wars since 9/11. We got help from tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans—some were targeted or killed because they helped us. We owe these people. We’ve passed laws that say so. So why has it been so hard for us to get many of them to safety?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Stories 53 mins – “Paul expresses three outrages, exposing the dirty tricks some advisors use to exaggerate their performance. He also corrects a mistake on his last podcast regarding mid-cap funds, and answers several questions from listeners: Is it time to get out of small cap funds and get into TIPS? What ETFs do you recommend to put the “Two-Fund Solution” to work?” “Why did some small cap value mutual funds and ETFs do much better than others in 2016? And he ends the podcast with a little information about what he considers the most exciting investment project of his life.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iraqi Arrest 16 mins – “An Iranian man living in the United States is wrongly accused of a crime. Storyteller: Mahmoud Reza Banki” At the link find the title, “From Princeton to Prison, Jan, 2017.” right-click “Media files moth_469, 1_10_17.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Costs and Qualities 12 mins – “The rationale behind medical practice distils to three principles: maintaining health (wellbeing), improving quality of life, and extending length of life. For patients with incurable cancer, quality and length of life are of prime importance and should therefore be the primary outcome measures in all randomised clinical trials of innovative treatments. All other measures are surrogates that do not always translate into improvements in prime outcomes. This concern will only increase as the 21st Century Cures Act is implemented in the United States.” At the link find the title, “Surrogate outcomes distorting medicine, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files 301247258-bmjgroup-surrogate-outcomes-distorting-medicine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Excesses 27 mins – “Is there a global epidemic of too much and too little medicine? International experts, writing in the Lancet medical journal, say a substantial proportion of global medical care is unnecessary or ineffective. Dr Vikas Sanai, Director of the Lown institute is lead co-author of the Right Care series. He describes to Dr Graham Easton how in Tanzania simple interventions, like prescribing pregnant women steroids to cut death rates in their pre-term babies, are under-used whilst caesarean sections are carried out on women who do not need them. Stuttering affects around 70 million people worldwide but it is a condition which is not fully understood. A new study led by Dr Jay Desai from Los Angeles Children’s Hospital has found people who stutter have reduced blood flow in areas of the brain associated with language. He hopes these findings could lead to improved treatments. Being able to afford medical care is a challenge for many in low income countries. But social media is providing help for some in Sudan. A group of young people are crowd fundraising donations on Facebook – to pay for treatment for children whose families are unable to afford medicines or treatment. Hannah McNeish reports from the streets of Khartoum.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Guidelines 32 mins – “In episode 335, James and Mike continue their review of clinical practice guidelines. We discuss who writes the guidelines and if they mention values and preferences.” At the link right-click “Download this podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle School Concerns 12 mins – “A recent study finds that the hardest time for mothers isn’t when they’re new moms, but later, when their kids are in middle school.” At the link find the title, “Why moms of middle schoolers have it the hardest, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files MiddleSchoolMoms BROOD_PODCAST-3d3763c0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moderation or Not 47 mins – “In a time of anger and extremism, we hear a deep call for moderation as an essential virtue for democracy.We’ve had a country at a fever pitch for months of election campaigning and post-election threats and fears. We’ve had family holiday tables full of anxious questions about what comes next. My guest today says maybe a little moderation is in order  Trumpists may want to go pedal to the metal. Democrats may want to resist all. Polarization and populism have grown so big. Is moderation the new heroism, for protecting democracy? This hour On Point, moderation as a fighting virtue.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanny State 21 mins – “State regulation is necessary for safety, says Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy at the University of Liverpool. Richard Lilford, professor of public health at the University of Warwick, argues that restricting adults’ choice can undermine such aims. Read the debate: http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6341” At the link find the title, “Nanny state knows best, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 300710799-bmjgroup-nanny-state-knows-best.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanotechnology Tools 10 mins – “Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can’t get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nietzsche 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morality – A Polemic, which he published in 1887 towards the end of his working life and in which he considered the price humans have paid, and were still paying, to become civilised. In three essays, he argued that having a guilty conscience was the price of living in society with other humans. He suggested that Christian morality, with its consideration for others, grew as an act of revenge by the weak against their masters, ‘the blond beasts of prey’, as he calls them, and the price for that slaves’ revolt was endless self-loathing. These and other ideas were picked up by later thinkers, perhaps most significantly by Sigmund Freud who further explored the tensions between civilisation and the individual.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Future 68 mins – “Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Former Chief Health Policy Advisor to the Obama Administration; Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania In conversation with Mark Zitter, Chair, The Zetema Project Underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation. As U.S. health-care costs continue to grow, supporters of the Affordable Care Act point to a dramatic drop in uninsured citizens, while critics highlight skyrocketing premiums. But the arguments over cost and access largely ignore the impact on the delivery of health-care services to patients. How are care delivery systems transforming to provide Americans with high-quality care at affordable prices? How will Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA influence the delivery system? In this wide-ranging conversation, Obamacare architect and noted health policy expert Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel will discuss the impetus for delivery reform during the Trump era and specific practices that enable highly effective care delivery.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Repeal 47 mins – “The fight over Obamacare. The president’s on the Hill. Republicans are ready to act. What will survive?” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Predator 27 mins – “This tiny predator plays a huge role in the ocean’s food web.” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Researchers discover what may be the ocean’s most prolific predator, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_42519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Deaths in Canada 20 mins – “Leaders are calling for a co-ordinated strategy to prepare for a spike in fentanyl consumption. What can be learned from previous efforts to mitigate opioid abuse?” At the link find the title, “Jan 10: Ontario prepares for fentanyl crisis as the drug moves eastward, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170110_14692.mp3 ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oprah Show History 48 mins – ““Making Oprah.” A Chicago team digs into what made Oprah a singular sensation. We’ll get the inside scoop.The Harpo studios in Chicago where Oprah made her spectacular rise to fame and power have been torn down now to make way for a new McDonald’s headquarters. Oprah has moved on to new ventures. But the story of her rise – a mesmerizing African-American woman taking the country by storm – is still a remarkable tale. A young Chicago crew is telling it. This hour On Point, how Oprah became Oprah.  Plus, we’ll look at FOX host Megyn Kelly’s newly announced move to NBC.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Donations 26 mins – “Premier Brad Wall’s call to adopt a policy of presumed consent puts a spotlight on the challenges to increase organ donations in Canada.” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Drafting policies to increase organ donations is complex but must be done, say experts, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170106_47485.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Campaigns 58 mins – “Former [Wall Street Journal] reporter and columnist Ronald Shafer discusses his book, [The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Ronald Shafer, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462987.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Product Management 40 mins – “Welcome to the second anniversary of the Everyday Innovator — another 52 episodes of discussions with skilled product managers and savvy insiders. In this year in review I share highlights from several of the discussions – emphasizing concepts and tools product managers and innovators should know. Just like my 2015 Year in review, there are a lot of key concepts shared in these episodes. Also, I’ve added an index to all the interviews I have done over the last two years and the index is updated each time I add a new episode. The index is organized by subject to make it easy for you to find the information you need. Check out the index here. The review of interviews below is organized into 6 topics: why product managers should become leaders of organizations, the skills that correlate to 25% higher pay for product managers, examples of product management in action at companies, Design Thinking and its applications, tips for interviewing for a product management role, and specific innovation approaches & tools. And, the review concludes with a few of my favorite quotes from guests.” At the link find the title, “TEI 105: Highlights from valuable 2016 interviews with savvy product management insiders – with Chad McAllister, PhD, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files TEI105 2016 Year in Review.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD in Canada 21 mins – “Family members raise questions about the role of PTSD in this tragedy, and offer insight into the life and death of their loved ones.” Ahttp://feeds.bmj.com/bmj/podcasts menu. t the link find the title, “Jan 5: ‘He knew that he was sick’: Relatives mourn after apparent murder-suicide, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170105_21557.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racist Killings 25 mins – “Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery has been on the frontline of American racial tensions for the past two years. He talks about what he’s uncovered in his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5: Journalist focused on racial unrest and police shootings in U.S. reveals hard truths, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170105_72054.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Plans 47 mins – “Pioneers of the 401(k) retirement plan say that it’s not working and it may be time to bring back pensions.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right Care 21 mins – “Vikas Saini discusses a new Lancet Series, which aims to improve global health care through an emphasis on reducing overuse and underuse of medical treatment.” At the link find the title, “Right Care Series: The Lancet: January 8, 2017,” right-click “Media files 08january rightcare.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saturn Project 28 mins – “The Cassini mission into deep space has witnessed raging storms, flown between Saturn’s enigmatic rings and revealed seven new moons. And, thanks in no small part to Professor Michele Dougherty, it’s made some astonishing discoveries. For the last twenty years, Michele been responsible for one of the key instruments on board Cassini – the magnetometer. In 2005, she spotted a strange signature in the data during a distant fly by of Saturn’s smaller moons, Enceladus and became curious. Now,space missions are planned years ahead of time. Every detail is nailed down. But Michele convinced mission control to divert Cassini from its carefully planned route to take a closer look at Enceladus. And her gamble paid off. Cassini scientists soon discovered jets of water vapour and organic material shooting out of the south pole of Enceladus, not bad for a small moon that could so easily have been ignored. It’s now thought that this tiny moon might be able to support microbial life underneath its icy surface. In 2008, Michele was awarded the hugely prestigious Hughes medal for her work – an honour last given to a woman in 1906! She’s also been voted by the UK Science Council as one of the country’s top 100 living scientists. She talks to Jim al-Khalili about growing up in South Africa, moving from mathematics to managing space missions and what they hope will happen when Cassini crashes into Saturn later this year.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sea Rise Affects Military 24 mins- “The climate threats faced by the American military are many, and they know it. In fact, climate issues are rising up in armed forces training and long-range planning. Of course, that’s one of the problems we face: the climate fundamental to so many things is changing slowly, but can manifest itself as “surprising” shifts. One of the slowest moving, but most inevitable and life-changing impacts, is the expansion of oceans as the world warms. If you look at a map of America, it’s dotted with over 1200 military bases. Many of these, especially for the Navy, are located right at tide level. Tide level is going up, and so are storm surges, as we saw with Hurricane Sandy.” At the link right-click Download or listen to this 31 minute interview with Ajit Varki in CD Quality or Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

Ship Waste Disposal 3 mins – “Today, we try to keep ships clean. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. When I was a graduate student, years ago, I worked one summer for Albert Einstein’s son, Hans Albert. Hans Albert Einstein was a distinguished sanitary engineer. I designed apparatus for a flume where he was modeling the movement of human waste….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1289.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ski Lift Emergencies 32 mins – “We talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you follow up for part two next week.”http://disasterpodcast.com/2017/01/ski-patrol-disaster-training-preparedness-part-1” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

Social Innovations 55 mins – “This month on The Enright Files, ideas to improve our communities, our countries and our quality of life. Interviews with Rutger Bregman, Janette Sadik-Khan, Pasi Sahlberg & Karyn McCluskey.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files – Ideas to make a better world, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170102_58547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stagnation or Recession 68 mins – “Economist Robert Hall of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of the U.S. economy and what we know and don’t know about the recovery from the Great Recession. Much of the conversation focuses on the choices facing the Federal Reserve and the policy instruments the Fed has available. The conversation includes a discussion of Hall’s experience as chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research Committee on Business Cycle Dating.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stress Control with Ketamine 18 mins – “The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. And listen for an unexpected — and controversial — twist.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Reduction Experiment 21 mins – “A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.” At the link find the title, “#577: The Kansas Experiment,” right-click “Media files 20170111 pmoney_podcast011117.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Telomere Effect 64 mins – “Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President, Salk Institute; 2009 Nobel Prize Winner; Co-author, The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Dr. Elissa Epel, Founder and Director, Center on Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment, University of California San Francisco; Co-author, The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Have you ever wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? Though many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn — a Nobel laureate — and health psychologist Dr. Elissa Epel reveal the critical role that biological markers called telomerase and telomeres play in our health. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Epel discuss how to increase not only your lifespan but your health-span (the number of years that you remain active and healthy). They say that to live healthier and younger, we need to understand how sleep, exercise, stress, and diet can affect our telomeres.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Attack 28 mins – “One night of terror at Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery in July 2016.” AT the link find the title, “Siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04p57j2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 35 mins – “The Daily Show host grew up as a poor, mixed-race South African kid going to three churches every Sunday. So he has a sui generis view of America — especially on race, politics, and religion — and he’s not afraid to speak his mind.” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Insights 41 mins – “Robert Costa, an American journalist who writes for the Washington Post, joins Peter Robinson to discuss his insights into president-elect Donald Trump after covering him for the past several years. Costa discusses Trump’s mentality on running for president in 2011 compared with 2013, when he made a more serious effort. Costa explains how Trump, an Ivy League billionaire, is able to connect with blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan based on his experience on The Apprentice. Costa analyzes the workings of Trump’s inner circle, including Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon, and Trump’s cabinet picks. Finally, Peter Robinson and Robert Costa discuss change between the presidency and the fourth estate with Trump’s election.” At the link find the title, “Understanding Donald Trump, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files costa-20170106.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Ties with Russia 47 mins – “Donald Trump adores Vladimir Putin and wants to remake U.S. relations with Russia. Does that make sense? On the one hand, it would be silly to pick fights with a big, potentially useful power for nothing. On the other, there is deep disbelief that Putin’s values will ever line up with American values. Deep suspicion that he wants to crack American alliances. A direct charge that he hacked the U.S. election. And big questions about Trump’s money ties to Moscow. This hour On Point, Donald Trump, the USA, and Russia.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumpism in Canada 21 mins – “The race for the Conservative Party’s leadership is crowded competitive and crucial in setting the brand of the party in the post-Harper era.” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Conservatives clash in fight to re-define party after Stephen Harper, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170106_19708.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence Decline 61 mins – “In 2011, we welcomed world renowned American cognitive scientist Steven Pinker to the Intelligence Squared stage. He argued that, contrary to popular belief, we are living in the least violent period of history, and that even the horrific carnage of the last century, compared to primitive societies, is part of this trend. Pinker claimed that, thanks to the spread of government, literacy and trade, we are actually becoming better people. He was in conversation with Matt Ridley, One of the UK’s most popular science writers, whose books – including the award-winning ‘The Rational Optimist’ – have sold over a million copies and been translated into 30 languages.” At the link find the title, “Steven Pinker on The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woman Journalists 60 mins – “[Wall Street Journal] editor Joann Lublin looks at over 50 top women leaders in corporate America. She is interviewed by Jay Newton-Small, author of [Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Joann Lublin, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.460359.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II Submarine Warfare 38 mins – “Backing up a bit, we begin the story of the battle for the Atlantic, as German U-boats attempt to starve Britain into submission. Meanwhile, the U.S. moves closer to the Allied camp by selling arms to Britain and France.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode 179-1717_12.52_AM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

X-ray History 15 mins – “Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn’t be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.” At the link find the title, “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – January 1896, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 270 – Jan 13, 2017: Acid Rain, Advanced Care Planning, All Volunteer Military Future, Astronomical Radios, Billionaires Impact, Bionics, Black Americans, Blind Visual Interpreters, Book Technology Trends, Career or Family, Climate Scientist, Craft Beers, Creative People, Disruptive Trends,Drug Costs, Food Production, Forensic Botany, Gun Replicas, Health Care Compensation, Health Food History, Houston Transformation, Indigenous DNA, Israeli Tribes, Lost City of Cahokia, North Korea Future, Nuclear Weapons, Nutritional Fitness, Presidential Families, Psycho Biotics, Russian Cyber Activity, Russian Doping Scandal, Solar Panels on Mosques, Stroke Rehabilitation, Syrians in Canada, Tropical Parasites, Trump History, Trumps National Security Council, Wayfinding, Wind Farms, Zuma Creator

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 51 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 160 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 12,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Acid Rain 23 mins – “Acid rain was one of the biggest environmental problems of the 20th century. We investigate why it’s a thing of the past — and what it can teach us for tackling climate change.”At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Advanced Care Planning 86 mins – “It is important that our wishes about medical care, should we become incapable of making our own decisions, be known. Find out what you need to know about life-planning decisions including the living will/advance directive and durable power of attorney for health care. Recorded on 11/15/2016. (#31557)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

All Volunteer Force 87 mins – “Serving in the military goes well beyond the individual and to the entire family, which makes having an understanding of the issues involved even more important. It is also critical to inform policymakers from the White House to Congress, the Department of Defense, and beyond. Military families face unique needs and challenges, and there is no alternative to hearing from them directly. Increasing the dialogue between the military community and the broader public minimizes the gap between the two, and supports the health and viability of the all-volunteer force. On December 8, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted a discussion to mark the release of the 2016 Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, one of the most critical tools to understanding the issues facing service members, veterans, and military family members.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomical Radios 27 mins – “[First of 4 segments.] Incredibly short bursts of radio waves from 3 billion light years away have only recently been detected. Their origin is unknown. Now scientists have found one of these Fast Radio Bursts that repeats itself. So they tuned their telescopes on this tiny patch of night sky, and have now detected faint smudges of light as well as the radio waves. The incredible distances these waves travel is indicative of a massive event happening three billion years ago. The speculation is that it could be energy from an active galactic nucleus, a black hole at the centre of a galaxy far away, or a baby magnetar – a neutron star with a massive magnetic field. [Other segments concern schistosomiasis , astronomer Vera Rubin’s death, and moving a giant magnet.]” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Billionaires Impact 60 mins – “Our topic this week: “The Trouble with Billionaires, Why Too Much Money at the Top Is Bad for Everyone.” You’ll hear directly from the authors of that book, tax Professor Neil Brooks, and journalist Linda McQuaig. Now that Donald Trump appointed scads of multi-billionaires to run the American government, we need to hear this Radio Ecoshock replay from 2010. But if you’d like the whole thing presentation, find it in these two files: #1 Full Speech by Neil Brooks with introduction by Seth Klein of the CPPA – 43 minutes, 10 megabytes #2 Full Speech by Linda McQuaig, plus their responses to audience questions – 52 minutes, 12 megabytes” At the link right-click “Download…Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bionic Bodies 27 mins – “The field of bionics has transformed medicine for centuries, as far back as the ancient Egyptians who created bespoke toes from wood and leather. During the 20th Century mechanical and electronic advances made heart pacemakers and more sophisticated prosthetic limbs possible. Now, researchers are creating bionic eyes to help blind people see again. Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Rosenfeld, director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering in Australia, hopes to implant tiny “ceramic micro-electrode tiles” into the brain’s visual cortex of blind volunteers this year – bypassing the normal visual pathway. A digital camera mounted on a pair of glasses captures images which are then processed in a device about the size of a mobile phone. The resulting image is then transferred wirelessly to the tiles in the brain – the more tiles, the more detailed the image. Such techniques designed to help people with disabilities could also be adopted by others wanting to enhance their own senses or performance. Anders Sandberg, senior researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, ponders over the ethics of bionics. He supports morphological freedom – the right to modify our bodies – but also the right to say no.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bionic Man 82 mins – “Revisit the best of ‘The New Screen Savers’ in the past year with Leo Laporte. We’ll take you back to Leo’s review of the Telsa Model X, a brain implant that helped quadriplegic Ian Burkhart move his hand once again, Megan Morrone’s visit to 2K Games’ state-of-the-art motion capture studio, an augmented reality sandbox built with an old Kinect and projector, and more.“ At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Americans 95 mins – “Today, African-Americans wield influence in every domain, from politics and business to academia and the arts. At the same time, black people are incarcerated at six times the rate of whites, and possess 13 times less wealth. Many schools and neighborhoods are more segregated than they were in 1965, and police killings of black citizens in places like Baltimore and Baton Rouge recur with tragic frequency — provoking radically different responses within black and white communities. And with the election of Donald Trump, the nation stands more tense and divided on racial lines that it has been in a generation. How did we end up here, when half a century ago racial equality seemed imminent — even inevitable? “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” is a two-part, four-hour PBS special that looks at the last five decades of African-American history since the major civil rights victories. Join us as executive producer, presenter and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years, drawing on eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis and rare archival footage. The series, premiering over two nights on Tuesday, November 15 and 22, paints a complex and comprehensive portrait of black America since 1965, while raising urgent questions about the future of the African-American community — and our nation as a whole. On Monday, November 21 Brookings welcomed Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to present select clips from his new series, and award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault led a panel of experts to discuss how much of the promise of the civil rights movement has been realized and what obstacles still stand in the way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Visual Interpreters 45 mins – “Blind Abilities once again presents this interview with Suman Kanuganti, CEO of Aira, a visual interpreter for the blind. Aira is not only progressing with its product, but it is making a significant splash in the technology world. Aira recently won the innovative technology award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January. Additionally, Aira is bolstering it’s standing in the blindness community with its major partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and with AT&T to strengthen its connectivity and accessibility with blind users. Listen to this interview and stay tuned as we are working on the follow-up interview with Suman, Aira users, and the sighted agents.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Technology Trends 17 mins – “… When students fan out on campus for class, chances are good they aren’t carrying laptops but smartphones instead – and they aren’t alone in looking to the ubiquitous devices to enhance learning. Faculty, too, have high hopes for handhelds. Educator and editor Michael Greer, a frequent guest on Beyond the Book, says if we are ever going to make learning mobile, we must first rethink learning. Greer teaches online courses in editing and publishing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is editor for the journal Research in Online Literacy Education. In a blog post for the Textbook & Academic Authors Association, he argued that “technology should serve learning, not drive it.” In journalism, digital technology, with its capacity for two-way interaction, is also driving a transformation in the relationship between readers and reporters. Communities and conversations form naturally around digital journalism. Mostly, though, they are confined to comment sections on news sites. Journalists and audience today are only just shouting at each other. …Jane Friedhoff developed an interactive journalism model while working as a creative technologist at the New York Times R&D Lab. Her work there and elsewhere experiments with media forms to create new, unusual, and even playful relationships between people. …At Beyond the Book, we try to explore new territories in writing and reading that make use of technology, the product of human imagination and invention. It’s a remarkable journey that began 8,000 years ago when Sumerians etched the first pictographs in moist clay with a sharpened reed stylus….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Career or Family 46 mins – “Is it a myth that women can have it all, all of the time? Or do the rising numbers of female executives in Hong Kong and around the world suggest otherwise? Does the glass ceiling exist as a barrier to the boardroom, or is the only limitation to a woman’s professional success her personal ambition? To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, Intelligence Squared Asia brought together four experts to ask whether a good mother has time to be a good CEO. In this debate, which took place in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, award-winning journalist and author Allison Pearson and author of “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection” Debora Spar proposed the motion. CEO of Newton Investment Helena Morrissey and CEO of SOHO Property Zhang Xin opposed the motion.” At the link find the title, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Cannot Rock the Boardroom, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Scientist 60 mins- “According to Schneider Award juror Ben Santer, “Her 2004 Science paper helped to quantify, for the first time, the broad scientific consensus on climate change. Her recent research unmasked the forces behind denial of human effects on climate and improved our chances of having a responsible, science-based discussion of climate change solutions.” Dr. Oreskes’ work first became well known when her paper “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” was featured in Al Gore’s seminal documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Later, she co-authored the influential book Merchants of Doubt, which explores the public-relations tactics used by the tobacco industry to obfuscate the health risks of smoking, and draws a parallel to the similar tactics used by the oil industry to forestall government action on climate change….“ At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Craft Beers 64 mins – “Today’s episode comes to you live from Brooklyn’s Union Hall! Hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by: Steve Hindy — Brooklyn Brewery Founder; Dan Kenary — Harpoon Brewery Founder; Rob Burns — Night Shift Brewing Founder and President of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild; Katie Marisic — Federal Affairs Manager at the Brewers Association; Nancy Palmer — Executive Director, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. They discuss: What a craft beer is; The economics of running a small brewery; How national and state regulations affect the price and distribution of beer. At the link find the title, “The Craft Beer Edition (Live), Dec, 2016, “ right-click “Media files SM9473259569.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative People 15 mins – “How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.” At the link click ‘Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disruptive Trends 95 mins – “How targeted ads on Google and Facebook are affecting politics and destroying mass media. CES 2017: Alexa everywhere, Samsung’s Chromebook Pro, Asus ZenFones, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Google Home’s New Year Resolutions.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “audio” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Costs 56 mins – “Pharmaceutical executives have been in the hot seat, recently facing Congressional outrage over the cost of life-saving drugs, and President-elect Trump has promised action. What is behind these price tags? And if government intervened to lower them, would there be un-intended consequences?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Production 56 mins – “As the world’s population continues to grow, the demand for increased amounts of food strains our soil and the ecosystems juxtaposed to agricultural sites. International NGO, Rare, and its partners have just announced the launch of a global competition, Solution Search. The contest is open to any organization that has an innovative solution in sustainable farming, while promoting behaviors that strengthen biodiversity across the agricultural sector. Examples of potential entries include: sustainable land use management that integrates the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystems; alternative pest control practices that reduce toxic run-off into local water sources; organic farming methods that increase soil biodiversity (or other species); livestock control measures that protect local flora and fauna; and innovative approaches that reduce human-animal conflicts in agricultural zones. Tune in as we learn more from Rare CEO, Brett Jenks.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pp-up menu.

Food Production at Home 54 mins – “Some people are completely connected with nature. They appreciated trees, air, clean water and clear blue skies. Others show a complete disconnectedness with nature. Food comes from supermarkets, wrapped in plastic, right? Indira Naidoo argues growing our own food, even on small balconies is an important step in forming a bond with nature. Join Indira, with Amelia Telford and David Suzuki in this discussion which considers our links with the natural world. This discussion took place as part of the WOMADelaide Planet Talks in 2016.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Botany 28 mins – “Beth interviews Drs Jane Bock (starts at 16:35) and David Norris (starts at 7:10), co-authors of Forensic Plant Science, the application of plant science to the resolution of legal questions. A plant’s anatomy and its ecological requirements are in some cases species specific and require taxonomic verification; correct interpretation of botanical evidence can give vital information about a crime scene or a suspect or victim. They describe their entry in to the field and some interesting cases.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Replicas 44 mins – “A team of reporters tracking police shootings discovered an alarming trend – people brandishing phony weapons getting shot in confrontations with cops.  Today, we’ll learn about real fatalities with fake guns and why the pro-gun lobby is protecting the right to bear imitation arms. Also today, a New Hampshire high school confronts stereotypes and the national spike in hate crimes by asking refugee students to talk about their lives and cultures.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Compensation 67 mins – “Economist and author Mark Warshawsky of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his work on the role health care benefits play in measuring inequality. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Warshawsky shows that because health care benefits are a larger share of compensation for lower-paid than higher-paid workers, measures of inequality and even measures of economic progress can be misleading or distorted. The conversation covers a wide range of topics related to how the labor market treats workers and the role of benefits in setting overall compensation.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Food History 58 mins – “Good fats vs. bad fats, milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, red meat, red wine, carbs, sugar — all have been the subject of conflicting nutritional advice from “the experts.” In this episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the unexpected ways that past generations defined “health food.” We’ll look at milk’s transformation from a disease-carrying dairy product in the 19th century to “nature’s perfect food” by the 20th century, the popularity of gluten free diets in the late 20th century, and the emergence of the calorie as a way to explain the science of nutrition.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Houston Transformation 27 mins – “How does Houston, Texas, a massive city, deal with the pressures of immigration, an exploding youth population and a widening divide between rich and poor? The answer could be critical to the future success of the USA. Sociologists who have studied the city for decades believe that many US metropolitan areas could look like Houston in 30 years’ time. Since the election of Donald Trump, these issues have become even more critical. Catherine Carr travels to the Texas to see how the city’s authorities and inhabitants are coping with the radical changes to Houston’s demographics and meets the pioneers attempting to intentionally build bridges across city divides.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous DNA 60 mins – “This week we take a closer look at the intersection of genetics, politics, identity, and hundreds of years of colonization. We speak with Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Technoscience and Environment and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, about her book “Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science”. And we speak with Keolu Fox, a post doctoral fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, about IndiGenomics, an NGO aimed at helping create bridges between indigenous communities and genetic research.” 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.

Israeli Tribes 150 mins – “Israel is undergoing a profound transformation, from a society with one politically and socially dominant group—secular Jews—to a society of several groups of roughly similar size. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has gone as far as to describe four “tribes” of Israeli society and has proposed the creation of a new social compact among these groups. Others argue that Israel should resist institutionalizing identity-based politics, and should focus instead on society-wide concerns. On December 13, the Center for Middle East Policy convened a public event to explore social rifts and what Americans might learn from the Israeli experience about managing diverse societies and about the proper role of group identities in national politics. The event featured two sessions titled: “Visions of Israel: Citizenship, common cause, and conflict” and “Secularism, religion, and the state.” This event was part the center’s series on “Imagining Israel’s Future,” which is designed to help Washington audiences engage with voices from today’s dynamic Israeli society.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lost City of Cahokia 43 mins – Asked to imagine a “medieval city”, you probably think of walled fiefdoms, bustling market stalls, maybe a castle, cathedral or dome of a mosque in Europe or the Middle East, not the American plains. On today痴 show, we’ll learn about the Native American mega city that was bigger than contemporary London and Paris. Also today, amid a national spike in hate crimes against Muslims and people of color, a New Hampshire high school is bent on prevention. A new program confronts stereotypes by asking refugee students to talk about their lives and cultures. And U.S. Presidents have the nation’s most scrutinized job. But they worked for it. How about their kids? Presidential historian Brady Carlson talks about first children who’ve used the spotlight to their advantage.” At the link right-click the play button beside Listen・and select Save Link As・from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Future 91 mins – “North Korea’s continuous provocations have raised important questions about the efficacy of international sanctions: Do sanctions intended to reduce or halt weapons of mass destruction procurement work, and if not, why? What, if any, unintended consequences—positive or negative—do sanctions against North Korea (DPRK) generate? What can be done to improve the effectiveness of these and other sanctions? In their recent report, Jim Walsh and John Park address these specific questions with a primary objective to document North Korea’s practices, partners, and pathways in order to better understand how the DPRK has innovated in the face of international sanctions. On November 7, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted John Park and Jim Walsh as they presented key findings from their three-year MacArthur Foundation-funded study of what they call “North Korea, Inc.,” the system of regime-operated state trading companies that the DPRK employs to procure both licit and illicit goods. Jonathan Pollack, interim SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, provided remarks after their presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Richard Bush, director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapons 17 mins – “Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don’t need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago. Nuclear reformer Erika Gregory calls on today’s rising leaders — those born in a time without Cold War fears and duck-and-cover training — to pursue an ambitious goal: ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2045.” At the link click ‘Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutritional Fitness 45 mins – “This week we have guest Mike Ritter. Mike is a personal trainer and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. He provides coaching and nutrition services at Resultcult.com.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Families 38 mins – “The framers of American democracy rejected monarchy and its tradition of passing power through bloodline …that has not stopped presidents past from relying on their kids. Today, Brady Carlson on first children who’ve made presidential politics a family business. Also today, hold-outs, hippies, haves and have-nots live side-by-side in a collection of stories set in Vermont…not the picture postcard version. Plus, the 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop talks with a longtime copy writer for the LL Bean catalog.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psycho Biotics 48 mins – “Han Solo joked in Return of the Jedi that Chewbacca was “always thinking with his stomach.”  In the years since 1983, science has shown this to be truer than we ever suspected.  The bacterial passengers in our gut play an incredibly powerful role in modulating our moods and health. This week, Jesse’s joined by science writer Scott Anderson to discuss bacteria that improve your mood, fecal transplants, and why you should eat more beans.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Cyber Activity 12 mins – “President Obama has imposed sanctions against Russia. Putin says he will not reciprocate. A security expert warns Canada is vulnerable to future attacks and needs to step up security.” At the link find the title, “Jan 2: Canada vulnerable to Russian cyber attacks, says security expert, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170102_94604.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Doping Scandal 48 mins – “For the past two years, Russian athlete Yuliya Stepanova, her husband Vitaly and their three year old son, Robert have been on the run. They fear for their lives, after they exposed one of the greatest sporting scandals of all time – the systemic Russian state sponsored doping programme. With very little money or support from any sporting authority, a life of solitude and uncertainty is the prize for the whistleblower who brought down Russian sport.” At the “The Woman who Exposed Russian Doping, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04mvp6d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Panels on Mosques 5 mins – “The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the iconic landmarks of Marrakech’s old city. Its first stone was laid in 1150, and almost 900 years later, renovations continue. The latest can be found up a flight of stairs off the sahn, or courtyard, where the mosque’s visitors wash their feet before they pray. On top of the north riwaq, or arcade, a sleek array of solar panels stretches along the roof to the base of the mosque’s 253-foot, red stone minaret. “This is enough for 100 percent of the consumption of the mosque, including also for the house of the imam,” says Ahmed Bouzid, head of energy efficiency for SIE, Morocco’s national energy investment company. ‘So this mosque is 100 percent powered by solar energy.’” 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.

Stroke Rehabilitation 31 mins – “We’ve all heard of miraculous recoveries from traumatic brain injuries or stroke.  And we’re fascinated by the science behind brain tissue regeneration. This week we’re joined by Dr. Thomas Carmichael, professor of neurology at UCLA, to discuss brain repair and tissue recovery.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrians in Canada 26 mins – “In a move proving difficult for sponsors, Canadian Syrian refugees are leaving one location for another in an effort to find work or affordable housing.” At the link find the title, “Lack of jobs, housing: why some of Canada’s Syrian refugees are relocating, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170103_21197.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tropical Parasites 100 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin The prolific podcast-shedding Hosts solve the case of the Global Health Intern with a snakelike lesion on her foot, and reveal the role of a single-stranded DNA binding protein in differentiation of trypanosomes.” At the link right-click “Download TWiP #124” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump History 58 mins – “An examination of the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump. Interviews drawn from The Choice 2016 with advisors, business associates and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to reality TV star to president.” At the link find the title, “President Trump, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 300836566-frontlinepbs-president-trump.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumps National Security Council 61 mins – “Welcome to today’s Council on Foreign Relations meeting on “Reforming the National Security Council.” … we’re fortunate today to have as our speakers three people who have both personal and academic experience in the national security sphere, and specifically in how the National Security Council operates. Ambassador Robert Blackwill joins us via video from Council headquarters in New York, where he is a Henry Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy. He’s worked multiple times on NSC staffs, most recently as NSC deputy for strategic planning under George W. Bush. …Ivo Daalder became president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2013, after more than four years as the Obama administration’s ambassador to NATO. Before his government service, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he specialized in American foreign policy and the transatlantic relationship. Mac Destler, to my right, teaches public policy at the University of Maryland and has advised presidents and secretaries of state on economic and foreign policy, and held senior research positions at some of our most distinguished think tanks.” 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.

Wayfinding 28 mins – “At one time or another, many of us feel stuck: in the wrong job, the wrong relationship, the wrong city – the wrong life. Psychologists and self-help gurus have all kinds of advice for us when we feel rudderless. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore a new idea, from an unlikely source: Silicon Valley.” At the link find the title, “Episode 56: Getting Unstuck, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170102_hiddenbrain_56.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wind Farms 30 mins – “As the public learned of the recent opening of America’s first offshore wind power project, many wondered why it took so long? This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk with the executive editor of EcoRI News, Tim Faulkner, to discuss the opening of the Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island. We learn about the logistics of this undertaking, compare it to offshore wind projects in Europe, and ponder the future of similar endeavors under a presidential administration that is openly hostile to wind power.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zumba Creator 43 mins- “Zumba began as a mistake: aerobics teacher Beto Perez brought the wrong music to class, then improvised a dance routine to go with it. For his students, it was more fun than work — and it eventually grew into one of the biggest fitness brands in the world.” At the link find the title, “Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20161221 hibt_zumba.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 269 – Jan 6, 2017: A Christmas Carol, Addictive Processed Foods, Albert Race-Hoss Sample, Algae Fuel, Bolshoi Ballet History, Broadband and FCC, Broadband Trends, Chess Master, Climate Change, Computer Repair Woman, Constitutional Law, Cyber Security, Cyborgs, Eloquence, Energy in Cities, Engineer School, Farming Technology, Forever War, Fred Rogers, HiddenFigures, Hieronymus Bosch, Homeless In Britain, Human Transplants, Hygga Event, Immigrants in California, Infrastructure Needs, JK Rowling, Kepler, Lab Girl, Lead Poisoning, Loon Preservation, Marijuana Impact, Maurice Sendak, Midlife, Military Science, Opioid Sammy, Orca Whales, Parenting after Divorce, Philippine Politics, Premature Baby Story, Productivity, Repair or Replace, Shooting Aftermaths, Sick Kids Hospital, Springsteen, Story Teller, Sweatshops or Not, Syrian Refugee Music, Toxic Chemicals, Triangulations Best 2016, White Supremacists

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 51 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 254 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 12,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

A Christmas Carol 51 mins – “In the fall of 1843, Charles Dickens was in something of a mid-life crisis. His marriage was troubled, his career tottering, his finances on the verge of collapse. He even considered giving up writing. He didn’t, of course. Instead, he wrote his most famous work, A Christmas Carol, in just six weeks, and then self-published it. As the historian and writer Les Standiford notes, Dickens’ famous Christmas tale didn’t just change his life, it reinvented the way we celebrate the holiday. We’ll talk with Standiford about A Christmas Carol on Friday….Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He’s the author of many books, including The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addictive Processed Foods 58 mins – “We need food to survive. Can we really be “addicted” to something required for survival?” At the link find the title, “All About Food Addiction, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SDS160.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Albert “Race Hoss” Sample 44 mins – “In this rebroadcast, we hear one of Diane’s all-time favorite interviews. And judging from the response we got, it was one of yours as well. In 1986, Diane spoke with Albert “Race Hoss” Sample. He grew up under very difficult circumstances and wound up in a Texas prison, where he spent 17 years until he won his release. He spoke of the cruelty and brutality he experienced there, which he relived in an autobiography, “Race Hoss: Big Emma’s Boy.” He died in 2005. Diane said talking with Mr. Sample, hearing his story, moved her greatly. She hopes it will move you, too.” (He died in2005) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

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

Bolshoi History 48 mins – “From murder, fire and on-stage suicides, to a jewel of national culture – on this special Boxing Day edition of The Current, the dramatic history of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 26, 2016 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current 20161226_38385.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband and FCC 30 mins – “Mignon Clyburn, the longest-serving commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, discusses how the incoming Trump administration could affect the FCC’s work, including the future of internet regulation and broadband expansion needs.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Mignon Clyburn, December 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.463643.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Trends 2016 35 mins – “It’s that time of year – for reflection of the past and thinking about the future. Lisa, Nick, Hannah, and I discuss the previous year and then make some predictions for next year. Along the way, we have some banter and occasionally an insightful comment if you listen hard enough.” At the link right-click “… download this mp3 file directly.…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chess Master 58 mins – “We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.” At the link find the title, “161 Patrick Wolff – How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion,” right-click “Media files ab4af996-a6c8-4eda-9028-e9d6d41d3fbd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 58 mins – “David Suzuki says we are the first species in the history of life on Earth to have created the conditions for our own demise. He says the list of environmental problems grows and worsens. The human population continues to increase and finite resources are being depleted. We have the knowledge and power to address the problems, but sadly, political and financial greed is stymying any real progress. This is David Suzuki’s address at the WOMADelaide Planet Talks in 2016.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Woman 62 mins – “How I made it in the Field: By accident (my parents bought a computer a did not want and ITT not having multimedia at the time had no choice but networking)… My first job was really not in tech but in customer service which allowed me to open up to people, got a feel of how to handle customer interactions… The Computer Repair Life: This was my better year which is giving that motivation to keep it pushing….” At the link right-click beside “Direct MP3 Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitutional Law 60 mins – “’[N]o person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.’ These words, from Article I of the U.S. Constitution, make it unambiguously clear to many legal scholars that Donald Trump will be committing an impeachable offense by not relinquishing an ownership stake in his multiple companies before Jan 20. Zephyr Teachout is among those scholars, and joins us to explain why corruption in the presidency was such anathema to the nation’s founders. In the remainder of today’s episode, we share a few highlights from a recent symposium about the current state of free speech on campus. The event was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. You can watch videos of the entire two-day event….” At the link find the title, “Corruption in the White House, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM3041126757.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 25 mins – “With the rise of legal technology came a heightened awareness amongst lawyers and law firms of the importance of cyber security to ensure that one’s own, and the clients’, assets are protected. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek sit down with former law enforcement officer and High-Technology Crime Unit detective Keith Lowry to discuss governmental cyber security policy under President Obama and how those policies might change during the administration of President-elect Trump.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyborgs 27 mins – “Virtual reality offers the myth of presence; technology can only reward with vicarious pleasure. If your identity is tied up with memory, what happens to that idea when memories disappear, and can tech that enables life-logging at least arrest if not reverse this loss? The idea of being able to store your voice, to bank it, for people with degenerative voice conditions, has informed researchers into the latest voice synthesisers, but if you lost your voice what impact would a restored synthesised version have on your sense of your identity? Click is joined by an expert panel in the Media Café at Broadcasting House in London, to discuss how technology is increasingly shaping our identities: Neil Harbisson, a composer who was born colour-blind and who has an electronic eye implanted in his brain that allows him to hear colours; Cathal Gurrin has been wearing a life-logging camera for the last 10 years recording his every action; Phillipa Rewaj and Rupal Patel are research Speech and Language experts who have looked into collecting people’s voices for regeneration via synthesisers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eloquence 52 mins – “We all know eloquence when we hear it. The skillful delivery of language delights us, captivates us, persuades and moves us. Most importantly, says the linguist David Crystal, speakers and listeners alike enjoy eloquent speech. Crystal has dissected the qualities and practice of eloquence. Partly, he wants to better understand how it’s achieved. He also wants to show that eloquence is a talent everyone who uses words can possess. Crystal joins us to examine how the gift of gab works…. David Crystal is an independent scholar with lifelong experience as a lecturer, public speaker, and broadcaster. He is the author of more than one hundred books on phonetics, Shakespeare’s language, child language, and related topics. His latest book is called The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy in Cities 54 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and is titled “District Energy in Cities: Unlocking Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency through Infrastructure Investment.”  Our speaker is Rob Thornton, President and CEO of the International District Energy Association.” At the linkr ight-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Engineer School 61 mins – “In this episode of The Engineering Commons, we answer questions from listener Jared about coping as an engineering student.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming Technology 58 mins – “Johns Hopkins professor Ellen Silbergeld looks at new farming methods and technology and their impact on consumers, the environment, and workers. Professor Silbergeld is interviewed by Dan Glickman.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Ellen Silbergeld, December 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.459289.MP3-STD.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forever War 60 mins – “Journalist Mark Danner, who lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about his latest book, [Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War], which looks at the 15-year U.S. war on terrorism.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Mark Danner, December 25, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.458897.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fred Rogers 54 mins – “Fred Rogers dedicated his life to serving children. He was a pioneer in educational television and a PBS icon. His show “Misters Rogers’ Neighborhood” ran for decades. In December 2002, Diane Rehm spoke with Rogers about his new parenting book, his career and the importance of fostering self-esteem at an early age. A year after this interview, Fred Rogers passed away. This remains one of Diane’s favorite on-air conversations and she wanted to share it with you during this last week of the show as one of our “farewell favorites.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hidden Figures 13 mins – “In this episode of The Remix we talk to Margot Lee Shetterly about the real life heroines behind the new film, Hidden Figures. Author Margot Lee Shetterly grew up knowing that black women were behind the success of the early space program, that eventually became NASA. Shetterly grew up knowing their children and grandchildren in her Hampton, Virginia, community. Her recent book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” tells the story of these “human computers” who helped launch America’s space program, broke racial and gender barriers and supported the next generation of African American engineers and aerospace professionals.” At the link find the title, “The true story behind ‘Hidden Figures’ Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files hidfigweb1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hieronymus Bosch 52 mins – “If you’ve ever seen paintings by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights, you’ve probably wondered what they mean and what kind of person could have imagined such fanciful scenes. Problem is, we know very little about Bosch’s personal story. That leaves the paintings, which present their own puzzles. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, and Tuesday, art historian Gary Schwartz joins us to discuss the fearless artist’s life and his inventive art….Gary Schwartz is an art historian of Dutch painters of the 17th century and the author of two books about Hieronymus Bosch, one for young readers, First Impressions: Hieronymus Bosch, and Jheronimus Bosch: The Road to Heaven and Hell” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Britain 27 mins -”There’s a crisis of homelessness for families in Britain” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Transplants 50 mins – “Human transplants. Hand, face, uterus, even head transplants in the news now. We’ll look at the widening frontier of transplant surgeries.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hygga Events 21 mins – “Hygge, a centuries-old Danish practice, is now trendy, with social media sites teeming with images of woolly socks and intimate gatherings around the fireplace. What does hygge really mean and how can it serve us?” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: In troubled times, Danish art of ‘coziness’ sparks international trend,“ right-click “Media files current_20161227_76268.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrants in California 92 mins – “Looking back on the state of race relations in LA and exploring how we can move forward, LA’s busy immigration court system, 2016 tech roundup.” At the link find the title, “Race relations in LA, exploring the immigration court system, the year in technology, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SHOW_122716-d98b3653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure Needs 25 mins – “More than a few scientists on Radio Ecoshock tell us our present economy threatens to kill us, and take out many other species in the Sixth Great Mass Extinction. Surely, we all have an interest in a new climate economy. That’s a huge global task. I’ve come across a report that seems written in a bland code for top government and corporate planners. But there are gems buried in this work, titled “The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative.” It’s the 2016 report from something called “the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate”.The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was commissioned by seven countries – Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom – as an independent initiative to report to the international community. To help us sort out who that is, and what this report can tell us, as citizens of this planet, I’ve called on Ipek Gencsu. She’s the Research and Engagement Manager at the New Climate Economy. Ipek has degrees in politics and economy from the London School of Economics. You may also have heard about her as a campaigner for the charity Oxfam, and for climate and food justice.” At the link right-click “CD Quality” near the sound bar for Dr Blanc and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

JK Rowling 47 mins – “In October of 1999 J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter books was on a book tour in the U.S. Diane had a chance to talk with her while she was in Washington. J.K. Rowling’s books and the movies based on her books have become international sensations with fans of all ages. In this hour Rowling talks about how the Harry Potter story began in her imagination and how she hoped it would become “a little book a few people might like.” Please enjoy this conversation with writer J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Kepler 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630). Although he is overshadowed today by Isaac Newton and Galileo, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest scientists in history. The three laws of planetary motion Kepler developed transformed people’s understanding of the Solar System and laid the foundations for the revolutionary ideas Isaac Newton produced later. Kepler is also thought to have written one of the first works of science fiction. However, he faced a number of challenges. He had to defend his mother from charges of witchcraft, he had few financial resources and his career suffered as a result of his Lutheran faith.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lab Girl 48 mins – ““Lab Girl”, the powerful new memoir of a female scientist — geobiologist Hope Jahren — on life and love.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead Poisoning 46 mins – “Today on Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: America’s growing lead poisoning problem; The actual effectiveness of China’s educational system; How some of the Pulse nightclub victim’s families are suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google for their roles in spreading ISIS propaganda” At the link find the title, “The Doomed Youth Edition, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM7781512504.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loon Preservation 56 mins – “Warm evenings on the lakes of New Hampshire might mean the call of a loon and, perhaps, bats swooping overhead. While loon populations are on the increase, they still face rising threats in the region, while bats have been decimated by a debilitating disease. We find out what’s being done to maintain the local populations as we celebrate summer in New Hampshire..” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Impact 47 mins – “Pot in the family. With marijuana now legal in more states, the conversation between parents and teens is more complicated. We’ll listen.” At the link find the title, “Navigating The New Pot Talk In A Time Of Legal Weed, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_506473671.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maurice Sendak 58 mins – “Diane had the pleasure of speaking with famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak in September of 1993. He wrote a number of children’s books, but “Where the Wild Things Are” which was first published in 1963 remains one of a best-selling children’s book, a book that’s been described as thrilling to children and controversial to adults. In this hour Maurice Sendak talks about the importance of being honest with children and why it was important for him to be honest about the difficulties he experienced in his own childhood. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of Maurice Sendak talking about his life and his work.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Midlife 56 mins – “Even with all the angst about mid-life crises, and birthday cards calling you over the hill, the author says the middle years are most often about renewal. Today we’re talking with former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty on what she discovered about middle age in America.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Science 52 mins – “When you think about military science, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Bombs and guns, right? Well, that’s not what interests the writer Mary Roach, who has a habit of seeking out eccentric scientific corners. She’s not so much curious about the killing as she is about the keeping alive. That curiosity led her to research into the battlefield’s more obscure threats: exhaustion, shock, bacteria, panic, even turkey vultures. Roach joins us to explore the curious science of humans at war… Mary Roach is the author of the books StiffSpook, BonkPacking for Mars, and Gulp. Her new book is called Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Sammy 64 mins – “Jeff and Greg attempt to chew through an opioid sammy[sandwich] and Greg ponders the collective childhood of test question writers” At the link find the title, “JMT 2.0 September 2016 – Opioid Sammy,” right-click “Media files 300061338-acmt-jmt-20-september-2016-opioid-sammy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orca Whales 26 mins – “At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once-frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: ENCORE: How Moby Doll changed the worldview of ‘monster’ orca whales,” right-click “Media files current_20161227_94491.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parenting after Divorce 49 mins – “Taking care of your kids’ needs after a divorce. Psychologist, divorce expert Robert Emery on his new book “Two Homes, One Childhood.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philippine Politics 48 mins – “Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte brags about a lot of things, including committing murder. We look at the Philippines under Duterte’s rule.” At the link find the title, “The Philippines’ Controversial President, Rodrigo Duterte, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_506327967.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premature Baby Story 26 mins – “Born in the grey zone. Micro-preemies are babies born so premature, they’re on the edge of viability. Modern medicine means these babies can increasingly be saved. But with the advances, come thorny new questions about where life truly begins.” At the link find the title, “Dec 29: ENCORE: Parents explore medical frontier of micro-preemies,” right-click “Media files current_20161229_17569.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity 39 mins – “In this busy time of year, we could all use some tips on how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning: there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Repair or Replace 24 mins – “Fix your clothes, appliances or whatever you’re tempted to take to the curb. It’s part of a burgeoning “fixer movement” that not only is good for the environment and pocket, in Sweden repairing what’s broken can actually give you a tax break.” At the link find the title, “Dec 30: ENCORE: Sweden offers tax breaks to repair — not replace — broken objects,” right-click “Media files current_20161230_81185.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shooting Aftermaths 68 mins – “Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force….Massad joins us today to discuss protecting yourself as an armed citizen from the threat we seldom consider, our own legal system.  How to make sure you are not in violation of the law, what constitutes justification for the use of deadly force and having a “prep kit” for after a deadly force incident.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sick Kids Hospital 24 mins – “Historian David Wright chronicles how The Hospital of Sick Children became one of leading pediatric health facilities in the world.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: History of SickKids hospital marked by achievements and scandal,” Media files current_20161227_65455.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Springsteen 48 mins – “Recorded at his home studio, Springsteen speaks to Terry Gross about growing up in Jersey, songwriting, and wishing to be his stage persona. His new memoir is ‘Born to Run.’…” At the link find the title, “December 26, 2016 Bruce Springsteen,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Story Teller 26 mins – “A journey of 8,000 kilometres begins with a single step. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is walking the modern-day Silk Road, talking to people in the pursuit of what he calls ‘slow journalism.’” At the link find the title, “Dec 28: Why Paul Salopek is walking the modern-day Silk Road to pursue ‘slow journalism,” right-click “Media files current_20161228_75689.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sweatshops or Not 78 mins – “If you were a poor person in a poor country, would you prefer steady work in a factory or to be your own boss, buying and selling in the local market? Economist Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about experimental evidence on how poor people choose in the labor market and the consequences for their income, health, and satisfaction.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Refugee Music 48 mins – “Since war broke out in Syria over a million people have sought refuge in Lebanon – a small country of just over 4 million people. The reporter Lina Sinjab left her home in Damascus in 2013 to live in Beirut, and for her, as for so many Syrians, the poignant music of home has become a crucial source of comfort and resilience. As the war drags on, music and songs provide a strong link to the past and hope for the future. Lina joins refugee musicians across Lebanon and hears how their music is one of the few things they were able to bring with them. In the Bekaa Valley, close to the border with Syria, she meets an oud player, a percussionist and a piper who arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their precious instruments. And she visits a refugee youth choir who have found new joy and hope by singing with others who have been uprooted from their homes. In Beirut, the Oumi ensemble use music as a counter to religious extremism, taking their inspiration from the peace-loving Sufi poet Mansur Al-Hallaj. The arrival of Syrian musicians has also had a big impact on the cultural scene in Lebanon, and Lina discovers how this has inspired bands and artists in the capital.” At the link find the title, “A Song for Syria, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04m6tky.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxic Chemicals 20 mins – “Now and then, just one dedicated person can put the spotlight on a dangerous chemical. Every day, some of us wear or use the products made with this toxic process. Few people know fabrics like Rayon are made from forests boiled down by dangerous chemicals. So are cellophane and dish sponges. That person could be Dr. Paul David Blanc. He’s a real doctor and a professor of medicine at the University of California, in San Francisco. The story and the warning come in Paul’s new book “Fake Silk, The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon.” At the link right-click “CD Quality” near the sound bar for Dr Blanc and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Triangulations Best 2016 85 mins – “The best interviews of Triangulation in 2016! From Wiki inventor Ward Cunningham and Java creator James Gosling to Macintosh veteran Bill Atkinson and IARPA director Jason Matheny, this collection of 2016’s best interviews recollects Leo Laporte’s fascinating meetings of the minds.” At the link click “downloads,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacists 75 mins – “The so-called alt-right leader Richard Spencer has railed against Jews and said the U.S. belongs to white men. Now Neo-Nazi groups are calling for white supremacists to march through his hometown of Whitefish, Mont. — a site of protest as residents react.” At the link find the title, “Dec 28: Whitefish, Mont. residents rally against ‘alt-right’ targeting Jewish community,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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