Media Mining Digest 236 – May 20, 2016: 3D Plastic Body Parts, AAC Institute, Ada Lovelace, Addiction Movie, ADHD, Aging Debate, Apple Pay, Apps that Track, Arab Youth, Assisted Suicides, Bangalore Rises, Blood Transfusion History, Brain-Computer Interface, Brazilian corruption, Cancer and Exercise, Carbon Tax Concept, Charles Koch, City Failure, Communism Issues, Copy Editor, Coral Loss, Death Cafes, Deliberate Practice, Democracy Now, DNA Background, Drone Assassinations, End of Life Issues, European Union Issues, First Nation Suicides, Food Addiction, Fraud and Forgery, Funding Ventures, Gender Issues, Gentrification, Girl Geeks, Global Citizenship, Gorilla Extinction, Grooveshark Startup Story, Gun Rights, Gymnastic Strength Training, Health Exam Issues, Human Rights, Income Inequality, Independent Media, Islam, Jingles, Luis W Alvarez, Machine Learning, Mao’s Great Leap, Medical Errors, Menstruation, Mexico City Air Pollution, Migration Issues, Ocean Rise, Ozone Hole History, Pakistani Sports Woman, Perceptions, Peter Marshall, Pinkerton, Polygraph, Power Grid Protection, Primary Politics and kidnapped Students, Privacy vs Security, Productivity Ideas, Protein from Bugs, Public-Private Partnerships, Republican Issues, Roman Water Wheels, Rosalind Franklin and DNA, Scalia, Segregation History, Sex Assaults on Campus, Sound Research Issues, Spain’s Civil War, Spam Empire, State Powers, Technology Fixation, Third Wave, Tyrannosaurus Rex, US Federal Reserve Dissection, Vampire Power Sources, Visual Intelligence, Wildfire in Canada, Wireless Sensors, Women and Housework, Wrongful Conviction, Zika Virus

The best 104 podcasts from a larger group of 288 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded piecemeal here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 300 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

3D Plastic Body Parts 50 mins – “In this episode we talk with Professor Paul McMenamin of Monash University, you know the school down under about his rather unique collection of body parts. You see there made of out plastic and colored with ink jet ink to look like actual cadaver body parts. Join us as we find out how his team at Monash accomplished this and who may benefit.This episode was recorded on the 29th of July, 2014. And if you aren’t squeamish, come check out the video of this interview out on our YouTube channel. “All Things 3D”… If you dare?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AAC Institute 48 mins – “Mission of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Institute – Joyce welcomes Katya Hill, director of the AAC Institute. Established in 2000, the AAC Institute is a resource for all who are interested in enhancing the communication of people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Organized as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization, the AAC Institute offers information and provides services worldwide. The AAC Institute promotes the goals of AAC, the AAC Rules of Commitment, and evidence-based AAC clinical practice. This mission is accomplished through service delivery, research, activity organization, information dissemination, and education. Ms. Hill will discuss the mission of this charitable organization.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ada Lovelace 21 mins – “The first computer programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace. Learn how the daughter of Lord Byron — one of the most famous poets in the Western world — moved out of her father’s shadow and became a herald of the electronic age in this episode.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addiction Movie 46 mins – “Filmmaker, actor Rob Reiner and his son, Nick, get personal in their new film “Being Charlie,” which takes on drug addiction.Rob Reiner directed some of the greatest comedies of the late 20th century. When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride. And dramas: Stand By Me, A Few Good Men. But at home, and recently, his own family was joining the American story of drug abuse, addiction, and opioids. Reiner’s son, Nick – 17 times in rehab. Now father and son have joined forces on a movie about the drama of confronting addiction and its roots. This hour: Rob Reiner and Nick Reiner get personal about taking on addiction.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ADHD 57 mins – “With the number of diagnoses and prescriptions on a twenty-year rise, these days, having a kid with ADHD is no longer outside the norm. Still: there’s plenty of disagreement over the nature of the diagnosis itself, when medication can help kids, and when other approaches might be better.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Debate P1 45 mins – “Why face the ravages of time if you can stave off the effects of aging? We look at ways to cheat the clock!” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Debate P2 48 mins – “There’s no scientific consensus on the causes of aging and that has led to some spirited debates. We explore the arguments and learn a little something about ourselves in the process.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple Pay 24 mins – “Apple is bringing mobile payment systems to the mainstream – making it easy for people to pay with their smartphones. The Current explores why the beginning of the end of cold hard cash is a problem for many privacy and security experts.” At the link find the title, “Apple Pay moves Canada towards a cashless society,” right-click “Download Apple Pay moves Canada towards a cashless society” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apps that Track 6 mins – “Smartphone Tracking Apps, May 9, 2016 – Audio interview by GAO staff with Mark Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arab Youth 60 mins – “Donald A. Baer, chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller, and CFR’s Steven A. Cook join NPR’s Deborah Amos to discuss public opinion trends among Arab youth, including perceptions of economic opportunities, religion, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The panelists focus on a recent study of public opinion among 3,500 Arab youth and discuss the findings in terms of the broader political and economic context of the modern Middle East.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Suicides 60 mins – “The law allows me to kill myself, but what if I have a progressive illness and reach a stage when I long to end my life but cannot do so unaided. Isn’t it needlessly cruel and illogical that as the law stands, no friend or family member or doctor can then help me die without risking prosecution and a possible jail sentence? No it isn’t, say those who oppose legalising assisted suicide. Think of the pressures that would build once it became a legally sanctioned option – not least the pressure to extend the category of those whom it is permissible to help kill beyond the terminally ill to the old, the frail and even the mildly depressed ….We were joined by a panel of experts in 2011 to debate the motion “Assisted suicide should be legalised”. Arguing in favour of the motion were Emily Jackson, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics; Mary Warnock, moral philosopher, life peer and former Member of House of Lords Select Committee on Euthanasia; and the late Debbie Purdy, a right-to-die campaigner who in 2009 won a landmark ruling to clarify the law on assisted suicide. Arguing against the motion were Lord Carlile QC, barrister, Liberal Democrat peer and chairman of Care not Killing; Baroness Finlay, Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University; and Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford and author of ‘Questions of Life and Death: Christian Faith and Medical Intervention’. The debate was chaired by journalist and broadcaster Sue Lawley.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bangalore Rises 40 mins “Ask natives of Asia’s two giants, China and India, what they think of the other, and not infrequently, the jokes and stereotypes fly. At least some people in each country seem to enjoy secretly — or not so secretly — looking down on the other. So when an Indian official took the stage at a Chinese-sponsored high-tech conference in San Francisco last fall, made a joke about Chinese having to check with the teachings of Chairman Mao before they could answer a simple question, and then made the case for “why India Rocks, Bangalore roars, and Silicon Valley will soon be Bangalored,” some of the Chinese members of the audience were practically sputtering….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Transfusion History P1 30 mins – “In part one of a special author interview, Dr. Holly Tucker talks about her new book, “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.” Tune in to learn more about the startling history of blood transfusion.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Transfusion History P2 30 mins – “In part two of this interview series, Dr. Holly Tucker discusses the research methods behind her new book, “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.” Listen in to learn more about the controversial history of transfusions.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain-Computer Interface 60 mins – “Could the future of electronics be the human body? We explore efforts to turn your body into a technological interface.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazilian Corruption 49 mins – “Last month in Brazil, the lower house of the country’s National Congress voted to impeach the president, Dilma Rousseff. There are the legal grounds for the move — alleged cooking of the government books. And then there are the political motives, which as many observers have pointed out, are what’s really driving the impeachment. Those have to do with a massive corruption scandal at Petrobras, the state owned oil company. Add to that a severe recession, and many Brazilians are not happy with how their country is being run. Guest host Lisa Desjardins gets an update on the political crisis in Brazil from our panel of guests.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Cancer and Exercise 26 mins – “How targeted exercise can help fight cancer. By the time you hit midlife, odds are you or someone close to you will be touched by cancer. Cancer remains a potentially lethal lottery and everyone’s experience is different. But appropriate exercise under professional supervision – before, during, or after treatment – seems to substantially improve your odds. Catalyst meets a group of cancer patients that is experiencing extraordinary benefits from prescribed targeted exercise programs “ At the link right-click “download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Tax Concept 63 mins Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “HOWARD HIGMAN MEMORIAL PLENARY: How Free Enterprise Can Solve Climate Change” with Robert Inglis and a moderator. At the link find and right-click the number 1400 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charles Koch (2 parts) 92 mins – Charles Koch discusses his journey, from engaging in manual labor as a youth to attending MIT and working as a consultant. Having learned the principles of classical liberalism through his education and work, he now applies those principles to building and managing Koch Industries. He attributes much of his success to creating value for others and operating with integrity. …In Part II of our interview with Charles Koch, he covers politics and the role of corporations in our society. Koch, making the case to end corporate welfare, tells us what he admires about Bernie Sanders and why he is less sanguine about President George W. Bush. He also believes technology can be used to promote free market ideals over democratic socialism, especially for the younger generation.” At the link find the titles, “Good Profit Part I” and “…Part II,” then right-click “Media files 20160318-2.mp3” and “Media files 20160318.mp3” and select “Save Links As” from the pop-up menus.

City Failure 47 mins – “Fixing Michigan- from Flint’s water crisis to failing schools in Detroit. Are state takeovers the answers or the problem? The president was in Michigan yesterday, in Flint, telling that beleaguered city “I’ve got your back,” after all the water woes we’ve heard about there. Meanwhile in Detroit, teachers walking off the job this week in almost all the city’s schools, complaining about mold and rats and afraid they won’t be paid. When cities and school districts get in trouble, it’s hard to get out. Michigan’s cities tell that story. This hour On Point: Detroit, Flint, and lessons from the troubles in Michigan.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communism Issues 76 mins Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Communism Won Some Battles but Lost the War,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find and right-click the number 1514 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copy Editor 10 mins – “’Copy editing for The New Yorker is like playing shortstop for a Major League Baseball team — every little movement gets picked over by the critics,” says Mary Norris, who has played the position for more than thirty years. In that time, she’s gotten a reputation for sternness and for being a “comma maniac,” but this is unfounded, she says. Above all, her work is aimed at one thing: making authors look good. Explore The New Yorker’s distinctive style with the person who knows it best in this charming talk.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coral Loss 44 mins – “Coral reefs are crucial to ocean ecosystems — providing food and shelter to a quarter of all marine life. They also support food stocks that feed more than a billion people. This year, reefs around the world are threatened like never before: At Christmas Island near Australia, scientists estimate more than 80 percent of all the coral is now dead. And at the Great Barrier Reef, a similar story is unfolding: More than half of the reef’s coral has died. Scientists point to warming ocean temperatures and successive El Nino events as causes. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, the threat to coral reefs worldwide and what it will take to save them.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy included in the blog archive.

Death Cafes 25 mins – “A Death Cafe is a place for lively conversations that confront fears of dying. What began in a basement in the UK is now an international movement in 35 countries, with meetings across Canada. The Current explores the slightly darker take on cafe culture.” At the link find the title, “Death Cafes spark international conversation on fear of dying,” right-click “Download Death Cafes spark international conversation on fear of dying” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deliberate Practice 42 mins – “We’ve all heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule (popularized in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers — that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill and become an expert. Turns out 10,000 is not a magic number, it’s just a big number. In Episode 128, Jesse talks to an expert on becoming an expert, Dr. Karl Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, and author of the new book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.  Although Gladwell drew on Dr. Ericsson’s research, they never spoke before Outliers was published. Dr. Ericsson believes the most important element of mastering a skill was lost in translation: deliberate practice….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Now 53 mins – “Amy Goodman, host of [Democracy Now!], discusses the influence of corporate media outlets on journalism and American politics.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Amy Goodman, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436394.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Background P1 36 mins – “What is DNA and where did it come from? We’ll take a look at what we know about the building blocks for life as we know it.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Background P2 36 mins – “Now that we know all about DNA, let’s talk about how we can use it in technology. From diodes to computer storage, we explore the uses of DNA.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Assassinations 60 mins – “Jeremy Scahill, Investigative Reporter; Co-founder, The Intercept; Author, The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program; Twitter @jeremyscahill…Bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept reveal what they call stunning new details about America’s secret assassination policy. When the U.S. government discusses drone strikes publicly, the implicit message from the Obama administration has been characterized as “trust, but don’t verify.” The Intercept called this into question when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the U.S. military’s kill/capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. These documents raise serious questions about the central role that assassination plays in counterterrorism policy.” At th elink right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Issues 72 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Navigating End of Life Choice in America,with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1816, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

European Union Issues 75 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs title, “EU Sings “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1715, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nation Suicides 9 mins – “It’s been a month since a suicide crisis in Attawapiskat was declared. The community has yet to receive permanent mental health workers to manage the crisis. NDP critic Charlie Angus is calling for a permanent solution to solve this emergency.” At the link find the title, “Charlie Angus calls for permanent solution to address Attawapiskat suicide crisis,” right-click “Download Charlie Angus calls for permanent solution to address Attawapiskat suicide crisis” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Addiction (2 parts) 156 mins – “Michael Prager, Author, Fat Boy Thin Man Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF Eric Stice, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD., MSc., FCEP, CASAM, Medical Director, Renascent Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan This program is an update from our previous Food Addiction program; all panelists will offer updated information. Addiction is about brains, not just about behaviors. We all have the brain reward circuitry that makes food rewarding; it’s a survival mechanism. In a healthy brain, these rewards have feedback mechanisms for satiety or “enough.” For some, the circuitry becomes dysfunctional such that the message becomes “more.” Michael Prager, author of Fat Boy Thin Man, will begin the discussion telling his very personal story of recognizing and then seeking treatment for his food addiction. Leading researchers and clinicians will discuss many aspects of this important topic.” At the link for Part 1 (64m) right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same here for Part 2 (92m).

Fraud and Forgery 60 mins – “This week we’re taking a look at two very different types of white collar crime — financial fraud and painting forgery — and how we use investigation and science to detect them. We’ll speak to Jennifer Fiddian-Green, a partner at Grant Thornton and lead of their National Forensic and Dispute Resolution Advisory practice, about forensic accounting and the ways we try to discover fraud. And we’ll talk with Dr. Jehane Ragai, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry with the American University in Cairo, about her book “The Scientist and the Forger: Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in Paintings”.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Funding Ventures 78 minsPanel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “How to Raise Money for Your Brilliant Idea,”with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1113, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Issues 74 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs title, “Gender Fluidity,” with three panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1866, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gentrification 19 mins – “Neighborhoods are constantly changing, but it tends to be the people with money and power who get to decide the shape of things to come. New York City has an especially long history with change driven by landlords and real estate investors. Today, change is taking the form of gentrification, but in the 1960s, the neighborhood of East New York became a nexus of what has since become known as white flight. The first developer to set his sights on East New York was John Pitkin back in 1835. Pitkin would lose his fortune in a cotton market crash, but not before launching this neighborhood into existence with housing and industry. The Long Island Railroad came a year later, and with it factories to process foods from Long Island’s farms. The distinctive low-rise residential architecture that defines the area followed, then more rail lines connecting the area to Manhattan and the rest of Brooklyn. East New York became a thriving middle-class hub for the European immigrants working in local factories. It was, in many ways, a conventional white suburb, at least for a time….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title, “Turf Wars of East New York,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Girl Geeks 77 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, titled “Girl Geeks Unite!” with four guests and a moderator. At the link right-click 1714, right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Citizenship 75 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, titled “Educating Students to be Global Citizens,” with four guests and a moderator. At the link right-click 1718, right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gorilla Extinction 47 mins – “An award-winning new documentary takes us inside the deadly, high-stakes struggle to save the home of the last mountain gorillas.“Virunga” is an astonishing new documentary about corruption, compassion, and the imperiled gorillas and people of the Congo . The film is named after a national park in the Congo, where some of the world’s last mountain gorillas live. It’s the story of an oil company and local rebels trying to control their land and fearless Congolese park rangers, an intrepid investigative journalist and soft-spoken Belgian warden fighting to protect it. This hour on point, “Virunga” and the gorillas of the Congo.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grooveshark Startup Story 54 mins – “When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate quite how disruptive they would be. Their mission was a noble one: bring an end to online piracy by offering cheap, convenient, and legal access to music. Their execution, however, was less than thorough. And when you’re dealing with protective music labels, forgetting to dot an “i” or cross a “t” can mean being one lawsuit away from the swift and unceremonious death of your company. This is the story of Grooveshark, the people who built it, and the relationships that were tested during its rocky road to growth—and eventual demise.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Rights 78 minsPanel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “The 27 Words in the Second Amendment” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1312, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gymnastic Strength Training 192 mins – “…My guest this episode isChristopher Sommer (GymnasticBodies on Instagram/Facebook), former US national team gymnastics coach. He is also the founder of GymnasticBodies, a training system that I’m currently testing (and have no affiliation with). As a world-renowned Olympic coach, Sommer is known for building his students into some of the strongest, most powerful athletes in the world. During his extensive 40-year coaching career, Coach Sommer took meticulous notes on his training techniques—his wins and failures—so that he could translate the best elements into a superior exercise system for both high-level and beginner athletes. His four decades of careful observation led to the birth of Gymnastics Strength Training™ (or GST). In this episode, we cover A TON, including: The 3-5 exercises everyone should be doing (you’ve never heard of some of them); His opinions of kipping exercises, such as the kipping pull-ups common in CrossFit; What bodyweight goals non-gymnasts should target; Which exercises to remove from the gym entirely, at least in the first 6-12 months of training; How to optimize biceps strength and mass with straight-arm work….” At the link find the title, “The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files Tim_Ferriss_Show, Coach_Sommer.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Exam Issues 40 mins – “Do we need periodic general health checks? It is the single most common reason US patients seek care and accounts for 10% of all primary care visits with a cost of about $10 billion per year. Dr. Deborah Grady explores when adults need asymptomatic checkups and why periodic exams may not be the best use of resources or time. Recorded on 03/01/2016. (#30674)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Rights 27 mins – “Human rights may aspire to be universal – they should belong to everyone, everywhere – but there has been resistance to them on philosophical or theological grounds by powerful states and world religions. Lawyer Helena Kennedy looks at these issues and the rise of the human rights movement since 1948.” At the link find the title, “Are Human Rights Really Universal? May, 2016,” right-click “Media filesp03tmylk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Income Inequality 78 minsPanel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “US Income Inequality & the American Dream,” with three panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1516, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Independent Media 44 mins – “Last Saturday night Jason Rezaian, the former Iran bureau chief for the Washington Post, appeared at a correspondents’ dinner and joked that the audience there sure beat solitary confinement. It was a light-hearted moment underscoring a serious, growing issue. In July of 2014 Rezaian was arrested in Tehran and imprisoned until January of this year. His plight became a symbol of the many risks journalists face around the world. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 72 reporters were killed for doing their jobs. Nearly 200 are unjustly jailed. Today, we look at the dangers of journalism and the reality of censorship.” (4 guests) At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islam 73 minsPanel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Views and Voices of Islam,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1512, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jingles 34 mins – “Jingles are traditionally defined as short songs about a product that are written for TV or radio, but—with songs like Poo-Pourri’s “Imagine Where You Can Go” being released on the internet—does the traditional definition need to be expanded? Listen as Tim Taylor, author of “The Sounds of Capitalism” and Helen Zaltzman, the host of The Allusionist, take us through the century long history of ad music, and examine what jingles sound like in the internet age.” At the link find the title, “10: Jingle Brains, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Luis W Alvarez P1 30 mins – “Luis Alvarez was a physicist whose broad interests connected him to some of the 20th century’s most influential moments, including the bombing of Hiroshima and the assassination of JFK. His diverse work led to the nickname “the wild idea man of physics.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Luis W. Alvarez P2 30 mins – “The second part of the Luis Alvarez episode covers his time as part of the Manhattan Project designing detonators for atomic bombs. Beyond his controversial work, Alvarez also contributed to particle physics, mystery solving and paleontology.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Machine Learning 66 mins – “What is machine learning? How is it transforming our lives and workplaces? What might the future hold? Pedro Domingos of the University of Washington and author of The Master Algorithm talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the present and future of machine learning. Domingos stresses the iterative and ever-improving nature of machine learning. He is fundamentally an optimist about the potential of machine learning with ever-larger amounts of data to transform the human experience.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mao’s Great Leap 36 mins – “When scuffles broke out at a Donald Trump rally in March, it made national headlines. Imagine what it would be like to see political factions of tens of thousands battling each other in cities across the country, inflicting serious injuries and death. That’s what happened in the late 1960s in China when Mao Zedong, the leader of the Communist Party, urged students and later workers to take to the streets to denounce and root out those who had strayed from the Socialist path. The movement, known as the Cultural Revolution, lasted for years and led to escalating violence, but it was little understood at the time since China was largely closed to Western observers. Our guest, historian Frank Dikotter, has plumbed newly-opened Chinese archives to get a deeper understanding of the Cultural Revolution – the motives of its leaders, the scale of the violence and its lasting effects on the country. Dikotter argues in his new book that the turmoil destroyed the credibility of the Communist Party and laid the basis for economic reforms that transformed the country. Dikotter is chair of humanities at the University of Hong Kong. One of his 10 books on China won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. FRESH AIR contributor Dave Davies spoke to him about his new book, “The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Medical Errors 44 mins – “More than 250,000 Americans a year die from medical errors, including misdiagnoses, communications breakdowns, medication mistakes and botched surgeries. That’s according to a new study by a Johns Hopkins University surgeon and researcher who says that if medical errors were a disease, it would be the third leading cause of death in America. We discuss the scope of the problem and what can be done to improve patient safety.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Menstruation 11 mins – “It’s true: talking about menstruation makes many people uncomfortable. And that taboo has consequences: in India, three out of every 10 girls don’t even know what menstruation is at the time of their first period, and restrictive customs related to periods inflict psychological damage on young girls. Growing up with this taboo herself, Aditi Gupta knew she wanted to help girls, parents and teachers talk about periods comfortably and without shame. She shares how she did it.” At the link click “Downloads,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico City Air Pollution 5 mins – “On a bad day, you cannot see forever in Mexico City. That’s how it has been lately, ever since the city government rang the alarm bells over its air pollution, as it surpassed the recommended ozone limits set by the World Health Organization. It was the first time such alarms went off in more than a decade. …What’s happening? Air quality has generally improved in Mexico’s capital over the last 20 years or so. Back then, locals used to say that living here was like smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Memories are also fresh from the 1980s, when the air was particularly bad. “We saw birds that suddenly fell down. They fell out of the sky and they were dead,” says Gabriela Alarcón, who researches pollution at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a think-tank in Mexico City. Since then, officials have pushed out big refineries, banned leaded gas, and built more public transportation. It all made a difference, for a while. But now things seem to be backsliding. By this time last year, 75 percent of the days had been considered bad air days. So far this year, it’s more than 80 percent….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration Issues 78 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “International Migration,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1116, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Rise 78 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “CLIMATE SERIES: When the Oceans Rise,” with three panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1518, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ozone Hole History 16 mins – “Jonathan Shanklin was sifting through a backlog of data when he made the startling discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. In this podcast, he and others recall events in the mid-1980s and discuss how the ‘ozone hole’ became the poster child for environmentalism. Originally aired 17/05/2013.” At the link find the title, “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – May 1985, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pakistani Sports Woman 27 mins – “…When our guest was a girl growing up in the tribal area of Pakistan, she dressed like a boy to be able to live with some sense of freedom. To become a weightlifter and enter competitions in Pakistan, she entered as a boy. And instead of using her name – Maria Toorpakai – she used the name Genghis Khan. Her parents support women’s rights and have taken great risks to teach in the tribal areas, in spite of the Taliban bombing their schools. As for Maria, when she became a teenager, she gave up weightlifting for squash and gave up pretending she was a boy. She became the first tribal Pakistani girl to represent the country in international squash tournaments and came in third in the world junior women’s championship. But because the Taliban forbids sports and being a woman athlete is an even greater transgression, she basically went into hiding until she was accepted at a new squash academy in Canada founded by a former world squash champion. She’s now 25 years old and is the only female in international competition ranked in the top 50. She’s written a new memoir called “A Different Kind Of Daughter.” Terry spoke to her last week….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Perceptions 30 mins – “Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)” At the link find the title, “Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peter Marshall 87 mins – “Gilbert and Frank are joined by actor, singer and former “Hollywood Squares” host Peter Marshall, who shares irresistible stories about Redd Foxx, the mob, Glenn Ford, Uncle Miltie’s “apparatus” and Charlie Weaver’s (and Vincent Price’s!) sexual proclivities. Also, Peter croons with Bing, tours with Bob Hope, gets roasted by Orson Welles and runs afoul of John Wayne. PLUS: Al Jolson schmoozes! Phil Silvers does “Who’s on First”! Gilbert ticks off Marlon Brando! Peter and Nanette Fabray hit a nudie bar! And the definitive version of the Paul Lynde/Golddiggers story!” At the link find the title, “#102: Peter Marshall,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/12243/3279488/ece0e824-31d3-4b2e-87fa-7189f714da2b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pinkerton 21 mins – “Allan Pinkerton fell into detective work when he discovered a gang of counterfeiters in Illinois. In 1861, he helped thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, which may have led Lincoln to later tap Pinkerton to organize the first Union espionage.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polygraph 6 mins – “For years, New Hampshire has been unable to recruit enough prison officers. Despite spending thousands of dollars on recruitment and advertising, prisons here operate with 70 fewer officers than they need to meet “critical staffing” levels. While correctional facilities across New England face the same shortage, New Hampshire is the only state in the region that requires candidates to pass a polygraph test: a practice Congress banned among private employers 30 years ago. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections says the test is essential for preventing abuse and coercion behind bars. But recruitment staff say that test also eliminates many applicants who are otherwise qualified.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Power Grid Protection 54 mins – “Ted Koppel’s new book, “Lights Out,” he asserts that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Koppel warns that a well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure, and the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. On today’s episode of Go Green Radio, we’ll talk with Scott Aaronson, the Managing Director for Cyber and Physical Security for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and discuss what the electric power industry is doing to protect the nation’s power grid.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Primary Politics and Kidnapped Students 46 mins – “The alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich to stop Trump was over before it began, but it’s just the latest in a long history of political plots. We examine the shadowy history of election scheming, and trace the origins of the notion that the people, not politicians, should get to pick the president. Plus, how the haunting disappearance of 43 students in Mexico may finally prompt a reckoning with institutionalized violence and corruption. Also, disturbing collusion between super PACs and presidential campaigns, and drawing meaning from the deep, dark world of the comments section.” At the link find the title, “In The Shadows, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files otm042916pod.mp3′ AND SELECT “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy vs Security 61 mins – “Michael Chertoff, executive chairman and cofounder of the Chertoff Group; Adam Segal, director of CFR’s digital and cyberspace policy program; and Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York’s district attorney, join L. Gordon Crovitz, partner at NextNews Ventures, to discuss the trade off between privacy and security in the debate over government access to encrypted data, and the implications for business, counterterrorism, and user security. The panelists consider the recent legal case between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity Ideas 64 mins – “In his new book Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg presents eight key points that illustrate the reasons that some people and some companies are more productive than others. Coupling statistics from neuroscience and psychology coupled with real-world stories from CEOs, FBI agents and airplane pilots, Duhigg explains how the most productive people and organizations view the world and their choices differently and how this ultimately influences their heightened levels of productivity. Join Inforum for a thought-provoking discussion with Duhigg about the science of productivity and learn how you can be more productive and successful in your personal and professional lives.

Protein from Bugs 44 mins – “Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It’s a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? Many young companies are betting on the potential of crickets; You can now find flour, pasta, cookies, and even cocktail bitters made from them. A panel of experts tackles the arguments for and against eating insects — the practice known as entomophagy — and the cultural and environmental issues involved.” (Three guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy included in the blog archive.

Public–Private Partnerships 65 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Business & Government Can Work Together,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1716, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Republican Issues 62 mins – “Sara Robinson is a Seattle-based futurist and veteran blogger on culture, politics, and religion. She’s a consulting futurist and on the national board of NARAL. Find her recently launched blog — Future Imperfect — at sararobinson.net Culture of Truth is a political satirist, posting his weekly Bobblespeak Translations for those who have missed the Sunday Morning Talk Shows. @bobblespeak Moonshinepatriot.blogspot.com Tonight is Trump Night at VSS.” Sara Robinson and Culture of Truth Virtually Speaking Sundays,, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files sara-robinson-and-culture-of-truth-virtually-speaking-sundays.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roman Water Wheels 4 mins – “Today, we try to make sense of an old Roman power plant. 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. Anyone who’s ever studied the history of technology has seen a drawing of 16 Roman water wheels, two abreast, arranged in stair-steps down a hillside. Historians have isolated that one mill like a sore. The common wisdom says that the Romans, who kept slaves, had no need of water power. This must be a lone oddity….” At the link right-click Click here for…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rosalind Franklin 27 mins – “The men who are usually credited with discerning DNA’s structure won the Nobel Prize in 1962, but they used Rosalind Franklin’s research. In 1952, she captured the best DNA image available at the time, and the Nobel winners used it without her knowledge.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scalia 78 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado ConferenceConference on World Affairs titled, “Scalia,” with three panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1565, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Segregation History 42 mins – “Foundational Violence: U.S. Settler Colonial Articulation of Racialized and Gendered Citizenship – Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Department of Sociology, and titled “Foundational Violence: U.S. Settler Colonial Articulation of Racialized and Gendered Citizenship.” Our speaker is Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Graduate School Professor and founding Director of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Sex Assaults on Campus 74 minsPanel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,ROUNDTABLE: “Til it Happens to You Ending Sexual Assault on College Campuses,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1119, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sound Research Issues 57 mins – “I’m honored to post Show # 250 (!), March 4, my interview with Sam Brylawski of the Library of Congress’ National Sound Preservation Board, co-author of the ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation. Sam is one of the pioneers of audio sound preservation, and one of its foremost experts, having been the President of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) and editor of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Sam’s work focusing on preserving our collective sound history is extraordinarily important, as this history is at persistent risk of disappearing through degradation of obsolete sound preservation formats, like wax cylinders and metal plates. In our discussion, we focused on the challenges facing our world’s sound history, from funding to copyright law. I’ve known Sam for over 10 years, and this show was long overdue. I hope that you enjoy the show!” At the link right-click “Download”and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spains Civil War 75 mins – “Adam Hochschild, Author, Spain in Our Hearts -Monday Night Philosophy follows award-winning author Adam Hochschild deep into the three crucial years in the 1930s when the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world. Volunteers rushed to help Spain’s democratically elected government fight off an uprising by right-wing army officers heavily backed by Hitler and Mussolini. Adam Hochschild brings alive a group of men and women who lived through this painful and dramatic period: a few are familiar figures like Hemingway and Orwell; others, until now, have been completely unknown.

Spam Empire 15 mins – “Chances are you’ve received an email with a subject line like this “The hottest method to please your beloved one” or this “Want to get good health for low prices?” Emails offering “low cost med pills!” You’ve probably wondered — who is sending these emails? Does anyone actually click on these links? What happens when they do? On today’s show — we go deep inside the world of spam to answer these questions with the help of cyber-security reporter Brian Krebs and researcher Stefan Savage.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

State Powers 79 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs title, “States: Underappreciated Laboratories of Democracy,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1912, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Fixation 77 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Technology is a Fetish,” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find 1114, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Third Wave 60 mins – “America Online Co-founder Steve Case looks at what’s next for the Internet in his book, [The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future]. Mr. Case is interviewed by Representative John Delaney (D-MD).” At the link find the title, “After Words with Steve Case, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.437190.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tyrannosaurus Rex 41 mins – “Why does the tyrannosaurus continue to fascinate us? Joining Ian Sample in the studio this week is David Hone, a palaeontologist at Queen Mary University of London, and the author of The Tyrannosaur Chronicles.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Federal Reserve Dissection 60 mins – “Lawrence R. Jacobs is Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota, and co-author of both Health Care Reform and American Politics (Oxford) and Class War? (Chicago). The US Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful institutions in the world, unfettered by institutional or political checks. Captive to the finance industry, it has become a source of inequality and financial uncertainty. Professor Jacobs describe how this came to be and how a true central bank could be organized and regulated, as presented in Fed Power: How Finance Wins, a book he co-authored with Desmond King.” At the link find the title, “Fed Power: How Finance Wins, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files fed-power-how-finance-wins.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vampire Power Sources 41 mins – “Since a quarter of residential energy use is consumed by gadgets that are “off”, Kevin and I discuss how to measure and cut back on that power consumption with a few connected devices. We also talk about Apple’s rumored Home app for HomeKit, the launch of OpenThread, the open source version of Nest’s Thread protocol and the new Almond router from Securifi. We also touch on HP Enterprises‘ hop into the internet of things and Hitachi’s new formal IoT group. Then we go to Rich Brown, who is the executive editor of CNET’s smart home and appliance coverage, to discuss how the news site set up a smart house in Louisville, Kentucky, the site’s favorite gadgets and how the Amazon Echo has democratized access to the smart home. The big theme of our conversation was compromise, as in, if you want a smart home you are going to have to make compromises.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visual Intelligence 51 mins – “How observant are you? What things are you missing out on that could have a huge impact on your life. In this episode we speak with Amy Herman about her new book, Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. In this episode you will learn how to create your own luck by becoming a better observer. You will also learn how to identify your “blind spots” and turn them in to opportunities. This information comes directly from Amy’s groundbreaking “The Art of Perception” course which teaches doctors to observe patients instead of their charts, helps police officers separate facts from opinions when investigating crimes, and trains professional from the FBI, State Department, Fortune 500 companies, and the military to recognize the most pertinent and useful information. If you would like to learn more, visit Amy at ArtfulPerception.com.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Aftermath 21 mins – “The people of Fort McMurray are determined to rebuild and come back. But it’s a daunting challenge. Hard to even think about as the wildfire still burns. The Current hears from others who have rebuilt in Slave Lake, Alta. and Kelowna, B.C.” At the link find the title, “’Be patient’: Advice for rebuilding Fort McMurray from wildfire survivors, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160506_42755.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Aftermath 7 mins – “Several officials toured Fort McMurray neighbourhoods to survey the aftermath of the wildfire first hand. Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen said 85 per cent of Fort McMurray is still intact. CBC’s Briar Stewart was on that tour and shares her insight.” At the link find the title, “‘Couldn’t have done any more’: Fire chief gives tour of Fort McMurray fire damage,” right-click “Download ‘Couldn’t have done any more’: Fire chief gives tour of Fort McMurray fire damage,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Car Retrieval 11 minsHuman kindness is overflowing in Fort McMurray with people helping those in need any way they can. Eldon Hankins from Edmonton is trying to do his part, putting long hours on the road to reunite people with their cars.” At the link find the title, “Driven to help: Eldon Hankins reunites Fort McMurray’s abandoned cars with owners,” right-click “Download Driven to help: Eldon Hankins reunites Fort McMurray’s abandoned cars with owners,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Evacuation 46 mins – “After another challenging day for firefighters and other first responders, evacuees face another overwhelming day to escape the ravenous flames. But questions arise over the pace of evacuation and the paucity of routes available to get out of the city.” At the link find the title, “Fort McMurray evacuee says people felt like ‘sitting ducks’ as fire approached, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160505_99858.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Fighting 34 mins – “Within a day of orders that all residents had to leave Fort McMurray, three firefighters from St. Albert near Edmonton, joined hundreds of others to help extinguish a city on fire. They share their experience with The Current.” At the link find the title, “‘A lifetime of firefighting in an hour:’ Firefighters recall tackling Fort McMurray fire,”right-click “Download ‘A lifetime of firefighting in an hour:’ Firefighters recall tackling Fort McMurray fire” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Fire Fighting 21 mins – “Firefighters are always needed in Alberta. It’s estimated there are 40 fires across the province right now. As veteran firefighters, to new recruits, to water bomber crews continue to fight the Fort McMurray fire, we look at the toll this fire has taken.” At the link find the title, “‘Fire shooting sparks and debris’: Meet frontline firefighters in Fort McMurray,” right-click “Download ‘Fire shooting sparks and debris’: Meet frontline firefighters in Fort McMurray,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Hospital Evacuation 10 mins – “David Matear oversaw the medevac of Fort McMurray’s hospital – from newborns, to critical care, to long-term care patients – in one-and-a-half-hours. Hospital staff moved more than 100 patients to safety, with the raging fire in view of the ER doors.” At the link find the title, “Fort Mac hospital evacuation was ‘calm’ as flames raged close,” right-click “Download Fort Mac hospital evacuation was ‘calm’ as flames raged close,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Reconstruction 22 mins – “In the wake of devastation, it’s only human to vow to rebuild. But how to rebuild once the flames in Fort McMurray are gone is a complicated question. The Current ask what can be learned from other cities that rebuild after disaster strikes.” At the link find the title, ‘Don’t give up’: Lessons for Fort McMurray’s long road ahead to rebuilding,” right-click “Download ‘Don’t give up’: Lessons for Fort McMurray’s long road ahead to rebuilding,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Sandwiches 10 mins – “For some, amidst the damage and desolation of the Fort McMurray wildfire was a chance to step up and help others. Meet “Belt Drive Betty” and how her sandwiches and sensitivity saved the day for famished firefighters on the frontlines.” At the link find the title, “Fort McMurray sandwiches: ‘Belt Drive Betty’ feeds over 2,000 first responders” right-click Download Fort McMurray sandwiches: ‘Belt Drive Betty’ feeds over 2,000 first responders” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire School Evacuation 23 mins – “Principal Lisa Hilsenteger made a quick decision that saved the lives of fifteen stranded students at her Fort McMurray school. As the school bus headed towards a closed road, she made a decision to head back into the belly of the beast to get out.” At the link find the title, “Fort McMurray school principal-turn-hero evacuates 15 stranded students to safety,” right-click “Download Fort McMurray school principal-turn-hero evacuates 15 stranded students to safety” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Toxic Effects 11 mins – “Not much is known about the effects of sustained exposure to ash and debris on frontline firefighters. But what is known is there are health risks. The Current speaks to a researcher concerned for Fort McMurray residents returning to burnt homes.” At the link find the title, “Fire safety researcher concerned of toxicity risks in Fort McMurray,” right-click “Download Fire safety researcher concerned of toxicity risks in Fort McMurray” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wireless Sensors 8 mins – “As a former biology teacher and now product manager at PASCO Scientific, Mike Blasberg has witnessed a transformation in how students collect data in the science classroom. Mike joins us to talk about the evolution of sensors, how we can use a smartphone to collect and analyze data, and discusses the capabilities and features of the new wireless sensors available from PASCO scientific.” At the link right-click “download” on top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women and Housework 15 mins – “Melinda Gates stayed mostly silent for years as her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, became the richest man in the world. Now, as co-founder of the foundation, Ms. Gates is a woman of influence empowering women and girls in the developing world.” At the link find the title, “Melinda Gates on the ‘ingenuity’ of women in the developing world,” right-click “Download Melinda Gates on the ‘ingenuity’ of women in the developing world,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wrongful Convictions 49 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,Justice: Shining a Light on Wrongful Convictions,” with four panelists. At the link find 1115, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika in Rio 23 mins – “The Zika virus is a serious cause for concern in Rio weeks before the Summer Games kick off. So serious, it has many wondering if Olympic glory is worth the risk, calling to cancel or move the Games — for the sake of athletes and to prevent Zika`s spread.” At the link find the title, “Zika concerns prompt call to cancel Rio Olympic Games,” right-click “Download Zika concerns prompt call to cancel Rio Olympic Games,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Mosquito Control 57 mins – “Zika virus, a pathogen transmitted by mosquitoes, has seemingly established itself in South America and the Caribbean and is now threatening the U.S. Cases have been reported in Florida, Illinois, Texas and Hawaii in patients having traveled to Central and South America, where they acquired the virus through mosquito bites. Our guest today, Joseph Conlon, technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association, will discuss how the virus could spread and what we can do to minimize our risks. We’ll also discuss what effect, if any, climate change has on mosquito-borne illnesses.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

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Media Mining Digest 235 – May 13, 2016: Afghani Family in Canada, Alzheimer’s Life, Animal Treatment, Astrophysics Research, BC Land Management, Bugout Property, Cancer Screenings Value, China’s One Child Policy, Chip Designer, College Access, Columbine Shooter Mother, Computer Coder Stories, Confidence People, Copyright and Creativity, Data Dilemma, Dirty Jobs, Distracted Drivers, Divorce Fiances, Economic Fallacies, Forensic Science, Fusion Power, Gambling in America, General Custer, Grit, Guerrilla Marketing, Gun Industry, Hamilton Play, Indian act of Canada, ISIS Issues, Legionnaires Disease, Malaysia Flight 370, MCAT Myths for Premeds, Moral Limits of Markets, Muslim Issue, Open University, Pakistan-India-China, Panama Vice President, Parksinson Life, Peacemaker, Political Analysis, Presidential Politics, Press Freedom, Protein Complexity, Recycling Myths, Refugee Crises, Robots in Movies, Seal Hunters, Sex Assaults on Campus, Suicides in America, Tampon tax, Taxing the Rich, Tortillas Value, Tudor Life. U.S. Currency History, Vaxxed Movie, Vitamins and Supplements, Voice Structure, Water, Weight Loss Battle, Wine Fraud, Winter Fortress

The best 64 podcasts from a larger group of 221 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded piecemeal here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 300 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Afghani Family in Canada 13 mins – “Back in 2012, The Current brought you the story of “Froggy,” the Afghan translator who worked with the Canadian military for years, He eventually emigrated to Canada with his family and now we have an update to announce his new Canadian citizenship.” At the link find the title, “Update: Afghan interpreter ‘Froggy’ and family officially Canadian citizens, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160505_11873.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s Life 46 mins – We look at how one women prepares for the full onset of Alzheimer’s disease.It’s alarming. You forget which key opens the car door. Leave the stove on. Get lost taking a walk around the block. Alzheimer’s Disease can turn basic tasks into daunting ones. The New York Times’ N.R. Kleinfield spent 20 months with one woman in the early stages of the disease as she tried to make sense of it all and live her best life. This hour On Point: A journey inside Alzheimer’s Disease.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Treatment 49 mins – “The animal rights movement has seen some major victories over the last year. Ringling Brothers abandoned its use of circus elephants, Sea World vowed to end its orca breeding program and Walmart announced it will sell only cage free eggs by 2025. The head of the Humane Society of the United States says this is no coincidence. In a new book he argues that technological innovation, combined with heightened consumer awareness, is ushering in a new era of animal protection, one driven by market forces. A look at the future of the “Humane Economy.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy if included in the blog archive.

Astrophysics Research 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at astrophysics, zooming out to get a better idea of how universe works and what it might look like. Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel returns to talk about his new — and first — book “Beyond the Galaxy: How Humanity Looked Beyond Our Milky Way and Discovered the Entire Universe”. And we’ll speak with astrophysicist Katie Mack about the discovery of gravity waves, first predicted by Einstein. This episode is partially hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News. If you’re looking for more on gravity waves, check out this great explainer article and video on Science News.”At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BC Land Management 26 mins – “Canadian filmmaker Nettie Wild is known for taking on politically charged topics. Now, she trains her camera on the beauty of Northwestern B.C. and the tense coexistence of First Nations, nature, and the Red Chris Mine in “Koneline: Our Land Beautiful.” At the link find the title, “Filmmaker Nettie Wild finds cinematic poetry in ‘polarized’ mining debate, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160506_88094.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bugout Property 94 mins – What should you consider when seeking and using a piece of property and structure for use as a bugout location. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Screenings Value 59 mins – “Cancer screenings sometimes sound better than they are. Dr. George Sawaya explores the major goals of these screenings – balancing benefits, harms and costs. See which cancer screening are currently discouraged and which are recommended. Recorded on 03/15/2016.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China’s One Child Policy 27 mins – “Now that China has ended its One Child policy, one group of state employees may soon be out of a job – the country’s hated population police. Hundreds of thousands of officers used to hunt down families suspected of violating the country’s draconian rules on child bearing, handing out crippling fines, confiscating property and sometimes forcing women to have abortions. But with an eye on improving child welfare in the countryside, there is a plan to redeploy many of these officers as child development specialists. Lucy Ash visits a pilot project in Shaanxi Province training former enforcers to offer advice and support to rural grandparents who are left rearing children while the parents migrate to jobs in the big cities. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out nationwide to redeploy an army of family planning workers and transform the life prospects of millions of rural children.” At the link find the title, “China’s Family Planning Army, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03t2mzt.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chip Designer 65 mins – “Jake Baker is a chip designer and educator at UNLV. He tells us all about DRAM, Flash, ReRAM, low level design and lots more silicon goodness! Jake is currently a professor at UNLV and teach mixed signal chip design. Reticles/Mask sets are $10M+, so big companies are risk averse. Jake has a total of 142 patents, about 50 of which were non-lawyer changes. He also regularly acts as an expert witness for cases. Chris asked about the RamBus RDRAM, because it was so expensive for his old computer. One of Jake’s early job was working on projects funded by Reagan’s StarWars program…. You can find Jake on his homepage and get in contact with him there. Definitely dive down into all the great content he has made for his students and the world! Thanks to Jake for being on the show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Access 53 mins – “The U.S. Supreme Court is about to make a decision that could affect college admissions across the country. And Texas’ Top 10 Percent Rule plays a starring role. On this episode of Reveal, reporter Neena Satija, of our partner The Texas Tribune, tells us how an attempt to boost diversity in Texas colleges could, paradoxically, end affirmative action. She also takes a long look at the Top 10 Percent Rule and whether it allows students from economically diverse backgrounds to attend the state’s top public universities. We’ll hear from two high-achieving young Texans: Genesis Morales and Grayson Rutherford. They’re college-bound students who attend high schools only 10 miles from one another but whose experiences are worlds apart. We’ll also take you to Berkeley, California, and look at that school district’s integration plan. Over five decades, that plan has worked, for the most part – Berkeley’s kindergarten through eighth grade system is a model for the rest of the country on how to integrate schools. But the city’s single high school faces unexpected challenges.” At the link find the title, “The price of admission, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files The-price-of-admission.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbine Shooter Mother 57 mins – “Sue Klebold, whose son Dylan was one of the Columbine shooters, talks about the junction between violence and mental illness. She’s interviewed by Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Sue Klebold, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436574.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Coder Stories 76 mins – “So you want to learn how to code, eh? This episode’s for you. I started coding at the age of twelve, when I started learning HTML and CSS so I could customize a website I built for a band I’d never listened to. Yes, I know that sounds stupid. I can explain (the story’s in the episode). When high school ended, I picked web development back up and built a freelance web design company with a friend. During the summer before college, we built a website for a local client and made money hand over fist. And by that, I mean we made $350 for around 100 hours of work. Woot, $3.50 an hour! Despite our incredibly low-balled quote, the project was a great learning experience, and I used what I learned to take on bigger projects when I was in college. For my final freelance project, I was able to charge over $2,500! Not bad for a college student….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow for Ep 106 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Confidence People 50 mins – “Maria Konnikova is a writer and journalist who focuses on psychology. She studied psychology and creative writing at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude. Maria is the author of The Confidence Game, which reveals how con artist, mastermind, and manipulation prey on our trust.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copyright and Creativity 13 mins“George Lucas built a whole new industry with Star Wars.” says Peter S. Menell, devoted science fiction fan and a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law, who studies copyright and intellectual property law. “But what funds that remarkable company is their ways of using copyright.” And he’s right. A third of the profits LucasFilm pulls in from Star Wars has come from merchandising alone. Not ticket sales, not DVDs, not video games or books. Toys, clothes, and weird tie-ins like tauntaun sleeping bags and wookie hair conditioner. But fans of Star Wars, and other stratospherically profitable creative universes, increasingly like to become creators within those universes. They write books, they make costumes, they direct spinoffs and upload them to YouTube. And sometimes they make money. How does law come into play when fans start to reinterpret intellectual property? We sat down with Menell to see where the tensions lie between the law, the courts, and the George Lucases of the world.” At the link right-click “download” near “Listen:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Dilemma 12 mins – “At last month’s London Book Fair special presentation on “The Data Dilemma,” Sybil Wong, Ph.D., Head of Marketing and Communications for Sparrho, called attention to the “irrelevance crisis” facing researchers in the lab and on campus. “208,000 new articles are published every month, though a typical researcher only reads about 22 articles per month – just over 0.0001% of new publications,” said Wong. In such a dark ocean of information, discoveries important to the researcher’s own work are easily overlooked. Machine curation, including text mining, may address the problem, though only up to a point. What a machine finds must be relevant or the human reader will dismiss it. Sparrho tackles the irrelevance crisis with an innovative personal recommendation platform for scientific content and opportunities. “Machines can more easily make stringent decisions on large volumes of entries and help find ‘unexpected’ results from sources that humans may be biased against or not know about, such as smaller journals,” she explained.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dirty Jobs 141 mins – “Mike Rowe (@mikeroweworks) is perhaps the best storyteller and pitchman I’ve ever had on the show. You might know Mike from his eight seasons of Dirty Jobs, but that’s just a tiny piece of the story. His performing career began in 1984 when he faked his way into the Baltimore Opera to get his union card and meet girls, both of which he accomplished during a performance of Rigoletto. His transition to television occurred in 1990 when — to settle a bet — he auditioned for the QVC Shopping Channel and was promptly hired after talking about a pencil for nearly eight minutes. There, he worked the graveyard shift for three years, until he was ultimately fired for making fun of products and belittling viewers. Now, he is a massively successful TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor, and spokesman….” At the link find the title, “The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe,” right-click “Media files Tim_Ferriss_Show_Mike_Rowe.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Distracted Drivers 36 mins – “Texting while behind the wheel is illegal in most states. Warnings abound about the risks of distracted driving; Texting alone can make you twenty-three times more likely to crash. And yet drivers are still doing it. A lot. New numbers say 70% of crashes could be due to distracted driving. And it’s not just teens. Meanwhile, traffic fatalities overall are rising sharply. Many experts now say the problem has reached crisis levels, and requires radical new thinking. One proposed solution: a device that lets police officers view cell phone activity after a crash, the way a breathalyzer checks for alcohol levels. What it will take to meaningfully reduce distracted driving.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy if included in the blog archive.

Distracted Driving 23 mins – “The “textalyzer” is a roadside test for your phone to see if you’ve been texting while driving. The device is a proposal in New York state but has people across North America talking. Privacy advocates say the “textalyzer” is invasive and unnecessary.” At the link find the title, “’Textalyzer’ device to catch texting and driving prompts privacy concerns, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160506_42946.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Divorce Finances 32 mins – “Married young with two kids, Margaret and Leif Jacobsen navigated different class backgrounds and a mixed-race relationship in the pursuit of a life together. When they decided to divorce, a true friendship emerged from the ashes.” At the link find the title, “Independence Day : Divorce, Finance & Friendship, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files PNC5057184055.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Fallacies 67 mins – “Arnold Kling, economist and author, speaks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Specialization and Trade: A Reintroduction to Economics. Kling argues that macroeconomics ignores the challenges of buyers and sellers working together in the real world of specialization and trade. Instead, most macroeconomic theories struggle to incorporate the differences across workers and products. Kling points the listener toward a different perspective on macroeconomics and the business cycle that focuses on those differences. Kling also lays out related insights on political economy as well as his take on G.A. Cohen’s parable of the camping trip.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Science 49 mins – “This week on the Naked Scientists, we’ve got science on trial! We look at real case studies, finding out how forensics can both help and hinder criminal investigations, including the insects who are first on the scene, how your phone can tell tales, and why DNA can lead you on a wild goose chase.” AT the link right-click “Download as mp3” and elect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fusion Power 22 mins – “They said it couldn’t be done: Nuclear fusion. We visit scientists building a clean power plant that’s hotter than the sun — but can they ever deliver? Then: the strange world of cold fusion, the people who hate it and the billionaires betting on it.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound file and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gambling in America 52 mins – “…On this episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the history of Gambling in America. We look at how speculators bet on land–America’s most plentiful commodity–and created the “first” stock market. The Guys also uncover how gambling, once outlawed throughout much of the U.S., has become a major source of revenue for cash-strapped communities. From Native American gaming to the rise of Las Vegas, this episode unpacks how some Americans found opportunity in gambling, while others lost big.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

General Custer 52mins – “Even in his lifetime, George Armstrong Custer was controversial. He was ambitious and flamboyant as well as courageous and talented. Though largely remembered for his death at the Little Bighorn, T.J. Stiles’ paints a fuller picture of Custer’s colorful and complicated life. Stiles says Custer lived at a “frontier in time.” He helped usher in the modern American era, but couldn’t quite adapt to the modernity he helped create. Stiles joins us Thursday to talk about his new book “Custer’s Trials.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grit 46 mins – “Grit is the new buzzword for success: At work, in school, in the gym. The research shows that grit really does matter after all. More than intelligence. More than talent. Even more than hard work. It’s a combination of unshakable motivation, persistence, and determination. And the belief that improvement is always possible. Maybe, it’s grit that can set you apart. Up next On Point: True grit.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guerrilla Marketing 54 mins – “Imagine your business making a big impact solving problems like hunger, poverty, war, violence, and catastrophic climate change while making a healthy profit. A new book by Shel Horowitz and Jay Conrad Levinson, “Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World”, shows dozens of practical examples of successful companies doing well by doing good—from solopreneurs to Fortune 100 global corporations. Learn how to: create projects (and products) that accomplish social change, profitability, and cost reduction all at once; green your company in ways that save money and make money; gain enormous positive reputation as a visionary company worth supporting; expand successfully into totally new markets through strategic thinking, powerful partnerships, and commitment to core principles; turn marketing from a cost to a revenue stream; and embrace abundance and transformation—and stop worrying about market share.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Industry 49 mins – “From Revolutionary War militias to cowboys of the Wild West, guns are often associated with American history and identity. But a new examination of gun industry archives reveals that marketing strategies helped promote these narratives. Gun sales dwindled after the civil war. In an effort to increase sales, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and other businesses helped promote a widespread love of guns through advertisements. And salesmen marketed firearms as essential to self-reliant Americans. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with historian Pamela Haag about her new book on the history of U.S. gun culture.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy if included in the blog archive.

Hamilton Play 58 mins – “Author Ron Chernow discusses his 2004 book, [Alexander Hamilton], which has been adapted into the Broadway musical, “Hamilton.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Ron Chernow, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436397.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Act of Canada 55 mins – “Some prominent Indigenous Canadians discuss the wounds still afflicting First Nations people, the ways they need the government and Canadians at large to make amends, and the hopes they have for the future.” At the link find the title, “The Enright FilesThe Enright Files on Reconciliation, Redress & Restitution for Canada’s First Nations, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160502_45237.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Issues 49 mins – “Yesterday President Obama announced the US will send 250 military personnel to help in the struggle against ISIS in Syria. As with the 50 already there these forces, he said, will not be ‘leading the fight on the ground’, but will be working to cement recent gains by providing critical assistance to local troops. President Obama remains opposed to any large scale US troop involvement, but is pressing our European allies and NATO to do more. Join us for an update on the battle against ISIS and new efforts to undermine its power and influence in the region and beyond.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy if included in the blog archive.

Legionnaires Disease 22 mins – “The Bellevue-Stratford opened in 1904 and quickly became one of the most luxurious hotels of its time, rivaling the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The building was an incredible work of French Renaissance architecture. It was 19 stories high, had over a thousand guest rooms, light fixtures designed by Thomas Edison, and what was said to be the most lavish and magnificent ballroom in the United States. It hosted guests from around the world, including royalty, world leaders, and the magnificently wealthy. The hotel came to be known as “The Grand Dame of Broad Street.” The hotel went through some hard times during the Great Depression and then again in the 1950s and 60s, losing some of its luster from the early days. But it was always considered one of the nicest places to stay in Philadelphia. That is, until 1976, when the Bellevue-Stratford found itself at the epicenter of a series of mysterious deaths that terrified the country and stumped everyone trying to find answers.”  At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaysia Flight 370 26 mins – “The question is astonishingly simple: In the year 2015, with GPS and satellites and global surveillance everywhere all the time, how does a massive airplane simply go missing? To find the answer, writer Bucky McMahon boarded one of the vessels searching for Malaysia Air 370 in one of the most isolated and treacherous stretches of ocean on the planet. In telling the story of the search crew and the massive amounts of technology, money, and human capital being spent trying to find this airplane, McMahon tells a story of our time—of a world completely dependent on nets of redundant technology, yet completely lost and broken when those nets suddenly break. McMahon joins host David Brancaccio to discuss his October 2015 story, “The Plane at the Bottom of the Ocean.” At the link find the title, “The Plane at the Bottom of the Ocean, by Bucky McMahon, May , 2016,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/13153/3221565/The-Plane-on-the-Bottom-of-the-Ocean-by-Bucky-McMahon.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop- up menu.

MCAT Myths for Premeds 62 mins – “In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Brett Ferdinand who has turned into one of the biggest prep gurus. He is the man behind the Gold Standard and MCAT-Prep.com. Today, they cover a countdown of the Ten Myths of the new MCAT. Brett has a vast experience in the MCAT space including the creation of the MCAT online video library even before YouTube existed. They have also developed their online practice tests even before the AAMC made the MCAT a computer-based test. Today, they offer 7 full-length tests and one free abbreviated test that you can practice with. With over 6,000 practice questions, students will get a balance between knowledge-based questions, application questions, and full-length exams. It’s not just about performing better for the MCAT but about making yourself a better doctor one day.” At the link find the title, “180 : 10 Common MCAT Myths,” right-click “Media files PMY180.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moral Limits of Markets 60 mins – “Michael Sandel is one of the world’s most acclaimed and popular political philosophers. He has given the Reith lectures, been called “the most influential foreign figure of the year” by China Newsweek, and his online video lectures for Harvard University attract millions of viewers. His book ‘Justice’ was an international bestseller. Now he turns his attention to the markets. In this special Intelligence Squared event from 2013 he discussed his provocative new book, ‘What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets’. Should we pay children to get good grades? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, or selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay? Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? Sandel argued that market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life – medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. So what is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honour and money cannot buy?” At the link click “Download” and select “Save File” and”OK” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Issue 56 mins – “While these two Muslim groups have often co-existed peacefully over the course of history, in our time, sectarian differences have risen and boiled over, resulting in conflicts across the Middle East. Our guest is a longtime Middle East scholar who examines the religious, economic, and political factors involved. Geneive Abdo, fellow at The Atlantic Council researching Iran and political Islam. She was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative aiming to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies. Before joining the U.N., Abdo was a foreign correspondent for twenty years, focusing on the Middle East and the Muslim world. She is the author of three books on the subject, and is here in New Hampshire speaking at the World Affairs Council’s spring ‘Global Tipping Points’ program.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open University 27 mins – “Alan Bassindale is the retired Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, at Open University, a distance & learning university based in Milton Keynes, England. With a current enrollment of over 200,000, this experiment in open enrollment has expanded opportunities of higher education to a world-wide community. Bassindale talks about the advantages and challenges to this educational institution which was modeled on American universities.At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pakistan – India – China 57 mins – “Experts discuss U.S. relations with India, China, and Pakistan and will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the United States in light of changing regional geopolitics. This symposium is made possible through the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.” Right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Vice President 64 mins – “Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado discusses the political, economic, and foreign policy issues facing Panama and the region, including the impact of the Panama Papers, the ongoing reform efforts of the Varela administration, and the economic benefits from the anticipated expansion of the Panama Canal, to be launched this summer.” Right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parkinson Life 49 mins – “More than 20 years ago, journalist Michael Kinsley, founder of Slate and contributor to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. For several years, he kept the diagnosis private, preferring to avoid what he calls “aggressive victimhood.” Eight years later, though, he went public in a TIME magazine piece titled, “In Defense of Denial.” Now in his sixties, he calls himself “a scout for his generation,” experiencing in his fifties what fellow baby boomers won’t experience until decades later. He says the competition among his peers shouldn’t be about longevity but instead about cognition. A conversation with journalist Michael Kinsley on lessons learned from his early journey into old age. At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy if included in the blog archive.

Peacemaker 24 mins – “Padraig O’Malley, the behind-the-scenes “peacemaker”, has a gift for bringing together people in conflict – from Northern Ireland, to South Africa and Iraq. His own struggle with alcoholism offered lessons to learn how to reconcile big differences.” At the link find the title, “’Peacemaker’ Padraig O’Malley uses addiction treatment to help bitter enemies, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160503_20284.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Analysis 57mins – “Gaius Publius — Professional writer of stories, poems, and books on education & technology. Currently writes for Digby’s Hullaballoo, Down with Tyranny, Crooks and Liars and Naked Capitalism Follow @Gaius_Publius and his tumblr page, GaiusPublius See A Look Ahead: Coming to the Philadelphia Crossroads and The Rebellion Won’t Go Away” At the link find the title, “Gaius Publius Virtually Speaking Sundays, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files avedon-carol-and-gaius-publius-virtually-speaking-sundays.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Politics 57 mins – “In this tumultuous election, delegate math has a source of contention, with some calling the process rigged and many Americans scratching their heads about how much their votes matter. And while the Indiana primary may have quelled some uncertainty for the GOP, questions remain. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the delegate hunt continues. [with] Chris Galdieri, assistant professor of politics at Saint Anselm College, specializing in presidential politics. Ben Kamisar, campaign reporter for the Hill. Josh Putnam, lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia who runs FrontloadingHQ, a blog about the delegate system that tracks the presidential primary calendar.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Press Freedom 57mins – “Following the unveiling of the Newseum’s updated press freedom map, reflecting changes in the state of world press freedom in 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Priest moderated a program examining press freedom throughout the world. Panelists included ProPublica president Richard Tofel, award-winning independent journalist Anna Therese Day, Freedom House vice president for analysis Vanessa Tucker and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reporter Will Fitzgibbon.” At the link find the title, “Spotlight on Freedom, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files IM_20160427.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protein Complexity 12 mins – “…For a long time, one thing seemed fairly solid in biologists’ minds: Each gene in the genome made one protein. The gene’s code was the recipe for one molecule that would go forth into the cell and do the work that needed doing, whether that was generating energy, disposing of waste, or any other necessary task. The idea, which dates to a 1941 paper by two geneticists who later won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their work, even has a pithy name: “one gene, one protein.” Over the years, biologists realized that the rules weren’t quite that simple. Some genes, it turned out, were being used to make multiple products. In the process of going from gene to protein, the recipe was not always interpreted the same way. Some of the resulting proteins looked a little different from others. And sometimes those changes mattered a great deal. There is one gene, famous in certain biologists’ circles, whose two proteins do completely opposite things. One will force a cell to commit suicide, while the other will stop the process. And in one of the most extreme examples known to science, a single fruit fly gene provides the recipe for more than 38,000 different proteins….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling Myths 60 mins – “The truth can be difficult to hear. It’s even harder when somebody kicks a sacred green cow like recycling. When John Buffington wrote to me about his new book saying recycling is a myth standing in the way to a greener world, I got defensive. When he told me he was a corporate exec for a major American beer company, I told him “no”. But Jack, as he’s called, is also a post doctoral researcher at one of the premier universities in Sweden, the country with the lowest landfill rate in the world. Add that to my own doubts that what I “recycle” is actually heading anywhere useful, and here we go, with the new book “The Recycling Myth: Disruptive Innovation to Improve the Environment”.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” towards the top of the page and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Crises 46 mins – “The European Union was supposed to unite the continent so closely that it could not be divided by war or tribalism. But Europe is looking awfully divided these days. Politicians and people from England to Hungary are taking extreme nationalist political views toward refugees. My guest today says the US has a deep stake in a united Europe, and needs to help Europe help the refugees. This hour On Point: America and the crisis in Europe.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robots in Movies 20 mins – “Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors — discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures. This week: “Klaatu barada nikto!” Charlie Callas cashes a check! And Jeff Ross roasts the Caped Crusader!” At the link find the title, “Mini-Ep #58: Robots Redux and Legends of the Superheroes,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/12243/3247429/c2870493-2ae5-48bb-bb1d-fa5c06580547.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seal Hunters 27 mins – “If the Inuit want to keep their indigenous culture, does that mean they can’t make money at the same time? Alethea Arniquq-Baril turns her lens on the fight over the sealing industry arguing the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic are collateral damage.” At the link find the title, “’Angry Inuk’ argues anti-seal hunt campaign hurts Canadian Inuit life, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160504_18314.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Assaults on Campus 53 mins – “This month, The Salt Lake Tribune has been following the story of BYU students who say they’ve been punished under the school’s honor code because they reported sexual assaults. Some of the questions these women are facing have been experienced around the country: will they be believed, shamed or blamed for being a victim? Tuesday, we’re asking how LDS culture and theology of chastity complicates this, and if there are lessons from the Mormon experience that might help challenge assumptions about rape in America.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicides in America 49 mins – “The suicide rate in the U.S. is at its highest level in nearly 30 years. In the 1980s and 1990s the suicide rate declined. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows suicides rose by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014. The sharpest increases were among middle-aged Americans and young girls, though the number of suicides in the latter group remains small. Experts say suicide involves a complex set of factors, and rarely does a single life event cause someone to take his or her life. Join guest host Ray Suarez and a panel of [4] suicide experts to explain what’s behind the rise and to talk about prevention.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy if included in the blog archive.

Tampon Tax 54 mins – “Today, we catch up with the growing movement to get over the shame and secrecy and acknowledge that women menstruate…including a look into why tampons and pads are taxed as luxury goods in 40 states. Plus, working out while pregnant. Even though the science says elite female athletes can train pretty hard, even in the third trimester, society doesn’t always agree. Listen to the full show.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taxing the Rich 39 mins – “An audience with David Stasavage – a unique opportunity to hear him discuss his latest book: Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe. Taxing the Rich draws on unparalleled evidence from twenty countries over the last two centuries to provide the broadest and most in-depth history of progressive taxation available.” At the link find the title, “Taxing the rich: A history of fiscal fairness in the United States and Europe, May, 2016” right-click “Media files 262433469-uniofbath-taxing-the-rich-a-history-of-fiscal-fairness-in-the-united-states-and-europe.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tortillas Value 16 mins – “anything else involving a traditionally made corn tortilla, your taste buds get to experience the results of an ancient chemical process called nixtamalization. The technique dates to around 1500 BCE and involves cooking corn kernels with an alkaline substance, like lime or wood ash, which makes the dough softer, tastier, and much more nutritious. Only in the 20th century did scientists figure out the secret of nixtamalization—the process releases niacin, one of the essential B vitamins. Our guest, archaeologist and nixtamalization expert Rachel Briggs, says that the historical chemical process transformed corn from a regular food into a viable dietary staple, one that cultures around the world continue to rely on for many of their calories. Without nixtamalization Mesoamerican civilizations like the Maya and the Aztec would not have survived, let alone flourished….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tudor Life 52 mins – “To understand how our forebears lived, of course you’ll read period records, diaries and literature. There would still be things you wouldn’t fully grasp though, like how they smelled. So when historian Ruth Goodman wanted to understand 16th century English life, she “tudored.” She skipped bathing, brushed her teeth with soot, and slept on rushes. The result of her adventure is a new book called How to Be a Tudor, and Wednesday she joins Doug for a dawn-to-dusk guide to Tudor life….Ruth Goodman is an historian of British social and domestic life. She has presented a number of BBC television series, including Tudor Monastery Farm. She’s the author of How to Be a Victorian…and her new book How to Be a Tudor….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Currency History 51 mins – “the U.S. Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Originally, the Treasury was considering giving Alexander Hamilton the boot from the $10, but it seems the runaway Broadway hit about his life helped to secure his spot. In this episode, we evaluate America’s relationship with money, exploring the transformations of currency over the centuries. The Guys and their guests discuss the profusion of currencies in the past, and consider how Americans decided which ones to trust.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaxxed Movie 96 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler Guest: Nina MartinNina Martin joins the TWiV team to talk about the movie Vaxxed, her bout with dengue fever, and the latest research on Zika virus.”

Vitamins and Supplements 78 mins – “More than half of Americans use vitamins or supplements, spending over $9.4 billion a year. Dr. Jeffrey Tice takes a look at which are encouraged, which are discouraged and which have no benefit. He covers antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin D and Calcium and Omega 3. Recorded on 03/08/2016.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voice Structure 39 mins – “What makes our speaking voices so distinctive and so recognisable? How can we transform the way we use our voice? Coinciding with a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, This Is A Voice is a book by Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes offering 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Desalination 20 mins – “’Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.’ So lamented Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ancient mariner 210 years ago. Today’s scientific advances in water desalination promise to edit that script into “and every drop to drink,” dramatically increasing our ability to transform sea water into fresh water and quench the thirst of 1.2 billion people facing shortages of water….” At the link right-click “Listen to podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Issues 20mins – “From San Diego to Santiago to Seville to Sydney, billions of people are facing shortages of clean water. More than one billion people have no access to clean drinking water. And things are getting worse.” At the link right-click “Listen to podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Solutions 20 mins – “As wagon trains of pioneers headed West to settle the American frontier, they encountered oceans of grass swaying in the wind in the prairies. This grass grew 7-10 feet high — almost to the second story windows on a modern house. Much of that green ocean consisted of switch grass. Today switch grass is looking greener than ever to new generations of pioneers. Those pioneers are chemists, chemical engineers, and other scientists who are searching for solutions to the challenges of global warming.” At the link right-click “Listen to podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weight Loss Battle 47 mins – “It takes a lot of courage to step on the scale on The Biggest Loser TV show. Sean Algier dropped 155 pounds after grueling training regimen. And then, gained it all back and a little more. Don’t blame donuts. It’s his metabolism that’s done him in. We’ll unpack the physiology and psychology of weight loss. Later in the hour, we’ll take a deep dive into American food culture with the author of Devoured. This hour On Point: Weighing weight loss.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine Fraud 24 mins – “The biggest wine fraud in history is the subject of a new documentary, called “Sour Grapes.” It’s a story about the astronomically wealthy, an obsession with fine wines worth tens-of-thousands of dollars and the con man who duped them all.” At the link find the title, “Sour Grapes documentary uncorks high-end world of fine wine fraud, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160505_36658.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Winter Fortress 66 mins – “In early 1942, the U.S. and Great Britain work together to develop the Atomic Bomb, but London needs to make sure Nazi Germany doesn’t get there first. Today’s guest is author Neal Bascomb. We discuss his new book, out today, The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb.” At the link find the title, “Episode 162-The Winter Fortress Interview with Neal Bascomb,” right-click “Media files Bascomb_Interview_5316” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 234 – May 6, 2016: Addiction Perspective, African Language, Agro Tourism, Alzheimer’s Gene, Animal Thought, Apple Engineer, Aquaponics, Astronomy Research, Australia Asylum Seekers, Beyonce Lemonade, Beyond Binary, Biotech Startup Story, Brazil Politics, British History Podcast, Broadband Fiber Failure, Burglar’s Guide to the City, Cadmium Telluride, California El Nino Impact, Cancer Moon Shot, Career Breaks, Catching the Sun, Censorship Awards, Charter Schools, Chernobyl, Climate Science by Bill Nye, Conservative’s Plea, Crime Lab Director Story, Demographics, Detroit Recovery, Doctors’ Strike, Ecigarette Use, Educating Millions, Electric Bicycles, Electric Grid Attacks, Euclid’s Elements, Exercise and Brain Functions, Favela Life, Fiscal Austerity, Floating Bridges, Grocery Smuggling, Gun Control, Gut Worm Benefits, Health Biomarkers, Holograph Future, ISIS Questions, Journalist, Hazards, Lesley Stahl Grandparenting, Library Survival, Linux, LittleBits for School, Malaria Initiative, Marijuana Legalization, Medical Insights, Medical Literature Growth, Meditation Introduction, Metal Detector Treasure, Mexican Students Abduction, Middle Class Crisis, Migrant Workers in Canada, Moonshot Factory Lessons, Myopia, National parks, Neurobiology Future, Neurodiversity, Nigerian Presidential Candidate, Online News Trends, Opioid Crisis, Pigeon Milk and Ginko Seeds, Presidential Power, Purposeful Practice, Putin’s Russia, Refugee Debate, Saudi Arabia Economy, School Creativity, Science History in France, Seed Stocks, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Social Media Control, Steel, Suicide, Synthetic Biology for Space, Third Wave, Trech Medics, Virtual Reality, Water Technology in Los Vegas, Young Africans Connect

The best 88 podcasts from a larger group of 235 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded piecemeal here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 300 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Addiction Perspective 4 mins – “Many years ago, when I was in graduate school, a professor asked me why Americans feared some drugs more than others. Timidly, I mumbled something about the dangers of addiction. My professor smiled, in the knowing but slightly patronizing way that teachers correct their students. “It’s not about the drug,” he said. “It’s about who uses it.”…” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archhive.

African Language 27 mins – “BBC presenter Nkem Ifejika cannot speak Igbo the language of his forefathers. He wants to know why he was never taught Igbo as a child and travels to the Igbo heartland in the south-east of Nigeria to explore the demise of a once proud language. He discovers that recent history has had profound effects on Igbo culture and identity. He discovers too that some Igbos are seeking to reassert their language and culture.” At the link find the title, “Forgetting Igbo, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03s8wpk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agro Tourism 57 mins – “From petting zoos to pick-your-own, farmers across New Hampshire are diversifying in new ways to stay afloat. But that’s raising tensions in some towns, where neighbors say large-scale events like weddings can be a nuisance. We look at the impact of a recent state Supreme Court ruling on the issue and how lawmakers are exploring solutions.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s Gene 28 mins – “If you knew you had a 50/50 chance of developing Alzheimer’s, would you take a test to find out in advance? It’s a real life dilemma for families living with a rare variation of Alzheimer’s known as Autosomal-Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease – or A.D.A.D.” At the link find the title, “Family places hope in drug trial for hereditary Alzheimer’s gene mutation – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160426_29805.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Thought 37 mins – “Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).” At the link find the title, “Different Minds: The Wide World of Animal Smarts, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple Engineer P2 93 mins – “The continuation of Leo Laporte’s interview with the legendary Bill Atkinson, writer of the original QuickDraw, MacPaint, and HyperCard.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aquaponics 74 mins – This multi-topic presentation segment lasts ten minutes and starts at the forty minute mark. “Leo shows a kindergarten teacher how to build a Minecraft server, a School Grown Aquaponics project, the best new tech from the NAB conference, and Scott Jung with the latest Med Tech.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select ‘Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Astronomy Research 14 mins – “Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea would require extraordinary evidence. In this talk, Boyajian gives us a look at how scientists search for and test hypotheses when faced with the unknown.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia Asylum Seekers 25 mins – “For years, successive Australian governments diverted boatloads of refugees to camps on two remote islands, to hold them in indefinite detention. No information is allowed out but filmmaker Eva Orner found a way to document the devastating conditions.” At the link find the title, “Documentary reveals remote island camps where Australia sends asylum seekers – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160427_99242.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade 25 mins – “Millions watched Beyoncé’s new “visual album” Lemonade when she released it last Saturday. And for many black women, they saw something in the music and film they seldom see in popular culture. They saw their own lives reflected back at them.” At the link find the title, “Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ gives black women in Canada a lot to savour – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160429_34601.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beyond Binary 50 mins – “In communities around the globe, non-binary people are rejecting the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’, and attempting to redefine gender identity. Linda Pressly hears stories from activists who are part of this contemporary movement, and from those trying to live free from the constraints of the expectations of gender.” At the link find the title, “Beyond Binary, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03s4mkj.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biotech Startup Story 58 mins – “DJ Kleinbaum, co-founder of Emerald Therapeutics, shares how his company balances growth to drive biotechnology breakthroughs, while supporting a culture that honors fresh-eyes thinking and the sharing of contrarian truths. Kleinbaum also discusses defining what makes your company different, and why “Eroom’s Law” looms large for the future of drug development.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Politics 56 mins – “CFR’s Shannon K. O’Neil analyzes of the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and the implications for Brazil’s economy and its ability to govern in the coming months.”

British History Podcast 46 mins – “To celebrate the 200th episode, I took questions from the community which gave me a good excuse to complain about bad GI Joe villains, Rome, Lack of Sources, Rome, and a dearth of available female historical figures to crush on…. and Rome. (It was bad, you guys.) Guest spots from… Jamie Redfern of A History of the United States Podcast, Joe Steckert of Interesting Times Podcast, and Lucy Koger of Great Battles of History Podcast.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Fiber Failure 60 mins – “The U.S. still lags behind much of the developed world in terms of the speed and density of its internet infrastructure. In the 21st Century this disparity in access to high speed internet could stand as a critical challenge to competitiveness in many areas, from industry and commerce, to healthcare and education, to civic life and culture. In this conversation, Susan Crawford — John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Center — discusses the potential futures we face as we consider how to invest in the wires that bring us our internet.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Indiana 25 mins – “Broadband in Indiana “When Valparaiso, Indiana looked into solutions for a business that needed better Internet connectivity than incumbent providers were willing to reasonably provide, it quickly found that many businesses were lacking the access they needed. The market was broken; this wasn’t an isolated incident. Valparaiso General Counsel & Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp joins us to discuss what Valparaiso is doing to ensure its businesses have the access they need in episode 199 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the need from local businesses and the dark fiber approach Valparaiso has started to encourage better choices in the ISP market. We also discuss the funding mechanism, which is tax-increment financing – a tool increasingly common in building dark fiber networks in Indiana.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burglar’s Guide to the City 60 mins – “The relationship between burglary and architecture is far from abstract. While it is easy to focus merely on questions of how burglars use or abuse the built environment — looking for opportunities of illicit entrance — burglary, in fact, requires architecture. It is an explicitly spatial crime, one that cannot exist without a threshold to cross, without “the magic of four walls,” as at least one legal theorist has written. In this talk Geoff Manaugh — author of the new book A Burglar’s Guide to the City, — discusses more than 2000 years’ worth of heists and break-ins, shedding light on everything from the complicated legal definition of an interior space, to the everyday tools burglars use to gain entry.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burglary Book 24 mins – “Every city that boasts beautiful buildings and breathtaking skyscapes is also a tease for burglars who love a puzzle. Where we see soaring architecture, they see nefarious opportunity. The Current takes a guided tour of a burglar’s city.” At the link find the title, “How burglars use city architecture as opportunity for heists and escapes – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160426_43052.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cadmium Telluride 7 mins – “Neither the metal cadmium nor the metalloid tellurium are everyday elements, though a small amount of cadmium was used in the now largely obsolete nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries, and tellurium may be lurking in re-writable CDs and DVDs. But together, in cadmium telluride, they provide a material that can increasingly be seen in arrays of panels, catching the rays of the sun. Because cadmium telluride is one of the leading semiconductors used to convert sunlight to electricity in photovoltaic cells. The idea of using a semiconductor to produce electricity from light goes back a surprisingly long way, decades before Einstein would explain the photoelectric effect in the paper that won him the Nobel prize. For example, the American engineer Charles Fritts described a working ‘selenium photocell’ in the American Journal of Science in 1883. But realistic devices making use of the way that electrons could be boosted free of a molecular structure by the energy in photons of light only started to become practical, rather than interesting demonstrations, in the 1950s. The driver initially for the development of solar cells was the need to provide electricity to satellites. Conventional batteries alone were heavy and short lasting. Over 60 per cent of the mass of the very first orbiting artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was in its batteries, which gave out after just 22 days of use. But if the power for a satellite could be derived from sunlight, the probe could operate far longer. What’s more, outside the inconvenient disruption of weather in the atmosphere, solar cells in space could be far more effective….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Cadmium_telluride.mp3 ,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California El Nino Impact 69 mins – “Join Michael Carlin, COO of San Francisco PUC Water and Power, Patrick Koepele and Peter Drekmeier, executive director and policy director respectively of the Tuolumne River Trust, for an end-of-April 2016 report on what has happened with El Nino, the weather and the snow pack, as well as the continuing effects of the Yosemite Rim Fire to ease drought problems and bring water and growth cycles much needed in California at large and the Bay Area and the Central Valley specifically. Our speakers have extensive experience in the history and currency of California land, rivers, coastal areas and mountains as well as our urban areas, rivers and agriculture. What do we know from science, projected demands and expectations and forecasts for California water now and in the future?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Moon Shot 16 mins – “By leading an unprecedented group of companies, institutions, and scientists in Cancer Moonshot 2020, Patrick Soon-Shiong has set out to change cancer care forever. Here’s how he plans to do it.” At the link find the title, “A Biotech Billionaire’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’, April, 2016,” right-click “Media files 861845.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Career Breaks 12 mins – “If you’ve taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen’s own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of “relaunchers” and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Catching the Sun 57 mins – “Can we build a green economy and fight pollution at the same time? Is energy policy also social policy? Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, “Catching the Sun” explores the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Tune in as we talk with the film’s director, Shalini Kantayya.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Censorship Awards 27 mins – “Each year Index on Censorship honours activists who have been at the forefront of tackling censorship globally. The awards for digital advocacy are presented at a ceremony in London on 13 April. Click hears from Jodie Ginsberg from Index on Censorship. Bolo Bhi is one of the nominees of the Freedom of Expression Awards. Bolo Bhi, from Pakistan, is a women-lead digital rights campaign group who have orchestrated an impressive effort to turn back the Pakistan government’s draconian attempt to censor the internet. Colin Grant talks to Farieha Aziz from Bolo Bhi. The Tribeca Film Festival is at the cutting edge of virtual reality film making. This year’s festival includes Storyscapes, a number of innovative projects using tech and VR to tell stories. They include the Argus Project – the story behind a wearable exo-suit with dozens of surveillance cameras embedded in it so that it acts as a citizens’ version of the police body camera. Lauren Hutchinson reports from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” nd select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charter Schools 180 mins – “Charter schools, introduced to the U.S. in the 1980s, were conceived as laboratories of experimentation in instruction, integration, and school leadership. Over time, they have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional public schools. As of this year, charters account for approximately six percent of all public school students, and President Obama’s proposed budget includes $375 million for charter schools—a 48 percent increase from the previous year. What does the future hold for this model in American schooling? What are charter schools doing well and where do they need to do better? On April 26, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a forum to examine charter schools in America. This event, the seventh in the A. Alfred Taubman Forum on Public Policy series, convened leaders from various perspectives to explore the role, effectiveness, and future of charter schools in the U.S. education system. At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu

Chernobyl 9 mins – “On April 26, 1986, a routine test on reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went horribly wrong. The reactor in Ukraine, in the old Soviet Union, went into meltdown. It became the world’s worst peacetime nuclear disaster. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview. A power surge during the test led to a rupture and a series of steam explosions. There was a massive leak of radiation, leading to fallout eventually landing all across Europe….” t the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change by Bill Nye 41 mins – “[10m intro] We talk to Bill Nye about climate change denial and what we can do to fight it.” At the link find the title, “130 Bill Nye – Fighting Climate Denial, Apr, 2016, Right-click “Media files dcdd4546-735b-4bfb-85c2-326e6498feee.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservative’s Plea 14 mins – “Conservatives and liberals both believe that they alone are motivated by love while their opponents are motivated by hate. How can we solve problems with so much polarization? In this talk, social scientist Arthur Brooks shares ideas for what we can each do as individuals to break the gridlock. “We might just be able to take the ghastly holy war of ideology that we’re suffering under and turn it into a competition of ideas,” he says.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crime Lab Director Story 13 mins – “As a young chemist working for the state crime lab, Bill Harwood is unexpectedly called to a crime scene. Lt. Bill Harwood is the director of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. He has over 26 years of experience in forensics and law enforcement. Lt. Harwood began his career as a forensic chemist at the Crime Laboratory in 1989 after graduating from the University of Maine at Orono with degrees in Medical Technology and Zoology. He examined physical evidence and testified as an expert witness over the next 5 years….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Demographics 37 mins – “The Future History Festival Edition, Slate Money live with Rose Eveleth and Gideon Lichfield.” At the link find the title, “The Future History Festival Edition,” right-click “Media files SM8711453388.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Recovery 87 mins – “Having emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, Detroit is now on surer financial footing and experiencing an economic resurgence. Due much in part to an unprecedented collaboration among philanthropy, business, and government, Detroit is benefiting from private and public sector investments downtown and across its neighborhoods. Today, there are revived neighborhoods, new businesses, a downtown innovation district, the M-1 RAIL transit corridor, and a spirit of creativity and entrepreneurialism. On Tuesday, April 26, the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution hosted an event about Detroit’s rebound.” At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctors Strike 11 mins – “Junior doctors are on strike in England. Why? Niall Boyce reports from the picket line at University College London Hospital, interviewing junior doctors Danny Bhagawati and Sophie Candfield, and BMA representative Yannis Gourtsoyannis.” At the link find the title, “Junior doctors’ strike: The Lancet: April 26, 2016,” right-click “Media files lancet_160426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ecigarette Use 15 mins – “Nicholas Hopkinson, reader in respiratory medicine at Imperial College London, joins us to explain why a new report from the Royal College of Physicians supports the role of electronic cigarettes as part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy.” At the link find the title, “Ecigarettes; “…the risk is 5% of that caused by smoking”Friday, April 29, 2016,” right-click “Media files 261508394-bmjgroup-ecigarettes-the-risk-is-5-of-that-caused-by-smoking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educating Millions 283 mins – “In 2015, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new global agenda that is more ambitious than the preceding Millennium Development Goals and aims to make progress on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Goal 4, “To ensure inclusive and quality education for all, with relevant and effective learning outcomes,” challenges the international education community to meet universal access plus learning by 2030. We know that access to primary schooling has scaled up rapidly over previous decades, but what can be learned from places where transformational changes in learning have occurred? What can governments, civil society, and the private sector do to more actively scale up quality learning? On April 18-19, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings launched “Millions Learning: Scaling Up Quality Education in Developing Countries,” a comprehensive study that examines where learning has improved around the world and what factors have contributed to that process. This two-day event included two sessions. Monday, April 18 focused on the role of global actors in accelerating progress to meeting the SDGs. The second session on Tuesday, April 19 included a presentation of the Millions Learning report followed by panel discussions on the role of financing and technology in scaling education in developing countries.” At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu

Electric Bicycles 4 mins – “In the search for energy efficient transportation we tend to overlook one of the simplest most cost effective means of getting from point A to point B: walking. A person can walk a mile on the energy contained in a single egg. On the other hand, a car that gets thirty miles to the gallon would require the energy found in a dozen eggs. Walking wins hands down. Of course, walking is slower, which is why we’re so quick to hop in the car. But there’s an alternative to walking that’s both faster and more energy efficient. That, of course, is bicycling, which cuts the walking fuel in half and makes bicycling one of the most energy efficient means of human transportation….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Grid Attacks 30 mins – “Ted Koppel talks about his book, [Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath], which examines the possibility of a cyberattack on the U.S. electrical grid.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Ted Koppel, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.433324.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Euclid’s Elements 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Euclid’s Elements, a mathematical text book attributed to Euclid and in use from its appearance in Alexandria, Egypt around 300 BC until modern times, dealing with geometry and number theory. It has been described as the most influential text book ever written. Einstein had a copy as a child, which he treasured, later saying “If Euclid failed to kindle your youthful enthusiasm, then you were not born to be a scientific thinker.” With Marcus du Sautoy – Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford; Serafina Cuomo – Reader in Roman History at Birkbeck University of London, And June Barrow-Green Professor of the History of Mathematics at the Open University” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exercise and Brain Functions 43 mins – “…One of the world’s foremost researchers on the subject of exercise and the brain is Dr. John Ratey, who is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He’s also my guest on the show today. In this episode, Dr. Ratey goes into detail about how exercise makes your brain stronger and more capable. My hope is that, after listening to this episode, you’ll be equipped with a more technical understanding of exercise’s pivotal role in brain health – which, in turn, should give you more ammunition for fighting your brain’s lazy excuses and getting your daily exercise in :)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Favela Life 25 mins – “All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro this summer, as Brazil hosts the Olympic games. The country has been hard at work burnishing its image in advance. The Current looks at a new documentary about the costs of cleaning up Rio’s favelas – a timely film.” At the link find the title, “Documentary exposes human cost of cleaning up Brazil’s favelas before Olympics – Apr, 2016,” “Media files current_20160429_46350.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fiscal Austerity 63 mins – “Alberto Alesina of Harvard University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his research on fiscal policy and austerity. Alesina’s research shows that spending cuts to reduce budget deficits are less harmful than tax increases. Alesina discusses the intuition behind this empirical finding and discusses other issues such as Greece’s financial situation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Floating Bridges 12 mins – “There are many floating bridges in use around the world, but the Seattle region has three large bridges of this design. The State Route 520 Bridge over Lake Washington, the Gov. Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, is the longest in the world. Heavily used and assaulted by wind and waves for more than five decades, this bridge has been replaced by a new facility. Here to tell us about this large and complex project is Julie Meredith, Washington State DOT Administrator of the SR 520 replacement program.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grocery Smuggling 38 mins – “A look inside a small, grassroots, international smuggling operation.” At the link find the title, “Pirate Needs Pirate (Season 3, Episode 3), Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT4772408185.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control 14 mins – “It doesn’t matter whether you love or hate guns; it’s obvious that the US would be a safer place if there weren’t thousands of them sold every day without background checks. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, makes a passionate, personal appeal for something that more than 90 percent of Americans want: background checks for all gun sales. “For every great movement around the world, there’s a moment where you can look back and say, ‘That’s when things really started to change,'” Gross says. “For the movement to end gun violence in America, that moment is here.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Worm Benefits 15 mins – “In 2010, a medical case report was published about a man with inflammatory bowel disease. The man had a serious case of a condition called ulcerative colitis, and was facing the prospect of having a section of his intestine completely removed. But remarkably, the man was able to cure himself and achieve almost complete remission – by infecting himself with parasitic worms. This month’s episode is about new research which may shed light on how a parasite can end up curing disease, rather than causing it.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Biomarkers 79 mins – “Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD, Founder, PERQUE Integrative Health; Faculty Member, Metabolic Medical Institute; Pioneer, Integrative Medicine Laboratory testing today is overly focused on statistics—health professionals tend to compare their patients’ results to statistical norms, which are skewed to a generally unhealthy population. This presentation highlights eight functional tests that are predictive of outcome, focus on goal values rather than normal values and clinically more useful in therapy. These functional, predictive tests assess individual needs that, when met, can minimize risk and enhance outcomes—critical for sustained health. When results are not at their “best outcome, least risk” goal value, it provides us opportunities to improve upon what we eat and drink, think and do, and to nudge the biomarkers back to their goal values.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Holograph Future 19 mins – “Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. Featuring Q&A with TED’s Helen Walters.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Questions 46 mins – “More American forces are headed out in the fight against the Islamic State. Last week, 200 more plus Apache helicopter gunships to Iraq to help retake Mosul. This week, yesterday, President Obama announced 250 more Special Operations forces headed into Syria to help take on ISIS. We know how these things can go. So, where exactly are the troops going? To do what? With what strategy? What endgame? This hour On Point: more U.S. troops in the fight against ISIS.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalist Hazards 57 mins – “The tragic killing of Charlie Sennott’s colleague, New Hampshire native James Foley, was the first exposure for most Americans to ISIS, and a turning point for news organizations who send journalists to the front lines. We speak with Sennott about his latest initiative to train a new generation of international correspondents in the digital age.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lesley Stahl Grandparenting 64 mins – “Lesley Stahl stands as an icon in the field of broadcast journalism. In 25 years as a “60 Minutes” correspondent, and prior to that as CBS News White House correspondent, she has interviewed the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat, and virtually every top U.S. official. Here’s a rare chance to hear Lesley Stahl unedited—on politics, media, the challenges facing women, and her own personal rise to success. She’ll also discuss what she says is her most transformative life experience: becoming a grandmother. Ms. Stahl says the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on grandparents and families in general are eye-opening. In her professional life, Lesley Stahl covered Watergate, the assassination attempt on President Reagan, and the 1991 Gulf War. Her “60 Minutes” pieces have encompassed terrorist capabilities to hack the U.S. infrastructure, a profile of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an inside look at Guantamo Bay Prison, and China’s huge real estate bubble.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Library Survival 20 mins – “The closing of half of Newfoundland and Labrador’s libraries has The Current asking what role do libraries play in the community? Is there a future for the institution in our communities and in our knowledge economy?” At the link find the title, “Can public libraries survive as an institution in the digital age? – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160429_74579.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux 22 mins – “Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer,” Torvalds says. “I’m perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds … but I’m looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall in.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LittleBits for School 31 mins – “At SXSWedu, we were fortunate to see littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir unveil the new littleBits STEAM set (watch here). In fact, we were quite impressed to hear about their gender neutral design and see examples of students using the sets to solve real problems. We immediately knew that we had to find out more about this invention-based learning tool, so we are proud to welcome littleBits’ Education Product Strategy Lead Erin Mulcahy and Product Designer Dave Sharp to Lab Out Loud. Listen now to learn how you might use the littleBits STEAM set to engage students in problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration through invention-based learning.

Malaria Initiative 17 mins – “Sir Richard Feachem discusses a review of the progress made globally in the eradication and elimination of malaria.” At the link find the title, “World Malaria Day: The Lancet: Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 25april.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization Debate 90 mins – “In case you haven’t noticed, America is in the midst of a marijuana revolution. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, and others may soon follow. Under federal law, however, marijuana remains classified as a highly dangerous Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Along with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, drugs in this category are deemed to have “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use,” two definitions that are argued about passionately by advocates on both sides of the issue….What are the potential pros and cons and costs and benefits of the federal government reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug? And how should the federal government respond to states passing laws at odds with its own? At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Insights 27 mins – “The Wellcome Book Prize for 2016 was won this week by neurologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan. Her book, It’s All in Your Head, tells the story of the third of patients who go to neurology clinics with symptoms such as paralysis, seizures or serious headaches, and yet unlike with other patients, doctors can’t find a physical cause for what they’re experiencing. Dr O’Sullivan told Claudia Hammond that although these conditions are described as psychosomatic these symptoms do exist. Psychological Support After Earthquakes People affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador and Nepal are still trying to rebuild their lives and to cope with the psychological impact of what’s happened to them. Sitting on the convergence of two tectonic plates, Taiwan is a country that experiences numerous earthquakes. Our Taipei correspondent Cindy Sui has been looking at what Taiwan has learnt over the past two decades about dealing with the psychological consequences of an earthquake. Spot Squeezing Videos There seems to be an online trend for watching online videos of huge spots being squeezed. Sites such as Dr Pimple Popper attract hundreds of thousands of viewers. Claudia discussed this fascination with Daniel Kelly from the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University, who is the author of a book on disgust called Yuck! and Dr Nisith Sheth, Consultant Dermatologist for the British Skin Foundation.” At the link find the title, “It’s In Your Head, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03sdx9r.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Medical Literature Growth 6 mins – Dr Mark Crislip describes the amount of literature he processes each week and describes a case in which only a tiny part of that amount was critical. At the link find the title, “A Gobbet o’ Pus 840: In Medicine You Can Never Know Enough, Apr 206” right-click “Media files gop840.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meditation Introduction 118 mins- “Lama Tsomo, Studied More than 20 years under Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, World Holder of the Namchak Lineage of Tibet Buddhism; Ordained in Nepal in 2005; Master’s in Counseling Psychology, Antioch University Lama Tsomo, one of the first American lamas ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and author of Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?, comes to the Club to introduce meditation in an accessible, non-religious way for people living and working in contemporary society. Originally trained as a counseling psychologist, Lama Tsomo started studying Buddhism in 1992, speaks fluent Tibetan, and was ordained in the Nyingma path in 2005. Scientific research now shows that meditation improves health, productivity, and happiness. In this two-hour workshop, Lama Tsomo will briefly introduce the benefits of meditation in her signature style, which is playful, rich in stories, and brings depth, and then focus on teaching a beginner-level meditation. She will also share ways to sustain a meditation practice over time and will discuss how practicing and studying with others in a learning circle can be tremendously beneficial for personal and spiritual development. There will also be a lively question and answer opportunity.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metal Detector Treasure 5 mins – “For some, the end of winter conjures thoughts of swimming at the lake or working in the garden. For others, the warm weather means it’s time to put fresh batteries in the metal detector. Retired firefighter Mike Cogan from Long Island hoists a metal detector over his shoulder and heads down the dirt road with 40 other metal detecting enthusiasts from around the country….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Students Abduction 7 mins – “A report released by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights investigating the disappearance of 43 Mexican students has sparked questions into how officials handled the case. The Current speaks with a member of the panel that issued the report.” At the link find the title, “Why 43 students disappeared in Mexico may never be known – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_80280.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Crisis 46 mins – “My guest, famed writer Neal Gabler, puts his own finances on the table to show just how bad it can be for the middle class now. Forty-seven percent of Americans say they couldn’t come up with $400 in an emergency. He’s one of them. This hour, On Point: the depth of financial insecurity in America’s middle class now.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant Workers in Canada 25 mins – “People from Indonesia to Jamaica come to Canada to work in greenhouses that dominate the landscape around Leamington, Ont. Filmmaker Min Sook Lee follows migrant workers indebted to their recruiters and unable to claim labour rights from their employers.” At the link find the title, “’Migrant Dreams’ broken as workers face exploitation on Ontario farms – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_43866.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moonshot Factory Lessons 16 mins – ““Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myopia 18 mins – “Short sightedness in children may have a bright and simple solution. As our urban kids spend less time outside, their eyes are growing abnormally from a lack of bright light. In this episode of Catalyst we look into the rise of myopia, and how scientists are finding a way to turn the tide on the epidemic.” At the link right-click “mp4” beside ”download video:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Parks 46 mins – “You know summer’s coming. You know you want to get out, maybe way out into the mountains and surf and splendor of the National Parks. The National Parks Service turns 100 this year. We’ve let a lot of maintenance go out in these beauties. And we’ve sometimes overwhelmed them. But they are still astounding beauties. This hour On Point: the pros from Outside Magazine tell us where to go, what to see, feel, smell, hear to get the most out of the National Parks now.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neurobiology Future 19 mins – “While the mega-banks were toppling in early 2009, Juan Enriquez took the stage to say: The really big reboot is yet to come. But don’t look for it on the stock exchange or the political ballot. It’ll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be … different.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neurodiversity P2 60 mins -”This week we’re exploring our evolving understanding of neurodiversity and the different ways people think. We’ve invited award winning science writer Steve Silberman back to continue the conversation about autism, neurodiversity, and his book “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nigerian Presidential Candidate 17 mins – “A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance to study in the United States. Nneze Akwiwu is currently a senior Biology major at Spelman College. She thinks of herself as a bubbly, outgoing and very family oriented individual. She has plans of becoming the first female president of Nigeria.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online News Issues 46 mins – “How we get the news in the digital era is still a question up for grabs. Newspapers have suffered and shrunk. The latest round of worry? That even digital natives in the news business– Mashable, Yahoo, Buzzfeed Salon and more– are stumbling now. Struggling to find a business model for the news as social media, Facebook, Google suck up eyeballs and ad dollars. This hour On Point: Now, online news cuts. And how exactly is journalism supposed to survive?” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Crisis 9 mins – “Critics have blamed doctors for overprescribing painkillers leading to the public health emergency. Today The Current hears from a doctor who tells us just how limited his options are when trying to treat chronic pain.” At the link find the title, “Opioid crisis: Pain specialist calls on government to fix holes in system – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_26456.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pigeon Milk and Ginkgo Seeds 29 mins – “Humans form cities from concrete, metal and glass, designing structures and infrastructure primarily to serve a single bipedal species. Walking down a familiar city street, it is easy to overlook squirrels climbing in trees, weeds growing up through cracks in the concrete, and pigeons pecking along the sidewalk. Those creatures that do manage to live all around us, thriving alongside humans, are rarely celebrated for their ingenuity. In many cases, however, such synanthropes (from the Greek syn [“together with”] + anthro [“man”]) tell fascinating stories of urban fortitude. Author and amateur naturalist Nathanael Johnson began digging into some of these everyday urban species, leading him to write Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness. The book uncovers weeds that are tastier than you imagined and small mammals smarter than you suspected. The author researched various plants and animals, including that most infamous species of urban bird so many people love to hate, sometimes referred to as a “flying rat.”…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow above the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Power 33 mins – “Dahlia previews United States v. Texas – this week’s big immigration case – with Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center. She also hears from Sen. Al Franken about the latest in the standoff over Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland.” At the link find the title, “Contra Obama, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM9236728835.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Purposeful Practice 51 mins – “What if the thing we call “talent” is grotesquely overrated? And what if deliberate practice is the secret to excellence? Those are the claims of the research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who has been studying the science of expertise for decades. He tells us everything he’s learned.” At the link click the circle with three dots, then right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Putin’s Russia 60 mins – “Experts discuss Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and Syria, its relations with Europe and the United States, and what to expect from President Putin next.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Refugee Debate 55 mins – “Highlights from The Munk Debate on the global refugee crisis. Louise Arbour and Simon Schama argue in favour of the resolution “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” While Nigel Farage, Mark Steyn argue against.” At the link find the title, “Give Us Your Tired – Give Us Your Tired – The Munk Debate on the Global Refugee Crisis, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160429_10581.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia Economy 20 mins – “Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 30-year-old who is second in line to the throne in Saudi Arabia, wants to wean the kingdom off oil. He says the country’s oil addiction is dangerous and announced big changes with a “Vision 2030” plan.” At the link find the title, “Saudi Arabia announces plan to end ‘addiction’ to fossil fuels – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160427_51318.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Creativity 19 mins – “Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science History in France 34 mins – “Revolutionary! Why was 1700s France such a fertile time for science? Steve Jones on science at the time of the French revolution – and why scientists were among the first to be sent to the guillotine Paris circa. 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light, and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope. The metre replaced the yard and the theory of evolution came into being. In his new book No Need For Geniuses, Steve Jones explores the discoveries that were made over 200 years ago and brings them bang up to date.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seed Stocks 29 mins – “The next time you are putting a slice of tomato on your sandwich, ask yourself where it came from. Not which area of the country, but which seed stock. One of the often overlooked aspects of food insecurity amid climate uncertainty is the push by big agricultural interests to get us to buy their seeds and their seeds only. Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, Gary Nabhan, has taken the fight to the corporate seed merchants through the local food movement and seed saving community. The Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona, Nabhan believes that a healthy food system is a biodiverse food system. We discuss community-based seed banks, look at the role that Big Ag will continue to play in our food system, and examine how climate change and a lack of biodiverse seed stocks affect people in war zones.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexually Transmitted Infections 20 mins – “Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia among middle-aged and older adults are on the rise. And Alberta’s latest figures on STIs show troubling increases among a wider age group. The Current looks at a call for sex education for all ages – young and old.” At the link find the title, “Rising STI rates prompt questions about sex ed for young and old – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_30766.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Control 26 mins – “If the digital revolution has left you distracted, constantly interrupted, and unable to concentrate, you’re not alone. Today The Current speaks to technological pioneers who say our devices should learn to respect our time and attention.” At the link find the title, “How ‘calm technology’ pulls attention from online temptation – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160427_97756.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steel 69 mins – “This episode of The Engineering Commons finds Adam, Brian and Jeff talking about steel, the most common of engineering metals.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicide 49 mins – “At a time when there’s a call for better mental health care due to suicides in First Nations communities, Graeme Bayliss is asking that suicidal people be given help to end their lives.” At the link find the title, “An open, ‘uncomfortable’ conversation on mental health, suicide and doctor-assisted death – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160425_95617.mp3”

Synthetic Biology for Space 13 mins – “If we hope to one day leave Earth and explore the universe, our bodies are going to have to get a lot better at surviving the harsh conditions of space. Using synthetic biology, Lisa Nip hopes to harness special powers from microbes on Earth — such as the ability to withstand radiation — to make humans more fit for exploring space. “We’re approaching a time during which we’ll have the capacity to decide our own genetic destiny,” Nip says. “Augmenting the human body with new abilities is no longer a question of how, but of when.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Third Wave 63 mins – “Steve Case, Co-founder, AOL; Author, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future; Twitter @SteveCase Eric Ries, Entrepreneur; Author, The Lean Startup; Twitter @ericries—Moderator Throughout his career as an entrepreneur and investor, Case has seen rapid change in how people and companies utilize the Internet. First AOL and other companies laid the foundation for consumers to connect to the Internet. Then we saw companies such as Google and Facebook build on top of the Internet to create search and social networking capabilities, while apps like Snapchat and Instagram leveraged the smartphone revolution. According to Case, we are now entering a new paradigm called the “Third Wave,” one where entrepreneurs will have the power to vastly transform “real world” sectors such as health, education, transportation, energy and food, and to change the way we live and work. So who are these third wave leaders? Case shares his vision and offers personal advice for entrepreneurs in this changing digital age.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trech Medics 26 mins – “This week on the show we bring you part two of the two-part episode with Jason Friesen from TrekMedics.org. Trek Medics International is a 501c3-registered nonprofit organization dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities without reliable access to emergency care. They make their services available to all communities, regardless of race, religion or creed. Trek Medics started as a loose-knit collection of your every-day responders — paramedics, EMTs, nurses and doctors — who formed a unique bond through disaster deployments and international development programs. Even after thousands of hours working on the street and in emergency departments, what really opened our eyes to the need for an adaptable and inexpensive EMS systems in developing countries was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Our experiences there forever forged the mission of Trek Medics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality 50 mins – “Did you ever imagine yourself as an astronaut and dream of boarding a mission to the moon? Forget the spectacularly unaffordable cost or the danger; now all you will need to do is put on a pair of virtual reality goggles. A number of companies are vying to sell you these headsets that offer gateways to whole new worlds. Clunky, expensive and likely to induce nausea just a few years ago, these latest goggles have now benefited from the advances in technology developed for mobile phones. But if you are concerned by the alienating effect of your coach or trainload of fellow commuters plugged in with headphones into their mobile handsets, how uncomfortable are you going to feel when you look up and the whole carriage is full of people wearing virtual reality goggles? Rather than enhancing or augmenting reality, will virtual reality push us ever further from what is real – and break connections rather than forge bonds between human beings?Virtual reality and 360 degree immersive film technology heralds the next revolution visual communication, potentially as dramatic a change into how we view the world as that which came about with the introduction of cinema. But if we have been here before with virtual reality, this time it looks set to stay. In the Radio Theatre, Click is joined by experts, including VR film-makers, performers and philosophers to debate the transformative power of virtual reality – to put you in other people’s shoes; to inform and entertain you with experiences that might even seem out of body.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Technology in Las Vegas 45 mins – “Las Vegas is the thirstiest city in the driest state in the nation. You may think of Oceans Eleven, glam swimming pools, magnificent floodlit fountains at the Bellagio. But Las Vegas gets four inches of rainfall a year. It’s part of the dry American West and dry world, where water issues are paramount and the water future can be scary. Now Vegas is positioning itself as an epicenter of water use and technology innovation. This hour On Point: water lessons from dry, dry Las Vegas.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Young Africans Connect 14 mins – “What can a young woman with an idea, an Internet connection and a bit of creativity achieve? That’s all Siyanda Mohutsiwa needed to unite young African voices in a new way. Hear how Mohutsiwa and other young people across the continent are using social media to overcome borders and circumstance, accessing something they have long had to violently take: a voice.“ At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 233 – Apr 29, 2016: Alzheimer’s Factors, Antibiotic Resistance, Aviation Careers, Bean Diet, Bechtel Corporation, British Monarchs, Broadband on Farms, Campaign Finance Reform, Cannabidiol, Car Technology, Celebrating Failure, China’s Five Year Plan, Citrus Fruit, Class Action Suits, Climate Change Signs, Coal Pollution, College Counseling, Columbia Gold Mining, Community vs Individual Rights, Concussion Test and Sit Ups, Creep Catchers, Cuban Infrastructure, Democracy Now, Design Thinking, Diabetes DIY Treatment, Discrimination by States, Doctors Stories, Drone Kill List, Education Solutions, El Salvador Murders, Equal Rights in Australia, Exercise Insights, Expert Training, Failure Book, Fallacy Begging the Question, Fatherhood, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Financial Technology, Forest Gardens, Fungi and Mushrooms, Geek Tends, Girls and Sex, Guaranteed Income, Guide Dogs on Planes, Hamilton Play, Harriet Tubman, Health Technology, Heart Research, Hiring Process, Humanitarian Aid Dangers, Immunotherapy, Income Tax Transparency, Invisible Problems, Iran Economy, IRS ID Theft, ISIS Most Wanted, Jail Problems, Judaism in America, Library of Congress Hearing, Life Expectancy, Lusitania Book, Mt Tambora Eruption, Obesity Control, Oncolytic Viruses, Opioid Overdose Death, Orwell, Periodical Publishing Trends, Profession Restructuring, Public Radio Disruption, Racism, Ransomeware Attacks, Refugee Debate, Refugee Scams, Research Animal Sex, Rubber Research, Schools with Slave Heritage, Science Sexism, Set Top Box Issue, Singapore, Sleep Revolution, Sound Engineer, Space Medicine, TED Talks, Ted Williams, Theranos Problem, Transcrainial Magnetic Stimulation, Trauma Aftermath, Travel Importance, UN Role Today, Viagra for Women, Voter Psychology, Voting Rights, Wheat Allergies, White Collar Digital Disruption, Women in Politics, Zika Hazards

The best 101 podcasts from a larger group of 292 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors 64 mins – “Patricia Spilman, Senior Scientist, Drug Discovery Laboratory, UCLA, and in the Bredesen Lab, Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato In the absence of a truly effective disease-altering treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, methods for decreasing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s become extremely important. Many people were introduced to “familial AD” through reading the book or viewing the film Still Alice written by Lisa Genova. However, many—but not all—of the risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s are not genetic and are potentially modifiable; that is, they can be identified, addressed and reduced. Patricia Spilman speaks from results of the scientific work in a laboratory setting to inform you of the top risk factors that are potentially modifiable.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 30 mins – “Antibiotics have saved millions of lives, but their misuse and overuse is making them less effective as bacteria develop resistance. Despite scientists’ warnings, antibiotic prescriptions in many countries continue to soar and antibiotic use in farming is at record levels. As a result, doctors are now seeing infections they can no longer treat. Are we facing the end of modern medicine? An antibiotic apocalypse that takes medicine back to the Dark Ages? Or will researchers outwit the incredibly clever bacteria and find novel ways to beat resistance?” At the link right-click the “MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aviation Careers 72 mins – “Welcome to episode 106 of the podcast where we help you move toward your career goal. Hearing your stories of achieving your career goal keeps us motivated and helps inspire others. Please keep sharing your success stories including your challenges along the way toward your goal. In this episode we answer your questions. You will notice many focus on supporting family while working on completing your ratings, degrees, and finding a job. This can be challenging to say the least but we have some encouraging news: You can do it! We relate some of our own experiences and those of our listeners to help you keep motivated while in the challenging position of supporting a family and moving toward your career goal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bean Diet 30 mins – “For 2016, the International Year of Pulses, our Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is looking at the many opportunities provided by pulses—edible seeds like dried, lentils, and chickpeas. Pulses provide a non-animal source of protein, appear to be healthy for the gut microbiome, and help replenish the soil where they are grown. In this podcast we’ll talk to scientists studying the benefits of pulses about their research and also how we might solve the challenge of moving these important foods from millions of small-scale farmers in India and Latin America to consumers worldwide.” At the link find the title, “Little Beans, Big Opportunities,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Bechtel Corporation 59 mins – “Author Sally Denton discusses her book, [The Profiteers], which looks at the Bechtel Corporation, the largest civil engineering company in the United States. To read the Bechtel statement on this program, see more information on this program below.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Sally Denton, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436095.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

British Monarchs 27 mins – “To salute the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, David Cannadine, eminent professor of History at Princeton University explores the worldwide role and significance of the British monarchy.” At the link find the title, “A Global Queen, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03rmfwg.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband on Farms 36 mins – “When we launched this podcast in 2012, we kicked it off with an interview from Minnesota’s farm country, Sibley County. We were excited at their passion for making sure every farm was connected with high quality Internet access. After the project took a turn and became a brand new cooperative, we interviewed them again in 2014 for episode 99, but they hadn’t finished financing. They broke ground 2015 and today we discuss the model and the new Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) case study that details how they built it.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Campaign Finance Reform 38 mins – “When I first met Richard Painter some months ago, I thought he must be the loneliest man in the Republican Party. He’s a conservative, and, of course, I’m not. But he believes, as I do, that there’s too much money in politics. Political insiders know Richard Painter well as President George W. Bush’s White House counselor and chief ethical advisor. He’s now teaching law at the University of Minnesota, and he’s causing heads to turn with a book advocating that we reduce the power of big money in politics. Its title is Taxation Only With Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform. There’s a lot to learn from it, and I urge you to read it, because it is rare today to find a conservative who will admit, as Mr. Painter does, that money corrupts politics, and then makes his case with so much passion and logic. His book is also timely because the issue has reached a boiling point this year. Thousands of people descended on Washington just last week in a movement they call Democracy Spring, deliberately getting arrested to protest on behalf of cleaner politics and a government liberated from Big Money. Every poll I’ve consulted reveals a deep and substantial support in this country for those objectives….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cannabidiol 42 mins – “Marijuana has been a hot topic since states like Colorado and Washington have legalized the plant. In the discussion surrounding marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s principal psychoactive cannabinoid, has gotten most of the limelight. But there’s another cannabinoid that deserves attention: Cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: Supplemental CBD is derived from industrial hemp, which is perfectly legal throughout the U.S. (unlike marijuana). It’s a close chemical analog to endocannabinoids, naturally occurring compounds within the human body, and it interacts with some of the same neuronal receptor-sites that the human body’s own endocannabinoids would interact with.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Car Technology 46 mins – “Everybody talks about the future of self-driving cars, but the reality of almost self-driving cars is already here. In our laps. On the road. Lots of cars — and not just fancy Teslas — are now rolling out with an array of semi-autonomous powers that almost do the driving. They’ve got cameras and radar sensors and night vision. They’ll steer you, keep you in your lane, brake for you, park for you, look out for you. This hour On Point, Car Talk‘s Ray Magliozzi and more on the almost self-driving car is here.” (3 guests) At the link right-click “Download this story and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Celebrating Failure 59 mins – “Astro Teller, director of Alphabet’s moonshot factory, X, describes how smart bets on world-changing innovations are aided by a culture that celebrates only the most audacious projects and rewards teams for showing the courage to find the biggest flaws. He also discusses how innovation can be systematized regardless of business type, resources or role at your company.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China’s Five Year Plan 60 mins – “Experts discuss China’s domestic economic policies and provide their perspectives on China’s influence in Asia and around the world.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Citrus Fruit 46 mins – “…The citrus fruits we find in the grocery store today are all descended from four highly promiscuous ancestors: the citron, the pomelo, the pepeda, and the mandarin. From their origins in northern India, southwestern China, and Malaysia, these prized golden fruits accompanied travelers along the Silk Road, migrating to the Middle East and, eventually, Europe and the Americas. Over time, citrus colonized the world, transforming local cuisines in the process: the citron was incorporated into Jewish religious ritual; sour oranges became the dominant flavor of medieval European cuisine; and orange trees laid the foundation for California’s second gold rush.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Class Action Suits 21 mins – “The modern class action was created on a typewriter in the back of a car. (Sort of.) Now, thousands of these lawsuits are filed every year. How did we get here? Is this really a good way to do things?” At the link find the title, “#696: Class Action,” right-click “Media files 20160415_pmoney_podcast041516v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Signs 60 mins – “Signs climate has entered abrupt shift. Includes Dr. James Hansen’s video abstract of new science. Special report on smoke pollution from Indonesian peat fires by correspondent Yew Jin Lee, with 3 experts. Sample from “Unwelcome Guests” #726 “The Flight from Death”.” At the link right-click Lo-Fi near the download options.

Coal Pollution 7 mins – “It is estimated pollution causes 3 million deaths each year worldwide, mostly caused by heart and lung diseases. Most deaths occur in developing countries with China and India at the top of the list. The biggest source of pollution is from the burning of coal, mostly in power plants. The estimate is 400,000 deaths each year in China caused by the burning of coal. China is moving away from coal as a source of energy, although the process is likely to take decades to complete. India continues to build coal-fired power stations.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Counseling 45 mins – “Freshly minted graduates will soon take their degrees and set out into the workplace. But the path from college to career is not as obvious as it once was. Over the last few decades, unemployment among young college graduates has gone up while wages have gone down. Today, nearly half are underemployed. Add the burden of student debt and life post-graduation can seem pretty scary. A longtime chronicler of higher education says it doesn’t need to be that way. In a new book, he lays out a blue print for navigating the transition. A panel of experts joins him – and us – to discuss life after college.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Columbia Gold Mining 4 mins – “But over the past decade, as gold prices have soared, cartels have increasingly turned to illegally mining the metal to earn cash. In Peru and Colombia, they’re now making more money exporting illegal gold than cocaine. Eighty percent of the gold mined in Colombia and up to 90 percent of the gold mined in Venezuela is produced illegally. That’s according to a recent report from The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, which outlines the impact this crush of illegal mining is having on displaced communities, forced-labor miners and sex workers who are trafficked to serve this burgeoning industry. “When you arrive in these illegal mines, you just realize that there is like a chain of victimization,” the report’s author, Livia Wagner, said in an interview with PRI’s The World….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Community vs Individual Rights 53 mins – “Journalist Colin Woodard says there’s a theme running through disagreements in American history: the struggle between individual rights and the good of the community. It started when the Mayflower limped onto shore and continues in today’s political rancor. Woodard argues though that democracy works best when we find the “sweet spot” between libertarianism and collectivism. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about these two impulses in our character and the risks of moving too far to either extreme.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Concussion Test and Sit Ups 27 mins – “American doctors say they’re just five years away from a pitch-side blood test to spot concussion – which is an injury caused by a bang to the head or a sudden, strong jolt to the brain. It’s a hot topic at the moment as experts debate when sportspeople should and shouldn’t be allowed back onto the pitch after a head injury. At the moment doctors still have to rely on looking out for symptoms such as vomiting, blurred vision, loss of balance or disorientation when considering a diagnosis of concussion. But researchers at the Orlando Regional Medical Centre in Florida have detected two substances which are released into the blood stream after a brain injury. Through this finding they hope to develop a simple blood test – a bit like those used by diabetics to test their glucose levels. Emergency physician Dr Linda Papa says that type of test could be just five years away and could help to decide whether to scan a patient’s brain. …The sit up – which has long been a mainstay of military and leisure exercise programmes – is having a makeover. Stuart McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He’s recently written the book, the Back Mechanic, and has been researching the impact of sit ups on the spine for many years. He says that the ‘standard’ sit up – where the hands are placed behind the head and the lower spine is ‘pushed’ into the floor – puts the back under a lot of strain. This increases the risk of injury and potential back pain – and those with thicker spines like rugby players being particularly at risk. Professor McGill suggests instead that the hands should be placed, palm-down, under the lower back, and bending just one leg – keeping the other straight. Only then should the head be lifted up, by a tiny amount…. ” At the link find the title, “Concussion Test,” right-click “Media files p03rngfw.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creep Catchers 17 mins – “They call themselves Creep Catchers. And, across the country, they’re taking the law into their own hands by posing online as minors to lure in would-be sexual predators. They say police aren’t doing enough to expose people who abuse children.” At the link find the title, “’Creep Catcher’ vigilantes confront alleged pedophiles, say police not doing enough – Apr,” right-click “Media files current_20160418_48266.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Infrastructure 119 mins – “Life in Cuba, Facebook Bots, UC Davis’ mistakes, Google Changelog, Magic Leap, and more…” (Cuba only covers the first 24 mins.) At the link click “Download options,” right-click “audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Now 72 mins – “…In 1996 Amy Goodman started a radio show called “Democracy Now!” to focus on the issues that were underreported or ignored by mainstream media. This year the show is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is the only public media in the U.S. that airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, radio and the Internet. Goodman will share stories about the remarkable leaders and crusaders that have appeared on her show and the lasting impact they have all made in the ongoing fight for peace and justice.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Design thinking 54 mins – “Bernard Roth, co-founder and academic director of Stanford University’s d.school, [design school] shares design-thinking tools for reframing life’s stubborn problems and unlocking solutions. Professor Roth, author of the book “The Achievement Habit,” also engages audience members in exercises meant to cut through the excuses we tell ourselves that hold us back from accomplishing our goals.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetes DIY Treatment 38 mins – “In this week’s episode we met a woman whose pancreas is changing medicine. Dana Lewis has Type 1 diabetes, and when it was clear that medical manufacturers were behind on creating the device she needed to manage her disease, she hacked together her own artificial pancreas. Now, over 50 people have built versions of Dana’s system, OpenAPS (Open Artificial Pancreas System).” At the link click the circle with three dots on the sound bar, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Discrimination by States 44 mins – “In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. But the Act didn’t apply to the states. So in the decades that followed, more than 20 states passed their own so-called “Religious Freedom” laws. The latest is Tennessee, where lawmakers last week approved a bill that allows therapists to refuse treatment to LGBT clients. Similar bills have passed in Kansas and Mississippi. Supporters say these laws protect first amendment rights. But opponents argue they allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT persons. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and guests discuss debate over controversial religious freedom laws in the states.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Doctors Stories 39 mins – “Note: In this week’s episode we asked doctors about the patients who changed their lives. It was a basic question, and an obvious one – so obvious that we weren’t prepared for how good the responses would be. The stories were powerful and intimate, and a peek into the world we don’t always see. A big part of a doctor’s job is listening. They listen to our symptoms, pain and life situations. They listen for what patients aren’t telling them. They listen to heartbeats. But give them a mic, like the Annals of Internal Medicine did, and you’ll find out they also have plenty to say. This week we hear from three doctors in what we call a “Doctor Story Slam” – like a poetry slam, except with more stethoscopes and medical degrees. We often hear about how doctors change patients’ lives. We wanted to know: how do patients change their lives? These are the kind of stories you never hear during your routine check-ups….” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Kill List 25 mins – “The so-called U.S. kill list determines who’s targeted with drone strikes. Names on the list are secret. Malik Jalal, a tribal elder in Pakistan, says he’s escaped drones attacks and believes he’s on the list. Jalal is pleading for help to clear his name.” At the link find the title, “Pakistani man Malik Jalal asks to be taken off US drone ‘kill list’ – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160419_75308.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Solutions 30 mins – “Today on Sea Change Radio we continue our discussion with Zoe Weil, education reformer and environmentalist.The post Zoe Weil: Sustainable Education, Part II appeared first on Sea Change Radio.” At the link find the title, “Zoe Weil: Sustainable Education, Part II,” right-click “Media files SC-2016-04-19.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

El Salvador Murders 47 mins – “NPR’s Kelly McEvers went to El Salvador — to find out how violent street gangs are terrorizing a whole country for the podcast “Embedded.” She joins us. Plus, the latest on Brazil’s political crisis.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Equal Rights in Australia 56 mins – “Newly appointed Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins addresses the National Press Club.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Kate Jenkins, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files NPCc_KateJenkins_2004_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exercise Insights 49 mins – “When it comes to fitness and exercise…Sal di Stefano wants to give it to you straight, no bullshit. “The fitness industry is one of the most full-of-shit industries you’ll ever run into.” …After 18 years as a personal trainer, di Stefano knows all the myths propagated by the fitness industry: … He was fed up with it, and decided to start the MindPump podcast with two other personal trainers to start dispelling these myths. …Proper exercise will improve the way your brain functions. …The Best Exercise For Your Brain …For the biggest cognition boost, di Stefano recommends complex movement, as opposed to repetitive movement like running, since by moving in multiple ways, you’re encouraging the brain to adapt and grow. Harder Does Not Mean Better and Stronger – The fitness magazine headlines scream “Beast Mode!” and “the hardest workout you’ll ever do.” But although intensity is an important factor in improving cognition via exercise, higher intensity is not the be-all and end-all. The human body responds well to appropriate intensity, but it also responds to frequency. In fact, frequency may be more important for longevity, long term health, and cognitive function than simple intensity… Note: “intensity” is an individual assessment. What’s high intensity for a sedentary office worker is low for a professional athlete, to use one extreme example. So how hard should you work out? Challenge yourself, but you don’t want to feel like you just got beat up. If you can barely move for two days, or you need to take a nap after a workout session, you’ve overdone it….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Expert Training 55 mins – “For more than thirty years psychologist Anders Ericsson, an expert on the field of professional development, has studied the people who stand out as specialists in their fields. In fact, Ericsson’s research was used as the basis for Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hour Rule” – which essentially states that it takes on average 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert. In reality, Ericsson’s research shows that there is nothing magical about the number of hours you put in, but over time he has come to understand that we are all capable of extraordinary feats. In this interview, Ericsson explains what the research actually says about the infamous “10,000 hour rule” and how that number can be greatly decreased (or increased) depending on the type of practice you are doing. Specifically, by utilizing deliberate practice with the help of a trained professional, one can drastically improve their results. Deliberate practice can be applied equally well to everything ranging from business skills and sales to sports and music…and it works! Anders recently wrote an incredible book on the topic titled, PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise. If you like the interview, you’ll love the book!” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” the pop-up menu.

Failure Book 115 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson DespommierGuest: Stuart FiresteinStuart joins Vincent and Dickson to talk about his sequel to Ignorance, a book called Failure, which seeks to make science more appealing by revealing its faults.” At the link right-click beside “Download [on] TWiV 385” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fallacy Begging the Question 35 mins – “If you believe something is bad because it is…bad, or that something is good because, well, it’s good, you probably wouldn’t use that kind of reasoning in an argument, yet, sometimes, without realizing it, that’s exactly what you do. In this episode three experts in logic and rationality explain how circular reasoning leads us to “beg the question” when producing arguments and defending our ideas, beliefs, and behaviors.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fatherhood 46 mins – “Journalist Ron Fournier turns the tables on himself for a soul-searching meditation on fatherhood now. What it is. How it’s changing. Ron Fournier was a big time Washington reporter who wasn’t paying full-enough attention as a father. When he figured that out, he changed. Recommitted. Came to see his children on their own terms. Especially his young son Tyler– a marvelous boy, a boy with Asperger syndrome. They hit the road. Learned about life and each other. And the American presidency. At the link right-click “Listen to this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 18 mins – “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a debilitating, lifelong condition that cuts across Canadian society. But it hits very hard inside indigenous communities and could be why many indigenous offenders seem stuck in a revolving-door with the justice system.” At the link find the title, “Proposed bill takes FASD into account when sentencing offenders – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160415_58463.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Technology 8 mins – “The emergence of fintech companies has put traditional banking services under threat. But that doesn’t mean banks are going to disappear, says Stanley Pignal” At the link find the link, “Special report: International banking, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forest Gardens 70 mins – “What is a food forest or a forest garden. A quick review of the seven layers of a forest: Canopy, Sub Canopy, Shrub, Herbacious, Vine, Ground Cover, Rhizome – Roots… Things that are different from typical food forestry:The layers are scaled down; The number of support species are reduced; There are few “sacrificial plantings” They don’t require swales or chickens but both are welcome; Small ponds and barrels are easily fed with roof catchment. Special Considerations that Open Your Options Up: Shape isn’t critical, do what works; Put in more irrigation then you think you will ever need; Consider ponds, please consider ponds; Think about power (solar first but grid is better then nothing); You can plant a LOT closer and a LOT more dense then you think; If you have animals design in their nutrient flow; In a larger space build “glades” and maximize the edges; Build structures for your vines they can otherwise dominate a small system; Fertilize (organically) a lot early on; Mulch and chop and drop like crazy….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungi and Mushrooms 64 mins – “Peter McCoy is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and open-source movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology and the author of the new book, Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi. Hey joins us today to answer to discuss what he calls “The Missing Fungal Functions” – how fungi can and should be integrated into all aspects of life. He also answers questions like, what is the ecological significance of the fungal kingdom? What are some ways the people commonly disrupt the fungal communities in their soil and plants? What is going in in the world of cultivating mycorrhizal fungi? What are endophytic fungi that live inside of plants and can we cultivate those? And above all for those of us that just want to grow mushrooms, what would be the easiest way to start a mushroom farm?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geek Trends 94 mins – “The Creator of Tetris Alexey Pajitnov, the animator who brings life to vintage photos Alexey Zakharov, Leo and Padre answer your tech questions.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Girls and Sex 45 mins – “It’s always been hard for parents to talk to their kids about sex. But author Peggy Orenstein says, particularly with daughters, it’s more important than ever. For her new book, “Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape”, Orenstein interviewed over 70 girls and young women — and from the pressures of social media to the impact of online pornography — what she found disturbed her. Orenstein says that while girls have more opportunities today than ever, when it comes to sex, they’re getting mixed messages. Diane and her guests discuss the complicated and contradictory messages young girls are getting about sex. At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Guaranteed Income 36 mins – “A lot of full-time jobs in the modern economy simply don’t pay a living wage. And even those jobs may be obliterated by new technologies. What’s to be done so that financially vulnerable people aren’t just crushed? It may finally be time for an idea that economists have promoted for decades.” At the link click the circle with three dots, then right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guide Dogs on Planes 20 mins – “In order to fly, guide dogs must have the correct paperwork, but EasyJet admit to us that they got it wrong recently with one passengers and his dog. They apologise and say they’ll be more flexible in future. And when does helping become interfering? We’ve come across a new situation where well-meaning strangers are tapping on your smart phones, thinking they’re off when actually you’re using a privacy setting called a screen curtain. So what should you do? Tom Walker reports.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hamilton Play 47 mins – “It’s hard to say Alexander Hamilton anymore without hearing music. Hip hop music fused with American revolutionary history from the super smash Broadway hit show “Hamilton.” “Bastard, orphan, son of a whore,” sings his fatal enemy Aaron Burr. But Alexander Hamilton was a founding father with a huge impact on the design of the new nation. And the Tupac of his day, some now say. There’s a wild fever for the show. Up next On Point: Hamilton mania and American history.” At the link right-click “Download this story and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harriet Tubman 12 mins – “Harriet Tubman is set to be the new face of the twenty dollar bill. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced yesterday that President Andrew Jackson’s image will move to the back of the bill, and for the first time in a century a woman’s face will appear on the front of American paper currency. It’s the first time ever that an African-American will hold the spot. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson joins us to talk about what it means to have abolitionist Harriet Tubman on one of the most widely circulated bills in the world.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Health Technology 60 mins –What if doctors no longer played God and you became CEO of your own health? What if medicine were tailor-made for your own DNA? What will the world be like when people start living to 150 – or even forever?If only the wealthy can afford super-longevity, will the growing gap between rich and poor lead to a new form of social inequality? These are some of the questions Intelligence Squared explored in The Future of Health: When Death Becomes Optional. Massive change is already under way. New tools, tests and apps are taking healthcare away from the professionals and into the hands of the individual. Wearable devices which monitor our fitness and activities are already ubiquitous. Before long they will be superseded by ‘insideables’ – chips planted just under our skin – and ‘ingestibles’ – tiny sensor pills that we swallow. The plummeting cost of DNA profiling means we will soon be entering the era of truly personalised medicine – the right drug for the right person at the right time – instead of the same drug for everybody. All this means that we will be living longer, healthier lives. Some of the world’s top scientists believe that ageing itself can be treated as a disease, and the race is on to find a ‘cure’. Google and other Silicon Valley giants are pouring billions into longevity research, hoping that they can find the elusive cause of ageing and deactivate it, putting an end to the age-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimers that we tend to die of. If they succeed, the first person to live to 150 may have already been born. And an elite handful of very wealthy tech entrepreneurs have even more ambitious dreams: to make death just another medical problem which technology will sooner or later disrupt….We were joined by Dr Daniel Kraft, Faculty chair for the Medicine and Exponential Medicine program at Singularity University; João Pedro de Magalhães, senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool, where he leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group; and Professor Tony Young, the NHS’s National Clinical Director for Innovation (known as ‘the NHS’s disrupter-in-chief’). The event was chaired by documentary maker and award-winning science journalist. Dr Michael Mosley.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Research 49 mins – “We talk to Dr. Greg Marcus, the Director of Clinical Research for the UCSF Division of Cardiology about heart disease and how things like smart watches might help us learn more about it.” At the link find the title, “129 Greg Marcus – Understanding Heart Disease With Big Data,” right-click “Media files 0ad2ddf8-5fc8-47f5-b12b-f8343d7d27cd.mp3” and select “Sve Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hiring Process 21 mins – “When you’re an employer looking at a giant stack of resumes, you have to find some way to quickly narrow the field. How do you do that fairly? And what happens when your good intentions backfire?” At the link find the title, “#697: Help Wanted,” right-click “Media files 20160422_pmoney_podcast042216v3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Humanitarian Aid Dangers 45 mins – “When humanitarian aid workers go to an area devastated by war, disease, or natural disaster, they put their own lives in danger. But in recent decades, the risks they face have grown: The leading cause of death for medical humanitarians and other aid workers used to be traffic accidents. Today it’s violent attacks. Now the doctor behind the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is sounding the alarm. He says our modern age of terror has threatened the principle of neutrality at the heart of humanitarian work, and that formalized training is more essential than ever for those providing aid to people caught in complex conflicts worldwide. Dr. Michael VanRooyen discusses this urgent moment for what he calls ‘the world’s emergency room’.”. At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Immunotherapy 36 mins – “Immunotherapy—using the body’s own immune defenses to fight cancer—has already shown significant promise. Now, the latest research says new immunotherapy drugs could dramatically increase survival rates for difficult-to-treat cancers like deadly melanomas, and may be effective in dozens of other cancers including those driven by viruses. This news comes as Vice President Joe Biden’s nationwide “moonshot” initiative to beat cancer is gaining momentum, and spurring more private funding for research. A look at promising developments in the treatment of cancer using immunotherapy.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Income Tax Transparency 24 mins – “The British PM, David Cameron, admits he owned shares but sold them off. It’s the kind of admission political leaders are being forced to make in the wake of the Panama Papers. What if politicians’ tax returns were put on public display automatically?” At the link find the title, “Should elected officials have to make their tax returns public? – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160415_56600.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Health 26 mins – “Ian Anderson and Romlie Mokak discuss a new analysis of health indicators across 28 indigenous populations, with implications for future health services planning worldwide.” At the link find the title, “Indigenous health: The Lancet: April 20, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20april.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Invisible Problems 56 mins – “Physicists tell us that perhaps there are parallel universes. Is there a parallel universe of the heart, where we might find the real values that make us tick? Maybe it’s not law and government that makes a Good Society, maybe it’s something far deeper.” At the link find the title, “The Discovery of the Heart, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas 20160413_62189.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Economy 59 mins – “Valiollah Seif discusses Iran’s economy. – The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world’s foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IRS ID Theft 103 mins – “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and officials from the Treasury Department and the Government Accountability Office testify at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on cybersecurity and taxpayer information.” At the link find the title, “Hearing on Cybersecurity and Taxpayer Data, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.438604.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Most Wanted 27 mins – “Chloe Hadjimatheou tells the astonishing story of a group of young men from Raqqa in Syria who chose to resist the so-called ‘Islamic State’, which occupied their city in 2014 and made it the capital of their ‘Caliphate’. These extraordinary activists have risked everything to oppose ISIS; several have been killed, or had family members murdered. IS has put a bounty on the resistance leaders’ heads forcing them to go into hiding. But the group continues its work, under the banner ‘Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently’. Chloe meets the group’s founders, who are now organising undercover activists in Raqqa from the relative safety of other countries. Producer: Rob Walker Editor: Richard Knight” At the link find the title, “‘Islamic State’s’ Most Wanted, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03rndlv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jail Problems 47 mins – “Inside a major push to reduce jail populations and fix racial disparities in the justice system. Eleven major cities are all in.Criminal justice issues all over lately. A new report out of Chicago on all-too-obvious trust and race problems with the Chicago Police. Bill Clinton, grilled on his 1990s anti-crime push and our packed prisons. Black Lives Matter raging, ever since Ferguson. A new initiative looks to go local for a fix. To our local jails. They too are packed with the poor. And the channels in and out have everything to do with the big picture. Up next On Point: race, poverty and fixing jail.” At the link right-click “Download this story and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judaism in American 59 mins This month, Jewish communities across the country celebrate Passover, a holiday that marks the end of the Israelites’ enslavement by the Egyptians. Only about 2% of the U.S. population is Jewish, but the influence of American Jews far outweighs their relatively small demographic size. In this episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the history of Judaism in America, from George Washington’s famous letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, to efforts to establish a Jewish city of refuge, near Buffalo, New York in the l820’s, and the importance of delis in Jewish American culture.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Library of Congress Hearing 80 mins – “President Obama’s nominee to be the next librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, testifies at a Senate Rules and Administration confirmation hearing. If confirmed, she will succeed James Billington who served from 1987 to 2015.” At the link find the title, “Librarian of Congress Nominee Carla Hayden Confirmation Hearing, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.439503.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Expectancy 44 mins – “Wealthy people typically live longer than poor people: this idea has long been studied and supported by research. But new work is deepening our understanding of differences in life expectancy across the U.S. A study published yesterday tells us not only that the gap in lifespan between the rich and poor has increased notably in recent years, but that for poor Americans, where you live in the U.S. plays a key role in determining how long you live. And new work from The Washington Post adds another layer, pointing to decaying health and earlier death for white women in particular. Life expectancy in America: how it’s linked to income, location and gender.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Lusitania Book 53 mins – “When it set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, the Lusitania bore a full manifest of passengers and the ingenuity and hubris of its era. It was immense and luxurious, the fastest civilian ship in service. It was also under threat. The Germans declared that British ships sailed “at their own risk,” a risk the Lusitania’s operators perilously defied. They claimed theirs was the safest ship at sea. Tuesday, the writer Erik Larson joins us to recount the disastrous tale of the Lusitania’s last crossing…Erik Larson is the author of the books In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm. His latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania was recently released in paperback.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mt Tambora Eruption 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the impact of the eruption of Mt Tambora, in 1815, on the Indonesian island of Sambawa. This was the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history and it had the highest death toll, devastating people living in the immediate area. Tambora has been linked with drastic weather changes in North America and Europe the following year, with frosts in June and heavy rains throughout the summer in many areas. This led to food shortages, which may have prompted westward migration in America and, in a Europe barely recovered from the Napoleonic Wars, led to widespread famine.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Control 49 mins – “Mary O’Connell explores the “Adverse Childhood Experiences” or ACE study and how its findings are being integrated into medical practice today.” At the link find the title, “All In The Family, Part 1, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160407_80330.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oncolytic Viruses 57 mins – “Something a bit different this episiode. Last month, we joined Jesse Noar, host of the excellent Bacteriophiles podcast to record an episode about oncolytic viruses (viruses that blow up cancer cells). We hope you enjoy it, then head on over to microbe world and subscribe to Jesse’s podcast.” At the link find the title, “Episode 20 – Bacteriophiles with Jesse Noar,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Overdose Deaths 25 minshttp://ecorner.stanford.edu/podcasts/4053/Celebrating-Failure-Fuels-Moonshots – “B.C. has declared a state of emergency over fentanyl deaths. Opioid abuse is so severe in Canada that more people die of opioid overdoses than in car crashes. And many of those addictions start not with an illicit street purchase but with a prescription.” At the link find the title, “B.C. declares public health emergency after 200 overdose deaths in 2016 – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160421_26748.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orwell P2 and P3 106 tot mins – “He was one of the most influential writers of our time. His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us ‘big brother’, ‘thoughtcrime’, ‘doublethink’, whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?” At the link find the title, “The Orwell Tapes, Part 2, Apr, 2016, right-click “Media files ideas_20160411_97386.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for “The Orwell Tapes, Part 3, Apr, 2016” and “Media files ideas_20160418_67912.mp3”.

Periodical Publishing Trends 49 mins – “Oh, To Be in England, Now That April’s There!” This month, the book business sets course for London and the city’s annual Book Fair. Copyright Clearance Center hosts special book fair programming on “The Next Wave” for Open Access publishing and examines “The Data Dilemma.” You are invited to join the discussion about Rights Licensing, Big Data, Open Access and more! In 2016, in a lively, interactive discussion with CCC’s Chris Kenneally, thought leaders and executives from across the scholarly publishing world addressed how revolutionary changes – propelled by Open Access business models – have begun to touch every aspect of publishing. New customers. New operations. New compliance requirements. New problems.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Profession Restructuring 47 mins – “Tech disruption heads for the professions. Doctors, lawyers, accountants now face real digital competition. We know what’s happened to so many blue collar jobs in America. If they haven’t gone abroad, they’ve been automated away. Taken over by machines. Now that same smart machine takeover is lining up to hit the professions, say my guests today. To hit lawyers and doctors. Accountants, consultants, architects, educators, journalists. All they say, are lined up to take a hit. It may be good for spreading knowledge around.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Radio Disruption 49 mins – “With an aging listenership and the rise of podcasts, the future of NPR is thrown into question. Bob digs into the recent conversation about how the public broadcasting giant is reacting to changes in the industry, and what member stations want from the network. Then, a work of lewd satire has strained Germany’s understanding of free speech — and highlighted an uneasy relationship with Turkey. And, twenty-five years ago, the testimony of Anita Hill turned the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas into must-see TV. A new HBO movie, “Confirmation” portrays the history, and reopens old wounds. Plus: the curious world of the novelization industry.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism 4 mins – “Stephen Jay Gould revisits the old arguments for racism — a subject we’ve tried to deal with on moral, not rational grounds, as if race equity couldn’t stand up to logic. Well, that’s a serious miscalculation. Gould deals with two common threads of argument, one based on genealogy, one on geography. Genealogy dominated the arguments as 19th-century thinkers tried to keep white supremacy intact. One notion was that, after God created perfect Adam and Eve, all branches of the human species deteriorated. Some branches deteriorated more than others. The other idea was that Biblical creation produced only the white race. Other races were produced by separate and lesser creations…. Since the Biblical accounts were written by tribes of the Eastern Mediterranean, that’s where 19th-century scholars thought the human species arose. When the first australopithecine skull turned up in South Africa, in 1924, scientists, who’d been looking for human origins in Asia, rejected the find. But Asia provided nothing old enough to be first, and Africa kept yielding very old human remains. Science finally had to concede the human species arose in Africa. Still, as late as 1962, a noted anthropologist wrote, “If Africa was the cradle of mankind, it was only an indifferent kindergarten. Europe and Asia were our principal schools.” He was voicing a last-ditch, thinly-veiled claim that it was the northern races who learned to be fully human.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1150,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomeware Attacks 46 mins – “At first it seemed like the nightmare of a very unlucky few. But now the wave of “ransomware” attacks on computers across America is growing. In all of last year, says the FBI, companies paid $25 million in ransom to retrieve data locked up by remote ransomware pirates. In the first three months of this year that number is over $200 million and mounting. And it’s not just big companies being attacked. It’s home computers, phones, more. This hour On Point, the ransomware nightmare.” At the link right-click “Download this story and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Debate 90 mins – “U.K. Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage and author Mark Steyn debate former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and historian Simon Schama on dealing with the global refugee crisis in the semi-annual Munk Debate in Toronto” At the link find the title, “Munk Debate on the Global Refugee Crisis,” Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.437079.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Scams 18 mins – “There is nothing stopping immigration consultants from charging a fee to Syrians who want to come to Canada. But those who offer their consulting and legal services for free question the ethics. The CBC’s Laura Lynch brings us this story.” At the link find the title, “Immigration consultant fees to help Syrian refugees come to Canada unethical, say critics – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160419_84089.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Research Animal Sex 24 mins – “As many as 80 per cent of the mice used in biomedical research are male. And of the ten major drugs pulled from the shelves over the last 20 years, eight have posed greater health risks for women. The Current explores the push for more balanced research.” At the link find the link, “Of Mice and Women: Scientists push to fix gender gap in lab rats for research – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160420_99686.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rubber Research 44 mins – “Could the lowly dandelion solve a crisis? If Key Gene CEO Dr. Arjen van Tunen and associates are correct, this yard pest may be the basis of sustainable and highly profitable rubber production. A growing middle class worldwide has produced a need for high-quality rubber, mostly for tires. Rubber tree (the genus Havea) plantations in Southeast Asia are threatened by climate change, disease, and sustainable harvesting is costly and labor intensive. However, the dandelion produces latex, just not in huge amounts. Scientists at KeyGene have identified a high production version in Kazakhstan and combined its genetics with those of the larger, common dandelion. The result is a plant that could revolutionize the rubber industry and provide a new high-value, easy-to-grow crop for farmers. Environmental impacts are also discussed. In the process, the scientists at KeyGene also identified genes related to apomixis, the ability to produce seeds without fertilization, essentially clones of the parent. Understanding these genes could dramatically change agriculture, as any plant could potentially be made to produce clonal seeds from the mother plant. In the second part of the podcast, correspondent Vern Blazek talks to Dr. Curt Hannah who answers a listener question about corn varieties and just how much genetic variation there is in modern modern hybrids. Plus some thoughts on the Borlaug CAST Agriculture Communications Award” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Schools with Slave Heritage 48 mins “In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 of the school’s slaves who worked the Jesuit owned plantations in Maryland. They were put on a ship in Alexandria, Virginia and sent to New Orleans. Georgetown needed an influx of cash to keep it afloat – and the sale, for over 3 million dollars in today’s dollars – did just that. Today, college campuses across the country are struggling with issues of race and the legacy of slavery. At Georgetown, confronting this history includes tracking down the descendants of these slaves sold nearly one hundred and eighty years ago. Diane and her guests discuss how Georgetown University once relied on the slave trade and efforts to reconcile with its past.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Science Sexism 23 mins – This month we discuss Why science is sexist by Nicola Gaston. That science is sexist isn’t a question Nicola Gaston entertains – it is. Rather, she wants to know why a field that prides itself in being rational should behave so illogically.We discuss the research she presents on unconscious bias, in both men and women. And we talk about whose responsibility it is to address the problems of sexism, and what indeed they should do to address them. Hear an extract from the book, an interview with Nicola Gaston, and the views of the Chemistry World team in this month’s podcast.” At the link right-click “Download: Why science is sexist.mp3” at the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Set Top Box Issue 30 mins – “Consumer advocate Mark Cooper and economist George Ford discuss the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to open the set-top box market to competition by allowing consumers to buy their own set-top boxes.” At the link find the title, “Communicators Discussion on Set-Top Boxes, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.438900.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Singapore 9 mins – Description of Singapore by The Economist. At the link find the title, “Special report: Singapore, Jul 2015right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Revolution 45 mins – “As co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, for many years Arianna Huffington led a fast-paced, under-slept life. Then one day, she fainted from exhaustion, seriously injuring herself. With that she began a journey to learn about the importance of sleep — and why our current culture seems to prize sleep deprivation as a symbol of busyness and achievement. In a new book, she argues for a total overhaul of our relationship with sleep, and points to the many areas in which its value is being rediscovered, from education to politics.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sleep Revolution 60 mins – “Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor in Chief, the Huffington Post Media Group, Author, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time In Conversation with Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook In today’s 24/7 fast-paced world, the hunger for sleep is only getting stronger. Sleep deprivation affects our health, decision making, and relationships both personally and professionally. Huffington takes on sleep from every angle and offers the latest scientific recommendations and expert tips to achieve a better night’s sleep.” At the linkr ight-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Sound Engineer 71 mins – “Matthew Wood is the supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound. He has worked on all three of the Star Wars prequels and also was the voice of numerous characters such as Bib Fortuna, Ody Mandrell, Seboca, and Magaloof. Matthew was the voice actor for General Grievous. Wood also received two Academy Awards nominations for Sound Editing.” At the link click on “Download options,: right-click Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Medicine 30 mins – “Sheyna Gifford has an unusual claim to fame—she is the first doctor ever to work on Mars. Not the planet Mars, of course, but Mauna Loa, a volcano in Hawaii, whose dusty, rust coloured landscape is probably the closest on earth to the red planet. She is serving on the Hi-Seas programme, a mission run the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA, whose purpose is to simulate a three year voyage to Mars and back. Since last August Gifford and six other scientists have been living in a 1000 square foot solar powered dome, which they rarely leave. The project is treated as a real mission to Mars so the crew have all the supplies for their year long stay and, because of the time delay between Mars and Earth, they cannot speak to the outside world. They can, however, communicate by email, so Sheyna sent The BMJ this voice file to answer 15 of our questions.” At the link find the title, “Doctors in spaaaaaace, Apr 2016,” right-click “Play Nowand select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

TED Talks 49 mins – “Thirty years ago, a famous architect and designer summoned three hundred of his friends to Monterey, California to discuss technology, entertainment and design. In the years that followed, these “TED Talks” featured influential speakers to an invitation-only audience. But in the late 1990s, the conference was struggling and on the verge of collapse. Then in 2001, publishing entrepreneur Chris Anderson bought it and began posting TED Talks online. The speeches went viral and today, those videos are being watched millions of times a day. Diane talks with the president of TED about making knowledge accessible, and the do’s and don’ts of public speaking.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Ted Williams 28 mins – “Richard Ben Cramer’s masterful profile of Ted Williams from 1986 is often cited as one of the greatest magazine stories of all time. It’s about a sports idol who wanted fame but hated celebrity, who shouted louder than anyone but demanded privacy, who wanted to be the best at everything, always, and thus wanted to be immortal. Former Esquire editor David Hirshey joins host David Brancaccio to discuss the enigmatic and bigger-than-life Teddy Ballgame and the journalist who finally uncovered his essence.” At the link find the title, “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?” right-click beside “Enclosure:…” at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Theranos Problem 44 mins – “Slate Money with Margit Wennmachers on Theranos, Silicon Valley, and German company culture.” At the link find the title, “The Dubious Values Edition, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM3191131755.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation 45 mins – “As someone with autism spectrum disorder, John Elder Robison knows what it’s like to feel emotionally removed from situations. Robison tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that throughout his life people have told him, “There’s this emotional language you’re missing. There are stories in people’s eyes. There are messages.” Robison didn’t fully understand what they meant until he received transcranial magnetic stimulation, a noninvasive procedure in which areas of the brain are stimulated with electromagnetic fields to alter its circuitry. Neurologist Alvaro Pascual-Leone, who treated Robison, explains TMS as a “tool that allows us to introduce a small amount of current into specific parts of the brain without having to use surgery to do so. … By introducing current in it, we can probe the function of certain parts of the brain [and] we can even modify how different parts of the brain work.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trauma Aftermath 55 mins – “Trauma is not a story about the past — it lives in the present: in both the mind and body. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it’s trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult.” At the link find the title, “All In The Family, Part 3, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160421_33467.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Travel Importance 45 mins – “Acclaimed writer, psychologist, traveler Andrew Solomon the importance of getting out- way out- into the world.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

UN Role Today 61 mins – “Esther Brimmer, CFR’s adjunct senior fellow for international institutions, discusses the evolution of the United Nations over the past seventy years and its role in the world today, as part of CFR’s Academic Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viagra for Women 19 mins – “Last August, Flibanserin — or “Addyi” — became the first FDA-approved drug aimed at treating sexual dysfunction in women. Sprout, the company that developed the so-called “female Viagra” was understandably excited, and even more so the next day when they were bought by pharmaceutical giant Valeant, for one billion dollars. But after a rocky year, Valeant announced Monday that they had dismissed the entire sales force associated with Flibanserin and would reintroduce the drug later in the year. When Flibanserin first hit the shelves last year, we took a deep dive into its marketing message and the nebulous world of prescription drugs and female desire.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voter Psychology 42 mins – “The historian Rick Shenkman is editor and publisher of the indispensable website History News Network. I’m a fan and recently had the pleasure of reading his latest book, Political Animals: How Our Stone-age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics. Shenkman himself possesses quite a highly evolved brain, but he nonetheless admits he has his own share of stone-age brain cells. However, there is no club in his hand at the moment, just this book, which frankly, packs all the wallop he needs. If you want to know why this is the year of Trump, you’ve got to read it. If you want to know why millions of Republicans still believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, you’ve got to read it. Even if you want to hold on and remain an optimist, you’ve got to read it. This week, I sat down with Rick Shenkman to talk about the brain of the American voter, and what is firing its synapses during this extraordinary primary season.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Voting Rights 63 mins – “Previously, Michael Waldman traced the ongoing argument on gun rights from The Bill of Rights to the current day. Now, in The Fight to Vote, Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at an even more crucial struggle: the past and present effort to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed.” From the writing of the Constitution, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought the right, others have fought to stop them. This is the first book to trace the entire story from the Founders’ debates to today’s restrictions: gerrymandering, voter ID laws, the flood of money unleashed by the nonprofit Citizens United, making voting difficult for the elderly, the poor and the young, by restricting open polling places.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wheat Allergies 48 mins – “Dietary reactions to wheat are on the rise, and science is grasping for answers. One approach to work around the genetic basis of the reaction, and that is well understood. With that information, scientists like Dr. Chris Miller at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center are searching for innovative solutions. Current concepts seek to breed modern wheat with other historical varieties featuring low reactivity. Future methods suggest that genetic engineering and gene editing might be especially effective solutions to the problem. Co-Hosted by Kevin Klatt, Graduate Student in Molecular Nutrition, Cornell University Twitter: @Nutrevolve” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Collar Digital Disruption 47 mins – “We know what’s happened to so many blue collar jobs in America. If they haven’t gone abroad, they’ve been automated away. Taken over by machines. Now that same smart machine takeover is lining up to hit the professions, say my guests today. To hit lawyers and doctors. Accountants, consultants, architects, educators, journalists. All they say, are lined up to take a hit. It may be good for spreading knowledge around. But the fallout? Up next On Point: when machines take on the professions.” (2 guests) At the link right-click “Download this story and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics 56 mins – “Emily’s List founder Ellen Malcolm discusses the rise in elected women in public office. She is interviewed by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA).” At the link find the title, “After Words with Ellen Malcolm, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.434090.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics 67 mins – “Previously, Michael Waldman traced the ongoing argument on gun rights from The Bill of Rights to the current day. Now, in The Fight to Vote, Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at an even more crucial struggle: the past and present effort to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed.” From the writing of the Constitution, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought the right, others have fought to stop them. This is the first book to trace the entire story from the Founders’ debates to today’s restrictions: gerrymandering, voter ID laws, the flood of money unleashed by the nonprofit Citizens United, making voting difficult for the elderly, the poor and the young, by restricting open polling places.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Hazards 46 mins – “New warnings from the federal Centers for Disease Control this week that the mosquito-born Zika virus is scarier and more dangerous even than we thought. Birth defects. Brain problems in full-grown adults. Sexual transmission. The mosquito that can carry it is all over the Gulf Coast and can range as far north as New York. Zika is coming, say the headlines.  A potentially devastating health crisis, we’re told. Are we ready?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus Study 45 mins – “In the last one to two years the Zika virus has infected more than a million people. Most have mild or no symptoms, but a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her developing fetus leading to possible birth defects, stunted brain development and premature birth. The mosquito which can carry this virus is in about 30 states. Health officials say there’s no crisis now but that preparedness is essential. In February the Obama administration asked Congress for $1.9 billion in emergency funding, but so far, Congress has yet to act. Please join us to talk about the health risks posed by Zika and efforts to contain its spread.”(4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

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Media Mining Digest 232 – Apr 22, 2016: Aboriginal Imprisonment in Australia, Afro-Mexicans, Alzheimers Caregivers, American Commerce, American Turbulence, Art Market Today, Asylum Conditions in Europe, Battery Disposal Hazard, Bayes Theorem, Bicycle Advocate, Black Voters, Blind Echolocation, Boko Haram Abductions, Brain Mapping, Breast Cancer Doctor, Broadband Point to Point Radio, Climate Agreement Measures, Climate Politics, Computer Programmer, Corporate Income Taxes, Corporate Inversions, Credit Card History, DAPA Program Issues, Doctor-Assisted Deaths, Drones in New Hampshire, Dunning-Kruger Effect, Education Goals, Electric Cars in Canada, Environmental Justice, Ethiopian Drought, European Concerns, Female Judge, Flight Test Engineer, Food Health, Food Waste Restaurant, GMO Crops, Graphene, Hair, Ham Nation, Hollerith Cards, Home Theater History, Immigrant Organizer, Indian Planned Parenthood, Investment Diversification, Lucky Breaks, Marijuana Risks, Migraines, Minimum Wages, Myanmar, Neutrons, Octopus, Opiate Use, Palliative Care, Perceptions, Podcast Evolution, Population Control, Property Brothers, Publishing for Smartphones, Railroad Crossing Accidents, Refugee Children in Sweden, Rust Belt Innovation, School Improvement Project, Science Games, Sex Assault Response, Simple Bank Card, Suicides in Canada, Tax Avoidance, Teaching Profession, Terrorist Survivors, Voice Science, Voting Fraud, W. Kamu Bell, Water in Colorado, Zika Impact

The best 104 podcasts from a larger group of 228 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Aboriginal Imprisonment in Australia 58 mins – “Prominent Indigenous leader and Australian Labor Senate nominee Pat Dodson addresses the National Press Club.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Pat Dodson, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files NPCc_PatDodson_1304_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Afro-Mexicans 45 mins – “Many black people in Mexico’s remote Costa Chica area near the Pacific ocean feel ignored and neglected by the state. A lot of Mexicans don’t even know the Afro-Mexicans exist. Outside their towns, they often get stopped by police who don’t believe they can be Mexican. Some have even been deported, despite having Mexican ID papers. So who are the black Mexicans? Lucy Duran meets members of this ethnic community that is struggling for identity and recognition. They use their culture, such as the characteristic Dance of the Devils or Chilena music, to assert their identity and fight for their rights. Activists want the state to accept black people as a separate ethnic minority, distinct from indigenous people, but with the same rights. It is not only about being able to hold your head high. It’s also about money. Those fighting for official recognition say that they’re not eligible for the special kind of financial support that similarly isolated indigenous communities get. They blame their poverty on this lack of funding. Dr Lucy Duran meets black Mexicans ranging from a cowboy to a singer-songwriter and explores how they identify themselves, why even those who do not obviously look as though they are of African descent describe themselves as black, and why their identity has become a political issue. Producer: Arlene Gregorius Consultant and translator: Dr Sergio Navarrete Pellicer.” At the link find the title, “The Afro-Mexicans, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03qg56f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimers Caregivers 44 mins – “An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is estimated to cost the nation as much as $215 billion. According to a new national survey, a third of family members and friends caring for a loved one with the disease reduced their work hours or quit. And 28% of caregivers eat less or go hungry. The report was released right before an Alzheimer’s conference that begins here in Washington today. Diane Rehm and a panel of guests discuss why Alzheimer’s is one of the most costly diseases for families and the nation.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

American Commerce 59 mins – “Penny Pritzker, secretary of commerce, joins Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the United States’ global commercial approach as it relates to exerting influence on world markets and trading partners. Delving into the domestic effects of globalization and digitization, Pritzker discusses how a growing wave of public antagonism toward free trade and new trade agreements can be addressed and mitigated.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Turbulance 42 mins – “Republican presidential candidates are calling for Washington to get tougher on an assertive China and reduce the size of the U.S. government. In a media call, contributors to the upcoming May/June issue of Foreign Affairs make the opposite case, calling for patience with China and a significant public role in boosting the domestic economy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Art Market Today 60 mins – “Today’s global art market is reminiscent of a roller coaster – even as it rotates and retrenches – the ride continues to propel, excite and surprise. With a tenfold increase in buyers over the last decade, unprecedented numbers of influencers are playing a part in work being made, seen and sold. Art has inextricably become dominated by the market. Private collectors on museum boards have become the new curators, driving acquisitions and dictating exhibition content. Advisors and dealers are conditioning the next “hot” artists, who in turn, capitulate to the feeding frenzy, churning out works only to be dropped when the next fad takes hold. Galleries priorities and promote sales of commercial-friendly paintings.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asylum Conditions in Europe 72 mins – “The pressure brought by the recent mass influx of migrants and refugees to Europe has drawn attention to the need for systems to receive and house new arrivals that can adapt to unpredictable numbers, remain cost-efficient, and meet national and EU standards. But what does it take to set up and manage a reception system that can simultaneously meet the demands of flexibility, quality, and efficiency? Michael Kegels, Fedasil Belgium’s Director of Operational Services and author of the recent MPI Europe report, Getting the Balance Right: Strengthening Asylum Reception Capacity at National and EU Levels, discusses how to devise a more responsive asylum reception system at national and EU levels that upholds common standards. He is joined by representatives from the Austrian Ministry of Interior and EASO to reflect on the practical challenges of meeting asylum-seeker reception demand, the prospects of greater cooperation, and the place of asylum reception policy at the heart of the Common European Asylum System.” At the link right-click “Download” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Battery Hazard 3 mins – “Batteries in electric cars could lead to unforeseen environmental problems.” At the link find the title, “Episode 623 – April 11 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_April11_2016.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bayes Theorem 91 mins – “We don’t treat all of our beliefs equally. For some, we see them as either true or false, correct or incorrect. For others, we see them as probabilities, chances, odds. In one world, certainty, in the other, uncertainty. In this episode you will learn from two experts in reasoning how to apply a rule from the 1700s that makes it possible to see all of your beliefs as being in “grayscale,” as neither black nor white, neither 0 nor 100 percent, but always somewhere in between, as a shade of gray reflecting your confidence in just how wrong you might be…given the evidence at hand.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bicycle Advocate 46 mins – “Making it easy for people to get from Point A to Point B is a big concern in urban areas. Here in Utah most people simply drive. Urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen wants that to change. He wants more people to bike and walk, not for their health, but because they’re the easiest ways to get around. They aren’t, yet, but Colville-Andersen wants to change that, too. He joins us Wednesday to discuss how better designed cities can make it effortless for people to get from here to there without driving. Mikael Colville-Andersen is an urban designer and an urban-mobility expert. He’s the CEO and founder of the Copenhagenize Design Co. Team, which consults with cities on bicycle culture, planning, traffic, and communications. He blogs at Copenhagenize.com. He was in Salt Lake City this week as a guest of Bike Utah.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Voters 38 mins – “Has Donald Trump forever crushed the Republican party’s hopes of wooing the Black electorate? This week on the Remix host Dr. James Peterson speaks with Republican analyst Joe Watkins about the GOP strategy to reach out to the black voters. Joe Watkins is the Pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philadelphia. He was a White House aide under President George W. Bush, and ran as the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2009. He has appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, and Al Jazeera, and is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for the social media platform ElectedFace.com. You can hear James Peterson and Joe Watkins discuss the Wisconsin primaries on WHYY’s Radio Times with host Marty Moss-Coane.” At the link find the title, “Joe Watkins on Black voters and the Republican party, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files watkins-web.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Navigation 20 mins – “Hull has just introduced a charter which spells out how the city is easier for blind people to get around. We go and find out if it’s working. And we speak to the journalist and crime novelist, Susie Steiner, about her eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa. Is her failing sight fuelling her creativity or just frustrating to manage?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Boko Haram Abductions 9 mins – “Two years ago, 276 Nigerian girls were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. Over 200 schoolgirls are still missing. #BringBackOurGirls founder says the international community has not followed up on their promise to help.” At the link find the title, “Failing them is failing humanity,’ says #BringBackOurGirls founder,” right-click “Download ‘Failing them is failing humanity,’ says #BringBackOurGirls founder – April 14, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Mapping 25 mins – “Take a three year-old to the zoo, and she intuitively knows that the long-necked creature nibbling leaves is the same thing as the giraffe in her picture book. That superficially easy feat is in reality quite sophisticated. The cartoon drawing is a frozen silhouette of simple lines, while the living animal is awash in color, texture, movement and light. It can contort into different shapes and looks different from every angle. Humans excel at this kind of task. We can effortlessly grasp the most important features of an object from just a few examples and apply those features to the unfamiliar. Computers, on the other hand, typically need to sort through a whole database of giraffes, shown in many settings and from different perspectives, to learn to accurately recognize the animal.” At the link find the title, “Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines,” right-click “Media files Episode33.mp3”

Breast Cancer Doctor 40 mins – “Dr Liz O’Riordan is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in the UK. In 2015 she was diagnosed with the very illness she has spent her life treating and has chosen to chronicle her experiences in her truly wonderful blog liz.oriordan.co.uk. This episode is a truly special one as it touches on so many of the issues that we fear as physicians; seeing yourself as a patient with the disease you know so much about to the challenges of choosing your own doctor, when almost all of them are your friends of colleagues.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Issues 32 mins – “Matt Polka, president of the American Cable Association, and Robert Gessner, chairman of the association’s board, discuss the future of the cable industry, the potential for “skinny bundle” packages, and the set-top box market.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Matt Polka and Robert Gessner, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436170.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Point to Point Radio 27 mins – “San Franciso is one of the rare cities that has multiple high quality ISPs competing for market share, though the vast majority of people still seem to be stuck choosing only between Comcast and AT&T. This week, we talk to a rising ISP, Webpass, about their success and challenges in expanding their model. Charles Barr is the President of Webpass and Lauren Saine is a policy advisor – both join us for episode 197 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Agreement Measures 64 mins – “In Professor Michael Finus’ inaugural lecture he highlights how economic theory, in particular game theory, can be used to analyze international agreements to tackle climate change.” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Politics 57 mins – Frederic C. Rich – one of the world’s leading corporate lawyers who is at the same time a prominent environmental leader – has written a book which diagnoses why the American environmental movement has stalled. He argues that in order to move forward, Republicans must reclaim their forgotten pro-environment heritage and Green must learn to again appeal to conservatives. Tune in as we talk to Mr. Rich about how his ideas could play out, given the unique Presidential primary season we are experiencing.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Programer 84 mins – “James Gosling is a Canadian computer scientist known as the father of Java programming language. Gosling was with Sun Microsystems from 1984 to 2010. He also worked at Oracle, Google, and Liquid Robotics and is currently an adviser at Scala.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporate Income Tax 5 mins – “Corporate Income Tax, Apr, 2016 – Audio interview by GAO staff with Jessica Lucas-Judy, Director, Strategic Issues” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporate Inversions 45 mins – “The U.S. Treasury Department issued new rules this week [Alpr 2016] designed to discourage corporate inversions. These are deals in which U.S. companies move their legal headquarters to a foreign country to reduce their tax burden. This is often achieved by merging with a smaller foreign firm. President Obama has called the practice unpatriotic. In what was viewed as a victory for the president, yesterday the U.S. drug maker Pzifer abandoned a multibillion-dollar foreign merger. But critics of the new tax rules say companies will find ways around them as long as the U.S. corporate tax rate remains one of the highest in the world.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Credit Card History 18 mins – “Credit cards with chips in them have been around for four decades. So why is America only getting them now? And now that they are here, why are so few places using them?” At the link find the title, “#695: Put A Chip On It, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160413_pmoney podcast041316.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DAPA Program Issues 71 mins – “On April 18, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the Obama administration’s appeal of a lower federal court order suspending DAPA implementation. How the court rules in this legal challenge filed by 26 states will have both economic and social impacts on the population of eligible parents, their families, and the communities in which they reside. MPI experts explore who makes up the affected population, analyzing the legal arguments presented to the court, and examining the potential immediate and long-term implications of this case.” At the link right-click “Download” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor-Assisted Dying 27 mins“…Over the last five years, someone has died at a rail crossing every other day. But the list of 500 most dangerous crossings in Canada has not been shared with the cities where they are. Dave Seglins shares the results from CBC’s investigation.” At the link right-click “CBC investigation uncovers Canada’s most dangerous railway crossings,” right-click “Download CBC investigation uncovers Canada’s most dangerous railway crossings – April 13, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dones in New Hampshire 2016 57 mins – “New Hampshire is among many states attempting to navigate the brave new world of these unmanned flying machines, addressing privacy and safety concerns. Meanwhile, the federal government could swoop in and make all these measures moot as lawmakers on Capitol Hill consider legislation that would allow the FAA to trump state laws.” (5 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dunning – Kruger Effect 65 mins – “In this episode, we explore why we are unaware that we lack the skill to tell how unskilled and unaware we are. The evidence gathered so far by psychologists and neuroscientists seems to suggest that each one of us has a relationship with our own ignorance, a dishonest, complicated relationship, and that dishonesty keeps us sane, happy, and willing to get out of bed in the morning. Part of that ignorance is a blind spot we each possess that obscures both our competence and incompetence called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It’s a psychological phenomenon that arises sometimes in your life because you are generally very bad at self-assessment. If you have ever been confronted with the fact that you were in over your head, or that you had no idea what you were doing, or that you thought you were more skilled at something than you actually were – then you may have experienced this effect. It is very easy to be both unskilled and unaware of it, and in this episode we explore why that is with professor David Dunning, one of the researchers who coined the term and a scientist who continues to add to our understanding of the phenomenon.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Echolocation 21 mins – “The blind man leading the blind to see – how echolocation is redefining our understanding of vision. Daniel Kish is blind but his ability to “see using sound” is remarkable. His use of echolocation to effortlessly get around using mouth clicks has earned him the nickname “Batman”. Now researchers are getting a clearer picture on the way his brain turns sounds into images and it’s redefining our understanding of vision. ” At the link right-click “mp4” beside “download video” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Goals 20 mins – “What’s the purpose of schooling? Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, right? Well, our guest today begs to differ. Zoe Weil, author and the founder of the Institute for Humane Education, argues that the obligation of education is to cultivate a generation of “solutionaries” – kind, just, and socially conscious people who will protect the environment and promote human rights. We talk about her new book, The World Becomes What We Teach, and touch upon educational equity issues like implicit bias, summer learning loss, the resurgence of school segregation, and how Common Core fits into her vision for meaningful change.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Cars in Canada 27 mins – “Consumers are getting all charged up over a new generation of electric cars. But Canada’s infrastructure may be lagging behind drivers’ enthusiasm. The Current takes the on-ramp towards the future for electric cars, stopping at speed bumps along the way.” At the link find the title, “Future looks bright for electric cars but Canada’s infrastructure is lacking,” right-click “Download Future looks bright for electric cars but Canada’s infrastructure is lacking – April 12, 2016” and and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Justice 61 mins – “Sally G. Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power and Light, discusses the role of faith communities in promoting environmental justice, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethiopian Drought 20 mins – “Hundreds-of-thousands of children in Ethiopia are malnourished as famine and a drought grip the country’s eastern rim. And as the government appeals for help, there are questions about why after devastating famines in past decades this is happening again.” At the link find the title, “Ethiopia government under fire for slow response to worst drought in 50 years,” right-click “Media files current_20160414_63408.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

European Concerns 53 mins – “This week we feature a discussion presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, titled “Bad Neighborhoods: Europe’s Crisis and the Challenges of its Peripheries.” Our speakers are College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium Visiting Professor, Jacques Rupnik, and Yale University Visiting Professor of Political Science, Jolyon Howorth.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Judge 24 mins – “For all the power they wield in the justice system, we don’t often hear frank talk from judges, in part because they seldom step down from their prestigious posts. But judge Marie Corbett retired early and is opening up about the life she left behind.” At the link find the title, “Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling ‘powerless over crime’,” right-click “Download Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling ‘powerless over crime’ “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flight Test Engineer 81 mins – “ …Our guest for this episode is aerospace engineer Eric Becker, a flight test engineer for the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland. We refer once more to cartoon character Dilbert having “The Knack.” Eric’s first helicopter ride was on a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion. Carmen offers the helpful insight that spaghetti bridges work best when the pasta remains uncooked. One of our guest’s early engineering classes was a course in descriptive geometry. According to Eric, a flight test engineer does “anything and everything to get data showing the aircraft is meeting is requirements.” A flight card is used to specify each aircraft maneuver and its associated setup conditions. Brian and Eric discuss the misery of writing software to meet the DO-178B standard. Eric mentions a prior episode, Career Planning, in which we with talked with Patrick Riordan about working with Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs). Our guest worked an an operations engineer on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). A brief discussion breaks out concerning the differences between scientists and engineers. Risks are future events with an occurrence probability and a potential for loss. A risk matrix can be useful in evaluating potential operational problems. …A recent best-selling book, The Checklist Manifesto, is referenced by Eric. Our guest’s advice to individuals not following the typical engineering career path is “if you want it, just do it.” Eric can be reached via email: eric -=+ at +=- internal dot org. Also, feel free to follow Eric on Twitter as @ericnbecker.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Health 68 mins – “This program is underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 48.1 million people in America are food insecure: they do not have access to fresh, affordable, healthy food. This is the result of many interconnected factors: lack of access to grocery stores in rural communities; an abundance of fast food chains and convenience stores in inner-city communities; and a culture that subsidizes high-calorie, low-nutrient leisure foods instead of produce. As our health suffers as a national community, we are witnessing obesity, heart disease, diabetes become the public health epidemics of this generation. How can we create communities where healthy food is accessible, appealing and affordable? Join our panel of experts as they discuss the current state of the American food system, its impact on our health and on our most vulnerable populations.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste Restaurant 5 mins – “Head to the far side of the 19th arrondissement in Paris, on metro line 7. Walk across a large, grimy square and look for a tall set of metal doors under the highway overpass. When you see the bright green painted pony, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the Freegan Pony restaurant. It’s clearly not your usual Parisian dining locale. In fact, it’s an illegal squat, set in a cavernous dark space. It’s as urban-gritty as it gets, furnished with long wooden tables, sofas and cushions, dimmed lights and occasional loud music….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Crops 5 mins – “Genetically Engineered Crops, Apr, 2016 – Audio interview by GAO staff with Steve Morris, Director, Natural Resources and Environment” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graphene 27 mins – “Materials scientists are researching fascinating materials that can revolutionize technology. Matteo Pasquali, Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry at Rice University, tells us about graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms that can conduct electricity faster than most metals, and it is thin enough that it can even be sewn into clothing as a fiber to create wearable tech! Graphene can also be “painted” on surfaces, and may eventually help repair damaged tissue with no risk of scarring or rejection.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Hair Business 27 mins – “Justine Lang embarks on a journey to find out why women in India sacrifice their natural hair and why an increasing number of South African women want to buy it.” At the link find the title, “Trading Hair,Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03qvsyl.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hair Salons 46 mins – “Everything is up for discussion in the salon, where intimate and frank conversations take place between a woman and her hairstylist. Whether you view a haircut as a luxury or a necessity, a hair salon is at the frontline of how we think about female identity. Six journalists from around the world pay visits to salons across the world, from Tokyo to Johannesburg to Beirut and back. We’ll hear how women view issues of race, class, wealth, sexuality and beauty through the hair on their heads. Step inside the salon, where every haircut tells a story.” At the link find the title, “The Salon, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03qh0rs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ham Nation 85 mins – “Hosted by Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Valerie Hotzfeld, Amanda Alden Val, Ray and Tim are in studio with Leo, Gordo shows how to build a loop antenna, this weeks solar forecast, George shows how to solder a PL259, Bob clears up RFI, CTU Contest University and more!” (Lots of visual aids in the video version.) At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “audio” or one of the video downloads.

Hollerith Cards 3 mins – “…Weaving a pattern into cloth is no easy matter. Different shuttles, carrying the weft strands, have to be threaded through the warp strands in a precise order to give the weave its pattern. In 1805 a French engineer named Jacquard invented means for automating that process. He passed a chain of cards, with holes punched in them, in front of a mechanism. The mechanism reached through wherever a hole let it, and picked up a thread. We’ve used the Jacquard loom principle in textile mills ever since. Five years later, in 1810, the young Englishman Charles Babbage went to Cambridge to study math and mechanics. In 1816, when he was only 25, he was made a fellow of the Royal Society for his work on calculating-machines and methods. In 1834 he conceived a machine that could be told how to carry out a sequence of calculations. He conceived of programmable computation. He never completed this “analytical engine,” as he called it, but he set down all the essential principles of today’s digital computers. Now, back to Jacquard’s loom. The key to operating any computer lies in transmitting sequences of on-off commands. Babbage used Jacquard-style punched cards. The presence or absence of a hole communicated a simple on-off command to the machine. But Babbage’s idea went fallow for a long time. Meanwhile, another bright young man, Herman Hollerith, joined the Census Office — a world of endless copying and tallying. Suppose someone asked, “What percent of our population are Irish immigrants?” How do you get an answer from millions of data sheets?….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Home Theater History 80 mins – “Guests Leo Laporte, and Dick DeBartolo join Scott for a great recap of the past 6 years in home theater. They discuss the past, present, and future of home theater.” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Organizer 69 mins – “Gabriel Thompson, Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, San Jose State University; Author, America’s Social Arsonist This program is part of the Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Gabriel Thompson’s is the first biography of Fred Ross, who believed a good labor organizer should fade into the crowd. But the mentor of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta is hard to forget. In America’s Social Arsonist, Thompson provides a full picture of this complicated and driven man. Raised by conservative parents, Fred Ross disappointed them by becoming a very influential community organizer. His activism began alongside Dust Bowl migrants when he managed the same labor camp that was fictionalized in The Grapes of Wrath. During World War II, Ross worked for the release of interned Japanese Americans, and after the war he dedicated his life to building the political power of Latinos across California, which succeeded after Ross knocked on the door of a young Cesar Chavez and encouraged him to become an organizer.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Planned Parenthood 20 mins – “A new study shows the practice of sex selection with a preference for boys in the Indo-Canadian community. In a country where abortion is legal, how can those who believe in the right to choose confront those who use sex selection to abort females?” At the link find the title, “Indo-Canadian couples choosing sons over daughters: study – April 13, 2016,” right-click “Download Indo-Canadian couples choosing sons over daughters: study” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Diversification 37 mins – “In this audio version from Chapter 6 from Paul’s book, “Financial Fitness Forever,he discusses the long-term impact of diversifying beyond large cap companies to include both U.S. and International small cap and value asset classes, as well as REITs and emerging markets. While he makes no promises about the future, the evidence from over 40 years of performance suggests the possibilities of doubling the long-term return for you and your heirs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lucky Breaks 72 mins – “This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts sat down with Cornell’s Robert Frank to discuss his new book, Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy. As in past episodes with Frank as a guest, it was a spirited conversation, with several good-natured points of disagreement. So where do you stand? Is luck responsible for a larger share of our success than we’re willing to admit? Or is luck, as Branch Rickey said, merely “the residue of design” of the result of good old-fashioned effort?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Risks 33 mins – “What has convinced some researchers that the risks of heavy cannabis use now warrant public health campaigns to warn people of potential harm? .How real is the risk of psychosis among vulnerable users of the drug? And why has the number of young people receiving treatment for cannabis-related problems seemingly been on the rise in the UK? Ian Sample is joined by Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at King’s College London, Suzi Gage, senior research associate in the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at Bristol University and Ian Hamilton, a mental health lecturer at the University of York.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migraines 44 mins – “Severe, throbbing head pain, sensitivity to light, nausea…these are just some of the symptoms the 36 million migraine sufferers in the U.S. regularly endure. The WHO still ranks migraine among the most debilitating conditions worldwide. And yet it has remained difficult to treat. Patients have long relied on medication meant for other illnesses to manage migraine headaches, sometimes with limited success. But that could be changing: New drugs are being tested that target a chemical involved with the brain’s pain signaling during migraines. And while questions remain, the drugs show promise. Why some experts say it’s a new era for our understanding of migraine and how to treat it.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Minimum Wages 44 mins – “Yesterday, the governors of California and New York signed laws that would gradually raise the minimum wage in those states to $15 an hour. The new laws were cheered by labor unions and other advocates for low-wage earners. They say the increase is necessary for workers trying to pay the high cost of living expenses. But business groups warn that higher minimum wages will cost thousands of jobs and lead to higher prices for consumers. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the debate over raising minimum wages in the states and what it could mean for consumers, businesses and the 2016 presidential race. (4 guests)

Myanmar 61 mins – “Priscilla A. Clapp, senior advisor to the United States Institute for Peace, discusses Myanmar’s newly elected government and offers recommendations for how the United States and other international actors can support its democratic transition, as part of CFR’s Academic Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neutrons 40 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the neutron, one of the particles found in an atom’s nucleus. Building on the work of Ernest Rutherford, the British physicist James Chadwick won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. Neutrons play a fundamental role in the universe and their discovery was at the heart of developments in nuclear physics in the first half of the 20th century. With Val Gibson Professor of High Energy Physics at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Trinity College Andrew Harrison Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Light Source and Professor in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh And Frank Close Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Oxford.” At the link find the title, “The Neutron, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03r0gbr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Octopus Book 25 mins – “Inky the octopus made news this week for escaping a New Zealand aquarium through a drain pipe to freedom. The Current explores the mind of the octopus and asks why it is that we’re consistently wowed by stories of animal intelligence. Aquarium manager Rob Yarrall says the lid to the octopus’ tank was left slightly ajar after maintenance one night. He found this rather tempting, climbed out,” Yarrall says, “and he managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean, and off he went, and didn’t even leave us a message, just off and went!” At the link find the title, “Inky the octopus’s tenacious escape reveals intelligent, soulful creature,” right-click “Download Inky the octopus’s tenacious escape reveals intelligent, soulful creature – April 15, 2016,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Octopus Escapes 3 mins – “A well-loved octopus named Inky escaped recently from the National Aquarium in New Zealand. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

Opiate Use 57 mins – “State lawmakers, doctors, and others in the medical profession have been hammering out new guidelines for prescribing these drugs to tackle the issue of over-use and alleviate the addiction crisis. We’ll get the latest on this discussion and also find out how New Hampshire’s approach compares with other states.” (4 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palliative Care 115 mins – “At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? And how can knowing this help you live better lives now? BJ Miller, MD (@zenhospice) knows. BJ is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, where he thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. He is an expert in death, but he’s also learned how we can dramatically improve our own lives, often with very small changes. When you consider that he has guided or been involved with ~1,000 deaths, it’s not surprising that he’s spotted patterns we can all learn from. BJ is also a triple amputee, and his 2015 TED Talk, “Not Whether But How,” is a moving reflection on his vision to make empathic end-of-life care available to all, ranked among the top-15 most viewed TED talks of the year. If you want to know what being around death can teach you about living, you’ll want to listen to this.I LOVED this conversation, and I hope you do as well. Enjoy.” At the link find the title, “The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files Tim Ferriss Show, BJ Miller.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Perceptions 40 mins – “The older and wiser we get, the more bewildering our past decisions can seem. This week, people revisit those decisions — and we revisit a story we aired a year ago with new, fascinating updates about a groundbreaking study that turned out to be false. A year ago, we did a story about a study that found that a simple 20-minute conversation could change someone’s mind about controversial issues like gay marriage and abortion. But a few weeks after we aired the story, the study was discredited. A couple of researchers decided to redo the experiment the right way, and released their results this week. (3 minutes) The story from the prologue continues, with the researchers re-doing the canvassing experiment. And the results are even more surprising this time around. (27 minutes) Comedian Chris Gethard has a new podcast called Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, where people can call in to talk to him about anything for an hour. Our editor, Joel Lovell, tells us about his favorite episode thus far — featuring a man who calls in desperately seeking Chris’ guidance. (15 minutes) Senior Producer Brian Reed tells Ira about a book entitled “Now I Know Better,” where children write cautionary tales recounting horrific accidents they’ve endured. He also interviews one of the book’s contributors about his childhood mishap. (9 1/2 minutes)” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Evolution 40 mins – “Kelly McEvers, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” talks about hosting the award-winning afternoon newsmagazine and her past work covering hot spots around the globe. She will also talk about her new podcast “Embedded” which takes stories from the news and takes you to where they are happening.” At the link find the title, “NPR’s Kelly McEvers on Covering Global Conflict, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files IM_20160402.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Population Control 60 mins – “With what we know about climate change, should anyone add another child into that future? We’ll get two points of view from women who write about it: Madeline Ostrander and Alisha Graves. Then we hear recent science from Dr. Marcus Donat proving extreme rainfall events, and extreme drought will continue and get worse as the planet warms. I’m Alex Smith. Buckle up, and off we go, in this week’s Radio Ecoshock.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” in “Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (56 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Property Brothers 63 mins – “Jonathan and Drew Scott have taken HGTV by storm with their four hit shows, “Property Brothers,” “Property Brothers at Home,” “Buying & Selling,” and “Brother vs. Brother.” The talented duo share the ins and outs of buying, selling, and renovating your home and offer helpful tips to stay on time and on budget.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publishing for Smart Phones 15 mins – “”In Thailand, according to the latest available figures for the first quarter of 2014, mobile telephone subscriptions outnumbered landlines by more than 15 to 1. Among 18-24 year olds, daily Internet access is now nearly a universal habit, and Thais make up the third largest population of Facebook users in the world. A more digital nation is difficult to find. Yet when it comes to digital publishing in the national language, Thailand confronts a challenge over one thousand years old: Thai has a unique written script, with 44 consonant letters and 15 vowel symbols. Unlike for languages that have adopted the Roman alphabet, the move from print to digital can be daunting. “For Thailand, because we have our own alphabet, it’s very complicated,” explains Trasvin Jittidecharak, founder of Silkworm Books, based in her hometown of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. “For Vietnamese or Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malay that use the Roman alphabet, to transform into digital books, it’s easier. This [difficulty] also applies for the Myanmar (Burmese) language, Cambodian, and Laotian.” Around the globe, and especially in developing economies, the explosion of smartphone technology has led to the rise of self-publishing as a do-it-yourself distribution channel for self-expression and information. Jittidecharak currently sits on the Executive Committee of the International Publishers Association (IPA), where her experience adds an important measure of perspective….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Railway Crossing Accidents 21 mins – “Over the last five years, someone has died at a rail crossing every other day. But the list of 500 most dangerous crossings in Canada has not been shared with the cities where they are. Dave Seglins shares the results from CBC’s investigation. After reviewing accident records of the Transportation Safety Board, a CBC investigation discovered that over the past five years, there are on average 179 rail crossing accidents every year: One every two days. There have been at least 463 people killed at railway crossings since 2000. And most of 16,000 railway crossings in Canada don’t have automated arms. The list of 500 most dangerous crossings in the Canada has not been shared with the cities, or jurisdictions, where they’re located.At the link find the title, “CBC investigation uncovers Canada’s most dangerous railway crossings,” right-click “Download CBC investigation uncovers Canada’s most dangerous railway crossings – April 13, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Children in Sweden 54 mins – “ In a collaboration with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the United Kingdom and KQED in California, this episode of Reveal tells the stories of children crossing borders alone. You’ll hear about the wars they’re fleeing, where they’re trying to go and what happens to them when they get there. We followed migrants who traveled from Afghanistan to Sweden to London, from El Salvador and Mexico to California, and we found that kids seeking safe harbor in Europe and the U.S. often confront years of uncertainty and insecurity when they arrive.” At the link find the title, “Kids crossing borders – alone, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files Kids-crossing-borders-alone podcast master.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rust Belt Innovation 45 mins – “For decades Americans have watched as blue-collar workers lost their jobs in droves to cheap labor overseas. The nation’s once-thriving industrial heartland became known as the Rust Belt, marked by abandoned factories, population decline and urban decay. But a new book points to a renaissance occurring in some Rust-Belt cities like Akron, Ohio, and Albany, N.Y. The authors – an economist and a journalist – argue that by focusing on how to make things in ways that are smarter, instead of cheaper, some former Rust Belt areas are becoming “Brain Belts.” Join Diane and her guests to learn about some new and unlikely hotspots of global innovation. bilitating conditions worldwide. And yet it has remained difficult to treat. Patients have long relied on medication meant for other illnesses to manage migraine headaches, sometimes with limited success. But that could be changing: New drugs are being tested that target a chemical involved with the brain’s pain signaling during migraines. And while questions remain, the drugs show promise. Why some experts say it’s a new era for our understanding of migraine and how to treat it.” (2 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

School Improvement Project 45 mins – “This year some of the largest school districts in California will begin testing students on these and other so-called social-emotional skills – and incorporate the results into school assessments. Educators around the country are paying close attention. A recent update to federal law requires states to include at least one nonacademic measure in evaluating school performance. And they are looking to these districts as a potential model. But even advocates of teaching these skills warn the tests are unreliable, and the skills themselves need further definition.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Science Games 21 mins – “From NOVA Education, we welcome outreach coordinator Ralph Bouquet to showcase NOVA Labs – a free digital platform featuring games that foster authentic scientific exploration. With engaging interactives and informative videos, NOVA Labs allows students to participate in an area of active research where they can analyze and play with the same data that scientists use. Listen to the show to see how your students can participate in science by tracking cloud movements, designing biomolecules, or defending against sophisticated cyber attacks.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Assault Response 6 mins – “Sexual Assault Response, Apr, 2016 – Audio interview by GAO staff with Katherine Iritani, Director, Health Care.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Simple Card Bank 60 mins – “The International Edition – On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, Felix Salmon of Fusion, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss money going global with Simple CEO Josh Reich. Topics discussed on today’s show include: Josh’s story of how he started a mobile banking company. Can the financial tech industry save banking? The bigger story behind the Panama Papers.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicides in Canada 21 mins – “Attawapiskat is a community in crisis. Aboriginal youth in northern Ontario take their own lives at a rate 50 times the national average. Those trying to save them are begging for help, calling for national action to deal with the mental health emergency.” At the link find the title, “Dying from hopelessness’: Attawapiskat desperate to stop suicide pandemic,” right-click “Download ‘Dying from hopelessness’: Attawapiskat desperate to stop suicide pandemic – April 12, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Avoidance 12 mins – “The leak of the Panama Papers shows a link between the sums siphoned out of developing nations into tax havens and away from basic public services for citizens. It adds up to an estimated $200 billion U.S. a year. The Current connects the dots.” At the link find the title, “Panama Papers expose human costs of global tax avoidance,” right-click “Download Panama Papers expose human costs of global tax avoidance – April 11, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teaching Profession 26 mins – “Can Technology Save the Teaching Profession? – There are few people who know teachers and the art of teaching as well as Barnett Berry. He’s the founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, a national nonprofit that advances a high-quality public education system for all students, driven by the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers. Barnett’s two books, Teaching 2030 and Teacherpreneurs, frame his bold vision for the teaching profession’s future. But is it too bold? Perhaps downright impossible? A few weeks ago, The Center for Teaching Quality put out a new paper commissioned by the Ford Foundation, all about the concept of “deeper learning.” Barnett stopped by EdSurge to share some of the papers’ findings, but we wanted more. Barnett and his team make the argument in the paper that if we want to achieve deeper learning in the classroom, we need to do a better job developing teacher leaders. But does that mean they have to leave the classroom to become administrators? And where does technology play a role in all of this?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Survivors 44 mins – “Terror attacks always grab the headlines when they happen, but after days or weeks the world’s attention moves on. The Current speaks with survivors of three terror attacks – in Paris, Kenya, and Oklahoma City – about their experiences and how they cope.” At the link find the title, “‘I don’t know why I survived’: Survivors reflect on coping after a terror attack,” right-click “Download ‘I don’t know why I survived’: Survivors reflect on coping after a terror attack – April 11, 2016” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voice Science 25 mins – “…The Voder was invented by an engineer and speech scientist named Homer Dudley, who worked at Bell Labs, a research facility owned by AT&T. During the 1920s and 1930s, Bell Labs was doing all kinds of research into the human voice, exploring how to synthesize, digitize, and compress speech for long-distance transmission. The Voder was a novelty off-shoot connected to Dudley’s broader research, but it’s closely connected to a number of Bell Labs inventions that continue to shape our world today. Their influence can be seen in the realm of digital media, but also in the workings of the internet more fundamentally. And on top of all that, Dudley’s inventions helped win a war…..” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title, “Vox Ex Machina” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Fraud .60 mins – “Former U.S. Civil Rights Commission Chair Mary Frances Berry talks about illegal voting practices. She is interviewed by Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Mary Frances Berry, Apr, 2016, right-click “Media files program.432379.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

W Kamu Bell 49 mins – “Comic W. Kamau Bell is taking his political and social satire to CNN, where he’s hosting a new docu-series called ‘United Shades of America.’ He describes himself as having made a living finding humor in the parts of America he doesn’t understand. Kevin Whitehead reviews jazz guitarist Julian Lage’s album ‘Arclight.’ Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series ‘Shugs & Fats.’ “ At the link find the title, “Apr 2016 Best Of: W. Kamau Bell / ‘Shugs & Fats’,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water in Colorado 25 mins – “Host Beth Bennett interviews Bob Crifasi, author of A Land Made of Water (starts at 4’55”). Bob works in water management and planning and is an environmental scientist with over 25yr experience. He was the Water Resources Administrator for the city of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Dept. He has served on board of directors of 11 ditch companies and as the president of several, supervising all aspects of ditch operation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. We discuss the Webpass model, which uses fixed wireless and fiber to serve high density apartment buildings where they are allowed in by the landlord. Unfortunately, they have been locked out of many of these buildings and are looking to the city of San Francisco to adopt better policies to ensure a single provider like AT&T cannot monopolize the building. Though the FCC has made exclusive arrangement unenforceable, the big providers are still finding ways to lock out competition. e also talk a little about the role of fiber and fixed wireless technologies, chokepoints more generally, and why Webpass is so sure it could succeed if residents were all able to to choose the ISP they wanted. At the link right-click “…download this mp3 fiel…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Impact 44 mins – Laurie Garrett, CFR’s senior fellow for global health, discusses the domestic and international ramifications of the Zika virus outbreak, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy and State and Local Officials Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

 

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Media Mining Digest 231 – Apr 15, 2016: 3D Printed Tissue, Alcohol Prices and Mortality, Amputee Story, Apple Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Bank Robbery Shootout, Bat Fungus Spread, Behavior Science in Design, Black Power, Blindness for Beginners, Braille Orbit 20 Reader, Breast Cancer, Business Trends, Childhood Abuse and Obesity, Christmas Restrictions, Climate Warming, Mechanics, Clinton Email Case, Coffee Production, Communications Legislation, Concussions, Consciousness, Cooking from Scratch, Copyright Fair Use, Coral Bleaching, Corruption in Iceland, Counter Terrorism NYC, DNA First Crystallography, End of Life Talks, Female Firefighter, Financial Risk Taking, Food for Military, Food, Gay Children Rights, Glyphosate Tests, Gun Industry, Honey Bee Smells, Income Inequality, India Democracy Debate, Internet Access Progress, Interstate Highways in Cities, Islamic State, James Brown Book, Jim Harrison Author, Laid Off Recovery, Live Streaming Impact, Medical Imaging and Overtesting, Meldonium Ban, Merl Haggard, Methane Reduction, Minimum Wage Solution, NC Backlash to LGBT Bill, Octopi, Oculus Rift Test, OODA Loops, Open Access Publishing, Oral Medicine, Orwell, Panama Papers, Pavlov, Payday Loans, Peregrine Falcons, PFOA Chemical, Pharmaceuticals and Doctors, Police Use of Glocks, Psychiatry, Public Transport Decline, Refugee Aid, Religious Freedom, Rhino Conservation, Robot Farming, Russian Librarian Case, Samantha Bee, Sea Level Rises, Sex Cases in Canadian Courts, Sikh Empire, Silicon Valley, Sovereign Citizens, Stories and Symbols, Suicide Ethics, Teeth, Terrorism in Europe, Testing History, Transfusion Restrictions, Transhumanism, U.S. Progress Decline, Underground Railways, Uranium Dioxide, Vikings, Virtual Reality, Voting Access, Waco Raid, Whales, Women in Politics, Women Police Officers, Work Trends Workers Comp Fraud, Writing Career

The best 104 podcasts from a larger group of 228 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

3D Printed Tissue  3 mins – “Engineered tissue could lead to better drug testing, liver disease treatments.” At the link find the title, “Episode 624-Apr 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_April13_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol Prices and Mortality  24 mins – “Alcohol consumption has been a perennial problem, but recently The economic downturn and rises in alcohol taxation seem to have stemmed the persistent rise in associated mortality. Nick Sheron, head of clinical herpetology at Southampton university, and one of the authors of an analysis article, explains how government fiscal policy has the ability to immediately reduce alcohol related deaths.” At the link find the title, “Budget decisions can decrease alcohol deaths in less than 18 months,” right-click “Media files 257986066-bmjgroup-budget-decisions-can-decrease-alcohol-deaths-in-less-than-18-months.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amputee Story  54 mins – “Joyce welcomes John Register to the show. Owner of Inspired Communications International, LLC, John has never allowed adversity hold him back. He hurdled his adversity in leaps and bounds, and challenges his audiences to do the same as they create their new normal. During the show, John will share his amazing journey from All-American track star to amputee to Paralympics medalist and the events that have led him to motivate and inspire other people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple Engineer  42 mins – “Part 1 of a mega-interview with Bill Atkinson .As a member of the original Macintosh team at Apple Computer, Bill Atkinson designed much of the initial Macintosh user interface and wrote the original QuickDraw, MacPaint and HyperCard software.” At the link “Download options, right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence  44 mins – “Our concept about what computers can do recently got a bit grander: in a match watched by hundreds of thousands online earlier this month, Google’s DeepMind computer program, AlphaGo, bested its human opponent in a complex ancient Chinese board game. The win was a surprise because many had believed it would take another decade before a computer could beat a professional player of the game. Some say the win points to how quickly so-called deep learning and machine intelligence will be transforming just about every major industry. Join us to talk about how big data and increasingly sophisticated algorithms are changing our world.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Artificial Intelligence Future  33 mins – “Okay, you asked for it, and I finally did it. Today’s episode is about conscious artificial intelligence. In this episode we talk about everything from what artificial intelligence and consciousness even mean, whether you’ll ever have a moral obligation to pay Siri, and what happens when your intelligent secretary needs a therapist.” At the link find the title, “Rude Bot Rises, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bank Robbery Shootout  28 mins – “Officer John Caprarelli was one of the first Los Angeles Police Department officers to arrive at the scene of the Bank of America in North Hollywood on Feb. 28, 1997. Officer Caprarelli gives a personal first-hand account of the 44-minute gun battle with two heavily armed suspects in his new book, “Uniform Decisions.” Officer Caprarelli discusses other events during his 27-year LAPD career.” At the link find the title, “The North Hollywood Bank Robbery, Feb, 2012,” right-click “Media files uniform-decisions.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bat Fungus Spreads  8 mins – “Scientists were already worried about a disease killing bats in the east, now it’s on the move towards the west. The Current first told you about White Nose Syndrome in 2008 – so destructive it brought researchers to tears. Today we have an update.” At the link find the title, “Scientists concerned for bats as white nose syndrome moves West – April 7, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160407_45312.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Behavioral Science in Design  43 mins – “Dr Jeremy Watson, Chief Scientist & Engineer at BRE presents the Third Biennial Lecture for the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering on sustainability and ethics in the built environment.” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link A” From the pop-up menu.

Black Power 34 mins – “In the late 1960s, a civil rights leader named Floyd B. McKissick, at one time the head of CORE (the Congress on Racial Equality) proposed an idea for a new town. He would call this town Soul City and it would be a place built for and by black people—a land of black opportunity in rural North Carolina. Katie Mingle has the story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blindness for Beginners  20 mins – “…three people of different ages and different backgrounds discuss the things they found most useful when they went blind, and the things they found most frustrating. Listen to their candid conversation about losing your sight when you’re an adult.” At the link right-click “Downnload MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Braille Orbit 20 Reader  20 mins – “A new electronic braille reader called The Orbit Reader 20 has been unveiled in California. When it eventually comes on to the market it promises to be more affordable than anything currently available. We get our hands on one of the prototypes and test it out. Plus, we get very rare access to the high-security prison Full Sutton near York, where prisoners have been making braille books for the last twenty years. Peter White talks to them about the challenges of transcribing books into braille, and the job satisfaction they get from it” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Breast Cancer  64 mins – “Breast cancer is among America’s most feared diseases, and also one of its most politicized. Decades of public education have encouraged women to get annual mammograms, and diagnoses typically trigger surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. But not everyone agrees that this conventional approach serves women best. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force no longer recommends annual screening for all women in their 40s, a change roundly criticized by patient advocates and rejected by Medicare and private insurers. Some surgeons now advise a “wait and see” strategy for women with specific breast cancer diagnoses. Is it possible that we’re harming ourselves with too many tests and treatments? Dr. Laura Esserman, a breast cancer surgeon, wrestles with these issues on a daily basis. She conducts pioneering research in the areas of screening based on personalized risk assessment and the benefits of “watchful waiting,” and even has suggested re-labeling for some forms of breast cancer. Dr. Esserman will discuss the sometimes surprising research that can assist women in making these personal and important decisions.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Business Trends  45 mins – “Champions of American capitalism celebrate the U.S.A. as the land where competition gets things done. Brings everybody the most for the least. But look around. American corporations’ profits are now at super-high levels compared to our GDP. Way higher here, at home, than their return on investment abroad. Big chunks of the economy just ruled by a handful of firms. Critics are saying the game is rigged. We need more competition. This hour On Point, where’s the competition in the U.S. economy?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood Abuse and Obesity  54 mins – “At the time, it seemed to be a medical mystery. Dr. Vincent Felitti was running a clinic in San Diego in the 1980’s for the morbidly obese. Under his supervision, many patients lost 200 to 400 pounds — only to gain it all back again. Or lose the weight then drop out of the program. These results puzzled Dr. Felitti. One day, while interviewing a new patient, he asked her when she’d become sexually active. The patient looked down and said, “four years old”. A lightbulb went on. Could childhood trauma trigger not only obesity, but a whole host of psychological and physiological illnesses?….” At the link find the title, “All In The Family, Part 1,April, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160407_80330.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Christmas Restrictions  9 mins – “Once upon a time, in the good old days, Americans celebrated Christmas in their public schools. They sang hymns, hung stockings and decorated trees. And nobody complained. Then along came the big, bad American Civil Liberties Union and other left-leaning fellow travelers, who bludgeoned educational officials into restricting or even removing the holiday from our schools. And the rest, as they say, is history….” At the link find the title, “Christmas in the classroom – still controversial,” right-click “Media files xmas-th-web.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Mechanics  60 mins – “From the Netherlands, green lawyer Roger Cox: “Is Revolution Justified?” From UK, Glacier specialist Thomas Bauska on the last big temperature jump in a warm world like ours. Plus, scientist Paul Beckwith warns we are in a climate emergency.beside “Download…right-click “Lo-Fiand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clinton Email Case  44 mins – “Former U.S. Attorney General for the District of Columbia Joseph diGenova examines the investigation into emails sent to and from Hillary Clinton’s personal email server during her time as Secretary of State.” At the link find the title, “Washington Journal: Joseph diGenova on Hillary Clinton’s Emails, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.434401.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coffee Production  57 mins – “When we think of the plants that are important to us, we might think right past the magical shrub that gives us coffee berries. Coffee underpins major economies in the world, has an interesting history, and its sustainable production is threatened. We’re joined by Hanna Neuschwander from World Coffee Research. Hanna describes what coffee is, its natural history, species in the wild, and breeding efforts to improve coffee. We also discuss the major challenges that stand to harm coffee production in the future.” At the link right-click “Download” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communications Legislation  28 mins – “Judiciary Committee Chair, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), discusses several key issues in the technology space, including encryption, privacy, and surveillance. Representative Goodlatte is also the co-chair of the Internet Caucus.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Representative Bob Goodlatte, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.435816.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Concussions  57 mins – “ With the NFL recently admitting that repeated blows to the head can cause degenerative brain disease, we take a time-out to scan the research on brain trauma, including innovations in reducing incidents and assessing concussions.  But is what we’re learning discouraging participation in contact sports? And is rising concern over brain injury backed by science?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The Exchange…

Consciousness  39 mins – “In his book “Consciousness and the Social Brain,” Princeton neuroscientist Dr. Michael Graziano lays out his compelling Attention-Schema Theory explains how conscious awareness might arise from the mechanistic processes of low-level neuroscience. Has he solved the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness?” At the link find the title, “Has Dr. Michael Graziano “Solved” Consciousness? Apr, 2016” right-click “Media files SDS123.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cooking from Scratch  46 mins – “Cooking — really cooking, in the kitchen, with pots and pans, and a nice recipe and good fresh ingredients — can be a joy. Healthy. Not too expensive if you do it right. A way to slow down, engage and live. But many people barely do it anymore. There’s takeout. Or some prepackaged glob popped in the microwave. Or pizza … you name it. And cooking can look daunting, or like a time challenge. We want to help you over that hump. This hour On Point, the joy of getting you cooking.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copyright Fair Use  10 mins – “The US Congress writes the copyright laws of the land, and the interpretation is left to the courts. “Fair use” is a potential defense where copyright infringement is charged, and a judge must measure four explicit factors when assessing possible harm. Fair use gets a fair amount of attention in the Digital Age, and this week is no exception. “In her 220-page remand decision in Cambridge University Press v. Patton (known as the GSU e-reserves case), Judge Orinda Evans found that 41 of 48 alleged infringements considered at trial—and reconsidered on remand—were protected by fair use, and for a second time, she declared GSU the prevailing party in the case, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Meanwhile, a shorthanded US Supreme Court may have signaled its own interest in another longstanding case where “fair use” is the defense – the so-called “Google Books” case….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coral Bleaching  11 mins – “As has been reported this week, a massive worldwide coral bleaching event is underway spanning the globe from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean. Some marine ecologists fear more than 12,000 square kilometres of coral may be lost. Coral bleaching, a reaction to very warm sea water, was unknown prior to the industrial revolution. This is now the third global bleaching. It is partly the result of El Nino, the change in ocean currents which brings warmer currents. But it is also a clear sign we are experiencing a warming planet. It is thought more than 40% of reefs have been lost globally in recent decades. The Caribbean has lost more than 80% of its coral reefs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Corruption in Iceland 20 mins – “Iceland’s Prime Minister promised to protect Iceland from what he called vulture foreign creditors and pledged to keep Iceland’s assets in the country. But the Panama Papers leak suggest he was privately embracing what he publicly denounced.” At the link find the title, “Panama Papers pummel Iceland’s PM after revelations of offshore funds – April 6, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160406_46503.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from th epop-up menu.

Counter Terrorism NYC  31 mins –New York City has long been a breeding ground for spies, saboteurs, and terrorists who view it as a top target. In his “Battleground New York City,” Thomas Reppetto covers post-9/11 police strategies and recounts law enforcement’s efforts to thwart terrorists and covert operators since 1861. Reppetto focuses on the coordinated efforts of the NYPD, Secret Service, and FBI to counter these threats.” At the link find the title, “Battleground NYC: Countering Terrorism, Mar, 2012” right-click “Media files battleground-nyc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA First Crystallography  15 mins – “Everyone knows that Watson and Crick published a seminal paper on the structure of DNA. But fewer know that two other papers on DNA were published in the same issue of Nature. Learn more in the first of a new podcast series: the Nature PastCast. [First published April 2013]At the link find the title “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – April 1953 [originally aired April 2013], right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Talks  43 mins – End of Life Conversations are Hard. We stumble, we stutter, we say things that derail the discussion when we have a patient at the end of life. But how do we learn to do better? We model good behavior. But in order to do that we need to hear good discussions. I listened to Ashley Shreve’s amazing SMACC Chicago talk: SMACC Talk: What is a Good Death? After listening, I wanted to bring Ashley back on to really get into the nitty-gritty of the semantics of End of Life discussions. Ashley has been on the EMCrit podcast before discussing Critical Care Palliation. Now lets hear from here again… Tidbits I pulled out of the Podcast – The three patients that will spur Ashley to try to have these discussions: 1. Advanced Cancer or Terminal Disease with Instability 2. Advanced Frailty/Dementia with Instability 3. Advanced Physiological Age (>85 y/o) with Instability….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Firefighter  90 mins – “Caroline Paul (@carowriter) is a blast and can also probably kick my ass… seriously. Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the New York Times best seller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. Once a young scaredy-cat, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted–of excitement, confidence, and self-reliance. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In this episode, we discuss various types of fear and how to overcome them, using stories, habits, and tactics….” At the link find the title, “How to Overcome Fear – Lessons from Firefighter and Luger, Caroline Paul. Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files Tim_Ferriss_Show-Caroline_Paul.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Risk Taking  34 mins – “In “How much risk will you take?” Paul discusses the difficult topic of identifying and accepting the normal risk of investing. This audio chapter from his book, Financial Fitness Forever, also addresses the often overlooked risks of owning both stocks and bonds.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food for the Military  60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at how food — and the containers it comes in — have changed over time, and some of the factors that have influenced these changes. We’ll speak with Anastacia Marx de Salcedo about her new book “Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes The Way You Eat” about the ways military needs have influenced the food we all eat. And we’ll speak with statistician Patrick McKnight about the BPA controversy, and how statistics can be used and misused in scientific studies.” At the link find the title, “#364 Combat-Ready Kitchen, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files Science_for_the_People_364_Combat-Ready_Kitchen.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Storage  82 mins – [10m mark start] Today is a show about one of the fundamentals of modern survival philosophy, food storage. Food storage is actually something that at one time was simply something everyone did. Every home in America at one time seemed to have a root cellar full of canned goods. Today though food storage and the concept of survivalism or prepping is sensationalized and largely misunderstood. Many tend to hear survivalist and at once envision a guy sitting on a ten year supply of military rations in a basement or bunker somewhere. This image is hyped by media who simply wish to sell a story and worse is made up of journalists that live in a bubble of “the government will fix our problems”. The reality is that the bunker approach of military rations is both inaccurate and impractical. To worsen matters as preparedness has become more of a hot industry long term food has become a product marketed largely on fear vs. on the practical benefits it offers. The reality is food storage doesn’t even require specially packaged 25 year stable products, though they can be useful in your food storage program. The simple truth is that a simple 60-90 day supply of food in your home can help the average family deal with every day occurrences and most disasters they might ever expect to encounter.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu. Survival podcast

Food Theft  40 mins – “t’s easy to assume that burglars and thieves are always after conventional valuables: cash, jewels, or high-end electronics. But some of the most memorable heists actually involve food. Inspired by Geoff Manaugh’s new book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City, we dive into the ancient history and detective science behind food crime. From Spartan hunger games to the McDonald’s burglar, food is a surprisingly popular target (and tool) for thieves. Who knew that four percent of all the cheese produced in the world is destined to be stolen, or that Scandinavian burglars use potatoes to bust open vaults? In this episode, we talk to agricultural detective Rocky Pipkin about nut rustlers, cherry skims, and bee hive heists. With the price of almonds up at half a million dollars per trailer-load, thieves in California’s Central Valley have begun setting up elaborate schemes to strip an entire orchard or boost a truck—and farmers are fighting back with military technology. As regular Gastropod listeners will know, maple syrup is another valuable commodity: a barrel of the sweet stuff can be worth thirteen times more than crude oil. Journalist Brendan Borrell tells us the story of the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist of 2012,…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay Children Rights  53 mins – “Alex Cooper was 15 when she told her Mormon parents she was gay. She knew that it would be difficult, but she couldn’t have expected what happened next. They sent her stay with a couple in St. George who promised to “save” Alex from homosexuality. What the “treatment program” relied on though was verbal, psychological and physical abuse. Thursday, our guest is scholar Joanna Brooks. She co-authored Alex’s memoir, and joins us to talk about how this happened and what it really took to save Alex. Alex Cooper’s memoir is called Saving Alex….. It was co-authored with Joanna Brooks, scholar of religion in American life and professor of English at San Diego State University.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Glyphosate Tests  70 mins – “Recent unpublished reports are popping up on the internet that suggest that the herbicide glyphosate is showing up at dangerous levels in a variety of places. These range from breast milk, to beer, to wine, to potato chips. There are a number of laboratories and kit manufacturers that are excited to provide a means for such analysis. In the hands of the untrained, such kits and data are nothing more than in invitation for misinterpretation or misuse.In this week’s podcast we talk to two experts that routinely measure rare compounds. Dr. Shelley McGuire discusses her findings as a lactation specialist, describing the results in her recent paper on glyphosate in breast milk. Dr. Thomas Colquhoun speaks about the methods and kits, along with what the alleged findings in wine really mean.” (Montsanto’s involvement, noted here, may raise questions, so here’s a link to a New Yorker magazine article with seventeen researchers who agree.) At the link right-click “Download” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Industry  25 mins – “Guns are so omnipresent in our society we don’t talk about them. But when Iain Overton started counting the number of guns on the planet, he hit the billion mark. The Current looks at the global destruction and cultural significance of the gun.” At the link find the title, “Roughly a billion guns in the world, author shares startling facts on firearms – April 5, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160405_83949.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Safety Problem  20 mins – “Imagine a safer kind of gun. Imagine a company with a plan to build it. Imagine customers ready to buy it. Imagine what could go wrong. “ At the link find the title, “A whole lot.#694: The Gun That Wouldn’t Shoot, Apr 2016right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Honey Bee Smells 11 mins – “Lavender is a powerful smell, but could it be even more powerful than we think? New Australian research reveals that not only can the smell of lavender help bees make new memories, but that it can also change their mood, and even change their DNA. Could it do the same for humans? “ At the link right-click “mp4” beside “download video:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Income Inequality  65 mins – “It is argued by many that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. Are tax hikes and raising the minimum wage solutions to saving the American Dream? Or do they symbolize what free market advocate Yaron Brook calls “a war on success”? Join Dr. Brook and economist Dr. Alan Auerbach in a spirited discussion of the significance of inequality in America and the best approaches to nurturing individual success.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Democracy Debate  60 mins – “We assume that democracy is what every country should have. But what has democracy done for India? Easy. It has stimulated corruption on a massive scale, and if you want to get rich in India the most direct way is to run for parliament and reap the payoffs businesses are obliged to make to the local MP. Caste, that Indian curse, becomes more entrenched as politicians exploit caste allegiances to win votes. Bombay may be booming but it’s hardly Shanghai. A country that is striving to be an economic powerhouse is being pulled down by its political system. Democracy is India’s Achilles’ heel. So say the pundits but what would they put in democracy’s place? Would they prefer India to be ruled by a Mubarak or an Indian version of the Beijing politburo? Democratic politics is always messy and often corrupt but it is the inevitable price of seeking the will of the people, which will always be preferable to the will of the dictator. Speaking in favour of the motion in this debate from September 2011 were Patrick French, writer, historian and author of ‘India: A Portrait’; and Suhel Seth, author, columnist and Managing Partner of Counselage India, a strategic brand management and marketing consultancy. Arguing against them were William Dalrymple, an author and historian who has lived in Delhi for 25 years; and Mani Shankar Aiyar, former government minister and member of the Indian National Congress.” At the link find the title, “Democracy is India’s Achilles’ heel, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 257998399-intelligence2-democracy-is-indias-achilles-heel.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Access Progress   20 mins – “They said it couldn’t be done: Internet in space. The dream of a totally connected world is still out of reach. Companies like OneWeb and SpaceX think a global swarm of satellites is the answer. The idea failed before — does it stand a chance today?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Interstate Highways in Cities  44 mins – “U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has a message for Americans this week and it’s an unusual one for someone in his position. When the country’s urban freeways were constructed, they were often routed through low income, minority neighborhoods. Instead of connecting us to each other, Foxx says many of these highways were intentionally built to separate us. He says it’s a legacy the country has struggled to address and it’s one Foxx hopes to begin to repair. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joins Diane to discuss helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation – and a panel of experts react to his proposals.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Islamic State  44 mins – “Since June of 2014 ISIS-inspired terrorists have been linked to more than 75 attacks outside of Syria and Iraq. At least 1200 people have been killed and many hundreds more injured. Some say the deadly assaults in Western Europe, Turkey, the U.S. and elsewhere are linked to the group’s diminishing local power, but no one expects it to give up on a strategy that brings worldwide attention and outrage. Belgian investigators with help from other European countries and the U.S. continue to try to identify the perpetrators of attacks earlier this month in Brussels. Please join us to talk about the global reach of ISIS and its effect on the future of the Middle East.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

James Brown  48 mins – “Everybody knows James Brown. Godfather of Soul. The hardest working man in show biz. The shine, the blazing smile, the hair, the voice – and the electric moves that just knocked you out. My guest today, novelist and memoirist James McBride, says there is not one piece of American pop that doesn’t have James Brown in it. He also says Brown was the most misunderstood African-American figure of the last 300 years.  This hour On Point, James McBride on the real James Brown.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jim Harrison Author  52 mins – “Jim Harrison was a literary legend. In his bountiful works of fiction, essays, and poetry he displayed an insatiable zest for life and unending passion for the natural world. He passed away last weekend at age 78. Friday, we’re rebroadcasting a conversation he had with independent radio producer Scott Carrier back in 2007. Harrison was in Salt Lake City, and he spoke with Carrier about art, writing, the pleasures of life, and the nature of death.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Live Streaming Impact  46 mins – “Live-streaming looks set to be the next turn of the wheel in our digital, mobile culture. Last year, it was an app called Periscope. Now comes Facebook Live. Celebrities and just-folks are starting to livestream. Media companies are trying to make it work for them. And once again, it may mean more big changes in the way we communicate with each other. This hour On Point, Facebook Live and the new world of livestreaming.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Imaging  82 mins – “Improvements in diagnostic imaging – US, CT, MRI, PET – have been spectacular and the use of imaging has soared over the last two decades driven by a combination of patient and physician demand. Dr. Rebecca Smith-BindmanIs looks at the potential harm associated with radiation exposure and what you should do about it. Recorded on 02/23/2016. (#30672)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Overtesting  44 mins – “One threat to healthcare value is doing too much. Dr. R. Adams Dudley of UCSF discusses low value care in the form of unnecessary testing prior to cataract surgery. He says it occurs frequently, despite clear guidelines recommending against it. Then he looks at the value of telemedicine from commercial e-visit websites. He says There is substantial variation in performance among commercial e-visit sites which could affect you. Recorded on 02/09/2016. (#30669)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meldonium Ban  24 mins – “Tennis star Maria Sharapova is just one of many Russian athletes linked to the banned substance called meldonium this year. The Current looks at meldonium and its effects – on athletes and sports.” At the link find the title, “Meldonium makers say banned drug helps athletes, not performance – April 8, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160408_73968.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Merle Haggard then Underground Railway  50 mins – ““I was, to say the least, probably the most incorrigible child you can think of,” Haggard told Terry Gross in 1995. The country legend died Wednesday morning in California. It was his 79th birthday. Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for ‘Gateway to Freedom,’ about the Underground Railroad. He discussed the book in 2015.” At the link find the title, “April 8, 2016 Remembering Merle Haggard,” click the three-dot button, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Methane Reduction  27 mins – “When it comes to fighting climate change, both Canada and the U.S. face an uphill battle. Gina McCarthy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Catherine McKenna, the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister talk strategies.” At the link find the title, “Environment minister, EPA head share climate strategy in Ottawa – April 7, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160407_45356.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimum Wage Solution   13 mins -”A California mall straddles the border between two cities — and the minimum wage is higher on one side.” At the link find the title, “#562: A Mall Divided, Apr 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160406 pmoney podcast040616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NC Backlash to LGBT Bill  9 mins – “The anti-LGBT laws passed in the southern U.S. has created a backlash on the part of corporate America. The bill blocks local governments from enacting laws with anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. We look at the optics for corporate America.” At the link find the title, “Corporate America embraces gay rights in light of anti-LGBT legislation – April 7, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160407_52717.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Octopi  35 mins – “We talk to naturalist and author Sy Montgomery about her latest book The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness.” At the link find the title, “128 Sy Montgomery – The Soul of an Octopus,” right-click “ “Media files 53f51ed9-1f31-4d65-bcc9-3765357ddb9e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

OODA Loops  39 mins – “My keynote lecture at SMACC-Chicago [Social Media and Critical Care] was on OODA loops [Observe-Orient-Decide-Act] and the supremacy of System I [Intuitive] for resuscitation. The lecture was plagued by AV-wankers to the point that I thought the talk was a shambles. I am rerecording the lecture here for EMCrit and the SMACC site. I hope you enjoy–SDW.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access Publishing  43 mins – “In 2016, the challenge for scholarly publishing is less about access for articles and more than ever about success for authors, individually and collaboratively….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oral Medicine  75 mins – “Oral medicine deals with the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting the oral mucosa, salivary glands, and related oral structures and functions at interface of Dentistry and Medicine. Caroline Shiboski, Department of Orofacial Sciences at UCSF, explores what an oral medicine specialist does and shows some oral conditions and how they are diagnosed. Recorded on 11/19/2015. (#30148) At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orwell  45 mins – “He was one of the most influential writers of our time. His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us ‘big brother’, ‘thoughtcrime’, ‘doublethink’, whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?” At the link find the title, “The Orwell Tapes, Part 1, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160404_11240.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Papers  24 mins – “The so-called Panama Papers may have revealed more truth about the lifestyles of the rich and famous than TV host Robin Leach ever did. The Current goes inside the minds of the one per cent and looks at how money changes psychology.” At the link find the title, “Studies reveal super-rich suffer from anxiety, lack of empathy – April 8, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160408_92182.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Papers   27 mins – “This week’s massive leak of confidential documents from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, has given unprecedented access to the way the rich and powerful have used tax havens to hide their wealth. But within the eleven and a half million documents, there is also evidence of how some of the shell companies set up by the firm, or the individuals that owned them, have been the subject of international sanctions and have been used by rogue states and oppressive regimes including North Korea and Syria. Simon Cox reveals details from the leaked papers and travels to the British Virgin Islands where a small office run by Mossack Fonseca was used to create more than 100,000 companies. One of them was a front for a North Korean Bank that was later sanctioned by the United States for supporting the regime’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programme. According to the US, the BVI based front company managed millions of dollars in transactions in support of North Korea. Other companies set up by on the island were used by a billionaire businessman who is a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and who was sanctioned by the US for using “intimidation and his close ties to the Assad regime at the expense of ordinary Syrians.” Mossack Fonseca has said it never knowingly allowed the use of its companies by individuals with any relationship with North Korea or Syria and says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing. Reporter: Simon Cox Producer: James Melley “ At the link find the title, “The Panama Papers, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03q7lm4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Papers  32 mins – “One week after the Panama Papers thrust the shadowy world of the ultra-rich into the spotlight, the massive trove of data is still being sifted as world leaders scramble to explain-away offshore accounts. How 400 journalists from 76 countries worked in secret for over a year to decipher the largest leak ever, and how we got here in the first place…The Panama Papers is by sheer volume of documents the largest whistle-blower leak in history. With over 100 news organizations from over 80 countries involved it is also the largest journalistic collaboration ever. And it has already claimed its first scalp. On Tuesday, Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resigned over revelations of undisclosed investments in three of Iceland’s failed banks. But the 11.5 million documents from the Panama law-firm Mossack Fonseca also expose shadowy dealings surrounding dictators and kleptocrats worldwide — with 99% of the iceberg still submerged. The material has been scrutinized by some 400 reporters for the past year, under the coordination of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Bob speaks with the consortium’s director, Gerard Ryle, about how the global investigation came together.” At the link find the title, “Rolling In It, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files otm040816pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Papers  46 mins – “Everybody’s talking about the Panama Papers. The biggest leak of financial data in history, and it’s all about the shadowy world of hidden offshore money. Wealth. Terabytes of data lighting up the hidden finances of presidents and prime ministers. Celebrities. Soccer stars. FIFA. A cellist who is the best friend of Vladimir Putin and two billion offshore dollars. The prime minister of Iceland has resigned. This hour On Point, hidden wealth, and the story told by the Panama Papers.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pavlov  3 mins – “Born in 1849, Pavlov attended church school in his home town of Ryazan before moving on to a local theological seminary. But at age twenty-one he changed course and left to study in the department of math and physics at the university in Saint Petersburg. There he developed an interest in the natural sciences — physiology in particular. Our understanding of the human body was in its infancy. Pavlov was fascinated and wanted to know more….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Payday Loans  49 mins – “Critics — including President Obama — say short-term, high-interest loans are predatory, trapping borrowers in a cycle of debt. But some economists see them as a useful financial instrument for people who need them. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau promotes new regulation, we ask: who’s right?” At the link click the three dots inside the circle near “Listen” then right-click “Download this audio” and and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peregrine Falcons  13 mins – “For the past 20 years, peregrine falcons have shared the cliffs in Rumney with the rock-climbing community, and Chris Martin has been directing the monitoring of these birds since they arrived. In addition to tracking the progress of the falcons as they emerged from their endangered status, Chris and the Forest Service work closely with the climbing community to support recreation and maintain the safety of the falcons….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PFOA Chemical  57 mins – “After the Flint, Michigan water crisis, many around the country started taking a closer look their own water systems. And with a recent contamination scare in southern New Hampshire by the chemical PFOA  – the concerns have become local.  We’ll look at the state’s sources for drinking water, and the challenges to delivering it free from contaminants.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmaceuticals and Doctors  21 mins – “A select number of drug companies are moving towards transparency by divulging their payments to doctors. The voluntary program aims to address the public perception between drug companies and doctors. Critics saying they aren’t moving far enough.” At the link find the title, “Pharma launches voluntary guidelines for payment disclosures – April 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160404_16709.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Use of Glocks  35 mins – “Paul Barrett, a firearms industry reporter, discusses his book, “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.” Barrett tells the story of the obscure Austrian curtain-rod maker who produced an innovative gun that was reliable and easy to operate. He explains how and why Glock became the dominant police sidearm.” At the link find the title, “Glock: Rise of America’s Gun, Jan, 2012,” right-click “Media files rise-of-glock.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychiatric Research  27 mins – “Dr. Jean King has a number of impressive titles: Associate Provost for Biomedical Science Research…Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology…and Director, Center for Comparative NeuroImaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She talks with us about neuroimaging, which involves looking at the chemistry of the brain in a non-invasive manner. Research includes having subjects perform specific tasks and performing no tasks at all. The brain of someone with a psychiatric or neurological disorder will react differently to these experiments than those with no disorder. Plus, Dr. King will share with us her views on how women can become successful scientists while still raising a family, and why diversity is key in scientific research.

Psychiatry Applied  60 mins – “This week, we’re looking back at a previous episode to get a gripping first person account of the challenges involved in mental health diagnosis and treatment. We’ll spend the hour with Dr. Christine Montross, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and the Director of Counseling Resources at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, to talk about her book “Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Transport Decline  30 mins – “If you live in the US, chances are you have at some point been frustrated that our public transit systems don’t do a great job linking urban centers with suburbs, can’t get you to the airport or work in a reasonable amount of time (or at all), and cost way too much. You don’t have to travel to Tokyo, or Zurich, or Paris to see that public transportation in the US is not what it could be, but our guest today on Sea Change Radio has done just that. He is John Rennie Short, a public policy professor at the University of Maryland and he recently published an article in The Conversation detailing the paltry state of public transit in the US, and how we got here. He discusses how the political landscape has affected infrastructure development, and the many costs associated with the decline of our country’s public transportation system, which can be measured in terms of lower GDP, wasted fuel, and lost time, not to mention the terrible environmental toll.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Aid  39 mins – “When the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach in September 2015, it sent the world into uproar about the tragic plight of Syrian refugees. Shortly afterwards, Canadians – and their newly elected government – responded by opening up their communities to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees. This presented both an opportunity for Canadians to lend support and a challenge for authorities in settling thousands of large and vulnerable families, many of whom didn’t speak English or French.

 In Ottawa, Louisa Taylor recognized both need and opportunity. Within three weeks she went from conception to launch with a new organization, Refugee 613. But not without many growing pains. In this episode, Louisa Taylor, Director of Refugee 613, discusses with host Tina Barton: How to build a team or organization in real time to respond to a critical need; Essential communications infrastructure to put in place; How to recruit and manage volunteers successfully; Strategies for maximizing public awareness and engagement; [and] The question of an exit strategy Connect with {Rufugee613} at www.refugee613.ca and on Twitter. This episode was produced by Tina Barton, and Ashlea McGrath of Thornley Fallis Communications. “ At the link right click beside “Direct download: The_Voice_ep97_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religious Freedom  53 mins – Tuesday, we’re broadcasting our conversation from a conference on religious liberty hosted by Claremont Graduate University over the weekend. Doug was joined by guests to tackle questions at the heart of the debate over the role of religion in the public square: what fears are driving both sides? What does the constitution guarantee? What does that mean in the public and private arenas? And finally, how do we find common ground for discussing faith and governance in a fractured society?” (4 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rhino Conservation  60 mins – “Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wilds of sub-Saharan Africa. Few if any laymen like Warner have been invited to care for them in the wild, some of the most dangerous volunteer fieldwork around. It gave him the opportunity to pursue and refine his emerging philosophy of radical conservationism, to cultivate partnerships between local communities and private landowners in Africa, and to export the lessons about land and wildlife management back home to the United States.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Farming  24 mins – “From milking the cows, to driving the tractors, to picking the lettuce, robotic technology is changing farms and farm work. The Current’s Julian Uzielli heads to a dairy farm where the cows get in line for the robots.” At the link find the title, “Robots change farms from robotic milking machines to self-driving tractors – April 5, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160405_65265.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Librarian Case  24 mins – “She’s accused of inciting ethnic hatred and violating human dignity. Natalya Sharina is a 58-year-old Russian librarian in Moscow and though the Russian government says she’s not on the Kremlin’s radar, someone thinks she and her books are a threat.” At the link find the title, “Librarian under house arrest in Moscow accused of anti-Russian propaganda – April 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160404_77868.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Samantha Bee then Laid Off Recovery  50 mins – “Bee, who was the longest-serving ‘Daily Show’ correspondent, has a new political satire show called ‘Full Frontal’ on TBS. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Robbie Fulks. Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he was laid off from Newsweek and went to work for a start-up. He says it was part frat house, part cult. He wrote for the HBO series ‘Silicon Valley,’ and his new memoir is ‘Disrupted.’“ At the link find the title, “April 8, 2016 Best Of: Samantha Bee / Inside The Start-Up Bubble,” click the three-dot circle, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sea Level Rise  46 mins – “Six feet of sea level rise by 2100. It seems unfathomable. A big new study, sophisticated new computer modeling shows that this could indeed be where we’re headed. Some of the planet’s biggest cities drowning. Can we innovate our way out of this? We’ve got the biggest minds in the field gaming out solutions: carbon-scrubbing, rebuilding the glaciers, making it snow above Antarctica. This hour On Point, stopping the rising calamity.” (3 guests) At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Cases in Canadian Courts  24 mins – “Criminal defence lawyer Marie Henein underlined the acquittal of her client Jian Ghomeshi on sexual assault charges proves Canada’s justice system works as it should. Other criminal lawyers are persistent for change to the system in sexual assault cases.” At the link find the title, “Legal experts call to rectify sexual assault laws after Ghomeshi acquittal – April 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160404_23601.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sikh Empire  43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the Sikh Empire at the end of the 18th Century under Ranjit Singh, pictured above, who unified most of the Sikh kingdoms following the decline of the Mughal Empire. He became Maharaja of the Punjab at Lahore in 1801, capturing Amritsar the following year. His empire flourished until 1839, after which a decade of unrest ended with the British annexation. At its peak, the Empire covered the Punjab and stretched from the Khyber Pass in the west to the edge of Tibet in the east, up to Kashmir and down to Mithankot on the Indus River. Ranjit Singh is still remembered as “The Lion of the Punjab.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. In Our Time

Silicon Valley  44 mins – “How are the ethics, philosophy and lifestyles of the internet pioneers determining the way we all live? Do we have any choice but to live the way they live, or rage against what? The machine? David Baker travels to Silicon Valley to find out what shapes those who are shaping the way we live.” At the link find the title, “Default World, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03prcg3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sovereign Citizens  32 mins – “Two North Carolina detectives discuss sovereign citizens with POLICE and give patrol officers suggestions about how to recognize and deal with these police haters. Rob Finch and Kory Flowers are detectives in the Criminal Intelligence Unit of the Greensboro Police Department. For more, read their feature, “Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger.” At the link find the title, “Sovereign Citizens, Nov 2012,” right-click “Media files sovereign-citizens.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stories Ceremonies and Symbols  53 mins – “To be a great leader, you have to first be a great communicator. Think about any historical figure you admire….I bet they had a seemingly innate ability to motivate people. However, the ability to motivate through strong communication is actually a skill that can be easily acquired, with the right knowledge! As a leader, you have the same potential to not only anticipate the future and invent creative initiatives, but to also inspire those around you to support and execute your vision. By harnessing the power of persuasive communication you, too, can turn your idea into a movement. In this episode we speak with two incredible women – Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc., and Patti Sanchez, Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, Inc. We are talking with them about their brand new book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, and Nancy and Patti are going to equip you with the same communication tools that great leaders like Jobs, Howard Schultz, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to move people. Duarte and Sanchez lay out a plan to help you lead people through the five stages of transformation using speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicide Ethics  52 mins – “Questions surrounding suicide have been with us for at least as long as we’ve had written record, and the answers are as varied as the times and places where they were discussed. Wednesday, Doug sits down with philosophy scholar Margaret Battin. She’s spent her career collecting the works of religious and secular thinkers regarding suicide. It has been considered noble, immoral, heroic and cowardly, and we’ll talk about what all of those views teach us about end-of-life issues today.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teeth  9 mins – “Fossilised teeth can reveal the diets of extinct animals. Larger teeth are useful for chewing plant material all day. Meat eaters need their teeth to tear and chew, but there is less eating and less chewing due to the higher energy contained in their food and so teeth can be smaller. The size of teeth in humans tracks our evolution. As we developed tools and began to cook our food, our need for big jaws full of big teeth lessened, leading to smaller jaws with fewer, smaller teeth. Alistair Evans at Monash University is studying the evolution, development and function of the teeth of mammals over their 200 million year history, including fossil and modern species.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Terrorism in Europe  26 mins – “The so-called Islamic State has brought terror to the streets of Paris and Brussels, killing hundreds of civilians and wounding many more. But how does the organisation operate in Europe? And who has masterminded the deadly attacks? The mastermind of the attacks in the French capital was a man called Abdelhamid Abaaoud. During the course of the programme Peter Taylor unveils how this man recruited and trained radicalised young men to carry out attacks. And he also details how the western intelligence services were engaged in a desperate race to stop Abaaoud from bringing terror to streets of Europe.” At the link find the title, “Europe’s Terror Networks, Apr 06, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03q6qrs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Testing History  52 mins – “In this episode of BackStory, we explore the history of testing in America. The Guys go back to the eighteenth-century and look at how elite colleges replaced social status with merit and behavior as a way to grade students. We uncover the links between President James Garfield’s 1881 assassination and the civil service test, and look at how officials created the first, “white,” affirmative action program by waiving the test for WWII veterans. The Guys explore the long and troubled history of how Americans have used tests to both exclude and include people from the citizenry.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transfusion Restrictions  26 mins – “Everyone knows blood is powerful. The ancient Greeks realized it, Jesus understood it, Dracula certainly recognized it, and your doctor still knows it today. And everybody knows, says hematologist and historian of medicine Jacalyn Duffin, that if we lose a lot of blood, we’re going to die. Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs have led them to refuse blood transfusions—to the consternation of many inside the medical profession. But the religious group still wants medical care, says reporter Alex Ashley, and their advocacy has helped propel a new movement in medicine in which doctors perform surgeries without transfusing blood. Remarkably, it has turned out better for everyone, suggesting that religion and medicine might be less at odds than they sometimes seem.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transhumanism  71 mins – “Will our brains ever be uploaded into a computer? Will we live forever? Richard Jones, physicist at the University of Sheffield and author of Against Transhumanism, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about transhumanism–the effort to radically transform human existence via technology. Jones argues that the grandest visions of the potential of technology–uploading of brains and the ability to rearrange matter via nanotechnology are much more limited and unlikely than proponents of these technologies suggest. The conversation closes with the role of government in innovation and developing technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Progress Decline  45 mins – “Robert Gordon, professor of economics at Northwestern University, discusses his book, [The Rise and Fall of American Growth], in which he looks at the growth in the American standard of living between 1870 and 1970 and whether we’ll see it again.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Robert Gordon,” Mar, 2016” right-click “Media files program.434404.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Uranium Dioxide  7 mins – “…Curie had discovered radium, along with polonium, in pitchblende obtained from the mineral-rich Joachimsthal region on the German-Czech border. To obtain radium, first for experimental use and medical applications and later for a whole range of risky glow-in-the-dark products, vast quantities of ore were refined down to produce a tiny amount of the radioactive element – several tonnes of uraninite were required to produce just a gram of radium. This meant that plenty of uranium ore, primarily uranium dioxide, was available as a cheap by-product, and so from the 1920s, the use of uranium dioxide based glazes soared. The result was the spread of products that not only looked striking, but were faintly radioactive. Some estimates put the percentage of tiles and similar products from the 20s and 30s that are radioactive at over 20 per cent. Although at least one health physicist considers uranium oxide glazed tiles to be a health risk, the general feeling is that the radiation levels are such that exposure does not constitute a significant risk unless the material is kept in long-term contact, or is allowed to leach into food or drink. This is also the case with the most famous application of uranium dioxide glaze, the bold red-orange American pottery known as Fiestaware…. “ At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Uranium_dioxide.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vikings in Britain  23 mins – “On 864 or 865, a great Scandinavian fleet of Dragon ships, or Drakkars, beached themselves at Thanet in Kent. For the people of the south, this would have been terrifying It had been scarcely more than a decade since the last fleet of Drakkars landed in Thanet, and the army exploded forth from those ships went on to raid Canterbury, London, and may have taken Winchester had they not been stopped by King AEthelwulf and AEthelbald. And here they were again… but now King AEthelwulf was dead, as was his son, AEthelbald… all of the South was in threat. Where would the Vikings go this time? Would they strike Canterbury again? Loot the treasure chest of the south, London? Unless something was done, everyone was vulnerable. The nobility, likely under King AEthelberht’s leadership, tried to head off the disasterand sent emissaries to the Vikingr army. These emissaries promised vast sums of money in exchange for peace. This tribute would become known as the Danegeld… the Dane Payment. It was exactly what it sounds like. A bribe for peace. The hope being that, if they could just give the opportunistic raiders what they were after, material wealth, then they might stay in their camp…why risk your life if you can get paid for sitting on the beach? But there were two problems with the Danegeld. The first problem was one of simple economics. The south was no stranger to troubles, they had suffered numerous raids over the years, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. But even victorious battles have a cost and these raids were straining the Southern economy. In fact, shortly after the last great fleet landed in Thanet in 851, coin production halted entirely … and then suddenly AEthelstan, the crown prince and previous ruler of Kent, vanished. We don’t know what exactly happened, but the interruption and sudden disappearance of the crown prince is suspect. While the Chronicler’s are quick to laud the royal family’s military success at places like Aclea (which was described as the greatest slaughter of a heathen army ever seen) and the naval successes in battles like Sandwich, this sudden quiet in the record suggest there were significant troubles underlying the story… and Wessex (and it’s subkingdom of Kent) was getting stretched thin. Wessex may have been outmatched by their Scandinavian enemies.” At the link find the title, “198 – The Great Heathen Army Begins, April, 2016,” right-click “Media files 198.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vikings in Canada  4 mins – “Evidence at an archaeological site in southern Newfoundland suggests it may once have been inhabited by a group of the seafaring Scandinavians. If borne out by further research, this would be only the second Viking site in North America, and the first uncovered in more than 50 years. “You can explain away one site,” said Sarah Parcak, the archaeologist from the University of Alabama at Birmingham who led the discovery. “It’s a one-off. But I think if there’s two, there’s definitely more.” Parcak first discovered the ancient ruin in a thoroughly modern fashion: through satellite images taken hundreds of miles above earth. Her team scanned the coastline of eastern Canada and northern New England using Google Earth to search for evidence of past human settlements….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality  59 mins – “Derek Belch, co-founder and CEO of Strivr Labs, a startup that uses virtual reality to train athletes, describes the passion necessary for entrepreneurship and the features that give his business a competitive edge in a rising-tide industry. The former Stanford football player is candid about the personal sacrifices entailed in putting your all into your venture.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Voting Access  44 mins – “In an election season already full of firsts, here’s another: this will be the first presidential election since the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. And in 16 states new voting restrictions will be in place for the first time. Recently, thousands stood in line for hours waiting to cast their primary ballots in states like Utah, Arizona and Idaho. Some warn this is a sign of what’s to come in the general election and beyond: roadblocks to voting that disproportionately affect minorities and the most vulnerable Americans. Others argue we’re closer now to a fair system. A look at access to voting across the U.S.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Waco Raid Review  67 mins –Four ATF agents were killed during the botched search warrant raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 28, 1993. For the 20th anniversary, ATF agents on the ground spoke publicly about the raid, lessons learned, and changes in the agency. Three retired ATF agents joined a Feb. 7 panel discussion hosted by the National Law Enforcement Museum in its “Witness to History” lecture series. Audio is courtesy of NLEOMF. Read “Lessons Learned from the ATF Waco Raid.” At the link find the title, “Waco Raid: 20 Years Later,” Feb, 2013,” right-click “Media files waco-witness-to-history.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whales 6 mins – Rare and endangered North Atlantic White Wales are spotted off of Cape Cod and Philip Hoare, author of “The Sea Inside,” talks about swimming with them. The source isn’t identified, but may be from New Hampshire Public Radio. The podcast is included in the blog archive.

Women in Politics  51 mins – “Historian Nancy Cohen looks at women leaders in politics and the advances they are making in the political arena. She is interviewed by Kim Azzarelli, co-author of [Fast Forward].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Nancy Cohen, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.432506.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up.

Women Police Officers  20 mins – “John Wills, a retired Chicago Police officer, talks to POLICE Magazine about his “Women Warriors: Stories from the Thin Blue Line,” an edited collection of stories about female officers told in their own words. The stories include a dispatcher trying to remain calm while her husband is involved in a gun battle, a search for a missing child in a storm, and an officer staring down the barrel of a gun inside a crowded department store.” At the link find the title, “Women Warriors, Nov, 2012,” right-click “Media files women-warriors.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Work Trends  33 mins – “Slate Money on the gig economy, Spotify’s financing plan, and the Starwood Hotels deal.” At the link find the title, “The Time’s Up Edition, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM9168144065.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Workers Comp Fraud  44 mins – “California’s workers’ compensation program covers 15 million workers across the state. If you get hurt on the job – fall off a ladder, for instance – it’s the system you turn to. Most employers are required to carry workers’ comp insurance, which helps cover medical bills and lost wages for injured employees. But Reveal reporter Christina Jewett has discovered serious fraud in the system after reviewing thousands of documents. They show that in the last decade, more than 80 people have been accused of cheating California’s workers’ comp medical system out of $1 billion.” At the link find the title, “Billion-dollar scam, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files Billion-dollar-scam_PODCAST_master.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Writing Career  60 mins – “Ever dreamed of walking into a bookstore and seeing your own work up on a shelf? There are two ways of going about accomplishing that dream. The easiest one is simply walking in and putting something you made right up on a shelf, and then walking out. Honestly, I’d do this with my mixtape, but then I’d get arrested for arson. So lets focus on the second option – actually doing the work of getting published….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 230 – Apr 8, 2016: Abolition Movement, Ada Lovelace, Grippina the Younger, Anatomy Classes, Antifreeze for Animals, Apple vs FBI, Architect Zaha Hadid, Artificial Intelligence, Baidu Founder, Birth Control Law, Brussels Bombing Investigation, Buddhism, Cancer Drugs, Chef Dan Barber, Climate Warming, Cold Cases, Colleges, Cons and Scams, Conservation, Copyright Conundrum, Corruption in South Carolina, Crisis Intervention, Cuba, Cyber Security, Dirty Tricks, Disabled Advocate, Disaster Responders, Dogs as Tools, Drinking Water Issues, Education Best Practices, Elements of Power, Encryption Advocate, Facial Recognition, Fix the Court.com, FOIA, Food Technology, Fracking, Free Speech, Gangster Squad, Gender Pay Gap, Girls and Sex, Graffiti and Taggers, Gun Control, Hand Tools, Health Care Problems, High Risk Hostage Encounters, Hudson River Tunnel Project, Indian Women Guard Forest, Intensive Care Unit, International Turmoil, Iran Politics, Iraq War, Karl Rove, LabDoor, Latin Learning, Liberal Issues, Lifeline Program, Lipstick at Crime Scenes, Local Politics, Man Hunt, Marijuana Quality Control, Mass Spectrometers, Medical Treatment Issues, Mexican Drug Cartels, Mining Science, MOMS Demand Action, New York City Police History, Non Believers, Northwest Passage, Oklahoma City Bombing, Opioid Epidemic, Paraguay, Patient Secrets, Police Patrol Leadershiip., Political Conventions, Political Issues, Premature Birth, Presidential Power, Problems Are Opportunities, Programming with Minecraft, Puerto Rican Bonds, Reconciliation in Canada, Refugee Processing, Right to Bear Arms, Salaries, Saudi Arabia and Iran, Scaling Startups, Self Driving Car, Siege of Leningrad, Single Line Power, Sleep, Small Towns, South Korea, Spanish Civil War, Sun Mechanics,Tax Plan Proposals, Technology Trends, Terorist Cartels, Thing Explainer, Trans Pacific Partnership, Trump Impact, Tug Design and Operation, Violence Control, Virus Book, Website Design, Whale Research, Women in Science, World War One Novel

The best 113 podcasts from a larger group of 218 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Abolition 48 mins – “In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This freed most of the country’s 4 million slaves. Three years later, Congress ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, finally ending the practice of slavery in the United States. These are defining and celebrated moments in American history. But some argue the people who made those moments possible have been left out of the story. A new book traces the history of the abolition movement. It brings together stories of the men and women, blacks and whites who fought America’s “peculiar institution” – and whose legacy can be seen in later social reform movements like women’s suffrage and Black Lives Matter.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Ada Lovelace 48 mins – “Ada Lovelace is remembered as the world’s first computer programmer. In 1842 she wrote a set of instructions for the analytical engine, the world’s first computer, designed, but not built by Charles Babbage. Should Ada Lovelace be held up as a role model for women? As a stereotype? Is it realistic to refer to the world of the late nineteenth century? We begin with some observations about the challenges women face in pursuing a career in science today. Then we hear an excerpt of a portrait of Ada Lovelace, as heard earlier on The Science Show. Finally we join a panel at Oxford University late in 2015 which gathered for Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating Ada’s birthday on 10th December.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agrippina the Younger 42 mins – “Agrippina the Younger was one of the most notorious and influential of the Roman empresses in the 1st century AD. She was the sister of the Emperor Caligula, a wife of the Emperor Claudius and mother of the Emperor Nero. Through careful political manoeuvres, she acquired a dominant position for herself in Rome. In 39 AD she was exiled for allegedly participating in a plot against Caligula and later it was widely thought that she killed Claudius with poison. When Nero came to the throne, he was only 16 so Agrippina took on the role of regent until he began to exert his authority. After relations between Agrippina and Nero soured, he had her murdered. With: Catharine Edwards Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck, University of London Alice König Lecturer in Latin and Classical Studies at the University of St Andrews Matthew Nicholls Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Reading Producer: Victoria Brignell.” At the link find the title, “Agrippina the Younger, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03pl833.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anatomy Classes 29 mins – “When the first-year medical students at Table 4 met their male cadaver, they weren’t pleased.The group was in the home stretch of anatomy class at NYU School of Medicine, and the final exam was a couple weeks away. They had dozens of vessels, nerves, and organ components to memorize. And this cadaver was an interloper. They had grown attached to the first body they were dissecting — an elderly woman whose chest cavity was nice and neat, but whose intestines were so ravaged by cancer there was no point in working on her anymore. But this new body on Table 4 proved more challenging, they said. “Now we can’t see anything in our new body [in the chest], and we can’t refer back to that first work we did,” said student Samantha Ayoub, expressing the frustration of her six-person group. Medical school instructors often refer to the cadavers as the students’ “first patient.” There are about 20,000 of them donated to U.S. medical schools each year, according to the Harvard Business School….” At the link click the three dot circle beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antifreeze for Animals 4 mins – “The North American Wood Frog has developed an impressive strategy for surviving cold New England winters. It doesn’t seek warmth as other animals do. The wood frog goes with the cold and actually freeze in the winter months. Come spring, it thaws out, ready for mating season….” At the link right click the play button beisde “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple vs FBI 4 mins – “Apple refused. The Feds sued. And now the FBI has managed to get into the phone, possibly with help from an Israeli digital forensics company. David Sanger, the National Security correspondent for the New York Times, says it’s possible that an Israel-based company called Cellebrite assisted the FBI….” 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.

Apple vs FBI 47 mins – “Fred Kaplan, author of ‘Dark Territory,’ traces the history of cyber defense and discusses the current heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone.” At the link find the title, “The ‘Secret History’ Of Cyber War And Security,” right-click the three dots in a circle beside “Listen,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Architect Zaha Hadid 49 mins “Zaha Hadid was the first woman and first Muslim to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour. She designed the whale-like London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics Games and the extraordinary Maaxi Museum in Rome. Her designs were challenging and innovative and she was at the forefront of changing tastes in architecture and design today. After years of failing to get her designs built, her distinctive work became highly sought after, all over the world from Germany to the USA and from China to Iraq. Zaha Hadid talked to Razia Iqbal and an audience in London at the Royal Institute of British Architects about her work and the future of architecture. This programme was orginally broadcast in June 2013.” At the link find the title, “Zaha Hadid – Dream Builder, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03pq3kk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence 60 mins – “With the recent rise of the machines and robots – could an artificially intelligent robot take your job any time soon? And could they then take over the world, terminator-style? Join Graihagh Jackson as she journeys into the world of cyborgs to see if Skynet, Ex Machina and the realms of science fiction could turn into science fact and if so, when? And what can we do about it?” At the link right-click “Download as mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Baidu Founder 53 mins – “Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, speaks in detail about the launch and growth of the company and the search engine. He discusses how its intimate understanding of Chinese language and culture – and a unique social approach to search – have allowed it to succeed where many North American search giants have faltered.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Birth Control Law 40 mins – “This week, SCOTUS heard arguments in Zubik v Burwell, the latest challenge to Obamacare. In it, a group of religious nonprofits are challenging the govt.’s workaround for employers who don’t want anything to do with getting birth control to their workers.” At the link find the title, “The Contraceptive Mandate, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM2713142462.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brussels Bombing Investigation 47 mins – “An intense manhunt is under way for the people involved in this week’s bombing of the airport and metro in Brussels, Belgium. We’ll catch up with the state of the investigation and the tightening coordination among national intelligence agencies, and we’ll look at the rising scrutiny of the refugees pouring into Western Europe, and the countries taking a second look at Borderless Europe. This hour On Point, Brussels and its aftermath.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Buddhism 27 mins – “An unholy spat is stirring the Sangha, Thailand’s top Buddhist authority – who will become the next Supreme Patriarch, Thailand’s most senior monk? Meanwhile, allegations of ‘cheque-book Buddhism’, cronyism and corruption abound – including allegations about tax-evasion on an imported vintage Mercedes car. In Thailand, where the majority of the population profess Buddhism, seeking ordination isn’t unusual. But salacious stories about monks who commit serious crimes – everything from sex offences to wildlife trafficking – continue to shock. Watching quietly from the side-lines is the Venerable Dhammananda – female, and a Buddhist monk since 2003. Although the Sangha bars women from ordination, there are now around 100 bhikkhunis, as female monastics are known, in Thailand. And their growing acceptance by some Buddhist believers might partly be explained by a widespread disillusionment with the behaviour of some male monks. Linda Pressly explores the rifts and sexual politics challenging Thai Buddhism and its devotees.” At the link find the title, “Thai Buddhism – Monks, Mercs and Women, Mar, 2016,” right-click “”Media files p03pj4lw.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Drugs 24 mins – “Cisplatin is a commonly used cancer drug, but use its use in children sometimes leads to permanent hearing loss. Tim Hanson, Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, joins us to tell us how statistics is making it possible for health professionals to determine whether the drugs are indeed harmful and whether alternative treatment is preferable for these young patients.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chef Dan Barber 40 mins – “In this latest episode of Gastropod, chef and author Dan Barber takes listeners on a journey around the world in search of great flavor and the ecosystems that support it, from Spain to the deep South. You’ll hear how a carefully tended landscape of cork trees makes for delicious ham, and about a squash so cutting edge it doesn’t yet have a name, in this deep dive into the intertwined history and science of soil, cuisine, and flavor. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time before refrigerators, before long-distance trucks and ships. Most people had to survive on food from their immediate surroundings, no matter how poor the soil or challenging the terrain. They couldn’t import apples from New Zealand and potatoes from Peru, or rely on chemical fertilizer to boost their yields. From within these constraints, communities around the world developed a way of eating that Dan Barber calls “ecosystem cuisines.” Barber, the James Beard-award-winning chef of Blue Hill restaurant and author of the new book The Third Plate, spoke to Gastropod about his conviction that this historically-inspired style of cuisine can be reinvented, with the help of plant-breeders, his fellow chefs, and the latest in flavor science, in order to create a truly sustainable way to eat for the twenty-first century.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Increase 60 mins – Global heat Jan & Feb hits hard, worries scientists. Bob Henson from Weather Underground explores the loss of normal. Australian scientist Ben Hankamer on new study: world will warm faster than you think. Radio Ecoshock 160323 The jolt. That’s what scientists are calling the absolute heat records set around the world in January and February of 2016. Expert meteorologist and climate science writer Bob Henson takes us on a tour of the new normal.But hang around too for our second interview, with Australian scientist Ben Hankamer. He’s co-author of a new peer-reviewed paper that says warming will happen much faster than you think.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Models 60 mins – “In the Guardian newspaper on the 21st of March, we find this headline: “Carbon emission release rate ‘unprecedented’ in past 66m[illion] years.” It then says “Researchers calculate that humans are pumping out carbon 10 times faster than at any point since the extinction of the dinosaurs.” To understand what this staggering situation means, we go to a new paper published the same day in the journal Nature Geoscience. The title is “Anthropogenic carbon release rate unprecedented during the past 66 million years.” The lead author is Dr. Richard E. Zeebe. He’s published or co-authored about 75 scientific papers since the 1990’s. Richard is a Professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold Cases 20 mins Jack and Mary Branson have collaborated on “Delayed Justice,” which takes readers inside the minds of several of the most dogged cold-case investigators, who worked with active officers to solve cases in the book including the homicides of a 29-year-old Atlanta teacher in 1988 and 42-year-old Kentucky man found in a wooded lot.” At the link find the title, “Delayed Justice: Cold Cases, Sep, 2011,” right-click “Media files delayed-justice.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Problems 47 mins – “Who’s happy with America’s colleges and universities? Between the byzantine admissions process — the jaw-dropping prices for tuition and room and board — the creation of a cossetted class of tenured teachers and a sea of struggling adjuncts, you’ll hear plenty of complaints. At the same time most of the world’s top-rated schools are in the United States. One veteran professor has a prescription. This hour On Point, toward a more perfect university.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Sports 51 mins – “In this episode, the American History Guys unpack the origins of college sports and the ways universities originally justified athletics on campus. The U.S. is the only country in the world that combines big money sports teams and higher education. From the first collegiate PHYS ED program at Amherst College to the little-known story about the integration of the University of Alabama’s football team, Peter, Ed and Brian discover why college sports even exist in the first place.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cons and Scams 48 mins – “[starts at 15 mins]We talk to Maria Konnikova about her new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time.” At the start is five minutes about a marijuana study from UC Davis. At the link find the title, “126 Maria Konnikova – The Science of Why We Fall for Cons, Mar, 2016” right-click “Media files cc0271a4-bb80-4c1b-8c34-aecd52d3dbe9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservatism 60 mins – Thomas Frank, Author, What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Come hear the best-selling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? echo that question as it relates to the Democratic Party. Frank says liberals like to believe that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, then the country will be on the right course. But he says this view fundamentally misunderstands the modern Democratic Party. Frank says that the Democrats have in fact done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, he argues that Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated, Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming. In this critical election year, Frank recalls the Democrats back to their historic goals—what he says is the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America. A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for Salon.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copyright Conundrum 24 mins – “Publishing today confronts a paradox: The digital revolution has transformed the act of copying from complicated to commonplace; yet authors and publishers must rely upon copyright – essentially, control over copy-making and distribution of their works – as the essential basis for conducting business. An industry built upon creativity, inspiration and innovation now stands accused of holding to outmoded models purely for survival’s sake. Is there any way out of the “copyright conundrum?” At the link right-click “Download” andselect “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption in South Carolina 32 mins – “Alexia Jones Helsley explores the history of crime and vice in a renowned South Carolina city in “Wicked Columbia: Vice and Villainy In the Capital.” She tells POLICE Magazine about a deadly duel over a piece of trout, prostitution taxis from Fort Jackson, and the murder of the county coroner by a former officer.” At the link find the title, “Wicked Columbia, Apr, 2013,” right-click “Media files wicked-columbia.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crisis InterventionPatrick Arbore, M.A., Ed.D, Director, CESP Being Mortal, Atul Gawande’s book and “Frontline” documentary, tells the story of a physician learning how to think about death and dying in the context of being a healer and a doctor. Join Dr. Arbore in a community discussion of Dr. Gawande’s Being Mortal. Explore concerns about life, death, loss, grief and the context and meaning of the recently passed California legislation legalizing physician assisted suicide in California.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuba Reengagement 36 mins – “President Obama and President Raul Castro declared a “new day” of openness between the United States and Cuba yesterday in Havana. But old disputes over human rights are clearly visible during Obama’s historic trip to the island. It’s the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited Cuba in 88 years. The visit comes after Obama announced in 2014 that the U.S. would establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. But many think re-engaging with the dictatorship is a mistake. And most lawmakers do not want to lift the economic embargo of Cuba. Guest host Katherine Lanpher and a panel of guests talk about the debate over what a new era of relations with Cuba could mean for commerce, human rights and politics.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Cuban Medicine 5 mins – “Jose DiFabio, who was Cuba’s representative for the Pan American Health Organization, says the isolated Communist country invested in medical research out of neccessity. “Cuba considered medical science as a responsibility it had to move into and that’s why it created a very large medical and scientific workforce,” says DiFabio. A major driver was the US embargo, which limited Cuba’s ability to import medicine, he says. “The priority was to have the medicines required and also the vaccines required and the biotechnology products required for the population.” One effort yielded Cuba’s own hepatitis B vaccine in the 1980s. “Almost all of the country’s population has been vaccinated,” he says. “Probably Cuba will be the first country to eliminate hepatitis B.” Currently Cuba has long been developing a vaccine for lung cancer, CimaVax, which many US researchers are interested in testing….” At the link right-clcik the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 107 mins – “In this discussion, Sean Kanuck — National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Cyber Issues within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Center — highlights the technology trends that are transforming cybersecurity and the future of intelligence. Assessing strategic developments in international relations and its implications for deterring malicious activity in cyberspace, his analysis focuses on the (in) applicability of existing arms control mechanisms and deterrence principles to modern information and communication technologies.” At the link right-click “Download the audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dirty Tricks 9 mins – “…here’s one thing you won’t hear Cruz’s foes say: dirty tricks have become a hallmark of the modern Republican Party. Over the past half-century, the GOP has perfected the dark art of the underhanded smear. It used to be much more bipartisan tradition. In the 19th century, Democrats insinuated that Abraham Lincoln was secretly black. They did the same thing to Warren Harding in the 1920s. And Franklin D. Roosevelt instructed his aides to spread rumors about marital infidelity by his 1940 Republican opponent, Wendell Wilkie….” At the link you can listen but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Disabled Advocate 47 mins “Joyce welcomes Christine Griffin, chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to the show. AAPD is the largest cross-disability membership organization in the United States. AAPD organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change. Ms Griffin will discuss her plans for the organization and her career as an advocate for people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Responders 36 mins – “In this episode of the Disaster Podcast we bring back listener LN (pronounced “ellen”) with part two of her series of questions sent in to the team here at the podcast. LN asked about how she could find a job in the disaster response space and what training she might need to find that job. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley were joined by regular guest Dr. Joe Holley to talk about these questions with LN and to answer any other questions she might have, too. This turned into a great episode and stretched into two parts.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dogs as Tools 36 mins – We talk to Cat Warren about her memoir “What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.” Warren explains how she and her German shepherd Solo have assisted several North Carolina law enforcement agencies. Solo has become a skilled cadaver dog and Warren explains how canine noses can be trained to locate missing people, drowning victims 200 feet below the water surface and unmarked Civil War graves” At the link find the title, “What the Dog Knows, Sep, 2013,” right-click “Media files what-the-dog-knows.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drinking Water Issues 54 mins – “On today’s episode of Go Green Radio, we will talk to Marc Yaggi, Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance (www.waterkeeper.org), about how- in 21st century America- a town of 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan was exposed to extremely high levels of lead in their drinking water. We will talk about the public policy failures, the actions taken by policymakers, how individual residents will be affected, and lessons that every community in America should learn from this disaster. Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with over 270 Waterkeeper Organizations protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents. The organization’s President is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Best Practices 27 mins – “What will the world economy look like 30 years from now? And, how should we be preparing British schoolchildren today to find employment in it? Robert Peston travels to three cutting edge schools that claim to provide the way forwards for secondary education. Should the focus be on languages and cultural knowledge for an increasingly globalised world? Should we be striving to create more of the engineers and programmers that so many employers are crying out for? Or, with the unstoppable march of the robots gobbling up ever more human jobs, should we be preparing kids with the social skills to be future entrepreneurs, employing their own personal fleets of automatons?” At the link find the title, “What Should We Teach Our Kids? Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03pcqmb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elements of Power 23 mins – “This month we discuss The Elements of Power by David Abraham. New technologies like smart phones and wind turbines are increasing the diversity of elements that humanitiy is ustilising. Amongst them are the rare metals, which may not acutually be rare, but they often occur in such small amounts that the mining of them is often unprofitable. Some of them occur in only a very small number of mines. All this results in the use of them posing novel economic and environmental problems. These problems are the subject of Abraham’s book.” At the link right-click “Download: Chemistry World Book Club the Elements of Power.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Encryption Advocate 65 minsDavid Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Author, HRC 2015—Report on Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications In conversation with Jacob Foster, Attorney, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP; Served in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. A vibrant debate has arisen over whether encryption and anonymity online are essential to free expression or a threat to national security. While law enforcement contends that technological backdoors to encryption are necessary to prevent terrorists from “going dark,” the Report by Special Rapporteur Kaye concludes that the right to free expression depends on freedom from electronic surveillance. Join us for a discussion of the future of online privacy in light of the Snowden disclosures, the rise of ISIS, and the encryption debate.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facial Recognition 9 mins – “There is little doubt that facial recognition software is going to play a large role in the technological landscape of the future. It’s already in use by law enforcement, by social media platforms, and in personal gadgets like digital cameras. Increasingly, facial recognition and other biometrics are also being considered as replacements for the increasingly outmoded written password. But this software, thus far, has had some very disconcerting side effects, and not everybody is getting recognized equally.” At the link find the title, “The Bias of Facial Recognition,” right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fix the Court.com 60 mins – “Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, discusses the process of nominating U.S. Supreme Court justices and the current court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Gabe Roth, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.433451.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

FOIA 50 mins – “This week President Obama criticized journalistic irresponsibility in a speech, but critics note that he has consistently worked to block press access. We take a look at the plight of public information under an opaque administration. Plus, the ethics of reading the news; dissecting the notion of “momentum” in election seasons; seeking posthumous fame for a cult filmmaker; and a Ghanaian undercover journalist fights for justice using every tool, and disguise, at his disposal.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Technology 68 mins – “How bad is pink slime? Are free-range chickens happier? Can robots cook? Jayson Lusk of Oklahoma State University and the author of Unnaturally Delicious talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about these questions and more from his new book. Lusk explores the wide-ranging application of technology to farming, cooking, protein production, and more.” At the link right-click Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Regulation Problems 5 mins – “Drinking Water Safety and Oil and Gas Production, March 28, 2016: Audio interview by GAO staff with Alfredo Gomez, Director, Natural Resources and Environment” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Speech 44 mins – “It’s not easy to get under Dan’s normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump’s stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gangster Squad 48 mins – “Los Angeles of the 1940s and ’50s is the setting for “Gangster Squad,” which tells the story of the Los Angeles Police Department’s covert unit of eight officers that targeted gangsters such as Mickey Cohen, Bugsy Siegel, Jack Dragna and others. The unit created a hostile climate for gangsters to prevent East Coast organized crime from taking root in the city. Warner Bros. plans to release a movie based on the book in January.” At the link find the title, “Gangster Squad, Jul, 2012,” right-click “Media files gangster-squad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Pay Gap 47 mins – “You can’t argue that women don’t deserve equal pay for equal work. And yet, we’ve got a persistent gender gap in pay. Seventy-nine cents on the dollar for women says the Census Bureau. Better for some. Worse for others. You can find all kinds of reasons, but a new wave of innovators is saying ‘let’s just close the gap.” They’re using new data, and new approaches to power, and more to get that done. This hour On Point, a new push on the gender wage gap in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Girls and Sex 38 mins – “Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that “they’re supposed to be sexy, they’re supposed to perform sexually for boys, but … their sexual pleasure is unspoken.” Orenstein discusses the effect hook-up culture, porn, and pop stars have had on girls’ lives. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graffiti and Tagging 20 mins – “San Bernardino (Calif.) Police Sgt. Dwight Waldo, one of law enforcement’s foremost graffiti enforcement investigators, discusses the five types of graffiti, explains how to gather intel to identify messages, and tells patrol officers what they need to include in a vandalism report. Sgt. Waldo’s book, “Taggers and the Graffiti Culture,” is proprietary training material.” At the link find the title, “Taggers and Graffiti Culture, “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control 20 mins – “Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, documents America’s shift away from a radical gun-control agenda that dominated the political landscape in the 1960s and ’70s in “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms In America.” In the book, Winkler traces Second Amendment battles back to the Colonial Era and explains how U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the handgun ban in D.C. with the Heller decision reframed the debate.” At the link find the title, “Gunfight: The Right to Bear Arms, Oct, 2011,” right-click “Media files gunfight.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guns Across the Boarder 47 mins – “Mike Detty, a one-time POLICE contributor, talks about “Guns Across the Border,” a first-hand account of his involvement in an ATF “gun walking” operation that preceded Fast & Furious. As a firearms dealer, Detty sold guns to Mexican cartel operatives at the direction of ATF special agents in Arizona. Detty says he was motivated by patriotic duty, and betrayed by the agency he worked for.” At the link find the title, “Guns Across the Border, May, 2013,” right-click “Media files guns-across-the-border.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hand Tools 48 mins – “Danial is the founder of permaculturetools.com.au – the US version of the site is at USA.Permaculturetools.com.au a long held dream centered on offering quality hand tools to the permaculture community worldwide with on the ground education in hand tools use, earth works hydrology and rural skills…. He joins us today to discuss hand tools for agricultural and homestead work.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” fro the pop-up menu.

Health Care Problems 47 mins – “Nortin Hadler, MD, has been doctoring for a long time. He’s old school. Loves a rich doctor-patient relationship, where the whole person – patient – is seen and comprehended. Treated in full. But these days, he says, doctors who care are burning out, retiring early, pulling their hair out. “Today,” he writes, “health is a commodity, disease is a product line and physicians are a sales force in the employ of a predatory enterprise.” Ok! This hour On Point, Dr. Nortin Hadler on how to heal American health care.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

High Risk Hostage Encounters 38 mins – “Dr. Bill Lewinski of the Force Science Institute offers his thoughts on high-risk hostage encounters following the accidental shooting of a college student by a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department officer. Bill explains high-stress decision making, how tell when you can no longer engage a suspect with rapport, and the importance of time as a factor in an officer’s ability to react to these complex situations. Read our profile of Lewinski here.” At the link findthe title, “High-Risk Hostage Encounters, May, 2013,” right-click “Media files high-risk-hostage-encounters.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hudson River Tunnel Project 21 mins – “The Gateway Program is a collaboration between Amtrak, the states of New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Transportation to address the rail bottleneck between New Jersey and New York, the busiest rail passenger corridor in the U.S. At the core of this program is construction of new twin rail tunnels under the Hudson River. These will supplement the 108 year old existing rail tunnels, which were damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and which have insufficient capacity to meet the growing demand. In this discussion we learn about the Gateway Program and plans for these new rail tunnels from Andrew Galloway, Chief of Corridor Development at Amtrak.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Women Guard Forest 6 mins – “Even the monsoon rains don’t keep the women of Ghunduribadi, a tiny tribal village in India’s eastern state of Odisha, from patrolling the nearby forest at dawn. Clad in colorful saris and armed with sticks and machetes, they file in the rain through rice fields and onto a muddy path that leads into 500 acres of wooded hills in the Nayagarh district. They’re looking for intruders that come to cut down their trees without permission. Not long ago these women would have been considered trespassers here. Nearby, there are heavy stone markers laid down by the British in the 1800s when the government declared this forest its own. But now, under India’s landmark 2006 Forest Rights Act, tribal villages like Ghunduribadi can claim title to their ancestral lands, some 150,000 square miles of forest all across India. That’s an area almost the size of California, making it one of the largest land reforms in India’s history….” 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.

Intensive Care Units 19 mins – “Does a more humane hospital make a safer hospital? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes. Dr. Pronovost is a critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s known best for innovating an approach to patient safety a decade ago with something really simple: checklists. Preventable death rates at hospitals are high. Infections from central lines, the catheters inserted into major veins to let doctors administer drugs and draw blood more easily, are estimated to account for more than 60,000 deaths per year — about as many as breast and prostate cancer deaths combined. Dr. Pronovost created a checklist of five simple precautions to follow — such as washing hands, draping the patient in a sterile sheet — and brought the infections rate down to almost zero. Now, Dr. Pronovost wants to tackle all preventable risks in the hospital, such as ventilator-related infections, blood clots, and delirium. Johns Hopkins is calling this experiment Project Emerge….” At the link click the three dots beside “Listen,” right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

International Turmoil 57 mins – “European Union leaders declared this week’s attack in Brussels an act of war; one former ISIS hostage says those declarations play into the terrorist group’s game plan. We look at what’s behind an unprecedented crackdown on press freedom in Turkey, and examine the significance of President Obama’s “other” Latin America trip– to Argentina. Plus, a special On the Media guide to how not to cover Cuba.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Politics 17 minsThey harassed her, intimidated her and jailed her but nothing Iranian intelligence could do would dent Shirin Ebadi’s determination to speak up for human rights for Iranian citizens. Shirin Ebadi tells The Current why she’ll never give up the fight.” At the link fin d the title, “Shirin Ebadi: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran – March 29, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160329_37485.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iraq War 17 mins – Bill Graham was the Liberal minister of defence, and foreign minister, as Canada’s bloodiest conflict in decades – the mission in Afghanistan – deepened. He reflects on the road to Afghanistan and his decision not to join the American attack on Iraq.Bill Graham navigates war, peace and trade in his political memoir.” At the link find the title, “Bill Graham navigates war, peace and trade in his political memoir – March 31, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160331_10404.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Karl Rove 40 mins – “Karl Rove discusses the amazing life and election of William McKinley. From his time as a soldier in the Civil War to his campaign in 1896, Karl Rove makes the case that McKinley was not only an effective campaigner for president but also someone who brought the nation together during a divisive time.” At the link find the title, “Karl Rove on the election of 1896, Feb, 2016” right-click “Media files 20160222-rove.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LabDoor 32 mins – “If you’re a Smart Drug Smarts listener, odds are good that you’ve spent a significant amount of time researching what should be in your nutritional supplement tool-belt. What’s worth it? What’s not? What would you rather get from your diet? All those first-string questions. Quality Assurance is a topic often saved for later. It’s pretty frustrating, then, that not all supplements actually contain what they claim to on their labeling. Normally this means less of the biologically active ingredients than the manufacturer claims. Sometimes it might even mean undesirable additives…Neil Thanedar, our guest in Episode #121, is the founder and CEO of a company called LabDoor, an innovative web business that guides consumer decisions based on its in-house chemical analysis of off-the-shelf supplements.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latin Learning 16 mins – “A classic scholar has given new life to a dead language by translating ancient world manuals on how to learn Latin. She’s the first to investigate these centuries-old language manuals and what she reveals about life in the ancient world may surprise you.” At the link find the title, “Translations of ancient Latin give unique insights into Roman culture – April 1, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160401_59326.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Liberal Issues in U.S. 46 mins – “The Democratic Party of the 20th century helped rally the nation during the Great Depression, championed organized labor, and government action to relieve the sufferings of poverty and the injustice of discrimination. Author Thomas Frank has published a scathing critique of this latest Democratic Party, version 2.0 you might say. He concludes that old Party is dead. This hour On Point, do today’s liberals really care about working people?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lifeline Program 28 mins – “Amina Fazlullah and Daniel Lyons discuss the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program, which subsidizes phone service for poorer Americans. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has proposed expanding the program to include broadband.” At the link find the title, “Communicators on FCC Lifeline Program, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.435275.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lipstick at Crime Scenes 4 mins – “New technique could help analyze lipstick smears found at crime scenes.” At the link find the title, “Episode 619,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_March31_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Local Politics 58 mins – “As the presidential candidates continue their contentious path to the White House, it’s easy to overlook what’s happening at the local level. For this episode of BackStory, the Guys take a break from the race for the White House and examine local power brokers; from big city political bosses and small town sheriffs to some of the social reformers who’ve shaped their communities from the ground up.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Man Hunt 28 mins – “Dan Schultz recounts the 1998 manhunt for the three men responsible for killing Cortez (Colo.) Police Officer Dale Claxton in “Dead Run.” More than 500 officers from at least 75 local, state, and federal agencies searched for the suspects, who appeared to have vanished into the desert near the Four Corners region. The suspects were eventually found, most recently in 2007.” At the link find the title, “Dead Run Mar, 2013,” right-click “Media files dead-run.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Quality Control 4 mins – “Researchers seek to more accurately measure active ingredients in marijuana munchies.” At the link find the title, “Episode 617, March 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_March28_2016.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu

Mass Spectrometers 142 mins – “Mass spectrometers are devices for measuring the mass-to-charge ratio of molecules and ions. They use many different measurement principles and are used in various areas of science. Our guest Alexander Makarov works as a Director Global Research for Thermo Fisher‘s Life Sciences Division and has invented the Orbitrap principle used widely in modern mass spectrometers. We talk about mass spectrometry in general, the different measurement principles, engineering challenges, the invention of the Orbitrap, use cases for mass spectrometers and the different machines sold by Thermo Fisher.” At the link right-click “Download” half way down the page and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Treatment Issues 39 mins – “If some medical care is good, more must be better. Right? Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Dr. Christopher Moriates says that as much as one third of healthcare may not make patients healthier. Recorded on 02/09/2016. (#30668)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Drug Cartels 35 mins –This month, we’re providing an interview with Sylvia Longmire about her book, “Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars,” which you can experience in print and online. In her book, the former senior intelligence analyst gives concrete examples of how violence caused by Mexico’s drug war has landed on American soil. Longmire explains the fundamental problem and gives examples of the cross-border violence….” At the link find the title, “Cartel: Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars, Nov, 2011” right-click “Media files cartel.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mining Science 48 mins – “Cultural Anthropologist Stuart Kirsch discusses the questionable science that the mining industry uses to justify their destructive activities.” At the link find the title, “Mining Science, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160324_65609.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

MOMS Demand Action 68 minsShannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. That online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that both respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action is the leading gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than 3.5 million members and chapters in all 50 states.Since its founding, Moms Demand has taken the fight for new and stronger gun laws to the states, passing background check laws in six states and battling gun bills that it thinks would undermine public safety. It persuaded corporations such as Starbucks, Target and Chipotle to adopt “gun sense” policies that put the safety of their employees and customers first. It’s shaping the conversation about responsible gun ownership in America through its Be SMART campaign, which encourages responsible gun storage. And now, Moms Demand is building on these victories by making gun violence prevention a political priority in the upcoming 2016 elections. Join INFORUM for a relevant and engaging discussion with Shannon about this important topic.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New York City Police History 30 mins – “Three authors, including a retired detective, tell the history of the New York Police Department using more than 196 images including an illustration of mid-19th Century uniforms and photos of vintage vehicles, riot response, dramatic resues, and the first African-American and female officers. “New York City Police” also includes a forward by current Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.” At the link find the title, “History of the NYPD, Nov, 2012,” right-click “Media files police-history-nypd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Non Believers 47 mins – “When opinion researchers ask about religious affiliation, they lay out the obvious choices — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu. If you check “No Affiliation,” or “None,” what do we call you? The n-o-n-e, or “Nones,” are the fastest-growing faith group in the country, and a major Democratic Party constituency. After decades of religiously flavored politics, and culture, how will America change? This hour On Point, the rise of the nones.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Northwest Passage 18 mins – “For centuries, explorers sought out the northwest passage at great personal peril. This summer, you can sail through the Arctic seaway aboard an ultra-luxury cruise ship. Critics warn cruise ships in the Northwest Passage is a disaster waiting to happen.” At the link find the title, “Cruise ship set to sail Northwest Passage prompts safety, environmental concern – April 1, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160401_91179.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oklahoma City Bombing 37 mins – “A deeper look at the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995 is provided by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles in “Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed and Why It Still Matters.” The authors construct a detailed account of the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by Timothy McVeigh and others, as well as giving new details about one of the most wide-ranging federal law enforcement investigations in history.” At the link find the title, “Oklahoma City Bombing, May, 2012, right-click “Media files oklahoma-city-bombing.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Epidemic 47 mins – “The news exploded out of what once would have seemed the most unlikely location: an opioid and HIV epidemic blowing up in a sleepy little Indiana town. The big guns of media swarmed into Austin, Indiana. Gave us a glimpse of hell, then moved on. NPR’s Kelly McEvers went back, for a new reporting series called “Embedded.” Settled in to the drugged disarray. Right there with the needles and despair. This hour On Point, Kelly McEvers, “embedded” in Austin, Indiana.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paraguay 42 mins – “In 2008 Fernando Lugo came to power in Paraguay promising a ‘new dawn’ based on social justice, democracy and greater empowerment of the country’s poor but just four years later, with his reform programme in tatters. In his inaugural lecture, Professor Peter Lambert examines the failure of Lugo’s reform programme through analysis of both immediate causes and wider factors related to domestic power relations and political culture. This in turn raises questions about the very nature of Paraguay’s ongoing transition to democracy.” At the link find the title, “Professor Peter Lambert inaugural lecture: The Priest, the Coup and the Party, Feb, 2015,” right-click Media files 256725159 uniofbath professor Peter Lambert inaugural lecture the priest the coup and the party.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Secrets 29 mins – “…When we hide things from our doctors, are they onto us? “I wouldn’t call it lying,” said Dr. Henry Lodge, an internist at Columbia University Medical Center. “It’s very hard to share things that we feel uncomfortable about.” In this episode, we go to that uncomfortable place, and hear stories from patients — as well as doctors — as they discuss the mistakes, mishaps, and near fatal errors that happen between doctor and patients.” At the link click the three dot circle beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Patrol Leadership 47 mins – “POLICE Magazine’s Associate Editor Dean Scoville, a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s sergeant, interviews his former commander, Capt. Linda Healy, about female leadership, diversity hiring and promotion, and rising up the ranks as a female deputy.” At the link find the title, “Female Leadership and Rising Up the Ranks, Sep, 2012,” right-click “Media files patrol-podcast-linda-healy.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Conventions 53 mins – Tuesday, with Utahns headed to the caucuses to choose presidential nominees, we’re looking ahead to the national political conventions in July. That’s where the Democrats and Republicans will confirm their respective candidates. The national conventions are now seen mostly as coronation ceremonies, but in the past they featured quite a bit of drama and high-stakes competition. We’ll sift through the colorful history of the national political conventions and ask what we’re in store for later this year.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Issues 2016 46 mins- “Day after day you hear about a country that’s angry, short on hope. unsure about the future and that those sentiments are driving this presidential primary season. Two Washington Post reporters hit the road to test those propositions — criss-crossing the country and listening to what all kinds of people had to say about how the country, and the race, looks to them. This hour On Point, reporter’s notebook: “Looking for America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premature Birth 63 mins – “An update on Juniper French, a tiny baby, born at 23 Weeks and 6 days — roughly halfway to full term. And a whole universe of medical and moral questions. Technology has had a profound effect on how we get pregnant, give birth, and think about life and death. The decision to become parents was not an easy one for Kelley and Tom. Even after they sorted out their relationship issues and hopes for the future, getting pregnant wasn’t easy. But, thanks to a lot of technology, they found a way to a baby. Then, about halfway through the pregnancy, the trouble began. Neonatal nurse practitioner Diane Loisel describes helping Kelley and Tom make the most important decision of their lives. And Nita Farahany helps Jad and Robert understand the significance of viability, and how technology has influenced its meaning…making a difficult idea even harder to pin down….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Power 62 mins – “Law Professor John Yoo discusses the growth of the federal government and presidential power during the Obama administration. Professor Yoo is interviewed by attorney Victoria Toensing.” At the link find the title, “After Words with John Yoo, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.432148.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link find the title, “After Words with John Yoo, Mar 2016,” right-click “Media files program.432148.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Problems Are Opportunities 52 mins – “Stanford Technology Ventures Program’s Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, cites numerous classroom successes of applied problem-solving and the lessons of failure.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Programming with Minecraft 65 mins –Learn to Program with Minecraft, users can ] learn how to build a palace in the blink of an eye. All this and more can be done with Python, a free language used by millions of programmers. Simple Python lessons can teach you to modify Minecraft to product instant and awesome results. Craig Richardson is a trainee Computing and ICT teacher originally from the North East of England and working in East London. Guest: Craig RichardsonAt the link click download,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Puerto Rican Bonds 15 mins – “Puerto Rico is part of the United States, but not one of the United States. And this limbo status has brought a world of economic trouble.” At the link find the title, “#693: Unpayable, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160401_pmoney_podcast040116.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reconciliation in Canada 14 mins -”For centuries, the relationship between the Christian church and indigenous Canadians has been fraught. Even after the residential schools era, a majority of aboriginal people identify as Christian, fusing religion with their own beliefs and traditions.” At the link find the title, “Majority of indigenous Canadians remain Christians despite residential schools – April 1, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160401_74680.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Processing 70 mins – “MPI Europe convened a discussion to examine the outcomes of the conference, and provide an analysis of how states and civil society can work together to realize the intensifying calls for new pathways to support the safe and legal migration—and successful integration—of refugees in practice. Speakers consider what initiatives already exist to facilitate the legal mobility of refugee groups, and critically assess the potential and pitfalls that come with each. The discussion also examines new and creative ideas that have emerged in the wake of the Syria crisis.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “download” again and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right to Bear Arms 20 mins –Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, documents America’s shift away from a radical gun-control agenda that dominated the political landscape in the 1960s and ’70s in “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms In America.” In the book, Winkler traces Second Amendment battles back to the Colonial Era and explains how U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the handgun ban in D.C. with the Heller decision reframed the debate.” At the link find the title, “Gunfight: The Right to Bear Arms, Oct, 2011,” right-click “Media files gunfight.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salaries 20 mins – “What would it be like if everyone at your office knew what everyone else earned? On today’s show, we hear about a company where salaries aren’t secret.” At the link find the title, “#550: When Salaries Aren’t Secret, Oct, 2015,” right-click “Media files 20151021_specials_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia and Iran 60 mins –Banfsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author; Educator Jonathan Curiel, Award-winning Journalist; Author; Former Reuters Foundation Scholar, Oxford University—Moderator Keynoush, a foreign affairs scholar and educator, was a former interpreter for four Iranian presidents. She is an advisor to policy centers on the Middle East and to American companies doing business in the region. Keynoush earned her Ph.D. at Tufts University and was a visiting scholar at the King Faisal University Center for Islamic Studies and Research. She will discuss the topic of her latest book, Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scaling Startups 58 mins – “Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shares her trilogy of ideas for a successful start-up and a fulfilling career. Her thoughts include building an enterprise with scalable vision, building personalized, scalable products, and the ability to scale your own connections and capabilities.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the drop down menu.

Self Driving Car 26 mins – “The glamour of the limousine is undeniable – who wouldn’t want to be shuttled about town without a care in the world? Traffic, parking, sobriety? Somebody else’s problem! With the introduction of the self-driving car, limo luxury could become pretty commonplace. As with many new technologies, though, self-driving cars bring up myriad sustainability, legal. and ethical questions. These questions notwithstanding, it appears that the self-driving car is coming, and coming soon: the Obama administration recently announced that the US government will be pledging to invest nearly $4 billion in autonomous driving technology over the next decade. Meanwhile, deep-pocketed companies like Google, Toyota, Über and General Motors have made their own investments into self-driving vehicles. This week on Sea Change Radio, we learn more about this emerging technology from Reuters Transportation Technology Correspondent, Alexandria Sage.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Siege of Leningrad Siege P4 24 mins – “Leningraders volunteer in such numbers that the Stavka orders several divisions to be organized, to resist the German invaders. Yet the men are thrown in untrained, mostly weaponless, armed only with a desire for revenge.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode160 32716_6.33_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Single Line Power 64 mins – “Chris and Dave blank on generators, hear about surface wave transmission, give advice on business, hear from past guests and prescribe new product development tips.” (A proposal is made to power drones with a single wire!) At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep P2 37 mins – “People who sleep better earn more money. Now all we have to do is teach everyone to sleep better.” At the link click the dots-in-circle bside “Listen,” right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Small Towns 49 mins – “In the 1930s, the American South was two-thirds rural, and half of all southerners were farm workers. Now it’s more than two-thirds urban and only 2 percent work on farms. Those are some of the facts shared by the novelist Lee Smith in her new memoir about growing up in a small town in the Appalachian mountains. But it’s through stories, not facts, that Smith reveals an intimate knowledge of her corner of the South – Grundy, Virginia. Smith says much has changed about the South since her childhood, but one thing never will – and that’s a southerner’s love of telling stories. A memoir of southern life and literature.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

South Korea P2 27 mins – “Rana Mitter meets South Korean pop producers, noise musicians and TV directors, to find out what has been driving the Korean Wave. He discovers how, as freedom and wealth bed down, South Koreans are breaking from the conformity that helped them pull off an economic miracle towards a more raucous, more individualist culture.” At the link find the title, “South Korea: The Silent Cultural Superpower – Part Two, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03pf435.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. core, the sun is as hot as you’d imagine: over 15 million degrees. But why does light take so long to reach the sun’s surface? How does the sun produce light and heat? And how does the sun’s weather affect our lives on Earth? Professor Lucie Green is a solar physicist at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Her new book, 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun, tells you everything you might want to know about our star, from what it sounds like to the journey taken by a photon of light.” At the link right-click Download MP3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Spanish Civil War 48 mins – “According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is ‘Spain in Our Hearts.’ John Powers reviews the French film ‘My Golden Days.’ “ At the link find the title, “The Spanish Civil War And The Fight Against Fascism, Mar, 2016,” click three dots incircle right of “Listen,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Plans 47 mins – “The 2016 campaign has plenty of trash talk flying around. But one of these people is likely to be president, so you’d better know their plans. Today, we’re looking at their tax plans. There are huge differences. Huge. Hillary Clinton is pretty steady. No earthquake. Trump and Cruz would cut taxes bigtime for the rich. Increase the deficit by trillions. Bernie Sanders would go for the biggest peacetime tax hike in US history – but says you’ll love it. This hour On Point, the tax plans, 2016.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 119 mins – “Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Robert Scoble talk about Oculus VR shipping, its incoming reviews, the man behind Sundar Pichai, email encryption, Google’s Moonshots, and more…” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Cartels 38 mins –“International drug cartels have been forming alliances with terror groups and other organized criminal organizations in what our own gang expert Richard Valdemar calls “the unholy alliance.” A new book, “The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus,” explores these connections. Author Jennifer Hesterman joined us to discuss her book.” At the link find the title, “The Terrorist-Cartel Nexus, Aug, 2013,” right-click “Media files the-terrorist-cartel-nexus.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thing Explainer 24 mins – “This month we discuss Thing explainer by Randall Munroe. In this book the xkcd creator attempts to explain things as diverse as the International Space Station and the human body, using only the most common ten hundred words in the English language (‘thousand’ is not one of those words). See if you can guess the objects from the extracts we read out and hear about our experiences of imposing the rules on our own writing. Finally, take up our challenge and have a go yourself using the xkcd simple writer.” At the link right-click “Download: Chemistry World Book Club Thing Explainer.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trans Pacific Partnership 63 minsRobert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Former President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Apple—Moderator The current set of rules within the global trading system that impact the technology industry were put in place a generation ago—before the Internet was of critical commercial significance, when cross-border digital trade was a fraction of what it is now, mobility was limited and “cloud” architecture unknown. How will new rules within the global trading system open opportunities and propel the growth of the technology industry? How will these 21st-century rules combat “data nationalism” and the balkanization of the internet? How does the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) embrace cutting-edge rules to combat these trends and preserve a single, global, digital marketplace? Ambassador Holleyman will speak to the urgency around efforts to preserve a single, global digital marketplace. He will describe these new rules—“The Digital Two Dozen”— and how he believes TPP will foster digital entrepreneurship and drive the growth of the technology sector.At the link right-click “Play Now and Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Impact 47 mins – “Has the media made this year’s presidential campaign cycle a zoo? A circus? President Obama seemed to say as much this week, calling out an obsession with “sideshows and carnival barkers.” Saying candidates aren’t being held accountable for unworkable plans. But did the media really make Donald Trump? Bury Bernie Sanders? Hold back Hillary? Crown Cruz? Unleash the craziness of name-calling and fisticuffs? This hour On Point, the media and the like-no-other-we-can-remember 2016 campaign.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tug Design and Operation 147 mins – “In this 200th episode of omega tau we cover a topic that has been on our list for a long time: harbour tugs. We start out with a conversation with Lex van der Schaaf, the COO of Port Towage Amsterdam, who gives us a general introduction to port towage. Markus then joins Arno, Jan and Andrey on their tug Thetis for a day of towing in the port of Amsterdam. In the last conversation, Markus speaks with Baldo Dielen about the design of modern tugs, using the EDDY tug as a representative example.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence Control 21 mins – “Sgt. Rory Miller, a retired Multnomah County (Ore.) Sheriff’s corrections deputy, wrote “Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected” as a follow-up to his earlier “Meditations on Violence.” In his interview with POLICE, he explains “the monkey dance,” provides a counter-ambush strategy, and discusses how officers can break “the freeze” that may occur when engaging a violent suspect.” At the link find the title, “Facing Violence, Jun, 2012,” Right-click “Media files facing-violence.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virus Book 36 mins – “We talk to science writer and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer about viruses. Viral fragments make up 8% of our entire genome—how much do we actually know about them?” At the link find the title, “127 Carl Zimmer – The Mysterious World of Viruses, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 306fb044-2a81-46b0-905e-cb90584e6c89.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Website Design 62 mins – “Aarron Walter and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss launching a design education initiative at InVision, building a UX practice at MailChimp, putting design at the heart of strategy, managing teams, the secret life of Walt Disney, and more. Aarron is the VP of Design Education at InVision. He founded the UX practice at MailChimp and is the author of Designing for Emotion and other books about design.” At the link right-click “MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Whale Research 17 mins –“In an unprecedented study, Canadian marine biologist Shane Gero has been following and decoding a group of sperm whale families for more than a decade. Shane Gero explains what sperm whales are talking about and what he’s learned about their society.” At the link find the title, “Whale Talk: Canadian researcher reveals how sperm whales communicate – March 29, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160329_40653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Science 58 mins – “Professor Emma Johnston, Professor Nalini Joshi and Professor Tanya Monro appear in a special Women Of Science event at the National Press Club.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Women of Science, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files NPCc_WomenScience_3003_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One Novel 50 mins – “We’re in the village of Rye – in Sussex, England – and the year is 1914. It’s one of the most beautiful summers in memory. But storm clouds are gathering. This is where Helen Simonson’s new novel “The Summer Before the War” begins. Simonson is the author of the bestselling book “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand”, and her new work is again a comedy of social manners, a love story, and a look at what it means to be an outsider. But this time, the setting is Edwardian England on the precipice of upheaval…and the stakes are high for her characters forced into a new reality. British-American Author Helen Simonson on her new novel and how World War I forever changed the role of women in society.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

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