Typhoid Mary’s adventures teach important lessons about the spread of disease. Research into the origin of Aids is just as useful. The podcast from WNYC’s Radiolab at http://bit.ly/tABG8b covers both topics while discussing how researchers look for the point of origin for a disease. Most podcasts from Radiolab are entertaining, enlightening, and important. Typhoid Mary and Aids are the first of four topics in this episode. The last two may be more entertaining — you’ll have to judge for yourself — but the first ones are outstanding.
My uncle learned for fly on a Stearman biplane at the start of WWII, became a fighter pilot in Europe, then a bomber pilot who worked with remote-controlled B-17’s (early drones) before Korea, a bomber-fighter pilot in Korea, and a transport pilot during the Vietnam conflict. One of the podcast series from University of Houston, called the “Engines of Our Ingenuity” places the Stearman in context for the Air Force with podcast number 2752 at http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2752.htm . The intimate contact between the Stearman and the air helped my uncle grasp how all airplanes interact during acrobatics and later saved his life on several occasions. The podcast website also presents photos, transcripts and other related information.
Amongst many other choices for the week was a high-energy one from IT Conversations by Kathy Sierra, who overcame the economic downturn and explains how user reviews are a key element in developing a product or a group of followers, at http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail1655.html