Media Mining Digest 30 – June 8, 2012: Optimism, Righteous Mind, Gender Trap, Rabies-TB-Tinnitus, Online Gaming Harassment, Economic Ideas, America’s Four Challenges, Retirement Fund Bankruptcy, Syria Conflict, Flameproofing Hazards, Science-Religion in America, Healthy Cities, Flame Malware

The link to each item’s podcast is at the highlighted topic and reached by double-clicking or ctrl-clicking it. All 13 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can be downloaded as a 74 MB zip file here for four months.

Optimism 54 mins – “Research seems to indicate that we’re genetically inclined to optimism. But what if we’re too optimistic to deal with social problems? A Calgary forum mulls the implications. Produced in association with the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary.” Questions are raised about individual versus group optimism and is anxiety the opposite of optimism rather than pessimism. Three panelists present different views followed by a ten minute Q/A session. Find “A Question of Optimism” at the link, right click the download option and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Righteous Mind  54 mins –  This week on Tapestry, why dialing down self-righteousness is so important – and so hard. Tapestry host Mary Hynes talks to psychologist Jonathan Haidt and to writer Philip Yancey. The five foundations for moral judgement are harm, fairness, loyalty, authority and sanctity. Find “download I’m Right, You’re Wrong,” right click it and select “Save Link As” to download.

Gender Trap 54 mins – “In May, 2011, a Toronto family decided not to reveal the sex of their newborn baby. Only nine people in the world know whether baby Storm is a boy or a girl. The parents believe that gender, more than race and class, constricts individual identity. When the story of Storm became public, controversy ensued. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell takes up the story and the debate.” Go to the link, find the title “The Gender Trap, Part 2”, and/or “Part 1” right click the download option and select “Save Link As” to download.

Rabies, TB and Tinnitus  18 mins – The rabies outbreak in Peru, a South African production of La Boheme which aims to raise awareness of tuberculosis and a new approach to treating tinnitus from the Netherlands.  The rabies segment infers different rabies vaccines exist for dog and bat sources, which may be incorrect.  At the link find the title “Rabies, Opera & TB, Tinnitus,” right click “healthc_20120530-2000a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Online Gaming Harassment 23 mins –  More women are playing online video games than ever before, but life can be tough for them in this male-dominated world where they can be exposed to verbal sexual harassment. The extent of the problem and what is being done to correct it are discussed.  Strong language throughout. At the link find “DocArchive: Guns, Girls and Games,” right click on “docarchive_20120524-0100a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Economic Ideas 62 mins – Lawrence H. White of George Mason University and author of The Clash of Economic Ideas talks about the economists and their ideas of the past one hundred years: Keynes and Hayek, monetary policy and the Great Depression, Germany after the Second World War, the economy of India, and the future of monetary. Find Larry White at the link, right click on “Whiteideas.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

America’s Four Challenges  73 mins – Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times “Foreign Affairs” Columnist summarizes his most recent book, published in 2011 and co-authored with Johns Hopkins University foreign policy expert Michael Mandelbaum, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. The book addresses how America should tackle the four great challenges it faces—globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption. At the link find the title, “J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture That Used To Be Us: How America lost its way and how we find our way back,” right button click videoWatch the podcast or AudioListen to the podcast and select “Save Link As”.

Retirement Fund Bankruptcy 15 mins  –  under “Promises, Promises”  “…the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory halfway around the world. … just became the first American public pension fund to file for bankruptcy.”  Right click on “Download” next to “Listen to the Show” and select “Save Target As” to download.

Syria Conflict  16 mins – “Why is Syria Locked in Endless Conflict?” “The uprisings in Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen all started last spring. They’ve all resulted in regime change — except for the uprising in Syria. Why is Syria locked in a brutal and seemingly endless conflict? The answer has to do with history, politics, and a growing class of entrepreneurs who are struggling to pick a side. Their decision could turn the tide of the conflict. It could also cost them their lives.” Right click on “Download” next to “Listen to the Show” and select “Save Target As” to download.

Flameproofing Hazards  66 mins – The science of toxic flame retardants with Dr. Arlene Blum PhD is discussed in “Episode 145: Chemical Warfare At Home.” At the link right click “Audio” under “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download.  A referenced investigative series written about the topic in the  Chicago Tribune  describes corporations making flame retardants having spent millions of dollars on front groups, “pay for play”  experts, and lobbying in order to defeat new restrictions on their hazardous chemicals, even when those laws were actively supported by fire fighters,  scientists, and licensed public health professionals alike. New York State passed a ban on TCEP flame retardant in 2011 and more recently the New York State Assembly unanimously passed a bill to ban  the flame retardant TDCPP. That bill is now headed to the Environmental Conservation Committee in the Senate. Dr Blum also mentions furan, dioxin, pentaBDE retardant, and Chlorinated TRIS. She points out the chemicals are in our homes, in the dust, in the air, affects pets and kids, but can be remediated with proper cleaning, ventilation and eventual replacement of affected furniture. Blum’s website, where a 47 min. YouTube video of a lecture on the topic given at UC Berkeley posted by CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, presents helpful visual aids that complement the audio file at the beginning of this topic.

Science – Religion in America 64 mins – “On this episode of BackStory, the History Guys explore the ways Americans have attempted to grapple with the biggest question of them all: “Where did we come from?” Together, they trace the ups and downs in the relationship between science  and religion. Are there times when the two have not been at odds? How did the Founders conceive of “creation,” and why did the idea of extinction pose such a challenge to their worldview? How were Darwin’s ideas received in the U.S., and why did it take six decades before public school systems started challenging the teaching of his theories? What lessons does history offer those interested in charting a peaceful relationship between science and religion in the future?” At the link right click the “Download” option and select “Save Link As” to download.

Healthy Cities  25 mins –  Collaboration between The Lancet and University College London, UK, has resulted in the second UCL Lancet Commission report. The report analyses how health outcomes are part of the complexity of urban processes, drawing attention to the part that urban planning can and should play in delivering health improvements through reshaping the urban fabric of our cities.  At the link right click the “Download This Audio” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Flame Malware 4 mins – Kaspersky Labs says it has discovered a new and malicious piece of software infecting machines across the Middle East. The malware is called Flame, has infected nearly 200 computers in Iran alone and may have been active for the last five years. Right click  “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” to download.

The 88 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are gathered using Feedreader3 and are available as a opm file at Google Docs. A PDF of feeds is also available there. Free Commander is used to compare old and new downloads to remove duplicates. MP3SpeedChanger is used to change playback speed of multiple files as a batch. Speed listening background article here.

Thanks for stopping by.

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