Media Mining Digest 31 – Jun 15, 2012: Apple Store Opns, Internet Guru, Science Research, Mortgage Controversy, Ocean Stewardship, Fishing Restrictions, Bank Runs, Interop, Tunisia Recovery, Cancer Death, Inventing, Global Economy Overview, Global Economy, African Economy

The link to each item’s podcast is at the highlighted topic and reached by double-clicking or ctrl-clicking it. All 14 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a 125 MB zip file here for four months.

Apple Store Opns 45 mins – Apple has built a successful retail store business that is based on giving customers a unique and positive experience whenever they enter the store. Carmine Gallo describes how other businesses can take advantage of the Soul of Apple to develop service strategies that will make them more profitable by considering every aspect of their customers and their needs. At the link right click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Internet Guru 128 mins – Jessamyn West, Vermont librarian, technologist and blogger at librarian.net, offers a very engaging, energetic and informative talk about digital divide issues, technological challenges at small town rural libraries, open web, and more. She starts about ten minutes into the program after the three co-hosts have socialized. The Iowa Public Library music project for performers is one of the interesting items discussed. At the link right click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Science Research 71 mins – “Ed Yong, science writer and blogger at “Not Exactly Rocket Science” at Discover Magazine, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of science and science journalism. Yong was recently entangled in a controversy over the failure of researchers to replicate a highly-cited and influential psychology study. He discusses the issues behind the failed replication and the problem of replication in general in other fields, arguing that replication is under-appreciated and little rewarded. After a discussion of the incentives facing scientists, the conversation turns to the challenges facing science journalists when work that is peer-reviewed may still not be reliable.” Go to the link, find the title, “Yong on Science, Replication, and Journalism,” right click on “Yongscience.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Mortgage Controversy 101 mins – Some policymakers have been calling for federal regulators to push Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to do principal reduction for borrowers whose house is worth less than what they owe on their mortgages. Is principal reduction the way to finally get the housing market back on its feet? What, if any, would be the cost to taxpayers? What should the future of housing finance look like and what is needed to prepare Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for changes ahead? Ed DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator and regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac discusses these issues followed by a panel of housing and consumer experts.  Go to the link, click on “Audio” tab, right click “Download” and select “Save Target” to download the file.

Ocean Stewardship 52 mins – “The world’s oceans cover 140 million square miles and have remained stable for most of human history. But in the last 30 years, man’s impact on the seas has taken a heavy toll: global fish supplies are declining thanks to new technologies and overfishing. Climate change has led to a rise in ocean temperatures and the loss of 75 percent of large sea animals. Plastics and agricultural fertilizers are polluting our oceans and killing marine life.” Callum Roberts, author of “The Ocean of Life,” discusses the impact of our use of our oceans. You can only download using iTunes and locating the Diane Rehm Show, the program, “Environmental Outlook: “The Ocean of Life” by Callum Roberts.” Or, go to the topic link and listen online; or, use the RSS feed here  to subscribe and get all of the show programs.

Fishing Restrictions 26 mins – “Over the last fifteen years, a third of Britain’s commercial fishermen have left the industry. This week’s Global Perspective story takes a look at a fisherman’s life in the UK. A decade ago European fish stocks appeared to be in irretrievable decline. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union instituted quotas to protect white fish in the hope of returning to sustainable numbers. But the constantly shifting regulation has bamboozled and maddened many British fishermen like Fred Normandale who end up throwing back a lot of what they catch because it exceeds their quota.” Go to the link, locate “Global Perspective (20120604 17:30:00 – 17:56:30 UTC)Monday, June 04, 2012 2:27 PM,” right click “en_global_perspective_44_1kHz_20120604_182232.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Bank Runs 16 mins – “Once a bank run starts, it takes on a logic of its own. Even a solid, solvent bank can’t hold up for long if people start to panic. This is a problem for Europe right now, as depositors continue to pull money out of banks in Spain and Greece. On today’s show, we talk to Douglas Diamond, an economist who is one of the go-to guys on bank runs, and we hear from Greek bank teller who is handing out euros to panicked depositors. We walk through the three things you can do to stop a bank run [slow down withdrawals, borrow money, and insure deposits] and figure out what options are left for Europe.” At the link locate the title “#376: Three Ways To Stop A Bank Run,” right click “npr_154396671.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Interop 64 mins – “The practice of standardization has been facilitating innovation and economic growth for centuries. The standardization of the railroad gauge revolutionized the flow of commodities, the standardization of money revolutionized debt markets and simplified trade, and the standardization of credit networks has allowed for the purchase of goods using money deposited in a bank half a world away. These advancements transformed each system has been transformed so it can interoperate with systems all over the world, while still preserving local diversity. But interoperability is not also without its risks.” Example at end about creation of a universal charger. Go to the link, right click “MP3” towards bottom of the page and select “Save Link As” to download.

Tunisia Recovery 33 mins –  “Lots of digital ink has been spilled about how and whether digital technology played a critical role in bringing about the Arab Spring. But it’s been 18 months since the spark of revolution was first lit in Tunisia, way back in December of 2010.How has digital technology played a role in laying the foundation for a stable Tunisia? Today’s guests were tasked with finding an answer to that question. And it turns out to be a very complex and interesting one, leading them to explore Tunisia’s communications infrastructure, Tunisia’s digital economy, and an increasingly technology-enabled civil society.” Go to the link, right click “MP3” towards bottom of the page and select “Save Link As” to download.

Cancer Death 52 mins – “Terence Bryan Foley was an American expert on agriculture and Asia who earned his Ph.D. when he was in his 60s. He played more than 15 musical instruments and spoke six languages. He was funny, eccentric and beloved by his wife, award-winning journalist and editor Amanda Bennett. In a memoir, Bennett writes of their marriage, their travels and their battle for more life together after Foley was diagnosed with cancer. She takes us on a journey through the complex and often maddening American medical system. And she questions whether the emotional, physical and monetary price was worth it.” More details are in her book, “The Cost of Hope” You can only download this podcast using iTunes and locating the Diane Rehm Show, then the program, “The Cost of Hope,” or listen online at the topic link link. Or the RSS feed, here, can be used to get all the show programs.

Inventing 52 mins – “It’s the perennial dream: build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. We go to San Jose’s famed Tech Museum to learn what it takes to turn a good idea into a grand success. Remember the Super Soaker squirt gun? Hear how its inventor is now changing the rules for solar energy. Where do good ideas come from? A Eureka moment in the bathtub? We’ll find out that it doesn’t happen so quickly – or easily. And finally, the life cycle of society-changing technologies, from the birth of radio to the future of the Internet. Inventions, inventors and innovation: all part of the mix on “Better Mousetrap.”  Two of four guests have books. Steven Johnson is author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation and  Tim Wu – Professor of Communication Law at Columbia University is author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Borzoi Books). Go to the link, locate “Better Mousetrap,” right click on “BiPiSci12-06-04.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Global Economy Overview 80 mins –   Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde,  discusses the state of the global economy and the actions needed by policymakers around the world and the IMF to keep the recovery on track and create the building blocks for future growth and prosperity. Managing Director Lagarde joined the International Monetary Fund after serving as France’s minister of finance for five years.  In June 2007, she became the first woman to hold the post of finance and economy minister of a G-7 country.   As chairperson of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. Go to the link, click on “Audio” tab, right click “Download” and select “Save Target” to download the file.

Global Economy 55 mins –  Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithne discusses the strengthening U.S. recovery, and the economic challenges and choices the U.S. will face as a country and globally.  Go to the link, click on “Audio” tab, right click “Download” and select “Save Target” to download the file.

African Economy 60 mins – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s coordinating minister for the economy and minister of finance,  discusses  current challenges to economic development and the changing role of international financial institutions. As the African Union’s nominee for president of the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had a unique vision for global development, prioritizing job creation and economic diversification, as well as policies that enable youth and empower women. Minister Okonjo-Iweal has implemented economic reforms which resulted in sustained national growth rates and nearly $18 billion of national debt relief. Before her appointment as finance minister, Okonjo-Iweala served for nearly 21 years as a development economist at the World Bank and ultimately held the position of managing director, where she was instrumental in supporting the bank’s reform agenda. Go to the link, click on “Audio” tab, right click “Download” and select “Save Target” to download the file.

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.

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