Media Mining Digest 32 – Jun 22, 2012: Creativity, Cholesterol and Statins, Knights Templar, Library Evolution, Library Box, Archimedes, Vendor Relationship Movement, Korea – Washington Relationship, Arctic Energy, Spain’s Banking Monster, Greece Struggles, Robbonko Village – Sierra Leone, Biotech Advances, DNA Patents

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 be downloaded as a 133 MB zip file here for four months.

Creativity 70 mins – “Jonah Lehrer, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the science of creativity. They discuss focusing vs. ignoring as a way to solve problems, the potential for computer-based creativity, how W. H. Auden used drugs to improve his poetry, Bob Dylan, Steve Jobs, and the creative power of mindless relaxation. The conversation closes with a discussion of what policies might increase creativity.” Go to link, locate Jonah Lehrer, right click on “Lehrercreativity.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Cholesterol and Statins 52 mins – “In the 30 years since they were approved by the FDA, cholesterol-lowering drugs called “statins” have cut in half Americans’ death rate from heart disease. Today, more than 20 million Americans take a statin drug like Lipitor or Zocor. Many of these people have high cholesterol but no sign of heart disease. There is growing evidence that statins provide little or no benefit for healthy patients and can trigger dangerous side effects. And new studies question whether there really is any link between cholesterol levels and heart disease. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the latest cholesterol research and what it means for heart disease prevention.” The guests are Sharon Begley from Reuters, Dr Barbara Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island; author of The Truth About Statins, and Dr David Pearle, Clinical Cardiologist at Georgetown University Hospital. At the link you can only listen online, or download using the link at the top of this post that contains all the podcasts at 150%.

Knights Templar 54 mins – “Life in the 11th century was nasty, brutish and short. Most people lived and died within a few miles of where they were born, strangers were suspect, and danger lurked everywhere. Who was in charge was a matter of opinion: barons and local chiefs ruled as they wished, those who would be king faced a skeptical and hostile world. We take the modern world for granted, with its more-or-less stable patchwork of nation states, each with its body of law and governance, but in medieval times there was little in the way of a social safety net, little to protect the citizen from the cold winds. Except, there were the knights.” This is the third part of three. All three parts at an hour each can be downloaded here.

Library Evolution 93 mins – “Helene Blowers, Author, Blogger and Director of Digital Strategy for Columbus Metropolitan Library, discusses Learning 2.0: 23 Things, digital divide issues, technology playtime, technology planning and more.” Click on the link, right click on the “Download” button and select “Save Link As” to download.

Library Box 120 mins – “Jason Griffey, Associate Professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, talks about the open source LibraryBox device project, ebooks, the digital divide, future tech trends and more.” Click on the link, right click on the “Download” button and select “Save Link As” to download.

Archimedes 15 mins – “How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.” At the link click the “download” button, right click the “Save to Desktop” and select “Save File As” to download.

Vendor Relationship Movement  77 mins – “Among the goals of the VRM — Vendor Relationship Management — movement are preserving Internet freedom and opportunity, changing the economic power structure, and turning the tables on privacy-violating business models and practices. But there are several challenges to achieving this vision for the future of business and the internet. Doc Searls’ — co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto, and founder of Project VRM — discusses some of the challenges he lays out in his new book The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge.” Digital rights, customer commons, and the KickStart concept are discussed. Go to the link, right click the “MP3” link and select “Save Link As” to download.

Korea – Washington Relationship 134 mins – “On June 8, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings (CNAPS) and the Korea Foundation hosted the sixth Seoul-Washington Forum. Leading experts from the United States and South Korea gathered to identify challenges and propose policies for coping with evolving domestic politics in South Korea and the United States, North Korea under new leadership, and the changing East Asian power structure.” Comment a the end about Romney being hostile towards Korea. Go to the link and right click on “The Sixth Seoul-Washington Forum: Moving the United States-Korea Relationship Forward in Changing Environments” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Arctic Energy 81 mins – “On June 12, the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings hosted a discussion marking the start of an 18-month research project on the challenges and opportunities of Arctic development. Panelists discussed the various international approaches to Arctic energy and natural resource development as well as energy and natural resource development in Alaska.” The second part is the most interesting. Right click on “Part 2 – The Challenges and Opportunities of Arctic Energy and Resources Development” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Spain’s Banking Monster 25 mins- “…In today’s show, we take you backstage in Spain’s banking mess, the latest front in the never ending financial crisis that is Europe.It’s the story of how a group of people tried to fix a problem, but wound up creating a banking monster.” Go to the link, locate “#378: How Spain Created a Banking Monster,” right click “npr_154886763.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

Greece Struggles 14 mins- The meteoric rise of Syriza, the new force in Greek politics, is explored during which current economic issues are highlighted, such as reduced access to prescription drugs. Go to the link, find the tile, “The Rise of Syriza” and follow the download instructions.

Rogbonko Village, Sierra Leone 29 mins – “The writing of bestselling author Aminatta Forna and her work to develop her family village are intimately intertwined. Things that happen in Rogbonko, deep in the forest in Sierra Leone, often resurface in her novels. And sometimes her novels inspire her development initiatives. Rogbonko now has a school, a cashew plantation and a clinic for pregnant women. Aminatta Forna is proud that this was achieved with the people of the village, without the support of an aid organization.” Go to the link, locate the down arrow above and to the right of the audio bar, right click it and select”Save Link As” to download.

Biotech Advances  35mins –  Creating tools that enable the design and creation of useful living things, and more. Guests Omri Drory with his Genome Compiler and Austen Heinz  who uses a 3D printer to produce DNA discuss their products and possible impact on the biotech industry.  Go to the link, right click the download arrow next to “Audio” and select “Save File As” to download.

DNA Patents 67 mins – “We navigate the waters of Biotechnology. Gene patents, how do you get them and why are they there? And once you have them, how are you going to finance your company and move forward?” Go to the link, locate the title “Futures in Biotech 94: Getting DNA Right-s,” right click on “fib0094.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.

The 88 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are gathered using Feedreader3 and are available as an 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. A speed listening background article here. Sixty-five podcasts for 2010 and earlier at 1.5x are listed alphabetically in this PDF and can be downloaded in two sections as zip files: Part 1 and Part each holding about 350 MB.  For 2011 this alphabetical PDF list of 184 podcasts at 1.5x is available, and the actual files can be downloaded in five segments: Part 1 to 5  (Part  1 – 276 MB; P2 – 291 MB; P3 – 284; P4 – 153 MB, and P5 – 256 MB). Leave a comment about problems with the links and downloads. A similar list and downloads for Jan-Jun 2012 is coming.

Thanks for stopping by.


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