The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 79 for the last week. The link to each podcast is at the highlighted topic and reached by double-clicking or ctrl-clicking it. All 22 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 90 MB zip file here for four months.
Penicillin First U.S. Use 9 mins – “The first dose of penicillin given in the United States was administered at Yale–New Haven Hospital on 12 March 1942 to a patient dying of septicemia. As a young Yale house officer, I found myself involved in what few of us then realized was a very profound sequence of events. It was my ninth month of service, and I was an acting assistant resident…” Download the podcast at the link after moving to the second page and locating the title “The First Use of Penicillin in the United States;July 15, 2008,” right-clicking “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As”. A transcript is also available by left-clicking the title.
Med Checklists 19 mins – “Sanjay Gupta, the science reporter for CNN writes in the New York Times today: “According to a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 Americans were dying every year because of medical mistakes. Today, exact figures are hard to come by because states don’t abide by the same reporting guidelines, and few cases gain as much attention as that of Rory Staunton, the 12-year-old boy who died of septic shock this spring after being sent home from a New York hospital. But a reasonable estimate is that medical mistakes now kill around 200,000 Americans every year. That would make them one of the leading causes of death in the United States.” Dr Atul Gawande suggests checklists can help heal this problem. The link presents many insightful comments and links to checklists and other material. At the link left-click “Download,” then right-click “Download to Desktop” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file; a video download option also appears.
Kenya Runners 54 mins – “An ongoing annual series about the connection between Sport and Society, “Footprints 2012″ takes IDEAS host Paul Kennedy to the Great Rift Valley, in Kenya. He spends time in the training camp for distance runners that may produce pots of gold at this summer’s London Olympics.” You can only listen at the link, but the podcast is included in the zip file collection with the link at the top of this post.
Mike Smith PC Consultant 63 mins – Mike Smith from The Mike Tech Show joins us this week with some consulting tips. Mike specializes in networks, small business support and software rather than hardware. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast.
School Innovation 11 mins – “The driving motivation for Peje Emilsson, current chair of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, is difference: catering to different students with different learning styles in different ways. That is the goal of Kunskapsskolan, a group of several dozen new schools developed in Sweden with the intention of providing an increasingly personalized and hands-on classroom experience to its students…” The link provides a download option with a right-click and “Save Link As” option. A three-minute video can also be viewed on-line where “A panel of experienced education investors presents questions like these and more, in a conference segment called “Case Studies in Real World Innovation.”
Software Carpentry 76 mins – “Software is an important component in the toolkit of nearly every engineer. Chris and Jeff talk with Greg Wilson about how engineers and scientists can improve their programming skills.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast.
Honan Hack Lessons 52 mins – “How one might fend off a big-time personal hack, even if Apple and Amazon seem to make it easy, and how hard it is for Google Wallet to gain traction.” The how, why and fixes for being hacked when a well-known internet personage has his accounts hacked. Notes are provided at the link for references, services and companies mentioned during this discussion. Download at the link by right-clicking “MP3 Audio” and selecting “Save Link As”.
Inflation 23 mins – Financial journalist and broadcaster Max Flint investigates the positives of inflation. He looks at how inflation can shrink mortgages, shrivel debt, create growth and disposable income.” Go to the link, locate the title “Docs: Just Add Cash – Part Two 14 Aug 2012,” right-click “docarchive_20120814-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As”.
Karachi Heroin Use 23 mins – “Karachi has a population of 20 million, of whom an estimated half a million are chronic heroin addicts. For Assignment Mobeen Azhar finds out how a charity is helping them and their families.” At the link locate the title “DocArchive: Cold Turkey in Karachi,” right-click “docarchive_20120809-0100a.mp3” and select “Save Link As”.
Doctors Bothering Drs 6 mins – “When I get a telephone call from a patient, it always begins with the same words: “I hate to bother you, but … .” A humanizing look at your doctor’s frustrations. Download the podcast at the link after moving to the second page and locating the title “On Being a Doctor February 19, 2008,” right-clicking “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As”. A transcript is also available by left-clicking the title.
Personality Theories 18 mins – “Does getting a job depend on how good you are and what experience and qualifications you have. Or is it more about being in the right place at the right time? The answer you give to questions like this could reveal much more about your personality than you’d ever guess. The man who discovered this was Julian Rotter, one of the first and most influential clinical psychologists of the 20th Century. Claudia Hammond meets the American scientist, now 95 years old, and talks to him and other psychologists about impact of his pioneering personality research.” At the link locate the title “HC: 08 Aug 12: Julian Rotter, Personality Theorist Extraordinaire,” right-click “healthc_20120808-2000a.mp3” and select “Save Link As”.
Massachusetts Health Care 16 mins – “On 12 April 2006, Massachusetts introduced health care reform legislation “to provide access to affordable, quality, accountable health care” that became law in a bipartisan vote of 154 to 2 in the House of Representatives and 37 to 0 in the Senate…” This discussion in 2008 details efforts up to that time with a request for a later follow-up. No follow-up was listed at the site, but the New England Journal of Medicine does have one, here. Download the podcast at the link after moving to the second page by locating the title, “2008 Massachusetts Health Care Reform Is a Pioneer Effort, but Complications Remain,” right-clicking “Download MP3” and selecting “Save Link As”. A transcript also available by left-clicking the title.
Library Power 10 mins – Recently, book publishers started to perceive the public library system as a threat to their new eBook business. As a result, they over-reacted; some hiking library eBook prices by about 300%. This caused tension between both publishers and libraries. Unfortunately, this tension caused library users (readers) to suffer as well…
The Library Journal created a new survey to help diffuse the situation. In this keynote, Barbara Genco shares the initial results of the survey…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Dengue Vaccines 18 mins – “Dr. Moira Gunn talks about new vaccines for neglected diseases and about a handheld device which can detect disease on the spot with the CEOs from Inviragen and Opko Diagnostics, Dan Stinchcomb and David Steinmiller.” The first At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
City Changing Innovations 11 mins – “According to David Barnes at the Web 2.0 Summit in 2011, cities are like big unorganized superorganisms. However, as cities around the world are growing larger and larger, both infrastructure and data systems need to change to meet growing demands and the challenges of population concentration. Barnes emphasizes the need for these new systems to be smart and interconnected in order for analysis and large-scale efficiency to occur…These major concepts include health service sectors, electrical grids, and water and sewage lines. Barnes advocates for massive amounts of data collection relating to these systems in order to better organize water distribution and efficiency, power usage, and how to contain and minimize disease outbreaks…Though Barnes’s primary idea in this presentation is the need for smarter cities with reproducible infrastructures for a smarter planet, his underlying idea stresses the need for analytics and the application of collected data… ” Download the file at the link by right-clicking “Download” and selecting “Save Link As”.
Government Mapping 7 mins – Scott Oppman, local government solutions project manager at Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri), gives a technical overview of Esri’s solution for simplifying Geographic Information Service work flows in local governments.”Jack and Laura Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 as a small research group focused on land-use planning. The company’s early mission was to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions. At the link locate the title, “ArcGIS for Local Government Eases GIS Workflows,” right-click “Media files staff_oppman.mp3” and select “Save Link As”. (The “Arc” in “ArcGIS” means just arc, as in part of a curve…)
Fuel Fabrication 35 mins – “You know the joke about the car and the snail. Look at that escargot? Well, snails may be the only thing not powering the automobiles of the future. Trees, grass, algae, even the garbage you toss on the sidewalk has potential for conversion into biofuel. What is America’s next top model fuel? Join us on a tour of the contenders. Meet a man who’s mad about miscanthus — an astrobiologist’s attraction to algae — and the blueprint for building your own biofuel bugs. Also, discover whether any of these next-generation fuel sources could take us to the stars. Put that in your rocket and burn it!” Six researchers provide input. Go to the link, locate the title, “Fuel’s Paradise,” right-click “Media files BiPiSci12-08-06.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.
Animal Health Impact 52 mins – “Moira Gunn talks about the new book, “Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us about Health and the Science of Healing,” with author and UCLA Cardiology Professor, Barbara Natterson Horowitz.” At the link locate the title, “Barbara Natterson Horowitz – What Animals can Teach Us about Health Care,” right-click “BarbaraNattersonHorowitz-2012.08.02.mp3″and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast. The latest New England Journal of Medicine has a related article, here.
Frugal Technologies 4 mins – The Lancet Commission on Global Health Technologies is presented in this short review of the topic that focuses on frugal technologies. The full quite extensive report, which addresses almost everything related to health, is available here. Access may require registering with the Lancet, but the process is quick and no cost or obligation is involved. Go to the link for the podcast, locate the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 01 August,” right-click “Media files 01august.mp3” and select “Save Link As”.
Brain Aging 56 mins – “Nuturing the Older Brain and Mind by Pamela M. Greenwood and Raja Parasuaman provides a comprehensive review of the current research in cognitive aging. In the latest Brain Science Podcast Dr. Greenwood explains that brain aging and cognitive aging are not the same thing; the typical brain changes that are associated with normal brain aging (such as shrinkage) are not reliable predictors of cognitive decline. Fortunately, even though normal brain aging is still not well understood, the discovery of brain plasticity is shifting the focus of research. Not only does brain plasticity offer new hope for people who suffer strokes and other brain injuries, it also suggests that life style choices influence cognitive function at all ages.” Download the podcast at the link by right-clicking “Listen to Episode 87” and selecting “Save Link As”.
Open Access Policy 37 mins – This Royal Society of Chemistry podcast presents seven topics, but the fourth item at the fifteen minute mark covers open access of journals for five minutes and notes that openness is increasing. Several links to related topics are found at the link for more details. Download the podcast at the link by right-clicking “Chemistry World August 2012” and selecting “Save Link As”. (Only the five minute segment is included in the zip file collection for this episode.)
Frobisher Bay, Canada 36 mins – Bryon Pearson describes life in and around Frobisher Bay over the last fifty-five years. Pearson is from Liverpool, spent time in the Australian Army, arrived and stayed in this remote area by chance. He started as a dishwasher, became a baker, operated a rehab center for recovered native TB patients, started a taxi business and had frequent dealings with military manning the Pine Tree part of the DEW line. He should write a book! These links to Frobisher Bay Air Base, Frobisher Inn and Iqaluit may help orient listeners to the area. Many names and places have changed in part due to the assertion of native culture. Go to the link and title “The North This Week, July 28, 2012,” right-click on “north_20120730_71738.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download.
The 100 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-four 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 2 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). Please leave a comment if you have problems with the links and downloads. A similar list and downloads for 362 podcasts for Jan-Jun 2012 is here. Those podcasts are grouped into eight zipped files for easier downloading. Multiple parts are used due to a 300MB limit on file size uploads.
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