The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 131 for the last week. The link to each podcast is at the highlighted topic and reached by double-clicking or ctrl-clicking it. All 7 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 52 MB zip file here for four months. Larger collections of these are discussed at the end of this episode.
Reporter Gender 25 mins – “June Thomas talks with Lynn Povich about her new book, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace” At the link locate the title, “The Afterword: Lynn Povich onThe Good Girls Revolt,” right-click on “STA12092701_Povich.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.
Multiple Sclerosis 51 mins – “As many as one in 500 Americans has multiple sclerosis. Ann Romney, wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has MS. So did first lady Michelle Obama’s late father. It’s believed to be an autoimmune disease that damages neurons in the brain and spinal cord, sometimes leading to permanent disabilities. There is no cure, but there are a number of treatments available to alleviate symptoms and possibly slow the progression of the disease. Some of the most effective MS drugs can cause dangerous side effects. But one promising new drug won FDA approval earlier this month, and a decision on another drug is expected by year’s end. Guest host Susan Page will talk with a panel of  experts, including a doctor who has MS, about diagnosing, treating and living with multiple sclerosis.” At the link you can only listen, but the file is included in the zip collection at the top of this post.
Airplane Reservation System 4 mins – Development of the airline reservation system. At the link right-click on “Click here…” and select “Save Link As” to download the file, or read the transcript at the same location.
Education Reform 128 mins – ” On September 27, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a forum on STEM education and immigration reforms and how these policy innovations can recharge American competitiveness and economic opportunity for current and future generations of workers. Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel of Microsoft, delivered keynote remarks. Moderated by Vice President Darrell West, a panel of experts discussed policy changes in education, immigration, among a variety of other areas, to enhance the American workforce’s competitiveness in a global economy. ” At the link and Audio tab right-click the “Download” button and select “Save Link As” to download the file. The video version is availabe on-line, but it only shows the panelists; no visual aids.
Epidemics 52 mins – “When yellow fever struck Philadelphia in 1793, the entire federal government picked up and left town, leaving individuals to fend for themselves. A hundred years later, the pendulum had swung sharply in the other direction. Health workers took extreme measures to contain disease – imprisoning the sick, burning entire districts, and vaccinating resistant citizens at gunpoint. In this hour of BackStory we trace the trajectory of that change and examine the shifting role of the state when it comes to coping with epidemics.” At the link find the “Download” option, right-click it and select “Save Link As.”
Infrastructure Debate 58 mins – “Robert Frank of Cornell University and EconTalk host Russ Roberts debate the merits of a large increase of infrastructure spending. In the summer of 2012, Frank and Roberts were interviewed by Alex Blumberg of NPR’s Planet Money. That interview was trimmed to ten minutes for a Planet Money podcast. This is the entire conversation. Frank argues that a trillion increase in infrastructure spending, where the projects are decided by a bipartisan commission, would put people back to work and repair a near-failing system at a time when it is cheap to repair it and cheap to fund those repairs. Roberts disagrees with virtually every piece of Frank’s argument. This lively conversation covers fundamental disagreements over fiscal policy, the proper role for government, and the political process.” At the link find the title, “Frank and Robert on Infrastructure,” right-click “Frankinfrastructure.mp3” and select “Save File As.”
Marketing Online 45 mins – “Product Launch Crash Course With Nathan Jurewicz & The Other Side Of Dan Kennedy. On today’s show: We interview Nathan Jurewicz and discuss all the research and development that went into his latest product. There is a lot of good stuff here so pay close attention and take notes! Nathan also talks about a recent visit with the renegade and marketing guru Dan Kennedy.” At the link locate and right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Over 100 feeds are used to prepare this weekly blog, harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds 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 each week. MP3SpeedChanger is applied to change playback speed of multiple files as a batch. A speed listening background article is 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 an 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). 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. A similar group for the last half of 2012 will be available in Jan 2013. A commenter recommended this $1.99 iPhone/iPad app for mobile devices; leave a comment if you try it. Please leave a comment if you have problems with the links and downloads.
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