The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 130 for the last week. The link to each podcast is at the highlighted topic and reached by double-clicking or ctrl-clicking the topic. All 20 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 114 MB zip file here for four months (vs 406 MB, below). Accumulations of these are discussed at the end of this episode.
Entrepreneur CEO Engineer 57 mins – “In this insightful conversation with investor Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, Polyvore CEO and co-founder Jess Lee talks about her personal and professional transition from working at a large organization to a becoming an entrepreneurial, first-time CEO. Fenton and Lee also examine the priorities of the CEO role, founder and investor relations, and creating the right team to build the product. “At the link click “Podcast,” right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As.”
Telomerase Use 12 mins – “Last month, CU Nobel Prize Winner Tom Cech (Check) and colleagues announced a breakthrough in their quest to stop cancer. It involves an enzyme known as telomerase (tell-AH-mer-aze), which helps cells divide almost endlessly – helpful when a child is growing. In adults, most cells stop responding to telomerase. Instead they save up a limited number of cell divisions timed to last through old age. Cancer cells are different. They are great gobblers of telomerase. That’s where CU discovery comes in. It’s a way to possibly prevent cancer cells from tanking up on telomerase. Cech says that while human trials are years off, the discovery looks promising. For more, here’s How on Earth’s Shelley Schlender, talking with CU Nobel Prize winner, Tom Cech, in an extended version of this interview on cancer.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Implant Reuse 18 mins – “How recycling medical devices from dead Americans is prolonging life in India, what the US election result means for mental health and why being part of huge crowds might benefit wellbeing.” At the link locate the title, “HC: Implants from the dead and crowds giving life,” right-click “Media files healthc_20121107-2000a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” to download the file.
Blood Type Impact 23 mins – “In Japan people believe that your blood type – or ketsueki-gata – defines your temperament and personality. What implications does this have for life, work and love?” At the link locate the title, “Life Blood,” right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As.”
Web Site Design 36 mins – “Author of four classic web design texts (in 13 editions) Jennifer Robbins (@jenville) chats with Jeffrey Zeldman about her upcoming Artifact Conference for multi-device design; why sites are now systems, not pages; how style guides can function as a system design description tool; getting digital UX design into its natural habitat (hint: not a comp) sooner than later; what’s new in web design and the 4th Edition of Learning Web Design; and more.” At the link right-click “MP3 Audio” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.
Legends of Mushuau Innu 53 mins – “In contrast to headlines of gas sniffing and suicide in Labrador, are stories from the Mushua Innu, a culture rich in humour and spirituality. These stories were recorded in October 2004, in the northern Labrador community of Natuashish. They include a story of how a spirit grandfather takes his grandson on a journey of love and transformation.” At the link locate the title, “Legends III,” right click “Download Legends III:” and select “Save Link As.”
Jewish Fundamentalism 23 mins – “How exemption from conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews is exposing Israel’s fault lines.” At the link locate the title, “Docs: Israel’s New Front Line,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As.”
Hospital Stories 41 mins – “Thomas Keneally tells how he found a novel in a stash of nurses’ journals, Sarah Wise on the ghosts of Victorian mental health and Brooke Magnanti on the Wellcome prize for medicine in literature. When Thomas Keneally discovered a cache of journals from Australian nurses who looked after the wounded of the first world war, he realized he had found a novel in waiting. He tells us about the stories behind The Daughters of Mars, and explains why, years after winning the Booker prize with Schindler’s Ark, he keeps being drawn back to the subject of war. Then we look at how people with mental problems were treated in Victorian England. Historian Sarah Wise introduces some of the characters who feature in her book, and tells us why their stories must be heard today. Finally, we turn to Brooke Magnanti, who found notoriety when she outed herself as the call-girl diarist Belle de Jour in 2009. But it wasn’t her blogging which earned her a place on the judging panel for the Wellcome prize for medicine in literature, it was a background which includes a PhD in pathology. ” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As.”
Fish Oil and Tamiflu Issues 20 mins – “Rajiv Chowdury, a research associate from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, explains why eating whole fish is better than fish oil – at least when it comes to cerebrovascular disease. Also this week Peter Doshi and Tom Jefferson from the Cochrane Collaboration talk about the BMJ’s open data campaign, and how publishing correspondence with Roche, the WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might reveal the missing data on Tamiflu.” At the link locate the title, “Fishy data,” right-click “bmj-podcast-fishy-data.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.
Podcast Help 55 mins – The major topics of note in this hour include the first five steps to starting a podcast should be, plugging professional (XLR) microphones into a Zoom H4n, how to clean up hiss in your podcast audio, using Amazon S3 for podcast media hosting, what kind of lens to use with a DLSR video setup, and value of Levelator sound normalizing software. At the link locate the title, “TPS Ep. 065,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Pensions 68 mins – “Joshua Rauh, Professor of Finance at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the unfunded liabilities from state employee pensions. The publicly stated shortfall in revenue relative to promised pensions is about $1 trillion. Rauh estimates the number to be over $4 trillion. Rauh explains why that number is more realistic, how the problem grew in recent years, and how the fiscal situation might be fixed moving forward. He also discusses some of the political and legal choices that we are likely to face going forward as states face strained budgets from promises made in the past to retired workers.” At the link locate the title, “Joshua Rauh on Public Pensions,” right-click “Media files Rauhpensions.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.
Sandy Recovery 12 mins – “A monster storm flooded parts of the biggest city in America this week. Millions of people are still without power. But in the long run — even in the medium run — New York (and New Jersey!) will recover. And for the U.S. economy as a whole, this disaster will barely be a blip. This is largely because there are countless backup plans hiding everywhere in our economy. On today’s show, a flooded grocery store reveals safety nets that are usually hidden but, at moments like these, are suddenly made visible.” At the link find the title, “#414: After The Flood, The Backup Plan,” right-click “164215150.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file. The current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine has three free online articles about medical activities during Sandy.
Disaster Concerns 34 mins – “With Election Day fast approaching, we’re looking at the financial issues that might impact who you’re going to vote for — from Social Security to retirement, Medicare to food stamps. Plus, in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, we take a look at how disasters can pull communities together and offer some advice on how you can protect yourself from scams.” At the link locate the title, “11-02-12 Marketplace Money,” right-click “marketplace_money_v2_20121102_64.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.
Cezzane 51 mins – “The mid-19th century art world was transformed by a group of French impressionist painters. These men revolutionized the conventional Paris salon, which was slow to recognize their collective genius. Among them was Paul Cezanne, who grew up in southern France. An artistic late bloomer, Cezanne didn’t decide to become a painter until age 21. He was tormented by self-doubt and an obsessive drive to paint what he called “truth.” Rejected by the Paris salon for 40 years, Cézanne is now considered one of the greatest painters who ever lived. A new biography on the life and art of Paul Cézanne.” You can listen online and view a transcript, but not download the program; however, it’s included with the zipped collection at the top of this edition.
Law Jobs12 mins – “A law degree used to pretty much guarantee a stable job. But journalist Elizabeth Lesly Stevens reports that thousands of law students are going into an industry that no longer has room for them. Stevens discusses her article with host Michel Martin, and they hear from NPR Facebook fans about whether a law degree is still worth it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Voting Laws 11 mins -“Election Day 2000 ended in a stalemate and weeks of finger-pointing and legal battles. Host Michel Martin looks at whether the country has learned the lessons from that crisis in time for Tuesday’s vote. She speaks with Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Robert Pastor of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Wildlife Returns 51 mins – “In some parts of the United States, humans and animals are living in closer proximity than ever before. While this presents an opportunity for people to experience the natural world closer to home, for many, these animals are little more than a nuisance. Diane and her  guests discuss backyard wildlife and how well we are managing our animal neighbors.” You can listen online and view a transcript, but not download the program; however, it’s included with the zipped collection at the top of this edition.
Native American Sovereignty 8 mins – “More than five million people in the U.S. claim some form of Native American identity. November is Native American Heritage Month and host Michel Martin is having a series of conversations with author Anton Treuer. Today, they talk about some of the particular political and economic challenges facing Indian Country.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Veterans All 53 mins – “This year, the number of suicides among active-duty military personnel hit an all-time high — an average of one per day. It’s another reminder of the psychological toll of war fighting, and of the challenges that all veterans confront when they return home. Has it always been so? On today’s episode, the History Guys consider the treatment of war veterans from America’s previous wars. How much depends on the politics of the war – are vets only as popular as the wars they’ve fought in?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Critical Thinking 68 mins – “Is it possible to accurately perceive the world around us? Are engineers any more or less rational than the general public? Chris and Jeff discuss these issues with Jeff Ellis on this episode of The Engineering Commons…who writes about critical thinking on his website, The Thinker Blog. Critical thinking has been defined by Tim Van Gelder as “the art of being right.” This means adjusting one’s opinion willingly to the most defensible and rational viewpoint…Jeff Ellis is an aerospace engineer who currently works at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He became interested in critical thinking as a means for avoiding and mitigating project failures.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”
Over 120 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opm file. A PDF of feeds is also available. Free Commander is used each week to compare old with new downloads and remove any duplicates. MP3SpeedChanger is applied to podcast batches to change playback speed to 1.5x. 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 can be downloaded in five segments. A similar list and downloads for 362 podcasts for Jan-Jun 2012 is here. Podcasts are grouped into zipped files for easier downloading and segmented due to a 300MB limit on file uploads. A similar group for the last half of 2012 will be available in Jan 2013. A comm-enter recommended this $1.99 iPhone/iPad app for mobile devices; leave a comment if you try it. Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.
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