Media Mining Digest 56 – Dec 7, 2012: Nursing Show Podcast, Market Economics, Chasing Ice, Internet Operation, Churchill Book, Cezanne, Egyptian Politics, Pharmaceutical Politics, Racaniello on Virology, Mexico’s New President, Somalia Status, Urban Shooter Podcast, Challenging Power, Corrupt Capitalism, Internet Structure, Education Innovation, Inequality Causes, Bahrain Conflict, China, Media Failure, Amazon Monopoly, Afghanistan’s Warlords, Poverty in the Media, Eldercare Issues

The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 164 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 24 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 260 MB zip file here for four months (vs 791 MB, below). Accumulations of these are discussed at the end of this episode.

Nursing Show Podcast 28 Mins – “Welcome to this week’s episode of the Nursing Show. I’m your host Jamie Davis I’d like to welcome you to the program this week. We have a lot of great stuff coming up for you in this episode including a look at questions you might ask returning soldiers, some of the things that you might want to include in your assessment and history taking techniques when talking to a veteran…. we will have another visit from our good friend Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center. She’s a professional educator there and she wanted to tell us a little bit about a specific toxicology subject. [kids eating detergent pods]” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the MP3file.

Market Economics 51 mins – “Harvard professor Michael Sandel on whether there’s something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale.” 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.

Chasing Ice 52 mins – “At the top of the program, Bill offers some fact-checks to Bill O’Reilly for false statements the Fox News icon made about him during O’Reilly’s public debate with Jon Stewart, and reiterates his longstanding invitation to O’Reilly to appear on Moyers & Company for some straight talk. Afterward, James Balog, one of the world’s premier nature photographers, joins Bill to explain how “the earth is having a fever.”…Now he joins Bill to share his amazing photos, discoveries, and self-discoveries –  including his transformation from climate change skeptic to true believer. Balog’s soon-to-be-released film, Chasing Ice, is a breathtaking account of climate change in action. In the final segment, Bill explores a judicial system under partisan attack. Thirty-eight states now elect their high court judges. Over the last decade, $200 million — much of it secret and tied to partisan agendas — has poured into these judicial campaigns. In Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, for example, justices are being targeted by radical groups that abhor judicial independence and want the courts to reflect their own political biases.” At the link locate the title,”Full Show: Justice, Not Politics,” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 140 Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Internet Operation 23 mins – “One hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt and AT&T agreed to the Kingsbury Commitment, Harold Feld joins us on Community Broadband Bits podcast to explain what the Kingsbury Commitment was and why it matters. In short, AT&T wants to change the way telecommunications networks are regulated and Harold is one of our best allies on this subject. AT&T is leaning on the FCC and passing laws in state after state that deregulate telecommunications. Whether we want to deal with it or not, these policies are being discussed and consumer protections thus far have taken a beating. This interview is the first of many that will help us to make sense of how things are changing and what we can do about it. We also discuss the ways in which the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission spurred investment in next-generation networks by blocking the AT&T-T-Mobile Merger on anti-trust grounds.”  At the link find the title, “Community Broadband Bits 23,” right-click “Media files comm-bb-bits-podcast23-harold-feld-public-knowledge.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Churchill Book 51 mins – “The works of historian William Manchester included two enormously popular biographies of Winston Churchill: “The Last Lion”, Volumes I and II. They were published in the 1980s and chronicled Churchill’s life up until World War II. Manchester spent a number of years doing the research for the next installment, but his health began to fail. Before he died in 2004 he asked his friend, journalist Paul Reid, to complete the task. Now, nearly two decades later, this third and final volume has been published. It details Churchill’s pivotal role during World War II and his post-government years. Join Diane for a conversation with biographer Paul Reid about the life of Winston Churchill.” 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.

Cezanne 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.

Egyptian Politics 51 mins -“Egypt’s president appeared to back away from his declaration last week to take on near-absolute power. A representative for Mohamed Morsi said Monday a compromise with the Supreme Judicial Council would leave most of the president’s actions subject to court review. But the agreement would protect the Constitutional Council from being dissolved before finishing its work. The deal didn’t satisfy critics who say President Morsi’s power grab is a threat to Egypt’s fragile young democracy. And some suggest the U.S. is turning a blind eye to the president’s actions as long as he supports a truce between Palestinians and Israelis. Diane and her [5] guests discuss the latest on Egypt’s power struggle.” 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.

Pharmaceutical Politics 60 mins “Marcia Angell of Harvard Medical School and the author of The Truth About the Drug Companies talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the impact of pharmaceutical companies on academic research, clinical trials and the political process. Angell argues that the large pharmaceutical companies produce little or no innovation and use their political power to exploit consumers and taxpayers.” Comments at the link argue for and against Dr Angell’s presentation. At the link locate the title, “Angell on Big Pharma,” right click “Media files Angellpharmaceuticals.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.

Racaniello on Virology 48 mins – Michele Hardy, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Montana State University engaged Professor Vincent Racaniello in a Skype conference call with sixty students in one of his classes during which Racaniello describes his research, podcasting efforts starting with TWIV,  his career and answers student questions.  At the link right-click the down arrow and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.

Mexico’s New President 12 mins – “Mexico’s President-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, is promising to work closely with President Obama. Pena Nieto was in Washington this week ahead of his inauguration on Saturday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, and Stephen Johnson from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”

Somalia Status 10 mins – “Somalia hasn’t had a functioning central government for more than 20 years. But journalist Mary Harper says its image as a failed state is misleading. She argues that, even without a central government, businesses and local politics have found a way to flourish. Host Michel Martin talks with Mary Harper about her new book, Getting Somalia Wrong?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As.”

Urban Shooter Podcast 72 mins -“…I want to give you a long story that perhaps you can listen to on your drive.  I want to take you back to 1966.  A share a story of one of the first active shooters at the Texas Tower.  It’s about 34 minutes long, and not a happy story…[other discussion uses another 30 mins] Rev. Kenn Blanchard, aka the Black Man With A Gun™ is an internationally known figure in the gun rights community. As an activist he has been involved in concealed carry reform and finding plaintiffs in major gun rights cases since 1991. He is a former US Marine, federal police officer, intelligence officer and trainer. He is the president of the Blanchard Media Group, and produces, the very popular Urban Shooter Podcast, voice overs for commercials, professional speaker, author, technical writer, entertainer, and hosts the FreedomsNetwork.org…” At the link right-click “Download” half way down the page and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.

Challenging Power  53 mins – “The conventions are over — now it’s time for some thinking outside the box. So Bill welcomes to his studio Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who’s been an independent in Congress for 21 years — longer than anyone in American history. Sanders talks about  jobs, the state of our economy, health care, and the unprecedented impact of big money on the major political parties.” At the link locate the title, “Full Show: Challenging Power, Changing Politics,” right-click “Media files 135-Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.

Corrupt Capitalism 52 mins – “There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges calls these places “sacrifice zones,” and joins Bill this week on Moyers & Company to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive…The broadcast includes a visit with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco, who collaborated with Hedges on Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, an illustrated account of their travels through America’s sacrifice zones. Kirkus Reviews calls it an “unabashedly polemic, angry manifesto that is certain to open eyes, intensify outrage and incite argument about corporate greed.” A columnist for Truthdig, Hedges also describes the difference between truth and news. “The really great reporters — and I’ve seen them in all sorts of news organizations — are management headaches because they care about truth at the expense of their own career,” Hedges says.” At the link locate the title “Full Show: Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’,” right-click  “Media files 128-Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.

Internet Structure 122 mins – “Broadband technologies power the country’s digital infrastructure and have become essential platforms for 21st century communications and commerce. One of the most important economic and policy issues facing the new administration is whether U.S. regulation of broadband platforms will help or hinder the kind of innovation, investment, competition and economic growth the country needs to climb out of the economic decline it has been experiencing in the last few years. On November 27, the Economic Studies program at Brookings hosted a forum to discuss how a well-crafted regulatory paradigm can work to foster investment, continue innovation, and increase consumer welfare. Former Brookings Senior Fellow Robert Litan and co-author Hal Singer, managing director and principal at Navigant Economics, presented policy recommendations from their soon-to-be-published e-book, The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century (Brookings Press, 2013). Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies, moderated a panel of industry and academic experts on the current and future economic potential of broadband platforms for bringing the Internet everywhere, and catalyzing the digital economy.” At the link select the Audio tab, click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Education Innovation 82 mins – “With the public’s continued focus on value and affordability, higher education finds itself at a critical juncture. Cost pressures and increased global demand for access have given rise to innovations that have unleashed new delivery models into the education marketplace. Such innovation is required if universities are to thrive, compete, and bring new relevance and meaning to the value of college in the 21st century. On November 27, the Governance Studies program at Brookings, in conjunction with Northeastern University, hosted an event focused on higher education innovation. A panel of experts from government, academia and the private sector examined the results of a new national survey commissioned by Northeastern about Americans’ attitudes toward the future of higher education.” At the link select the Audio tab, click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Inequality Causes 92 mins – “Income inequality has been on the rise in the United States since the late 1970s— a trend that is also surfacing in many other countries around the world. Even among those who view inequality neutrally— or even positively— for economic growth, most agree that some of the features that accompany it, such as reduced opportunity and low social mobility, increased prevalence of poverty, and stagnation of the middle class, are undesirable. On November 27, the Brookings Institution in cooperation with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Oxfam America hosted a discussion on the implications of rising U.S. and global inequality. The discussion will examine the facts and trends underlying increasing inequality, and explore what kinds of policies are desirable for addressing inequality. Panelists included: Uri Dadush of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, co-author of Inequality in America: Facts, Trends, and International Perspectives (Brookings Press, 2012); Chrystia Freeland of Thomson Reuters, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (Penguin Press, 2012); Branko Milanovic, author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality (Basic Books, 2010); and Ray Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America…” At the link select the Audio tab, click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Bahrain Conflict 102 mins – “The Brookings Doha Center held a policy discussion on November 28 about the political situation in Bahrain one year after the Independent Commission of Inquiry. Discussion assessed the implementation of recommendations set out in the Commission’s report by Professor Cherif Bassiouni, and addressed the challenges in overcoming current political deadlock. The event also looked at prospects for genuine dialogue between the government and opposition, and explored consequences of a continued political stalemate.” At the link select the Audio tab, click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the file. 

China – Panels I, II, III 84m, 85m, 69 mins – “As China’s newly appointed politburo begins the transition to political leadership, they will confront a host of critical policy issues, few of which are easy to resolve. The development of China’s legal system is arguably the most consequential issue confronting China’s new leaders, and the direction of future legal reforms will have deep reverberations in matters of human rights, sociopolitical stability, the transformation of the political system, and prospects of the country’s economic growth. On November 28, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings hosted the launch of In the Name of Justice: Striving for the Rule of Law in China (Brookings Press, 2012), a new book by Professor He Weifang, one of China’s most influential legal thinkers. The discussion brought together prominent American legal scholars to present a critical assessment of the development of China’s legal system and concluded with a discussion between U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer and John L. Thornton, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Brookings, on the significance of the ongoing search for constitutionalism in China.” At the link select the Audio tab, click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the file. At the link select the Audio tab, then click “Download” and select “Save Link As” after clicking on each of the three parts to get all three programs. The third part is of greatest interest. The second part goes dead at the half-way point so the 165 length is really about 85 minutes long.

Media Failure 57 mins – “How big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy. Plus, a Bill Moyers Essay on Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and McCarthyism. ” At the link locate the title, “Full Show: Big Money, Big Media, Big Trouble,” right-click “Media files 116-Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.

Amazon Monopoly 7 mins – “Is Amazon a New Monopoly? Without the ability to work together, industry watchers say the ‘Big 6’ publishers won’t be able to stop Amazon from pricing books as the company sees fit. Brooke speaks with Barry C. Lynn, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, who believes that the DOJ decision opens the door to an Amazonian monopoly in the book industry.” At the link locate the title, “Is Amazon a New Monopoly?,” right-click the small down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.

Afghanistan’s Warlords  12 mins – “In many remote areas of Afghanistan – where few foreign journalists have access – it’s the Kalashnikov rather than the ballot box that dictates who holds power.” At the  link locate the title, “Afghanistan’s Warlords,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As”.

Poverty in the Media  24 mins – “What does it take to get people in the rich world engaged in the issue of global poverty? How can you avoid cliché, sentimentality and callousness? What stops people turning off?” At the link locate the title “Poor Reporting,” right-click “Download 11” and select “Save Link As”.

Eldercare Issues 54 mins – “Even the best of families can run into trouble when grappling with the needs of aging parents, the demands of care-giving and the shifting dynamics between siblings over money and inheritance. Estates mediator Genevieve Chornenki looks at these hot button issues and explores if families can talk about them without wanting to kill each other.” At the link locate the title, “When Families Start Talking, Part 1,” right-click “Download When Families Start Talking,” 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.

Thanks for visiting.

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