The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 134 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 28 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 161 MB zip file here for four months (vs 752 MB, below). Accumulations of these are discussed at the end of this episode. (Some links in old episodes may be dead due to updating; try a current episode.)
Alzheimer’s 18 mins – “Alzheimer’s special: Making a diagnosis. Differences between men and women. Living with the disease. Global variations in diagnosis. Early changes in the brain.” At the link locate the title, “Special programme on Alzheimer’s,” right-click “Media files healthc 20121226-2000a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.
Bioterrorism Overview 24 mins – From the University of Mississippi Department of Medicine “Dr. Finley goes over some of the possible agents that might be used in bioterrorism.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file. Reference is made to at least one more talk on the topic, but no other audio files are available.
Brain Death 17 and 23 mins – Two-part presentation by Dr Gil Porat describing the processes, issues and problems surrounding how, when and why this condition is and must be diagnosed. At the link locate the titles “Brain Death Part 1” and “Part 2,” click “download” then right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” for each part to get the audio files.
Christmas Stories 62 mins – “…on RadioWest, we’ve got two great holiday stories for your enjoyment: Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” and Ron Carlson’s “H Street Sledding Record.” At the link find the title, “Classic Christmas Stories,” right-click “Listen” by the blue box and arrow, and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Civil War Art 51 mins – “A new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., explores how the Civil War redefined American art and painting. Diane is joined by exhibit curator Eleanor Jones Harvey.” 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.
Computer Tutor 39 mins – ” What are some key factors in the strategy of a successful Entrepreneur who has a service business that has been tried before — even with the same name — and is now growing his business in other areas? Scott Johnson, who is also known as The Computer Tutor, shares with us the top five areas that keep his business growing in this audio episode…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
End of Life Issues 17 mins – “Hospital Medicine is intended for the medical professional who enjoys learning for the sake of it. Dr. Gil Porat is a practicing Colorado Hospitalist and Board Certified in Internal Medicine.” At the link locate the title, “End-of-Life Facts and Sentiments – Part 1,” click “Download” then right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Farming Organically 62 mins – “Lisa Turner of Laughing Stock Farm talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about life as a small organic farmer. She describes her working day, the challenges of farming, the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in her life and what some job applicants who want to work on her farm need to understand about business.” At the link locate the title, “Lisa Turner on Organic Farming,” right-click “Media files Turnerfarming.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Financial Planning 51 mins – “In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for Americans to plan for their financial future. The decline of pensions, collapse in home prices and a volatile stock market have created a precarious economy. And this uncertainty has increased demand for financial planners who can make sense of it all. But advice to save more and spend less, and maximize individual retirement accounts has failed to take hold. Three-quarters of Americans have saved just $25,000 for retirement. And nearly half of us now live paycheck-to-paycheck, making it more difficult to save. Diane and a panel of [three] experts discuss planning for your financial future in uncertain times.” 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.
Firefighter Pensions 19 mins – “On today’s show, we visit Fire Station Six in Contra Costa County, Calif. Firefighters don’t go to fires as much as much as they used to. That’s because, thanks to modern building codes, fires are not as common as they used to be. Yet the fire dept is still set up the same way: big trucks, lots of fire stations, and lots of firefighters who retire with lifetime pensions. Rather than close fire stations, the firefighters in Contra Costa County agreed to take a pay cut a few years back. But the county still couldn’t afford the fire department. So the firefighters came up with a new plan: Ask the local citizens to support the fire department by paying higher taxes.”At the link locate the title, “#424: How Much Is A Firefighter Worth?,” right-click “Media files npr_167564203.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.
Granny Pods 10 mins – ” People hoping to provide care and independence for aging loved ones may want to consider the ‘granny pod.’ That’s a high-tech cottage set up in your backyard. Host Michel Martin speaks to Socorrito Baez-Page, who bought one for her mother. Also with them is Susan Seliger, regular contributor to The New York Times‘ ‘New Old Age’ blog.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file. Also check out Seliger’s blog about help for aging veterans.
Hayek Bio 73 mins – “Don Boudreaux of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the work of F. A. Hayek, particularly his writings on philosophy and political economy. Boudreaux provides an audio annotated bibliography of Hayek’s most important books and essays and gives suggestions on where to start and how to proceed through Hayek’s works if you are a beginner.” At the link locate the title, “Boudreaux on Reading Hayek,” right-click “Media files Boudreauxreading.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Higgs Boson, Genes and Hubble 52 mins – “On today’s edition of the Quirks Holiday Book show, we’ll take you on a literary journey from the search for the elusive Higgs boson, to the hope and promise of gene therapy, to the remarkable images from the Hubble Space Telescope.” At the link right-click “use this link” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu to get the audio file.
Inventors 8 mins – ” You may not know that the traffic signal, the firehouse pole, and instant coffee were all invented by people of color. The stories behind those inventions and many more are included in the new book, Mad Science. Editor Randy Alfred speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Jamaican Music 18 mins – ” Former prime minister and music producer, Edward Seaga, compiled an album to mark Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence. It’s called, Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music. Host Michel Martin speaks to Mr. Seaga about what he sees as the 100 most significant songs to emerge from the country.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.
Lincoln Movie 52 mins – “One reason so many people are disillusioned by the state of things in America — even more so after the terror in Newtown — is that our political system hasn’t produced consistently good results in a long time. We’ve forgotten that democracy is supposed to be about addressing our problems through a political system that encourages bargaining, compromise, and progress. Except for taking us to war, showering largesse on the privileged and powerful, and courting donors instead of representing voters, Washington politics promotes gridlock, paralysis, and stalemate. But Bill Moyers finds hope in the movie Lincoln. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, who wrote the film’s screenplay, joins Bill to talk about finding the man inside the monument, and what Abraham Lincoln — 147 years after his death — can still teach us all about politics, compromise, and the survival of American democracy.” At the link locate the title, “Full Show: What We Can Learn from Lincoln,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file. Clicking the title produces a video and transcript option.
Manners 52 mins – “Modern American manners leave much to be desired. People answer their cell phones in the middle of meals, they shush loudly in movie theaters and even clip their toenails on the train. Henry Alford wanted to learn a little more about 21st century etiquette, so he went to Japan, AKA the Fort Knox of good manners, interviewed etiquette experts and even played a game called “Touch the Waiter.” At the link right-click the blue box next to “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to download the audio file.
Memories 52 mins – “You must remember this… wait, wait… I had it… on the tip of my tongue… (Memory is a tricky thing and most of us would like to improve it)… oh, yes: Discover the secrets of stupefying, knock-your-socks-off recall by a U.S. Memory Champion. Also, almost everything we know about memory comes from the life of one man born in 1926 and known as H.M., the world’s “most unforgettable amnesiac.”Plus, the sum total of the global data storage capacity in hard drives, thumb drives, the Internet, you name it… guess how many exabytes it comes to? ” (Four guests) At the link right-click “Download Link” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Migraine Treatment 51 mins “For those who suffer from migraine headaches, the pain can be devastating. Intense throbbing and sensitivity to light or sound often keeps people from their normal lives for hours or even days on end. The World Health Organization ranks migraine as one of the most debilitating diseases, and more than 10 percent of the population suffers from it. Yet migraine is not widely understood and is often misdiagnosed. But patients can find relief with the right treatments. As scientists learn more about the cause of migraines, doctors and patients have their sights on better medication. Diane and her guests discuss living with migraines and the search for new treatments.” 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.
Mirrors 54 mins – “That is how the poet Sylvia Plath referred to the mirror, an important artifact in science and art, literature and philosophy, magic and folklore. Karen Virag explores the history and cultural significance of the mirror, and rediscovers the wonder inherent in reflection.” No mention is made about mirror therapy to correct phantom pain of a missing leg. At the link find “Silver and Exact (Encore December 6, 2011),” right-click “Download Silver and Exact (Encore December 6, 2011)” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.
Negotiation Tips 17 mins – “The fiscal cliff, for all its grand theater, really comes down to people in a room trying to come to an agreement. People doing whatever it takes to get what they want from the other side. On today’s show, three professional negotiators walk us through techniques that members of Congress may be using right now. They explain these techniques not with textbooks, but with examples from their everyday lives” At the link find the title, “#425: An FBI Hostage Negotiator Buys A Car,” right-click “Media files npr_167815765.mp3” and select “Save File As” from the drop-down menu to get the audio file.
Naturopaths 35 mins – “Why naturopaths should not be primary care providers, no matter what they say.” according to Dr Mark Crislip. At the link right-click “Podcast” and select “Save Link As”.
Newtown Shootings Myths 52 mins – “The surprising history of the gun control narrative, the media myths of past school shootings, and the problem when the media speculate on the mental health of shooters.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Senator Inouye 13 mins-” Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii passed away Monday at the age of 88. Inouye was one of the longest-serving members of the Senate and a veteran of World War II. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to the senator, reprising a conversation they had on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Team Genius 54 & 54 mins – Two parts: “In the spring of 2012, Canadian film-maker James Cameron made headlines with a solo submarine dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench – the deepest place in the world’s oceans. Also on the expedition were a core group of Canadians, including Dr. Joe MacInnis, who prepared the official National Geographic Society blog.” At the link it’s under the title “Canada Goes Deep” and download by right-clicking “Download Canada Goes Deep” and selecting “Save Link As”. The second part: “In an IDEAS exclusive, James Cameron talks about his recent expedition to Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench – the deepest place in the world’s oceans. Shortly after he returned to the surface, he recorded this conversation on board the Mermaid Sapphire with the expedition’s electronic journalist and backup physician, Dr. Joe MacInnis.” At the link locate the title, “Eleven Thousand Metres Under the Sea,” right-click “Download Eleven Thousand Metres Under the Sea” and select “Save Link As”.
Trees 51 mins – “When Europeans first came to the U.S. as settlers, there were roughly a billion acres of ancient forests. America’s trees have been under assault ever since. Westward expansion, industrialization, rapid population growth, the rise of the suburbs and various diseases have all exacted a toll. Today woodland acreage is down by about 25 percent – and much of it is populated with young trees. A new book [American Canopy] tells the history of America through its trees. Like Dr. Seuss’s environmental classic “The Lorax,” it’s a sad story, but one that’s not without hope…” 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.
Zoonosis 52 mins – “…Doug’s joined by the science writer David Quammen. Twelve years ago, Quammen began researching the concept of “spillover,” the sudden transfer of disease from one species to another. He traveled around the world, investigating the science, history and human impact of diseases like AIDS, SARS and Ebola. In his newest book, Spillover, Quammen says that what he’s learned makes clear “the old Darwinian truth that humanity is a kind of animal, inextricably linked with other animals: in origin and in descent, in sickness and in health.” At the link find the title, “Spillover,” right-click “listen” next to the blue box with white arrow, and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Over 130 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, and 591 for Jul-Dec 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 commenter 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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