Media Mining Digest 61 – Jan 11, 2013: America’s Evolution, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Blood Transfusions, Broadband Insights, Chemistry History, Computer Support, Donald Broadbent Psychologist, Drone Predecessor, Hotel Insider, Ignorance in Science, Investment Books, Muscle Soreness, Osteomylitis, Prisons, Thomas Blanchard, Pulmonary Medicine, Urinalysis

The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 103 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 18 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 68 MB zip file here for four months (vs 324 MB normal speed).  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.)

America’s Evolution 52mins – “The life and work of Junot Díaz contains many worlds. His books… journey between the old and the new, and between the America that was and the America we’re becoming. Born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in New Jersey and American to the core, Junot Díaz is a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man of the here-and-now. Díaz joins Bill to discuss the evolution of the great American story. Along the way he offers funny and perceptive insights into his own work, as well as Star Wars, Moby Dick, and America’s inevitable shift to a majority minortity country.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Rewriting the Story of America,” right-click “Play Now” beneath it and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers  48 mins – “This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin, and Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon dig into Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Is it really the best book of 2012? How does Boo get the stories she gets? Why do we trust her storytelling even in circumstances where another journalist’s claims might make us pause? Is it OK to call her “Kate”?”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Blood Transfusions 11, 32 and 18 mins – Dr. Gil Porat, a practicing Colorado Hospitalist Board Certified in Internal Medicine, discusses issues and concerns for medical personnel and patients surrounding transfusion of red blood cells.  At the link find the titles “Red Blood Cell Transfusions Part 1,”  “Part 2,”  and “Secondary Iron Overload,” then click the respective “download” buttons, right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” to get the files.

Broadband Insights 10 mins – “…at the beginning of 2013, here are some of our best moments from the 2012 Weekly Podcast, Community Broadband Bits.” At the link below the title “Best of 2012 Community Broadband Bits” right-click  “audio/mpeg iconCommunity Broadband Bits Episode 27 -” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Chemistry History 32 mins – “In this special Christmas edition of the podcast, Alok Jha meets the chemist Peter Wothers from the University of Cambridge to discuss his Royal Institution Christmas lectures: The Modern Alchemist. We’re promised earth, fire, wind and water. Peter describes his passion for this branch of science and his hope that this year’s Ri lectures will help inspire a new generation of chemists.”  At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Computer Support 40 mins – This issue of Podnutz focuses on the Association of Computer Business Owners and the Computer Support Hotline. The hotline was previously run from India, but has been moved to the U.S. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Donald Broadbent Psychologist 18 mins – “Donald Eric (D.E.) Broadbent FRS[1] (Birmingham, May 6, 1926 – April 10, 1993) was an influential English experimental psychologist.[2] His career and his research work bridged the gap between the pre-Second World War approach of Sir Frederic Bartlett[3] and its wartime development into applied psychology, and what from the late 1960s became known as cognitive psychology.” [from Wikipedia] At the link find the title, “HC: The Cocktail Party effect 02 Jan 13,” right-click “Media files healthc_20130102-2000c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Drone Predecessor 4 mins – “…Charles Kettering who, from 1920 to 1947, was head of research at GM. Kettering was an amazing inventor in an era of great inventors. He developed Duco paint and ethyl gasoline. He invented an incubator and a cure for syphilis, as well as the electric starter for automobiles. Now he’s invented a pilotless aerial bomb — a biplane with a twelve-foot wingspan, meant to carry 185 pounds of explosives up to forty miles. Like the German V-1 Buzz Bomb in WW-II, it had no landing gear. It took off from a wheeled dolly. Unlike the V-1 it was driven by a propeller — not a pulse-jet engine…” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Hotel Insider 24 mins – “Jacob Tomsky was a parking valet with a freshly minted philosophy degree when he took his first job in the hospitality industry. Ten years later he had run front desks, managed a luxury hotel’s housekeeping operation, and amassed a thorough understanding of how hotels work. In his new book, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality (reviewed by Alice Gregory in the November Slate Book Review), he shares inside secrets and offers tips on how to get the best from your hotel stay. The discussion lasts about 25 minutes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Ignorance in Science 81 mins –  Profs…” Vincent Racaniello and Stuart Firestein discuss why ignorance – all of what we don’t know, and even what we don’t know we don’t know – is the driving force of science.” Professor Firestein teaches a course on the topic, recently published a book: “…it is ignorance–not knowledge–that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room….” At the link right-click “58 MB .mp3, 81 min” and select “Save Link As” to get the discussion.

Investment Books 19 mins – “Want to get the best return at the lowest risk? In this podcast, Paul Merriman recommends the books every investor should read. Each book addresses one of the critical areas leading to better returns, taking less risk or, the best of all worlds, higher returns at less risk.  With a total cost of less than $70 printed, or less than $60 in e-Book format, this is an investment you really can’t afford NOT to make. All of these books are available in our bookstore, where all profits are donated to educational non-profit organizations, or on Amazon and other places books are sold.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Muscle Soreness 27 mins – Dr. Gil Porat, a practicing Colorado Hospitalist and Board Certified in Internal Medicine, discusses rhabdomyolysis with its many causes, effects and considerations. At the link find the title, “Rhabdomyolysis,” click the “download” button then right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Osteomylitis 22 mins –  Dr. Gil Porat a practicing Colorado Hospitalist and Board Certified in Internal Medicine discusses causes and treatment of bone infections mostly as it relates to diabetes. At the link find the title, “Osteomyelitis,” click the “download” button then right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Prisons 63 mins – “Becky Pettit of the University of Washington and author of Invisible Men talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the growth of the prison population in the United States in recent decades. Pettit describes the magnitude of the increase particularly among demographic groups. She then discusses the implications of this increase for interpreting social statistics. Because the prison population isn’t included in the main government surveys used by social scientists, data drawn from those surveys can be misleading as to what is actually happening among demographic groups, particularly the African-American population.” At the link find the title, “Pettit on the Prison Population, Survey Data and African-American Progress,” right-click “Media files Pettitprison.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Thomas Blanchard  4 mins – “The famous nineteenth-century American inventors skew our view of invention. Names like Eli Whitney and Elias Howe eclipse people like Thomas Blanchard. Yet the little-known Blanchard was at least their equal. Like Whitney and Howe, he came from Worcester County, Massachusetts. Born on a farm, he lived from 1788 ’til 1864.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Pulmonary Medicine 14 mins –  Dr. Gil Porat, a practicing Colorado Hospitalist Board Certified in Internal Medicine, discusses issues and concerns for patients and medical people concerning the lungs prior to major surgery. At the link find the title, “preoperative Pulmonary Medicine,” click the “download” button, then right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Urinalysis 11 mins –  Dr. Gil Porat, a practicing Colorado Hospitalist Board Certified in Internal Medicine, explains urine tests and their significance. At the link find the title, “Urinalysis Pearls for Managing Adult Patients,” click the “download” option, then right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu 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 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.

Thanks for visiting.

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