The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 114 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 15 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 122 MB zip file here for four months (vs 537 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.)
Aaron Swartz Death 95 mins – Aaron Swartz, a young internet activist, hanged himself while under threat of federal incarceration for trafficking in public documents. This Week in Google host, Leo Laporte, and guests talk about the man, his work and the strange events leading to his death during a regular 95 minute program. The segment starts at the 12 minute mark and runs to the 44 minute mark. Part of a 23 minute conference talk, “How We Stopped SOPA,” on YouTube is included. At the link right-click “Audio” or “Video” and select “Save Link As” to get a file.
APE the Book 62mins – “Amber & Sarah chat with Guy Kawasaki on his new book APE & the art of self-publishing…” in the first half of this program. Kwasaki points out the average advance from a book publisher is $5000 and a self-publisher can do that well using Kickstarter but then make $7 a book instead of one dollar. SPIT is mentioned: Self Publishing Intelligence Test. Also of note is the use of the services of a Canadian company called Enthrill to get cards that represent an e-book which are sold and provide the buyer with access codes to download the product. At the link right-click “Download” to get the audio or video version of the file.
Brain Building 54 mins – “Recent recipient of the Friesen Prize in Health Science Research, Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne identified important mechanisms for the formation of the normal human brain, which ultimately opened new frontiers in the world of neuro-degeneration, and spinal chord injuries. He talks with Paul Kennedy.” At the link find the title, “Building Brains,” right-click “Download Building Brains” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Burma Copper Mine 24 mins – “New democratic freedoms are allowing farmers to protest as companies grab their land for agriculture and land. Lucy Ash reporting.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Burma Dec 2012,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Burma Changes 50 mins “A guide to Burma’s extraordinary year. What are the challenges for 2013? James Menedez and Soe Win Than presents Changing Burma.” At the link find the title, “Changing Burma 28 Dec 12,” right-click “Download 23MB” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.
Color Science 68 mins – “Our world is saturated in color, from soft hues to violent stains. How does something so intangible pack such a visceral punch? This hour, in the name of science and poetry, Jad and Robert tear the rainbow to pieces. To what extent is color a physical thing in the physical world, and to what extent is it created in our minds? We start with Sir Isaac Newton, who was so eager to solve this very mystery, he stuck a knife in his eye to pinpoint the answer. Then, we meet a sea creature that sees a rainbow way beyond anything humans can experience, and we track down a woman who we’re pretty sure can see thousands (maybe even millions) more colors than the rest of us. And we end with an age-old question, that, it turns out, never even occurred to most humans until very recently: why is the sky blue?” At the link click “Download” to get the audio file.
Copyright Management 41 mins – “Digital change—and the resulting explosion in ways of combining and using content—puts the increasingly complex issue of rights and rights management at the heart of today’s publishing business. Understanding and managing copyright in the 21st century, a pre-conference workshop held at the recent Digital Book World, took on the challenge of providing publishing professionals with a working knowledge of rights, and the changing environment surrounding their licensing and use.” At the link find the title, “Managing Copyright Today,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download the file.
Gun Regulation Efforts 34 mins – “Later this morning President Obama is scheduled to announce his proposals reduce gun violence in this country. He’s expected to highlight the need for better background checks, limits on the sale of high capacity magazines and a new ban on assault weapons. His push comes a month after the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. New York is the first state to take action in the aftermath of that tragedy. A new law signed yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo imposes new restrictions on gun ownership and it strengthens rules to prevent mentally ill people from gaining access to guns.” Five guests discuss issues surrounding this problem. 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.
Guts In Us 56 mins – “This hour, we dive into the messy mystery in the middle of us. What’s going on down there? And what can the rumblings deep in our bellies tell us about ourselves?We stick our hand in a cow stomach, get a window into our core (thanks to a hunter who became a walking science experiment in the 1800s), and listen in on the surprising back-and-forth between our gut and our brain. And we talk to a man who kind of went out of his mind when a medical procedure left him (for a little while) gutless.” At the link click “Download” to get the audio file.
Patent Law 103 mins – The first thirty minutes of this episode of “This Week in Law” deals with patent law, software patents and trolls, a major theme during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Around the hour mark the four participants also discuss patent attorneys and patent agents. At the link right-click “Download” of the audio or video versions and select “Save Link As” to get the files.
Privacy and Surveillance 53 mins – “A special hour on privacy – license plate readers, national security letters, surveilling yourself so the government doesn’t have to, and OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman on just how much we misunderstand our privacy online.” At the link go to the title, “The Privacy Show” just click the down-pointing arrow to get the audio file.
Syria’s War 51 mins – “Particularly harsh winter weather is making life worse for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. The International Red Cross called their plight a “staggering humanitarian disaster.” As the Syrian civil war goes on and on, every day 3,000 new refugees flee to camps and villages in neighboring countries. Those over-burdened border nations, as well as aid groups, are begging for more resources. On the diplomatic front, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains defiantly entrenched as international efforts to end the bloodshed stagnate. Diane and her  guests talk about the human side of Syria’s civil war.” 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.
Tajikistan Drugs 24 mins – “Rustam Qobil travels to remote border villages in Tajikistan to find out how communities are being affected by the drugs trade from Afghanistan.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Tajik Drugs JAN 2013,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Taxes In America 42 mins – “Is it true that Americans hate paying tax? Owen Bennett-Jones explores the reasons why there appears to be such widespread and fierce resistance to taxation.” At the link find the title, “Taxing America 21 Dec 12,” right-click “Download 19MB” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.
Warsaw Ghetto 54 mins – “Oyneg Shabbat was the contemporaneous and clandestine project to record the history, life and death of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw during World War II.” At the link find the title, “Voices from the Ghetto,” right-click “Download 25MB” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.
Over 130 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opm file which Feedreader can import. 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.
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