Media Mining Digest 65 – Feb 8, 2013: Amgen Senate Deal, Anesthesia and Consciousness, BLP High-Speed Internet, Chicago Shootings, Church Corruption, digital activism, entrepreneurship courses, fevers, foreign direct liability, Fred Korematsu, influenza, internet health resources, invisible hand, joint ops, learning analytics, parents and social media, Roe v. Wade, Roger McGuinn, router vulnerability, scientology, sex assaults, social media abuse, Sotomayor, stroke therapy, technology is Us, Wired Road Project, women in combat, WordPress for podcasting, Xtreme Power

The following audio files were selected from a larger group of 168 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 34 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed can also be downloaded as a single 185 MB zip file here for four months (vs 688 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.)

Amgen Senate Deal 20 mins – “A recent article in The New York Times reported on a cost-control exception provided to Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm. According to the report, the sweetheart deal — hidden in the Senate’s final “fiscal cliff” bill — will cost taxpayers half a billion dollars. Bill talks to U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) about the bi-partisan bill he recently sponsored to repeal that giveaway, and the political factors that allow such crony capitalism to occur.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Foul Play in the Senate, and Today’s Abortion Debate,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Anesthesia and Consciousness 52 mins – ” Anesthesia is often cited as one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. However, every once in a while, something goes wrong and a person wakes up in the middle of a procedure. The results can be deeply traumatic. The truth is, we don’t know how some anesthetic medicines work. But if we could find out, not only would patients remain safely comatose, the journalist Joshua Lang says we’d also close in on some deep questions about what it means to be conscious. Lang’s written an article about anesthesia and consciousness and he joins us Tuesday to discuss it.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

BPL High-Speed Internet 21 mins – “Jason Bird is the Electrical Superintendent at the city of Princeton Utilities in Illinois. He joins us for the 30th episode of our Community Broadband Bits Podcast to explain why Princeton built a rather unique network. Princeton has built a fiber network to connect some of the local businesses and uses broadband over power lines (BPL) to provide a low cost option for area residents. Princeton offers another example of how a community can build and own the infrastructure while partnering with a local company that will provision the services. This approach appeals to many towns that recognize the benefits of ensuring the network is owned by the community but do not want to provide services themselves. This network helped save hundreds of jobs and has benefited the community in many ways — just one of which is that they were selected as a site that allowed families to videochat with our troops deployed abroad over the holidays.” At the link right-click “download this MP3…” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Chicago Shootings 8 mins – “Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who traveled with her high school drill team to the presidential inauguration in Washington, was shot and killed in Chicago this week. That’s bringing up new questions about deadly violence in the city.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As”.

Chickens 24 mins – “Chicken farming dates back 10,000 years and produces 50 billion chickens to eat each year. Susie Emmett meets the people behind the global poultry business.” Find the the title, “What If… Chicken Conquers the World?,” right-click “Download 11M” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Church Corruption 52 mins – “…we continue our Through the Lens documentary series with Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney. His film MEA MAXIMA CULPA explores the very charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church. It tells the story of four men who set out to expose the priest who abused more than 200 Deaf children in a Milwaukee Catholic school. Gibney says it’s not about religion, but about the abuse of power and the cover-up that wound its way to the highest offices of the church.”At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Digital Activism 73 mins – “Activist Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) actions such as Anonymous’ “Operation Payback” owe their success to the role of tool design and media coverage. Through a close reading of changes in tool interface and functionality over several iterations, Molly Sauter—Berkman Center fellow and graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT—considers the evolution of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) DDoS tool from an inwardly-focused community tool to one which engaged with a larger population. She also demonstrates how Anonymous helped reframe DDoS actions from a tool of direct action to a tool of media manipulation and identity construction.” At the link right-click “MP3” to the right of Download and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Entrepreneurship Courses 33 mins – “Well, it has been our misfortune to see that many aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs did not become successful. They either ran out of money and resources (because they did not know what they needed to know about Finance for Startups); or they became too overwhelmed as Solo-Preneurs because they had too many things to do and not enough time to accomplish them… So, we have seen that the 2 courses that we are delivering are of tremendous value and deliver great results to those who have taken the courses and put them into practical application…” At the link right-click “Download” for episode 199 to get the audio file that talks about the courses and several complicated ways to get them. Subscribe to the Finance for Startups at that link using the RSS option in the upper left-hand corner to get one of the courses. A related free audio book is available for online listening at the same site. The eight modules run time is about two hours.

Europe 1945 54 mins “In 1945, at the end of World War II, an Iron Curtain rolled over Eastern Europe. Stalin, his allies and the secret police set out to seize control over a dozen countries and turn them into communist states. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy speaks with journalist and author Anne Applebaum about the harrowing story of how millions became imprisoned and how their daily lives were brutally crushed.” At the link find the title, “Iron Curtain,” right-click “Download Iron Curtain” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Fevers 5 mins – All about fevers and the history of the thermometer set-point by infectious disease specialist Mark Crislip. At the link find episode 165, right-click “gop165.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Fogo Island 54 mins – “As a young woman, Zita Cobb left her birthplace – the relatively remote island of Fogo, off the east coast of Newfoundland – to get an education, and ultimately to find her fortune. Not long ago, she returned to invest that considerable fortune turning Fogo into a place of pilgrimage for artists. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy takes a tour with guide Zita Cobb.” At the link find the title “Back to the Future in Fogo,” right-click “Download Back To The Future in Fogo” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Foreign Direct Liability 30 mins – “Long-distance liability and the Niger Delta. A Dutch court ordered Shell Nigeria on Wednesday to pay damages in one of multiple cases brought against its parent company for oil spills in the Niger Delta. Although the plaintiffs, Nigerian farmers, mostly lost their bid, the case was a remarkable example of how more and more Western multinationals are being sued at home for issues abroad – that’s known as foreign direct liability. In our programme, a young Dutch expert comments on this legal trend, particularly as it concerns Africa. We also speak to the Shell case’s main plaintiff, Eric Dooh.” At the link find the title, “Africa in Progress Friday, February 01, 2013,” right-click “long distance liability and the niger delta 20130201_44 1kHz 20130201_095414.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Fred Korematsu 4 mins – “Utah’s Governor has declared today, January 30th, Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties. Korematsu was a Japanese American who was interned against his will in the Central Utah War Relocation Center in Topaz during World War II.  President of the Topaz Museum Board Jane Beckwith talks about Korematsu’s fight for civil liberties.” At the link right right-click inside the blue box to the left of  “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast.

Influenza 95 mins – Professors  Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Dickson Despommier review influenza vaccines. At the link right-click TWIV217 and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast. A related article just appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, called “Designing Tomorrow’s Vaccines“.

Internet Health Resources 33 mins – “We all know that the internet can be a great tool for health information when used responsibly but we also know that parsing that information for the best information can be a bit of a mine field. This is why a recent survey of U.S. adults is a little bit alarming. According to a survey from the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC one third of all American adults have used the internet to either diagnose a health problem for themselves or a friend or relative.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Invisible Hand 12 mins – “In the third episode of The Big Ideas, Benjamen Walker discusses the meaning and uses of Smith’s concept with philosopher John Gray, academic Marianne Johnson, economist Eamonn Butler and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee. We’ll be following up the podcast over the course of this and next week with a series of articles looking at Smith’s idea from different perspectives.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Joint Ops 87 mins – “Osama bin Laden may have been the most notorious face of al-Qaeda before his death, but a terrorist by the name of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi arguably had far more blood on his hands—and for years was enemy number one for the United States government. Running the al-Qaeda franchise in Iraq, Zarqawi and his followers usurped the Sunni insurgency and through vicious attacks on Iraqi civilians stoked a civil war pitting Sunnis and Shiites against each other. His damage was so great that even after American special operators, intelligence experts and Air Force pilots successfully tracked down and killed Zarqawi in June 2006, General Stanley McChrystal wrote in his newly published memoir My Share of the Task (Penguin Group USA, 2013) that it was “too late. He bequeathed Iraq a sectarian paranoia and an incipient civil war.” Nevertheless, the special operations machine built to defeat Zarqawi’s network continued to run full tilt, eventually having a strategic impact when married to the full-spectrum counterinsurgency and diplomatic pressures of “the surge.” … The story of how Joint Special Operations Command, working with many other agencies and nations, built itself into a powerful network capable of studying, tracking, hunting, and finally killing Zarqawi is at the heart General Stanley McChrystal’s memoir.” At the link click the Audio tab, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Learning Analytics  8 mins  “Throughout Tell Me More‘s series, “Social Me,” Rey Junco shares the research he’s done as a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society into how how young people interact online. While some parents might think that their kids are wasting time on social media sites instead of doing their homework, they could actually be helping to shape their own education. Junco describes for NPR’s Michel Martin a potentially revolutionary educational tool. The technical term is ‘learning analytics.’ Junco says that is “the use of student-produced data to predict outcomes and tailor education.”” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Parents and Social Media  18 mins – “From tablets and iPhones to Twitter and Instagram, technology is changing the way children interact with the world. Host Michel Martin talks with a roundtable of parents about encouraging digital exploration, while keeping kids safe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu to get the podcast.

Roe v.Wade  32 mins – “As we note the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Bill discusses the fierce challenges facing the reproductive rights movement with Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Lynn Paltrow, founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Though a majority of Americans now believe abortion should be legal in most cases, anti-abortion forces showing no sign of relenting. A study by the Guttmacher Institute reported that state legislatures passed 92 provisions restricting a woman’s access to reproductive health care in 2011 — a number four times higher than the previous year.”   At the link find the title, “Full Show: Foul Play in the Senate, and Today’s Abortion Debate,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Roger McGuinn 62 mins – “James Roger McGuinn (born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of the Byrds‘ records. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with The Byrds.” He’s the subject of this interview. At the link right-click the arrow beside the desired download and select “Save Link As” to get it.

Roma in England 24 mins – “Why are so many children from Europe’s biggest ethnic minority – the Roma – being taken into local authority care in Britain? Simon Cox travels to the north of England to find out.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Roma Children in Care,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Router Vulnerability 95 mins – This episode of Security Now discuses a major problem with routers involving Universal Plug and Play. “Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a protocol standard that allows easy communication between computers and network-enabled devices. This protocol is enabled by default on millions of systems, including routers, printers, media servers, IP cameras, smart TVs, home automation systems, and network storage servers. UPnP support is enabled by default on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and many distributions of Linux… [Research]…by Rapid7, …reveals that around 40-50 million network-enabled devices are at risk due to vulnerabilities found in the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol.” Gibson Research Corp can test your router to see if it has this problem when you click this link. At the link right-click on an arrow by “Audio”, or “Video” and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Scientology 11 mins – “The Church of Scientology has been notoriously unwelcoming of investigation into its inner workings, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just released a new book that delves deep into the history and practices of the Church.” At the link find the Scientology title, right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Sex Assaults  5 mins – “…I have a word about Manti Te’o, the star Notre Dame linebacker, Heisman trophy runner up, who says he was the victim of an ugly hoax where someone — probably a male friend of his — created an online identity of a young women, with whom Te’o says he fell in love, although he never met her…. If it’s all the same to you, though, I’d like to save my outrage for a different story on that campus. What happened to a real girl who died, not a fake one: Lizzy Seeberg. This is a good place to mention that what I have to say next isn’t for everybody’s ears….”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Social Media Abuse 6 mins – “Since 1935, the National Labor Relations Act has protected the right of private-sector employees to discuss workplace conditions. But as conversations shift from the break room to the sphere of social media, regulators are facing new challenges in distinguishing protected speech from “mere griping.” Bob talks with Lafe Solomon, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, about what can and can’t be tweeted about the workplace.” At the link find the title, “Tweet That Your Boss is an A**hole, and Get Away With It,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” to get the file.

Sotomayor 51 mins – “Ever since Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009, people have been as curious about her personal story as her views on the law and the courts. Children with diabetes want to know about her experiences living with the disease. Others ask how she coped with losing her father at a young age. Minority students wonder whether she has experienced discrimination and how she stays connected to her community. In a new memoir titled “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor describes how  adversity has spurred her on instead of knocking her down. Diane talks with Justice Sotomayor about the sources of her hope and optimism, and the value of holding on to far-fetched dreams.” At the link 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.

Stroke Therapy 21 mins – “Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Michel Modo, PhD., associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Modo discusses his research in neuroimaging and stem cell therapy in relation to strokes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Technology Is Us 13 mins – “When Friedrich Kittler, the German philosopher of media and technology, died in October this year, it wasn’t a big international story – in fact, the Guardian published the only obituary in the Anglophone press. In Germany Kittler’s death made bigger waves: for weeks, newspapers published memorials and testimonials. The philosopher had generations of disciples and acolytes who compare the importance of his work to that of Hegel and Heidegger. Kittler, they say, was the first thinker to grasp the true nature of our relationship with modern technology and media. Typewriters, radios, computers: these innovations were not extensions of man, but they defined us and our behavior.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” to get the podcast.

Utah Air Pollution 52 mins – “Thursday on RadioWest we’re talking about northern Utah’s perennially poor air quality. While people have no control over the weather and geography that team up to trap nasty air in the valleys, they can influence one very important factor: how much air pollution they put out. So here are some questions: Who’s responsible for our mucky air? What, realistically, can be done about it? And what can we learn from other cities that have cleaned up their air?” At the link right-click on the blue box next to “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast. Another audio file of twelve minute length can also be heard at that link.

Wired Road Project 20 mins – “The Wired Road is an ambitious fiber optic and wireless project offering Internet access to several underserved areas in rural Virginia. For the 31st episode of our Community Broadband Bits Bits podcast, Scarlett McGrady joins me to discuss its history and impact on the region. McGrady is the Director of the Grant Community Computing Center [link to Facebook page], which providers a variety of services including computer literacy courses. The Wired Road has long had gigabit capacity for those who are within range of the fiber optic connections. Anyone who can take a service from the network has to choose a service provider as the network is a pure open access approach: the community-owned network does not offer any services directly to subscribers. Instead, the Wired Road builds the infrastructure to enable independent service providers to offer services.” At the link right-click “download this MP3…” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Women in Combat 12 mins – “Host Michel Martin looks at the Pentagon’s new policy to open combat positions to women with Representative Tammy Duckworth. The Illinois Democrat lost both her legs as a helicopter pilot in Iraq, and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As”.

WordPress for Podcasting 90 mins – “On this episode I talk with Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer podcast and website about using WordPress for podcasting. WordPress can be used to build your website and host your RSS feed, two critical steps in having a well made podcast. In fact there’s just about no limit to what you can do with WordPress, all without having to know HTML, CSS or any other type of code.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Xtreme Power 79 mins – “Daniel and Lucien welcome Jim Drew, owner of Xtreme Power Systems, to talk about his products and electric ducted fan jets.” The fan jets propel r/c model planes over 200 mph, use radio control without visible antennas and have a five mile range. The talk is more informative than Drew’s web site.  Mention made of Drew’s xps-3216 radio during the talk can’t be found on at the site, but nano receivers can. The program has some introductory comments and closing discussion about related items. At the link right-click  “_255_-_Jim_Drew_From Xtreme_Power Systems.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to get the interview.

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. Another is xSpeedChanger. Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.

Thanks for visiting.


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