Media Mining Digest 68 – Mar 1, 2013: Addiction Treatments, Afghani Women, African Time, American Meals, American Postal System, Anthony S. Fauci, Assisted Suicide, Australian Innovation, Bin Laden Operation, Bio-friendly Plastics, Chicago Schools, China Myth, Cold Starts, Cyber-espionage, Elevator Pitches, Extracellular Matrix Trial, Gender Equality, Internet Underworld, Japanese Economy, Kenyan Elections, Kony Video Critique, Moonbird, Oral Tissue Reconstruction, Personal Genome, Plant Roots, Science Policy, Science Tweets, Stem Cell Research, Water-Food-Energy, Warfare Rules

The following audio files come from a larger group of 210 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A zip file (232MB) of all 35 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed (17 hrs) is  here for four months vs 879 MB normal speed (26 hrs).  Larger groups are discussed at the end of this episode.

Addiction Treatments 52 mins – “More than 20 million teenagers and adults are addicted to alcohol or drugs in this country. Some go to residential treatment programs, while others turn to outpatient programs in their communities. But the vast majority of people who need help don’t get any at all. In a new book, health and medical writer Anne Fletcher describes what goes on inside many different kinds of rehab programs. She joins us to talk about the challenge of finding effective addiction treatment. We’ll also hear from the head of a residential care facility and a director of an outpatient addiction treatment center.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this edition.

Afghani Women 54 mins – “Three young women are working, from opposite sides of the world, to make it possible for girls to grow up, educated and safe, in Afghanistan. Two of them live in Kabul. The other lives in Kelowna, Canada. Journalist and author Sally Armstrong accompanies 15-year-old Alaina Podmorow on her first trip to Afghanistan and introduces her to Noorjahan Akbar and Anita Haidary. This is the story of the amazing encounter of three women.” At the link find the title, “A Remarkable Encounter,” right-click “Download A Remarkable Encounter” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

African Time 28 mins – “Is African time delaying your dreams? Some say that a tendency to turn up late to appointments and needlessly prolong projects is a quintessential African trait that is contributing to under-development on the continent. Critics suggest that African time, as they call it, may even prevent fellow Africans from fulfilling their dreams. In this edition of Africa in Progress, we ask whether that pace of life should be sped up and, if so, how. We also speak with Africans who adjust their internal clocks according to other cultural expectations…This radio program is for Africans who want to expand their horizons. Inspiring guest speakers in round table discussions and in-depth interviews give listeners food for thought.” At the link find the title, “Africa in ProgressThursday, February 21, 2013,” then right-click “Media files aip african time 20130221_44_1kHz_20130221 101230.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

American Meals 53 mins – “Three square meals a day. Three to five servings of fruits and vegetables, two to three servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese. Avoid fats and sugar. Red meat in moderation… But eating isn’t simply about achieving the perfect nutritional balance. It also has profound social implications, especially when we sit down with others to share a meal. And so in this episode, the History Guys…look back at the history of mealtime in America. From Victorian table manners to the school lunch program, how have our ideas about what, when, and how we eat our meals evolved?” At the link find “Download” right-click on it and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

American Postal System 53 mins – “These days, what we find in the mailbox tends to fall into one of two categories: junk mail or quaint hand-written reminders of times past. While the mail may now vacillate between irritating or antiquated, for the more than two hundred years the U.S. Post Office played a central role in American life. It was not only the institution that allowed us to communicate with each other across state lines and beyond, but it played a vital part in our country’s political organization and hierarchies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Anthony S. Fauci 63 mins – “Profs Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit of This Week in Virology meet up with  Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and discuss his career which is devoted to HIV.

Assisted Suicide 47 mins – “How does it feel to be part of ending someone’s life? Liz Carr talks to the doctors and volunteers who conduct assisted suicide and enable people to die. Is it possible to balance the right of the individual who wants to die with the responsibility of society to protect those who don’t? Liz Carr visits Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg to find out.” in this two part series. At the link find.”DocArchive: When Assisted Death is Legal – Part One  and Two,” then right-click “Media files docarchive_20130219-0905a.mp3” and “docarchive_20130220-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Innovation 54 mins – “In the final part of his three-part series on innovation in Australia, Mark Dodgson argues for the importance of innovation in creating a prosperous society. He contrasts the success of countries which have embraced innovation with the stagnation of those which have not. After describing the influence of Australia’s colonial past, and efforts in recent decades to bring forth change, this week Mark Dodgson presents his simple recipe for government, business and education, to create a nation with a prosperous future.”  At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu. An interesting contrast to the dark picture painted by the innovation program is a video blog from Australia where ” Dave visits the Connected Community Hacker Space (CCHS) in Melbourne on Feb 5th 2013. Check out the Cray Supercomputer, automated RFID door access system, 3D printers, various robots, and a chat with the head software developer for the Raspberry Pi.” The video file is here under the title “EEVblog #421 – Melbourne Hackerspace” (download by right-clicking the “Download”) and an audio version is included in the zip file noted at the top of this episode.

Bin Laden Operation 52 mins – “When a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden last year, the journalist Mark Bowden says it was the final chapter in a long and significant story. That story began soon after 9/11, when America went to war with evasive and opportunistic enemies and had to develop innovative fighting tactics. Bowden’s latest book chronicles the decade of intelligence gathering, mission planning and strategies that finally led to ‘The Finish.'” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bio-friendly Plastics 12 mins – “Stephen Miller discusses some biomass-derived and biodegradable alternatives to synthetic polymers.” At the link find the title, “Science Podcast – Designing Bio-Friendly Plastics” and right-click “Media files SciencePodcast 130216c.mp3” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chicago Schools 17 mins – “Last school year twenty-nine current and recent students at Harper High School in Chicago were shot. Eight of them died. The public radio show This American Life sent reporters to the school for a full semester, to find out more about living in what’s being called a war zone. Tell Me More host Michel Martin finds out what they learned.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

China Myth 51 mins – “Just 30 years ago, China was a poor, isolated nation of rural farmers. The vast majority of its citizens struggled to afford food and clothes. But a series of free market reforms in the 1980s and ’90s transformed China, propelling it to the No. 2 spot in the global economy. China is now the world’s largest manufacturer and has the second biggest military. But a leading China expert says the rise of the Middle Kingdom has been greatly exaggerated. He says China’s influence is limited by isolationism and a focus on low-end manufacturing. Diane and author David Shambaugh discuss the myth of China’s global power.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this edition.

Cold Starts 52 mins – “…we’re kicking off a series examining Utah’s air quality. With the majority of the region’s seasonal smog coming from automobiles, getting more people out of their cars and into buses and trains is often cited as part of the remedy for what ails our air. So the question is this: If more Wasatch Front residents used mass transit, how much better could our air actually be? We want to hear from you. What’s it like using mass transit in Utah? Is it convenient? Affordable? Is it perfectly adequate or could it be better, and if so, how?” [Cold starts are when most of a car’s pollution occurs, until the catalytic heater warms up.] At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber-espionage 52 mins – “Until very recently, cyber-espionage was only a concern of intelligence agencies and the military. But a new report warns U.S. infrastructure and businesses are broadly under attack in cyberspace. Experts say the biggest offender is China, whose cyber spies threaten competitiveness and national security. Recent targets include Google, Lockheed Martin and The New York Times. While Congress weighs legislative options, President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order on cyber security tomorrow. But critics say new laws raise privacy concerns. Diane and [4] guests discuss what to do about the growing threat of cyber-espionage.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this edition.

Elevator Pitches 8 mins – “A reality-television-inspired competition teaches scientists how to better communicate their work.” At the link find the title “Science Podcast – America’s Scientist Idol” and right-click “Media files SciencePodcast_130218a.mp3” then select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Extracellular Matrix Trial 11 mins – “Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes back Stephen F. Badylak DVM, PhD, MD, and also welcomes former marine Sgt. Ronald Strang. Dr. Badylak is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, a deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute. Dr. Badylak discusses an upcoming clinical trial involving muscle loss due to severe trauma. Sgt. Strang relates his experience as a recipient of the novel therapy. If interested in learning more about the study, please email Allyson LaCovey or call her at 412-624-5308.” The Department of Defense is funding a trial of eighty applications of this therapy of which forty are being applied by the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. At the link right-click “Download” to get the podcast.

Gender Equality 51 mins – “Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan published her groundbreaking book “The Feminine Mystique.” Diane considers its relevance today and the ongoing debate over gender equality at work and at home.” with four guests. You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this edition.

Ghana Internet 72 mins – “Ghana, a small country on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, is the size of Oregon. Its entire population is only double that of New York City. Yet what is unfolding there matters to the future of the Internet. In this talk, Jenna Burrell — Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley — draws from a 6-year period of ethnographic research (2004-2010) on youth in Accra’s Internet cafes — where the primary activity was cultivating relationships with foreigners in chat rooms and dating sites as these users sought to enact a more cosmopolitan self — and considers how network security and network administration are shaped not simply by an impersonal technical logic or even commercial interests, but also by cultural biases and parochialism that violate, perhaps unwittingly, these early ideals of the Internet.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Underworld 94 mins – Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte discuss organized crime on the Internet, botnets, ransomware, and more with guest Brian Krebs for the first hour, then address other current security issues and countermeasures for the rest of the show.  Visit Steve’s site at, also the home of the best disk maintenance and recovery utility ever written Spinrite 6. At the link find the title, “Security Now 392: The Internet Underworld with Brian Krebs,” right-click “Media files sn0392.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Japanese Economy  215 mins – “The skyrocketing cost of importing energy combined with an uncertain electricity supply, a maze of regulations, a contracting domestic market, and the appreciation of the yen have led the Japanese economy to be in peril of deindustrialization. The hollowing-out of the Japanese industrial base as companies seek new business opportunities through overseas manufacturing has become an issue of pressing concern in the Japanese national debate.” It’s a two-part podcast so at the link click either part, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to download it.

Kenyan Elections 84 mins – In March “…Kenya will hold its first elections since 2007. While the country has made significant progress since this time, including approving a new constitution and achieving strong economic growth, two of the leading candidates for president and vice president – Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto – are being indicted by the International Criminal Court for their alleged role in the violence that followed the 2007 elections. International pressure for free and fair elections in Kenya is high and holding peaceful elections in the country will have major implications for the region and relations with international partners, including the United States.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Kony Video Critique 70 mins – “On March 5th, 2012, the American nonprofit, Invisible Children, published a video called “Kony 2012″ on the social video-sharing network, Youtube. Within six days the video was dubbed the “most viral video in history,” beating out pop artists Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Beyonce’s music videos in how quickly it hit 100 million views. In this talk Ruha Devanesan — Executive Director of the Internet Bar Organization and Berkman Fellow — explores thoughts on the successes and failures of the initial Kony 2012 campaign, and the way in which Invisible Children has responded to criticism and adapted its messaging to ask what lessons can be learned by the human rights advocacy community from Kony 2012 and Invisible Children’s subsequent actions.” At the link right-click “MP3” below the description and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moonbird 52 mins – “Every year, flocks of Rufa red knot shorebirds migrate from the southern tip of Argentina to the Canadian Arctic. That’s about 9,000 miles. One extraordinary Rufa, called B95, has traveled that route so many times he has flown the distance to the moon and almost half way back, earning him the nickname “moonbird.” But in B95’s lifetime, most of the red knot population has disappeared, a decline largely due to human activity. On Monday, the writer Phillip Hoose joins us to talk about the life of B95, which he chronicles in a new book.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Oral Tissue Reconstruction 11 mins – “Stephen Feinberg discusses some recent advances in oral reconstruction following burns, accidents, and injuries.” At the link find the title, “Science Podcast – Advances in Oral Reconstruction” and right-click “Media files SciencePodcast_130215d.mp3” then select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Personal Genome 37 mins – “To prepare for this week’s episode, Dale and I had to do some homework: spit into a tube.  Carrying our DNA, this tube was mailed to 23andMe for analysis.  Now that we have our results, we were able to talk with Emily Drabant – a research community manager (with a PhD in neuroscience) at 23andMe.  Emily talks to us about 23andMe, how to read our results, and tells us who has more Neanderthal DNA.” At the link find “download” towards the page bottom, right-click it and select “Save Link As” to get the audio file.

Plant Roots 10 mins – “Michelle Watt explains how the exchange of knowledge about root systems can improve crop yields in a variety of climates.” At the link find the title, “Science Podcast – Improving Agriculture From the Ground Down” and right-click “Media files” then select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu to get the audio file.

Science Policy 61 mins – “Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate and President of the UK Royal Society, gave a lecture in Auckland last week, highlighting pitfalls and opportunities for how scientific research is funded and undertaken…Sir Paul, was in New Zealand thanks to the support of Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Science Chief Advisor, and The University of Auckland in association with the Royal Society of New Zealand.” At the link right-click “Audio Recording” and select “Save Link As” on the drop-down menu.

Science Tweets  10 mins – “From the AAAS meeting in Boston: Christie Wilcox offers some suggestions for how a strong social media presence may help further scientists’ careers.” At the link find the title, “Science Podcast – Do Scientists Need Social Media?” and right-click “Media files SciencePodcast_130215a.mp3” then select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Stem Cell Research 32 mins – “The Supreme Court recently refused to hear a case challenging federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Dr. John Murray, a lawyer and geneticist, and Dr. Chris Henderson, scientific director of Target ALS, discuss the case and the field of stem cell research.” At the link find the title,, “Lab Bench Meets Federal Bench: The Supreme Court and Stem Cell Research,” right-click “Media files stem_cell_research.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Telomerase 12 mins – “Last month, CU [Colorado University] Nobel Prize Winner Tom Cech (Check) and colleagues announced a breakthrough in their quest to stop cancer.  It involves an enzyme known as telomerase (tell-AH-mer-aze), which helps cells divide almost endlessly – helpful when a child is growing.  In adults, most cells stop responding to telomerase.  Instead they save up a limited number of cell divisions timed to last through old age.  Cancer cells are different.  They are great gobblers of telomerase.  That’s where CU discovery comes in.  It’s a way to possibly prevent cancer cells from tanking up on telomerase.  Cech says that while human trials are years off, the discovery looks promising.  For more, here’s How on Earth’s Shelley Schlender, talking with CU Nobel Prize winner, Tom Cech, in an extended version of this interview on cancer.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” to get the podcast.

Warfare Rules 53 mins – “America’s use of targeted drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere raise questions about what is—and is not—an appropriate means of waging war. In this episode, the American History Guys look at how previous generations have answered these sorts of questions. They explore the shockingly violent battle tactics of Europeans in comparison to original Indian ways of war. And, at a time when many fear that chemical weapons may be deployed in Syria, the History Guys consider what made the use of chemical weapons taboo in the first place.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water-Food-Energy 44 mins – “In the second of our debates exploring the water, food and energy nexus, Jo Confino talks to Camilla Toulmin, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development, David Norman, director of external affairs at WWF UK, and Herbert Oberhänsli, vice president, economics and international relations at Nestlé, about the role of water and food in energy production and why these three resources are so intertwined. Among the items on the agenda are biofuels, dams, biodiversity, the use of water in energy production, and the role of multinationals in creating problems – and providing solutions.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Sixty-four podcasts for 2010 and earlier at 1.5x are listed alphabetically in this PDF and can be downloaded in two 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 as five segments. A similar list and downloads for 362 podcasts for Jan-Jun 2012 is here, and 591 for Jul-Dec here. Podcasts are zipped for easier downloading and segmented due to a 300MB limit on file uploads. (Dead links in old episodes are due to updating; try a current episode.) Over 130 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opm file that Feedreader can import. A PDF list of feeds is here. Free Commander is used to compare old with new downloads to remove  duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used to boost playback speed to 1.5x. A speed listening background article is here.  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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