Media Mining Digest 69 – Mar 8, 2013: Book Revolution, Broadband in Morristown, Cloud School, Darwin Lectures, Date Nails, Dawkins on God, Democracy in Crisis, Drowning Cities, Early Childhood Ed, Guns in Utah, Hospital Bills, How to Record Lectures, Kenya Debates, Kenya Land Grab, Microbes Make Caves, Muhammad, Myanmar, Pakistan, Processed Food, Rape in Africa, Rosa Parks, Sunni-Shia Schism, Voting Rights Act, Water-Food-Energy II

The following audio files come from a larger group of 139 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A zip file (176MB) of all 29 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed (12 hrs) is  here for four months vs 556 MB normal speed (19 hrs).  Larger groups are discussed at the end of this episode.

Book Revolution 54 mins – “ The book has stayed pretty much the same for over 500 years: a bunch of paper pages between covers. It’s been both finite and easily grasped. But our digitally-connected world is forcing us to re-imagine what books could be.” At the link find the title, “Opening the Book,” right-click “Download Opening the Book” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Morristown 22 mins – “Morristown, Tennessee, is one of very few communities where anyone in town can immediately get a gigabit delivered to their home and business. General Manager and CEO Jody Wigington of the municipal electric utility, Morristown Utility Systems, joins me to discuss why they built their network and how it is has benefited the community.”  At the link right-click  “…download this mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud School 23 mins – “This year Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK, has been awarded $1 million in seed-funding for his wish to design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. He hopes to build a School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online…Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud.” At the link find the title, “Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud,” right-click your preferred download size and select “Save Link As” to get the video.

Darwin Lectures  300 mins – New Zealand Radio presents a five part series lasting about five hours by eminent New Zealand scientists who explore the ideas of Darwin and their impact on society over the last 150 years.  At the link right-click the “MP3” option below each lecture description and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Date Nails 4 mins – “Wooden ties didn’t last as long as steel rails. Railway companies needed a record of when ties were put in, so they’d be alert to replacing them while they were still safe. The nails also helped gauge the lifetime of ties in different situations.” At the link click the link above the transcript and select “Save File” to get a link that will play on your device.

Dawkins on God 52 mins – “Wednesday, we offer the second in our series of conversations aimed at this age-old question: why do bad things happen to good people? Our guest is the evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins, who says that science is exactly the place to look for answers. He argues that once we acknowledge that we are on our own, without a god to question or blame, we can move on to doing something constructive about human suffering.” At the link find the title, “Why? An Atheist Answer,” right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Democracy in Crisis 52 mins – “…Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism’s wake, and to discuss the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage. A Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, and currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School, Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It” as a book or as a DVD. At the link find the title, “Full Show: Taming Capitalism Run Wild,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Drowning Cities 24 mins – “How Hurricane Sandy prompted New York and other coastal cities to face the reality of rising sea levels.” At the link find the title, “The Drowning City,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Early Childhood Ed 85 mins – “In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on states “to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.” As states contemplate adopting universal preschool, the Nordic nations of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden offer interesting comparisons and perspectives based on their experiences in early childhood education. Since all three countries are built around the welfare-state model, they have already been offering universal systems for quite some time. As a result, there is an opportunity to see what these three countries have been doing right and what they are still struggling with.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guns in Utah 52 mins – “Tuesday we’re asking this question: should we be limiting gun rights or protecting them? Last year, the US experienced two of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation’s history and gun-rights and gun-control advocates are again debating how best to respond. That’s playing out in Utah where lawmakers are working through bills to eliminate concealed carry permits, to assert the state’s sovereignty to regulate firearms and more. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and take your calls.”  At the link find the title, “Considering Guns on Utah’s Capitol Hill,” right click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast.

Hospital Bills 18 mins – “If you have good health insurance, you’ve probably never even seen a full hospital bill. Count yourself lucky. For a giant article in this week’s Time, Steve Brill went line by line through a handful of bills from hospitals around the country. On today’s show, he tells us about the crazy thicket of high prices and hard-to-decipher codes that he discovered, and we talk about what it means for the price of health care in America.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

How to Record Lectures 6 mins – Virology Professor Vincent Racaniello explains in a short video the equipment, software and process he uses to record his lectures and visual aids. He uses a Sennheiser ew100ENG mike, Griffin iMic converter and ScreenFlow software with an Apple laptop. Look at his virology course to see the finished product. At the link you can watch the video, but not download anything. An audio copy is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this edition. has many less expensive wireless mikes with user reviews, if needed.

Kenya Debates 6 mins – “For the first time, Kenya recently aired presidential debates, ahead of its election. But despite the wide audience, many people doubt the country can get through the election without violence. Host Michel Martin catches up with journalist and debate moderator Uduak Amimo.” At the the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kenya Land Grab 24 mins – “A separatist group on Kenya’s coast is calling on voters there to boycott the upcoming elections. How credible a threat will they pose to the next Kenyan government?” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Struggle for Land on Kenya’s Coast,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbes Make Caves 79 mins – Professors Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter, meet with Professor Hazel Barton to talk about cave microbiology. At the link right-click “TWIM #51” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu to get the podcast.

Muhammad 14 mins – “The Prophet Muhammad is the central figure in Islam, and thousands of stories have been told about him. Writer Lesley Hazleton decided to dig deeper and get a sense of who he was as a real person. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her biography The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myanmar 82 mins – “Myanmar is rapidly emerging from half a century of isolation. Over the last two years, the government has made great strides in political and economic reforms and in improving its diplomatic relationship with the international community. Despite these changes, Myanmar faces many challenges in sustaining the momentum of reform and transformation. In addition, the international community has not developed a strategy for working together to assist the country’s progress.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Pakistan 48 mins – “India and Pakistan are among the most important countries in the 21st century. The two nations share a common heritage, but their relationship remains tenuous. The nuclear rivals have waged four wars against each other and have gone to the brink of war several times. While India is already the world’s largest democracy and will soon become the planet’s most populous nation, Pakistan has a troubled history of military coups and dictators, and has harbored terrorists such as Osama bin Laden. In his new book, Avoiding Armageddon: America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and Back (Brookings, 2013), Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, director of Brookings Intelligence Project, clearly explains the challenge and importance of successfully managing America’s affairs with these two emerging powers while navigating their toxic relationship.” At the link first click the audio tab then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Processed Food 51 mins – “Processed foods account for roughly 70 percent of our nation’s calories. Despite the growth of farmer’s markets and availability of organic produce, food additives are nearly impossible to avoid. Diane and her guests talk about what goes into our food and how it affects our eating habits.” 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.

Rape in Africa 11 mins – “South Africa is still reeling from the recent deaths of two women: Reeva Steenkamp, shot by her sports hero boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, and Anene Booysens, who was brutally raped and murdered at 17. Host Michel Martin talks to independent researcher Lisa Vetten about what the cases may say about violence against women in South Africa.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rosa Parks 50 mins – “February marks the centenary of the birth of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, is celebrated as the birth of the civil rights movement in the USA. Max Easterman offers a unique portrait of the woman who inspired Martin Luther King and civil rights activism across the world.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Rosa Parks – Quiet Revolutionary,” right-click “Download 23MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sunni-Shia Schism 87 mins – “An upswing in sectarian violence in Pakistan, Bahrain and elsewhere in recent months highlights the historic tensions, and contemporary political importance of schisms between Sunni and Shia communities across the Muslim world.  On February 22, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings hosted a discussion to explore the factors behind the worsening conflict between Sunni and Shia communities.  Panelists included Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, and Geneive Abdo, fellow at the Middle East Program at the Stimson Center and author of a forthcoming paper examining sectarianism in the context of the Arab Awakening, to be published by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.

Voting Rights Act 11 mins- “The Supreme Court heard arguments this week on the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s been called the most effective civil rights law in U.S. history, but plaintiffs say it’s time to throw out some key provisions. Host Michel Martin speaks with law professor Spencer Overton and the Heritage Foundation’s Hans Von Spakovsky.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As”  from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights Act   51 mins – “The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made it illegal for states to deny voting rights based on race or color. But Southern states enacted poll taxes and literacy tests to keep blacks from voting. Then in 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the Act identified nine states for their history of discrimination. The new law required these states to get “pre-clearance” from the government before changing their voting laws. Critics of Section 5 say the formula is outdated and violates states’ rights. But supporters argue voting rights are still at risk in these areas of the country and need special protection. Diane and [3] guests discuss the future of the Voting Rights Act at the Supreme Court.” 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.

Water-Food-Energy II 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.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up 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.

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