The following audio files come from a larger group of 177 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A zip file (136 MB) of all 26 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed (10 hrs) is here for four months vs 491 MB normal speed (15 hrs). Larger groups are discussed at the end of this episode.
African Kidnappings 23 mins – “Every year thousands of young men and women make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt via Sudan. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers. Mike Thomson reports.” At at the link find the title, “Docs: Escape from Sinai,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20130307-0100a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Blind People News 20 mins – From the BBC “ATOC‘s David Sindall explains how the Journey Care passenger assistance scheme should work for customers. Steve Scott, a visually-impaired presenter, talks about the new radio service from RNIB, Insight Xtra, [Royal National Institute of Blind People] which features speech and talking books.” At the link find the title,”Virgin Journey Care; Insight Radio Xtra,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Note that files at that site are only kept for 30 days.
Broadband in New Hampshire 19 mins – “The New Hampshire Fast Roads Initiative is bringing great Internet access to rural New Hampshire. Project CEO Carole Monroe joined us for this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast. Fast Roads is the culmination of years of local organizing and several efforts to improve access to the Internet in the region. The project is already benefiting the community and is not fully built out yet. We discuss the project and the challenges they face — from pole attachments to a host of hostile lobbyists in the state capital.” At the link right-click “download this MP3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cory Doctorow 52 mins – “Journalist, science fiction author and co-editor of Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow, is this week’s guest.” At the link right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to download the podcast.
Catholic Church Economics 19 mins – “The Catholic Church is not a corporation. It’s a religion, a cultural force, and a global power. Still, one of the things the new Pope will have to deal with is a classic business mess — a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that has stumbled and is losing money and relevance. On today’s show, experts (including a priest with a Harvard MBA) tell us what the church needs to do to turn things around.” At the link find the title, “#440: An Economic Makeover For The Catholic Church,” right-click “npr_173288322.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Computer History 52 mins – “Tuesday on RadioWest, we continue our discussion about innovation at colleges and universities with Dr. John Warnock. Warnock was a student at the University of Utah in the 1960s. After graduating, he and colleague Charles Geschke founded one of the most successful software companies in the world: Adobe. Warnock’s education at the U laid the groundwork for the ideas he helped pioneer at Adobe. So here’s the question: how can today’s universities stimulate and encourage a new generation of innovators?” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Depression P-1 54 mins – “Depression. It has been called the mean reds. The blue devils. The black dog. And through history, treatments for depression have varied wildly. In the Middle Ages, depressives were caged in asylums. In Victorian England, wealthier patients were sent to seaside resorts for a change of air. In the 1930’s, procedures like lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy were used. Psychiatry’s tools were crude and limited. No wonder then, when the Age of the Antidepressant arrived, it was considered psychiatry’s triumph. Prozac came onto the market in 1988, followed quickly by many similar drugs. But, since then, the number of people afflicted with depression has soared.” At the link find the title, “Rethinking Depression, Part 1,” right-click “Download Rethinking Depression, Part 1” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctor-Assisted Suicide 51 mins – “Montana’s House of Representatives passed a bill that could imprison doctors for assisting in suicide. Legislation is pending in other states to make it legal. A [four person] panel joins Diane to discuss the legal and political debate over end-of-life issues.” 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.
FAFSA 6 mins – “It’s 8pm on a Wednesday and a group of about 20 parents and high school students are shuffling in and out of the East High School library in Salt Lake City. They’re pouring over the tax documents and other information they need to complete the free online application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. It’s the gateway for determining eligibility for federal and state financial aid programs like grants, loans and work study opportunities.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.
Fruit Flies 16 mins – “An insect’s ability to fly is perhaps one of the greatest feats of evolution. Michael Dickinson looks at how a fruit fly takes flight with such delicate wings, thanks to a clever flapping motion and flight muscles that are both powerful and nimble. But the secret ingredient: the incredible fly brain. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.) Most people are irritated by the buzzing of a fly’s wings. But biologist Michael Dickinson views the sound with a deep sense of wonder.” At the link the audio or video version can be downloaded.
Gaming Value 52 mins – “Gaming and the Future of Education Dr. Jane McGonigal, NYT Best-Selling Author, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu to download the interview.
Gun Debate 66 mins – Three panelists discuss gun policy in the United States at the Hinkley Forum in Utah: Regulation, Rights, and Responsibilities in an Armed Republic. The sound quality is not great, but tolerable. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Heimlich Maneuver 26 mins – “In the 1970s, choking became national news: thousands were choking to death, leading to more accidental deaths than guns. Nobody knew what to do. Until a man named Henry Heimlich came along with a big idea. Since then, thousands and thousands — maybe even millions — have been rescued by the Heimlich maneuver. Yet the story of the man who invented it may not have such a happy ending. Producer Pat Walters wouldn’t be here without the Heimlich maneuver — it saved his life when he was just 11 years old. And one day he started wondering — who was Heimlich, anyway? And how did he come up with his choking remedy? Pat had always kinda assumed Heimlich died in the mid-1800s. Not so. The man is very much alive: he’s 93 years old, and calls Cincinnati, Ohio home.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kidney Transplants 14 mins – “The story of Al Roth, who worked out how to create a clearing-house for kidneys.” At the link find the title, “The Kidney Matchmaker,” right-click “Download 7MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Knockout Mouse 14 mins – “Tim Harford weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations. The presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less speaks to an audience from a shop window on London’s Regent Street, and turns his attention to heated pants and the business of innovation. He tells the moving story of Mario Capecchi, whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tells us much about where new ideas come from, and how to foster them.” At the link find the title, “Hotpants Vs The Knockout Mouse,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Massive Open Online Classes 60 mins – Six panelists discuss the history, present state and problems with the new MOOC’s at the Hinkley Forum in Utah. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Nuclear Woman 28 mins – “Jim Al-Khalili talks to Sue Ion about working in the nuclear industry in the dark decades post Chernobyl and about why nuclear power has to part of our energy mix for the future.” At the link find the title, “Sue Ion 26 Feb 13,” right-click “Download 13MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Satellites 59 mins – “The co-founders of Skybox Imaging, Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick and Ching-Yu Hu, realized early on they had one thing in common: they don’t take no for an answer. Here the team of Stanford alumni explain their passion to disrupt the satellite imaging industry and share engaging tales of launching their unique venture.” At the link find the title, “Launching into Uncharted Space,” right-click “Media files skybox130227.mp3” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Social Networking 29 mins – “Rory Cellan-Jones looks at the social networking sites of the future and asks where the phenomenon is heading. New sites are springing up all the time. The future of social networking could lie in localised sites geared towards specific interests, in limiting your online circle to your closest friends, or in sites that allow users to keep control of their personal information. Finally, Rory returns to the social networking pioneers of the 70s and 80s. How do the hippies and hackers who created the first social networks think their revolution has turned out?” At the link find the title, “Life After Facebook 9 Feb 11,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Square Service 42 mins – Mike’s Tech Show gives a quick evaluation of the iPhone device, Square Service, that reads credit cards for sales transactions. In the first six minutes of this episode he covers the pros and cons, precautions and problems, and then raps Paypal service, too. Later episodes may present feedback from regular listeners. You can email him if you disagree, or have experiences to relate. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Superbugs 51 mins – “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning about the rise of a so-called “nightmare bacteria” in U.S. hospitals. The director of the CDC calls the Carbapenen-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae — or CRE — a bacteria triple threat. They are resistant to almost all antibiotics, they can transfer their invincibility to other bacteria and they are deadly. Infection with CRE has a fatality rate as high as 50 percent. So far, these infections are still relatively rare. They’ve only been seen in hospitals and long-term care facilities. But the fear is that they could soon to spread to the wider community, and the proportion of drug-resistant bacteria has quadrupled in the last decade. Diane and her  guests discuss the rise of superbugs and how public health officials are trying to stop their spread.” 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.
Venezuela After Chavez 51 mins – “Venezuela after Chavez: What the death of the Socialist leader will mean for the country, the region and the U.S.” — discussion by three 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
Vetrepreneurs 22 mins – “This audio episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur delivers the success of a program for a growing type of entrepreneur — The Veteran Entrepreneur (also known as the Vetrepreneur). As you will hear in this audio interview, Army Veteran and serial Entrepreneur Duncan McGhee describes the program he is building to address these issues for the returning military veterans who are moving to start their own business and become Solo-preneurs. The program has launched as part of the Texas Veterans Commission, and Duncan is the new Director. His success is proven — as he helped 10small business launch within just a year (and another 20 more are on the way now).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the drop-down menu.
War Games 14 mins – “Tim Harford tells the story of Thomas Schelling, an economist who helped America and the Soviet Union to avoid nuclear war.” At the link find the title, “War Games and Armageddon,” right-click “Download 7MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water-Food-Energy III 43 mins – “This, the final of three debates, explores the connection between water and energy. Jo Confino speaks to Gerard Payen, president at Aquafed; Usha Rao-Monari, global head, water at International Finance Corporation; and Jens Berggren, director for the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Award. The expert panel discuss the interconnections between energy and water, from treatment to transportation.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women In Power 23 mins – “Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary to Bill Clinton, looks at the US State Department – it’s had three female heads in the last 15 years – how has that changed the culture of the organization?” At the link find the title, “Docs: What If… Women Ruled the World?,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130308-1305a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” to download the podcast.
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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