Media Mining Digest 73 – Apr 5, 2013: BARD, Book Evolution, Business Innovation, Commercial Design, Crowdsourcing, Denver Electric Rail, Droptext Program, Educated Women, Educational Video Games, Eye Witness Error, Fukushima Accident, Global Warming, Green Building, Harvard I-Lab, High Tech Jobs, Higher Ed Changes, Innovate Ingeniously, Jim Lehrer, Job Evolution, Knowledge Glut, Mobile Wave, Nanotech, NRA, NYPD Videos, Poverty Worldwide, Race Against Machines, Slum Innovations, Tricking People, User Innovation, Waco Branch Davidians, Water Supply, Workplace Ethics

The following audio files come from a larger group of 237 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 116 MB zip file of all 35 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for eight hours of listening is here for four months vs 752 MB normal speed and thirteen hours of listening.  Larger groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

BARD 26 mins – “…Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow are honored to speak with Judy Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, all about the upcoming release of the agency’s BARD Mobile app for reading Braille and digital talking books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Book Evolution 11 mins – “The rise of e-books in the past decade has transformed the publishing industry beyond recognition. As the hardback declines and the Kindle rises, marketing strategies, sales tactics, and the responsibilities of authors are all rapidly changing. Our guests tell us how.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Business Innovation 15 mins – “We talk to two authors who have looked at what it takes to successfully run an innovative business, from start-ups all the way to behemoths like Proctor and Gamble.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commercial Design 32 mins – “On this episode, we talk to the head of company that helps other companies rethink everything from consumer packaged goods to their central banking model.” At the link click “Download,” the right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crowdsourcing 22 mins – “The power of crowdsourcing isn’t limited to start-ups. We explore the role it plays in science, medicine and even municipal affairs.” At the link click “Download,” the right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. That’s for Part 1. Do the same here,  Part 2, for the second part.

Denver Electric Rail 23mins – “The Eagle P3 East Rail Line is a project that will provide train service from downtown Denver’s Union Station to Denver International Airport, 22.8 miles east of the City. The Eagle project also includes the 11.8 mile Gold Line, northwest of Denver and the segment of Northwest Rail Line to Westminster as well as a rail maintenance facility. It is funded by a public-private partnership between RTD, the Federal Transit Administration and several companies that formed the Denver Transit Partners Consortium. Work began on the project in August of 2010 and is estimated to be finished in early 2016. The hosts discuss this interesting project with Richard Clarke, Assistant General Manager of Capital Programs for the Regional Transportation District.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Droptext Program 16 mins – Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow demonstrate Droptext, a simple iOS app for creating and editing text files by the blind in Dropbox.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-commerce 33 mins – “Our guests provide a glimpse of the future of shopping as retailers move out of brick-and-mortar stores and into cyberspace.” At the link click “Download,” the right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educated Women 33 mins – “Author Liza Mundy discusses how women are breaking through glass ceilings and transforming the notions of family.” At the link click “Download,” the right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educational Video Games 22 mins – “Video games used to be a distraction, but now some educators and designers say that video games have real educational potential. We explore what happens when video games are homework.” At the link click “Download,” the right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eye Witness Error 32 mins – “Our minds deceive us all the time. Sometimes in extraordinary and surprising ways. According to psychology professor Chris Chabris, we often overestimate our perception, memory, and reasoning.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fukushima Accident 24 mins – “The March 11, 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan caused massive loss of life and property destruction on the northern coast and islands. In that same hard-hit vicinity, on the coast, is located the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, which was flooded by the tsunami, and suffered a loss of backup power that led to a major emergency. A month later, on April 11, the Fukushima accident was classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale – the same level assigned to the Chernobyl accident in Russia in 1986. The hosts discuss the Fukushima I accident, and its implications for nuclear plant design, with Elmer Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. A frequent consultant to Argonne and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Dr. Lewis is author of the books Nuclear Power Reactor Safety and Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics.”  At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to download the file.

Global Warming 28 mins – “This year we’ve seen what many experts agree are real symptoms of global warming – from fires in Colorado to drought that now blankets more than 60% of the country…. We dive into the science – and the politics – with author and activist Bill McKibben and Harvard’s Dan Schrag.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. That’s Part 2. Use this link for Part 1 at 22 mins and here for Part 3 at 23 mins.

Green Building 28mins – “Our discussion centers on how we can reuse buildings and building materials instead of demolishing and junking them to create a greener city.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harvard I-Lab  9 mins – “We take a tour through a place where all of those ingredients are mixing together: The brand-new Harvard Innovation Lab, just down the street from our studios at Harvard’s life-science complex in Allston.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

High Tech Jobs 14 mins – “We’re joined by a panel of educators hoping to empower the next generation of mathematicians and scientists.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Higher Ed Changes 17 mins – “In this episode, we discuss how the focus of education should be changing and how we best position American students for the challenges of a new century.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovate Ingeniously 23 mins – “The authors of Jugaad: Innovation tell us about what jugaad is and how it can transform innovation in business.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jim Lehrer   22 mins – “…In this interview Lehrer sits with Tom Becker, president of Chautauqua Institution, in a conversation about his writing habits, experiences as a presidential debate moderator, journalism versus writing, the development of the 24/7 news cycle and how gatekeepers will function in the future.” At the link find the title, “Jim Lehrer,” right-click “Media files 0f9c0627-1790-637a-cc45-255a6d4375a9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file.

Job Evolution 18 mins – “On this episode, we take the pulse of the job market and look at summertime hiring.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Knowledge Glut 25 mins – “We speak with Harvard’s David Weinberger, author of “Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge: Now that the Facts aren’t the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mobile Wave 21 mins – “How much is the mobile revolution really changing our lives? Beyond faster, sleeker phones, are there impacts that we can’t even see? Author Michael Saylor talks about how mobile computing will fundamentally alter the way we do business and live.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanotech 24 mins – “This week, we dive into the teeny, tiny world of nanotechnology – and find out from those on the cutting edge if it could fundamentally alter and improve our lives.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NRA 8 mins – ‘“Never fight if you can avoid it, but when you must fight, don’t lose.” That’s the call to viewers, set to dramatic music, in one of the many ads that the National Rifle Association is pumping out in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. It was created by Ackerman MacQueen, the NRA’s longtime ad agency, which has been crafting the NRA’s public image since the early 1980s. Some say the agency has too strong a hold inside the gun rights lobby group.” At the link click “Download” to get the audio file.

NYPD Videos  – Over eighty short video segments of about five minutes each covering all aspects of the NYPD, such as the bomb squad, counter terrorism, gangs, fingerprints, river patrol and emergency services. They can be seen and downloaded at the link.

Poverty Worldwide 24 mins – “We talk to panelists who represent a spectrum of innovations to combat global poverty – one big initiative, or one tiny step, at a time.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Race Against Machines 12 mins – “We dive into a big debate about the economy with the authors of the widely-discussed book, “Race Against the Machine.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slum Innovations 15 mins – “For one scholar, India’s poorest regions represent innovation — innovation that may have lessons to teach the world.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tricking People 36 mins – “We’ve always been fascinated by magic, the occult, and the arcane. Author Alex Stone talks about the science behind sleight of hand, fortune telling, and how to fool the human mind.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

User Innovation 28 mins – “On this episode, we walk about how users and consumers can also be the principal drivers in innovation, from mountain bikes to baby strollers.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waco Branch Davidians 68 mins – “Four ATF agents were killed during the botched search warrant raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 28, 1993. For the 20th anniversary, ATF agents on the ground spoke publicly about the raid, lessons learned, and changes in the agency. Three retired ATF agents joined a Feb. 7 panel discussion hosted by the National Law Enforcement Museum in its “Witness to History” lecture series. Audio is courtesy of NLEOMF. Read “Lessons Learned from the ATF Waco Raid.”  You can only listen at the link, but the audio file is included in the zipped file noted at the top of this edition.

Water Supply 17 mins  – “As the world population grows, so does the competition for clean water. We talk to experts about how controlling and accessing water will shape our future.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Workplace Ethics 30 mins – “We all know stories of people acting unethically in their business dealings. How is it that we – consciously or unconsciously – slip from ethical to unethical? To answer that question – we talk to three people who have looked at ethics and morality in the workplace.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download this episode” 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 opml 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.

About virginiajim

Retired knowledge nut.
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