The following audio files come from a larger group of 159 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 316 MB zip file of all 34 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for nineteen hours of listening is here for four months vs 1320 MB normal speed for twenty-six hours of listening using topic links, below. Larger groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Africa Growth 87 mins – “Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing region, and South Africa is the continent’s economic leader. The country recently hosted the BRICS Summit and has been working hard to promote growth and encourage investment. Yet inequality has been a persistent challenge. As the economies of South Africa and the African continent continue to expand, governments in the region must ensure that such growth follows a sustainable model that creates wage-paying jobs and lifts citizens out of poverty. On April 17, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings hosted a conversation with the Honorable Pravin Gordhan, minister of finance for the Republic of South Africa, on inequality and inclusive growth in South Africa and the African continent. Minister Gordhan’s remarks were followed by a panel discussion with Brookings Senior Fellow Homi Kharas, deputy director of Global Economy and Development. Brookings Vice President Kemal Derviş, director of Global Economy and Development, moderated the discussion.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As:
Arctic Energy 260 mins – “Owing to the vast economic opportunities and environmental, social, and geopolitical challenges it presents, the Arctic is emerging as an important topic of debate. With an estimated 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves, and with climate change making shorter maritime routes through Arctic waters possible, the rewards of successful economic development are plentiful. However, the remote, pristine frontier is home to some of the world’s harshest conditions making energy development, maritime trade and tourism increasingly difficult and dangerous. The Arctic is also home to indigenous communities whose livelihoods are likely to be challenged by both the effects of climate change and increasing external human activity in the region. On April 17, the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings hosted a forum to discuss the implications of greater Arctic energy and natural resource development and assessed how the international community can best cooperate to ensure that such developments are done in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. The forum begins with keynote remarks from Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, and Kuupik Kleist, a member of Parliament of Greenland and former Greenland prime minister. Other speakers included the incoming Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council, Patrick Borbey; David Hayes, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior; and Mead Treadwell, lieutenant governor of the State of Alaska.” At the link right-click on each of three parts and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Attack Pen 37 mins – Every Day Carry or EDC is the topic of this Self Defense Podcast 36 where the speaker discusses the following items he carries: wallet, lighter, flashlight, keys, clip knife, revolver reload, tactical pen, head phones for phone, Glock 19, Ruger LCR Sticky Holster, tactical knife, iPhone, and a Glock magazine. He also discusses some changes under consideration: changing knife back to an Emerson, moving the holster and knife positions, and carrying an Israeli bandage or small tactical kit from ITS Tactical. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Travel – 19 mins “We discuss the pleasures and challenges of travelling as a visually impaired person, either alone or with company. We hear from visually impaired travellers who have missed flights because of poor assistance and put their points to the head of Passenger Services at Heathrow airport. Available at the link for the next few weeks find the title, “Travel Special,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cabinet of Dr Fritz 18 mins – Recording device for audio effects and its application in production of a Meatball Fulton production and Meatball Fulton tells how he nearly scared himself to death while recording, “The Bleeding Man”. At the link right-click “Podcast 26” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Campus Sex Assaults 52 mins – “Sexual assault on campus used to be something few people talked about, but not because it wasn’t happening. It’s estimated that one in five college students is sexually assaulted. Too often victims don’t get help and alleged perpetrators are never charged. But this may change: the Violence Against Women Act includes a provision to address sexual assault on campus. And activists are increasingly using social media to connect with each other and share information on how Title IX of the Civil Rights Act can be applied to college rape cases.” 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.
China’s Economy 200 mins – “In recent years, China has increasingly confronted new challenges in economic policy, including rising labor costs, low household consumption, rapid urbanization and inefficient domestic investment. While it is now widely acknowledged in Beijing that major structural adjustments are needed to address these issues, implementing serious reforms pose major challenges for the newly installed leadership. On April 16, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings and China’s Caixin Media Group hosted a conference to examine the daunting challenges confronting China’s new leaders. The morning panels featured a discussion of the financial sector as well as the relationship between the domestic agenda for financial reform and China’s evolving strategy for outbound investment. The afternoon panels took a close look at the political obstacles to implementing major economic reform in areas such as tax policy, the household registration system and land transfers, as well as explore the impact of environmental and natural resource constraints on China’s economic growth.” At the link right-click each of the links and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
China Development Bank 79 mins – “The China Development Bank may be the most powerful financial institution in the world, argue Beijing-based Bloomberg News reporters Henry Sanderson and Michael Forsythe in their new book, China’s Superbank: Debt, Oil and Influence – How China Development Bank is Rewriting the Rules of Finance (Bloomberg Press, 2013). The China Development Bank has been the enabler of the government’s policies both at home and abroad. It invented the system of local finance that helped China weather the global financial crisis and has financed the China-Africa Development Fund, bankrolled the global expansion of Chinese companies and extended tens of billions of dollars in energy-backed loans to borrowers around the globe, including Brazil, Russia and Venezuela.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cyberwar Defined 90 mins – “How does the Internet affect power? How does power affect the Internet? Factors such as ubiquitous surveillance, the rise of cyberwar, ill-conceived laws and regulations on behalf of either government or corporate power, and a feudal model of security collide to create a circumstance in which those in power are using information technology to increase their power, at the expense of users. Bruce Schneier—renowned security technologist and author—discusses these issues and more with the Berkman Center’s Jonathan Zittrain.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education Goals 2015 172 mins – “The global community has 1,000 days left to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Success in getting all girls and boys in school and learning by 2015 will depend on driving support to the countries and communities that are the most left behind. The eve of International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings presents an important window of opportunity to highlight the concrete actions needed for reaching the marginalized and accelerating progress in universal education and learning. On April 17, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted a discussion on two of the major roadblocks that are preventing all children from entering and staying in school: the financing gap and the quality gap. With donor aid for education decreasing and the health sector receiving 16 times more financing from the private sector than education, there is an urgent need to make more effective use of existing resources to education and to find new ways of significantly increasing resources available. In addition to resources, the quality of education is holding back progress, and new data shows the growing disparities between and within countries in providing all children equal opportunities to learn and complete their education. Panelists debated the best ways of addressing both of these important issues.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Firearms and Violence 6 mins – “In a presentation organized in March 2013 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Prof. Keith Krause, Small Arms Survey programe director, addressed some of the topical issues related to lethal violence and firearms worldwide. In this podcast we introduce highlights of the presentation, which touched upon subjects that the Small Arms Survey analyses in depth in its publications and reports. For further research visit our Publications pages.” At the link find the title, “Firearms and Violence: World trends and specific cases,” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-06-Firearms-and-Violence-World-trends-and-specific-cases.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Flight Training 2 mins – “There may be a need at some point to perform a flapless approach and landing due to mechanical failure or a strong crosswind for example. In this episode we discuss the main factors that need to be considered to perform this well.” At the link find the title, “Exercise 13d – The Flapless Approach And Landing,” right-click the Media File by the same name and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Global Climate Policy 84 mins – “While global climate negotiations are stalled, a surprising development is underway. In the last decade, regional, national and subnational actions to combat climate change have proliferated. Governments are making it possible to build new, clean sources of energy, regulating industries for greater energy efficiency and encouraging better land-use practices. Their accumulated experience can provide lessons on how to combat climate change faster and more cheaply. Climate Policy Initiative, a global policy effectiveness analysis and advisory organization led by Thomas C. Heller, explores this experience in five key emissions regions—the U.S., China, India, Brazil and Europe—in the inaugural edition of “The Policy Climate” report. Focusing on the most emissions-intensive industry sectors in these regions, the report presents three decades of evidence on emissions trends, economic and industry drivers of emissions, and policy activity.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Global Supply Chain 145 mins – “In the past months, North Korea has issued a series of threats and provocative actions, from testing a nuclear device and conducting a missile launch—in contravention of multiple United Nations resolutions—to cancelling the armistice ending the Korean War and threatening a new war against the United States and South Korea. Harsh rhetoric from North Korea is nothing new, but some observers feel that the recent threats represent real danger. Others claim that they reflect internal dynamics in North Korea and that the crisis will pass. On April 15, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the policy priorities for the United States in dealing with North Korea during and after the current crisis. Brookings experts debated the threat to the United States and its allies and analyzed steps that the United States can take to mitigate the danger, including sanctions, engaging allies and neighbors in the region, nonproliferation efforts and, if necessary, responding to aggressive actions by North Korea.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Archive 66 mins – “Computer engineer and Internet activist, digital librarian Brewster Kahle is today’s guest.” He talks about how the Internet Archive is constructed and how huge amounts of material is being archived, indexed and made freely available on the web. At the link right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Joplin Hospital Rebuild 25 mins – “On the afternoon of May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado struck Joplin, MO, killing 161 people and injuring about 1,000. St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin suffered substantial structural damage. Five patients and one visitor died that day. The damage to the hospital was so extensive that the facility required replacement. Because such storms are not rare in Joplin – it has been struck by three tornadoes in the past four decades – the goal was to design a new facility that would safely withstand a future tornado by learning from the structural weaknesses of the original building after such conditions. The hosts discuss the innovative storm-resistant design of the 900,000-square-foot new facility under construction, called Mercy Hospital, with John Farnen, Executive Director of Strategic Projects for Mercy.” At the link find the title, “A hospital built to withstand a tornado – a look at Joplin’s new Mercy Hospital,” right-click “Media files Joplin-Hospital-Tornado-Rebuild.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Manitoba Ruling 54 mins – “A recent Supreme Court decision in favour of the Manitoba Metis Federation could fundamentally change the nature of Crown/Metis relations in Canada. We hear from interested participants, including Thomas Berger who argued this case for almost three decades.” At the link find the title, “Riel’s Revenge,” right-click “Download Riel’s Revenge” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
MCAT Basics 22 mins -“In this session I talk about MCAT [five hour Medical College Admission Test] basics. I talk a little bit about the long history and beginnings of the MCAT. I then talk about the new format of the 2013 and 2014 MCAT in preparation for the big changes in the 2015 MCAT. We then talk about MCAT prep. I talk about how free MCAT practice tests are the best place to start, even if you haven’t picked up an MCAT book yet. I give some good resources for free MCAT questions emailed directly to your inbox and we talk about more traditional MCAT prep courses, books and others.” At the link find the title, “MSHQ 002 : The MCAT Basics including MCAT Prep and Free MCAT Resources,” right-click “Media files MSHQ002.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Middle East Women 54 mins – “As Arab citizens struggle to rewrite the rules defining their societies, the role and status of Arab women is a sharp focus of debate. Arab women have been at the forefront of change, but have also faced unprecedented challenges. How central is women’s empowerment to the success of Arab societies, and how important are women’s rights in the struggle for democracy? What is the U.S. doing to help Arab women (and men) to advance women and girls in their societies?” At the link find the title, “Women in a Changing Middle East: An Address by Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine,” right-click the same name in the Audio section and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Korea Policy 68 mins – “In the past months, North Korea has issued a series of threats and provocative actions, from testing a nuclear device and conducting a missile launch—in contravention of multiple United Nations resolutions—to cancelling the armistice ending the Korean War and threatening a new war against the United States and South Korea. Harsh rhetoric from North Korea is nothing new, but some observers feel that the recent threats represent real danger. Others claim that they reflect internal dynamics in North Korea and that the crisis will pass… Brookings experts debated the threat to the United States and its allies and analyzed steps that the United States can take to mitigate the danger, including sanctions, engaging allies and neighbors in the region, nonproliferation efforts and, if necessary, responding to aggressive actions by North Korea.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Open Eyes 70 mins – “Wai Keong, Stevan and Ed sit down with Mr Bill Aylward, creator of OpenEyes, to discuss open-source healthcare apps, building effective development teams, the amazing OpenEyes and much more.” “OpenEyes is a collaborative, open source, project led by Moorfields Eye Hospital. The goal is to produce a framework which will allow the rapid, and continuous development of electronic patient records (EPR) with contributions from Hospitals, Institutions, Academic departments, Companies, and Individuals.The initial focus is on Ophthalmology, but the design is sufficiently flexible to be used for any clinical specialty.” At the link find the title, “Open Eyes,” right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Organize Your Cloud 63 mins – “We’re going to organize our cloud. There are lots of different services and we want to be able to find everything one from place. We took a look at a couple of services you can use that will wrangle your cloud storage in a cohesive way. Primadesk lets you add all kinds of accounts from a number of services including Box, Cubby, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, FTPs and even your own PogoPlug. The site indexes your content so you can use the search function to find your things. Primadesk also features a File Explorer layout. We found that indexing took a couple of hours and we had issues with indexing Dropbox. Without the index function, the search function is not as useful, but the file explorer works fine. Additionally, Primadesk can bring all your email accounts under one roof. Primadesk doesn’t store your data on its servers – you can back up your cloud services for a fee. CloudMagic lets you put organize your cloud life as well. It can tie into Google services, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, iCloud and more. We found that CloudMagic indexes content quickly.CloudMagic displays data in a very visual way with a two pane interface. The right pane shows you a preview of emails or files you have stores with other services. The downside is you get only 50 previews per month for free. $5 per month buys you unlimited previews. CloudMagic’s search was very powerful in our tests. It’s a great way to find your things. Additionally, CloudMagic has apps for iOS, Android, and more.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Perceptions 26 mins – “June Thomas talks with Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes.” At the link find the title, “The Afterword: Learning How To Look,” right-click “Media files STA13011701 OnLooking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Poisoner’s Handbook 33 mins – ” We catch up this week with Deborah Blum. Blum first joined us on Periodicity to talk about science journalism. Since then, Blum has written “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.” Blum talks to us about poisons, forensic medicine, and literacy in the science classroom.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Premed Education – Useful podcasts about the education of medical professionals are Episode 20 at Medical School HQ podcast and all podcasts at The Lost in Premed Podcast by a premed student. Both sources are of great value to anyone interested in medical training. The Medical School HQ Podcast provides relevant blog links, such as MD2B where links to another twenty similar bogs are listed which led to this particularly interesting post about Matching. Episode 12 deals with shadowing. Episode 8 identifies the book, Medical School Confidential, as the best reference for students.
Processed Food Issues 52 mins – “Salt, sugar and fat are the most prevalent ingredients in the processed foods that now dominate American appetites. According to investigative reporter Michael Moss, food manufacturers cram as much of those three ingredients as possible into their products in order to make them irresistible. But high levels of salt, sugar and fat have also made us obese and unhealthy. Moss has written a new book investigating the food science and corporate scheming that have distorted the American diet and put our health at risk… Michael Moss is an investigative reporter at the New York Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 2006 and 1999. His new and first book is called Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Red Meat Debate 52 mins – “Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. An estimated 80 million Americans have one or more types of the deadly disease. For many years, numerous studies stressed the link between a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol with hardening of the arteries. But critics of these studies doubted they had found the true dietary cause. Now, new research from doctors at the Cleveland Clinic finds that a compound in red meat and supplements leads to higher heart disease risk. For our Mind and Body Series: the latest research on red meat and what it might mean for heart disease treatment and prevention.” 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.
Scientology Book 29 mins – “June Thomas talks with Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.” At the link find the title, “The Afterword: Lawrence Wright on Scientology,” right-click “Media files STA13013101_GoingClear.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Smuggler Nation 51 mins – ” As Congress continues to hammer out the details of immigration reform, many are demanding measures to regain control of the nation’s borders. But a new book argues that politicians suffer from historical amnesia and America’s borders have never been secure. In fact, smuggling and porous borders have played a key role in America’s birth and economic development, according to a book by Peter Andreas, “Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America.” Far from being a new danger to the country, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an American tradition.” 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.
Stroke Assessments 8 mins – A 2009 discussion about Trans Ischemic Attacks by J. Donald Easton, MD, of Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, R.I. At the link find the title “78: The changing approach to TIAs,” right-click “Download for Later” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Taxation History 53 mins – “Since the beginning of our history, Americans have had a complicated relationship with the Tax Man. “Taxation without representation” was one of the main grievances of the Sons of Liberty, but the Revolution hardly settled the issue. Whiskey tax resistors waged an armed rebellion just a few years later, and ever since, Americans have been arguing about what constitutes “fair” taxation. On this episode, the History Guys look at the long and turbulent history of taxation in America. How have we decided what to tax? From the Stamp Act of 1765 to the current-day Tea Party Movement, how have our attitudes about taxation changed? Do we think differently about taxes in times of war and national crisis? What was the tariff, anyway, and why did it matter?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wikipedia Issues 8 mins – “Wikipedia bills itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” But recently, a number of Canadian university students were taken to task for their contributions to the site.” At the link find “Finger wagging on Wikipedia,” right-click “Media files misenerontech_20130409_34401.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 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.
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