Media Mining Digest 79 – May 17, 2013: Broadband Mistakes, Communication, Economic Change Worldwide, Economic Equality, Egypt’s Challenges, Home Health Care Trends, ICU for Dummies, Latin American Economics, Marijuana Business, Med School Prep, Methanol Poisoning, Mexico and USA, Migration Worldwide, Stem Cells, Stink Bugs, Stomachs and Guts, Stranded Migrants, Ultrasound Fellowships, Wrongful Life Suite

The following audio files come from a larger group of 301 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 170 MB zip file of all 20 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for eight hours of listening is here for four months vs 647 MB normal speed for thirteen hours of listening using topic links, below.  Larger groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Broadband Mistakes 18 mins – “This is a show I have been wanting to do for years – discussing some of the common mistakes that have been make by community owned networks. Offering broadband and other telecommunications services is a difficult business for any entity, public or private and all network owners make mistakes. The vast majority of these errors can be and are fixed so the network may carry on. While in Dallas for the Broadband Communities Summit, I asked Design Nine founder Andrew Cohill about common problems faced by community owned networks and how to prepare for them or avoid them entirely. We discuss how having a strong business plan is essential, with some of the requirements that should be included. We agree that a reliance on grant funding is a giant warning flag. We also discuss a number of other things new networks should watch out for, especially over staffing.” At the link find the title, “Andrew Cohill Explains Common Mistakes in Community Networks – Community Broadband Bits #45,” then right-click “Download this Mp3 file directly from here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communication 61 mins – “William Bernstein talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Masters of the Word. Bernstein traces the history of language, writing, and communication and its impact on freedom. The discussion begins with the evolution of language and the written word and continues up through radio and the internet. A particular focus of the conversation is how tyrants use information technology to oppress their people but at the same time, technology can be used to liberate people from oppression.” At the link find the title, “Bernstein on Communication, Power and the Masters of the Word” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Change Worldwide 89 mins – “On May 2, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) hosted Kaushik Basu for the ninth annual Sakıp Sabancı Lecture. In his address, Basu discussed the persisting global economic crisis and the policy challenges facing emerging countries. Kaushik Basu is senior vice president (Development Economics) and chief economist of the World Bank… He has published widely, including 160 papers in refereed journals and scholarly volumes; numerous articles for magazines and newspapers; and several books, including Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics …The Sakıp Sabancı Lecture is given annually by a leading international expert or statesman and explores issues important to Turkey and its relations to the U.S. and the world. The event honors the memory of Sakip Sabanci, one of Turkey’s foremost business leaders, a visionary supporter of democratic and economic reforms, and a leading advocate of Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Equality 62 mins – “James Galbraith of the University of Texas and author of Inequality and Instability talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about inequality. Galbraith argues that much of the mainstream analysis of inequality in the economics literature is flawed. Galbraith looks at a variety of different measures and ways of analyzing income data. In the podcast he focuses on how much of measured inequality is due to changes in specific counties or industries. Other topics discussed include the state of economics in the aftermath of the Great Recession and the importance of the government safety net and other social legislation.” At the link find the title, “Galbraith on Inequality,” right-click “Media files Galbraithinequality.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Egypt’s Challenges 54 mins  – “Can Egypt’s police force rebuild its reputation and will the army stay out of politics? Shaimaa Khalil get special access to Egypt’s Police Academy and speaks to those close to the army.” He then “…examines the state of Egypt’s economy two years after its revolution. Then people were calling for bread, freedom and social justice – have those demands been met?” It’s two parts. At the link find the titles, “Docs: Egypt’s Challenge – Men in Uniform,” and “Docs: Egypt’s Challenge Part 3 (Making a Living),” right-click the associated media file and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Home Health Care Trends 51 mins – “An estimated 2.5 million people work as in-home health and personal aides for the elderly and disabled in this country. Tasks include helping with meals and bathing, light cleaning and companionship. These services can allow an elderly person to postpone or avoid costlier nursing home care. As baby boomers age, demand for this kind of care is projected to rise significantly. But in many states, in-home health care providers earn less than minimum wage and are not entitled to overtime. What the shortage of caregivers means for patients, their families and the home health care industry.” 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.

ICU for Dummies 51 mins – “[Intensive Care Unit]What every new nurse wishes he/she knew. In this AUDIO ONLY version, I will blow your mind and tell you everything you need to know about: ICU Dayshift vs ICU Nightshift Traveling with your patients to CT/MRI Lab results, CBC, BMP & Coags: what is really important?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file. It’s a 2011 file, but still very relevant.

India Education Reform 86 mins – “India has made laudable progress in increasing access to education and building a strong policy and planning framework for education. The next challenge is ensuring a quality education system which produces positive learning outcomes for all children in India. Estimates show that over 3 million children in the country are still out of school, and of those in school, civil society reports show that 53 percent are at least three years behind expected learning levels.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Latin American Economics 101 mins – “After displaying eight years of high growth, some Latin American economies are cooling off in spite of a sustained favorable external environment and continued large inflows of foreign capital. In addition, some countries in the region may be exposed to lingering global financial risks. This recent trend has led many economists to question whether Latin America still has the potential to maintain a strong growth performance…On April 29, the Brookings-CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative hosted a discussion on the macroeconomic policy challenges policymakers should meet head-on to sustain growth and minimize financial risks.” At the link go to the audio tab, then click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file.

Marijuana Business 24 mins – “Nearly 20 states have legalized marijuana to some degree. As it turns out, this has profound economic consequences for dealers all across the country. On today’s show, we meet a wholesaler who moves weed across the country, a California weed dealer seeking higher profits in New York, and a special agent who may be inadvertently helping the dealer out by trying to put him in jail.For More: See The Weed Trail, from WNYC.” At the link find the title, “#456: Marijuana Arbitrage,” right-click “Media files npr_182054496.mp3” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Med School Prep 41 mins  –  “…Dr. Polites is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He’s also on the admissions committee and the coursemaster for the Practice of Medicine course for 1st and 3rd year medical students there. For premeds at Wash. U, he’s the instructor for MedPrep, a course that has very similar goals as we do here at the Medical School Headquarters. Upwards of 90% of all premed students at Wash. U take the MedPrep course on their way to medical school. It is a look into the life of a medical student, resident and physician. It explores many topics over the two semesters that you can sign up for. MedPrep II even takes you inside the hospital and lets you shadow as part of the class!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Methanol Poisoning 47 mins  – “In this episode we discuss a recent outbreak of Methanol poisoning in Libya that has killed dozens and injured hundreds. It’s also a great exposure to various toxic alcohols. This is a panel discussion with Matt Zuckerman, Richard Church, Christina Hernon, Mark Neavyn, and Steve Bird.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico and USA 89 mins – “This joint Migration Policy Institute and Woodrow Wilson Center event at the National Press Club in D.C marks the release of the Regional Migration Study Group’s final report, Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration and Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Discussants outline the report’s findings and offer recommendations to policymakers in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. MPI President Demetrios Papademetriou begins with the vision behind the Study Group’s work, followed by a video from Study Group Co-Chair Ernesto Zedillo, the former President of Mexico. Speakers include Study Group Co-Chair Carlos Gutierrez, former US Secretary of Commerce; Doris Meissner, Director of MPI’s US Immigration Policy Program; Study Group Co-Chair Eduardo Stein, former Vice President and Foreign Minister of Guatemala; Luis Rubio, Chairman of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC); James R. Jones, Former US Ambassador to Mexico and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma; and Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs, Wilson Center.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration Worldwide 89 mins – “People leave their communities and their countries for many reasons. Sometimes they are forced to flee because of conflict or disasters; in some cases they cross an international border and are recognized as refugees. More often, they remain within the borders of their country and are known as internally displaced persons (IDPs). At the same time, even larger numbers of people leave their communities in search of economic opportunities or to join family members. Their positive contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of both sending and destination countries is today widely acknowledged. The international system distinguishes between those who are displaced and those who migrate voluntarily and between those who move within or across national borders. But in practice, the lines aren’t so clearly drawn, posing challenges to governments and human rights advocates…On May 7, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement analyzed the interconnections between displacement and migration with reflections of U.S. and Swiss policy….”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stem Cells 4 mins- “Today, Dr. David Bonner of Regenetech wonders if a person will ever grow a new arm. The University of Houston presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stink Bugs 52 mins – “Scientists are warning farmers and homeowners to gear up for battle with the invasive insect known as the brown marmorated stink bug. The number of adult bugs overwintering increased 60 percent in late 2012, and now they’re emerging to lay eggs. The shield-shaped, brown speckled insect probably arrived as a stowaway on a ship from Asia. First seen in Pennsylvania in the 1990s, it’s since been spotted in 40 states. Stink bugs get their name from the pungent smell emitted when they are frightened or crushed. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, entomologists reveal the secrets of stinkbugs and talk about the search for sustainable methods of control.” 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.

Stomachs and Guts 52mins – “Not all conversation is appropriate for the dinner table – and that includes, strangely enough, the subject of eating. Yet what happens during the time that food enters our mouth and its grand exit is a model of efficiency and adaptation. Author Mary Roach takes us on a tour of the alimentary canal, while a researcher describes his invention of an artificial stomach. Plus, a psychologist on why we find certain foods and smells disgusting. And, you don’t eat them but they could wiggle their way within nonetheless: surgical snakebots.” Five guests. At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stranded Migrants 82 mins – “With global mobility on the rise, the international community is finally grappling with the challenge of stranded migrants, one of the main agenda items for the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in the UN General Assembly in October 2013. In this podcast, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing reflects on IOM’s long experience with stranded migrants and the ways in which the organization is preparing proactively to address their needs…  InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington joins Ambassador Swing to discuss how NGOs work with governments and other organizations to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations and protect them from abuses often suffered by migrants.”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ultrasound Fellowships 51 mins – “…This is straight from Bob Stuntz from The EM Res Podcast, so it’s really not ours.  This is Bob interviewing us about ultrasound fellowships and other random ultrasound things.  There’s really no real ultrasound education except our “opinion” on the IVC debate.  This is really more for residents thinking about doing an ultrasound fellowship and real ultrasound geeks. So listen to the interview from Bob and then check out his other work on The EM Res Podcast….” An ultrasound reference at the start of the podcast is Sonocloud. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wrongful Life Suite 60 mins – “When Kelley Benham and her husband Tom French finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn’t. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face… and that are still nearly impossible to answer. This hour, we spend the entire episode on the story of Kelley and Tom, whose daughter was born at 23 weeks and 6 days, roughly halfway to full term. Their story contains an entire universe of questions about the lines between life and death, reflex and will, and the confusing tug of war between two basic moral touchstones: doing no harm…and doing everything in our power to help. Kelley has written about her experience in a brilliant series of articles in the Tampa Bay Times.” At the link — where there are over a hundred comments —  right-click “Download” 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.


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