Media Mining Digest 81 – May 31, 2013: Body Mods, Bonds vs Bond Funds, Disaster Lessons, Driverless Cars, Egypt’s Next Generation, Facebook Manager, Global Warming Deniers, Google Gripe, Growing Food, Haiti School Project, Immigration Reform, Intellectual Property, Japanese Language, Koch and PBS, Opioid Addiction, Palm Oil Issues, RC Photography, Robot Trends, Transfusions, Vertigo, US Constitution, WordPress Security

The following audio files come from a larger group of 137 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 139 MB zip file of all 23 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 8 hours of listening is here for four months vs 573 MB normal speed for 13 hours of listening using topic links, below.  Larger groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Body Mods 54 mins – “For centuries human beings have been modifying their bodies – tribal scarification, tattoos and cosmetic surgery are just a few. But when we change our bodies, do we change who we are?” At the link find the title, “Beauty and the Freak,” right-click “Download Beauty and the Freak” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bonds vs Bond Funds 17 mins – “Paul discusses the pros and cons of bond funds in his list of 15 different considerations in determining which is better: bonds or bond funds?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Lessons 52 mins – “President Obama called the tornado that tore through Oklahoma on Monday one of the most destructive in history. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured and neighborhoods flattened. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was immediately dispatched to the scene to provide relief and resources, as they frequently do in these kinds of disasters. But despite the calls for help from local officials, back in D.C., the politics surrounding federal assistance has already heated up. The role of the government in disaster relief and the effectiveness of federal aid.” 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.

Driverless Cars 35 mins – “Gareth Mitchell investigates our desire to switch to auto-pilot. How close are we to letting the vehicle take all of the strain – to a future where, through clever computing, the fully automated vehicle takes over responsibility for getting the driver to his or her destination?” At the link find the title, “DigitalP: 21 May 13: Driverless Cars,” right-click “Media files digitalp_20130521 2032a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Egypt’s Next Generation 27 mins – “Egypt’s youth were at the forefront of the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square in 2011. Two years on has revolution made their lives better and how do they see the future?” At the link find the title, “Docs: Egypt’s Challenge – The Next Generation,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20130528 0830a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facebook Manager 61 mins – “Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein takes us on a trip inside the innovative culture of Facebook. In this illuminating conversation with STVP Executive Director Tina Seelig, Goldfein explains why code wins arguments, employees must have the right to take risks, and how Facebook strives to remain a hungry, yet humble, company.” At the link hover over “Podcast” and right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Warming Deniers 52 mins “It’s a record we didn’t want to break. The carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere hits the 400 parts-per-million mark, a level which some scientists say is a point of no return for stopping climate change. A few days later, a leading newspaper prints an op-ed essay that claims CO2 is getting a bad rap: it’s actually good for the planet. The more the better. Skeptic Phil Plait rebuts the CO2-is-awesome idea while a paleontologist paints a picture of what Earth was like when the notorious gas last ruled the planet. Note: humans weren’t around.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Gripe 21 mins – “In this bonus episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur Podcast, we deliver to you a real story of a recent incident that happened to this specific site when there was a Malware attack –and the dreadful consequences that can result from this. As you may have guessed, our forced absence has been called a “hiatus” only because of a malware attack that took place in early April, 2013.”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Growing Food 52 mins – “The current local food trend has spurred the growth of farmers markets and local food producers. It’s also given rise to a movement called urban homesteading. That’s a mix of citified agriculture – think backyard chickens, bees and gardens – and the preservation and relearning of the skills of older generations, stuff like canning, root cellaring and wild foraging. Wednesday, we’re examining the rise of the urban homesteaders, here in Salt Lake and around the country, and we want to hear from our listeners. Why do you keep chickens or tend a beehive or collect rainwater for your garden? And would you call yourself an urban homesteader?” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Haiti School Project 23 mins – “In 2010, we reported on a poor town in Haiti, where school was held in a small, one-room church. Planet Money listeners were moved to donate some $3,000, which the principal of the school thought would be enough to build a school. A few months later, the money was gone, and all there was to show for it was a foundation, some concrete blocks and some rock and sand.We thought that would be the end of it. Then we heard from Tim Myers, a retired contractor from Colorado who decided to go to Haiti to build the school — and who realized, in 2011, that the project would cost more than $100,000.On today’s show: We return to Haiti, to see how the project is going. And we hear from Tim Myers, who says, if he had it to do over, he might do things differently.” At the link find the title, “#460: It’s Hard To Do Good,” right-click “Media files npr 185871614.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Reform 51 mins – “Three Republicans joined ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass broad immigration reform legislation. Next it goes to full Senate. The bill would bring the biggest changes in US immigration policy in years:There’s a thirteen year path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally, plus more border security and new rules for both high and low skilled workers seeking jobs in this country. Critics of the bill say it gives illegal immigrants an unfair advantage over those who have played by the rules. They also say the changes will mean fewer jobs for American citizens. Please join us to discuss prospects for immigration reform.” 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.

Intellectual Property 52 mins – “Can genes be patented? Are downloaders inhibiting musical creativity – or enhancing it? Questions about “intellectual property” are everywhere today – but what exactly is intellectual property? And what are these kinds of rights supposed to achieve? In this episode of BackStory, the American History Guys look to the past for answers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Japanese Language 4 mins – “Today, the images of Kanji. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering 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….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Koch and PBS 52 mins – “In recent years, federal funding for public broadcasting has fallen to record lows. Many broadcasters have turned to wealthy donors to fill the gap. In 2006, billionaire industrialist David Koch joined the board of WNET, New York’s PBS affiliate. Last fall, the station aired a documentary titled, “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” which contrasted ultra-rich residents of the Upper East Side with their Bronx counterparts. In an article for The New Yorker magazine out this week, investigative journalist Jane Mayer chronicles the fate of that movie and another documentary produced for PBS. Diane talks with Mayer about the questions her article raises about the influence of big money on public media outlets.” 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.

Opioid Addiction 50 mins – “Join Howard Greller & Dan Rusyniak as they explore the special Opioid Edition of the Journal of Medical Toxicology. Topics including use, misuse and abuse of opioid medications along with one sad dog.” At the link find the title, “December 2012 – A Call To Arms (Opioid Special Edition),” right-click “Media files download.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palm Oil Issues 15 mins – “(start time: 07:23) We talk with Lindsey Allen, the Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network, about the destruction of rainforest from the proliferation of palm oil plantations.” and the concept of food activism. The first seven minutes are devoted to two other topics. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

RC Photography 89 mins – “Listener Mark Harrison joins us to talk all about brushless camera gimbals, control boards, and multicopters, plus a PSC as usual. Tune in!” At the link find the title, “ATTF #267 – Brushless Camera Gimbals,” right-click “Direct Download: _267 Brushless Camera Gimbals.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Trends 50 mins – “Are robots coming — for your job? Kara Miller led a discussion about ingenuity and automation at Innovation Hub’s first live panel.”  Two parts. At the link click on “Download” for each part, then right-click “Download this episode” that appears and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transfusions 13 mins – “Tim Goodnough discusses a new three-part clinical Series about transfusion medicine.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 24 May,” right-click”Media files 24may.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Constitution 62 mins – “Richard Epstein of New York University and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the U.S. Constitution. Topics covered in this wide-ranging conversation include how the interpretation of the Constitution has changed over time, the relationship between state and federal power, judicial activism, the increasing importance of administrative agencies’ regulatory power, and political influences on the Supreme Court.” At the link find the title, “Epstein on the Constitution,” right-click “Media files Epsteinconstitution.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vertigo 38 mins – “‘I’m dizzy.’  CC: dizziness.  We all LOVE to hear and read that.  I know.  I do too.  But this is an important problem and chief complaint to deal with, and you can get burned easily.  Weak and dizzy expert Dan Kaminstein talks you through the evaluation of Vertigo.” At the link find the title, “Episode 3: Vertigo,” right-click “Direct download: Episode 3 Vertigo.m4a” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WordPress Security 66 mins – “Protect your WordPress website from malicious hackers, spam and other bots attempting to invade your site by taking some simple steps for non-coders. Plugins are a great way to enhance the security of your WordPress website. Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer talks with me about some of his favorite ways to protect your website.” At the link 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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