The following audio files come from a larger group of 122 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 164 MB zip file of 29 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 10 hours of listening is here for four months vs 964 MB normal speed for 16 hours of listening using topic links, below. Larger groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
ASM Meeting 102 mins – ” Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter recorded this episode before an audience at the 2013 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, Colorado, where they spoke with Andrew Camilli, Ferric Fang, Suzanne Fleiszig, and Michelle Swanson about their research on a phage system for evading innate immunity, retractions of research papers, bacterial infections of the eye, and cytoplasmic defenses against intracellular bacteria.” At the link right-click “TWIM 56” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Azerbaijan 27 mins – “Heroes and villains in Azerbaijan and what they tell us about national identity there. Damien McGuinness reports from the former Soviet republic.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Azerbaijan – Heroes and Villains,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20130530-0830a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind at Work 19 mins – “Peter White is joined by Dr Fred Reid, Ellie Southwood and Seema Flower to discuss the reasons for only one in four blind people in the UK of working age, having a job. Dr Reid has carried out a survey amongst other EU countries and says that the situation is similar in these countries. He suggests that since the state began funding employment support services, including people with psychological and complex disabilities, their resources have had to stretch further, which has resulted in a plateau effect since about 1990.” At the link for the next 28 days, only, find the title, “Employment,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Fiber in Oregon 18 mins – “At any conference dealing with building broadband networks, one hears talk of open trench policies or “dig once” approaches. For today’s episode of Community Broadband Bits, City Manager Scott Lazenby of Sandy, Oregon, joins us to talk about how Sandy has proactively placed conduit underground for fiber use.We discuss the instances where it is practical and where it is not to place conduit when other utility work has open streets. Sandy has an ordinance requiring new developments to have conduit placed with other utilities at no cost to the city.” At the link right-click “download this Mp3 file….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corp Tax Avoidance 50 mins – “While the low tax bills of Google, Starbucks and Amazon trigger political uproar, Michael Robinson shows how aggressive tax-avoidance helps power the spread of global companies.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Tax Avoidance: The Hidden Cost,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20130526-0830a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Face Recognition 28 mins – “If the eyes are the window to the soul, what about your entire face? A look at some new developments in face recognition and face detection technologies. Includes an interview with Stephen Balaban of Lambda Labs.” At the link find the title, “New frontiers for facial recognition,” right-click “Media files misenerontech 20130528 16642.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
First Nation Stories 53 mins – “The foundational stories of the Gwich’in are a window into the lives of a people who tamed the harsh Arctic climate and landscape from Alaska to the Mackenzie delta. They are tales of medicine power and heroic characters.” At the link find the title, “Legends of the Gwich’in,”Download Legends of the Gwich’in” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hostage Situations 38 mins – “Dr. Bill Lewinski of the Force Science Institute offers his thoughts on high-risk hostage encounters following the accidental shooting of a college student by a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department officer. Bill explains high-stress decision making, how tell when you can no longer engage a suspect with rapport, and the importance of time as a factor in an officer’s ability to react to these complex situations. Read our profile of Lewinski here.” At the link find the title, “High-Risk Hostage Encounters<” right-click “Media files high-risk-hostage-encounters.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.-
Inner City Research 51 mins – “In 1960, 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers. Today, that figure has jumped to more than 40 percent. And in poor, urban areas, the numbers are even higher. Studies show that kids who grow up without fathers are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems and to remain poor. The public widely believes these fathers are “deadbeat dads” who just don’t care. But new research reveals men who are truly devoted to fatherhood and want to give their children better lives. Critics say these men may be more involved with their kids now but still aren’t shouldering enough of the financial burden. Diane and  guests discuss new research on inner city fathers and what it could mean for social policy.” 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.
Liver Cells 24 mins – “Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Andrew Duncan, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Division of Experimental Pathology. Dr. Duncan discusses his research in liver development, homeostasis, and regeneration.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Low Wage Black Workers 11 mins – “A bi-partisan Senate immigration policy plan has won support of many key political leaders. But some within the African-American community say it could hurt low wage black workers. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the issue with Harry Holzer of Georgetown University; and Lesley Jordan, a food industry worker from Los Angeles.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Maker Faire 25 mins – “Fr.[Father] Robert Ballecer drops in on the eighth annual, DIY festival Maker Faire.” He covers a Viper flight simulator, Drone Dudes octocopter and videocamera, Crucible art organization and Biolight stove (check out the reviews). At the link right-click “Audio” in the download section and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mandela Tapes 52 mins – “Nelson Mandela as you’ve never heard him before. The program draws on 50 hours of recorded conversations with Mandela. IDEAS is the first program to be given full access to these remarkable recordings” At the link find the title, “The Mandela Tapes,” right-click “Download The Mandela Tapes” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana Attitudes 87 mins – “Last November, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana, and they may not be the last: legalization now has the support of about half the country, up from 25 percent two decades ago. But legalization remains controversial among the public and contrary to federal law and policy. Is a new national consensus emerging, or a new stage of the culture war? Either way, what are the implications? On May 29th, Governance Studies at Brookings and the Washington Office on Latin America hosted a public forum to discuss changing attitudes towards marijuana legalization. Brookings Senior Fellows William Galston and E.J. Dionne presented findings of a detailed study of evidence from opinion surveys, some of it newly available.” At the link under the audio tab right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medicaid 60 mins – “Jim Manzi, founder and chair of Applied Predictive Technologies, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and author of Uncontrolled, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Oregon Medicaid study and the challenges of interpreting experimental results. Manzi notes a number of interesting aspects of the study results that have generally been unnoticed–the relatively high proportion of people in the Oregon study who turned down the chance to receive Medicaid benefits, and the increase (though insignificant) in smoking by those who received Medicaid benefits under the experiment. Along the way, Manzi discusses general issues of statistical significance, and how we might learn more about the effects of Medicaid in the future.” At the link find the title, “Jim Manzi on the Oregon Medicaid Study, Experimental Evidence, and Causality,” right-click “Media files Manzimedicaid.mp3” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.
Microfactories 28 mins – Angus Deveson speakes with Ian Woolf from uFactory about Microfactories and 3D printing with the likes of Thingiverse followed by Ian Woolf who explores synthetic food, from lab grown hamburgers, to food printers, and soylent green. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Slashdot adds, “Frustrated by the lack of access to 3D printers at their school, three recent graduates from UC Berkeley have installed Dreambox, the world’s first 3D printing vending machine,’ on their campus. Dreambox gives everyone access to the 3D printer for a small fee, allowing them to print objects from their own designs or from an online store. The creators hope that it will help democratize 3D printing and help more people realize the technology’s potential.”
Microscope Camera 31mins – “Our guest this week is Exo Labs CTO and co-founder, Jeff Stewart. As a new startup in science education, Exo Labs recently released their Focus microscope camera and iPad App. Replacing the eyepiece on any standard microscope, the Focus camera streams a high quality image to the iPad screen where it can be recorded and shared. Jeff talks to us about the Focus camera, its use in classrooms and engineering applications, and how you can help support their Kickstarter effort.” At the link right-click “Download”(only) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Non-traditional Med Students 44 mins – “Liza Thompson started working with premed students 20 years ago. She has worked directly with non-traditional medical students during that time with two different postbaccalaureate (postbac) programs, Goucher College and Johns Hopkins. She now runs Thompson Advising, an advising company for medical school applicants and postbac applicants.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Operation Open Receiver 47 mins – “Mike Detty, a one-time POLICE contributor, talks about “Guns Across the Border,” a first-hand account of his involvement in an ATF “gun walking” operation that preceeded Fast & Furious. As a firearms dealer, Detty sold guns to Meixcan cartel operatives at the direction of ATF special agents in Arizona. Detty says he was motivated by patriotic duty, and betrayed by the agency he worked for.” At the link find the title, “Guns Across the Border,” right-click “Media files guns-across-the-border.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pakistan Health Program 25 mins – “Zulfiqar Bhuta with an overview of the health in Pakistan Series.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 17 May,” right-click “Media files 17may.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Physician Payments – “After extensive public comment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations in February implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act.1 The 287-page document details requirements for producers of drugs, biologics, devices, and medical supplies to disclose virtually all transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals. The provisions were intended to help patients make more informed decisions and to deter financial relationships that might inflate health care costs.1 The rules go well beyond preexisting law but stop short of directly regulating financial relationships. Given that CMS projects compliance costs to industry of nearly $1 billion over 5 years, it is reasonable to ask what benefits disclosure is likely to bring.” At the link find and right-click a tiny “Download” beneath the speaker photo and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Preschool Initiative 122 mins – “In his February 12 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.” Two days later at a preschool in Decatur, Georgia, he called for “a national priority to give every child access to a high-quality early education.” The president’s budget for 2014, released on April 10, provides $75 billion over ten years for the administration’s preschool initiative and another $17 billion for other early childhood programs. Research shows that poor children who attend high-quality preschool are better prepared for school entry and may show other longer-term benefits as well. On May 29th, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management hosted Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explore the administration’s plan to help states expand and improve their preschool programs.” Two parts with keynote speaker in the first and a panel in the second. At the link under the audio tab click on a part to select it, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Rare Earth Metals 39 mins – At the 15 minute mark: “This week Alok Jha meets Professor Andrea Sella ahead of his event at the Royal Institution in London on 31 May. Andrea, who is a professor of materials and inorganic chemistry at University College London, discusses the chemical wonder and power of the 14 rare earth metals.” The first part is about a British astronaut. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Skeptics Guide to E-Medicine 12 mins – “A rural doctor from the ‘prettiest town in Canada’, Ken Milne is a staunch advocate of the power of FOAMed and SoMe for rural doctors to reduce the gap in knowledge transfer from years to immediate. Check out his great blog at The Sceptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. ” At the link find the title, “PODCAST #14 – Dr Ken Milne – The Sceptics Guide to EM,” right-click “http://ruraldoctorsdotnet1.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/podcast-ken-milne.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sleep Summary 34 mins – “We’ve all hit the snooze button when the alarm goes off, but why do we crave sleep in the first place? We explore the evolutionary origins of sleep … the study of narcolepsy in dogs … and could novel drugs and technologies cut down on our need for those zzzzs. Plus, ditch your dream journal: a brain scanner may let you record – and play back – your dreams. And, branch out with the latest development in artificial light: bioluminescent trees. How gene tinkering may make your houseplants both grow and glow.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up file.
Stem Cell Center 23 mins – “Jan Nolta, Ph.D., one of the world’s most respected researchers in regenerative medicine. Working from the University of California-Davis campus, Dr. Nolta directs the university’s Stem Cell Program and oversees the Institute for Regenerative Cures. Dr. Nolta’s own lab focuses on treating Huntington’s disease and on understanding the dynamics of stem cell migration and attraction to injury sites.” At the link right-click “Download audio interview” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tim DeCristopher 52 mins – (Two topics.) First for 34mins is: “…Tim DeChristopher went to protest the auction of gas and oil drilling rights to more than 150,000 acres of publicly-owned Utah wilderness….He was arrested for criminal fraud, found guilty, and sentenced to two years in federal prison… DeChristopher… joins Bill to talk about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for justice, how his jury was ordered to place the strict letter of the law over moral conscience, and the future of the environmental movement… DeChristopher is co-founder of the grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising.” The second topic for18 mins is: “Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Gretchen Morgenson tells Bill that, five years after the country’s economic near-collapse, banks are still too big to fail, too big to manage, and too big to trust.” At the link find the title,”Full Show: Going to Jail for Justice,” right-click “Play Now” 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 170 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opml file which 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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