Media Mining Digest 83 – Jun 14, 2013: Arab Attitudes, Bullying Help, China Demographics, Coming Out As Black, Creativity, Endocarditis, Energy Sources, Fox News, Howard Rheingold, Jellyfish, Lifeline Program, Marijuana Affair, McCain on Syria, Medical Boards, Mental Illness in America, Movies in China, Pakistan Schools, Podcast Patents, Siamese Twins, Syria Insider, Turkey in Turmoil, Workplace Diversity

The following audio files come from a larger group of 142 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 123 MB zip file of 23 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 8 hours of listening is here for four months vs 405 MB normal speed for 12 hours of listening using topic links, below.  More groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Arab Attitudes   51 mins – “The Arab uprisings that began in 2010 profoundly altered politics in the Middle East. Once a voiceless region dominated by authoritarian rulers, the Arab world developed a new identity that led many experts to revise their understanding of the Arab people. Political scientist Shibley Telhami says the uprisings would not have been such a surprise if analysts had paid closer attention to Arab public opinion. In a new book, Telhami uses a decade’s worth of original polling data to argue that the driving forces behind the Arab Spring had been gestating for decades.” 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.

Bullying Help 1 min – “A new service called TipText allows students to anonymously text-in reports of bullying.  The story is today’s TECH TALK.” At the link find the title, “Tech Talk: 06/06,” right-click “Media files 1401723.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Demographics 12 mins – “China’s rapid emergence as a global power has coincided with a series of unprecedented challenges to Chinese people’s health. Our fourth China themed issue provides a picture of the complex health issues facing China, and looks at how better health outcomes for Chinese people can be achieved. In this issue, we present the first ever large-scale systematic analysis of the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in China, and report on a systematic and comprehensive assessment of data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, which benchmarks the burden of diseases and assesses injuries and risk factors in China.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 07 June,” right-click “Media files 06june.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coming Out As Black 6 mins – “Teen Elaine Vilorio spent years trying to make sense of her racial identity. She describes herself as Hispanic, but other people see her as black. Vilorio speaks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her recent HuffPost Teen blog, ‘Coming Out As Black.'” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 50 mins – “Is our generation less creative? Fostering creativity and understanding genius with Dr. Roberta Ness,” author of “Genius Unmasked.” Two parts with comments about research by Ancel Keys (Mediterranean diet) and Stanley Milgram (obedience experiment) in the second. At the link find the titles, “Tapping Into Genius,” and “The Weight Debate,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0608-A.mp3” and “0608-B.mp3″and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Endocarditis 3 mins – Dr Mark Crislip, an infectious disease specialist, talks about a discarded treatment for bacteremia caused by normal activities.  At the link find the title, “A Gobbet o’ Pus 498: Post hoc ergo prompter hoc,” right-click “Media files gop498.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Sources 51 mins – “Ten years ago American natural gas fields were thought to be on the way out. American oil production was falling fast. Coal was king, and wind and solar energy production plans were barely underway. Much has changed. According to recent government projections, in September the U.S. will produce more oil than it imports for the first time in almost 20 years. The discovery of massive natural gas reserves and advances in fracking techniques are forcing a dramatic rewrite of America’s energy future, but what has not changed, so far, is our overall reliance on fossil fuels.” 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.

Fox News 52 mins – “For almost eight years, Joe Muto worked for Fox News Channel. He spent much of that time as a producer for conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly. But Muto didn’t share the political opinions of his boss or his employer. He was an Obama-loving, godless, bleeding-heart liberal. In a new book, Muto takes us behind the scenes at Fox News to reveal the inner-workings of one of America’s most popular media outlets, how it drives a message and how fair and balanced its approach really is. Muto’s book is called An Atheist in the Foxhole, and he joins us on Thursday to talk about it.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Howard Rheingold 55 mins – “Howard Rheingold, writer, teacher, and critic specializing in modern communication media, is this week’s guest.” At the link right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jellyfish 51 mins – “Jellyfish are over 560 million years old. They have no brains and no spines, yet these gelatinous animals are among the worlds’ most successful organisms. While other creatures evolved to develop tails and feet, jellyfish continued to thrive staying just the same. But lately scientists are concerned the animals are thriving too well — overrunning beaches, forcing nuclear power plants to shut down and disrupting the ecosystem. And experts say it is human-caused changes to the environment that’s behind the rise in jellyfish. For our June Environmental Outlook, Diane and her [3] guests discuss jellyfish and the health of the ocean.” 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.

Lifeline Program 22 mins – ” The United States has long recognized that everyone should have access to a telephone and has established a variety of government programs to achieve that end. In recent months, the Lifeline program has come under attack and some have labeled it the “Obamaphone” program. In this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Sarah Morris joins us to explain how the program works. She is Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. Additionally, Ana Montes with TURN (The Utility Reform Network in California) joins us to offer ground-level insight into the program.” At the link find the title, “Understanding the Lifeline Program – Community Broadband Bits Episode #49 ,” right-click  “download this Mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Affair 52 mins – “Wednesday, we’re talking with journalist Ryan Nerz about America’s complicated relationship with marijuana. Nerz is a self-professed aficionado, but he reached a point in his life when he started asking whether it was delusional to call himself a “productive stoner.” So, he set out to write a book that would explore his – and the country’s – hypocritical stance on weed. He joins us to talk about the prohibition, economy, dangers and benefits of the nation’s favorite (sometimes) illegal drug.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

McCain on Syria 63 mins – “On June 6, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered his first public remarks on his recent trip to Syria, the ongoing civil war there, and U.S. policy toward the wider Middle East. McCain detailed how he thinks the United States should approach the Syria conflict and secure its interests in the volatile Middle East region.”  At the link click the audio tab, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Boards 51 mins – “In our interview today I talk to Dr. Mike McInnis, Chief Educator at Doctors in Training, a small company that focuses mainly on USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) and COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) board prep for the medical student. We talk in-depth about the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board exams.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Illness in America 53 mins – “The American Psychiatric Association just released the 5th version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – a manual that says as much about how we view the mind today, as it does about particular mental conditions. Indeed, latest estimates suggest that more than 50% of Americans will suffer from a “mental disorder” at some point in their lifetime, making the once “abnormal” – well, normal.
So in this episode of BackStory, the American History Guys look back over the history of mental illness in America – exploring how the diagnostic line between mental health and madness has shifted over time, and how we’ve treated those on both sides of it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

The American Psychiatric Association just released the 5th version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – a manual that says as much about how we view the mind today, as it does about particular mental conditions. Indeed, latest estimates suggest that more than 50% of Americans will suffer from a “mental disorder” at some point in their lifetime, making the once “abnormal” – well, normal.  

So in this episode of BackStory, the American History Guys look back over the history of mental illness in America – exploring how the diagnostic line between mental health and madness has shifted over time, and how we’ve treated those on both sides of it.

– See more at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/#sthash.NYORfIjE.dpuf

The American Psychiatric Association just released the 5th version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – a manual that says as much about how we view the mind today, as it does about particular mental conditions. Indeed, latest estimates suggest that more than 50% of Americans will suffer from a “mental disorder” at some point in their lifetime, making the once “abnormal” – well, normal.  

So in this episode of BackStory, the American History Guys look back over the history of mental illness in America – exploring how the diagnostic line between mental health and madness has shifted over time, and how we’ve treated those on both sides of it.

– See more at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/#sthash.NYORfIjE.dpuf

The American Psychiatric Association just released the 5th version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – a manual that says as much about how we view the mind today, as it does about particular mental conditions. Indeed, latest estimates suggest that more than 50% of Americans will suffer from a “mental disorder” at some point in their lifetime, making the once “abnormal” – well, normal.  

So in this episode of BackStory, the American History Guys look back over the history of mental illness in America – exploring how the diagnostic line between mental health and madness has shifted over time, and how we’ve treated those on both sides of it.

– See more at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/#sthash.NYORfIjE.dpuf

The American Psychiatric Association just released the 5th version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – a manual that says as much about how we view the mind today, as it does about particular mental conditions. Indeed, latest estimates suggest that more than 50% of Americans will suffer from a “mental disorder” at some point in their lifetime, making the once “abnormal” – well, normal.  

So in this episode of BackStory, the American History Guys look back over the history of mental illness in America – exploring how the diagnostic line between mental health and madness has shifted over time, and how we’ve treated those on both sides of it.

– See more at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/#sthash.NYORfIjE.dpuf

Movies in China 9 mins – “Box office receipts in China reached new highs last year, and American filmmakers want to tap into that market. Host Michel Martin speaks with Los Angeles Times reporter John Horn, about the growth of the Chinese movie market, and how Hollywood plans to cash in.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pakistan Schools 88 mins – “Despite the steady stream of bad news from Pakistan, there have been a number of success stories. One example is the tremendous progress made in education reform in Punjab province. During the past two years, education reforms in Punjab province have resulted in more than a million and a half more children enrolled in school, increased school attendance to 90 percent, and 81,000 new teachers hired on merit. With 40 out of 70 million young people ages 5 to 19 not in school, reforms in Pakistan’s most populous province provide important lessons for the rest of the country.” At the link click the audio tab, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Patents 23 mins – “Back in the nineties, Jim Logan started a company called Personal Audio. The concept was simple — people could pick out magazine articles they liked on the internet, and his company would send them a cassette tape of those articles being read out loud….  He says he dreamed of podcasting as we know it today. Now Jim Logan did not create the technology to podcast… But he did get a patent on that big dream of downloading personalized audio, and he claims to have the patent on podcasting. On today’s show, he says all the people out there podcasting today, owe him money. ” At the link find the title, “#462: When Patents Hit the Podcast,” right-click “Media files npr_187684278.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Siamese Twins 8 mins – “Born to Chinese parents in what is now Thailand, Eng and Chang Bunker became famous throughout the world as “Siamese twins.” The brothers were joined at the base of their chests. After years of being displayed at exhibitions, they settled in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1830s. They married two local North Carolina sisters and had a total of 21 children.  Adelaide “Alex” Sink is the great-granddaughter of Chang Bunker. Sink was the chief financial officer of Florida from 2007 to 2011. She also ran for governor of Florida in 2010. She grew up in the Mount Airy, N.C., home built by her great-grandparents Chang and Adelaide Bunker.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Insider 27 mins – “In this intimate, revealing programme, Lina Sinjab combines dramatic scenes and interview material with a personal audio diary as she reports on the Syrian conflict.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Damascus Diary – 6 June 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20130606-0830a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey in Turmoil 91 mins – “Last week police in Istanbul raided the encampment of a group of activists opposed to the destruction of a well-liked public park and the construction a new shopping mall in its place. The police’s harsh assault on the demonstrators with tear gas and water cannons backfired, however, and ignited a rapidly-escalating, nationwide protest with calls for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The unprecedented expansion of the demonstrations and riots suggests that the outburst of anger and opposition is fueled by more than a simple determination to save a green space in central Istanbul. For many Turks, the unrest appears to be a reaction to the perceived autocratic leanings of the prime minister and resistance to the direction of Turkish democracy, freedom of expression, and the role of religion in society.” At the link click the audio tab, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Workplace Diversity 12 mins – “African-Americans fought for years to enter professions that were dominated by white people, like medicine, business and law. Now, experts say some of those gains have leveled off since the recession. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with The New York Times‘ Nelson Schwartz, and lawyer Lisa Tatum, about why minorities struggle to gain ground in elite professions.” 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 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.

Thanks for visiting.

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