The following audio files come from a larger group of 124 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 79 MB zip file of 14 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 5 hours of listening is here for four months vs 262 MB normal speed using topic links, below, for 6 hours of listening. More groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Autism 50 mins – “Episode 98 of the Brain Science Podcast is a discussion of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin, with Richard Panek. I am hoping to do a follow-up interview with Dr. Grandin in the near future.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 98-BSP-AutisticBrain.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bone Marrow to Brain 50 mins – “Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Capecchi teaches us how to use a mouse to dissect the human genome and understand disease. Guest: Mario Capecchi, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biology at the University of Utah, and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.” Dr Capecchi’s remarks include a possible connection between bone marrow, the brain and compulsive behavior involving the Hoxb8 gene. Here’s an article on the same topic. This is 2010 information. His 40 minute Nobel lecture, “Gene Targeting 1977 – Present,” is here for viewing and included as a podcast in the zip file link at the top of this episode. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Books for Blind 19 mins – “The first ever international treaty for the blind will make it easier to provide books in a form which is accessible for visually impaired readers.” Mentioned during the podcast are “The Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources (TIGAR) project seeks to facilitate cross-border exchange of copyright protected electronic files for books in accessible formats between national libraries and charitable institutions (trusted intermediaries) serving the blind, visually impaired and other persons with print disabilities.” Also noted are the Bookshare and DisabilityNow sites. At the link for the next 21 days find the title, “A groundbreaking treaty will increase books available to the visually impaired,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Career Goals 14 mins – “There’s been no shortage of articles written about how 20-somethings are struggling to turn the corner into adulthood. But psychologist Meg Jay says it’s not because they lack opportunity; it’s because they lack motivation. She joins host Michel Martin for a special parenting segment to discuss life skills for millennials.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Civil War 53 mins – “150 years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg – the bloodiest of the Civil War – was about to be fought. Thousands would lose their lives in that battle, northerners and southerners, joining the hundreds of thousands who had already laid down their lives in the course of the war. But why were so many prepared to take up arms in the first place? When most southerners were not slaveholders, and most northerners were not abolitionists, how had a war infused with the question of slavery even begun? In this second part of our special series on the Civil War, the Guys and their guests examine the inner conflicts and mixed motivations of most Americans, as they contemplated war against each other.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Educating the Underprivileged 8 mins – “…we are continuing our conversation with our education innovators. Still with us are Father Joe Parkes. He’s president of Cristo Rey New York High School – that’s a Catholic high school. It’s in East Harlem, New York, which features a nontraditional schedule – four days in school, one day working. Larry Scripp is the founding director of the Center for Music in Education. That’s a research and development organization that helps schools develop arts education programs. And Jessie Woolley-Wilson is CEO of DreamBox Learning.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Environmental Policy 51 mins – “Environmentalist Mark Lynas believes that nature no longer runs the Earth. We do. Managing an entire planet isn’t easy, but in his book, Lynas aims to show how humans can tackle this monumental task. In doing so, he disposes with the environmentalist playbook, arguing that to save Earth from ourselves, humans can, should and indeed must play God at a planetary level. He’ll join Doug to make his case for “jettisoning sacred cows” to solve the world’s gravest ecological problems. Mark Lynas is a journalist and environmental activist. His latest book is called God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans [Amazon/Indiebound]” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
French Fries 22 mins – “In this installment of A Thought for Food’s consideration of the cheeseburger, we analyze the king of side dishes, the French fry.” At the link find teh title, “A Thought for Food: The Best Thing Ever,” right-click “Media files TheBestThingEver.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kahn Academy Doctor 50 mins – An Interview of Dr. Rishi Desai, the medical fellow at Khan Academy. He talks about his path to medical school, how he got on board with Khan Academy, what resources are found there and how it can help you prepare for medical school. At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_0015.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lego 51 mins – “Along with Coca-Cola, Apple and Disney, LEGO is among the world’s most recognized brands. The toy company annually produces its candy-colored plastic bricks at a rate more than five times the world’s population. And in 2000, Fortune magazine named LEGO the toy of the century. But the Danish company, which began in 1932 producing wooden cars and ducks, recently stood at the brink of bankruptcy. Facing a digital toy revolution and the new world of partnership and licensing agreements, it tried to re-invent itself. When standard innovation strategies fell short, LEGO found success by “returning to the brick.” Diane and her guest, David Robertson, discuss how LEGO conquered the toy 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 episode.
Oil Pipeline 51 mins – “The State Department is preparing its final report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline. In a speech last week, President Barack Obama tied his approval of the project to net carbon emissions. The president said, “our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” A number of analysts interpreted the speech as laying the groundwork for approval. Others are convinced the president was signaling his intended rejection. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her  guests discuss the proposed tar sands pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Rhino Horns and Water 16 mins – “On today’s show: Two stories from Kenya.1. Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Some economists think legalizing the horns could save the rhinos. **Warning: this story contains graphic audio.**2. . Getting clean water to people in the developing world isn’t just an engineering problem.” At the link find the title, “#469: Rhino Horns And Clean Water,” right-click “Media files npr_196732227.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sports Rules 61 mins – “Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of formal rules and informal rules in sports. Many sports restrain violence and retaliation through formal rules while in others, protective equipment is used to reduce injury. In all sports, codes of conduct emerge to deal with violence and unobserved violations of formal rules. Munger explores the interaction of these forces across different sports and how they relate to insights of Coase and Hayek.” At the link find the title, “Munger on Sports, Norms, Rules, and the Code,” right-click “Media files Mungersports.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) and a pdf list are here. Jan-Jun 2012 files in 8 segments (362 podcasts) and a pdf list are here, and 591 for Jul-Dec here. For 2011 a list and 5 segments 184 podcasts. For 2010 and earlier 64 podcasts are listed in this PDF and are zipped here as Part 1 and Part 2. (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. Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.
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