Media Mining Digest 88 – Jul 19, 2013: Aging Reversal, Arduino Creator, Beef Production, Childhood Development, Davy Crockett, Detroit Crisis, Digital Law, Digitize Books, Domestic Animal History, Dr Oliver Sacks, Exchange Traded Funds, Expressive Writing, Family Dinners, Fracking Opposition, Glues for Hobbyists, Innovative Companies, Japanese Juvenile Illness, Materials Advancements, Med School Applications, Medicine and Murder, Moral Markets, Natural Drugs, Oral Presentations, Peloponnesian War, Phage in Mucus Membranes, Progeria, Tesla, Welch Somalis

The following audio files come from a larger group of 155 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 198 MB zip file of 28 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 13 hours of listening is here for four months vs 687 MB normal speed using topic links, below, for 20 hours of listening.  More groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Aging Reversal 62 mins – “Aging is a process that is generally viewed as unidirectional, relentless, and inevitable. However, in addition to the existence of non-aging species, or at least species with negligible senescence, data from a wide range of living organisms suggests that environmental influences can markedly slow and even halt the aging process. Furthermore, recent experimental evidence suggests that aspects of the molecular and functional characteristics of aged cells and tissues even in mammals can be restored to a more youthful state. Analyses of age-related changes in cells have revealed clear epigenetic changes, and the reversibility of some of those processes, in essence leading to cell and tissue rejuvenation, suggest epigenetic mechanisms. Current studies focus on understanding the nature and regulation of those epigenetic mechanisms and the extent to which the aging clock can be rewound or reset by defined environmental influences while leaving other cellular characteristics, such as their state of differentiation, intact.  Right-click “Play” beside the audio or video option and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arduino Creator 48 mins – “Co-founder of the Arduino project, interaction designer, educator, and open source hardware advocate, Massimo Banzi, is today’s guest.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Fake Arduino boards mentioned in this piece are further described in this Arduino blog entry.

Beef Production 30 mins – “The final installment of our step-by-step analysis of the cheeseburger culminates in a question that’s both very simple and tremendously complex—should we eat meat?” At the link find the title, “A Thought for Food: Eating Animals,” and right-click “Download” or “Media files EatingAnimals.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Childhood Development 52 mins – “The journalist Paul Tough says that for decades, we’ve educated our kids under the assumption that their success depends on how much information they can cram into their brains. But in recent years, new research is demonstrating that what matters most in a child’s development are qualities like persistence, grit and curiosity. In a word: character. Tough joins Doug to talk about this new way of thinking and its implications for how we raise our children.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Davy Crockett 52 mins – “Few figures of America’s westward expansion loom larger than Davy Crockett. True, that’s due in part to Disney’s larger-than-life portrayal of the “King of the Wild Frontier,” but he was actually a legend in his own time, too. In a new book about Crockett, the writer Bob Thompson chronicles the frontier legend’s life and legacy, from his humble beginnings in eastern Tennessee, to his days as a celebrity politician, and of course his heroic death at the Alamo. Thompson joins us on Monday recount both the reality and the myth of Crockett’s life.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Crisis 51 mins – “Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, cancelled a bus tour scheduled for today. He had hoped to give some of the city’s creditors a firsthand look at just how dire Detroit’s situation had become. Most declined. It’s one more sign of the many challenges he faces in trying to reach a deal among the city’s bondholders, government retirees and other creditors. Years of mismanagement, a shrinking tax base and groups of willing Wall Street investors have left the city on the brink of financial collapse. Bankruptcy remains an option. What’s ahead for Detroit’s residents, its unions and investors.” 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.

Digital Law 71 mins – “Legal practice and legal education both face disruptive change due to technology. Oliver R. Goodenough — Berkman Fellow, Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School, and Adjunct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College — discusses how technology is shaping legal practice, and how learning from this phenomenon should be a priority for any school looking to provide a useful education for the lawyers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digitize Books 18 mins – This “Know How” show starts with this letter: “Hi! I’ve followed various shows on the Twit network for some years now. The Know How-show is my recent favourite. I would like to see you do a show on how to make an e-book, from A to Z. From a physical paper book (or comic) to an e-pub file. I have a Mac, a flatbed scanner and an ebook reader (Icarus Excel). Best regards, Tony Paso Switzerland”  Links in the site notes include a DIY Book Scanners Org. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domestic Animal History 52 mins – “America is a pet-owning nation. Over 60% of households, in fact, possess some sort of furry or feathered friend, and we spend over $50 billion a year looking after them. But domestic animals have long been woven into the fabric of American life, even if we weren’t always treating them like members of the family. So in this episode, the Guys take a deep-dive into the history of human-animal interaction, and try to figure out how our lives have been shaped by the animals whose lives we control.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Oliver Sacks 23 mins – “One of our favorite human beings turns 80 this week. To celebrate, Robert asks Oliver Sacks to look back on his career, and explain how thousands of worms and a motorbike accident led to a brilliant writing career.” At the link find the title “Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exchange Traded Funds 27 mins – “Commission-free ETFs at Vanguard, Fidelity and Charles Schwab, offer investors a great way to take advantage of diversification and asset allocation, even with just a small amount of money to begin. Paul introduces listeners to these ETF portfolios, along with the pros and cons of ETFs and the advantages and disadvantages at each company. See Paul’s updated ETF recommendations at For those using Paul’s older recommended portfolios at Schwab, for example, you may wish to modifying using these updates.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Expressive Writing 27 mins – “Why simply writing about your emotions can significantly improve your health.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: James Pennebaker & expressive writing,” right-click “Media files healthc 20130710-2000a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Family Dinners 51 mins total – “What’s the secret of happy families? The New York Times’ Bruce Feiler looks at the research.” At the link find the titles “Science of Happy Families: Part 1” and “Part 2,” then right-click “Media files IHUB-0713-A.mp3” and “Media files IHUB-0713-B.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus. 

Fracking Opposition 51 mins – “Filmmaker Josh Fox brought attention to the environmental risks of the method of natural gas extraction known as fracking in his 2010 documentary “Gasland.” He’s back with a sequel warning of even more profound dangers.” Guests on the show include Steve Everley,spokesman for Energy in Depth, a research and education program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America; Josh Fox,founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company and writer/director/producer of three feature films, including “Gasland;” and Abrahm Lustgarten, reporter at ProPublica. Many comments were made at the web site and the USGS released a recent related study here. 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.

Glues for Hobbyists 67 mins – “This week we talk about the variety of adhesives out there, plus new product news and a Power Systems Corner question.” Talk about glues starts about the 16 minute mark and runs for forty minutes, to the 55 mark. The speakers note that  super glues (CA) contain cyanide, then Uhu glue,  Sumo and Gorilla glues,  hide glue, that urethane glues, such as Welders, are flexible when dry and that baking soda works as a gap filler with CA’s. “Kickers” are used to speed curing of CA’s, but baking soda poured over applied glue also works. Carbon fiber hazards and control are also mentioned. At the link find the title, “ATTF #271 – All About Adhesives,” right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovative Companies 21 mins – “Which companies are the most innovative? Hal Gregersen, co-author of “The Innovator’s DNA,” has the answer.” At the link find the title, “Who’s on Top? Ranking Business Innovation,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0330MONO-B.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Japanese Juvenile Illness 27 mins – “Claudia Hammond travels to Japan to investigate a condition known as hikikomori.” At the link find the title, “The Truth About Mental Health: 6/6 Hikikomori,” right-click “Media files healthc 20130708-1202a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Materials Advancements 51 mins – ” What’s the world made of? Here’s a concrete answer: a lot of it is built from a dense, knee-scraping substance that is the most common man-made material. But while concrete may be here to stay, plenty of new materials will come our way in the 21st century. Discover the better, faster, stronger (okay, not faster) materials of the future, and Thomas Edison’s ill-conceived plan to turn concrete into furniture. Plus, printing objects in 3D… the development of artificial skin… and unearthing the scientific contributions of African-American women chemists.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Med School Applications 109 mins – “This session will cover the medical school application process: choosing schools, the AMCAS application, writing your personal statement, application deadlines, and the elements of a successful application. by Dr William J. Higgins. For more information go to NIH.” At the link find the title, right-click the “Play” button beside the video or audio option and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine and Murder 52 mins – “Charles Cullen seemed like a great nurse to many of his hospital coworkers. He was well qualified and always eager to take an unwanted shift. What they didn’t know was that Cullen was less interested in saving lives than ending them. He became perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history, killing as many as 300 patients. The journalist Charles Graeber has documented Cullen’s deadly career and how he managed to slip through the cracks of the world’s most trusted profession.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moral Markets 30 mins – “The moral limits of markets with Harvard’s Michael Sandel.” At the link find the title, “Michael Sandel on America’s Commodification,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0330MONO-A.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Natural Drugs  67 mins – “This year’s lecturer is David G. I. Kingston, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Director, Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, Department of Chemistry at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Kingston’s talk “Natural Products: Drugs and Medicines for All Reasons and All Seasons” will review some of the past successes of the natural products approach, with an emphasis on natural products with anticancer activity, and on the reasons for the success of natural products as drugs and as herbal medicines.”  At the link find that title, right-click the “Play” button beside the video or audio option and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Oral Presentations 90 mins – “Science isn’t complete until the results have been shared with interested others, and talking about your results is one of the important ways of making them public. This presentation will address topics including the anatomy of a science talk, creating successful slides, delivering your content convincingly, ensuring that your talk is well-received, and answering questions. The information will help you with presentations in group meetings and perhaps talking about your findings when you return to school.”  At the link find that title, right-click the “Play” button beside the video or audio option and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peloponnesian War 54 mins – “About 2,500 years ago, Thucydides traveled ancient Greece, gathering stories about a brutal war that plunged the ancient world into chaos. He set high standards for accuracy, objectivity and thoroughness in his reporting.” At the link find the title, “Thucydides: The First Journalist (Encore June 7, 2011),” right-click “Download Thucydides: The First Journalist” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Phage in Mucus Membranes 84 mins – Hosts Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt discuss the finding that bacteriophage might be part of the mucosal antimicrobial defense system for the first half of  This Week in Microbiology with the remainder devoted to answers to letters from listeners. Bacteriaphage are viruses that kill bacteria also nicely described in this Alan Dove blog entry describing the reason for cleared areas in petrie dish bacteria colonies.  At the link right-click TWIM#59 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Progeria 70 mins – Summer lecture series presentation by Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, NIH, focuses on premature aging. At the link right-click the “Play” button beside the video or audio option and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla 51 mins – “Nikola Tesla played a powerful role in the electrical revolution that transformed life at the turn of the 20th century. Born to a Serbian family in Croatia, he studied engineering in Austria before immigrating to America in 1884. He arrived penniless in New York, and within a decade, rivaled Thomas Edison as a celebrity scientist. His inventions, patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and wireless communication. A new biography draws on original papers from Tesla’s private and public life to examine what, why and how he invented.” 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. 

Welch Somalis 27 mins – “Meet the Somali community whose families first settled in Cardiff’s Butetown in 1890, as seafarers and dock workers. More recent arrivals tell their stories, too.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Home Away From Home,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130709-1040a.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 hereFree 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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