Media Mining Digest 92 – Aug 16, 2013: Austerity Economics, Broadband Communities, Cell Membranes, Detroit Prospects, Climate Change, Climate Skeptics, Detroit Projects, Electronic Kits, Financial Defense and Offense, Japanese Childcare, Jellyfish Blooms, Marijuana Background, Nuclear in Australia, Probiotic Bacteria, Red Cross Donuts, River Blindness, Savior Generals, Stocks Versus Bonds

The following audio files come from a larger group of 127 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 105 MB zip file of 19 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 8 hours of listening is here for four months vs 469 MB normal speed using topic links, below, for 12 hours of listening.  Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Austerity Economics 52 mins – “In the wake of the Great Recession, large Western governments have tried to keep their economies afloat by imposing austerity measures. The hope is that by reducing wages and spending they could bail themselves out of budget deficits and jumpstart global economic growth. The political economist Mark Blyth says that plan hasn’t worked out. He says austerity has led to sluggish growth and increasing inequality, and not for the first time, either. Blyth joins us…to explain why austerity, like a zombie, is a dangerous idea that just won’t die.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Broadband Communities 31 mins – “Jim Baller…is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC… Jim has a wealth of experience and helped in many of the most notable legal battles, including Bristol Virginia Utilities and Lafayette.  …we spend the bulk of our time in this show focusing on legal fights in the 90’s and early 2000’s over whether states could preempt local authority to build networks. “Baller gave a 2008 talk about his lobbying efforts for community broadband that can be heard at this link and is included in the zip file mentioned at the top of this episode. Meanwhile, at the link find Episode 57, right-click the title by “Media” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Cell Membranes 29 mins – Dr William Dowhan, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, describes how “…Specific roles for phospholipids at the molecular level have been defined for translocation of proteins across membranes, energy transduction processes, signal transduction, cell division, and the assembly and function of integral membrane proteins. A major emphasis is to understand how membrane proteins interact with their lipid environment to attain final topological organization.”  At the link right-click the Microsoft square at the right side and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Prospects 21 mins – “On today’s show, we took a tour of Detroit with a local newspaper reporter and an urban planner. We go see what happened to all the big dreams Detroit has had over the years” At the link find the title, “#475: What Happened To Detroit’s Big Plans?” right-click “Media files npr 205911657.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 64 mins – “Robert Pindyck of MIT talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of global warming for policy makers. Pindyck argues that while there is little doubt about the existence of human-caused global warming via carbon emissions, there is a great deal of doubt about the size of the effects on temperature and the size of the economic impact of warmer climate. This leads to a dilemma for policy-makers over how to proceed. Pindyck suggests that a tax or some form of carbon emission reduction is a good idea as a precautionary measure, despite the uncertainty.” At the link find the title, “Pindyck on Climate Change,”right-click “Media files Pindyckclimate.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Skeptics  9 mins – “There is a small group of academics and past academics who are skeptical of climate science. When they encounter trouble on other issues, conspiracy theories abound. Commentator and blogger Graham Readfearn follows the course of some of these academics, and how they are treated by the commentators who support their views.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Projects 12 mins – “Despite filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is still on track to get a $450 million hockey arena – partially funded with public money. Host Michel Martin speaks with sportswriter Dave Zirin, who calls the move ‘shameless,’ and David Muller, a business reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronic Kits 74 mins – “Hosts: Bob Heil (K9EID), George Thomas (W5JDX), Gordon West (WB6NOA), and Don Wilbanks (AE5DW). Proper audio cable preparation, building a six meter Yagi, and more. Guests: Dale Puckett (K0HYD) and Cheryl Lasek (K9BIK)” This is a discussion among experienced ham radio operators about radio-related activities which is useful to casual and professional listeners/watchers. The video version is more useful, but file size is large, and the smallest video download is 177 MB versus a 34 MB audio file, if you have download problems. The small-sized video format shows good detail in full-screen mode.  At the link right-click “audio” or “video” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Defense and Offense 40 mins  – “Continuing in the series of “the most important decisions” investors need to make, this podcast helps you decide how to take distributions for retirement… This is the first of two podcasts about distributions. It focuses on a fixed distribution strategy for a person or couple retiring without a lot of extra money. It offers a different way of taking money out of investments for those who’ve saved more than they need for retirement. TIP: To get the most out of this podcast, please download and print out the Distribution Tables. For this podcast, we will refer to Tables 1, 2 and 3.” At the link right-click, etc.  The second (33 min) podcast continues the important subject of retirement distributions, offering a variable, or flexible, distribution strategy. To fully grasp how this works, and how money flows with this strategy, please go here and print Tables 4-6 to follow along.” At this link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Japanese Childcare 14 mins – “More than half of all Japanese women quit their jobs after giving birth to their first child. That’s more than double the rate in the U.S., and it’s a problem for Japan’s economy.If more women returned to the workforce, it would go a huge way toward boosting growth in the country and solving a big demographic problem — not enough working people to support the nation’s retirees.But finding childcare in Japan is even harder than finding childcare in the U.S. The long-term solution is robot nannies. (Really.) On today’s show: How Japanese working moms can survive until the robots arrive.For More: Will Robot Nannies Save Japan’s Economy?” At the link find the title, “#477: Waiting For Robot Nannies,” right-click “Media files npr 209658616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jellyfish Blooms  17 mins – “Ecosystem models don’t consider jellyfish. Their role isn’t considered. Lisa-ann Gershwin at CSIRO Hobart, in her book Stung – On jellyfish blooms and the future of the oceans  suggests the world’s oceans have passed a silent but significant tipping point. They are on their way to a different state, where all manner of algae and jellyfish are abundant, in place of the diverse life which has existed for so long… In many parts of the world, salmon are farmed in pens in harbours and estuaries.  Jellyfish can easily drift by. Often they get caught on the mesh. When this happens they panic and exude mucus saturated with stinging cells. The mucus enters the gills of the salmon stinging them and interfering with gas exchange.  Some are killed by the effects of the stinging,  others from suffocation. There are cases known where one million salmon have been lost in a single farm.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuna Background 52 mins – “… 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. Ryan Nerz is a freelance journalist whose pieces have appeared in Esquire, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York. He’s the author of Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit  and Marijuanamerica.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear in Australia 27 mins – “Mind controlled rat news by Ian Woolf. Ian Woolf concludes the Nuclear Energy For Australia? conference and speaks with: Howard Eastwood who argues for nuclear power for Glen Innes and the promises of Thorium and Professor Ian Lowe, who explains why Australia doesn’t need nuclear power.” Lowe wrote a book with a nuclear opponent called Why vs Why Nuclear Power. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Probiotic Bacteria 60 mins – “Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter and Michele Swanson review how horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to an insect genome enables a tripartite nested mealybug symbiosis, and how probiotic bacteria work by competing for iron in the intestine.” At the link right-click  “TWIM #61” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Red Cross Donuts 19 mins – “Everybody likes free. But free can be dangerous, too. Today’s show is sort of the flip side free. It is what happens when you take something that was free — and you give it a price, a decision many Internet companies face today. That is a highly risky move, it turns out. And the damage can be enormous.This week, free of charge, Chana Joffe-Walt and Alex Blumberg tell the story of the Red Cross and free doughnuts — that suddenly weren’t free any more. It happened 70 years ago, and the Red Cross is still feeling the consequences.***Note this episode originally aired in July 2012.***” At the link find the title, “Episode 386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts,” right-click “Media files npr 208284795.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

River Blindness 94 mins – “This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a podcast about eukaryotic parasites hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier… Their enthusiasm for teaching inspired them to reach beyond the classroom with new media. TWiP is for everyone who wants to learn about parasites in a relaxing way.  In this episode they update the multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis, and starting at the 36 minute mark Dickson reads a chapter from his new book for 39 minutes dealing with impact of River Blindness. At the link right-click “TWIP #58” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. (The zipped version is edited so the River Blindness reading begins after a brief introduction.)

Savior Generals 42 mins – “Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost—From Ancient Greece to Iraq. Hanson notes that savior generals are eccentrics, iconoclasts, and visionaries who see things others do not.” At the link find and left-click “Victor Davis Hanson on the type of men who become savior generals” to download the file.

Stocks Versus Bonds 37 mins – “How much risk should you be taking? How do you decide how much of your portfolio you want for growth, and how much for safety?  The great news is the past has taught investors how to improve returns while reducing risk.  This Sound Investing podcast is can help you make one of the biggest decisions of your investment career. We suggest that you download and print the Fine Tuning Table and follow along while Paul explains how to best fine tune your asset allocations.” At the link right-click “Download” 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 160 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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