The following audio files come from a larger group of 143 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 156 MB zip file of 29 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 11 hours of listening is here for four months vs 655 MB normal speed using topic links, below, for 18 hours of listening. Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Apprenticeships for Blind 20 mins – ” Gary O’Donoghue with news of an Action-run Young Apprentice scheme, Alessandro Bordini’s solo world trip & tips on bargain-hunting from Diane Roworth, Richard Lane & Kirsten Hearn.” At the link for the next 20 days find the title, “Junior Apprentices; solo-travel & bargain hunting for blind oeople,” right-click the download bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Chattanooga 25 mins – “Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber is the highest profile community network in the U.S. It was the first network in the nation to offer a symmetrical gigabit tier to every last address in the community. On today’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Danna Bailey joins us to discuss the network. Danna Bailey is EPB’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and has long helped behind the scenes to keep our site informed of Chattanooga’s progress. We talk about why Chattanooga built the network and the role of the stimulus award for smart grid in expediting the build out long after the project had started.” At the link right-click “…download this MP3 file…” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bus Service 21 mins – “Transit service in low-density suburbs is usually provided with buses operating on local streets – rail transit on separate rights of way is too costly given modest ridership levels. But providing bus service in contemporary U.S. suburbs can be a challenge both to the bus operator and the travelers themselves. Secure paths for getting to and from bus stops may not exist, and protected bus stops may be rare. To encourage transit ridership, it is important to offer seamless transportation – safe, efficient, and fast connections between origin and destination, including getting to and from the bus stops. The hosts talk about the challenges of providing seamless bus infrastructure in suburban communities with Michael Bolton, Deputy Executive Director, of Pace, the Chicago metropolitan area’s suburban bus system.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to download the podcast.
Child Safety 17 mins – “‘Stranger Danger’ used to be the mantra parents taught their kids to keep them safe. But now we’re learning that strangers aren’t the main problem – children are usually harmed by people they already know. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks child safety with a roundtable of experts and parents.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Child Safety – Chicago 12 mins – “Officials from Chicago Public Schools hope new ‘safe passage’ routes will keep kids safe while walking to school. Nearly 50 schools closed recently, forcing thousands of students to attend schools farther away. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more about the routes, and what critics have to say.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Childhood Obesity 36 mins – “…a recent NIH study has shown that only about half of U.S. youth meet physical activity standards, and very few eat the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. I’m talking with Dr. Ronald Iannotti from the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. So first, what are we seeing from this study about teen health?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Computed Tomography 121 mins – “We do it every day. Editorials and experts everywhere are asking us to do it more, and more completely. But no one ever showed us the numbers. So here it is, a reasonable, data driven set of risks that we can tell our patients who are considering undergoing CT [or CAT] scan. Risk of the dye, risk of the radiation, and risk of false positives. It’s all here, adults and kids alike. Deep dive in, this data is flat out fun.” (2011 file) At the link right-click “SMART CT consent.mp3” under “Podcast File:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu for a download.
Degenerative Brain Disease 29 mins – “In a rebroadcast from Dec. 20, 2009, Keith talks with Ruth G. Perez, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Perez talks about the role proteins play in degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She also talks about the struggles she has faced in her career as a woman in science.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Designing Human Interface 57 mins – “Designing the Human Interface: Arguably, some of the most dramatic changes to the ways we communicate and work, from the iPhone to social media, are rooted in the design thinking applied to technologies that we all now take for granted – right in the palm of our hands. What’s next on the horizon? John Doerr interviews a group of remarkable tech entrepreneurs: Path’s Dave Morin, NEST’s Tony Fadell, Flipboard’s Mike McCue, and designer Yves Behar, about their visions for the future. Speakers: Tony Fadell, Dave Morin, Yves Behar, Mike McCue, John Doerr” (An Aspen Ideas Festival 2013 presentation.) Watch and listen at the link. An audio version is included in the zip collection noted at the start of this episode.
End of Life Issues 52 mins – “The arrest of a Pennsylvania woman for allegedly helping her elderly father die is calling attention to assisted suicide. Diane and her  guests discuss the new debate over the right to die.” 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.
Energy Mix 61mins – “What is the Right Energy Mix? Is it economically viable for the United States to achieve twin goals of energy independence AND greater reliance on clean technology in the near future? Speakers: Tom Fanning, Kristina M. Johnson, Lee McIntire, Eric Isaacs, Andrew C. Revkin” (An Aspen Ideas Festival 2013 presentation.) Watch and listen at the link. An audio version is included in the zip collection noted at the start of this episode.
Food for Peace 27 mins – “America’s Food for Peace programme ships American-grown food in sacks across the world to feed the world’s starving people. It is proposed that this inefficient system change and money be sent to buy food locally.” At the link find the title “Docs: Feeding the World,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130813-0944a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immortality 52 mins – “Like it or not, someday, you will die. Everything does, and everything will. As the writer Adam Gollner points out, no example of an immortal thing has ever been found by science. And yet, a majority of people believe in immortality, whether in this life or in the afterlife. Maybe it’s because conceiving of ourselves as nonexistent is as impossible as never actually dying. Gollner’s written a new book exploring the science, belief, myths and magic of living forever, and he joins us Thursday to talk about it.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kaltura 58 mins – “Kaltura is the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform, providing both enterprise level commercial software and services, fully supported and maintained by Kaltura, as well as free open-source community supported solutions, for video publishing, management, syndication and monetization.” At the link right-click “Audio”beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kazakhstan Prisons 27 mins – “The Soviet Gulag system is said to live on in Kazakhstan’s jails, the prison population are thought be facing’ daily torture and humiliation. Rayhan Demeytrie investigates.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Kazakhstan’s living Gulags,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130815-0100a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Kickstarter 20 mins – “The products that have been available to us have always come from big companies. But now, thanks to a crowdfunding website called Kickstarter, that is changing.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Progress Problems 60 mins – “What’s Holding Back Medical Progress? Why are rapidly evolving scientific discoveries not being translated into treatments for the country’s most pressing medical needs? This session will explore how new models of medical product development, regulatory science, and reimbursement can be used to achieve national priorities and why we need to advance medical innovation. Speakers: Margaret A. Hamburg, Anthony Coles, Elliot Gerson, Moncef Slaoui, Kenneth L. Davis” (An Aspen Ideas Festival 2013 presentation.) Watch and listen at the link. An audio version is included in the zip collection noted at the start of this episode.
Organized Medicine 6 mins – “George Lundberg talks about the RUC — how its structure and evolution have harmed healthcare, and the necessity of changing it….The RUC (rhymes with YUCK) is a poster child for everything that is right and everything that is wrong about American organized medicine. The acronym stands for American Medical Association (AMA)/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee….” At the link find the the title, “Organized Medicine: The Problem or the Solution?” right-click “Media files 809304.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Paper Construction 12 mins – “Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “save MP3 to desktop” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Posturing 26 mins – “Posturing is something that can show us when a fight is going to happen. Being aware of these things can keep you safe by allowing you to escape before the fight begins.” At the link right-click “Download Here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ricky Skaggs 51 mins – “Unlike other boys growing up in the hills of eastern Kentucky, Ricky Skaggs learned to play the mandolin when he was 5 years old. Taught by his father, Skaggs was considered a prodigy and invited to play on a television show when he was just 7 years old. By age 15, he became a professional bluegrass musician and toured the nation. Music industry executives urged him to play more country music and he did, eventually receiving 14 Grammy awards for his recordings. Diane talks with Skaggs about playing bluegrass and country music for 50 years.” 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.
Sleep Value 21 mins – “Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages — and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “save MP3 to desktop” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Flop in Spain 4 mins – “Spain recently hit a record high level of wind production, but future growth in renewables there is in doubt after the government’s decision to retroactively roll back green energy subsidies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spying Consequences 129 mins – The first 24 minutes of this multi-topic podcast address spying issues discussed by “This Week in Technology” host and guests Leo Laporte, Patrick Beja, Myriam Joire, Casey Newton, and Patrick Norton. At the link download the audio version of this program by right-clicking “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow in the download area at the left side of the screen and selecting “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sugar Issues 53 mins – “Sugar may be sweet, but it’s gained a bad reputation lately, and its rap sheet seems to just keep growing. Studies link its consumption to afflictions like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer. A new University of Utah study suggests that sugar isn’t even healthy at supposedly “safe” doses. It could reduce reproduction rates and lead to an early grave. Tuesday we’re putting sugar under the microscope. We’ll take a peak at its cultural history, and we’ll also inspect the growing case for labeling sugar a toxic ingredient. Got some time to kill and want to know more about chronic disease and its link to diet/suger? Read this 150-page report by the World Healh Organization. Dr. Robert Lustig referred to it on today’s show.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast. A link to a 90 minute YouTube presentation by Lustig is also there.
Television’s Future 51 mins – “A fight over fees paid to transmit CBS content to Time Warner Cable customers has left millions of viewers without access to the channel. It has also drawn attention to long-standing tensions over how television is produced, packaged and priced. A small but growing number of Americans have cut their cable cords and cancelled satellite transmissions. Instead, they are taking advantage of new technology to customize their viewing experience at a lower cost. Non-traditional companies are entering the TV production business and competing with traditional broadcasters. For example, Netflix recently garnered 14 Emmy nominations for its original programming. Diane and her  guests discuss the future of television.” 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. Extensive comments also appear at the link.
Tesla 30 mins – “Not many innovators attain legend status, but Nikola Tesla – who died penniless, yet made all of our electrical appliances possible – is definitely one of them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Texting Impact 51 mins – “New technology has radically changed the way we communicate with each other. Young people especially are relying on texting and social media for advice and friendship. A recent study found that children between the ages 8 and 18 are spending more than seven hours with electronic devices every day. Parents working from home are also spending more time on smartphones and tablets. In a new book, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair argues that widespread use of electronic devices exposes kids to unhealthy values and puts children at risk at every developmental stage. She says technology has negative effects on empathy, attention and family relationships. Diane and her guest discuss the effects of technology on children and their families and what parents can do about it.” 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. Also, the book is free through Amazon with an Audible membership!
Twitter Abuse 25 mins – “Following a spate of hateful and offensive tweets in the UK, Click discusses how to stop online abuse and bring perpetrators of criminal activity to justice.” At the link find the title “DigitalP: 06 Aug 13: Twitter Online Abuse,” right-click “Media files digitalp 20130806-2032a.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 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 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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