Media Mining Digest 90 – Aug 2, 2013: Air Monitoring, Blind People Technology, Budgeting 101, Cyber Threats, Datapalooza, DNA Mosaics, Dust Bowl, Feral Cities, Genital Repair, Getting Things Done, Gold Hunting in Utah, Index Funds, Insect Farming, North Korea Goods, Part-time Work, Patent Trolls, Personal Data Collection, Personal Finance, Power Grid Management, Ramadan Apps, Salt History, Sugar Effects, Surveillance and Security

The following audio files come from a larger group of 139 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 99 MB zip file of 23 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for 6 hours of listening is here for four months vs 418 MB normal speed using topic links, below, for 11 hours of listening.  More groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Air Monitoring 15 mins – “It’s hard to make decisions without information, that’s why some researchers in the San Francisco area are collecting carbon dioxide data at the neighborhood level. As producer Andrew Stelzer discovers, the BEACON project does more than gather data; it also brings home the effects of small-scale events, such as rush hour, and allows researchers to track pollution to its source. Then Eileen Fleming discusses DIY monitoring with Shannon Dosemagen from the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind People Technology 20 mins – “Peter White talks to Dr Mike Townsend about the latest technology designed to assist blind people, which was displayed at Sight Village. Lee Kumutat reports from the government’s first employment conference, aimed at encouraging employers to employ more disabled people.” For 20 days only find the title, “The latest technology to assist blind people,” right-click “Download 9MB and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Budgeting 101 8 mins – “Financial advisors say budgeting is essential to achieving financial prosperity. Yet only 1 in 3 Americans have a detailed budget, according to a recent poll. Host Michel Martin speaks with finance expert Louis Barajas for tips on how to build a budget that actually works.”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Threats 50 mins – “The Threat from Cyberspace: The alarming extent to which cyberspace is being used to steal, to spy and to wage war. With BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Under Attack,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130721-0906a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Datapalooza 12 mins – “Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it’s not part of your medical records.  At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it “geo-medicine.”…Davenhall leads the health and human services marketing team at ESRI, the largest geographic information system (GIS) software developer in the world.” At the link find the title, “Health Datapalooza and the State of Geomedicine,” right-click  “davenhall.mp3”  and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Mosaics 43 mins – In the first fourteen minutes of this three-topic podcast Dr James Lupski talks about human mosaics in which more than one DNA sequence is found in each person. The other topics concern false memories and Turkish science. At the link find the the title,”Science Podcast – human mosaics, incepting false memories, and Turkish science (26 July 2013),” right-click “SciencePodcast_130726.mp3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Dust Bowl 29 mins – Keith  Russ talk with Dr. Jeff Lee of the Texas Tech Department of Geosciences about his career, what led to the dust bowl and impact of current water issues on future agriculture.  At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Dust BowlSunday, July 28, 2013,” right-click “Media files SCI_SHOW_7-28-13.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feral Cities 14 mins – “As a counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen’s idea have been described as ‘revolutionizing military thinking throughout the West’. Here talks about how future instability will emanate from rapidly-growing coastal megacities. Through the personal story of a Somali commander he met in Mogadishu, David tells how the urban overstretch that tore Mogadishu apart in the 90s – is happening to cities all over Africa, Asia and Latin America.” At the link find the title, “David Kilcullen: Feral Cities,” right-click “Media files thpop_20130723-1000b.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genital Repair 27 mins – “In Spain a doctor offers reconstructive surgery to women who have had female genital mutilation. Linda Pressly hears the stories of Rosa and Wenkune. Will the operation work?” At the link find the title, “Docs: Spain: Operation FGM,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130725-0100a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Getting Things Done 18 mins – This episode of the Mike Tech Show centers on voice mail about self-improvement advocate, David Allen,  and his methods of organizing activities for maximum productivity.  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gold Hunting in Utah 52 mins – “Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for lost treasure, and some even claimed to have found it. …we’re telling and hearing the tales of golden caches hidden in Utah’s mountains and we’ll see how they stack up to the academic history of our state’s past.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Index Funds 34 mins – “This is the second in a series of podcasts I consider the most important questions for investors. The first was “The Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy,” in which I identified the asset classes every equity investor should have in their portfolio. The question now is: how do you invest in those asset classes most efficiently? ” At the link find the title, “Pros and Cons of Index Funds,” right-click “Media files Sound-Investing-7-24-2013.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insect Farming 4 mins – “In a warehouse in Spain, a French farmer is raising what she hopes will be the next big thing in French and European cooking: insects.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Goods 23 mins – “U.S. citizens who want to buy stuff from North Korea have to write a letter to the U.S. government asking for special permission. As regular listeners know, we’re sort of obsessed with North Korea. So we decided to try to get those letters. Several months ago, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It worked! We recently got a stack of heavily redacted letters.On today’s show: we try to figure out who sent the letters, why they wanted to do business with North Korea, and what that tells us about the North Korean economy.” At the link find the title, “#474: The North Korea Files,” right-click “Media files npr 204981037.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Part-time Work 12 mins – “The number of part-time workers has roughly doubled in the last few years. For most of those employees, that means short hours, erratic schedules and low pay. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR’s Marilyn Geewax, and fast-food worker Amere Graham, about the high costs of part-time work.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patent Trolls 56 mins – “Show #188, July 10, is my interview with Ron Epstein, CEO of EpicenterIP, on non-practicing entities/patent trolls, or as Ron puts it, “patent investors.” Ron is one of the most prominent people in this highly controversial world of patent investing and arbitrage. Regardless of the monicker placed on the activity, the purchase of patent portfolios raises fascinating questions regarding the role of patents in our economy and the limits of permissible use of the monopoly power that it confers.” At the link find highlighted “Show #188, July 10,” right-click it and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personal Data Collection  53 mins – “Last month, Americans learned that the NSA has been collecting data on millions of American’s phone calls, and tapping into data gathered by tech companies like Google and Yahoo. The revelations set off another round of debate over the scope of personal privacy in a democratic republic like ours, and the means by which the government “keeps tabs” on citizens. So in this episode, the Guys explore the changing ways we’ve collected information on each other – and when it crosses from something necessary into something invasive.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personal Finance 50 mins – “This month, we’re devoting Marketplace Money to the basics — concepts like banking, savings and debt. Bonds, stocks, diversification, index funds, active vs. passive. Investing is one of those financial topics that requires understanding a whole lot of terms. Then, you have to understand yourself. How much risk do you want to take? How much confidence do you have? What’s your time horizon?” At the link find the title, “07-26-13 Marketplace Money, ” right-click “Media files marketplace money v2 20130726 64.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Grid Management 51 mins – “With scorching temperatures across the country, millions of American home and business owners are running their air conditioners full bore. Utilities have strained to meet the surge in demand for electricity. Outages have occurred here and there, particularly in the densely populated Northeast. But for the most part, demand has been met. Some utility executives credit a government-encouraged program called demand-response. It rewards customers for reducing power usage at peak times. We discuss the merits and pitfalls of the program and other efforts to manage the nation’s power grid.” 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.

Ramadan Apps 9 mins – “During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, more and more Muslims are turning to digital apps and gadgets to guide prayers and share in the fast. Host Michel Martin talks with Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of, to learn more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salt History 4 mins – “We’re told that salt seasons all things, that we must eat a peck of salt together before we’re real friends. Salt is the stuff of tears, or of scorn. If we live good lives, we’re the salt of the earth. Salt is so important. Tribes that live largely on milk and roasted meat have less need to supplement it. But, with our grain-based diets, we do need extra salt. Nobility sits “above the salt” because precious salt was served only on the upper tables. The Bible calls a serious promise ‘a covenant of salt.'” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Effects 51 mins – “An ancient New Guinea myth says the human race originated from the first man making love to a stalk of sugar cane. But in modern times, our love affair with sugar has created a health crisis. The average American consumes nearly 23 teaspoons of sugar a day, three to four times the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease have all been linked to excessive consumption. Diane and her [2] guests discuss the history of sugar, why we crave it, how our bodies evolved to process it and why it could be making us sick.”  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.

Surveillance and Security 29 mins – “Revelations of the NSA’s data surveillance efforts have raised serious questions about the ethics and necessity of violating privacy that have been bubbling under the surface for some time. Efforts to monitor communication are nothing new, but electronically mediated communication has increased the amount of information being shared, and the possibilities for eavesdropping are endless. But there’s a trade off. People tolerate incursions into privacy for greater security or even convenience: health care, transportation, public safety, or any number of web utilities we use on a daily basis. Bruce Schneier is an author, Berkman fellow, and security technologist. He recently sat down with David Weinberger to talk about the positives and perils of privacy violation.” 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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