Media Mining Digest 96 – Sept 13, 2013: Anatomy, App Creation, Broadband History, Capitalism, Chemotherapy, Coal Decline in Australia, Creativity, Engineering Transformation, First Nations Chief, Fracking, Frozen in Time, Grasshopper Aircraft, Healthy Eating, Keystone XL Pipeline, Light Pollution, Money Management, Narrative Medicine, NewTek Tricaster 460, Printrbot, Protein Folding, Rules of Engagement, Solitary Confinement, T-shirt Production, Two-Gun Cohen, Water Rights

The following audio files come from a larger group of 148 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 27 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Anatomy 16 mins – Episode three of this nicely done new podcast is titled “Anatomy: Teaching outside the box” and asks “How do we teach complex ideas?  How can the arts help us to learn?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

App Creation  23 mins – “At SMACC 2013 [Social Media and Critical Care] I spoke about developing my first mobile app. Starting with no tech knowledge, I made many terrible choices along the way. And after I thought all the hard work was done, I submitted to the App Store only to find out that the worst was yet to come. In this podcast I talk about my ordeal with Apple, and share some lessons for developing your own medical app.”  At the link right-click “tech-davis.mp3″beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband History 87 mins – “Remember the early Internet days when it seemed that municipalities everywhere would be putting up ubiquitous Internet access? What happened to muni broadband? We’ve seen some successes, notably in places such as Santa Monica, Calif., Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Virginia and Lafayette, Louisiana. But mostly incumbent telcos, cellular carriers and cable TV operators have played a brilliant rearguard action, working public utilities commissions and local legislatures to their advantage. With Christopher Mitchell of ILSR [Institute for Self-Reliance], let’s discuss: What has happened to municipal networks? Under what conditions have they thrived? How might the next ten years play out?  What can be done to help them?” At the link right-click MP3 via M3U or the same thing at the topic link and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Capitalism 119 mins – “Liberty Fund and Butler University sponsored a symposium, “Capitalism, Government, and the Good Society.” The evening began with solo presentations by the three participants–Michael Munger of Duke University, Robert Skidelsky of the University of Warwick, and Richard Epstein of New York University. (Travel complications forced the fourth invited participant, James Galbraith of the University of Texas, to cancel.) Each speaker gave his own interpretation of the appropriate role for government in the economy and in our lives. This was followed by a lively conversation on the topic moderated by Russ Roberts of Stanford University, host of the weekly podcast, EconTalk.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu for the audio file, or stay online to watch the video version. 

Chemotherapy 17 mins – “Ancient Greek doctors knew about it, but could do nothing about the scourge we know as cancer. Producer Ed Prosser interviews historian Viviane Quirke about the development of chemotherapy drugs in the 20th century, drugs that for the first time offered hope to cancer patients. Next up producer Christine Laskowski goes on a very personal journey. Last year her father was among the more than 1 million Americans diagnosed with cancer. Along with radiation, his treatment included a drug called cisplatin.”Cisplatin has nasty side effects, so why is a drug first used to treat cancer in the 1970s still used for many cancers?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal Decline in Australia 27 mins – “James Fletcher travels to Mackay in Queensland’s coal country to hear one town’s tales from the boom and see how it’s dealing with the current bust.” due to a decline in demand from China. At the link find the title “Docs: Boom and Bust in Australia’s coal country,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130905-0100a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 24 mins- “Anatomy: Mad Scientists — In the second episode of the podcast, I’ll explore how creativity is essential to great science.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Engineering Transformation  78 mins – “Guest David E. Goldberg talks with us about shifting expectations for engineers, and reveals the crucial skills needed by tomorrow’s engineering professionals. Listening and questioning are important skills for today’s engineer, but these subjects are rarely addressed in the engineering curriculum. Our guest is David E. Goldberg, who is the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and the CEO of ThreeJoy Associates.  Dave’s efforts with engineering reform started with iFoundry at UIUC. This project was influenced by the National Academy of Engineering report, The Engineer of 2020.  In his consulting work with ThreeJoy Associates, our guest works to transform the organizational, cultural, and emotional norms of institutions committed to engineering education. Dave and co-author Mark Somerville are working on a new book, titled “A Whole New Engineer: A Surprising Emotional Journey.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Chief 54 mins – “Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, delivers the keynote lecture of The 2013 LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium.” At the link find the title, “First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship,” right-click “Download First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking 29 mins – “Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been lauded as the solution to the peak oil problem, and will provide hundreds of years of cheap energy. But, the reality is very different. On this program, Richard Heinberg discussed the false promises of fracking.” At the link find the title,”Fracking — Groks Science Show,” right-click “Media files groks082813.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Frozen in Time 52 mins – “In November 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine mission crashed into a Greenland glacier. A B-17 bomber was sent to rescue the downed plane’s five survivors, and it crashed too, stranding nine more men on a boundless ice field. A final rescue plane was dispatched, and it disappeared in a blizzard. In a new book, the writer Mitchell Zuckoff recounts how the nine men aboard the B-17 managed to survive for months in the frozen arctic.”  At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grasshopper Aircraft 4 mins – “When I was a sophomore in high school, I ran into older friend I hadn’t seen in a while. “Where you been,” I asked. “Oh, I’ve been in the Army, but I was wounded. I’m out now.” “What were you doing,” I wondered. He said, “I was an observer in a light plane.” I said, “Gee, that must’ve been dangerous.” He allowed it was, and told me about spotting enemy artillery. “One day we were flying along and suddenly holes appeared in the floor by my feet.” He was quite blasé about that brush with death by enemy ground fire. But consider his situation: Armies depend on both aerial observation, and rapid movement of wounded and key personnel. Back then, the first primitive helicopter had flown only five years earlier. We still depended on low-flying Army versions of planes like the Piper Cub. My friend’s story has lain on my mind ever since.” At the link right-click “Click here…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Healthy Eating  46 mins – “Prof Alan Crozier, Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow speaks to the Glasgow Southern Medical Society on the benefits of a diet rich in phytoantioxidants in an edited recording.” One striking comment concerns research that shows consumption of only five portions of fruit and vegetables a week can lower Alzheimer risk by 75%!  The visual aids he uses  are at this link as well as several comments. Right-click here or find your favorite download link at the topic link, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file.

Keystone XL Pipeline 46 mins – “On Shades of Green we discussed fossil fuels derived from the Alberta Tar Sands by TransCanada. Proposed to be pumped across the US for refining at facilities in southeast Texas, the Keystone XL Pipeline has become a very controversial topic and has been heavily pushed as a priority energy issue by citizen activists and environmental groups. Our guests included Chris Wynnyk Wilson, David Daniel, and John Bollenbaugh.” At the link (or here) right-click “MP3 via M3U” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Light Pollution 52 mins  – “For most of human existence, daily life revolved around the sun’s schedule. People were active during the light of day and rested at night. But that’s no longer true in much of the world. In the United States, as much as two-thirds of the population cannot see the Milky Way at night. That’s because man-made light in cities, towns and the suburbs mutes the dark sky above. A growing body of research indicates that exposure at night to artificial light is causing problems for sea turtles, birds and other creatures — as well as humans. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, efforts to combat light pollution.” 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.

Money Management 7 mins – “When you’re out shopping, it may be a little difficult to make smart money decisions – especially when those perfect shoes are calling your name. Omar Green wants to help; his company is developing software that tracks spending and – just like mom – reminds you about your financial goals.” Green’s product is called wallet.AI. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Narrative Medicine 12 mins – “Story Collider reporter Steven Berkowitz discussed the concept of narrative medicine — the idea that storytelling can empower patients and make medical care more effective — with psychologist and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Dr. Murray Nossel and psychiatrist Dr. Paul Browde, who teach in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine program. Together Murray and Paul perform in their live, unscripted show Two Men Talking and founded Narativ, a company that works with people to tell their stories in group circumstances.” At the link click on the play button for online listening to get the “Download MP3” button, then right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NewTek Tricaster 460 33 mins – NewTek shows off their new Tricaster 460 at the This Week in Tech Petaluma, California, studio. Audio and video versions of the program can be downloaded at the link. Only the audio is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Printrbot 25 mins – TWIT host Leo Laporte Leo interviews Brook Drumm, founder of Printrbot, which makes affordable high-resolution 3D printers while one of the devices donated to TWIT prints a cube that’s then checked with a caliper as part of the tuning process. At the link right-click “Audio” or  one of the video formats and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to download the file.

Protein Folding 22 mins – “Protein folding, i.e. how a long chain of amino acids attains its three-dimensional form, is an incredibly complex problem. To solve it, scientists use super computers and even online video games! On this episode, University of Chicago biophysicist Tobin Sosnick joins us to discuss this fascinating and confounding biological problem.” Right-click MP3 via M3U or do it at the link and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rules of Engagement 53 mins – “The news of a likely chemical weapons attack in Syria is a horrifying reminder that combatants don’t always “play by the rules” of war. But other kinds of military action have been the subject of concern in recent years. America’s use of targeted drone strikes across the Middle East, for example, has also raised questions about what is—and is not—an appropriate means of waging war. In this episode, the American History Guys look at how previous generations have answered these sorts of questions. They explore the shockingly violent battle tactics of Europeans in comparison to original Indian ways of war. And with Syria at the forefront of international concern, they consider what made the use of chemical weapons taboo in the first place.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solitary Confinement 54 mins – “Brett Story explores the roots of solitary confinement in North American prisons, and the profound and often devastating impact it has on people who are severed from social contact.” At the link find the title, “Alone Inside,” right-click “Download Alone Inside” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

T-shirt Production 32 mins- “The cotton for the Planet Money men’s T-shirt was spun into yarn in Indonesia and knit, cut and sewn into shirts in Bangladesh.Last week, we had teams of reporters and photographers in both countries — and we managed to get almost everybody on the phone at once.On today’s show, we listen in on that call.Today’s special bonus guest: Pietra Rivoli, the author of the book that inspired our T-shirt project. [Then,] On today’s show, we check in with our reporters in Bangladesh. We hear what it was like inside the factory where the Planet Money men’s T-shirt was knit, dyed, cut and sewn. And we ask: Will Bangladesh be able to move beyond making T-shirts?” Two parts: at the link find “#484: Inside The T-Shirt Factory” and “#483: Putting The Planet In The Planet Money T-Shirt,” then right-click “Media files npr_219824498.mp3″ and “Media files npr_219030735.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus to get the audio files. 

Two-Gun Cohen 54 mins – “Artful dodger. Edmonton real estate tycoon. Chinese revolutionary. Edmonton writer Paula Simons unravels the unlikely tale of a not-so-nice Jewish boy who went from East End London pickpocket to Prairie con-man to Sun Yat-Sen’s gun-running general.” At the link find the title, “Moishe”Two-Gun” Cohen, right click “Download Moishe”Two-Gun” Cohen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Rights 52 mins – “An intense drought has gripped the American West since before the turn of the millennium. As the area’s population booms, its snowpacks are thinning, its rivers are running low and its reservoirs are shrinking. But is the drought a temporary condition or a new and disconcerting normal? Tuesday we’re talking about the challenges facing the West as water becomes increasingly scarce. We’ll focus on the region’s most important water resource, the Colorado River, and how its vital bounty is shared among millions of people.” At the link right-click “Listen” 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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