Media Mining Digest 97 – Sept 20, 2013: Amanda Terkel, Arab Youth, Artificial Intelligence, Bells Labs, Big Data, Career Advice, CIA and Special Ops, Coal in West Virginia, Cyberthreats, DC Government Business, Digital Age, Education History, Fracking in England, Hospital Costs, Hunting, Major in Salaries, Medical Whistleblowing, Pancreatic Cancer Test, Sarin Detection, SCOTUS Blog, Starch Solution, Sugata Mitra, Tinkerers, Turkey, Vermeer’s Technique, Video Editing

The following audio files come from a larger group of 265 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 26 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Amanda Terkel 59 mins –  “Our guest is Amanda Terkel, the senior political reporter and politics managing editor at the Huffington Post, discusses her recent appearance at the Netroots Nation Annual Conference where she spoke on a panel titled “Political Opponents Caught on Tape.” At the link find the title “Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post Reporter,” right-click “Media files qa082513.mp3″ and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu. 

Arab Youth 50 mins – Mahasin F. Saleh, Ph.D., MSW, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Bethlehem University (oPt) Social Sciences Department; Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno, talks about the role of Arab youth in the Arab spring movement and value of social media in promoting the process.  At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence 54 mins – “Sixty years ago, Artificial Intelligence – “AI” – was in its infancy. Now it promises to transform our world beyond recognition. Dan Falk explores the new promise and peril of intelligent machines.” The Turing Test is a major part of this presentation. At the link find the title, “Mind and Machine, Part 1,” right-click (there, or here) “Download Mind and Machine, Part 1“, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bell Labs 42 mins  – “Transistors, lasers, satellites, information theory, and cell phones. Jon Gertner talks to LQ editor Aidan Flax-Clark about the twentieth-century house of magic that gave birth to all these inventions and more: Bell Labs, the institute of creative technology which he chronicled in his book The Idea Factory.”  At the link right-click “Listen to the LQ Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data 54 mins – “Highlights from ideacity: a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. This episode deals with the deluge of digital data in our lives with: Don Tapscott, Rick Smolan, and Bruce Duncan.” At the link find the title, “Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 1,” right-click (there, or here) “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 1” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Career Advice 56 mins – “Follow your passion!” sounds like great advice – until its time to get a job and disillusionment sets in. Cal Newport teaches computer science at Georgetown University and also writes Study Hacks, a blog on decoding “patterns of success” that attracts over 100,000 visitors a month. In both his blog and new book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Newport asks why some people create successful, enjoyable and meaningful lives while so many others do not. A self-described geek, he is not interested in simplistic slogans (“Follow your passion!”), or conventional wisdom (“Successful students are all joyless grinds.”) Instead, he dives deeper, looking to decode the often nuanced patterns that happy, engaged people employ to succeed. Newport uses his personal experience in a way that makes his findings valuable for anyone at any stage of life. ” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA and Special Ops   59 mins – “In his new book, “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth,” Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti tracks the transformation of the CIA and U.S. special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war. The book’s revelations include disclosing that the Pakistani government agreed to allow the drone attacks in return for the CIA’s assassination of Pakistani militant Nek Muhammad, who was not even a target of the United States.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal in West Virginia 58 mins – “Laurence Leamer tells the story of the legal battle to hold Massey Energy accountable to the West Virginia communities that it contaminated and controlled while supplying almost half of the nation’s coal-generated electric power. Mr. Leamer discusses the crusade of two local lawyers with Neela Banerjee, the Energy & Environment Reporter for the Los Angeles Times.” At the link find the title, Laurence Leamer, “The Price of Justice,” right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyberthreats 30 mins – “Tom Kuhn, Edison Electric Institute President; Peter Dumont, Air Traffic Control Association President and CEO; and Greg Garcia, Adviser to the Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), discuss cyber security issues.” At the link find the title “Cyber Security Threats,” right-click “Media files com042013.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

DC Government Business 60 mins – “Our guest is journalist and author Mark Leibovich. He discusses his new book “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital.” Leibovich acknowledges the media curiosity and attention his book has received. He describes his book as an insider’s commentary on the business of government, politics, and media in Washington, DC.” At the link find the title, “Mark Leibovich, Author, “This Town,'” right-click “Media files qa081813.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Age 55 mins – “Five billion people are expected to come online over the next decade. How will this new digital age transform our future? Who will be more powerful, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? What is the balance in accepting sacrifices of personal privacy to ensure public security? Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas explore these questions in their new book, ‘The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of Peoples, Nations and Business‘. With their combined knowledge and experiences, they take on some of the toughest challenges raised through the proliferation of digital technologies and hyperconnectivity in the 21st century.” At the link you can watch and listen, but not download. However, it’s included in the zip file noted at the top of this episode.

Education History 52 mins – “In recent weeks, President Obama has proposed sweeping changes to the way government helps to finance students’ higher education, and an unprecedented system of collegiate rankings – all in the name of greater access and better value for the “consumer.” But others object to a consumerist mentality in the realm of higher education, and the application of “business” models to its institutions. So in this episode of BackStory, Peter, Ed, and Brian take on the history of higher ed – exploring earlier battles over the nature and purpose of the collegiate enterprise, and what they mean today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking in England 55 mins – “Will fracking bring down energy prices and keep our lights on, or could it be an environmental disaster? Kate Lamble and Ginny Smith speak to a panel of experts about whether fracking could really contaminate water supplies or cause earthquakes. Plus, can methane from Shale Gas extraction contribute to global warming?” It’s thirty minutes of the program and starts  at the fourteen minute mark. Excellent summary! At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hospital Costs 56 mins – Three segments from Innovation Hub: “What if doctors could prescribe food, shelter, and insurance to patients in need? We talked to Rebecca Onie, co-founder and CEO of Health Leads, an organization that aims to do just that… Health care in America is breaking the bank – but can we bring it under control? We asked a panel of experts about what needs to be done to contain health care costs… In this exclusive web extra, we asked Jon Gruber of MIT and Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Health about the role doctors should play in reforming the health care system.” At the link find the titles, “Rethinking the Prescription Pad,” “The Cost of Health,” and “Web Extra: Health Care,” then  right-click “Media files IHUB-091413-B.mp3,” “Media files IHUB-091413-A.mp3,” and “Media files IHUB-091413-webxtra.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” for each from its pop-up menus. 

Hunting 52 mins – “Steven Rinella says his book has a lot going for it, simply because it tells one of the oldest human stories. Rinella is a writer and a television host, but more than anything he’s a hunter. In his book Meat Eater Rinella explores man’s relationship to nature and the food we eat through the eyes of a hunter. He’ll join us Friday to talk about the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey and the near disappearance of the hunter himself.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Major in Salaries 16 mins – “Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what’s shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be. The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000. On today’s show, we run the numbers. We talk to people who majored in the most- and least-lucrative subjects. And we hear from an economist who says, when it comes to income, choosing a major is more important than choosing a college.” At the link find the title “#485: What’s Your Major?,” right-click “Media files npr 221509823.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Whistleblowing 32 mins – “Bradley Manning,Julian Assange,Edward Snowden – just a few of the high profile whistle blowers generating headlines in 2013 – which is shaping up as the Year of the Whistle Blower. In this episode we ask who is stepping up and speaking out in health care?” At the link find the title, “White Coat Black Art: Blowing the Whistle on Bad Medicine,” right-click “Media files whitecoat 20130906_49848.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.   

Pancreatic Cancer Test 54 mins – “Highlights from ideacity: a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. This episode deals with the latest ideas from a new breed of entrepreneurs.” who have created a test for early detection of pancreatic cancer, a modular telepresence computer, quantum computers and a 3D gun. At the link find the title, “Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 2,” right-click there (or here) “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 2” and select “Save Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Sarin Detection 21 mins – “In this special episode we follow up with Steve Bird to talk about what kinds of confirmatory tests are going on to determine if Sarin was used in Syria. This is a follow up to Episode 7 where we talked about the toxicology of organophosphates and nerve agents. Contributors include Matt Zuckerman and Steve Bird.” Sarin is the most easily used of three nerve agents, the other two being Soman and VX. It has a short half life, leaves behind chemical called IMPA which degrades to another, called MPA.  Only the presence of IMPA confirms for sarin. Testing can take weeks partly because of repetition and need for controls (fakes) to insure lab accuracy.  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SCOTUS Blog 59 mins “Tom Goldstein talked about SCOTUSblog, the Supreme Court Web site he co-founded with his wife Amy Howe in 2002. The site became the first blog to ever receive the Peabody, when it received the 2013 award for excellence in electronic media. SCOTUSblog also won the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists prize for deadline reporting for its coverage of the Supreme Court’s health care ruling. Mr. Goldstein discussed the early days of the blog when he and his wife operated out of a third bedroom in their Washington, D.C. home. He explained his statement that the blog’s inception was a “marketing ploy,” and about the decision to hire longtime Baltimore Sun court reporter Lyle Denniston. He also discussed the sponsorship of Bloomberg Law, a subscription based service for online legal research.” At the link find the title, “Tom Goldstein,” in May 2013, right-click “Media files QandA052613.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up media. 

Starch Solution 25 mins – “What is the cause of the current epidemic obesity and can a starch diet be of benefit? On this program, Dr. John McDougall discussed the starch solution.” At the link (there, or here) right-click “21.8 MB” just below “VBR MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugata Mitra 6 mins – “Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiments in a New Delhi slum showed how easily children can learn using the internet, with no adult supervision or guidance. He terms this Minimally Invasive Education, and has since repeated the experiment in many different countries. This year, he has been awarded the TED prize to develop his idea further. Ginny Smith tracked him down at the British Science Festival…” At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tinkerers 50 mins – “In The Tinkerers: The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great (Basic Books, 2013), Alec Foege presents this big idea: tinkering is an important driver of innovation, always has been, and–if we play our cards right–will continue to be so for a long time. Listen to Alec and you will learn what a “tinkerer” is, how tinkering is different from, say, engineering, and the ways in which American corporations are trying to incorporate (pardon the pun) tinkering into their business cultures. We also talk a bit about the cultural significance of Tinker Toys. Listen to the interview; buy the book; tinker away. Who knows what you’ll come up with?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey 27 mins – “Turkish businessmen have been rapidly rebuilding their links with the Balkan states – and some see this as a first step towards rebuilding of bridges with Western Europe. What is Turkey’s relationship with Europe?” At the link find the title, “Docs: The New Ottomans Part 3,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130910-0905a.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Vermeer’s Technique 58 mins – “Host: Leo Laporte Tim Jenison is the founder of NewTek and the subject of the new documentary, “Tim’s Vermeer.”  Jenison is best described as a computer engineer. He created the video toaster predecessor of the NewTek tricorder. At the link right-click “Audio” or other media, then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Editing 33 mins – “Today we’re going to show you how to edit video on an iPad.” At the link right-click “Audio” or other media, then 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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