Media Mining Digest 98 – Sept 27, 2013: 3D Printing, A Woman’s Way, Blind Apps, Burma, Communication Evolution, Economics and Romance, Economy vs Environment, Edison, Elizabeth Blackburn, Estee Lauter, Financial Recession Review, Financial Warfare, Fracking Analysis, Fungal Diseases, Gun Violence Control, Honey Bees, Innovation and Obsession, Intelligent Machines, Iraq War, Journal Access, Latino Social Media, Malaria Vaccine, MCAT Test, Mercury Poisoning, Monetary Policy, Murderer, Nietzsche, Nuclear Weapons, Patient Advisers, Poverty War, Racist Patients, Re-homing, Sepsis Lessons Learned, Supreme Court, Technology–Progressing or Not, Urban Overstretch, Verizon vs FCC, Women in Politics

The following audio files come from a larger group of 225 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 39 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

3D Printing 57 mins – “Deven Desai of Thomas Jefferson Law School, on 3D printing. Deven’s work focuses on the implications of 3D printing — the ability to “copy” physical objects — in the intellectual property sphere, particularly patents. The dramatic impact of 3D printing is only now beginning to be felt and weighed by scholars, policymakers and society, so I was very excited to have Deven on the show to discuss his early insights.” At the link right-click the red “CIS” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

A Woman’s Way 57 mins – “Fifteen years ago, Karen Ely walked away from her life – including her 32-year marriage—to embark on a journey toward a more authentic and stronger sense of herself. Today she helps women create lives of meaning through her company, A Woman’s Way. A Woman’s Way programs provide women with a safe space away from the demands of daily life, offering them guidance and tools to navigate through life’s challenges and transitions, and supporting them toward the vibrant, meaningful, joyful life of their dreams…..” Reference is made during the discussion to author Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly…“.  At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Apps 19 mins – “Peter White talks to Lee Kumutat about some of the latest apps favoured by visually-impaired people and Tom Walker joins a group of blind and partially-sighted walkers, as they ascend Mount Snowdon. Listeners give their feedback to last week’s coverage of the issues faced by blind Mothers trying to breastfeed their babies.” At the link for the next 20 days find the link, “Feedback; mobile apps; Mount Snowdon,” right-click (there or here) “Download 9MB…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burma 50 mins – “As Burma (also known as Myanmar), opens up, one new freedom comes in the form of thangyat – the satirical art form, newly legalised after two decades of being banned. Traditionally chanted on stages across the country during the water festival, thangyats are playful skits, criticising politicians and anyone else they think deserves it. But will those who make their voices heard be safe?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: New Year, New Burma,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130915-0810a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communication Evolution 32 mins – “…I’m thrilled to post Show #192, August 23, my interview with Tim Jordan of King’s College London on hacking. Tim is (and has been) doing fascinating work on the question of how the Internet has changed communication practices. Drawing on the worlds of 19th century Australian pioneers and modern-day virtual world gamers, Internet, Society and Culture: Communicative Practices Before and After the Internet, published by Bloomsbury, was a terrific book from which to draw many enlightening and fun points of discussion. I learned much and loved the interview.” At the topic right-click “Show #192” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file. Sound quality suffers some, but has been improved in the zip collection link provided in this edition’s introduction paragraph.

Economics and Romance 54 mins – “Highlights from ideacity: a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. Guests in this episode: Marina Adshade, Amy Webb, Mike Merrill.” who present three approaches to the subject. At the link find the title, “Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 3 – Digital Romance,” right-click (there or here) “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 3 – Digital Romance” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economy vs Environment 59 mins – “More than 30 years ago, economist Julian Simon made a bet with biologist Paul Ehrlich on the future prices of five metals, asserting that technological change and a booming market would keep the country prosperous. Paul Sabin analyzes this bet and argues that the opposing perspectives of the bettors – faith in free markets versus fear of environmental exploitation – are at the heart of the battle over climate change that continues today. He speaks with AP Energy & Environment Reporter Dina Cappiello.” At the link find “Paul Sabin, “The Bet,'” right-click “Media files arc btv090713_sabin.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Edison 62 mins – “Ernest Freeberg recounts Thomas Edison’s creation of the incandescent light bulb in 1879. The author reports on the way that electrical light transformed the way people lived and worked and the technological innovations born from Edison’s invention. Ernest Freeberg was interviewed at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.” He is the author of “The Age of Edison…” At the link you can listen, but download costs $0.99. The online listening option was present in IE, but not Firefox. The audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the intro paragraph, above.

Elizabeth Blackburn 54 mins – “Elizabeth Blackburn grew up in Tasmania, studied at the University of Melbourne and is now based at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2009, she became the first Australian woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. This was for her work on telomeres, the structures found on the ends of chromosomes. They were previously considered unimportant, but Elizabeth Blackburn demonstrated the role played by telomeres, and the enzyme telomerase in a range of diseases of ageing. In 2002, Elizabeth Blackburn was appointed to the US President’s Council on Bioethics. She served at a time when important scientific reports on issues such as climate and stem cells were being considered. She saw reports’ conclusions rewritten, their strong messages diluted for political ends. She stood up to this practice and challenged the council. This led to her removal from the council, to the outrage of scientists. Elizabeth Blackburn spoke at the Adelaide Town Hall, 21st August 2013 for UniSA’s annual Hawke lecture.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Estee Lauter 29 mins – “Even with hindsight being 20/20, betting on a woman founding an entirely new industry in the throes of the Great Depression still seems pretty unlikely. But, as historian Nancy Koehn tells us, it’s the story of Estee Lauder.” At the link click “Download” then above it right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Recession Review 24 mins – “Five years ago this month, the financial crisis hit its most intense moment. One giant company after another went bust or was rescued at the last minute, as the government launched a wave of bailouts. Another momentous thing happened five years ago this week: The Planet Money podcast came into being. Today, we replay key moments from some of our first shows, when it seemed like the entire economy could seize up at any moment. And we ask: Are we safer now than we were five years ago?” At the link find the title, “#486: Crisis Revisited,” right-click “Media files npr 222273311.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Warfare 51 mins – “Financial power and economic influence have served as weapons since the dawn of warfare. Twelve years ago, in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. unleashed a financial warfare campaign unprecedented in reach and effectiveness. Faced with nontraditional enemies and threats, the U.S. leveraged America’s place in the global financial system to disrupt, dismantle and deter the flow of illicit financing around the world. Former Treasury Department official Juan Zarate on the financial strategies used to fight terrorists and what the U.S. must do to maintain its power in the future.” 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.

Fracking Analysis 29 mins – “Keith talks to Zacariah Hildenbrand, founder of Inform Environmental LLC, a water analysis and monitoring company, about hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) and its potential effects on groundwater.   During the fracking process, water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the ground at high pressures to create fissures so that natural gas and other underground energy resources can be collected.  Does the fracking process contaminate groundwater supplies?  Hildenbrand talks about the preliminary results his company has recently published.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungal Diseases 10 mins – “Here’s the first of our interviews recorded during the SGM [Society for General Microbiology] Autumn Conference. This time round, Professor Ted White from University of Missouri–Kansas City told us some fascinating facts about fungi and explained the current state of drug development to treat fungal diseases.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Violence Control 51 mins – “… a former Navy reservist shot and killed 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., before he was killed by police. The mass shooting at a secure military facility was the deadliest such attack since a gunman killed 26 at a Connecticut school last year. The suspect in the Navy Yard shooting was found with three weapons, including an assault rifle. In the wake of the tragedy, some lawmakers are calling for stricter gun control laws. Gun rights’ activists say the focus should be on strengthening mental health services. Guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of [5] experts discuss the problem of gun violence.”  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.

Honey Bees 16 mins – “Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us? Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.” At the link click “Download” the right-click “Download to desktop (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Innovation and Obsession 19 mins – ”  Ever notice that many famous innovators seem a bit…prickly? Joshua Kendall, author of “America’s Obsessives,” says visionaries often exhibit the kind of obsessive behavior that leads to great ideas, but troublesome personal lives.” At the link click “Download” and above it “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligent Machines 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.” At the link find the title, “Mind and Machine, Part 2,” right-click (there or here) “Download Mind and Machine, Part 2” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iraq War 50 mins – ” The inside story of the invasion of Iraq and the ensuring decade of conflict, told from the point of view of the senior decision-makers involved at the time. In this first part: the decision to go to war and the conflict until 2003.” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Iraq War 17 Sept 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Journal Access 32 mins – “In January of 2012 a British mathematician posted a humble invitation on his blog for fellow academics and researchers to join him in boycotting the prestigious research publisher Elsevier. Citing high prices, exploitative bundling practices, and lobbying efforts to prevent open access to research, the mathematician publicly denounced Elsevier and refused to do business with them in the future. Eighteen months later almost 14,000 researchers have joined the boycott of Elsevier, kicking off what’s been referred to as the Academic Spring movement. But despite the effort, closed academic journals continue to be a frustration for professors and researchers in the digital age. Alternatives to closed journals are becoming more common, but growth is slow, and some fields are more welcoming to open access than others. Enter, a topic agnostic platform for researchers to share their work, connect with peers, and present an entire corpus of their research, completely open and completely free. Today’s guest Richard Price launched after encountering his own frustrations with the world of closed publishing as a student and researcher of philosophy. He recently spoke with David Weinberger about how the platform is facing up against for-profit journals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latino Social Media 10 mins – “Reports show that Latinos are plugged into social media, but does this mean they are turning from traditional media? Host Michel Martin speaks with Viviana Hurtado, founder of The Wise Latina Club, and entrepreneur Fernando Espuelas about how social media is helping to empower Latinos.” At the link right-click”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Vaccine 84 mins – “Vincent and Dickson update the multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis, discuss the avian malaria parasite P. lophurae, and review protection against malaria by intravenous immunization with a nonreplicating sporozoite vaccine.”  The malaria discussion starts at the 17 min mark and runs for 45 mins ending with remarks about the first effective malaria vaccine and suggestion that a billion dollars should be spent to discover an insect tissue culture in which the malaria sporazoite can be grown. At the link (or here) right-click ” TWiP #59” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

MCAT Test 34 mins – “The MCAT is changing, and it has many premed students FREAKED out. I would be too if the biggest test to get into medical school is morphing in front of my eyes. Humans don’t like the unknown. That’s exactly why I invited Owen Farcy on the podcast. Owen is the Director of MCAT 2015 at Kaplan. He’s also the host of Kaplan’s monthly webinar series The Pulse.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mercury Poisoning 27 mins – “Linda Pressly investigates the threat from mercury poisoning to the health of Indonesian gold miners.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Indonesia – The Mercury Menace,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130919-0100a.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monetary Policy 64 mins – “David Laidler of the University of Western Ontario talks about money and monetary policy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Laidler sketches the monetarist approach to the Great Depression and the Great Recession. He defends the Federal Reserve’s performance in the recent crisis against the critics. He argues that the Fed’s monetary policies have not been unconventional nor impotent as some critics have suggested. The conversation closes with a discussion of the state of macroeconomics and monetary economics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Murderer 21 mins – “Reporter Bianca Giaever brings us a story of forgiveness that’s nearly impossible to comprehend — even for the man at the center of it, an octogenarian named Hector Black.” concerns a murder-rape. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nietzsche 54 mins – “God is dead. And we have killed him.” These notorious words were written by the 19th century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Through his brilliant and explosive writings, he became known as a severe critic of religion and conventional morality.” At the link find the title, “Friedrich Nietzsche ,” right-click (there or here) “Download Friedrich Nietzsche” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapons 51 mins – “Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? He joins guest host Steve Roberts in studio to talk about his new book, “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.” 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.

Patient Advisers 28 mins – “Big changes are in the air and Kingston General Hospital is on the leading edge. Until recently, it had a less than stellar reputation with patients. It recruited those same unhappy patients to give them advice on how to do things better.” At the link find the title, “Patient Engagement at Kingston General Hospital,” right-click “Media files whitecoat 20130921_24972.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty War 11 mins – “It has been almost 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” But more than 15 percent of Americans still lived in poverty last year, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Host Michel Martin discusses how the country is tackling poverty today with researcher Isabel Sawhill and economics professor Martha Bailey.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racist Patients 32 mins – “White Coat Black Art looks at one of medicine’s most uncomfortable secrets: the patients who discriminate against the growing ranks of health professionals who belong to visible minorities and the system that lets those patients get away with it.” At the link find the title “Racist Patients – Podcast,” right-click “Media files whitecoat 20130914_82286.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Re-homing 10 mins – “An investigative report by Reuters reveals an online haven where frustrated adoptive parents can hand off children to strangers with virtually no oversight. Investigative reporter Megan Twohey speaks with host Michel Martin about the findings.” At the link right-click”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sepsis Lessons Learned 18 mins – “We have hit the 10,000 patient mark in the NYC STOP Sepsis collaborative. Here are some of the lessons learned…” At the link and way down to the bottom of the page right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Supreme Court 59 mins – “Legal scholar Mark Tushnet explores the opening years of the Roberts Court. He notes that decisions have been determined as much by politics as law, and examines the more controversial holdings, including upholding the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Tushnet talks with Jenna Greene, senior reporter for National Law Journal.” At the link find the title, “Mark Tushnet, “In the Balance,'” right-click “Media files arc btv091413.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology–Progressing or Not 45 mins – “This week on Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson mediates a discussion between PayPal founder and Stanford Professor Peter Thiel and Velocity Capital Management founder and journalist Andy Kessler on the state of technology and innovation in the United States over the past four decades. Thiel argues that, outside of computers, there has been very little innovation in the past forty years, and the rate of technological change has significantly decreased when compared to the first half of the 20th century. In contrast, Kessler asserts that innovation comes in waves, and we are on the verge of another burst of technological breakthroughs. Industries covered include education, medicine and biotechnology, as well as robots and high tech.” At the link find the title, “Peter Thiel and Andy Kessler on the state of technology and innovation,” right-click “Media files 20130920.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Overstretch 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.

Verizon vs FCC 27 mins – “Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, and Randolph May, president of the Free State Foundation, talk about oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the Verizon vs. Federal Communications Commission case.” At the link find the title, “Verizon vs. FCC,” right-click “Media files com091413.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics 65 mins – Four Utah state female legislators discuss the role, problems and implications of women in politics. At the link right-click “Listen” and elect “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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