Media Mining Digest 99 – Oct 4, 2013: Al-Qaida, Al-Shabab, Black VIP’s, Brazil, Breach of Trust, Broadband in Holyoke, Dancing in the Street, Democracy Variations, Dostoevsky’s Gambling, Energy Through Free Enterprise, Food Stamp Politics, Greenpeace Director, HelenTaft, Infrastructure Funding, International Criminal Court, Jim Henson, Med Care Hot Spots, Medical School Loans, MetaLab, Mythbusters’ Founder, National Security, Odors, Red Cross, Sexual Problems, Soft Targets, Strokes, Vaccine Overview, Venezuela, Woodrow Wilson

The following audio files come from a larger group of 149 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 29 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Al-Qaida 48 mins – “The bloody standoff at a Nairobi shopping mall has ended its fourth day… While al-Shabaab is a Somali militia, it appears operatives inside the mall were a multinational group, possibly including Americans. Guest host Katty Kay and her [3] guests discuss international terrorism and implications for security at home.” 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.

Al-Shabab 11 mins – “Some experts in the U.S. say Somali-American young people are at greater risk of religious radicalization. Host Michel Martin speaks with homeland security advisor Mohamed Elibiary, and Mark Brunswick of Minnesota’s Star Tribune about homegrown terrorism.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black VIP’s 9 mins – “The online journal, which focuses on African-American politics, culture and society, recently released its list of the 100 most important black influencers between the ages of 25 and 45. The list includes several known leaders and achievers, including NPR’s own Audie Cornish, and Gene Demby and Matt Thompson of our Code Switch team. But there are also religious leaders, community activists and others who may not be household names … yet.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil 9 mins – “Having come tantalizingly close to taking off, Brazil has stalled. Helen Joyce explains what it must do to get airborne again.” At the link at the bottom of the page find the title, “Special report: Brazil,” right-click  “Media files 20130926 sr brazil.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. A transcript and several visual aids are here.

Breach of Trust  59 mins – “Our guest is author and retired Army officer Andrew Bacevich. He discusses his newly released book titled, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” Bacevich talks about the current issues facing the United States armed forces, tracing them back to the war in Vietnam.” At the link (or here) right-click “Andrew Bacevich, Author, “Breach of Trust” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Holyoke 11 mins – “Holyoke Gas & Electric has been connecting community anchor institutions and local businesses in Western Massachusetts with fiber networks for years. Rather than using exception access to the Internet as a competitive advantage over more poorly connected neighbors, the Municipal Light Plant (in the parlance of Massachusetts law) is helping nearby towns to establish their own networks. I met Senior Network Engineer Tim Haas in a lunch with people building community owned networks in Leverett and Princeton in late August. He joins me for episode #65 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the Holyoke approach, its network, and enthusiasm for assisting others in the region to improve access to the Internet.” At the link (or here) right-click “download this Mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dancing in the Street 44 mins – ” In 1964, America was on the brink of a cultural revolution. The civil rights movement, portable music, the Vietnam War, the rise of black power and the lead-up to a dramatic election all foretold great changes here. In a new book, the writer Mark Kurlansky says that one song in particular emerged as an anthem for the country’s brand new beat: “Dancing in the Street,” by Martha and the Vandellas. Kurlansky joins us Monday to examine how that tune—and popular music more generally—has influenced social change.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Variations 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: Daniel A. Bell, Conrad Black, Michael Nicula, and Robert J. Sawyer.” At the link (or here) right-click “Download Moses Znaimer’s ideacity, Part 4 – Rethinking Democracy” and select “Save Link As” from pop-up menu.

Dostoevsky’s Gambling  54mins – “Fyodor Dostoevsky was one of the world’s most celebrated writers, and he had a debilitating gambling problem. Sociologist Lorne Tepperman examines Dostoevsky’s life to understand what led to this addiction and draws comparisons to problem gamblers today.” At the link (or here) right-click “Download Dostoevsky’s Gambler” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Through Free Enterprise 55 mins –  Conservative political energy solutions discussion by Bob Inglis, Executive Director, Energy and Enterprise Initiative, George Mason University; Member of U.S. House of Representatives (R-SC 1993-1998; 2005-2010); co-sponsored by the Stegner Center.  At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Food Stamp Politics  53 mins –  The host and three guests discuss the politics of food stamp spending.  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.

Greenpeace Director 56 mins – ” Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo discusses the politics of climate change and the urgency of environmental activism. Plus, a Bill Moyers essay on a recent speech by the pope decrying the global economy for what it’s doing to the jobless.” At the link find the title, “Saving the Earth from Ourselves,” right-click  “Media files Moyers and Company 238_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helen Taft 92 mins – “C-SPAN and the White House Historical Association are co-producing a two-season feature series on the First Ladies, examining their private lives and the public roles they played in the White House. This week: Helen Taft.” At the link go to the section labeled “Podcast of the Week,” right-click (there or here) First Ladies: Helen Taft, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure Funding 26 mins – “In Europe and other developed countries of the world, infrastructure spending generally is regarded as an investment for the common good of the citizens. In the United States, on the other hand, infrastructure spending is treated in budgeting as an expense rather than an investment. Thus, in recent years Congress has tended to ignore the value of our built assets and to focus on the country’s budget deficit. How can the U.S. make infrastructure improvements given the funding obstacles that exist today? Focusing in particular on transportation infrastructure, the hosts talk with Mort Downey, a Senior Advisor for Parsons Brinckerhoff, who was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1993 to 2001. During his years with the DOT, he helped to double infrastructure funding.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

International Criminal Court 10 mins – “Human rights activist Reed Brody has taken on a huge mission: bringing down dictators across the world. Michel Martin talks with Brody, who has been called a ‘bounty hunter’ for human justice” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jim Henson 51 mins – “Millions of people around the world know the characters: Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy and Big Bird. They all share the same creator: Jim Henson. But while he is best known as the man behind the Muppets, puppetry opened the door to his real love, TV. Henson grew up during the golden age of television and was fascinated with the new medium and its creative possibilities. At 17, he wrangled a job as a puppeteer on a local Washington, D.C., morning show and soon, Jim had his own program. “Sam and Friends” featured a flexible puppet made from his mother’s old felt coat. Its name? Kermit. A new biography explores the life and imagination of Jim Henson. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson’s colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson’s life and legacy.” 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.

Med Care Hot Spots 8 mins – “Dr. Jeffrey Brenner was awarded a MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant this week for improving health care in one of the poorest cities in America: Camden, New Jersey. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Brenner about his experience, and the national health care debate.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical School Loans 52 mins – “Tony Sozzo is back! If you didn’t catch the first episode with Tony, go listen to it HERE. The first question I ask Tony is why medical school, and undergraduate schools are so darn expensive. He gives some good reasons and mentions that about 2/3 of the cost to medical school is actually spent on the student, which is great to hear. The second question I ask Tony is whether or not students should be choosing medical schools based on tuition. The overall answer is a definite NO. When you compare the difference paying back loans, the school that is $10,000 cheaper a year is only saving you XXXX. If one school was more expensive, but I knew it was a better fit for ME, I wouldn’t think twice, and neither should you! Some other things you should think about, how comfortable are you, what is the philosophy of the school, what is the environment? The heart of the topic today is medical school loan repayment options.”At the link (or here) right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  (Good notes and reference links, too.)

MetaLab 62 mins – “Curarium is a collection of collections, an “animated archive,” designed to serve as a model for crowdsourcing annotation, curation, and augmentation of works within and beyond their respective collections. Curarium aims to construct sharable, media-rich stories and elaborate arguments about individual items as well as groups of items within a corpora. The metaLab’s Jeffrey Schnapp, Matthew Battles, and Pablo Barría Urenda describe the Curarium, and its first project to ingest Villa I Tatti’s Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance collection, and build engagement with a wider audience to identify, classify, describe, and analyze the objects in the collection.” Reference is also made Zuniverse, the VIA System, and the Smithsonian American Memory project.   At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mythbusters’ Founder 86 mins – “Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara talks about his work on Star Wars, the Energizer Bunny, the Late Late Show, and more.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Security 57 mins – U.S. Federal District Court Judge Dee Benson served for seven years on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA). He discusses all the elements involved with the controversy over the entire surveillance program including the difference between foreign and domestic surveillance, what privacy entails and the meaning of meta-surveillance operations. Excellent overview.  At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Odors 54 mins – “Scent has been used for millennia to enhance sexual attraction and mask body odour. Cindy Bisaillon examines the psychology and neurology of smell and the fine line between scented sophistication and our own primal animal musk.” At the link (or here) right-click “Download The Seduction of Scent” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Red Cross 27 mins – “The Red Cross turns 150 this year, but is their humanitarian role still relevant? Michael Ignatieff investigates.” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Red Cross Crisis 21 Sept 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20130922-2132a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Problems 20 mins – “We delve into research that suggests about one-third of women (including one of our hosts) experience pain during sex. And we speak with a physical therapist who specializes in various treatment options like pelvic floor massage (who knew?), biofeedback, and specific exercises that can help women deal with this little-discussed but incredibly widespread problem.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.   

Soft Targets 7 mins – “The deadly attack at a mall in Kenya has a lot of people concerned about “soft targets” here in the U.S. Michel Martin speaks to security expert Clark Kent Ervin for more on how locations like malls, sports arenas and churches can stay safe.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Strokes 51 mins – “Strokes kill an estimated 130,000 Americans a year, but fast access to medical treatment can and does save lives. Stroke survivors typically face a number of physical and cognitive disabilities including the inability to speak. For years doctors believed that if a patient could not regain language within a few months to a year after a stroke, prospects for further recovery were limited. But now it’s known that stroke victims, as with those who suffer other types of brain injuries, can continue to make progress years after the initial injury. Guest host Susan Page and stroke rehabilitation experts talk about the recovery process.” 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.

Vaccine Overview 22 mins – “Welcome to The Checkup. Our fifth episode, “Shots: Vaccine Facts and Fictions,” begins with a look at new flu vaccines and the myriad choices consumers have this year (egg-free or short-needle anyone?)  We also discuss the HPV vaccine with a pediatrician who shares her thoughts on why so many adolescents are not taking advantage of this anti-cancer vaccine.  And we take a look at the growing trend of men who suffer from HPV-related cancers, like actor Michael Douglas, who says he got throat cancer from HPV he acquired through cunnilingus. Finally, we talk herd immunity and run through some of the preventable diseases, including whooping cough and measles, that are on the rise.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuela 27 mins – “Ed Butler follows consumer’s quest for goods, the phenomenon of widespread smuggling, and asks whether the government has a plan to tackle the sense of looming economic crisis.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Venezuela – Out of Stock 26 Sept 2013Media files,” right-click “docarchive 20130926-0100a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woodrow Wilson 60 mins – “Our guest is Pulitzer prize-winning author, A. Scott Berg. He discusses his latest work, the newly released biography of President Woodrow Wilson titled, “Wilson.” Berg points out that 2013 is the 100th anniversary of Wilson’s inauguration as the nation’s 28th President.” At the link (or here) right-click”A. Scott Berg, Author, “Wilson” 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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