Media Mining Digest 100 – Oct 11, 2013: Broadband in Washington, Cable Business, Chasing Ice, Cleveland Clinic, Drones That Kill, Farming in America, Florence Harding, Government Shutdown, Human Trafficking, Immigrant Parent Deportations, Issues of Equality, Leanness Is Transmissible, Making Public Radio, Molecular Diagnostics, Monarch Butterfly Plight, Patent Trolls, Science Communication, Voice-over Artist, Waste in NYC, Working Dogs

The following audio files come from a larger group of 138 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 20 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Other groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Broadband in Washington 19 mins – “With a population of over 9,000 just across Puget Sound from Seattle, Poulsbo is a town with a lot of commuters and a vision for improved access to the Internet to allow more to reduce the physical need to travel. City Council member Ed Stern joins us for the 66th episode of Community Broadband Bits to discuss their plan. We talk about the history of Noanet and Kitsap Public Utility District investing in fiber networks, only to have the state legislature restrict the business models of such entities in a bid to protect private providers (that have repaid that kindness by refusing to invest in much of the state).”  At the link find the title “Poulsbo Wireless Mesh Pilot Extends Internet in Washington – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #66,” right-click there or here download this Mp3 file directly from here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Cable Business 17 mins – “If you have cable, your bill has probably doubled over the past decade. The rise is largely driven by fees for channels you have to pay for, whether you want them or not. ESPN alone is costing you more than $5 a month — even if you never watch it. On today’s show, we answer the question every cable subscriber has asked: Why can’t I just pay for the channels I want? For more on the cable business, see our post, The Most (And Least) Expensive Cable Channels, In 1 Graph, and Adam Davidson’s column, The ‘Mad Men’ Economic Miracle.” At the link find the title, “#488: The Secret History Of Your Cable Bill,” right-click “Media files npr 227016826.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chasing Ice 30 mins – “The acclaimed documentary film Chasing Ice chronicles the work of photographer and environmentalist James Balog, who has been at the forefront of documenting earth’s melting polar ice cap. This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from the film’s director, Jeff Orlowski, who started out as a part of Balog’s team and eventually assumed the role of documenting the documenter.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cleveland Clinic  58 mins – “Our guest is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, who discusses his twenty-five year career at the clinic. He speaks about the future of medical costs in the U.S., the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act, referred to as Obamacare, and comments on remarks made by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), among others, regarding the clinic’s upcoming jobs and budget cuts.” He also discusses the impact of his dyslexia. At the link find the title, “Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO, The Cleveland Clinic,” right-click “Media files qa092913.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones That Kill  55 mins – “What is permissible and what is ethical behaviour in war? The American military’s use of drones brings with it uncomfortable moral questions. Journalist Naheed Mustafa visits Pakistan and explores the dilemmas posed by drone warfare.” At the link find the title “How We Kill In War,” right-click (there or here) “Download How We Kill In War” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming in America 53 mins – “With an uncertain future for the mighty “Farm Bill” – major legislation embracing agricultural subsidies and nutrition programs – we take a look at how farmers became such powerful players in American politics, and American life.  In the 18th Century, Thomas Jefferson saw farmers as ideal citizens, whose agricultural lifestyle would uphold a virtuous republic. Just 2% of Americans live on farms today, however, yet the republic persists – however virtuous – and farmers still loom large in the national consciousness…  From railroad companies to anti-imperialists, the image of the “yeoman farmer” has served many different ends over the years, and served to anchor one of the most successful government lobbies in history.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Florence Harding 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: Florence Harding.” At the link find the title, “First Ladies: Florence Harding,” right-click “Media files flotus093013 harding.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Shutdown 51 mins – “In President Barack Obama’s words yesterday, “One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government shut down major parts of the government because they didn’t like one law.” That one law is the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday a key provision of the law which allows individuals without affordable insurance to shop for policies went into effect. Tea Party Republicans and their supporters in the House demanded that the law be defunded or at least delayed in exchange for averting a government shutdown. Senate Democrats and the president were unwilling to budge. Diane and her [3] guests discuss what’s different about this impasse and where we go from here.” 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.

Human Trafficking 51 mins – “A young, educated British woman was spending an idyllic weekend in Italy with her seemingly charming boyfriend she knew for five years. But the day she was supposed to return home, he threatened to kill her younger brothers if she didn’t help him pay off debts. For the next six months, she was forced to work as a prostitute. She wrote a memoir about her escape and how her captor remains at large. This young woman is one of an estimated 20 million people who are trafficked for sex or forced labor worldwide. We talk with her and a panel of [4] guests about new efforts to combat modern slavery. 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.

Immigrant Parent Deportations 11 mins – “Over the last few years, thousands of undocumented parents have been deported or detained by the federal government. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with professor and social worker Monica Faulker, and NPR’s Ted Robbins, about the process and its effects.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Issues of Equality 60 mins – “Tyler Cowen of George Mason University and blogger at Marginal Revolution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Average is Over. Cowen takes a provocative look at how the growing power of artificial intelligence embodied in machines and technologies might change labor markets and the standard of living. He tries to predict which people and which skills will be complementary to smart machines and which people and which skills will struggle.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leanness Is Transmissible 51 mins –  Vincent Racaniello and Michelle Swanson on This Week in Microbiology discuss recent, comprehensive, elegant and significant research that reveals how the human gut microbiota can modulate obesity in mice.

Making Public Radio 46 mins – “Today we’re exploring how public radio works by hearing stories from some of the people who have really figured it out. Ira Glass will talk about how stories work and why natural sound doesn’t really matter. Terry Gross talks about the basics of doing an interview, and she tells the story of one conversation that went terribly wrong. We’ll also hear from Robert Krulwich and from Jad Abumrad of Radiolab on the importance of failure and how you stay relevant in a form that’s been around for a very long time.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Molecular Diagnostics  58 mins – “Serial entrepreneur Dr. Matthew Rabinowitz discusses how letting go of ego can empower entrepreneurs to solve problems that change the quality of life. As the founder of molecular diagnostics company Natera, Rabinowitz also shares unique financing insights, the value of being irreverent, and ways to manage your entrepreneurial destiny for as long possible.” At the link find the title, “There is Always a Way Forward – Matthew Rabinowitz (Natera),” right-click “Media files rabinowitz131002.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monarch Butterfly Plight 51 mins – “Bright orange with black and white markings, the Monarch butterfly is one of our most charismatic insect species. Monarchs are among the few insects that migrate, and the way they migrate is one of the most fascinating among all animals. Weighing less than a paper clip, with a wingspan of only four inches, generations of monarchs fly hundreds to thousands of miles south each autumn. They over-winter in Mexico, Florida and southern California, before making the voyage north each spring. Last year’s winter count of Monarchs was the lowest since record keeping began 20 years ago. Scientists fear the number could be even smaller this year. In this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her [3] guests discuss why the monarch population is shrinking and how we can help preserve their habitat.” 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.

Patent Trolls 85 mins – Special guest Lee Cheng, from Newegg and Jonathan Bailey discuss patent trolls, copyright in curriculum, and more. The bulk of the podcast is devoted to patent trolls.  At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Science Communication 43 mins – “Our special issue on science communication: an open-access sting by John Bohannon; Jon Cohen on mysterious conferences; Jennifer Couzin-Frankel discusses negative results; Dan Kahan outlines the failures of communication in vaccine promotion.”At the link find the title, “Science Podcast – The dark side of open-access publishing, mysterious conferences, misperceptions about negative results, and vaccine communication,” right-click “Media files SciencePodcast 131004.mp3” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Voice-over Artist 69 mins – Host Leo Laporte interviews Bob Bergen, voice actor best known as the voice of Porky Pig, who talks about his roles in video games, animated and live-action movies. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste in NYC 23 mins – “You may not give a second thought (or backward glance) to what the toilet whisks away after you do your business. But we got wondering — where would we wind up if we thought of flushing as the start, and not the end, of a journey? In this short, we head out to trace the trail of sludge…from Manhattan, to wherever poop leads us. This all started back when we were working on our Guts show, and author Frederick Kaufman told us about getting sucked in to the mystery of what happens to poop in New York City. Robert and producer Pat Walters decided to take Fred’s advice and pay a visit to the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant… which turned out to be just the beginning of a surprisingly far-ranging quest.” At the link find the title “Poop Train,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Dogs 40 mins – ” We talk to Cat Warren about her memoir What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs. Warren explains how she and her German shepherd Solo have assisted several North Carolina law enforcement agencies. Solo has become a skilled cadaver dog and Warren explains how canine noses can be trained to locate missing people, drowning victims 200 feet below the water surface and unmarked Civil War graves.” At the link find the title, “What the Dog Knows,” right-click “Media files what-the-dog-knows.mp3” 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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