Media Mining Digest 103 – Nov 1, 2013: Black Girl Nerd, Broadband Activist, Collaborative Politics, Concrete Canoes, Conspiracies and Truth, Dayton’s Wild Horses, Domestic Violence, Double Entry Bookeeping, Drone Strikes Legality, Educational Challenges, Eleanor Roosevelt, Female Combat Leaders, Flu Vaccine Improvement, Gay and Mormon, Helping Others, Internet Porn, Ku Klux Klan, Lavabit’s Ladar Lavison, Li-Fi, Medical Diagnostic Manual, Migrants Crossing Mexico, Migration Policy, Mobility Issues, Nigeria Electrical Power, No Labels Movement, Nollywood, Novartis Research, Parkinson”s Research and Treatment, Personal Finance in Schools, RNA and Virus Research, Slow Codes, Steve Teigs of Tabula, Suboxone, Teen Rapes, Thorium Fuel Cycle, Tobacco Playbook and Prions, Uganda Farm Women

The following audio files come from a larger group of 152 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 37 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Black Girl Nerds 7 mins – “Comic book characters aren’t exactly known for their racial diversity, but now a group of self-proclaimed black girl geeks are trying to change that. Guest Host Celeste Headlee speaks to Grace Gipson, a blogger for Black Girl Nerds, about the lack of black representation in geek culture.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Activist  24 mins – “Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with this interview, you can read a how-to guide he wrote on DSL Reports. Mark documented the times his connection speeds fell, his calls to tech support, and their inability to deliver what they promised. Finally, he helped the CBS Atlanta affiliate to cover Windstream’s failure to deliver service in this video.” At the link right-click “Download this MP3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Collaborative Politics 52 mins – “Monday, we’re live from the Hinckley Institute of Politics with former Utah Governor and former US cabinet secretary Mike Leavitt and his Chief of Staff-turned-business partner Rich McKeown. They’ve published a book that uses their political experience to explore how problems can be solved through collaboration and alliance building.  And could the timing be better?  With the ongoing tumult in Washington, we’ll ask Leavitt and McKeown for their take on the state of American politics and their suggestions for breaking the cycle of discord and deadlock. Governor Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown are co-authors of Finding Allies, Building Alliances. [Amazon|Indiebound] Leavitt and McKeown are also co-founders of Leavitt Partners, a health care consulting firm.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the  pop-up menu.

Concrete Canoes 4 mins “…Competing canoes, built from concrete, have been a staple in civil engineering schools since the 1970s. That exercise serves many functions. Perhaps the most obvious is revealing how engineers produce the unexpected. Beyond that, those fifty students had learned so much about: composite materials, computer aided structural design and stress analysis, fluid dynamics, esthetics, athletics, project management, and fundamental self confidence. Concrete canoes are not nearly as bizarre as they might sound. This one was made from layers of a special concrete that’s just a tad denser than water. The layers are laid on a polystyrene frame with a layer of wire mesh in the middle. The concrete is further reinforced with a scattering of thin steel staples. The result is a long, graceful, five-person canoe. Its walls are half-an-inch thick, and a couple of small Styrofoam plugs are molded in the bow and stern to keep it from sinking, should it be swamped.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download ” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conspiracies and Truth 52 mins – “It was the most famous invasion that never happened. But Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast sure sounded convincing as it used news bulletins and eyewitness accounts to describe an existential Martian attack. The public panicked. Or did it? New research says that claims of mass hysteria were overblown. On the 75th anniversary of the broadcast: How the media manufactured descriptions of a fearful public and why – with our continued fondness for conspiracies – we could be hoodwinked again. Plus, journalism ethics in the age of social media. Can we tweet “Mars is attacking!” with impunity?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dayton’s Wild Horses 52 mins – “Thursday we’re talking about a new film called Running Wild. It profiles the writer, cowboy and conservationist Dayton Hyde.  Hyde was born in Michigan during the Great Depression, and at the age of 13, lured by the glory of wild horses, he ran away to his uncle’s ranch in Oregon, even though he’d never ridden a horse. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley, start a ranching operation, write dozens of books, and create a sanctuary for wild mustangs. The film’s director, Suzanne Mitchell, is among our guests, and she’ll help tell the story of Hyde’s ambitious and colorful life.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domestic Violence 18 mins – “More than 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee spoke with Oliver Williams, a professor of social work who heads the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community at the University of Minnesota. He also co-authored the book Parenting by Men Who batter: New Directions for Assessment and Intervention. Joining them was Michelle Kaminsky of the Domestic Violence Bureau in Brooklyn, N.Y., author of the book Reflections of a Domestic Violence Prosecutor.  Over the past decades, Kaminsky says, there’s been tremendous improvement in how we deal with domestic violence…. Both Kaminksy and Williams say that the cultural attitudes that lead to violence against women still need to change.” 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.

Double Entry Bookkeeping 17 mins – “On the show today, the story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible. Luca Pacioli was a monk, a mathematician, a magician and possibly, the boyfriend of Leonardo da Vinci. Jane Gleeson-White, author of , tells us the story of Pacioli and how his book on mathematics changed business across the planet.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Strikes Legality 51 mins “In new reports two human rights groups, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, challenge the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes. The reports which are based on first hand accounts from northern Pakistan and Yemen documenting civilian casualties and the ongoing impact the killings in the regions. Last week a UN human rights investigator estimated that 2,200 people have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan over the last decade. In May President Obama outlined this country’s policies for using drones. These policies included ‘near- certainty’ that no civilians will be killed or injured. Please join Diane and her [4] guests to discuss the U.S. use of drones.” 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.

Educational Challenges 25 mins – “Are we educating the innovators of tomorrow? We talk about the state of US schools and students in an increasingly global marketplace. Part 1 in an Innovation Hub series on American competitiveness.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eleanor Roosevelt  120 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: Eleanor Roosevelt.” At the link in “Podcast of the Week” right-click (there or here) “First Ladies: Eleanor Roosevelt” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Combat Leaders 27 mins – “Emma Barnett examines which countries in the world do allow women to serve, and contrasts the experiences of three women to present a picture of life for women on the military front line.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Women on the Front Line,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131022-0810a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flu Vaccine Improvement  2 mins – “Even though flu season arrives yearly, certain spots in the U.S. can still end up short on flu vaccines. That’s because the long production process necessitates a set supply and manufacturers can’t respond quickly to sudden spikes in demand. But an experimental new approach may create a flu vaccine that’s easier to produce and, possibly, more effective.” At the link right-click “MP3”  beneath the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay and Mormon 15 mins – “Wendy Montgomery was raised, and raised her children, in the Mormon church. She was part of the church’s campaign to aid a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California. But her faith was shaken when she found out her teenage son is gay. She talks to Tell Me More host Michel Martin about how she came to accept her son and her faith, and is now trying to change the Mormon Church from the inside.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helping Others 4 mins – “A couple of months ago, on a charity called GiveDirectly that’s trying to help poor people in the developing world in an unusual way: by sending them money with no strings attached. The idea behind this is simple. Poor people know what they need, and if you give them money they can buy it. But to some veterans of the charity world, giving cash is worrisome. When we first reported on this we spoke with Carol Bellamy, who used to run UNICEF, and who said people might spend the money on things like alcohol or gambling. To see whether this was actually happening, researchers did an experiment. They surveyed people in Kenya who received money from GiveDirectly, and a similar group of people who didn’t get money. The results from the study are encouraging, says Johannes Haushofer, an economist at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab who was one of the study’s co-authors.”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Porn 54 mins – “Thirty years ago, a peek at a Playboy centrefold was a rite of passage for teenage boys. Today kids as young as ten can view pornography on smart phones. Hassan Ghedi Santur explores the long-term consequences of this burgeoning exposure to pornography.” At the link find the title, “Generation Porn,” right-click (there or here) “Download Generation Porn” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ku Klux Klan  72 mins – “In this program, Indiana University’’s James Madison examines the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s America, with a focus on Indiana. Professor Madison explains how the KKK formed in the South after the Civil War as an organization made up of Confederate veterans fighting against Reconstruction and citizenship for African Americans.” At the link (or here) find and right-click the title, “Ku Klux Klan in 1920s America” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lavabit’s Ladar Lavison 86 mins –  Leo Laporte interviews Ladar Levison,  owner of Lavabit, an encrypted email service that suspended operations after it was ordered to turn over its SSL private key to the government.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Li-Fi 15 mins – “Wi-Fi works well transmitting data in small areas. But its capacity has a limit, and as more and more data is being transmitted, that limit is approaching fast. Harald Haas is using LED lighting as a medium for transmitting data. The optical spectrum is 10,000 times larger than the RF spectrum on which Wi-Fi sits. LEDs can transmit data at 3Gb/sec. They can even achieve this when turned down so low as to appear turned off. This technology promises to change the way we approach data and its uses in the built environment.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Diagnostics Manual 69 mins – “BSP 102 is an interview with Dr. Allen Frances, author of “Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life.” We talk about the factors that are driving the over diagnosis of certain mental illnesses while at the same time many people who really need psychiatric care do not receive it. This is a sobering discussion that closes with practical advice for both patients and those who care for them.” At the link (or here) right-click “102-BSP-Frances.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrants Crossing Mexico 31 mins – “In his new book The Beast, Martinez narrates his eight journeys on top of the freight trains known as La Bestia, on which hundreds of thousands of migrants travel every year across Mexico and up to the U.S. border. It’s a treacherous journey plagued with gang violence, kidnapping, human trafficking, government corruption and the physical dangers inherent in riding for days atop a train. Nonetheless, as Central America is increasingly submerged in drug-related violence, a growing number of Hondurans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans are making this infernal trek. Recent research shows a drastic decrease in immigration from Mexico, while immigration from Central America almost doubled between 2011 and 2012.” At the link click “Download” for English or Spanish podcast and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration Policy 95 mins – “In this panel discussion at the Migration Policy Institute, Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and former Founding Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, discussed the state of rights protection in Europe as well as his agency’s role in this evolving arena…. Other speakers focused on the evolution of the immigrant-rights movement in the United States, with comments by Lucas Guttentag, Founder and former National Director and Senior Advisor of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project; Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Becky Monroe, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General….” At the link find the title, “The Ongoing Challenge of Ensuring Human Rights for Migrants in the European Union and United States,” right-click “Media files 20131021 HumanMigrantRights.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mobility Issues 17 mins – “The “great recession” may be over, but that doesn’t mean that most Americans have access to the opportunities that they used to. Host Michel Martin hears from listeners about how the lack of social and physical mobility is limiting their economic prospects. She discusses the issue with Richard Reeves, a fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nigeria Electrical Power 27 mins – “Neal Razzell spends days and nights in Lagos with the electricity teams who are working to literally bring power to the people.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Lighting Lagos 24 Oct 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131024-0100a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

No Labels Movement 12 mins – “The political organization No Labels says its members are trying to move past partisan politics, and focus on solving problems for the country. But did the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate slow down the No Labels movement? Host Michel Martin speaks once again with Congressmen Reid Ribble, R-WI., and Jim Cooper, D-TN.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nollywood 72 mins – “In less than two decades Nollywood (Nigeria’s booming movie industry) has grown to an estimated value of $250 million, employing over a million people and producing over 1000 films each year. Nollywood’s movies have an audience of millions in Nigeria, throughout Africa and around the world — from Bombay to Brooklyn. But the industry faces big challenges from limited financing opportunities to rampant piracy. Today, in an effort to overcome these challenges, leading filmmakers in Nigeria consider themselves part of a growing movement they call “New Nollywood,” Aimee Corrigan — Co-Director of Nollywood Workshops, a hub for filmmakers in Lagos, Nigeria — and Colin M. Maclay — the Managing Director of the Berkman Center — discuss increased access to new technology and equipment, training, new sources of financing, and alternative distribution that are helping to make Nollywood the envy of filmmakers around the world.” [Typical movie made with a Canon 5D and edited on a laptop.] At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Novartis Research 29 mins – “Keith & Russ talk with Brigitta Tadmore and Amory Johnson from the Novartis pharmaceutical company.  they talk about certain drugs the company has developed for arthritis and an aggressive form of leukemia.  Brigitta & Amory also talk about the drug discovery process and how Novartis picks the researchers & scientists who work for the company.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parkinson’s Research and Treatment 51 mins – “Every year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The devastating neurological disorder occurs when cells in the brain don’t produce enough dopamine. Parkinson’s is marked by tremors, stiff muscles and slow movement. The exact causes are unknown but experts believe it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For most patients, Parkinson’s gets progressively worse. Actor and Parkinson’s patient Michael J. Fox stars in a new TV show about a man living with Parkinson’s. As public awareness increases, Diane and a panel of [3] experts discuss the reality for most patients and the latest treatments.” 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.

Personal Finance in Schools 51 mins – “This Week: Financial Health. Money can motivate us in all sorts of ways. Change your job. Pick one house over another. And in some instances, change our behavior. We spend time this week with two folks who have done that: using money to lose weight. Workplaces are also getting into the act. Using financial carrots and sticks to encourage healthier lifestyles for their workers. Plus, how should we learn about personal finance? With schools? And get some answers to these personal finance puzzles: When should you put a home on the market? What’s the math behind taking money out of your portfolio if you don’t want go back to work?” At the link find the title, “10-18-13 Marketplace Money – Financial Health,” right-click “Media files marketplace money v2_20131018_64.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

RNA and Virus Research 74 mins –  Hosts Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit visit the University of Texas at Austin and meet up with guests Robert Krug and Christopher Sullivan to talk about their work on influenza virus and microRNAs; cutting edge research in molecular bio sciences. At the link right-click “TWIV 255” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slow Codes 32 mins – “Host Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the Slow Code: the Code Blue procedure that’s all show and no go. He examines the grey ethics of doctors going through the motions of CPR without actually trying to save a life.” At the link find the title, “Slow Code,” right-click “Media files whitecoat 20131019_88436.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Teigs of Tabula 59 mins – “Steve Teig, president and CTO of Tabula, believes entrepreneurs get the most from life by committing fully to “making work you love.” In this expansive talk, Teig shares how to turn fear into a superpower, and weaves together insights from his career to explain the importance of always striving and why life is too short to not work with nice people.”  At the link click “Podcast” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suboxone 16 mins – “There’s a pill called Suboxone that treats addiction to heroin and pain pills like oxycontin. Doctors and addicts say it’s amazing. “It was the best thing that ever happened,” one heroin addict told us. “I was like OH. MY. LORD. This is a miracle pill.” The government spent tens of millions of dollars developing Suboxone. Doctors can prescribe it in their offices. But a lot of people who want it can’t get it from a doctor, so they have to buy it on the street. Today on the show: Why people have to turn to drug dealers to get a pill that fights addiction.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teen Rapes 18 mins – “Missouri teen Daisy Coleman says she was raped last year by a high school senior after she snuck out of her house. Tell Me More‘s parenting roundtable talks about the story and how to keep teenagers safe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thorium Fuel Cycle 28 mins – The second topic of this four-topic program concerns problems with replacing uranium with safer thorium in nuclear power reactors. Here’s a list of all the topics with their respective links to printed information: Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function;Poor concentration: Poverty reduces brainpower needed for navigating other areas of lifeUranium 233Thorium Fuel CycleSydney SkeptiCamp 2013Trans Tasman 3 Minute Thesis Competition 20133 Minute Thesis Competition.  At the link right-click “download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tobacco Playbook and Prions 32 mins – “The BMJ, BMJ Open, Heart, Thorax, and Tobacco control – all journals in BMJ’s stable, have announced they will no longer carry research funded in part, or in whole, by the tobacco industry. Fiona Godlee, BMJ Editor in chief, explains what that means, and Allen Brandt, professor of the history of science at Harvard University, gives us a potted history of the way in which the tobacco industry has manipulated science. Also this week, Sebastian Brandner, professor of neuropathology at UCL, explains his research into the population prevalence of the prion which causes [Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease] vCJD.” At the link find the title, “Tobacco industry vs science, vCJD in the UK,” right-click “Media files 115958986-bmjgroup tobacco industry vs science.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Uganda Farm Women 27 mins – “The toils and tribulations of Polly Apio a smallholder in rural Uganda, where men own the land, but women toil in the fields to provide the food to feed their families.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Women Farmers,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131021-0806a.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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