The following audio files come from a larger group of 153 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 22 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Amazon Reviewers 19 mins – “We recently became obsessed with a strange, select club: The top rated reviewers on Amazon. These are ordinary people — not Amazon employees — who write and record hundreds of astonishingly detailed reviews on Amazon. At this moment, is Michael Erb (Amazon screen name, M. Erb). He’s has reviewed more than 850 products, ranging from telescopes to facial wipes. On today’s show, we talk to Erb and another top reviewer, and we try to figure out: Why do they spend so much time and effort reviewing stuff on Amazon?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ashoka 64 mins – “Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton shares new ideas on how the world can transition to a place where everyone is a contributing change-maker. Drayton also sits down in conversation with Stanford Professor Tina Seelig to discuss critical skills for changemakers, the possibilities for collaborative entrepreneurship, and the importance of giving yourself permission to make change.” At the link click “Podcast,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the audio file.
Bioethics 52 mins – “When the human genome was mapped a decade ago, the ability to uncover our genetic secrets became a reality. But for many years, the price of accessing genetic information for individuals was sky-high. Now, technology has rapidly advanced and numerous companies offer personal genetic testing for a few hundred dollars. A simple saliva test can reveal genetic links to certain diseases, health conditions and ancestry. And a California company was recently awarded a patent for a process that would allow parents to select traits like hair and eye color for unborn children. Diane and a panel of  experts discuss the science and ethics of personal genetic testing.” 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.
Citizen Activists 57 mins – “It’s the largest corporate fine in American history — $13 billion. That’s the amount JPMorgan Chase will reportedly pay to settle civil charges around its alleged manipulation of mortgage securities… What does the settlement tell us about the corruption of American capitalism? This week on Moyers & Company Bill Moyers poses that question to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gretchen Morgenson, a columnist for The New York Times. Bill also speaks to historian and author Peter Dreier ….”who says “..we discussed the growing activism on economic, social, and environmental justice issues that is sweeping the country. Drawing lessons from my book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, I observed that the United States is now at a critical turning point, with the “unholy alliance” of Wall Street, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tea Party, and the Religious Right unraveling in front of us, creating openings for progressives to challenge the corporate and conservative establishment….” One key tactic is a law suit about the use of eminent domain by Richmond, California, to seize foreclosed houses from banks that are sold to homeowners at current values. At the link find the title, “Full Show: Saving Democracy is Up to Citizen Activists,” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 242Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Entrepreneurs 60 mins – “Though the stereotype of “nerd” might involve a white male with a laptop, white males lag behind minorities and women in many categories of social media and technology use. But current investments in new technology don’t not match the consumers of these technologies. According to the Kaufmann Foundation, only 4% of venture capital of any kind goes to female tech entrepreneurs. In this talk, Cheryl Contee — Partner at Fission Strategy, co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics, and Affiliate of the Berkman Center — explores the gap between creators and consumers, and suggests we are in an “innovation intermission,” poised on the threshold of another great wave of technological creativity brought about by the democratization of tools and education.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Flu Facts 21 mins – “Words can be used to mislead about vaccines. ” At the link find the title, “Quackcast 126: What are words for?” right-click ” Media files podcast_130.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Haiti Health Problems 59 mins – “Report from Haiti: rebuilding research & training programs in the aftermath of 2010 earthquake. Please join us for an update of the situation in Haiti from Dr. Jean “Bill” Pape, longtime NIH grantee and founder of GHESKIO, the world’s first institution dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. Since the January earthquake, Dr. Pape and his GHESKIO colleagues have been providing care for about 7,000 homeless people camped on its campus in downtown Port-au-Prince. They have provided emergency surgery and rehabilitation care to 3,000 trauma victims, scaled-up tuberculosis screening and treatment for 2,000 patients, and continued HIV services for 22,000 patients… GHESKIO, an acronym for Groupe Hatien d’tude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infectieuses Opportunistes…has provided continuous medical care in Haiti since 1982—never once shutting its doors or charging fees. GHESKIO is also committed to continuing its research and research training activities, which have been supported by NIH for more than two decades. A Haitian physician, Dr. Pape graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1975 and returned to Haiti in 1979. He is an international leader in the fight against AIDS and the provision of health care for the resource-poor.” [2010 presentation six months after earthquake] At the link right-click the “Play” button below “Podcast Information” at the page bottom and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Video version with images is better than the audio.
Human Rights Issues 54 mins – “American scholar Martha Nussbaum explores how human rights might be best approached on the basis of capabilities. This lecture is part of series of talks called Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights.” At the link find the title, “Fragile Freedoms – Martha Nussbaum,” right-click “Download Fragile Freedoms – Martha Nussbaum” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hydrocodone Control 52 mins – “Last week, the FDA recommended tightening the way narcotic painkillers are regulated. The proposed changes on drugs containing hydrocodone are expected to go into effect next year. The move comes following a rapid spike in painkiller prescription as well as what many public health experts believe is an epidemic of abuse. It’s estimated that 100,000 people have died from overdoses in the last decade. But for patients struggling with pain, and for some doctors on the frontlines, the proposed restrictions go too far. Diane and her  guests discuss the use and abuse of prescription painkillers.” 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.
Hydrogel 20 mins – “Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Glenn Prestwich, PhD. Dr. Prestwich is the Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Utah. He is also the Director for two Utah Centers of Excellence for technology commercialization: Center for Cell Signaling, and the Center for Therapeutic Biomaterials. Dr. Prestwich discusses his experience in translating cutting edge research from the bench to the bedside.” He focuses in this episode on the use of hydrogel to promote wound healing and rebuilding tissue defects. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Masterpiece Theater 52 mins – “The executive producer of TV’s “Masterpiece Theatre” series talks about her decades-long career and why she first turned down “Downton Abbey.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Middle East Conflicts 52 mins – Oil in the Middle East/Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World by David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Middle East Program, Wilson Center presented at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Ottoway provides a comprehensive and well-rounded overview of the many interacting facets of the Middle-East which make it so difficult for outsiders (probably insiders, too) to understand what is going on and why. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Millennial Leadership 54 mins – “Millennials are heralded as the future leaders of the world but the millions of people born between 1980 and 2000 are already making an impact in politics, business, not-for-profits and the arts. In his book Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World, one of the emerging voices of the Millennial generation, author, filmmaker and social entrepreneur David D. Burstein examines his fellow Millennials. What makes Millennials the way they are? Is it coming of age amidst the war on terror? What are the effects of Baby Boomer parents? For a generation who’s grown up amidst in a challenging economic and political environment in the most rapidly-changing era of technology the world has ever seen, one thing is certain: Millennials are used to adapting to the rapid pace of change. On October 28, join David D. Burstein and Guest Host Rachel Wold as they examine the forces that have shaped their generation and peer into the future of a world guided by Millennial leadership.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Murdoch’s World 52 mins – “This week in London, two former editors of the now defunct tabloid News of the World face trial over the phone hacking scandal that bubbled over in July 2011. The incident rocked the media world and the man who sits on its top — Rupert Murdoch. It resulted in the closure of the 168-year-old paper, led to Murdoch breaking his company apart and isolated him from his family. Yet as NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik reports in his new book, Murdoch was undaunted. Folkenflik traces the Murdoch story to his home in Australia, as a son determined not to make the same mistakes as his father. David Folkenflik joins Diane to discuss his new book “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires'” 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.
Podcasting Basics 53 mins – “What if you need to move your podcast RSS feed? I tell you how I accomplished this with one of the feeds we have at my work via a special RSS tag (see the links section…for the code). Also discussed is the number of episodes you’ll see listed on your iTunes page. The answer is up to 300. If you have more than 300 episodes, congrats and don’t fret, all your episodes will be available to everyone once they subscribe. Finally, I discuss the decision to include html tags in your RSS feed’s description tag. Some apps don’t display these tags and if they do they’re not clickable. However, more and more apps are starting to accept and honor code and links which could be a new way to get your audience to interact with your podcast.I recorded this episode slightly different. I used the ATR2100 directly into the computer via USB and recorded into audio editing software. The results sound fantastic and it goes to show you don’t need a lot of money to produce an awesome sounding show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Party Conflict 52 mins – “The recent government shutdown highlighted the intense conflict between political parties today, but it also showed how critical conflict within them can be too. With Tea Party Republicans squaring off against some within their own party, the shutdown offered a reminder of the powerful role that party factions can play, and have often played in American history. Disagreements within parties have shifted the terms of debate, forced new agendas onto the political stage, even birthed new parties altogether. So in this episode of BackStory. Peter, Ed, and Brian peer inside our political parties and explore some of the influential factions that have left a mark on the American political landscape – from the Radical Republicans after the Civil War, to the Dixiecrats after World War II. Plus, they look back to the early Republic and a time before the formation of party organizations, when “faction” was the only game in town.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Progeria 52mins – “Wednesday we’re profiling the film Life According to Sam. Massachusetts teenager Sam Berns has a genetic syndrome called progeria. The name means “prematurely old” and though it’s rare, children with the condition show dramatic signs of aging like balding, wrinkled skin, bone loss and heart problems. But Sam’s parents – both doctors – weren’t willing to accept that he might only live 13 years and they set out to find a treatment. We’ll talk to Sam’s mother Dr. Leslie Gordon and filmmakers Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine about family, commitment, sacrifice and hope.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Retirement Investing 18 mins – “What Should I Do Now? This is one of the most common questions Paul receives. He discuss an email that ends (after a lot of detail), “What would be the best way for us to continue to grow the value of our investments for now and to generate income with potential continued growth upon retirement?” In other words, “What should I do now?” Paul offers listeners a handful of articles, podcasts and books that will prepare you to answer some of the biggest financial questions of your life: How much should I have in stocks and bonds? What stocks and bonds should I own? How much do I need to retire? How much should I take out of my investments in retirement? What do I need to know about my investments to plan for retirement?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saudia Arabia 52 mins – “This weekend, dozens of women drove in a protest to win greater rights in Saudi Arabia — the only country that does not issue driver’s licenses to women. While the kingdom’s human rights record recently came under fire from the U.N., the organization offered Saudi Arabia a seat on its Security Council. In a surprise move, the Saudis declined the offer, sending a message about the effectiveness of the Council and recent U.S. Middle East policy. The Saudis are said to be angry over the Obama administration’s perceived weakness in dealing with Syria and its recent overtures toward Saudi’s arch-enemy, Iran. Diane and her  guests discuss new pressures on Saudi Arabia at home and abroad.” 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.
Science Funding Issues 52 mins – ““Sorry, closed for business.” That sign hung on doors of national laboratories when the US government shut down. What that meant for one Antarctic researcher: her critically important work was left out in the cold. So just what do we lose when public funds for science fade? The tools for answering big questions about our universe for one, says a NASA scientist … while one of this year’s Nobel Prize winners fears that it is driving our young researchers to pursue their work overseas. Yet one scientist says public funding isn’t even necessary; privatizing science would be more productive. Plus, an award-winning public-private research project changes the way we use GPS … and a BBC reporter on the fate of international projects when Americans hang up their lab coats.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Entrepreneurs 60 mins – “The stereotypes of those who are tech-savvy don’t necessarily match the reality. Whites in America currently lag behind all other ethnicities in their use of advanced internet services, smartphones and social media. Women are more likely than men to use mobile social media. Mothers are one of advertisers’ most targeted demographic and 93% of American moms use the internet, compared to 60-70% of the U.S. overall population. But current investments in new technology don’t not match the consumers of these technologies. According to the Kaufmann Foundation, only 4% of venture capital of any kind goes to female tech entrepreneurs… Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online…..” At the link under “Download media” right-click “MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Impact 71 mins – Host Leo Laporte interviews Tom Standage, digital editor at The Economist and author of the new book “Writing On The Wall: Social Media, The First 2,000 Years“. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow 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 here. Free 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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