Media Mining Digest 105 – Nov 15, 2013: Alcoholic Women, Apple Farming, Boko Haram, Cancer Patient, Chelyabinsk Asteroid, Drones, E-books International, Education SuperHighway, Energy Issues, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, Golden Rules of Medicine, Immigration Border Issues, Immigration Insights, Immigration Laws, Indonesia Health Plan, John F. Kennedy, Machiavelli, Malaria Changes, Medicaid Coverage, Political Activism, Rabies, Rape in Congo, Reason in the Modern World, Roman History Challenged, Technological Concerns, Time Thru the Ages, U.S. Terrorism

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 27 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Alcoholic Women 41 mins – Ann Dowsett Johnston, “Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol,” speaks with Anne Herron, Office of Policy, Planning & Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about an increasing number of women who are alcoholics. At the link in the After Words section right-click (there or here) “Ann Dowsett Johnston, “Drink” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple Farming 58 mins – “Ah, the New England family farm: a romantic notion disappearing into the 21st century or achievable dream for those who envision an alternative lifestyle? When Barney Hodges took over his family’s apple orchard fifteen years ago, he and his new wife, Chris, wanted to make a life and raise a family on the land they love. What followed is a story of hard work, community, land stewardship, global influence and the rise of the local food movement… farmers Christiana and Barney Hodges  share their vision and story with Host Kate Ebner. Discover how an apple orchard in Vermont’s remote Champlain Valley can actually serve as a microcosm of the world in issues small and large. Think what happens in the apple business in Vermont has nothing to do with you? Think again.” The farm is Sunrise Orchards. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boko Haram 8 mins – “Hundreds of people have been killed in northern Nigeria this year. The violence is blamed on Boko Haram, an extremist group that claims to be fighting against westernization. Host Michel Martin learns more from NPR’s Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who recently visited the town where Boko Haram was born.” At the link right-clcik “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Patient  54 mins -S. Lochlann Jain, author of “Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us,” speaks with Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins about being a patient, cancer research, cancer politics, trends and failings. At the link find and right-click (there or here) “S. Lochlann Jain, “Malignant”  and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chelyabinsk Asteroid 10 mins – “The asteroid impact near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on 15 February 2013 was the largest airburst on Earth since the 1908 Tunguska event, causing a natural disaster in an area with a population exceeding one million. Because it occurred in an era with modern consumer electronics, field sensors, and laboratory techniques, unprecedented measurements were made of the impact event and the meteoroid that caused it. Here, we document the account of what happened, as understood now, using comprehensive data obtained from astronomy, planetary science, geophysics, meteorology, meteoritics, and cosmochemistry, and from social science surveys. A good understanding of the Chelyabinsk incident provides a unique opportunity to calibrate the event, with implications for the study of near-Earth objects and developing hazard mitigation strategies for planetary protection.” (60 authors) At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones 73 mins – “This week, we have a friend and long time listener of the show on! Tom “Damage” Minnick had an opportunity to attend the DC Drone Users Conference and he tells us about some of the cool things he was able to take away from this meeting.”  This podcast offers a good discussion from experienced older hobbyists who build and fly model drones. The half-way point starts a discussion of the legal, safety and political issues, and problems with less responsible newcomers that we’ve seen in the popular news on the topic. At the link (or here) beside “Direct download:” right-click “TCC_235.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-books International 39 mins – “Moving beyond borders is a longstanding ambition of the UN, but only recently, one that the publishing industry might reasonably dream about.  Not very long ago, territories and markets were clearly delineated.  Crossing from one to the other meant surmounting daunting obstacles. Not so in 2013. And as one would expect, the driving force is technology. “What we’re seeing in both North America and around the world is that the majority of the people – and there are exceptions to this – are not buying the devices because they want to own an e-reader or they want to own a tablet,” explained Giovanni Mancini, director of product management and head of e-marketing at E Ink. “What they’re really buying into is an experience.  They want the experience of reading a book, they want the experience of losing themselves in the story.  So, to the extent that a device enables that, that device becomes popular.  If the device gets in the way of that, then that device becomes less of a popular adopted device around the world.” At the link fidnd the title “Ebooks Beyond Borders,” right-click “Media files BeyondBorders.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education SuperHighway 18 mins – ” This week’s podcast features an interview with Education SuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell to discuss how we can make sure all schools have the Internet access they need to succeed. Education SuperHighway has a plan for connecting all schools with a fiber connection while also decreasing the need for long term federal funding of school connectivity. We talk about how this can be achieved, as well as the role local ownership can play in ensuring schools get the connectivity they need today and tomorrow without exploding their telecommunications budgets. This is an important discussion as the FCC is taking comments on how the E-Rate program should be reformed….Education SuperHighway has made a convincing case for its approach and we would encourage any comments that reinforce a preference for local, publicly owned networks as a smart solution.” At the link find the title, “Education SuperHighway Wants Better Broadband for Schools – Community Broadband Bits Episode #71,” right-click “Media files comm-bb-bits-podcast71-Evan Marwell-esh.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Issues 52 mins – “Forty years ago, the Arab embargo began a long era of U.S. dependence on foreign oil. And as recently as 2007, experts feared America was running out of natural gas. But the recent fracking boom has made the U.S. the world’s largest energy producer. And in December, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania together produced 1.5 million barrels of oil a day — more than Iran exported. But as the U.S. moves toward energy independence, environmental advocates warn of dangerous trade-offs on air and water quality, and on climate change. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: Diane and a panel of [4] experts discuss the changing global energy picture.” 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.

First Lady Mamie Eisenhower 93 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: Mamie Eisenhower.” At the link find and right-click (there or here)  the title, “First Ladies: Mamie” Eisenhower ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Golden Rules of Medicine 39 mins – “1. First, do no harm. 2, Always be professional 3. Show respect for everyone you work with. 4. Always acknowledge your mistakes with patients…  6. Don’t go searching for zebras. Always think about what is the most common and likely diagnosis. 7. Don’t order a test just because you can bill for it. ..  8. Don’t start drinking alcohol or doing drugs when you’re stressed or burned out – get help! 9. Go with your gut – when someone doesn’t look good or something is not going well, speak up – trust your instincts. 10. Get help from those with more experience when you need it. 11. Don’t argue with your colleagues from other departments/services… 12. Always document EVERYTHING. If it wasn’t documented, in the legal world it never happened. 13. Be careful about giving out medical advice to family and friends – if the person is not your patient and something goes wrong, you can be held liable. 14. When dealing with difficult patients, always keep in mind that it’s not personal ….  15. Don’t offer something to a patient that you don’t think makes sense… 16. Always try to abide by the principle of beneficence: doing something that will promote the well-being of the patient…. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Border Issues 90 mins – “U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher is among panelists discussing U.S. border security measures, the impact of these measures on local communities and commerce, and the wider consequences of border security-related actions during a panel at the 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference convened October 31, 2013 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., Georgetown University Law Center, and the Center for Migration Studies of New York. The panel was moderated by Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Migration. The other panelists joining Chief Fisher were Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; and Fernando Garcia, Executive Director, Border Network for Human Rights.” At the link find the title, “A New Reality at the Border: Assessing Current Conditions and Considerations for Future Policy Download, ” right-click “Media files 20131031 NewReality.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Insights 83 mins – “During this panel discussion at the 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference convened October 31, 2013 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., Georgetown University Law Center, and the Center for Migration Studies of New York, panelists discussed the state of play of immigration policy and politics in Washington and in the states, the changing dynamics, and mobilizations underway by advocacy groups on both sides of the debate. The panel discussion was moderated by Doris Meissner, who directs MPI’s U.S. immigration policy program. The panelists were Roy Beck, President and CEO of Numbers USA; Fawn Johnson, National Journal Correspondent; Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker; Bruce A. Morrison, Chair of the Morrison Public Affairs Group; and Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy & Policy, United We Dream.” At the link find the title, “State of Play: Insights from the Field and Washington on the Immigration Reform Debate,” right-click “Media files20131031 StateofPlay.mp3”  and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Laws 75 mins – “During this panel discussion at the 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference convened October 31, 2013 by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., Georgetown University Law Center, and the Center for Migration Studies of New York, panelists discussed the political, public policy, and implementation lessons from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and from recent programs, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The panel was moderated by Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies. The panelists were Muzaffar Chishti, Director of the MPI Office at NYU School of Law; Charles Kamasaki, Executive Vice President, National Council of La Raza; and Jan C. Ting, Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law.” At the link find the title, “Lessons from the Past: Looking to IRCA and Other Programs in Reforming the US Immigration System,” right-click “20131031_IRCA.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indonesia Health Plan 23 mins – ” Can Indonesia create the world’s largest public health system? Claire Bolderson investigates.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Indonesia: The Humungous Healthcare Plan,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131107-0030b.mp3″and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John F.Kennedy 54 mins – “U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated fifty years ago. Michael Enright looks at the man, the myth and the assassination. He speaks to Kennedy biographer Robert Dallek, and to legendary prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.” At the link find the title “The Enright Files – John F. Kennedy,” right-click (there or here) “Download The Enright Files – John F. Kennedy” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Machiavelli 54 mins – “Niccolo Machiavelli’s name is synonymous with treachery. His book, The Prince, has inspired political leaders around the world. Yet some scholars believe that it’s a brilliant satire. Nicola Luksic explores the case for both sides.” At the link find the title, “Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox,” right-click (there or here) “Download Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Changes 7 mins – “Malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium vivax has long been an afterthought in both public health plans and in research funding. One of the five Plasmodium species that cause malaria in humans, P. vivax is often overshadowed by its more lethal cousin, P. falciparum. Now, new recognition of the severe disease that P. vivax can cause and its ability to elude many of the standard malaria control measures have prompted researchers and policymakers to give the parasite new attention. The parasite has a number of tricks, however, that make it a formidable foe.” At the link right-click “Download the interview” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicaid Coverage 17 mins – “Interview with Prof. Sara Rosenbaum on the health care safety net, Medicaid expansion, and access to care.” At the link right-click “Download ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Activism 53 mins – Sam Daley-Harris, president and founder of RESULTS Education Fund; author, Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government  tells us how to generate political will to end poverty, end childhood hunger, change climate warming or any other difficult and seemingly impossible condition by ordinary citizens through constant efforts at communication with politicians and the public, raising awareness which leads to action. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rabies 32 mins – “What do you do in the face of a monstrous disease with a 100% fatality rate? In this short, a Milwaukee doctor tries to knock death incarnate off its throne. In the fall of 2004, Jeanna Giese checked into the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with a set of puzzling symptoms … and her condition was deteriorating fast. By the time Dr. Rodney Willoughby saw her, he only knew one thing for sure: if Jeanna’s disturbing breakdown turned out to be rabies, she was doomed to die.” Think about the fact that the virus travels up the nerves, yet appears in the saliva!  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rape in Congo 8 mins – “The eastern Congo is known to some as the ‘rape capital of the world’ because nearly 50 women are raped there every hour. Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist, has put his practice, and his life on the line, to help save these women. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with him about his work.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reason in the Modern World 72 mins – “John Ralston Saul, author and head of PEN International, speaks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, Voltaire’s Bastards, and the role of reason in the modern world. Saul argues that the illegitimate offspring of the champions of reason have led to serious problems in the modern world. Reason, while powerful and useful, says Saul, should not be put on a pedestal above other values including morality and common-sense. Saul argues that the worship of reason has corrupted public policy and education while empowering technocrats and the elites in dangerous and unhealthy ways.” He also says that values vary over history.  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roman History Challenged 60 mins – “Ok, it’s time for another Project History Cage match! For centuries scholars have looked to Rome as a shining beacon of antiquity. This point of view has become so prevalent that even in pop culture Rome is treated as the pinnacle of the ancient world. But was it? That will be the subject for today’s cage match. Rome: Overrated? Roifield Brown of How Jamaica Conquered the World; Zack Twamley of When Diplomacy Fails; Jordan Harbour of Twilight Histories; Jamie Redfern of a History of Hannibal and a History of Alexander; Ray Harris of A History of World War Two; And me, Jamie Jeffers (aka Attila the Bum, aka Brennus the Menace, aka Alaric the something that rhymes with Alaric), of The British History Podcast.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technological Concerns 64 mins – Leo Laporte talks with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel who talk about their new book “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy“.  Robert Scobel and Shel Israel  discuss where technology is taking us. Scobel “…is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author…best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43.”  Israel “… is a writer and speaker on social media issues. He co-authored with Robert Scoble the book Naked Conversations, How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers (John Wiley & Son 2006).”

Time Thru the Ages 52 mins – “It’s fall back once again, and so to celebrate that extra hour, we’re dedicating ours to an exploration of time itself. In this episode, we look at the changing ways Americans have experienced the 24-hour day — from pre-industrial times right on up through today’s era of time-shifted media.Along with their guests, Peter, Ed, and Brian examine the role of economic forces in shaping our relationship with the clock – like the powerful Gilded Age railroad officials who got together in 1883 and carved the continental U.S. into five time zones, introducing Americans to the idea of “standard time.” And they explore how people have experienced the rhythm of night and day — and why the advent of electric lighting changed that rhythm forever. And finally, they ask, is unlimited time always a good thing? A loving look at basketball’s iconic “shot-clock” offers answers.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Terrorism 63 mins –  Allen Nairn, award-winning American Investigative Journalist “…As a reporter he has gathered facts in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and other countries where amoral regimes have murdered and suppressed their own people and been rewarded by weapons or the succor of economic aid from Washington. Nairn specializes in human rights stories. As valuable as the annual reports of such organizations as Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International may be, they remain abstract compilations of horrors, not muddy-boot accounts from Third World villages and streets where people chance their lives to practice the simplest of freedoms. Nairn goes further: exposing links between local violence – clubbing Timorese students, death squads in El Salvador, disappearances in Guatemala – to the sanctioning of that violence by successive arms-supplying U.S. administrations.”  At the link right-click “Listen” 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 170 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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