The following audio files come from a larger group of 185 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 34 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
African Economic Boom 14 mins – “The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid growth for a billion people, sooner than you may think. In “The Fastest Billion,” Charles Robertson re-examines the narrative of economic growth in African nations.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download to desktop” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Indian Congress 13 mins – “Native American leaders from across the country gathered at the White House recently for the fifth annual tribal summit. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brian Cladoosby, the newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, about the top issues in Indian country.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Are Men Obsolete 54 mins – “Be it resolved, men are obsolete. After millenia of social dominance, men appear to be losing their lead. Women are fast emerging as more successful in education, employment, personal health, and even political leadership. Four writers take up the debate” At the link find the title, “The Munk Debate – The End of Men,” right-click (there or here) “Download The Munk Debate – The End of Men” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bangladeshi Workers 22 mins- “Today’s show is about love and betrayal. It’s about the lives of two sisters who worked on the Planet Money T-shirt. And it’s about the social upheaval that has followed the rise of the garment industry in Bangladesh. We’ll have much more on Bangladesh and the rest of the T-shirt story in future shows. Here are our previous stories from the series.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bitcoins Explained 51 mins – “Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on the potential risks, threats and promises of virtual currencies. Later today, a Senate Banking Committee will hold a similar hearing. The focus is on Bitcoin, a virtual currency that operates completely outside of U.S. financial regulations and protections. Critics argue the current lack of oversight offers anonymity to those hoping to skirt U.S. laws, but others say it’s a frontier in electronic commerce with important consumer benefits. Diane and her  guests talk about Bitcoin and the future of virtual currencies.” 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.
Cancer Patient 27 mins – “Are military metaphors such as ‘battling’ always appropriate when it comes to dealing with cancer? Andrew Graystone explores the language used to describe cancer.” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Rhetoric of Cancer 19 Nov 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131119-1209a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Celebrity Medicine 28 mins – “It’s often hard to be entertaining when you’re talking sickness and health care. But this week on White Coat, Black Art we’re talking a look at the world of entertainment crosses over into the world of medicine.” At the link find the title, “Celebrity Medicine,” right-click “Media files whitecoat 20131115_22814.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chinese Economic Model 16 mins – “The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don’t have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can’t afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download to desktop” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chinese One-Child Policy 22 mins – “After more than three decades, China announced it will ease its one child policy. For more on how the change affects families and the economy, host Michel Martin speaks with writer Jiayang Fan, dad David Youtz and Howard University professor Meirong Liu.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Science 55 mins- “In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo talk to physicist and climatologist Michael Mann about how we know the climate is getting warmer. Among other things, they cover the physical processes of climate change, the role that predictive models have played in confirming scientists’ theories about the rate of warming, and what are uncertainties in the science. Also, how optimistic we should be about technological solutions to the problem.” At the link right-click “Download Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Competitive Education 23 mins – “Thomas Edison one said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Tom Kelley, partner at IDEO and co-author of “Creative Confidence,” tells us that, in order to innovate, you have to be willing to try—and fail.'” At the link find the title, “Creativity, Failure, and Innovation,” right-click “Media files IHUB-112313-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cotton Production 21 mins – ” After years of planning and months of production, the Planet Money T-shirts are here. They’ll be in the mail soon. We promise. The shirts were touched by people in rich countries with advanced degrees and by people working for some of the lowest wages in the world. They traveled thousands of miles across three continents. Over the next several weeks, we’ll tell the story of the shirts, and of the world behind them. Today, we begin at the beginning: where the cotton in our shirt came from.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cultural Conflict 54 mins – “Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Ghanaian-born philosopher and cultural theorist. In a talk presented at the Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights lecture series, he ponders the inseparable links between culture, identity, and human rights.” At the link find the title, “Fragile Freedoms – Kwame Anthony Appiah,” right-click (there or here) “Download Fragile Freedoms – Kwame Anthony Appiah ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
David Mamet 35 mins – “This week on Uncommon Knowledge, playwright David Mamet discusses his book The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture and his conversion to conservatism. Mamet explains how, by studying Jewish and Christian texts such as the Talmud and the Bible, he came to approach arguments from a new perspective that aligned itself with conservative politics. Throughout the interview, Mamet discusses his newly found conservative position on several issues, including social justice and civil rights, the decline of the family and the sexual revolution, affirmative action and race, and domestic politics and foreign policy.” At the link find the title, “David Mamet on conservatism,” right-click “Media files 20131121.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doris Lessing 23 mins – “At the start of The Golden Notebook, central character Anna Wulf says: “As far as I can see everything is cracking up.” Doris Lessing explains how a line emerging from a traumatic disillusionment with communism half-a-century ago would be redundant today –even though the cracks Anna foresaw have grown and deepened. In interviews with the Guardian down the years, she also discusses why women have a better relationship than men with the universe, her astonishment that the language of her fiction continued to upset people, and why it is nonsense to say that the novel is dying. Plus we listen in to that Nobel moment.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Energy Use 47 mins – “Scott Sklar – Clean & renewable energy expert, Founder and President of The Stella Group, co-author of Consumer Guide to Solar Energy and The Forbidden Fuel. Until this episode, I must admit, I never thought much about what happens when I plug something into the wall. Even if you don’t turn the thing on, it still accounts for nearly 10% of our total energy usage – it’s called vampire power! …did you know that 90% of the water used in the world goes towards growing food and making energy, with the majority going towards energy production?” At the link right-click “download” towards the page bottom and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Participation 56 mins – “Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek shows how behavior shifts in entrepreneurial ecosystems can lead to more robust levels of inclusive innovation. Vosmek also highlights research on how access to business networks, expertise and capital play out across gender lines.” At the link place the cursor on “Podcast” or “Download” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Green Government Buildings 24 mins – “The U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Service Division, in its role as a landlord for the government, has in recent years been on the leading edge of green building design, new and retrofit construction, operations and maintenance. Among GSA’s initiatives is to “act as a green proving ground,” and many of the facilities it manages have become showcases for energy efficiency and new technology. The hosts discuss the impressive green building achievements of GSA with Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up letter.
Homeless Students 12 mins – “It’s parent-teacher conference time. But for many students across the country, finding a bed at night is top of mind. Host Michel Martin talks about the growing number of homeless students in the U.S., with NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez, and Larissa Dickinson, a social worker for Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Indenturement 9 mins – “‘Immigrant number 96153. That’s how my great-grandmother was cataloged, that was the number on her immigration pass.” says Gaiutra Bahadur, author of the new book Coolie Woman. Bahadur set out to uncover her family’s roots by following a paper trail of colonial archives and ship records that traced her great-grandmother’s journey from a small village in India to the cane fields of Guyana.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Job Selecting 48 mins – “Roman Krznaric: How to Find Fulfilling Work; founding faculty member of The School of Life in London ….You will learn about how achieving a wide array of skills and experience can often times be more valuable than one specialty, despite people calling you a job hopper. We also talk about how the education system continually forces kids into a box, stifling their creative capability. But what if you like your job? What if you enjoy what you do on a day do day basis? That’s great! But do you love it? Is it what you were put on earth for?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mentoring 45 mins – “Debra Benton – Author of 7 leadership books including CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization, founded Benton Management Resources, speaker, coach. One of the things that I can really appreciate about our guest this week is her fearlessness. …As Debra explains in this episode, she was quickly fired from her first job and from that moment on she decided that she would be the only one to have a say in her career – so she started her own company as a coach and adviser. …Debra told me that yes, she had some worries, but so does everyone. If you believe in yourself, others will follow. It’s hard work, but it’s also hard work to live somebody else’s life, somebody else’s dream. She goes into more detail, so I suggest you just listen up – it’s gold!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mexican Drug Cartels 18 mins – “Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management. Rodrigo Canales wants to understand how individuals influence organizations or systems–even those as complex as the Mexican drug cartels.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download to desktop” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Moldova Wine 27 mins – “Tiny Moldova is the world’s 7th biggest wine exporter so a ban on exports to Russia has hit hard. Tessa Dunlops asks if Russian politics will crush this thriving industry.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Moldova – Sour Grapes 21 Nov 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131121-0030b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NASA Management 41 mins – “Do you know what astrophysics is? I’m not going to lie, I had to wikipedia it. This week we speak with the guy who Invented Astrophysics! ….Ok, not really, that guy has been dead for like centuries, BUT we basically get to talk to the next best thing in Dr. Charles Pellerin. Dr. Pellerin is the former director of astrophysics at NASA where he led the team that built the hobbled Hubble Space Telescope and then redeemed himself by leading the mission to fix it – so he’s kind of a big deal in a lot of ways. Actually, let’s discuss how big of a deal he is:…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ötzi Ice Man 22 min – “A little over 20 years ago, a perfectly preserved corpse was found buried in the ice, high up in the Alps. And after decades of investigating, cutting-edge forensics have revealed not only a murder mystery, but a startling story about one man’s final days. When hikers first found Ötzi (the nickname given to the body discovered in 1991), everyone assumed they’d stumbled upon an unfortunate mountaineering accident. But as the body was pulled from the ice, authorities started to suspect this wasn’t a modern-day adventure gone wrong. It was, as producer Andy Mills explains, an OLD body. Really, really old.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
PTSD in Medics 28 mins – “On this Remembrance Day edition of White Coat Black Art, we remember the medics and counselors who are battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.” At the link find the title, “Fighting the PTSD Battle,” right-click “Media files whitecoat 20131109_17307.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Renisha McBride Shooting 18 mins – “Host Michel Martin takes a look at the death of Renisha McBride. She was shot to death by a homeowner who says he thought she was breaking into his home. Georgetown law professor Paul Butler, Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley and University of Colorado professor Joshua Correll, discuss whether race may have played a role in the shooting.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science News Literacy 47 mins – “Massimo and Julia discuss science communication with Howard Schneider, dean of the school of journalism at SUNY Stonybrook and former editor of Newsday. A guest at previous skeptic events, including the first annual Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, Schneider has argued in the past that skeptics lay too much blame at the feet of the media for public misunderstandings and misconceptions about science (video here). Julia and Massimo question him on this point, and ask him for his thoughts on what *can* be done to improve scientific literacy. As the founder of the Center for News Literacy and the Center for Communicating Science, Schneider has plenty of thoughts to share — including making scientists take improv classes. Should science communication involve more storytelling? And is there any way to take advantage of new, online media formats to remedy some of the weak points in the science communication process?” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Search and Rescue Drones 55 mins – “This week we talk to Gus and Maha Calderon about their documentary, Civilian Drones – Search and Rescue. The movie describes how effective drones can be in missing persons cases and how the FAA will not allow this technology to be used.” The movie is 50 mins long and can be downloaded as a high definition version (809MB) or standard format (268MB). The interview begins about 14:30 minutes into the podcast, then lasts until the end, about forty minutes. At the link right-click next to “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sensordrone 19 mins – “This week we explore the world of sensors by talking with Mark Wagner – engineer and designer of Sensordrone. Sensordrone is a handheld sensor that wirelessly connects to your smartphone to measure temperature, humidity, light, carbon monoxide levels, and other environmental conditions. Mark talks to us about Sensordrone, the history and potential future of sensors, and how they could be used in the science classroom. UPDATE: For educational customers, Sensorcon offers a 20% discount. Simply enter the coupon code “school” at the last step of checkout if you decide to purchase a Sensordrone.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Surgeons 33 mins – “As you will learn from seasoned surgeon, Dr. Paul Ruggieri, the operating room is a fascinating place, filled with intensity, insanity, and intrigue. It is a place where mere mortals are often raised to a god-like status, and every decision can mean the difference between life and death. Join us as Dr. Ruggieri reveals what actually goes on, when the patient’s lights go out! Dr. Paul Ruggieri is a practicing general surgeon and author. Throughout his active twenty year career, Dr. Ruggieri has held department of surgery chairman positions at several community hospitals. He has also been a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ruggieri graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical training at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. He subsequently served three years on active duty, the last as department of surgery chairman, in the United States Army.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Walking the World 7 mins – “Paul Salopek is on a seven year trek, literally walking around the world – and he’s posting photos, videos, and comments about his journey online. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Salopek, and education advisor Homa Tavangar, about the different things kids can learn by seeing the world through Paul’s eyes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women at Work 12 mins – “New figures show women have more jobs in the U.S. than ever before – but men are still struggling to pull out of the recession. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Ariane Hegewisch from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.”At the link right-click “Download” 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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