The following audio files come from a larger group of 135 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.
Big Media 16 mins – “Is the American media crumbling behind its powerful façade? Nicco Mele, author of “The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath,” says traditional news institutions are in break-down mode.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. (A longer – 46 min – interview with Mele is here and right-click “Download”.)
Big Politics 21 mins – “Does the rise of technology signal the end of “big?” Nicco Mele, author of “The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath,” says “big” institutions – from big politics to big defense – better start worrying.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Death 29 mins – “This month, we spoke to Alison Atkin, an osteoarchaeologist at the University of Sheffield. As part of her PhD, Alison is looking at ways of using mathematical modelling to help identify and understand mass fatality incidents. We spoke about her work on the Black Death, a pandemic disease that was first seen in Britain in the 14th century.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Cedar Falls 20 mins – “Cedar Falls Utilities operates one of the oldest community owned networks in the nation. It started as a cable network in the 90’s, upgraded to FTTH recently, and this year began offering the first citywide gigabit service in Iowa. CFU Communication Sales Manager Kent Halder and Network Services Manager Rob Houlihan join me for Community Broadband Bits podcast 75. We discuss why Cedar Falls Utilities decided to add cable to their lineup originally and how it has achieved the incrediblely high take rates it maintains. We also discuss the importance of reliability for municipal network and why they decided to transition directly to a FTTH plant rather than just upgraded to DOCSIS 3 on their cable system. Finally, we discuss its expansion into the rural areas just outside of town.”At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Central African Republic 8 mins – “Since a coup last spring, the Central African Republic has spiraled towards chaos. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, and civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Host Michel Martin talks with Lewis Mudge of Human Rights Watch about the growing calls for international intervention.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chinese Creativity 13 mins – “When it comes to creativity, is China pulling ahead of the United States? Eamonn Fingleton, journalist and author of “In the Jaws of the Dragon: America’s Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony,” says that free societies do not necessarily produce more creative thinkers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Containerized Shipping 19 mins – “On today’s show: the story of an often-overlooked innovation that’s essential to the global economy. The innovation is a box. A big, metal box.
The standard shipping container has completely transformed commerce in the past 50 years. It’s part of the reason the Planet Money men’s T-shirt comes from cotton grown in Mississippi, spun into yarn in Indonesia, and sewn together in Bangladesh. On today’s show, we see the shipping container in action, and hear the story behind it. For much more, see the ‘Boxes’ chapter of our online T-shirt project.” At the link find the title, “#500: The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy,” right-click “Media files npr_248889026.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Copenhagen Wheel 4 mins – “You might remember a bicycle innovation from France a few decades ago — the Solex. …it ran on gas. Not exactly environmentally friendly. Decades later, technology to make cycling easier hasn’t really grown beyond the Solex. But a group out of MIT may have come up with a big improvement. It’s not a new kind of bike. It’s a new kind of wheel….a self-contained, lithium-ion battery-powered motor in the rear wheel…. Jon Stevens, a vehicle control specialist at Superpedestrian, says everything you’d normally have for an electric bicycle was put inside their wheel. “There’s no external throttle,” he says. “There’s no external cables. All the sensors, all the batteries and the motor live inside this wheel. So you just put it on your bike like it’s a wheel and you pedal it. And your bike’s now this wonderful, magical, electrical bicycle.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the audio-control bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Defense Attorneys 59 mins – “Fifteen prominent and rising defense attorneys offer their personal answers to the professional question they are asked most frequently: how they are able to represent and defend persons guilty of crimes many would consider the most heinous. Contributing authors to the compilation, Abbe Smith and Vida Johnson, discuss the question and answers with former prosecutor Debbie Hines.” At the link in the After Words section right-click “Abbe Smith & Vida Johnson, “How Can You Represent Those People?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Detroit Bankruptcy 8 mins – “A federal judge has given Detroit the green light to enter bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin speaks with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley about what it means for Motown residents.”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctor’s Story 36 mins – “Dr. Sujay Kansagra is an attending pediatric neurologist at Duke Medical Center and author of the top reviewed Everything I Learned in Medical School: Besides All the Book Stuff, a memoir about his medschool experiences at Duke, and Why Medicine?: And 500 Other Questions for the Medical School and Residency Interviews. Dr. Kansagra is probably most known, at least based on the number of followers he has, for his Twitter account, @medschooladvice, and the messages that he shares on Twitter. Dr. Kansagra and I talk about his path to medicine including when he knew he knew he wanted to pursue medicine and his premed path. His older sister was also premed and went to medical school, so he was lucky to have some footsteps to follow.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economic Evolution 18 mins – “Hilton Root of George Mason University discusses a new way to look at political economy.” At the link find the title, “MIT Press Podcast- Dynamics Among Nations,” right-click “Media files MITP_Root_Edit_B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education Organization 65 mins – “Lant Pritchett of Harvard University and author of The Rebirth of Education talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book. Pritchett argues that increases in years of schooling for students in poor countries do not translate into gains in education, learning, At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education Tactics 52 mins – “A new survey ranked American schools 26th in math skills among 34 developed countries. That’s below average, and we just managed average in science and reading. Over the last fifty years, US scores have stagnated, while schools in Europe and Asia have made big strides. So what are they doing that we aren’t? Journalist Amanda Ripley wanted to answer that question, so she followed three American students for a year abroad. She joins Doug to explain why she says we should be asking more of our kids. Amanda Ripley is a journalist who has written for Time magazine and The Atlantic. Her new book is called The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way. [ Indiebound | Amazon |160 reviews] For more information on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), click here. Try your hand at sample questions here.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
George Washington’s Spies 57 mins – “Brian Kilmeade tells the story of the Culper Spy Ring, six Revolutionary War spies who infiltrated British ranks in New York and are credited with turning the tide of the war. Mr. Kilmeade speaks with George Washington expert and Revolutionary era historian Richard Brookhiser. At the link in the After Words section right-click “Brian Kilmeade, “George Washington’s Secret Six” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guide Dogs 20 mins – “Two listeners describe their experiences of having trained their own guide dogs from puppy to fully-fledged working dog. They are calling on the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to provide minimum standards for owner trained guide dogs as well as develop a policy on providing support and accreditation. This week’s guest presenter Gary O’Donoghue, Radio 4’s Chief Political Correspondent, takes a tactile tour of the Houses of Parliament, availing himself of the rare chance to sit on The Woolsack in the House of Lords and orate from the Speaker’s chair.” At the link (for the next 21 days) find the title, “Owner-trained guide dogs; Tactile tours of Parliament 3 Dec 2013,” right-click (there or here) “Download 9MB “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Haitian Abortions 8 mins – “In Haiti, abortion is illegal and women are turning to dangerous ways to end unwanted pregnancies. Host Michel Martin talks with Jacqueline Charles, of the Miami Herald, about the issue.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jamaican Film 54 mins tot – “The cult classic Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come, its reggae soundtrack – and its legacy. Meet the people who made it and starred in it: Jimmy Cliff, Chappy St Juste and Carl Bradshaw. Chris Salewicz asks whether a whole generation of musicians were directly inspired to live a life of crime by the film.” At the link find the titles “Docs: Jamaica – The Harder They Come 03 Dec 201” and “Part Two,” right-click “docarchive_20131203-0905a.mp33” for Part 1 and “docarchive 20131210-0035a.mp3” for Part 2.
Juvenile Laws 51 mins – “Over the last decade, 23 states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. The shift is a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the 1980s and 1990s. The new laws stem from concerns about teenage suicides in adult jails and new research showing that young people held in adult courts are more likely Part 2to be repeat offenders than juveniles not held in adult jails. But some state attorneys are against the change. They say the legislation adds unnecessary delays to prosecution and are an insult to victims. Join Diane and a panel of  guests for a discussion on these new laws that aim to keep youths out of adult prisons and courts.” 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.
Malls International 27 mins – “Be it in Lagos, Minneapolis or Rio de Janeiro, how have shopping malls become such a permanent fixture in modern cities?” At the link find the title, “Docs: It’s a Mall World,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131130-0906a.mp3” and right-click the “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mandela Bio 100 mins – “Nelson Mandela on the struggle against apartheid, with words from those who fought with – and against – him. One of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid in South Africa ever broadcast.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Mandela – an Audio History 6 Dec 2013,” right-click and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu for one part. Do the same for “A look back at the life of Nelson Mandela by the BBC’s former South Africa correspondent, Allan Little.” at “docarchive 20131206-1109a.mp3”
Mandela Tapes 53 mins – “An intimate and candid portrayal of the founding father of the new South Africa, presented by journalist and filmmaker Robin Benger.” Uses extracts from fifty hours of recordings. At the link find the title, “The Mandela Tapes,” right-click (there or here) “Download The Mandela Tapes” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Math in School 52 mins – “Imagine a world without algebra. We can hear the sound of school children applauding. What practical use are parametric equations and polynomials, anyway? Even some scholars argue that algebra is the Latin of today, and should be dropped from the mandatory curriculum.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Military Surgeon 61 mins – “This week on Q&A, our guest is cardiothoracic surgeon and author, Dr. Hassan Tetteh. He discusses his book, “Gifts of the Heart,” which is a fictional story of a military physician in Afghanistan. The books characters mirror parts of his life story.”(Only $8 in Kindle format or $13 hardcover. You’ll understand why it’s only 89 pages when you hear the interview.) At the link in the Q and A section, right-click “Hassan Tetteh, Author, “Gifts of the Heart'” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pediatrics 34 mins – “Stephen Cowan MD is a board-certified pediatrician with 25 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders. Considering the child as a reflection of the inter-related forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy.” This is part one of two parts. Right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Part two at 36 mins is here.
Political Economics 18 mins – “Hilton Root of George Mason University discusses a new way to look at political economy.” At the link find the title, “MIT Press Podcast- Dynamics Among Nations,” right-click “Media files MITP Root Edit B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rape in India 27 mins – “One year on from the horrific attack on a student in Delhi, Joanna Jolly hears from three women who’ve chosen to report a rape in a country that is just waking up to the problem.” At the link find the title, “Docs: India: Resisting Rape 05 Dec 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131205-0030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Ancestors 32 mins – “Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist and editor in chief of Economist.com, discusses his latest book, “Writing On The Wall: Social Media The First 2,000 Years.” He argues that social media is not a new phenomenon and traces its evolution.” At the link find the title, “Evolution of Social Media,” right-click “Media files com113013_standage.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychotherapy Online 23 mins – “The range of mental conditions is part of daily life, but at what point do downturns become pathological? On this program, Dr. Steven Walker [licensedpsychology.com] discussed weighing therapy and pharmaceutical treatments for mental conditions.” At the link right-click the desired type audio file and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sylvia Porter 10 mins – “Although she’s little-remembered today, personal finance columnist Sylvia Porter was one of the best-known and most admired women in 1950s America. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, she also wrote books, appeared on TV shows such as Meet the Press and advised presidents. Her monthly column in the Ladies Home Journal broke ground by encouraging women to control their own finances.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Teaching and Teachers 65 mins – “Doug Lemov of Uncommon Schools and author of Teach Like a Champion [264 reviews] talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about teaching and education. Drawing on his experience working in charter schools with children in poverty, Lemov discusses what makes a great teacher and a great school. Lemov argues that practice and technique can transform teaching and education. The conversation concludes with a discussion of how EconTalk might be made more valuable to its listeners.”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
U.S. Constitution Faults 51 mins – “In today’s fractured nation, there’s one thing Americans seem to agree on: government is not working. Last month a Gallup poll showed Americans’ approval of the way Congress is handling its job dropped to a record low of 9 percent. And the president’s approval rating dipped below 40 percent. Political analysts on the left and the right are trying to figure out what’s going on. More than a few are asking whether the U.S. Constitution should share the blame. As one analyst put it, the Constitution “guarantees gridlock” and is “virtually impossible to change.” Diane and her  guests discuss dysfunction in Washington and the Constitution.” 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.
USGS Maps 23 mins – “Larry Sugarbaker, senior advisor for the National Geospatial Program for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), discusses the advances in lidar and geospatial technology that gave rise to the 3D Elevation program.” At the link find the title, “GIS and Lidar Converge in USGS 3D Elevation Program,” right-click “Media files user_sugarbaker.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 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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