Media Mining Digest 112- 3 Jan 2014: African Jihadists, Blind Twins, Chelation Therapy, Child Care international, Climate Issues, Concentration Decline, Digital Cinema Conversion, Engineering Careers, Federal Reserve System, Flying, Group Think, Hazardous Material Transport, Infectious Disease Doctor Rant, Marijuana Carbon Footprint, Martha’s Table, Martin Cruz Smith, Medical Statistics, Memes and Virals, N.S.A. Control, Neurology Research, Odor Science, Oliver Mtukudzi, Penal Reform, Polygamy, Pope Francis, Privacy in Canada, Processed Food, Restaurant Chains, Sailing, Slavery in Brazil

The following audio files come from a larger group of 123 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 30 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 Jihadists 27 mins – “The emerging Jihadi challenge across the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa. Are there links between various Islamist groups?” At the link find the title, “Docs: Lines in the Sand 24 Dec 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20131224-0032a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Twins 28 mins – “In a special edition Peter White talks to Dan and Michael Smith, identical twins who both have a rare genetic eye condition which caused them both to lose over ninety per cent of their sight within eighteen months of each other. They talk to Peter about the impact their rapid sight loss had on their studies, their families and their relationships.” At the link for the next 20 days, only, find the title, “Dan and Michael Smith 24 Dec 2013,” right-click “Download 13MB” and select “Save Link/Target As” from the pop-up menu.

Chelation Therapy 60 mins – “Join Howard Greller and Dan Rusyniak as they talk chelation, chelation, chelation. Featuring arthroprosthetic cobaltism, birds with MS, and a special new feature: Tilda Swinton’s beauty tips.” Reference is made to several articles, but all appear to be behind paywalls. However, an abstract of “The Scientific Basis for Chelation: Animal Studies and Lead Chelation” is here from The Journal of Medical Toxicology.  For the podcast, at the link find the title, “December 2013 – Chelation PHACT or Fiction. A Reduction to Absurdity” right-click “Media files download.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Child Care International 50 mins – “Childcare options in Fiji, where children are taken care of by the community, and China where infants as young as three might live away from their parents in boarding kindergartens. Madeleine Morris reports.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Who’s Left Holding the Baby 25 Dec 2013,” right-click “Media files
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Climate Issues 66 mins – “Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology and blogger at Climate Etc. [an amazing number of comments there] talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts  about climate change. Curry argues that climate change is a “wicked problem” with a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the expected damage as well as the political and technical challenges of dealing with the phenomenon. She emphasizes the complexity of the climate and how much of the basic science remains incomplete. The conversation closes with a discussion of how concerned citizens can improve their understanding of climate change and climate change policy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link/Target As” from the pop-up menu.

Concentration Decline 30 mins – “Think you can multitask? Think again – Stanford’s Clifford Nass and author Nicholas Carr argue that the internet is reprogramming our brains and shrinking our attention spans.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Cinema Conversion 55 mins – “Jeff Knoll and Caetlin Benson-Allott on movie theatres and digital conversion. Julia Pagel and Cori Dussman on the appeal of Minecraft. Calvin Chu and Jared Spool on bringing physicality and tactility back to computer design.” At the link find the title, “235: Digital Conversion at the Movies. Minecraft Education. Designing Physical Interfaces” right-click “Media files spark_20131215_93929.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineering Careers 72 mins “We talk with civil engineer, author, and coach Anthony Fasano about steps one can take to ensure a successful engineering career….Our guest for this episode is Anthony Fasano, a professional engineer who has authored the book, Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating An Extraordinary Engineering Career. Anthony started as a field surveyor in high school, which led him into a career as a civil engineer.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Reserve System 15 mins – “On today’s show, we tell the creation story of the Federal Reserve — one of the most powerful financial institutions on the planet. The story includes a 70-year-old man with a bad head cold and a bunch of mistresses, a nation that’s deeply ambivalent about a central bank, and a secret meeting at an island with a sketchy name.” At the link find the title, “#505: A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed,” right-click “Media files npr 255886880.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flying 150 mins – ” The latest news in aviation, including the NTSB Investigative Hearing of the Asiana 214 Crash, 737 runway excursion, terrorist plot thwarted, and a international flight delayed for more than two hours due to a pilot with a major sandwich craving.” This podcast by a commercial pilot has been produced for several years. Half way through begins a discussion about cabin air problems and includes reference to a pilot who lost his medical certification from a respiration problem reportedly due to cabin air. At the link find “APG 97-Assumptions,”  right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Group Think 52 mins – “If two is company and three a crowd, what’s the ideal number to write a play or invent a new operating system? Some say you need groups to be creative. Others disagree: breakthroughs come only in solitude. Hear both sides, and find out why you always have company even when alone: meet the “parliament of selves” that drive your brain’s decision-making. Plus, how ideas of societies lead them to thrive or fall, and why educated conservatives have lost trust in science.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hazardous Material Transport 21 mins – ” On July 6, 2013, a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the downtown area of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing at least 42 residents. Subsequently, a special emergency meeting was held in Washington, D.C. by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee, to discuss additional rail safety measures for hazardous materials transport. The agenda of the emergency meeting included a Safety Advisory issued jointly by the FRA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, also known as PHMSA. Directed to railroads and shippers of hazardous materials, this Advisory included a number of recommended actions to help reduce transport risks. The hosts discuss this topic of safe transport of hazardous materials with PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infectious Disease Doctor Rant 26 mins – Dr Mark Crislip, a senior infectious disease specialist in Oregon, offers his honest, experienced and direct view of medical practices for practitioners, patients and administrators in Quackcast 130 with the title, “Irritated by the Skeptical Inquirer. Again.”  At the link right-click “Podcast” and select “Save Linked Content As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Carbon Footprint 30 mins – “Scott Zeramby discusses the report “Energy Up In Smoke” + filmmaker Shaka King talks about his film Newlyweeds.” The focus is on the cost of raising marijuana indoors versus outdoors. At the link under the title, “The Grass Is Always Greener: Scott Zeramby and Shaka King,” right-click “Media files SC-2013-12-24.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Martha’s Table 59 mins – “Patty Stonesifer, President and CEO of Martha’s Table, talks about her role as the leader of the Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization. Martha’s Table provides food, clothing and early childhood education support throughout greater D.C. Martha’s Table President & CEO, Patty Stonesifer.” At the link in the “Q and A” section find and right-click “Martha’s Table President & CEO, Patty Stonesifer” then select “Save Lin/Target As” from the pop-up menu.

Martin Cruz Smith 52 mins – “Martin Cruz Smith does not receive a warm welcome at the airport when he visits Russia. His Arkady Renko series features a fictional Russian police investigator who has slipped from favor because he refused to join what Smith calls, “the conspiracy of duplicity.” The American author of “Gorky Park” has just written his eighth novel in the series. It’s based on the mysterious death of a real-life reporter who pursued stories on political corruption in Vladimir Putin’s government. Smith believes she was killed for doing so. Smith speaks with Diane about his latest novel, “Tatiana,”[166 reviews] and why he worried it wouldn’t get written at all.”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.

Medical Statistics 17 mins – Dr Mark Crislip, an infectious disease specialist in Oregon who majored in physics, discusses his concerns with medical statistics with an example of one such statistic, the use of p values, in “Quackcast 131: 4 out 5 Americans do not understand statistics.” At the link right-click “Podcast” and select “Save Linked Content As” from the pop-up menu.

Memes and Virals 18 mins – “Limor Shifman argues that internet memes are more than silly entertainment, they engage us politically. Here she explains the inner workings of the current crop of Rob Ford memes to host Nora Young.” At the link find the title, “Memes in Digital Culture,” right-click “Media files spark_20131107_26090.mp3 ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

N.S.A. Control 91 mins – “So, Santa’s not the only one making a list of who’s naughty and nice we learn.  The NSA’s making lists on everything.  In the decade-plus since 9/11, the NSA has gone on a data collection moon shot, grabbing data all over, data on you.  Edward Snowden pulled back the covers.  This week, a federal judge said the authors of the US Constitution “would be aghast” at what’s been going on.  “Almost Orwellian,” in its destruction of privacy, he wrote.  So, what now?  60 Minutes is not exactly tearing the lid off.  Reporter Ryan Lizza goes deeper.  He’s with us.  This hour On Point:  reining in the NSA.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neurology Research 22 mins – “Treating brain injury through the skull, a new exhibition puts objects from psychology’s history on display, and using antibodies to treat Alzheimer’s disease.” At the link under “December 2013” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Odor Science 29 mins – “Keith talks with Anandasankar Ray, Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside.  Ananda talks about how odor molecules attach themselves to receptors in our noses, and why the structure of those molecules is so important in our perception of smell.  We’ll also hear about the talents of female mosquitoes in seeking out prey.  They are attracted to the carbon dioxide in our exhalations, and they can track us from several meters away.  Ananda also explains why some of us are tastier to mosquitoes than others.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oliver Mtukudzi  17 mins – ”  We continue our performance chat with Zimbabwe and pop music legend Oliver Mtukudzi. Tuku, as he’s known to fans, will be 61 this year. And his latest album, “Sarawoga,” is his 61st. When we spoke, I asked him if his guitar playing has changed in all the decades that he’s been performing.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Penal Reform 52 mins – “America’s prison population has exploded from 300,000 to more than two million today due to harsh sentencing policies and the 40-year-old war on drugs. This week, Bill speaks to civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Michelle Alexander about why we need to end our system of mass incarceration.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Incarceration Nation,” right-click “Media files  Moyers and Company 250 Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polygamy 47 mins – “In 1890, the US Supreme Court called polygamy “abhorrent to the sentiments of the civilized world.” Mormon Utah was required to ban the practice – sister wives and all – before it was granted statehood.  Ten days ago, a federal judge in Utah – a George W. Bush appointee – said no to all that.  Polygamous husbands and wives can’t all legally marry one another, he said, but they have every right to cohabitate and live as polygamously as they like.  Critics say it’s proof we’re on a slippery slope after gay marriage.  Supporters say its freedom.  This hour On Point:  polygamy unbound, again, in Utah.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pope Francis 52 mins – ” Last week on his 77th birthday the leader of the nation’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, invited three men who live on the streets of Rome to join him for breakfast. The move is consistent with the down to earth, inclusive and questioning approach he’s taken since become pope nine months ago. His remarkable ability to connect with people and willingness to address important issues has drawn praise within the Roman Catholic Church and well beyond. Time Magazine named him person of the year, as did “The Advocate”, a magazine focused on gay rights. Please join us to discuss the pope’s message.”  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.

Privacy in Canada 55 mins – “Elizabeth Denham on information rights. Fiaaz Walji on mobile security. Charmaine Borg on amending privacy law. Kevin Haggerty on surviving surveillance society. Peter Chow-White on genome identification. Ian Kerr on the future of privacy and consent.” At the link find the title, “228: The future of privacy. Surveillance society. Mobile security. Genome identification.” right-click “Media files
spark 20131020_36959.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Processed Food 27 mins – ” Have you ever wondered how chicken nuggets are made? Or what propylene glycol monostearate, monocalcium phosphate, or other listed ingredients are doing in your favorite packaged snacks? Distillations hosts Michal Meyer and Robert Kenworthy certainly wondered, and they went to the corner deli to inspect some processed food themselves.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Restaurant Chains 4 mins – “Where did you eat last night? If you’re like many people, you might answer “at a restaurant.” And not just any restaurant, but one of the many chain restaurants that line busy streets and fill crowded shopping malls. Though today they’re ubiquitous, the concept of a chain is relatively new. A major milestone in the history of restaurant chains occurred when the McDonalds brothers brought assembly line efficiency to their California hamburger operation in 1948…. But there’s a large gap between fast food and fine dining — a gap that was waiting to be filled by innovators looking to satisfy our hunger. Among those innovators was Norman Brinker. Brinker began his career working for Jack in the Box when it had only five locations. He quickly became a partner, and for seven years helped build the chain. In 1964 he left on good terms with owner and mentor Bob Peterson and went on to start his own restaurant in Dallas — a restaurant called Steak & Ale that he’d develop into a successful chain.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sailing 4 mins – “I was sailing a small boat being watched by a fishermen. When I sailed back to the dock, the fisherman said, “young fellow, I was watching you. You sailed right into the wind; how’d you do that?” “Well, sir, the sails act just like the wing on an airplane; and, if I set them just right, head the boat in the correct direction relative to the wind, and shove my centerboard down thru its slot into the water below the boat, I can sail as much as 45 degrees into the wind. I’m pulled into the wind the way an airplane is pulled into the sky.”  At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slavery in Brazil 27 mins – “Brazil’s anti-slavery hit-squads are unique. Linda Pressly joins a raid with a committed band of labour inspectors on an alleged slave labour operation in deepest rural Brazil.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Brazil – Fighting Slavery 26 Dec 2013,” right-click “Media files docarchive  20131226-0030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. ===============================================================                                                                                ARCHIVE

Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) hereand a pdf list here; Jul-Jul Dec 2013 files in 13 zip segments (720 podcasts) here, and a list here;  Jan-Jun 2012 files in 8 segments (360 podcasts) and a pdf list are here, and 593 in 13 parts 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 180 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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