Media Mining Digest 117 – 7 Feb 2014: Adolescence, Black Boxes, Black Water Rising, Childhood in America, Climate Change Not in News, Coastal Erosion, Daniel Pearl, Disruptive Tech, Economics of Romance, E-Sports, ETAOIN and SHREDLU, French Glass, Health Care Act Effects, Health Care innovation, Healthy Living, Indonesia MINT, Mezcal Startup, Montel Williams on MS, Next Great Generation, Nigeria MINT, Oil Transport Hazards, Phishing, Povery Defined, Poverty Is Complex, Right to Die, Roundabouts, Shots Fired Brownsville – Skokie, Skiing, Statin Questions, Sugar Fuel Cells, Thai Slave Fishermen, Tobacco and Juveniles

The following audio files come from a larger group of 190 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 33 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Adolescence 17 mins – “Teenagers are often seen as impulsive and moody. But psychiatrist Daniel Siegel says it’s time to rethink adolescence as a time of great opportunity, as well as challenge. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Siegel about the teenage brain and his new book Brainstorm. Parents Leslie Morgan Steiner and Aracely Panameno join in.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Boxes 67 mins – “This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery. From the darkest parts of metamorphosis, to a sixty year-old secret among magicians, to the nature of consciousness itself, we confront the stubborn gaps in our understanding.” At the link find the title, “Black Box” and right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Water Rising 18 mins – “Attica Locke writes the kind of rooted-in-truth crime story that satisfies both your intellect and your need to have the hair on your neck stand up. With only her second novel under her belt, she’s won praise from other thriller writers like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos. And she just received another high honor: She was awarded the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which honors outstanding work by rising African-American writers, for her book The Cutting Season.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood in America 52 mins – “…In this episode, Peter, Brian, and Ed explore how children’s role in society has undergone profound changes over the past 300 years – from common laborers occupying the same working space as adults, to the apples of their parents’ eye, sentimentalized and protected in separate spaces. And they discover how, over the course of the long 19th century, childhood itself was redefined as an age of innocence, a life stage characterized by play, learning, and limited responsibility.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Not in News 29 mins – “What forces have conspired so that millions of Americans believe that the overwhelming majority of scientists are dead wrong about climate change? It seems at times that facts are just pesky talking points to be swatted away by other talking points. Is this the result of a corporate-sponsored news media controlled by the bottom-line, or is it the fault of an audience hungry to believe what it wants to hear? We explore these questions today on Sea Change Radio first by talking with Shauna Theel of Media Matters, who tells us about her organization’s recent study that tracks how the network news programs discuss climate change. Next, we dip into the archives as host Alex Wise talks environmental messaging with prominent linguistics professor, George Lakoff.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coastal Erosion 48 mins – “In Louisiana, they understand how nature and the not-so-natural can hit the coast.  Hurricane Katrina.  The BP oil spill.  Sea level rise and coastal erosion across the Louisiana waterfront.  When Katrina hit, it looked like Louisiana’s problem.  When Superstorm Sandy hit the most populated coastline in America we saw it as everybody’s problem.  Here in New Orleans, they’re just a little ahead of the rest of the country in thinking it through. This hour On Point:  we’re with a live audience in New Orleans thinking about the great American coastline, and how it will change.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Daniel Pearl  12 mins – “It has been more than a decade since Wall Street Journal  reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Pakistan. On January 23, 2002, he left the house of his friend and colleague, Asra Nomani, for an interview but never returned. Ever since, Nomani has been on the trail of Pearl’s killers, diving deeply into every detail of his disappearance. She co-founded the at Georgetown University, a faculty-student investigation into Pearl’s murder. Nomani even traveled to Guantanamo for the trial of alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. She went, she says, “as a witness for Danny.” She wrote about the Pearl Project’s investigation and her personal journey to find relief in this month’s magazine, and spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disruptive Technology 8 mins – “Technology is changing quickly, and now some educators say it’s time for classrooms to catch up. Host Michel Martin speaks with Patrick Gusman of Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science about how he’s bringing social media, coding, and app development into the classroom.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economics of Romance 21 mins – “Last week, we solicited your questions about dating, sex and love. This one came from 17-year-old, Arthur, who lives in Pittsburgh: I am a senior in high school and I have never been on a date. Should I be worried about this? When I do finally meet someone, will I be hurt by my inexperience? On today’s show, economist and author, Tim Harford, applies economic theory to Arthur’s question. He also tackles polyamory and offers suggestions on how to change your spouse’s behavior.” At the link find the title, “#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date?,” right-click “Media files npr 268484872.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-Sports 5 mins – “There are some big games coming up this year, from the Olympics and the Super Bowl to the World Cup. In the US, it’s not unusual for some heavyweight, foreign sports stars to receive special visas to work and live here. Now, add video gamers to the mix. For the first time, foreign gamers are being issued P-1 visas, normally reserved for pro athletes. Why? Video gaming — and the eSports industry in general — is a growing business.” At the link find the title, ” Why foreign video gamers are considered America’s new pro athletes,” right-click “Media files 012820143.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ETAOIN and SHREDLU 4 mins – “…Linotype operators call down individual letters from a magazine. They form a row of letters that then becomes a die. It’s used to cast a one-line slug in a molten lead alloy. Since Linotype machines hold separate bins of capital and lower case letters; the keyboard has separate keys for caps and lower case. Linotype keyboards have nothing in common with typewriters. When a Linotype operator makes an error, he needs to mark the bad slug clearly so the type assembler won’t miss it. So he runs his right hand down two rows of keys. Those capital letters boldly spell the nonsense phrase ETAOIN SHRDLU on the bad slug…” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

French Glass 4 mins – “…Alas, while British industrialists like Watt and Wedgwood created seminars with scientists and philosophers, French manufacturers were isolated from intellectuals. Information didn’t flow the way it did in Great Britain. As the Industrial Revolution rolled on, France lost its ascendancy even in glass-making….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Act Effects 16 mins – “Health insurance reform was conceived as a way of improving consumer choice, and under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the year 2014 should have provided a test of how best to do so. Instead, the flawed launch of the exchanges in most of the country will test the memory of voters and determine the electoral costs of having made it harder for Americans to buy (or keep) coverage. The first lesson from the rollout was thus entirely unintended: implementation counts.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Innovation 56 mins – “Halle Tecco, co-founder and CEO of healthcare accelerator Rock Health, shares how technologists, designers and other professionals can play a role in bringing innovation to the healthcare industry. Tecco identifies systemic challenges facing healthcare in America and shares examples of companies working to address these opportunities for change.” At the link click “Podcast” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Healthy Living 61 mins – “Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by exercise scientist Dan Gordon, who also holds the world record in tandem cycling, epidemiologist Nita Forouhi, who studies diet, and David Ogilvie, who investigates how our environment can shape our activity. Together they pit their wits against the assembled public as they answer questions like, is watching the Exorcist a replacement for exercise? Plus Dave Ansell and Ginny Smith find the iron on breakfast cereals, measure the vitamin C in carrots, and see how much exercise it takes to work off a Mars bar…” At the link right-click “mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indonesia MINT 40 mins – “Can Indonesia break its old reliance on exporting raw materials to realise the potential of a huge, growing and rapidly urbanising population?” At the link find the title, “Docs: MINT – Indonesia – Commodity Curse,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140130-1412a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mezcal Startup 25 mins – “In the mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, there are basically no jobs. Villages are empty of young men, who go elsewhere in Mexico or to the U.S. to find work. On today’s show, we meet two cousins from Oaxaca who dream of bringing jobs to their village. Their strategy: Launch a startup to make mezcal, a popular local liquor — then get people in the U.S. to buy it.” At the link find the title, “#512: Can Mezcal Save A Village?” right-click “Media files npr 267148089.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Montel Williams on MS 18 mins – “Earlier this year we talked to TV-show host Montel Williams about his public battle with MS and his choice to undergo the so-called “Zamboni” procedure. We were only able to air fraction of the conversation. This is Brian’s full chat with Montel.” At the link find the title, “Podcast Bonus: Montel Williams on MS and Celebrity,” right-click (here or there) “Download Podcast Bonus: Montel Williams on MS and Celebrity” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Next Great Generation 55 mins – “People in their 20s are growing up with the Internet, longer lifespans, and a global economic crisis that seems to have no end in sight. How do they see life from their unprecedented vantage point? And how will they take their role in the world?” At the link find the title, “Ted Talks – The Next Greatest Generation?” right-click (here or there) “Download Ted Talks – The Next Greatest Generation?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nigeria MINT 49 mins – “Nigeria is a nation of young, vibrant and natural entrepreneurs. Can they overcome the country’s terrible legacy – decades of corruption, crime, and mismanagement?” At the link find the title, “Docs: MINT – Nigeria – Africa’s Hope,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140130-1342a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Transport Hazards 52 mins – “Since 2005, crude oil shipments by railways have risen by more than 400 percent. The increase is largely because of the boom in shale oil production in the U.S. and Canada. Concerns about recent accidents led the National Transportation Safety Board last week to call for stricter rail standards. The head of the NTSB, Deborah Hersman, said safety rules need to catch up with the new reality of large-scale oil shipments. Hersman also said, “the people and the environment along rail corridors must be protected from harm.” What new rail safety rules could mean for industry, population centers and the Keystone XL Pipeline.” 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.

Phishing 8 mins – “Hackers may have collected the financial data of millions of Target customers last holiday season. Now, scammers are trying to take advantage of the chaos. Sheryl Harris, consumer columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, talks to host Michel Martin about protecting your finances from bad guys.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Defined 54 mins – “About three billion people live in poverty today. That’s almost one out of every two people. How did we get to such a chasm between  the rich and poor? And what should we, and shouldn’t we, do about it?” At the link find the title, “Ted Talks – Haves and Have-Nots,” right-click (here or there) “Download Ted Talks – Haves and Have-Nots” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Is Complex 63 mins- ” Nina Munk, journalist and author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts  about her book. Munk spent six years following Jeffrey Sachs and the evolution of the Millennium Villages Project–an attempt to jumpstart a set of African villages in hopes of discovering a new template for development. Munk details the great optimism at the beginning of the project and the discouraging results after six years of high levels of aid. Sach’s story is one of the great lessons in unintended consequences and the complexity of the development process.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right to Die 46 mins – “The story of Marlise Muñoz lying brain dead and pregnant in Texas, kept alive by machines for a damaged fetus, sounds ghoulish enough for Edgar Allen Poe.  Her body decomposing in a hospital bed.  The life within deeply damaged.  Her family begging she be let go.  The hospital citing Texas law and saying no for long weeks.  On Friday, a Texas judge said enough.  No more life support.  The remains of Marlise Muñoz have been released to her family.  But the story of what happened in that hospital in Texas is still stirring controversy.  This hour On Point:  a woman and a fetus, life and death, and the law in Texas. At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roundabouts 20 mins – “Carmel, Indiana, a city of about 83,000 people located directly to the north of Indianapolis, has become informally known as “The Roundabout Capital of the U.S.” because of its embrace of the roundabout, a traffic concept more commonly found in Britain. Carmel has become a city nearly free of conventional four-way intersections, which means it is also nearly free of stop signs and traffic lights. At these roundabouts, traffic flows continuously, in one direction, around circular islands. The hosts discuss why the city has adopted this design – and what characteristics of the city have made the changes possible –with Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, the man who made the roundabouts happen.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shots Fired Brownsville 31 mins – “Sergeant Dave Lawler answered a call about a disturbed man in traffic. Then things went downhill fast. Shots Fired article written by Dean Scoville and read by Dan Hazeltine.” At the link find the title, “Shots Fired: February 16, 2008 – Brownsville, Oregon,” right-click “Media files shots-fired-2008-02-16-brownsville-oregon.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shots Fired Skokie 13 mins – “Officer Tim Gramins pursued a bank robbery suspect and ended up in a deadly duel. Shots Fired article written by Dean Scoville and read by Dan Hazeltine.” At the link find the title, “Shots Fired: August 25, 2008 – Skokie, Illinois,” right-click “Media files shots-fired-2008-08-25-skokie-illinois.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Skiing 53 mins – “Eight thousand years ago, human beings invented skiing. Since then, it’s evolved into a $12-billion global industry. But as the journalist Porter Fox notes in a new book, with global warming accelerating, there’s a very real chance that skiing won’t even exist by the end of the century. Fox says that while skiers may be bummed by the possibility of a world with less snow, the impacts for the rest of the world will likely be far worse. Fox joins us Thursday to explore the history of skiing and the future of snow on a warming planet.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Statin Questions 60 mins – “Do statins save lives in healthy people? To a raging debate, here’s an answer.” At the link find the title “SMART Statins,” right-click “Media files SMART_Statins.m4a” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Fuel Cells 4 mins – “…what if you could make a battery that’s way more efficient and biodegradable? That’s the question a team at Virginia Tech University, led by a Chinese-born scientist, Y.H. Percival Zhang, is trying to answer… “The key idea of this sugar battery is to try and extract all the energy out of the sugar and convert it to electricity,” says Zhang… Zhang’s team published a report on their research in the latest issue of the journal, Nature Communications… Vince Battaglia, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, has spent a large part of his career working on energy storage. He agrees that sugar has a lot of potential. He says it’s nearly as dense an energy source as gasoline. “So that’s all nice,” he says. “The problem is, in terms of putting it into a cell phone or putting it into a mobile device, is you’re going to have CO2 coming out of this device, and water.” At the link find the title, ” Scientists have created a sugar-powered battery for our smartphones ,” right-click “Media files 012920145.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thai Slave Fishermen 50 min  – “Why and how illegal migrants from Burma and Cambodia are being forced onto Thai fishing boats to work, unpaid, for months.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Thailand’s Slave Fishermen,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140127-1236a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tobacco and Juveniles 13 mins – “Regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set the national minimum tobacco-sales age at 18 but allow states and localities to enact laws setting a higher minimum age. In 2013, seven Massachusetts towns and one Hawaiian county adopted Tobacco 21 laws. Similar legislation has been introduced in a growing number of communities and at least three states: New Jersey, New York, and Utah. Further dissemination of Tobacco 21 laws represents a critical opportunity for public health law to reduce one of the most important health risks facing the U.S. population.” At the link right-click “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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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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