The following audio files come from a larger group of 143 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 32 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Alternative Medicine Issues 15 mins – Dr Mark Crislip, infectious disease specialist, raises and discusses concerns with alternative medicine. At the link find the title, “Quackcast 135: I Visited a Chickasaw Healer and All I Got Was an Elk Sinew and Buffalo Horn Bracelet,” right-click “Media files podcast_139.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alternative Medicine Rebuff 15 mins – A practitioner of alternative medicine questions criticisms from Dr Mark Crislip, infectious disease specialist, and Dr Crislip replies. At the link find the title, “Quackcast 136: Motivations ,” right-click “Media files podcast_140.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Best Practices 58 mins – “Stanford Professor Bob Sutton shares principles and colorful examples from his most recent book, Scaling Up Excellence, co-authored by Huggy Rao. Touching on concepts around emotion, complexity, and connecting people, Sutton explains why scaling is about spreading and sustaining a mindset, not just a footprint.” At the link click “download,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Fight in Utah 18 mins – “The Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, which we have written about many times, is at a crossroads. An Australian corporation specializing in infrastructure is prepared to infuse $300 million into the project but the Utah Legislature may prohibit it from expanding and even from using existing connections outside member cities. We asked Jesse Harris of Free UTOPIA and Pete Ashdown of XMission to join us for Community Broadband Bits Episode #85 to sort out the stories.” At the link find the title, “Fork in the Road For UTOPIA: Forward or Backward? Community Broadband Bits Episode #85,” right-click (here or there) “Community Broadband Bits Episode 85 – Jesse Harris and Pete Ashdown on UTOPIA, Expansion or Preemption” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chronic Pain 52 mins – “One hundred million adults in America live with chronic pain, yet only four medical schools require students to take a course on the subject. Judy Foreman draws on her personal experience with chronic pain and her background as an award-winning health journalist to present what she calls a practical plan of action. Her suggestions include enhancing pain education in medical schools, rethinking traditional and alternative treatments and federal policy reform.” Her book is A Nation in Pain: Healing our Biggest Health Problem . 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.
CIA Background 55 mins – “John Rizzo, the man who represented the CIA in the Iran-Contra scandal, talks about his book, Company Man, in which he presents an inside look at the CIA’s evolution from a clandestine organization to one at the center of political controversy.” At the link in the “After Words” section right-click “John Rizzo, ‘Company Man'” and select “Save Link/Target As” from the pop-up menu.
Copenhagen Wheel 29 mins – “Are you one of the many people who thinks about taking your bike to do an errand more often than actually taking your bike for that errand? If one of your reasons for driving instead is that you don’t have the energy for a workout or it’s just too dark outside, you won’t want to miss this week’s episode of Sea Change Radio. First, we hear from Jon Stevens of Superpedestrian, an innovative company that has designed the Copenhagen Wheel, a bicycle wheel that can make a sweaty, tiring hill ascent a thing of the past. Then, host Alex Wise speaks with Laurent Rains of Monkey ‘Lectric, whose cutting-edge wheel lights make it much more fun to ride a bike in the dark.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up window.
Disruptive Leadership 50 mins – “In this hour, TED speakers talk about what it takes to become a leader and shake up the status quo.” At the link right-click “Download” next to “Listen to Full Show.” and select “Save Link/Topic As” from the pop-up menu.
Drug Costs 27 mins – “When a pill costs more than the price of your house, is it really worth it? Barry Werth, author of “The Antidote,” examines the astronomical costs of breakthrough drugs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Emergency Medicine Report Cards 22 mins – The report this month from the Annals of Emergency Medicine concerns a National Report Card on Emergency Medicine for each state. Here’s a link that shows all the states so you can see how your state looked five years back and its current ranking for such topics as emergency preparedness and access to emergency care. The report also comments about pre-procedural fasting not being needed, but omits links or references. This one is close, although from 2009, and may be one of a series that is changing the need for fasting before surgery. At the link find the title, “February 2014 Issue,” right-click (there or here) “Full Podcast – Audio (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Glomar Response 27 mins – “How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
H5N1 and H7N9 Viruses 84 mins – Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit discuss avian influenza virus and an antiviral drug, ST246, against smallpox with Dennis Hruby and Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the American Society for Microbiology Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, DC.
Investing for Children 14 mins – “For more than 30 years, Paul has been encouraging parents and grandparents to put a little aside each year for a child, with the intent of giving them a jump start on their retirement savings account. In this podcast Paul walks listeners through the steps to turn a $1 dollar a day investment, over 16 years, into over $4,000,000. No gimmicks. No outrageous claims… just a little bit of money and a whole lot of time and patience.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mammogram Value 52 mins – “According to recently published research, annual mammogram screenings for women aged 40 through 59 lead to more diagnoses of breast cancer, but the screenings do not reduce breast cancer deaths. The research tracked nearly 90,000 women for 25 years. The study adds to the debate already underway over the benefits of yearly mammograms. Some say routine screening is leading to unnecessary call-backs, biopsies and even in some cases, unneeded cancer treatments. Diane and her  guests discuss the value of annual mammograms.” 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 Kits 31 mins – “If you are an EM:RAP listener, you have probably heard Mel Herbert’s story of 2 cars crashing right outside of his house. Mel realized he did not stock a medical kit in his house with the necessary crucial supplies for an emergency scene. I realized I don’t either (there is one in my car). So, I reached out to the master of preparedness, Dr. Keith Conover… We spend the 1st part of the show discussing the everyday kit which Dr. Conover has with him (or in eye shot) pretty much always. He carries it in a fanny pack–I’m not sure if I can be persuaded to do this, but you should probably keep a kit with at least these items in your car or house.” At the link, bottom of the page, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NIH Campaign 52 mins – “The National Institutes of Health is joining forces with private industry to find better treatments for some of our most intractable diseases. This unusual team effort will target Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Another research partnership was also announced last week. Two U.S. foundations and one Canadian said they will offer joint research grants to examine the similarities between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Diane talks with the director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, about the promise of collaboration to fight disease.” 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.
Pakistan Politics 62 mins – “Heraldo Munoz talked about his book, Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan, in which he reports on the international inquiry he led into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He argued that her death has permanently changed U.S.-Pakistani relations. He spoke with Kim Barker, ProPublica correspondent and the author of The Taliban Shuffle.” At the link you can watch the video, pay to download the audio (bottom of the page), or download it as part of the zipped collection noted at the start of this episode.
Paul Ehrlich Bets Julian Simon 63 mins – “Paul Sabin of Yale University and author of The Bet talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book. Sabin uses the bet between Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon–a bet over whether natural resources are getting scarcer as population grows–as a lens for examining the evolution of the environmental movement and its status today. Sabin considers the successes and failures of the movement and the challenges of having nuanced public policy discussions on issues where both sides have passionate opinions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Personal Obstacle Breakthroughs 50 mins – “In this hour, TED speakers share stories of overcoming a weakness and turning it into a strength.” At the link right-click “Download” next to “Listen to Full Show.” and select “Save Link/Topic As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Corruption 22 mins – “On Wednesday a federal jury found Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor, guilty of bribery and fraud, in the latest example of corruption in politics and the power of the almighty dollar. This week on Moyers & Company, we feature two Americans fighting the good fight against greed and corruption. First, David Simon, former crime reporter and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill about his belief that getting money out of politics is a major priority. Also, a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led last month by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig, to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics.”At the link find the title, “Putting Political Corruption on Ice,” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 306_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Price Boosting 23 mins – “Here’s the scenario: A man and his wife are desperate to get to the hospital because she is about to deliver a baby. It’s a hot summer day. It’s rush hour. They flag down a private car and ask, “How much?” To their surprise the driver wants to charge them four times the normal price of a cab. So, is this a story about a cabbie taking advantage of a vulnerable couple or is it simply good economics? Today, we are talking about a company that charges people in desperate situations more for a ride, and we’ll consider the argument that it might actually be better for everyone.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.
Radio Renaissance 55 mins – “Newspapers, publishing and the recording industry may all be in deep trouble from online media. But pronouncements about the death of radio are premature. Contributor Garth Mullins believes we’re witnessing the dawning of a radio renaissance.” At the link find the title, “End of the Dial,” right-click (there or here) “Download End of the Dial” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sexual Violence 10 mins – “Naeemah Abrahams talks to Nicolai Humphreys about the prevalence of non-partner sexual violence.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet: 12 February,” right-click “Media files 12february.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Snow Goes 52 mins – “Ski resorts often depend on snow making machines to provide what nature has not: snow, but snow making equipment can’t work if temperatures rise above the freezing mark and the world is getting warmer. Climatologists report that since 1970 the rate of warming per decade is three times what it was for the previous seventy five years. In a recent piece for the New York Times journalist and skier Porter Fox writes about ‘A World Without Snow’, but as farmers and other California residents are painfully aware, it’s not just skiers who have a lot on the line in a changing climate: Please join us to discuss implications of a warmer world.” 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.
Snowden Files 46 mins – “After all the months and revelations, it is still hard to take on board the full scale and impact of Edward Snowden’s undressing of the N.S.A. The premier spy agency of a vast superpower, stripped in public of its deepest secrets by a 29-year-old high school dropout. Enormous consequences, enormous debate – and the stripping, the leaking, isn’t over yet. He’s called a traitor, he’s called a hero. He may be the world’s most wanted man. He’s still out there. Who is Edward Snowden? This hour On Point: ”The Snowden Files.” A new biography on the life, motivation, and reality now of Edward Snowden.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Society for Science-Based Medicine 5 mins – Dr Mark Crislip, an infectious disease specialist, announced the formation of the SSBM which is focused on coping with alternative medicine issues. It will incorporate Quackwatch and the SSBM site is asking for volunteers to help convert contents of Quackwatch into a wiki. At the link find the title, “Quackcast 133: SFSBM Announcement,” right-click “Media files podcast_137.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
State Fiscal Ratings 15 mins – “Eileen Norcross recently sat down to visit with our state team to discuss a recent and popular Mercatus paper, State Fiscal Condition: Ranking the 50 States’ findings, that measure fiscal health according to four solvency criteria: a state’s cash, budget, long-run health, and ability to provide services.”
Survival Traits 46 mins – ” “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, are back, this time with their take – an explosive look — at what makes some ethnic and cultural groups successful in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Teenage Stress 46 mins – “American teens are stressed. They may not outgrow it in adulthood says a new report. We’ll look at troubling new findings, and solutions.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wireless Carriers 28 mins – “Steven Berry talked about the future of wireless communications and the importance of upcoming Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions to his member companies. Mr. Berry’s Competitive Carriers Association represents rural and regional wireless carriers with fewer than 80 million subscribers.” At the link you can watch the video, pay to download the audio (bottom of the page) or download it as part of the zipped collection noted at the start of this episode.
WWI Background 59 mins – “Margaret MacMillan talked about her historical narrative, The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, in which she describes in detail the assassination in 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and why his death led to the outbreak of World War I. MacMillan said she realized she could not simply start at 1914 to begin her chronicle. She said she established a context beginning in the 1890s to explain some underlying causes for an imminent war. She talks about the fall of many old European empires and profiled royal characters in Europe during the war, including Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and King Edward V of England. In addition, she discussed America’s reluctance to enter World War I and its subsequent role in the conflict. MacMillan also talked about how her family immigrated to Canada from England after World War II broke out.” At the link you can watch the video, pay to download the audio (bottom of the page) or download it as part of the zipped collection noted at the start of this episode.
An alphabetic encyclopedia of about 2500 hyperlinked descriptions in PDF format is here and updated quarterly. Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) here, and 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 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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