Media Mining Digest 121 – 7 Mar 2014: Admiral Nimitz Gray Book, Adult Education, Alternative Energy, American Money History, Broadband Planning, Cambodian Mortgages, Cancer Treatment, Climate Change Adaptation, College Costs, Daniel Suarez, Deep State, Detroit Recovery Plan, Doctor in Wheelchair, Earthquake Proofing, Elder Finances, Fibromyalgia, Freelance Nation, Fukushima Aftermath, Gluten-Free, Hemp Products, Hydrocodone Products, Incubator History, Internet Security for Lawyers, IRS Problems, Lawyer Scams, Medical Stress, Medicare More Cheaply, Migrant Children, Minority Entrepreneurs, Oil Pollution Aftermath, Overhanging Books, Pirate History, Risk Management Business, Scents, Sixth Extinction, Social Entrepreneurs, Solitary Confinement, Subways, Tech Chick Tips, Transcription in Cells

The following audio files come from a larger group of 165 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 40 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Admiral Nimitz Gray Book 88 mins – “The Naval War College Library in Newport, R.I. publicly unveiled online the 4,000-page “Gray Book” collection of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz communications that started in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and ran right up until the closing days of the war…  The event was held on the anniversary of Nimitz’ 129th birthday. It featured a lecture discussing the Gray Book as well as a question & answer session with U.S. Naval Academy Professor of History Emeritus Craig L. Symonds, PhD, author of numerous books including “The Battle of Midway,” in which he recounts the pivotal role played by Nimitz in what was the turning point of the war in the Pacific.” 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.

Adult Education  7 mins – “Adults wanting to go back to school have the odds stacked against them. They juggle many responsibilities, there are and often there isn’t a connection between what they learn in class and the skills they need to get a job. But a program offered in Washington state has been so successful in getting adult students into the workforce that more than 20 states are. It’s called Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, better known as  I-BEST.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alternative Energy 30 mins – “A couple of decades who could have imagined that a gust of wind wafting across a Wyoming plain could power an air conditioner as far off as Southern California? But it very well may be happening soon. This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Shalini Ramanathan, a Texas-based wind energy consultant who gives us a peek into new advances in the wind industry and how these are enabling wind to blow open our nation’s interstate power grid.”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Money History 52 mins – “There’s a lot of talk about Bitcoin these days—the digital currency that’s been gaining ground. Bitcoin allows online payments to be made person-to-person, instead of via a bank, and sidesteps government involvement, too. Is it a more democratic approach to financial exchanges? Could it be “the future” of money? Brian, Ed, and Peter look to American history for answers.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow above and at the right end over the sound bar then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Planning 26 mins – “More communities are today considering how they can improve Internet access in their community than at any other time. Having a gigabit is quickly becoming the standard – not because we all need 1,000 Mbps  but because we know that everything we want to do is possible on a gigabit connection. Video games aren’t going to interfere with Netflix streaming or someone working from home. In this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Joanne Hovis joins me to talk about a recent paper stuffed with valuable information for communities seeking opportunities for better networks, whether publicly or privately owned. Joanne is the President of CTC Technology and Energy, which has just released Gigabit Communities: Technical Strategies for Facilitating Public or Private Broadband Constructions in your Community. The paper was financially supported by Google.” At the link right-click “Download this MP3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cambodian Mortgages 13 mins – “If you’ve applied for a mortgage recently, you know how hard it can be. The bank demands all kinds of obscure documents and wants proof of almost every asset you own. But an innovative mortgage program halfway around the world will evaluate your application without any extra documentation — and if you’re approved, it will give you a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. There’s just one catch: The mortgages are only for low-income people in Cambodia. The program is a throwback to the days when bankers got to know their customers — and trusted them. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Treatment 29 mins – This interview with Professor George McLendon focuses on his most recent research into treatment of cancer based on work done with the cytochrome complex “George McLendon is the Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Chemistry at Rice University. McLendon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a doctorate from Texas A&M University… McLendon’s research is focused on inorganic and physical biochemistry. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and received national research awards, including the American Chemistry Society Pure Chemistry Award, the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, Sloan Dreyfus Award, and Guggenheim Fellowships. His publications range from solar nanotechnology to cell death pathways… He has been involved in launching several biotech startups, including Tetralogic Pharmaceuticals.” At the link right-click the windows square to the right and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Adaptation 8 mins – “Rain is so important in Malawi’s agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called mvula yodzalira, literally “planting rain.” For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been predictable, reliable. But not now…. “The agriculture and farming systems have been completely altered,” says Victor Mughogho, executive director of. “Adaptation to climate change in our context is a matter of life and death. It’s not an option.'” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Costs 17 mins – “College is expensive these days. Yet, most universities argue an undergraduate education is actually worth much more than what students pay for it. Clearly there is an emotional logic to this argument. But what do the numbers tell us? In today’s episode, Planet Money takes a behind the scenes look at Duke’s balance sheet and considers the university’s case that $60,000 a year is actually a discount.” At the link find the title, #520: Duke’s $30,000 Tuition Discount,” right-click “Media files npr 283165088.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Daniel Suarez 70 mins – “Host Leo Laporte interviews Daniel Suarez, “…author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom (TM), Kill Decision, and Influx. He is joined by Jeff Gurner, who is an actor and narrator of Influx.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep State 22 mins – “Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process” but have you heard of the “Deep State?” Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member with the powerful House and Senate Budget Committees, joins Bill to talk about what he calls the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.” In it, Lofgren says, elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. “It is … the red thread that runs through the history of the last three decades. It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war,” Lofgren tells Bill.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight,” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 307 Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Recovery Plan 8 mins – “Detroit’s emergency manager laid out a plan for the Motor City’s future, including how it will handle the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy case.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor in Wheelchair 49 mins – “Cheri starts out by talking about how she became interested in a career in medicine. She grew up on a rural farm in Iowa. Her mother was a nurse, and Cheri was intrigued visiting her mother in the hospital. Cheri also had a lot of exposure to healthcare from a very young age and saw what worked and what didn’t – she wanted to become a physician to serve people better…. Cheri talks about how at 18 months old, she was in a farming accident and sustained a T10 complete spinal cord injury. She has utilized a wheelchair for as long as she can remember; she talks about how this has shaped her identity a lot.” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Earthquake Proofing 20 mins – “…To explore the topic of seismic retrofits of concrete buildings, the hosts talk with Dr. Gregg Brandow, Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Southern California, who is a leading expert on the seismic evaluation and retrofit of buildings.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elder Finances 51 mins – “Millions of elderly Americans suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other disabilities that make them unable to make decisions about their finances. About a quarter of all people over the age of 65 rely on relatives, often their children, for help managing their money and assets. But the task of caring for elderly parents and managing their bills and property can be overwhelming and time consuming. It can also be filled with ethical and legal pitfalls and a source of family conflict. Join us for a discussion about the best ways to manage an elderly relative’s money.” 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.

Fibromyalgia 19 mins – “Most doctors are familiar with patients who describe chronic pain all over the body, which is associated with a range of other symptoms including poor sleep, fatigue, and depression. This complex of symptoms is sometimes referred to as fibromyalgia. Management of patients with this condition is often complex and challenging. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia has long been controversial, with some experts questioning whether it exists as a separate entity. In this podcast Anisur Rahman, professor of rheumatology at University College London, joins us to discuss diagnosis and management of the condition.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freelance Nation 18 mins – “More and more micro-entrepreneurs are using online services like Etsy, Kickstarter, Uber and Lyft to create their own jobs. Welcome to the new DIY economy. This week, New Tech City introduces you to the drivers, the Airbnb hosts and the other entrepreneurs making a living (or supplementing their income) in today’s “sharing economy.” “We are going through the greatest economic transformation in human history,” Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, tells host Manoush Zomorodi. According to one recent report, more than 40 percent of us will be freelancers, contractors and temp workers by 2020.” At the link right-clcick “stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fukushima Aftermath  5 mins – “Japan will restart many of its nuclear power plants, but only after their safety has been established by the highest standards in the world. That’s the word this week from the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It comes nearly three years after a massive tsunami caused a triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Nearly all of the country’s 48 nuclear plants have been offline ever since. Successive governments have struggled to address the post-Fukushima energy crisis.”  At the link find the title, ” In a post-Fukushima shift, Japan’s government charts a path back to a nuclear future,” right-click “Media files 022620145.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gluten-Free 46 mins – “Gluten-free” is everywhere now.  On banners and signs and food labels all over.  As if we are all gluten intolerant, or could all be saved by a gluten-free diet.  The claims are huge.  Save your weight, your heart, your mind, your life.  They put a lot off-limits.  Wheat and rye and barley and couscous.  Most beer and hot dogs, bouillon, soy sauce, baked beans, ice cream, ketchup, vodka.  Is it worth it?  For some, definitely.  For most – that’s another question.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hemp Products  3 mins -“Non-drug varieties of Cannabis sativa L., collectively namely as “hemp”, have been an interesting source of food, fiber, and medicine for thousands of years. The ever-increasing demand for vegetables oils has made it essential to characterize additional vegetable oil through innovative uses of its components… This study is an interesting contribution for C. sativa L. consideration as a source of bioactive compounds contributing to novel research applications for hemp seed oil in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic food, and other non-food industries.” At the link find the title, “Episode 334 – February 27 2014,” right-click ” Media files ScienceElements Feb27_2014.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hydrocodone Products 51 mins – “A coalition of consumers and health care groups is asking the Food and Drug Administration to revoke its approval of a powerful new opioid. Critics say the potential dangers of Zohydro outweigh its value as a pain killer. Guest host Elise Labott and her [5] guests debate the use and abuse of the new drug.” 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.

Incubator History 4 mins – “…Survival rates of the premature babies at the Paris maternity hospitals increased. But how would other doctors find out about this new technology? The answer was to exhibit the incubators at the World Exposition in Berlin in 1896. Six incubators were sent to Berlin with Dr Martin Couney, who persuaded the protectress of Berlin’s Charity Hospital, Empress Augusta Victoria, to provide premature infants for the exhibit. Despite having little chance of survival, according to Couney, none of them died….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Security for Lawyers 25 mins – “From malware and hackers to BYOD and TYOD, the biggest threat to law firm data could be the attorneys themselves. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek interview data expert Ben M. Schorr and discover complex new threats to data security and the simplest solutions to reduce them. Schorr is a technologist and Chief Executive Officer for Roland Schorr and Tower, a professional consulting firm headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona with offices in Hawaii and Oregon….  He’s been a Microsoft MVP for more than 15 years and involved with management and technology for more than 20 years.” At the link find the title, “The Kindergarten Version of Information Security for Lawyers,” right-click “Media files The Kindergarten Version…mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IRS Problems 45 mins – “Nobody loves the I.R.S.  The Internal Revenue Service.  The nation’s tax collector.  The heat was especially high last year when the I.R.S. was accused of going after political non-profits – conservative, then liberal, too.  But on the core function of the I.R.S., most would agree that if you’re going to have tax collection we need it done well.  Need an I.R.S. that’s efficient, competent, responsive, on top of fraud.  And some big reports are saying that we do not.  That fraud is rife, tax collections shrinking.  That the I.R.S. can’t keep up and may “fail at its mission.”  This hour On Point:  does the nation’s tax-collector still have what it takes to do the job?” At this link right-clcick “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lawyer Scams 25 mins – “In this edition of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss check fraud with expert Dan Pinnington. Together, they reveal how lawyers are repeatedly falling into the trap of check fraudsters and what can be done to avoid it. Tune in for tips on how to spot a check fraudster in your practice or law firm. Pinnington is the Vice President of Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations at Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO)….” At the link find the title, “Lawyer Scams and How to Avoid Them,” right-click “Media files Lawyer Scams and How to Avoid Them.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Stress 35 mins – “Today I am joined by the master of all things Mind of the Resuscitationist, Cliff Reid of and the Rage Podcast. In the first ever EMCrit Book Club, we discuss a book I read years ago and recently reread: On Combat by Dave Grossman has enormous relevance to resuscitationists. I feel the entire book is worth reading, but we zoned in on the really juicy bits. Section I – Physiology of Combat;Chapter Two – Stress Responses to Combat – We briefly discuss bowel and bladder control as they relate to stress; Chapter Three – Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Responses; Parasympathetic backlash-a time of cognitive danger….” At the link and way down at the bottom of the page right-click “download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Medicare More Cheaply 5 mins – “Fort Dodge, Iowa, is not exactly what you’d think of as a hotbed of health care innovation. But the small town in the western part of the state is part of a Medicare pilot project that economists say could be a pathway to the holy grail of health care: providing better care at a lower cost.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant Children 67 mins – “This Migration Policy Institute panel discussion on unaccompanies minors focuses on a report by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings College of the Law, A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System. The panel moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Refugee Protection and Migrants at MPI, includes speakers Elizabeth Dallam, KIND National Legal Services Director, Lisa Frydman, CGRS Associate Director and Managing Attorney, Karen Musalo, CGRS Director, and KIND Executive Director Wendy Young. The discussion focuses on the conclusion that children face a system created for adults that is not required to consider the child’s best interests. Despite the potentially enormous impact of the proceedings on their lives and futures, unaccompanied children are not provided lawyers to help them navigate the complex requirements of immigration proceedings. The report is available at and” At the link, at the bottom of the page, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority Entrepreneurs 17 mins – “Race and gender gaps can discourage people from getting the skills to make it in the tech world. But if you have what it takes, how do you get your startup off the ground?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Pollution Aftermath 54 mins – From the 2014 conference by the Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago: “Crude oil affects cellular function in fish, with implications for life-threatening arrhythmias in humans; Innovation a strong driver for economic growth; Designing robots to copy the work of termites; Therapeutic robots ease anxiety for dementia patients; How warmer temperatures are affecting the Arctic; Chemical analysis reveals Picasso’s use of house paint.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overhanging Books 4 mins – “…Here’s a game you can try at home. Let’s call it overhanging books. All you need are some books and a table. For descriptive purposes, I’m going to assume all my books are two feet tall and identical, but you can play with any books on your bookshelf. If I take one of my two foot tall books and lay it on its side, I can slide it over the edge of the table until it sticks out about half its length, or one foot. Any further and it topples off. That’s not an especially exciting observation. So let’s take two books, one laid on top of the other, and see what we can do. I’ll slide the bottom book out, then slide the top book out a bit further. Done in just the right way, we can get the two book combination to stick out a half foot further than the single book. Try it yourself, or check the Engines website…” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pirate History 52 mins – “Thursday, our guest is journalist Colin Woodard, whose book “The Republic of Pirates” is the basis for a forthcoming TV series starring John Malkovich. Woodard tells the story of the Flying Gang, an 18th century coalition of men like Blackbeard and “Black Sam” Bellamy who were more than just criminals on the high seas. In age of oppressive governments and influential commercial interests, they had their sights set on social and political upheaval. We’ll talk about the “golden age” of piracy and the mark it left on our world.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Risk Management Business 62 mins – “Hemant Shah, co-founder and CEO of RMS, takes students on a ride through the highs and lows of growing and changing a company. From early days in an apartment with co-founders, to making the tough calls as a market leader in risk and catastrophe modeling, Shah discusses lessons around culture, business models, and pivoting a value proposition.” At the link right-click “A True Model for Embracing….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scents 55 mins – “Scent has been used for millennia to enhance sexual attraction and mask body odour. Cindy Bisaillon examines the psychology and neurology of smell and the fine line between scented sophistication and our own primal animal musk.” At the link find the title, “The Seduction of Scent (Encore Sept 24, 2013),” right-click (here or there) “Download The Seduction of Scent (Encore Sept 24, 2013)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sixth Extinction 60 mins – ” Listen to Elizabeth Kolbert discuss her new book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and take questions from the audience.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Entrepreneurs 13 mins – “If you walk into the lobby of the Soria Moria hotel near the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, it probably won’t strike you as a bold experiment in development and democracy. The Soria Moria, in the booming town of Siem Reap, is a three-star hotel with 38 rooms that is more cozy than fancy. It looks like a lot of hotels that cater to tourists: There’s wicker furniture in the lobby, a rooftop bar serves margaritas, and the tile floors are spotless. But now ask the people who staff the Soria Moria to describe their jobs, and you will begin to understand why this hotel is different: “I work here as a receptionist,” says Real Marideth, sitting behind the wooden counter. “I am the owner also.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solitary Confinement 124 mins – “Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels testified at a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The U.S. holds more prisoners in isolation than any other democratic nation. Other witnesses included federal and state prison officials.” 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.

Subways 51 mins – “Diane and her guest discuss the rivalry between Boston and New York to build America’s first subway. It was a competition that played out in an era not unlike our own: one filled with economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America’s place in the 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.

Syrian Crisis 51 mins -” The humanitarian situation in Syria has deteriorated in recent weeks and months. Airstrikes against civilians are occurring with more frequency. Refugees are fleeing to border countries, straining already tapped resources. And within the country, an estimated 9 million people are in need of life-saving assistance. As peace talks have stalled, the Obama administration acknowledged a need to reassess policy toward Syria. The president is faced with the same challenging questions from the last three years of the civil war over how to respond. But many observers say while the options are difficult, they do exist. Diane and her guests discuss the crisis in Syria and the world’s failed response.” 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.

Tech Chick Tips 38 mins – Two teachers discuss eleven teaching-related sites and three apps they have found to be useful. The focus is on the lower grades, up through about the fifth or sixth. These are very busy teachers who still manage to squeeze in time for a podcast every couple months. At the link you’ll find all the site and app links, and can right-click “Download” at the bottom of the page, then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcription in Cells 19 mins – “In this month’s Cell Podcast, we learn about:  How fine-tuning of transcription factor activity may open up new avenues for disease treatment, with Mark Leid (0:00) (Trends in Pharmacological Sciences;  How the millions of species of gut bacteria can communicate with one another, with Simon Carding (11:28) (from Cell Reports); Plus, sample a selection of the hottest new papers from Cell Press (16:45)” At the link look for the February 2014 Cell Podcast and listen there or download via iTunes. The link allows downloads in the archive section, but it lags by several months. ===============================================================                                                               ARCHIVE

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) 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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