Media Mining Digest 122 – 14 Mar 2014: Banjo Master Trischka, Beringia, Brain Research, Chimps, Economy History, Edison, Gary Indiana, Google Glass, Habitat Heat Load, Haitian Poverty, Honey Bees, Ingrid Betancourt, Medical Directives, Navy Ship Life, Neural Cell Repair, Online Sweepstakes, Open Innovation, Origami Batteries, Parasite Therapy, Personal Robots, Plastic Threat, Poverty War, Racial Issues, Smart Grid, Solitary Confinement, Sports Greening Project, Things That Fly, Web Site Improvement

The following audio files come from a larger group of 175 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 29 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Banjo Master Trischka 48 mins – “Some musical recordings – just a few in the flood – open up whole new realms.  Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew.  Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde.  The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper.  In the world of banjo, says writer-composer Bill Evans, the music that marked the change came from Tony Trischka.  Up out of bluegrass and country and then all over.  To roots in Africa.  To heights of jazz.  Banjo, unbound.  Tony Trischka set it free.  With Bela Fleck.  With Jerry Garcia.  With the world.  This hour On Point:  the great banjo liberationist, Tony Trischka.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beringia 42 mins – “…Here’s an  extended version of an interview about how Native Americans came to be.  It’s about a CU-Boulder study that appeared in Science Magazine in February 2014, and promptly made headlines around the world.  The study involves top-notch detective work that shows how, almost 30,000 years ago, a major Ice Age trapped Asian explorers on a land bridge between Asia and Alaska for 10 THOUSAND years.  Back then, the “Beringia” (bare-IN-gee-ah) land bridge was 30 miles long and 600 miles wide. Glaciers had buried Northern America, but Beringia was just warm enough, the trapped explorers survived and thrived….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Research 52 mins – “In his new book, “The Future of the Mind,” theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explores how the next century of scientific innovation will expand the brain’s abilities. Kaku joins us to discuss the latest in neurological research, how the brain resembles a corporation, and the fantastic inventions that will change everything from entertainment to spying.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chimps 28 mins – “What can our closest living relatives – great apes like the chimpanzee and bonobo – teach us about ourselves? Are we the only species that tells lies or wages war? Do other apes have culture? On this episode, Dale Peterson joins us to discuss these fascinating, yet sadly endangered, animals.”  At the link in the Individual Files section and Audio subsection right-click “21.5 MP3” under “VBR MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economy History 15 mins – “If you asked someone on the street 100 years ago, “How’s the economy doing?” They wouldn’t have had any idea what you were talking about. On today’s show: How we started boiling down entire nations into a single number. And how that number made people think they could control everything.” At the link find the title, “#522: The Invention Of ‘The Economy,” right-click “Media files npr 286446811.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Edison 31 mins – “Topping Life magazine’s list of the most important people of the last 1000 years, Thomas Edison is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest inventors. His influences on industry and technology remain with us today, over 80 years after his death. Joining us for this program is Edison biographer Leonard DeGraaf to discuss the life and works of the historic innovator and businessman, Thomas Edison.” At the link in the Individual Files section and Audio subsection right-click “39.2 MP3” under “VBR MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gary Indiana 46 mins – “President Obama got personal and, unusually, he got racial last week to call for more attention to the circumstances of many young men of color in America.  The statistics, he said – of poverty and more – “should break our hearts.”  And he announced a new push to help called “My Brother’s Keeper.”  We’re going today to Gary, Indiana and its outspoken mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson – who is trying to lift one of the most troubled cities in America and its young men.  Some days, she says, that job brings her to her knees. This hour On Point:  My Brother’s Keeper, and the view from Gary.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Glass 3 mins – “We demonstrate a Google Glass-based rapid diagnostic test (RDT) reader platform capable of qualitative and quantitative measurements of various lateral flow immunochromatographic assays and similar biomedical diagnostics tests…  This wearable RDT reader platform running on Google Glass combines a hands-free sensing and image capture interface with powerful servers running our custom image processing codes, and it can be quite useful for real-time spatiotemporal tracking of various diseases and personal medical conditions, providing a valuable tool for epidemiology and mobile health.” Abstract Link. At the link find the title, “Episode 336 – March 05 2014,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_March5_2014.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Habitat Heat Load   7 mins – “Before people moved in with houses and roads and vast areas of concrete and bitumen, there were plants and forests. The natural environment has with it a water cycle of evaporation and cooling. But the built environment has minimal evaporation, and has been shown to contribute to an additional heating effect… Adaptation strategies include cool roofs where roofs are painted white, and green roofs where soil and plants are introduced to roof tops.” At the link right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Haitian Poverty 52 mins – “Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs & Steel (and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed), offers some timely thoughts on why Haiti, once a fairly prosperous country, has sunk into enduring poverty — a condition not comparatively shared by its neighbor on the same island, the Dominican Republic.” in this interview right after the 2010 earthquake. At the link find and right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Honey Bees 52 mins – “This week, the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature is focusing on how humans make decisions. Among their guests is the animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley, who specializes in honeybees.  And what can these insects teach humans about making choices? Over millions of years, honeybees have evolved to act as a collective. Together, they identify and deliberate new nest locations and then navigate there as a swarm. Wednesday, Seeley joins us in studio to talk about the lives of bees and their democracy.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ingrid Betancourt 27 mins   – “Ingrid Betancourt – who was held captive for six years – explores how people’s minds can be free even while they are in captivity.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Freedom of the Mind,” right-click (here or there) “docarchive_20140304-1014a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Directives 23 mins – “People in La Crosse, Wisconsin are used to talking about death. In fact, 96 percent of people who die in this small, Midwestern city have specific directions laid out for when they pass. That number is astounding. Nationwide, it’s more like 50 percent. In today’s episode, we’ll take you to a place where dying has become acceptable dinner conversation for teenagers and senior citizens alike. A place that also happens to have the lowest healthcare spending of any region in the country.” At the link find the title, “#521: The Town That Loves Death,” right-click “Media files npr 284133888.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Navy Ship Life 59 mins – “Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neural System Repair 8 mins – “A new approach to repairing a damaged central nervous system involves use of the patient’s own cells which get reprogramed so they behave as if stem cells.  The first step is to introduce growth factors to the injury site. This encourages healing. The second is the use of the specially produced stem cells from the patient. Jim Faed describes his work with mesenchymal stromal cells (stem cells) to produce cells safe for human therapy.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Sweepstakes 9 mins – “‘Sweepers” are people who spend their free time entering hundreds of online sweepstakes — the contests most of us skip because we’re sure they’re all scams. It turns out, we’re wrong. Some people win big. Reporter Laura Mayer takes us into the online sweepstakes universe.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Innovation 72 mins – “Most of society’s innovation systems –- academic science, the patent system, open source, etc. -– are “open” in the sense that they are designed to facilitate knowledge disclosures amongst innovators. An essential difference across innovation systems, however, is whether disclosures take place only after final innovations are completed, or whether disclosures relate to intermediate solutions and advances. Karim R. Lakhani — Harvard Business School professor and Berkman Faculty Associate — presents experimental evidence showing that implementing intermediate versus final disclosures qualitatively transforms the very nature of the innovation search process, and presents comparative advantages of intermediate disclosure systems.” At the link right-click “MP3” next to “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Origami Batteries 29 mins – “Advertisers love to talk about the art of engineering. But this week’s guests on Sea Change Radio truly are fusing their high-tech research with art. By incorporating the principles of origami, the traditional Japanese art form of paper folding, with their work in the emerging field of paper battery technology, this Arizona State research team has come up with some exciting new ways to store energy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasite Therapy 73 mins – “Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of An Epidemic of Absence, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book–a discussion of why allergies and autoimmune diseases have been on the rise in the developed world for the last half-century. Velasquez-Manoff explores a recent hypothesis in the epidemiological literature theorizing the increase is a response to the overly hygienic environment in rich countries and the absence of various microbes and parasites. Velasquez-Manoff also considers whether reintroducing parasites into our bodies can have therapeutic effects, a possibility currently under examination through FDA trials. The conversation continues a theme of EconTalk–the challenge of understanding causation in a complex world.

Personal Robots 51 mins – “In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow to the right of “Listen to full show” or select segments and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Threat 46 mins – “The Food and Drug Administration says the chemical bisphenol-A, or B.P.A., is safe – but bans it in baby bottles, baby cups, the packaging for baby formula.  The American Medical Association has deemed B.P.A. an “endocrine disrupting agent.”  Studies have found it mimics estrogen.  Have linked it to cancer, asthma, diabetes, obesity, infertility, heart disease.  Households across the country have cleared their shelves of B.P.A. plastic.  But what if the “B.P.A.-free” plastics – substitutes – are dangerous too?  There’s a huge fight over that right now. This hour On Point:  the safety of plastics.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Threat II 52 mins – “A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine finds that plastics free of the controversial additive bisphenol-A (BPA) may actually be more harmful to humans than those containing it. Meanwhile, scientists continue to debate what doses of the chemical are harmful. We’ll discuss the latest news on the controversy over plastics, and why the plastics industry has fought hard protect these chemical additives from regulation.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty War 52 mins – “Improving prospects for the nation’s poor is a goal leaders of both parties claim to support, but there are clear differences on strategy. The $3.9 trillion dollar 2015 budget proposal President Obama unveiled yesterday includes funding for job training, early childhood education and a bump in the minimum wage. The proposals underscore his conviction that federal programs can be a key life line to low income families. Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has broadly criticized the government’s anti-poverty efforts. Although some programs work, he said, others undercut personal efforts to climb out of poverty. Please join us discuss how best to help low income Americans.” 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.

Racial Issues 46 mins (2 parts) – Bill Moyers interviews author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes in a two-part series. At the link find the titles, “The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II,” “Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One,” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 309_Podcast.mp3,” “Media files Moyers and Company308_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Links As” from the pop-up menus.

Smart Grid 30 mins -“Keith talks with Emir Jose Macari, Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science at California State University – Sacramento.  He is also the Director of the California Smart Grid Center.  Macari talks about his early fascination with taking things apart which eventually led to his career as an engineer.  He introduces us to smart grid, which will eventually help develop devices to monitor electronic usage on a more personal scale.  Currently, most electricity in the nation is centrally located and has to travel for miles to reach customers.  Smart grid hopes to improve the production, delivery, and usage of energy.  Visit the California Smart Grid Center at http://www.ecs.csus.edu/csgc/” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solitary Confinement 16 mins – “About 80,000 prisoners in US and about 1,000 prisoners in Australia are kept in solitary confinement.  Some are confined for as long as twenty years or more. Former prisoner Robert King tells of the effects on his eyesight and how he becomes disorientated in once familiar environments. Huda Akil describes the changes in the brain. And Jules Lobel argues solitary confinement is deprivation of basic human needs. Our speakers were part of a panel at the 2014 meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science  in Chicago.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sports Greening Project 30 mins – “This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Allen Hershkowitz, is a pioneer in the greening of the sports industry and a senior scientist at the NRDC. Dr. Hershkowitz is working to help decrease the carbon footprint of our nation’s sports teams while engaging sports industry leaders to speak up about environmental problems like climate change. He and host Alex Wise delve into the various ways that sports leagues and teams are starting to become leaders for change.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Things That Fly 54 mins – “This week Lucien and Daniel welcome Albert Tejera, owner of TME  [Teherea Microsystems Engineering] to the show as a new host. Also joining us this episode as our special guest we have Erick Royer, Executive Editor at Maplegate Media to talk about Several of their publications including Airsoft Insider, Fly RC, RC Heli Pilot and Multirotor magazines. We also get into a discussion about 3D printing, and some cool printers that are coming out soon.” At the link right-click “Direct Download: _287_-_Erick_Royer.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Web Site Improvement 73 mins – “Nowadays, Steve (Don’t Make Me Think) Krug is fixated on getting everyone to do their own usability testing. It’s almost sad, really. Bordering on an obsession. And it would be sad, except for the fact that usability testing turns out to be the best thing anyone can do to improve a Web site (or Web app, or desktop app, or iPad app—you get the idea) that they’re working on. Last year, he boiled down everything you need to know to do your own testing into 162 pages in his second book, Rocket Surgery Made Easy. Now, for people who haven’t got two hours to read a really short book (with lots of illustrations), he’s going to boil it down into a SxSW [South By Southwest] talk…complete with a live demonstration. You’ll leave the room ready—and eager—to start testing. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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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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