The following audio files come from a larger group of 173 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 38 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Aircraft Black Boxes 5 mins – “…Now, as the world waits for answers about MH370, there is yet another question to ask. Why, in 2014, do we depend on 1960s technology to explain why a plane crashed? “What we’re actually doing is using VCR technology in the age of Netflix. [And then] we take the VCR and throw it into the ocean, and then we try to find it,” said Clive Irving, contributor at The Daily Beast and a senior consulting editor at Conde Nast Traveler. Clive has reported on both Air France Flight 447 and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. He says live streaming technology is “readily available right now,” and should be used to replace black boxes….” At the link find the title, “Why do we depend on 1960s technology to locate missing planes?” right-click “Media files 032620146.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alaska Earthquake 35 mins – “Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. To commemorate the quake, we’re posting this extended version of the interview we broadcast on March 25, 2014, with Dr. Mike West, the Alaska State Seismologist and Director of the Alaska Earthquake Center. How On Earth host Beth Bartel talked with Dr. West about his recent paper, “Why the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake Matters 50 Years Later,” published in Seismological Research Letters.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alibaba in China 46 mins – “Alibaba is coming to the U.S.A. The Chinese Internet giant – China’s Amazon and more – is coming to Wall Street for an IPO. A giant stock offering. Maybe the biggest tech offering ever. It’s opening a huge window into China’s alternate Internet universe. Alibaba as its Amazon. Baidu as its Google. Tencent as its Facebook. Now breaking all the rules and lines and competing with each other. It’s been called the Internet’s World War I, and it’s all happening inside China. It could change the Internet. It could change China. This hour On Point: Alibaba, and all the Internet in China.
Amyloid Proteins and Tooth Decay 81 mins – This Week in Microbiology “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt and Michelle Swanson…discuss a symbiosis between a bacterium and fungus that increases the virulence of oral biofilms, and the assembly of amyloid fibers, which are needed for biofilm formation.” At the link right-click TWIM#75 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Autism Play 52 mins – “… we’re trying to understand autism through the eyes of a child. Our guide is a fictional character, an 11-year-old named Caitlin at the center of Utah playwright Julie Jensen’s latest work. Caitlin is navigating the classroom, the playground and an unexpected tragedy at home, while her teachers and father work to help her make sense of it all. Jensen and the Weber State University cast will join us, along with expert Dr. Sam Goldstein, for a conversation about kids on the autism spectrum.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Berlin Wall Tunnel 22 mins – “… in 1961, East Germany closed its border to West Berlin with a wall. But this isn’t a story about the design of the Berlin Wall. This is a story about one design to get through it—or really, underneath it. Ralph Kabisch, then a 20-something-year-old university student, was there….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Big Data Issues 21 mins – “Guests: Patrick Tucker, author of “The Naked Future” and NYU professor Gary Marcus; technology investor Esther Dyson; Nobel prize-winning economist Bob Shiller; Zachary Karabell, author of “The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers that Rule Our World“. At the link find the title, “Bob Shiller on Housing Bubbles, Bill Gates, and the Failure of Math,” right-click “Media files IHUB-032914-C.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Training Games 51 mins – “For centuries, scientists believed the human brain was fully formed in childhood and did not change. But in recent years, studies have found the brain continues to make new connections over a person’s lifetime. In 2008, researchers found that older adults who engaged in brain-training drills could improve cognitive abilities. This set off a flurry of new brain-training websites promising users could slow memory loss and other effects of aging. Now, millions of Americans visit these sites every day, playing games and solving puzzles. But critics say the online training doesn’t have real-life benefits. Diane and a panel of  experts discuss the surge in brain game applications and whether or not they work.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Cell Phone Inventor 70 mins – This Week in Technology host Leo Laporte interviews Marty Cooper, the inventor of the handheld cellular mobile phone. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Debate 65 mins – “John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about climate change. Topics discussed include what we know and don’t know about global warming, trends in extreme weather such as hurricanes, rising sea level, the likely change in temperature in the next hundred years. Both scientists also give their perspective on what policies might be put in place to reduce risk from climate change. This episode was recorded before a live audience at the College of Business Administration at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Computer Repair Show 41 mins – The creator of Mike Tech Show in episode 500 talks about the creation of the show and lessons he has passed on as the show developed. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Computer Systems 21 mins – “Computer business systems have been designed to streamline and increase productivity in various organizations. But, have these systems been implemented appropriately? On this episode, Simon Head discussed why smarter machines are making dumber humans.” At the link right-click “16.6” below “VBR MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Condom Testing 78 mins – This Week in Virology hosts Glenn Rall and Ann Skalka meet up with Professor of Virology Vincent Racaniello — creator of TWIV as well as This Week in Parasitism and This Week in Microbiology — to talk about his career in science and science communication, which included an early job in a company that made condoms and spermicide. At the link right-click TWIV 277 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Crisis Text Line 55 mins – The first of four topics in this variety show deals with the evolution and large size of the Crisis Text Line. The other topics include upload speeds in Canada, audio games and data centers. At the link find the title, “245: Crisis text lines for teens….,” right-click “Media files spark_20140323_96811.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disruptive Law 97 mins – “Privacy impacting technology, lessons from Uber, Popcorn Time can’t be stopped, and more. Guests: Robert Scoble, Larry Downes” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Greek Economic Recovery 14 mins – “For the past few years, life in Greece has been like that movie Groundhog Day. Every year, it’s been the same thing over and over. The official statistics come out, and the news is bad. The economy shrank this year, the economy shrank this year, the economy shrank this year. But this year, things might be different.* The official forecasts are that the amazing shrinking economy will finally stop shrinking. This might sound like good news, but for people living in Greece it’s been a painful process. Elias Tilligadas is a government food inspector in Greece. Recently, his pay was cut 45 percent. “The numbers are getting better; the people are getting worse,” Elias says. “Our lives are getting worse.'” At the link find the title, “#527: The Amazing Shrinking Economy Might Stop Shrinking,” right-click “Media files npr_294887396.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hadoop and ESRI 10 min – “Esri‘s Mansour Raad explains why an open source methodology for tackling Big Data makes perfect sense.” At the link find the title, “Open Source Big Data Analytics,” right-click “Media files staff_raad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Interns in Utah 56 mins – Five people associated with the Hinckley fellowship and internship program discuss the program value and impact on local and international relationships for the state. At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Law Ads on TV 21 mins – “When it’s three o’clock in the morning and everything is going wrong in your life, there’s a certain kind of ad you might see on basic cable. Lawyers–usually guys–promise to battle the heartless, tight-wad insurance companies on your behalf. There’s disaster footage and stiff readings off of cue cards. The ads look like they were made in a high school A.V. class….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mathematical Models 21 mins – “Think you know what caused the economic meltdown? Nobel prize-winning economist Bob Shiller talks about the reliance on mathematical models that clouded peoples’ thinking.” At the link find the title, “Bob Shiller on Housing Bubbles, Bill Gates, and the Failure of Math,” right-click “Media files IHUB-032914-C.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mosquito Control 22 mins – “…Ever since there have been humans, mosquitoes have been biting us, and we’ve been trying to kill them. And, for the most part, the mosquitoes have been winning. Today there are over 3000 species on pretty much every corner of Earth. Mosquito-borne diseases kill around 1 million people a year (most of them children) and make more than 500 million people sick. But thanks to Hadyn Perry and his team of scientists, that might be about to change. Producer Andy Mills talks with author Sonia Shah about the difficulties of sharing a planet with mosquitoes and with science writer David Quammen about the risks of getting rid of them….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mudslide Science 46 mins – “Michael Lincoln and his wife were sleeping Saturday morning when the mountain gave way above them in Oso, Washington. They heard banging and bolted, in seconds, with a neighbor. It sounded “like the end of the world,” they said of the mudslide coming down. Like the sound of ten thousand things hitting each other. In Washington state they are still pulling out the bodies of those who did not escape the giant slide. The geology, the science, of that much earth letting loose that fast is amazing. So is the risk, if you’re in the way.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Music Recording 67 mins – Scott Wilkinson and his guest, Allen Sides, of Ocean Way Recording — Ocean Way Recording is the world’s most awarded studio complex. Recordings made at our studios have sold in excess of 1 Billion units. — talk about music recording and playback equipment. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
My World 2015 47 mins – “Corinne Woods – Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, which supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and leads the outreach to citizens and stakeholders to get their voices and concerns to feed into the Post-2015 global development agenda. Previously, she served in a variety of roles at UNICEF, including as Senior Adviser on the HIV/AIDS Global Campaign Coordination and as Chief of Advocacy and Partnerships in India, the agency’s largest country operation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NSA and Lawyers 24 mins – “Some technology experts believe it’s not a matter of if law firm communications can be hacked, but when. With continuing reports of the NSA and foreign entities monitoring the privileged attorney-client communications of US law firms, lawyers may be required to take additional measures to protect client information. On this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek discuss the growing dangers and evolving duties for clients and attorneys with cyber security expert David Ries from Clark Hill Thorp Reed.” At the link find the title, “The Ethical Implications of NSA Surveillance for Lawyers,” right-click “Media files NSA Surveillance for Lawyers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oculus Rift Goggles 47 mins – “Strap on the Oculus Rift and you’re in another world. A big headset – goggles – covering your eyes. A huge spread of virtual reality filling your field of vision. Another world. Less than two years ago, Oculus was a Kickstarter campaign and a dream. This week, Facebook announced it will buy Oculus for $2 billion. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says virtual reality is key to social media’s future. Virtual presence. Hanging out with people who aren’t actually with you. You might think Facebook is a virtual reality already. This hour On Point: Facebook’s virtual reality play with Oculus.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Paleo Diet 110 mins – “On this week’s information-packed show: an update on prebiotics and probiotics with Tim Steele; Is child obesity really down? Is meat and cheese really as bad as smoking? Are antibiotics making us fat? Plus, a Moment of Paleo and After the Bell.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 Audio” just below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Polio in Turkey 27 mins – “Tim Whewell travels to the Turkish border and to Lebanon to talk to the doctors and health care workers struggling to cope with a growing crisis.” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Silent Enemy – 27 Mar 2014,” right-click “Media files
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Prison Reform 46 mins – “One category in which the United States leads the world is in its prison population. Highest rate of incarceration in the world? American. Highest absolute prison population – numbers? American. For years now, it’s been too much too handle financially — those millions behind bars. And, many say, morally – particularly as long “war on drugs” mandatory sentences devastated lives and whole communities. Now, there’s a bi-partisan push on to reform sentencing laws and draw down incarceration rates. This hour On Point: the push to bring down America’s world-leading prison population.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Probability 46 mins – “All you had to do to win a billion dollars was pick the winners in college basketball’s March Madness. Fill in a perfect bracket. Warren Buffet made a billion-dollar bet that nobody would do it. And Warren Buffet was right. We live in a world of probabilities and odds. Of winning lotteries. Winning the U.S. Senate. Finding a downed airliner. Picking the perfect bracket. And yet, the reality of probability often eludes us. It’s often just beyond our intuition. Our quick assessment. This hour On Point: from March Madness to Nate Silver’s political picks, to a lost airliner – the science and emotion of odds.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Programming Perls 53mins – “This week we chat with Randal Schwartz, host of “FLOSS Weekly” and co-author of “Programming Perl”, “Learning Perl”, “Learning Perl for Win32 Systems”, and “Effective Perl Programming”, as well as writing regular columns for “WebTechniques”, “PerformanceComputing”, “SysAdmin”, and Linux magazines.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Recessions 19 mins – “We all know how lousy a recession feels. And we know how much long-term damage a recession can cause. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about recessions — like, if you’re in a recession, what’s the best way to get out? Today, we tackle the question of how to escape a recession, by going small. Economist Tim Harford walks us through two tiny self-contained economies, a babysitting co-op and a prisoner of war camp, facing what he calls “toy recessions.'” At the link find the title, “#525: Trouble Inside A Babysitting Economy,” right-click “Media files npr_291533350.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sitting Is Bad 53 mins – The first twenty minutes of the five segments in this variety show cover the details of why sitting is bad and what to do about it. At the link find the title, “Are We Sitting Ducks?, plus Stretch Marks From The Birth Of The Universe, Peacocks and Fake Sex Sounds, and more – 2014/03/22,” right-click “Media files quirksaio 20140322_91565.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
SpinRite Creator 74 mins – This Week in Technology host, Leo Laporte, interviews Steve Gibson, a computer programmer, inventor of SpinRite and host of Security Now! At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Teen Health 51 mins – “At age 76, Jane Fonda hasn’t slowed down one bit. She has a recurring guest role on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” she’s co-starring in a new Netflix comedy to be aired in 2015, her philanthropic activities are in full swing and she’s just released a new book. It’s called “Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls Need to Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity and More.” A discussion with Jane Fonda on the teenage years.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
Tipping for Service 51 mins – “This week, guest host Lizzie O’Leary and personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole answer listeners’ questions about money. Plus, we explore the tensions that arise in neighborhoods where gentrification has caused both economic and cultural shifts and discuss how raising the minimum wage would affect the day-to-day lifestyles of families and individuals. Also, who do you tip and why? A new Starbucks app makes it easy to add gratuity to your purchases, but just because it’s convenient, does that mean people will pay?” At the link find the title, “03/21/14 Marketplace Money – Gentrification,” right-click “Media files marketplace money v2_20140321_64.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Troll Control 72 mins – “Berkman Center for Internet & Society Podcast: Susan Benesch on Troll Wrestling for Beginners: Data-Driven Methods to Decrease Hatred Online…” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tuberculosis 51 mins – “One third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. That means every time you take a subway, taxi or board a plane, chances are you’re coming into contact with TB. While the number of tuberculosis cases reported in the U.S. is on the decline, in less developed countries the disease never went away and is getting worse. A new study finds that 1 million of the 8 million new infections each year are in children -– twice as many as previously thought. And worse yet, more than 30,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of TB. Diane and her  guests discuss the global health challenge of treating tuberculosis.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.
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